Just announced: A double dose of Phish at the Mann in July

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Phish have announced their summer tour plans with two shows in Philly. After they wrap up their three shows in Saratoga Springs over the July 4th weekend, the party continues in Fairmount Park when they play the Mann Center on Tuesday, July 8th and Wednesday, July 9th. Tickets go on sale March 27th at 10 AM. Below, watch them perform a cover of Talking Heads’ “Cities” from their 2009 show at the Wachovia Center.



Mike Gordon of Phish to play Union Transfer in April; listen to a new song, “Ether”

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Phish bassist Mike Gordon announced the release date for his fourth solo album, Overstep, and a spring tour that includes a stop at Union Transfer. With it came the album’s first single, “Ether,” a loose and cerebral piece that starts sort of dark, with icy guitar picking, but builds. As the rest of the band comes in, the slow-stepping tune murmurs around thumping bass before getting a little brighter at the chorus. It continues through many movements, stopping and starting throughout the six minute song that explores a range of dynamics.

“Ether” shows a slightly more serious side of Gordon, but still manages to keep his tongue-in-cheek charm around the 5:20 mark when he squeals, “Little boy won’t you come back home,” in the voice of what’s supposed to be his mother. According to Gordon’s website, Overstep is the first time he’s given someone else full producer role to work on the album with him, rather than Gordon producing the album himself. And it shows on “Ether” that producer, Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies), has had some influence on Overstep. This song’s much more structured and thought-out than some of Gordon’s prior work  – such as what’s found on 2008’s The Green Sparrow. It’ll be the first solo album he’s released since 2010’s Moss. For more Mike Gordon humor, check out his 2014 tour announcement video below.


Phish announce fall tour, playing Atlantic City and Reading in October


Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, Phish have announced a much-anticipated fall tour spread over two weeks and seven cities in October.  Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman formed the band in 1983 at the University of Vermont and got their start playing frat houses and poorly-attended bar shows.  An impressive feat for any band, 30 years together for Phish is an extra special milestone – it’s the length of time The Grateful Dead performed together before Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.  The rock/funk/blues band will play the Sovereign Center in Reading on October 29th followed by a three-day Halloween run at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on October 31 to November 2nd.  Tickets and information for the shows will be available here.  Watch Phish perform “Stash” at Merriweather Post Pavilion earlier this month below.


Get into the “Season of Giving” with Hurricane Sandy Relief Concerts in Atlantic City and at MilkBoy

Trevor Gordon Hall will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit at MilkBoy tonight

More efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief are popping up in the tri-state region this weekend, beginning with a show headlined by none other than Shakey himself. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Everest have collaboratively organized a benefit show at The Borgata in Atlantic City for this evening. Proceeds from tonight’s show will be directed to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, which you can contribute to here. Anastasio, who formerly lived in Pronceton, will be performing a special acoustic set for tonight’s benefit. General admission tickets for the all-ages benefit are available at our concert calendar here; the concert starts at 8. Below, check out Anastasio’s Acoustic Barn performance of “Time Turns Elastic.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: That guy from Phish, that other guy from that Canadian post-punk band

Diamond Rings
The guy who isn't that guy from Phish performs tonight at Johnny Brenda's

Tonight, a pair of shows from two very different musicians who are primarily known for their work in other bands. Trey Anastasio, the main brain behind Phish, performs at Electric Factory with his backing band (creatively named The Trey Anastasio Band); if you love Phish, but can’t wait for the band’s recently announced show at Susquehanna Bank Center, you’re probably already stoned in anticipation of tonight’s show. Meanwhile, over at Johnny Brenda’s, Toronto’s John O’Regan is taking a break from his normal duties fronting the indie-rock quartet The D’Urbervilles to pursue his solo project Diamond Rings; O’Regan’s eyeliner-wearing, dance-routing-incorporating, flamboyant-costume-sporting synthpop act will appeal to anyone who loves Lady Gaga (or Robyn’s recent work), but wants to know what it would sound like if a dude with a deep voice was singing into the mic.

Trey Anastasio performs at 8 p.m. at Electric Factory; tickets to the show are $39.50. Diamond Rings performs with P.S. I Love You and Virtual Virgin at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.


Phish announces Summer 2011 tour; will perform in Camden, NJ, on June 10th

Earlier today, Phish announced the dates for its Summer 2011 tour, which includes a show Friday, June 10, in Camden, NJ, at the Susquehanna Bank Center. The tour kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, when the band plays three consecutive nights (May 27-29) at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts in Bethel, NY. Tickets and information about the tour can be found here. Phish fans have a chance to see guitarist Trey Anastasio this Wednesday night when he rolls into town to play the Electric Factory. Check out the video of the Phish 2011 Summer Tour announcement below.

Listen here to listen to Trey’s appearance on World Cafe with David Dye from 2006


Phish: Waiting For Atlantic City

This year’s Phish Halloween extravaganza was held in Atlantic City, NJ just a couple of stones throw away from Philly. The shows that Phish play on Halloween have become legendary for their covering of a full album. It all started in 1994 when they played The Beatles’ White Album; in 1995 they played The Who’s Quadrophenia. With records including Talking Head’s Remain In Light, The Velvet Underground’s Loaded, and The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street, one of eight records they played in its entirety in 2009 over the course of several Halloween weekend concerts.

Last night the band ended their three night stand at Boardwalk Hall by playing Little Feat’s 1979 classic double live album Waiting For Columbus. The performance of the album was a bittersweet affair given Little Feat’s drummer Richie Hayward’s recent passing from his battle with lung cancer. reported on the show:

“We may have learned more from Little Feat than any other band,” Trey Anastasio says. Mike Gordon adds of the band’s early days, “I liked that Trey’s originals were getting strange, but I said I wanted to balance it with some gutsy bluesy music. And the example I gave was, ‘I’d like to play a Little Feat song from time to time.” Phish regularly covered Little Feat’s “Skin it Back,” “Time Loves a Hero” and the group’s arrangement of Allen Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down” during its early years. The members of Phish revived both “Time Loves a Hero” and “On Your Way Down” in the late ‘90s.

Throughout most of the set, the members of Phish were backed by percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo. The noted Latin jazz musicians has performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Sammy Hagar and Mickey Hart, among many others. A five-person horn section featuring members of the interconnected collectives Antibalas (Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Eric Biondo) and the Dap-Kings (Michael Leonhart, Ian Hendrickson) also augmented the band at various points throughout the night. Phish also utilized members of the Dap-Kings on Halloween last October.

In addition to covering the Feats’s Columbus, the band covered the Edgar Winter Band’s “Frankenstein,” “Spooky” by either Classics IV or the Atlanta Rhythm Section (depending on whose version of it you like that best) and Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman.”
The biggest highlight of the night though was the Little Feat album with MP3′s you can listen to at