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Listen: Galactic’s new song “Dollar Diva”

on January 24, 2014, 10:05am

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:

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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