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    Last night at Terrapin Crossroads, Furthur members Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo and Jeff Chimenti teamed up with guitarist Anders Osborne for a West Coast Ramble. Osborne had already made his mark at last month’s Spring Rambles with Luther Dickinson, but seemed to have picked up where he left off from those memorable shows.

    The first set was filled with treats such as Anders-sung covers of Ramblin’ Man by the Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young’s Heart Of Gold and Bob Marley’s I Shot The Sheriff as well as Grateful Dead rarity Reuben and Cerise. In addition to Reuben and Cerise, John Kadlecik handled vocals on Grateful Dead staples Deal, Ramble On Rose and They Love Each Other.

    Set One: Deal (jk), Ramblin’ Man (ao), Reuben And Cerise (jk) > Sugaree (ao), Ramble On Rose (jk), Heart Of Gold (ao), They Love Each Other (jk), I Shot The Sheriff (ao)

    Set Two: Jam > Scarlet (jk,ao) > The Harder They Come (ao) > Fire On The Mountain (ao), Small Spacey Jam > Dark Star v1 (all) > The Other One (pl) > Dark Star v2 (all) > St. Stephen (all) > Midnight Hour (ao)

    Encore: Burning on the Inside (ao)

    [Setlist via PhilZone.org]

    The second set opened with an interesting segment that saw the ensemble insert a cover of The Harder They Come into the usual Scarlet > Fire pairing. Then, the band went into Primal Dead mode for a Dark Star > The Other One > Dark Star > St. Stephen sequence before ending the set with the Anders-sung Midnight Hour. Osborne had a chance to show off one of his originals as Burning On The Inside served as the encore.

    Listen to Anders, Phil, John, Joe and Jeff cover Ramblin’ Man…

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    The always innovative Beck added an old spin to new music last December when he released a book of sheet music containing new original tunes called Song Reader. Since Song Reader came out, its songs have been interpreted by a who’s who of musicians, but not by Beck himself. According to Spin, that will change on July 4.

    Beck will team will an all-star cast that includes Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, the Staves, the Guillemots, Michael Kiwanuka, James Yorkston, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg and the Pictish Trail to perform tracks from Song Reader at London’s The Barbican on July 4. Spin reports that more acts will be announced later. The house band backing these wonderful musicians will be made up of drummer Seb Rochford, bassist Tom Herbert, and guitarist Dave Okumu under the musical direction of Ed Harcourt and David Coulter.

    As we reported earlier, Beck will perform a handful of shows in the Northeast this summer.

    [via Spin]

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    Over the years we’ve shown off the impressive audio and video handiwork of Funk It Blog’s Randy Bayers. Bayers headed to the Crescent City for Jazz Fest and wound up catching 29 bands in five nights, and that doesn’t even include the time he spent at the actual Fairgrounds. All in all, Randy came through the festival with over 300 gigs of video. It’ll take him some time to process it all and post it on Funk It Blog, but recently he shared a sampler.

    This incredible 25-minute video features a sampling of the impressive acts Bayers caught in New Orleans. Included among the bands featured are Dumpstaphunk, Dr. Klaw, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/ Zach Deputy & Jon Cleary, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, The Revivalists and G.A.B.E (George Porter Jr, Anders Osborne, Billy Iuso & Eric Bolivar). We’re especially in awe of G.A.B.E.’s take on Mr. Charlie.

    While we wait for more of Funk It Blog’s videos to surface, here’s the sampler…

    Here’s the tracklist of what you can see in the above video…

    Funk It’s New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013 Video:

    Wednesday May 1st:
    01. Dumpstaphunk – Take Time @ Louisiana Music Factory
    02. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux – They Don’t Know @ Blue Nile Balcony Room
    03. The Nth Power – Spirits @ Blue Nile
    04. Dr. Klaw with Nikki Glaspie – Leave Me Alone @ One Eyed Jack’s
    05. Bear Creek Allstars – Go To The Mardi Gras @ One Eyed Jack’s

    Thursday May 2nd:
    06. The Bayou Gypsies – Foxy Lady @ Tipitina’s – Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
    07. Earphunk with Juno What?! – So Ruff So Tuff @ House of Blues Parish – Tribute ToZapp & Roger Troutman
    08. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Zach Deputy & Jon Cleary – Unchain My Heart @ House of Blues – Tribute To Ray Charles
    09. Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – ??? @ One Eyed Jack’s
    10. Fiya Powa! – Standing On Shaky Ground @ One Eyed Jack’s

    Friday May 3rd:
    11. The Revivalists with Big Sam – Sexy Motherfucker @ Fiya Fest
    12. The New Orleans Suspects with The Bonerama Horns – All The Money @ Fiya Fest
    13. Funky But Better – Doug Wimbish bass solo @ Fiya Fest
    14. Dragon Smoke with Nick Daniels – Padlock @ Fiya Fest
    15. Dragon Smoke & The Roots of Music Marching Band – Karate @ Fiya Fest
    16. G.A.B.E (George Porter Jr, Anders Osborne, Billy Iuso & Eric Bolivar) – Mr. Charlie @ Fiya Fest
    17. Dr. Klaw with Skerik – Beef @ Fiya Fest
    18. Karl Denson & The Dirty Dozen Horns – Who Let The Happiness Out @ Fiya Fest
    19. Orgone – Crazy Queen @ Republic
    20. Everyone Orchestra – Improv @ Republic
    21. Fantastic Four with Nigel Hall & The Shady Horns – Ain’t It Funky Now @ House of Blues Parish
    22. The Motet – Stella Blue @ Howlin’ Wolf

    Saturday May 4th:
    23. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Blackbird Special @ d.b.a.
    24. unknown Frenchman Street band
    25. Khris Royal & Dark Matter with Doug Wimbish & Corey Glover – Superstition @ Blue Nile Balcony Room
    26. Royal Potato Family Allstars with Carly Meyers – Improv @ Blue Nile
    27. WIMBISH! (Living Colour) with Khris Royal – Love Rears Its Ugly Head @ Blue Nile Balcony Room
    28. Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, Marco Benevento & Mike Dillon – Improv @ Maple Leaf

    Sunday May 5th:
    29. The Pimps of Joytime – Janxta Funk @ Tipitina’s
    30. Dumpstaphunk – Nikki raps, Encore Jam @ Tipitina’s

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    We love The Roots’ willingness to tackle music from a variety of eras and genres in their role as house band for NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Some of the best music they make takes place during commercial breaks. An example of this could be found on Tuesday, when The Roots teamed with soul singer Bilal for a take on a Steely Dan classic that went mostly unseen by the television audience.

    Drummer Questlove propels the beat, guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas adds a swagger-filled groove with choppy rhythm work while keyboardist James Poyser lays down impressive electric piano licks all while Bilal shows off his incredible vocal range during The Roots and Bilal’s cover of Black Cow. Check it out…

    [via Okay Player]

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    As the lime-infused canopy of spring morphs into the in bloom fullness of summer the Dark Star Orchestra finished a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl with a bang. Selling out both mid-week shows, DSO showcased their new bass player Skip Vangelasa the Williamsburg venue.

    [All Photos by Andrew Blackstein]

    For Tuesday’s second night of the Brooklyn Bowl run, Dark Star Orchestra chose to play a Grateful Dead show from June 15th, 1976 that was originally performed about seven miles away at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. DSO weaved in and out of Dead classics like Let It Grow, St. Stephen, Stella Blue and a powerful Sugar Magnolia > Scarlet Begonias > Sunshine Daydream sequence.

    This latest incarnation of DSO captures the Grateful Dead in the prime of their long career. By focusing on the details and closing your eyes, audience members are able to take a trip back in time and experience a little piece of rock and roll history.

    Check out a full gallery of Andrew Blackstein’s Dark Star Orchestra photos…

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    It’s been a month since the actual ceremony took place in Los Angeles, but on Saturday night we’ll finally get to see the 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on television. HBO will air 169 minutes worth of footage from last month’s event in which Rush, Donna Summer, Lou Adler, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Albert King, Heart and Quincy Jones received their honors on Saturday night at 9PM ET/PT.

    [Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins Induct Rush Into Rock Hall]

    If you miss Saturday’s telecast, don’t fret. HBO will make the broadcast available on-demand starting on Sunday. We can’t wait to see the Foo Fighters’ kimonos.

    Friday, May 17 [All Times ET]

    • Talib Kweli on Tavis Smiley [PBS - Check Local Listings]
    • Kurt Vile on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Bad Rabbits on Jimmy Kimmel Live [ABC 11:35PM]
    • De La Soul on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Saturday, May 18

    • Arcade Fire on Austin City Limits [PBS]
    • Heart, Rush, Public Enemy – 2013 Rock Hall Induction [HBO 9PM]
    • Neil Young, Foo Fighters – Global Citizen Festival [Palladia 9PM]
    • Kanye West on Saturday Night Live [NBC 11:30PM]

    Sunday, May 19

    • Bad Company - Hard Rock Live [VH1 Classic 3:30PM]
    • Phish, Flaming Lips - Austin City Limits Festival 2010 [Palladia 7PM]
    • Lamb Of God – Live At The Electric Factory [AXS TV 8PM]
    • Iron Maiden – En Vivo! Live [AXS TV 11PM]
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    The first lineup announcement from the Interlocken Festival has just been made by our friends at Relix. Put together by H.O.R.D.E. co-founder Dave Frey and Relix publisher Pete Shapiro, the event will take place from September 5 – 8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia. Today, we’ve found out that Furthur, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Black Crowes and String Cheese Incident will be among the bands performing at the first of what we hope will be many Interlocken’s. In addition, country-rocker Zac Brown will team up with The String Cheese Incident at the fest.

    We’re already digging on the lineup which makes us think of what the top of a 2013 Bonnaroo lineup would look like if organizers kept the focus on jam acts. According to the Interlocken website, “Many of the artists will be performing at Interlocken over multiple days, and will be featured in unique and exciting artist pairings – with additional artists to be announced soon.” With guys like Shapiro and Frey in charge, we know we’re in good hands and can’t wait to see the rest of the lineup and these “exciting artist pairings.”

    “Most festivals these days are trying to be everything to everyone — very eclectic with an emphasis on a large number of artists in various genres,” says Shapiro in a statement to Relix. “With Interlocken, we want to break away from that mold and create something more identifiable and distinct.”

    Early-bird tickets go on sale May 23rd at 10AM ET.

    [via Relix]

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    Last night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, a meeting of the guitar gods took place when Warren Haynes sat in with longtime collaborator Joe Bonamassa. The two have shared the stage many times in the past at Joe’s gigs and at Gov’t Mule shows as well as other appearances. Warren came out to help on Crossroads, If Heartaches Were Nickels and Look Over Yonder’s Wall.

    The two duel it out in true axeslinger fashion as we can see in videos of all three songs…

    Crossroads

    If Heartaches Were Nickels

    Look Over Yonder’s Wall

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    The Hangout Music Fest kicked off last night in Gulf Shores, AL and we thought we’d only get to hear second hand reports since no webcast had been announced. That changed this morning when MTV revealed they would be offering two feeds live from the fest featuring many of most anticipated performances. In addition, MTV Networks will provide television updates and highlights across MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, VH1 Classic, CMT Pure and Palladia.

    The webcast begins at 12:30 ET this afternoon and will run through Sunday night. HT faves The Breeders, Toots And The Maytals, Jim James, Passion Pit, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Gov’t Mule, The Roots, The Black Crowes, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Trey Anastasio Band and Stevie Wonder will be among the acts broadcast. You can watch the broadcast HERE.

    Here’s the full webcast schedule by feed (All Times ET)…

    Friday:

    12:30PM: Twin Sister (1), Lance Herbstrong (2)

    1:30PM: Lissie (1), Twenty One Pilots (2)

    2:30PM: The Breeders (1), Ra Ra Riot (2)

    3:30PM: Toots & The Maytals (1), The Sheepdogs (2)

    4:45PM: Jim James (1), Afrojack (2)

    6PM: Grizzly Bear (1), Ryan Bingham (2)

    7:15PM: Passion Pit (1), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2)

    8:30PM: The Shins (1), Big Gigantic (2)

    10PM: Kings Of Leon (2)

    Saturday:

    12:30PM: Delta Rae (1), Brassft Punk (2)

    1:30PM: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers (1), The Werks (2)

    2:30PM: Shovels & Rope (1), Public Enemy (2)

    3:30PM: Dirty Projectors (1), Bright Light Social Hour (2)

    4:30PM: Gov’t Mule (1), Wolfgang Gartner (2)

    5:45PM: The Roots (1), Holy Ghost (2)

    7PM: The Black Crowes (1), Kendrick Lamar (2)

    8:15PM: Bassnecatar (1), Slightly Stoopid (2)

    9:45PM: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2)

    Sunday:

    12:30PM: Zion I (2)

    1:15PM: Best Coast  (1), The Revivalists (2)

    2:15PM: Grouplove (1), Baauer (2)

    3:15PM: Galactic (1), Moon Taxi (2)

    4:15PM: Ellie Goulding (1), Porter Robinson (2)

    5:15PM: Imagine Dragons (1), moe. (2)

    6:15PM: Yeah Yeah Yeahs (1), Steve Aoki (2)

    7:30PM: Trey Anastasio Band (1), Bloc Party (2)

    9:30PM: Stevie Wonder (2)

     

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    After many years away from the limelight, Shuggie Otis has gained lots of notoriety in 2013 as he’s returned to touring and has seen his classic 1974 album Inspiration Information re-issued along with a disc of tracks he’s recorded since that time called Wings Of Love. One of Shuggie’s first big gigs was as bassist for the recording of Frank Zappa’s legendary Peaches En Regalia track from 1969′s Hot Rats LP.

    Shuggie and Frank spent lots of time together in L.A. and enjoyed collaborating on jams. Otis’ father Johnny was another music legend and in addition to being a singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader and talent scout, Johnny Otis was also a DJ with his own show on Pasadena’s KPPC.

    On a November 2nd, 1970 episode of The Johnny Otis Show, Shuggie and Frank Zappa busted out their acoustic guitars for what turned into a transcendent nine-minute jam that showed off the immense talents of each musician. Take a listen…

    [via @BBiB]

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    Earlier this month we broke the news that the second volume of the Garcia Estate’s GarciaLive series of live archival releases would be culled from the Jerry Garcia Band’s August 5th, 1990 show at the Berkeley Greek, which features a guest spot from banjoist Bela Fleck.

    The release has been officially announced and GarciaLive 2.0 is now available for pre-order through the Jerry Garcia official store. For a taste of what you can expect, here’s the Run For The Roses…

    Here’s the full tracklist and more info…

    Set List:

    Set 1:
    1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
    2. Stop That Train
    3. Forever Young
    4. Run For The Roses
    5. That’s What Love Will Make You Do
    6. My Sisters And Brothers
    7. Tears Of Rage
    8. Deal

    Set 2:
    1. Midnight Moonlight (featuring Béla Fleck)
    2. The Harder They Come (featuring Béla Fleck)
    3. And It Stoned Me
    4. Waiting For A Miracle
    5. Evangeline
    6. Think
    7. That Lucky Old Sun
    8. Tangled Up In Blue

    Lineup:
    Jerry Garcia – Guitar, Vocals
    John Kahn – Bass
    Melvin Seals – Organ
    Jaclyn LaBranch – Vocals
    Gloria Jones – Vocals
    David Kemper – Drums

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    Earlier this week we shared the news that Equifunk organizers added another full day worth of music to this year’s fest. At that time Pork Tornado featuring Jon Fishman was announced as the day’s headliner, with the promise of more acts to come. Today, we’ve found out who those acts are.

    We’re particularly intrigued by the fest’s offer for attendees to give a name to a supergroup they’ve put together to play the “Sunday Sessions.” This supremely talented quintet features guitarist Eddie Roberts and bassist Pete Shand of The New Mastersounds as well as Galactic drummer Stanton Moore,  keyboardist Nigel Hall and Lettuce / TAB saxophonist James Casey. We suggest “Fucking Badasses On Parade,” but Equifunk probably won’t go for that.

    Other Sunday Sessions acts include HT faves The London Souls, The Heavy Pets and The Main Squeeze. And why have one supergroup when you can have two as the M&Ms – a group made up of Moore, Marco Benevento, Robert Mercurio, Papa Mali and Maceo Parker are also on board for Sunday Sessions. Soulive and the Shady Horns with Maceo Parker, The New Mastersounds, JJ Grey with Mofro, Anders Osborne and Keller Williams with More Than A Little are among the acts set to play Equifunk 13′, which takes place at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in Pennsylvania’s Poconos on Aug. 16 – 18.

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    Today marks Phish keyboardist Page McConnell’s 50th Birthday and we’ve been celebrating over at JamBase by presenting a list of our 15 Favorite Page-sung Phish One-Timers as well as by sharing the thoughts of jam scene keyboardists Marco Benevento, Matt McDonald, Jason Crosby and Joel Cummins about Page’s influence on their playing. I wanted to make sure HT got in on the act, so we’ll bend the rules on the “full show” part of our Full Show Friday column this week.

    My favorite Page McConnell musical experience outside of Phish has to be the night both he and Trey Anastasio performed on three songs with the Allman Brothers Band as part of the group’s 40th Anniversary Run at the Beacon Theatre on March 12th, 2009. At the end of that evening’s first set Page and Trey emerged, along with guitar legend Buddy Guy, to perform Southbound with the Allmans. Then, to kickoff the second set, McConnell and Anastasio added their talents to otherworldly versions of I Know You Rider and In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.

    The entire run was webcast via Butch Trucks’ Moogis service and clips of all three songs have surfaced on YouTube for our viewing enjoyment. Besides the performances themselves, check out the beginning of the Rider to overhear a sweet chat between McConnell and Gregg Allman.

    Here’s Southbound, followed by I Know You Rider and In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed…

    Allmans w/ Buddy Guy, Page McConnell and Trey Anastasio – Southbound

    Allmans w/ Page and Trey – I Know You Rider (cuts)

    Allmans w/ Page and Trey – //I Know You Rider, Liz Reed

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    The  National will make two TV appearances this week – Letterman tonight and Colbert Report on Wednesday – and is hopefully fully recovered from their marathon, six-hour performance of Sorrow at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City just in time for their world tour, which launched last week. The band’s new album, Trouble Will Find Me, is now streaming on iTunes and will be released on Tuesday.

    [Photo by Deirdre O'Callaghan]

    Monday, May 20 [All Times ET]

    • She & Him on Ellen [syndicated - check listings]
    • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals: Storytellers [Palladia 11PM]
    • The Black Angels on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • The National on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • The Dream and Kelly Rowland on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]

    Tuesday, May 21

    • Red Hot Chili Peppers: MTV World Stage [Palladia 3PM]
    • T.I.: Behind the Music [VH1 6:15PM]
    • John Fogerty on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Thompson Square on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]

    Wednesday, May 22

    • 30 Seconds to Mars on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • The National on Colbert Report [Comedy Central 11:30PM]
    • John Fogerty w/Dawes on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • The Lone Bellow on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Bobby McFerrin on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Thursday, May 23

    • Foreigner: Behind the Music Remastered [VH1 Classic 8AM]
    • Sting: Live in Berlin [AXS 1:20PM]
    • Bush: Live From Roseland [AXS 5:30PM]
    • Amy Winehouse: Live at Portchester Hall [Palladia 9PM]
    • Boz Scaggs on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
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    HT fave Beck performed last night at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, California for his first full show of the year. Beck and his band, minus drummer Joey Waronker who’s on tour with Thom Yorke, performed a mix of songs from throughout his career, a handful of covers and the live debut of songs off his Song Reader book of sheet music, aided by a drum machine.

    The singer-songwriter paid tribute to the recently deceased George Jones by covering She Still Thinks I Care. Beck also worked in bits of Petty’s Free Fallin’ and The Humpty Dance by Digital Underground into the show. You can download audio of the whole show HERE.

    Two videos of Song Reader debuts have surfaced on YouTube….

    Beck – Sorry

    Beck – Heaven’s Ladder

    Setlist…

    Tonight, Beck will perform at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for “Pop-Up Magazine + McSweeney’s + Beck: The Song Reader Issue.”

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    The fourth annual Hangout Music Fest took place this past weekend on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. On Friday we mentioned that MTV would be webcasting many performances from Hangout, but on Saturday they changed the schedule and knocked off a number of the acts we were most excited to see including Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and Stevie Wonder. They did however webcast plenty of music and we’ve assembled a batch of them for your viewing enjoyment.

    Here’s nearly all of the Trey Anastasio Band’s set…

    And here’s the Gov’t Mule set…

    Watch moe. perform She Sends Me, It and St. Augustine…







    Watch Galactic perform Hey Na Na and How Many More Times…






    Here’s The Roots on Get Busy / Jungle Boogie…




    Finally, here’s Little Too Late from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers…


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    Last night was the evening Rolling Stones fans have been waiting for since it was announced that former guitarist Mick Taylor would be joining the band as a guest on their 50 and Counting Tour. Up until yesterday’s show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the use of Taylor has been sparse with “The Other Mick” only turning up to perform on Midnight Rambler each night and on (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction at a handful of shows. At The Staples Center Taylor performed on a total of four songs, two of which were long-awaited tour debuts.

    [via @RollingStones]

    Instead of welcoming the calvalcade of special guests like Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and Dave Grohl like they had at previous 50 and Counting Tour, The Stones made good use of the guest that’s been there all along – Mick Taylor. Taylor first emerged seven songs into the show for a tour debut version of Sticky Fingers track Sway, which was played by request. Mick came back three tunes later for what was once his signature song – Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’. Both Sticky Fingers tracks were tour debuts and were the first versions Taylor played on since he parted ways with The Rolling Stones in 1974. The guitarist returned later in the show for both Midnight Rambler and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

    The Rolling Stones also dusted off the 1978 single Far Away Eyes off Some Girls for its tour debut. To start the encore, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers emerged for You Can’t Always Get What You Want before Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Satisfaction brought the show to a close.

    Watch Mick Taylor perform Sway and Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’ with The Rolling Stones for the first time in nearly 40 years…

    Rolling Stones – Sway

    Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’

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    Yesterday we told you about Beck’s Sunday night show at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. While most of the blogosphere, including us, focused on Beck debuting material from his Song Reader book of sheet music, he also played plenty of his most beloved songs.

    Beck came out for the encore accompanied only by piano and delivered an awe-inspiring version of Midnight Vultures gem Debra, complete with a bit of a story and interspersed with bits of Elton John’s Bennie And The Jets and his own One Foot In The Grave. Check it out…

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    HT faves Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds continue to build their audience through constant gigging and by continuing to debut impressive new material and killer covers. We’re excited for the Brooklyn-based band’s new EP and you’ll probably recognize the name of the person they’ve signed on to produce the four-track effort. That’s right dawg, American Idol judge Randy Jackson will produce the EP titled Fight which is due for a Fall ’13 release.

    Fight’s first single, The Long Way, is expected this July. The band entered the studio with Jackson back in March and recorded The Long Way in addition to Fight, Boogie Man and Crawdaddies. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds have a busy summer of headlining gigs and festival appearances set.

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    Earlier this month the EV Glee of El Verano School in Sonoma County visited the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, Calif. before HT faves Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers took the stage. The grade-school singers had worked out a version of Bluhm’s Stick With Me that they wanted to sing for the band.

    Watch EV Glee’s incredibly cute take on Stick With Me…

    And here’s the original featuring Nicki and Tim Bluhm…

     

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