July 16, 2007

Who Just Played Three Nights at MSG?

Dispatch has earned the distinction of being the only unsigned act to headline Madison Square Garden. And they not only headlined the world’s most famous arena this weekend, they sold out three nights at MSG. Since we know nothing about them except The General, we asked our friend Matty Mac to do the honors.

Whenever anyone asks me “Who’s your favorite band?,” I always say “I don’t have a favorite per se, as my tastes are constantly changing with the wind.” But I realized this past weekend that my response is total bullshit.


I definitely have a favorite band, and they go by the name of Dispatch. If you have never heard of them before, well, I am not surprised. Born of out the dorms of Middlebury College in Vermont, Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold and Chad Urmston show a versatility and musical ability like no other band I have seen or experienced. Though the band has “officially” broken up, to this day they have a loyal following that could rival Phish, if only comprised of a younger demographic.

My roots in this band go back a long way. During the first few weeks of my freshman year of college, my roommate had a tape of a band called “One Fell Swoop” that he insisted on me listening to. During this time, I had only really listened to hip hop and thought that this “hippie, tree-hugging shit” was exactly that: shit. But after my first listen all the way through (the album happened to be “Silent Steeples”), I was a changed man. I listened to that tape so much that it pretty much melted in the tape deck. I was in love. Like, “let’s get married” love, but in a completely heterosexual way.

Read on for more of Matty Mac’s full review of Dispatch at MSG…

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The official website of Larry Campbell blew up Phil Lesh’s spot, announcing that the Peter Gallagher lookalike will be touring with the former Grateful Dead bassist in the fall, beginning on September 28th. Not surprisingly, the news was deleted from Campbell’s website within a few hours of being posted.

We’re extremely excited that Phil is getting back on the road, and we wait with baited breath to see the dates and who the other members of the ensemble will be. The item posted on Campbell’s website also said that he will be playing with Phil and Friends in San Francisco on July 21st. So make sure to keep a look out for some announcements from the Lesh camp soon.

Have a great beginning to your week, and don’t forget to check out A Big Yes and a small no tonight in Brooklyn. The winners of our contest on Friday? Jeremy Welsh and Eric Mohl. Congrats to both. And as usual, read on after the jump for a long list of setlists from the weekend, including Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan, Dispatch, Genesis, Metallica, Morrissey, Tower of Power, and all your favorite jambands…

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