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Wye Oak tour and new album.

After spending the fall touring Europe with Dr. Dog, Wye Oak has spent the past few months holed up in the studio working on the follow up to last year's highly acclaimed If Children.  The band will emerge from the studio for a month-long tour which will find them winding their way from coast to coast before ending with a show in their hometown of Baltimore.  The tour kicks off April 14 in Brooklyn, NY.

04/14/09 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Crooked Fingers          
04/15/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox w/ Pomegranates
04/16/09 Newport, KY @ South Gate House w/ Pomegranates
04/17/09 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout w/ Pomegranates
04/18/09 Northfield, MN @ Carleton College – The Cave w/ Pomegranates
04/19/09 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ Pomegranates
04/20/09 Iowa City, IA @ Public Space 1 w/ Pomegranates
04/21/09 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room w/ Pomegranates
04/22/09 Denver, CO @ The Hi-Dive w/ Pomegranates
04/23/09 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Pomegranates
04/24/09 Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Pomegranates
04/25/09 Kennewick, WA @ The Red Room w/ Pomegranates
04/26/09 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern w/ Pomegranates
04/27/09 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/ Pomegranates
04/29/09 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Pomegranates
04/30/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge w/ Pomegranates
05/01/09 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space w/ Pomegranates
05/02/09 TBA w/ Pomegranates
05/04/09 Norman, OK @ Opolis w/ Pomegranates
05/06/09 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Pomegranates
05/09/09 Altanta , GA @ The Drunken Unicorn w/ Pomegranates, and Pretty & Nice
05/10/09 Chapel Hill , NC @ Local 506 w/ Pomegranates
05/11/09 Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Pomegranates
05/12/09 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Pomegranates
05/13/09 New York , NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Pomegranates
05/14/09 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears w/ Pomegranates
05/15/09 New Haven, CT @ Café Nine w/ Pomegranates
05/16/09 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ Pomegranates

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Phish 3.0 launches at the “Mothership”

Opening with fan-favorite and long requested "Fluffhead" (last played 9/28/00), Phish played their first show in over four years at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA last night.  The band played a 28 song show that focused more on their earlier mult-part compositions ("Divided Sky", "You Enjoy Myself", "Oh Kee Pa Ceremony"), as opposed to the more open-ended jamming they had relied on in recent years.

They debuted a new song, "Backwards Down the Number Line", to open the 2nd set.  The song will presumably be part of the upcoming recording sessions Phish said they will start when the Hampton run is over.

The night ended with a three-song encore, "Grind" (making only its second apperance ever and sung acapella), "Bouncing Around the Room", and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Lovin' Cup".

3/6/09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA

Set I

Fluffhead, The Divided Sky, Chalkdust Torture, Sample in a Jar, Stash, I Didn't Know, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Farmhouse, NICU, Horn, Rift, Train Song, Water in the Sky, Squirming Coil, David Bowie

Set II

Backwards Down The Number Line, Tweezer, Taste, Possum, Theme from the Bottom, First Tube, Harry Hood, Waste, You Enjoy Myself


Grind, Bouncing Around the Room, Loving Cup


With the wholly appropriate line, "it took a long time to get back on the train" Phish opened up night two of their Hampton comeback shows with "Back on the Train".  Again focusing on more complex compositions as opposed to lengthy jams, night two saw the band trot out a 26 song show capped by a cover of The Beatles "A Day in the Life" as an encore.

The night also featured the Phish debut of "Beauty of a Broken Heart" a tune from Page McConnell's 2007 solo album, that seems to open the door of possibility of Phish digging into their respective solo projects for new material to bring to the stage.

3/7/09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I

Back On The Train, Runaway Jim, Brian and Robert, Split Open and Melt, Heavy Things, Punch You in the Eye, Gumbo, Reba, Mexican Cousin, It's Ice, Halley's Comet, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Guelah Papyrus, Lawn Boy, Run Like An Antelope

Set II

Rock and Roll, Limb By Limb, Ghost, Piper, Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother, Prince Caspian, Mike’s Song>I Am Hydrogen>Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero


A Day in the Life


Phish's final night at Hampton featured a couple of debuts, "Undermind" from their 2004 album of the same name and the last song from that album to be played live, and a cover of George Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care"

3/8/09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I

Sanity, Wilson, Foam, Bathtub Gin, Undermind, AC/DC Bag,My Friend, My Friend, Scent of a Mule, All Of These Dreams, Maze, She Thinks I Still Care, Army of One, Tube, Cars Trucks Buses, Free, Frankenstein

Set II

 Down With Disease, Seven Below, The Horse >Silent In The Morning, Twist, 2001, Moma Dance, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Wading In The Velvet Sea, Slave To The Traffic Light


Contact, Bug, Tweezer Reprise

All three shows can be downloaded for free at


Robert Randolph and the Family Band will play at the 14th annual Double Decker Arts Festival, which will be held on the Courthouse Square on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

"We are really excited about this year’s line-up," says Mary-Kathryn Milner, festival coordinator, "We work to provide a line-up that is diverse and has a wide appeal, and I certainly think this year will be no exception to that.”

Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s concerts are known for their lively stage performance. The group’s sound is inspired by successful 1970s funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. The band uses a blend of music genres from guitar-driven rock to sanctified soul. Randolph and the Family Band are known to be a fierce live band through their rock and roll energy and their righteous funk sound.

Frontman Robert Randolph was listed as #97 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in September 2003. The band members are Marcus Randolph, on drums, Danyel Morgan, bass and vocals, and Jason Crosby, on Hammond organ and piano.  The Family Band has opened for Dave Matthews Band for shows on their 2002-2007 tours. Robert Randolph & the Family Band opened for Eric Clapton and was 1 of 4 featured artists on the Music Builds Tour.

The first Robert Randolph & the Family Band album, Live at the Wetlands, was recorded live in 2002.  Unclassified was their studio debut album released in August 2003.The last album, Colorblind, was released October 2006.The song "Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That" was used in The Game Plan, Grey’s Anatomy, Stomp the Yard, Discovery Channel and many commercials for NBC. The track "Thrill of It" made appearances in Saturday Night Football and NBA Live 07.

Other musical performers that will be joining Randolph and the Family Band at the festival include Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, George McConnell, Charlie Mars, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Kenny Brown, and many more.

The Oxford Double Decker Arts Festival brings together visitors and residents for a daylong celebration of music, food, and the arts.  The festival gets its name from the town’s authentic double decker bus imported from England in 1994.   Attendees enjoy a rich variety of vendors including potters, glass craftsmen, woodworkers, painters, and various other artists, all selected by a jury put together by the Yokanpatawpha Arts Council.  A "Taste of Oxford" food court will feature a mouth-watering sampling of culinary treats form local restaurateurs. 

Sponsors of the Fourteenth Annual Double Decker Arts Festival include AT&T, Budweiser, Bryon and Kristy Cohron, Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, Downtown Oxford Inn and Suites, Magnolia Rental, Malco, Oxford Insurance Agency, Panola Paper Company, Square Books, and Zerk Wilson Golf Carts.

For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, check out our website

11th Annual Starscape Festival releases line-up

The 11th Annual Starscape Festival to be held June 6 at Fort Armistead Park in Baltimore, Maryland has released its intial line-up.  The line-up features over 40 artists stretched over five stages: The Main Stage with massive production and focusing on live music. The Electronic Dance Music Tent, which is a 10,000 square foot circus tent loaded to the hilt with intelligent lighting, lasers, and video displays.  The Drum n Bass Tent, a waterfront stage with a booming bass heavy sound system.  The Beach Stage, under the shadow of the Key Bridge, which focuses on live music.  And lastly, the VIP Stage, brings added value to your VIP ticket, with a full lineup of internationally known dj talent.

This year’s festival will once again feature a wide variety of international and national talent on multiple stages with crushing sound systems and mind blowing visual and lighting displays, interactive performers, a live graffiti wall, various regional and local vendors, and a beautiful view of the sunrise from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tickets are currently available at


Confirmed artists below.  Full line-up and schedule to be released soon.

The Disco Biscuits
Pnuma Trio
2020 Soundsystem
Dub War feat. Joe Nice
Juakali, & Dave Q
EOTO feat. Jason & Travis from String Cheese Incident
The Bridge
We Don't Sleep feat. Messinian & Commodore 64
Segway feat. Shawn Caesar

Stanton Warriors
Chase & Status
Donald Glaude
MONSTERS OF JUNGLE feat. (Dieselboy – Evol Intent (Live) – Ewun- The Upbeats – Infiltrata–Messinian -Mayhem – Demo –Spktrm)
Charles Feelgood
Baby Anne
12th Planet
Chavy Boys feat. Scottie B – King Tutt – Shawn Caesar
Computer Club
Noah D
Oh Snap! & Jen Lasher
Proxxy & Lantern
Cannon Boys
Headhunterz Inc.
Jay Selway
Hyx & Houston
DJ Nysus

The Bridge announce residency

Returning from a two-month cross-country tour, The Bridge have announced a six night residency at the Santa Fe Cafe in College Park, Maryland.  They have also released their first festival dates of the year.  Full tourdates are below.



11 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe (Permilla Project will open)
20 Annapolis, MD The Whiskey 1803
21 Harrisburg, PA Appalachian Brew Co.
25 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe (DJ Williams Projekt will open)
26 West Chester, PA The Note
27 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live (w/ moe.)
28 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live (w/ moe.)

1 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe
2 Virginia Beach, VA Jewish Mother
3 Richmond, VA Capital Ale House
5 Burgettstown, PA Pepsi Cola Roadhouse
8 College Park, MD Santa Fe Café

10 Charlottesville, VA Is

11 Frostburg, MD Dante’s
15 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe
16 Charlotte, NC Double Door
17 Charleston, SC Charleston Pour House
18 Raleigh, NC The Pour House Music Hall
22 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe

23 Clarksburg, WV PJ Kelly’s
24 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street
25 Garrettsville, OH Blossom Blast / Spring Hookah Festival
28 Tuscaloosa, AL Mellow Mushroom


1   New Orleans, LA Blue Nile (Jazz Fest)

4   New Orleans, LA Maple Leaf (Jazz Fest)
22 Chillocothe, IL Summer Camp Festival
23 Lexington, VA Buffalo Creek Music Festival

9 Asheville, NC Emerald Lounge (Post-Phish)



Download a free MP3 of "Let Me Off This Train" from Blind Man's Hill here

Phish offering Free MP3 downloads of Hampton shows

With the demand  for tickets for their comeback Hampton shows far outnumbering the supply, Phish is going to release next-day MP3 downloads of all three shows for FREE, for a limited time.  Each show will be professionally multitracked and mixed onsite and avaliable within 24 hours.  They will also be selling high-quality CDs and FLACs of the shows as well.  To get your download visit


Backyard Tire Fire from the heart

btf1.jpg“Today was the first day in my life I was able to listen to anything I have ever recorded on vinyl."

With unrestrained excitement in his voice, Ed Anderson singer/guitarist from Backyard Tire Fire, describes what for him was almost a perfect day.  “It (Backyard Tire Fire’s new album The Places We Lived) actually arrived in the mail a few hours ago.  I drank a Budweiser at like noon, dropped the needle on my own record and listened to what we sound like on my turntable.” 

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