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The Revivalists: Show preview

Where: The Blue Note

When: Tuesday, March 14. Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.

Tickets: $22

Transcending: The single word that defines the music created by the ever-talented seven-piece band known as The Revivalists. To be the best and the most successful in the music business, an artist must defy genre limitations and expose their fans and themselves to a melting pot of music. That being said, The Revivalists have beautifully transcended these expectations by creating songs that encompass the various sounds and rhythmic grooves of alternative rock, soul, blues, R&B and progressive trance, and ultimately provide that jam band feel.

Fun fact: “Jam band” describes musical groups whose performances feature extensive musical improvisation and long sets of songs that cross genre boundaries.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of crossing paths with any of The Revivalists’ stellar tunes, let me introduce them to your life and give you a few reasons to come check them out.

Ever heard of Galactic?

or Dumpstaphunk?

If you’re a fan of either, you know that jazzy, funky, bluesy, chill vibes sail from these bands’ cores. Drawing inspiration from their New Orleans roots, each band cultivates a unique groove that withstands the minimalist sounds of funk and soul music. With each performance, listeners release themselves to the undeniable synergy between the universe, body and soul.

How about Dave Matthews Band?

Or O.A.R.?

Unlike Galactic or Dumpstaphunk, both of these bands have a more subtle, smooth, alternative rock sound that connects fans to the world around them. Each band’s lead singers have distinct vocals that successfully unite with background instrumentals and rhythmic variations, resulting in a fusion. Although the use of more classical sounds differentiate them from the previously mentioned bands, their general jam band approach remains the same.

While each band delivers their own unique form of this style of music, they all have something in common. Each of them transposes the organization of their chords and melodic noises to get listeners lost in the music and in touch with their roots. They exemplify the past by digging into their original musical roots, which today have become so easy to lose a sense of.

If you answered yes to knowing any of the above bands, check out this playlist illuminating The Revivalists’ exploration and reconciliation of various stylistic and harmonious sounds and get ready to jam tonight.


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Show Review: Dopapod and TAUK at Mojo’s

The audience at Mojo’s Tuesday night were treated to a crash course in contemporary jam bands, as openers TAUK and headliners Dopapod played their own brands of electronically tinged improvisation at their first Columbia show.

The instrumental group TAUK had a spacey, krautrock vibe to their wordless jams, though that’s not to say they were confined to one genre. TAUK seemed to weave through psychedelic rock, jazz, hard funk, and even some hip-hop beats for good measure.

At one point, they even performed a sprawling cover of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” that seemed to meander through multiple genres. Starting out as a straightforward cover, the song soon devolved into a hazy extended improvised jam with a rising tension that crescendoed as the band reigned in the noodling for an explosive finish.

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Though TAUK reminded me of a grittier Sound Tribe Sector 9, Dopapod made me think of a groovier Umphrey’s McGee. The Boston-born four-piece played a marathon two sets filled with uplifting progressive rock and smooth, dirty dance grooves. The most notable difference between Dopapod and TAUK’s set were how many people were getting down with they bad selves at Dopapod.

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Dopapod were like a dancier version of Yes, with harmonized vocals fighting to be heard over rhythmic jamming. The band was musically tight, showcasing their group virtuosity by moving through extended jams while keeping in-sync, always ready to keep up with a bandmates improvisation.

Their jams were epic in length, with middle sections so long you think they’ve moved on to an entirely different song until they reprise the first part of the song. At one point they teased the riff of White Zombies’ “Thunder Kiss ’65,” which had me running through the Guitar Hero soundtrack in my head throughout the show trying to think of that title. You the real MVP, Google.

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Between songs, guitarist Rob Compa joked that the band wasn’t used to the crowd not talking among themselves during the show, which I usually prefer to be the case, truth be told. Keyboardist Eli Winderman offered a coy challenge to the crowd in response to Compa, saying “Or just pay very close attention to everything we are doing up here.”

With such a fiery introductory show, Dopapod can’t return to Columbia soon enough.

This blog post was written by Zachary Van Epps, contributing writer for The Blue Note.


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Dopapod and TAUK are bringing the improvisational instrumental funk: Show Preview

Where: Mojo’s
When:
October 7, doors at 8:00 p.m.
Ticket cost:
$10
Openers: TAUK

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Are you feeling the urge to jam out, but don’t want any lead singers muddying up those crunchy grooves? The genre hopping instrumental band Dopapod can help sate your appetite for noodling guitars, explosive drops and all things improvisational. Well, I don’t think the band does improvisational comedy. Who knows though, stage banter is an art form after all.

Dopapod play a hazy mix of rock, jazz, electronic and progressive. Their meandering songs, which can stretch upwards of twenty minutes, move from hard bopping dance tunes to heady jams that can only be summed up as, “Woah.”

Drifting from metal to funk to soul in the course of a song, the four members of Dopapod showcase their tight live rapport by following one another’s improvisations throughout a song. They can settle into a groove, ramp up a tune or just go all out wild at the drop of a dime, with no member left playing catch up.

I know we all love to joke about opening acts, but I think we can skip the jibes when taulking about TAUK, another instrumental, electronically leaning jam band.

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Like Dopapod, TAUK straddle the genre divide. They are like a tourist at the Four Corners, trying to fit his arms and legs into different states. TAUK have their fingers in jam, funk, krautrock, psychedelia, progressive, the list goes on. You just never know where TAUK will tauke it next.

Also like Dopapod, TAUK are an insanely tight live act. They utilize what I like to call the “Pixies Effect,” going from quiet to loud at the drop of a hat. One moment they’re in a smooth light jam, then before you can say “groovy,” they are going TAUK-to-the-wall crazy.

I’m sorry, I know I’ve tauken this joke a little too far. It’s just getting tauky now.