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    As previously reported, HT faves Tea Leaf Green will release the long-in-the-making new studio album In The Wake on May 14th. The San Francisco rockers will follow that up with an album release party in San Francisco on May 18th, where they plan to debut some of the material from In The Wake. Late in May TLG will hit the road for the first leg of the In The Wake Tour.

    Josh, Trevor, Reed, Scott and Cochrane will start the run with a pair of festival appearances at Summer Camp and Bella Music Fest before beginning a string of headlining dates in the Northeast at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. on May 30th. TLG will visit Boston, NYC, Teaneck and Washington, D.C. before bringing the leg to a close on June 8th at Philadelphia’s Blockley.

    Here’s the dates for the first leg of the In The Wake Tour…

    5/25 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
    5/26 – Geneva, MN – Bella Music Fest
    5/30 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
    5/31 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
    6/01 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
    6/05 – Teaneck, NJ – Mexicali Live
    6/06 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
    6/08 – Philadelphia, PA – The Blockley

    Next up for Tea Leaf Green is an April 6th show in Crystal Bay, Nevada.

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    One of the more intriguing bits on last month’s Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement dealt with this year’s SuperJams. First off, there will be at least two SuperJams on “the farm” in June. Actor/musician Ed Helms of The Office will host a tent called “Bluegrass Situation.” As part of his duties, Helms will also curate a bluegrass SuperJam with “special guests.” Also, Jim James will front what was originally billed as a “Soul SuperJam” that will feature the My Morning Jacket singer/guitarist performing with John Oates of Hall & Oates, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. There’s been a slight change in verbiage to the James’ led SuperJam which we found interesting and thought you might as well.

    If you look at the page with the 2013 lineup on it, you’ll notice the name of the SuperJam has changed. What was originally the “Soul SuperJam” is now “Rock N’ Soul Dance Party SuperJam.” Does that mean one or more of the famous rockers on the ‘roo bill will join Jim James, Zigaboo and Pres Hall? Can we expect a few dance and rock classics blended in among soul songs?

    Here’s what we know: according to Modeliste’s website this SuperJam is set to take place on Saturday of Bonnaroo Weekend. Also, when The Tennessean posted about the Jim James SuperJam here’s what they had to say…

    Part-time Nashvillian John Oates will be part of a “Superjam” with Jim James of southern rockers My Morning Jacket. James is planning a late-night jam inspired by classic soul music revues, according to Oates, who said that was “right up my alley.”

    “I think it’s an ‘Only at Bonnaroo (event)’” he said. “It’s one of those things where it has to be the perfect storm of musicality and personal relationships.”

    Oates said he was excited to head to Bonnaroo, particularly after hearing raves from Hall & Oates bandmate Daryl Hall, who performed there in 2010.

    “All I know is it’s going to be late at night, and that means it’s going to be pretty nuts, and I’m into nuts.”

    So it does indeed look like the Jim James/John Oates/Zigaboo Modeliste/Preservation Hall Jazz Band SuperJam will take place late at night and was inspired by “classic soul music revues.” Does the name change mean anything? Only time will tell, but if we’ve learned anything from watching Bonnaroo organizers Superfly and AC Entertainment operate, it’s that they are very deliberate. There was a reason they added “rock” and “dance party” and we can’t wait to find out why.


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    Those of us who can’t make it down for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring will still be able to keep tabs on some of the action going down at The Fairgrounds. For the first time in the event’s 43 year history Jazz Fest will be televised thanks to Mark Cuban’s AXS TV network.

    AXS TV will start broadcasting from Jazz Fest on April 26th where the plan is to include live segments in the channel’s nightly AXSLive program. Then, for most of the second weekend of Jazz Fest, Friday the 3rd through Sunday the 5th, AXS TV will air three days of continuous live coverage from the Fairgrounds.

    Jimmy Cliff, Phoenix, Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, The Black Keys, Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Hall and Oates are just a few of the hundreds of acts set to perform during the second weekend of Jazz Fest. AXS TV will unveil its full Jazz Fest lineup in the coming weeks.

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    When Prince appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this month, the talk show host mentioned that The Purple One would be embarking on “West Coast Tour.” This morning we’ve got some details on Prince’s West Coast jaunt thanks to members of his 3rd Eye Girl backing band who revealed the info on a Dr. Funkenberry podcast.

    Prince and 3rd Eye Girl will play a total of 28 shows at smaller venues in seven West Coast cities between April 15th and May 8th. The Purple One also has a number of European festival appearances set for this summer. Here’s the full list of Prince tour dates…

    04/15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue (Early Show)
    04/15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue (Late Show)
    04/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue (Early Show)
    04/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue (Late Show)
    04/18 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox (Early Show)
    04/18 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox (Late Show)
    04/19 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox (Early Show)
    04/19 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox (Late Show)
    04/23 – San Francisco, DNA Lounge (Early Show)
    04/23 – San Francisco, DNA Lounge (Late Show)
    04/24 – San Francisco, DNA Lounge (Early Show)
    04/24 – San Francisco, DNA Lounge (Late Show)
    04/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Early Show)
    04/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Late Show)
    04/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Early Show)
    04/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Late Show)
    04/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Early Show)
    04/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Late Show)
    05/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Early Show)
    05/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Late Show)
    05/03 – San Diego, CA @ Hard Rock Hotel (Early Show)
    05/03 – San Diego, CA @ Hard Rock Hotel (Late Show)
    05/04 – San Diego, CA @ Hard Rock Hotel (Early Show)
    05/04 – San Diego, CA @ Hard Rock Hotel (Late Show)
    05/07 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove (Early Show)
    05/07 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove (Late Show)
    05/08 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove (Early Show)
    05/08 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove (Late Show)
    07/13 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
    07/14 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
    07/15 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
    08/04 – Stockholm, SE @ Stockholm Music & Arts Festival
    08/07 – Skanderborg, DK @ Smuckfest

    Look for ticketing information to be revealed next week.

    [via Consequence of Sound]

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    The new Broadway musical Hands On A Hard Body officially opens tonight after weeks of previews. To promote the premiere, HoaHB’s creative team of Trey Anastasio, Amanda Green and Doug Wright visited MSNBC’s Morning Joe. While most of the discussion focused on the musical, John Heilemann asked a question that many Phish fans have pondered – when will Phish start recording a new album?

    [Photo via @gidplot]

    Anastasio’s off-the-cuff response was “tomorrow.” In many interviews about the musical Trey has talked about how much work he put into Hands On A Hard Body throughout the multiple year process that led to tonight’s opening. Even as the musical was in previews, both Anastasio and Green have worked hard getting the song order down and have even added a tune in recent weeks. Now that the musical is set, it appears Anastasio is ready to turn his focus back on to Phish.

    For you Phish fans: @ tells @ & @ on @ that @ is starting an album "tomorrow." #morningjoe
    Morning Joe

    Whether he was being flip in saying “tomorrow” isn’t known, but it does appear the quartet will enter the studio shortly. We’re hopeful that Phish will have plenty of new material by the time they kick off their summer tour on July 3rd. Watch the entire interview…

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    There’s a band out on the highway, They’re high steppin’ into town, It’s a rainbow full of sound, It’s fireworks, calliopes and clowns. Everybody dancin’. C’mon children, C’mon children, Come on clap your hands. Sun went down in honey and the moon came up in wine, You know stars were spinnin’ dizzy, Lord The band kept us so busy we forgot about the time. – The Music Never Stopped (Barlow/Weir)

    For four days the 27th annual SXSW Music Festival was the equivalent of my own living jukebox. A cacophony of sounds emanated from every imaginable space in Austin, Texas – creating a non-stop playground for music fans. This is spring break for adults. It’s an aural buffet of genres. It’s darkened bars and make-shift stages in parking lots. It’s bands playing for as few as ten people in a Mexican restaurant to crowds of thousands in an amphitheater attached to a legendary BBQ joint. It’s a giant choose-your-own-adventure book, with infinite possibilities each day. It’s an intoxicating experience that leaves you both enthralled and exhausted each day, as you hustle from show to show, sometimes fully knowing the band that you’re about to see, while other times just taking a chance on one that you overheard someone talking about.

    There is no right way or wrong way to experience SXSW. You can spend your time each day hunting down parties that offer the promise of free booze, or setup shop at one venue that offers two stages of continuous music or stand in line for hours to get into a club show from an act that has put those days of playing small rooms way behind them. You can plan your schedule for weeks leading up to the fest, only to throw all that out the window once you take that first step onto Sixth Street.

    It had been four years since I last attended SXSW, and there were some noticeable differences from the last time I was in Austin. First and foremost, the hip-hop world seems to have finally gotten the memo that the fest isn’t just for buzz-y indie bands or bearded Americana acts anymore. The genre is tailor-made for SXSW, as it’s best consumed in 20-plus minute high energy sets. Every hip hop show I passed seemed to be more packed than the next, as the rapid-fire pace gets the audience involved right from the start. The other noticeable difference for me was having a smart phone. Back in 2009 iPhones were still expensive toys for tech geeks, and Twitter was still in its infancy. The well-designed SXSW app was truly a revelation making for easy planning, band discovery and maps to every venue – which can be tricky to find if they are off the beaten path.

    Personally, SXSW offered me a mix of both the familiar and new, as I caught roughly forty-or-so acts over my time in Austin. With a big shout out to David Schultz, who is the Jedi Master of SXSW, and someone with whom I had the pleasure of running around town seeing a number of shows with, here are my highlights from this year…

    Matthew E. White – Wednesday, March 13 – Stages on Sixth

    Matthew E. White’s debut album Big Inner is full of lush, slow-burn, baby-making soul music that would make both Barry White and Issac Hayes proud, so I wasn’t quite sure how that was going to translate to a live setting. What I got caught me completely off-guard, as White offered up one of my favorite performances of the fest. Backed by a five-piece band, the long-haired and bearded singer-songwriter tore through an all-too-brief set without abandon, coming off like the true definition of a Southern Soul band that I even compared to Widespread Panic. This set showed off crunchy guitar, poly-rhythmic drumming and percussion, beefy keyboard, all set to White’s panty-dropping deep baritone croon that was capped off by a remarkable set-closing take on the nearly nine-minute tune Brazos.

    Hurray For The Riff Raff – Thursday, March 14 – Stages on Sixth

    As I mentioned in my SXSW preview Hurray For The Riff Raff have been at the top of my must-see list for quite some time now, so I was front and center for their Thursday afternoon set. Despite some persistent technical difficulties that plagued their set, the New Orleans-based band had me completely entranced with their brand of country-folk. The five-piece act stuck almost exclusively to material from last year’s Look Out Mama – with stand out takes on Look Out Mamma, Ode To John And Yoko and a set-closing version of Lake Of Fire. Lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra has one of those voices that seems to not make sense coming out of someone with such a tiny frame – it’s dark and mysterious, but fits perfectly well with her world-worn lyrics.

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    Phosphorescent – Friday, March 15 – Red 7 / Saturday, March 16 – SXSJ – Hotel San Jose

    With each passing album Matthew Houck continues to evolve Phosphorescent, moving from an intimate bedroom psych-folk to a Willie Nelson deep-cut tribute act to a rollicking country-rock band. Houck’s latest interpretation for his take on “cosmic American music”, which can heard heard all throughout his new studio album Muchacho, may arguably be his best yet. Walking into Red 7, the meaty seven-piece act was partially into their set, delivering swirling psych-country-rock arriving at some amalgam of if Neil Young fronted the Flying Burrito Brothers. I was so impressed that I headed to see them again the very next day, where they once again delivered the goods. The second Phosphorescent set I saw was highlighted by the group’s stunning take on their new single – Song For Zula, as well as Los Angeles – the winding closing track from 2010′s Here’s to Taking It Easy.

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    Caitlin Rose – Friday, March 15 – Club DeVille

    I was absolutely wowed by Caitlin Rose. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter is doing country music the right way. It’s gritty and dirty and takes its nods from the Outlaw Country that Austin helped foster in the 1970′s. The adorable Rose, who’s inspired by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Linda Ronstadt and Patsy Cline, was backed by a top-notch band that featured one of the better pedal steel guitar players I’ve seen in quite some time. Rose mainly focused on material from her sophomore effort The Stand-In, which is a huge step forward from her debut and unbeknownst to me includes a cover of the Felice Brothers’ Dallas that transforms the folkie dirge into a country-swing tune much to my delight.

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    Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Thursday, March 14 – Six Lounge

    The roof deck at Six Lounge was easily the most in-your-face corporate branded stage I saw music at this year. With a large multi-media set up on the stage, Six Lounge also happened to be the most intimate of places I caught a set at. The crowd was practically standing face-to-face with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside as the band performed on the barely raised stage. The Portland, Oregon-based act delivered one of those quintessential SXSW performances – a brawny set of booze-fueled surf-rock and bawdy rockabilly, punctuated by quirky front woman Sallie Ford’s vocal stylings. The unforgettable set was highlighted by some playful banter with that crowd that included a brief and hilarious Q&A session with the band, before they kicked into a raucous set-closing Party Kids.

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    The Lost Brothers – Friday, March 15 – Stages on Sixth

    With literally hundreds upon hundreds of bands playing each night, some shows are going to be woefully under-attended. Such was the case for The Lost Brothers who played before a smattering of about 30 people on Friday night at Stages on Sixth. The Irish folk-duo lived up to expectations with their gorgeously tender Everly Brothers inspired harmonies and sound. Their music filled me with memories of my childhood listening to oldies radio with my parents, as their sound channels both late-1950′s rock n’ roll and the early ’60s folk revival.

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    Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Friday, March 15 – Antone’s

    After seeing Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears perform I’m kind of dumbfounded that A.) it’s taken me this long to see this band and B) they aren’t getting the heaps of praise that has been lumped onto Gary Clark Jr. The Austin-based act hit the ground running as they played an all-killer, no-filler 40-minute set of blistering Band of Gypsys-inspired guitar-driven funk music that came replete with a three-piece horn section. The packed crowd ate up every minute of it, as Lewis ripped off one fiery lick after another and nodded to Jimi Hendrix late in his set by playing his fire engine red guitar with his teeth.

    You Won’t – Friday, March 15 – The Parish

    Walking into The Parish during daylight hours is a bit jarring, it’s a dark rock club that feels a bit like a cave. While my eyes adjusted to the dimly lit space, my ears perked to the sounds from the stage as the Boston-based duo You Won’t were laying down some Dylan inspired jangly blues-rock. The magical moment of their set came as the pair took to the floor to perform their last two songs un-amplified. Surrounded by the roughly 30+ people that managed to be there, the first tune was performed with the assistance of a harmonium and a saw, while the second saw lead singer Josh Arnoudse climb on top of a chair and belt out an impassioned theatrical performance that more people should have seen. These are the type of take-away moments that SXSW tend to be about, the ones that stick with you and make you want to see a new discovery again when they hit your town.

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    Vampire Weekend – Friday March 15 – Radio Day Stage / Saturday, March 16 – Stubb’s

    While SXSW isn’t about seeing the “headliners,” I somehow knew that I couldn’t keep myself away from catching Vampire Weekend – which I did not once, but twice. Their first set occurred at the Radio Day Stage in the Convention Center. Curated by National Public Radio, the gigantic conference room is far from the ideal place to see live music. Though a way-too-long bout of instrument tuning  cut into the Ivy League prepsters already short scheduled time slot, they delivered a tight six-song set that leaned on “the hits,” and closed with Unbelievers – the lead single from the group’s upcoming studio album Modern Vampires Of The City.

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    On Saturday night, the band was tasked with officially closing out the festival with a headlining gig at Stubb’s. The venue, which is attached to the legendary BBQ palace, makes this New Yorker jealous as it’s one of the coolest places to see a gig. The band was is in fine form delivering a polished rock show of their infectious indie-pop. Ezra Koenig & Co. cherry-picked material from their two studio albums including fan favorites Oxford Comma, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Cousins and Horcata, as well as debuted two new songs – Diane Lane and Step – which we posted earlier this week for your listening pleasure.

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    When Donny & Marie Osmond kicked off the January 13th, 1978 episode of their popular self-titled ABC variety show, they delivered an incredibly schmaltzy version of Steely Dan’s 1972 hit Reelin’ In The Years that featured Rockette-esque figure skaters and ice dancers. Donny & Marie sing Fagen & Becker’s lyrics such as “The weekends at the college didn’t turn out like you planned” without any sense of what they were singing about which adds to the absurdity of the moment.

    Thanks to the folks at Dangerous Minds for searching out this fawesome piece of kitsch…

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    After four years aboard the MSC Poesia, the next Jam Cruise will take place on a different boat: the larger MSC Divinia. And the boat won’t be the only thing that’s different about Jam Cruise 12 as event organizers Cloud 9 Adventures have also revealed that the Divinia will leave from Miami instead of Jam Cruise’s usual departure port of Ft. Lauderdale.

    Also of note, Jam Cruise 12 will depart a little earlier in the year than the last few trips as it’s scheduled to depart Miami on January 4th and will return on the 9th. The MSC Divinia holds 3,959 passengers, an increase from the Poesia which holds between 2,550 and 3,605 passengers depending on the setup. However, Cloud 9 aims to “limit the capacity and maintain the intimacy that you know and love.” Look for the initial Jam Cruise 12 lineup to drop on May 1st.

    You can currently pre-book a spot aboard Jam Cruise 12 through the event’s website.

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    It will be hard to top last Wednesday’s episode of TRI Studio’s talk show Weir Here in which Furthur / Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, roadie Steve Parish and archivist David Lemieux told Pigpen stories and a one-off ensemble led by Weir and Lesh performed. However the show must go on and the lineup for the next episode of Weir Here has just been revealed.

    Weir will be joined by guitarist Steve Kimock, Widespread Panic bassist David Schools, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, drummer Jay Lane and singer Leslie Mendelson for the March 27th episode of Weir Here. You can watch Weir Here at starting at 5:30PM PT / 8:30PM ET every Wednesday night.

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    Earlier this afternoon the Chicago Plan Commission held its monthly meeting. Among the topics discussed was a plan by the Chicago Parks District to expand the concert pavilion at Northerly Island. The project has been approved by the CPC and the work is expected to be done by June 1st, leaving plenty of time before Phish visits the venue for a three-night stand on July 19 – 21.

    According to P. Swanton, who attended today’s meeting, after the project is completed the capacity of the venue will increase from below 10K to 30,600. Swanton also reports that the orientation of the venue will change so that all seats will have stage and skyline sight lines. There will also be improved restrooms, backstage facilities, pathways and concessions.

    Swanton contributes to the Online Phish Tour site where you can read more about the meeting.

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    Icelandic band Sigur Rós make a rare U.S. television appearance tonight on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band will kick off the North American leg of their current world tour on Sunday night at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Sigur Rós promises new material and an 11-piece live band at each show of this leg which runs through April’s Coachella Festival.

    Friday, March 22 [All Times ET]

    • Aaron Neville on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Wiz Khalifa featuring Akon on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Sigur Ros on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
    • The Coup on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]

    Saturday, March 23

    • Punch Brothers / The Civil Wars on Austin City Limits [PBS]
    • Dropkick Murphys – Live From Fenway [Palladia 4PM]
    • Moby – Live Concert Special [AXS TV 9:50PM]
    • Kendrick Lamar on Saturday Night Live [NBC 11:30PM]

    Sunday, March 24

    • Rolling Stones – Some Girls Live in Texas [Palladia 11AM]
    • AC/DC – Live at River Plate [AXS TV 7PM]
    • Jack White / Alabama Shakes on Later…with Jools Holland [Palladia 2PM]
    • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Live at Stubb’s [AXS TV 7:30PM]
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    Earlier this week the music world lost Jason Molina, who passed away at the all too young age of 39 from organ failure stemming from his long and well-documented battle with alcoholism. The singer-songwriter, who had been putting out records since the late ’90s for Secretly Canadian, is best known as the front man for the psych-folk project Songs: Ohia and more recently the fantastic Neil Young-influenced country-rock act Magnolia Electric Co.

    As a tribute to Molina The Avett Brothers have uploaded this acoustic cover of Hammer Down from Magnolia Electric Co.’s 2007 album Sojourner that they recorded backstage in Ireland…

    The Avett BrothersHammer Down

    For those unfamiliar with Molina’s work the folks at Secretly Canadian, who posted a moving statement about him, are currently streaming his entire catalog for a short time on his website.

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    Yesterday, writer Tim Saccardo posted on both Reddit and Phantasy Tour about Thursday evening’s episode of the NBC comedy Community. Saccardo, a longtime Phish fan, wrote the episode and wanted to alert fans that he sneaked some references to the Vermont jam band into the show.

    For those paying close attention, you may have noticed three Phish references among Magnitude’s list of potential new catch phrases. Take a look…

    Community is currently in the midst of its fourth season which consists of 13 episodes.

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    Last month we hipped you to a Rage Against The Machine video showing the band in their early stages before they recorded a self-titled debut that brought the group both commercial and critical success. For today’s Full Show Friday, we fast-forward the clock four years from that early clip and bring you 85 hard-nosed minutes of rap metal from Rage Against The Machine’s August 13th, 1996 performance at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Zac, Tim, Brad and Tom had just released their second album, Evil Empire, a few months earlier and mixed some of the amazing tracks from that album such as Bulls On Parade, Vietnow and People Of The Sun with the songs such as Freedom, Bombtrack and Killing In The Name from the first Rage album that put them on the map. This footage seems to be shot by a fan, but the quality is most excellent and it’s well worth the watch. Take a look…

    Rage Against The Machine @ Electric Factory – 8/13/96

    Set: Know Your Enemy, Bulls on Parade, Vietnow, Without a Face, Fistful of Steel, Snakecharmer, Bombtrack, Down Rodeo, Bullet in The Head, People of the Sun, Killing in the Name, Wind Below, Free Mumia Jams, Freedom

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    Visitors to Jimmy Page’s official website were in for a shock today when an embedded video featuring a James Brown vs. Led Zeppelin mashup auto-played upon their arrival. The mashup, which was put together by DJ Eric Ill and Fissunix, perfectly combines The Godfather of Soul’s Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine and Led Zep’s Whole Lotta Love both visually and aurally.

    Page’s caption on his home page reads, “I was fortunate enough to see the dazzling James Brown a number of times. To hear him was one thing; to see him another thing; but to play with him would have been a dream come true. So this is as close as we can get.” Let’s check it out…

    James Brown vs. Led Zeppelin

    [Hat Tip - Dave Herman]

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    Last Saturday night members of the Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Spymob and Guster came together as the supergroup Yukon Kornelius for a rare set that was the featured performance of the FestEVOL 2013 at Okemo Mountain in Vermont. DJ Logic and O.A.R. opened the festivities which saw moe. guitarist Al Schnier, ex-Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach, Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider, actor Jason Biggs and Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini all guest with Yukon Kornelius.

    [Photos by Justin Gural of Ben & Jerry's]

    Yukon Kornelius played 25 songs in all including covers of material by Blue Öyster Cult, Talking Heads, Barenaked Ladies, Guster, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Cars, R.E.M., Led Zeppelin, Fuel, Tom Petty, Billy Idol, The Beatles, Godsmack, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Spinal Tap, Scorpions and AC/DC. The group started the set with their only original of the night, a song dubbed “Since We First Met” that featured lots of freestyle rapping by BNL’s Ed Robertson.

    Our friends at Ben & Jerry’s sponsored the event and have shared the following gallery of Justin Gural’s photos from FestEVOL 2013 with us for your viewing pleasure…


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    1.Yukon Kornelius Theme
    2.(Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult cover) (with Jason Biggs on cowbell)
    3.Psycho Killer (Talking Heads cover)
    4.Pinch Me (Barenaked Ladies cover)
    5.Center of Attention (Guster cover)
    6.Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
    7.Rap: Are You Logical (with DJ Logic)
    8.Let’s Dance (David Bowie cover) (with Arden Robertson joining his dad on drums)
    9.Just What I Needed (The Cars cover) (with Al Schnier)
    10.It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (R.E.M. cover) (with Marc Roberge)
    11.Hey Hey What Can I Do (Led Zeppelin cover) (with Marc Roberge)
    12.Shimmer (Fuel cover) (with Brett Scallions)
    13.Running Down A Dream (with Brett Scallions and Al Schnier)
    14.Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol cover) (with Brett Scallions)
    15.Come Together (The Beatles cover) (with Sully Erna)
    16.Awake (Godsmack cover) (with Sully Erna)
    17.We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister cover) (with Dee Snider)
    18.Round and Round (Ratt cover) (Dee Snider and Warren DeMartini)
    19.Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover) (with Sebastian Bach)
    20.I Remember You (Skid Row cover) (with Sebastian Bach)
    21.Youth Gone Wild (Skid Row cover) (Sebastian Bach)
    22.I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister cover) (with Dee Snider)

    1.Big Bottom (Spinal Tap cover) (with Brett Scallions) (Everyone plays bass)
    2.Rock You Like A Hurricane (Scorpions cover) (with Everyone)
    3.Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover) (with Everyone)

    [via Ben & Jerry's Flickr]

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    Over the past few decades many intrepid Deadhead sports fans have showed off their love for their favorite band and favorite team by wearing t-shirts that featured a team’s logo inside the iconic skull artwork from the cover of the Grateful Dead’s 1976 live double album Steal Your Face. These “bootlegged” t-shirts were sold in parking lots of Dead-related concerts across the country without the permission of the band or the team illustrated on them. Now, thanks to a first-of-its-kind licensing deal struck by an apparel maker with both the NBA and the Grateful Dead, Sportique will sell official “Steal Your Team” style t-shirts for men and “Dancing Bear” style t-shirts for women sporting the logos of nine professional basketball teams that will be available starting next month.

    These new t-shirts, which retail for the extremely lot-unfriendly price of $35, aren’t exactly like the “Steal Your Team” style shirts we’ve come to know as they feature a basketball in the middle of the Stealie instead of the team’s logo. On the new shirts the logo is placed below the skull with the name of the team written in a trippy font. Women’s shirts find a Dancing Bear surrounded by the team’s logo and the name of the team printed in that oh-so-heady ’70s font. The Knicks, Nets, Heat, Celtics, Clippers, Warriors, Lakers, Bulls and Thunder are the nine teams represented on the shirts which are expected to be available in the middle of April. Somewhere former NBA player Sarunas Marciulionis, a former NBAer and the member of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team who convinced the Grateful Dead to provide his team with “Skullman” t-shirts, is feeling like a pioneer.

    Here’s some more photos of the NBA/Grateful Dead t-shirts…


    [via Sports Illustrated]

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    Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and The Meter Men teamed up for their first headlining gig of 2013 last night at the Grand Ballroom in New York City. The quartet delivered many of The Meters’ beloved tunes over the course of the lengthy show including Hey Pocky A-Way and Fire On The Bayou which videographer Marc Millman captured for our enjoyment…

    Photographer Dino Perrucci was on hand and has filed a number of stunning shots…

    [All Photos by Dino Perrucci]

    Here’s more of Dino’s photos from Page and The Meter Men in NYC…

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    Frank Zappa stuck his foot into the mainstream in 1971 when he appeared as a mystery guest on syndicated game show What’s My Line. The episode aired on September 23rd and featured celebrity panelists Soupy Sales, Arlene Francis, Gene Rayburn and June Lockhart. Zappa emerges to a huge applause from the studio audience before Sales guesses who he is with surprising ease.

    Zappa, a longtime Southern California resident, had a few run ins with the more commercial end of showbiz starting with a 1963 appearance on the Steve Allen Show. He even had a cameo in an episode of The Monkees and also appeared in their Head movie. However FZ’s spot on What’s My Line was the rare instance where he traded upon his fame to help promote a project. In this case the guitarist/composer was shilling for his 200 Motels film. Crystal-clear footage of Zappa’s appearance on What’s My Line has emerged on YouTube thanks to tomtiddler1

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    Earlier this month Daft Punk used Saturday Night Live to debut a 15-second snippet of their new studio album and apparently that went well for the French EDM masters as they unveiled another 15-second segment of the LP during last night’s episode of SNL. The new ad directs viewers to iTunes where they can pre-order Random Access Memories which is due on May 21st.

    We’re still awaiting track titles, but we think it’s safe to say the song featured in the SNL commercial is called “Get Lucky.” This funky disco-fied snippet has us thirsty for more. Check it out…

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