Category Archives: Jambands

Can’t escape the growing hybrid of sound forming almost daily–and a lot of it is pretty good.

10 Music Life Lessons I Learned on My Summer Road Trip to Alaska and back

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This summer, I took a trip of epic proportions, leaving the hot, sweltering desert for the cool, mosquito-filled vastness of Alaska and points north. I saw amazing sights — bears, whales, glaciers, rain forests, and rivers two miles wide — … Continue reading

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Aloha? Poi Dog Pondering Still Making Musical Waves

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PDP is not the newest designer drug or texting acronym. No, it’s the hip way to name-drop Poi Dog Pondering, the cross-cultural band that flirted briefly with mainstream success in the 1990s and has managed to stick around without it. Why? … Continue reading

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The One-Man Formula Gone Gonzo with That 1 Guy

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Think one-man band: cymbals on the elbows, drum on the back, horns under the arms, and tambourines on the knees creating a cacophony of sound designed to annoy passersby. Now, try to envision That 1 Guy, a.k.a. Mike Silverman, as he … Continue reading

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Trampled By Turtles — Where Fast is the New Slow

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Punk rockers don’t die, they just go acoustic. While that’s not exactly a great T-shirt slogan (and certainly would elicit some scowls from old-school punkers still plying their trade), it is something of a recent trend within the bluegrass realm, … Continue reading

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Gregg Allman is Not Just Another Midnight Rider

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On “Just Another Rider,” from 2011′s Low Country Blues, Gregg Allman’s first non-compilation album since 1997, raw emotions well up on this heavy Southern-blues tune as he sings, “Just another rider on that train to nowhere.” And nowhere was where the Allman … Continue reading

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Bob Weir’s Acoustic Adventures Flourish in Phoenix; Jackie Greene Shares Third Set

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Bob Weir with Jackie Greene December 11, 2012 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ Bob Weir says he likes to perform the occasional solo acoustic tour because it allows him the opportunity to get at the root of the song, to hear … Continue reading

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Man at Work: Neal Casal: ‘There was No Rulebook for This.’

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Neal Casal isn’t exactly a household name, though the guitarist has worked with a diverse collection of artists including The Jayhawks, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Phil Lesh and Rufus Wainwright, spent four years as lead guitarist with Ryan Adams & … Continue reading

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Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead: ‘The Music Is Working Out Just Fine’

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In this week’s issue, we chat with with former Grateful Dead and current Furthur guitarist Bob Weir. We ended up with more material than we could fit, so please enjoy another installment of Outtakes, where we sweep up all sorts of good … Continue reading

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Bob Weir Is Still Painting Cinematic Scenes

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Bob Weir is a restless soul. Already fully engaged with Furthur — his latest and perhaps most true-to-form post-Grateful Dead venture — his solo band Ratdog, assorted musical projects at his TRI Studios, activity in various political and environmental organizations, plus … Continue reading

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With Chicano Batman, the World is a Small, Funky Place

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If there ever was proof that the world is becoming a smaller, closer-knit place musically, look no further than Chicano Batman, the Los Angeles indie band that blends myriad global elements into a wonderfully grooving and hypnotic sound. With this … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia: Why The Grateful Dead Still Matters

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Switching on the Grateful Dead channel this morning on satellite radio (yes, I have it preprogrammed) and wondering if there would be anything special happening for what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 70th birthday (yes, I know that too), it … Continue reading

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Fast, Loose and Live with Dr. Dog

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It’s ironic that Be the Void, the new album by Dr. Dog, begins with a song lamenting being “Lonesome.” Ironic considering the band’s steady rise: A couple of well-received albums on indie label Park the Van attracted fans and wooed … Continue reading

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Dub Trio sprinkles reggae vibe with sonic metal flakes

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Dub Trio IV (ROIR) After two years touring behind Mike Patton’s Peeping Tom and Hassidic reggae artist Matisyahu, Dub Trio’s amassed personal musical energy needed to be released. Heavy is the optimal word. Album starter “En Passant” throws open the … Continue reading

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Time and maturity strengthen Robert Randolph’s live sound

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Robert Randolph and The Family Band Live in Concert (Dare) Early in Robert Randolph’s career, his over-the-top gospel-infused pedal steel playing burned with desire, frequently veering into on-the-edge Hendrix-esque territory. A good thing then, this live album reveals what a … Continue reading

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Mickey Hart Band gets cosmic at Dec. 6 Compound Grill concert

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Mickey Hart Band Compound Grill, Phoenix, Ariz. December 6, 2011 Space is the place… It always has been in some form with the Grateful Dead, and it’s where drummer Mickey Hart currently finds inspiration. And that’s space in the literal … Continue reading

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