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Review / Photos | The Avett Brothers @ Chicago Theater 4/22/16

By: Heidi PetersCount The Avett Brothers among the artists capable of selling out Madison Square Garden in New York City.  So when they hit town for three nights at the relatively cozy Chicago Theater, you can excuse the fans for being a little giddy.So they ended up with a marriage proposal from...

Review & Setlist | Parquet Courts @ Metro 4/20/16

By: Sean WilmsenSomeone said Parquet Courts is going to destroy the Metro. Were not violent people. We wouldnt destroy a historic landmark."- Andrew Savage, of Parquet Courts. It wouldnt be the last of this random, funny, crazy, and often intellectual banter that came from the Metro stage throughout the night. The chit-chat ...

Music & Lyrics | Widespread Panic Debuts Spring 2015

Update 3/30: Added fifth tour debut... "Steven's Cat"A personal favorite reward of being a jamband fan: when a band is working on material in the studio and they head out on the road... the new material starts trickling into setlists.That's exactly what Widespread Panic has been doing on this spring tour. First, they dropped...

Happy Birthday Phil Lesh! Listen to His Greatest Miss

I've spent a good amount of time thinking about Phil lately, especially since we're now celebrating his 75th birthday. Simultaneously, I came across a Venn diagram that made me chuckle. The timing and coincidence was worthy of a blog post to pay tribute to, and poke a little fun at, one of my great musical...

A Banjo Lesson With Jerry Garcia? Listen to This Tape from 1964

Listening to this offers a weird and wonderful trip through a time machine and is a true fly-on-the-wall experience.  A year before he decided to have a go at playing rock music with his buddies in The Warlocks, Jerry Garcia was riding high in the folk scene and giving banjo lessons.  I can...

Stream or Download: Earliest Widespread Panic Studio Recordings (Coconut Image & Monkey Image)

What has got to be considered the holy grail of Widespread Panic collectibles has made its way onto the music file sharing site Soundcloud. The 45 RPM vinyl "Coconut Image" / "Monkey Image" was recorded on February 9, 1986 in Arnoldsville, Georgia, not long before the first official Panic gigs whose 25th anniversary marked a year long celebration in 2011....

Grateful Dead (and Family) Play The Beatles: Stream and Downloads

Updated 9/22/11 with Soundboard Abbey Road.With Furthur putting the exclamation point on their Abbey Road adventure earlier this week, Deadheads were all abuzz about the collision of worlds between The Beatles and The Dead. And as a result, a couple of new mixes surfaced which give us reason to celebrate and contemplate the affinity that...

The Phish Waves Soundcheck from Bethel: Stream and Download

Now that Superball IX has come and gone... 8 sets packed to the brim with all of your favorite tunes, you may be wondering: what was the best jam of the festival?In my opinion, the best jam that emerged from the holiday weekend was actually performed five weeks ago -- and showcased as a part...

New Phish Song "Steam" Makes Debut In Cleveland 6/4/11: Lyrics, Stream and Download

Remember the old days when new songs would appear on set lists and you'd have to wait weeks or months to get a cassette tape mailed to you? The old days sucked. Download (mp3)Here are the lyrics, courtesy of Tom Marshall (via PT):STEAMthere is the towerlike a solitary flowerstanding in the snowas the...

Jamming The Beasties: A Barn Presents Stream and Download

During the Phish Jukebox Summer Tour of 1998, the "Terrapin Station" debut got all the press, demonstrably connecting Phish to the looming presence and influence of the Grateful Dead. But I argue that it was the bust-out of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" that got the more intense and personal reaction from fans. For many Phish fans...