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Phish Drop Bombs and Blow Minds in Atlanta

Phish  – Aaron’s Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA – 8/25/12

Words/Photos by Jakob Ross

Phish Drop Bombs and Blow Minds in Atlanta

The last time I was truly blown away by a band was when I saw Phish for the first time at Bonnaroo. They played what Reverend Justito refers to as a “greatest hits set”, playing songs like Down With Disease, Sample In a Jar, Cavern, and Tweezer. While that set was great for a beginner such as myself, some hardcore phans probably wouldn’t give it such high praise. Keeping that in mind, I stepped into Aaron’s Amphitheatre for the third time this year expecting something awesome. Two sets full of some popular tunes, some rarities, some covers, and something hopefully better than the Bonnaroo set. And that is exactly what I got.

According to the Aaron’s Amphitheatre Facebook page, the 1st set was scheduled to kick off at 7, giving us something like two 95-100 minute sets, with enough time for a 30-minute set break and a 10-minute encore. Well, apparently that changed because the 1st set didn’t start until 7:45, giving us two 75-minute sets instead.

We left our house a few minutes before 3:00, with an expected arrival time of about 5:00 or so (the gates opened at 6:00). Finding a spot to park was a nightmare; one parking lot was already full of cars and vans and tents, so we had to head into a lot on the other side of the amphitheatre, which was right adjacent to a different entrance than the one we’ve used in the past. Despite all that, we still managed to be the first people in line at the gate and found the perfect spot on the lawn that was both close and free from any obstructions of view.

After an unexpected 45 minute wait and with the sun setting to my left, the mighty phoursome graced the stage and welcomed the 20,000-strong sold out Atlanta crowd with a neat instrumental tune called Cars Trucks Buses from their 1996 album Billy Breathes. After a round of applause they dove headfirst right into Wolfman’s Brother, a song I’d hoped to hear at Bonnaroo but didn’t. It’s one of my favorites from Hoist so I’m very glad I got to hear it. Afterwards they played Runaway Jim, which I’m pretty sure is just about a dog that ran away, ran-away ran-away.

After Jim, they played Ya Mar, which is a song by Cyril Ferguson, for only the third time this year. Early on, I could tell this set would focus more on Trey and Page’s skills, as both were playing some amazing solos, while Mike and Fishman’s spotlight would wait until Set 2. After Ya Mar, I got my first repeat ever, Alaska. While this was played towards the end of Set 2 at Bonnaroo, it appeared halfway through Set 1 here, where I feel it worked better. The jam for Alaska was absolutely brilliant, probably the first of many amazing jams of the whole show. After Alaska came another cover, My Soul, originally by Clifton Chenier. This was one I’d never heard before, but it sounded great. So far everything was sounding amazing. All the songs felt like they belonged in this set, which was certainly more of a straight rock and roll set. There were plenty of great jams, but one song didn’t jam into another. And that’s fine with me, I was having an amazing time.

After My Soul, the sun had gone almost all the way down. Darkness poured down on the lawn dwellers of Aaron’s Amphitheatre and marijuana smoke pervaded the air all around me. And then what would be one of my favorite parts of Set 1 happened, Trey hit the first couple notes of the ever so famous Wilson riff and every person shouted “WIIIIIILSOOOON” up to the stars. Another Bonnaroo repeat, but I don’t think I will ever tire of hearing this one live. The dudes played with the intensity and the ferocity of rock and roll gods as they sang about Wilson, the King of Prussia.

After Wilson came Maze, a song from one of the jammiest studio albums ever composed: Rift. Maze is full of great lyrics, I’ve discovered and I love the chorus. Sometimes it’s not just the jams and solos that make Phish great; they can also be great songwriters, even when the lyrics don’t make sense. After Maze, came the final cover of Set 1, a song I’ve wanted to hear live for a long time: Roses Are Free by Ween (RIP). The brothers Ween may have stopped making music together, but their best music lives on vicariously through bands like Phish, who, thankfully, brought out this cover of one of Ween’s best songs during the set. This show was already better than Bonnaroo, and the first set wasn’t even over yet. Next I got two more Bonnaroo repeats, Backwards Down the Number Line and Character Zero. Backwards is a pretty good song, but I could’ve done without it, and Character Zero was a great way to end a set. At 9:00 PM exactly, the boys left the stage for the 30-minute set break.

During the break, I learned that going to the bathroom after Phish have gone on stage is a bad bad idea, so I kept my liquid intake to a minimum, only taking a few sips of Coke when I got really really thirsty.

At 9:30 as I was making my way back to our spot, the lights went down and Phish came back on for Kill Devil Falls, another Joy cut I could have done without, yet not a horrible way to kick off the set. Kill Devil Falls flowed smoothly and directly into Golden Age, another one of their better cover songs. It was during Golden Age that Mike’s bass playing really sounded amazing, as it did for the duration of the second set. Golden Age  in turn flowed directly into Free and for the whole second set it didn’t feel like the band stopped at all. Just one continuous 75-minute medley of songs interspersed with slow, psychedelic jams that climaxed into exploding energy all accompanied by beautiful lights. Phish have once again proved themselves as one of the best live bands ever, and the show wasn’t even over yet.

After Free came Light,—kinda funny to hear the words “and the light is growing brighter now” as it was getting darker and darker outside—which led into Wading in the Velvet Sea which felt like it could’ve been a power-ballad from the 70s, even though it is a Phish original. After Velvet Sea came the opening riff to Chalkdust Torture, another favorite I never tire of hearing. Although I initially felt like it would’ve done better in the first set, for some reason, it just felt right exactly where it was. Chalk Dust Torture was another example of a jam where it was quiet and chill but eventually built up into an awesome crescendo, but then went right back to being quiet, almost as if Phish were dropping bombs of music on our heads and we were more than happy with the mushroom-shaped cloud that resulted. Chalkdust jammed, unfinished, right on into What’s The Use, a rarity from The Siket Disc that they haven’t played since June 8, 2011. What’s The Use jammed relaxedly into Joy, a great, albeit overplayed, ballad from their most recent studio effort.

Joy jammed for a little while until there were only 5 minutes left in Set 2 (I figured since the set started at 9:30 then it would conclude at 10:45; I was right), so Phish threw an amazingly heavy, energetic, and explosive rendition of Run Like An Antelope to finish up a whirlpool of amazingness that was almost overwhelming. Set 2 was a vicious cycle of emotion, energy, and relaxation that boded well for this writer. Phish left the stage again for the encore break, and came back a couple minutes later, where keyboardist/pianist Page McConnell thanked us and told us how much they love playing Aaron’s Amphitheatre. The show may have been close to over, but they still had enough time to drop one more bomb on our heads, and this one was an atomic bomb: A fantastic cover of The Beatles’ A Day in the Life. Page sang John Lennon’s part (“I read the news today, oh boy”) and Trey sang Paul McCartney’s part (“Woke up, got outta bed”). Hearing one of my favorite live bands perform one of my favorite Beatles songs was an amazing experience and a great way to end the show.

A Day in the Life ended without any cool extended jams, but the show itself was all kinds of amazing. I had an amazing time, and there is no better way to kick off our last week of American residency than with an amazing live show. Thank you Phish, thank you Atlanta, and thank you America.

Jason Mraz Invites Atlanta to Keep Calm and Wear Fedoras

Jason Mraz – 8/18/12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre, Atlanta

Words by Jakob Ross

“Tour Is a Four Letter Word”

Jason Mraz Invites Atlanta to Keep Calm and Wear Fedoras

Pop music comes and goes. Some songs stand the test of time, others go away after a few months or, in some cases, after a few weeks. That’s just the way it goes in the crazy business of music. One of the most popular songs of the past decade or so is 2008’s “I’m Yours,” which you can still hear on the radio and in your local Starbucks today. This song skyrocketed Jason Mraz to mega-fame, and, as I observed last night while viewing the 15,000-member audience, that fame has yet to subside. Even after the release of this year’s less-than-amazing album “Love Is a Four Letter Word.”  A couple weeks ago, Mraz began his North American “Tour Is a Four Letter Word” with fellow singer/songwriter Christina Perri, who you may know was the girl who sings that song that makes you want to punch puppies every time you hear it.

Anyway, after multiple setlist checks, my mom (the biggest Jason Mraz fan in the family) decided what songs she wanted to hear, which ones she didn’t care about, and ultimately we decided we’d leave after the aforementioned “I’m Yours,” which is the last song before the encore break. This show would also serve as way for me and my dad to check out the lawn and get a feel for where we would try and be when we see Phish this Saturday.

We got to our spot and laid down a blanket to relax on about halfway through Christina Perri’s set. Don’t get me wrong, the girl can sing very well, but her music does absolutely nothing for me. All the songs sounded the same, but I only had to sit through about 25 minutes of it.

At about 8:45, his scheduled appearance time, he hit the stage and shifted from an ominous instrumental intro into “Remedy,” a song that I had heard before, but had absolutely no idea was a Jason Mraz song. From our spot on the lawn, we could see everything. The view was spectacular and we didn’t have to actually stand up until the end of the set.

After “Remedy,” he played “Living In the Moment,” a new song. As mediocre as his new album is, a lot of the songs translated really well in a live setting, and made them seem a lot better than they really are. Then he played “a song I wrote while on a plane”: the aptly titled “Plane.” That song had some pretty—I hate using this word—epic moments that really demonstrated Mraz’s vocal skills. Next he played “Be Honest,” a duet that featured the violinist of his band sharing vocal duties with Mraz.

He then played a couple tracks from his most popular album “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.”: “Only Human” and “Lucky,” the latter of which also featured his violinist on vocals, singing the parts that Colbie Caillat sings on the album. He played a few more new songs afterwards, but the highlight of the show was definitely the last four songs of the set. The 13th song of the set was a bonus track from the new album entitled “You Fckn Did It,” a song he performs with his female hispanic percussionist whose name ISN’T Sheila E. Knowing his audience well, he warns the audience beforehand that the song they were about to play featured “a certain short word” that some parents wouldn’t like their kids hearing. “If you don’t want your children to hear this certain word, then I heard a rumor that the Fresh Beat Band are playing in the lobby,” Mraz joked. After him and his percussionist (“The Duo Decimal System,” they called themselves) performed the song, he invited the rest of his band back up to sing another bonus track, entitled “I’m Coming Over,” in which the whole band including Mraz stood as a group in one area of the stage and sang the mellow track.

Afterwards, everyone took their respective spots at their instruments and performed the most energetic song of the night “Butterfly,” which flowed nicely into a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” If you know anything about that song, then you know that the chorus is “Signed, sealed, delivered/I’m yours,” which is either a coincidence or a subtle way of letting his audience know what the next song would be. As soon as the all-too-familiar hammer-on guitar riff hit the ears of the thousands of audience members, we all knew what was coming. Everyone in the lawn stood up and prepared for a massive sing-a-long, because, let’s face it, everyone knows the words to the song.

After the song ended, Mraz left the stage for the encore break, and we left the venue to head home. I heard all I needed to hear, as did my parents and sister. Let’s face it, Jason Mraz has some pretty bad songs, but hearing them performed live actually made some of them listenable and even enjoyable. Overall, not a terrible concert experience. He puts on a good performance and sounds very good live. The sound this time was way better than it was last time I went to Aaron’s Amphitheatre, so not too many complaints from this writer. If you like relaxing music and fedoras, then you might enjoy yourself a Jason Mraz concert (yes, he did wear a fedora). But now I have to spend the next week preparing myself for my second round of Phish, which you’ll hear all about next week.

311 Bring Unity to Atlanta With a Little Help From Their Friends

311 Bring Unity to Atlanta With a Little Help From Their Friends

One band that I’ve been interested in seeing for a couple years now is 311. And I finally got that chance when I purchased tickets to this show with my own money. I’m fairly positive that this is the sixth installment of 311’s Unity Tour, although I could be wrong. I know that last year’s Unity Tour featured Sublime w/ Rome And Lambert which I missed because we were out of town for that one. But last night I was able to catch not only 311, but also Slightly Stoopid and the supremely underrated LA group The Aggrolites, whom I saw open for Social Distortion last year.

This show took place on July 21st 2012 at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Atlanta, which is a venue I’d never been to before. Located right next to a high school (not even kidding) the entrance to the venue appears without much warning and the venue itself is just sort of…. there. But parking was free and easy, it wasn’t too crowded; so far a great concert experience compared to some I’ve been to.

The doors opened at 5:30 which, conveniently enough, is the exact time we got there. We walked in and got barely frisked by the guards and procured our pit bracelets. The Aggrolites were set to play from 6:30 to 7 and we had a little bit of time to kill, during which we bought our merch and made our way to the pit to check everything out.

The pit area was small and really the whole amphitheater itself was pretty small compared to some that I’ve been to in Washington. The lawn towards the back was huge, but there were maybe a couple hundred seats and maybe a 100-200 capacity pit at the most. Fortunately, the weather was nice—although Atlanta in July isn’t exactly cold weather—for some good vibes and other reggae-based cliches.

As expected, The Aggrolites graced the stage at 6:30 sharp and opened up their set with “Free Time.” They had great energy for an opening band. Their sound isn’t exactly built for an amphitheater setting, but they certainly made it work, encouraging sing-a-longs the likes of which I’ve never seen from an opening band. They finished off their 30 minute set with a great cover of The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” during which they invited everyone to sing along to the chorus, which they did. The band sounded great, as always, and were a great warmup act for the bands we all wanted to see.

About 20 minutes after The Aggrolites’ set ended, Slightly Stoopid and all its 8 members hit the stage for an instrumental intro followed by “Till It Gets Wet.” Singers Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald traded instruments a couple times throughout the set, one usually taking bass while the other sings and plays guitar, depending on the song. They played a few of their hits like “Anywhere I Go” and “Closer To the Sun,” as well as a few songs from their upcoming album Top Of The World. They even threw in their cover of “Leaving On a Jet Plane” as well as a cover of “Express Yourself” (the Charles Wright song, not the NWA song) to end the set. I also noted how during one of the horn solos I could hear a tease of the “riff” from “Yeah” by Ludacris, which you have to play if you’re in Atlanta.

Slightly Stoopid played a very impressive set. It was about an hour long and ridiculously chill. After a 30 minute wait, the lights went down (it was pitch black in the pit) and the men of 311 hit the stage. Nick started playing what I could only assume was the intro to “Down,” because that was the first song of the set, but no sound was coming out of his guitar, nor was any coming out of Tim’s guitar. SA began rapping his verse of the song and not much sound was coming out of his mic either. Really the only elements of the show that sounded good were Nick’s mic, the bass, and the drums. Everything else was not nearly loud enough. And that didn’t really improve at all during the rest of the show.

They then broke into “Large In the Margin” from their Soundsystem album. And then, as the sun set, they played the very appropriate “Sunset In July” from last year’s stellar Universal Pulse album. 311’s setlist is ever-changing, with a revolving door of at least 40 songs that they choose from for each show of the Unity Tour. During one of their songs (I wanna say it was “From Chaos”, but that’s just a guess) drummer Chad Sexton went into an awesome drum solo, during which a few mini drum kits, two gongs, and a bass drum were rolled onto the stage for the rest of the band members to jam on. After Chad’s solo ended, all 5 members went into a drumline-esque performance, eventually going back into the chorus of the song they were playing.

311 played pretty equally from all their albums, even throwing in a cover of “Leaving Babylon” by Bad Brains. After they performed “Amber,” P-Nut broke into his highly anticipated bass solo. P-Nut is an astounding bass player and did a really cool slapping thing, but compared to greats like Les Claypool and Flea, he’s not the greatest.

They ended their set with “Beautiful Disaster,” which actually was the best sounding song of the night in terms of sound coming out of the instruments. They came out for an encore of “Outside,” “Hydroponic,” and “Creatures (For a While)” before leaving the stage and barely making their 10:30 end time. 311 played an impressively great show that was way better than I was expecting. It was a great concert experience too, with no moshing that I could see and no crowd-surfing whatsoever. That might be a general rule for the venue, but perhaps people decided to not suck for once.

After the show, I came to the conclusion that 311 are just like Phish. 311 have had more mainstream success, but probably not enough to keep them an amphitheater band for so many years. They have a huge cult following and don’t need praise from critics to keep them a happy and fully functional unit. And I saw a guy with a shirt after the show that said “311 Is My Religion.” I think that’s all you need to know to really understand how big this band is, regardless of lyrical quality or poor sound mixing. And that’s all that matters.

SETLIST: Down, Large In The Margin, Sunset In July, Purpose, You Wouldn’t Believe, Freeze Time, Lose, Who’s Got The Herb?, From Chaos, Applied Science, Flowing, Rock On, India Ink, Amber, Bass Solo, Nutsymtom, Rub A Dub, Crack The Code, Leaving Babylon, Jackpot, Beautiful Disaster ENCORE: Outside, Hydroponic, Creatures (For A While)

The Flaming Lips Blow A Thousand Minds at Atlanta’s Party In The Park

PARTY IN THE PARK feat. Flaming Lips w/ Young the Giant and AWOLNATION

Words by Jakob Ross, Videos by Jakob and Scott Ross


Throughout the past decade or so, one band has been singled out as the greatest live band of all time. Not Foo Fighters, not Rolling Stones, and not Cage the Elephant; I’m talking about The Flaming Lips.

The psychedelic/indie-space group who hail from Oklahoma have built up a reputation as a must-see band, either at festivals or at their own headlining gigs.

You’re probably thinking: “Jakob, they can’t possibly be that great. I mean, it’s not like the singer has giant hands that shoot lasers at a disco ball or anything.”

You stand corrected.

Anyway, before I get into how over-the-top amazing Flaming Lips were, let me backtrack a few hours.

Driving to Atlanta was hellish. Due to two straight hours of traffic on I-20, we were forced to miss the first two bands of the radio-sponsored festival, Atlanta-natives Ponderosa and LA-based folk band Dawes, the latter of which I was actually excited about. And to make matters worse, we weren’t allowed to bring our backpack into the park (my dad and I planned on dressing up as Captain America and Jesus, respectively, and our costumes were in that backpack). All setbacks aside, we were ready to kick it with three great bands.

We made our way towards the front of the pit as the stage was being set for AWOLNATION, the solo-sideproject of former Under the Influence of Giants frontman Aaron Bruno. Not being very familiar with AWOLNATION’s body of work (a.k.a. their 2011 debut) I’m not quite sure what songs they played or what order they were played in. I can tell you that Aaron Bruno is a great frontman.

It’s not an AWOLNATION show without hearing their first hit Sail and their most recent hit Not Your Fault, both of which were a part of the setlist. But what was the biggest surprise for me was hearing the breakdown of Rage Against the Machine’s debut album-closer Freedom somehow make it into the setlist. It was unexpected and for all I know I was the only person who actually knew the song, but it was still a very cool addition.

Despite having to deal with annoying crowd-surfers (seriously, crowd-surfing is the most annoying concert tradition, and I invite all of you who find joy in it to stop doing it), it was a fantastic show from Aaron and co.

Next up would be alternative rock group Young the Giant, whom I would be seeing for the second time. The first time I saw them was from the top of an arena, but this time I would be up close and personal with YTG. Although they’ve just come off a European tour and a North American tour that featured GROUPLOVE, Young the Giant showed no signs of fatigue whatsoever. They played a great set with songs that seemed chilled out at first, but would then climax into an energetic explosion. (Notice singer Sameer Gadhia’s A Clockwork Orange shirt.)

It was obvious that most of the crowd (including myself) was only familiar with their songs Cough Syrup and the set-closing My Body, but that didn’t stop us from being wowed by Young the Giant. Even the new songs they played (their new album is expected to be released in Spring 2013) sounded pretty cool.

At around 8:15, Young the Giant left the stage to cheering applause and screaming guitar feedback, leaving exactly one hour for all the crewmen and women to set up the stage for the Flaming Lips.

Despite little-to-no mainstream success, the Grammy-winning Flaming Lips have developed a cult-like status and a strong fan-base. And the music’s not bad either: be it their 1993 major-label smash Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, their 1998 masterpiece and cult-favorite The Soft Bulletin, their  2002 sci-fi inspired concept album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, or their daring tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon; the music is just awesome.

And all of the above albums were played to some extent during the show. From the first notes of Sweet Leaf to the final moments of Do You Realize??, every member of the band was at the top of their game. At the beginning, a video screen depicted a women giving birth to the members of the band (each band member except for lead singer Wayne Coyne came out of a door on the screen to signify childbirth) and an object was removed to reveal Coyne in his now very recognizable bubble that he gets inside to walk on the audience.

Lights. Colors. Balloons. Confetti. Bubbles. Music. Distortion. Feedback. The Lips just absolutely killed in every way, shape, and form. And that’s an understatement. It was perfect, magical, phenomenal, emotional, a religious experience. They played every song you hoped they would play, including Brain Damage/Eclipse, the last two songs on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, with indie-pop group Phantogram.

If you’ve never seen this band before, then I feel bad for you. No YouTube video could ever capture the magic of a Flaming Lips show.

Flaming Lips Setlist:
Sweet Leaf (Black Sabbath cover)
Worm Mountain
She Don’t Use Jelly
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Is David Bowie Dying??
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1
See the Leaves
Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung
What is the Light?
The Observer

Encore 1:
Brain Damage/Eclipse (Pink Floyd cover) (w/ Phantogram)

Encore 2:
Do You Realize??

Mastodon, Opeth, and Ghost Tag-Team and Terrorize Atlanta

Mastodon, Opeth & Ghost 05/12/12

Masquerade  Music Park/Atlanta, GA

Words by JakobRoss424

Millions of years ago, before civilization existed outside of Mexico, the Aztecs (because screw the Mayans) predicted that one day, a tour would come along that would relentlessly and brutally destroy any town in its path. This tour would be known as the Heritage Hunter tour, featuring Opeth and Mastodon touring in support of their respective 2011 releases, Heritage and The Hunter. Opening for them would be the mighty Ghost, who hail from the dark depths of Hell. Or Sweden. One of the two.

Having seen none of these bands before, I knew right away I would be in for a treat. My dad and I arrived at the Masquerade Music Park (the larger venue located right outside the Masquerade) just as Ghost were opening up their fantastic albeit short set with Con Clavi Con Dio. As I made my way through the crowd, Ghost were making the transition into the second song, Elizabeth.

After Elizabeth, lead singer Papa Emeritus invited us, the Children of Georgia, to stare into the eyes of the Prime Mover, which flowed perfectly into the aptly titled Prime Mover.

I must say, I was surprised by the amount of people in the audience that were Ghost fans prior to the show. I saw numerous people singing along to songs such as Satan Prayer and the set-closing Ritual. But they also converted a few non-believers at the beginning of the show into huge fans by the end. If Ghost aren’t headlining venues this size within the next few years, then I will give up all hope in humanity. Their set may have been short, but Papa’s enchanting and hypnotic delivery had everyone eating out of the palm of his hand.

About 20 minutes after Ghost’s set ended, fellow Swedes Opeth took the stage to much applause. Lead singer Mikael Akerfeldt—who recently sustained a head injury—and friends bust into a pitch-perfect Devil’s Orchard, the opening track from the album they are touring in support of. Then they played another song from Heritage, I Feel the Dark.

“We are Opeth,” said Akerfeldt simply after I Feel the Dark ended. “Do you remember the song by Twisted Sister, I Wanna Rock?” he asked. “Well, do ya, motherf***ers?” I’m not quite sure if he was asking if we wanted to rock, or whether or not we knew the song. “This is a, uh, tribute to Ronnie Dio.” It was almost 2 years to the day since Dio died of stomach cancer. The song they paid tribute to him with was Slither.

I must say, I was greatly impressed by Opeth, whether it was the calmer, slower songs like Windowpane and Burden, or the one-two death metal punch (and set-closers) Demons of the Fall and The Grand Conjuration (the former inspired the first mosh pit of the night). Mikael Akerfeldt has a fantastic sense of humor, and it is tough not to sit there in awe of their sheer musicianship. Not even a head injury could stop Opeth from rocking.

As the sun set and the drizzle that formulated during Opeth’s set turned into actual rain, the crowd was getting anxious for its Mastodon fix. The hometown heroes were expected to really deliver tonight, and they did not disappoint.

Mastodon’s 17-18 song setlist relies mostly on their release The Hunter, from which they played every song. Their show kicked off with a tight rendition of Black Tongue, which folk songstress Feist covered recently for Record Store Day. Afterwards, Mastodon took a sharp turn right into 2006, playing two songs from that year’s release Blood Mountain. Hand of Stone was followed immediately by Crystal Skull. Then they continued with the new songs until the 10th song of the set, which was the title track from 2009’s stellar Crack the Skye. 11-14 were All the Heavy Lifting, Spectrelight, Curl of the Burl, and Bedazzled Fingernails. They took another break from The Hunter to perform two tracks from 2004’s Leviathan, Aqua Dementia and Blood and Thunder. They ended their set with The Hunter’s closing song The Sparrow.

One thing I noticed before they came back for a super-special encore was that not one member of the band said a word to the audience throughout the entire show. Not once did I hear “How are ya, Atlanta!?” or “Want some more?” or “Are you ready to ROCK!?” Nope. It wasn’t until after the encore performance of The Creature Lives did drummer Brann Dailor acknowledge us and thank us for coming.

The cool thing about the encore was that members of Opeth, Ghost (all the Nameless Ghouls, but no Papa Emeritus), as well as members of Mastodon’s family and friends came to sing it.

Overall, a consistently amazing show by three of the greatest heavy metal bands of the last decade. And after seeing the look on my dad’s face afterwards, I have a good feeling I’ll get the chance to see those bands again.

Enter Shikari Let All Hell Break Loose in Atlanta

Enter Shikari  4/1/12

The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Words/Photos by Jakob Ross

Enter Shikari Let All Hell Break Loose in Atlanta

Enter Shikari are impossible to put into one genre. If music were a Linnaean system of classification, Enter Shikari would have its own Kingdom. They combine elements of post-hardcore groups like Refused and Every Time I Die with the political influence of Atari Teenage Riot and the electronic backbeat of The Prodigy with a little dubstep thrown in for good measure.

A few weeks ago, I won tickets to see the group by answering the question “What were Enter Shikari known as before they changed their name to Enter Shikari?” A quick Wikipedia search told me that they were known as Hybryd, and whaddaya know, I was the first to comment the right answer.

So as the sun set on a warm Georgia spring day, my father and I made the two-hour trip to The Masquerade, where I saw Fishbone about 2 and a half months earlier. They played the “Hell” stage and, as always, it was packed. Rapper Wale was playing the “Heaven” stage upstairs, so whenever Shikari finished a song, everyone could hear the beat of the rap music coming from upstairs.

We arrived at the Masquerade and got our tickets from Will Call just as Shikari were playing their opening song “System…” followed by “…Meltdown.”

I’m not sure what their exact setlist was, but I’m pretty sure that was followed by “The Feast,” which flowed right into “The Jester.” Afterwards came “Sorry, You’re Not A Winner,” and then came “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi” which is hands-down my favorite song. I knew from that moment that I would not just stand around in the side area of the venue, which is where we migrated to when we arrived. I ran into the pit just as lead singer Rou Reynolds was screaming the intro to the song.

One thing that the audience noticed is that drummer Rob Rolfe was not behind the kit. Rou explained “5 days ago, the post came. I got my visa, [guitarist] Rory got his visa, and [bassist] Chris got his visa, but Rob didn’t.” Behind the kit was a young lad named Steve who learned the entire set the day before the show. If it weren’t for him, the show would have been cancelled.

After “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi,” I knew I would not want to leave that pit. I had some unresolved issues with the human race that I need to let out in the mosh pit. Speaking of the pit, throughout the show a handful of gentlemen made their way into the mosh pit and did what can only be described as violent breakdancing. It looked like their demons were being exorcised right then and there, and anyone without 5 feet would surely have been hit by their Tasmanian devil fists. By the end of the show I was covered in the sweat of a bunch of dudes and had effectively let out my anger.

Enter Shikari put on a phenomenal show, I must say. When the combination breakdown/bass drop hit, the  crowd turned into a pack of wildebeests on a stampede. And I am proud to say I was a part of that stampede. The venue may be small, but Enter Shikari made the absolute best of it: They climbed on equipment, jumped into the crowd, crowd surfed a ton of times, and left quite an impression on the unsuspecting Atlanta crowd.

Not only did they put on a great show, but the banter between the the guitarist, singer, and bassist is fantastic. They spent a whole five minutes after “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi” just talking and trying to fix all the stuff they’d broken (this was only the 6th song in the setlist).

After they finished their set, the people wanted more. I heard chants like “One more song!”, “Four more songs!,” “Six more songs!,” “Ten more songs!,” and the ever-popular “One more Steve!,” referring to the fill-in drummer. They ended up settling on two songs for the encore, their self-titled track and “Sssnakepit.”

I don’t always go to free shows, but when I do, they are always worth the zero dollars I spent on them. And this one would have been worth 50 dollars.

“There are approximately 627,000 in an average human’s life,” said Reynolds towards the end of the show. “Thank you for spending 1, 2, 3 of those hours with us tonight.”


1. System…
2. …Meltdown
3. The Feast
4. The Jester
5. Sorry, You’re Not a Winner
6. Gandhi Mate, Gandhi
7. Zzzonked
8. Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide
9. Havoc B
10. Destabilise
11. Mothership
12. Search Party
13. Stalemate
14. Juggernauts
15. Arguing with Thermometers
16. Enter Shikari
17. Sssnakepit

Note: The second video cuts short at the end because some jerk bumped into me and I accidentally pressed a button of some sort. My apologies.

Atlanta Announces Initial Lineup For The New “Party In The Park” Festival

Atlanta Announces Initial Lineup For The New “Party In The Park” Festival


As you may or may not know, I’m living in Georgia now. I hate it here so much, but thankfully ATL has its perks, including a new festival that was just announced. Party in the Park is a one day show that will feature The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Awolnation, and Dawes. It’s unclear whether more bands will be announced.

The show will take place Saturday May 19 at Olympic Centennial Park in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale March 24 and are rumored to be priced at $25 a piece. For more information, visit this website.


UPDATED: You can view the post by clicking this link: The Flaming Lips Blow A Thousand Minds In Atlanta




Fishbone Get Nasty in Atlanta

As you may or may not know, I love reggae and most of its sub-genres. Be it white-guy frat reggae (ok, maybe not that kind) or older black-gentlemen reggae, it’s just fun music to listen to and get the spirits up. So one can imagine how psyched I was to see Fishbone, one of the most underrated live bands of the past century (Beethoven gets the number one spot for the past three centuries. Dude puts on a great show).

Fishbone have been touring restlessly and recklessly for well over 30 years. They formed right around the time the Reverend Justito was born!

So this past December, my family and I made the long trek from the glorious, beautiful state of Washington to the ridiculously boring redneck haven of Augusta, Georgia, just south of the South Carolina border. So the jump-start my 2012 concert season, my father and I made the two hour drive to Atlanta to catch cult-band Fishbone play a ridiculously nasty show with openers The Supervillains.

The show would take place at the hardcore and old-fashioned (but unfortunately located) Masquerade, which has three stages: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell. Fishbone would be playing the Hell stage.

The minute I walked into the Masquerade, I knew the show would be something special. A milestone in my concert going career. I’ve been to many a small venue, but something about seeing an old-school funk/punk/ska band in this small a space just makes it that much more special. With just enough room in the pit for 75-100 people and room on the sides for another hundred or so, this would be an intimate gig chock full of fun memories.

We entered just as the first opening act (I have no clue what they were called) finished their set, and the second opening act (called Amul 9) were setting up. They played what sounded like a mix of 311 and Bad Brains, but it could’ve been way way better than it was. The guitarist wore a $5 mask you can buy at Michael’s the whole time, and the singer looked like a mummified Bob Marley.

After a set that made me “meh,” they broke out into Bad Brains’ “Pay to Cum,” which my dad had to mosh to. Not because he was angry, but the kids who were moshing (or slam-dancing, as some of my readers may remember fondly as) were doing it like, well, pussies. So my dad got in there and showed them what’s what. Frankly, I think he scared them a little bit.

Afterwards, Orlando-based reggae band The Supervillains hit the stage for a very cool—and very drunk—set. (By the way, that’s what a dash looks like, Jay.) They played some fan faves like St. Thomas, one about a “girl with a vagina,” and Mary Jane & Jagermeister. They also covered the first verse of Sublime’s “40 Oz. to Freedom“—when you’re in a reggae band, it’s sort of required to cover a Sublime song during a gig—and they threw in a cover of Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song).”

Overall, a great set from a hungover reggae band, but I was ready to get my skank on with Fishbone. At around 11:15 or so, Fishbone graced the stage with a weird poetry slam from lead singer/sax player Angelo Moore, which flowed nicely into the opening track “Bonin’ In the Boneyard.”

Next, they played “Let Dem Ho’s Fight,” a funk-metal type song with some Faith No More/Skindred type vocals and guitar. The flow kept going with their song “DUI,” followed by one that I can’t remember for some reason. But I most definitely remember what came afterwards: “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” This song reached a whole new type of fame when The Roots played it on Jimmy Fallon’s show—The Roots are the house band—as Michele Bachmann entered the stage to be interviewed by Fallon. Bassist John Norwood Fisher appropriately dedicated the song to all the politicians, and suggest that we just get rid of every single one of them.

This was followed by the more relaxed song “Cholly,” from the 1986 album “In Your Face.” This was then followed by “Everyday Sunshine,” during which I got kicked in the face by a crowd-surfer.

The Fishbone live experience cannot be captured with mere words, or with the way the songs sound on the album. One must see them to experience it. Although rocking into their mid-50s, the seven-piece proved that they are as agile as they were when they were teenagers. At least half the band dove into the crowd at some point, Angelo threw some high kicks, and he ran around the small stage in a sailor’s outfit. What more could you ask for?

Well, there is one thing. It’s only worth it if someone in the band plays that weird thing Jimmy Page played during Whole Lotta Love on the “Song Remains the Same” DVD.

Well, you’re in luck. Angelo played it numerous times—it’s called a theremin, by the way—and it was an unexpected but very pleasant surprise.

Remember what I said about the Sublime songs? Well, just to prove myself right, Fishbone played a cover of Sublime’s Date Rape. And it was brilliant.

They played about 16 songs before ending their set with a double-whammy of “Skankin to the Beat” from the Say Anything soundtrack, followed by “Party at Ground Zero,” from their self-titled EP. I didn’t stay for the encore because it was 1 in the morning, we had to drive two hours back, I had to wake up for school at 6:15, and I heard all the songs I wanted to hear.

So if you can, I want you to do me a favor. Go buy Fishbone tickets if they are playing near you. It will be worth the small price, and much more. Fishbone have proven to the rest of the world that they are still red hot, and I got to prove to the city of Atlanta that I am the world’s 2nd youngest Fishbone fan.

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation


In non-Coachella and non-Radiohead related news, Jane’s Addiction has announced some 2012 tour dates as well. In support of their latest effort “The Great Escape Artist”, the band will hit 18 cities, bringing along The Black Box Revelation as support (who have been opening for all your favorite cool bands like The Meat Puppets and Beady Eye)

“Starting February 22, this special run of North American shows—called “Theatre of the Escapists”–will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theaters”JanesAddiction.Com

We were able to obtain the names of the cities from the Jane’s Addiction Official Website below who offer their own presale Wed Jan 11th at 10AM(that’s tomorrow morning!) before they go on sale to the general public on January 14th.

2/05 — The Crane Bay, Indianapolis, Ind.
2/22 — The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
2/24 — The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.
2/25 — The LC Indoor Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
2/27 — Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
2/29 — Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.
3/02 — The Palace Theatre, Albany, N.Y.
3/03 — State Theatre, Portland, Maine
3/04 — The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.
3/06 — Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J.
3/07 — Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Conn.
3/09 — The National, Richmond, Va.
3/10 —  House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
3/13 — The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.
3/15 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, Okla.
3/16 — Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
3/19 — The Brick, Minneapolis, Minn.
3/24 — Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wis.



Even if you don’t think you do, you already know who Killer Mike is. He has been in the game since his debut on Outkast’s 2000 release ” Stankonia ” and has yet to slow down. Most recently on the new single featuring T.I ” Ready Set Go ” . He has been in atleast 3 movies, including ATL and Idlewild.

Needless to say he has been and stayed busy the past 11 years. So when my friend Curtis called and said Killer Mike was playing a local university on Friday and it was only 5 dollars. I was fast to tell him to get me a ticket as only 100 are released publicly the rest are free to students.

Day of show I was supposed to work till 10 p.m. However by pulling a double the next day I was able to skate out at 8 p.m and was fast on my way to meet my friends. We met a few blocks away from the venue off campus. All in hopes that our pregame meditations wouldn’t wind us up on the next episode of Campus PD.

We got there and parking was crazy, everyone had these parking passes so we found a good spot in the back parked and went in.The Venue was The Gargoyle which is under the Edison Theatre on the Washintgon University campus. Or as others has described the Basement. The venue is ran by the students and the shows are free for students as well.

There were 3 very bored security gaurds outside and a table full of promotional items greeted us as we got our hand stamps and went in. After watching the first couple of opening acts who did a good job of opening. We decided to go outside to catch some air. Before heading out I hit the restroom.

While washing my hands the guy washing his next to me commented on my ATL hat. ” Are you from Atlanta? ” He asked. I told him No, I am just wearing this to show respect to Killer Mike and his hometown. He said that Mike would enjoy that! We went on to joke about how my friend Curtis on the other hand wasn’t so nice and was rocking The Cardinals gear because after all we are the champs in 2011! We both laughed and he introduced himself as DJ Trackstar Killer Mike’s tour DJ.

DJ Trackstar has been very busy as well. Much to his credit he was rocking the Cardinals Fitted hat and told me he just moved to Atlanta a few weeks ago but was from St. Louis and rocked Cardinals gear wherever he went. Being a Hip Hop fan his name sounded very familar after I got home I realized why. He has made over 100 + mixtapes that are well known, well recieved and circulating around the globe.

After we got back inside the crowd had doubled in size. Everyone gathered at the front for Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe. Who once again put on a great show and gave St Louis something else to be proud of. Everytime I see Rocky and Tef, they get better and the crowd gets BIGGER. I wouldn’t be suprised to see them go on to much bigger shows and things in the years ahead.

At about 11 p.m Dj Trackstar took the stage, after a brief soundcheck it was time.

Killer Mike took the stage much to the crowds excitement. He wasted no time in opening his set with a hit from 2003 ” NEVER SCARED” I forgot how potent and raw his verse was. I was quickly reminded.

On May 17th of this year. Killer Mike released his 5th album to date ” PL3DGE ” and jumped right into ” Burn ” off that next. He commented how he loves playing the smaller shows as it gives him more chances to connect to the audience.

Connect he did, he had the crowd rocking, and the beats were booming out the speakers. After visting more high profile cameos he played Curtis’s favorite track off the new album ” That’s Life 2 ”

Before and after each song he would spit acapella really driving the lyrics and the meaning behind them home.

He did his verse from the new single ” Ready Set Go ” acapella before doing it with the loud beat shaking the walls. I honestly love his lines in this song and especially the ones about Ed Hardy.

I know these streets bout tired of this weak shit, ya style been ran thru like a freak bitch. Da pussy club got ya angered wit ya frequent. Ed hardy ass nigga and ya sequins, might as well shop at victoria secret have em gift warp you some “I love Pink” shit. Rent due and yall niggas deliquent

Curtis had been talking a lot about Killer Mikes new album and how much he loved the track “Ric Flair”. It features Ric Flair promos on the chorus. He said that he didn’t think he would play it. Well he did and it made the crowd bust out their best ” WOOOOOOOO” Nature Boy Style.

After rocking the stage for the better part of an hour. Preforming hits from 2000 to 2011. As Killer Mike put it, it was time to hit the east side strip clubs until dawn. Not before he played his hit ” Kryponite ” everyone in the crowd got hyped up one last time and rocked it.

Lights came on and we stood around feeling great from seeing another great live hip hop show. We were debating waiting to meet Mike, but some of us thought he either left or wouldn’t come out. Well we were all wrong and less than 3 minutes off the stage Killer Mike was standing at the exit. Shaking hands, taking photo’s and hugging the ladies, you could tell he was genuine when he thanked everyone passing him for coming out.

My friends I went with are really big music supporters. They go to so many shows, buy so many cds and are always picking up merch at everyshow. They had asked about Killer Mike or Grind Time Merch but they had said they left it all on the tour they are currently on. Then one of the guys from the crew gave them the Hoody off his back.

We snapped pics, thanked them and were off into the night. I can’t say enough good things about Killer Mike. I enjoyed the show and can’t wait to see him again.

Killer Mike is currently on tour with Immortal Technique and Chino Xl with dates on the west coast through the rest of November. His album ” PL3DGE ” is instores now and you should consider supporting both.

Also check out www.djtrackstar.com for FREE mixes!

Till Next Time………

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Last fall we caught a band called Bison b.c. open for the mighty Helmet in Redondo Beach, CA. The boys from Bison b.c. plan to spend fall 2011 on the road in North America supporting their phenomenal 2010 release Dark Ages (one of Reverend Justito’s Top 10 records of 2010). In addition to their current dates with Weedeater, Saviours and Fight Amp, the Vancouver natives plan a headline trek across their native land. Dates for the tour are below and make sure to stop by Indiemerchstore.com for all your Bison b.c. goods. A complete list of tour dates are below.

BISON b.c.

Tour w/ Weedeater, Saviours, Fight Amp

09/15   Columbus, OH              Outland Live

09/16   Grand Rapids, MI          The Pyramid Scheme

09/17   Chicago, IL                   Reggies

09/18   Marquette, MI               Upfront and Co.

09/19   Minneapolis, MN           Triple Rock Social Club

09/20   Rock Island, IL              Rock Island Brewing Co.

09/23   Denver, CO                   Larimer Lounge

09/24   Salt Lake City, UT         Burt’s Tiki Lounge

09/26   Seattle, WA                  The Highline

09/27   Vancouver, BC              The Rickshaw Theatre

09/28   Portland, OR                 Branx

09/29   San Francisco, CA         The Independent

10/01   San Diego, CA               Soda Bar

10/02   Los Angeles, CA                        The Key Club

10/03   Tempe, AZ                    TBA

10/04   Albuquerque, NM          The Launchpad

10/06   Austin, TX                    Emo’s

10/07   Houston, TX                 Fitzgerald’s

10/08   New Orleans, LA           Siberia

10/09   Atlanta, GA                   The Earl

10/10   Athens, GA                   New Earth Music Hall

10/11   Tallahassee, FL             The Engine Room

10/12   Tampa, FL                    The Orpheum

10/14   Savannah, GA               The Jinx

End Tour

Canadian Headlining Tour

10/19   Ottawa, ON                  Café De Kcuf

10/20   Kingston, ON                The Mansion

10/21   London, ON                  Call The Office

10/22   Toronto, ON                  Bovine Sex Club w/ C’mon (final show), Burning Love, Miesha and the Spanks

10/24   Thunder Bay, ON          Jack’s

10/26   Winnipeg, MB               The Zoo

10/27   Regina, SK                    The Exchange

10/28   Saskatoon, SK              Amigos

10/29   Edmonton, AB               Starlite Room

10/31   Calgary, AB                   Commonwealth

11/01   Fernie, BC                     The Northern

11/02   Kamloops, BC                Pogue Mahone

Meat Puppets Taking North America ‘Up on the Sun’ This Fall

“After this year brought the release of “Lollipop”; The Meat Puppets 13th studio album, the boys are still in the swing of releasing things, and are set to reissue of their classic 1985 album “Up on the Sun” Today (September 13th). And no need to start calling up your local record stores to see if they have it, The Meat PuppetsOFFICIAL WEBSITE has a whole web store set up where you can pre-order and purchase all of your ‘Up on the Sun’ related gear. Whether you dig the grooves on your vinyl, compactness of your discs, or the speed of your digital downloads-TheMeatPuppets.Com has all of those goodies for you ready to ship out. All sorts of packages including ‘Up on the Sun’ themed posters and tee shirts(Even I don’t have THAT shirt!) are available there for you.. Great gifts for all occasions, send your child back to school wearing a band tee that shows he or she has some taste! And for readers on the east coast who have patient waited reading concert reviews in anticipation: The next leg of the Meat Puppets US touring kicks off this Wednesday September 14th in Louisiana at Chelsea’s. All confirmed Meat Puppets tour dates are listed below highlighted with links where you can find yourself some tickets, most shows are ranging in price from $12-$15/ticket. I’m already confirmed for two of these dates, as I’ll be at the NYC show 11/4 and Teaneck, NJ on 11/6.. There’s a show in Philly I’m trying to swing as well, but not sure if thats doable via public transportation in 24 hours. Either way, get your face melted this Fall with the brothers Meat.

Follow the Meat Puppets on twitter ‘@TheMeatPuppets’ and check out their official website TheMeatPuppets.Com, and ‘Like’ the Meat Puppets on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meatpuppets And tell the boys Jay Porks sent ya!

09/14 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s

09/15 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s

09/16 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

09/17 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar-Ybor City

09/18 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

09/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

09/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite

09/22 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

09/23 – Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s Tap Room

09/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

09/25 – Athens, GA @ The Melting Pot

09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

09/28 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

09/29 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack

09/30 – Fort Worth, TX @ Will Rogers Auditorium

10/01 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn

10/02 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s

10/28 – Fayetteville ,AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge

10/29 – Memphis,TN @ Hi Tone Cafe

10/30 – St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House

11/01 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

11/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

11/04 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

11/05 – Boston, MA @ Middle East

11/06 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live

11/08 – Akron, OH @ Musica

11/09 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig

11/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

11/11 – Chicago, IL @ The Double Door

11/12 – St Paul, MN @ The Turf Club

12/31 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse “

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

Dates for the fifth annual Summer Slaughter tour have been announced. The month long trek will kick off in West Hollywood, CA on July 22nd before wrapping on August 21st in Dallas, TX. Concert Confessions favorites The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel are set to headline the package tour. Also included in the trek are Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Powerglove.

Dates and venues are listed below. As always keep your eyes on the official site as dates/venues may change.

Summer Slaughter TourDates:

Jul. 22 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Jul. 23 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Jul. 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Jul. 26 – Seattle, WA – King Cat Theatre
Jul. 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Jul. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jul. 30 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jul. 31 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue Scottsdale
Aug. 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Aug. 04 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
Aug. 06 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Aug. 07 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Aug. 08 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Aug. 09 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Aug. 10 – Montreal, QC – Olympia
Aug. 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug. 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Aug. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Aug. 20 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Aug. 21 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues


Phish Covers Rage Against The Machine in the ATL

 Phish wrapped up the first leg of their 2010 summer tour with two smoking shows down south in Atlanta Georgia.  Leg one of the recently reunited bands tour featured three key themes:  Great new songs (Dr. Gabel is my favorite so far), crazy rare bust outs (including Alumni Blues/Letter To Jimmy Page and the first Fuck Your Face since 1987) and the craziest amount of random covers since 1988 (The Beatles, Neutral Milk Hotel and Tom Waits have all had their songs woven into Phish sets this summer).

But what happens when Phish busts out a rare song that that always features a cover in the middle?  Well, for the folks lucky enough to have at ticket for the July 4th throwdown in the ATL, were treated to the narrative Phish classic “Harpua.”  The story of a boy and his cat, this Harpua is perhaps the angriest the band has ever performed – and features a rocking cover of the Rage Against The Machine classic “Killing In The Name.”  For those who don’t care about the musical narration, and just want to hear the song, fast forward to 4:43 mark.

The second leg of Phish Summer Tour 2010 kicks off August 5th with a three night run at the intimate Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA.  Look for coverage from all three nights from our very own Reverend Justito!

Finally, if you want mp3 downloads of all shows from this summer – please click here.

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