Friday, July 31, 2015

STS9 Fall Tour 2015

STS9 recently released their Fall Tour 2015 dates...

The band will kick off their fall tour in Minneapolis, MN on October 22 before closing out the tour in Dallas, TX on November 21. 

The tour will feature stops across the Midwest, Northeast and South, including a stop in Knoxville, TN at the Tennessee Theatre.

Fans club tickets are available at the STS9 website

STS9 Fall Tour Dates:

October 22 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
October 23 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
October 24 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
October 25 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
October 28 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
October 29 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
October 30 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
October 31 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
November 01 Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween
November 05 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
November 06 Boston, MA – House of Blues
November 07 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
November 08 Richmond, VA – The National
November 11 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
November 12 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
November 13 Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
November 14 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
November 15 Columbia, SC – Music Farm
November 18 Birmingham, AL – Iron City Music Hall
November 19 New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
November 20 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
November 21 Dallas, TX – House of Blues

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Widespread Panic Confirm Halloween and New Year’s Plans

Widespread Panic have set a series of dates for the rest of the year, including their Halloween and New Year’s plans. The band will visit the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC for two nights beginning October 30. They will ring in the New Year close to home with three nights at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA, marking their first NYE run at the venue since 1998.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gregg Allman Among Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Gregg Allman is among the artists that will be inducted into this Georgia Music Hall of Fame this year. The awards ceremony—slated for September 26 at Atlanta’s Georgia Ballroom—will also pay tribute to the Allman Brothers Band legend, as well as soul icon Sam Moore, rockers Drivin’ N Cryin and others.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Morning Jacket Back Roger Waters at Newport Folk Festival (

The rumors turned out to be true. Roger Waters was backed by My Morning Jacket, Lucius and his longtime friend G.E. Smith for the duration of his headlining set at the Newport Folk Festival. The Pink Floyd legend took the stage following a surprise set from MMJ (who were also joined by Lucius for “What a Wonderful Man”) and got things going with a brand new song called “Crystal Clear Brooks.” 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Sturgill Simpson Adds More Tour Dates

Sturgill Simpson has recently added some new dates for his Living The Dream Tour

The new dates are set to follow this first leg of his fall tour, which will take Simpson and his band though the East Coast following several dates in August in which he will be touring Europe.

Ticketing information for Sturgill Simpson’s Living The Dream Tour can found at his website.

Sturgill Simpson 2015 Tour Dates:

July 29 Pittsburg, PA—Stage AE^
July 30 Columbus, OH—LC Pavilion
July 31 Chicago, IL—Metro^^
August 1 Chicago, IL—Lollapalooza
August 2 Indianapolis, IN—Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
August 14 Gothenburg, Sweden—Way Out West
August 15 Olso, Norway—The Oya Festival
August 18 Edinburgh, UK—Liquid Room
August 19 Leeds, UK—Brudenell Social Club
August 20 London, UK—Islington Assembly Hall
August 22 Wales, UK—Green Man
August 24 Groningen, Netherlands—Noorderzon Festival
August 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso Grote Zaal
August 27 Tonder, Denmark—Tonder Festival
August 29 Helsinki, Finland—Helsinki Festival
September 6 Moorhead, MN—Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre*
September 7 St. Paul, MN—Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
September 12 Maryville, TN—The Shed
September 13 Asheville, NC—U.S. Cellular Center Asheville
September 15 Norfolk, VA—The NorVa
September 16 Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater
September 18 Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts
September 19 New York, NY—Beacon Theater
September 20 Buffalo, NY—Town Ballroom
September 23 Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
September 24 Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
September 25 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live
September 26 Boston, MA—Boston Calling Music Festival
October 15 Tuscaloosa, AL—Tuscaloosa Amphitheater**
October 23 Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle
October 30 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
October 31 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
November 5 Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre
November 7 Salt Lake City, UT—The Complex
November 10 Spokane, WA—The Knitting Factory
November 12 Vancouver, Canada—Vogue Theatre
November 13 Seattle, WA—Showbox SoDo
November 14 Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
November 15 Eugene, OR—McDonald Theater
November 18 Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
November 20 Los Angeles, CA—The Theater at Ace Hotel
November 22 San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park

(^) w/ Old Crow Medicine Show
(^^) w/ Cris Jacobs
(*) w/ Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson
(**) w/ Jason Isbell

Sunday, July 26, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Currents

Currents is the third studio album by Australian psychedelic rock act Tame Impala, released on 17 July 2015 on Interscope Records. Like the group's previous two albums, Currents was written, recorded, performed, and produced by primary member Kevin Parker. For the first time, Parker also mixed the music.

After releasing the group's previous record, Lonerism (2012), Parker began work on Currents, largely recording at his home studio in Fremantle. He engrossed himself with writing and recording, and owing to his reputation as a perfectionist, labored over the details of each song, ultimately forcing the release date to be delayed by two months. In contrast to the psychedelic rock sound of the project's prior work, Currents marks a shift to more dance-oriented music, with more emphasis placed on synthesizers than guitars. Parker was inspired to seek a change out of desire to hear Tame Impala's music played in dance clubs and a more communal setting. Thematically, the record is about the process of personal transformation, which many critics interpreted to be the result of a romantic break-up. The album's cover art depicting vortex shedding is a visualization of these themes.
Currents was preceded by the singles "Let It Happen", "'Cause I'm a Man", "Disciples", and "Eventually".

Kevin Parker explains that the first track "Let It Happen" is about "finding yourself always in this world of chaos and all this stuff going on around you and always shutting it out because you don't want to be part of it. But at some point, you realize it takes more energy to shut it out than it does to let it happen and be a part of 'it'."
"Eventually" concerns "knowing that you're about to damage someone almost irreparably, and the only consolation you get is this distant hope that they’ll be alright eventually, because you know they aren't going to be now or soon."

"Yes I'm Changing" is a song Parker claims he does not remember making: "A weird experience, because it was like it was someone else made the song. I had no memory of imagining it."

Parker stated that "The Less I Know the Better" "shouldn't be on a Tame Impala album because it has this dorky, white disco funk".

The cover art for Currents and its accompanying singles were created by Kentucky-based artist and musician Robert Beatty. Kevin Parker has said Currents' designs are based on a diagram of vortex shedding he remembered while trying to visualize the album's themes.  Beatty described how Parker's ideas for the album artwork "were all based on turbulent flow, the way liquid or air flows around objects."

Read more @ Wikipedia

Friday, July 24, 2015 Confirms Dave’s Picks Vol. 15 has revealed the details of the next Dave’s Picks release. Due out on August 1, Dave’s Picks Vol. 15 will feature a recording of the Grateful Dead’s April 22, 1978 show at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

Read more @

Here’s a look at the tracklist for Dave’s Picks Vol. 15:
Disc 1
1. Bertha> [7:27]
2. Good Lovin’ [6:48]
3. Candyman [7:26]
4. Looks Like Rain [8:16]
5. Tennessee Jed [9:33]
6. Jack Straw [6:12]
7. Peggy-O [8:16]
8. New Minglewood Blues [6:12]
9. Deal [7:24]

Disc 2
1. Lazy Lightning> [3:38]
2. Supplication [6:42]
3. It Must Have Been The Roses [8:22]
4. Estimated Prophet> [12:36]
5. Eyes Of The World> [12:25]
6. Rhythm Devils> [14:09]

Disc 3
1. Not Fade Away> [11:20]
2. Wharf Rat> [12:06]
3. Sugar Magnolia [10:07]
4. One More Saturday Night [5:12

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Phish's 1993 Album Rift to be reissued on Vinyl

Originally recorded at White Crow Studios in Burlington, Vermont, Rift was first released by Elektra Records in September 1993 and will be officially reissued on vinyl this September via JEMP Records. 

Phish’s has reissued their past albums in chronological order, including pressings of The White Tape, Junta, Lawn Boy and Picture of Nectar... 

Follow the link here to pre-order the 2-LP 180 Gram edition on vinyl @ Acoustic Sounds.

Rift Tracklisting:

1. Rift
2. Fast Enough For You
3. Lengthwise
4. Maze
5. Sparkle
6. Horn
7. The Wedge
8. My Friend, My Friend
9. Weigh
10. All Things Reconsidered
11. Mound
12. It’s Ice
13. Lengthwise
14. The Horse
15. Silent In The Morning

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hall & Oates join lineup for the Music Midtown Festival

Daryl Hall and John Oates have been added to the lineup for this year’s Music Midtown festival, which takes place on September 18th and 19th in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.  

Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Van Halen, Alice in Chains, Sam Smith, Drake, Hozier, and many more are also scheduled to perform.

Tickets for the festival are available here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wilco Surprise with Free Album

Wilco have unveiled a new full length album for free on their website and also on iTunes.

Star Wars features 11 original songs that can now be downloaded via

A statement from Jeff Tweedy reads:

Why release an album this way and why make it free? Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise.

Star Wars 

2. More….
3. Random Name Generator
4. The Joke Explained
5. You Satellite
6. Taste the Ceiling
7. Pickled Ginger
8. Where Do I Begin
9 Cold Slope
10. King of You
11. Magnetized

Monday, July 20, 2015

Warren Haynes Talks Allman Brothers Reunion, Fare Thee Well, Future of Jambands in New Interview (

Warren Haynes sat down with Patrick Doyle of Rolling Stone for an enlightening new interview. The guitarist, among other things, left the door open for a future Allman Brothers Band reunion, saying, “You know, I would never rule anything out. There’s no talk of that, but you know, I think the door’s always open.” 

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Fatboy

Fatboy was the first studio album by the jam band moe. It was first released in 1992 as a cassette of which only 1,000 were released. The band re-released the album in September 1999 on CD

The album was recorded in the Spring of 1991 at Happy House Studios, the second floor of an apartment in Buffalo, NY, which was owned/operated by Andrew Buscher. Over ten evenings, the album was recorded and mixed. The band used sixteen track audio for the recording and used overdubs for vocals and solos. The band's original drummer, Ray Schwartz, left the group between the tracking and mixing in order to attend graduate school in New Paltz, NY. Soon after the album was finished, the band took on Jim Loughlin as their new drummer.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

9 Famous Backup Singers On Classic Pop Songs (Paste Magazine)

The history of pop music is jam-packed with singers and musicians guesting on one another’s songs—sometimes credited, but often not. In fact, some of pop music greatest hits feature secret and not-so-secret backup singers who were either already famous or about to break through when they laid down their tracks. Here are nine classic pop tunes that showcase famous backup singers.

Read more of Gina Vivinetto's article and watch accompanying video clips @ Paste 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dave Grohl Gives Leg Update: 'It Could Have Been Worse' (Rolling Stone)

When Dave Grohl looks back at the offstage fall that snapped his fibula and dislocated his ankle, at a Swedish Foo Fighters gig last month, he takes solace in one thing: It could have worse. "I could have done some real damage," he says with a slight rasp, due to a "great show" in Toronto the night before, on an off day before the group's co-headlining gig at the Festival d'été de Québec. "This is pretty gnarly, but it could have been a lot worse...."

Read more of Kory Grow's article @ Rolling Stone:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Listen: Galactic Debut New Album Into the Deep (

Galactic have debuted their new album, Into the Deep, today by making the record available to stream below. “I see this album as a kind of culmination of all of our collaborations or experiences, from Corey Henry to the people we met on the road, touring,” bassist Robert Mercurio tells Paste. 

Read more and listen to Galactic's upcoming studio album Into The Deep @

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Guns N’ Roses Reportedly Planning Another Las Vegas Residency (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Are Guns N’ Roses making plans for a third Las Vegas residency?
Speculation has sparked following the appearance of a poster, reportedly being displayed at the city’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, that reads “All we need is just a little patience: Guns N’ Roses. Coming September 2015, a new resort attraction.” 

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Guns N' Roses Reportedly Planning Another Las Vegas Residency 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hear Warren Haynes Go Bluegrass on New Solo Cut 'Is It Me Or You' (Rolling Stone)

Warren Haynes has made his name as the frontman who rips virtuosic lead guitar in the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule, but there's another side to him he hasn't explored yet: folk singer...

Read more of Patrick Doyle's article @ Rolling Stone:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Nicky Sanders Joins Widespread Panic in Dallas (

Widespread Panic were joined by Nicky Sanders during Wednesday night’s performance at the AT&T Opera House in Dallas. The Steep Canyon Rangers fiddler took the stage for much of the show, including the “Driving Song” > “The Take Out” > “Porch Song” > “Breathing Slow” > “Driving Song” sequence that wrapped up the first set...

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Compliments

Compliments, also known as Garcia, is Jerry Garcia's second solo album, released in 1974. It includes one newly written song by John Kahn and Robert Hunter but is otherwise cover versions. The album peaked at number 49 on the Billboard chart.

Compliments was reissued on 180-gram green vinyl, in a limited edition of 7,000 copies, as part of Record Store Day on April 18, 2015.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jack White and Alison Mosshart's the Dead Weather Announce New Album Dodge & Burn (Pitchfork)

Jack White and the Kills' Alison Mosshart's band the Dead Weather have announced Dodge & Burn, their first new album since 2010's Sea of Cowards. It'll be out this September through Third Man Records. It includes "Open Up (That's Enough)", "Rough Detective", "It's Just Too Bad", and "Buzzkill(er)", which were previously released through Third Man's Vault subscription series, along with eight new songs...

Read the rest of Jeremy Gordon's article @ Pitchfork

Friday, July 10, 2015

Van Halen Kick Off 2015 Tour With Debuts and Rarities (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Van Halen kicked off their 2015 summer tour in Seattle last weekend, peppering their set list with a half-dozen songs that haven’t been played live in decades – or in some cases, which were making their live debuts...

Read More of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock : Van Halen Kick Off 2015 Tour With Debuts and Rarities: Set List, Photos + Videos 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Widespread Panic To Release 12th Studio Album 'Street Dogs'

Widespread Panic will release their twelfth studio album, Street Dogs, on September 25 via Vanguard Records. The album marks the first time the band has recorded live in the studio all together. 

The follow-up to Dirty Side Down features 12 tracks, some of which have already received some time on stage during the group's current tour. While a full track listing has yet to be revealed, tunes mentioned in a press release include the road-tested "Cease Fire" as well as Alan Price's "Sell Sell," Murray McLauchlan's "Honky Red" and Willie Dixon's "Taildragger." Other song titles include "Angels Don't Sing the Blues," "Poorhouse of Positive Thinking" and "Street Dogs for Breakfast."

Please go to the band's official website for more details...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dan Auerbach’s The Arcs Premiere New Song (

Dan Auerbach’s latest project The Arcs have debuted a new track, “Outta My Mind,” from their forthcoming debut album Yours, Dreamily, due out September 4 via Nonesuch Records. The tune is available to listen to below.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fare Thee Well Re-Cap (UCR) (

What a long strange trip it's been...the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir were joined by three special guests — Phish‘s Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby, wrapped up a five-show run to mark the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary over the past weekend.

The first two concerts took place on June 27 and 28, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., with the final three following on July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Here’s what they played …

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ Set Lists 

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announce ‘Live in Hyde Park’ Concert Film (UCR)

Jeff Lynne‘s triumphant revival of the Electric Light Orchestra banner for a Sept. 2014 festival performance will get the home video treatment this fall, when Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Live in Hyde Park is scheduled to arrive in stores... 

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce 'Live in Hyde Park' Concert Film 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Aoxomoxoa

Aoxomoxoa is the third studio album by the Grateful Dead.  It was originally titled Earthquake Country.  Many Deadheads consider this era of the Dead to be the experimental apex of the band's history. It is also the first album with Tom Constanten as an official member of the band. Rolling Stone, upon reviewing the album, mentioned that "no other music sustains a lifestyle so delicate and loving and lifelike".  The album was certified gold by the RIAA on May 13, 1997.

The title of the album is a palindrome created by cover artist Rick Griffin and lyricist Robert Hunter. According to the audio version of the Rock Scully memoir, Living with the Dead (read by the author and former Dead co-manager himself), the title is pronounced "ox-oh-mox-oh-ah". The words "Grateful Dead" on the front of the album, written in large, flowing capital letters, are an ambigram that can also be read "we ate the acid". The artwork around the bottom edge of the album cover depicts several phallic representations.

In 1991 Rolling Stone selected Aoxomoxoa as having the eighth best album cover of all time.  Though Courtney Love has often claimed to be on the album's back cover, historical research has shown that she is incorrect.

In Grateful Dead history, Aoxomoxoa had a number of firsts connected with it. It is the first album the band recorded in or near their hometown of San Francisco (at Pacific Recording Studio in nearby San Mateo, and at the similarly named Pacific High Recording Studio in San Francisco proper). It is the first studio release to include pianist Tom Constanten as a permanent member. It was also the first to have lyricist Robert Hunter as a full-time contributor to the band, thus initiating the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter songwriting partnership that endured for the rest of the band's existence. It was also the first time the band would put emphasis on acoustic songs, such as "Mountains of the Moon" and "Dupree's Diamond Blues." Lesh played acoustic bass for the first time, commenting that "the fun part of that was trying to play in tune with no frets to guide my fingers, just like a violin."

The lengthy sessions for the album would put the band deeper into debt with Warner Bros. Records—specifically, a total cost of $180,000 for Aoxomoxoa; it was their most ambitious and costly venture to that date. It would be the last time the band would ever run up such high studio bills.

The 2003 reissue (also part of the Golden Road boxed set from 2001) includes three studio jams (including an early version of "The Eleven") from the original aborted eight-track sessions for the album, and a live version of "Cosmic Charlie" recorded early in 1969.

Read more @ Wikipedia

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day and Fare Thee Well

Happy 4th of July to you and if you were not able to make it to Chicago for "Fare Thee Well-Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead" be sure to check out for more information on streaming the last two shows live.  
SiriusXM listeners be sure to tune into the Grateful Dead Channel for a live broadcast of the "Fare Thee Well" shows.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Jerry Garcia’s "Tiger" Guitar to be Featured at Chicago Field Museum

The Chicago Field Museum will open up an exhibit full of Grateful Dead memorabilia this week as the band prepares to close out their 50-year run during the Fare Thee Well shows at Soldier Field.   

Some of the items featured will be vintage posters along with Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger” guitar. 

The museum will also host a special Jazz & Colors event featuring local jazz musicians playing the music of the Grateful Dead. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Neal Casal Composed All of the Fare Thee Well Setbreak Music (

If you watched the Fare Thee Well Santa Clara webcasts this weekend, you may have noticed a soundtrack to the hour-long setbreak. As it turns out, that music was all composed and arranged by CRB and Ryan Adams & the Cardinals guitarist Neal Casal.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grateful Dead Albums, Ranked Worst to Best (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Even the Grateful Dead‘s most ardent supporters admit that making albums wasn’t one the band’s strengths. For the most part, they didn’t even like to do it, and viewed the whole process more of a necessary inconvenience than anything else.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Grateful Dead Albums, Ranked Worst to Best