There is one thing you cannot say about Phish and that would be they never evolved. From their quirky and overly energetic days in the early 90s to the deep-rhythm grooves and improvisational mastery of the late 90s, the band was always exploring new avenues to show off their craft. Those differences are apparent in the two new releases from the Live Phish series, which showcase two amazing concerts in their entirety and reflect two important time capsules from their history.
Not every rock star could get away with showing a movie about themselves and calling it the opening act, but then again, not every rock star is Mark Oliver Everett, songwriter and front man for the Eels. Everett, or E as he is affectionately known, is the son of the world-renowned quantum physicist Hugh Everett III, who, since his death, has been raised to a sort of cult status among physicists and lay people alike for his t
"It doesn't get any easier than this" gushed Paul Murin on stage at Phix's 500th show at the Boulder Theatre. The cosmic forces bringing this band together for yet another evening of capturing the magic and thrills of Phish's music were evident throughout the jams. Keyboardist Derek Berg has relocated back to Chicago, started his own side project, a
Someone turned over a large rock and roll subculture over the past three night run at "The Beacon Theater", as "Deadheads", "hippies", and "throwbacks", have resurfaced to see "Bob Weir and Ratdog". No other band in bluegrass, blues, country, folk, reggae, or rock and roll history, has woven such a distinct counterculture and sense of community, other than "The Grateful Dead", and the bands offshoots. Known to "Deadheads" as "The Dead", the band's inception began in 1965 in San Francisco, California, from a jugband known as "The Warlocks".
Bobby and Ratdog played the Beacon Theater in New York City the past three nights. One of our writers, Sharon Abella, was on hand and snapped some photos of the show. Check back soon for her write-up from the night. And a special thank you to Dennis McNally for his wonderful hospitality.
The word conventional will never apply to a band like Toubab Krewe, that is unless you consider a strange mix of traditional African instruments, electric guitars, two drummers, dancing, and touches of Southern Rock, Jazz, Reggae, and Latin sounds to be normal. This highly experimental but infectious sound is what has propelled Toubab Krewe into the realm of fan favorites at festivals across America. Once again I had the
On Sunday, March 16, Seattle will experience a musical first. The Seattle Chapter of the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) will bring together food from fifteen Seattle restaurants and musicians right out of their kitchens and dinning rooms. Seven area bands who have a connection with the food industry will be playing throughout the night at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Avenue S., starting at dinner time, 6 pm.
Last summer, shortly after Jason Isbell dissolved his ties with the Drive-by Truckers, I had the opportunity to catch him at another local DC venue, Rock & Roll Hotel. The small space was packed with Truckers fans eager to hear one of the three voices behind the band, solo, and able to interpret songs as he deemed fit. Needless to say nobody left disappointed, and the next ti
Short. Sweet. Simple. That is the best way to describe the newest release from New York's favorite jam kings, moe. Coming in a just over forty minutes, Sticks and Stones is a clean and concise recording of songs that were all written in the studio, versus the band's usual method of writing material on tour and road-testing them prior to tracking.
"It was all about the voice tonight," said Ruthie Foster, the spirited opening act from Texas. She couldn't have been more correct. Walking into the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ is an experience in itself. The historic 1930's art deco venue is an extremely intimate theater which holds about 1,000 people in a tight moon shape circle around the stage. The ambiance was perfect for one of the greatest voices alive today.