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7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

6/24/2014 10:00am EDT
7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, featured some of the more highly anticipated albums of the year, including new releases from Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence) and Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour).

This week, with many albums being released ‘off-cycle’ on Monday, June 23 the album releases are a bit more ‘down to earth.’ Still, a highly anticipated sophomore effort from Ed Sheeran leads a list of 7 albums to check out.

1) X: Ed Sheeran

(Atlantic) The red-headed British singer/songwriter follows-up 2012 debut album +, which was led by Grammy-nominated hit "The A Team." Sheeran easily racks up the m...

Trey Anastasio To Embark On Solo Tour

11/14/2013 1:51pm EST
Trey Anastasio
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is taking a break from recording the band's latest album to embark on a solo tour.

The 49 year-old musician is currently in the studio working on the group's forthcoming Wingsuit record, their first in four years, but he is going on a brief hiatus to hit the road on his own with the Trey Anastasio Band.

The U.S. tour, which will mark the first time the band has played since 2005, will kick off its tour on January 28th.

Before Anastasio goes on his solo tour, Phish is set to play four sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, starting on Ne...

Phish, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule Play Tributes For Lou Reed

10/29/2013 12:47am EDT
Trey Anastasio
The song may have been in the band's repertoire since Halloween of 1998, but on Sunday night Phish opened their show at Hartford, Connecticut's XL Center with a bittersweet, yet rousing rendition of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" in tribute to late music legend Lou Reed.

Reed passed away earlier in the day due to complications stemming from a liver transplant he had back in May.

Following the eleven-and-a-half-minute epic, frontman Trey Anastasio asked the crowd for a moment of silence for "one of the greatest artists who's ever lived."

Prior to the show Anastasio posted a tribut...

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Spotted Backstage At A Phish Concert

8/18/2012 10:08pm EDT
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Pop star couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were photographed backstage at a Phish concert at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California Wednesday night -- news that has taken the jam band community by storm!

Bieber was at the show with Dan Kanter, who serves as his musical director and lead guitarist and is a big fan of bands like Phish, the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Kanter has seen the Vermont-based jam band over 60 times and took Justin along with him this time. Website got a hold of Kanter this week after news that one of the worl...

Peter Gabriel Almost Joined Phish For 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' Spectacular

9/28/2011 10:16pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel and rockers Phish once talked about teaming up to perform landmark Genesis album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" in its entirety.

The jam band was planning to revisit the classic 1974 double album for a concert and approached Gabriel with the idea of fronting them for the prog-rock spectacular.

Gabriel tells, "They (Phish) do these projects where they take an old record and do it. I had a conversation about The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway with them at one point.

"They were thinking about it. That didn't go anywhere, but... I sort of thought about it."

Phish Return To Vermont For Tropical Storm Irene Flood Benefit

9/15/2011 11:50pm EDT
Rockers Phish played their native Vermont on Wednesday for the first time in seven years to raise money for flooding victims.

The band played a low-key three-hour show in Essex Junction for those affected by the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, which killed four people and damaged roads, bridges and homes across the state.

More than 11,000 fans showed up for the gig at the Champlain Valley Exposition, where Governor Peter Shumlin introduced the band to the stage.

The show marked Phish's first Vermont concert since their farewell gig in 2004. The band has since reformed.

Phish Staging Benefit Concert In Hurricane-Hit Vermont

9/7/2011 8:11am EDT
Rockers Phish are staging a benefit show in their home state of Vermont to raise money for victims of Hurricane Irene.

The area was one of the hardest hit when the storm lashed the East Coast last month, with small communities completely cut off after roads and bridges were washed away. The members of Phish were left stunned by the images of devastation and they're playing a gig in Essex Junction, Vermont on September 14th to boost the relief fund.

In a post on their website, keyboardist Page McConnell writes, "It's been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from t...

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Amanda Seyfried - Sexy & Summery In The June Issue Of Self

5/21/2010 4:58pm EDT
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried talks about choosing a man over her career, fitness, life in Hollywood and a whole lot more in the June issue of Self magazine.

On her daytime TV acting: "I was bad," she says, adding, "I had no idea what was going on." She said that acting and singing lessons helped her confidence.

"Remember, nobody's perfect. In Hollywood, people may seem perfect, but that's because they spend thousands on trainers and diets and surgeries. We're made to feel as if we're supposed to look like that, but it's not realistic at all. If you have a negative body image, exercise, but not for you...

ABBA, Hollies, Genesis, Iggy Pop Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

3/16/2010 8:40am EDT
Iggy Pop
British rockers Genesis, The Stooges and ABBA have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday night opened with Phish paying tribute to Genesis by performing their rendition of "Watcher of the Skies," before frontman Trey Anastasio stepped forward to share his experiences about the band's influence on his own music career.

Introducing "the quiet rebels of Genesis" to the stage, Anastasio handed over the microphone to Phil Collins, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett - but former singe...

Sarpa Salpa (Links & Stuff)

5/13/2009 11:25pm EDT
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

World's biggest Black Sabbath fans, hands down:

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Tour-Bound Phish Asks Judge To Reel In Bootleggers

3/4/2009 12:08pm EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Phish is kicking off its reunion tour with a lawsuit against bootleggers in Virginia and across the country.

The Vermont-based rock band, which developed a cult following over two decades before splitting up, will perform for the first time since 2004 on Friday night at the Hampton Coliseum in southeastern Virginia. But first, the foursome will ask a judge to block the sale of bootleg T-shirts, posters and other merchandise at its upcoming concerts. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson will consider the band's request for an injunction Thursday afternoon.


2009's Music Festival Rundown

2/5/2009 12:04pm EST
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...

Fashion WTFs: Jared Leto & Mickey Rourke

12/17/2008 3:00pm EST
Jared Leto Mickey Rourke Wrestler Premiere
While we questioned Ciara's high-waisted pants at 'The Wrestler' movie premiere, nothing prepared us for Jared Leto and Mickey Rourke. The hairy and greasy Leto had on a ridiculous pair of glove/mittens and looked like he just came from a homeless shelter, Phish show or both. And Mickey Apparently there's a store that sells circus ringleader clothes? Even T-Pain wouldn't wear that.

What do you think of the guys' outfits? Leave a comment below!

Jared Leto:

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Food Groups: Bands With Food Names

10/1/2008 10:37am EDT
Smashing Pumpkins
Ever notice that food names seem to be popular as a choice for band names? We certainly have! Check out some of the most popular food groups/music acts ever, and let us know if any tickle your taste buds.


No pun intended, the gutsy singer named Peaches would have no problem displaying her peaches.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

These Chili Peppers are still chart topping hot!

Salt N' Pepa

With their VH1 reunion The Salt N Pepa Show, these Hip Hop queens are still spicing up the entertainment scene.


Pop's Korn is perfect name ...

Phish Is Back!

10/1/2008 9:43am EDT
Vermont "cow funk" rockers Phish are reuniting for a series of shows in Virginia, with more dates to follow. The shows will be the first for the group since they disbanded 2004.

The venue chosen for the comback is phan favorite Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009. The band intends to announce additional touring in 2009 early next year.

The announcement comes on the heals of months of rumors and news that Phish had played at road manager Brad Sands' wedding earlier this summer, their first confirmed performance since the group played their "last show" i...

Monday Evening Links

9/8/2008 7:30pm EDT
Check out some of the best links from around the web this morning. And be sure to visit our new Daily Links section where we're constantly posting the best links from around the web.

You know the end of the world is nigh when you can get pizza from a vending machine - she eats


Phish reunites! Don't get your hopes up, it was only for a wedding gig. - Jambase

Britney Spears and her snake at the 2001 Video Music Awards:

Why is it that lesbian...

Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

7/14/2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...

Bad Celebrity Baby Names

12/6/2007 11:33am EST
Brooke Burke & David Charvet
All over the world life-altering baby names are daily latched onto innocent children. This includes the names celebrities choose. It's often a mystery why celebrities pick names destined to cause incredible humiliation for their offspring. But one thing is true: no one named "Jermajesty" has ever won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Much like failed Hollywood marriages or unwatchable sequels, bad celebrity baby names are a sign of the times. While Jacob, Michael, Emily and Emma were the most popular names in 2006, celebrities often feel they are above trends. When defenseless children are bor...

Headcount Plans To Register Up To 200,000 New Voters Through Live Concerts

11/6/2007 2:32pm EST
Dave Matthews Band
HeadCount, the volunteer-run voter registration organization that registered nearly 50,000 voters in 2004 through alliances with Dave Matthews Band and other artists, has announced an ambitious plan to stage voter registration drives at more than 500 concerts over the next year, with a goal of registering 200,000 new voters.

HeadCount will be the only national organization to stage voter registration at concerts on a large scale in 2008, employing registration methods it has tested and perfected over the last three years.

Virginia McEnerney, the former Vice President of Corporate...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 30

9/30/2007 3:00am EDT
Candice Michelle
Happy Birthday to Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan (1984), actor Kieran Culkin (1982), "Party of Five" actress Lacey Chabert (1982), Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis (1980), WWE Diva Candice Michelle (1978), "Krippendorf's Tribe" actress Jenna Elfman (1971), Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac (1964), "The Matrix Reloaded" actress Monica Bellucci (1964), Phish singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio (1964), actress Crystal Bernard (1961), "Pulp Fiction" actor Eric Stoltz (1961), "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (1957), "The Brady Bunch" actor Barry Williams (1954), British actor Jack Wild (1952), T....

Celebrity Birthdays, June 3

6/3/2007 3:00am EDT
Phish bassist Mike Gordon
Happy Birthday to Australian born country singer/songwriter Jamie O'Neal (1968), Phish bassist Mike Gordon (1965), Slayer guitarist Kerry King, Warlock singer Doro Pesch, 70s singer Dan Hill (1954), pop singer Deniece Williams (1950), musician/actress Suzi Quatro (1950), Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter (1946), R&B singer Curtis Mayfield (1942; d. 1999), saxophonist Boots Randolph (1926), "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (1925), blues guitarist Jimmy Rogers (1924; d. 1997), actress Colleen Dewhurst (1924; d. 1991), and legendary dancer/actress Josephine Baker (1905; d. 1975).

Primus Front Man Les Claypool Set To Release Solo Tour DVD, 'Fancy'; Win It

5/30/2007 8:00pm EDT
Les Claypool
(Los Angeles, CA) - On May 29, renowned bassist and legendary Primus frontman Les Claypool released Fancy (Prawn Song), his first solo live concert DVD from his 2006 summer tour with his latest group of accomplished players. A major market tour commences May 23 in Minneapolis and wraps July 14 at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV.

Fancy shows the latest band at its peak performance. With long time associates Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, marimba and percussion (both of Garage a Trois and Critters' Buggin'), the band is rounded out by Cake drummer Paolo Baldi and mu...

Former Phish Member Readies Solo Debut

3/7/2007 2:15pm EST
Page in Phish
Legacy Recordings will release Page McConnell, the much anticipated debut solo album from the keyboardist/songwriter, on April 17. Page McConnell is best known as a member of the groundbreaking American rock quartet Phish, and also as a leader of the electronic-jazz ensemble Vida Blue.

He composed nine new pieces for this first solo album, which introduces fascinating new musical facets and lyrical concerns from an ever-evolving artist. Page McConnell combines the signature heartfelt vocals, memorable musical hooks, and complex animated improvisations that made his contributions to Ph...

Mr. Blotto Collaborates With Long Time Grateful Dead Songwriter John Perry Barlow

1/14/2007 11:00am EST
Mr. Blotto
Mr. Blotto are proud to announce the release of their new album, entitled "Barlow Shanghai." This latest effort from the Chicago-based five-piece is the fifth in the hard-touring rock outfit's discography, and features music and lyrics from longtime Grateful Dead collaborator John Perry Barlow.

In a unique move befitting Mr. Blotto—a band who has played over 2,000 shows together—Barlow Shanghai has been released as both a studio album and a live album with both versions available on CD and for download at

Much in the fashion of the Grateful Dead, Mr. Blotto saw suc...

Concert.TV And Relix Magazine Celebrate Jammuary

1/4/2007 11:51am EST
Relix, the magazine for music, and Concert.TV, the only television network dedicated to live music performances and documentaries, kick off the new year by kicking out the jams. Re-christening January "Jammuary," these two powerhouses in live music come together for the ultimate music television experience. Concert.TV is airing all the jamtasitc greats as determined by the Relix editorial staff, including Phish, Widespread Panic, Jerry Garcia Band, The Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.

"Jam bands are among the biggest live attractions--consistently outperforming other forms of music...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 3)

12/31/2006 2:00pm EST
Syd Barrett
...During July, co-founder and original Pink Floyd guitarist/singer Syd Barrett, who had spent the better part of the last 35 years as a hermit, died at age 60 from diabetic complications... Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo pretty much confirms rumors that the band is done, "unless," he says, "it becomes really obvious to me that we need to do one."

New albums from: Muse, Johnny Cash, Thom Yorke, Peachez, Sufjan Stevens, Cheyenne Kimball, Phish, Soul Asylum, Seether, Moloko, Alien Ant Farm, Black Stone Cherry, Eighteen Visions, Helmet, Third Eye Blind, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, New York Dolls...

Roots of Creation and Bombshelter Records Present The Brand New Album "Rise Up"

11/22/2006 10:34am EST
Roots of Creation
"This reggae-based group from the Northeast has proven their ingenuity on Rise Up, their second album. Using reggae's rhythms and mindset as a starting point, ROC proceeds to integrate the infectious hooks and songwriting of rock, the instrumental alchemy of jazz, and the pulse-pounding beats of hip-hop into their energetic sound." - Bryan Rogers, HGMN

"Roots of Creation have become kingpins on the happening ham scene, setting themselves apart with music that is fused with some strict social values and a desire to save the world. Superheroes? Maybe a little. Their sound is reminiscent ...

Musicians Support With "Get Out And Vote" Email Campaign

11/2/2006 11:04am EST
Dave Matthews Band
Non-partisan, non-profit voter registration organization has enlisted the help of its artist partners to generate over one million e-mails to music fans reminding them to vote.

Dave Matthews Band kicked off the campaign on Tuesday, one week before the election, with an e-mail sent directly to the hundreds of thousands of fans on the band's private e-mail list.

"Election Day Is One Week Away," the e-mail read. "Dave Matthews Band wants to encourage everyone to let your voice be heard by remembering to vote on Election Day."

The message also contained a link to w...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 30

9/30/2006 3:00am EDT
Candice Michelle
Happy Birthday to Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan (1984), actor Kieran Culkin (1982), "Party of Five" actress Lacey Chabert (1982), Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis (1980), WWE Diva Candice Michelle (1978), "Krippendorf's Tribe" actress Jenna Elfman (1971), Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac (1964), "The Matrix Reloaded" actress Monica Bellucci (1964), Phish singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio (1964), actress Crystal Bernard (1961), "Pulp Fiction" actor Eric Stoltz (1961), "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (1957), "The Brady Bunch" actor Barry Williams (1954), British actor Jack Wild (1952), T....