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Philly Phish Phans: You heard it live, now stream “Breath and Burning” before it’s release

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Photo by Peter Yang | Courtesy of the artist

This October, Phish‘s thirteenth studio album, Big Boat, sets sail. In anticipation, they have shared “Breath and Burning”, a sun-kissed, acoustic strummer that ruminates on the importance of living in the moment.

For those that caught Phish at The Mann this past June, “Breath and Burning” should sound familiar, albeit truncated. On record, they keep the jamming to a minimum in favor of tried-and-true pop structure. Continue reading →

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Phish plays to the Phaithful with a crowd-pleasing setlist at the Mann

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Phish | photo by Doug Interrante

Written with my friend and seasoned Phish fan Pat James

Tuesday night’s Phish performance at the Mann Music Center was not only highly anticipated by the throngs of Delaware Valley Phaithful, but also viewed with cautious optimism, as an ominous forecast threatened to pour heavy rains and storms on the thousands of lawn and terrace attendees. Those present at the Mann shows a couple years ago will recall a similar event, where all those on the lawn were directed back to their vehicles until the storm had passed over. Perhaps coincidentally, the Mann Center remained out of the storm’s path, and the good times only rolled on from there. Sensing the anxiety from the unpleasant forecast, Phish provided its fans with an absolute treat in the first set, with many familiar favorites mixed in with covers, rarities and brand spanking new material.

A tight and energetic “Wilson” opened up the first set (with a brief “Character Zero” tease in the warm-up moments). Trey Anastasio seemed loose from the onset, with some nimble guitar fills during the Gamehendge classic. Next up was Son Seals cover “Funky Bitch,” which continued the great energy from the first song. This Mike Gordon-sung tune had the band in sync early and in my opinion portended well for the rest of the evening (a personal favorite). “No Men In No Man’s Land” is a funkified fan-favorite and provided the framework for the foursome’s first jam of the night. Keyboardist Page McConnell explored both his keyboard and organ set-up and Anastasio led a melodic and thoughtfully composed guitar solo. At the conclusion of this song, Trey addressed the Mann crowd and commented on how much the band enjoys playing under the impressive wood canopy (sure beats the E-Centre — and no I’m not giving credence to whatever bank has the current naming rights to the Camden amphitheater). Continue reading →

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Get psyched for two nights of Phish at the Mann with two hours of awesome live jams

Phish | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Phish | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

On the heels of their two night run at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin, Phish roll into Philly tonight and tomorrow night for two sold out shows at the Mann. WXPN’s Phish phanatic Brian Seltzer hosted and produced a two hour Phish special to get you warmed up for tonight and tomorrow night’s shows. Continue reading →

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It’s Jam Band Season! Get to know eclectic 8-piece band, Somewhere South

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/somewheresouthmusic

There is nothing more summery than a jam band.  Even if you aren’t a religious follower (aka Phish fan) you can still go to a show and appreciate the freeing sensation a jam band’s music gives you.  With the Phish shows just wrapping and Cheers Elephant, Umphrey’s McGee and Disco Biscuits performances in the future, we are excited to introduce you to a new jam band, Somewhere South.

Hailing from Philly, Somewhere South creates dynamic music that combines elements like horns, bass guitar, dual male and females vocals, as well as lyrics in both English and Spanish.  Their self-titled EP, includes folk, funk, and even a little bit of country twang.  Each track is different from the next, but maintains a melodic consistency that makes the young band’s work sound extremely mature. The first track “Alright” is one of their slower tracks, but sets the precedent for the rest of the EP.  It’s instantly calming in nature, and meshes well with breezy, summer weather and attitudes. The song is all about simplicity and trying to live in the moment, as they sing “Keep it simple, keep it true, keep it simple, keep it you.”

The band has been playing all around Philly, and will play next at Ardmore Music Hall on August 2nd, which will no doubt be an incredible fun experience. Listen to their Somewhere South below.

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Ok, if you insist, here’s one more video of Phish from the Mann Center shows

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Last week after Phish played two nights at the Mann, we posted a couple of fan videos from their second show on Wednesday, July 9th.

Now another video has surfaced, this time from the Phish camp itself. Below, watch – in all its uber super quality – the entire 16 minute and 57 second version of “Chalk Dust Torture,” performed on Wednesday night.

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Watch Phish cover the Talking Heads and play the rare “McGrupp & The Watchful Hosemasters” from the Mann Center shows

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Phish took Philly by storm (literally) this past Tuesday and Wednesday night at The Mann Center. Over the course of the two nights the band played some covers and some rarities. Below, watch them perform the Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless,” and “McGrupp & The Watchful Hosemasters” from the Wednesday night show. “McGrupp” has quite the storied past. You can the history of the song here. Read our review and check out our photos from the show here