Justin Ward

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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
I must have missed this earlier, but it appears that An Honest Tune is offering a discounted rate for their yearly subscription. In celebration of Widespread Panic returning to the stage, Honest Tune will be offering discounted subscriptions....now throughout the Spring Tour.Click here and try to get the $10 rate while it still lasts...
Kraftwerk Saturday, June 4, 2005 Riveria Theater Chicago, IL For me, this was a life-altering experience. It was probably the most visually-stunning show/performance that I've ever seen in my life. I really was so excited the second I learned of the brief U.S. tour. Learning from our last experience at the Riviera, Katie and I showed up super early--an hour...
I just got back from Kraftwerk at the Riveria. It was beyond unbelievable. I think I want to rename this blog to "KraftwerkBlog". Patent pending, bitches. Must. Sleep. Now. My review, pictures, videos, thoughts, and more to come once I get some breakfast in me...
Now streaming: biscoRADIO You might have noticed that, while although I have reviewed some stuff in the past, I have just recently begun to add more reviews to the blog. Please understand that I am not trying to pretend like I'm some snobby-ass rock critic. I'm really not. Pretending or anything else. I'm just writing...
Mofro Lochloosa © 2004 Fog City Records I was so happy when I actually learned more about Mofro, all by default once I got this album. I remember thinking, "I don't know. It just sounds a little too simplistic for me. It sounds a little light..." It's because it is light. Mofro is JJ Grey and Daryl...
For all those that have accessed the site for a while from a crappy work computer, you might have noticed that the fonts did not always look correct. I believe I've made my final changes to get those to look good, so keep coming back...
Most of these are from bt.etree.org. I love these tapers. They keep my blood flowing... moe. - May 27, 2005 Main Stage moe. - May 28, 2005 Main Stage moe. - May 29, 2005 Main Stage Umphrey's McGee - May 27, 2005 Latenight Set Umphrey's McGee - May 29, 2005 Main Stage Anyone find any others that I should post?
Update: Glide Magazine has one really nice gallery posted. Check it here. The following is the only possible way to start a review of Sunday's events in the City of Brotherly Love: As two noble men and a woman climbed up the rigging to take in the sails of the pirate ship docked at Penn's Landing, immediately following our...
The boys over at Relix have one great roundup of the big Summercamp collaborations that went on during the weekend. Too bad I missed a bunch of them... From Jambands.com... Summer Camp returned to Chillicothe, IL, this weekend twister-free but with enough collaborations to still make one's head-spin. While occasional showers cooled off the weekend’s festivities, Summer Camp’s weather held...
Yes! Some very excellent individual posted a torrent of the Electric Apricot show from May 25, 2005 at Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA. Click here to download it. If anyone has a review of this show that they'd like to share, I'd love to post it. I'm sure the other readers would love that as well... Previously: Electric...
From JamBase... Performers include Paul McCartney, R.E.M. and U2 at London's Hyde Park; Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band and Stevie Wonder at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate; Jamiroquai, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah and Placebo at a Paris venue to be announced; and Duran Duran, Tim...
Summercamp was friggin' amazing. We got to camp immediately next to the small, side stage (obviously known as the Camping Stage). It was one of the best camping spots in the entire festival, and it was free for the taking at 2:00 a.m. on Friday's festival day opener. Of course, we didn't stay up much later...
I'm back from Summercamp 2005. It was amazing. Instead of totally boring you with any sort of straight up review, I'd like to address the aspects of Summercamp 2005 that might not have gotten the attention that it deserved. Or maybe the aspects that bugged the hell out of me. Whatever they may be, Summercamp...
Update: Click here for the updated news post on Jam in the 'Dam 2006. From the Jam in the 'Dam mailing list... Hope you are enjoying the spring. Birds flying north, planes flying to Amsterdam, all sure signs of Spring! We are in the process of finalizing the bands for the 2006 edition of Jam in the 'Dam. There is one...
I'm excited to see that the festival I'm set to leave for in about twelve hours will be fully documented by JamCam Chronicles. I should try and get some Live Music Blog warez to try and put up the in the background of the video cameras. I would forever engrain the Live Music Blog name deep into...
In case anyone forgot: "Last Friday night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I've been having that Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it's still on a high note. Once we started talking, it quickly became apparent that the other guys' feelings, while not...
From the Dave Matthews Band Announcement List... As a special offering again this summer, we are offering a preorder for the 2005 Dave Matthews Band summer tour shirt. The 2005 tour shirt is available for preorder at a discounted price and will include a free Dave Matthews Band sticker. Preorder your tour shirt now so that you can wear it...
Jam Cruise 4 was announced recently, and tickets go on sale today. Please go buy them. This year's voyage is to be held aboard the beautiful MSC Lirica. The ship is set to sail from Ft. Lauderdale from January 7-13, 2006 with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel. Cabins are on sale to the...
From guest-writer Chris... Well, I've decided to make the 15 hour trip up to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota for the 10,000 Lakes Festival < http://www.10klf.com> this July 21-24th. This is the third year for the festival and from past posts it sounds like a good number of the Live Music Blog readers and writers have made it to this festival. So I was hoping to...
Exclusive Trey Anastasio interview on Relix.com I must have forgotton to post this... You've got to love the interviews and articles that always immediately mention Trey's energy. This guy must have electricity flowing through his brain to always have this much energy... Anyways, check out the article. P.S. I'm going to start asking for these types of interviews. That'd be...
From the STS9 mailing list... THE MOST RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE STS9MUSIC CATALOG INCLUDE NUMEROUS SHOWS from 2005...TAKE A LOOK... The ARTiFACT TOUR opener in SANTA CRUZ...TWO RIDICULOUS NIGHTS at CHICAGO's HOB...the TLA in PHILLY feat. Mr. Lif & The Perceptionists...STS9's debut at the new HIGHER GROUND in BURLINGTON, VT...BOSTON's ROXY THEATRE show mixed down by David Murphy...phase ONE tour closers...
If you'd like to be a guest writer on Live Music Blog (or Heady Links), email me at justin @ livemusicblog.com. I will post it for all the world to share... There are too many of you out there with good stories that are waiting to be told. We want to hear your rumors. We want to...
From the New Monsoon mailing list... FESTIVALS Memorial Day weekend finds New Monsoon at Summercamp in Chillicothe, ILL, for two shows on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27. New Monsoon will also close the mainstage of SmileFest that same weekend in Asheville, NC, on May 28. Other notable festivals in June include the Chilli Pepper Music Festival in Snowmass, CO,...
Today's podcast features some music that I enjoy. I guess it could be called math rock (Del Rey), groove rock (5ive Style), post rock (Euphone, Mt. St. Helens), but it certainly is not jamband music. That being said, this music rocks and if you enjoy good instrumentation, you shall be facinated, yet completely blown away by Jamcast...
  I guess I thought that Ace Cowboy might have even been joking about this until you follow the link right to Les Claypool himself. But this is just getting weird... If you read the following thread on Phantasy Phish, you'll begin to understand that this really doesn't make sense. Can someone please explain Electric Apricot? Is it a joke? Does...
I'm starting to experience some more troubles with my internet connection, so I might be down and out again for another couple days in the very near future. I'll probably just opt to pay a little more money and get something with some serious uptime reliability. More to come hopefully...
Update: the feed should be working correctly now. It probably wasn't last night, so try to grab the podcast again if it didn't work correctly before. Introducing, the first ever Live Music Blog podcast, affectionately known from now on as Jamcasts. Disclaimer: This is only the first of many more Jamcasts to come, so please don't worry if...
Does anyone know where I can find this show for download? I've exhausted every site that I know to hit up, and the closest show I've found is two nights before from Minneapolis. Any tapes that have this show and maybe need somewhere to host the download, let me know. I still need to hear this one...
Update: Download the torrent here. Also, Jambands.com has posted one very great photo gallery on the event, check it out here. I wish I could have gone to this event. Maybe next year I'll try and get a press pass for the Live Music Blog. I like that idea... One of my blogger cohorts (and...
BonnarooBase JamBase has released the schedule for Bonnaroo 2005. Here's a printable version. Some of my personal highlights follow... Friday, June 10, 2005 2:00 p.m. - Yet Another (Comedy Tent): Charlie Murphy from Chappelle's Show This should be the first place festival-goers hit. The Friday night shows are going to require a chilled out afternoon, and how better to spend...
moe. looks to be recording a new album in the very similar format to how Wormwood was recorded. This is probably the most listenable moe. album if you ask me, so I'm pleased to see that they'll be sticking to the same format. It just flows very well. It sounds exactly how moe. sounds live. ...
Dear Live Music Blog readers, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for continuing to read my blog. I like you. I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce a new writer on the Live Music Blog--Slack. You may have seen him before. I'm really excited to have...
One very good internet buddy of mine, Adam Gromfin, has updated his photo page from slightly amateur to super professional. Way to friggin' go! Check out the site. Check out his photos. Love him. gromfotos.com Previously: Hot Buttered Rum String Band Gallery, Moblogs, Uplinks, and Real-Time setlists
Bonnaroo 2005 is not sold-out yet? Well, I have to say that surprises me. The lineup this year is insane, but I have to wonder if some people remembered what happened last year. The heat. The rain. The heat again. If you do go, just don't do what I did... Put sunblock on your legs!
Del Rey, one very rad Chicago math-rock band, has announced a show at Schuba's on June 17. The Building Press and ARKS are going to open the show. Doors open at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $8. Buy your tickets here from Schubas.com. I didn't get a chance to see their last show at the Empty Bottle,...
In the first of many updates to come, I've fixed the Search box at the top of the main page. I'm letting Google handle it now. They've made my life easier for the past few years, so I'm going to let them continue to make it easier. For all those kind souls that visit the site and read...
I'm back, and I'm working on updates this weekend. Hell yes!
Yesterday, my DSL service was shutoff--I moved. Therefore, posting might be slightly sporadic over the next week. I will have limited access until then, so hopefully I'll have some updates at the end of the week. That's ya'll...
As many of you may know, Scott Larned passed away on Sunday afternoon. He was the original keyboardist and one of the founding members of Dark Star Orchestra, the greatest Grateful Dead tribute band ever. To all in Chicago: there will be a memorial get-together for him TONIGHT at Kinetic Playground, 1113 W. Lawrence. If you were...
I'm really having a hard time deciding if I want to go see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Deer Creek in July. On one of his last tours, we saw him at Deer Creek and it was a very incredible concert. He's still pretty damn true to his roots, and he knew how to rock the...
Disclaimer: It's taken me quite a long time to get this site to where it should have been at day one. I'm learning as I go along, and hopefully, the learning will start to become quicker. Thank you to everyone that visits this site. I couldn't have any motivation to do this unless I thought...
Lollapalooza has officially announced their lineup. This is quite exciting for anyone living near Chicago; hell, this is a cab ride away for me. I now have to choose between other plans this weekend or a sick-ass festival in the heart of beautiful Chicago. It's not an easy toss-up, so I hope to know more soon... Lollapalooza...
Between packing and drinking gin and tonics, I'm planning on doing some more blog updates this weekend. Any ideas? I've got a couple. In fact, I have too many. That's why I want your ideas. What looks good? What doesn't? Does the font make you want to barf? Do you wish that I...
I just got my new Relix in the mail today. I was super excited for this issue specifically, as this issue focuses on all the hot jamband electronica acts out there right now--The Disco Biscuits on the cover, STS9, Signal Path, the New Deal, etc. I was so much less excited once I actually saw the magazine...
I'm walking by the Borders on State yesterday on my way back from lunch, and I notice a very heady-looking sign in the window. It was a Phil Lesh display showing copies of his new book, Searching for the Sound, and a large sign saying that Phil Lesh would be in store on Friday, April 22 to host...
As I walked home from the EL last night with no coat on, I had Keller Williams Stage blasting. I think it helped to keep me warm, because Chicago just got cold again. Regardless, I still love this CD. Cover to cover. Well last night, something happened to me while I was listening to that...
The Zooma Tour was just announced yesterday. Oh yeah! Superfly is putting on this traveling festival very reminiscent of last year's Lollapalooza failure. All we know now is that it's going to be like a traveling Bonnaroo. It will be starting immediately after Bonnaroo--June 16 through July 31. No other details yet... Let's hope Superfly can plan a little better...
Well, it appears I'm starting to fall behind on the blog/technology curve by not having a podcast set up yet. Umphrey's McGee has begun releasing their own podcasts. I'm not sure if they're set up to syndicate and have iPodder download these, but they're posted on the music section of their website. Also, it looks like...
I have to say that I'm quite a lucky man to be living in Chicago right now. Not like there aren't enough summer festivals in the city, not counting all the gay festivals even. That's the subject of a completely different post. After the annoucement of Lollapalooza and their huge boost by selling 2,000 tickets at...
Kraftwerk is coming to Chicago. Kraftwerk is coming to the United States. Wow. Did I mention that I just bought my tickets? My brother-in-law got me into Kraftwerk, and I haven't looked back. It can be some of the most simplistic sounding music you've ever heard, but it's unbelievably catchy. I hum Kraftwerk melodies all the time. I'm really looking...

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