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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...
Animal Collective have released their entire discography on Bandcamp today for Bandcamp Friday, and along with the drop they released a new EP called Bridge To Quiet. The new EP was culled together during quarantine using some material they had made over the last year. "During April and May, we took a look at some of our improvisations from 2019 and...
We got a little tease on this yesterday and my friend's were correct on what we saw announced this morning from the team at The Royal Potato Family. https://twitter.com/royalpotato/status/1278667625841790976 The Benevento / Russo Duo has been melded into the bigger Grateful Dead spirited project Joe Russo's Almost Dead, so their originally project has been mostly quiet as of late. But given...
Sufjan Stevens has announced a new album titled The Ascension, his eighth solo studio album set for release September 25 on Asthmatic Kitty Records. The first single from the LP is out today, the final track on the record called "America," along with a video filmed by Stevens. From the press release: "My objective for this album was simple: Interrogate the...
Bandcamp has been successfully setting aside a day a month for artists on their platform and waiving the revenue fee that they usually from a purchase a fan makes. This, plus driving traffic to the platform overall, has resulted in a HUGE boon to some artists that have invested in the platform and made their music available there in...
While this year's High Sierra Music Festival was sadly cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, this year's usual Fourth of July weekend will NOT be without music that gives off that High Sierra vibe. The team organizing the festival have put together a MASSIVE lineup for music to listen to from the archives starting tomorrow, Thursday, July 2,...
Dead & Company will be showing their June 16th, 2018 show from Citi Field for tonight's One More Saturday Night livestream. Tune in tonight around 8pm ET / 5pm PT for the show. And scroll down to see the setlist spoiler. The team also just confirmed a huge FARE THEE WELL marathon for Sunday, July 5th via FANS.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmkP21E3fBU
Tom Petty's family dropped a new lyric video for the demo release of "You Don't Know How It Feels", due out on an upcoming release celebrating his Wildflowers LP. The video was created and directed by Ben "Blaze" Brooks and Aaron Hymes. Listen now here or watch below. https://twitter.com/benchten/status/1276576717134393344 https://youtu.be/D-g_THmIqI8   Lyrics Let me run with you tonight I'll take you on a moonlight drive There's someone...
Phish has announced that the show they're featuring for the next Dinner And A Movie weekly webcast will be the band's third night of three at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on August 7, 2010. Tune into the normal spots this Tuesday at 8:30pm ET, and the band has selected Music Health Alliance as the beneficiary for the webcast....
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🌹💀🌹 TUNE IN HERE 🌹💀🌹 The Grateful Dead have announced they'll be airing their Fare Thee Well run from Soldier Field in Chicago as a livestream marathon coming up this Sunday, July 5th. The final three shows that were played as the "core four" members, forever known as Fare Thee Well, are legendary shows for Deadheads and Phish fans alike...
For the next Grateful Dead Shakedown Stream weekly webcast series on Friday nights, the band has chosen a throwback from their stomping grounds in San Francisco and airing their show from Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 2, 1987. For the pre-show chat with David Lemieux and Gary Lambert, the duo will be joined by another duo of Dave Schools from Widespread...
Amazon Music has released a new short film and documentary about disco legend and LGBTQ icon Sylvester called Love Me Like You Should: The Brave and Bold Sylvester. It features archival footage, rare performance clips and interviews with Billy Porter, The Weather Girls member Martha Wash, Sylvester’s sister Bernadette Baldwin, biographer Josh Gamson, songwriter James Wirrick, and more. The film...
Kudos to the team at Live For Live Music who just announced this weekend's Justice Comes Alive, a "virtual festival harnessing the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality." They're partnering with PLUS1 and Nugs.tv for the event this Sunday, June 28th and will be raising money for the artists, social causes including the...
Champaign, Illinois' HUM just released a new album called Inlet, their first full length since 1998's Downward is Heavenward. The band rode a wave in the late 90's following their You'd Prefer an Astronaut release that went on to influence many today. The new album is now available on Bandcamp and is available for pre-order. Hum is happy to announce...
New Orleans has been one of the cities hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, but thankfully with things opening back up around the country, NOLA may be able to start hosting some socially distanced events in the near future. And C3 Presents, the producers behind Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, already have some new stuff on the books. Announcing...The NOLA...
Phish has announced that their next Dinner And A Movie webcast will feature their show from August 12, 2015 at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA, their second of two nights at the venue on the Summer Tour 2015 run. Donations will be accepted during the broadcast and proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Southern Poverty...
Cypress Hill will perform live to fans around the world tonight via MelodyVR, available on smartphones and VR headsets via their app. Through MelodyVR’s world-class camera and production technology, viewers will be transported to the state-of-the-art studio space to experience the exclusive 360° performance, and virtually stand next to Cypress Hill while watching the story of the band told on...
This weekend was scheduled to be this year's LOCKN' Festival before it was rescheduled to October, but they've taken to the virtual environment while we're all forced to socially distance and running livestreams of archival sets all weekend. Tune in above or via the festival's Facebook or YouTube pages! Scroll down to see the stacked schedule. The schedule is here for...
While this week's Grateful Dead Shakedown Stream has been put on hiatus, this week's Dead & Company show is on! The band will be throwing us back to their run on the West Coast in the summer of 2018, specifically their July 7, 2018 show in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. Check out the setlist spoiler for the show below,...
The Disco Biscuits have announced their first live show back this upcoming Tuesday, June 23rd! The band will be assembling the gear on the infield dirt at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA and will be broadcasting the show live for fans at home, similar to how the Dropkick Murphys set up their livestream a few weeks back. This Tuesday, The...
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit just recently released a new album recently called Reunions, and they're already looking ahead to 2021 for the next time they'll be able to tour together as a group, scheduling a jaunt with Lucinda Williams for the summer. On tonight's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, they handed in a recorded session of them...
Grateful Dead fans have long been known for their lives away from the music and into the world of activism, and this year's Black Lives Matter protests have shown us that the scene can step up and raise funds and awareness in a big way. The last few Shakedown Stream and One More Saturday Night livestream events have raised...
Billy Strings is celebrating the ticket release of his upcoming Streaming Strings tour around Nashville next month with a livestream performance today, June 16th, over on the Relix social media channels. Tune in below for the show which kicks off around 12pm ET / 9pm PT. Morning coffee and some bluegrass is on the agenda today for me. Thanks Billy! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s_Y9foBaHw
Khruangbin is out today with a new single and video called "Pelota" from their upcoming LP, Mordechai, out on June 26th via Dead Oceans. This marks the band's third single from the new LP following "Time (You And I)" and "So You Won't Forget" which both dropped recently. Check out the new single below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UULIfPLMuDw&feature=youtu.be
Phish has announced they will be releasing their August 1, 1998 show from Alpine Valley Music Center in East Troy, Wisconsin on their LivePhish app this Friday, June 19th, a heavily-traded tape and show that has probably made it in your orbit at some point over your fandom. For this show and a lot of the tour in 1998, Phish...
Phish has chosen their next Dinner And A Movie livestream selection and they're going back to a deeeeep 1.0 show for us to enjoy this time. The band will show their June 19, 1995 performance from Deer Creek Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, a venue that has hosted many famous Phish runs. Tune in this Tuesday at 8:30pm ET /...
Dead & Company has picked their August 26, 2018 show from LOCKN' Festival in Virginia as their next One More Saturday Night livestream. Tune into the band's Facebook and YouTube pages around 8pm ET / 5pm PT for the show. Scroll down for the link and the setlist spoiler for the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gaV9xtcntQ
Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire have announced their rescheduled dates for their Miraculous Supernatural Tour that was originally planned for this year. The tour kicks off on June 18, 2021 in Chula Vista, CA will finish up on August 28, 2021 in Tampa, FL, which you can see on the full list of rescheduled dates below. Anyone that had...
Dave Chappelle has released a new comedy special on Netflix called 8:46, recorded last week on June 6th following the George Floyd murder. You can watch the entire video for free now via YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4
Last night Marc Rebillet became the first artist to begin a national tour following the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and he played his first-ever drive-in theater show at The Bengies Drive-In Theatre in Middle River, MD. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBSQmm0FcJA/ While he wanted fans to stay off their phones as much as possible, some people got some quick shots and a quick vid from the...
The other day I caught wind that The Flaming Lips designed some new merch for COVID-19 imagining what a Lips concert may look like in 2019 vs. how it may be looking in 2020 post coronavirus outbreak. Quite silly, and honestly something I thought as a passing meme of the "well that's hilarious!" variety. Last night on the Late Show...
For Phish fans who've had the pleasure of attending one of the band's numerous festivals over the years, most will leave with a newfound affinity for the programmers manning the band's self-established local radio station they've dubbed The Bunny. https://twitter.com/bunnyradio/status/1030483775556337664 These guys have picks for days, and I distinctly fell in love with so many of their selections that they ran...
The Grateful Dead team is digging into the archives for their next Shakedown Stream webcast coming this Friday, June 12th. The band will show their appearance at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on May 11th, 1991. For the pre-show chat, David Lemieux and Gary Lambert will be chatting with Bruce Hornsby who was part of the Dead during the...
My Morning Jacket just announced that they'll be showing one of their Red Rocks 2019 shows for their next livestream coming up this Friday, June 12th. The band did two nights at the famous venue, August 2-3, 2019, which basically amounted to half of the band's full year itinerary. And they'll be showing the first of the two nights,...
Radiohead will be keeping their weekly livestream series going with the news drop today that their next show tomorrow, June 11th, will feature the band's performance recorded live at the Soundhearts festival in Sāo Paulo, Brazil from April 22, 2018. Tune into the show here starting on June 11th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0uYhclh9f8 Scroll down to see the setlist...
Kudos to the teams at Divine Barrel Brewing and Vitamin Sea Brewing, who turned some lemons of the coronavirus outbreak to create the new Perception is Spoonfed beer, a Berliner Weisse style ale that nods to the Kasvot Växt song "Play by Play" that Phish debuted at their Halloween 2018 show. The ingredients include key lime, coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, graham...
Margo Price has released a new video called "Letting Me Down" which is the first single off a new album due out soon, co-produced by Sturgill Simpson. The LP is called That's How Rumors Get Started and it will be released on July 10th. In a message posted on her socials, she's detailed out that this new single and video...
Trey Anastasio has been a bit quiet over the past two weeks compared to the first few months of the social isolation period here across the United States, but today after some of the protests and changes in outlook surrounding the pandemic, Trey dropped a new track on his socials called "A Wave Of Hope" which you can hear...
Well, it looks like we'll officially be postponing our major festival coverage until next year with the news from Billboard today that organizers behind the Coachella music festival will most certainly be cancelling the festival and moving everything to next April (at the earliest) even though it was originally rescheduled to October. In a new report today, the AEG...
Kraftwerk has announced that their upcoming North American tour has been canceled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Tickets will be refunded automatically wherever you bought your tickets already. The seminal electronic group will make plans to world tour again when conditions allow in 2021 into 2022, so rest assured that we'll have more chances to see this epic show...
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit just released a new LP called Reunions and have announced a set of shows next year with Lucinda Williams opening. Scroll down to see the tour dates and head here for tickets. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit 2021 Tour Dates 7/19 — Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre 7/20 — Seattle @ Paramount Theatre 7/23 — San Francisco...
Rolling Stone just published a special edition interview with Killer Mike following the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter protests, and the perfectly timely release of Run the Jewel's fourth LP, RTJ4. Watch it here.

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