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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
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.
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 a reminder, the shows...
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...
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 initially said that the...
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...
Mike Gordon teased us yesterday with a clip of him playing again with Leo Kottke, and following a brief debut last night on PhishRadio, this morning the duo has confirmed that they have a full album on the way soon. The new LP is called Noon, and today they have two new singles up that were released along with...
Carl Dufrene, the bassist known for his work with North Mississippi Allstars and the Anders Osborne band, has reportedly passed away. The news came today via the Dickinson brothers. Cody Dickinson wrote "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our brother and dear friend, Carl Dufrene. Lord, please look after his family during this difficult time. God...
Yesssss! Mike Gordon from Phish just posted a new clip on his socials showing him in a rehearsal space with Leo Kottke. There's a mic set up between them, so perhaps this is also something they're laying down on wax today as well. We knew they were back working together, but this is exciting to see in the flesh. And...
This past weekend, Umphrey's McGee guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss got the honors by playing the "Star Spangled Banner" as part of the Chicago Cubs game vs. their rival Milwaukee Brewers. The performance was broadcast as part of the game and aired inside the friendly confines at Wrigley Field. Watch the video below showing Bayliss hangin' by the Harry Caray...
Phish has chosen their final night of the San Francisco run from 2012 for their next Dinner And A Movie livestream. The shows at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium were always a tough ticket and usually quite hot, literally, and this show really finalized the three-night run with some strong jams and a "Ride Captain Ride" encore. Can't wait to...
"Some, some of us live. Some, some of us die. Assured everything turns into dust."
Phish frontman Trey Anastasio brought one of his new quarantine jams and Lonely Trip singles "I Never Needed You Like This Before" to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight and jammed with The Roots as his backing band. This was straight fire. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAxfNSG94vU
Phish just announced that their next Dinner And A Movie livestream will feature the band's show from Allstate Arena in Chicago on October 26, 2018, the first of three nights at the venue out in Rosemont, Illinois. Just a mere three shows before their Halloween show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas where they introduced the world to...
I hope you're sitting down when you read this news: Phish is taking us back to Gamehendge for their next Dinner And A Movie livestream celebration coming this Tuesday, August 4th. The band will show the last time they played the famed suite of music that Trey Anastasio delivered as his senior thesis in college, the thing that basically formed...
For Phish fans during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we've had a dearth of new music come our way from the confines of Phish HQ. Not only did we get a brand new LP in Sigma Oasis, we've also been getting tons of shows to watch via the band's weekly Dinner And A Movie livestream events. Today, their principal songwriter...
Trey Anastasio just released a new song from his social isolation writing sessions, a new eight minute rocker called "...And Flew Away" which you can watch on all of his channels now. He's been a bit quiet as of late, only appearing on random Instagram feeds when people catch him rolling around town. This time, he's flying. Check it out...
It's being reported that Peter Green, original founding member of Fleetwood Mac, has passed away at the age of 73. It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. Our thoughts are with his friends, family and fans today. https://twitter.com/peterframpton/status/1287061235331141635 https://twitter.com/whyayeman1955/status/1287053587038830592 https://twitter.com/marcmaron/status/1287063800781213696 https://twitter.com/ThatEricAlper/status/1287065030979190785 https://twitter.com/Variety/status/1287060018626519040 This story is developing...
For this week's upcoming Phish livestream Dinner And A Movie webcast on Tuesday, July 28th, the band will be airing the Chocolate night from the Baker's Dozen run on the three-year anniversary of the show. https://twitter.com/phish/status/1286819405075185665 Most of us were thrown a decent curveball to start the show given that the band debuted a cover of Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain" as...
SunSquabi are getting back on stage soon drive-in style with the announcement that they've booked a two-night run coming up this August 7-8th in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The shows will be held at the Strings Pavilion parking lot and will be a drive-in musical experience. The band's last shows were in early March before the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak hit. https://twitter.com/SunSquabi/status/1286416672698458112 All safety...
Yesterday in Brooklyn, some extremely lucky music fans got to see the Bill Frisell Trio bless the area with a socially distant concert on a make-shift porch stage somewhere on 7th between Beverly Road and Ave C. https://www.facebook.com/billfrisell/photos/a.397820652720/10157067750227721/?type=3&theater My friend Pete shot a great video of them doing "What The World Needs Now" and it's probably the best video you're going...
My Morning Jacket was the musical guest on last night's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, debuting their first-ever live performance of "Spinning My Wheels" off their latest LP, The Waterfall II, dropped last Friday. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28twddwXhJc
While Burning Man's 2020 festival has been cancelled and was one of the first to pull the plug, correctly assuming that they'd never be able to get 80,000 people together this Labor Day weekend, the organization has pivoted to providing a digital resource for burners called Kindling. Set for release next month, a new documentary called Burning Man: Art on...
Flume would have had a big year of touring ahead of himself before the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak struck worldwide, and given that he's not going to be at Red Rocks this year, Harley decided to dip into his archives for something special soon anyway. He'll be live-streaming his sold-out Flume & Friends shows at Red Rocks last year this upcoming...
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard just dropped a new track everywhere called "Honey", a song written a while back according to the band's Facebook news post. Honey is on YouTube! Shot at sunset during the apocalypse with a reeeeeeal long lens. I wrote this song a couple of years ago. It’s nice to have it out in the world ❤️ Stu Xoxox Following...
Watch Portlandia creator Fred Armisen star as the Nest Meditation Guru on the latest Google commercial.
If you still think it's a bit weird that Phish fans now follow the children of the members of Phish on social media like I do (this still creeps me out but I'm also old), you may have missed this one little snippet that got posted today showing Trey Anastasio up at the barn in Vermont getting crafty with...
Vermont banjo and pedal steel player Gordon Stone has reportedly passed away. He was a frequent collaborator with Phish, moe. and Strangefolk and he even taught Mike Gordon banjo at one point. He was a part of their official recordings of "Fast Enough for You" and "Poor Heart" with contributions on the pedal steel and banjo. https://twitter.com/mike_gordon/status/1282405386327384065 Sad news. Our thoughts are...
"The tour we have to wait a little longer for..."
After moving this year's Summer Camp Music Festival to this August, 2020 following the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the festival organizers have announced they will be cancelling this year's festival entirely and moving everything to next Memorial Day weekend in 2021. Most of the headliners and artists scheduled to appear this year will be returning with some exceptions. As much as it...
Phish will show the final night of their first leg of the Summer 2019 Tour from Alpine Valley in Wisconsin for the next Dinner And A Movie livestream coming up this Tuesday, July 14th, a perfect one year anniversary of the show. The evening is known widely amongst fans for delivering a "Ruby Waves" for the ages, and the rest...
Grateful Dead have announced their first ever official podcast, known from here on out as The Good Ol' Grateful Deadcast. The first episodes will tackle the history of Workingman's Dead, starting with "Uncle John's Band" and featuring contributions from Jesse Jarnow, Bob Matthews, Bill Walton and more. https://twitter.com/GratefulDead/status/1281226654531158018 Scroll down to listen to the first episode, and stay tuned for subscription options...
Grateful Dead will return to this week's Shakedown Stream with a show from the archive and a proper 30 year anniversary at the same time. The band will show their July 10th, 1990 show from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina coming this Friday, July 10th, and they'll be welcoming Dead & Company's John Mayer to the pre-show chat...
Today is Beck's birthday, and his buddies from Texas trio Khruangbin decided to deliver a remix of his song "No Distraction" off his Colors LP. The band recently delivered their Mordechai LP and this is yet another gem from the Thai-funk masters. As for Beck, his last full release was Hyperspace out last November on Capitol Records. Hear the new...
My Morning Jacket have announced their first new LP since 2015, The Waterfall II, set for release this Friday, July 10 via ATO Records. Culled from the same sea-side California sessions as The Waterfall, Jim James and team revisited the sessions and put together a proper release fit for our current societal isolation. The band will host an album listening...
Neil Young sadly keeps getting pulled into Donald Trump's orbit against his wishes, as the Trump campaign is once again in some hot water after using Young's music at his Mt. Rushmore rally held last night, July 3, 2020. Well, Trump may not have been in pop culture hot water before (relatively speaking), but Young sounded the alarm on this...
Bassnectar just shared a note on his socials detailing out that he is "stepping back from my career" following reports that surfaced earlier this week that he has engaged in inappropriate conduct with women he's met on the road. Whereas the initial response to the reports had the artist offering up resources for therapy for women that may have been...
"This week, one of my favorite sandwiches, the burger." - Page McConnell
Willie Nelson has released his 70th (!) studio album, First Rose Of Spring, now available for purchase and streaming everywhere. The record sees Willie teaming back up with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon who both produced and co-wrote with Nelson on First Rose Of Spring, which was originally intended to come out on April 24. The pair got together to pen...

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