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John Entwistle Named Greatest Bassist Of All Time

April 1st, 2011 8:02pm EDT
John Entwistle
Late The Who star John Entwistle has topped a new online poll to find the best bassist.

The rocker, who died in 2002, beat out Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea and Paul McCartney in the Rolling Stone readers survey.

In naming Entwistle the top man, the publication's editors state, "His solo on My Generation is probably the most famous bass solo in rock history."

"The Who have carried on since his sudden death in 2002, but their music has lacked Entwistle's thunder and been considerably weaker as a result."

Also making the top five: Rush's Geddy Lee and Les Claypool from Primus.

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Matisyahu Discusses His New Album 'Light'

August 24th, 2009 1:28pm EDT
Matisyahu Light
Matisyahu, best known for his hit 2004 reggae album "Shake Off the Dust… Arise" has a new album, "Light", that drops Tuesday, August 25th. Matisyahu discusses his inspiration behind the album, the recording process and how he learned to sing with a Patois accent.

Starpulse: Your new album "Light" comes across as being a beautiful, catchy and enjoyable work of art. Can you tell us a little bit about "Light" and what some of your influences and inspirations were going into the recording process?

Matisyahu: It's a product of a little bit of soul searching, who I am and my take on the ...
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2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
NOFX
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...
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Starpulse Q&A: Les Claypool's Quest for Electric Apricot

November 2nd, 2007 3:09pm EDT
Les Claypool
As the front man of Primus, Les Claypool's sense of humor has always been on display, and it takes center stage in National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo. Written, directed, and starring Claypool, the film chronicles the journey of Electric Apricot, a jam band recording its first album and hoping to perform at Festeroo, a popular music festival. As outrageous as the situations that the band faces may be, Claypool explains that everything was grounded in his own experiences as an entertainer. Suddenly fame isn't as glamorous if it means having severed hog limbs thrown...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 29

September 29th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Les Claypool
Happy Birthday to Playboy Playmate/Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak (1969), Primus bassist Les Claypool (1964), "Desperate Housewives" actor Roger Bart (1962), singer Jennifer Rush (1960), comedian Andrew Dice Clay (1957), Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farmer (1948), TV host Bryant Gumbel (1948), jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (1942), "Deadwood" star Ian McShane (1942), "Young Frankenstein" actress Madeline Kahn (1942; d. 1999), "M*A*S*H" actor Larry Linville (1939; d. 2000), singer Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), director Stanley Kramer (1913; d. 2001), English actor Trevor Howard (1913; d. 1988), actor/...
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Primus Front Man Les Claypool Set To Release Solo Tour DVD, 'Fancy'; Win It

May 30th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Les Claypool
(Los Angeles, CA) - On May 29, renowned bassist and legendary Primus frontman Les Claypool released Fancy (Prawn Song), his first solo live concert DVD from his 2006 summer tour with his latest group of accomplished players. A major market tour commences May 23 in Minneapolis and wraps July 14 at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV.

Fancy shows the latest band at its peak performance. With long time associates Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, marimba and percussion (both of Garage a Trois and Critters' Buggin'), the band is rounded out by Cake drummer Paolo Baldi and mu...
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11th Annual 'All Good Music Festival' Expands Talent Lineup With 2nd Wave Of Acts

April 24th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Drive-By Truckers
Six more stellar acts have been added to the ever-expanding talent lineup of the 11th Annual All Good Music Festival as its celebrates the diversity and loyalty of the improvisational music scene with its most extensive and intensive lineup to date. Drive-By Truckers, Benevento/Russo Duo, Sam Bush, The Bridge, Lee Boys and the Ryan Montbleau Band have come aboard the East Coast's longest-running camping event for its return to the magnificent Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, July 13-15, 2007.

They join many of the improvisational scene's leading attractions - Bob Weir & RatDog, t...
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Leftover Salmon To Reunite At 11th Annual All Good Music Festival

March 30th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Leftover Salmon
Walther Productions is excited announce that Leftover Salmon has chosen the 11th Annual All Good Music Festival for its exclusive East Coast festival appearance when the longtime pillars of the improvisational music scene reunite this summer.

Vince Herman (acoustic guitar, vocals), Drew Emmitt (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Jeff Sipe (drums), Greg Garrison (bass, vocals), Bill McKay (keyboards, vocals), and Noam Pikelny (banjo) will be ending their 27-month hiatus by filling the West Virginia mountains with the trademark polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass sound that propelled Leftover Salmon fro...
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Morello's Festival Show Becomes An All-Star Jam

March 16th, 2007 4:19pm EDT
Rage
Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello thrilled fans at his South By Southwest festival appearance last night when he turned his show into an all-star jam.

What was supposed to be a solo acoustic set at the Parish club in Austin, Texas turned into a star-studded festival highlight as pals like Slash, Perry Farrell, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and Primus frontman Les Claypool joined the rocker onstage.

The unannounced jam session continued well into this morning and ended when a jubilant Morello told fans, "I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend, 'cos you ai...
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10,000 Lakes Festival Heads Into Fifth Year with Jam Heavyweights

December 7th, 2006 4:36pm EST
10KLF
The fifth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) will provide an unforgettable weekend of live musical performances and campout experiences held July 18 – 21 at the scenic Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. A yearly tradition for music lovers nationwide, 10KLF has quickly established itself as a premier festival destination.

The initial festival artist lineup includes members of the Grateful Dead and Phish leading their contemporary ensembles, along with a diverse cross-section of talent from the improvisational music scene. With dozens of bands still to be added in the coming m...
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Primus To Release Retrospective CD And Tour DVD

October 13th, 2006 12:22pm EDT
Primus
The mighty Primus--bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry Lalonde and drummer Tim Alexander--return this fall with a formidable one-two-three punch. October 17 will bring twin releases: their first-ever retrospective CD They Can't All Be Zingers (Interscope/UMe) and a new DVD Blame It On The Fish (on their own Frizzle Fry Inc. imprint), subtitled "An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour De Fromage," their triumphant reunion trek.

The digitally remastered 16-selection They Can't All Be Zingers spans the band's career from 1990 to 2003, featuring all of its original Modern Rock hits--"Je...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 29

September 29th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Les Claypool
Happy Birthday to Playboy Playmate/Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak (1969), Primus bassist Les Claypool (1964), "Desperate Housewives" actor Roger Bart (1962), singer Jennifer Rush (1960), comedian Andrew Dice Clay (1957), Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farmer (1948), tv host Bryant Gumbel (1948), jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (1942), "Deadwood" star Ian McShane (1942), "Young Frankenstein" actress Madeline Kahn (1942; d. 1999), "M*A*S*H" actor Larry Linville (1939; d. 2000), singer Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), director Stanley Kramer (1913; d. 2001), English actor Trevor Howard (1913; d. 1988), actor/...
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Top Musicians Participate In "Wear Your Music" Campaign; Guitar String Bracelets Benefit Charities

August 30th, 2006 12:11pm EDT
John Mayer
Relix, the magazine for music, announced that top artists John Mayer, Keith Richards and Anna Nalick have been added to the list of musicians participating in its "Wear Your Music" campaign. Created by noted designer Hannah Gasner of AZU Studio, Relix President/Publisher Steve Bernstein and sponsored by DR Handmade Strings, the Relix Band is a fashionable accessory created by previously played strings from top artists. The bracelets are available at www.relix.com/wearyourmusic.

"I think this is a terrific idea and I'm more than happy to be a part of it," said Carlos Santana. "The chari...
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The Black Crowes To Headline 10th Annual All Good Music Festival, July 14-16

June 5th, 2006 11:02am EDT
The Black Crowes
The power-packed lineup for this year’s 10th Annual All Good Music Festival has been finalized, with John Medeski & The Itch Featuring Eric Krasno of Soulive and Adam Deitch, plus DJ Logic and Gary Jules completing the biggest, most eclectic array of performers in the history of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier camping music event. Indeed, with Trey Anastasio & Mike Gordon featuring The Duo headlining the first night, theBlack Crowes headlining the second night, and late-night sets by the Greyboy Allstars (Friday) and the Disco Biscuits (Saturday), Walther Productions is pulling out all stops to...
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Les Claypool Summer 2006 Tour Dates

May 19th, 2006 11:24pm EDT
Les Claypool
Bassist, songwriter (and now novelist, director, and movie star) Les Claypool will kick off a national tour at the Warfield in his hometown of San Francisco on June 1st. The tour runs through the end of July and includes stops at the Wakarusa and Bonnaroo festivals.

The tour will mark the release of Les Claypool's newest solo album 'Of Whales and Woe' (May 30th/Prawn Song) and comes in the midst of Claypool's most high profile month ever including the screening of his movie 'Electric Apricot' and his first novel 'South of the Pumphouse.'

Claypool will also have a few special event...
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Gabby La La Hits The Road With Morcheeba

November 23rd, 2005 10:15am EST
Gabby La La
Les Claypool prodigy and breakout jam star Gabby La La -- an outrageously inventive musician of eclectic musicality and endearing charm -- hits the road with Morcheeba for a nationwide tour. Kicking off November 29 at Boston's Avalon Ballroom, the tour includes stops at major venues from NYC's Nokia Theatre to San Francisco's Fillmore. Morcheeba is touring in support of their latest album Antidote (click for review), which came out earlier this year.

Having just wrapped up a major run with Claypool, who collaborated on her debut album 'Be Careful What You Wish For...' (Prawn Song), Ga...
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Les Claypool Readies DVD, Mockumentary, Book & New Primus Album

November 14th, 2005 8:52am EST
Les Claypool
As previously reported, on November 15 virtuoso songwriter, frontman, bassist, and visual alchemist Les Claypool will release the eye-popping DVD compilation "5 Gallons Of Diesel," spanning over a decade of Claypool's eclectic and creative material. But that's not the only thing Claypool has up his sleeve:

Claypool has just finished work on his first feature film. Entitled "Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo," The "mockumentary" spoof of the jamband scene features cameos from many of the biggest artists in that genre, and stars Claypool (who also wrote and directed the picture) as La...
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Les Claypool DVD Features Primus, Oysterhead & More

October 21st, 2005 9:03pm EDT
Les Claypool
Virtuoso songwriter, frontman, bassist, and visual alchemist Les Claypool will release the DVD "5 Gallons Of Diesel" -- a comprehensive overview of Claypool's solo projects and collaborations including over 3.5 hours of live performances and video footage -- November 15th on his own Prawn Song Records. The first ever video release of Claypool's solo career, '5 Gallons' follows on the heels of two wildly succesful Primus DVD's, the platinum 2003 release 'Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People' and 2004's gold 'Hallucino-Genetics Live.'

The eye-popping compilation spans over a decade...
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