Sunday, April 30, 2006

I Love Tuesdays...Sunday Edition

Was out and about and picked up a couple of cds today....

Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Lowell George - Thanks I'll Eat It Here

Friday, April 28, 2006

97X - Bam! The Future of Rock And Roll

This is a topic I've written about or mention a few times before on this blog - how much classic rock radio sucks in New York. If you're between the ages of let's say 27 - 40 and were into music you probably spent a good amount of your high school days listening to classic rock radio. 102.7 WNEW was my personal fave - they played great classic rock (the obvious stuff and what now radio programmers have dubbed "deep cuts" as well as great new music). This was the station that was the inspiration for The Velvet Underground's song "Rock And Roll". It's also the station that I happened to first hear Phish on too back around the time that Hoist came out.

Anyway over the course of the last 10 or so years radio went through some weird times. First New York lost it's classic rock stations to the mid-90s sensation known as alternative music. When programmers finally came to their sense they came back with a watered down version of what we used to have - resorting to playlists and thinking that somehow we wanted to hear the same songs repeated over and over again. So what's my point with all of this? Well after hearing about HD Radio and that it was streamed over the internet I decided to check it out. So for the last few hours I've been listening to Q104.3's HD broadcast and have to say I'm pretty impressed with it so far. If you don't have the money to pony up for satellite radio this is definitely a great alternative. The mix of tunes has been pretty solid. Sure there is some crap like Bon Jovi, but at least it's not "You Give Love A Bad Name". Here's a sample of what I've heard today...

Frank Zappa - Peaches En Regalia
ZZ Top - Have Mercy/Jesus Left Chicago
The Beatles - Lovely Rita
The Doors - Love Here Madly
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Katmandu (Live)
CSN&Y - Wooden Ships
Elton John - The Bitch Is Back
Steely Dan - some song that wasn't Reelin In The Years or Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Grateful Dead - Uncle John's Band
Edgar Winter - Free Ride
Neil Young - My, My, Hey, Hey
Motley Crue - Home Sweet Home
Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown

Ok sure this isn't a groundbreaking playlist, but if it's definitely better what they usually play.

Does this make me want to go out and purchase an HD Radio receiver? No. It does give me hope that maybe commercial radio might have a future though. Read all about HD Radio here. Here's a link to Q104.3's HD stream, which also links you to other HD broadcasts.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

St. Elsewhere

I know I'm a little late on the Gnarls Barkley thing, but if you want to hear what all the hype is about you can download some MP3s here. Seems like the kids across the pond are over the fascination with Arctic Monkeys and on onto this - those crazy Brits. Read about their chart breaking success here.

Benevento/Russo Quartet...Update

Well it's official, this just in from

Trey Anastasio has confirmed that he will tour with the Benevento/Russo Duo featuring Mike Gordon this summer. The former Phish guitarist has recently recorded four songs with Gordon and the Duo in Brooklyn for his next album, Bar 17, including an orchestra-bolstered version of “Goodbye Head.” In addition, Anastasio’s solo album will include contributions from Cyro Baptista and selections from the Barn sessions recorded before Shine. “I’m kind of getting back to the record I was working on before Shine,” Anastasio told Sirius Jam_On this afternoon. “It’s more in line with what people would expect from me.” Anastasio, Gordon, Russo and Benevento will embark on a three-week tour with Phil Lesh this summer. In addition to Gordon, who has toured with the Duo on several occasions, Page McConnell and Jon Fishman have both recently jammed with the organ and drums combo. The Benevento/Russo Duo will issue its next studio album, Play, Pause, Stop, later this summer.

Stay tuned for dates. Should be an interesting tour - can't wait.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Freedom Of Speech Tour

The on again, off again, on again, off again, on again (you get the idea) super group known as Crosby, Stills, Nash and whenever he feels like it Young will be back on the road again this summer. I saw them back in 2000 and it was a great show - them boys can sing - and when Neil Young actually decides he wants to get along with them it's even better. You can check out the tourdates here.

What are the odds that Neil walks off the tour before it's over??

Here's some classic and current CSN&Y for ya....

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 1974-07-13 - Oakland Alameda County Coliseum - Oakland, CA

Crosby, Stills , Nash & Young - 2002-04-14 - Ice Palace - Tampa, FL

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 2005-10-29 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Bridge School Benefit Concert - Mountain View,CA

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I Love Tuesdays...Part 2

Got these cds in the mail today to review for Glide Magazine...

DJ Logic - The Zen Of Logic
Shooter Jennings - Electric Rodeo
Dr. John - Right Place, Right Time - Live At Tipitina's: Mardi Gras '89


The Green Apple Music Fest was this past weekend - while I only caught the Jammys because I had Yankee tickets and my brother's birthday dinner, Ace Cowboy attended a bunch of shows and blogged about it all. Check out his review of Tea Leaf Green's show at CBGB's - apparantly it was a life changing experience, from his review it looks like he's ready to quit his job to go out on TLG summer tour and sell veggie burritos.

Here's the show to download...

Tea Leaf Green - 2006-04-22 - CBGB's - New York City, NY

I Love Tuesdays...Hipster Band Edition

I didn't realize how much of a hipster music fan I was until today when A) bought 4 indie-rock band cds that I've read about on blogs B) bought them all at Other Music and C) have a music blog of my own. With that being said here are the purchases for the week, I need to go and do something unironic now...

Tapes 'N Tapes - The Loon
Jose Gonzalez - Veneer
Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
Feathers - Feathers

Free Music This Summer In NYC

If you can't afford to hit all those "benefit" shows in Central Park there is still plenty of free music happening around town. Here's this year's line-up for the River To River Festival....

River to River® Festival 2006 Schedule of Events – as of 4.18.06

Thursday, 6/1/2006
River to River Launch Parade

Various Sites in Lower Manhattan, 12-noon – 2:00pm
This is no ordinary parade – in a River to River parade, EVERYONE can march. Join us as we present characters on stilts, do it yourself inflatable architecture, gigantic masks, brass bands, an orchestra of bicycle instruments and more! Produced in association with veteran parade producers Great Small Works.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with Andy Statman, Carrie Rodriguez and Citigrass
Castle Clinton, 7:00pm
New York Tribute to Bluegrass
The legendary Ricky Skaggs will headline a Big Apple tribute to Bluegrass music at one of the oldest music venues in New York City. Ricky will be joined by Klezmer sensation Andy Statman, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Austin fiddler and songstress, Carrie Rodriguez, and Urban Bluegrass entrepreneurs Citigrass. Tickets are distributed two per person on a first-come first-served basis outside of Castle Clinton, at 5pm day of show.

Friday, 6/2/06
Super Furry Animals
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
Fusing a number of disparate musical genres - including power pop, punk-rock, techno, and progressive rock – this Welsh legend creates shimmering, melodic, irreverent, and willfully artsy rock & roll. With their ever-amazing visuals, this will no doubt be a rare evening you just shouldn’t miss.

Wednesday, 6/7/2006=
Jimmy Delgado Salso Con Dulzura Orquestra

Wagner Park, 7:00pm
World-renowned timbalero, Jimmy Delgado has played with several of the greatest musicians in Salsa music today including Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades and Tito Puentes.

Tuesday, 6/13/2006
Eels with Smoosh

World Financial Center Plaza, 7:00pm
Possessing a nearly pathologic dedication toward songcraft, Mark Oliver Everett, or E, front man of the ever-changing Eels roster has amassed an impressive song catalogue and picked up countless fans along the way. Making music since the age of six and releasing albums since 1992, virtually every one of his records has scored critical success and raves from the media.

Wednesday, 6/14/2006
Ralph Stanley with Tres Chicas

Rockefeller Park, 7:00pm
Considered “one of the most important country musicians in the world,” Ralph Stanley has been honing his art since the 1940s. With nearly 200 albums, including his latest A Distant Land To Roam: Songs of The Carter Family, and three Grammys® to his credit, Stanley’s music is steeped in the rich culture of Appalachia and delivered in a high, forlorn tenor that seems to convey all the world’s grief and regret. Opening the show, Tres Chicas (Caitlin Cary, Lynn Blakey and Tonya Lamm) sing beautiful harmonies that convey sweet heartache and hope.

Tuesday, 6/20/2006
Son Volt

World Financial Center Plaza, 7:00pm
Mining America’s history – past and, especially, present – for source material, Son Volt’s front man Jay Farrar blends beautiful, quiet and often stark acoustic songs with noisy, searing country-punk-flavored rock songs. His work often seeks out the ghosts of America’s discordant or forgotten past. He converses at length with them, and writes songs that stake claim to a better future.

Thursday, 6/22/2006

World Financial Center Plaza
Performance dates: June 22–25, 12-noon – 2:00pm
Installation dates: May 24-June 25, Wednesday–Sunday, 12-noon – 6:00pm
A public art installation/event by site-artist Stephan Koplowitz, Revealed is a two-fold public art installation. First, as a sculptural object designed by KBAS (Keith Kaseman and Julie Beckman), it is a room-sized, walk-in camera obscura that offers the public the unique experience of one of the world’s first imaging technologies. Second, it serves as a platform for Koplowitz and his performers-in-residence to investigate the creation of site-specific events.

Wednesday, 6/28/2006
Dr. John
Battery Park City Rockefeller Park, 7:00pm
On the heels of his new album, Mercernary: The Songs of Johnny Mercer, legendary singer and pianist Dr. John pays tribute to this giant of American pop music. The New Orleans native will interpret a handful of Mercer’s classic tunes live through his personalized blend of zydeco and creole funk.

Friday, 6/30/2006
Amy Rigby and Robbie Fulks

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This critically acclaimed New York singer is known for her witty, outspoken lyrics and country-influenced rock sound. Robbie Fulks displays an offbeat, sometimes dark, sense of humor with his country/roots-rock hybrid.

Tuesday, 7/4/2006
Belle and Sebastian

Battery Park, 3:30pm
Our annual Independence Day Concert showcases the Scottish sensation Belle and Sebastian. This seven-piece band has an intimate, majestic sound that is equal parts folk-rock and '60s pop. Bring a blanket, enjoy the vistas and music! Tickets required.

River to River Presents Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular Downtown
Various East River viewing locations, 9:00pm
Ignite the lights of freedom! It's the nation's biggest birthday bash, with over 120,000 bursts of color and light! Witness a dazzling tribute to America with this dramatic display of breathtaking pyrotechnics overlooking New York's East River and South Seaport.

Thursday, 7/6/2006
Mates of State

Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7:00pm
Married indie-pop duo, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, have been performing as Mates of State since 1997. With a relentless touring schedule, they have honed their skills live and gained fans all across the country. Their newest CD, Bring It Back, showcases their catchy, melodic pop songs. Tickets are distributed two per person on a first-come first-served basis outside of Castle Clinton, at 5pm day of show.

Monday, 7/10/2006
Cameron Carpenter, organ

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
America's young organist and Julliard graduate Cameron Carpenter has dazzled audiences wherever he performs. He has been enthusiastically acclaimed for his passionate music making, virtuosity and stylistic flair. Tickets required - available after 4pm day of show or reserved in advance via an email to

Wednesday, 7/12/2006
Maude Maggart with Tony Desare

Battery Park City Rockefeller Park, 7:00pm
Cabaret phenom Maude Maggart began her career in 2001 in West Hollywood at The Gardenia, legendary launching pad of her mentors Andrea Marcovicci and Michael Feinstein. Receiving rave reviews for her shows and albums, the chanteuse embodies a past musical era with a penchant for the early 20th century song and a voice imbued with an eerie, haunting quality. The coolly elegant singer, songwriter and pianist Tony DeSare, leading an equally cool jazz trio, will open the show with his blend of American Songbook classics and original tunes.

Thursday, 7/13/2006
Okkervil River

Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7:00pm
Okkervil River’s original sound - profoundly lyrical with folk-rock inspirations and alternative rock sways - will bring their visionary sound to Battery Park. Tickets are distributed two per person on a first-come first-served basis outside of Castle Clinton, at 5pm day of show.

Friday, 7/14/2006
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men with Chatham County Line

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
Dave Alvin, former front man of the legendary group the Blasters, is an instrumental figure in the roots-rock scene of the early eighties. His solo work masterfully blends blues, country and folk influences with rock and roll.

Friday, 7/14/06 – Saturday, 8/19/06
Buteo Huang: Starry Sky Kite Exhibition

World Financial Center Winter Garden, 9:00am–11:00pm daily
The Taiwan Today: Traditional Arts, Contemporary Artists festival continues with an exhibition of 258 dazzling kites by award-winning kite master and designer Buteo Huang, widely known for introducing groundbreaking innovation to the kiting world.

Monday, 7/17/2006
Svet Stoyanov, percussion; Joseph Lin, violin

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
Bulgarian-born percussion phenomenon Svet Stoyanov returns to River to River following his triumphant debut last year. The Boston Globe has described violinist Joseph Lin as “simply stupendous.” Tickets required - available after 4pm day of show or reserved in advance via an email to

Tuesday, 7/18/2006
Terry Allen

World Financial Center Plaza, 7:00pm
Among country music’s constellation of stars, Terry Allen may shine brighter than the rest. Combining his talents as a visual artist, playwright and musician, he crafts exquisite, image-rich songs in which he applies words and instrumental textures with the skill of a master painter.

Wednesday, 7/19/2006
Conjunto Clasico

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This groundbreaking Salsa band merges New York-style salsa music with Puerto Rican influences to create a sensational new sound.

Little Feat
Rockefeller Park, 7:00pm
Formed in Los Angeles in 1969, Little Feat was one of the most popular Southern California Roots Rock bands of their era. Bringing strains of blues, R&B, country, jazz and rock styles together to create a signature sound, the band has amassed a devoted following of fans.

Thursday, 7/20/2006
Josh Rouse

Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7:00pm
Having lived in almost 10 U.S. states and recorded his last album in Spain, Rouse is set to perform his passionate and melancholy music under the open sky at Castle Clinton. Tickets are distributed two per person on a first-come first-served basis outside of Castle Clinton, at 5pm day of show.

Thursday, 7/20/2006
Sugar Hill Gang

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This pioneering group from The Bronx is one of the most influential artists in the history of rap music and modern R&B. "Rapper's Delight" was the first rap song to hit the top 40 charts and helped give rap worldwide appeal.

Monday, 7/24/2006
Thomas Meglioranza, baritone; Reiko Uchida, piano

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
American baritone Thomas Meglioranza has been hailed for his compelling artistry and the expressive warmth of his voice. Pianist Reiko Uchida who has performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout the world to great acclaim will accompany. Tickets required - available after 4pm day of show or reserved in advance via an email to

Tuesday, 7/25/2006
Dianne Reeves

World Financial Center Plaza, 7:00pm
Dianne Reeves is perhaps the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique R&B and jazz stylings, she was awarded the Grammy® for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category.

Wednesday, 7/26/2006
The Spinners

Battery Park City Rockefeller Park, 7:00pm
Boasting four lead singers, The Spinners have always made timeless music with a classic group sound and approach that never loses its universal appeal. Throughout the years, they have earned twelve Gold Records and have climbed to the top of both pop and R&B charts.

Wednesday, 7/26/2006
Ray Sepulveda

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This singer, who got his start in the New York City Salsa scene of the early eighties, has released six solo albums and consistently thrills audiences with his enthusiastic live performances.

Thursday, 7/27/2006
The Hold Steady

Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7:00pm
Freewheeling and dramatic, The Hold Steady will rock the Castle with their theatrical melodies in a unique accousitc performance. Tickets are distributed two per person on a first-come first-served basis outside of Castle Clinton, at 5pm day of show.

Friday, 7/28/2006
Richard Hawley with Nicolai Dunger

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This English singer-songwriter crafts melodic pop-rock songs in the tradition of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. Sweden's Nicolai Dunger recalls the joyful, pastoral soul of vintage Van Morrison with the melancholy crooning of Jeff Buckley.

Monday, 7/31/2006
Jie Chen, piano

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University. 7:30pm
Twenty-year-old pianist Jie Chen, winner of the 2006 Young Concert Artists Auditions and the Piano-e Competition, has already performed on stages around the world in recitals and with leading orchestras. Tickets required - available after 4pm day of show or reserved in advance via an email to

Wednesday, 8/2/2006
Bio Ritmo

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This established nine-member band has an authentic sound that reminds listeners of Latin dance pop from the 1970s. They specialize in classic Salsa and Rumba with an experimental twist.

Hot August Night
A Neil Diamond Celebration
Battery Park City Rockefeller Park, 7:00pm
Thirty-four years ago at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Neil Diamond recorded the best live album ever. In fact Hot August Night is still his best-selling album. Celebrating this monumental achievement, several downtown singing celebs, backed up by a top-notch nine-piece band, will take turns interpreting his classic songs.

Thursday, 8/3/2006
Dave Holland Quintet

Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7:00pm
Perhaps the most accomplished jazz composer among bassists, Holland’s expertise with Swing is going to make for an unforgettable evening during this last Castle Clinton show of 2006. Tickets are distributed two per person on a first-come first-served basis outside of Castle Clinton, at 5pm day of show.

Friday, 8/4/2006
Hot Chip

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This on-the-rise band from London has been impressing critics all over with a unique blend of rock and electronic music. Their quirky songs and impressive live show are contributing to their growing popularity and success.

Monday, 8/7/2006
Brasil Guitar Duo

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
Young revelations of the guitar world, this exciting duo has taken top prizes in major competitions in Brazil and Germany. Their wide repertoire includes traditional Brazilian music such as samba, choro and baiao. Tickets required - available after 4pm day of show or reserved in advance via an email to

Wednesday, 8/9/2006
Son Boricua featuring Jose Mangual and Jimmy Sabater

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
Well-known vocalist Jimmy Sabater and percussionist Jose Mangual lead this seven-piece band’s remarkable blend of traditional Salsa with a new, refreshing twist.

Saturday, 8/12/2006
River to River presents the Mountain Stage NewSong New York! Contest

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
Now in its fifth year, the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest is one of the nation's premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters of all genres. River to River is proud to present the first annual New York City Regional Round, where local artists compete to advance to the national finals round and a chance to perform on an internationally broadcast Mountain Stage Show. For information on how to compete in NewSong New York! visit the River to River website.

Wednesday, 8/16/2006
Conjunto Imagen

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
This six-piece, New York-based Salsa band has released 11 albums in the last 15 years specializing in spirited, upbeat rhythms that encourage dance-floor partipation from people of all ages and all walks of life.

Wednesday, 8/16/2006
Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours

Wagner Park, 7:00pm
Trombonist, composer and arranger Papo Vazquez boasts a twisted variation on traditional themes and uses terms like Jibaro Waltz, Plena Funk, Bomba and Mapeye Jazz to help describe his music.

Friday, 8/18/2006
The Box Tops featuring Alex Chilton

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm
The Box Tops gained popularity in the ‘60s with their carefree brand of blue-eyed soul. Singer Alex Chilton went on to gain cult status with Big Star and as a solo artist. This is sure to be an amazing night with the original lineup of this legendary band.

Wednesday, 8/23/2006
Luisito Carrion and Orquestra

Wagner Park, 7:00pm
Salsa vocalist Luisito Carrion started performing at the age of thirteen in his father’s band, Orquesta Kafe. Since then, this in-demand singer has been the voice behind myriad hits.

Friday, 8/25/2006
Ted Leo + Pharmacists

South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7:00pm.
Ted Leo has played some now legendary shows at the Seaport and the story
continues with one of the hottest shows of any summer.

Wednesday, 8/30/2006
Michael Stuart & Orquestra

Wagner Park, 7:00pm
The music of award-winning New York singer Michael Stuart is not easily categorized. Reflecting his varied interests, his sound mixes rock, R&B, hip-hop and electronica with traditional Salsa.

Thursday, 9/7/2006
Jose Alberto "El Canario" & Orquestra

Wagner Park, 7:00pm
Dominican-born salsa vocalist, José Alberto, also known as "El Canario," is noted for his exceptional voice, unique style and superior improvisational skills garnering him acclaim from his peers and legions of adoring fans.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Jammys Recap

So I was at the Jammys the other night and have to say it was pretty mediocre at best. I've been to three of the six versions of it and this happened to be the weakest one I've seen. The heavy hitters of the scene were pretty underrepresented. Sure you can't have the same people perform every year, but just didn't think this version had much muscle power. The first half of the show as pretty forgetable. It wasn't until Peter Frampton hit the stage with Guster to perform "Do You Feel Like I Do" that people actually got up and got excited, but that happened about half way through the show. moe. was moe. this is old hat for them and they came out swinging and rocked. The 25 plus people on stage for the Rythm Devils portion of the show was great and I'm a sucker for Little Feat, but just thought the night on a whole was underwhelming.

Where were some of the acts that were nominated for awards? My Morning Jacket, Mars Volta, Ryan Adams, Gomez, Wilco, Matisyahu, WSP? Ok maybe some of these acts are out on the road, but I doubt all of them were. While TLG was there to accept their award they weren't asked to perform. Aren't they supposed to be one of the hottest jambands out there right now? Ok I'll stop my bitching, but I think they really need to work on the line-up for next year. They did great job of thinking outside the box on the nominees, but you really need to get those bands to show up if you're going to nominate them. Sure the crowd wasn't really pulling for the non-jambands to win any of the awards, but hey that doesn't mean they wouldn't have dug them if they performed.

Anyway take a listen and decide for yourself...

Jammys Award Presentation & Performance - 2006-04-20 - The Theatre at Madison Square Garden - NYC, NY

Benevento/Russo Quartet

Check out this recent article from the Bergen Record with Joe Russo about the Benevento/Russo gig at Bowery Ballroom this coming Friday night, their new album and their future touring plans with half of a certain jamband from Vermont (which has been rumored for awhile now). Read it here. Who knew they were so heady over at the Record.

The Benevento/Russo Duo - 2006-04-08 - Cambridge Room at the House of Blues - Cleveland, OH

The Benevento Russo Duo - Langerado Music Festival - Friday Night Soundcheck - Performance - 2006-03-10 - Sunrise Stage - Markham Park - Sunrise, FL

The Benevento Russo Duo w/ Mike Gordon - 2006-12-26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Music Box Theatre

Highway Companions Tour

Tom Petty has lined-up what is being rumored to be his last full summer tour - The Highway Campions Tour (he's hinted that his still going to play live, just nothing like a big scale tour). Taking a page out of the Rolling Stones playbook Petty has recruited some top notch opening acts for the tour - Trey Anastasio, Pearl Jam, Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, with more to be announced.

Here's a list of the dates so far...

9 Verizon Amphitheatre, Charlotte, N.C. (w/ Trey Anastasio)
10 Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA (w/ Trey Anastasio)
12 Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA (w/ Trey Anastasio)
14 Polaris Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH (w/ Trey Anastasio)
16 Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN
17 UMB Bank Pavilion, Louis, MO (w/ Trey Anastasio)
20 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (w/ Trey Anastasio)
21 Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA (w/ Trey Anastasio)
23 Verizon Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN (w/ Trey Anastasio)
26-27 Xcel Center, St. Paul, MN (w/ Pearl Jam)
29-30 Marcus Amphitheatre, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI (w/ Pearl Jam)

2-3 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO (with Pearl Jam)

And here's some live Petty for ya...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - 2005-06-22 - PNC Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2003-04-19 - Vic Theater - Chicago, Il

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 1993-11-04 - Gainesville, Florida

I Love Tuesdays....Sunday Edition

Was recommended this album, so had to pick it up...

The Bees - Starry Gazey Pie

Green Apple Music Fest

Ace Cowboy has set up a great blog dedicated to his exclusive coverage of the Green Apple Music Fest. Head on over there and show him some love for all his hardwork. Check it out here.

Here's the only show I've seen posted from the fest so far...

Kimock / Perkins / Mathis / Waldman - 2006-04-21 - Green Apple Music Festival - Canal Room - New York, NY

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Hot Time Summer In The City

Head on over to Brooklyn Vegan for a list of all the outdoor music that's going on this summer in NYC. Check it out here.

Some great shows already lined up at Summerstage...

6-13 - moe.
6-17 - Rhett Miller, Ollabelle
6-23 - Refugee All Stars (of Sierra Leone)
6-25 - Feist, Jason Collett, Buck 65
7-01 - Ska Cubano
7-02 - Seu Jorge, Jose Gonzalez, Alex Cuba Band
7-13 - Ani DiFranco
7-16 - Amadou & Mariam, Daby Toure
7-23 - Konono No. 1
7-26 - Fiona Apple & Damien Rice
7-30 - Lady Sovereign, Todd w/ Karsh Kale and Realize, My Pet Dragon
8-03 - New Pornographers, the Frames, Calexico
9-05 - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Damian Marley
9-06 - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Damian Marley
9-28 - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Here's an old school Blues Traveler show from Summerstage - which is probably one of my favorite places to see a show in town.

Blues Traveler - 1997-09-21 - Central Park SummerStage, New York, NY

I Love Tuesdays...Saturday Edition

Haven't had time to make it out to buy anything of late, but did pick one thing up today....

Calexico - Garden Ruin

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Boy Is Back In Town

I'm back from Yankee tour - more on that with photos later. Did manage to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs play the historic First Avenue while in Minneapolis and last night hit the Jammy Awards here in town. Both good shows, but neither blew me away. Ace over at Slack LaLane already has his review up from last night. Check it out here. I'll give you my thoughts on the night later, along with some other stuff too.

Promise more posts are coming.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Choose Your Own Adventure

Probably won't be posting much for the next week and a half or so since I'll be out in the field doing shots. So if you're looking for some stuff to read head on over to any and all of the following places for you music and pop culture needs...

Slack LaLane
Live Music Blog
Brooklyn Vegan
aquarium Drunkard
Best Week Ever Blog
The Greenhause Effect

And for those of you that have the YES network you should definitely be setting you DVR's to record my show YES' Ultimate Road Trip - it'll be airing this week at the following times...

Monday -- 4/10, 6:30 pm
Tuesday -- 4/11, 7:00 pm
Thursday -- 4/13, 9:30 pm
Friday -- 4/14, 7:00 pm

Plus don't forget to tune in for new episodes each Sunday night!!

Hopefully I'll get some more stuff up this week and while I'm in Minneapolis and Toronto.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Get Your Rocks Off

The initial line-up for the Rocks Off Concert Cruise series is now up on there site. Check it out here. So far it's your typical mixed bag of stuff everyone's come to love about these cruises - jambands, cover bands, DJs, etc.

Here's some music from past cruises....

The New Deal - 2005-05-29 - The Temptress - Rocks Off Boat Cruise - New York, NY

Tea Leaf Green - 2005-05-13 -Rocks Off Boat Cruise - New York, NY

Umphrey's McGee - 2003-06-06 - Rocks Off Boat Cruise - Late Show - New York, NY

Benevento/Russo - 2003-08-29 - Rocks Off Boat Cruise - New York, NY

Wetlands Preserved

A documentary about the famed extinct rock club The Wetlands Preserve will be making it's debut on the final night of the Green Apple Music & Film Festival - Sunday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM. Here's the lowdown from

A documentary film that traces the history of fabled New York City nightclub Wetlands Preserve, will close out the Green Apple Music and Arts festival. The world premiere of Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club will take place on Sunday, April 23, 6:30PM at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater. The film incorporates archival footage, soundboard recordings and the efforts of a dozen digital animators to chronicle the club’s tenure from February 1989 through September 2001. Wetlands Preserved features music from Phish, Blues Traveler, moe., The Disco Biscuits, Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, Ben Harper, Spearhead, 311, Ani DiFranco, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Spin Doctors, Fishbone, Agnostic Front and many additional artists. The film was directed by site editor Dr. Dean Budnick (who aside from being a longtime Wetlands denizen, wrote his Harvard doctoral dissertation on the films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle). Tickets for the premiere, will go on sale via next Tuesday at noon, with additional details soon to follow.

I'm definitely going to try and score a ticket for this, should be quite the nostaglic night. Spent quite a few nights there catching some great music and was sad to see it and the scene the it fostered go.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Who Wears Short, Shorts?

I've been pretty sucky about putting up anything of note lately - sorry to all my loyal readers about that (all lets say ten - though hopefully it's more). Anyway work has kept me busy, so it's been hard to update during the day.

With that out of the way, I'm hitting the Ratdog show tomorrow night at the Beacon Theater. Haven't seen Bobby in awhile and looking forward to it. Though wish he'd play more Bobby songs rather then a bunch of Jerry tunes. I'd much rather hear Black Throated Wind, Jack Straw and Greatest Story Ever Told over him trying to sing Wharf Rat - but hey that's me, I'd much rather hear the classics.

I guess there could be a whole argument made about who is he really playing for by doing those tunes - but I ain't no playa hata.

Here's some classic and current shows...

1997-06-09 - Sweetwater - Mill Valley, CA

2000-06-04 - Battery Park - New York, NY

2006-03-23 - Calvin Theatre -Northampton, MA

2006-02-05 - Dave Matthews and Friends Cruise - A Chorus Line Theater, Majesty of the Seas
At Sea

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

ISO 1 Salmon Colored Toilet

Awhile back I posted about some items from Jerry Garcia's house being put up for auction - bathtubs, fridge, light fixtures and his toilet - well there's been an update to the story. First off the toilet sold for $2,550 to the online casino ,who planned on using it for a traveling exhibition of weird memorabilia. Even stranger then that the salmon colored toilet has been stolen before it was ready to ship out. Read about it here.

I Love Tuesdays

Here's the lone purchase for the week....

Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics