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    It’s a big weekend of premieres on AXS TV this weekend as the cable channel broadcasts Big Head Todd & The Monsters’ Sister Sweetly 20th Anniversary Concert with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue live from Red Rocks on Saturday night, followed by Sunday’s premieres of a Ben Folds Five and Last Summer On Earth concert specials. Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies and Cracker all perform as part of the Last Summer On Earth concert special, which was filmed at Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on July 9, 2012.


    Friday, June 7 [All Times ET]

    • Stephen Stills on Tavis Smiley [PBS]
    • Rod Stewart on Jimmy Kimmel Live [ABC 11:35PM]
    • The-Dream w. Gary Clark Jr., David Sanborn & Bob James on Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
    • Local Natives on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]

    Saturday, June 8

    • Jimmy Cliff on Austin City Limits [PBS]
    • Big Head Todd & The Monsters w/ Trombone Shorty @ Red Rocks [AXS TV 9PM]
    • Mad Season – Live At The Moore [Palladia 9PM]
    • Miguel on Saturday Night Live [NBC 11:30PM]

    Sunday, June 9

    • Mumford and Sons on Unplugged [Palladia 3PM]
    • Ben Folds Five – Live At The Warfield [AXS TV 8PM]
    • Cracker, Big Head Todd, Blues Traveler & Barenaked Ladies – Live [AXS TV 10PM]
    • Counting Crows – Celebrate 10 Years [AXS TV 11:10PM]
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    posted in Ben Folds Five by Scott Bernstein

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    I think I can speak for the entire HT Staff when I say it’s good to see John Fogerty getting some well-deserved adoration for his highly-recommended new studio album Wrote a Song For Everyone. The 14-track effort, which debuted at number three on the Billboard charts, features the former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man teaming with an impressive lineup of musicians ranging from Bob Seger to Tom Morello to My Morning Jacket to Dawes on both CCR classics and a handful of new Fogerty originals.


    Fogerty, who will team up with jam titans Widespread Panic at the first annual Interlocken Festival this fall, has also started to roll out a series of theater dates, that will feature full-album performances of either Bayou Country or Cosmo’s Factory. Prior to all that though, the 68-year-old singer-songwriter has dropped the music video for Mystic Highway. The reflective clip features some vintage footage of Fogerty from throughout his 40+ year career, as well as a not so subtle reference to his legal troubles with his former band mates. Let’s check it out…

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    posted in John Fogerty by Jeffrey Greenblatt

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    Tea Leaf Green @ Bowery Ballroom – June 1

    Review and Photos: Andrew Blackstein

    On the first day of June; New York City was experiencing a break from the unusual late May heat. Supported by The Spring Standards, Tea Leaf Green captivated New York City at Bowery Ballroom on the first Manhattan stop after their most recent album release.


    [All Photos by Andrew Blackstein]

    In The Wake just might be the band’s strongest LP as a five-piece. Trevor Garrod (keys, vocals), Josh Clark (guitar, vocals), Scott Rager (drums), Reed Mathis (bass, vocals) and Cochrane McMillan (percussion) worked an entire year on this project without testing any of the new material on the road…until this tour. The Bowery Ballroom filled with eager fans buzzing about this newly created art. But before TLG was to hit the stage, The Spring Standards impressed with passionate lyrics and catchy folk tunes. James Cleare, Heather Robb and James Smith share the vocal and instrumental duties while they poured energy and soul into the hour-long opening slot. As Tea Leaf Green made their way down the backstage steps of the Bowery, many excited concert attendees took the opportunity to get a closer view of the action. The band would follow their previous night’s pattern by playing In The Wake from front to back without skipping a track to start the show.

    With a sound unlike anything they have ever created, In The Wake is a breath of fresh air. While the record contains certain recurring themes it doesn’t come across as a concept record, but rather a complete story told through music, thus making it feel and sound like a journey. It proved an easy transition to the live stage. In a unique way of meshing genres, the San Francisco-based quintet achieved what jam bands sometimes have a difficult time doing in the studio, making a record that reflects the personalities of the band members without being too flashy. While songs like Give Me One More Chance and One Condition’s Enough have other vocalists on the record, Reed Mathis and Josh Clark pick up the parts in the live setting, adding the type of robust emotion that has come to be expected from Tea Leaf Green.


    The warm crowd response only intensified with a Baseball Jam that saw a fan give an actual Baseball to Reed to sign. Not missing a beat, the bassist got the entire band to sign the ball and gave it back to the fan while still maintaining the back-groove to the crowd favorite. In the night’s final nod to their new baby, In The Wake producer Jeremy Black was invited to sit in as a third percussion player on All Washed Up.

    The vibe at the Bowery on this particular Saturday night was very similar to the way things appear to work on the West Coast. Both fans and band alike seemed in no rush to be anywhere else. As I noted to myself halfway through the show, I was witnessing something strange to see these days: the vast majority of the audience on this night didn’t have their cell phones out texting, taking pictures and checking social media, but rather engaged in the moment by dancing and smiling.


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    posted in Editor's Choice by Andrew Blackstein

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    For nearly every show on The Rolling Stones’ current 50 and Counting World Tour they’ve welcomed a special guest. These performers have ranged from pop stars like Gwen Stefani and Carrie Underwood to legendary rockers like Tom Waits, Dave Grohl and John Fogerty. You never know what you’re gonna get when it comes to the wide array of Stones guest stars. In another strange and lovely twist, on Sunday in Montreal, The Rolling Stones will welcome Win Butler of Arcade Fire.


    We can’t wait to see what tune Butler guests on. What’s your guess?

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    posted in Arcade Fire by Scott Bernstein

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    There’s big festival news from Warren Haynes this week as a few days ago it was revealed that Warren will play the new Interlocken Festival in Arrington, Virginia this September with not only Gov’t Mule, but with his Warren Haynes Band ensemble. Also, news came down minutes ago that Gov’t Mule will return to Gathering Of The Vibes this summer.


    “I love playing the Vibes. Aside from the obvious opportunity to hang out with and possibly be on stage with a lot of old friends, we also have a history with this festival that goes back to the beginning,” Haynes said about returning to the Vibes. Gov’t Mule will perform at GOTV home Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. on Saturday, July 27.

    As far as Interlocken, Mule and the Warren Haynes Band are set to play the inaugural fest on the same day, marking the first time Haynes has played with both bands on the same day.

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    posted in Festivals by Scott Bernstein

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    Each summer for the last few years Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro has put together a compilation of tracks from past shows at cities or venues where the quartet will play as freely available (for a limited time in MP3 format) Live Bait collections at We’ve been patiently waiting for the 9th installment of Live Bait and today we’ve gotten a taste of what appears to be coming soon.


    The promoter of this summer’s first show, which will take place in Bangor, Maine on July 3, has updated their Phish page with the image above and a link to download Foam from Phish’s November 2, 1994 performance at the Bangor Auditorium in Bangor, Maine. As you can see in the image above, this track was taken from Live Bait Vol. 9 which we hope will be out very soon.

    For now, we’re happy with this sample and look forward to hearing the rest of Live Bait Vol. 9.

    [via @Phishvidcol]

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    posted in Audio by Scott Bernstein

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    There aren’t too many pro-shot Frank Zappa concerts in circulation, and we’ve already shared a few of ‘em for previous Full Show Friday columns, but we’ve got another one up our proverbial sleeves. On June 11, 1980 Zappa and his “Rockin’ Teenage Combo” visited Palais des Sports in Paris, France. The show was broadcast on French TV later that year and rebroadcast in 2007.


    The band for this show featured Zappa along with guitarists Ike Willis and Ray White, keyboardist Tommy Mars, bassist Arthur Barrow and David Logeman – one of the smallest bands in Frank’s history. Played just a year after the release of Joe’s Garage, the evening’s setlist only included a handful of tracks from the Rock Opera including the title track, Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? and Keep It Greasey. The 26-song performance is delightfully guitar-heavy and contains a number of impressive solos. An interesting moment occurs in the middle of Pound For A Brown, when Frank advises the crowd the band is going to perform something for a mystery guest. Turns out that guest was Pierre Boulez, one of the most distinguished composers and conductors in the world.

    Enough of the small talk, check out over two wonderful hours of FZ in action:


    01. Introduction
    02. Chunga’s Revenge
    03. Keep It Greasey
    04. Outside Now
    05. City Of Tiny Lights
    06. Pound For A Brown
    07. Cosmik Debris
    08. You Didn’t Try To Call Me
    09. I Ain’t Got No Heart
    10. Love Of My Life
    11. You Are What You Is
    12. Easy Meat
    13. Mudd Club
    14. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
    15. Heavenly Bank Account
    16. Suicide Chump
    17. Jumbo Go Away
    18. If Only She Woulda
    19. I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted
    20. Joe’s Garage
    21. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
    22. Dancin’ Fool
    23. Bobby Brown
    24. Ms Pinky
    25. Stick It Out
    26. The Illinois Enema Bandit

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    posted in Full Show Friday by Scott Bernstein

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    The first thing I saw when walking into the Stage 2 room of New York’s cozy Rockwood Music Hall was Robert Randolph’s pedal steel, set up center-stage as always but given the confines of the room, crammed in tightly on a tiny platform with assorted amps, mics, guitars, keyboards and a big ol’ drum set encroaching.


    I’d seen that close-cropped setup before, but it was ages ago. I flashed back 13 years to a now-defunct room in Boston called Axis, not much bigger than Rockwood and sparsely attended – maybe 30 people – on what I remember was a nondescript midweek night when no one (in the broad sense) had any real idea yet who this Randolph cat was or what he could do. I was dazzled that night, and on many nights with the Family Band since then. Has it really been nearly a decade and half since the auspicious rise of Robert Randolph began?

    Last night’s occasion was a semi-secret industry show – an underplay, for sure – intended to build buzz for Lickety Split, the band’s fourth studio album. As the current Family Band held court over about 50 minutes – four Lickety songs, a pair of easy-grooving jams and a staple, I Need More Love – it was comforting to remember that despite a number of starts and stops over the past decade – celebrity pals, international exposure, sports programming placements, changing lineups – the core mission of the Family Band hasn’t changed. Big-name producers tried to slick them up and the recorded music suffered as a result. But the live Robert Randolph experience is the same sprawling, exhausting, soul-lifting spectacle it was in 1999.

    The knock on Randolph has always been songwriting – that the actual compositions are thin and pedestrian compared to the dazzling musicianship and jamming chops they support. That’s still a valid knock, but as ever, it’s also beside the point. Randolph comes from the sacred steel tradition and, more broadly speaking, the gospel world, where one of the main ideas is frissons: get your audience revved up, feeling joy, being in the moment, shaking ass as if you and they had no other choice but to boogie.

    That doesn’t make the songs themselves unmemorable or unsophisticated – it just makes them sort of irrelevant. They’re vehicles. I’ve never seen Randolph fail to win over an audience, and friend, that uplift comes a hell of a lot faster if you just let go and put aside that he’s essentially mines the same five or six song concepts album by album.

    Of course, if Randolph and his extended family weren’t such superior players it’d be a lot easier to nit-pick. The Rockwood set’s selections from Lickety Split – a “let’s do this” starter called Amped Up, a sunny groover, New Orleans, a gospel rager, Get Ready and a beaut of a spiritual rocker, Born Again – weren’t themselves much to grab onto. But each clicked for an audience psyched to receive them, overwhelmed with the power, punch and deeply felt soul that makes the Family Band the Family Band even when they’re not really playing much at all.


    The supporting cast of the Family Band lineup has shifted a bit over the years: Brett Haas plays sinewy guitar, Randolph’s sister Lanesha is a potent presence on vocals, and occasional member Aaron Lipp was along at Rockwood, adding heft on keyboards. The core, however, remains drummer Marcus Randolph and bassist Danyel Morgan – watch how steady and locked-in they keep things when the rest of the band is blowing it out – and Randolph himself, still a jaw-dropper when he really gets going and turns those squealing steel tones into sonic storms. Take a look at him when he’s deep into a solo and you see the same giddy love for the instrument and faith in the creation of this wondrous music that was there more than a decade ago, and is unchanged now. Randolph feels the love most of all and he’s happiest when sharing.

    SETLIST: Amped Up, New Orleans, Get Ready, Jam, I Need More Love, Born Again, Jam

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    posted in Photos by Chad Berndtson

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    My Morning Jacket front man Jim James will appear on the June 19th episode of CBS’s The Late Show With David Letterman, just one day after he teams up with The Roots for a special Celebrate Brooklyn! concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY on June 18.


    In other big MMJ news, reports that the band will perform three times over the course of four nights for a new destination event dubbed “One Big Holiday.” The folks at Cloud 9 and Bowery Presents have put together the all-inclusive event, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico on January 26 – 30, 2014.

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    posted in Jim James by eward

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    On June 2, Neil Young and Crazy Horse kicked off the current European leg of a tour that guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro warned may be the legendary band’s last. Neil and the band have changed up their setlists from previous legs ever-so-lightly by working in the occasional Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze and Welfare Mothers.


    Also of note, Young has taken to performing a solo acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind at each of the European shows. Neil first played Blowin’ In The Wind on June 11, 1988 with Dylan himself and has since performed the tune a total of 63 times over the years.

    Watch Neil Young’s Blowin’ In The Wind from June 5 in Amsterdam…

    [via Thrasher's Wheat]

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    There’s various reasons why one may desire a wireless security video camera. Checking in on your abode when traveling, keeping an eye on your pets, your kids and home improvement projects when you can’t be home to supervise or even checking the front door to see if a package arrived (or who swiped it, if it is missing!) are but a few reasons that people use video cameras in addition to the added feeling of peace of mind. Yet there is often a catch when exploring different camera options.

    While Wi-Fi wireless cameras have improved leaps and bounds over the last several years – most still have serious drawbacks including quality of video, lack of sound, overall cost, ease of setup and use and lack of features that actually make the camera useful. HomeMonitor by Y-Cam attempts to answer all of the limitations and make a security camera that is dead simple to setup, provides top quality video and audio from anywhere on any device with a slew of features including online storage. If you’ve ever contemplated a WiFi camera for your home or apartment, read on to learn more about this best in class device.


    In a nutshell This is a small (about 3″ square and an inch thick) stand-alone camera that does not need to be connected to a computer but connects to the internet and streams video anywhere in the world to smartphones, tablets or PCs via WiFi or an ethernet connection. The camera records and streams up to 640×480 resolution along with sound and an ability to record in the complete darkness up to approximately 45′ with infrared LEDs. Included with the $199 purchase price is 7 days of unlimited cloud storage and e-mail notifications when motion is detected.

    Price and Overall Cost The HomeMonitor retails for $199 which is $50 or so more than some competitor cameras like the popular Dropcam. However, because HomeMonitor includes lifetime cloud storage it’s overall cost of ownership is dramatically cheaper. Seven days of online storage runs $100/year with Dropcam and even more from other providers. So, for example, five year ownership cost can run you $650 with a competitor, yet HomeMonitor is still simply $199. You can increase your storage allotment from seven-days to 30-days for $40/year if you need more than the included week.

    Set Up Your grandma can set this up. Seriously. Well…almost. She’ll need to know what a router is and how to open a browser, but that’s about it. Many WiFi cameras require complicated setup procedures including installing software, drivers from an installation disc, port-forwarding with your router, knowledge of your IP address and other Byzantine steps. HomeMonitor can be up and running in a minute. Simply plug an ethernet cord from your camera into an open port on your router and then navigate to HomeMonitor’s website, create an account and you are good to go. No software needs to be installed and no router configuration needs to take place. After the initial setup, you can place your camera anywhere and connect to the internet via WiFi or ethernet. Keep in mind though: access to your router is a must. If you can’t plug into your router, you will not be able to setup the camera.

    Use  From your browser, you can set-up motion detection zones very easily by simply dragging a re-sizable box around the area that you want to monitor- perhaps a door or room entrance. (Or the entire room if you want). Multiple zones from the same camera can also be added. A scheduling feature can be toggled on and off and allows you to activate sensors only during specific times or days. You can even set up email notifications if motion has been detected. Once your motions zones and schedule is set up (if so desired), you are ready to use both the live view and archive views.

    You can access your camera listen to a live stream from Android or iOS apps or any web browser. Both the apps (Android tested only) and the website are neat, crisp and well organized for intuitive use. Recorded clips are neatly arranged by date and time and play back quickly with very little pause or buffering. In a neat feature, the camera has a bit of internal memory that is constantly recording. So when motion is detected, it will upload several seconds PRIOR to the camera being triggered offering a very fluid and full history of any motion without the beginning being clipped off.

    Web Portal

    [HomeMonitor Web Portal to easily view live camera or archival footage as well as settings]

    Quality The video is very good quality and comparable to the video output of a pocket point-and-shoot camera. It is not 1080 high-def but its resolution make it easy enough to see fine detail from far away and clearly see whatever it is you are monitoring. Fortunately, the camera also works well in low-light conditions where other cameras sometimes fail. Infrared LEDs even allow the camera to operate in the dark up to a distance of about 45′ which should be plenty for most rooms in a house. Obviously, with infrared, you’ll get a black and white image but it’s still pretty good quality. The microphone is reasonable quality and similar to having a mobile phone on speaker and picking up conversation in a room.

    A few things to know

    • Your live stream is “close” to live but needs to upload to cloud servers and transmit back to your PC or mobile device. It can range from a few seconds up to a minute of buffer, so it could never be used for carrying a live conversation or anything like that. (And of course given the fact that the camera only has a microphone  and not a speaker).
    • Infrared can’t work through glass. This isn’t a limitation per-se of the HomeMonitor but rather of infrared in general. So unfortunately you can’t monitor an outside walkway at night through a window. There’s no way (at least now) to toggle off infrared. So if your camera senses low light, the LED’s will come on and ruin your shot if it is positioned next to glass. It works great however when not next to glass and HomeMonitor does have an all-weather camera as well that can be mounted outside.
    • The lens makes a noticeable “clicking” sound when turning on IR. In an really quiet environment, that could be annoying.
    • Motion notification alerts are only sent via e-mail to one address. You can’t have simultaneous alerts send to you and your spouse’s email for example, nor can you set up text alerts.
    • You can easily download your archived footage from the web portal if you need to save any of your recordings beyond your storage allotment. The clips are high-quality MP4 files that can be played back on most any video software or of course uploaded to video sharing sites.
    • You can add multiple cameras to the same account so you’ll have all your devices on one dashboard and can easily pick and choose which one to view live or view archive footage.
    • An included mounting bracket allows you to easily position the camera as either a wall-mount or stand . You can adjust for the best viewing angle and securely lock it into place.

    Bottom Line The HomeMonitor is tough to beat with its combination of ease-of-use, quick set-up, video quality and free cloud storage. The notification system works great and you can instantly be alerted to potential security issues for whatever area you are monitoring. And given the fact that the camera only records and uploads when motion is detected, you are not hammering your bandwidth 24/7 needlessly. Live view and archived views both work equally well on mobile devices as well as PCs.

    HomeMonitor $199 Direct

    $199 Amazon

    Note: Thanks for bearing with us last week as server upgrades were taking place. Still time to shop for Father’s Day. If you missed Technology Tuesday last week, we had a list of a few great gifts that you may want to check out for the music loving person in your life.


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    Among the many things we’re excited about from this weekend’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is Saturday night’s Rock n’ Soul Dance Party Superjam featuring Jim James, John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Rolling Stone just published an interview with Oates in which the formerly mustache’d member of Hall & Oates revealed a few juicy tidbits about what we can expect from the Superjam, so don’t read on if you want to be surprised.

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    Oates offered the following info about the Superjam:

    But Bonnaroo attendees will see him there this weekend: he’s serving as musical director for the festival’s annual SuperJam. While we don’t want to give away too much, he gave us the full set list. Trust us – it will be something to see. Expect surprises. “R. Kelly might stop by,” Oates told Rolling Stone.

    Oates is basking in the opportunity to lead a group that includes Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Sly and the Family Stone’s Larry Graham. “I’ve been waiting my whole life to play this set,” which will include several Sly songs, Prince’s “1999,” the Temptations’ “Standing on Shaky Ground” and many more surprises, he says.

    Oates also revealed that in addition to Jim James, Zigaboo Modeliste and Larry Graham, the Superjam will also feature Carl Broemel of MMJ on lead guitar, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band horn section, Lee Fields and backup singers Becca Bramlett, Wendy Moten and Bilal Oliver and advises/warns that R. Kelly may show up. Besides the previously mentioned songs, Oates also says he’ll perform songs from The Meters, The Band, John Lennon and The O’Jays as part of the Superjam.

    [via Rolling Stone]

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    posted in Bonnaroo by eward

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    The next Phish live archival release, Ventura, features two shows the quartet played at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California on July 30, 1997 and July 20, 1998. Though only a year separated the two shows, the band had a completely different sound at each appearance and delivered two outstanding performances. This audio-only release provides official recordings of two shows for which excellent audience recordings have never surfaced due to in part to the wind at the venue.

    The box set is available for pre-order ahead of its June 18 release date from Dry Goods and those who purchase will receive a 10-track sampling of the band’s March 21st, 1993 show at Ventura Theatre called “BuenaVentura.” In addition to the 6-cd box set, pre-order options include bundles which feature Ventura koozies, t-shirts and posters.

    As part of our Everybody Wins When We Plug Something And In Return They Offer Us Free Shit To Give Away program, we’ve got three copies of the complete Phish “Ventura” box set to giveaway PLUS a Big Kahuna Bundle which contains  the all new 6-CD “Ventura” box set, Little Stevie Water Ski T on Purple and your choice of Koozie®. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us about your favorite Phish Summer Tour. You can enter a second time by following us and then tweeting the year of your favorite Phish Summer Tour at us. Let us know by including both “@hidden_track” AND “#phventura″ in your tweet. We’ll give you a third chance to snag one of the sets by telling us the year that your favorite Phish Summer Tour took place on our Facebook wall. Once the contest entry period closes we’ll tally all the entries from our comments section, Facebook and Twitter and pick four winners at random.

    Here’s the fine print…

    • To enter the contest, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite Phish Summer Tour
    • You can enter a second time by leaving a similar comment on the wall of the Hidden Track Facebook Page
    • You can enter a third time by following @hidden_track and tweeting your favorite Phish Summer Tour at us and including both “@hidden_track” AND “#phventura″ in your tweet
    • Your comment(s) must be left by 11:59 PM EST on June 14
    • Anybody entering more than once a piece on Facebook, Twitter and at the bottom of this post will be disqualified, tarred and feathered (If you have a problem leaving a comment and it doesn’t appear, you won’t be penalized for trying a second time)
    • Four winners will be selected at random from all entries
    • The first winner chosen will win the Big Kahuna bundle, while the other three will each receive a Phish Ventura box set courtesy of Phish Inc.
    • HT staff members are not eligible to win

    And now, feast your ears on this sensational version of Makisupa Policeman from Ventura…

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    Perusing this year’s Bonnaroo schedule, Sunday afternoon appears to have curious potential. Beginning at 4:15PM at That Tent, banjo virtuoso and Punch Brothers member Noam Pikelny plays an hour set billed as Noam Pikelny and Friends. Then, two members of bluegrass royalty Sam Bush and Del McCoury perform together for an hour. Finally, funny man Ed Helms has an hour-and-a-half slot billed as the “Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation Superjam.”


    Given the proximity of the Ed Helms set to Noam Pikelny, Sam Bush, Del McCoury and the proximity to Nashville’s abundance of other bluegrass ringers, the Bluegrass Superjam could be a sleeper for one of the more entertaining sets of the weekend. Unfortunately, in order to see it festivalgoers will have to make a tough decision as it overlaps with portions of the National and the David Byrne & St. Vincent sets, but it might just be worth it.

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    Jazz on a summer’s day…

    Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: No Morphine No Lilies

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    You can easily judge a jazz bandleader’s worth by the cats he, or in this case she, gets to play in their band. By that measure, Allison Miller must be doing alright. With (my personal faves) Jenny Scheinman & Todd Sickafoose on violin and bass, Myra Melford on piano rounding out Boom Tic Boom and NYC heavy hitters Steven Bernstein and Erik Friedlander making appearances, amongst others, the band is top notch and the music easily follows suit. The album hops around nicely between different styles and subgenres of jazz, and Miller’s drumming alternates nicely between right up in your ear and lying low in the weeds.

    Spotify: Allison Miller – No Morphine, No Lilies
    MOG: Allison Miller – No Morphine, No Lilies
    Rhapsody: Allison Miller – No Morphine, No Lilies

    Craig Taborn Trio: Chants

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    To me, there is nothing more basic than the piano trio – piano, drums and bass – which seems to be the most generic band in Western music. And yet, what makes it the most fascinating grouping is how it seems to be continually reinvented. Here, Taborn with Thomas Morgan and Gerald Cleaver continue in the tradition of the Keith Jarrett trio and The Bad Plus, bringing gorgeous melodies and inventive compositions to the standard format like they were the ones who discovered its simplicity and infinite possibilities. Each track here seems to have its own life and energy. A treat through and through, probably my favorite jazz album of the year so far.


    Rudresh Mahanthappa: Gamak

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    With a name like that, it’s not surprising that Mahanthappa seems to cram every syllable and sound into each moment of music on this album. The opening track Waiting Is Forbidden is a saxophone calisthenic, swarming and swerving around multiple overlapping themes. The rest of the album is an impressive, if hectic, set.

    Spotify: Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak

    Curtis Hasselbring: Number Stations

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    If you’re going to listen to one album from a trombonist this year, why not make it this one? Like the rest of these great jazz albums, this one features a great band with Trevor Dunn on bass, Ches Smith on drums and a whole bunch of others. The pieces here are actually compositions and improvisations based on shortwave radio secret code messages and the music is an appropriately intense soundtrack to some unseen film of intrigue and suspense. The unique blend of sounds (trombone, guitar, vibes, reeds) and some great off-kilter playing makes for a fascinating, engaging listen…if not very relaxing.


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    In Umphrey’s McGee’s early days they would often cover moe.’s Rebubula. In the middle of 1999, just about 18 months after forming, UM stopped performing Rebubula and the song remained on the shelf until this past Memorial Day Weekend, when the Chicago-based sextet busted out the moe. classic at the 2013 Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL.


    Umphrey’s delivered an impressive, spot-on version of the moe. song and today have shared pro-shot footage of the cover featuring the work of former moe. and current UM LD Jefferson Waful.

    Jam stalwarts moe. returned the favor by covering UM’s In The Kitchen a night later.

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    At the end of May and beginning of June the state of Oklahoma faced a series of devastating tornadoes that left many dead and billions of dollars in damages. In order to raise money for Oklahoma storm victims, a number of the state’s most famous rockers and others looking to help with come together for a concert dubbed “Rock For Oklahoma” on July 23, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.


    Oklahoma natives Kings Of Leon and the Flaming Lips will headline, with Jackson Browne and Built To Spill also aboard. Event organizers say additional acts will be added. “We couldn’t be more proud to lend a hand to our home state. We were all devastated by what happened there….we have family and friends that were affected by the tornados….this is the least we could do,” said Jared Followill of Kings of Leon in a statement. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips added, “Shakespeare said ‘It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after’ and in our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them.”

    Tickets will cost $35 and $50 and go on sale this Friday at 10AM local time. Organizers will deliver all proceeds to central Oklahoma community organizations and charities, via local charities.

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    At roughly three o’clock Central Time this afternoon, HT faves Nikki Bluhm & The Gramblers will have the distinction of officially kicking off the the 12th installment of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, when they take to the stage at That Tent. For those of us that were unable to make the trip to Manchester this year, there is no need to fret. As has become the norm, we will be able to experience the sights and sounds of the fest from the comfort of just about anywhere you can find a wi-fi connection thanks to the folks at Beginning tomorrow afternoon some 40+ sets will be streamed live for your viewing pleasure.

    Amongst the acts that you’ll be able to catch will be headliners Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons, as well as sets from HT faves likes Wilco, Jim James, Gov’t Mule, ALO, Father John Misty and The National. Also of note will broadcast Friday night’s all-star hip-hop Superjam, which features Lettuce backing the likes of RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Solange and Chad Hugo with the promise of special guests. Check out the full schedule below.

    Here’s the full Bonnaroo Webcast Schedule…



    4:00pm-5:00pm — Local Natives
    5:00pm-6:15pm — Of Monsters and Men
    6:30pm-8:00pm — Wilco
    8:00pm-9:00pm — Passion Pit
    9:00pm-10:00pm — Paul McCartney (first hour)
    10:00pm-11:30pm — Jim James
    12:00pm-2:00am — Superjam with RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Solange, and Chad Hugo featuring Lettuce plus special guests


    4:00pm-5:00pm — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
    5:00pm-5:30pm — Calexico (partial set)
    5:30pm-6:45pm — Grizzly Bear
    6:45pm-7:30pm — Glen Hansard (partial set)
    7:30pm-9:00pm — Wu-Tang Clan
    9:00pm-10:15pm — Foals
    10:30pm-11:30pm — The Vaccines
    11:30pm-12:45am — The xx



    3:45pm-4:45pm — Lord Huron
    4:45pm-6:15pm — Nas
    6:15pm-7:15pm — Four Tet
    7:15pm-8:15pm — Matt & Kim
    8:15pm-9:30pm —The Lumineers
    9:30pm – 11:30pm — Mumford & Sons


    4:00pm-5:15pm — Portugal. The Man
    5:15pm-6:30pm — Dirty Projectors
    6:30pm-7:00pm — Solange (partial set)
    7:00pm-8:30pm — Beach House
    8:30pm-10:00pm — Gov’t Mule
    10:00pm-11:30pm — A-Trak
    11:30pm-12:30am — Japandroids
    12:30pm-1:30am — ALO with Special Guests



    2:30pm-3:30pm — Delta Rae
    3:30pm-4:30pm — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    4:30pm-5:30pm — Kendrick Lamar
    5:30pm-6:30pm — Allen Stone
    6:30pm-8:00pm — The National
    9:30pm-10:45pm — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


    2:45pm-3:45pm — Father John Misty
    3:45pm-4:45pm — Big K.R.I.T.
    5:00pm-6:30pm — Swans
    6:30pm-7:45pm — Tame Impala
    7:45pm-9:00pm — A$AP Rocky
    9:00pm-10:00pm — Divine Fits

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    In news that took the music world by storm last night, legendary alt-rock band The Replacements will reunite for their first shows in 22 years to headline Riot Fest in Toronto (August 24-25), Chicago (September 13-15) and Denver (September 21-22). The Minneapolis-based band last performed on July 4, 1991 in Chicago and have been on many “reunions we’d like to see” lists ever since.


    The Replacements had a gruff sound that paved the way for the alt-rock wave of the late ’80s and early ’90s thanks to the release of much-beloved albums Let It Be, Tim and Pleased To Meet Me. You never knew which version of the band you’d get in concert, which made their live shows all the more exciting. Our first hint that a Replacements Reunion was coming came last year when founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson recorded an EP of cover songs under The Replacements name to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke. At the moment, it is unclear who will join Westerberg and Stinson at the Riot Fest appearances.

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    Bonnaroo Week rolls on at Hidden Track with a look at one of our first HT faves who will finally be making their Bonnaroo debut late night on Saturday. We’ve been singing the praises of Led Zeppelin tribute band Bustle In Your Hedgerow since the first week of our existence. Watching drummer Joe Russo, keyboardist Marco Benevento, guitarist Scott Metzger and bassist Dave Dreiwitz team up to tackle Led Zep’s beloved classics is always a treat and we can’t think of a better way to end your Saturday at the ‘roo than watching Bustle In Your Hedgerow at This Tent from 2:30 – 4:30AM.


    To give a taste of Bustle’s sheer power, watch this exception version of Moby Dick…

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    posted in Bonnaroo by Scott Bernstein

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