May 2011

Phish Holmdel Setlist & Skinny: Night One

Tonight Phish moved on to the second stop of Summer Tour 2011 and one that is familiar to both fans and the band – the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Located a short drive from guitarist Trey Anastasio’s hometown of Princeton, Phish first performed at what was then the Garden State Arts Center as part of the H.O.R.D.E. tour on July 11, 1992 and have since returned six times before this week’s two-night stand.

[via PNC Bank Arts Center Facebook Page]

The band came out of the gates by crafting a first set filled with high-energy, arena rock favorites including Chalk Dust Torture, Punch You In The Eye, The Moma Dance and Divided Sky. Anastasio dedicated a straight forward yet strong version of Sand to “Max” before struggling through The Divided Sky later in the set. Trey had such issues with the complex tune that he gave up at one point and urged the crowd to sing his part.

There were no trainwrecks in set two as the quartet put together a tight, engaging second stanza that started with a cover of J.J. Cale’s After Midnight and featured an exploratory jam out of Drowned before ending with the tour’s first YEM. Outside of Alaska, the newest original played on this night, Sand, was debuted in 1999. Phish returns to the PNC Bank Arts Center tomorrow. READ ON for the setlist and for “The Skinny”…

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HT Giveaway: Governors Ball Tickets

With Memorial Day Weekend signifying the official start of summer, it also marks the official kickoff to music festival season, as each weekend from now through the end of September

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Review: Hangout Festival, Day Two

Hangout Music Festival @ Gulf Shores, AL – May 21

According to 90-year-old California Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, Saturday, May 21 was supposed to be the day of Rapture. For over 35,000 music fans Saturday, May 21 was also day two of the Hangout Festival.

On the agenda were Primus, Flaming Lips and Foo Fighters with some Cee Lo Green slipped in between. Who better to bring the world to an end than the Flaming Lips? I began my day hiding from the blazing Alabama sun (or was that spiritual judgment?) at the Boom Boom Room (an outdoor stage encased in a white tent) with Australian flame Xavier Rudd.

Rudd simultaneously mastered percussion, didgeridoo, harmonica, guitar, lap steel and vocals. His organic sound created an elaborate sonic texture, which framed original lyrics of political and social mind. Rudd’s songs moved from folk to exotic, energetic, aboriginal rhythms driving every body in the audience to stomp, clap and shake to the beat. As Rudd sang about peace, freedom and spiritual balance the crowd cried out for more.

READ ON for more from Allison on the Hangout Fest…

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Postcards From Page Side: A Tour Opening Bonanza From Phish at Bethel

This week, we get an early dose of Postcards From Page Side from our featured columnist Brian Bavosa as he recounts Phish’s tour opening weekend at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY…

After five months off since their triumphant New Year’s Eve run at the DCU Center in Worcester and NYC’s Madison Square Garden that seemingly saw the band turn a musical corner, Phish returned to the road this past weekend for a three-night run at Bethel Woods in upstate New York. After the holiday run, fans were very interested to see what might be in store for the band’s most aggressive and longest tour in nearly 20 years this summer – broken down into two legs, 30 proper shows and a 3-day festival over the 4th of July weekend in Superball IX.

[Photo by Dave Vann © Phish 2011]

Bethel Woods is a venue that fans (and the HT staff) have been hoping for years Phish would play. Sitting just atop the hill where Woodstock was held, simply put, the place has good bones. It is also the nicest ampitheater in the northeast in my opinion, if not the country. The sightlines and sound are awesome from any vantage point, and the lush, green lawn is as comfortable as they come. While ample trees and a full-fledged museum dedicated to Woodstock on-site (which is a site to behold on itself, and highly recommended), Bethel is the quintessential place to see the band, with plenty of space to move around and get down.

When the band finally hit the stage on Friday night, any question of proving a point was made with a bombastic Tweezer > My Friend, My Friend opening sequence. In fact, from start to finish, the first set of Summer Tour 2011 was as high energy as they come and sure to be a favorite of the weekend for many. Boasting a super-funky Wolfman’s Brother that slid effortlessly into Walk Away, one of the strongest tunes for Phish 3.0 on a consistent basis, any doubts of practice, or easing into the weekend were quickly dissipated.

READ ON for more on Phish’s tour-opening run in Bethel…

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Coachella 2012 = Two Weekends!

The organizers of the Coachella Festival have just announced that next year’s event will be held over two weekends. Here’s a look at the full statement… We’re excited to announce

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Cover Wars: Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)

We don’t do a lot of Cover Wars features of songs originally sung by female lead singers, we’ll have to change that starting this week with Landslide, a track from the 1975 self-titled Fleetwood Mac album. I’d tell you more about the song, but you should just hear it straight from Stevie Nicks, you’ll get a guest appearance from her in the second video featured in the “Glee” entry.

The Contestants:

Artist: Dixie Chicks
Album: Home
The Skinny:

The Dixie Chicks recorded this cover in 2002 on their album Home and the deluxe edition also features a Sheryl Crow remix.


READ ON for more covers of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide…

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My Morning Jacket: Circuital

One of the most anticipated albums of 2011 thus far, My Morning Jacket’s Circuital is one of those ever-so-rare instances where inspiration meets expectation.

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