It’s been a whirlwind year for the Jon Stickley Trio! On the tail of their 2015 fan funded and independent release, Lost at Last, the band has just released a brand new 5-song EP, Triangular, and a Kickstarter campaign to help them head back into Echo Mountain Recording Studios with Producer Dave King (Of The Bad Plus). King also produced Lost At Last last year.With the success of Lost At Last, it’s no surprise that the band is so excited to get their new music out to the people. Music from Lost At Last was played worldwide, and the band was able to perform at over 100 festivals and venues across the country in support of it. The group continues to find new followers, and with both the new Triangular album and the future unnamed project, the music will only propel them forward!Stickley and his band are eager to head into the studio in December to record this new full length album, but they need our help. The band launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday that will run through 11/11, with a fundraising goal of $28,000. The band says, “We’ve set our goal at $28,000, which is substantially less than what the realistic costs add up to, because we understand that this is a group effort, and we are a part of that group!”Anyone that donates $5 or more toward the new full length album will get one song from Triangular as an immediate download. The track is called “Blackburn Brothers” and it is a funky trio version of a tune Stickley originally wrote with his brother Jeff while down at the Carolina coast. It features expressive solos by Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett, syncing up with their signature, on point unison melody playing at the end. The song also highlights a danceable, somewhat-Latin drum beat.We’re excited to host the premiere of “Blackburn Brothers,” which you can stream below! You can also download the track with a $5 donation on the Kickstarter page, and download the full Triangular EP with a $10 donation.The full Kickstarter funds will go towards the recording, mixing, mastering, and pressing of the new album, as well as promotion in print and radio. Stickley says, “This was such a huge part of the success of Lost at Last and since we didn’t plan for it last time, we added it in this time around.” They’ve also budgeted in album art, photos and graphic designs that will all be a part of the new album as well.Don’t miss an opportunity to bring this album to life by showing your support! You can also catch the band on the road, with tour dates running throughout the end of 2016. For more information, you can head to the Trio’s website.Jon Stickley Trio On Tour 201610/14 Fri – PLC Land Jam – Carolina Theatre – Greensboro, NC*10/15-16 Sat-Sun – Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL10/17 Mon – Beaches Museum History Park Chapel – Jacksonville, Fl10/20 Thu – NC State Fair – Raleigh, NC10/21 Fri – House Concert – Durham, NC10/22 – Cat’s Cradle- Carrboro, NC11/2 Wed – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL11/3 Thu – The Ale & The Witch – St. Petersburg, FL11/4 Fri – Fogarty Community Media and Arts Center – Sarasota, FL11/5 Sat – Arts Garage – Delray Beach, FL11/9 Wed – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL11/10 Thu – Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL11/11 Fri – Point Ybel Brewing – Fort Myers, FL11/12 Sat – The Funky Buddha – Boca Raton, FL11/13 Sun – Fifth and Thomas Kitchen – Tallahassee, FL12/7 Wed – WDVX Tennessee Shines @ Boyd’s Jig & Reel – Knoxville, TN12/30 Fri – The National – Richmond, VA ^12/31 Sat – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC #* w. Ricky Skaggs^ w. The Infamous Stringdusters# w. The Honeycutters[Photo via Heather Hambor]
On Valentine’s Day, Syracuse-based hip-hop band Sophistafunk released Real Vibration, their newest collection of material, featuring seven high-quality cuts as well as their seven corresponding instrumentals. The trio, made up of keyboardist/bassist Adam Gold, drummer Emanuel Washington, and MC Jack Brown, have made a name for themselves in a live music scene that appreciates–though often doesn’t heavily feature–hip-hop by taking an eclectic approach to their music. Explains Brown, “Our style blends funk, soul, and jam music with East Coast hip-hop flows, which are known for wordplay, rhyme schemes, and lyricism. The music is about similar themes as Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Talib Kweli, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, and hopefully it inpires more people to get down with the message of peace and unity.”The group has kept busy over the past few years touring with funk and jam bands like The Motet, Orgone, EOTO and Dumpstaphunk, among others, helping cement themselves as a sort of “hip-hop band for the jam fan.” As Brown explains, “You know, back in the day on the northeast scene, you always had hip hop artists collaborating with the jam bands and funky musicians of the era. I think it’s because the positive, conscious message of underground hip hop has always resonated with the psychedelic music community. For example, there were groups like Granola Funk Express that spawned on the festival circuit and carried the torch for both movements. [Adam Gold] was a teenager going to the Wetlands in NYC around this time. Through the years over there you’d have The Roots playing downstairs, or Soulive, and so many others laying the foundation for what we now consider ‘jam,’ ‘live EDM,’ and ‘neo-soul’. Remember, the so-called ‘genres’ that people buy on the internet are not born independently. This was all happening at the same time, often in the same rooms, on the live music scene, which was – and still is – a living, breathing organism.”Real Vibration perfectly embodies Brown’s assessment of Sophistafunk’s unique sound, featuring seven tracks worth of blunt-ride beats and Internet-age paranoia and resistance. Funky protest track “Translucent” offers itself as a “musical solution to mass pollution,” with Brown delivering biting bars that evoke the style of heady underground MCs like Atmosphere‘s Slug. “This Life” sees Brown shine some light on the outfit’s musical DNA–part funk and jam, part beats and bars–as he proclaims “I love live music” over a 90s-style back beat.The socially conscious “No More War” dips into the chaotic paranoia of our social media society, as sparse funk interspersed with digital fills mirrors the chaos of today’s world, before well-placed horns bolster the song’s “we gotta love each other” refrain.“Make Em Clap” continues on the album’s conscious themes, as Brown proclaims, “I’m not a rapper, I’m an activist”–though lines like “esoteric eloquence/Still I stay relevant” show that there’s room for him to be a bit of both.“Duke of Errl” tells the saga of “dabs,” sampling sound bytes of TV news PSA’s warning parents about the perils of marijuana concentrates. Toking-up is far from an unusual topic in hip-hop, but few artists have hit the relatively new wax trend head-on like Sophistafunk does on this track. They approach the topic with equal parts enjoyment for its pros and restrained caution for its cons, with extra pep added by layered horn fills courtesy of Andy Frasco & The U.N.‘s Ernie Chang. Brown even earns extra “heady points” shouting out The Lot (“You can find me on Shakedown Street”).The album rounds out with title track “Real Vibration,” a slow jam laden with enthrallingly spacey synths. It serves as an appropriate coda for the LP: laid-back vibes, mindful rhymes, and THC-infused good times. Take a dab and press play. This is one session you definitely want to get down on.
Granit Xhaka and Arsenal’s players suffered defeat in the Europa League final (AMA/Getty Images)Granit Xhaka has revealed that Unai Emery and Arsenal’s players were in silence after their defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening.The Gunners have missed out on Champions League qualification once again after they were hammered 4-1 by Maurizio Sarri’s side in Baku.Chelsea went 3-0 up before Alex Iwobi scored an excellent goal to hand Arsenal a lifeline, but the Gunners’ hopes were extinguished as Eden Hazard scored his second of the game just three minutes later.Arsenal’s players and Emery looked dejected after the final whistle and Xhaka has revealed the reaction inside their dressing room following the defeat.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Him [Emery], the players, nobody speaks in the dressing room,’ said Xhaka. Unai Emery said nothing to his players inside Arsenal’s dressing room (AMA/Getty Images)Asked why Emery did not say anything, Xhaka said: ‘I don’t know. He was disappointed of course.‘I think we know how we played. We know we lost the game.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It is not about shouting. It is not about shouting everything if we lose.‘You can say a lot now but it is not the time to explain why and what happens.‘I think it was a big chance for us and we didn’t take it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 May 2019 12:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Granit Xhaka reveals Unai Emery reaction in Arsenal’s dressing room after Europa League final defeat to Chelsea Advertisement