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Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Mavis Staples, Galactic, LCD Soundsystem, Cass McCombs, The Lemonheads, Jessica Pratt and Bob Mould.
Stream “Touch Get Cut” featuring Erica Falls, the latest single from the upcoming Galactic studio album ‘Already Ready Already.’
Headliners Galactic were among the additions to the lineup of 11th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, which will be held at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, Virginia May 23 – 26.
Galactic’s latest single from the forthcoming ‘Already Ready Already’ is here. Check out “Going Straight Crazy” featuring vocalist Princess Shaw.
New Orleans’ own Galactic will return to Tipitina’s for three shows in honor of Mardi Gras.
Start looking ahead to 2019 with a list of the 10 most anticipated albums due out next year from The Allman Betts Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Snarky Puppy and more.
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Latest Galactic Setlist
Galactic at 9:30 Club
- Heart of Steel (w/ Erica Falls)
- Clap Your Hands
- Going Straight (w/ Erica Falls)
- Dolla Diva (w/Erica Falls)
- You Don't Know
- Bounce Baby
- Goose Grease
- Touch Get Cut (w/ Erica Falls)
- Crazyhorse Medley
- Everlasting Light (w/ Erica Falls)
- Mr. DJ (w/ Erica Falls)
- Long Live the Borgne
- Going Down (w/ Erica Falls)
- Buckit Like a Horse (w/ High and Mighty Brass Band)
Galactic is a collaborative band with a unique format. It’s a stable quintet that plays together with high musicianship. They’ve been together so long they’re telepathic. But though the band hasn’t had a lead singer for years, neither is it purely an instrumental group. Galactic is part of a diverse community of musicians, and in their own studio, with Mercurio and Ellman producing, they have the luxury of experimenting. So on their albums, they do something that’s unusual in rock but not so controversial an idea in, say, hiphop: they create something that’s a little like a revue, a virtual show featuring different vocalists (mostly from New Orleans) and instrumental soloists each taking their turn on stage in the Galactic sound universe.
Mostly the band creates new material in collaboration with its many guests, though they occasionally rework a classic. Despite the appearance of various platinum names on Galactic albums, they especially like to work with artists who are still underground. If you listen to Carnivale Electricos together with the two previous studio albums (Ya-Ka-May and From The Corner to The Block), you’ll hear the most complete cross-section of what’s happening in contemporary New Orleans anywhere – all of it tight and radio-ready.
Despite the electronics and studio technology, Galactic’s albums are very much band records. Mercurio explained the Galactic process, which starts out with the beat: “The way we write music,” he says, “we come up with a demo, or a basic track, and then we collectively decide how we’re gonna finish it.” The result is a hard-grooving sequence of tight beats across a range of styles that glides from one surprise to the next.
What pulls all the diverse artists on Carnivale Electricos together into a coherent album is that one way or another, it’s all funk. Galactic is, always was, and always will be a funk band. Whatever genre of music anyone in New Orleans is doing, from Mardi Gras Indians to rock bands to hardcore rappers, it’s all funk at the bottom, because funk is the common musical language, the lingua franca of New Orleans music. Even zydeco can be funky — and if you don’t believe it, check out “Voyage Ton Flag,” the album’s evocation of Cajun Mardi Gras, in which Mamou Playboy Steve Riley meets up with a sampled Clifton Chenier inside the Galactic funk machine.
The setlist for the second night of Phish Riviera Maya in Mexico featured another substantial bust out in the first set and a second half packed with a pair of big jams, old-school staples and more.
Bruce Hornsby will release the guest-filled studio album ‘Absolute Zero’ in April, shared its lead single “Voyager One” and confirmed a series of Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers tour dates.
Phish’s 2019 trip to Mexico started on an extremely high note with a setlist that included three huge bust outs and two all-time jams. Check out a recap and The Skinny from Thursday night at Phish Riviera Maya.
The JamBase Podcast Episode 31 features a “Musical Mentors” interview with Cory Wong as well as The Rundown review of recent news items.
A celebration of the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album took a more somber tone just days after the passing of founding member Kofi Burbridge.