Bear Creek is widely known as a truly unique and special festival community. There is a reason people tend to go back year after year, and we found this to be highly justified. First and foremost, it [...]
Fitz and the Tantrums came to Boston this weekend for a pair of back to back shows at the House Of Blues, in Fenway’s silent shadow. The opener, Big Data, got the crowd warmed up and involved, playi[...]
Returning to the Northeast for the first time in almost three years, when the String Cheese Incident announced that they were playing a two-night run at Port Chester's The Capitol Theatre, you had to [...]
The Ogden Theatre was lit up last Friday, 11/14, to the sounds of Dance Party Time Machine, an ambitious collaboration between a multitude of Local and National Acts. The group featured Marc Brownstei[...]
Since 2005, The Polish Ambassador has been creating some of the funkiest, glitchiest dance music available today. His first project, Diplomatic Immunity, was released in 2007, and the artist has consi[...]
Want to know what life is like on tour for your favorite band? Want to hear what the musicians have to say about your favorite festival? How about getting an idea of what is going through the mind of a front man when he is looking back at you from the stage? If you want to get inside the mindset of the musician, we’ve got you covered!
In this installment of L4LM Artist Direct Connect we get a glimpse at a small slice of the hectic tour life of Southeast natives The Mantras.
Since 2005, the band has been perfecting their unique and infectious sound characterized by high energy and precision. It is fusion of jam, metal, funk, and rock 'n roll that grabs you by the balls and gets your groove going. The Mantras continue to impress their peers, and win over new fans at every turn with their instrumental prowess, positive lyrics, and unending drive to put on an amazing show every night! This rising profile has resulted in an incredible year, seeing The Mantras and their members sharing stages in double-bills and direct support for the likes of Umphrey's McGee, Eoto, George Clinton and P-Funk, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and many more.
We have been out on the road for the past couple weeks pushing our brand new album, “Jambands Ruined My Life”, and decided to keep tabs on some of the play by plays, day by day. We have eight people in our crew – this includes the five band members — Keith Allen on guitar, Brian Tyndall on bass, Justin Powell on keys, Justin Loew on drums, and me, Brent Vaughn on percussion. We also travel with a FOH sound engineer (Matt Gordon), a projectionist (Dustin Klein) and a tour manager/merch slinger/ band mom (Lindsay Harris). Here’s a run-down of what we have been up to lately. Enjoy! - Brent Vaughn The Mantras / percussion
January 22, 2013 – Album Release
ruined my life”. He was just being sarcastic and funny, but we’ve been saying that one liner ever since. We have now realized that the clever statement has multiple interpretations. “Jambands” hardly ever make it, or get big, but this impossible dream has kind of “ruined” all of our lives in the eyes of the generic population out there. We’ll never be doctors, or lawyers, or stock brokers. Oh well, we are just going to roll with it. What have we got to lose?
January 25, 2013 @ Peasant’s – Greenville, NC
January 26, 2013 @ The National – Richmond, VA w/ Umphrey’s McGee
tiny nibble. Bruce travels with us from show to show, collects super heady hat pins, flirts with all the ladies, and has his very own Facebook page. If Bruce is not on the stage while we are playing, we do not have a good show. We have definitely jinxed ourselves on that one.
January 30, 2013 @ Headliners – Toledo, OH w/ Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
January 31, 2013 @ The Loft – Lansing, MI w/ Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
The co-engineer/secret-agent-man of “Jambands Ruined My Life”, Jim Leep surprised us at the show — Jim is our tour manager Lindsay’s inspirado. He lives by the “there’s no such thing as Problems, just Solutions” method. Jim tour managed Ali Baba’s Tahini (Jake’s side project – our keyboardist, Justin Powell, joined ABT for their most recent album/tour)
February 1, 2013 @ Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL w/ Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
February 6, 2013 @ The Pour House – Charleston, SC w/ Big Something
February 9, 2013 @ Dub’s Pub – Savannah GA
February 15, 2013
Don't miss the Mantras NYC tour stop:
Friday, February 22nd – The Mantras @ Sullivan Hall
214 Sullivan Street – New York, NY
w/ Turbine, Newton Crosby, Chromatic, and Tweed
$10 in advance // $12 day of show
(Turbine headlines – The Mantras play right before them)
Brand new album titled "Jambands Ruined My Life" available for "name your own price" download at www.themantras.com
Well, rest assured we won't be visiting Lake Worth, FL anytime soon, especially after watching the video below. Rapper Stitches (the guy with faceful of tattooed stitches), got all sorts of grimey at [...]
Howard Stern sent one of his correspondents, Wolfie, out to a Phish parking lot prior to one of their summer shows. Wolfie interviewed a number of fans, just outside of The Mann in Philadelphia, and t [...]
As it turns out, despite Howard Stern's lampooning, Phish fans are actually smarter than the average fan. A study performed by the site Music That Makes You Dumb has resulted in a comprehensive corre [...]
With the recent announcement that Furthur is no longer, Grateful Dead fans have been dying to know if the band's surviving members have any plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015. Today, un [...]
Phish returned to Los Angeles for their only area performance on Friday October 24th, playing a stellar show at the renovated Forum, their first visit to the storied venue since 2003. Compared to last [...]
Throughout his 15 year career, San Francisco’s Bassnectar has played countless music festivals, toured as frequently as possible and rocked sold out stadiums across America. But, up until last Satur [...]
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Pink Talking Fish bassist Eric Gould. Even then, Gould was getting excited just talking about his band's upcoming performance of Dark Side Of [...]
Phish are the masters of unpredictability. The band had a long-held tradition of performing a "musical costume" on Halloween, covering another band's album in its entirety. Last year, despite many, m [...]
We're about to embark on the road with our favorite funk powerhouse, Lettuce, hitting cities all over the US - from Austin to Nashville to NYC and many in between! Throughout the tour, the boys will b [...]
The 10th Annual Art Outside Festival kicks off in Texas on Friday with a stacked lineup that includes Emancipator, Conspirator, the Motet and the Polish Ambassador. We caught up with Motet drummer Dav [...]
Besides beignets, po boys and chicory coffee, there’s a lot of culture to be absorbed in The Big Easy, and live music is part of it. Give your ears a true taste of Crescent City at The Voodoo Music [...]
As far as top tier classic rock bands go, the diversity of The Who's catalog often seems to be forgotten. While tracks like “Baba O’Riley” and “My Generation” get played on the radio, modern [...]
Read the Album Review
Read the Album Review
Read the Album Review
Help out Live For Live Music as a writer, photographer, or as a member of our street team for the chance to win awesome perks!