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Funk Powerhouse Lettuce Documentary on Vimeo

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After premiering in NYC and on Jam Cruise to widespread acclaim, Let Us Play, the official documentary from funk powerhouse Lettuce, is now available to purchase or rent on Vimeo.

The 45-minute film, directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music’s Kunj Shah, merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with funk music.

Click below to watch a special teaser, and view the whole thing here!

Following suit in a monumental year for the funk favorites, Lettuce will be hosting the inaugural Fool’s Paradise festival in St. Augustine, Florida on April 1 & 2. The funk-fueled beach extravaganza takes place in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and features two explosive sets from Lettuce. Other acts on the lineup include GRiZ, Vulfpeck, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue. Fool’s Paradise brings bands to the beach for two full days of genre-bending music, artist-led excursions, musical workshops, yoga, and activities with your favorite musicians in a destination event like no other. Camping options, VIP packages, and tickets are available now at FoolsParadiseFL.com.

Tour Dates:
3/4 – Okeechobee, FL at Okeechobee Music Festival
4/1+2 – St. Augustine, FL at Fool’s Paradise
4/7 – Austin, TX at Euphoria Music Festival
4/8 – Port Chester, NY at Capitol Theatre
4/24 – New Orleans, LA at Tipitina’s
4/28 – New Orleans, LA at RAGEFEST
5/26 – Martinsville, VA at Rooster Walk 8
5/27 – Chillicothe, IL at Summercamp Music Festival
6/2 – Hunter, NY at Mountain Jam 2016
6/9 – Manchester, TN at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/10 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/17 – Dufur, OR at What The Festival
7/9 – Marshfield, MA at Levitate Music Festival
8/4 – Thornville, OH at Werk Out
8/25 – Arrington, VA at LOCKN’ Music Festival

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Check ‘Em Out: Cavemouth

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“Guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat and sweating, Cavemouth are the aural equivalent to a night on a stairmaster, drinking Jack Daniels through a pair of fishnet tights.”

Cavemouth are a primal lo-fi funk four-piece who sound as though they live on the wilds of Exmoor (UK) on a strict diet of roadkill, making music to keep the neighbors away and lure the foxes in. Their gritty original sound blends blues, funk and hip-hop with African-influenced tunes and mind-altering lyrics.

Fronted by Sketchy Lex on filthy guitar and vocals, Wreckless Richie on drums, Ms. Mo on funked-up bass and vocals and Mr. Duncan ‘The Hook’ Hook on saxophone, the band have known each other for years. Growing up in rural Devon, they had to make their own entertainment by putting on their own raves and free parties, a past that has certainly helped to shape their sound.

Inspired by everything around them from politics and religion to nature, Cavemouth are influenced by Prince, ESG, Busta Rhymes, Leadbelly, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and Jethro Tull.

Check them out on Souncloud HERE.

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Newest Love: Gypsy & The Cat x Client Liaison – “Evolution”

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Listen: Gypsy & The Cat x Client Liaison – “Evolution”

The SS Yatch Rock set its proverbial sail afloat through Melbourne this month and on board were power synth duos of Gypsy & the Cat and Client Liaison. The creative time out led to time in the recording studio together and collaborative single “Evolution” was conceived.
“Evolution” weaves those giant musical hooks that first announced Gypsy & the Cat around the performance funky flair of Client Liaison. The combination allows for both the attraction and the edge when they chant “I am the life that defies evolution!”, a true joint-venture, perfectly paired.
The influential blog Neon Gold premiered the single today saying “In the ultimate Down Under double down, Gypsy & The Cat and our new live heroes, Client Liaison, have joined forces on their debut collaboration in the form of “Evolution”. Taking the best parts of both groups, the track is peak ’80s bliss, springing forward with all the sunny side up synths and glimmering gold coast melodies we’ve come to expect from the two luminaries.”
Client Liaison are otherwise both in the studio and on the road having just played key shows in the US this month and booked both Splendour in the Grass and Listen Out festivals into their immediate tour diary. Gypsy & the Cat are in the studio finishing their third album for release in the upcoming summer 2015.

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Album Stream: Jesus on the Mainline

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NYC-based jam band Jesus On The Mainline announces the release of their debut self-titled EP. Their sound is reminiscent of rock greats The Black Crowes and Janis Joplin, while simultaneously drawing influences from blues, jazz and funk classics like Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong and Quincy Jones.  This fifteen-piece band fuses jazz, soul, bluegrass and rock for an improvisational music experience that is unique from show to show.

Lead Vocalist Andrew Neesley is an award-winning musician, who flavors this unique musical collective with his contemporary jazz background. He performed with the Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Big Band, while receiving his advanced degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Jesus On The Mainline formed in 2012 in New York City and currently features a rotating cast of fifteen active members. Singers Mel Flannery, Amanda Brecker and Tim Emmerick compliment frontman Andrew Neesley’s lead vocals, while a sprawling five-piece instrumental section lead on the horns, percussion, keyboards, and guitars.

Neesley has played renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater and The Jazz Standard. He has also been awarded the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award, the Student Award for Best Engineered Studio Album for DownBeat Magazine and won the National Trumpet Competition. Jesus On The Mainline has played sold out shows at famous New York venues, such as Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge.

You can listen to the full EP stream below that Crave described as “…A rising sound that swells like a wave as it blends the spirit of Aretha Franklin into a soulful dance-romp through territories inhabited by Fitz and The Tantrums, Portugal. The Man and beyond.”

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Stream: Jesus on the Mainline 

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NEW Free Download: DATAROCK’s “Catcher in the Rye”

 

For the past decade, Norway’s DATAROCK have melded indie dance, new wave, pop, and funk into a custom sound responsible for a steady stream of unforgettable tracks and performances.  “Catcher in the Rye” is the band at their best, instantly memorable and insanely fun.  The single takes their adventurous pop to the next level. The band’s new album is due out in March and they will be launching a world tour in support of “the most extravagant single in history,” so be sure to join in on the madness!

Download “Catcher in the Rye”

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Familiarize Yourself With Ozomatli

The band Ozomatli has been around since 1995. You might have heard of them, you might not have, OR you might not know that you actually have. I heard them on my satellite radio awhile ago and liked what I heard. Then, in my various music browsings, I discovered a little more.

Here’s how you might not know that you do know of Ozomatli: Remember the movie Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore in 1999? They are the band playing in the reggae club when her character Josie ingests “weed cake,” a cake with marijuana. In the scene, the song playing is “Cut Chemist Suite.”

Pretty cool fun fact, I think.

The band currently has 7 members, but they’ve in the past had as many as 10. Some of those members included DJ turntablist Cut Chemist and Chali 2na, who both moved on to a different project, Jurassic 5.

That’s another fun fact!

Anyways, Ozomatli’s latest album came out in April this year. Fire Away is definitely worth listening to. You may just find yourself a new favorite. You’re welcome.

Band members Jiro Yamaguchi and Ulises Bella describe Ozomatli:

“You drive down Sunset Boulevard and turn off your stereo and roll down your windows and all the music that comes out of each and every different car, whether it’s salsa, cumbia, merengue, or hip hop, funk, whatever, it’s that crazy blend that’s going on between that cacophony of sound is Ozomatli, y’know?”

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