Verboten Has Been Shut Down By The New York State Government For Tax Evasion

first_imgPopular nightclub/venue Verboten has been seized by the New York State government for failure to pay taxes, according to several reports circulating this evening. Verboten is the center of some legal allegations, as a major exposé recently published in the NY Daily News uncovered that 16 different employees had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the club’s married owner, Jen Schiffer.According to that report, lawsuit papers claim that Schiffer “discusses her sex life — including her favorite sexual positions and sexual encounters with her husband, John Perez, and other women.” In a statement, attorneys Michael Willemin and David Gottlieb of Wigdor LLP said, “In return for being dedicated employees, our clients were mistreated, sexually harassed and not even paid for vast stretches of time.”The lack of payment seems to be another running theme with Verboten, as numerous promoters and artists have alleged that the venue has not paid them. With that in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the venue was seized by the New York State government.The recent lawsuit also alleges that Schiffer “pressured workers into threesomes, boasted about sleeping with more customers than her husband and freaked out when too many black patrons attended a party.” Yikes.Between the horrific lawsuit and the inability to pay funds owed to the government, it seems that Verboten’s closure may be for the best.last_img read more

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The Wood Brothers Kick Off Fall Tour With Patrick Sweany Collaboration In Tennessee [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Beloved folk group The Wood Brothers began an extensive fall tour last night, played to a packed house at the Revelry Room in Chattanooga, TN. It’s been nothing but brightness for The Wood Brothers, as they continue to impress with their down-home approach to creating beautiful music. The trio features brothers Oliver and Chris Wood (the latter of Medeski Martin & Wood fame), as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. After releasing Paradise in 2015, it’s been nothing but good times with this talented trio.Last night, the Wood Brothers truly impressed with an energetic display of their exciting music. They also found time to jam with the show’s opener, Patrick Sweany, in the middle of a great performance. Don’t miss this band on the road – you can find their fall tour dates here.Fortunately, photographer Christian Stewart was on hand to capture the musical magic. Check out his images in the gallery below:last_img read more

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King Crimson Will Tour In 2017 With A “Double Quartet Formation”

first_imgIn a recent digital diary entry, guitarist Robert Fripp revealed that King Crimson will return to the road in 2017 for a United States tour. According to Fripp, “King Crimson’s 2017 touring will be mostly in the US, beginning in Seattle and down the West Coast during early June to July; continuing to the East Coast in the Autumn.”He also reveals that drummer Bill Rieflin will return to the band after sabbatical, alongside guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins, and drummers Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. He continues in a later post, “Existing repertoire will be re-calibrated for the about-to-be-becoming King Crimson Double Quartet Formation. King Crimson is the first group of which Jeremy has been a full-member. Jeremy became a full-contributor to the Seven-Headed Beast during the 2017 EuroTour, a remarkable achievement for Jezza to adopt the entire repertoire on both drums and keyboards. Bill is presently returning from his Sabbatical, and now The Beast has Eight Heads. Jeremy and Bill are both multi-instrumental, so King Crimson is likely to be making a lot more noise than before. Even.”Check out this footage from King Crimson live in Bonn from 2000:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Watch Neil Young’s Improvised Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speech, Eh?

first_imgLast night, iconic singer/guitarist Neil Young was officially enshrined in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The Ontario-born rocker was introduced by fellow Canuck Randy Bachman of The Guess Who, and proceeded to freestyle an amusing, humble, oh so very Canadian acceptance speech.“I know I’ve traveled a lot, and I’ve had a lot of chances to stay places–and I’ve stayed in some places for a long time–but I’ve always been a Canadian citizen, and not a citizen of anywhere else, even though I love the U.S.A.,” professed Young. “By the way, my message for them is: They’re already great.”Farm Aid 2017 Hosts Huge Performances By Neil Young, Dave Matthews, And More [Pro-Shot Video/Photo]Young’s off-the-cuff speech, delivered in his distinctive deadpan, touched on the ways songs are like rabbits, his divorced late parents getting back together in Heaven, and how glad he is that the ideas for songs continue to come to him. As he states with an equal mix of sincerity and mischievousness, “I don’t really know what else to say other than that if you write songs…good for you. That’s good.”Listen To Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, & Gary Clark Jr.’s Reinterpretation Of Neil Young’s “Ohio”He also offers a sort of self-depricating encouragement to would-be songwriters who are “scared shitless” to get up in front of people and play. He muses, “I don’t know if I have charisma or not, I just know I keep changing. But it know I can’t sing. It really doesn’t matter. I’m around the note somewhere. I know it. It knows me.”Past inductees include Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Robbie Robertson, Rush, and more.You can watch Neil Young’s full Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame acceptance speech below courtesy of CBC Music below:1Congratulations to Neil on this well-deserved honor![h/t – Billboard][Cover photo via Billboard]last_img read more

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The Rolling Stones Release 1965 Recording Of “Satisfaction” From Upcoming Compilation

first_imgA new Rolling Stones compilation titled On Air is on its way, and it promises to include many performances from the BBC in the early-to-mid Sixties. A version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, recorded on September 18, 1965, is one of the album’s highlights. This rendition of the song was performed for the Saturday Club program months before the single was even released.On Air features recordings of The Rolling Stones between 1963 and 1965, including “Come On”, “The Last Time” and the Lennon/McCartney-penned “I Wanna Be Your Man”, as well as a selection of Chuck Berry covers. There are eight previously-unreleased songs on the compilation, as well as several debut performances that preceded the official studio versions.According to Rolling Stone, the recordings’ sound is improved, as the album’s producers “put the tapes through an audio source separation process,” as to de-mix them for the Abbey Road engineers to treat the instrumentation and vocals as unique stem tracks. Ultimately, this process led to a modernized mix of these old recordings.On Air is set to release on December 1st in both digital and physical formats (CD and vinyl)–as well as in a two-disc deluxe edition and colored vinyl version–available for pre-order here.Listen to the 1965 “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” recording below:last_img read more

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StubHub And Viagogo Offices Raided By Authorities In UK Ticket Scalping Investigation

first_imgHere’s a development in the secondary ticket market saga that will surely put live music fans in a good mood: According to a report in The Guardian, the British offices of ticket re-selling giants StubHub and Viagogo were raided earlier this year as part of an official probe into suspected breaches of U.K. consumer law, and officials seized data relating to “schemes that allegedly benefit industrial-scale brokers.”The raids are key to an investigation launched last year into whether ticketing companies are giving fans enough information about the tickets they sell–such as who the seller is and whether buyers could be denied entry due to undisclosed restrictions on resale. Investigators are also looking into whether touts benefit from “connections” at resale websites to gain advantage over genuine fans trying to get hold of tickets.Ticketmaster Files $10M Suit Against Firm That Used “Bots” To Scalp Thousands Of “Hamilton” TicketsAs The Guardian explains, when the investigators issued “information notices” to four ticket reselling companies, “According to sources familiar with the investigation, GetMeIn and Seatwave complied but Swiss-based Viagogo and StubHub, which is owned by online auction website eBay, refused to hand over the information voluntarily.”Officials are understood to have seized data relating to StubHub’s “top seller” program, which manages its relationships with industrial-scale ticket brokers selling tickets at enormous mark-ups. According to StubHub’s Top Seller Handbook, brokers who make more than $250,000 of sales per year are entitled to benefits including discounts on seller fees, which increase as their sales profits.President Obama Signs National Law Banning The Use Of Ticket BotsThe site has previously come under fire in the U.K. in the past for allowing brokers to sell tickets without complying with U.K. laws that demand sellers provide information such as the row and seat number. StubHub responded that 98% of its sellers declared themselves to be genuine consumers rather than brokers, but said the company did not “police or monitor” the claims and was under no obligation to do so.According to a source close to the ongoing investigation, “With concerts and events increasingly refusing to accept resold tickets we’d strongly advise people take steps to protect themselves by only buying tickets from official sellers, most of which are working with the authorities to help ensure more tickets are made available to genuine fans through official vendors.”New Petition Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Bill Banning Scalper BotsHopefully, this marks a positive, productive step in the fight agains scalpers and the exorbitant secondary-market ticket price gouging that continues to frustrate live music fans on a constant basis.[h/t – The Guardian]last_img read more

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Galactic And Turkuaz Keep Revelers On Their Toes At The Fonda Theatre [Photos]

first_imgIs there anything better in life than the feeling of pleasant surprise? The term itself implies a certain mildness, but in truth, the full run of what can be pleasant runs much wider across a positive spectrum, as Galactic and Turkuaz demonstrated to riveting effect at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Friday night.That these two phenomenal outfits of funk—Galactic from New Orleans, Turkuaz from Brooklyn—were on the same bill was no shock. After all, that’s how they were listed on the ticket from the get-go. But each band busted out its fair share of twist and turns, keeping the crowd guessing in joyous revelry for well over two hours combined.After a stirring opening set of blues from Memphis, Tennessee’s Southern Avenue, Turkuaz kicked things into high gear with its particular brand of brass-backed funk. With each member monochromed in a different color of the rainbow, the band blew its way through more than a few crowd-pleasers, from “Nightswimming” and “On the Run” to “Percy Thrills, The Moon Dog”, “Bubba Slide”, and “Monkey Fingers.” Along the way, they paid homage to their funky forebears with a nod to Sly and the Family Stone. And while Dave Brandwein, Sammi Garett and Shira Elias were spectacular on vocals throughout—with Garett and Elias keeping the room grooving with their synchronized dance moves—it was Josh Schwartz that brought the night to a pinnacle with his baritone sax hitting a range that stretched into the highest registers of the set.Schwartz’s stunning star turn seemingly set the stage for the delightfully dizzying series of twists and turns to come from Galactic. The Bayou-based band got everyone bumping to “You Don’t Know”, “Right On (Into the Deep)” and beyond, with plenty of room for call-and-response and hidden talents to burst through. When Shamarr Allen wasn’t busy blowing everyone away with his tremendous trumpeteering, he was spitting rhymes with his own pipes. Ben Ellman was as much a savant on the saxophone as he was humming away on his harmonica.In keeping true to its roots as a collaborative outfit, Galactic got plenty of help from outside sources to spice up its already tasty offerings. The group reached back to New Orleans for the soaring vocals of Erica Falls, and cleared center stage for Trombone Shorty to blast everyone into the weekend with a riveting encore.When Galactic needed a wider array of wind instruments, the band turned to Turkuaz’s horn section for back up on “Does It Really Make a Difference?”. And with the ensemble spending the evening in L.A., it was only fitting to have Chali 2na bring everything to a crescendo with his smooth moves on the mic—from “Think Back”, his collaboration with Galactic, to Jurassic 5 classics “Freedom” and “Quality Control”.In truth, neither group needed to catch the audience so off-guard to put on a great show. Both are full of tremendously talented musicians, and both come equipped with superb song catalogues to speak for themselves.But neither Turkuaz nor Galactic would be true to its identity without curveballs. Nor would they have been quite so natural fits on the marquee together, or within the jam scene generally. It’s that element of surprise—from covers and rarities to special guests and jazzy explorations—that at once sets this sect apart from the rest of the music world and helps it bind all kinds of genres together in a more-than-mildly-pleasant tapestry. And it’s that approach to the element surprise that keeps fans coming back, always seeking that ecstatic reaction to the unexpected.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.Turkuaz & Galactic | The Fonda Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 3/30/18 Photo: Brandon Weil Photo: Brandon Weilcenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Dark Star Orchestra Taps Donna Jean Godchaux For Red Rocks Debut

first_imgBack in late November, Dark Star Orchestra announced that they’d be performing at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, for the first time ever, where they’d recreate the Grateful Dead’s own legendary Red Rocks performance—July 8th, 1978—exactly 40 years after it occurred. For this Grateful Dead Red Rocks 40th anniversary and Dark Star Orchestra’s debut at the venue, previously, it was announced that Keller Williams would be on hand as support this summer on July 8th.Today, Dark Star Orchestra has revealed more information about special guests who will be on hand, including original Grateful Dead member, Donna Jean Godchaux. Having performed with the Grateful Dead at Red Rocks, Donna Jean shared these thoughts with fans via a press release: “I refer to Red Rocks as the hallowed hall of Rock-n-Roll; one of the most amazing venues in the country. I loved playing there with the Grateful Dead and am looking forward to playing there with Dark Star Orchestra. It will be a blast!”Dark Star Orchestra’s own lead guitarist and vocalist, Jeff Mattson, added, “I’ve had the privilege and the pleasure of playing guitar in Donna Jean’s band for many years, so I can attest better than most to the beauty and soulfulness of her singing and songwriting. To have her back on the same stage she sang on 40 years ago will be an honor and a treasured event.”EXCLUSIVE: Betty Cantor-Jackson Rekindles Her Love Of Taping Through The Chris Robinson BrotherhoodIn addition to Godchaux, Dark Star Orchestra will have another iconic woman from the Grateful Dead family on deck: Betty Cantor-Jackson, the Dead and Jerry Garcia‘s longtime recording engineer responsible for the beloved Betty Boards. Known for her vibrant mixes, including of the Dead’s original 1978 Red Rocks performance, Cantor-Jackson will similarly be at Dark Star Orchestra’s show to capture the audio.Special VIP packages through CID Entertainment are being offered for the event, with more information available here. You can purchase tickets to Dark Star Orchestra’s upcoming Red Rocks debut here.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Quietly Releases Surprise “New” New Album, “it’s you” [Stream]

first_imgLast night, Umphrey’s McGee surprised their fans with an unannounced new album, it’s you, a follow-up to the band’s it’s not us, released earlier this year coinciding with the band’s 20th anniversary. While it’s not us arrived with much fanfare—including several single and video releases, promotional performances, and even an intimate BackStory event in New York City ahead of their 3-night anniversary run at New York’s Beacon Theatre—it’s you, “the new, new album from Umphrey’s McGee,” dropped at midnight with no warning at all. Despite the differing rollouts, the two 2018 Umphrey’s McGee albums are undeniably tied, from their reflective names (it’s not us…it’s you) to their shared typewriter-themed album cover art.As the band noted in an email to their fan list introducing the release:“Waiting in line for a melody, maybe this time I’ll be right where I’m supposed to be.”We have been saying it in various ways over the past twenty years, but let our actions speak for us today as we present another new album to affirm that it’s truly not us, but rather you, our fans.After completing the latest recording sessions and digesting the volume of material we had tracked, it grew increasingly clear that a single album wasn’t realistic. The collective level of enthusiasm around the majority of these tunes made us reluctant to leave much on the cutting room floor (rarely the case). And that is why today we’re elated to continue our 20th Anniversary celebration by unveiling the new, new album from Umphrey’s McGee, it’s you.Not everyone likes surprises but we hope you don’t mind this one.Needless to say, Umphrey’s fans are in a pretty good mood this morning…You can stream Umphrey’s McGee’s second new album of 2018, it’s you, in full below via Spotify:Umphrey’s McGee – it’s you [Full Album]Umphrey’s McGee has two dates in the Northeast scheduled for this weekend—at The Strand in Providence, RI tonight, May 18th, and at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH tomorrow, May 19th. For a full list of Umphreys McGee’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band website.Next weekend, Umphrey’s will make their annual trip to Chillicothe, IL for Summer Camp Music Festival, where they’ll perform throughout the weekend, including a Red Barn Late-Night set on Thursday, May 24th, two sets per night on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th in addition to an afternoon set on Sunday, May 27th. For more information on Summer Camp, or to grab your passes now, head to the Summer Camp Music Festival website.Umphrey’s McGee it’s you Track Listing:1. Triangle Tear2. What We Could Get3. Push & Pull4. In the Black5. Xmas at Wartime6. Seasons7. Nether8. Hanging Chads9. Attachments10. UpwardView Full Track Listinglast_img read more

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Dolly Parton Song-Inspired Anthology Series Coming To Netflix Next Year

first_imgIn 2019, a brand-new, eight-part anthology series on Dolly Parton will be coming to Netflix. On June 4th, the popular streaming site detailed the new series, explaining that each of the eight episodes will be based on one of the famed country singer’s songs. Netflix also noted that Dolly Parton herself will appear in select episodes and is serving as an executive producer for the show.As Parton explained in a statement, “As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music. … We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations.”Over the weekend, Lily Tomlin, star of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and Parton’s former co-star in the 1980 film, 9 to 5, started the rumor mill about the new Dolly Parton series. As IndieWire reports, during a promotional panel, Tomlin noted that hoped that Parton would appear on Grace and Frankie, explaining that “[Parton’s] just so busy. … She does so many things, and now she has a big show deal herself at Netflix, so I don’t know.”Certainly, Dolly Parton does have a lot on her plate. In addition to the new Netflix series, the Emmy-winning singer-songwriter is currently finishing the soundtrack for the new movie Dumplin’, starring Jennifer Aniston. Furthermore, in recent years, Parton has been focused on projects involving children. Last year, the famed songstress released a children’s album, and, recently, her charity endeavor, Imagination Library, donated its 100 millionth children’s book to kids in need.[H/T NPR]last_img read more

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