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    Of the many covers that Widespread Panic performs somewhat regularly, one of our favorites is the jam stalwart’s take on Lawyers Guns and Money by Warren Zevon. At the recently completed Panic En La Playa Dos festival, Panic ended their final show of four with a great version of the tune.

    Panic En La Playa organizers Cloud 9 Adventures have shared a killer clip of it…

    Widespread Panic – Panic En La Playa

    Widespread Panic kicks off a Spring Tour on April 9th in St. Louis.

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    As we reported last week, Newport Folk Festival organizers have been revealing the acts set to perform at this year’s event slowly but surely. The latest additions to the fest’s lineup are HT faves Michael Kiwanuka and The Lumineers as well as Houndmouth and The Last Bison.

    The 2013 edition of the iconic Newport Folk Festival takes place July 26th through July 28th at scenic Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. You can still buy passes to each of the three individual days as well as two-day passes, but don’t expect them to be around for very long. Be sure to keep your eyes on @NewportFolkFest for additional lineup reveals.

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    On the final night of December’s Mayan Holidaze festival, an evening that the Mayans predicted would be the last evening before the world ended, Umphrey’s McGee honored the occasion by covering R.E.M.’s 1987 hit It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

    A professionally-shot video of the performance has been posted to Cloud 9′s channel

    Umphrey’s McGee – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

    Umphrey’s McGee begins a two-night stand at The Pageant in St. Louis tonight.

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    Take a dash of Talking Heads, a smidge of Ween and add parts Phish, The Clash and Led Zeppelin along with a heroic dose of their own original sound and you get an approximation of what RANA brought to the table. The New Jersey based quartet featured guitarist Scott Metzger, bassist Andrew Southern, drummer Ryan Thornton and keyboardist Matt Trowbridge. RANA cut their teeth at clubs like NYC’s famed Wetlands Preserve in the early ’00s before sadly calling it a day towards the middle of that decade. The rockers have played a few shows since, but it’s been a while since our last dose of RANA.

    There’s not much RANA on YouTube except for a full show from 2002, so we wanted to devote a Full Show Friday column to the hard-working band who never received the level of success they deserved. Here’s the group’s record release party for Here In The USA filmed at CBGB’s on June 14th, 2002…

    Playlist: RANA – June 14, 2002

    RANA @ CBGB, New York, NY 6/14/02

    Good Book, Remember My Address, Not So Mopso, Skin and Bone, Ghetto Queen*, My One Dear Son, Sad and Lonesome, For Some Time, Carbombed Again, I’m Not Orfeo, It’s So Hard (Believe Me), Loves It Automatic, I’m Comin’ Correct, Bye Bye Love**, Bought and Sold***, Tampa in the Rain***, I Wanna Rock****, Buy Sell or Break***, Eggo, Ivy***, Ring in the Sand

    Encore: Whenever You Can, Modern Day Cowboy, Baby’s Got a New Bike, This Machine

    * – the rap section was “Hot in Here” (Nelly)
    ** – Cars cover, first time played
    *** – new originals, first time played. Titles confirmed by Andrew.
    **** – dedicated to Durant’s father
    (setlist by Dr. Erik Swain)

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    Matt Butler will pull musicians from Rubblebucket, Tea Leaf Green and moe. to make up the ensemble for the Everyone Orchestra’s return to the Northeast in April. Butler will lead bassist Reed Mathis, keyboardist Trevor Garrod, guitarist Al Schnier, drummer Vinnie Amico, saxophonist/vocalist Kalmia Traver and trumpeter Alex Toth for shows in Quincy, Mass. (April 18th at South Shore Music Hall), Philadelphia (April 19th at The Blockley) and New York City (April 20th at The Cutting Room).

    Marco Benevento was already scheduled to play The Blockey on the 19th, so according to the venue he’ll perform with his trio and then join EO for a “super jam.” The Everyone Orchestra will reveal ticketing details and “more special guests” soon on their Facebook page.

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    Bob Weir’s Weir Here performance and interview series has become a regular feature on For the next installment, which takes place on Wednesday, February 13, Weir has enlisted his neighbor and former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar and guitarist/vocalist Lukas Nelson.

    You can tune in free-of-charge at 8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT on the 13th HERE.

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    It’s been a busy week in the weird and wacky world of The Flaming Lips. This past Sunday, the psychedelic-rock act was featured prominently in a Super Bowl commercial for the Hyundai Santa Fe, while on Wednesday they revealed that they were hard at work putting their indelible stamp on a full album cover of The Stone Roses’ 1989 self-titled debut. A few days back Wayne Coyne & Co. uploaded a video of their oft-played cover of Queen’s signature song, Bohemian Rhapsody, to their YouTube channel.

    The tune first appeared on Queen’s 1975 release Night at the Opera, and is the United Kingdom’s third best selling single of all-time. While Wayne certainly doesn’t have the singing voice of Freddy Mercury, the Lips do a dutiful job with it by not straying too far from the original, but certainly drag the song through their acid-drenched freakiness. Let’s check out this very NSFW video…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    The Flaming LipsBohemian Rhapsody

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    Each Grammys weekend, the music world comes together to celebrate the MusiCares Person Of The Year with a dinner, auction and tribute concert. This year, MusiCares, which is the health and human services organization affiliated with The Recording Academy, honored New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen at the L.A. Convention Center. Not only did the likes of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Sting, the Alabama Shakes, Jim James and Tom Morello and Mumford & Sons pay their respects to The Boss by covering one of his songs, but Springsteen himself closed out the evening with a five-song set.

    [Photo by MikeJonesPDX]

    Comedian Jon Stewart hosted, working in stories about his own New Jersey upbringing and how Springsteen’s music played a big role in his life. Between Alabama Shakes opening the evening with Adam Raised A Cain and Neil Young and Crazy Horse closing out the tribute set with Born In The U.S.A., there were 16 covers performed. Among those were Mumford & Sons bringing their own edge to I’m On Fire, John Legend’s solo piano version of Dancing In The Dark, James and Morello pairing up for The Ghost Of Tom Joad, Sting’s Lonesome Day and Elton John’s take on Streets of Philadelphia.

    Watch Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s take on Born In The U.S.A. -

    [via Thrasher's Wheat]

    When the auction that preceded the concert wasn’t pulling in enough money for Springsteen’s liking, Bruce upped the ante by throwing in a guitar lesson, a guided tour of backstage, eight concert tickets and a tray of lasagna cooked by his mother Adele. Apparently that worked as a New Jersey woman won with a $250,000 bid.

    Watch a bit of Mumford & Sons’ exceptional version of I’m On Fire, Elton John’s Streets of Philadelphia, Sting’s Lonesome Day and Springsteen’s We Take Care of Our Own…

    After the tributes, Springsteen took the stage with a few members of the E Street Band and additional musicians for a pair of songs from Wrecking Ball, classics Thunder Road and Born To Run as well as a Glory Days finale featuring all of the evening’s performers. Here’s the setlist from last night’s tribute…

    Tribute Setlist:
    Adam Raised a Cain [Alabama Shakes]
    Because the Night [Patti Smith]
    Atlantic City [Ben Harper, Natalie Maines, Charlie Musselwhite]
    American Land [Ken Casey]
    My City of Ruins [Zac Brown, Mavis Staples]
    I’m on Fire [Mumford & Sons]
    American Skin (41 Shots) [Jackson Browne, Tom Morello]
    My Hometown [Emmylou Harris]
    One Step Up [Kenny Chesney]
    Streets of Philadelphia [Elton John]
    Hungry Heart [Juanes]
    Tougher Than the Rest [Faith Hill, Tim McGraw]
    The Ghost of Tom Joad [Jim James, Tom Morello]
    Dancing in the Dark [John Legend]
    Lonesome Day [Sting]
    Born in the U.S.A. [Neil Young & Crazy Horse]

    Springsteen Setlist:
    with Jake Clemons, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa
    We Take Care of Our Own
    Death to My Hometown [with Tom Morello]
    Thunder Road [with Roy Bittan, Morello, Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg]
    Born to Run [with Bittan, Morello, Tallent, Weinberg]
    Glory Days [with all]

    [Setlists via]

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    Tonight was a big night for The Black Keys at The Grammys as not only has El Camino won Best Rock Album and Lonely Boy won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song trophies, but The Keys’ Dan Auerbach took home the coveted Producer of the Year award. The Black Keys also teamed up with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to perform Lonely Boy on the live broadcast.

    If you missed it, we’ve got you covered…

    Our friends at Consequence of Sound have full coverage of the 2013 Grammys.

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    Dave Grohl, who can’t seem to go more than two weeks without collaborating with an icon, will bring his latest project, the Sound City Players, to Letterman on Thursday night for their network TV debut where they will be  joined by Stevie Nicks. Grohl also will visit The Colbert Report on Wednesday to discuss his latest musical venture. Also of note, The Avett Brothers visit Letterman tonight.

    Monday, February 11 [All Times ET]

    • Stevie Nicks: Live [AXS 4PM]
    • Ed Sheeran on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Avett Brothers on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Far East Movement on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Tori Amos: Scarlet’s Walk [AXS 3AM]

    Tuesday, February 12

    • Neon Trees on Live! with Kelly & Michael [syndicated - check listings]
    • Litte Big Town on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Jewel on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Boyd Tinsley on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 11:35PM]

    Wednesday, February 13

    • Weird Al Yankovic: Biography [BIO 9AM]
    • Lupe Fiasco w/ Guy Sebastian on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Dave Grohl on Colbert Report [Comedy Central 11:30PM]
    • Eli Young Band on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Fall Out Boy on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]

    Thursday, February 14

    • Johnny Cash: Biography [BIO 10AM]
    • Norah Jones: St. Anne’s Warehouse [AXS 5PM]
    • Gavin DeGraw on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Josh Groban on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
    • Dave Grohl & the Sound City Players w/Stevie Nicks on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
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    After the “who we lost” montage at last night’s Grammys detailing the many legendary musicians and music industry vets who passed away over the last 12 months, Mavis Staples, Mumford and Sons, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Elton John, T-Bone Burnett and Zac Brown paid tribute to the last person listed in the montage, The Band drummer Levon Helm, by performing The Weight.

    Elton introduced the tune and dedicated The Weight not only to the musicians we lost but also to the Sandy Hook school victims before handing it off to Zac Brown for the first verse. Mavis Staples, who made her presence felt not only throughout the whole cover, but also after it ended, handled the second verse. The Mumford Boys harmonized on the third verse, while Howard absolutely stole the show with the “wait a minute, Chester” verse followed by Elton singing the final verse of The Weight. All in all, it was a nice tribute to one of our heroes. If you missed it, here’s the vid…

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    Long before the Grateful Dead rolled out their monstrous sound system known affectionately as “The Wall Of Sound,” famed record producer Phil Spector was crafting a sound in the recording studio using layers of sounds that became his calling card throughout the 1960′s. Spector originally had aspirations of being a performer, having early success with his band The Teddy Bears, who had a number one hit in 1958 with To Know Him Is To Love Him, which sold over one-million copies. Despite their success, the band broke up the next year, and Spector turned his attention to record producing, apprenticing under the famed songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller at the Brill Building in New York.

    Spector again had success right out the gate, this time as the producer of Ray Peterson’s Corrina, Corrina, which hit number seven on the charts in 1961. It’s when Spector moved out to California and set up shop at Gold Star Studio in Los Angeles that his famed Wall Of Sound came together, as he teamed up with a group of session musicians that came to be known as the Wrecking Crew. Spector produced over 25 Top 40 hits in the early 1960′s, most famously with The Crystals and The Ronettes. He would later go on to work with The Beatles, producing their 1970 album Let It Be, as well as co-producing solo albums by George Harrison and John Lennon.

    While Spector’s influence on pop music is undeniable, his legacy has certainly taken a hit after he was convicted for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2009. While the court proceedings were front page material, his 2007 trial was declared a mistrial with the second leading to his conviction of 19 years to life, it was Spector’s wild hair-dos that also caught people’s attention.

    The murder and subsequent trials serve as the basis for HBO’s new biopic about the record producer simply titled Phil Spector. The film, which stars Al Pacino as Spector, will premiere on Sunday, March 24th. Let’s check out the trailer…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

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    Jam stalwarts Widespread Panic embark on a spring tour starting in April that runs through early May. The group will return to the road in June for previously announced slots at Wakarusa and Mountain Jam. Today, they’ve filled out their early June tour by adding a pair of shows in Knoxville, a gig in Vienna, Virginia and a two-night stand in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    The Knoxville shows will take place at the Tennessee Theatre on June 3rd and 4th. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday at 10AM ET. Panic will play Wolf Trap in Vienna on the 5th, with tickets going on sale March 16th at 10AM and the Raleigh shows will take place at Raleigh Ampihtheatre on the 8th and 9th. Tickets for the Raleigh gigs go on sale February 22nd at 10AM ET. Head to for more details.

    Widespread Panic June Tour Dates…

    June 1st – Ozark, AR (Wakarusa Music Festival)
    June 3rd-4th – Knoxville, TN
    June 5th – Vienna, VA
    June 7th – Hunter Mountain, NY (Mountain Jam Festival)
    June 8th-9th – Raleigh, NC

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    My Morning Jacket front man Jim James has just released the official video for A New Life – the first single from his recently released solo debut album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. The vid starts with Jim simply strumming his acoustic before he opens the door and finds a new frontier filled with a buffalo-headed woman and a formally dressed dance troupe. Yes, it’s bizarre.

    Take a look at the vid for Jim James’ A New Life…

    [via CoS]

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    What makes the Unknown Mortal Orchestra so enjoyable to listen to is their ability to mix seemingly divergent styles together to arrive at a heady blend of hazy psychedelic-soul music, that’s perfect for late-night listens and lazy Sunday mornings. Last Tuesday, the Portland, Oregon-based trio released their sophomore album, simply-titled II, via Jagjaguwar. UMO also dropped the music video for the record’s lead single – So Good At Being In Trouble.

    The clip features Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) trying to rescue his girlfriend from a hippie cult, who wouldn’t seem too out of place on Shakedown Street. Let’s check it out…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    Unknown Mortal OrchestraSo Good At Being In Trouble

    The Unknown Mortal Orchestra have lined up an extensive world tour, which will keep them on the road from mid-February through the end of May, that kicks off tomorrow night in San Francisco.

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    Craig Myers, percussionist and kamel n’goni player, has had an extremely full plate the last several years. However, touring and performing as a member of both Mike Gordon’s band and Rubblebucket left less time to devote to his own two bands, Barika and N’goni Trio.

    2013 brings a bit of a change as Myers left Rubblebucket in September to focus on Barika.  The band fuses West African influences with a poly-rhythmic, funk laden sound that has doses of psychedelia and R&B with complex rhythms and infectious grooves. The band is getting ready to release their second album, Rise, and has asked fans to contribute to the process. We recently spoke with Myers to ask about the new album and his plans for 2013.

    Parker Harrington: Great to talk to you today, Craig. Thanks for taking the time out of your schedule. We talked to you a couple years ago on the heels of the release of Barika’s debut album, Remember. Now, you are getting ready to release another album, Rise. Can you tell us a little bit about the evolution of the band’s sound and what might have changed since Remember as well as give us a little background on this new album?

    Craig Myers: Remember was our first album of course and we had been a band together at that point for two-plus years. Rise I feel is both a deepening and a continuation. But also there’s lots of evolution that happens the more any musicians play together. The more shows you do, the deeper you connect with each other and the deeper the music can get. So at this point, there are some things that are similar to Remember but there’s a lot more richness and more deep harmonies in the music, especially with the horns. There’s also a lot surprises that I want to keep from people and let them hear it for themselves.

    PH: Has the album all been recorded at this point?

    CM: Pretty much everything has been recorded. There’s some horn over-dubs and some finishing touches to be done. We started doing the recording on our own and then have been finishing it up at a place in Burlington (VT) called Signal Kitchen Studios.

    PH: And you are using Kickstarter this time as well?

    CM: Yes, we have a Kickstarter going right now and are about a week into it. We have about 25% funding so far and it is going pretty well. We are hoping to meet that goal, so we have a lot more potential left for the mixing and mastering process.

    PH: Good luck with that and I assume you have a contingency plan in place if you don’t meet the goal? Can we still expect an album sometime this year regardless of the Kickstarter campaign?

    CM: Yeah, you can definitely still expect an album, but it might not come out in the beginning of May. It might have to wait until late spring or even summer. It would just take a little longer to finish it up, but everyone is going to get it one way or another.

    PH: As far as the evolution of the band, has the band itself had any changes since the last album or has the lineup been totally static?

    CM: Yes, it has been the same members the last couple years and we’ve been going strong and enjoy working with each other. The music is getting deeper and everyone has a good idea now of what Barika is. What the sound is and how we want to evolve it and move forward. We’ve also been working with my buddy Adam Dotson who I used to play in Rubblebucket with. Whenever he is not on tour, he comes and plays with us as well. It is nice having him around since he’s such a musical person with such a great ear and sensitivity.

    PH: Obviously without the time commitment of travel and touring now that you have left Rubblebucket, does that mean you’ll be able to have more time for Barika?

    CM: That’s a big part of why I left Rubblebucket sometime in September [2012], so I could invest all my energy into this project and push it forward and make it a nationally touring act.

    PH: Do you think you are on the cusp of that? It seems like Rubblebucket was just about getting there…I’m not going to say ‘take a step back,’ but that must have made it a really difficult decision.

    CM: It was very difficult, yes. There were a lot of things that went into it that I don’t necessarily want to get into but I love those guys and have tons of respect for them. I certainly wish them the best. It was definitely difficult to leave something that I had invested five years of my life into and watched it grow and been there all along. Then, to take a step back and realize that I would have to do the same thing with my project for the next five years…

    Taking a step back is never easy but I feel like this music is my heart. This is my creative energy that I am putting in this and it is worth it. It is worth the adventure and it is worth the slow climb. The process itself is what it is. To me, being successful is not necessarily reaching a certain financial tier or some sense of stardom. It really is about the process and if all along the vibes are good in the band and the music is equally as good, and we just enjoy the process.

    PH: What are the pieces of the goal this year that you hope to achieve? Any particular dates, venues and/or festivals you’d like to play? Others you’d like to collaborate with?

    CM: Right now we are just revisiting markets in New England. The target markets we’d like to expand upon are Boston, Portland, New York, Providence and those within a six hour radius. We’d really like to make these markets strong and then we can make the crawl outside of New England and expand further South and out West. We’d love to go play in Colorado. As far as festivals go, yeah, we are really pushing to get on the bill for as many festivals as we can, especially in the New England area: The Wormtown stuff, Camp Creek, Gathering of the Vibes and these types of things. We’re hoping to play lots of festivals this summer.

    PH: For someone that doesn’t know your music, whether it’s a festival booker, club promoter or even a fan, how do you pitch your sound? Do you speak to the World aspect, the jamband leanings, the funk, the psychedelic edge or do you skip labels altogether?

    CM: That’s a good question and a really difficult thing with this band to come up with just one catch-phrase since it is culmination of so many different styles. There’s the base of the entire thing which is the n’goni from Mali with its African based influence. But everything that surrounds it, I have a lot of outside influences whether it be like hip-hop, R&B type production stuff or reggae. But we really don’t play any reggae in the band. There’s just sonic qualities of these types things that I really resonate with.

    I tend to use the word “future-shock” a lot. It’s like a future-shock contemporary sound and mixing that with traditional elements of West African music. So I don’t like to use the word “World” so much because sometimes that gives people the wrong idea as they think it always sounds a certain way. The music is very accessible to a lot of different kinds of people…it caters to a live setting, a festival setting. We try to stay current with what happens around us. The goal is to play homage to the tradition of West African music with the beat of the n’goni but also doing my own thing with it and incorporating influences from other styles.

    PH: How about plans for you above and beyond Barika in 2013? Are you still committed to Mike Gordon’s band? Will we hopefully see some Mike Gordon dates this year?

    CM: [Yes, I'm] still committed to Mike Gordon, but he’s been pretty busy doing his own thing. He’s been writing a lot of songs and doing the Phish thing. As far as I know, there’s nothing on the books right now, but those things usually come up quick and he’ll just pop it in, “We’ve got a tour in a month…” We always make it happen one way or another.

    Beyond that, I am doing a lot of n’goni related stuff. I have another band called the N’Goni Trio and that is kind of a revolving door of musicians. The foundation is the n’goni and the other two members are constantly changing. I like that. Barika is very focused music. There’s a deep groove to it but the arrangements are very specific. Everything keeps moving and layering and stacking. The building and breaking down of the music is very intentional.

    With the N’Goni Trio, I like to have a basic form for every song but allow everyone to really improvise and work with each other in the moment and see what we can create with intentional improvisation. So it is pretty cool. The bass player in Barika, Rob Morse, has been playing a lot with me on the upright bass. And sometimes I have this guy Dave Kobrenski show up and he plays the fulani flute which is an African flute. Guitar players, pedal steel players, piano players…it is constantly changing and that is a really fun project also.

    PH: And you have a great show coming up this Friday in Boston at Church with Superhuman Happiness. That’s such a great double-bill. How did that show come about? Have you played with them in the past? And is this Barika’s first show back since you left Rubblebucket?

    CM: We’ve been playing plenty of shows but this is our first show in Boston as Barika. I’ve played with Superhuman Happiness in the past with Rubblebucket. It is a bunch of such great guys in Superhuman Happiness…some of the Antibalas guys. So we have a great connection for sure. I suggested them since they were looking for a band to fit the bill. They have such great energy and are such a positive bunch of talented musicians. They were really one of my first picks, so I reached out and it ended up working.

    PH: Is there anyone else that you are looking forward to collaborating with or performing with this year?

    CM: Well, naturally I have a lot of favorite bands that I would love to perform with. We just did a show with John Brown’s Body and that was excellent. Being on tour with Rubblebucket develops such great friendships with so many bands. There’s definitely no shortage of other bands that I’d like to play with. But I’d love to do a lot more with John Brown’s Body. There was a really great connection there and I think both of our sounds are very compatible and accessible to the same crowds. So doing more with them would be great or doing things with Antibalas would be great. There are bands that are doing things with African music like Toubab Krewe – they are good friends of mine. Collaborating with them would be great and I think some of these things are in the works.

    PH: Well, good luck in 2013, good luck with Rise and the Kickstarter campaign and I hope you have a packed house in Boston on Friday. Thanks very much for your time.

    CM: Thanks so much Parker, I really appreciate it.


    Barika Official Website

    Rise Kickstarter Campaign

    Barika performs Friday, February 15th at Church of Boston with Superhuman Happiness and Dirty Rascals Brass Band.  $12

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    One of the founders of Tibet House US, famed American composer Phillip Glass, will once again be appearing at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21 for the 23rd annual benefit concert. This year he will be joined by Tenzin Choegyal, Ira Glass, Ariel Pink, Rahzel, Patti Smith and her band, tUnE-yArDs and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (@jimjames).

    Today on Twitter Glass and James chatted in a conversation facilitated by WNYC’s Soundcheck (@Soundcheck). The first part of the #tibethousechat had James posing questions to Glass, and concluded with Glass querying James for a few insights. Tickets, widely ranging in price, are available for purchase here.

    . @ We’re ready for your first questions Jim! #pglass #tibethousechat

    .@ do you believe repetition is a form of hypnosis? #tibethousechat
    jim james

    .@ It can be — it’s not what i do. It’s not in my interests to put people to sleep. It’s not on my mind. 1/2

    . @ To me, paying attention is the most important thing and repetition is a way to sharpen attention. 2/3

    . @ I have no way to tell people what to listen to. And people fall asleep to listening Beethoven and Wagner too. (3/3) #pglass

    .@ i have heard that your music is good for bringing life into this world. would you agree with this sentiment? #tibethousechat
    jim james

    . @ It’s a marvelous thought. I can only hope it might be. It’s not exactly why I write music, but it’s a great reason.

    .@ would you agree that the computer is the modern day equiv to the piano or other such “traditional” instruments? #tibethousechat
    jim james

    . @ I think that’s a good way to think about the computer. There’s more to it than that. (cont.) #pglass #tibethousechat

    . @ It changes the way we compose but also how we think about composing music. (cont.) #pglass #tibethousechat

    . @ Younger musicians using that way. It’s an important development and one we should be looking forward to. #pglass #tibethousechat

    .@ what was it that first drew you to co-founding @? #tibethousechat
    jim james

    . @ @ was founded at request of Dalai Lama to cultural centers around world: Mexico City, NY, New Delhi, among others.

    . @ It’s a place where Tibetan culture could be recognized, appreciated. Now it’s become part of the panorama that is NYC culture.

    . @ Now we’ve got a few questions for you! #pglass #tibethousechat

    .@ What drew you to perform with us at the @ benefit concert at @#PGlass

    .@ i agree with the basic principals of nonviolence, peace,
    jim james

    .@ and equality that are at the core of @ and strive to share. #tibethousechat
    jim james

    . @ I admire your music – where do you draw inspiration from? #PGlass

    .@ thanks for the kind words. i draw my inspiration mainly from europa, one of the many moons of jupiter. #tibethousechat
    jim james

    .@ You just released a solo album-how is your creative process different with solo material vs. music with @#PGlass

    .@ solo work is like architecture or creating a structure, #tibethousechat
    jim james

    .@ whereas band work is like holding hands and completing a circle. #tibethousechat
    jim james

    .@ Last Q: The @ concert is known for one-of-a-kind collabs-which artists are you excited to see/perform with? #PGlass

    .@ in full truth and honesty im excited about all the artists as i admire and respect them all a great deal. #tibethousechat
    jim james

    .@ Thanks Jim and this was a really interesting way of talking today. Looking forward to seeing you on 21st. #pglass #tibethousechat

    Thanks to both Philip Glass and @ for this great chat about @ concert on Feb. 21st! This was fun! #tibethousechat

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    Duane Allman’s daughter Galadrielle and famed reissue producer Bill Levenson have spent the last few years putting together a collection of Duane’s studio work and live output from his recording career that will finally be released as Skydog – The Duane Allman Retrospective on March 19th.

    The 129-track, career-spanning compilation features selections from his time in ABB precursors The Escorts, The Allman Joys, Hour Glass, 31st of February and The Bleus as well as plenty of live and studio tracks from the Allman Brothers Band. There’s also plenty of tracks showing off his studio work with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Pickett and King Curtis.

    The seven-disc collection – which comes with a 72-page book containing liner notes penned by Galadrielle, photos and more – is available for pre-order through Hittin’ The Web for $99. Want to sample it? You can stream the entire retrospective here…

    Here’s the entire tracklist for the 129-track retrospective…

    1 THE ESCORTS Turn On Your Love Light 2:33
    2 THE ESCORTS No Name Instrumental 3:13
    3 THE ESCORTS What’d I Say 4:04
    4 THE ALLMAN JOYS Spoonful 2:27
    5 THE ALLMAN JOYS Gotta Get Away 2:38
    6 THE ALLMAN JOYS Shapes Of Things 2:47
    7 THE ALLMAN JOYS Crossroads 3:32
    8 THE ALLMAN JOYS Mister, You’re A Better Man Than I 4:45
    9 THE ALLMAN JOYS Lost Woman 5:23
    10 HOUR GLASS Cast Off All My Fears 3:31
    11 HOUR GLASS I’ve Been Trying 2:39
    12 HOUR GLASS Nothing But Tears 2:29
    13 HOUR GLASS Power Of Love 2:51
    14 HOUR GLASS Down In Texas 3:08
    15 HOUR GLASS Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 3:01
    16 HOUR GLASS B.B. King Medley 7:07
    17 HOUR GLASS Been Gone Too Long 3:03
    18 HOUR GLASS Ain’t No Good To Cry 3:08
    19 31ST OF FEBRUARY Morning Dew 3:46
    20 31ST OF FEBRUARY Melissa 3:12
    21 THE BLEUS Milk And Honey 2:34
    22 THE BLEUS Leavin’ Lisa 2:43
    23 THE BLEUS Julianna’s Gone 2:59

    1 CLARENCE CARTER The Road Of Love 2:54
    2 CLARENCE CARTER Light My Fire 2:49
    3 WILSON PICKETT Hey Jude 4:06
    4 WILSON PICKETT Toe Hold 2:49
    5 WILSON PICKETT My Own Style Of Loving 2:41
    6 WILSON PICKETT Born to Be Wild 2:45
    7 LAURA LEE It’s How You Make It Good 2:32
    8 LAURA LEE It Ain’t What You Do (But How You Do It) 2:05
    9 SPENCER WIGGINS I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You) 3:01
    10 ARTHUR CONLEY Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 3:00
    11 ARTHUR CONLEY Stuff You Gotta Watch 2:15
    12 ARTHUR CONLEY Speak Her Name 2:39
    13 ARTHUR CONLEY That Can’t Be My Baby 2:22
    14 WILLIE WALKER A Lucky Loser 2:20
    15 THE LOVELLES I’m Coming Today 2:59
    16 THE LOVELLES Pretending Dear 2:38
    17 ARETHA FRANKLIN The Weight 2:53
    18 ARETHA FRANKLIN It Ain’t Fair 3:22
    19 SOUL SURVIVORS Darkness 2:56
    20 SOUL SURVIVORS Tell Daddy 2:30
    21 SOUL SURVIVORS Got Down On Saturday 3:10
    22 KING CURTIS Hey Joe 2:56
    23 KING CURTIS Foot Pattin’ 4:49
    24 KING CURTIS Games People Play 2:46
    25 KING CURTIS The Weight 2:47
    26 THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS Get A Little Order 2:06

    2 DUANE ALLMAN Goin’ Down Slow 8:44
    3 DUANE ALLMAN No Money Down 3:25
    4 DUANE ALLMAN Happily Married Man 2:40
    5 OTIS RUSH Me 2:55
    6 OTIS RUSH Reap What You Sow 4:53
    7 OTIS RUSH It Takes Time 3:25
    8 THE DUCK & THE BEAR Going Up The Country 2:34
    9 THE DUCK & THE BEAR Hand Jive 2:41
    10 BOZ SCAGGS Finding Her 4:10
    11 BOZ SCAGGS Look What I Got 4:13
    12 BOZ SCAGGS Waiting For A Train 2:41
    13 BOZ SCAGGS Loan Me A Dime 13:01
    14 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Don’t Want You No More 2:26
    15 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND It’s Not My Cross To Bear 5:01
    16 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Black Hearted Woman 5:07
    17 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Trouble No More 3:45

    1 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Every Hungry Woman 4:13
    3 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Whipping Post 5:16
    4 RONNIE HAWKINS One More Night 2:22
    5 RONNIE HAWKINS Will The Circle Be Unbroken 2:50
    6 RONNIE HAWKINS Matchbox 3:05
    7 RONNIE HAWKINS Down In The Alley 5:08
    8 RONNIE HAWKINS Who Do You Love 2:13
    9 LULU Marley Purt Drive 3:21
    10 LULU Dirty Old Man 2:20
    11 LULU Mr. Bojangles 3:08
    12 LULU Sweep Around Your Own Back Door 2:40
    13 JOHNNY JENKINS I Walk On Gilded Splinters 5:16
    14 JOHNNY JENKINS Rollin’ Stone 4:56
    15 JOHNNY JENKINS Down Along The Cove 3:02
    16 JOHNNY JENKINS Voodoo In You 4:50
    17 JOHN HAMMOND Shake For Me 2:42
    18 JOHN HAMMOND Cryin’ For My Baby 2:39
    19 JOHN HAMMOND I’m Leavin’ You 3:20
    20 JOHN HAMMOND You’ll Be Mine 2:42
    21 DORIS DUKE Ghost Of Myself 3:06

    1 ERIC QUINCY TATE Comin’ Down (demo version) 2:52
    2 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Hoochie Coochie Man (live) 5:00
    3 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Midnight Rider 2:58
    4 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Dimples (live) 4:59
    5 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (live) 9:21
    6 DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Soul Shake 3:06
    7 LAURA NYRO Beads Of Sweat 4:47
    8 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3:28
    9 DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Living On The Open Road 3:03
    10 ELLA BROWN A Woman Left Lonely 3:23
    11 ELLA BROWN Touch Me 2:59
    12 BOBBY LANCE More Than Enough Rain 5:51
    13 DEREK & THE DOMINOS I Am Yours 3:34
    14 DEREK & THE DOMINOS Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? 4:41
    15 DEREK & THE DOMINOS Have You Ever Loved A Woman 6:52
    16 DEREK & THE DOMINOS Layla 7:03
    17 ERIC CLAPTON & DUANE ALLMAN Mean Old World 3:48

    1 SAM SAMUDIO Me And Bobby McGee 3:31
    2 SAM SAMUDIO Relativity 3:14
    3 SAM SAMUDIO Goin’ Upstairs 5:06
    4 RONNIE HAWKINS Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles 2:13
    5 RONNIE HAWKINS Sick And Tired 2:45
    6 RONNIE HAWKINS Odessa 3:19
    7 DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Gift Of Love 2:09
    8 DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Sing My Way Home 4:02
    9 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Statesboro Blues (live) 4:17
    10 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live) 13:04
    11 GRATEFUL DEAD Sugar Magnolia (live) 7:20
    12 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND One Way Out (live) 4:57
    13 HERBIE MANN Push Push 10:03
    14 HERBIE MANN Spirit In The Dark 7:59
    15 HERBIE MANN What’d I Say 4:57

    1 DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Come On In My Kitchen (live) 3:42
    2 DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (live) 4:03
    3 DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Poor Elijah / Tribute To Johnson (Medley) (live) 4:54
    4 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND You Don’t Love Me / Soul Serenade (live) 19:25
    5 COWBOY Please Be With Me 3:41
    6 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Stand Back 3:24
    8 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Blue Sky (live) 11:24
    9 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Dreams (live) 17:56
    10 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Little Martha 2:07

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    In what we think is a fantastic fit, two HT faves, California’s ALO and the Ryan Montbleau Band out of Boston, will hit the road together for a two-week co-bill tour of the Northeast and Midwest this April. All in all, the groups will play eight shows together as well as a few select headlining shows of their own.

    The tour kicks off on April 18th in Milwaukee and runs through a April 27th date in Philadelphia. Along the way, the two bands will hit Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, NYC and Syracuse. Both groups play a mix of funk, roots and rock music and we’re expecting/hoping for many sit-ins.

    ALO + Ryan Montbleau Band Tour Dates:

    4/18 — Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
    4/19 — Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
    4/20 — Double Door, Chicago, IL
    4/21 — Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
    4/23 — 8 x 10, Baltimore, MD
    4/24 — Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
    4/25 — Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
    4/26 — Some Kind of Jam 8, Schuylkill Haven, PA*
    4/26 – Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY^
    4/27 — The Blockley, Philadelphia, PA
    4/28 — Brighton Music Hall, Brighton, MA*

    * ALO without Ryan Montbleau Band

    ^ Ryan Montbleau Band without ALO

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    I simply love TiVO and struggle to recall the days when you had to be home and tuned to a particular channel at a particular time in order to watch your favorite show. (Because, let’s face it- nobody ever figured out how to program their VCR properly). Anyway, have you ever wished that you could do the same thing with radio and record a show when you were unable to listen? How about a “PVR” for radio stations not only in your local listening area but anywhere across the country? answers the call for anyone that has wanted to record radio and offers a cloud based service for recording radio programs. DAR can be accessed via the web, through smartphone apps and through connected media players like Roku or Sonos. DAR allows the user to save, download, pause, fast-forward and rewind stations from not only this country but from around the world.

    What exactly is A ”Digital Audio Recorder” (DAR) for radio allowing playback from the web, smartphone apps and connected media players like Roku, Squeezebox and Sonos. Recordings can be made from stations across the world and played back or downloaded at the user’s convenience.

    Why would I even need this? While there are scores of ways to listen to many programs via podcasts or streaming from a station’s or program’s website, there are many that do not offer the listener any way of listening without listening live. Some apps and services, such as Tune In Radio, allow for streaming radio from around the world and in some cases, even recording it. Yet none of them offer scheduled recording in the cloud for playback anytime and anywhere. Radio may be a niche product for most people with the likes of Spotify and MOG, but there are scores of outstanding programs and shows that can’t be accessed elsewhere. Just last week, I noticed that Phish’s archivist, Kevin Shapiro, was going to be on a Sunday morning program on radio station WIZN in Burlington, Vermont. I couldn’t tune in Sunday morning, so I just set up a DAR recording and the show was ready for playback when I had the chance Sunday evening. Sweet!

    What is the cost? You can sign up for a free account which allows for the scheduling of only one program at a time and store about 100 hours in the cloud (2GB). For an occasional user who just needs to record a periodic program, a free account offers all the features, space and playback capabilities that you need. Several Pro Tier accounts allow for scheduling of up to 50 shows and storage of 2,000 hours. Pro accounts start at $59/year but sometimes go on sale.

    How does it work? Use the search tool to find the station that you want to record or browse by popular shows or genres. Just like a PVR, you can set up a one time recording or a repeating show. Again, if you are a free user, you are limited to one particular show. So you’ll need to turn a recurring recording off before scheduling a one time event or other show. Then, simply navigate to the player and play back your recording at your leisure. Searching, recording and playback are all incredibly easy and intuitive.

    [ search results for "WIZN" and easy to schedule recording interface]

    What are the drawbacks? The free service is limited to one recording (but does offer quite a bit of free storage) and the Pro tiers of service jump up in cost relatively rapidly in price. Additionally, the recordings are relatively low bit-rate so you are not going to get pristine CD quality audio like many of the streaming music services are now offering. Talk shows are definitely the most popular use for DAR based on their top shows from listener stats but music is certainly good enough to listen to yet probably not  high enough quality for downloading and archiving. The website could use a design face-lift also. It is perfectly utilitarian but awfully spartan and dated in design.

    Any other cool features? Customized RSS feeds for every show you record let you quickly and easily import into your favorite podcast software, if the show you are trying to record is not already syndicated. Downloading MP3 files also makes it convenient to listen to your shows in pretty much any way you can imagine. Also, when browsing for shows, anything that is currently live can be listened to right from the site without setting up a recording.

    [ Player with typical pause, forward, rewind functions]

    Botton Line Incredibly easy way to record radio and play on a variety of different devices including PC, iPhone, Android, Roku or Sonos. Even if you are not a habitual radio listener, can become very useful for recording a one time event on a station far away that does not stream online. Pro accounts are pricey, but a free account will more than satisfy most users.

    Happy listening and recording!


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