Wesley Hodges

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Parcels kicked off their North American tour tonight at the U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC and will be making their way all across the country ahead of their upcoming festival appearances at Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Argentina, Coachella Music & Arts Festival in April and at Governors Ball Music Festival at the end of May. This band is...
One of our favorite new bands to emerge in 2018, Belgian-based (by way of Australia's Byron Bay) electro-funk Parcels are setting out on a huge world tour this week, kicking off at Washington, DC's U Street Music Hall (we'll have coverage). Many of the US dates are already sold out, but we'd recommend you find your way into a show...
Trey Anastasio brought his classic TAB trio to Charlottesville, Virginia to play the Sprint Pavilion last night. Joining Trey on stage was his usual lineup of Russ Lawton and Tony Markellis, but this show was marked as a special one and a Return of the Milkman as Ray Paczkowski was welcomed back to the stage as part of the...
As trusty as an old friend and as consistently quality as any rock band over the last twenty years, Dr. Dog returned to the DMV area for a special Friday night at the Wolf Trap, a bucolic, escapist retreat about 30 minutes from DC. Northern Virginia looked more like the Pacific Northwest on this foggy, cool and damp Friday...
PHOTOS BY SEAN O'BRIEN The last couple of years have been particularly kind to Sylvan Esso, as the dance pop duo continues ascending the venue ranks in each market they frequent. From the bar-sized Gasa Gasa in 2014, to Tipitina's last year and a sold-out-way-advance Civic on Friday night, the Durham, NC pair arrived to the Crescent City on a...
Widespread Panic wrapped up their annual run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, extending their record at the famous venue with their 54th sold out show. In keeping with tradition, the Sunday festivities started earlier, although this year's edition was pushed back to a 5pm start time, a couple of hours later than the usual kickoff at 3pm. ...
After a shaky opening frame on night one of two at the Phish run in Alpharetta, the rest of the weekend at the mid-sized shed in the Atlanta suburbs was golden and Saturday's show, on the whole, certainly ranks high for the band in 2016. Wesley Hodges has photos from night one of yet another massively successful Georgia run...
This year's 15th Annual Bonnaroo was marked by hot weather, (mostly) sunny skies and considerably smaller attendance numbers than in years past, making 2016's edition a comparably intimate affair for those who made the trip. Perhaps it was the absence of a 'white whale' mega-booking (See Paul McCartney in 2013, Radiohead in 2006 and 2012, Jay-Z in 2010, etc.)...
In festival years, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is entering old age (unvetted stat: 99% of festivals don't make it past their third birthday) and fifteen looks good on the American institution founded way back '02 in the beautiful rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. The 700 acre farm that plays host to the annual four-day event reached ‘hallowed...
Wednesday's Deerhunter show at the downtown Civic Theatre was announced a mere three weeks ago, and, during most of Bitchin' Bajas opening set, it looked like it could've been criminally undersold (for a band of Deerhunter's stature...and quality). By the time Deerhunter hit the stage, the floor and second balcony had mostly filled out and the doo-wop-meets-overdrive lead title...
Now in it's seventh year of operation, NRMAL serves as a Mexican feeder fest to Austin's SXSW. Given it's proximity and annual timing, NRMAL is able to attract bands from all over the globe south of the border prior to heading to Texas. While there were some parallels to a small American city festival - the cuisine, budget-friendly ticket...
Over the last half-decade, Anders Osborne's ascendancy from a veteran NOLA journeyman singer-songwriter to a powerhouse guitarist known by most has been a marvel to behold. Being from New Orleans, the overwhelming majority of Osborne shows I've witnessed have been in the comfort zone of the Crescent City, the hometown for the player where Anders is a household name....
On Thursday night, STS9 made their return to New Orleans' Joy Theater just eight months after appearing at BUKU Fest (and headlining an after party at the Joy) in March. Fans were still wrapped around the block and queued up outside at the scheduled start time, before filing into the 900 capacity jewel box just in time to pack...
After each of the few times I've been lucky enough to see The Word perform over the last decade, I've always left momentarily wondering the same thing: "if they're so damn good together, why don't these guys record and tour more often?" Of course the question always answers itself easy enough and is more of a selfish wish from a...
A day after appearing at the second weekend of the Austin City Limits festival, Nashville's Moon Taxi ended the first leg of their fall tour in support of their latest LP Daybreaker at the Civic Theatre in downtown New Orleans. It's been an exciting year of rapid growth for the Music City quintet marked by a new record, a...
On Monday night, Wilco (w/ the opening assistance of William Tyler) played the first rock concert in over a decade in The Orpheum Theater, a 1,500 capacity Beaux Arts style hall that reopened just eleven days prior to last night's show over a decade after being severely flooded in Hurricane Katrina. Located just off the edge of the French...
On New Year's Eve, Railroad Earth wrapped up a three-night run at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse to help ring in 2015. Both local Atlantans and those who traveled a long distance for the run were handsomely rewarded as the jamgrass veterans delivered the goods, playing two lengthy and powerful sets for a packed house in the clsasic art deco movie...
After the much-reported train wreck that was Foxygen’s last album-supporting tour (for their 2013 breakout LP We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic), I admittedly did some pre-show research before deciding whether it would be worthwhile to catch them live this go-round. After reading and hearing a few good things (and digging on their new album...
For the 20th annual event, organizers of the Southern Brewer's Festival managed to curate an alluring and notably jam-centric lineup to attract a sizeable crowd (many of whom traveled from out-of-town) out to the Chattanooga riverfront park. With over 100 breweries showcasing their suds and a strong lineup that included jam scene vets moe. and Soulive on Friday followed...
Never ceasing to amaze, the always-dependable-rock-band-with-the-funky-punctuation once again brought the house down Saturday night at ATL’s famed Tabernacle, a venue in which the band has a rich and storied history (see Warts and All Volume II for reference). This was my 25th time seeing moe. and it was clear as day right out of the gate that the familiar...
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After organically building a national fanbase over the past seven years of heavy touring, major festival appearances and three full-length records, Nashville's Moon Taxi made their network television debut last night, playing "Running Wild" on The Late Show with David Letterman. On a personal note, I've been lucky enough to see these guys since the first days of the...
Live music, in its purest forms, provides the proverbial "Great Escape" or Paracosm that Washed Out's latest LP so precisely and expertly promises and delivers in spades all the way from the outer stretches of the A-side to the end of Side B. Since gaining popularity at such a rapid rate over the past few years on the heels...
Photos by Marc Pagani | Words by Wesley Hodges Bootsy Collins celebrated his 62nd Birthday recently with a late night BASH down in the Big Easy at the House of Blues New Orleans, a Decatur Street venue located right in the heart of the French Quarter. NOLA's DJ Soul Sister opened up the night layin' down rare soul and funk...
Widespread Panic renewed an old tradition last night by returning to their old stomping grounds in New Orleans for yet another Halloween night show at UNO's Lakefront Arena. The show featured eight songs the band had never played before, a couple of JJ Cale covers and a memorable and surprising cover of The Strangeloves "I Want Candy" among other...
The last time Foo Fighters played a live show at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on 9/29/12, Barack Obama was still in his first term as president and the word "twerk" hadn't even made its improbable way into the dictionary. It all seems like ancient history now. After 15 months on the shelf, Grohl & Co. have...
With a new location within City Park and yet another unique lineup to boast (in keeping with the festival's always veritable and bizarro break-from-a-growing-monotony-of-major-festival-lineups), this year's Voodoo Experience once again diverges from the norm to bring together a pack of artists that otherwise wouldn't convene...anywhere. While there are far more reasons (both musical and non-musical) to make it...
Legendary Americana roots rocker Steve Earle returned to New Orleans on Wednesday night for a lengthy set at the newly-reopened Civic Theatre - a welcome and impressive addition to the Big Easy's collection of new venue offerings (also see The Joy and Saenger Theatres and Gasa Gasa). Earle's provocative and sometimes intense lyrical (and bantered) reflections throughout the set...
Record Store Day, a glorious bi-annual tradition bringing crate diggers together from far and wide, has just unveiled the up-to-date list of exclusive releases for this year's Black Friday edition. Unsurprisingly, there are already several we've got our eye on. LMB favorites dropping vinyl on 11/29/13 include Charles Bradley (w/ Budos Band and The Bullets), Blind Boys Of Alabama/Jason...
On Saturday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band wheeled through downtown New Orleans for a weekend showing before a sold out crowd at the newly-refurbished Joy Theater. The over two hour show was remarkably varied and eclectic, channeling through heavy-charging blues, rock, soul, funk and traditional NOLA brass fare. TTB dug into their studio catalog before trading lines on Derek Trucks...
Say what you will about the band's most polarizing output to date (2012's Fragrant World LP), but Yeasayer continues pushing against pre-conceived sonic and visual boundaries with each new track and accompanying music video. Today, the band unveiled a new video featuring the last track on Fragrant World called “Glass of the Microscope," an apocalyptic tune replete with hi-tech...
The sixth and final day of Austin City Limits 2013 was a wash due to heavy rains and flooding in the area. Several of the bands slated to appear today have made alternate plans to keep the music going and Atoms For Peace just announced a special, last-minute performance tonight at the Moody Theatre. The box office will open...
Photo by Justin Schaible Fresh off last night's amazing late night performance on Jimmy Fallon alongside the star-studded ensemble of Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Antibalas horns and The Roots, My Morning Jacket took to Time Square this evening for a set at the CBGB Festival. Once again, the band was joined by special guests for...
We've been looking forward to seeing this cover take shape on a live stage ever since the Fela Kuti tribute was released earlier this week. Last night, My Morning Jacket was joined by tUnE-yArDs’ Merill Garbus and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night. Of course, MMJ and Co. were also accompanied by...
Bonnaroo continues to slowly release amazing footage from this summer's instant classic Rock 'N Soul Superjam. Today's clip now up on the festival's Bonnaroo365 YouTube channel features the dream band's take on Sam & Dave's classic "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," led vocally by John Oates and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. Also, This video verifies what...
Photo by Jack Fitch Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl wasn't your standard, garden variety tour stop for M83. Instead, fans got a well-orchestrated and tastefully executed audiovisual spectacle of the highest caliber. The rare, yet always enthralling in-the-moment feeling that you're witnessing something truly special (albeit fleeting) was almost immediately evoked while the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra got to work before...
The fourth installment of documentary-style shorts featuring previously unreleased footage from this summer's much raved-about Bonnaroo Rock N' Soul Superjam has been released. This episode features a cover of The O'Jays' "Love Train" with special guest Bilal joining John Oates on lead vocals, and a Bill Withers classic, "Use Me" performed by Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Check...
Phish closed out an instant classic summer tour tonight at their third show in as many nights at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. The opening "A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing," "Meat," the first appearance of "Guelah Papyrus" of the year, a roaring "We Love Dick's" chant during the break in "Divided Sky" and an...
Phish followed up their "MOST SHOWS SPELL SOMETHING" Friday night show with an impressive outing featuring the first appearance of "Fee" in 2013 and a debut cover of Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" in the encore. Check out the setlist below and tune in tonight to the webcast on livephish.com to see what's in store at tonight's summer...
Scroll to the bottom for a small gallery from the pit from photographer Nick Irving Night One of the highly-anticipated three-night run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce, CO went down on Friday and in keeping with 2011's "S" show and last year's "F.U.C.K.Y.O.U.R.F.A.C.E." offering, the band anagram'd "MOST SHOWS SPELL SOMETHING" backwards with their song selections. Continue below...
It was dusty, at times it was hot, it was pretty much always a real-life, live action caricature of hipness and most of all, FYF Fest 2013 was an overwhelming, across-the-board success. In a city short on unifying events, this one, albeit only congregating a small chunk and demographic, brought together thousands of like-minded music enthusiasts and scenesters to...
Last night for a Wednesday Jazz Night at the Hollywood Bowl, the legendary Chicago guitarist Buddy Guy was joined by 14-year old blues prodigy Quinn Sullivan at the end of his set for some Clapton and Hendrix riffing after a brief, but memorable and indelible showing by the funky METERS. On schedule to the second as usual at the...
Last Saturday afternoon, at a ranch in Topanga Canyon tucked just outside of LA, Taylor Hawkins' now twelve year old Stones tribute project Chevy Metal played a mostly Stones cover set (that also included a Faces' "Stay With Me" to close) at an invite-only event hosted by Levi's and a high-quality recording from this special set featuring fellow Foo...
Last Saturday afternoon, at a ranch in Topanga Canyon just outside of Los Angeles, local guitar talent (and frequent Furthur collaborator) Jonathan Wilson and his uber-polished band played a full Dead set at an invite-only event hosted by Levi's and the videos from this amazing and intimate performance are just beginning to surface. Check out "Goin' Down The Road...
Check out a Spotify Playlist of these ten songs here. To follow last year's strong lineup at the annual indie-leaning weekend gathering, FYF Fest (now in its fifth year in Los Angeles' State Historic Park) once again boasts one of the best festival lineups of the year. While not near the scale of neighboring California mega fests like Indio's Coachella...
Those lucky enough to attend yesterday's Party In Your Pants event on a remote ranch in Topanga Canyon outside of Los Angeles were constantly pinching themselves to make sure the whole thing wasn't just some crazy awesome musical dream playing itself out. With a tasteful 1972 hippie aesthetic and a surprising lack of expected in-your-face Levi's branding given the...
Twin Shadow knows his way around a gloss-pop arrangement perhaps better than anyone out there these days and therefore it's abundantly appropriate that he just released this dimly-lit bedroom style cover of 10cc's 1975 track "I'm Not In Love" (from the band's 3rd LP Original Soundtrack). The fuzzed-out and extremely random bed-jumping scene in the middle is merely lagniappe...
The Voodoo Experience team has just announced the addition of The Cure on their jointheritual blog to round out a trio of impressive, big-ticket headliners that also includes Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam. This year's Voodoo Experience takes place in City Park New Orleans on November 1-3 and you can bet on some early pre-Ritual goodness around town...
To close down another stellar Outside Lands weekend, I carried a NOLA Jazz Fest tradition over to the Bay Area by finishing off the festival weekend with an epic burner of a Dumpstaphunk Superjam at The Independent. John Oates and Jon Cleary joined the best funk band in the land for a good majority of the show and guest...
The long-awaited follow up to Washed Out's critically-acclaimed and highly influential debut LP Within and Without is now streaming for free on iTunes (hit link to listen). Paracosm offers up a much higher level of production value than its predecessor and yet the familiarly blissful, enchanting and luminous waves of sound still manage to take you to that indescribably...

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