GM North America President Mark Reuss; U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell; NASCAR President Mike Helton and a special guest will unveil the model that you can drive.With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day,” Reuss said at Chevrolet’s unveiling of the 2013 Gen-6 last November during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas. The Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has campaigned in NASCAR. It replaces Impala, which scored 152 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12. The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore. The limited production version of the Chevrolet SS will be a 2014 model and will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. It is the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States. Chevrolet has 702 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, more than any other manufacturer. Fonty Flock earned the manufacturer’s first win on March 26, 1955, at Columbia, S.C. Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson achieved Chevrolet’s 700th victory last November at Texas Motor Speedway.We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Watch the Chevrolet SS unveil at 1 p.m. ET The Chevrolet SS, the car that inspired the Generation-6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car, will make its debut on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET in the Sprint Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans were heartbroken yesterday, when the funky keyboardist known as Dr. G. Bernie Worrell lost his life to lung cancer at the age of 72. Worrell spent many years of his life performing with Parliament Funkadelic, tearing the roof off the mother with the band that defined the funk rock genre.While Worrell will be remembered for a diverse musical legacy, there’s no shortage of funky clips from his time with P-Funk. Catch some serious soul from the Woo man at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2004, below.Here he is jamming with P-Funk in 1979.Watch this classic video of “Rumpofsteelskin/Much Thrust,” below.How about a little “Flash Light” from a Capitol Theatre performance in 1978?We’ll leave you with this funky gem from a solo show in 2006. Behold the funk.
In anticipation of Lost in London, Woody Harrelson’s new live-streamed film to be screened and shot on January 19, Vanity Fair has released a promotional video of celebrity friends of Harrelson (including Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, Will Ferrell and many more) asking the actor to reconsider the strange project. In the video, dozens of familiar faces appear to poke fun at and criticize Harrelson and Lost in London, including familiar faces like Bob Weir, Flea, Dave Matthews, and Ziggy Marley.Weir, who appears at 1:14, notes the following: “Dude, you’ve got to lose this notion of doing a ‘live movie,’ whatever that is. Get back to making zombie movies, like you, me, and everyone knows you should be doing.” Flea’s clip starts at 1:32, and is followed immediately by the first cameo by Dave Matthews at 1:38, who also reappears at 2:54. Ziggy Marley then makes an appearance at the three-minute mark, with an initially more positive tone than others in the video, saying, “I think it’s a wonderful idea. This idea that I’m hearing, I think it’s a great idea.” After pausing, he adds, “But I also think that every great idea you must try and do.”You can check out the full video below, courtesy of Vanity Fair:[H/T Relix]
Just a couple of weeks ago, Jamiroquai snapped back into action with the announcement of their new album, Automaton. Since then, the group has announced tour dates and shared their first new music since 2010 in the form of Automaton’s title track.With anticipation running high for Jamiroquai’s return, the band has gifted us another brand new single titled “Cloud 9.” The new release falls under the futuristic funk flag of the first single, showing the band’s determination for their newest sound. Listen to the great new single, streaming below.We cannot wait for Jamiroquai’s full fledged return with Automaton on Friday, March 31st.
Last week, Trey Anastasio revived his orchestral live show with a performance alongside the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Structured much like his performances with Phish and Trey Anastasio Band, the show was comprised of two sets and an encore, and included symphonic renderings of some of his greatest compositions. But while his musical tastes are notably diverse and stylistically broad, Anastasio’s educational background lies in classical composition. Since 2001, the Phish guitarist has worked with a several highly-regarded symphonies nationwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra, composing orchestral arrangements of his Phish material and leading the ensembles on guitar.Most recently, in the Fall of 2014, Trey performed a series of orchestral concerts to showcase his newest composition, “Petrichor,” which has since been adapted for the Phish canon (on 2016’s Big Boat) and served as the centerpiece for the 2016-2017 New Year’s Gag. Trey Anastasio returned to the song’s roots for Thursday night’s show with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for a 15+ minute “Petrichor.” Thrilled with the outcome of last week’s orchestral performance, Trey Anastasio has shared a recording of “Petrichor” on Facebook with the following note:“Many thanks to conductor Steven Reinike, my dear friend orchestrator and arranger Don Hart, Nashville Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and to all the people who came out and made these last two orchestral shows so special! Thank you!Unfortunately, I’m unable to share recordings of these performances, but I would like to share the orchestral recording of ‘Petrichor.’”
Colors is the upcoming thirteenth overall studio album by American musician Beck, set to be released on October 13, 2017, by Capitol Records.SETLIST: Beck | Colors Preview Show | OMEARA| London, U.K. | 10/8/17Blackbird ChainBlue MoonLost CauseSay GoodbyeHeart Is a DrumDevils HaircutNausea (First time since 2012)Go It AloneBlack TambourineThink I’m in LoveThe New PollutionMixed BiznessQué Onda GüeroSoul of a ManPaper TigerDreamsUp All Night (Live Debut)E-ProLoserEncore:Where It’s At[h/t – Billboard] On October 13th, Beck is scheduled to release his new LP, Colors, his 13th studio album and first since his “Album of the Year” GRAMMY-winning 2014 set, Morning Phase. Yesterday, in a move that would be more expected from your old college roommate than one of the worlds biggest rock stars, Beck made a day-of-show announcement for an intimate, last-second album launch show for a “CASH only” cover at the door. Inside Omeara, the 350-capacity room chosen for the surprise performance, Beck performed a total of 20 songsincluding the live debut for single “Up All Night,” accoding to NME. The British magazine also reported that Beck told the crowd, “I’m feeling a bit sentimental. Maybe it’s that time of year. Maybe it’s because I got to see Tom Petty play his last show last week. It puts all of these moments in perspective, so I really appreciate being here. It’s all a fleeting thing.”NME also reports that the set featured highlights from Morning Phase, indie classics like “Loser,” “E-Pro,” “Devil’s Haircut,” “The New Pollution,” and “Think I’m In Love’. As well as performing ‘Nausea’ for the first time since 2012, Beck also threw in snippet covers of “London Calling” by The Clash, ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan and Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ while introducing his bandmates.You can get a glimpse at the once-in-a-lifetime performance via social media posts below, featuring songs from the new album and more:
The innovative horn-and-drum trio that is Moon Hooch has just released a brand-new music video for their song “Rough Sex” off the album Red Sky. The Brooklyn-based band has made waves with its unique and groovy take on electronic dance music, consistently blowing minds with their new and ingenious ways of playing their instruments. The band is always a pleasure to see live, with their bold mix of jazz, funk, and rock over a pounding beat guaranteed to get folks dancing and their unique, inventive playing guaranteed to captivate (and sometimes, confuse—I’m looking at you, traffic cone, and how you make the sounds that you do).While the band has become a beloved institution of the festival circuit and beyond, in their early years, the trio was known for the legendary dance parties that they would spontaneously throw in the subways of New York City, which eventually earned them a ban from the Bedford Ave L train stop in Brooklyn by the NYPD. The new video for “Rough Sex” riffs on the group’s humble origins, showing how the band has risen out of the subways and to the rooftops of NYC, where even the NYPD cannot shut them down.As saxophonist Mike Wilbur explained in a press release, “Our performances really take on a life of their own and we feed off of a shared energy with our audience every night. This video shows that energy and the unstoppable force that it is.”You can check out Moon Hooch’s brand-new video for “Rough Sex” below, which was directed by Lucas McGowen. To see Moon Hooch in action, you can catch them on the road, as the band just kicked off the second leg of their North American tour. Peep their upcoming tour dates below or on the band’s website here.Moon Hooch Upcoming 2017 Tour DatesOctober 18 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *October 19 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *October 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *October 21 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *October 22 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry *October 24 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *October 25 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall *October 26 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West +October 27 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall +October 28 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House *November 9 – Chatenay-Malabry, FR – Le PediluveNovember 10 – Beauvais, FR – La Maladrerie Saint LazareNovember 11 – Les Deux-Fays, FR – Salles Des FetesNovember 12 – Angers, FR – Le JokersNovember 14 – Manchester, UK – Band on the WallNovember 15 – Hull, UK – FRüITNovember 16 – London, UK – Under the BridgeNovember 17 – Auxerre, FR – Le SilexNovember 18 – St-Germain-En Laye, FR – LaClef StgermainNovember 29 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt ^November 30 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ^December 1 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s ^December 2 – Covington, KY – Octave ^December 6 – Utrecht, NL – De HellingDecember 8-9 – Rennes, FR – Trans Musicales FestivalDecember 27 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair ^December 28 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall ^December 29 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^December 30 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Nightclub &December 31 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works &* Co-headline with Marco Benevento+ w/ Jackson Whalan^ w/ Gnomedad& w/ Gnomedad and Honeycomb
The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) honored the late Gregg Allman with a new annual award presented last night at the organization’s 15th anniversary dinner at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Allman, who in 2011 went public about his own battle with hepatitis C, encouraged testing and awareness, and raised critical funds before his death earlier this year from liver cancer complications. Michael Lehman, Allman’s longtime manager, accepted the award, which will be given each year to recognize exceptional work on behalf of people living with viral hepatitis.“Gregg Allman was, and remains, one of the few celebrities to go public about his journey with hepatitis C,” said Ryan Clary, executive director of NVHR. “He empowered baby boomers to seek treatment and testing, and raised critical funds for NVHR and the American Liver Foundation. We will be forever grateful.”“Gregg recognized an awareness gap, particularly among baby boomers who are infected with hepatitis C and either don’t realize they have the virus or just are not seeking treatment,” said Lehman. “He sought to remove the stigma with the message that it doesn’t matter how you contract hepatitis C – it only matters that you find it and treat it. While I wish Gregg were here to receive the award himself, I’m honored to accept it on his behalf and to have the opportunity to support NVHR for all its work over the past 15 years to stem the tide of this devastating disease.”After going public with his battle with hepatitis C, Allman headlined Merck and the American Liver Foundation‘s “Tune In to Hep C Campaign” to raise awareness and urge baby boomers living with the disease to do something about it. As part of “Tune In to Hep C,” The Allman Brothers Band held a hepatitis C fundraiser and awareness concert before a packed house at the Beacon Theater in New York. The concert, which featured special guests Phil Lesh, David Crosby, Grahame Nash, Natalie Cole, Danny Louis, and Billy Gibbons, raised $250,000 to benefit NVHR and the American Liver Foundation for education and awareness efforts. The funds were critical, given the extreme lack of resources in the hepatitis community. [photo by Phierce Photo]
Khruangbin has been blowing up as of late, with the Texas trio gaining national recognition for their melodic, fun, and funk-driven tunes. Featuring Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums, the trio is deeply psychedelic and draws from 1960’s thai funk. Today, the band has just released a brand new music video for “Evan Finds The Third Room”, a track off Khruangbin’s latest album Con Todo El Mundo.By itself, “Evan Finds The Third Room” is a stand-out track with smile-inducing “yes” vocal track and tight rhythm section that grounds down the song’s cascading and shimmering guitar. However, the new music video is equally as fabulous, with director Josh King explaining, “We found the happiest lady in China. We told her that you don’t need a real hula hoop to have fun. She agreed.”In the music video, which was premiered via The Independent, the camera follows a “lady in green,” Han Li, around a Chinese city as she cheerfully pantomimes hula-hooping. Pushing the boundaries of overly cheesy and absolutely delightful, the video for “Evan Finds The Third Room” is bizarre, but in the best way, easily slapping grins on the faces of viewers. The video’s subject is hilariously pleasant, and conceptually, the foreign setting in China and mysteriously invisible hula hoop is enthralling.As the members of Khruangbin explained to The Independent:I’ve known Josh King, who directed it with his best mate Felix, for a few years. He was instantly one of the best people I ever met in London. We’d always have pub lunches, drink white wine and drum up funny ideas for videos. After we recorded this song, I knew instantly that I wanted Josh to do the video. I let him have free reign with it, and I absolutely love it.You can check out Khruangbin’s music video for “Evan Finds The Third Room” below. You can find out more about Khruangbin on the band’s website here.“Evan Finds The Third Room” Khruangbin’s “Evan Finds The Third Room” Credits:Lady in green – Han LiChoreographer – Chris MillerConcept – Felix Heyes, Josh KingDirectors – Felix Heyes, Josh King, Mi TianDP/Editor – Mi Tian Production – Wenshu FanView All
This past Friday, June 22nd, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong headed to Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT for their Friday headlining performance at the fifth-annual Road Jam Music Fest.Following a performance by local stalwarts Deep Banana Blackout, Pigeons took the stage for their day one headlining slot. The Baltimore-native jam-funk quartet worked their way through a number of their go-t0 live numbers including “Walk Outside”, “Time to Ride”, and “Henrietta” to kick things off. Next, “Melting Lights” began a non-stop stretch of segued tunes, with lighting designer Manny Newman appropriately showing off his dizzying light rig. “Live It Up” flowed seamlessly from there, before relenting into the sunny sounds of Pigeons favorite, “Poseidon”. The band’s take on “Poseidon” also contained a jam on classic Allman Brothers Band instrumental, “Jessica”, from guitarists Jeremy Schon and Greg Ormont in addition to a hearty helping of improvisation.After a brief pause, the band began an extended, upbeat “Upfunk” featuring a “Drums” jam by drummer Alex Petropulos. Finally, Ben Carrey‘s funky bass groove signaled the start of a “Spacejam” > “The Hop” > “F.U.” segment to bring the set to a close, with Deep Banana Blackout (and Kung Fu) saxophonist Rob Somerville stepping in to add some brass to the final tune.Below you can watch high-quality crowd-shot footage of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s full performance at Road Jam 2018 courtesy of taper mk devo:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Road Jam 2018 – Full Set Video[Video: mk devo]Next up for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is a performance this Thursday, June 28th, in Rochester, NY. For a full list of their upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Road Jam | Two Roads Brewing Company | Stratford, CT | 6/22/18Set: Walk Outside, Time To Ride, Henrietta, Melting Lights > Live It Up > Poseidon > Jessica > Poseidon, Upfunk > Drums > Upfunk, Spacejam > The Hop > F.U.*Encore: Fun In FunkNotes: *with Rob Somerville (Kung Fu / Deep Banana Blackout) on tenor sax