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Mickey Hart: Planet Drum (25th Anniversary Edition)

When talking about the most influential world-music recordings of the last 30 years, Planet Drum surely belongs in the same conversation as Paul Simon’s Graceland or the Ry Cooder-produced Buena Vista SocialClub—and by influential, we don’t mean merely popular. For better or worse, Graceland and BVSC came with a political backstory that was essential to their appeal; one endured charges of... ...

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Brandon Niederauer at Blue Note (A Gallery)

Brandon Niederauer spent a snowy New York week by making his debut at the famed Blue Note club with two headlining shows. Niederauer has previously appeared as a guest with the likes of Jon Batiste and Ivan Neville, among others. Dino Perrucci shared some photos from the show.  ...

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People of the North: The Caul

Spun-off from Brooklyn drone-jam mainstays Oneida, People of the North is a two-man sub-unit featuring keyboardist Bobby Matador and drummer Kid Millions. Creating in the deepest and most abstract free-music tradition, the paired performers have released five full-lengths in about the same amount of years. Shedding Oneida’s propulsive grooves, the longtime weird-rock comrades converse in... ...

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Somehow, Snoop Dogg Got Roped Into Donald Trump’s Early Morning Twitter Vomit

Every morning as you rise to go to start your day, you can count on a couple of things: That undying desire to just stay in bed all day and a fresh, steaming pile of tweets from the 45th President. Today, that took a decidedly musical turn as Donald Trump went after the one and only Snoop Dogg this morning (because is what the focus should be at this point) after Snoop portrayed Trump as a... ...

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Yes, Steve Bannon was a “Passionate” Grateful Dead Fan Before Being Consumed by Evil

The Daily Beast profiled the man pulling the strings on the Donald Trump puppet inhabiting the White House for the time being, Stephen Bannon, through the eyes of his college friends and there are some stunning revelations including the fact that Bannon was a passionate Grateful Dead fan while attending Virginia Tech. "He was a Grateful Dead fan," John DePaola, who lived with Bannon for a... ...

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Securing Frank Zappa’s Vault

Laurel Canyon is an affluent hideaway neighborhood in Los Angeles, an idyllic enclave between the San Fernando Valley’s suburban sprawl and the notorious glam of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. In the 1970s, the hillside haven hatched the singer-songwriter scene immortalized by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Our House” and became the backdrop of the grisly Wonderland murders in 1981. For... ...

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Eric Krasno and Derek Trucks Have the Coolest Crew Ever

As far as crews go, Eric Krasno and Derek Trucks' may take the cake. Krasno took to Instagram to share a picture of him with Trucks, Bill Murray, Gary Clark Jr. and John Varvatos at the Love Rocks Benefit show at the Beacon Theatre, an all-star gathering that lived up to the hype and then some. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during that hang.  This Crew Huge Thanks to @johnvarvatos... ...

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Bob Weir, Mickey Hart Respond to John Mayer’s Ad: “You’re one of us now”

Earlier today we told you about John Mayer's thoughful ad in Billboard Magazine thanking the Grateful Dead for changing his life in their 50 years of existence since the release of their debut album. Now, a couple of Mayer's Dead & Company bandmates have chimed in on Mayer's gesture. For his part, Weir tweeted a thank you to his bandmate, noting that "it's a pleasure coloring in these pages... ...

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