Aaron Fortin

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Besides being an avid concert-goer, currently working at Fox Sports and serving as co-editor / writer for LIVE music blog, while living in Santa Monica. Tweets @phortin.
Phish kicks off a three-night stand in Chicago tonight at Northerly Island and LivePhish will be webcasting all weekend long for us sorry souls still on Couch Tour. Flashing back to last year at the same venue is a mixed bag for most fans -- rain delays, postponements, Harpua, two "Prince Caspians" and a special three-set show on Saturday...
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We've been hearing some chatter on the interweb recently about a mysterious new UK band (or duo?) called Jungle, and we finally got around to giving their debut album (which dropped yesterday) a full listen. Quickly, we're in love. "Time" has already leapfrogged to the front of our summer playlist, and when you give yourself a chance to check...
"Live On Letterman" just posted an exclusive 14-minute interview to YouTube of Trey and Page from Phish's appearance last month at the Ed Sullivan Theater. The interview deals with their new release Fuego, insight into the preparation of the Wingsuit Halloween performance, including some revealing quotes from Trey -- "I know personally that for some people it was justifiably...
Phish just hit the stage in Canandaigua, NY opening with "Buried Alive" at what was formerly called Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center. The old school venue has hosted some classics in the past (7/14/94, 6/22/95) and the momentum from Phish's barn burner of a Sunday show at Randall's Island (CDT>Light>Tweezer) should still be in tact. Follow along for setlist...
Night two of Phish at Randall's Island just began with "AC/DC Bag." Last night's blistering "Bathtub Gin" has some fans thinking the first set is back on high jam alert. What's in store for the Saturday night crowd? Follow along for tonight’s setlist, notes and any streaming links we can find. Phish @ Randall's Island, New York, NY - 7.12.14 Set...
According to Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who spoke with Mary Anne Hobbs on her BBC Radio 6 show, the elusive Brits will return to the studio this Fall to begin work on their follow-up to 2011's The King of Limbs. Greenwood is quoted as saying: “We’re going to start up in September, playing, rehearsing and recording and see how it’s...
Phish kicks off a three-night run at Randall's Island Park in New York, NY tonight. The shows have taken on a festival-type vibe with art installations, an on-site JEMP Record store called The Freezer, and Sixpoint Brewery tent featuring the "WaterWheel ImPale Aler." Follow along with LMB for setlist updates and links to the audio stream once the show...
It's been twenty years since their last, but Pink Floyd will apparently release a new album this Fall. David Gilmour's wife tweeted the surprising news on July 5th that the album will be called The Endless River based on the 1994 sessions involving the late Richard Wright. Confirming the news was singer Durga McBroom-Hudson (who sang backup with Floyd...
Phish closed out their three-night run in Saratoga Springs, NY last night with another solid affair mixing in Junta classics, new songs off Fuego and interestingly enough three from their 2004 album, Undermind. Although a little spotty on some of the composed songs like "My Friend, My Friend" and "Divided Sky", the band delivered an impressive sequence in the...
Phish just finished celebrating the Fourth of July with some fireworks of their own in the form of "Fuego." They repeated "555", "Waiting All Night" and the already mentioned "Fuego" in just their third show of the tour, showing the commitment they have to the new material. "Fuego" was the clear highlight of the night stretching for over twenty...
Phish will officially kick off their Summer Tour today at the “venue formerly known as Great Woods” in Mansfield, MA. This is the first Summer since 2004’s Undermind that Phish will be heading out on the road supporting a new album. 2009’s Joy was released in September so we can't count that. Undermind’s release on June 14, 2004 was...
We are finally inside your fuego. Phish has officially announced their twelfth studio album as FUEGO along with it’s street date (June 24th) and the first single, “Waiting All Night” via NPR. Listen to it below: http://youtu.be/mmxHvGCo2wQ The album cover is especially interesting because with a little sleuthing shows the artwork belonging to famed artist Paco Pomet of Granada, Spain. Check...
Last night, Jeff Tweedy closed out a 13-date solo tour at the Largo at the Coronet, an intimate 130-capacity venue in the heart of West Hollywood. With just 11 days to go in 2013, Tweedy made a strong case using his trademark banter along with rare b-sides and an encore of "hits," for one of my favorite shows of...
Here we are, 48 years after it's initial release, and we finally have an official video for Bob Dylan's seminal "Like A Rolling Stone". Dylan's camp just uploaded an interactive video to BobDylan.com and it's brilliant. You can surf between channels (from Tennis to Cartoons) with everyone in-sync and continuing to play the 1965 tune. One channel does include...
After taking two years off from the costumed-set Halloween holiday tradition they had famously crafted, Phish returned to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for a three-night run and started it off with arguably one of THE most important shows of their 30-year career. In one of their Phish-iest moves yet, one that will be debated by the community forever,...
On Sunday night, Holy Ghost! proved their worth providing an intimate dance party inside Hollywood's Fonda Theatre. Songs like "Hold On", "Do It Again" and the song which I'd claim is the best new song of 2013, "Dumb Disco Ideas" off their new album Dynamics gave the audience enough fuel to keep them dancing throughout the hour and a...
Nothing official yet but Phish fans have once again done some sleuthing of their own and found a rather obvious confirmation that the band plans to webcast Hampton, Glens Falls and the Atlantic City shows for their highly anticipated Fall Tour. @DJGoocher and @Lawnmemo get the hat tip for cracking this one. If you visit LivePhish.com you'll notice that...
Over the weekend The Newport Folks presented the first ever Way Over Yonder Festival at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. The beach side location, iconic ferris wheel and two breathtaking sunsets provided the perfect backdrop for Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Jonathan Wilson, First Aid Kit, Brett Dennen, The Felice Brothers and more to entertain. There was...
Neil Young sure picks his spots. The Crazy Horse leader debuted a new song last night at Johnny D's, a small 300-capacity club in Somerville, MA. Neil joined his wife Pegi Young & The Survivors, unannounced, for the entire set. According to the Boston Globe, once word spread, the show quickly sold out and a large group gathered outside...
Umphrey's McGee and STS9 just recently concluded their STUMP Summer Tour in which they rotated headlining duties from city to city. Photographer Jake Plimack created an awesome time-lapse video (with audio from UM's "Wizard Burial Ground") to commemorate the 2013 tour and we thought we'd share it with you. A visual mash-up of LD's @JeffersonWaful and Saxton Waller? Sign...
Last night, Holy Ghost! stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood for a two-song performance in support of their sophomore album Dynamics which was officially released today on James Murphy's DFA Records. Watch the disco-rock duo play "Changing of the Guard" and "Okay" off the new album and check out the complete list of tour dates including stops in...
The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival just announced their webcast schedule for September 13-15. Included are LMB faves, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Crowes, The New Mastersounds, Jim James, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anders Osborne, and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The intimate and natural surroundings of Telluride, Colorado make it one of the premiere venues that everyone should visit...
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band just announced the winner (Jo Roy) of their challenge on who could come up with the best music video for "That's It", the title-track from their recently released album of the same name. Produced by Jim James, That's It is the first release of original PHJB compositions in it's 50-year history and was...
Dave Matthews Band welcomed a few special guests at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA over the weekend. Early in the show, Gary Clark Jr. who also opened, lent his guitar skills to "All Along the Watchtower" and later Pearl Jam's guitarist Mike McCready helped on "Rhyme & Reason" adding some awesome grunge fills to the classic...
Just two days before it was set for an official release (online and in select record stores), Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" has hit the web. Normally we'd just wait for the high-quality recording but the energy surrounding this release is on par with Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and we just couldn't help ourselves. Not only does "Reflektor" live up...
A Phish run isn't always remembered for it's extended, multifaceted jams. Sometimes the band creates the memories through a connected set of moments over the course of a weekend that speak to us in a different way with their timing and poignancy. Sometimes the collective sum of those moments is far greater than any individual highlight like, say,...
Nugs.net just made the Couch Tour announcement that this weekend's first ever LOCKN Festival in Arrington, VA, will be offering a pay-per-view stream of their many performers, including Trey Anastasio Band, Furthur, The Black Crowes, String Cheese Incident, Punch Brothers, Gov't Mule (w/ Grace Potter), and many more. Gates are set to open any minute now. Saturday's schedule looks...
Over the last few weeks Arcade Fire has been busy hyping their highly-anticipated follow-up to The Suburbs by uploading photos to an instagram account that confirmed the album's title (Reflektor) but included a cryptic message of 9/9/9 which means September 9th @ 9pm. Most believe this timestamp will be the release of the first single (or video) off Reflektor....
Those still crying about LCD Soundsystem's premature retirement should rest a little easier these days. They've got a new band to dance to, on the same level and record label in Holy Ghost! (The synth-pop Brooklyn duo consisting of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel). Today the group made their second album, Dynamics, available as a free stream on Pitchfork...
La Blogotheque just premiered a new video of Phoenix performing their first single "Entertainment" off Bankrupt! at The Palace of Versailles. The video is directed by Colin Solal Cardo, who uses a drone in one continuous aerial shot as the band plays acoustically outside the royal château. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c3PoD_qW1Y / Phoenix Tour Dates
Stereogum has the video premiere for Dr. Dog's new song "Broken Heart" off their upcoming eighth album B-Room which hits October 1st on ANTI-Records. The lyric video is a collection of scenes from amusement park rides including those rickety-old roller coasters and scary clowns, which goes surprisingly well with Toby Leaman's retro-soul vocals. Check out the video and Dr....
One week ahead of it's release date (9/3), NIN are streaming Hesitation Marks, their first new album in over five years exclusively on iTunes. You can pre-order the album now and we think you'll want to after a first listen. Trent Reznor might have been onto something in the press release when he said it was...
Jonathan Wilson's first full-length album, Gentle Spirit was released two years ago to critical acclaim and was easily one of the top efforts by any artist for 2011. We at LMB have been awaiting word on his forthcoming second release and a few days ago we finally received it. Fanfare will be released on Downtown Records October 15th and...
Umphrey's McGee and STS9 kicked off a co-headlining tour this week that will see both bands alternate closing duties from now until September 1st. Last night in Indy was just the second show of what the two bands have dubbed the #stUMP tour. Umphrey's McGee handled the headlining spot and once again collaborated with STS9 as Dave Murphy...
With the 2013 Summer festival season winding down it was only a matter of time before organizers started sending out the 'Save the Dates' for next year. Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment just posted the following update on their website for Bonnaroo 2014 along with an inspring 2013 video recap you'll definitely want to see: JUNE 12-15, 2014! In the meantime,...
LivePhish just announced official plans for a webcast of Phish's Labor Day shows at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. They are once again offering a 3-Day Couch Tour pass for $39.99 or $14.99 for each. This will be the third straight year Phish has played the soccer stadium, turning it more into a tradition. Fans...
Of Montreal's upcoming album Lousy With Sylvianbriar is due October 8th via Polyvinyl and the Athens, Georgia natives have just released another track from the record titled “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now”. Rolling Stone has the exclusive audio stream and we strongly advise a listen. The track starts off soft but quickly morphs into hard rock psychedelia that's right...
With just four shows left on the Phish Summer Tour and my 99th show as a fan of the band, I was fortunate enough to witness THE defining moment of the band's 30th year celebration: The Tahoe Tweezer. On the stateline of Tahoe / California (in a parking lot no less), Phish 'stepped into the freezer' for over 36...
Last night at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, Mike Gordon decided to "relax" on his off day from Phish tour and take part in Phil Lesh's Jerry Day Celebration (yesterday would have been Jerry Garcia's 71st Birthday). Mike joined Phil and his band for a version of "Tennessee Jed" and "He's Gone". The house party took place...
Tonight (aka Chris Kuroda's birthday), Phish begins the West Coast portion of their 30th Anniversary Summer Tour at The Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington. After an energetic but musically uneventful opener in Maine, Phish headed to SPAC and delivered a real shot to the community with unique jams on "Split Open & Melt", "Light", "Steam", the debut of the...
Phish just put the finishing touches on the first of two nights in Alpharetta, Georgia. Of special note were the "Heartbreaker" second set shenanigans in which all four members jammed the Led Zeppelin cover out of "Rock and Roll", then teased it during "Wilson", "Tweezer", "Harry Hood" and the show closing "Character Zero". This was also the...
Last year, Phish played Jones Beach in early July and busted out "Skin It Back" for the first time since 1988. What do they have in store for the Long Island crowd this year? Weather is once again playing a factor as a cold, steady rain (taboot!) is falling on those already inside. Phish, Jones Beach and...
Coming off a very successful SPAC Couch Tour, Phish has just announced plans for another weekend of webcasts, this time for their three-night run in Chicago at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island for July 19-21. You can order all three for $39.99 or each day for $14.99. Check out LivePhish.com for all the details. 2013 Summer Tour...
Pearl Jam just released the dates for a two-legged Fall Tour and along with it a promising first single, "Mind Your Manners" off their anticipated next album, Lightning Bolt which is due on October 15th. You can pre-order the album from PJ's official site. Check out the new track and the full list of tour dates after the...
Holy Ghost! just released more information and an outtake from their highly anticipated new album, Dynamics which we've learned arrives on September 10th from James Murphy's DFA Records. The album's cover (pictured above) was done by artist Robert Longo. Listen to "Teenagers In Heat" (co-produced by Murphy) and the full tracklist after the jump. Dynamics Tracklist: 01 Okay 02 Dumb...
On Friday night, Phish took the bull by the the horns on their first of three shows at SPAC debuting two new songs, one a Mike Gordon original called "Yarmouth Road" and later at the very beginning of the second set, a cover of The Apples in Stereo's "Energy". Both songs added new life to the Phish catalog...
Phish just kicked off their 30th Anniversary Summer in Bangor, ME with "Possum", having also played a soundcheck earlier in the day sending dance grooves into the New England crowd gathered outside Darling's Waterfront Pavilion. The soundcheck included a few Trey Anastasio originals,"Corona" and "Frost", another tune with Mike Gordon on lead vocals, a cover of "My Soul" and...
Last night Wilco headlined the first night of their music & arts festival, SOLID SOUND in North Adams, MA with a unique and interesting spin on their live show, a set of all-request tunes that were voted on by fans months prior. A quick look at the setlist shows the band took huge risks with a batch of...
The brains behind New England's Newport Folk Festival are bringing their talents West on Route 66 and curating a two-day festival called Way Over Yonder at the famous Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA on October 5th and 6th. The inaugural lineup is impressive, featuring Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Jonathan Wilson, The Felice Brothers, Calexico, Brett Dennen,...