Pete Merriman

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East coast born and raised, San Francisco since 2006.
Another Outside Lands is in the books and what a year it was. There are few festival settings as hollowed and beautiful as Golden Gate Park, and each year the organizers do a great job of adding new surprises and tweaking the festival layout to maximize the natural surroundings. While the 2015 edition probably won’t go down as the...
This weekend marks the 8th annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival and expectations are sky high once again. Over the last seven years, Outside Lands has steadily asserted itself in the overcrowded festival circuit by developing a character and flavor all its own. This is a festival that is uniquely San Francisco, with an emphasis on quality food,...
Photos by Justin Yee Oh my gosh. After dropping his much anticipated and widely praised debut LP earlier this year, Jamie xx (of The xx fame) has been making waves with his live sets across the globe, and last night it was San Francisco's turn to witness the master craftsman at work. While he didn't use any classically recognizable or...
It’s Jazz Fest time, bayyyybeee! One part cultural celebration, one part culinary delight, and four parts musical orgy, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has blossomed into one of the craziest 10-day parties this side of the Atlantic. As people from all over the country and the world descend upon New Orleans starting this weekend, we thought we...
Musicians and music lovers around the world rejoice: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival starts in just a few days. While the Fairgrounds are always a blast for seeing top tier acts as well as unknown locals that are just as talented, for a lot of people the late night gigs are where the real magic happens. So...
Love or hate his schtick, you can’t deny Father John Misty's attention-grabbing abilities; the man’s good at forcing a reaction out of you. After taking the world by storm with his newfound alter-ego’s first album, 2012’s Fear Fun, Josh Tillman is back for round two. The new album I Love You Honeybear comes out February 10th, and the first leg...
The Bay Area was treated to a host of incredible acts this past weekend, and with such a diverse menu of options, it was hard to make a wrong decision. The LIVE crew opted for The Wood Brothers at The Fillmore on Friday night, and it proved to be the perfect choice. Consisting of Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin...
The Bay Area is in for a special treat tomorrow as DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist bring their historic Renegades of Rhythm tour to a triumphant close at the beautiful Fox Theater in Oakland. Some of the best known crate-diggers on the planet, Shadow and Chemist were recently given the incredible opportunity to dig through what may very well be...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 18 months, you’ve probably seen (or heard) His Purpleness making waves with his fierce new three piece band 3RDEYEGIRL. Between late-night TV appearances, releasing tongue-in-cheek singles with Dave Chappelle on the cover, stealth pop-up gigs, and coming out to the world on Twitter, the internet has been abuzz with...
April means a lot of different things to many people: taxes are due, Coachella, 4/20, Easter, the beginning of baseball season, but round here at LIVE headquarters it means above all Jazz Fest time! Ever since I finally made it to Jazzfest (and New Orleans) for the first time five years ago, it has become a yearly ritual, an...
Carly Meyers first burst onto our attention span while at High Sierra Music Festival 2012 as part of the "backing" section of the Mike Dillon Band. She sat in on Skerik's Horn-o-copia artist workshop later that weekend, and suddenly we realized that we would be seeing an incredible amount of this young performer in the future. She immediately...
What happens when you take some old friends who just happen to be five of the most soulful players on the funk circuit today, throw them onstage together at The Maple Leaf for the 3am slot on the last night of Jazzfest, and let them rip? Well in most cases you might have a pretty damn good one-off, but...
If you’re one of those people who loves getting down and can never seem to get enough low end or brass in your life, get your booty down to Live Oak, FL this weekend for the 7th Annual Bear Creek Music Festival. In just a few short years, Bear Creek has quickly risen through the ranks of the crowded festival...
This weekend, Austin, TX will once again show why it has been dubbed “The Live Music Capital of the World” as the 8th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest takes over downtown for three days and four nights of music, comedy, poster art, and action sports. One would think that just a few short weeks after Austin City Limits,...
The 23rd Annual High Sierra took place over this past Fourth of July weekend, and with this year's diverse array of top-notch talent, many left saying it was the best one yet. Full recap coming soon, but for now here are some photos from our man on the ground Pete Merriman. He's got some snaps from Primus,...
Last Wednesday, jazz virtuoso Colin Stetson came through San Francisco in support of his latest album New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light. Having tried (and failed) to see Stetson's solo show for over a year, this was an opportunity I was not going to miss. While known especially for his saxophone skills, Stetson is an accomplished...
Words by Pete Merriman | Photos by Victoria Holt Part Two of our epic photo gallery and recap from this year's Sasquatch Music Festival continues below, and in case you missed it, start with Part One here... DAY 3: SUNDAY, MAY 26TH: Between Earl Sweatshirt, Killer Mike, El-P, Shad, and Danny Brown, Day three was very hip-hop heavy, and having not really...
Words by Pete Merriman | Photos by Victoria Holt When it comes to Memorial Day weekend, one music festival reigns supreme over all others in terms of size, vibe, curation, and booking the hottest up and comers in the music scene: Sasquatch!. Over its 12 years, the Sasquatch! Festival over Memorial Day weekend has blossomed from a one day...
Medeski Martin & Wood is one of those groups that needs no introduction. They’ve been a staple of the avant-jazz and live music circuit for over two decades and are some of the most accomplished and innovative musicians around. Their latest official release, Free Magic, is a document from the last fully acoustic tour that MMW played back in...
NYC has long been a city known as a melting pot of musical influences and collaboration. For decades, countless forward-thinking musicians and innovative sounds have come out of this hotbed of musical activity, and now there’s a new group that demands to be added to the list: Superhuman Happiness. The staff at LMB have been big fans of the band...
As reported by Dr. Funkenberry on the PRINCE Spreecast tonight, it is time to break out your finest purple blouses -- Prince is back! Fresh off his 5-encore 22-piece band marathon set that blew everyone else out of the water at SXSW, Prince has confirmed the recent rumblings around a west coast based tour. Starting in Vancouver on...
A Thom Yorke solo set is an all too rare occurrence, so when he played at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in 2002, Radiohead fans all over the world took notice. I vividly remember my excitement when a stealth audience recording of the two sets popped up on the internet a few days later, putting it on repeat...
San Francisco got Tiger Face'd last weekend with a double dose of Marco Benevento's first shows in the city proper since December 2011. Anyone who has seen him knows that Marco always puts on a clinic of infectious grooves, top notch musicianship, and circuit bent wizardy, all while maintaining an ear-to-ear grin. Needless to say, I was excited...
One of the best New York traditions over the last decade has been the Freaks Ball, which reached it's 13th incarnation last weekend at Brooklyn Bowl. Over the years, some impressive lineups have been put together by the NYC Freaks, and this year was no exception. Freaks Ball mainstay and LMB fave Joe Russo has participated in most of...
I've been beaming for days and I've got a serious case of sea legs, which can only mean one thing: Jam Cruise was last week. I'll have a full recap in a few days once I've been able to fully digest everything I witnessed, but for now I wanted to post a few of the hundreds of pictures...
As the dust settles from one of the biggest music holidays of the year, New Year's Eve, there are a few thousand people out there who have something else on the brain already: Jam Cruise 11. Now in it's 10th year, and embarking on its 11th voyage, Jam Cruise is the creme de la creme of events in the jam...
We've officially entered the home stretch. Jamcruise 11 sets sail in just seven weeks, and so at long last Cloud 9 Adventures has lifted the veil off the music schedule yesterday. Upon first glance, all I can say is "WOW". They've really outdone themselves this year and have deftly balanced out the acts across the three main stages --...
Last week we dedicated our Phish Friday to November '94. This week, we promised November '97 but contributor @PeteLikesMusic had other ideas and rightfully so. Before he scolded me for not including the acoustic version of "Foreplay -> Longtime" and the 11/16/94 "Simple" last week, he then listed off all the great November moments in 1995 and...
Bay Area fans of New Orleans funk were in for a treat on Saturday night as the five-headed behemoth of booty shaking known as Dumpstaphunk came rolling through town for their first ever gig in Oakland. Their destination: The New Parish, a club that opened its door less than two years ago. Their mission: to bring a little bit...
I'm sitting here in our hotel room keeping cool with the AC blasting, resting up before what looks to be another scorcher in Deer Creek, and no, I'm not just talking about the weather: Phish is on fire right now, make no bones about it. Last night was my first show this year, and boy was I lucky to...
High Sierra is less than four weeks away and our groups' camp plans are slowly crystallizing, but until yesterday there was one large part of the puzzle that had not been put into place: the Artist Playshops schedule! For the last week I had been refreshing the High Sierra's website multiple times a day, because some of my favorite...
Last night, Bay Area residents were given a plethora of can't go wrong musical options: Star Slinger was turning the knobs at Slim's, I Break Horses was drenching The Rickshaw Stop in reverb, and the almighty Tenacious D made all the ladies cream supreme and rocked the socks off a sold out crowd at The Fox. But despite all...
The final additions and tweaks have been made to the JamCruise schedule, which means we're getting into the home stretch. Jamuary is right around the corner! One of the best things about the cruise is the interaction with the musicians on the boat, and getting to chill with them in close quarters. Whether it's the opportunity to sing your favorite...
Our good friend Pete Merriman (@PeteLikesMusic) went to his first Bear Creek Music Festival and took this great set of photos from the festivities. Peep the full gallery for shots from the grounds, Garage a Trois, Marco Benevento Trio, tons of Skerik and George Porter, Jr. sit-ins, and Trey Anastasio Band and their headlining set on Saturday night...
I am very excited to be making my first trek down to Live Oak Florida in less than 3 weeks for the Bear Creek Music Festival, and the anticipation has only increased now that the schedule dropped last week. It's my first time ever flying to a festival, so it'll be a definite change from all those times I've...
Yesterday, a critical graphic on the Jam Cruise homepage changed with little fanfare, but this morning the official email went out: the tenth sailing of this musical sea odyssey is now sold out. There is a waitlist for parties that are still interested, but most people that were still on the fence at this point have now literally missed...
After a few weeks off from Phish Friday, I’m back at you with the second and final installment of historic Phish bust-outs. Which perhaps begs the question, why do we even care about bust outs? Well, for a rabid community that follows their band’s every move and mulls over every statistic with encyclopedic knowledge, the bustout carries larger than...
Jam Cruise just announced their Rock the Boat winner, and it's a band I'm not familiar with: Papadosio, an progressive electronica act from Athens, Ohio. Here's the description from the Cloud 9 folks: Papadosio's music is all about unexpected combinations. From Rock/House to Jazz/Hop to Dub/Breaks, every song has a unique approach to attaining originality. Long improvisational interludes and vocal harmonies quickly...
Huge news coming out of the indie music scene this morning: celebrated post-punk outfit The Dismemberment Plan are reuniting next year in conjunction with the vinyl reissue of their 1999 classic Emergency & I. The band broke up to much dismay in 2003, and since then haven't exactly charmed the pants off the blogosphere with their solo projects. I was...
With the recent Phish.net blog post on bust-outs, it seemed fitting that we were already preparing a two-part Phish Friday series on bust-outs ourselves. My thoughts on this setlist categorization and their significance will be included in next week's edition in which we'll focus solely on Phish originals, but for today's first part in the series we're presenting the...
Ah, here we are, less than a week from Phish at the Greek. While Justin swears that he’ll listen to all the shows I selected for last week’s Phish Friday before the band takes the stage next Thursday, I thought I’d pile on some more homework for all you intrepid readers out there. Based upon all of your comments...
So Aaron and I have been friends of Justin's for a while, and while there's no question in our minds that he completely adores the Phish from Vermont, it's become increasingly obvious over the years that he doesn't quite know the whole deal. Now we're not calling him a newb by any stretch of the imagination, but let's just...
As I'm sure is the case for most of this blog's readers, stadium shows are a necessary evil when it comes to live music -- and one usually best left avoided. But if there were anyone that would be able to overcome the horrible acoustics of sporting arenas and the overall lack of intimacy that comes with a crowd...
Our buddies over at PhishAuds.com just posted a remastered version commemorating the Camden 2000 Fourth of July show. Given that my buddy Pete and I had chatted about this very show on the return trip from High Sierra this weekend, I thought it fitting to ask him to give his run-down of how the show went. Sure,...

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