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by Andrew Sacher

Paul Kantner

Last night the rock world suffered yet another tragic loss, the death of Paul Kantner, co-founder, guitarist, singer and songwriter of psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane. Both the Airplane and their neighbors the Grateful Dead celebrated 50th anniversaries last year, and while the Dead gained a larger following over time, it was the Airplane who had the more fruitful career in the 1960s era of peace, love, and psychedelic rock. They're best known for "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love," two songs that Grace Slick brought with her to JA from her previous band The Great Society (the latter written by her brother-in-law Darby), but those songs are just a small sample of what this band achieved.

Paul Kantner became increasingly crucial to the band's songwriting as they went on, and he continued to contribute his own lead vocals to some of the band's best songs. Some of his greatest achievements came outside of Jefferson Airplane too. His 1970 sci-fi concept album Blows Against the Empire (credited to Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship, but recorded with a much different lineup than his band Jefferson Starship who formed four years later) is an overlooked classic of that era. The better-known concept albums of the time were mostly by British bands (The Who, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, etc), but BATE had a who's who of the San Francisco scene giving those bands a run for their money. Before officially starting Jefferson Starship, he knocked out two more great albums with Grace Slick, 1971's Sunfighter and 1973's Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun, the latter of which was credited to Kantner, Slick and Quicksilver Messenger Service's David Freiberg. He had some fine moments in early Jefferson Starship, but that band's slicked-up production didn't do him much justice. His strongest era was from 1967 to 1973.

To honor the passing of yet another rock visionary, here's 15 essential Paul Kantner songs from that era...

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David Crosby at 2015 Clearwater Festival (photo by Noel Casler)
David Crosby Clearwater

It isn't too often that a well respected rock and roll vocalist who's more than five decades into his career as an artist decides to hit the stage with only the support of a few acoustic guitars and an assortment of memories.

Despite this, David Crosby is offering one of the more unique and instantly striking stage shows around over the course of his 2015 summer tour in support of his latest offering 'Croz,' which upon it's release last year marked the singer's first studio album in twenty years.

...Most of the evening was dedicated to lesser known, reflective songs spanning the course of Crosby's extensive career - "I'm not going to try some of the heavier songs, that needs a full band and I'm not that good of a guitar player," the singer explained, despite contradicting opinions from the audience.

This made enough room for the addition of two songs from The Byrds, which Crosby was a founding member of. The pairing of an acoustic guitar reached notes on "Triad" and "Everybody's Been Burned" where there typically would've been another vocalist onstage to reach, but the result was met with strong praise from the crowd. [Music Enthusiastic Magazine]

Folk rock legend David Crosby has been on tour, and this past weekend he was just north of NYC at Croton, NY's Clearwater Festival. As the above review points out, he played solo and included a handful of deep cuts, like his standout Byrds song about a threesome, "Triad." Check out a great quality video of him playing that one at the Croton fest, below.

Croz continues on tour through July, and he hits NYC proper on Thursday (6/25) at Town Hall. Tickets for Thursday's show are still available.

All dates are listed, with that video, below...

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photo: Clearwater Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Clearwater Festival 2014

The Clearwater Festival is this weekend (June 20 & 21) Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Since we last posted, the fest added David Crosby, The B-52's Kate Pierson and Citizen Cope to the lineup of Neko Case, The Felice Brothers, Guster, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and lots more. Tickets are still available, and children 12 and under get in for free. Daily schedules are here.

If you cant make it to Clearwater Fest, WFUV will be broadcasting select sets live:

On Saturday, June 20, the live broadcast begins at 3 p.m. with Los Lobos on the Rainbow Stage, followed by Neko Case. The Saturday broadcast will also include Angelique Kidjo and will conclude with the Citizen Cope Band's set, beginning at approximately 7:45 p.m.

WFUV's broadcast from Clearwater on Sunday, June 21 begins at 12 p.m. with Blind Boys of Alabama, followed by The Lone Bellow, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Ani DiFranco, Guster, and the festival finale with The Mavericks, beginning at approximately 7:35 p.m.

Next Friday (6/26) WFUV will broadcast from Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. They'll also broadcast two Celebrate Brooklyn! shows from Prospect Park: Rhiannon Giddens & Joe Henry (7/18) and Willie Nelson & Family (8/12).

photo: David Crosby at City Winery in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

David Crosby was once the radical musician who pushed The Byrds in a more psychedelic direction until it resulted in his departure, and then formed one of the greatest folk rock supergroups of all time. And as Stereogum points out, yesterday the 73-year-old legend himself took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, including a lot about his opinions on other people's music.

Here's what Croz had to say about Kanye West:

As for someone who does have talent, Billy Joel...

If you didn't already know, Croz has kept up to date too. He digs Fleet Foxes, the band you may have heard compared to CSNY:

And Wilco:

And Jessica Pratt:

He likes Kanye collaborator Paul McCartney:

But thinks he'd only work with 'Ye to widen his audience:

He loves Brian Wilson:

But definitely not Mike Love:

There's at least a chance you could see him jam with Phil Lesh during all this Grateful Dead excitement:

But not at the actual Dead shows in Chicago or the Jerry tribute in Maryland:

He does not dig The Doors though:

And last but not least (for now), Ryley Walker asked him about bongs:

You can read way more of the very entertaining Q&A at his Twitter.

Listen to some of Crosby's finest (and one of his weirdest) moments below...

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Photos by Greg Cristman

David Crosby @ City Winery, 1/28/2014
David Crosby

You wrote many of these songs with your son James Raymond. What was it like working with him?

It's a joy. He's maturing as a writer. He's becoming better and better. Sometimes I think he's better than me. He's a fantastic musician and a great poet, and he's my son, so we have a DNA connection.

How is it opening your shows with the new album?

Risky business. We did it in Santa Barbara [Calif.] as warm-up. It went down well, but I was scared. In show business, there's a rule that you do not sing an entire set of brand-new s--- they've never heard before. - [AM NY]

A genuine rock legend, David Crosby just released Croz, his first solo studio album in 20 years. (Stream it via Rdio.) He's currently on tour where he plays the new album in full and then follows with a set of classics from throughout his career. That tour is currently in NYC where, last night (1/28), Crosby played his first of three shows at City Winery. Pictures and setlist from that show are in this post.

Crosby is also working on a three-disc CSNY live box set recorded on their 1974 tour. Look out for that. Crosby plays City Winery again tonight (1/29) and Friday (1/31), both of which are sold out. More pics from night 1 below....

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson released his new album, Fanfare, in October. The highly orchestral, big-sounding record features contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman, Wilco's Patrick Sansone, and Mike Campbell & Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. You can stream the whole album below.

In February, Wilson will be going on tour, including two shows in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on 2/12 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/14. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/20) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of David Crosby, he's got some full band dates at City Winery in January which are all sold out.

All Jonathan Wilson tour dates are listed, along with the new album stream, below...

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This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...

After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]
Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.

HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).

Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.

Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...

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