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.
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers kicked off a nation-wide tour with Gov't Mule in Portland, ME tonight and just before they hit the stage they uploaded another one of their popular Van Session videos to Youtube. Last year their simple van video cover of a Hall & Oates classic ("I Can't Go For That") went viral on YouTube...
I'm not sure how four days went by without us posting this video but better late than never. Reportedly one of the better things to come out of Chicago's Summer Camp besides all those stories of the nasty weather was Victor Wooten's collaboration with Dumpstaphunk. Video evidence exists in this official upload. Check it out.
One week ahead of it's official release date (June 4th), Portugal. the Man have made their new album, Evil Friends available for stream on Tubmlr. For the first time, the band worked with Danger Mouse and the results are brilliant. I was immediately hooked after the first listen especially tracks "Creep In A T-Shirt", "Holy Roller" and...
Today at the inaugural Boston Calling Music Festival, minutes before The National were set to close out the Main Stage, Crash Line Productions announced plans for a second event set to take place on Labor Day Weekend (September 7th-8th) at the very same location in Boston's City Hall Plaza. Headliners were announced via a video promo as Vampire Weekend and...
Unfortunate news from the folks over at JamBase. They just posted an update informing fans that their inaugural festival at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington for July 5-6 has been cancelled. No reason for the cancellation was given but we can only assume that low ticket sales and competition from the High Sierra Music Festival, which has...
Cross another one off the bucket list! Last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, The Rolling Stones finished up the "West Coast" portion of their "50 And Counting" Tour with a rocking two and a half hour affair. In an interesting curve, especially in the star-saturated City of Angels, The Rolling Stones didn't bring out...
Last night in Anaheim, The Rolling Stones continued their "50 and Counting" Tour by welcoming the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl for a performance of "Bitch" off their 1971 album, Sticky Fingers. The Stones also played "Shattered" and "You Got the Silver" for the first time in 2013. Check out the complete setlist and video of Grohl's guest...
The funk/soul throwback of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings just announced the release date of their upcoming fifth album, Give the People What They Want, due August 6th on Daptone Records, and a new song "Retreat" to go with the announcement. We highly recommend you take a few minutes out of your Wednesday and listen. Sounds like...
The Rolling Stones "officially" kicked off their '50 and Counting' Tour last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, welcoming a few friends (UCLA's Marching Band, Gwen Stefani & Keith Urban) to the party. Reports from pals in attendance said that despite the early trouble getting in (mostly for the $85 will call tickets) it was...
Jonathan Wilson had a message for those following on Facebook this afternoon. He and his band will be opening for Tame Impala on their upcoming run of west coast shows (May 26th - May 31st.) If you weren't going to these gigs before we'd suggest snatching up the remaining tickets. You couldn't ask for a better...
Some unexpectedly awesome news hit our inbox this morning -- Guitarist-composer, Bill Frisell will release an album of new material on June 18th appropriately titled Big Sur. Big Sur is a region in California, one of it's most beautiful, with almost 90 miles of scenic coastline from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara. The album features an hour of original...
The 23rd edition of the High Sierra Music Festival is just over two months away (63 days, 8 hours...) and today the organizers rolled out their always-important late night schedule to go along with the impressive headliners (Robert Plant, Thievery Corporation, Primus) slated for July 4th weekend. Late night shows are the cornerstone of any festival and High...
Today, Daft Punk released the next episode in their PR-blitz for the release of their fourth album, Random Access Memories. The latest is with pianist Chilly Gonzales, who rarely shares his time, but was more than welcoming to the robots even comparing them to great film directors -- knowing exactly who and how to get the best out...
Today, LivePhish officially released another archived show from their vault, 6/20/95 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Although the 6/20 show can stand on it's own (incl. the 1st ever Mikes -> Contact -> Weekapaug) the REAL gem of this release lies within it's filler, a show two days later on 6/22 at the Finger...
The Brooklyn-based band !!! commonly referred to as Chk Chk Chk will release their fifth album, THR!!!ER, on April 30th and in anticipation of that release, Pitchfork Advance is streaming the entire album for free. If nothing else, check out THR!!!LER's third track (and first single), "One Girl / One Boy" which offered up enough hook in the...
Last night, James Murphy took to LCD Soundsystem's Facebook page and posted an update regarding members of the now defunct-band, their side-projects, and his household chores. This is the first "update" since the band performed a farewell show at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd, 2011. Check out James Murphy's candy-assed thoughts after the jump. pat...
Sam Cohen's Yellowbirds will release their sophomore album, Songs From the Vanished Frontier next month (which we're very much looking forward to) on Royal Potato Family Records, and yesterday the band linked to a BreakThru Radio session of new songs including "Julian", "Young Men of Promise", and "Mean Maybe." Cohen and the group which also features Josh Kaufman,...
Last night, Alt-J (∆) stopped by Conan O'Brien's late night show to perform "Breezeblocks" off their debut album, An Awesome Wave. The British quartet is coming off an impressive set at last weekend's Coachella and will play the Mojave Tent again tonight as part of Weekend Two. Check out "Breezeblocks" from last night and tune into the...
Last night in Seattle, Trey Anastasio opened a short four-night West Coast run with TAB at the Moore Theatre. Besides playing an acoustic version of "Wilson", Trey also told the audience that he dreams of one day fans chanting "W--I--L--S--O--N" when their superstar QB Russell Wilson steps on the field next season. Check out the setlist...
The big news coming out of Coachella's second day was a surprise appearance by R. Kelly (not a hologram) who appeared on stage during Phoenix's headlining set and performed a mash-up of "1901" and "Ignition (Remix)." Rumors of Daft Punk sharing the stage with their fellow French musicians proved false. Lead singer of Phoenix, Thomas Mars and...
The Postal Service (vocalist Ben Gibbard and producer Jimmy Tamborello) were one of the bright spots on Saturday's Coachella lineup in which they celebrated their only album, 2003's Give Up. Postal Service along with Jenny Lewis (who almost stole the show) performed the entire album except "Recycled Air" which was substituted for a previously un-released track, "A Tattered...
Leave it to Daft Punk to steal day one headlines at Coachella without setting foot on stage. On Friday, festival-goers watching the big screens saw the duo premiere a two-minute trailer of themselves (in new sequined suits and their iconic helmets) performing "Get Lucky" off the new Random Access Memories album with Pharrell Williams, and Nile Rodgers. (*Update: Rolling...
The Coachella Music & Arts Festival's first day is in the books and if our twitter feeds are any indication it was a pretty solid opening with Johnny Marr, Divine Fits, a very impressive performance by Alt-J, Passion Pit, Local Natives, Of Monsters And Men, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur, Foals, The Stone Roses, and a midnight performance from Trent...
Chicago-based rockers Wilco are currently in Japan set to play their overseas finale in Tokyo this Friday night. Last night's show at the Hatch in Osaka included a rare encore performance of "A Magazine Called Sunset" and relied heavily (six songs) on material from the classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Let's hope Jeff Tweedy decides to play "Monday"...
The most anticipated album of the year is coming to Wee Waa! Daft Punk's highly anticipated album Random Access Memories will have it's own 'Global Album Launch Party' on May 17th in the small, rural town of Wee Waa, Australia. Plans for the event are still being kept under wraps but what we do know is fans...
In an exclusive interview with Relix Magazine, White Denim's James Petralli announced the band has been working with Wilco-frontman Jeff Tweedy at his Chicago studio (The Loft) on their next album. According to the story White Denim have already recorded two full tracks and hope to send over more soon. The Austin-based band made a huge splash...
Few venues hold the type of environmental magic like the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Opened in 1985, The Gorge is now a 23,000 capacity (general admission) venue situated amongst picturesque campgrounds atop the Columbia River with views that extend for miles and sunsets that last for an eternity. The trip (most fly into Seattle and drive...
Over the weekend, Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus, tweeted a quick video clip of himself, frequent collaborator Thundercat and jazz-icon Herbie Hancock goofing around at the legend's studio. Although such a short clip, comments made by Flying Lotus last year about a project he wasn't allowed to mention yet may be bubbling to the surface. ...
Umphrey's McGee put an exclamation point on the first ever two-night stand in the City of Angels last night, delivering two stellar sets that you'd have a hard time choosing a favorite from. After the heavy metal affair on Friday, Umphreys dove deep into their catalog on Saturday playing a who's who of classics dating back to the...
Umphrey's McGee have made LA a mid-March stomping ground for the last several years and this time the band made it extra-special, scheduling a two-night stand on the Sunset Strip for 2013. With Joel Cummins (keyboards) now calling SoCal his home, and the band playing at what several vets have called "an all-time high", it's only fitting UM...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XeI9H2__gM Earlier today, Jimmy Page updated his site with a can't miss video on the front page and a few words on James Brown: "To hear him was one thing; to see him another thing; but to play with him would have been a dream come true. So this is as close as we can get." The video...
Earlier this week, word spread that Pearl Jam was in Los Angeles at the Henson Recording Studios working on their tenth album. The leak was from an unlikely source, Incubus' guitar player, Mike Einziger, who tweeted on March 19th at 8:58pm that he was "In the studio with my girl and Eddie Vedder, recording strings for Pearl Jam's...
Grammy winners, Arcade Fire are reportedly in New York City hard at work on their fourth LP due who knows when -- but we hope soon. On Tuesday morning, James Murphy's DFA Studios tweeted out "Arcade Fire STILL with us at DFA... This is going to be one great sounding album!", confirming the news. Murphy has already...
A new website just popped up and is already taking the online Phish community by storm. Thanks to Jeff Lang's PhishTracks, you now have a copy of every known Phish recording in easy-to-stream, clickable, show-by-show or song-by-song format available at your finger tips and on all iPhone/Android mobile devices. The entire catalog from 1983 to the present. Basically, however...
Superhuman Happiness have 'breakout' written all over them especially coming off the March release of Hands which you can stream in it's entirety on Soundcloud (we highly suggest you check out "Half Step Grind".) Not only did the album hit Number 1 on 3WK's Indie-Rock Charts but the group just uploaded a brand new video for "Sentimental Pieces"...
Phish, now in their 30th year as a band (unless you subtract those pesky hiatus years) just dropped the dates for their 2013 Summer Tour. The band announced the 25-date tour (EAST to WEST) with their traditional announcement video. The eery "Apocalyptic" video and it's soundtrack are reminiscent of a Phish soundcheck pulled from the archives. ...
Wilco, who began curating their own music & arts festival in 2010 are gearing up to headline the third edition on June 21st at Mass MOCA in North Adams, MA. This morning, Wilco added even more intrigue and excitement to their sets with this unique announcement: Wilco’s Friday night set at Solid Sound will be comprised exclusively of fan-requested...
Portugal. The Man are some of the hardest working musicians of the last few years. They've released a new album almost every year dating back to 2006 (last year being the exception) and this year will be no different. The band's eighth LP will be released in May (pre-order on iTunes) on Atlantic Records and of course...
STS9 capped their west coast run of shows on Saturday night at the 4,000-capacity Palladium in Hollywood, CA with a dance-heavy second set. The venue wasn't full (thankfully) so for those in attendance it was perfect -- ample room which everyone seemed to be utilizing for dancing, and no bathroom lines. Some were dancing so hard they...
After this week's 2/28/03 reminisce a few friends including our own Wesley Hodges mentioned that 3/1/03 also holds a special place in their respective concert-going-hearts. For Wes, it was his very first Phish experience and a grand one at that. "I was in high school and my friend's mom drove us 8 hours to Greensboro. They...
The Flaming Lips released the The Soft Bulletin in 1999, which many at the time called "a modern classic" (We'd agree). Now, almost 14-years later, Pitchfork has made available a 45-minute film chronicling the creative process that went into "one of the 90s' definitive rock records." The documentary premiered on Pitchfork TV last year and is finally...
The Yellowbirds first album The Color was a 2011 favorite. Now, two years removed Sam Cohen is ready to release their sophomore effort, Songs From The Vanished Frontier on Royal Potato Family Records, May 28th. And to preview the album, they've already released it's first single, "Young Men of Promise" on Soundcloud: Check out the full tracklist. SONGS...
"it's hard to deny this show's place in Phish history"
Frank Zappa's 200 Motels will get a full-length orchestral performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles on October 23rd by the LA Philharmonic. According to Billboard, The Zappa family have had ongoing conversations with the Philharmonic about presenting Zappa's orchestral music and a date was finally locked down for the 2013 Season. 200...
To celebrate the release of their new album Sun Shot, Reid Genauer's Assembly of Dust is giving away their new album for free today. All you have to do is share the record on Twitter or Facebook and you'll receive a free download link of the album. No strings attached. Pretty unique way to market your...
David Bowie just premiered the second song, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" from his upcoming album, The Next Day out March 12th with a music video starring himself and Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton. The concept video was directed by Floria Sigismondi who also directed Bowie videos in the 90's for "Little Wonder" and "Dead Man Walking." The...
Last month it was reported that Daft Punk would soon be changing record companies and hooking up with Columbia to release their highly anticipated fourth album in May (their first in eight years.) Now, just a few hours ago the band has confirmed those plans by updating both daftpunk.com and their Facebook page with a hi-res image of...
Just ahead of the bands first full-length album, Hands, (On Sale March 5th), Superhuman Happiness have posted their official video via the Royal Potato Family for “See Me On My Way" which you can watch now. The band will also play an official album release party on March 29th at the Le Poisson Rouge in NYC...
Last night, Furthur capped a three-night stand in the Colorado Rockies at the cozy 1st Bank Center with tickets going for a reported $250+ over the weekend. Saturday's concert had most nodding in agreement it was the one to catch with a second set that opened with "Help on the Way" featuring "Slipknot" throughout, and was capped with...
Last night at the NYC premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, Trey Anastasio who helped write most of the music for the play, was hand-delivered a custom designed Illumiringer guitar effects pedal by a fan, Dr. Blankenstein. The pedal's characteristics are quite extraordinary, with the entire pedal being created with Anastasio in mind -- inside and out. ...