After months of speculation, we can finally confirm that Axl Rose will be sitting out Guns N Roses induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a relatively uncontroversial letter published by the LA Times from Axl to “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern”, Axl explained why he “won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and…respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame”.Axl apparently did his due diligence in making this decision, claiming he “listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, ha discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artist’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts”.Ultimately, Axl felt “the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected”, due to “those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make)”, comments apparently directed at the decision to have Green Day induct the band. He continues, “and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things”.In what are probably the most Axl-like statements made in the latter, the front man declared, “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses””. Damn Axl. We get it.Check out the entire letter here:To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!Sincerely,Axl RoseP.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III
Umphrey’s McGee came back to New York this past weekend to celebrate “15 years of Facemelting”, with a Friday night spectacle at The Beacon Theatre. What this means exactly is that fifteen years ago at the University of Notre Dame Brendan Bayliss, Ryan Stasik, Joel Cummins, and former drummer Mike Mirro formed Umphrey’s McGee and played their very first show at Bridget McGuire’s Filling Station in South Bend, Indiana. The rest is history, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating this weekend for months.After starting this tour on fire in Buffalo and Syracuse the boys came down to the city for the heavily anticipated show at the largest (and most beautiful) venue they have played in New York City, The Beacon Theatre. Walking into this place, one cannot help but look up at the majesty that is the Beacon Theatre. The crowd was pretty diverse for an Umphrey’s show, but everyone seemed ready and waiting to get “Waful’d” in anticipation of what this show would have in store. After an intro of “Leave Me Las Vegas”, Jake immediately started the rock party vibe with a great “40′s Theme”. “Conduit” came next, and although this song hits some criticism among fans, I’ve always enjoyed it and this one even included some great additions. After chasing it for 25 shows, I finally got a “Roulette”. Besides it eluding me, it has always been a favorite that many fans were excited to hear.Just when I thought I couldn’t be happier, I heard the familiar intro to “Nothing Too Fancy”. If this song doesn’t force you to dance there is something very wrong; definitely a universal favorite every time and with an added Van Halen “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love” tease the energy truly went off the chart. A wook to my right was even dancing with full T-rex arms. As the “Ocean Billy” intro slowed the pace down his arms extended and the crowd went into a deep trance. Twenty minutes and some funky jams later my set was made. As their first cover of the night, the boys chose “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” by Radiohead. Admittedly a bit out of place, but covered perfectly. Just when everyone started to calm down, they ended the set with “Plunger” and brought it right back to rock. This left everyone still raging during setbreak. Whether it was the die hard fan in front of me, the kid behind me who decided to jump on tour from St. Louis, or the middle age couple powdering their noses just to my right; the crowd may be diverse, but they all came to party.Set two began with a couple of my recent favorites. “Puppet String” is definitely a favorite of the bands too since they have been playing it quite a bit. The bass is really funky and is one of the few times in which Ryan really stands out among the rest. They jammed “DBK” in there, which really just left me wanting the full thing, and I’m sure I am not alone on that one. Transitioning into “The Linear” was perfect; the clarity of Brendan’s vocals on this one really showed off the theatres speakers. “Professor Wormbog” came next, and besides feeling blessed at a near perfect show so far, you could really appreciate how they picked this set list around highlighting each member of the band at different segment in the show.“Wappy” brought in another dance party that got the crowd prepared for what came next, that being “Example 1″ featuring Bill Evans on sax. Below there is video of the first half, but if you can get a recording do take a listen to this, do it immediately (and the rest of the set while you’re at it). I really can’t say enough just how amazing it was to be there, and up so close at that, during this. For all the cover junkies that were not so thrilled with “Fishes”, the boys brought out a showstopper. “Life During Exodus”, a Talking Heads/Bob Marley/Frank Zappa cover. Paired with the rasta-themed lights Waful presented, this made the end of the second set one for the books.The boys came out for an encore of “Booth Love”. This got pretty funky, but the real treat was the “Puppet String” ending; this ended the show on a really high note. The energy pouring out onto the street as the show ended was unlike any Umphrey’s show I’ve been to in New York. As far as the venue, songs, and lights, it was as near to a perfect show as you can get. And the lights were magnificent, though this goes without saying when Waful is running the show. The music always stands on its own and then some, but those lights have made some instant fans. The only thing could be considered less than perfect was that the Brooklyn Lager sold out almost immediately; and even that is reaching. Though not at all Umphrey’s fault, they more then made up for this two days later with further celebration of their 15th anniversary at Brooklyn Bowl. Coverage of Brooklyn Bowl will follow shortly.-Jeffrey Moskovic Setlist01.18.2013 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, USASet 1: Leave Me Las Vegas > 40′s Theme, Conduit, Roulette, Nothing Too Fancy > Ocean Billy, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, PlungerSet 2: Puppet String -> The Linear > Professor Wormbog, Wappy Sprayberry > Example 1, Life During ExodusEncore: Booth Love -> Puppet String with Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen) teases; unfinished with Der Bluten Kat jam with Exodus (Bob Marley) teases and Theresa jam with Bill Evans on saxophone with Jake on keys“Example 1″ featuring Bill Evans:“Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”:
Jack White made headlines recently, when he set the world record for fastest album ever made. In just shy of 4 hours, White utilized a contraption called the Third Man Booth to record and press the album. Now, the popularized booth is going on the road.Last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young and Jack White both made guest appearances. Young was able to try out White’s booth, much to his liking. The legendary folk-rock musician played a cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” which was immediately pressed to vinyl on the show. And, here’s the brand new live Neil Young single.Cool, huh?-David Melamed (@Dmelamz)
The 2nd annual Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV, has announced its 2014 lineup. The festival, held over October 24-26 in Downtown Vegas, will feature headlining performances from Kany West, OutKast, The Foo Fighters, and The Arctic Monkeys.The festival will also see performances from The Flaming Lips, Lionel Richie, The Roots, Girl Talk, Alt-J, Phantogram, Holy Ghost!, Trampled By Turtles, OK Go, and more! The full list of artists can be seen below.Tickets for the festival go on sale this Thursday, June 26th, and more information about the festival can be found through their official website. You can also use the L4LM Master Festival Spreadsheet to compare this lineup with any other festivals that may be occurring at the same time!Full 2014 Lineup:Kanye WestFoo FightersOutKastArctic MonkeysSkrillexLionel RichieThe Flaming LipsThe RootsGirl TalkAlt-JBroken BellsA-TrakKacey MusgravesFitz & The TantrumsPhantogramThe Head and The HeartPanic! At The DiscoMatt & KimNeon TreesJenny LewisG-EazyOK GOTychoMayer HawthorneSwitchfoottUnE-yArDsMS MRRACHoly Ghost!Trampled By TurtlesSt. LuciaDizzy WrightGalantisSt. Paul & The Broken BonesRyan HemsworthMøDJ MustardVintage TroubleJ Roddy Walston and The BusinessThe OrwellsÁsgeirM4SONICSleeper AgentThe PreaturesDJ CassidyMisterWivesASTRholychildNight Terrors of 1927NostalghiaCatfish and The BottlemenPaper RouteRusty MaplesMokshaEkohSabrielAmerican CreamRabbitAlbi Loves Chicken Tenders
Gary Clark Jr. is an enthralling musician, delivering high-energy performances at every turn. No wonder the soulful guitarist/singer decided to release his first live album. Gary Clark Jr. Live showcases his exceptional raw talent, with such a clean sound that one might think it was recorded in the studio, and not compiled from various live performances.Hailing from Austin, Texas, Gary Clark Jr. is known for his smooth vocals and fuzzy guitar sound. He has said that he finds influences from blues, jazz, soul, country, and hip hop music, resulting in a sound that is all his own.The collection of songs on Gary Clark Jr. Live stands as a testament to his wide range of musical styles as well as his undeniable talent as a musician. In the first track, a cover of Robert Petway’s “Catfish Blues,” we catch a glimpse of Clark’s abilities. The performance features bluesy guitar riffs that allow Clark to really show off his chops on the instrument. Shorter sections with vocals intersperse the guitar solos and we hear the musician’s smooth and powerful vocal ability as well. The later track “Please Come Home,” a sultry R&B number, showcases the full range of Clark’s singing abilities.While most tracks on the live album would be considered blues, other numbers demonstrate Clark’s diversity across the genres. For instance, “Travis County,” a fast-paced and fun performance has a ‘50s rock n roll feel. On the other hand, another number, “Things Are Changin,’” borders on pop.Maybe the best thing about the album, though, is its ability to capture the atmosphere of a live performance. Tracks like “Don’t Owe You a Thang” and “If Trouble Was Money” sound more like jam sessions than a formally recorded album. In these moments we can feel the excitement of being at a Gary Clark Jr. live show and can practically see the energy he has on stage. Dubbed “the king of summer festivals” by Rolling Stone, it’s no wonder that Clark would produce such an exciting live album.Gary Clark Jr. Live TracklistingCatfish BluesNext Door Neighbor BluesTravis CountyWhen My Train Pulls InDon’t Owe You A ThingThree O’ Clock BluesThings Are ChangingNumbAin’t Messin’ RoundIf Trouble Was MoneyThird Stone From The Sun / If You Love Me Like You SayPlease Come HomeBlak and BluBright LightsWhen The Sun Comes Down
Throughout his 15 year career, San Francisco’s Bassnectar has played countless music festivals, toured as frequently as possible and rocked sold out stadiums across America. But, up until last Saturday, there was one monstrous arena he hadn’t tackled: Madison Square Garden. For this Bass Center VIII event, Bassnectar assembled an all-star lineup of Paper Diamond, Big Gigantic, and Dubstep titan Rusko. The venue was packed: fans travelled from far and wide to witness the 36 year old electronic music veteran mastermind a 2 hour potpourri of spine-shattering bass.Paper Diamond began the show with a hearty mixture of high-hat heavy Trap & Electro Hip-Hop, warming the crowd up for what was to come. The set was short and slightly underwhelming, and after only a half hour of Paper Diamond, Rusko came out to raise the decibel level.Prior to the show, Rusko had tweeted that he planned to play a throwback set of old bangers, strictly from 2005-2009. This marked the moment that the event started to get noticeably heavier. Rusko threw down a set that seemed like exactly what the crowd was looking for: filthy, bone-crushing Dubstep, with some Drum & Bass peppered in. The set began with 2007 banger “Jahova,” which immediately changed the whole ambience of the venue – fans who before were only slightly bobbing their heads were now getting down as hard as they could, blown away by the massive wobbles.Throughout the set, Rusko brought some serious noise, dropping classics such as “Pro Nails,” “Woo Boost,” “Everyday,” and even Benga & Coki’s 2008 club anthem “Night.” After “Everyday” we were treated to a VIP of the Netsky Remix, followed by the original drop, into the Sub Focus remix of (arguably) Rusko’s most infamous track – “Hold On.” Judging by the amount of head banging and flailing seen throughout Madison Square Garden, it’d be safe to say Rusko did not disappoint.After Rusko was Colorado’s Big Gigantic. The livetronica duo of Dominic Lalli on saxophone and Jeremy Salken’s live drumming layered over funky & jazzy electronic music is an experimental & musically-driven experience. However, in the past few years Big Gigantic has strayed away from this, and have cut back the amount of live improvisation, replacing it with more popular sub-genres of electronic music, such as Hardstyle or Trap.Dom & Jeremy opened with Lettuce’s “Madison Square”, the official song for the New York Knicks, but soon after played a familiar set, including the sax-heavy electro-funk anthem “Touch The Sky,” the lead single off their recent album The Night is Young. Their remix of Aloe Blacc’s “I Need A Dollar” has become a mainstay in their live shows and the crowd still goes wild for it, singing along and grooving throughout the stands. Regardless of their new direction, nothing negative can be said about the musical ability of either musicians – both are incredibly talented individuals with Masters Degrees in Music. In the often short, but frequent moments where both members are fully expressing themselves through their respective instruments, they shine, and it is clear what got them to where they are now. And then, the main event – Bassnectar took the stage and the lights went low. One single wub of bass spread throughout the entire stadium and every person went absolutely bonkers. He opened with his “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Intro, letting everyone in the crowd know that he was about to transform Madison Square Garden into an intergalactic battleship, and rocket each and every one of them towards Mars.After takeoff, he dove right in, starting off with an edit of New York native rapper Nas’ “The Don,” blaring the words “NEW YORK CITAY” across the venue with entrancing aerial visuals of the Empire State Building and the skyline of the city. He then jumped into “Wildstyle Method,” a malicious banger off of his 2010 Wildstyle EP, paired with Zion I’s “Juicy Juice” vocals. It became immediately apparent to everyone in attendance that they were in for a special night. Bassnectar did what he always does: he played something for everyone, and tickled the fancies of every type of fan.Showgoers were treated to in-your-face eardrum-bursting dubstep tracks like Datsik’s “Wickedest Wobble” and Stagga’s “I Got Bass (Remix).” Fans of Trap music got their fair share of 808s with Von Toth’s “Trap for Me,” and Bassnectar’s “Don’t Hate The 808,” a single off of his recent album. There were a fair share of Hop-Hop tracks as well, with Bassnectar playing the Chop Shop Remix of Mad Lion’s “Double Trouble” with KRS-One. The inclusion of both this track and the Nas song used as the intro were obvious homages to New York City as both MCs are from Queens & The Bronx respectively. Bassnectar even whipped out his Jimi Hendrix edits of “Purple Haze” & “Fire,” and seamlessly mixed The Zombies’ classic hit, “Time of the Season” with a high-energy fast-paced collaboration with the upbeats off of “Noise vs. Beauty” entitled “Gnar.” Every Bassnectar concert is a completely new animal, each unique in its own way from the next. No two shows are alike, even if songs are repeated, because the extreme attention to detail the artist takes at crafting each and every one of his setlists is stifling. Basscenter VIII was no different. The extreme level and overall strength of the bass in Madison Square Garden was something not regularly experienced at any type of show, and was truly an enlightening experience.Not many people have heard what can happen when Bass is harnessed properly. One fan mentioned that her pants were vibrating manically because of how overwhelming the sound was. Bassnectar’s seemingly perfect transitions, mind-blowing visual set-ups & ground shaking sound systems never seem to get old for the simple reason that its not possible – the entire experience is Amorphous, and he’s constantly got a new trick up his sleeve. New-age fans get familiar songs like “You & Me” or “Noise,” but the old school fans who have been with him since the beginning still leave happy. Die-hard veterans were delighted after hearing songs they’ve always dreamed of experiencing live, like “Prince,” a Deftones remix that the DJ rarely blesses his crowds with.Bassnectar has evolved so much since his inception, but the artist continues to bless his fanbase with older songs like 2007 album Underground Communication’s “FSOSF,” which is a drastically differen style from a completely different era of Bassnectar that has long since passed. The simple fact is that no one leaves unhappy from a Bassnectar concert, because every aspect has been touched on, every genre has been graced upon, and every individual piece of each setlist has been carefully picked and placed in its proper place for maximum mind-bending pleasure.[photo by Max Hoage]
Forget SXSW and Austin City Limits: If there’s one festival that sums up the artistic and cultural vibe of the live music community, it’s Art Outside. Taking place Oct. 24-27 in Apache Pass, about an hour from Austin, Texas, the annual three-day event has become a microcosm of the artists, performers and eclectic community perpetuating Austin’s nickname as “live music capital of the world.”Where music festival lineup announcements have become increasingly predictable, this month’s Art Outside has managed to carefully curate a unique musical bill that complements – yet never overshadows – what’s arguably the event’s true headliner: the art, as well as the progressive community that supports it.Now in its tenth year, the Texas festival is the last of its kind for the season; think of it as your last opportunity to camp amidst the music before festival season goes into hibernation for winter. A full sensory experience for grown-ups, Art Outside is a big kid playground of interactive installations, acrobatic performances, meditation and aromatherapy seminars, wire-wrapping workshops, a tea lounge and more.A thoughtfully curated musical variety ranging from funk (The Motet, Marco Benevento) and live electronica (Conspirator, Papadosio) to glitch hop and downtempo (Emancipator, Blue Sky Black Death), the festival offers a balance of DJs and bands that will satiate even the pickiest musical appetites. Despite such diversity, one common thread among many of the artists booked to perform – like David Sugalski of The Polish Ambassador/Wildlight and Nahko and Medicine for the People – hold and promote many of the ideals valued by the AO community: Environmental awareness, inner spirituality, wellness and sustainability, to name a few.Although perhaps lacking a massive headliner to guarantee ticket sales, the festival has maintained the intimate, homegrown vibe that’s made it a local favorite over the last decade – and attendees seem to prefer it that way. It’s this sort of quality control allows the focus to remain on art of all forms, and gives attendees an opportunity to enjoy the intimacy in addition to exploring other hidden gems of the festival, like the art gallery, wellness workshops and educational seminars.Art Outside takes place Oct. 24-27 in the small town of Rockdale, TX. Chartered bus options to and from Austin allow city dwellers and daily Art Outsiders to safely come and go as they please. (For out-of-towners, there’s even a bus coming from Colorado). You can find all of this information, including tickets, here.Check out some videos from last year’s Art Outside below:
The Great North Music & Arts Festival in Norridgewock, Maine has just added some awesome additions to an already stacked 2015 lineup. The festival will see sets from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (x2), Reggie Watts, Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz Set), Break Science, Dan Deacon and DYNOHUNTER.These artists will join a previously announced lineup of Lettuce, Papadosio, Twiddle, The New Deal, Tauk and many more. In addition to musical artists the festival boasts a huge roster of visual artists, as well as interactive workshops and speakers.Great North will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 4-6. Check out the full updated lineup below, and get tickets here.
Wait… why is Stevie Wonder behind the wheel of a car?All joking aside (the two switched seats shortly thereafter), the renowned musician made an appearance on last night’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, playing along for a Carpool Karaoke segment. The hilarious sketch saw the duo riding around town, belting Stevie Wonder classics at the top of their lungs.Not only that, but Wonder and Corden seemed to get along swimmingly. Wonder poked fun at Corden’s accent, and even called Corden’s wife as proof that the two were hanging out. He even sang to her, changing the titular line of “I Just Called To Say I Love You” to “I just called to say James loves you.” How sweet!You can watch the full clip below:
Drummer Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident and EOTO has been slated to play the lead in a movie titled Fear of Missing Out. The film’s Writer/Director/Composer, Aaron Holstein (of VibeSquaD, Zilla), is seeking $100,000 to make it happen, via crowdsourcing site Indiegogo.The plot of the film revolves around Gordon Goodman, an older man who leads a simple, lonely life working at a thrift store. Gordon, portrayed by Travis, finds a magical briefcase that transports him to another dimension. “It’s a lo-tech sci-fi dry-comic adventure about finding lost treasures, conquering fears, and becoming your own inner-hero,” explains Holstein.Holstein is hoping to reach his goal of raising $100,000, which will help cover filming costs including equipment rentals, wardrobe, transportation, and insurance fees.Backers of the project will receive a bunch of cool perks like exclusive production videos with behind-the-scenes content, signed posters, and even a walk-on role in the movie.Check out the trailer for the quirky Fear of Missing Out and head over here if you wish to donate!