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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
John Mayer kicked off his world tour with a tribute to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand by performing the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art" with local New Zealand Māori performers. Scroll down to see the setlist from the show plus the video of the opening segment... https://youtu.be/BQnf3oQ7d6I
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Mike Gordon is in the middle of winding down his solo band spring tour with a big four-night run at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At tonight's show, night three, some rumors circulating around the venue halls ended up coming true and Gordon was joined on stage by his Phish companion Trey Anastasio as second guitar to Scott Murawski's...
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Les Claypool was a guest on a recent episode of Bill Burr‘s podcast and sorta quietly announced without an official backup from the press teams that Primus will be one of the support acts on a FINAL U.S. tour by speed metal band Slayer. Woah. 🤯 There’s another thing too that’s kind of a secret but maybe I can tell you now... So it...
Grateful Dead Wall of Sound Debut @ Cow Palace 3.23.74 © Richard Pechner
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the full, official debut of what the Grateful Dead lovingly called their Wall of Sound, a full PA system invented by the band's LCD-maker-turned-soundman Owsley "Bear" Stanley. We've collected some photos, links and videos around the web that detail out what made this a sound system worth talking about 45 years later. What may...
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Outside Lands announced today that Paul Simon will be coming out of retirement and will return to their stage for a special live performance to close the festival on Sunday, August 11th. The full lineup won't be fully revealed until March 26th. While no longer touring, Paul Simon has previously stated his commitment to perform the occasional concert in benefit...
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Tame Impala have released their first new track in a long while, and it's a bit aptly titled -- "Patience" -- very clever! "Patience" is a new bongo-backed space disco jam, much like some of the output that was flourishing when the madman known as Kevin Parker put together their last release, Currents, all the way back in 2015. And...
Trey Anastasio has been added to this year's Newport Folk Festival. The announcement was just tossed up on Twitter from the Newport Folk team... 2019 ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT: @treyanastasio is returning to the Fort this summer! In partnership with @mbirdfoundation, @newportfestsorg has made a donation to the music program at Mt. Pleasant HS in Providence, RI. #nffmusiceducation #newportfolk2019 This puts a lot...
The New Deal were recently added to a few music festival lineups for this summer but they were relatively quiet on what they had planned. Now with an official announcement on Facebook we know what's up -- they've got a new drummer. We're incredibly excited to announce #TND3 - Dan and I (Jamie) are proud to welcome drummer extraordinaire Davide...
The Chicago Cubs have announced their second Grateful Dead Night at Wrigley Field set for Wednesday, April 24th when the Cubbies welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers. You'll definitely want to get tickets through this offer, because in addition to a ticket to the event, they will be teaming up with the Jack White brain-child Third Man Pressing for a...
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When I caught wind that Tortoise would be delivering their seminal album TNT live at the Midwinter 2019 music festival hosted by Pitchfork, I literally almost dropped everything and made my way across country as quickly as I could. Sadly events conspired to keep me away from said event, but thankfully for us at home, they taped the entire...
dave chappelle john stewart announce red rocks august 2019 gig
There is no doubt that one of the best music venues in the world is Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and today's announcement may just start solidifying it as one of best comedy venues in the world as well. Dave Chappelle has announced a show with Jon Stewart for Friday, August 9th, 2019 which will be a full comedy...
Myspace is one of those companies that pretty much only exists in pop culture today to make a joke, and the news leaking out right now from their legal team is not something that will help to change that fate. Given all of their changes of hand and acquisitions and whatnot, some people started poking around and wondering if they...
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced a UK and European tour that will follow their United States tour this fall. The band recently announced their new LP called Fishing For Fishies, and they released an amazing self-titled track and video which you can watch here. Prior to that they had put out a single called "Cyboogie" with yet...
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Saturday Night Live will be welcoming Tame Impala as the musical guest on the upcoming episode set to air on March 30th with Sandra Oh as the host. https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/1104627884843589632 The show announced it last night after their new episode aired featuring host Idris Elba.
moe. just arrived in Sin City for a two night run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, and they're bringing their friends Pigeons Playing Ping Pong along for the ride. Relix has announced that they'll be offering up a free webcast from tonight's show, which you can tune in here to watch it. Also you'll be able to tune in...
Very excited to see that Bonnaroo will be hosting a Pride Parade this year during the 2019 festival. Given that it's taking place in June which is the National Pride Month, it's great that they're allowing the team behind House of Yes to put something together. "House of Yes is beyond thrilled to be producing the first ever Bonnaroo Pride Parade,...
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Ja Rule came out and delivered a Fyre Festival level performance last night at the Milwaukee Bucks halftime show at the Fiserv Forum. Holy wow. This. is. bad. After a slight delay where Ja Rule and his dancers waited awkwardly at half court, the music kicked on and the performance began. However, with only three-and-a-half minutes left in halftime, Ja...
The lineup for this year's LOCKN' Festival was just announced and it's MASSIVE! Returning to the Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia, this year's festival will feature a few jamband heavyweights agreeing to link up and play some sets together as well as a slew of up-and-coming artists gracing the scene with new tunes and a...
Marc Maron is the guy that everyone knows as the king of podcasting behind WTF with Marc Maron Podcast, and he's recently taken a turn into the world of acting. This may be one of his best crossovers yet, though! He was the special guest on this week's episode of The Simpsons where he sat down for one of his...
This blew me away in such a good way. Annie Clark continues to blow minds at St. Vincent and this is one sensual performance if I've ever seen one. It started with St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) appearing from within a shadow, dressed in black, singing about “nuns in stress positions” and “Lolita is weeping” as she played a slinky riff...
Insurrection AleWorks is a small Nano Brewery located in Heidelberg, Pennsylvania, and they released a brand new beer yesterday that is something Phish fans may want to check out. This is what space pale ale smells like! Yes, it's a Kasvot Växt themed beer and it looks incredible based on the photo above. Look at that glow! And I...
The NAMM show is happening this week in Los Angeles and our buddy has the inside scoop on some of the upcoming happenings you wouldn't want to miss if you're scheduled to attend the show. Last year the crew at D’Angelico put together some killer shows to show off their wares, and this year looks to be no exception. They've...
Spotify got some attention yesterday when smart users caught that the platform now allows you to "block" a certain artist from showing up in a Playlist or randomly finding itself in a "play this next" queue on shuffle. It's not yet available anywhere, only on the mobile app, but this is a great, new feature for a platform that...
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New album due out Feb. 8th
Tycho recently teased some new music and as of Friday put out a new remix into the world that is a must-hear if you're a fan of the work Scott Hansen does. More specifically on this one, you may also need to hear it if you dig what the Anjunadeep label does and what Luttrell puts out. Because the...
The crew at Bandcamp recently announced an awesome new endeavor that will support the Bay Area in a great new way -- a new record store! The company will open a record shop and performance space in Oakland, and they'll be hosting all-ages shows and well as show off some of the physical versions of their big Bandcamp catalog, a...
Foo Fighters will be playing in Atlanta the night before the Super Bowl, February 2nd, and they released a funny video promoting the event clearly targeted at all the football fans in the world. Sports! They're calling the event the Super Saturday Night and it will be fully live-streamed, and hopefully we don't actually see a more advanced NFL tie-in...
LCD Soundsystem has announced a new live album called Electric Lady Sessions and confirmed some of the backstory via a new post on the band's Facebook page, clearly written by frontman James Murphy. hi there. there's a thing we do, or have done historically, where while on tour and in fine fettle as a unit, we go into a studio and...
Last night was one of those nights when you're watching from the couch on the West Coast, checking Twitter sporadically and thinking to yourself, "why do I NOT live in New York City?!" Trey Anastasio from Phish strolled over to the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre to see his friends Soule Monde, featuring keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and drummer Russ Lawton, a...
Radiohead has released a track into the wild today called "Ill Wind" that previously saw the light of day only as a bonus track on A Moon Shaped Pool deluxe editions. You can hear it below via Spotify. The band is usually short with the announcements lately but and they're following up the release of Thom York'e Suspiria with other news that...
Well this is MASSIVE news! Sleater-Kinney looks to be back in the studio with none other than St. Vincent herself Annie Erin Clark at the production helm. Check out this photo they just shared below. We'll have more on this when we know more, but following up St. Vincent's wild last year or so promoting her LP, Masseduction, perhaps she's...
Well this is hilarious. A fan took it upon himself to create a fake documentary surrounding the Kasvot Växt story that Phish brought to the public on Halloween 2018 in Las Vegas, and he posted it on Phish.net this weekend. My friend and I just completed a movie trailer for a mockumentary, if you please, about one Englishman’s recollections of...
Ben Kweller has been in the middle of a self-imposed hiatus from the music business, but he used his New Year's Eve to remind fans that he's ready to come back. Kweller published a quick post simply saying "2019 is here and my 5yr hiatus is over. I’m starting everything back up and I can’t wait to see you out...
Some people may not have seen this news, but if you're a Phish fan it's one of the moments you may have missed in and around the band's epic "This Is What Space Smells Like" New Year's Eve celebration at Madison Square Garden. In case you missed it, the band rang in 2019 with an epic "Mercury" with aerialists...
Not a lot of people put San Diego in a list of cities that have solid music festivals, but CRSSD Festival is definitely an exception. It's like a mini ULTRA on the West Coast. This next year's lineup in the Spring was announced recently and it's a doozy. The first wave of the lineup was announced and includes ODESZA, Phantogram,...
Trey Anastasio kicked off a mini acoustic tour last night in Mesa, Arizona and ended up immediately throwing back to this year's Las Vegas run where the band introduced the world to Kasvot Växt. If someone had to call the opener last night and they threw out "Turtle in the Clouds" as the would-be kick off, I would have...
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Anderson .Paak was the musical guest on last night's Saturday Night Live, and he ended up performing "Tints" with kung-fu Kenny himself, Kendrick Lamar. Paak's recent release, Oxnard, is getting play all over critical circles and needs to get added to Best Of lists as they start getting published this year. Check out the clip below, the crowd goes...
Skrillex has released a new remix he's been teasing over the past couple weeks, the jam of the year "SICKO MODE" by Travis Scott featuring Drake prominently. The song has a vibe to it that was easy to see something that Sonny Moore would relate to given how disjointed the original cut of the song always feels to me....
Start me up! The Rolling Stones have confirmed a huge tour for 2019 with many more dates scheduled to eventually be released once all the big festivals get announced. If you haven't already booked your New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival plans, good luck my friends! Kicking off on 4/20 (nice) in Miami and hitting tons of major metros along...
Mike Gordon and his solo band have announced that they will hit the road this upcoming March, 2019. I guess that definitively rules out Phish Spring 2019 turr, breh. Phish recently finished up their Fall 2018 tour with an epic four-night run at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, introducing their newest "secret language" to the world as...
Panda Bear will be touring early next year on the support of a new LP recently announced called Buoys, due out on Domino Records on February 8, 2019. If the first single from the release is any indication of what we can expect out of the larger track of songs, it looks like Noah Lennox spent his recent months...
Well, Phish has officially revealed their Halloween 2018 joke in all of its modern glory -- Kasvot Växt í rokk is now officially an "album" you can stream on Spotify. Admittedly I never thought they'd be revealing the joke so quickly. I sorta wished they kept it closer to the chest and let the joke play on in fan circles...
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has confirmed that their going extra big for their 50th Anniversary festival set for next year. The 2019 dates will be April 25-28 and May 2-5, and you better get booked soon before you miss out on all the accommodations in the city. And we can only assume the lineup is going to...
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Yesssss! More from Phish as Kasvot Växt thanks to the official Phish YouTube channel and the LivePhish.com crew! Watch the opener from the epic Halloween 2018 Musical Costume set above or below, the ridiculously aptly titled "Turtle in the Clouds". https://youtu.be/-jNGnAcNj5I
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I'm slowly faceplanting my way back into real-life after the unbelievable Phish Fall Tour and the closer of four amazing nights in Las Vegas for Halloween 2018. And the band has already released one of the catchier songs that came together out of the Halloween costumed set where the band performed as Kasvot Växt, the "Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S."...
Wow. Big announcement from the festival organizers behind the Wanee Music Festival... THE TRADITIONAL WEEKEND FOR THE WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN 2019 FALLS ON THE SAME WEEKEND AS GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER AND PASSOVER. IT HAS BEEN THE WANEE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE IN THE PAST THAT MANY OF OUR REGULAR FESTIVAL GOERS DECIDE NOT TO ATTEND ON THIS WEEKEND, DUE TO THE HOLIDAY...
Phish finished up an absolutely thrilling Fall Tour with their final night here in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night. It's been a fun run here in Vegas front to back, with last night's show absolutely knocking it out of the park in terms of crowd/band energy. Quite the victory lap. What a fun show. SETLISTS:...

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