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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
EAGLES and The Doobie Brothers have announced the Cabo En Vivo Luxury Concert Experience in Cabo San Lucas over Memorial Day Weekend 2020. For fans that go, their packages will include two nights of unforgettable beachfront performances in the world famous Cabo Corridor, so tons of packages are available that will start at $1,599 per person. Packages on sale beginning next...
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have shared their initial lineup for next year's Domefest, their annual music and camping festival returning on May 14-16, 2020 at Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, WV. The Pigeons guys will get five full sets over the course of three days, and they'll be joined by Spafford, SunSquabi, Aqueous, Magic Beans and more to be announced soon,...
Watch this incredible performance last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon featuring R&B master Solange. Never one to take the straight-ahead approach to almost anything, the Knowles sister takes a run through five different songs on her When I Get Home LP over a 10-minute span. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4CpXZydD0M Wow. More of this please!
Joe Smith, the legendary record executive who signed the Grateful Dead to their first contract and sat at the top of three hugely influential record labels, has passed away at the age of 91. His son confirmed his death to Billboard. This story is developing...
Coldplay recently played the Maida Vale studios in London for a performance on BBC Radio 1, and they're making some waves around the internet with a cover of this Crystal Waters house classic "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)." You've definitely heard this one before, but watch the band's take on it below. The unplugged version of the dance track came after the...
Exciting news for Boston music fans and James Taylor lovers -- he just announced he will be returning to Fenway Park on June 21, 2020 with special artist Brandi Carlile and featuring Shawn Colvin. Every ticket will include a CD or digital download of Taylor's new album releasing on Fantasy Records, due out early 2020 Fan presale begins on his website...
Watch Megan Thee Stallion on the latest episode of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, recorded a month back for their Tiny Desk Fest streaming event. Though she's usually known for extensive twerking during her stage performances, at the Tiny Desk, Meg played up a different skill set: impeccable timing and lung capacity. This one is definitely NSFW so keep those headphones on...
Nightmares On Wax has announced a return next April 2020, with news today that he'll be bringing a 25th Anniversary tour out on the road for the seminal release, Smokers Delight. A defining record of the mid 90s which set Nightmares on Wax on their own musical trajectory, Nightmares main man George Evelyn will be rekindling his much-loved downbeat blend...
The festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has confirmed the MASSIVE lineup for next year's second annual Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, returning to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, 2020. You may have caught the news that Metallica recently was was named as exclusive headliner on ALL FIVE Danny Wimmer...
Pearl Jam has announced they're touring Europe next summer! The 13 dates will kick off at the end of June in Frankfurt, Germany and wind through Europe hitting Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Austria, United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, France and finally the Netherlands. https://twitter.com/PearlJam/status/1201440872899858435 Head here for the tickets when they go on sale. A special ticket presale begins today for Ten...
Phish will be taking the stage shortly for their third night of Fall 2019 tour, the band's return to Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. They will be webcasting live from the show on LivePhish.com and tune in below for the set opener via YouTube. We'll have the setlist and streams posted below as they pop up. Tune in below... Phish at...
A new musical called For the Love of a Glove: An Unauthorized Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson, as Told by his Glove will focus on Michael Jackson’s life story from the perspective of the King of Pop’s iconic sequined glove. To make the project even weirder, Johnny Depp is onboard to produce the stage show, which will...
Irving Burgie, the composer who helped to bring Caribbean and calypso music to the mainstream with the hit song "Day-O" has died at the age of 95. His death was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who called for a moment of silence for the man who wrote its national anthem. Also... The 1950s song Day-O went on to...
David Byrne is a known master curator and has been regularly releasing music mixes on his website for us all to enjoy. This month's new playlist focuses on his love of abstract pop music, stuff that definitely doesn't strike everyone's fancy but requires a regular revisiting. Here's a playlist and a proposition- is music coming apart at the seams, shattering...
Phish returned to the stage last night for the second of two nights at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Scroll down to see the setlist and a ton of fan-shot videos from the show. If you've got the money to custie up,, the band is webcasting live from the run via their LivePhish portal. Couch Tour was...
Grateful Dead has announced their new line of ukuleles created with the spirit of the Dead in mind and with artwork that Deadheads would love. They did their first ukulele series last year, so they're expanding and once again working with the same constraints but with new designs for five different pieces. One of the truly fascinating aspects of the Grateful...
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It's amazing to see that the Summer Camp music festival is still going strong. Created by moe. and Umphrey's McGee and anchored around Memorial Day weekend in Central Illinois, the festival has announced its return next year in 2020, which will make it the big 20th Anniversary celebration. Mark your calendars for a return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois...
~ NIGHT #2 SETLIST / STREAMS ~ Phish returned to the stage last night with the first of two nights at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Scroll down to see the setlist and some videos from the show. In case you missed it, the band was webcasting live from the show via their LivePhish portal. Head to their...
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deadmau5 has followed up his "SATRN" release with another single, this time a track called "Fall" he's been spinning for a bit now. Pick your poison for streaming the new track here or stream it here.
Sadly we are now left with only one surviving member of the legendary band, Cream. With news of Ginger Baker's passing earlier this year, I know a ton of fans were thankful that the band had a few chances to reunite over the years before it was impossible. And Eric Clapton recently announced he will be hosting a Ginger...
The lineup for next year's Mad Cool music festival in Madrid, Spain has been mostly confirmed, with news dropping that Faith No More is one of the expected headliners. The first day of the festival will feature some heavy talent with Taylor Swift and Twenty One Pilots already confirmed as the main headliners. 🔴🔷🔶 ¡Así queda el cartel de #MadCool2020...
Twiddle and Aqueous will be hitting The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York for a two-night run of shows starting tonight, and they've announced that they'll be Friendsgiving their fans free livestreams from the show via Relix's Live Channel. Tune into the live Relix channel tonight starting around 8pm ET for your own weekend of Couch Tour (that is,...
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Kanye West just premiered the second official video from his Jesus is King album, this time a two and a half minute visual for "Closed On Sunday." Dropping it today on Thanksgiving Day across America means a lot of families probably got to watch this in each other's presence, and the video is focused on Kanye's family. Watch it here.
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The newest video on the Grateful Dead live video series, All the Years Live, was just posted, a little nod to the Thanksgiving Day festivities with the "Bird Song" from the band's New Year's Eve show in 1987. "From the Dead's first home video of a complete concert, Ticket To New Year's, this Bird Song soars to some pretty high...
The gang over at Partisan and Knitting Factory Records have announced the launch of the first-ever official website and comprehensive historical resource for the life and music of Fela Kuti. Head over to felakuti.com to give it a glance. Developed in close partnership with the Kuti family, felakuti.com also aims to be a one stop shop for news about re-issues...
Bon Iver is absolutely stacking his 2020 with international tour dates, now planning a full set of stops in New Zealand and Australia next June. He'll be headlining the M3F Fest in Phoenix and has shows in Asia, Europe and beyond already confirmed for next year as well. First he'll land in Auckland and play June 5th at Trusts Arena,...
Just announced! Dead & Company will be adding a ton of talent to their Playing in the Sand 2020 celebration. Foundations of Funk (w/ original Meters members George Porter, Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste) will bring their New Orleans celebration with Ivan and Ian Neville and Tony Hall. Molly Tuttle and Lettuce will also be there, guaranteeing a wild and funky...
Just announced! Phish will be webcasting all seven shows from their upcoming Fall 2019 tour live via their LivePhish.com portal. LivePhish.com is webcasting the 7 fall tour shows starting with this weekend's sold-out shows in Providence and Uniondale. We're offering the "I Saw It Again" Fall Webcast Pass which includes all 7 shows live, plus on-demand access. Order single shows,...
Eric Clapton has announced a tribute concert to celebrate the life and music of the recently departed Ginger Baker, the drumming legend that served multiple terms with Clapton as part of Cream and Blind Faith. Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker will take place Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London. The announcement...
Just announced earlier today: eBay and viagogo have confirmed they have entered a definitive agreement to sell StubHub to viagogo for a purchase price of $4.05 billion in cash. In a press release, interim CEO of eBay Scott Schenkel said this: "We believe this transaction is a great outcome and maximizes long-term value for eBay shareholders. Over the past several...
Carly Rae Jepsen is the latest guest on NPR's super popular live music series, Tiny Desk Concert. For the performance, Jepsen and her band played three songs from her latest album, Dedicated, modulating the album's sparkling pop-disco vibe to fit our sun-filled office. From the smiling swagger of "Want You In My Room" to the head-rush of a new crush...
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Chance the Rapper is the latest musical guest on the spicy hot wings show, Hot Ones, created by First We Feast and available to watch for free on YouTube. Chance the Rapper is a three-time Grammy Award winner and one of the most exciting names in hip-hop. He dropped his debut studio album, The Big Day, earlier this year, and...
Paul Simon was the musical guest on yesterday's Live From Here with Chris Thile, a rescheduled performance from last month and Simon making good on getting sick and sadly cancelling the first go round. He played "Questions for the Angels" solo acoustic, then played "St. Judy's Comet" with the backing band and Thile. Before the song he joked that he...
King Princess was the musical guest on last night's Saturday Night Live hosted by Will Ferrell. Watch the performance of "1950" and "Hit Me Back" below. Love seeing SNL continue to expand their musical palette. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQDcu8dKxY8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szrdy4TmmFI
DelFest has announced their initial lineup for next year's festival, returning the weekend of May 21-24, 2020 in Cumberland, Maryland at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. The festival will be headlined by The Del McCoury Band obviously, and they'll be joined by The Travelin' McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Punch...
Adult Swim have teamed up with electronic and experimental label Hyperdub to release a new compilation called HyperSwim, a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the South-London based label. Available digitally only for now, and with new songs from Burial, Ikonika, Kode9, Dean Blunt, Fatima Al Qadiri, and many more, honestly this needs to get a full release soon. You can...
Phish has announced their latest addition to the LivePhish app and catalog, this time the July 23, 1999 show from Polaris Amphitheatre in Columbus, Ohio where the band famously announced their Big Cypress New Year's Eve celebration in Florida. The show will be posted to the app this Monday night, November 25th, so stay tuned for the crispy soundboard highlights....
Trey Anastasio has been announced as a part of the Popular Artist Series for next year's Tanglewood 2020 season, joining Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for an evening in the Shed on June 20, 2020. Interestingly enough, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will play the night before. Too bad Trey can't hop on that one, too....
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Mountain Bliss is on the menu for the 30th Annual High Sierra! Early Bird 4-day passes are on sale now. Each year, we offer Early Bird tickets to the most committed and excited among us— those who are ready to join in without even knowing the lineup. It's like buying buried musical treasure, until the lineup is revealed. And man, oh man,...
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The Grateful Dead released a unique new live archive video on their YouTube channel earlier today, the "Way To Go Home" composition written by Vince Welnick. The band's archive guru, David Lemieux, wrote this about the track on the video's description and honestly it was mostly news for me. I'm not as steeped in this era of the Dead, mostly...
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Bon Iver has released their first official music video in many years, the emotional triumph of "Naeem" on their latest LP, i,i. The album has been nominated for multiple GRAMMY awards and it's great to see more art being mined from the fantastic release. Watch it above. Bon Iver is on tour now supporting the release and will be playing in...
The first set of artists confirmed for Ultra Music Festival next year in Miami's Bayfront Park has been announced! Headlining the festival will be Flume, GESAFFELSTEIN, Major Lazer and Zedd presents The Orbit will all get top nods. Joining them will be EDM heavyweights like Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix and tons, tons more. Scroll down...
Marco Benevento recently closed out a set of shows in the Midwest on his solo tour supporting his latest LP, Let It Slide. Our friend Brian Ferguson (BUT I WAS THERE) was on hand to shoot the show for us and brought back this photo gallery. Scroll down to see the full set... --Editor
Snarky Puppy is the latest guest on a new episode of NPR's wonderful music series, Tiny Desk Concert. What resulted was a Tiny Desk first: League divided the audience into two sections, one side clapping out a 3/4 beat and the other half a 4/4 beat, creating a polyrhythm that I'm sure a handful of coworkers didn't feel so confident...
Just Announced: Shaky Knees Music Festival has confirmed their 2020 lineup! Headlining next year's festival set for May 1-3, 2020 at Atlanta's Central Park will be The Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins and The Strokes. Joining them towards the top will be Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portugal. The Man, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Of Monsters and Men, Liam Gallagher, Stereolab and...
Last night The Black Keys rolled through Los Angeles and played The Forum in Inglewood. The band played a long set of music featuring selections from their new LP, Let's Rock, and mid-way through the long set, they welcomed out Eagles shredder Joe Walsh for two songs. https://www.instagram.com/p/B5FInTlBdlK/ They played "Water Street" and "She's Long Gone," off the Brothers LP. Watch...
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has been announced as a special keynoting speaker at this year's South by Southwest 2020. While he's reached deeply into the world of politics of late, he will be speaking about music and his career as an artist and member of Pink Floyd and beyond. "Roger Waters is a true creative visionary, and we're pleased to...
On the latest Joe Rogan Experience podcast, comedian and actor Joe Rogan welcomed Queens of the Stone Age frontman, songwriter and Them Crooked Vultures shredder Josh Homme for a long two-hour chat about stuff. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPf0swdYOxI
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The smooth silky house music project called Wajatta, featuring jokester and brilliant musician Reggie Watts along with the brilliant producer John Tejada, has been announced as a new signee on one of my favorite collectives, the Brainfeeder family. https://www.facebook.com/brainfeederrecords/videos/2559061980856852/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBqruaz_wdmfXJD8zKfvQ_ByHYt8xw-A82kBzIdMDHK8m1CWGmEp7hzNOhKrkc-p84sonsRmK6J8ieH4IerQAk1pitC3rVsEo1COHU8eRHLQgIrWjwF9B1CiMg12p1IwIcB1fv3HebS0ZFH4L6c6-2jkXM9-xOcw2MOxlrpePeKswCnjJheM7OxKkL0HpVCpo9oFg8tUTXFQuXhfD_ZpK9IhpGZU0hvrb8MB3zYeHH7aVzyVHxitx2ppy6ohz64vMt_qzBq9mv_rTmZx3DBxSVHPT9C7t9Z-lLV5gVFu2RoIJ4oZSQqGqwyWpmP7hz2jPvDnXdw43-thvdfHLBQNu24BWDb4GHppOzi2PDLrNJhZ_Fsc4mdXv5-aTcT&__tn__=-R They've got a new single out ready for streaming right now, "Don't Let Get You Down," which is also the title track...

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