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.
Wilco as previously reported on, played the legendary Hollywood Bowl last night, closing out their U.S. Summer Tour in style. Highlights were "Art of Almost" which continues to strengthen it's case for "best new Wilco song in 5 years", Summerteeth's, "Sunken Treasure" and "A Shot In the Arm", and the always impressive Nels Cline guitar-shredding of "Impossible Germany"...
Tame Impala's new album, Lonerism doesn't drop until October 9th but NPR has the Aussie psych rockers' new album streaming online a week in advance. We at LMB are eager to give this one a listen especially after 2010's breakout debut album, Innerspeaker. Listen to the new album and check out the upcoming U.S. tour dates after...
We've got a special video edition of Phish Friday for you today. Let's take a break from the norm this Phish off-season and view one of the better fan-made edits I've seen. This video comes from YouTube user, IamHydrogeno2 and was uploaded yesterday. It features the soundboard mix of the just released @LivePhish 12/6/97's "Tweezabella"...
Furthur kicked off a three-night run at Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon last night. Check out the complete setlist, a video of "Not Fade Away", and some tweets after the jump. https://twitter.com/furthurband/status/251512884172058624 Setlist: Furthur in Troutdale, Oregon 9/27/12 - Night One I: Hell in a Bucket, Hey Pocky Way, My Brother Esau, Brown Eyed-Women, Ramble on Rose, Dupree's Diamond Blues,...
Wilco played Redding, California last night as the band winds down their Summer tour in the states. An apparent heckler was yelling at Jeff Tweedy throughout the first part of Wilco's set and was later removed. A detailed report from a Via Chicago member also mentions some instrument problems for Nels Cline during "War on War." ...
Radiohead continued their European tour making up shows in Rome, Florence, and Bologna, Italy this week. While in Rome, Thom Yorke quoted Bob Marley's "Small Axe" as the intro to "Everything In It's Right Place." "Planet Telex", the opening track to 1995's The Bends, has also been played in the past three shows. Check out some...
Yesterday, Umphrey's McGee announced that this year's Halloween performance "All Night Wrong" will be broadcast live on channel AXS TV. Umphrey's McGee will offer two sets on 10/31, with one set being voted on entirely by the fans. Check out how to vote and more info on how to catch Umphrey's on AXS TV on October 31st. Umphreys.com:...
Grammy Award winner Justin Vernon has decided to call it quits with his band Bon Iver after their tour wraps up in November. The founder of Bon Iver is quoted, "I have to turn it off and walk away from it." Surprising news considering the band was awarded 'Best New Artist' at the Grammys this year. ...
Founding member of The Police and Oysterhead, Stewart Copeland via his official Youtube account just dropped one of the more intriguing music videos today. Snoop Dogg, now going by the name Snoop Lion guests with the drummer extraordinaire, and bassist, Armand Sabal Lecco on this five minute jam session. Check out the video from this unlikely trio...
Wilco was in the gambling mood last night at the Grand Sierra Theatre in Reno, Nevada. The band dusted off the 1995 A.M. track "Should've Been in Love" and continued their own love for their latest album and 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Check out the full setlist and highlights from Nevada. Wilco @ Grand Sierra Theatre, Reno,...
Furthur just capped off a three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado with some setlist shenanigans obviously inspired and in honor of Phish's now legendary "F*** Your Face" show played just a few weeks earlier in the very same state. Furthur's first set and a large slice of the second spelled out "STEAL YOUR FACE." ...
Wilco played the Convention Center Music Hall in Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday night. Highlights based on twitter were the late set "Dawned on Me" and the Summerteeth standout, "I'm Always in Love." Read on for the complete setlist and the always intriguing album breakdown. Wilco @ Tucson Convention Center Music Hall 09/19/12 01 -...
Radiohead returned to the road after almost two months off in Switzerland tonight. The site of the show is one of the more unique venues in the world and apparently marks the first time a concert will be held there. This is the first show of the rescheduled European dates that were postponed by the stage collapse...
Wilco has been on an absolute tear as of late. Specifically since their eighth album, The Whole Love came out in September of last year. Jeff Tweedy and Co. have been traveling from city to city, armed with a deep catalog they seem to be changing up on a nightly basis. Except for 'Impossible Germany', which...
With Phish fans in hibernation until the soon-to-be-announced NYE run in NYC, the fine folks at LivePhish have given us something to chew on until then. On September 25th, The famed Auburn Hills show from December 6, 1997 will join the LivePhish Archive. This show is best known for the 22 minute "Tweezer" into the often requested...
After twelve long years, Ben Folds Five has officially returned to the music scene. The band was formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1994 and were arguably one of the top indie/pop acts each time they toured. They reached for the charts with "Brick", a track off their top rated, Whatever And Ever Amen ...
Marco Benevento officially kicks off the first leg of his Fall Tour in Rochester, NY tonight. Marco just played Phil Lesh's intimate club, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafeal, CA this past Friday the 14th to a sold out crowd, lending itself to more of a party than a full blown show. The evening was a part of...
Is Phish in the modern era finally ascending musically to where they were in the late 90's? Are we back to staking claims to the best jam band on the planet? Phish returned to the stage in Hampton, VA just over three and a half years ago, albeit with training wheels on -- now they've literally "dicked"...
A few hours ago, Questlove of The Roots confirmed some Phishy news via his twitter account that Trey Anastasio will be joining him and the rest of the Roots with Bob Weir for the HeadCount benefit show tonight at the newly remodeled Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. https://twitter.com/questlove/status/244078213150670848 (We'll forgive Questlove's spelling of Trey's last name) All around busy...
Phish just played a signature show, good for any era, last night at Dick's in Colorado. Opening with (F)irst Tube and proceeding to spell out "F*** YOUR FACE" over the course of the night, then capping it off with the song itself and a "Grind", "Meatstick" encore. Read on for a quick recap and the "FYF" setlist. Night...
Phish is primed to close out the Summer of 2012 in beautiful Colorado with three shows in Commerce City starting tonight and going till Sunday. Lest we forget, just last September at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Phish stormed out of the gate with a one-of-a-kind show and run that had the community abuzz months after. No, they didn't play a...
Last night was another one-of-a-kind performance at the historic Hollywood Bowl here in Southern California made possible by Herbie Hancock, who put forth the "Celebrates Peace" jazz event, and also serves as the LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz. The show will certainly go down as one of the brighter spots of the 2012 Summer Concert season. ...
For the first time in Phish's long history a show lands in the Sooner state. Expectations are a little higher than usual for this gig. Not only is this the first gig in Oklahoma, it is taking place in a zoo. Naturally, this has the community abuzz on what surprises, if any, the band has in...
Phish in St. Louis is in the books. After one of the better first sets of summer, the second didn't let up with an inspiring transition from "Chalkdust Torture" into "Frankie Says" and an all-star version of "Limb by Limb." You can download the show from LivePhish now. Phish @ Chaifetz Arena, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 8/28/12 Set I:...
Earlier today, Trey Anastasio's Online store was updated with pre-order and tracklist info for his new album "Traveler" out October 16th. Glancing quickly at the list both "Land of Nod" and a cover of the Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" are the most noteworthy. "Land of Nod" was first performed as part of TAB on October 7, 2011 and...
The Hollywood Bowl's Summer Concert Series has a rare treat for Los Angeles concert goers this Wednesday night. I'm really excited to see what magic unfolds under the shell from some of the premiere musicians in the world. It's not often Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, Carlos and Cindy Blackman Santana, Dave Holland, and Zakir Hussain...
Over the weekend Farm Aid's YouTube Channel released six full videos from Phish's set on 10/3/98. This show featured a sit-in by Neil Young, the purveyor of Farm Aid and one of the more legendary guests in Phish's history....especially at the time. Bootlegged YouTube videos from the Country Music Television broadcast have been widely available but now we get...
Tonight's Phish show in Charlotte, NC is well underway. Follow along for the setlist and tweets as they roll in from #CouchTour Phish @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC 8/26/12 Set I: AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance > Heavy Things, Ocelot, Funky Bitch > Bathtub Gin > Fluffhead > Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues...
Phish is in Atlanta, Georgia at Aaron's Amphitheatre @ Lakewood! This will mark the ninth performance at the venue, and the first show there since 2003. Follow along with @LiveMusicBlog for the setlist and tweets as they roll in from Couch Tour. Looks like an old school start from the get-go! Phish @ Aarons Amphitheatre @ Lakewood,...
Comparisons within the Phish community are common. We sometimes judge a show based on the previous night's performance, or sometimes we'll judge a show based on the previous year's performance, or maybe we'll even reach back and compare a song within that show to that same song that may have been played 10 years before -- like comparing...
Last night Phish kicked off the second part of their 2012 tour in front of a Southern California crowd that was anxious from the get go, and just like that another must-hear tour opener is in the books with yet another legendary second-leg-second-set "Rock and Roll" for the record books. The band sure likes giving the treatment to...
Trey Anastasio sure is keeping busy with Phish taking a break in the Fall this year. He'll release a new album called Traveler in October, then head out on a short tour in support of the release later that month (bummer that there's no West Coast dates). The first single, "Scabbard", will be released August 21st. ...
"We've never played a cemetery before...It's pretty spectacular." --Jonsi of Sigur Rós 8/12/12 On Sunday night, Sigur Rós rolled into Los Angeles after playing a landmark set at Outside Lands (more on that to come) and continued the impressive concert series set forth by the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Having gone to Bon Iver's special sunrise set in 2009 and The...
As most of you know, and have been counting down to, Phish's Leg Two kicks off in Southern California on Wednesday night. Not long ago amongst most Phish fans, tour openers were rarely spoken of as significant in the overall spectrum of the music. A show that began the ride but never had a 'can't afford to...
Good news for those who can't make it to San Francisco for the 5th Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. We'll be able to tune in (literally, on TuneIn) to selected acts through out the three-day event. Check the broadcast lineup after the jump for your favorites: Listen to TuneIn. Friday, August 10th ...
Via an Amazon listing of all things Trey Anastasio, uncovered by @rPhish and reported on by Hidden Track, a new 6-minute song, "Scabbard" will be released as a single on August 21st. A sample and quick rundown on what we know after the jump. Release Date: August 21, 2012 Label: ATO Records Copyright: 2012 Rubber Jungle Records under...
The people in Rhode Island have another treat on their hands this weekend in the Newport Jazz Festival. Included will be favorite, Bill Frisell performing from the songbook of John Lennon on Saturday Evening. A can't miss set. The best part about those who can't attend (like me) is that many performances will be broadcast throughout the...
The Mint continues their solid lineup of Wednesday residencies with a Big Lil Baby Jesus Peasant Party in August. Guaranteed to be a funky dance party every Wednesday. After playing The Hollywood Bowl last night, The Neville Brothers' Ian Neville stopped in to play with Erick Coomes. Neville played drums and guitar to end the...
Today began the 53rd edition of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Our own Eric Tsurumoto broke down some of the acts you don't want to miss earlier in the week . Luckily some of those very acts will be part of NPR's Free stream of the festival starting Friday and lasting through the weekend. ...
Wilco has been pretty busy the past few months. Friday, they headlined the 2012 Newport Folk Festival which you can now stream from NPR's archives. A few weeks ago they played the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, then closed out a stellar run of shows in New York City along with an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. Let's...
Happy Birthday to Chris "Topher" Kuroda. Regarded by many as the fifth member of Phish, hence the "CK5" moniker, most fans intimately know his work through his instrument of choice each night -- the light board. And I'm always looking for a reason to link to some of Kuroda's work and his birthday is reason enough. Here are a...
Phish just released video of one of the better segments from the 1st leg of Summer 2012. The Sneakin' Sally Jam straight into a magnificent Ghost from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York on 7/6/12. Seventeen minutes of Phishy goodness. You'll notice Trey Anastasio sporting a backwards cap that he plucked from the audience...
*Update 8.3.12* Click Here for the Live Webcast starting at 9:30EST (6:30PST) from TRI Studios In honor of what would be Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday, TRI Studios will be putting on an event called "Move Me Brightly" and streaming it for free on August 3rd on their website. The event will feature a who's who of musicians including...
In any good run of Phish shows, there is always the discussion point at the end of the night about What song(s) got dusted off? and / or When was the last time it was played? Not always the rule but sometimes the case, a rare tune can separate an average show from a great one and completely change...
We've gone almost a week without posting anything Phish related and well...that's just too long. Earlier this month, at setbreak of the LivePhish Jones Beach webcasts, we were shown a two-part documentary (each around six minutes in length). The two segments were comprised of Page McConnell giving a walk-through of his equipment. The first part focused...
One of LMB's favorites has a real treat for fans starting at midnight tonight: The Felice Brothers will release God Bless You Amigo for a bargain bin price of just $5. The album includes eight traditional folk songs and 12 original songs that the band hasn't had a chance to put on records until now. Head over to...
On Friday night, String Cheese returned to Southern California after a very long absence of incidents. The group usually skips the LA area and heads up to Northern California but not this time. The band looked energized and ready to play as the crowd slowly filtered into the theatre. Some were stuck in traffic and missed...
As promised, an "epic" roundup post from the action at this year's High Sierra Music Festival from the boys in Surprise Me Mr. Davis and The Slip. Brad, Marc, Andrew, Marco, Nathan and High Sierra just go hand in hand. They are all part of the action that keeps the festival's heart pumping. You can almost...
It's tough to recap an entire four days of a festival that seems to fly by with such ease and relaxation, yet has lifetime highlights that you'll be remembering until next year's event rolls around. Taking photos for Live Music Blog over the weekend was an absolute pleasure. To be able to capture something as magnificent as High Sierra just...
Having just returned Monday evening from the High Sierra Music Festival, a place that more than most carries the mantra of "Put your phone away," I've been out of contact with the Phish world -- especially the three-nights at SPAC. Let's take a quick look at what unfolded in New York to close out the first leg of...