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Chris Robinson: Transit of the Binary Star
On the heels of a formidable run with The Black Crowes, Chris Robinson cobbled together a new band for his musical inclinations—the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. After logging more than a 100 shows last year, the quintet entered the studio and recorded enough material for two albums: Big Moon Ritual, released this past June, and this month’s The Magic Door. As contributing editor Richard Simon finds, Robinson and company don’t make any bones about what they’re aiming to be, which is a psychedelic rock band steeped in California’s deep legacy of freak folk and stoned-out country a la Gram Parsons-era Byrds. Simon, who’s followed the band since their inception, caught up with them in Denver as atmospheric conditions loomed.
The New Sound of The Shoals
During the ‘60s and ‘70s, Muscle Shoals, Ala., was a musically fertile area where artists ranging from The Rolling Stones to Bob Dylan visited and recorded. Then, the Muscle Shoals hits started to dry up. But, in recent years, the magic has returned and The Shoals is once again a musical mecca. Cherokee Lair traces the area’s rich musical history and zooms in on Muscle Shoals’ current crop of buzz bands. While stylistically diverse, bands like The Pine Hill Haints, The Local Saints, Fiddleworms and Nightmare Boyzzz are all leading the charge behind Muscle Shoals’ renaissance.
Dispatch: The Road Well-Traveled
Even by grassroots standards, Dispatch had a unique career arc. After forming at Middlebury College in the mid-‘90s, the trio made their name playing sweaty, beer-soaked shows at Northeast colleges and prep schools as well as jam-friendly clubs like New York’s Wetlands Preserve. Without a record label or support of a major management team, Dispatch was a bonafied grassroots success story for the new Internet age. At the peak of their popularity, they called it quits. Having settled their personal differences, the members of Dispatch recently reunited and hit the road for a national tour. Executive Editor Mike Greenhaus catches up with the band as they prep for their first album in more than a decade, Circles Around the Sun.
Yeasayer: Apocalyptic Happiness
When they first formed, Yeasayer showed early indications of a more electronic-based musical trajectory. But on their 2010 critically acclaimed sophomore album, Odd Blood, they were informed more by beats funneled through a global-minded sonic sensibility. With their latest, Fragrant World, the Brooklyn art-pop collective shake things up once again, replacing the overtly romantic musings of their previous efforts with cinematic grandeur, undeniably danceable rhythms and dark lyrical commentary. Relix visits Yeasayer at their rehearsal space on the eve of their world tour to find out why they’re not “Laurel Canyon jamband prog-rock hippies.”
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The Howlin’ Brothers take to the Relix rooftop and share a song they wrote with Warren Haynes.
Beth Hart shares the opening track from her latest album, Bang Bang Boom Boom, live at Relix.
Jamie Lidell sets up in the Relix boiler room and delivers a tune from his 2005 album Multiply
Duane Trucks is happy to announce his new project, King Lincoln. Watch them perform “Coffee” live and acoustic at Relix’s Online-Video Coordinator’s loft in Williamsburg.
Here’s another song from Crystal Bowersox’s new record All That For This, live at Relix.
WYATT share a song in the famed Relix boiler room.
Goodnight, Texas share a song from their latest studio album, A Long Life of Living, live at Relix.
Warren Haynes performs a solo, acoustic version of “Railroad Boy” and explains how he adapted the traditional Celtic song for Gov’t Mule, backstage at the Hangout Music Festival.
Australia’s Alpine recently made their NYC debut at the Relix office with this song from their new album A is for Alpine.
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
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- Robert Hunter Will Return to the Stage for Eight Shows
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