February 2008

Quote of the Week: Deaner on New Zealand

“Other than that, I don’t know what else to say except I’ve never seen such a disproportionate amount of beautiful women with fucking loser boyfriends. There are so many smoking

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Tour Dates: I See Fire And I See Rain

There is something about summer and the smoothing sounds of James Taylor that just go hand in hand. The gentle bard will be hitting the amphitheater circuit this summer showcasing

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Representative of the Midwest: Van Ghost/TR3

On Saturday, Chicago promoters Triple Dot Mas will celebrate its sixth anniversary in style at the Double Door with performances from the Tim Reynolds Trio and powerhouse upstarts Van Ghost. You don’t want to miss this exciting pairing.

Widely known for his work with Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds has recently embarked on his first tour with a full band in eight years. The Tim Reynolds band (or TR3) promises to bring “a mix of updated Tim classics to wild covers of everything from James Brown to Prince to Tim’s newest catalogue of material he is preparing just for this tour,” according to his website. Read on for more…

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moe.: Going Deep This Time

As they close in on the 20 year mark, moe. steps out of their recording confines by, ironically, holing up in an old church and hammering out a record in isolation.

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Umphrey’s Tour Diary: West Coast Pt. 4

On Monday we kicked off a new feature called Tour Diary with the first of four entries from the Umphrey’s McGee crew about their recently completed West Coast tour. Here’s UM Lighting Crew Chief Wade Wilby final installment:

02/15/08 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
OM Trio opened
Set I: Bridgeless> Much Obliged> Dump City, Partyin’ Peeps, The Fussy Dutchman, Sociable Jimmy> Bridgeless
Set II: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, 2nd Self> Der Bluten Kat> Gulf Stream1> Der Bluten Kat, Syncopated Strangers, Utopian Fir
Encore: Bombtrack2 3

1 First Time Played (Original) ; Portions played on 11/10/07 & 12/31/07
2 First Time Played (Rage Against The Machine)
3 Ilya Stemkovsky (Vocals) and Brian Felix (Keyboards)

All photos by Matt Ziegler, except where noted

San Francisco is a gorgeous depiction of West Coast vegetation and landscape; Rolling hills dotted with island-like real estate and a dreamy climate controlled by the waving palms. Besides its deep natural romance, the city has played host to some of music’s most famous live moments, classic venues and of course…The Fat Man. We would only come in contact with one of the aforementioned amenities in The Fillmore, and it would prove to be our last 3 night run there, making it a very special weekend at this institution of rock and roll. Read on for more…

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The B List: Cherry Poppin’ at Langerado Pt. 2

Just one week from today the Langerado Music Festival kicks off at Big Cypress in the Florida Everglades. I’ve attended the last two Langerado festivals, but this year’s lineup takes things to a new level. As someone who doesn’t get to many festivals, I think the best part of going is the enjoyment I get from checking out artists I haven’t seen before. Here’s the second part of my list of ten bands I’m excited to see for the first time at Langerado:

1. The Avett Brothers – North Carolina’s Avett Brothers play deeply spiritual music that seems to appeal to a diverse range of music fans. The songs that Seth and Scott Avett write are gritty tales of life played on basic acoustic instruments. Their most recent release, Emotionalism, shows the wide range of styles in the fellas’ music. Within one song on the album you may hear elements of Calypso followed closely by a bluegrass stomp. I’m very interested to see how they pull of this melange of styles live. Read on for more on the Avetts and four other bands….

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