Tour Dates: Meet Middle Brother

At last year’s SXSW music fest, John McCauley of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit debuted their new roots-rock supergroup, which at the time

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HeadCount Takes To The Phones

In an age of Facebook, Twitter and any number of social media outlets capable of documenting the minutia of your day to day life, sometimes something as simple as the lost art of the phone call serves as the best way to connect with someone on a personal level. For their latest social activism campaign, HeadCount is doing just that by taking a back to basics approach in order to remind people to head to the polls to exercise the Constitutional right to vote in next Tuesday’s mid-term elections.

The non-partisan organization, that was founded in 2004 by Andy Bernstein and Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein, and has helped register over 175,000 people, has enlisted a impressive roster of musicians from the indie to jam world, that includes Jim James (MMJ), Willie Nelson, ?uestlove, Matt Berninger (The National), Jon Fishman (Phish) and Warren Haynes (ABB, Gov’t Mule) to not only pre-record reminder messages, but also make live personal calls to a select number of the approximately 25,000 people who have made a “Pledge to Vote” via HeadCount.

In a media conference call yesterday to talk about the inventive initiative, HeadCount board member Bob Weir (Grateful Dead/Furthur) stressed the importance of a “Vote For You” mentality, saying that young people need to take the future into consideration and participate instead of letting a bunch of “crusty old folks” made the decisions that have direct impact on their lives and those of future generations. Weir, who joked that his call list was so large he better get to work on it immediately, said that would seize the opportunity to talk to people to help figure out where the organization’s efforts will be centered in the future.

READ ON for more from HeadCount’s conference call…

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Video: Guster – Do You Love Me

The fall album release party continues on Tuesday with Easy Wonderful from jam-pop act Guster. The Boston-based band, who have been around for 15 years, are poised for more commercial

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Tour Dates: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Turns 10

Founded in 2001 as a bluegrass-only event, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has morphed into easily the premier free festival in the country offering a diverse roster of roots, Americana, rock and

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Last Week’s Sauce: November 2nd – 8th

Last Week’s Sauce is a recurring column featuring recordings of shows from the previous week. Thanks to tye for this week’s photo.


Artist & Title: Bela Fleck & The Flecktones – Blu-Bop
Date & Venue: 2009-11-04 Vicar Street, Dubline Ireland
Taper & Show Download: Taper Unknown

There are interesting things going on over at the Bela Fleck camp. With saxophonist Jeff Coffin gigging full-time with Dave Matthews Band, the Flecktones have reverted to their 1992 lineup that features Howard Levy on keyboards and harmonica. This track was off the 1991 Grammy nominee album Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo. The Flecktones play tonight at The Melkweg in Amsterdam and are back in the USA starting November 18th at the Strathmore in Bethesda Maryland.


Some video from four nights later in Prague:

READ ON for tracks from Club D’Elf, Guster, The Meat Puppets & WSP…

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Last Two Week’s Sauce: July 26 – August 8

Last Week’s Sauce is a recurring column featuring recordings of shows that took place the previous week. I was on Phish tour last week, so this edition covering two weeks of shows. Thanks to manitouman for the photo.


Artist & Title: Buddy Guy – Voodoo Chile, Buddy’s Blues
Date & Venue: 2009-07-26 Gathering Of The Vibes, Bridgeport CT
Taper & Show Download: Scott Bernstein

Back in January 2008, we ran a piece on child musical prodigies, and Quinn Sullivan was one of them. Well, in addition to this kid shredding it on stage with Buddy Guy a couple times a year, he’s now starting to sing as well. The second tune featured here is titled Buddy’s Blues and what I assume is one of the first Quinn Sullivan originals. Watch out for this guy. Buddy Guy plays tonight at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.


READ ON for more including tracks from Fleet Foxes and Phish…

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Tour Dates: Down On The Farm

After a spending three years inhabiting venues across the mighty Northeast, Farm Aid will once again return to its roots with a show in the Midwest at the Gateway City

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