Latest Lake Street Dive Articles
Lake Street Dive covered Annie Lennox’s “Walking On Broken Glass” for ‘Spotify Singles.’
A free live webcast of this weekend’s ‘Live From Here’ broadcast will feature Punch Brothers, Lake Street Dive, Aoife O’Donovan and more.
Watch Lake Street Dive performing “Hang On” from their recently issued album ‘Free Yourself Up.’
Watch Lake Street Dive performing on Wednesday’s episode of ‘Conan.’
Watch Lake Street Dive perform “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts” for NPR’s Night Owl series.
Watch soul quintet Lake Street Dive perform four songs from supporters of New York City public radio station WFUV.
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Latest Lake Street Dive Setlist
Lake Street Dive at Bomb Factory
- Baby, Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts
- You Are Free
- I Don't Care About You
- Red Light Kisses
- Bobby Tanqueray
- Spectacular Failure
- Doesn’t Even Matter Now
- Hello? Goodbye!
- Hang On
- I Can Change
- You're Still the One
- Call Off Your Dogs
- Shame, Shame, Shame
- Musta Been Something
- Bad Self Portraits
- Good Kisser
- You Go Down Smooth
- I Want You Back
About Lake Street Dive
How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet proceeds to inject them with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, Lake Street Dive encompasses a myriad of possibilities within its members’ collective experiences, and the resultant music is a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop. “It seems the only limitation we have,” Kearney explains, “ is that we try to make music that we would like listening to.”
Hailing from such disparate locales as Tennessee (Price), Iowa (Kearney), Minneapolis (Olson), and Philadelphia (Calabrese), Lake Street Dive first gathered in a room together when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. “Mr. McDuck assembled the four of us, said we were now Lake Street Dive, and we were a ‘free country’ band,” Bridget Kearney remembers. “He wrote this on a chalkboard in the ensemble room that we had our first rehearsal in. We intended to play country music in an improvised, avant-garde style – like Loretta Lynn meets Ornette Coleman. It sounded terrible! But the combination of people and personalities actually made a lot of sense and we had a great time being around each other and making music together.”
Lake Street Dive makes the most of pop music virtues: solid, evocative song craft; propulsive grooves; and Price’s disarming, forthright vocals. However, it’s a personal strain of pop that is refracted through the band members’ rich backgrounds: a sinewy Motown bass line is reborn with woody heft on Kearney’s upright, Calabrese’s drumming mixes timekeeping with more adventurous jazz-inflected outbursts, McDuck’s nimble trumpet is an unexpectedly warm counterpoint to Price’s singing. It all makes for a sound with familiar roots, but with a slant that is entirely their own. Lake Street Dive’s eventual artistic breakthrough came not without struggle, and still surprises original instigator Mike “McDuck” Olson. “Now we’re a pop band, leaning very heavily on soul and rock, with hook-y writing, which I never expected,” he concludes. “If I could travel through time, I’d go back six years and play the new record for my younger self, just to assure him that the awkward, new-band phase doesn’t last forever.”
Phish’s Curveball festival has been cancelled.
Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra added a second leg to their 2018 Fall Tour and revealed details of this year’s Cosmic New Year’s Run.
One of the world’s greatest singers, Aretha Franklin, has died at age 76.
Contributor Erika Rasmussen chatted with drummer Todd Nance about his current Todd Nance & Friends project and more.
‘Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Got No Heart: A Benefit For Voter Participation’ will feature Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends.