The air was thick with a light breeze that twirled through the crowd every few minutes. The zydeco beat, pulsing through feet and shoulders mingled with notes of paprika and oregano, cayenne and crawfish.
Back in junior high and high school The White Album was the Bible to my friend Mike Fish and I. It taught you everything you needed to know about life. It taught us how to make it in a marriage (sing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da), how to make it through a fight with someone you care about (see the love there that's sleeping), how to be a good son (sing a song of love), how to fuck (do it in the road), how to fight for love (burst in stinking of gin), how to deal with the blues (remember you're of the universe), and even how to have a revolution (free your mind instead).
(This article is appearing a couple days after the show due to partying with the Lonely Teardrops until... about now.)
Towards the end of the first disc of Phish’s new box set, Amsterdam, the band plays their best version of “Billy Breathes,” a tender ballad about Trey Anastasio’s daughter.
This Friday June 12th, the Oxford UK band Glass Animals comes to town to play the Norva. Steeped in sonic references to soul, R&B, hip hop, and psychedelia, the band mystifies me, and I want to know more about their approach, their angle, and what to expect when they grace us with their presence amidst an extensive tour taking them to clubs across North America and Europe, as well as almost all of the biggest summer festivals spanning those continents.
"I'm convinced that I'm just a vessel connected to another realm that consists of nothing but dope beats. I couldn't tell you where that is." - Gabe Niles
This weekend Hampton Roads was introduced to the LAVA Music Festival at the Executive Airport in Suffolk. The AltDaily Extended Family was out in full force, taking in the sun, music, and that brand new festival smell.
Jackie Evancho, a runner-up on America’s Got Talent at the age of 10, is growing up, personally and artistically.
“I live cement. I hate this street. Give dirt to me. I but lament… this human form - where I was born... I now repent.” - "Caribou," The Pixies, 1987
This weekend marks the 48th year of the Hampton Jazz Festival, a music festival taking place at the Hampton Coliseum that will feature some of the greatest names in R&B, Soul and Smooth Jazz.
Hampton Roads has no shortage of local musicians attempting to make names for themselves, by any means, but when a great artist emerges with an impeccable sound and a soulful heart, you pay attention.
For the past six years, according to the Washington Post, the jazz-fusion collective Snarky Puppy has invited fans inside its studio sessions to observe the recording process. It’s an inclusive mindset that’s helped the group amass a cult following.
Here is your chance to get up close and personal with the band.
There’s always been a musical connection between Hampton Roads and Richmond cities.
Ever wonder what the Grateful Dead would have sounded like fronted by Phil Lesh? Or what the Dead would have sounded like with Bonnie Raitt or Melissa Etheridge or Emmylou Harris sharing lead vocal duties?
“What kind of makes me tired is when people ask me if touring is really tiring,” said Critter Fuqua, one of the founding members of Old Crow Medicine Show. Oops, my first rookie interviewer mistake. Obviously he had been asked that question many times before.
Playing LAVA Fest this year has opened a lot of doors for Wyteshayds, one of them being that we got to interview and say our piece about some of the fantastic bands on the lineup this years. We were all particularly stoked about Cloud Nothings.
I first heard about Kishi Bashi through Todd Webb while working on a Seamonster release in 2012. I'm a huge Of Montreal fan, so hearing that a member of OM had just recently moved back to Norfolk was exciting to say the least.
Fort Monroe in the early evening is a downright bucolic scene. There might be a soccer game going on, people will be fishing off the bridges and walking their dogs, and if it’s a Tuesday night, you might hear the sounds of a symphony orchestra coming from inside the moat--that would be the Hampton Roads Philharmonic.
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