Justin Ward

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Time to get your koozies unpacked and ready for a later-than-usual festival season coming here in 2021. While the news isn't official yet, it looks like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be moving to October 8-10 and October 15-17, 2021 according to OffBeat. Jazz Fest is usually always scheduled for the spring, but the reality of holding a...
Billy Strings will be partnering up with FANS and The Relix Channel to present The Deja Vu Experiment, a series of six unique livestreams scheduled for February 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, and 24 live from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The event will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the same dates that the Grateful...
Phish has announced their next Dinner And A Movie, this time a special New Year's Eve event called Dinner And A Rematch. Exactly 25 years after the audience tied the band 1-1 in a chess rivalry, Phish challenges YOU to a rematch as part of a special New Year's Eve "Dinner And A Movie". We'll be presenting Phish's first New...
Earlier today Phish fans woke up to the news that Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell would be doing something at 2pm ET / 11am PT on their YouTube, PhishRadio and LivePhish channels. It seemed pretty likely that we'd get another video from their sessions earlier this fall ahead of The Beacon Jams run, although clearly it's had a Christmas...
Following Trey Anastasio's incredible run at the Beacon Theatre known as The Beacon Jams, the team behind the run at MSG Entertainment have released a short documentary about the process of how everything came together for the Phish frontman called What Calls You Home. Watch it here.
Directed by WARTELLA Produced by DREAM FACTORY ANIMATION Featuring footage from Under Great White Northern Lights directed by Emmett Malloy
Trey Anastasio has shared another highlight from the final night of The Beacon Jams run, this time a 4K video of the "Slave to the Traffic Light" with the Rescue Squad String Section. This was an incredible moment and brought some happy tears to my eyes. What a beautiful version. Watch it here.
Three of my favorite artists have teamed up for a limited release that just hit the internets. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has joined electronica enigmas Burial and Four Tet for a two-track release that dropped with little fanfare before it got picked up everywhere. This isn't the first time this lot has collaborated together, as they also had a single...
Trey Anastasio recently finished up his run dubbed The Beacon Jams and it's something us fans will be talking about for ages. Numerous highlights came out of the run, and a number of really fantastic debuts from Trey Anastasio Band made the setlists. One of those final moments that got fans crazed was when the full band opened up with...
Trey Anastasio has shared one of the highlights of the last show from The Beacon Jams run, the "Pebbles and Marbles" featuring the Rescue Squad String Section as well as the TAB horn section. Watch it here.
Last night the gang at Tipitina's did a tribute livestream to The Last Waltz featuring appearances from George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Dave Malone, Papa Mali, Anders Osborne, Mike Doussan, Erica Falls, Aaron Wilkinson, Darcy Malone, Dave Jordan, Stanton Moore, CR Gruver, Jake Eckert, Ron Johnson, Brad Walker, Jeff Albert, Scott Frock, and more. Watch their opener of "Further On...
Battles have released an official video for "Sugar Foot" off Juice B Crypts. In 2020, the outbreak of Covid-19 caused a global lockdown and restricted many activities and events in the world. This music video depicts the ’Great Space Robot Festival’ that unfolds to avenge cancelled festivals and events, in the hope that humanity will be able to overcome the...
Tonight is the final night of Trey Anastasio's incredible run dubbed The Beacon Jams, an eight-week affair at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. For the past eight weeks, Phish fans have been treated to a wildly unique run featuring Trey's compositions, a string section, and his usual TAB band rhythm section plus or minus a few key parts...
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all. Today we were blessed with a new episode of Hot Ones, the show with hot questions and even hotter wings. Lil Nas X is the guest and he goes hard on the last dab in a way that puts others to shame. Watch it here.
Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder have announced a livestream extravaganza this weekend via Mixcloud Live. On Saturday, November 28th, FlyLo will be joined by Brandon Coleman, Teebs, and Salami Rose Joe Louis for an audio/visual affair that you can buy tickets here now. He's got a few samples up on his social on what the stream may look like. Check these out...
Phish has announced this month's edition of their Dinner And A Movie livestream! Coming this Saturday, November 28th will be an airing of the band's show at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA from November 22, 1997. This show is a doozy and one that fans have already gotten a chance to sample in its remastered glory; it was released as...
The teams at Proximity + Brownies & Lemonade have announced the third edition of their livestream festival, Digital Mirage Friendsgiving, which will benefit the National Independent Venue Association and the musicians performing. The livestream will be headlined by Tiesto, ZHU B2B NGHTMRE, The Glitch Mob, Louis the Child, Tchami B2B Dr. Fresch, Lastlings, Yehme2, Chris Malinchak, JSTJR, LP Giobbi,...
On last Friday's Beacon Jams show, Trey Anastasio and his Rescue Squad String Section delivered an absolutely stunning version of "Harry Hood" that was just shared across his socials. Pay particular attention during the "Thank you, Mr. Miner" section at how geeked out Trey gets hearing the string section deliver that typically frenzied part during a Phish show where...
~ WEEK #8 SETLIST ~ Trey Anastasio is about to kick off his seventh Friday night in a row at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as part of his incredible Beacon Jams run. Week #1 | Week #2 | Week #3 | Week #4 | Week #5 | Week #6 As a reminder, the show is streaming for free for...
Trey Anastasio is the middle of his huge run in New York City at the Beacon Theatre called The Beacon Jams, and last Friday night he started the sixth show with yet another surprise for fans. Each show has had a unique element or two, including the return of the Ghosts of the Forest project on Week #5. For Week...
~ WEEK #8 SETLIST ~ Trey Anastasio is about to kick off his sixth Friday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as part of his Beacon Jams run. Last week's show featured the return of his Ghosts of the Forest side project with fellow Phish drummer, Jon Fishman. Let's see what Trey has in store for this...
Bass virtuoso Thundercat is the latest guest on one of my favorite internet web series, Hot Ones. His latest album, It Is What It Is, was released right at the beginning of 2020 and is still something you need to check out. They talk about Whiplash, anime, cartoon theme songs, video game soundtracks, Marvel movies and more. Watch the episode below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfkR_5dFWh4
On last night's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, musical guest Sturgill Simpson sat down for a chat with the host and showed a pre-recorded song from his latest album, Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1. Watch "Breakers Roar" below and his brief chat with Colbert beneath that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eqpt8VDdX4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjiRNe27OKc
Phish has announced that their next LivePhish release will be the 12/2/99 show from The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan, due out on the LivePhish app this Friday, November 13th. The band's archivist Kevin Shapiro just dropped the first taste of the release via PhishRadio on SiriusXM. You'll get a few chances to hear samples this week on the air...
Foo Fighters were the musical guest on last night's Saturday Night Live with host Dave Chappelle, and the band took the chance to introduce the national audience and their fans to a brand new single. The band played "Shame Shame" and immediately announced it was available everywhere. It will be part of their new album, Medicine At Midnight, due out...
~ WEEK #8 SETLIST ~ Trey Anastasio is back for his fifth week in a row at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a Friday night free livestream via Twitch. We'll be following along with the show tonight and writing the setlist and notes below as the show progresses. Follow along here or at Trey's official channel on Twitch. 'The...
~ WEEK #8 SETLIST ~ Trey Anastasio is back for his fourth week in a row at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for a Friday night free livestream via Twitch. We'll be following along with the show tonight and writing the setlist and notes below as the show progresses. Follow along here or at Trey's official channel on Twitch. 'The...
I've been excited to watch the new series coming soon called Moonbase 8 featuring Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker & John C. Reilly. So far they've only released a few brief trailers and teasers, but they just dropped another clip from the show that references our favorite band from Vermont, Phish. Apparently Tim Heidecker's character owes his whole life to his...
Trey Anastasio is in the midst of his Beacon Jams run in New York and just shared another pro-shot video from his third week show last Friday, 10/23/20. His team has also shared the incredible "What's The Use" from that same show. He starts "The Way I Feel" with a bit of a vamp on the Twitch chat stream and...
Trey Anastasio is in the midst of his Beacon Jams run in New York City, a weekly Friday night livestream from the Beacon Theatre that has featured a killer mix of music from the songwriter's various projects. During Week #3, Anastasio once again welcomed a string section for part of the show, and one of the most jaw-dropping moments from...
~ WEEK #8 SETLIST ~ Trey Anastasio is about to kick off his third night as part of his weekly Beacon Jams run in New York City. As always we'll be following along with the setlist and collecting any show notes here as the evening progresses. Feel free to keep checking back if you're away from your preferred Twitch viewing...
Phish has announced that their next upcoming Dinner And A Movie will be a full-on Halloween celebration with a viewing of three of the band's famed costume sets as part of the livestream broadcast, set for Halloween night, October 31st, at 8:30pm ET. We'll get to see the "Chilling, Thrilling..." set from Las Vegas in 2014, then the band's spin...
The official YouTube channel of the Sydney Opera House recently uploaded a full hour-long Four Tet set with video from his show at the legendary venue back in January 6, 2016. This tour was super unique in how the lighting was designed, and having a full hour high-quality video to see what was happening between the music and the visuals...
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have readied the release of a new single called "Automation" available for streaming soon on Spotify and Apple Music. The band also put the video files and audio stems up on their website and have encouraged fans to remix the song or make their own music video. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGjZvJjFITe/ Head over to their website for the files.
~ WEEK #8 SETLIST ~ Trey Anastasio is back for Week #2 of his historic Beacon Jams run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Last week's first show of the run was a super unique evening featuring Trey's re-working of some classic Phish songs as well as his usual TAB-like vibe. Can't wait to see what tonight brings. As...
Sturgill Simpson has announced a new LP dropping this Friday called Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1 which was previously announced when he did a Ryman Auditorium livestream earlier this year. In a new post on Instagram (which will likely get deleted quick), Simpson said "Welp,..was hoping to surprise everybody on Thursday but somebody somewhere (Germany) got all excited and just couldn’t...
~ WEEK #8 SETLIST ~ Trey Anastasio kicked off his ambitious run dubbed The Beacon Jams this evening, an eight-week affair with the Phish frontman playing ringmaster to an empty Beacon Theatre in New York City and broadcasting the shows live via Twitch for his fans to watch for FREE at home. Following the initial lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trey...
Electric Zoo Festival has announced their phase one lineup for Electric Zoo 2021: Supernaturals taking place over Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4 and 5 on Randall's Island in New York City. The festival will be headlined by Illenium, Kaskade, Alesso, Deadmau5 (as his techno alias Testpilot) and a special sunset set by Tïesto. Additional festival favorites slated for phase one...
Grateful Dead just put up another highlight from their Orchard Park, New York show on July 4, 1989 via their All The Years Live archival live video series on YouTube. The show was immortalized as their Truckin' Up to Buffalo release. The full concert was also broadcast as part of their Shakedown Stream series which started airing during the social...
Trey Anastasio has announced a new eight-week virtual residency LIVE from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, set to be streamed for free on Twitch every upcoming Friday starting October 9th through November 27th. They're calling it The Beacon Jams run. The Beacon Jams will feature acoustic and electric performances by Trey, home audience interactions and more. All proceeds from The...
Phish recently announced that they were moving their weekly Dinner And A Movie livestream celebrations to only once a month, with the next one scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th and not on a Tuesday as to not conflict with the Presidential debates. And while fans were very bummed about this news, the first show they'll be airing at the now-monthly...
Billy Strings just finished up his first tour in front of real people in a long while, and as a surprise for fans he announced another show right at the end of the run which will be streamed live via Nugs. The phenom will bring his band to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado for a three-set show...
Watch the new video from the Aussie rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard for "Straws In The Wind", a wild low-fi adventure through a windy hellscape where a leaf blower can double as a flute. It looks like it'll be the lead-in single to their last release, "Some Of Us", which is likely off their next LP yet to...
Flying Lotus is the latest guest on the Broken Record Podcast, hosted by Rick Rubin. Flying Lotus is one of those producers who creates an entire aesthetic world with the music he makes. Over the past 13 years he’s released four solo albums, and produced tracks for a ton of artists including Kendrick Lamar, Thom Yorke, and Thundercat. In this...
The team behind the LOCKN' music festival have announced that they are moving everything to 2021 following the challenges they encountered trying to make the festival as COVID-safe as possible. Our hearts were hopeful these past months as we have put our experience and resources into a plan to safely produce LOCKN' 2020. Despite the efforts of our team, it's...
Last Friday marked the release of the new Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke album, Noon, their first in 15 years. The duo celebrated the album drop with a virtual listening party before the album hit streaming, and they also followed it up with a socially distant performance video of their "Flat Top" instrumental from the LP. Watch the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpM1WYB12W4
For this week's upcoming Phish webcast, the band is skipping the usual Tuesday celebration for Dinner And A Movie and pushing everything to Labor Day weekend for a full Dicks-pectacular. 🍆 The band will be showing September 1, 2017 on Friday, September 4th, September 1, 2012 on Saturday, September 5th, and finally September 6, 2015 for the "never miss a...
Phish will play their August 15, 2011 show from UIC Pavilion in Chicago for the next Dinner And A Movie livestream coming this Tuesday, August 25th. The show was absolutely stunning, as I was in attendance and could not believe the sweat-soaked evening the band threw down. I even got to shoot the band that night. The second set...
Todd Nance, ex-drummer of Widespread Panic and founding member of the band for many years, has passed away at the age of 57 as reported by Relix. Fellow musician and friend Cody Dickinson has had a heart-breaking week following the news of Carl Dufrene's passing, and today he shared this message on his Instagram following the news that Nance had...

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