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Listen to The Grateful Dead play The Spectrum in two 35-year-old bootlegs

The Grateful Dead live in 1981 | via YouTube

The early 80’s were a strange period for The Grateful Dead: they had already released the bulk of their best material, Brent Mydland had just joined the band on keyboards after the departure of the Godchauxs, and Jerry’s drug use was spiking. However, these unearthed concert recordings from the Dead’s performance at the Spectrum in 1981 prove that the band still had their stuff together and more.

35 years to the day after the show and the recordings still sound fresh as ever. Jerry’s drunk guitar solo on “Sugaree” takes on a life of its own, the band catches a steady groove on a cover of “Not Fade Away,” and classics such as “I Know You Rider” and “Terrapin Station” sound as good as ever. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War On Drugs covering “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett covering “New Speedway Boogie” and more from The National’s Grateful Dead tribute comp

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The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

Confession: I’ve never considered myself a “Deadhead.” Every once in a while when I was growing up, my dad would play “Friend of the Devil” or “Brokedown Palace” (pretty much just American Beauty). I’ve always enjoyed their music, but I’ve really only scratched the surface when it comes to their immense catalogue of live recordings, Dick’s Picks, and journeys into psychedelia.

But when it comes to songwriting and capturing the American experience, The Grateful Dead really were one of the greatest bands of the past 50 years. The National knows this, and apparently 58 other hugely successful bands and musicians do as well. That’s why the Dessner’s (Bryce & Aaron of The National) have assembled the outrageously massive Day Of The Dead tribute compilation, which features everyone from Bruce Hornsby to Wilco, Philly’s The War on Drugs to Bob Weir himself covering classic Dead tunes from their earliest stages up until present day. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Dawes perform on David Letterman, Grateful Dead’s last concerts will be on pay-per-view, & Bonnaroo reveals schedule.

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“Dawes is pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

The words of David Letterman in regards to one of his favorite bands, Dawes who performed on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Watch Dawes (who will perform at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru) sing “Things Happen” from their forthcoming 4th album, “All your Favorite Bands,” due out in June. Continue reading →

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Chris Kasper to collaborate with Philly Dance Company, BalletX

Chris Kasper | via Facebook.com/ChrisKasperMusic
Chris Kasper | via Facebook.com/ChrisKasperMusic

Philly singer-songwriter Chris Kasper has embarked on a unique, collaborative project with Philly dance company BalletX for seven shows from July 8-12 at The Wilma Theater, where he’ll perform tracks off of 2013’s folk/soul Bagabones – tied into the residency is his Indiegogo campaign to create a music video with BalletX for the track “Raven and the Rose” and a spring tour in support of it, which kicks off tonight at Ballet X’s spring preview premiere party. Continue reading →

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#XPNDeadDay: Through the ages with the Grateful Dead at The Spectrum

A Grateful Dead Philly concert review from November 9, 1979 | via dead.net
A Grateful Dead Philly concert review from November 9, 1979 | via dead.net

Philly has always had a great relationship with The Grateful Dead. The first time the band played in Philly was at the Electric Factory in April, 1968. The band played the Spectrum over 50 times; their first show at the Spectrum was in September 21st, 1972. As WXPN celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead with 24 hours of the Dead today, we scoured Youtube for some of the Dead’s shows at The Spectrum for you to watch and listen to, including a Jerry Garcia Band show from the Spectrum in 1989. Continue reading →