Justin Ward

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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
The lineup for this year's Festival Corona Capital Capítulo 10 music festival has been announced. Set to return to Mexico City, Mexico at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez the weekend of November 16-17, 2019, this year's festival will be headlined by The Strokes, Billie Eilish, Interpol, Weezer, Keane, Flume and Franz Ferdinand. That's a HUGE set of headliners and that doesn't...
Dead & Company are about to kick off night two Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl following last night's triumphant run kick off. This year's Dead & Company -- Bob Weir, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, Oteil Burbridge, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart -- have a busy summer ahead and there are still plenty of tickets available before you need to get miracled. Head...
Tyler, the Creator announces 'IGOR' tour dates
Right after making history with his latest album IGOR, Tyler, The Creator announces his North American tour. He became the first solo rapper to land a No. 1 album without any co-production or outside producer credits, and now, Tyler will take the album across the States. He's set to play 34 shows beginning Labor Day weekend at Bumbershoot in Seattle,...
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Mamby On The Beach has announced its 2019 festival lineup! Labeled as "Chicago’s only beachside summer music festival" and set for return on August 23-24, 2019 at Montrose Beach with space for three stages, beach-friendly games, and all-inclusive activities focused on female presence and the LGBTQ communities, this year's headliners are BROCKHAMPTON, TROYE SIVAN, ZHU, SYLVAN ESSO, VIRTUAL SELF, and...
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Relix will be carrying the webcast for the upcoming Phil Lesh and Friends run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, an exciting lineup that will feature Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. The backing lineup is a mix of Terrapin Family and his "Q" buddies with guitarist Grahame Lesh, drummer John Molo, and keyboardist Rob...
widespread panic announces milwaukee 2019 run
Widespread Panic has just added a three-night run this Fall 2019 set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Riverside Theater. The band will be making their 33rd, 34th and 35th appearances at this venue on October 25-27, 2019. Ticket info will be revealed soon enough.
One of our favorite musical trios, The Slip, reunited in the Bay Area this weekend. The trio of Brad Barr, Marc Friedman and Andrew Barr have since moved on from calling this a regular project, but given that they had their gear out there and Surprise Me Mr. Davis sets as part of a secret headlining set for the JamBase...
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Apple has confirmed that their flagship software that changed the music business as we know it, iTunes, is no more. iTunes forever changed the way people experienced music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts. It all changes again with three all-new, dedicated apps — Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts — each designed from the ground up to be the best...
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ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975, and the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed that fall. Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese creates a one-of-a-kind movie experience: part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream. Featuring Joan Baez, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan giving...
banks announces 2019 tour dates live music blog
BANKS has announced a set of tour dates in an email to fans that will kick off this September. I’m thrilled to announce that I’m going back on tour this fall! I’m so excited to get back out there and experience this next chapter with all of you. I can’t wait to see these songs that I have been working...
Bon Iver has released two brand new tracks today and expanded their fall 2019 tour coming off their appearance yesterday at All Points East. They played two tracks to close their festival set which is as good as an official Lemonade style drop these days. The two tracks "Hey, Ma" and "U (Man Like)" are both streaming everywhere and you...
The David Gilmour Podcast has premiered and debuted their first episode, aptly titled The Black Strat and the story of how the Pink Floyd guitarist and songwriter procured one of his most famous guitars. As previously reported, there will be a few more episodes as part of the buildup for the big Christie's auction that will feature over 120 guitars...
The crew at Relentless Beats has announced the first round of artists for this year's Goldrush Music Festival at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona this upcoming September 27 and 28, 2019. Here's your A-Z on this year's festival lineup: Alison Wonderland, Blossom, Destructo, DJ Scheme, Don Diablo, Dr Fresch, Funtcase, Killy, Kyle Watson, Lil Skies, Oliver Heldens, Pouya, Sheck...
So last night at the Dead & Company show at Shoreline, some brilliant entrepreneur (probably driving a Tesla) came up with the lot t-shirt design of the century and finally shared it with the Grateful Dead fans. Let's set the stage for it briefly... :::pauses for dramatic effect::: it's the Slayer logo ... that shows John Mayer's face... and it says Mayer...
The Beach Boys' Mike Love recently announced a new album called 12 Sides of Summer and on the album the final track is a cover of The Ramones classic, "Rockaway Beach," one of my favorites. At his recent show in New York City, Mike Love welcomed Marky Ramone to come up and drum the song with the band. Check out the...
We knew there'd be a strong potential for solid sit-ins with a triple bill like moe., Mike Gordon Band and White Denim all booked together for a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight in Morrison, Colorado. While we're waiting for all the facts and snippets to roll in, one thing we already know just went down is that Mike Gordon...
london primavera announcement coming soon
Following today's two big reveals that Primavera Sound will be expanding into Los Angeles next year and that they're Barcelona and Porto festivals will have the pleasure of hosting the only two Pavement performances during 2020, I'd say the crew at Primavera Sound may be holding this final announcement back until things die down a bit. When they teased two...
These fliers on the ground at the festival sure make that look likely that Pavement is returning after they reunited many years ago, this time only for two performances -- Primavera Sound 2020 in Barcelona and Porto. Scroll down to see it in full glory... Lately Stephen Malkmus sorta gave this Pavement reunion rumor some credibility by saying that he...
Primavera Sound is coming to Los Angeles! As confirmed at this year's festival via Reddit, the Primavera Sound brand is coming to Los Angeles Historic State Park on September 19-20, 2020. It was briefly teased on their website, but this looks as official as anything else we'd see. We'll have more on this as it's revealed.
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David Byrne is bringing his American Utopia tour to Broadway later this year (and early next year), and to celebrate that fantastical news, it looks like his June playlist takes a unique journey through songs that remind him about his first memories of that famous street in New York City. Here are songs with Broadway in the title. Stylistically, they...
Dead & Company are returning to the stage tonight for the second of two nights at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheatre, a regular and local haunt for the Grateful Dead boys. The first night setlist is below and the band will be kicking off the show in a few hours here, so stay tuned for the night two setlist...
Roky Erickson has reportedly passed away. Variety is reporting that Erickson’s death was confirmed by his brother Mikel to Bill Bentley, who went on to say "He lived so much, and not always on this planet." On his Facebook page he posted a touching message saying... In 1966 Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators gave me a gift showing that...
Trey Anastasio Band kicks off night two of two tonight in Atlanta, GA at The Tabernacle. Here's the setlists from both shows... Trey Anastasio Band @ The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA 5.31.19 Set I: Set Your Soul Free, Burn That Bridge, Cayman Review, Magilla, Everything's Right, Alive Again, My Problem Right There, Money Love and Change, Greyhound Rising, Camel Walk (funky TAB style*) Set...
battles announces departure of dave konopka
In a message just posted across their social media, Battles has confirmed a lineup change in a sad, handwritten note. Their guitarist/bassist Dave Konopka has decided to leave the band "for personal reasons." Dude is a beast and is going to be missed. Hey everyone, as some of you maybe have heard, Battles’ lineup has changed. A little over a...
The Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company will hit the stage tonight after a few months off and doing other side projects, and they've announced that they'll be partnering up with the crew behind Nugs.tv and offering up paid webcasts from each and every show on the summer tour. Head over to LiveDead.co as your landing page to get your...
Today would have been John Bonham's 71st birthday (May 31, 1948 - September 25, 1980) had he still made it out of the Led Zeppelin craziness and fame alive, and we can't help but still be pining for a world of music that still has John Bonham still smashing the drums well into his later life. As it wasn't meant...
live phish vol 16 compilation released
Phish has released their latest Live Bait compilation of old archival recording highlights from their production crew. The band's archivist Kevin Shapiro picked out the 10 track comp, including highlights from some of the venues Phish will be playing on this upcoming Summer 2019 Tour. Check out the track list below and smash that button at the bottom of the page...
Katy Perry is following up her New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival headlining slot earlier this year with a busier summer ahead and new music on the horizon. Today she's released her new official video for "Never Really Over" which was produced by Zedd and Dreamlab and co-wrote with Zedd, Dan Haywood, Leah Haywood, Dagny, Gino Barletta, Michelle Buzz, Jason...
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Skrillex and Boys Noize have fully returned as Dog Blood for their new EP / mix-tape drop of Turn Off The Lights, out now on OWSLA / Boysnoize Records. The four-song release follows up the self-titled track and is a full high-energy affair that blazes through a variety of house and techno moods. It marks their first new release since...
Wiz Khalifa sat down with Joe Rogan today on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast which you can stream now. Scroll down and click Play... The pair talk about a variety of topics as per usual on the Joe Rogan Experience, but this one is great because they're both super engaged throughout the Khalifa is in great spirits. He's got a...
boy george and culture club biopic is the next in line for big budget musician films
Looks like Boy George will be the next high profile musician to have his life immortalized in the form of a big budget, motion-picture biopic similar to the Freddie Mercury/Queen Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John's current Rocketman. As reported by Variety, MGM Studios has confirmed Sacha Gervasi to write and direct, who previously delivered the Anvil! The Story of Anvil...
avett brothers at the beach 2020 lineup announced live music blog
The lineup for next year's The Avett Brothers At The Beach 2020, an all-inclusive Cloud 9 concert vacation featuring three shows from The Avett Brothers, has been confirmed. Joining the Avett Bros will be Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Emmylou Harris, Shakey Graves, Dawes, Trampled by Turtles, The Wood Brothers, Mandolin Orange, plus Langhorne Slim and The Lost At...
Burial just dropped a new track called "Claustro" which premiered on the BBC 6 Music show hosted by Mary Anne Hobbs. What a lucky premiere here, she's very audibly impressed by what you can hear if you skip to the 1:10:40-ish mark on the recording. Along with the A-side, there will be a B-side as part of this next drop...
Bruce Springsteen has just released his new visual for "Tucson Train," a new visual off his latest album, Western Stars. This follows up his "There Goes My Miracle" drop recently as well. Check it out below. https://youtu.be/bsH4URIWNRE The single is also free to stream if you have Spotify or the other music services. https://open.spotify.com/track/2RUaLmhCp5hvYgsgBzoFy3?si=08cZ0hstQ8mXkxYKcdSQBQ
Trey Anastasio Band are back on stage tonight in St. Augustine, Florida for night two of their mini four-night tour. Last night in St. Petersburg, Florida was a confident show and featured an awesome new arrangement for "Camel Walk" featuring a full horn section accompaniment and everything. Let's see what Trey has in store tonight for the show... Trey Anastasio Band @...
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Trey Anastasio Band performs tonight in Florida and then heads off up North for two shows at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA this weekend (May 31 and June 1), and the LivePhish.com crew just confirmed that both shows will be webcast live at webcast.livephish.com in 1080p HD. As per usual, if you’ve got plans on May 31 and June 1,...
new sufjan stevens singles released for june pride 2019
Sufjan Stevens has released a pair of new songs for June's Pride Month and celebration of LGBT culture, "Love Yourself" and "With My Whole Heart." You can hear both of the new songs below. "Love Yourself" is based on a sketch Stevens wrote 20 years ago. The original 4-track demo he recorded in 1996 is included as well as a short...
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Picking up right where "Planet B" leaves off...
It's incredible to see how widely use the podcast medium is becoming, and as a music fan it's awesome when a musician that's been around forever uses the medium is new and creative ways. That's exactly what Pink Floyd guitarist and mastermind David Gilmour is doing coming up soon. Ahead of an auction at Christie's in New York coming up...
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Apple has announced an upgrade to their ever-present iPod device, the thing that basically changed music as we know it. The new iPod touch gets some upgrades in power, speed and communication options at the lower end of the price spectrum for any Apple product. And congrats to SASAMI on getting that screenshot bump in the image above that accompanied...
In an brief message just shared across their channels, Umphrey's McGee has announced that long-time lighting designer, Jefferson Waful, will be hanging up his switches and knobs at the end of the year. For over ten years Umphrey’s McGee has been incredibly fortunate to have Jefferson Waful as our lighting designer. His inventive style, improvisational acumen, and keen eye for...
At Saturday night's BottleRock Music Festival closer, Neil Young was finishing off the headlining sets with his Promise of the Real and they were taking their usual rocker "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World" for a full spin at the end of the show, while the crew must have been signaling for him to get off for a...
Ahead of the Dead and Company tour kicking off this week at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, the Grateful Dead guitarist and Wolf Bro's frontman Bob Weir sat down with Brett Martin at GQ magazine for an in-depth piece that was just published. Ask Weir to reel off some New Orleans adventures and you'll get not only the famous 1970...
"We will go on tour next year. I'll record with the E Street Band in the autumn and when we are done, we'll go on tour."
The Grateful Dead are readying the release of the Aoxomoxoa 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, due out on June 7th, and today the band has dropped the original 1971 mix of "St. Stephen." Order the release here and get a listen of that crispy remastered version of one of my favorite Dead studio tracks ever. https://open.spotify.com/track/656M6MPkyzU2gvyXKW5ojJ?si=9UES9XB3R2GL5RtsZCCYrQ "Saint Stephen with a rose In and out...
Almost to the day on last year's Wrigley Field appearance, today the Chicago Cubs welcomed back the young 16-year old shredder Brandon "Taz" Niederauer to play the National Anthem on guitar to kick off the home game today vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Sadly Taz wasn't able to carry the Cubbies to a victory, but no doubt he woke up the...
the mars volta will potentially reunite soon based on cedric tweet to fan
The Mars Volta is working on plans for a reunion. How do we know this simple fact? When hispano-prog frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala tweeted out a funny ridiculous video of him laughing over and over at his guitarist cracking him up at an interview, a fan responded hoping he'd get his attention. He said "I dream with you guys giving TMV...
phish fan creates artificial intelligence to generate setlists
While Phish fans eagerly await the start of summer tour this month, there's a new tool out there on the web that will allow you to dazzle your friends with this year's setlist predictions. Introducing.... the "Phish setlist hallucinator" by James Wexler. Powered by machine learning that was trained solely on Phish setlists, each new song is chosen based on...