When Phish broke up the first and second time, there was a large void left in my life. Yours too, otherwise you probably wouldn't be reading this article. As I've eluded to in past reviews, the nomadic nature instilled in me by that foursome from the north lead me on many a fruitless, and sometimes fruitful quest to find new, interesting, dynamic and hypnotic sounds like those that I still long for.
"The show is tonight, not tomorrow." A statement like this one can upend your day and, for me, it did. Mere inches away from walking onto the ferry that would take me back to New York; I fielded a call from my incredibly observant wife.
Fans of Phish have been excited to receive a handful of official show releases over the past year, not to mention a bunch of great downloads and even a DVD concert. Each one has given the listener a look back at the band at certain periods in their history, and reminds them just how incredible this group was back in the day.
Perhaps the greatest thing about music is that it knows no restraints. Musicians explore this vast territory to varying degrees, and with varying levels of success. Some choose to specify, and others choose to generalize. The term "genre" has less and less significance all the time, obvious when you look at the staggering number of sub-niche's we need to describe just rock and roll. Alternative, progressive, pop, punk, funk, fusion, indie, etc., etc.
I'm blessed to have a solid group of friends who love live music, generally as much as me. There is little in life I find more enjoyable than watching close friends I've taken to a new group or artist turn and give me that look of excitement and say "Wow, you were right! These guys are amazing!" This look and this line happened more than a handful of times at the latest New Mastersounds show at the Fox Theater up on the good old Hill in Boulder, CO.
I'm over my wishy-washy indecision about which show to review up next for y'all.
There's a lot of music floating around out there these days that falls under the greater umbrella of rock and roll, but doesn't really subscribe to any specific genre therein. Bending and blending genres has almost become a genre unto its self. Not that I'm complaining, and not that it hasn't always been this way to some extent in the world of music. But being where we are in history, there is more music behind us than there ever has been in the past, meaning there are more possible sources of influence than ever before too. This, of course, should be obvious, since