August 8, 2011

Phish Hollywood Bowl: Setlist & Skinny

Back in 2009 our staff put together a list of 10 Venues Phish Should Play (that they’ve never played at before) and number one on our list was the historic Hollywood Bowl. Tonight, Phish finally made their Hollywood Bowl debut as the second leg of Summer Tour 2011 continues.

For Phish’s first show at the Bowl they leaned on heavy-rotation staples throughout the night. The exception came in the middle of a fierce Weekapaug Groove during the second set, when drummer Jon Fishman made his way towards center stage where a mini-kit was set up. Fish led the band through a debut cover of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover in which he simulated Steve Gadd’s signature drum part while singing the tune. The jam of the night came out of Piper and explored a number of different spaces quickly before melting into Mike’s Song.

READ ON for the setlist and The Skinny from Hollywood…

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Review: Phish @ The Gorge

Words and Photos: Jason Gershuny

Phish kicked off the second leg of their 2011 summer tour at the picturesque Gorge Amphitheatre, which served as the backdrop to two terrific shows, each with their own share of highlights. This was Phish’s 6th trip to the Gorge in the last 14 years, and I for one have to say that there are few other places that I would rather see this band.

For those who have never been, imagine camping in a sprawling high desert landscape with a visible horizon for miles around. Thousands of travelers from all over the country create their own colorful worlds with whatever materials they happened to bring with them. Friends congregate to create sprawling tapestry villages to get out of the heat. During the day, the sun is merciless and shade is at a premium. But the incredible payoff lies in the beauty of the amphitheater itself.

As you finally find your way out of your makeshift shade structure to head to see the music, you get your ticket scanned and you are faced with a relatively steep hillside that blocks your view. In cresting the pinnacle of that hill, the world opens up before your eyes to an expansive view that covers miles and miles of the wandering deep blue Columbia River carving elegantly through the rock of the Gorge. All this is before your eyes with the stage in the foreground of your view.

READ ON for more of Jason’s thoughts and photos from The Gorge…

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Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Jesse & The Rippers

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter got their first mention here on Hidden Track back in January of 2007, during HT 1.0, when we had a reoccurring feature around these

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Terrapin Crossroads Update: Let Phil File

We’ve been following the status of Phil Lesh’s planned Marin County music venue with great interest since the story first came to our attention in May. Lesh envisions hosting the

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AP Botches Gregg Allman Cancellation Story

When the Associated Press writes a music-related news item, the article is typically posted in dozens of newspapers and hundreds of websites. So when they mess up information within their

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Televised Tune: On the Tube This Week

Late night highlights this week include My Chemical Romance (Monday) and The Kills (Tuesday) on Jimmy Fallon and Panic! at the Disco (Monday) and Cage the Elephant (Tuesday) on Jay

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The Doheny Blues Festival: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA 5/21 & 5/22/11

Once again, this year booked some of the biggest names in the blues universe, from established legends to the best of the up-and-comers. The event also continued their tradition of embracing folk, funk, rock, jazz, R&B, gospel and world music acts that incorporate the blues into their sound. The following is an account of this year’s highlights.

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Rory Gallagher

An unsung member of the late 60's guitar gods including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, Rory Gallagher’s profile has risen dramatically in the years following his untimely death in 1995. His stubborn integrity, combined with the furious immersion in his live performances, won him a staunch following that has compelled the remaster of his entire original catalog. Uniformly excellent, even if a bit similar from album to album, these recordings capture the essence of what blues-rock was intended to be, a genre unto itself honestly derived from its roots.

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Lex Land: Were My Sweetheart to Go

Were My Sweetheart to Go…, the second album by Austin chanteuse Lex Land, finds the singer continuing to cover themes of loss and unrequited love. A more introspective take on the topics, however, reveals a more confident songstress. The melancholia is still there (“Finally thought something might work out alright, but then it died during the Ides of March”) but Land seems better able to deal with it now.

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