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New Road Trips: Madison Square Garden Sep. 1990

To kick off Volume 2 of our Road Trips series, dead.net is taking you back to the ground-breaking shows in September 1990 at Madison Square Garden. The 2-disc set puts you front and center for 2-plus hours of inspired interplay as the band explores new directions.

Trampled By Turtles | Duluth | Review

Branches on the tree of music will never stop growing. As soon as someone pioneers a new sound, five others have radiated from it, creating what they see as their own unique niche, slightly different form their predecessors. Unfortunately, such constant divergence creates an intricate web of music where nothing is original and no two sounds can be grouped exclusively under one heading. This has lead to bands describing themselves with more stylistic differences than those listed at a record store. "Rock infused funk with folk and indie influences." What the hell is that?

Matisyahu & Friends-It doesn't have to be About the Religion to Appreciate the Music

Known for his hip-hop and reggae style, Jewish musician Matisyahu's sold out show Sunday night at Boulder's Fox Theatre proved to have attracted far beyond the religious folk of his faith. While a considerable amount of Jewish families with women in their head dresses and men in their customary yarmulke could be spotted from among the crowd, the greater majority of the audience showed to be just as diverse as the musical genres in performance.

The Rex Caravan Continues & DSO NYE Tixs

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

New Year's Eve 1976? 1990? 2008?

This December 31 at Ram's Head Live you'll be partying like it's 19-something, but DSO won't let you know until that night. As a special New Year's Eve treat, the band will pick from the many Grateful Dead New Year's Eve concerts as part of their 3 set performance. All tickets include a champagne toast, party favors and finger foods. In the spirit of Thanksgiving DSO are offering their loyal fans a $10 discount and lower service fees through their fan club ticketing while supplies last. Buy your discounted NYE tickets HERE.

DSO Hosts Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball at Nokia Sat. Nov. 29

The Rex Foundation's East Coast Black Tie-Dye Ball is almost here! The 5th Black Tie-Dye Ball since the debut in 2004 is taking place on the second of the DSO's two nights at the Nokia Theater in Times Square (on November 28 & 29), the Ball features a reception with the band, silent auction, grateful sets and Special Guest Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay. Order your tickets to the show and pre-show reception online at the Rex Foundation's website or by phone at 415-561-3135.

Dark Star Orchestra's 11-Year Anniversary on 11/11

On the 11th day of the 11th month, Dark Star Orchestra celebrated its 11th anniversary at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. The night was filled with fanfare and good vibes - all topped off by the band's first performance of the infamously complex "The Eleven," performed in 11/4 time signature. If you weren't there, download a live recording via BitTorrent to hear what you missed!

Dan Healy Mixes DSO, Newspaper Interviews

As you undoubtedly remember, DSO is now joined on the road by longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy, who mixed the Dead from 1966 - 1994. In between twiddling knobs and adjusting levels with uncanny perfection Dan has talked about his experiences both with the Dead and Dark Star Orchestra. Read them for yourself here and here.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Rex Caravan Tour
Tue 11/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY  
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Black Tie-Dye Ball
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
Cosmic New Year's Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Cosmic New Year's Eve
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS
Discounted Tickets While Supplies Last
Winter Tour 2009
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL TICKETS
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL  
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS  
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
Sun 2/22 The Omni Toledo, OH TICKETS
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA TICKETS
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Thu 2/26 The Vic Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI  
Sat 2/28 The Barrymore Madison, WI

Listen to the first single from Umphrey's McGee's MANTIS

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee's single "Made to Measure," from their forthcoming studio album Mantis (street date: January 20, 2009), was just released.

Listen now here.

Chicago's Umphrey's McGee enters its second decade together with their hardest, darkest, and most artistically cohesive album to date. The new album hits streets on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, when Mantis casts another Windy City family into the limelight. Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  In an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material  - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.

In addition to a one-of-a kind pre-order campaign where fans can participate in "unlocking exclusive bonus material, Mantis incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver new content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available.

Umphrey's McGee is preparing for their always-epic New Year's eve run in Chicago.  This year at the Auditorium Theatre, the band will be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.  Previous guests who've shared the stage with Umphrey's include Tortoise, Taj Mahal, The Wailers, Los Lobos and many more.

deadmau5 Kills at the Fox

Usually, I'm a rock and roll fan.  Usually.  But I like to mix it up now and then, see something I don't usually get the opportunity to see, hear something I haven't heard before.  The club scene is rarely my scene, but last Wednesday night, I find myself in the middle of a DJ show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO.  To me, this is like being on another planet.  It's not the music really, although there is something futuristic and otherworldly about electronica that I find appealing, it's the people who make m

RatDog Waves That Flag on Saturday Night!

I hope the folks in Greensboro, NC and Florida got the same treatment we got from RatDog here in Philadelphia before ending their Fall Tour.  Two weeks after our country rejoiced and welcomed a new sign of hope in the free world with the election of Barack Obama, Ratdog brought the house down. The stage was full of election remnants.

Umphrey's Mantis Pre-Order Takes Off

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee's one-of-a-kind pre-order campaign for their highly anticipated new studio release, Mantis (January 20, 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records) is already being recognized as a brilliant and innovative use of digital technology. The power of this new pre-order concept is in the hands of the fans.  Umphrey's offers fans more free bonus content the more Mantis pre-orders they receive; the fans "unlock" levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album.  The idea is to give the fans incentive to help spread the word about the album, and to offer a totally unique music experience.

Industry and fan response to the Mantis pre-order has been stellar.  Industry tastemakers and digital news leaders have taken notice, declaring it "one of the coolest pre-order ideas this side of [Radiohead's] In Rainbows and [Of Montreal's] Skeletal Lamping" and "...a pretty brilliant idea!!"

Thousands of fans have already passed around the Mantis widget, posting it on their Myspace and Facebook pages, blogs, etc.  In under a week, Umphrey's sold out of "deluxe package" preorders (which at $49.99 offers a copy of Mantis on Vinyl, a bonus DVD, and a number of other goodies that will be a surprise for fans who were able to grab one of these limited edition gems), and the band has taken more pre-orders than any release in their 11 year history.

Of course, all of this action has already helped unlock content Levels 1-6 of 9 possible levels. Fans are tracking their progress, and the bonus content they'll receive, at the Mantis pre-order page: umphreys.com/mantis.  The music has already begun to flow. Just last week the band gave their fans an unexpected nod: those who have pre-ordered were given exclusive download access to a live track from the band's recent Halloween show in San Francisco and a special "fly-on-the-wall" vocal rehearsal from back stage that same night, as well as a free MP3 of the first single from Mantis "Made to Measure".  Next, on December 4th, the band releases all Level 1 bonus content.

Chicago's Umphrey's McGee enters its second decade together with their hardest, darkest, and most artistically cohesive album to date. The new album hits streets on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, when Mantis casts another Windy City family into the limelight. Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  In an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material  - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions. 

In addition to a one-of-a kind pre-order campaign where fans can participate in "unlocking exclusive bonus material, Mantis incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver new content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available.  

Mantis is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  The band's download store UMLive.net is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows with 750,000 tracks sold since 2004. Umphreys.com hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats - and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night. The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Look for Umphrey's McGee on tour now, including their upcoming New Year's eve run at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, where they'll be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.  Previous guests who've shared the stage with Umphrey's include Tortoise, Taj Mahal, The Wailers, Los Lobos and many more.

Marco Benevento & Friends | Nathan Moore | The Flynn Space

Many aspects of last Monday night's show at The Flynn Space in downtown Burlington, Vermont felt as if they had been transplanted from past eras, even different locales.

Download Phish At The Roxy Now!

Recorded Live February 19th, 20th and 21st, 1993, this run at the intimate Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia set the stage for many classic tripartite celebrations to follow. With the second show's near-instant legendary status cemented among fans due largely to a non-stop thriller of a second set which included feats of rock and roll greatness, including a sit-in by a spurious Gene Simmons, At The Roxy captures a magical moment for Phish and their audience during a period of peak songwriting and experimentation.