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.
A few days ago a friend told me to check out a YouTube video of a bass player and all he said was, "wait til you see this girl prodigy play." After the impressive :53 seconds were up I immediately started looking up as much info on her as I could. Better to be late to the Tal Wilkenfeld party...
Phish just took the stage in Burgettstown, PA and we'll be following along with the setlist as it rolls in. This is the 10th show of an already impressive tour, and the first show at Starlake since 2009. Starlake has seen many a fine Phish show including 7/29/2003 which featured bustouts galore and a jammed out Crosseyed...
(Saturday, 6/16/12) A few hours ago in Toronto, Canada, while crew was setting up for tonight's Radiohead show in Downsview Park, the stage collapsed. One person has been confirmed dead, while at least three others according to Toronto EMS have been driven to the hospital with injuries. The show tonight has been cancelled. Reading over...
If I were to take this "Phish as a baseball team" metaphor into context for last night's summer tour opener in Woosta, I would have called it a solid lead-off home run.... It looks and sounds like the four members of Phish are doing exactly what the community already has: they forgot that NYE even happened. Picking up right...
We are literally just hours away from the start of another season of Phish. Rehearsals have started and opening day at the DCU Center (The Centrum) in Worcester, MA comes Thursday . I'll be there to soak in the first sounds of summer along with a few others from the Live Music Blog team and a whole cast...
***Update***Here is the link to a free download of the show thanks to taper Mac Daddy. Bill Frisell, Matt Chamberlain & Jon Brion 5/30/12, Mint LA Matt Chamberlain's Residency at The Mint in Los Angeles came to a close last night with a grand finale that was a site to behold and above all else listen to. ...
Do yourself a favor and put Jonathan Wilson on your concert radar. Last night in Venice, CA singer / songwriter / producer Jonathan Wilson played an intimate show for a lucky few. The show at Del Monte Speakeasy was announced just a day earlier via his Twitter feed (@songsofJW) and was a free show. The venue...
The always impressive rock band Wilco has really kept fans on their toes this year adding new gigs weekly to their already busy summer. Five more shows round out the 42-stint marathon in support of their latest achievement, The Whole Love. The new dates include a two-night run at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA on July...
Last night in front of a packed house at The Saint Rocke club in Hermosa, California, Greensky Bluegrass continued to put a footprint on bluegrass in 2012. Some have dubbed it newgrass in the same company as the talented Punch Brothers and Cornmeal but I just dub it some damn fine music. The band formed in 2000 in...
The month of May is going to be a real treat for those living in or near Los Angeles. The small club, The Mint will be hosting a residency by studio drumming extraordinaire Matt Chamberlain. Every Wednesday will feature a different lineup stacked with talent. Some know him from his early project Critters Buggin' which was...
Phish just released the rest of their Summer Tour itinerary via another awesomely wacky announcement video featuring our favorite drummer Jon Fishman. Last we saw Fishman he was training hard to "First Tube" and getting the Electro-Lux ready for action. However, for the second Leg, he seems to be indulging himself in everything from Easter Peeps to...
Editor's note: Speaking of the Barr Brothers, our friend Aaron in LA has been a fan of the project since the beginning and went and caught the show the night before I did. Unfortunately the timing of our server crash coincided right with the time he had to finish the writeup, so read this just knowing that this...
On Friday night Conspirator rolled through LA to play The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The theatre, a venue which I recently learned was previously occupied by a strip club in the early 70's (hence the layout making more sense to me now) is a smaller club (roughly 500 capacity) with good sound and a rich history of performers....
Magical. Breathtaking. Special. One-of-a-kind. Those were some of the adjectives to describe the evening most of us had Saturday in Los Angeles. The venue, as Giuseppe III would explain later was "the greatest sounding room I've ever been in." He meant it. Every facet of the Walt Disney Music Hall was designed to please the ear. ...
The busy music month of March in Los Angeles begins... Last night at the Mayan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, the supergroup known as New Multitudes (Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker & Will Johnson) played for the second time ever together. The band was assembled this year to honor the late Woody Guthrie, whose catalog was made available to...
Taking in a show at the Masonic Lodge located within the famed Hollywood Forever Cemetery is always a treat. It's a small room seating roughly 200, with tall ceilings, two hanging chandeliers and seated cushioned benches to the side. To keep it a little more hip, the walls feature film posters like A Clockwork Orange, while Harold & Maude...
Coming off the 1st Annual Anniversary yesterday of one of the better Phish shows from 2010, the October 20th show at Utica Memorial Auditorium in upstate NY (the famed "Guyutica" set), we're pleased to announce we've got a copy of the Phish: Live in Utica 2010 DVD to give away to one of our lucky readers! Truly a...
Megafaun @ McCabe's Guitar Shop  |  Santa Monica, CA  |  10.9.11 In this day and age we as concert goers don't get to enjoy gigs like Sunday night very often. I'm talking about Megafaun's performance at McCabe's Guitar shop in Santa Monica, CA. It's a venue that certainly brought out the best in everyone -- band & audience. I see...
Over the weekend, while taking a walk in the Santa Monica neighborhood I passed by @McCabesGuitar shop, and as I normally do, stopped to check out their "Upcoming Shows Wall." One of the posters that caught my eye was the simply titled MEGAFAUN. It rang a bell. At some point I had heard or seen their...
Let's just get this out of the way right now. I'm a sucker for anything Brad Barr. If he owned a diner -- I'd let him cook me breakfast. If he drove a bus, I'd be the first one on board. The appreciation for his work goes back to 2001 when I first saw The...
When Phish decides to completely blow your mind with three straight shows, six sets, 70 songs, and over 9 hours of music, it's tough to write about the experience. It really is. I've written a few now deleted paragraphs that just can't do the Labor Day Weekend justice. It was truly some of the best Phish I've ever seen. A...
Only three dates remain in Phish's reinvented and redefined Summer of twenty-eleven. Before we look forward to the turquoise (okay, maybe they're closer to purple) mountains of Colorado let's take a glance back at what Phish served up to the West Coast and Chicago.  Instead of dissecting every nook and cranny, let's cut out the red tape and hit the high notes....
This weekend Phish will continue their 2011 summer tour at the aptly named Gorge(ous) Ampitheatre in George, Washington. With a first leg down and a festival that surpassed most people's expectations, the band looks to continue the good fight with nine shows in August at some historic venues in the West and Midwest. 8/5-8/6 ~ The Gorge Ampitheatre It's called breath-taking...
Literally. The band from Vermont's first leg continued over the weekend and instead of losing any momentum at all, they gained some steam. Phish added a song to their rotation on Saturday. Not just any song...but a damn good one. Hell, the competition isn't very tough these days, but still! With the 3.0 incarnation of Phish...
Quick Phish update on this Tuesday evening...the ocelot is slipping out of the bag regarding the band's much anticipated 2011 Summer Tour. Earlier today, we got the most "official" word so far as The Riverbend Music Center in Ohio updated their events page and listed Phish as performing on Sunday June 5th. It has since been removed but not...
Another week in autumn has passed and sure enough, beginning in Charleston (and especially last Saturday to these ears), Phish has shifted gears in a forward direction. Setlist-wise, they are throwing in variation along with spontaneity, and playing-wise, they're creating a really exciting time for the new and old in all of us. If Phish somehow didn't...
A few quick updates on this Phriday because show time is upon us! First up, The Phish from Vermont tackle the only southern portion of this brief fall tour @ North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC this evening. After the mixed results in Broomfield, this Friday/Saturday combo of shows could and should provide a great setup for the final...
The fine folks at Big A** Lens (awesome name btw) recently sent over some great footage of Pavement from New York City on Sunday night. Pavement, the cult-indie band from the 90's, who made their mark with Slanted & Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain announced in 2009 that they'd be playing some reunion gigs. Many thought...
Considering all the great videos Phish has been releasing through Vimeo from this past tour, it was only fitting a fresh DVD release was in store for us. The band has officially announced the release of a new, two-disc DVD called Coral Sky. Extra bonus -- it's an archived concert release from 1996, a very under-appreciated year...
There's a fantastic new interview up today on Relix.com with Trey Anastasio, with talk of the recent Phish summer tour plus talk of the bust-outs, cover choices and why he likes Paramore. Awesome, awesome interview. Phish has always covered a range of artists. But last fall and this summer the band has placed a special emphasis on covering more...
There is a theory on how Telluride got it's name... It's mining history and endless tunnels serve the phrase well, To Hell You Ride. Yet Hell is the farthest thing from it, especially when the town is hosting Phish for 9,000 fans and countless others perched on balconies, roofs and mountain tops. Keep this between you and me...
This blog post by zzyzx over at Phish.net got me thinking, and we regularly get asked to provide an update to the fans on the latest and greatest rumor mill nonsense surrounding the band. I asked our friend @phortin to write up some of his thoughts... --Editor We are less than ten days away from Phish's continuation of Summer...
First, turn your speakers up loud... My Morning Jacket - One Big Holiday - 04-28-2010 - Charleston, SC Unreal sound, unreal view. Fingers crossed for some more West Coast dates.
It's difficult writing a review for a project which doesn't have actual songs, song titles, and works with little structure. How do you describe it to someone? There's no tree with which to hang the branches. But that's EOTO, and that's why on Wednesday evening about 100 people packed into the Fais Do Do at 10pm...
Aaron Fortin just went and saw The Secret Machines in LA and gave us this review to post... Stepped into the venue kinda early. Local band IO ECHO opened. Caught the end of their set. The singer is a rocked out lady, and she was sure as hell rockin' it. I stepped in the sidedoor to the band covering "I...