7 Walkers Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 at the City Winery in NYC

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The eponymous 7 Walkers album has been in constant rotation in my car stereo this summer (my iPod recently took a suicide dive at the gym, unfortunately for me... and my iPod).  The album has the perfect summertime down-South kind of feel.  Not only does it make me feel like I could be driving down to the bayou in Louisiana instead of the beach in New England, but I find every song to be endlessly interesting.  There's always something more subtle to ... Read More

Phish Friday 10 June 2011 @ Camden, NJ

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Phish usually stops by Camden to lay down some killer jams and funky grooves.  Last Friday night was, at times, no exception.  The band delivered a stellar first set and finished with a somewhat lackluster second. The first set opened with Rocky Top, but not before Trey plucked out the Rocky theme song while the others assembled themselves.  Rocky Top is a countrified lamentation of the simple life in a small town in Tennessee, originally from the banjo-slinging, beard-wearing ... Read More

The McLovins 01/29/11: Iron Horse – Northampton, MA

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Last Saturday The McLovins reined the Iron Horse with a ferocious gait.  They began with a quirky intro jam that smoothly turned into Caravan - it was fast-paced; it was funktastic.  The intensity gave way to a quick reprise and a solid ending. Jeff led the group into Tokyo Tea, an intricate tune with serious face-melting abilities.  I've gotta hand it to these guys - they don't save the best for last. The fairly new (and very catchy) Cohesive and Milktoast Man worked nicely as a change of pace ... Read More

Phish at Madison Square Garden 1.1.11

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Generally, I have found that shows will crescendo in energy level and song selection throughout the first set to set things up for a stellar second set.  I've really gotta hand it to these guys: Phish did not fall privy to such an archetype for their first show of the year.  The pleasure plateau sustained and remained, if you will. My Soul set the tone for a rockin' start to the evening, while Tube provided ... Read More

Phish at Madison Square Garden 12/30/10

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Last night began with a feeling of foreboding as the stereo system buzzed, popped, and crackled ten minutes before the band went on stage.  With luck on our side, however, the set began without trouble.  In fact, it wasn't until Camel Walk that there was a problem... but that's a story for later. Things kicked off with a nice bouncy Cities - appropriate for the fact that we were in the Big Apple!  The Chalkdust Torture that followed brimmed ... Read More

Best Coast 19 November 2010 in Northampton, Massachusetts

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Last night the Californian surf rock trio Best Coast transported us to the land of sunny shores and lazy days.  Everyone was grooving to the high-energy tunes and having a grand old time. The band played a solid fifty-minute set, comprised of lots of short-lived tunes and an encore.  Each song seemed like a total tease - maybe they wanted to give us a sampler of what they had to offer or maybe... they're just not Phish.  I guess jam bands have spoiled me. Each song ... Read More