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Galactic released “Can’t You Believe,” a new single feature the late vocalist Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet.
Gov’t Mule posted pro-shot footage of a “Dark Star” they played on what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday featuring special guest Stanton Moore.
New Orleans-based band Galactic confirmed a series of headlining appearances set for August and September.
Celebrate tomorrow’s start of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a look at Galactic’s guest-filled performance at the 2013 event.
Introducing a new festival featuring a bevy of New Orleans acts called Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown.
The SFJAZZ Gala 2018 honored the New Orleans institution with performances by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic, Ellis Marsalis and more.
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Galactic at Central Park SummerStage
- Baker's Dozen
- Clap Your Hands
- Hard Times
- Dolla Diva
- AP Touro
- Going Down Slowly
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.
‘Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Got No Heart: A Benefit For Voter Participation’ will feature Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends.
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham will release a collection of solo gems and will embark on an extensive North American Tour this fall.
Dead & Company will return to Mexico in January for the second annual installment of Playing In The Sand.
Chad Berndtson interviews Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias about the band’s upcoming new album, touring, collaborating and more – including meeting Keith Richards.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will embark on an extensive U.S. Tour this fall.