June 2, 2009

Tour Dates: Down By The River

We’ve already extolled the virtues of former BtN act and NPR’s favorite “smart-rock” band Okkervil River numerous times here on HT. Will Sheff & Co. put on my very favorite

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Best of Cover Wars: Curtis Loew Edition

In honor of Phish’s Fenway bust out, we’re re-running our The Ballad of Curtis Loew Cover Wars which was originally published on May 5th, 2009

The Ballad Of Curtis Loew was originally released on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s aptly titled sophomore effort Second Helping. There is a FAQ section on Skynrd’s website that asks if there was a real Curtis Loew. Here’s the answer…

The inspiration for Curtis Loew was loosely based around the characters that lived near Ronnie’s home on Jacksonville’s Westside. The corner store in the song is based on Claude’s Midway Grocery on the corner of Plymouth and Lakeshore in Jacksonville. While there wasn’t a ‘real’ Curtis Loew, there were many Curtis Loews in the neighborhood. The actual spelling of the name came when Ed was writing the liner notes for the Second Helping album in 1974. He thought it would be funny to name this old Florida black bluesman after the Jewish Loew’s Theatre.

Cover Wars

The Contestants:

Keller Williams: Leading off this week we’ve got a short rendition from the early years of Keller Williams. Source: 1-25-1998

READ ON for the rest of this week’s Cover Wars contestants…

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Cheap Trick Announce The Latest

Multi-platinum rock band Cheap Trick announce the pre-order of the new album The Latest, currently available exclusively through the band’s official website- www.cheaptrick.com- and on Amazon.com. The Latest, produced by

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Pete Yorn Confirms Headlining Tour

In July, acclaimed singer and songwriter Pete Yorn will kick off a headlining tour in support of his anticipated new album ‘Back And Fourth’ (June 23, Columbia).  Backed by his

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Phish – Fenway Park, Boston MA 5.31.09

Phish summoned their collective Roy Hobbs, knocked the cover off the ball, and annihilated the spun-like-the-twine-on-the-inside-of-a-baseball crowd (lame baseball analogy #1)

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