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Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: GarciaLive Volume Nine: August 11th, 1974 Keystone Berkeley

by Jeff Tamarkin on September 20, 2017
Jerry Garcia’s idea of taking a break from the Grateful Dead was to play music with other people. Of the many aggregations with which he moonlighted, none is so revered as the various outings he...

Kim Rancourt: plum plum

by Richard Gehr on September 19, 2017
Brooklyn bon vivant Kim Rancourt’s plum plum opens with the catchiest thing I’ve heard in ages (“Walking the Trashline Properties”), descends into a psychedelic abyss (“The Thing That...

Blind Boys of Alabama: Almost Home

by Jeff Tamarkin on September 18, 2017
To put things into perspective, when the Five Blind Boys of Alabama—the name under which they performed at the time—first recorded in 1948, most of the 1960s’ future rock and R&B heroes were...

The National: Sleep Well Beast

by Ryan Reed on September 15, 2017
“The day I die, the day I die/ Where will we be?” So croons Matt Berninger, in that trademark grumble, in “Day I Die” on The National’s seventh LP. Few rock bands could convert a lyric...

The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

by Ryan Reed on September 14, 2017
With The War on Drugs’ fourth LP, A Deeper Understanding, Adam Granduciel continues to pull off a tricky balancing act between cathartic Heartland-rock and atmospheric psychedelia—two styles...

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood

by Jeff Tamarkin on September 13, 2017
In the liner notes for Southern Blood, Devon, Gregg Allman’s son, writes that his father “wanted to leave you a most poignant, soulful and deep parting gift as he left us all.” It would have...

Grizzly Bear: Painted Ruins

by Ryan Reed on September 12, 2017
Grizzly Bear’s music has always existed in its own sphere, with art-rock textures and imagistic lyrics that feel more intellectual than their indie peers. (It’s worth remembering that drummer...

Kronos Quartet: Folk Songs

by Jeff Tamarkin on September 11, 2017
For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has provided the answer to the question, “I don’t know much about classical music—where should I start?” Unlike many traditional chamber music...

Phish: 6/17/94, Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

by Mike Ayers on September 08, 2017
Phish had a banner year in 1994 for many reasons. They performed The Beatles’ “The White Album” as their first Halloween costume concert, offered two complete renditions of Gamehendge and...

Allen Ginsberg: The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience

by Jeff Tamarkin on September 07, 2017
Allen Ginsberg was one of the most influential and controversial poets of the 20th century, but he wasn’t a singer. Nonetheless, Ginsberg didn’t let any dearth of skills curb his revelry: He...

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