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North Bowl will host listening party for The National’s Day of the Dead compilation

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

On May 19th, the night before its official release, The National’s epic tribute compilation to the Grateful Dead will get its own listening party at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. Attendees will get to hear Day of the Dead in its entirety, which features 59 of the Dead’s songs performed by almost as many bands. The album will benefit HIV/AIDS nonprofit Red Hot.

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Watch The National cover The Grateful Dead on Colbert for their upcoming Day Of The Dead tribute compilation

The National | Photo by John Vettese
The National | Photo by John Vettese

Indie rockers The National will be releasing their Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day Of The Dead on May 20th, and last night they stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform their cover of the Dead’s “Morning Dew.”

The band first released their cover back in March as a “first taste sampler” from the album along with The War On Drugs’ take on “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett’s cover of “New Speedway Boogie,” and more. Singer Matt Berninger takes his vocals down an octave from Jerry’s tenor to his own signature baritone, but musically, the song remains pretty faithful to the original. Continue reading →

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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 →