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Billy Strings played the infamous Tipitina's in New Orleans last night and webcast the show for free for his fans on Nugs.tv. The band is clearly riding a wave right now, and they're doing killer things with the setlists these days to bring something special to the fans selling out shows nationwide. For last night's show, they opened up with...
Widespread Panic kicked off their Panic En La Playa destination event last night in Mexico and welcomed Marcus King to the stage to join the band for a few songs deep in the second set. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7t3OCmnO9H/ Here's the setlist from the first night: Set I: Lawyers, Guns & Money, Chilly Water, Stop-Go, Heaven, Old Neighborhood, Time Zones, Tall Boy, Papa Legba, Junior Set...
Trey Anastasio Band continued their Winter 2020 tour last night set in the areas of the country that are still somewhat warm, namely the West Coast and now Texas. The band stopped in Austin, Texas last night to play the Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live for a sold-out show, and tonight they head off to Houston, Texas...
Umphrey's McGee has announced their annual Red Rocks run, set for June 19-21, 2020 at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Joining the band on the first night will be Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Cory Wong. For night two, the band will welcome The Fearless Flyers and Samantha Fish. Finally, the Sunday closer will feature Goose and...
Phish has announced their summer tour after a day of early leaks on social media and Ticketmaster. The tour will kick off on the West Coast with two shows in Eugene, OR, and will finish off with the band’s 10th anniversary of their annual Dick's Sporting Goods Park run in Colorado over Labor Day weekend. The band will also book...
At last night's Scott Amendola Quartet show at Terrapin Crossroads, the jazz group was joined by Grateful Dead bassist and venue proprietor, Phil Lesh. The group, Scott Amendola, Zach Ostroff, Danny Lubin-Laden and Raffi Garabedian, also welcomed a sit-in from Elliott Peck. The team at Deadheadland got full video of the set, and Phil joins at around the 30 minute...
The Grateful Dead just dropped a ripping version of "Feel Like a Stranger" from Washington, D.C. back on June 26, 1993. As per usual, they've got a high quality video dropping every Thursday on their YouTube channel as part of their All The Years Live series, so the band's archivist David Lemieux has a great schedule going on releasing...
The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their Grateful Dead night for this upcoming Friday, April 24th at Busch Stadium. Any fans that want to go and buy a ticket will receive a Grateful Dead tie-dye baseball jersey, plus they plan on offering up a Dead flavored performance from tribute band, Jake's Leg. A portion of each ticket purchased will be...
Roger Waters just confirmed a big North American tour kicking off this July 2020. The enigmatic Pink Floyd bassist will kick off the tour in Pittsburgh on July 8th and wind the tour all the way through Canada and the Pacific Northwest before finishing up the tour in Dallas on October 3rd. Full itinerary is below. Head here for tickets. Roger...
Nugs.net has announced that subscribers to their service now have access to select concert videos from The Rolling Stones' vault, as major fans would know as some of their "most iconic performances." Three, unique shows were added and more will be added through the end of the month. https://twitter.com/bradserling/status/1220080253525061632 The earliest release is Ladies & Gentlemen (6/24/72), recorded on the Exile...
The Grateful Dead have released their new Dave's Picks Volume 33 for pre-order, the show from October 29, 1977 at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. There's only a small run of 22,000 copies released as HDCD, so head here to grab your copy before it goes missing. There's also a crispy download of the 27 minutes of "Jack Straw...
The lineup for the Elements Music & Arts Festival has been announced! Set for Memorial Day Weekend in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, this year's festival will be headlined by Diplo, Bonobo, Four Tet, TOKiMONSTA, Chris Lake, Gramatik, Claude VonStroke and more. Check out the full lineup below. Kudos to the BangOn!NYC crew for the killer lineup. Three-day and VIP passes for Elements Lakewood 2020...
The lineup for this year's LOCKN' Festival has been leaked! Unless something major changes or someone's having a laugh with us, this looks to be pretty legit. UPDATE: confirmed! Headlining this year's festival is Phil Lesh who's using the festival as a celebration of his miraculous 80 years so far on this Earth. For Friday, June 19th, Phil Lesh will...
The lineup for III Points was revealed yesterday, set to take place May 1-2, 2020 at Mana Wynwood in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Headlining the festival will be the return of New Yorkers The Strokes, dance pop queen Robyn, hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, and the smooth EDM duo of Disclosure. Other LIVE faves like Kaytranada, Caribou, Amon Tobin (presenting his...
Greensky Bluegrass has announced their annual Camp Greensky Music Festival set for the weekend of June 4-6, 2020 in Wellston, Michigan. Joining the Greensky boys will be upcoming phenom Billy Strings, funk masters Lettuce, and other LIVE faves like John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Neal Francis and The Infamous Stringdusters. Tickets are on sale now here.
Pearl Jam has released their first new single from their upcoming LP release, Gigaton, a groovy rock track that seems to borrow nicely from their buds Talking Heads on the verse while moving into something more triumphant and soaring in the "chorus," maybe an Arcade Fire vibe or something. It's an interesting track for sure, and it gets me...
Dave Matthews Band have announced its 2020 North American summer tour dates, which includes a full return to the Gorge Amphitheatre for a three-night Labor Day run featuring Mavis Staples, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Allen Stone, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Dumpstaphunk. The band will also have two-night runs to start the tour at Mohegan Sun...
Trey Anastasio Band continued on their West Coast tour with a show last in Phoenix at The Van Buren. The band played San Diego, then two nights in Los Angeles before taking a few days off so Trey could hang with his Oysterhead buddies. https://twitter.com/realoysterhead/status/1219332799322296320 Here's the poster from the Van Buren show: Here's the setlist via Phish.net: Set I: Sometime After Sunset,...
Bright Eyes have announced that they are re-grouping and will be touring and recording during 2020. They also announced that they will be working with Dead Oceans on the release. See the teaser for new music and the tour dates below. Head here for the presale which is happening right away. https://twitter.com/DeadOceans/status/1219632573791506433
Kendrick Lamar is adding onto his European dates this summer with news today that a July 5th show was added at London's Hyde Park. Joining him on the lineup is James Blake, so there's a chance we could see them collaborate live on stage as they've worked on a set of tracks together in the past. And Alabama Shakes front-woman...
Four Tet has announced that his new album is "done" and posted a tracklist and an LP name on his socials today. The new LP is called Sixteen Oceans and will be released in March 2020. So far there isn't too much on the calendar for his 2020 but with the new music coming, I'm sure we'll see some more dates...
Pearl Jam is readying the release of their 11th studio album, Gigaton, which is due out on  Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020. Today the band has unveiled the full tracklisting that fans can expect to hear when that streaming link finally drops online. I'd suggest you go with the full 2-LP vinyl to hear it in its...
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Dead & Company just got on stage for their final show at the Moon Palace resort in Cancún as part of their Playing in the Sand destination event. The band featuring Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart from the original Grateful Dead lineup and John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge have now made the Mexico event a...
Tame Impala is readying the release of their latest LP, The Slow Rush, due out in Feburary. They've got a busy 2020 planned with tons of shows supporting the release already announced, including a ton of festivals here in the United States. Today they announced a new set of shows with one of our favorites Khruangbin, a jaunt around Australia...
Trey Anastasio Band continued on his West Coast tour last night in Los Angeles at The Wiltern. While we're still waiting for the setlist to roll in, looks like a few fan-shot videos have started to appear, including a rippin' version of "Camel Walk" which Phish usually plays with some restraint compared to the TAB band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGEk-04kZ4w Check out the setlist via...
Tedeschi Trucks Band were back for Night #2 at Chicago Theatre in the Loop in downtown Chicago last night, the second of four nights scheduled at the venue. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7du65on8M0/ In case you missed it, here's what went down on Night #1. For Night #2, the band had some new additions to the setlist. Check out the setlist from the show and some...
Billy Strings is back for night two of two at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York after a ripping first night of the run. The gang at the Relix Channel is live webcasting from the show for FREE, so head over to Relix.com/LIVE for the show if you're at home on the couch. Billy Strings @ The Capitol...
Dead & Company just got on stage for their second of three shows at the Moon Palace resort in Cancún as part of their Playing in the Sand destination event. Dead & Company is Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart from the original Grateful Dead lineup, and they're joined by John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge. Last...
Mike Gordon Band kicked off their Winter 2020 tour in Ithaca, New York last night. His band has been solidified lately as Scott Murawski, Robert Walter, John Kimock and Craig Myers, and based on the few clips we've seen come out of the tour debut, they're as locked and gelling harder than ever. Here's one of the posters featured on...
Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off a residency at the legendary Chicago Theatre in the Loop in downtown Chicago last night. The band has four nights scheduled between this weekend and next, so you can expect to see Derek and Susan eating up some deep dish pizza this week and hopefully finding some spots to sit-in at. Here's what went down...
Trey Anastasio Band brought his West Coast tour to Los Angeles last night to kick off a two-night run at The Wiltern. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7dtilCJnL2/ The show featured a bust-out of "The Landlady" which hasn't been played by Trey in quite a while, something the band was also rehearsing San Diego. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7cX41opZW3/ Check out the setlist via Phish.net and some fan-shot videos from the show...
Umphrey's McGee began a two-night run at New York City's Beacon Theatre last night, the first of three shows in the city. The closing show of the run at Brooklyn Bowl tonight will be webcast live for FREE. For the first night of the run, the band took their shot at honoring the passing of Rush drummer Neil Peart by...
Well here's some good news for us Megadeth fans: Dave Mustaine has posted a selfie on the band's official socials triumphantly declaring that he's back. The simple note was dropped late last night and the beanie covers what was likely left of his red locks, so we're seeing the healthiest shot of Mustaine that we'd expect to see following treatment...
The Grateful Dead have signed a new global administration deal via their publishing company Ice Nine. The announcement today that the band's material will now be under the supervision of Warner Chappell which will cover the legendary jamband's entire body of work of nearly 200 original songs, including many of the Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter collaborations and legendary Bob...
Billy Strings kicked off a two-night run at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York after a few weeks off last night. The gang at the Relix Channel livestreamed the show for FREE and tonight's will also get a full webcast, so stay tuned to Relix.com/LIVE for the show tonight. As for last night's show, check out the...
In the latest and greatest artificial intelligence made music news, it looks like Björk is helping to contribute to the science by working with boutique New York City hotel called Sister City. The score is titled Kórsafan and features snippets of her choral arrangements pulled together using A.I. You can see it in action here. Björk is quoted in a...
Eminem just surprise released his new LP, Music To Be Murdered By. https://twitter.com/Eminem/status/1218044393736822786 The LP features Juice WRLD, Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak, Black Thought, Q-Tip and more. He also released a new video for "Darkness," the first single from the release. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHQC4fAhcbU https://open.spotify.com/album/4otkd9As6YaxxEkIjXPiZ6
Trey Anastasio Band just arrived on the West Coast for a set of shows following their two-night run at The Capitol Theatre last weekend, kicking off the run tonight in San Diego at The Observatory North Park. They'll move up to Los Angeles from here and continue on through the end of the month hitting a ton of other...
~STREAM NIGHT TWO HERE~ Dead & Company returns to the stage tonight for their first of three shows in Riviera Cancún at the Moon Palace resort as part of their Playing in the Sand destination event. The band closed their 2019 with a mini West Coast Fun Run with two shows in Los Angeles and two shows in San Francisco,...
Phish just put up the "encore" from their New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden, the "Tweezer Reprise" that closed out the 12/30 version and followed the band's "gag" of staying suspended in the air for most of the set. You can see Trey introduce the song as the encore and watch the band bail on him before...
Tedeschi Trucks Band played a special sold-out "hometown" show in Macon, Georgia last night. https://twitter.com/DerekAndSusan/status/1217661599370174465 The band has a busy 2020 planned and the Macon show was added as a special one-off, and based on the setlist and poster it was clear they wanted it to serve as a special gift to the Georgia crowd. They also debuted their first-ever performance...
Grateful Dead released the "Cold Rain and Snow" from Orchard Park, New York on 7/4/89 today on their YouTube channel. 📺🌹💀🍿 "One of the most consistently played songs in the Dead's repertoire 1966-1995, Cold Rain and Snow was quite commonly a show-opener, but also appeared in various places throughout first sets, and occasionally second sets. This one, from the magnificent...
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival just announced their 2020 lineup! Headlining this year's massive two-weekend festival at the New Orleans fairgrounds will be The Who, Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Lionel Richie, The Lumineers and the Black Crowes. TONS more artists that we love will be there as well. Head here to get tickets for...
The first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa.
The lineup for this year's Primavera Sound in Barcelona has been announced! We already knew Pavement would be there, but they'll be joined by big headliners like Tyler the Creator, Lana Del Rey, The National, Beck and Bauhaus. They'll also be joined by LIVE favorites like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Yo La Tengo, black midi, Kurt Vile, Mavis...
Billy Strings is kicking back up his crazy touring schedule with shows this weekend in New York at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, and today his crew announced that both shows will be webcast live via The Relix Channel. As always Billy would be audio livestreaming the shows via his Mixlr channel, but having the video is always a...
Apple has announced that it has acquired Beastie Boys Story, a new nonfiction film from Beastie Boys (Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz) and Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze. The band released the Beastie Boys Book and did a tour and this looks to be a film that captures the presentation (and more). We're going to get our first chance to...
Billboard is reporting that Carlos Santana is getting into the weed business and pairing up with Left Coast Ventures for both a cannabis and hemp CBD brand. As such we'll start to see a Latin heritage brand incorporating "his divine philosophies" and products that "promote the spiritual consciousness and wellness effects" of the drug. The brand will launch sometime during...
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced their third live album release to benefit the Australia brushfire efforts and wildlife rescue efforts. LIVE IN BRUSSELS 19' follows their previous two live LP's, LIVE IN PARIS 19’ & LIVE IN ADELAIDE 19’ , and is available now for download via the band's Bandcamp page. The band also thanked fans for contributing to the...

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