Justin Ward

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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
The Black Crowes played their second official show back after confirming their reunion, this time an intimate Los Angeles stop at the legendary Troubadour. We're told the setlist is dead-on to what they played in New York City, and that's a full play through of their seminal album, Shake Your Money Maker. The band then encored again with the Rolling...
Tonight during the Thursday Night Football game between Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, there were plenty of moments to unpack and discuss but we're only going to shine a light on one brief moment of joy, especially if you're a Phish fan. Before a commercial break and heading into a pause with a slow-mo replay, the band's "Chalk Dust Torture"...
Lots of chatter in the jamband world about the newcomers Goose, and tonight I got my first chance to officially take in their music in one of my preferred settings: Couch Tour. The band served as the opener for the Disco Biscuits in Pittsburgh and got a nice little 45 minute opening set that was webcast live via Nugs.tv. Four...
Yonder Mountain String Band has announced they'll be re-issuing their critically acclaimed debut album, Elevation, this time with a 20th-anniversary 180g double vinyl re-release that will be a killer addition to the fans' collections. Originally released on the band's own independent Frog Pad Records, Elevation features founding members Dave Johnston, Ben Kaufmann, Adam Aijala, and Jeff Austin, along with guest...
Diplo has teamed up with French star Born Dirty for their first-ever collaboration, "Samba Sujo," which you can now stream below. The release is the first from Diplo on new label Higher Ground, an imprint of Mad Decent which launched in August and "is focused on house tracks and collaborations from established acts and up-and-comers alike." The track follows several Higher...
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Grateful Dead just released their new video of the week on YouTube from their All The Years Live series, this time a Bobby tune from '91. "From Bob's first solo record, Ace, Black-Throated Wind was consistently in the setlist 1972-1974, but disappeared when the Dead returned after the hiatus in 1976. Thankfully, on 3/16/90 at the Capital Center in Landover,...
Hall & Oates have announced a set of shows early next year to get 2020 off to a rocking start. Oates is currently playing a set of shows as a solo artist, but we know the fans really love seeing the two of them on stage whenever it's possible. Kicking off on February 26th in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the legendary rockers...
Earlier this fall I caught my first ever Moses Sumney experience at Desert Daze, and while I was strolling up to the set he announced that they were going to play a new tune. Then he launched into an unnamed song for me, but the vibe and feel just completely blew me away. Immediate fan. That track was just released...
On the latest episode of Jimmy Kimmel, they ran a new version of Mean Tweets - Music Edition #6, including some hilarious reads from Billie Eilish, Midland, Chance the Rapper, Luke Bryan, Perry Farrell, Green Day, Leon Bridges, Monsta X, John Mayer, Alice Cooper, Lizzo, Luke Combs and Cardi B. Watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1sCiXTlR8Q
Billie Eilish just dropped a brand new single, "everything i wanted," which is now available for streaming everywhere. It was first announced just a few days back and the enigmatic artist dropped a simple cover and a few teases, but here we are. Check out the track below. https://open.spotify.com/track/3ZCTVFBt2Brf31RLEnCkWJ?si=i3Lc4e1RR2yiu-Pa5IdNUA I'm loving the production on this, and the beats and melody have a...
Looks like the String Cheese Incident guys are recreating a bit of their Electric Forest vibe here in California next year with the announcement today of something called The Hog Farm Hangout. Set for Black Oak Ranch in Mendocino County's Laytonville, California the weekend of June 12-14, 2020, the festival is buoyed with three nights of Cheese Incidents and a...
Yesterday the New York City area and SiriusXM fans got a bit of a surprise when they tuned into the Howard Stern show. The Black Crowes used that morning show as their sounding board to announce they would be reuniting and doing a huge tour in 2020, and they even then announced they would be hitting The Bowery Ballroom...
The new season of Sesame Street will kick off this upcoming Saturday, November 16, and ahead of the premier the team pulled the veil back on one of the new songs we'll be hearing when we tune in. Featuring a killer new power trio featuring Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Elmo and Big Bird, the "Here We Go Song" is...
James Blake has announced four intimate "Solo Piano" shows next month without his normal touring group and backup musicians that help his live shows take life. His latest LP, Assume Form, got fully toured on earlier this year, too. But he's got a few more shows to play while it's still 2019. Kicking off with a two-night stand on December...
YouTube is now getting into the long-form game and they've just released a music documentary about Johnny Cash that you'll definitely want to see if you're a Country music or Americana fan. From what I've read so far, I think it's a documentary that every music fan can get a lot out of, too. Johnny Cash believed he was born...
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RZA from Wu-Tang Clan is the latest musical guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He's on the show to help promote the new Hulu series dedicated to the legendary hip-hop collective, and of course he's done plenty above and beyond by making appearances on Chappelle’s Show and The Wire. Watch it here.
Australia psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced two THREE HUGE new shows for early next year where they'll introduce what they're calling the Marathon Set. The shows, set for The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on April 18, 2020 and at Red Rocks in Morrison, CA on May 5-6, 2020, will be career-spanning marathon shows where...
Widespread Panic has announced another Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic golf tournament for next February 21-22, 2020 down in Orlando, Florida. Set for the Reunion Resort on February 21st, with a JB & Friends show will be at House of Blues Orlando on February 22nd, the weekend will feature both a full-round of golf and an auction and dinner that will...
You are cordially invited to Ween's March Mitzvah: March 19 - 21 / Brooklyn Bowl / Las Vegas, NV Presale tickets will be available starting Wed, Nov 13 at 10am PT: https://ween.shop.ticketstoday.com Tickets on sale Fri, Nov 15 at 10am PT here.
The jamband supergroup known as Billy and the Kids will be returning next year! Anchored by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and pairing his swingy style with bassist Reed Mathis, keyboard player Aron Magner, and guitarist Tom Hamilton from Joe Russo's Almost Dead, it's been almost four years since they've played together at all and it's high-time that they get...
Billy Strings will be blessing his fans with some free livestreams and webcasts this week while he's hanging out in New York City. He's already stopped by the SiriusXM studios to hang with Tom Marshall and their on-air talent. https://twitter.com/TomMarshall111/status/1194271008242446337 Today it looks like he's got a stop scheduled at the Relix office. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC6X-kDJfRY Later this week, he'll be playing the Brooklyn Bowl...
Bob Weir and Wolf Brothers will be back for a set of shows in the Midwest and the East Coast starting early next spring. The jazzy trio featuring Bob Weir, Don Was, and Jay Lane have now truly solidified as an offshoot and side-project that Weir clearly enjoys doing and harkens back to his early forays into the Ratdog...
The initial lineup for next year's MerleFest 2020 has been announced! Set for April 23-26, 2020 in the Wilkesboro, North Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the festival will feature a who's who of Americana music and will be headlined by Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss. Joining them near the top of the billing is The...
The Who was recently forced to cancel a set of shows due to Pete Townshend suffering from an illness hitting his vocal cords, but the good news was that he promised a return to the road early next year and here we are. The band will be bringing their Moving On! Tour back to the U.S next Spring for just three...
As of about 24 hours ago, a good portion of the music fans in the world had no idea they'd ever see The Black Crowes hit the stage as a band again. Everything changed this morning when the news was revealed fully, confirmed on the Howard Stern show first but heavily rumored many places first. Then a deeper and bigger...
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Do not miss the latest episode of the Talib Kweli People's Party podcast and interview show. This week he and his producer Jasmin Leigh sit down with El-P, one half of the ridiculously dynamic duo known as Run the Jewels (featuring emcee Killer Mike). It's easily worth the full 90 minutes of your time. I loved it. They dig into...
Bob Dylan is still out there! He's just announced a set of tour dates upcoming this April across the Pacific Ocean in Japan, and this week he's in the midst of a set of shows here in the United States on the East Coast. He honestly never really stops. His shows this week take him to Baltimore, Virginia State University,...
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Dopapod was recently teasing an announcement and today it was revealed -- the band has released a new song called "November" and dropped a video along with it. And there's a strong message attached. We present to you, ‘November’, a song inspired by the global climate crisis. We will be donating 100% of the profit generated from this song to...
"Let's Make Democracy Rad Again!" reads the new announcement today from HeadCount as the organization will be hosting Joe Russo's Almost Dead for a benefit at Brooklyn Bowl this upcoming Monday, November 25th. Read more here. This venue is officially home turf for the band and not a spot they can play anymore without setting up multiple chances for getting...
Widespread Panic just announced some more shows for early 2020, this time a three-night run set for the famed Chicago Theatre. The band will set up shop starting on April 2-4, 2020, and the tickets will be available starting this Friday. The band has also confirmed a huge run in New York City early next year, with five nights at...
Last night in Houston, Texas, Joe Walsh held his annual VetsAid concert and welcomed a slew of incredible artists to help play some music and raise some funds for the United States military service veterans. Music fans got to see sets from Brad Paisley, The Doobie Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, ZZ Top and Joe...
The Black Crowes have finally confirmed what the billboards and subway ads have been telling us -- they are reuniting for a big tour next year during the summer as they present their classic album, Shake Your Money Maker. And ahead of that, the band is coming back TONIGHT to kick off a few intimate shows, first at the...
Woah. The boys in the Futurebirds are in Denver finishing off a three-night run in the area, with tonight's show being at the relatively tight Globe Hall, and it looks like they welcomed a friend along for the encore. Knowing the power of this pairing, this must have been ripping. The Futurebirds guys brought out fellow ripper and My Morning...
Dead & Company just kicked off their second night at Hampton Coliseum to finish off their quick little Fall Fun Run. Tune in below for the set opener, tune in here for the full webcast via LiveDead.co, and scroll down to see the setlist/streams as they pop up. Dead & Company at Hampton Coliseum, Virginia 11.9.19 Set I: Truckin' > Big Railroad...
Relix was the first to find some new billboards appearing in New York City confirming what was rumored heavily as of last week -- The Black Crowes will be reuniting for a series of shows next year! The poster that surfaced so far shows concerts scheduled for July 17 show at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey and July...
Rage Against the Machine confirmed in the press and through back channels and rumors that they are indeed reuniting next year. It's happening. And today, still months ahead of the official return, we got the first look at the print the band will be bringing with them for the shows. Done by [email protected] Studios in El Paso, Texas, the print...
~HAMPTON NIGHT TWO SETLIST / STREAM~ Dead & Company are beginning a two-night run tonight at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, the final shows of their quick little Fall 2019 Fun Run and the final shows for the band until they hit the West Coast for the New Year's Eve run. The band just finished up two nights at Madison Square Garden...
Travis Scott is hosting his annual Astroworld festival tomorrow and today just dropped the MASSIVE lineup on the rest of the 50,000 lucky fans that snatched up tickets super early. Given how quickly this year's fest sold-out, you can bet we'll see this expand to more dates in the future. For now, scroll down to see who the enigmatic rap...
Bon Iver will be taking his i,i tour further on past his current set of dates running through North America. Starting next January in Asia for shows in Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Japan, the band will then take a few months off before heading to Europe. Starting next April in Lisbon, Portugal, Justin Vernon and his crew will be...
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Just announced: Paul Simon's appearance on the show has been rescheduled and he'll join us on November 23rd, along with Anaïs Mitchell, comedian Ryan Hamilton, and our friend Holly Laurent! Get your tickets to join us in-person at The Town Hall or watch the show on YouTube! Head here for tickets, on sale now and likely going quite fast!
King Princess is a relative newcomer to the pop music world but my ears and eyes perked up when I started to hear about the project. The debut album Cheap Queen is everywhere now, and a huge tour has been announced with sold-out dates all over (scroll down to see the list). Last night the band performed for the first-time...
Watch the new teaser trailer for the new Disney & Pixar movie, Soul, now. Due out on June 19, 2020, the film is heavy in the world of jazz music and is directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers and produced by Dana Murray. "Soul" introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. "I think...
David Byrne is planning to move on from his currently running Broadway show American Utopia onto a new project based in Denver meant to be a fully immersive theater/project space called Theater of the Mind. It sounds incredible at first glance. Here's what we know: Theater of the Mind will be a 15,000-square-foot "immersive experience taking just sixteen audience members at...
DaBaby is a breakout rap superstar in the middle of one of the hottest runs in hip-hop, with more than 20 songs on the Billboard chart in 2019 and the release of his debut studio album, KIRK, which debuted at No. 1. He's the latest guest on the hilarious spicy food eating competition show known as Hot Ones from...
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The Grateful Dead continue their All The Years Live series today on YouTube with the release of official pro-shot video from the JFK Stadium show on July 7, 1989. In the number two slot in the first set, the band launched into a slightly pepped-up version of "Iko Iko" and got everyone grooving. Here's what David Lemieux had to say...
Comedy legend Dean Delray got a huge win when he said John Mayer agreed to do his podcast, Let There Be Talk. Great intro story, too. Check it out below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsIZ37hcOCw He's a long-time Grateful Dead fan and he's actually booked at the first-ever comedy show at Terrapin Crossroads later this month, so the conversation base starts from a great spot. UPDATE: Part...
Grace Potter was the musical guest on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch the two-song performance below in two separate clips. First was "Love is Love," the lead-off track to the new solo album, Daylight, which was recently released. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AfqCOeziSA Then she did "Every Heartbeat" which you can watch below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6akZSYRnJSg
On a newly uploaded episode of Drunk History, host Derek Waters sits down with Colton Dunn to tell the (drunken) story of the pioneering rap song "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang. The narration centers around the story of Sylvia Robinson, played by Retta from Parks and Recreation. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blWuBCtBnSo So funny.
Dead & Company closed out night two at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York last night, and it was a super strong show. The first night's show was also a confident kickoff to the run, but last night sounded incredible. The band got a banner raised to the rafters in honor of all of the many shows...
Third Man Records has partnered up with a fellow Detroit institution Shinola to create the first ever Third Man Turntable. The new item is now available for pre-order online now and will be available in Third Man Records stores on Black Friday. Every element, including the craftsmanship of the plinth, precision-machined aluminum platter, and powerful, ultra-quiet motor, is hand-assembled piece...

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