Justin Ward

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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
Dead & Company have been running free livestreams every Saturday night since the social isolation period began and the band has just announced the next selection for Episode #4 of the One More Saturday Night webcasts. This week's selection will feature a throwback to the band's November 18th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City back in 2017....
Grateful Dead have released pro-shot video from their Buckeye Lake 1993 show via their YouTube series, All The Years Live. "Typically a second set opener, ensconced in that slot for the bulk of the five years it had been played leading up to 6/11/93, at Buckeye a moment of inspiration must have prodded the band into playing it here as...
The Texas thai-funk trio of Khruangbin has been putting out DJ mixes while we're all hanging in social isolation, and today the group published a new one inspired by the island sounds around Jamaica, including some killer ska, reggae, and dancehall jams that will put you in a great vibe today. 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 Check out the mix and the full track-list...
Neil Young has shared a new music video version of his new song, "Shut It Down," titled "Shut It Down 2020" from his latest LP with his Crazy Horse project, COLORADO. According to the press release, this new video was inspired by fans asking Young to weigh on how this song is more relevant than ever during the coronavirus...
The organizers behind LOCKN' festival have announced they'll be moving this year's event to a later date, specifically October 1-4, 2020. https://twitter.com/locknfestival/status/1248280913793806336 A full announcement sent to their mailing list is reprinted below. LOCKN' Family, We hope you are staying safe and healthy, and continuing to look out for one another. The last few weeks have been heartbreaking, and we'd like to first...
No major surprise here given the current state of affairs in the live music industry, but it's still a bummer to see that up-and-comers Goose are being forced to reschedule their upcoming April and May shows. The band released the news and said they're working to reschedule the shows to sometime late Summer or Fall, and fans should hang onto...
Last night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, long-time John Prine collaborator and friend Brandi Carlile stopped by to pay tribute to his passing with a performance of "Hello In There." Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFLqYKjOVOk Ahead of that, she released a solo acoustic version of "Summer's End" after posting a message on her Instagram saying she couldn't sleep and that she...
Justin Timberlake is the latest musical guest to stop by the First We Feast spicy hot wings interview show, Hot Ones. The show's 11th season finishes off with JT and welcomes the music star to eat consecutively 10 spicy chicken wings as he's preparing for the Trolls World Tour. Watch the interview below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJeC0ChCuao  
Looks like the multimedia team over at Phish Inc. finally had some time to dig through their stack of stuff to do after the release of the band's latest LP, Sigma Oasis, as we're finally seeing some highlight videos from the Dick's Sporting Goods Park run that went down last Labor Day in Colorado. Remember when the groundhog plague...
Trey Anastasio just dropped another new tune recorded from social isolation, and wow this one is a fantastic performance featuring Trey playing along with some finely tuned wine glasses as his high-frequency accompaniment floating over the top of the arrangement. The drum beat has a great shuffle vibe to it, too, which almost sounds like Fishman or someone gave him...
Phish just dropped one of my favorite jams from 2019 as one of their official YouTube video highlights from their shows, this time the "Down with Disease" from Dick's 2019. It came deep in the second set of Night #2 and features an exploratory jam which started to get angular towards the end, featuring a Fishman beat that got...
Mike Gordon took to his socials today to wish his fans "a something Passover" today (because you're not supposed to say 'Happy') and announced that he'll be hosting another Instagram Live session tomorrow, Thursday, April 9th. This is now the third (or fourth?) session he's hosted since the social isolation period began. For tomorrow's session, he said this time he'll...
The organizers behind the annual Farm Aid event have announced a special event for this Saturday, April 11th starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Fans will be able to watch live performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews in a virtual show of support and solidarity for family farmers and ranchers. The event will be available as a...
Radiohead will be presenting a series of weekly livestreams via their YouTube channel starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 9th. Their announcement came with the trademark Thom Yorke whit stating "now that you have no choice whether or not you fancy a quiet night in" and confirms that the first show will be Live From a Tent in Dublin from October...
Yesterday the news broke late that John Prine had succumbed to complications from his coronavirus COVID-19 diagnoses. Today a statement was issued by his label Oh Boy Records as well as his wife Fiona Whelan Prine which includes some guidance for fans that may not be taking this virus situation seriously. Read both statements in full below. From Oh Boy Records It...
The Grateful Dead gang has been working with Nugs.tv for weekly Saturday night webcasts called One More Saturday Night featuring archival shows from the recent Dead & Company tours over the past few years, but like all Deadheads, fans were clamoring for more. It looks like we'll finally start to see some deeper viewings from the Grateful Dead show archives...
Legendary singer and songwriter John Prine has passed away at the age of 73 following hospitalization from the COVID-19 coronavirus. The news was just reported by Rolling Stone. https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/1247694331831558145 He was recently admitted to the hospital and the family left a note for fans that the situation was dire and that he was needing of prayers and energy to help him...
Remember FANS.com, the social networking platform dedicated to live music and sharing show experiences and uploading photos and ticket stubs and whatnot? They've announced they'll be archiving the old platform and moving to something new, so if you were a big fan and a power user, this announcement is probably a bit of a bummer. They're pivoting to something else...
Henry Rollins has linked up with KCRW and will be introducing a new long-form radio show called The Cool Quarantine, and the first episode is available now over. It clocks in at more than four hours and features live bootlegs of the Cramps recorded by Ian MacKaye, a story about the time Henry and Ian saw Led Zeppelin in 1977...
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros recently had to cancel a set of their spring tour dates following the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, but thankfully the band will be moving their shows to free online livestreams every Wednesday for the foreseeable future. They're calling it Weir Wednesdays and they'll be running their first livestream tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th, a show from the...
On last night's "Stephen at Home" version of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jim James "stopped by" and performed a solo performance of Bill Withers' classic, "Lean On Me," honoring the legendary artist following his passing last week. Watch the performance below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEXCQ48yEoQ
Trey Anastasio has started the week with another new tune recorded during his social isolation period at home while the nation is gripped by the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The song is called "Are You There Colleen?" and it's seemingly about his struggle with addiction and how he got through it (especially considering the long note he shared with the...
The Lumineers are the latest guest on the Tiny Desk Concert, the always wonderful web series from NPR Music. The band plays a series of tunes from their latest release, III. The Lumineers showed up at the Tiny Desk with family, friends and crew who travel with the tight-knit touring band. One special guest in particular was Lenny, the toddler...
Galactic will be running a free livestream tonight featuring a recent show of theirs because they "know you need some funk" and they "want to start your week off right." The band will show their Mardi Gras show which went down on February 23, 2020 on their home stomping grounds at Tipitina's in New Orleans. Pour yourself a drink, make...
Last year we were celebrating the brand new debut of Trey Anastasio's latest Phish side project, Ghosts of the Forest, an emotional journey with Trey through the grieving of losing a close friend. The project debuted and played 20+ original new songs that fans hadn't heard before, and one of the tracks played was an instrumental piece called "If...
Louis C.K. has released a new comedy special called Sincerely Louis CK that is now available for purchase on his website. He released a note along with the announcement via his mailing list, which you can read in full below. Head here to purchase the new special. Hi. I feel like there are two kinds of people in this world. One kind...
Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is the latest to deliver a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert for NPR Music, and in the process he debuts a new song called "Life in Quarantine" and paid tribute to Fountains of Wayne songwriter Adam Schlesinger who just passed away. And with that, the heavy-hearted Death Cab for Cutie frontman performs his newly...
YESSSSSSS! Phish has chosen their next selection for their Dinner And A Movie free livestreams running every Tuesday night, with episode three being a re-run of their Baker's Dozen Jam-Filled night from July 25th, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The full show will play for free this Tuesday at 8:30PM ET at webcast.livephish.com or Phish’s Facebook...
Jimmy Fallon has been keeping the Tonight Show going with his skeleton crew staff at home, namely his wife and his daughters, and last night's show featured a segment with Adam Sandler stopping by via video conference. He also took a stab at a new song debut, his "Quarantine Song" featuring shout-outs to the medical professionals keeping us all...
Bill Withers has passed away from heart complications at the age of 81 as reported by AP News. 😢 You know his incredible songs like "Lean On Me," "Lovely Day" and "Ain't No Sunshine," and he was a massive influence musically on a slew of artists today that will no doubt be paying tribute. He was a Rock and Roll...
James Taylor and His All-Star Band have postponed their 2020 tour dates with special guest Jackson Browne, and they will confirm new dates as soon as they can. Sadly their June 21st show at Fenway Park with Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin has also been postponed and/or cancelled. We are examining various time periods for rescheduling all of these dates, which...
Earlier this week Phish revealed their new full-length album, Sigma Oasis, and today on SiriusXM's PhishRadio we'll get to hear a track-by-track breakdown with Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell taking us through the album. https://twitter.com/PhishRadioSXM/status/1245842151839334400 Tune in shortly, as SiriusXM is offering deep free trials during the current state of affairs.
Ed O'Brien have revealed a new single from his upcoming debut album, Earth, a moody rocker that builds and builds to a rocking end called "Olympik" that I've been obsessed with ever since I heard it live. The full album is out on April 17th on Capitol Records. "Olympik" is anchored by a lockstep groove courtesy of Omar Hakim (Drums)...
Phish just debuted their brand new album, Sigma Oasis, for a free livestream listening party for fans stuck at home. It was announced last night during their second Dinner And A Movie free livestream. Here's what the album consists of: Sigma Oasis: Sigma Oasis Leaves Everything's Right Mercury Shade Evening Song Steam A Life Beyond the Dream Thread Tune in below for...
Phish is running their second Dinner And A Movie webcast tonight and during set-break the band announced that they will be releasing a new album called Sigma Oasis. The album is due out tomorrow Wednesday, April 1st and will be introduced via a listening party at 9pm ET. https://twitter.com/livemusicblog/status/1204093278754205696 The songs were recorded in Trey's barn, and they worked with Vance...
Foo Fighters have announced the rescheduled dates for the remainder of their April/May Van Tour 2020. If you already secured tickets, good news for you is that tickets for the original shows will be honored for the new dates. Head here to grab tickets and see the rescheduled itinerary below. FOO FIGHTERS VAN TOUR 2020 RESCHEDULED SHOWS Previously scheduled for 4/12/2020 NEW DATE 12/5/2020 Phoenix,...
Dead & Company will be hosting free livestreams every Saturday night while the social isolation period continues in the United States, and this week's next episode will be a throwback to the band's June 30th, 2018 from Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The second of two nights in Oregon were full of highlights, and we had covered the show live...
Khruangbin just dropped a new DJ mix for us to enjoy over at SoundCloud which we've embedded below. It's called International Versions and it's groovy as hell. Gloria - Fingers Funky Broadway - Suda Chuenbarn Respect - Googoosh Sid Redad - Fadoul Du Si - Don Sornrabeab Hazlo Como Quiras - Enrique Lynch Vytahuj Se Radši Míň - Marie Rottrová Kent Yaşamı - Senay What You Won't Do...
Trey Anastasio just released his ninth new song recording during the social isolation period here in the United States. Along with the audio of the song performance, Trey also dropped a note with some gratitude for the health care workers and anyone keeping themselves essential right now and helping others stuck at home. 😢 This song follows up a song...
Trey Anastasio is getting more and more creative with his quarantine session songs, and today he's got another new one posted called "Shaking Someone's Outstretched Hand" written with Tom Marshall and Scott Herman. This new song follows up his previous SEVEN new songs that have dropped on his social media profiles since the social isolation began. "Lost in the Pack,"...
Following the postponement of this year's Coachella Music & Arts Festival, the organizers will still be busy during April and getting their new YouTube series, 20 Years in the Desert, ready for primetime. The documentary series will be a celebration of the "moments, artists and performances that defined Coachella," streaming for free starting on April 10th. Today they dropped a...
The organizers behind Trondossa Music & Arts Festival have announced that this year's festival will no longer be taking place due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. "Taking into account the current status of things, we felt this was the best decision for fans, artists, staff and the community." The good news is that tickets will be automatically refunded at point of...
In a newly uploaded video from our buddy LazyLightning55a, you can now watch the entire set two from Phish in Lake Tahoe at the Harvey's Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino right on Stateline, NV. At a time when the band's playing was not favoring long jams or deep type II excursions, the band delivered a stunner of a second set...
In a note on John Prine's social is an announcement from his family that he has been hospitalized following a sudden onset of coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms. Thankfully a day later his wife clarified that he's stable at the moment, and the outpouring of love has been key in helping them process. He was reportedly hospitalized on March 26, and the...
R.E.M.'s enigmatic frontman Michael Stipe took to social media yesterday to drop a new demo track that he's been working on with The National's Aaron Dessner. Dessner confirmed the demo and said that "Michael Stipe has been a great hero and friend to me" and that he never imagined being able to write songs together, but in our new normal...
Trey Anastasio has been an output machine during this period of social isolation across the country, and today he released his seventh (!) new song over the past few weeks called "I Never Left Home." It was written by Trey, Tom Marshall, and Scott Herman. Watch the performance below, featuring Trey in a newly decked out isolation studio and another...
Roger Waters joins the list of artists that have fully confirmed they'll need to move their major world tours to a later date due to the current state of affairs in the entertainment industry. The entirety of the This Is Not A Drill tour dates will be moved to 2021, but in typical Roger Waters fashion, he shared some environmental politics...
The organizers behind the Primavera Sound music festival in Barcelona have announced they will be postponing until this upcoming August. With most of the other festivals pushed back, clearly they'll be trying to honor the existing lineup already announced and keep the major headliners onboard, but it's not likely that all of the artists confirmed will be able to make...
Phish kicked off their free weekly livestream series this past Tuesday, and they've gone ahead and posted the lineup and recipes for next week's Episode #2. The band is re-broadcasting an epic show from 2014, the 3.0 "Tweezer-fest" that took place at Merriweather Post Pavilion. This is not to be missed (setlist via Phish.net): SET 1: Fee, The Curtain With, 46...
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy took to socials yesterday to drop a message to his friends, fans and fellow neighbors in Chicago. In short: STAY HOME! Much of their Ode to Joy tour has been rescheduled and move to a later date when us music fans can all congregate again, and until then we're hoping they get some new music done...

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