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    Sure there are a healthy amount of people who know Dr. John solely as the guy that sang the theme song to Blossom, or the jingle for Popeye’s, but the good Doctor, who was born, Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr., has been one of the most iconic and distinctive musicians to come out of New Orleans in the last 40+ years. After years playing in regional R&B bands as a teenager, and then as a highly in-demand session musician in Los Angeles, it wasn’t until Mac decided to put out his first solo album in 1968, Gris Gris, that the world was introduced to his alter-ego – Dr. John, The Night Tripper. His newly anointed persona channeled the voodoo traditions of the Crescent City, donning elaborate costumes and headdresses on stage, and playing a thick gumbo of psychedelic New Orleans funk, that combined rhythms and chants, with his unmistakable Cajun-tinged gravelly, gruff vocals.

    Last Tuesday, Dr. John released his latest studio album Locked Down, that harkened back to his run of albums from 1968 to 1974, which included the likes of The Sun The Moon & Herbs, Gumbo and Desitively Bonnaroo. Produced by The Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach, the record is full of sticky, swampy New Orleans funk, that invokes the spirit of his early voodoo dripping Night Tripper days. Last week Mac, with the assistance of Mr. Auerbach and a top-notch band that included members of Anitbalas and The Dap-Kings, stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform the album’s lead single Revolution. Let’s check it out…

    Dr. John will conclude his residency at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music this weekend, with a set of shows dedicated to the music of his hometown dubbed Funky But It’s Nu Awlins, where he’ll by an all star cast of New Orleans’ musicians that include Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Nicholas Payton and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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  • 04/10/12--05:56: Tour Dates: Down And Dirty
  • Back in 2009, the Dirty Projectors made scores of Best Of lists, including our own, with the quirky experimental art rock sounds of Bitte Orca, which we’d recommend if you’re a fan of the Talking Heads. On July 10, the Brooklyn-based band will release their long awaited follow up with Swing Lo Magellan, via the venerable indie label Domino Records. The 12-track affair, which was recorded at an old house in Delaware County, New York, and is being described as having a bit of a “stripped down” sound that you can hear on the album’s lead single Gun Has No Trigger. The band has lined up a two-month long summer tour in support of the record, which kicks off on July 5 with an appearance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and includes a hometown gig at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 10.

    If you’re not into a night with the art-rock act, then maybe you’ll be interested in hitting one of these recently announced tours…

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    Last month when event organizers announced this year’s Newport Folk Festival lineup we couldn’t stop raving about it. Well, as if we weren’t excited enough about all the HT faves gathering for Saturday and Sunday’s (July 28 and 29) festivities, word just came down a power-packed night set for Friday at Fort Adams featuring Wilco, Blitzen Trapper and Megafaun.

    Tickets for the triple-bill will cost $45 and go on sale this Friday, April 13. Wilco has also announced a handful of Northeast dates in addition to Newport. On July 28, the band will head to Cooperstown, New York for a show at Brewery Ommegang. The next day Wilco travels to Vermont for a performance at Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. A return to MASS MoCA, home of the group’s Solid Sound Festivals, will host a “regular” Wilco gig on the 31st, while a performance at The Bushnell in Hartford closes the run on August 1. Earlier in the summer, the group will play just announced shows in Boise, Missoula and the Minnesota cities of Duluth and Rochester. Pre-sales for each of the just announced shows will take place tomorrow, April 11, at 10AM local time followed by public on sales on the 13th.

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    Back in the early ’80s, Late Night with David Letterman would book up-and-coming acts that the 11:30 shows wouldn’t take a chance on. One of these groups was R.E.M. who made their U.S. television debut on the NBC program on October 6, 1983. The Georgians sat for an interview and played Radio Free Europe and So. Central Rain. Take a look at the best quality clip of the spot to surface yet…

    R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe and So. Central Rain 

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    If you’ve come across Hidden Track, odds are you understand the power of music. Whether you’ve had a bad day that listening to a fantastic album or attending an unbelievable show has turned into a great day or bonded with a friend over the music of your favorite band, there’s a hard to describe emotional aspect that music brings out in us. This afternoon a video has gone viral showing the effect of music on an elderly man at a nursing home who seems tuned out to the world around him unless you play him some tunes. We all know how powerful music can be, but it’s still amazing to watch its effect.

    Alive Inside – The Power of Music

    You might have noticed neurologist Oliver Sacks in the clip. Sacks’ 1973 book Awakenings was made into a movie starring Robin Williams. The famed doctor went on to write a book called Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain which explores the connection between music and the human brain.

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    Yesterday marked the second show of two-night stand at Madison Square Garden for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. While so far this tour, The Boss has kept most of the set the same each show, there are a handful of slots in which the Jersey native will rotate in songs from his deep back catalog. Newcomers have no fear – he still plays the greatest of his hits on a nightly basis such as Dancing In The Dark, Born to Run and 10th Avenue Freeze-Out, but those Bruce fans who see dozens or hundreds of shows are usually thrown a few bones at each gig.

    [via @Springsteen]

    At the first MSG show, on Friday, Springsteen busted out the rarity Lion’s Den, which hadn’t been performed since the Reunion Tour in 2000, as well as the tour debut of Murder Incorporated, while last night’s set included the first Spirit In The Night and Backstreets of the tour. A memorable moment occurred in the middle of Monday’s main set when The Boss grabbed a fan’s sign which read, “Thundercrack For A Birthday Gal” and brought it up to the stage before starting a rendition of the show-stopping tune from early in his career. A multi-camera shot video of Thundercrack has been uploaded to YouTube by clark kent and displays why fans are always requesting the song…

    Bruce Springsteen – Thundercrack


    Monday, April 9

    Set: Badlands, We Take Care of Our Own, Wrecking Ball, Out in the Street, Death to My Hometown, My City of Ruins, Spirit in the Night, Thundercrack, Jack of All Trades, Trapped, She’s the One, Easy Money, Waitin’ on a Sunny Day, The Promised Land, Apollo Medley, Because the Night, The Rising, We Are Alive, Backstreets, Land of Hope and Dreams

    Encore: Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore), Rosalita, Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark, Tenth Avenue Freeze-out

    Friday, April 6

    Set: Badlands, We Take Care of Our Own, Wrecking Ball, Out in the Street, Death to My Hometown, My City of Ruins, Murder Incorporated, Johnny 99, Jack of All Trades, Shackled & Drawn, Lion’s Den, Easy Money, Waitin’ on a Sunny Day, The Promised Land, Apollo Medley, American Skin (41 Shots), Lonesome Day, The Rising, We Are Alive, Thunder Road

    Encore: Rocky Ground (with Michelle Moore), Kitty’s Back, Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark, Tenth Avenue Freeze-out

    [Setlists via Backstreets]

    The tour continues on Thursday night at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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    After months of purported leaks and heavily circulated rumors, the Lollapalooza lineup has finally been confirmed. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath and Jack White are set to headline the three-day event, which will take place in Chicago’s Grant Park on August 3 – 5. HT faves featured on the bill include The Shins, Sigur Ros, Dawes, tUnE-yArDs, The Heart & The Heart, Alabama Shakes, Dr. Dog and The War On Drugs. Recently reunited At the Drive-In and The Afghan Whigs are also on board for the latest installment of Perry Farrell’s 20-year-old festival.

    “Regular” $230 tickets are currently on-sale as are the more pricey VIP ducats.

    Here’s a look at the full lineup…

    Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence + the Machine, At the Drive-In, Avicii, The Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, The Weeknd, M83, Miike Snow, The Afghan Whigs, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Delta Spirit, Metric, The Temper Trap, Wale, Die Antwoord, Dawes, tUnE-yArDs, The Head & the Heart, The Big Pink, Twin Shadow, The Tallest Man on Earth, Toro y Moi, Dr. Dog, Of Monsters and Men, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, The Gaslight Anthem, Amadou & Mariam, Band of Skulls, SBTRKT, Tame Impala, The Walkmen, JJ Grey & Mofro, fun., Neon Indian, Dum Dum Girls, Washed Out, Aloe Blacc, Trampled by Turtles, Bear in Heaven, Blind Pilot, Chairlift, The Black Angels, Yellow Ostrich, Givers, Polica, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sharon Van Etten, White Rabbits, Doomtree, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Devil Makes Three, Oberhofer, The War on Drugs, Michael Kiwanuka, O Rappa, Bowerbirds, Orchard Lounge, Mona, The Growlers, Hey Rosetta!, JEFF the Brotherhood, Anamanaguchi, First Aid Kit, Wax, FIDLAR, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Milo Greene, Los Jaivas, Kopecky Family Band, The Jezabels, LP, Yuna, Walk Off the Earth, Animal Kingdom, Dev, The Sheepdogs, The Dunwells, DJ Mel, Empires, Kevin Devine, Dry the River, Helena, Haley Reinhart, Imaginary Cities, Overdoz, Ambassadors, DJ Zebo, Chancellor Warhol, Laura Warshauer, Red Oblivion

    Perry’s stage:

    Bassnectar, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, NERO, Santigold, Knife Party, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Skream & Benga, Little Dragon, Porter Robinson, Sub Focus, Madeon, Zedd, Paper Diamond, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Star Slinger, Badastrom, DJ Nihal, SALVA, Kid Color


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    In this short martial arts film about a warrior preparing for his final battle, Lou Reed provides not only a chilling musical accompaniment but also sports his studious look when he appears in the film as “The Holder.” Final Weapon stars a famous Taijiquan master, Ren Guangyi, under whom Lou Reed and director Stephan Berwick have both studied. Unfortunately, the screening was last night in NYC, but we’ll be on the lookout for other opportunities to see the entire project.

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    Tomorrow, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will open its newest exhibit – Grateful Dead: The Long Strange Trip - to the public. Visitors will be able to see stage-used instruments, hand-written lyric sheets, paperwork from the band’s offices, Dick Latvala’s hand-written notes, Bill Graham’s NYE robe, gold records and many other artifacts from the Grateful Dead’s 30-year career.

    [All Photos by Michael Stein]

    While the exhibit hasn’t opened to the public yet, our friend Michael Stein checked it out as part of a tour for media and has graciously shared over 50 images from the exhibit with us.

    Here’s a full gallery capturing most of the exhibit…

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    Quintessential Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra are throwing their inaugural Dark Star Jubilee festival at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio on August 31 – September 2. In addition to a show a night from DSO, the band will welcome 7 Walkers, the Mickey Hart Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, Infamous Stringdusters, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, Perpetual Groove, Boombox, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Cornmeal, the Donna Jean Godchaux Band and more to Dark Star Jubilee. All in all, that’s three former members of the Dead who will participate.

    Tickets are on sale now for $89. There will be no overlapping sets.

    Here’s six other stories of note this hump day…

    Finally, up-and-coming acts Big Mean Sound Machine, Beat The Grid, and JSAN will play the first-ever Ithaca Bowl event at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on Tuesday, May 22. The event has been assembled by promoter Brad Tucker to bring together Ithaca College alums living in NYC and is free-of-charge to those who attend/join the show’s Facebook page or shows an Ithaca College ID at the door.

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  • 04/11/12--11:30: Merle Haggard Joins Twitter
  • Days after turning 75, country music legend Merle Haggard joined Twitter yesterday. With only a handful of tweets, the verified account @merlehaggard has already accumulated over 7,000 followers. Old Merle is feisty as ever and so far his tweets have taken on the same colorful character while eliciting interest from other Nashville stars.

    Helping the Legend Merle Haggard send his very first Tweet! #merlehaggard #cma #cmchat #nashville #countrymu
    Steven Haddad

    Greetings all participators, especially all you sweet potaters. There’s always something new… Any songwriters find a rhyme for that?
    Merle Haggard

    According to the judicial standpoint upon the cummiltation of the poultry if it makes any difference to me and I find out that’s all I hope.
    Merle Haggard

    A little bit of honest, down-home gibberish to get it started! What an instrument this is!
    Merle Haggard

    Doing a surprise appearance at All For The Hall. Proud to be part of it! #CMchat #CountryMusic #allforthehall #AllForTheHall2012 #cma
    Merle Haggard

    “@: Some cool things happened tonight… one of which was @ joined Twitter!”We are now following THE HAG!!
    The Oak Ridge Boys

    Merle Haggard is performing tomorrow night at the Ryman if any of you guys want a lesson in how not to be a pussy.
    Cake Bowen

    “@: Merle Haggard is performing tomorrow night at the Ryman if any of you guys want a lesson in how not to be a pussy.” Amen!
    Miranda Lambert

    @ @ I’m available to give lessons anytime, see y’all tomorrow.
    Merle Haggard

    Goodnight Tweety! Me and @ did alright!
    Merle Haggard

    Haha this is cool! My dad on twitter and he just followed me lol.
    Ben Haggard

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    Bonnaroo has just announced that jam stalwarts Phish will play two sets at this year’s festival. When Phish last played Bonnaroo, in 2009, they performed a late night set on the 12th followed by a pair of sets on the 14th. The band’s planned appearance will feature two sets on the same night, with times and date to be confirmed soon. Event organizers have also revealed that Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A, Sam Bush Band, Michael Kiwanuka and Black Box Revelation have been added to the lineup. The 2012 edition of Bonnaroo will take place in Manchester, Tennessee on June 7 – 10.

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    If you were like us, the first thing you thought of when it was announced Guns N’ Roses would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year was that perhaps Axl Rose would finally let the original members of the band perform with him at the ceremony. Over the last few months it became clear that wouldn’t happen, but today Rose penned a letter to Pop & Hiss, the L.A. Times Music Blog making his reasoning clear.

    [Photo by Jeremy Gordon]

    In the letter Rose declines his nomination and confirms he won’t be attending this weekend’s ceremony. Axl also uses the opportunity to get a few jabs in at his detractors. Rather than paraphrase any further, read Axl’s entire letter as printed by Pop & Hiss

    To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

    When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

    Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

    Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.

    For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.

    That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

    I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.

    This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.

    In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.

    The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.

    Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.

    There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

    Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

    So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.

    But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

    In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.

    I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!


    Axl Rose

    P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

    [Letter via Pop & Hiss]

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    Somewhere, failed webcasting service Moogis founder Butch Trucks is kicking himself. CNBC has just confirmed that Bob Weir’s high-tech TRI Studios has inked a third-party revenue-sharing deal with Yahoo Music. TRI will get access to the portal’s 34 million monthly visitors, while Yahoo will split online revenue with the streaming service. Weir and the TRI team have put lots of money, CNBC says $5 million, and thought into offering high-quality video and audio streams that exceed what we’ve seen from other services. “Bobby and TRI Studios are interested in bringing the highest-quality sound to the audience when they want and where they want on it and on any device they want it on, and we’re enabling them to interact,” TRI President and CEO Chris McCutcheon told CNBC.

    [The Inside of TRI Studios]

    For a recent webcast from TRI Studios featuring Weir and indie musicians from Brooklyn called The Bridge Session, Yahoo dipped its toes into the webcasting waters by partnering with TRI to show the live stream. Bobby sees the deal with Yahoo in line with the patronage deals seen more frequently in the classical music world as opposed to traditional sponsorships. Weir and McCutcheon spoke with CNBC during an interview that aired today and can be viewed through the news network’s website.

    While Yahoo remains the fourth most visited site on the web, the company has undergone rounds of layoffs and financial issues over the past few years. Since TRI’s debut a little less than a year ago, the service has offered both free and pay-per-view webcasts from the likes of Slightly Stoopid, Furthur and Ratdog. Future webcasts are scheduled from Lukas Nelson as well as God Street Wine.

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    As we previously reported, auction house Bonham’s will give Grateful Dead fans a chance to buy items from Jerry Garcia’s estate through an auction on May 8 titled Visions of Garcia. Back in 2008, when Bonham’s put a number of items from various GD family members up for auction through More Skeletons In The Closet, I prepared a B List detailing the 10 items I would purchase if money was no option.  Since there’s some real gems in the Visions of Garcia offerings, I figured I’d do the same to spotlight the best goods within the auction.

    1. #3019 – Jerry Garcia Hand-Written Setlist

    If you’ve been reading HT for a while, you’re probably aware of my love for stage setlists and the one you see above is about the coolest one I’ve ever seen. Penned before the JGB show at E.M. Loew’s in Worcester back in 1982, the multi-talented Garcia even threw a crazy doodle onto the paper along with the list of songs he aimed to play during the second set.

    2. #3014 – A Jerry Garcia Sketch Book 

    This sketchbook from 1991 contains 21 drawings by Jerry in black pen and ink, along with one charcoal  image, a watercolor drawing “depicting fantasy, cartoonesque, realistic and abstract imagery,” plus one page of words in Garcia’s handwriting. What were essentially throw aways from Jerry are estimated to fetch over $65K at auction.

    3. #3012 – A Merl Saunders custom-made and stage-worn black leather cap

    Longtime Garcia collaborator Merl Saunders was known for wearing distinctive black leather caps during performances and one of those custom-made headpieces is up for sale in this auction.

    4. #3008 Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse Studios original artwork, acrylic on canvas,Europe 72

    One of the pricier items up for auction, here’s a chance to own the original artwork for the “Truckin’ Boot” that appears on Europe ’72. This package also comes with the proof sheet for the album.

    5. #3020 A Jerry Garcia onstage worn, red t-shirt, ca. 1985

    While Garcia was more fond of wearing black t-shirts on stage, in the mid ’80s he loved the red pocket T. This item was worn on stage by Jer.

    6. #3021 A Jerry Garcia stage-played, acoustic guitar made by Takamine, ca. 1985

    The attention of most Deadheads is focused on Jer’s famed electric guitars, here’s a chance to own the acoustic Garcia played from the mid ’80s to the early ’90s. This Takamine is featured on the cover of both Almost Acoustic and Ragged But Right.

    7. #3057 Two Acid Test Diplomas, one awarded to Jerry Garcia, the other to Mountain Girl

    They didn’t call Garcia “Captain Trips” for nothing. Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters awarded Jerry and Mountain Girl these diplomas following the final Acid Tests in 1966. Garcia put the diplomas up on his wall at 710 Ashbury shortly after receiving them.

    8. #3055 A set of Jerry Garcia handwritten lesson plans

    Before Jerry joined the Grateful Dead, he gave a handful of guitar lessons to students in the Bay Area. One of those students, Stephen Dunne, kept the hand-written lessons Garcia gave to him. All in all, the winner of this lot will get a total of eight pages.

    9. #3060 Two Jerry Garcia monitor speaker cabinets from the Wall of Sound

    There’s something symbolic about the Grateful Dead’s famed Wall of Sound speaker array that they used from 1972-1974. The band always strived to break the rules when it came to the music industry and the Wall of Sound showed the Dead’s commitment to providing the best audio possible at their gigs when other concerts featured cheap/sterile PAs. This lot includes two monitor speaker cabinets, giving the purchaser a rare chance to actually own a piece of the Wall of Sound.

    10. #3064 Bill Kreutzmann’s Sonor Drum Set Used w/ Grateful Dead

    Not all the items in this auction came from the Garcia estate, as this custom set of Sonor drums were owned by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. Given to Billy in the mid ’70s, this kit was used at some of the band’s best shows.

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    Next weekend the Allman Brothers Band will welcome a slew of their musical friends to gorgeous Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida for the Wanee Festival. Tickets are still available for under $200, but the price jumps once the gates open. Earlier this week the event’s schedule was released, so we thought we’d point out a handful of sets you need to see.

    1. Allman Brothers Band (Friday and Saturday at 9:30PM)

    Not only is the legendary rock band the host of Wanee, but the focus is on the group after the way the Beacon run ended. Gregg Allman has supposedly recovered from the back issues that forced him out of the final Beacon show. Considering the ties between nearly every act on the bill and the Allman Brothers Band, we can only imagine the tough choices ABB musical director Warren Haynes will have in picking guests for sit-ins during the band’s two sets. Stay tuned!

    2. Trigger Hippy (Saturday 1:30PM)

    There haven’t been many gigs yet from this supergroup featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, Will Kimbrough and Nick Govrik, so this is a rare chance to see the band in action. Trigger Hippy stays true to Gorman’s southern rock roots and usually throws down reinvented versions of Greene’s songs along with vibrant originals and a few covers. Don’t sleep on this set.

    3. Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers Band (Thursday 5:30PM)

    The Doors keyboardist has teamed up with slide guitar great Roy Rogers to front a fantastic ensemble that combines blues and rock in an inventive way. Their songs groove and have plenty of space for jams, making them a fine addition to the Wanee lineup.

    4. Zach Deputy (Friday 11:20AM &  4PM)

    This HT fave may be no stranger to the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park thanks to multiple appearances at Bear Creek, his Wanee performance will feature the full Zach Deputy Band. Having a full ensemble behind him shows a completely different, more mellow, side of ZD’s music which should be perfect for the 4PM set on 4/20.

    5. Gov’t Mule (Saturday 3:15PM)

    Warren Haynes’ focus has been on own Warren Haynes Band and the Allman Brothers Band of late, but he’s starting to get back into the Gov’t Mule groove. The group’s Wanee appearance will be their first set of ’12 since January’s Island Exodus III, so it will be interesting to see what they work out for their only performance between January and May.

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    Australian singer Wally De Backer, aka Gotye, will make his Saturday Night Live debut tomorrow on an episode hosted by Josh Brolin. Goyte has blown up in America this year as promoters keep pushing his shows to bigger venues based on the ridiculous demand to see him live.

    Friday, April 13 [All Times ET]

    • Bonnie Raitt on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Far East Movement on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • The Fray on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
    • Bear Hands on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]

    Saturday, April 14

    • John Legend and The Roots – Austin City Limits [PBS]
    • My Morning Jacket – Storytellers [Palladia 8:30AM]
    • Florence + The Machine – Unplugged [Palladia 9PM]
    • Gotye on Saturday Night Live [NBC 11:30PM]

    Sunday, April 15

    • Indigo Girls – Live at the Roxy [HDNet 2:40PM]
    • Rush – Time Machine [VH1 Classic 9:30PM]
    • Joe Bonamassa – Live From The Beacon [Palladia 10PM]
    • Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Revisited [HDNet 11:15PM]
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    Each time the Alabama Shakes come back to New York City, there’s more of a spotlight put on the worth the buzz band. This time around the group is in town for a pair of shows at Bowery Presents venues as well as an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and a MTV Hive webcast. At this rate of growth, it’s only a matter of time until the Shakes headline Madison Square Garden.

    If you missed Brittany Howard and the band’s fantastic version of Hold On from last night’s episode of The Late Show, we’ve got you covered…

    Alabama Shakes – Hold On

    We also came across a rip of the MTV Hive webcast from Tuesday night…

    Alabama Shakes – MTV Hive Webcast

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    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball Tour is in full swing and will continue at least until September based on a set of new tour dates that have just been added to the run. The legendary group will play 10 additional U.S. and Canada gigs at large outdoor venues such as Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.; Wrigley Field in Chicago and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The run will end with a three-night stand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    [Photo by Danny Clinch]

    Here’s the full set of new dates…

    August 18 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium (on sale 4.28)
    August 24 – Toronto, ON , Canada– Rogers Centre (on sale 4.20)
    August 26 – Moncton, NB, Canada – Magnetic Hill (on sale 4.21)
    August 29 – Vernon, NY – Vernon Downs Raceway (on sale 4.28)
    September 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park (on sale 4.21)
    September 7 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field (on sale 4.21)
    September 14 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park (on sale 4.27)
    September 19 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium (on sale 4.20)
    September 21 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium (on sale 4.20)
    September 22 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium (on sale 4.20)

    The Wrecking Ball Tour hits First Niagara Center in Buffalo tonight.

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    Over the five and half years that we’ve doing Hidden Track, we’ve had a lot of people contribute to the site that much like college athletics we still consider “friends of the program.” So it’s with great pride that today we bring you the debut music video from the up-and-coming Brooklyn act King Stork, whose singer-guitarist Daniel Schneier we consider an alum. The four-piece band plays a mix of psychedelic surf-rock, with a healthy dose of lo-fi indie – think Pavement. King Stork recently released their debut four-track EP, Summer Rental, which you can download for free here, and yesterday dropped the music video for the album’s title-track.

    The video is an acid-drenched tribute to the aesthetic of Wes Anderson’s movies and the sheer absurdity of The Monkees television show. Let’s check it out…

    King StorkSummer Rental

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