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I Got a Song: History of the Newport Folk Festival

Rick Massimo's I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival (Wesleyan University Press) is the first book-length treatment of Newport, R.I.’s iconic event. Massimo’s narrative begins as producer George Wein launches the festival in 1959 and tracks Newport Folk’s highlights and struggles over the years to follow. Massimo, who grew up in Providence, covered the event for nine years... ...

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Watch Nine Inch Nails’ Ferocious Return to the Stage in Bakersfield

Nine Inch Nails finally returned after three years with a surprise performance in Bakersfield, CA ahead of their festival slot at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, which took place last night. The group released an on-stage video from their Bakersfield opener, which started with the ferocious Not the Actual Events track "Branches/Bones" and transitioned into Hesitation Marks standout "Copy of A" which... ...

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Watch Phish’s Proper “Sunday Morning” Opener on Red Velvet (Underground) Night

Another day, another themed opener for Phish at Madison Square Garden as the Baker's Dozen rolls on. Tonight, it was Red Velvet night and the evening began appropriately with the band bathed in red lights and Jon Fishman leading the crowd on Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning." Fishman fully embraced the Sunday theme by leading a proper mass in the process, dressed in full bishop garb (Trey... ...

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Watch Phish’s Expansive “Seven Below” from Baker’s Dozen

One of the centerpieces of Phish's brilliant second set on opening night of their Baker's Dozen run was a sublime "Seven Below" that emerged out of the opening "Tweezer." Transitioning perfectly out of a high-energy Type II "Tweezer" jam, the song took a turn in the other direction as the band explored some darker themes to contrast the anthemic preceding song. It's everything you want in a... ...

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Never Miss a Sunday Donut: Tonight’s Flavor is Red Velvet

You know what they say: Never miss a Sunday show donut. Tonight's donut flavor is among the most superior donuts ever made: Red velvet. Yes, a wonderful red velvety cake donut with some cream cheese frosting, drowned in red sugar As for cover options: How about a whole lot of Velvet Underground? "Little Red Corvette"? Either way, this is the best donut flavor Phish has offered thus far so... ...

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Watch Phish Debut The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” to Open Second Night of Baker’s Dozen

As tonight's donut flavor was strawberry, Phish kicked off their second of thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden with their debut cover of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour standout "Strawberry Fields Forever." The song, which was followed by the equally topical "Halley's Comet," was streamed across the band's social media accounts as all set openers are during this run. It appears as if... ...

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Baker’s Dozen Night Two Flavor Theme: Strawberry

Phish have announced that, after last night's opening theme of coconut, night two of their Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden will feature a strawberry flavor theme, as the first fans into the venue will be offered strawberry milkshake-glazed donuts with a crumb topping. Last night's theme saw the band open the show with a debut of "Shake Your Coconuts" by Junior Senior, reference the... ...

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Watch Phish’s “Mr. Completely” Bustout from Pittsburgh

Phish surprised during their second set in Pittsburgh when they busted out the Trey Anastasio tune "Mr. Completely" for the first time in fourteen years and just the second time in the band's career. The song, which marked the band's fourth 20+minute jam in as many shows, continuing a theme of vast improvisation on this young tour as the band heads into their Baker's Dozen run at Madison... ...

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Bill Evans Trio: On a Monday Evening

Relaxed, if quite often intense and exploratory, the previously unreleased On a Monday Evening captures pianist Bill Evans in a peak performance leading his trio circa the mid-‘70s, with virtuoso bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Eliot Zigmund. The show at a packed 1,000-seat Wisconsin Union Theater on the UW-Madison campus survives, thanks to some serendipity—two college-age jazz DJs had... ...

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