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  • Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Live)

    Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Live)

    Last week, we shared the exciting news that Stevie Wonder will be hitting the road next month for his first tour in five years. Bassist Nate Watts will be holding down the low end once again for the R&B legend. The whole thing got my on a Stevie Wonder kick… including this live performance of... »

  • Sting: Demolition Man (Live)

    Sting: Demolition Man (Live)

    Today we celebrate the birthday of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (you may know him better as Sting). As many here, I was a big fan of The Police back in the day, so it was cool to hear that Sting was doing a “Back to the Bass” tour in 2011. Here’s Sting on that tour... »

  • Diskord: Horrid Engine

    Diskord: Horrid Engine

    Norwegian group Diskord is about to release a mini-LP called Oscillations, and the group has offered a look at the release with a video for their song “Horrid Engine.” The band’s over-the-top heavy sound is anchored by bassist Eyvind Axelsen. “The music can perhaps be described as progressive, slightly weird, death metal with old-school elements... »

  • Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance

    Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance

    Last night, Aretha Franklin took the stage as musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Queen of Soul, now 72, sang her version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” before she and the band segued into “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The legendary singer was once again backed by Jerry Jemmott, who... »

  • Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

    Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

    Les Claypool has always marched to the beat of his own drum. That’s why we’re celebrating his birthday today with a clip of the trio playing “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” from their 1989 radio performance on Stanford’s KZSU. The video captures the band’s eclectic energy as they start with a spacey atmosphere before... »

  • Federico Malaman: Doctor Mike

    Federico Malaman: Doctor Mike

    Bassist Federico Malaman sent me his brand new video of him doing a cover of a tune by another terrific Italian bassist, Pippo Matino. The tune is “Doctor Mike”, which Pippo wrote as a dedication to guitarist Mike Stern. The first video below is Federico’s cover. The second one is the original. To both I... »

  • Seven7: Free

    Seven7: Free

    British metal outfit Seven7 is gearing up for their upcoming third album, The Follower, which is due in November. Here’s their latest video for “Free,” which features bassist Arran McSporran keeping it heavy on his 6-string fretless. »

  • Victor Wooten Band: 2014 Jazz Series – Live

    Victor Wooten Band: 2014 Jazz Series – Live

    On April 27th, Victor Wooten performed with his band in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The lineup included Vic’s brothers Regi (guitar) and Joseph (keys), along with drummer Derico Watson and vocalist Krystal Peterson. The group start things off with Vic’s tune “Brooklyn” from Words and Tones, which they keep as a theme throughout the... »

  • Umphrey’s McGee: Puppet String

    Umphrey’s McGee: Puppet String

    Here’s a great clip of Umphrey’s McGee in the studio performing “Puppet String” from their latest release, Similar Skin. The band builds an atmosphere before bassist Ryan Stasik comes in at the 1:14 mark with a cool slap line that becomes the centerpiece of the song. The band goes on to groove hard on unison... »

  • Postmodern Jukebox with Kate Davis: All About That [Upright] Bass

    Postmodern Jukebox with Kate Davis: All About That [Upright] Bass

    Ever since Meghan Trainor released her single “All About That Bass,” we’ve been getting tons of email and Facebook messages about it. We can certainly appreciate the song’s chorus, “You know I’m all about that bass, no treble.” It has a nice ring to it. Postmodern Jukebox took things a step further with this swing... »