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Listen: Galactic’s new song “Dollar Diva”

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    In the grand tradition of jam bands, acts such as Phish, moe., and Widespread Panic serve as the benchmark for wayfaring road warriors. But there’s another, slightly less prominent group that’s been just as prolific for just as long: New Orleans jazz-funk band Galactic. Since forming in the early ’90s, the quintet has played countless shows, reguarly alongside the likes of The Roots, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers, Aaron Neville, and Living Colour’s Corey Glover. (Glover’s since taken on a regular position as vocalist). Add on to that a new album nearly every year — most recently 2012’s Carnivale Electricos — and it’s clear Galactic are profoundly vital to the jam band culture.

    While there’s no word yet of a new record, the collective’s maintaining a regular touring and release schedule. Later this month, they’ll embark on a massive US tour, and with that announcement comes a brand new standalone single entitled, “Dollar Diva”. Building on the primal and often celebratory vibes of Carnivale Electricos, the band blends together a funky bassline, steady jazz-inspired drums, and Afrobeat guitar for a groove as rich and pulsating as it is worldly. Enhancing that raw energy is the layers of harmonies, with The Revivalists frontman Dave Shaw’s sing-rap style, like a bluesier version of early ’90s Anthony Kiedis, an alluring match for Maggie Koerner’s lusty choruses.

    Listen in below:

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    Galactic 2014 Tour Dates:
    01/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
    01/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    02/01 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
    02/04 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
    02/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
    02/06 – Westbury, NY @ The Space at Westbury
    02/07 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues *
    02/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
    02/09 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
    02/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
    02/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
    02/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    02/14 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre #
    02/15 – New York, NY @ TERMINAL 5 #
    02/28 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
    03/01 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
    03/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
    03/06 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
    03/08 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
    03/09 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
    03/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
    03/11 – Victor, ID @ Knotty Pine
    03/13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
    03/14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    03/15 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre
    03/16 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club
    03/18 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
    03/19 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
    03/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
    03/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    03/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    04/27 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
    05/31 – Blackstock, SC @ Blackstock Music Festival

    * = w/ Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
    # = w/ JJ Grey & Mofro

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