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.
We'll never pass up an opportunity to highlight one of the best jams of Phish's storied career. Here's the live video from 17 years ago today of the most famous "YEM" of them all -- 12/9/95 from the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, NY. Even the Beavis & Butthead themed vocal jam is worth listening to! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzxHNsaqsAA Also be...
It's been busy in the Arcade Fire department this week. Not only did the band play a surprise gig in Montreal in which they debuted all new songs, but James Murphy (Founder, LCD Soundsystem) is now confirmed in helping to produce three or four of the tracks on the new album as well. The as-of-yet untitled release...
Today marks the 15th Anniversary of one of the better shows (and premiere first sets) in Phish's history -- December 7th, 1997 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Pretty much every December is littered with top shelf moments but 12/7/97 stands out personally because it was one of the first December tapes my friends all told me...
Trey Anastasio was just added to Neil Young's Benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The event takes place tomorrow evening, Thursday, December 6th at 8pm. Trey will play a solo acoustic set before Neil Young & Crazy Horse take the stage. *Update 12/7/12, Hidden Track has...
Last night, Arcade Fire, under the moniker Les Identiks, played for around 100 lucky folks at the Breakglass studio in Montreal, Canada. Daniel Seligman who was in attendance reports via Arcade Firetube that there were several new songs debuted. Admission was free with a used CD. Seligman says "It was a mix of friends, strangers, randoms,...
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will be on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' on Monday, December 3rd for a rare sit-down interview. Set your DVRs for this coming Monday (12/3) at 11:35pm on CBS. The three surviving members are also being honored at the 35th annual Kennedy...
Local Natives, formerly known as Cavil at Rest, are a rising band from Silver Lake, CA and have just released a music video for "Breakers." The track is off their second full-length album, Hummingbird, which was just released this week. The album was co-produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, which the band discusses in a recent interview...
This, the final edition of our month-long series, highlights one of the best months in Phish history -- November 1997. Phish took a break from their normal Fall routine of the last few years as there was no Halloween costume performed and no shows in the preceding month of October. The band took a break after August's...
Radiohead's September 29, 2011 show from Roseland Ballroom in New York City has surfaced in video form. The concert film is entirely fan-made but professionally done using the audio from official soundboards Ateaseweb were graciously given by the band. The video is dedicated to Scott Johnson, the touring crew member who was killed during a stage collapse...
Last night in New York City, Trey Anastasio attended the Justin Bieber show at Madison Square Garden along with longtime pal and Phish lyricist, Tom Marshall (@TomMarshall111). Marshall tweeted out a few interesting photos, one of Trey and Chris Kuroda and another of a crew member's t-shirt with an altered Phish logo spelling out Bieber instead of Phish....
Two news items from Alabama Shakes this week. This Saturday, November 17th at 1 PST / 4PM EST you can head to Spinner.com for an exclusive LIVE performance by the band from the Forum in London. Second, you can watch the video for their new song "Always Alright" featured in the upcoming film SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, starring...
The Gothamist's John Del Signore reported earlier today that around 120 volunteers, one of which included Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, handed out blankets, food, and clothing to hurricane victims yesterday near a flooded Church in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Here's his report: "Anastasio and his wife pulled up to the church yesterday afternoon with bags of diapers, Fluffhead and...
November has always been an important month for our musical heroes from Vermont. Some of the bands more memorable shows have occurred in the 11th month of the calendar year. One in particular jumps to the forefront of the discussion rather quickly -- November 1994. At midnight on November 1, 1994, Phish had just finished performing the Beatles...
Umphrey's McGee's Halloween Couch Tour is back on tonight! Umphrey's McGee has just announced they'll be offering up a live webstream of their show tonight for a pay-what-you-want fee. All donations will be going directly to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Space is limited and the show starts at 4:45 PST / 7:45 EST!...
Halloween festivities for 2012 are in full swing today. Here are 13 hand-picked Halloween videos ranging from Bach to Marilyn Manson. Hopefully they help you get in the blood-sucking-mood. And don't worry, "Witchy Woman" by The Eagles is not included. Feel free to use these selections for your Halloween party playlist! First up is a...
Trey Anastasio made his first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night in support of his latest effort, Traveler. Instead of playing a tune from that album, Trey opted for a cover of The Five Stairsteps' "O-o-h Child." An appropriate song with it's message of "things are going to get brighter," especially in the wake...
Trey Anastasio and his solo band are in Boston, MA at the Orpheum Theatre just off Tremont Street. The second set kicked off with the new tune "Corona" followed by an old favorite in "Gotta Jibboo." Check out the complete setlist and tweets from Beantown. SETLIST: Trey Anastasio Band @ Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA 10/27/12 Set I: ...
Trey Anastasio and his band played the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY last night. Check out the complete setlist and twitter updates from the Big Apple. SETLIST: Trey Anastasio Band @ Beacon Theatre, New York, NY 10/26/12 Set I: Cayman Review, Pigtail, Gotta Jibboo, Scabbard, Frost, Sleep Again, Magilla, O-o-h Child, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Corona, Money...
Last night, Trey Anastasio and his band, better known as TAB, played Silver Spring, Maryland, the sixth stop on their Fall Tour. The show was highlighted by a second set combo of "Plasma" -> "Liquid Time." "Liquid Time" appears on Phish's Party Time album released in 2009 and packaged with the Joy Box Set. Surprisingly "Liquid...
Sigur Rós have just released “Varðeldur", the latest video in their Valtari Film Experiment. This is the thirteenth installment in the series. Sigur Rós devised the competition in Summer 2012, asking fans, film makers and video directors to create a video for songs from their latest album Valtari. Check out the latest video directed by Clare...
Over the weekend a new listing appeared in ADA Music's catalog. The info points to a release of Phish's Star Lake show from August 11th, 1998 in a 2-DVD set from JEMP Records, just in time for the holidays. Star Lake '98 is the only full show available in the band's archives. The 2-DVD set was created...
Trey Anastasio just wrapped things up at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. During the encore Trey acknowledged Dan Kanter's teasing of "First Tube" at a recent Justin Bieber show. You can read our coverage of the Phish/Bieber connection here. Check out the complete TAB setlist and tweets from Columbus! SETLIST: Trey Anastasio Band...
Trey Anastasio, strapped with a new Fender Jaguar, just hit the Chicago Theatre stage for a sold out show in The Windy City. This is the second show of the nine-date Fall tour behind Trey's new album Traveler. Pictured above is the official print by Jim Pollock, a small run of 300 only. Check out the...
Woods performed last night at the Echo in Los Angeles in support of their latest album, Bend Beyond. This was my very first time seeing the folksy-krautrockers and I was excited after having devoured their albums over the past few weeks thanks to @DogGoneBlog. Brooklyn-based Woods are made up of Jeremy Earl (vocals, guitar) Jarvis Taveniere (guitar)...
Fans of the Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke collaborations that went down a few years back (2002 & 2005) have something to get excited about again, thanks to this Boston Globe piece that Hidden Track reported on. Phish bassist Mike Gordon and the 67-year old acoustic guitarist, Leo Kottke plan to "get together" and make some music according...
Trey Anastasio kicked off the first show of his Traveler tour at the Fillmore in Detroit by opening with new tune, "Corona." As reported earlier, he carried with him a new fender guitar which he played on a few tunes. Check out the full setlist, photos and tweets from Motown. Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band @ The Fillmore,...
Trey Anastasio hits the road in support of his new album Traveler on Thursday at The Fillmore in Detroit. Of special note is a just released Bowery Presents video of Trey's TAB rehearsals at The Wellmont. Trey is seen playing a brand new Fender guitar. James Casey from Lettuce has been added to the TAB lineup...
Radiohead played in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday night. Check out the setlist and videos which have already surfaced from the show. SETLIST: Radiohead @ Zenith, Strasbourg, France 10/16/12 Lotus Flower, Bloom, 15 Step, Kid A, Staircase, I Might Be Wrong, The Gloaming, Separator, Videotape, Nude, Ful Stop, Reckoner, Planet Telex, There There, Feral, Bodysnatchers Encore: Give Up the Ghost, Exit...
The Newport Folk Festival has teamed up with Ryan Mastro Photography and Sopa Productions for a series called Behind the Walls. The first video episode of 2012 features @LiveMusicBlog favorite, Jonathan Wilson and his tune "Rolling Universe." The stellar cinematography really shows off the historic surroundings and community of the July festival. Check out the video...
Record Stores across the country will offer special released vinyls, CDs and DVDs on November 23rd aka Black Friday, the first day of the holiday buying season. The list of bands and albums was just released and includes some LMB favorites like The Grateful Dead, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, The White...
David Byrne and St. Vincent (Annie Clark) have just released an NPR-produced documentary detailing their rehearsals for their Love This Giant tour. Byrne and St. Vincent just recently played The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA supported by an eight-piece brass ensemble. The two perform songs they've collaborated on for Love This Giant and perform select songs...
The Rolling Stones announced plans to tour in support of their 50th Anniversary and the release of a greatest hits collection, GRRR! The band will play their first show in five years at London’s O2 Arena on November 25th and another show there on November 29th. For the United States, Mick Jagger and Co. will play two...
Goldenvoice just posted ticketing information for a show billed as "The Complete Last Waltz" in San Francisco, CA on November 24th at the Warfield. One of those decisions that gets easier and easier once you look at who's involved. Over the past few months we've seen a host of Levon Helm tribute shows but this one may...
Wilco will stream their performance today from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. The live broadcast will begin at 3:30 PM EST / 12:30 PM PST. Tune in live online to Radio 3. Wilco is in the midst of a lengthy European Tour that takes them all the way to the end of October. Another...
I tried not to write this post. I'll admit I was in denial about the community's interest as far back as August 15th. Yet, time and time again, articles, editorials, and tweets all rose to the top at the mere mention of the 18-year old, Justin Bieber, and the band we always try our best to...
Medeski, Martin & Wood played the The Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut on Wednesday night where accomplished saxophonist Bill Evans sat in with the jazz trio. Thankfully MKDevo was in the house to capture the action with his awesome 2-HD Cam setup (Bravo!)... Read on to check out the magic the four musicians create in this 21-minute video from last...
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have debuted the video for their second single, "Ramada Inn" from the new album, Psychedelic Pill, out October 30th. The video draws from archival footage and kaleidoscope-style images. View the 17-minute track and check out the remaining U.S. tour dates after the jump. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8qkDQ_QP8A Remaining U.S. Tour Dates 10/11 - Chicago, Ill. @ United...
Four decades is a long time to wait but it may be worth it for Frank Zappa fans. Earlier last week the Zappa Family Trust announced that they've decided to finally release the audio and video recordings of the famed Frank Zappa shows from The Roxy on December 8-10, 1973. Read on for Gail Zappa's e-mail to...
Just last month, Umphrey's McGee played an epic two-night run in Colorado and recorded the whole thing for an eventual release. They moved quickly on the production and already have pre-order info up along with a nice HD sample of a raging 19-minute version of "Ocean Billy" from the 9/14 Red Rocks show. Read on for the video and...
Over the weekend, The Disco Biscuits hosted a two-day multi-stage festival in their hometown of Philadelphia at the Mann Center. Check out the setlists, photos and a video of "Above the Waves" > "House Dog Party Favor" from Saturday night. 10/5/12 : DAY 1 : DISCO BISCUITS @ Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA I: Trucker's Choice > Hot Air...
Video has surfaced six years after the fact, of one of the best jams to come out of Phish's second hiatus. It's Mike Gordon, Joe Russo, Trey Anastasio, and Marco Benevento (G.R.A.B.) with a 25-minute jam on The Who classic "Who Are You?" from The All Good Music Festival in 2006. This is as must watch as...
The lineup for the 24th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam was just announced. It features The Blind Boys of Alabama, The String Cheese Incident, Sheryl Crow, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and of course, The Warren Haynes Band. The event takes place at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC on December 15th. Read on for...
Last night at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Peter Gabriel welcomed actor John Cusack to the stage before his performance of "In Your Eyes." Just like his character Lloyd Dobbler did in the 80's film Say Anything, Cusack carried a boom box with him. Gabriel, a former member of Genesis, is in LA touring around the...
For this edition of Phish Friday we've (@Phortin & @BrahBrahBrah) hand-picked videos of musician's covering Phish. Super groups and bands taking their best shot at some classic Phish songs. From Yonder Mountain String Band's "Sand" and Greensky Bluegrass's "Down with Disease" to older videos from the 2008 Jammmys. First up is The Disco Biscuits' Marc Brownstein and guitarist...
The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 are officially in. For the first time fans can cast their vote for 2013 inductees via an online ballot. Check out the fifteen nominees, how to vote and the always surprising list of Hall of Fame snubs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d7VzXgLO6Q Nominees: Albert King, Chic, Deep Purple, Donna...
CAMERA is a new band out of Germany you'll want to know about. The trio plays krautrock-improv at underground locales in the spirit of NEU!, Harmonia, Cluster and La Düsseldorf. They've been dubbed a "Street Band" and "Krautrock Guerillas" by some. Check out a batch of underground videos and info on the Berlin based outfit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZQfWyz1V9M CAMERA...
Marco Benevento has released an official video from his Tigerface album which dropped last month. The video highlights the first track on the album, "Limbs of a Pine" and features vocals from Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver. Check out the video after the jump. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y_7D0tlagU After watching the video, co-editor Justin Ward exclaimed, "It looks like they all took mushrooms...
Furthur continued their extensive Fall Tour tonight at the beautiful SDSU Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA. The show just finished with an encore of "At a Siding" > "Terrapin Flyer", "Ripple." Check out the complete setlist and some photos from the road via @FurthurBand. Setlist : Furthur @ SDSU Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA...
LA faithful, here's your chance to win tickets to @TheMintLA when Steve Kimock comes to town on Friday, October 12th for two sets of music! WHO: Steve Kimock w/ Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess and Wally Ingram WHEN: Friday, October 12th / 2 sets starting at 9PM WHERE: The Mint / Los Angeles, CA 90035 TICKET GIVEAWAY: Enter for a chance to win (2)...
Phish just made it official. The band will play Madison Square Garden in New York City for four straight nights (12/28-12/31), closing out the year in style for the third straight year in the Big Apple. In the news is the announcement that for the first time ever the floor at #YEMSG will be general admission. ...