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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...

Furthur Does The Clash - Train In Vain 3/25/11

Surprised to see "Train In Vain" find its way to the rotation at Radio City Music Hall? I'm all for anything that keeps that band rehearsing and mixing it up. +1 for defying expectations.Personally, I love the Spanish Jam that is tucked into this version of "The Other One" from the second set.

Furthur Completes Abbey Road On Phil's Birthday In New York: Setlist and Video

Well, that timing worked out just perfectly. After tackling an Abbey Road song, in order, each day of their Spring Tour, Furthur arrived at The Beatles' two album closing musical suites just in time for Phil Lesh's 71st birthday. Tucking the so-called Sun King and Golden Slumbers in the middle of a beefy second set...

Widespread Panic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Another Joyous Night Of Joy, The Missing Album

Widespread Panic and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are each a force to be reckoned with individually.  But, when these thirteen musicians step on stage and let it loose, it is the type of pulse-quickening, orchestrated chaos that can floor audiences and crumble the foundations of the venues that they play.There are two...

The Psychedelic Mr. Plow (and Blues and Punk and Hip Hop and...)

After pushing around a snowblower and using a shovel for a makeshift pick-axe for hours yesterday, I just couldn't get Homer Simpson's "Mr. Plow" theme song out of my head.For those not familiar with the episode, Homer's snow-plowing business takes off driven by his low budget advertisement running on local access cable, only to...

Talking Heads Tuesday: Jambands Celebrate Talking Heads

More than just about any band (and I'll throw the Beatles, Dead, and Zappa in there too), Talking Heads have provided direct inspiration to the jamband community. Attribute it to their rhythmic ideals, engaging melodies or passion for innovation, but with only 8 studio albums to draw from, the variety of tunes covered and interpretations that...

What's A Strawdaddy?

Finding the line between creativity and integrity is a daunting challenge when crafting a sound that owes as much to roots-driven music like honky-tonk and low country blues as it does to rock. Leave it to a band out of Chicago to land on just the recipe to offer a little something new while still...