Articles by: Bryan Rodgers

Umphrey’s McGee Stays True To Form On ‘it’s not us’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Umphrey’s McGee stays true to form on it’s not us, in that there is no form. Any Umphrey’s album or show is a stylistic journey, but this album shifts gears more than any they’ve released ...

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Warren Haynes 29th Annual Christmas Jam Triumphs With TAB, Mule, Marcus King & Les Bros (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

With an unexpectedly strong winter storm covering much of western NC, fans and artists alike had an eventful time making their way to Asheville for the 29th iteration of Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam. Friday was ...

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Har Mar Superstar, Margo Price, Lee Fields, Run The Jewels Impress at 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival (FESTIVAL RECAP)

  Much like last year’s iteration, the 2017 edition of Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival saw the event take an even tighter grip on the city’s downtown area. Social media overflowed with businesses offering Hopscotch specials ...

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Silversun Pickups & Third Eye Blind Give Unique Takes on Nostalgia in Raleigh (SHOW REVIEW)

“Who would have thought that, 20 years after our first album, we’d be sold out in Raleigh?” Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins posed this question to the variously-aged throng at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, ...

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Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F*** He Wants In Raleigh (SHOW REVIEW)

Dweezil Zappa returned to Raleigh with a subtle lyric change to his dad’s tune “Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt”. Referencing his brother, Dweezil said “Ahmet is waiting for you behind the toolshed.” The Zappa family ...

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Bob Weir, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss And More Make 28th Warren Haynes’ X-Mas Jam One For The Ages

There was tangible excitement around the 28th iteration of the Christmas Jam that hadn’t been felt since the astounding 25th anniversary blowout in 2013. The chilly weather in Asheville, NC signaled the true start of ...

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Anderson.Paak & Wye Oak Highlight Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival (RECAP/PHOTOS)

The Hopscotch Music Festival, now seven years old, has had its share of growing – and not growing – pains through the years. By many accounts, the festival, its fans, and the city of Raleigh ...

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Umphrey’s McGee Inspires Overused Terms “Heater” & “Epic” In Charlotte (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Umphrey’s McGee roared into Charlotte on a roll, having just completed a watershed July 4th weekend at Red Rocks. The band seemed to be driven by the momentum of those spectacular shows, and they rode ...

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Bonnaroo 2016: Donna Jean Godchaux Reunites With Dead Members, Ween Returns To Roo on Solid Sunday (FESTIVAL RECAP)

With any Sunday at Bonnaroo comes the realization that the thing is almost over. Monday and the real world loom over the farm like a thunderhead as attendees scramble to get their last Amish doughnut ...

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Bonnaroo 2016 – Pearl Jam, Band of Horses, Claypool Lennon Delirium, Big Grams Save Otherwise Lackluster Saturday (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Saturday at Bonnaroo 2016 wound up being a solid day despite the presence of two of the most vapid artists of the decade. At this point, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis seem like one of the ...

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