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Available Now Umphrey’s McGee Fall 2014 Couch Tour

Umphrey's McGee - Couch Tour 2014
From Umphrey’s McGee
“The fun continues with live Umphrey’s McGee Fall 2014 Couch Tour webcasts of the next 11 shows with our friends at TourGigs. Featuring multiple camera angles paired with a crisp soundboard feed, we will put you squarely in the action… from the convenience of your couch. To give you maximum viewing flexibility, we will be replaying each show for 24 hours following each performance.

Individual shows are $9.99, which will include the 24 hour replay. But to reward the UM faithful, we are knocking HALF OFF the total cost so you can enjoy all 10 pay-per-views for only $49.99! In addition, we will be offering audio bundle options. And for your unflinching loyalty over the years, UM show #2000 from Madison is on us (i.e. free).”

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Video ~ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival: Official Teaser & Schedule

Friday – August 24th, 2012
Big GiganticZeds Dead • Cloud Cult • PANTyRAiD • Yelawolf • Emancipator • RJD2 w/ Break Science • Bassjackers • Prof • David Jones • GRiZ • Two FreshFuture Rock • Natty Nation • Gentlemen Hall • Steez • Tugg • Jesse Jamz • Get your Friday tix here:
Saturday – August 25th, 2012
Umphrey’s McGeeNaS • Excision Matt & Kim • MSTRKRFT • Araabmuzik • Bingo Players • Mimosa • Gabriel & Dresden • Solid Gold • Nit Grit • White Panda • Tea Leaf Green • Jack Trash • Rooster McCabe • Mr MFN eXquire • Cherub • New Reb • Cranberry Show • Get your Saturday tix here:
Sunday – August 26th, 2012
Pretty Lights • Black Star • LotusInfected MushroomRebelutionPaper Diamond • Mat Zo • Timeflies • Super Mash Bros • Bonobo (DJ Set) • Claude VonStroke • Hirshee • John Brown’s Body • Stratus • ESP Woody • Sovereign Sect • DJ Abilities • Big Wu • F. Stokes • Van Ghost • Artifacts • Get your Sunday tix here:

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Review ~ A Whole Lotta Midwest Phish Love (Part 2) by Matt Heredos

Deer Creek 2, 6/29/12
Friday night at Deer Creek saw the band come out with a slew of rarities. The opening segment of Crowd Control and Dinner and a Movie gave way to the first cover of the Velvet Underground’s Sweet Jane since the 1998 Halloween cover set of the album “Loaded.”

More rarities came in the form of MoundLife on Mars?The Mango SongStrange Design, and a personal favorite, Big Black Furry Creatures from Mars. A well-played cover of the Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps closed out a very diverse, and cover heavy set.

Set two saw another Down with Disease opener that was stretched out a bit more than Riverbend’s version, much to the crowds delight. This version saw many distinct sections of improvisation that lead into another very strong version of Sand.

From there things felt a little rushed to say the least. A goofy version of Twist that saw Trey pronouncing his bandmate’s names in several ways, “Shif.” Decent versions of Bathtub GinFluffheadRun Like an Antelope, closed the set, along with another rarity in Ride Captain Ride.

This set started out incredibly strong, and the show as a whole would end in a similar fashion with a three song encore of: Cavern, the rare Sanity, and First Tube. All in all, a great pair of shows back at the old home place.

Highlights from Deer Creek (Night 2): Dinner and a Movie, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Down with Disease > Sand, Bathtub Gin, Cavern, Sanity, First Tube


Alpine Valley 1, 6/30/12
Without a doubt, my all-time favorite run of shows from Phish is Deer Creek > Alpine Valley. After a short drive up, and a brutal stretch of traffic in Chicago, (lesson learned, again) Alpine Valley was in sight. Night one opened with a combo of songs I had been longing for in My Soul and Daniel Saw the Stone. This first set, while fun, seemed to be a bit all over the place and lacked a word many Phish nerds like to use, “flow.”

The set did contain the first Reba (with whistling!) of the Midwest run, this song is what made me fall in love with this band and I could hear it every show and be happy. The set closed with a nod to the amazing 2010 Alpine show on 8/14/10 with The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony and Suzy Greenberg. See you in 15.

Set two was another set that seemed to lack “flow,” whatever that means. The opening trio of Backwards Down the Number Line, Carini, and Wilson were all decent versions, but left the improvisation fan hungry for more. We finally saw some improvisation with another Golden Age and Rock and Roll, with a short but sweet 2001 sandwiched between them.

The highlight of the night came next in what is quickly becoming one of my favorite combos of songs to hear in Steam and Piper. The former is quickly becoming one of the most sought after songs and was surprisingly played only once in the first leg of shows. A strong version of Character Zero ended this up and down set. Led Zeppelin’s Good Times Bad Times closed out the first night back at Alpine Valley.

Highlights from Alpine (Night 1): The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Steam > Piper


Alpine 2, 7/1/2012
After one of the other delights of Alpine runs, a stay at a buddy’s lake house, we were geared up for a great closing show of a fantastic return to Deer Creek and Alpine.

When Phish opens any show with Bob Marley’s Soul Shakedown Party, you know you are in for a fantastic night (see 12/30/09, 7/3/11). This night was no different, first set especially. Another Velvet Underground cover came second in the Fishman sang Lonesome Cowboy Bill. Rare showings of MeatAccess Me, and A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing filled the middle of the set. Then we saw Page pick up his keytar, time to rage.

A mid first set Frankenstein ! I could get used to that. An exceptional version of Maze, an extended Fee, and a beautiful The Squirming Coil closed out what might be the best first set I’ve seen this band perform.

Set two picked up right where we left off. The powerhouse “jam vehicle” cover of the Talking Heads Crosseyed and Painless (which was called by yours truly) took off and got quite spacey. It made its way into one of the newer Phish covers every one appears to relish in, Zeppelin’s No Quarter. A stellar version of Light, that contained some of the best improvisation of the tour, gave way to a solid, but perhaps too short, version of Ghost.

As amazing as the first half of set two was, the latter half had its moments, but was somewhat inconsistent, (or maybe we were just spoiled from the stellar first set and start of set two). A somewhat perplexing spot for the segment of Back on the Train and Farmhouse somewhat drained the energy. The highly energetic 46 Days picked things right back up before settling down again for Heavy Things and Joy.

Another fan friendly Meatstick closed out a show that had some incredible highlights, with very little to really complain about, at least from this fan’s perspective. A fantastic showing of Midwest love from this band that brings nothing but good times, but that itch wasn’t quite scratched all the way, see you at the beach.

Highlights from Alpine (Night 2): Soul Shakedown Party, Meat, Fee, Maze, The Squirming Coil, Crosseyed and Painless > No Quarter > Light > Ghost, 46 Days


2012 Phish has been some of the best Phish I have ever witnessed. I am a very lucky nerd to be able to see as many shows as I have with such a great crew, I could not ask for anything more and after nine incredible shows in the months of June and July, that Phish show itch was finally scratched, for a month or so at least. See you all in St. Louis!

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Video: OHMphrey “Someone Said You Were Dead” (Live) and Upcoming Shows

From OHMphrey

“OHMphrey, the brainchild of three members of the Chicago-based jam-band Umphrey’s McGee (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Jake Cinninger and drummer Kris Myers) and OHM guitarist Chris Poland, a legendary player who’s perhaps best known for work with headbanging pioneers Megadeth, and bassist Robertino Pagliari (a.k.a. “Pag”), unleashes their improv-heavy self-titled debut – a record that assimilates not only disparate musical genres but the individual playing styles of everyone involved.”

OHMphrey Upcoming Shows:
10/05/11 Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo, MI
10/06/11 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
10/07/11 Canopy Club Urbana, IL
10/08/11 Park West Chicago, IL
12/02/11 The Viper Room West Hollywood, CA
12/03/11 Slim’s San Francisco, CA

Websites & Links: Facebook | Listen & Download: OHMphrey


Video: Big Gigantic Winter Tour 2011

From Big Gigantic

“Live at The Fox Theatre-Boulder, CO. “High And Rising.” A No Coast Production 2011. Photography by Tobin Voggesser & Garrett Cosgrove. Directed, Shot & Edited by Jesse R. Borrell.”

Big Gigantic Winter Tour 200 Dates:
2.11 – The Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI w/ Kraddy
2.12 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Kraddy
2.13 – Canopy Club – Urbana, IL w/ Kraddy
2.15 – The Basement – Columbus, OH w/ Kraddy
2.17 – Higher Ground Ballroom – South Burlington, VT w/ Kraddy
2.18 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY w/ Kraddy
2.19 – The Blockley – Philadelphia, PA w/ Kraddy
2.20 – The Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Kraddy
3.08 – Babcock Theatre – Billings, MT w/ Umphrey’s McGee
3.10 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID w/ Umphrey’s McGee
3.11 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR w/ Umphrey’s McGee
3.12 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGee
3.13 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGee
3.17 – House of Blues -Los Angeles, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGee
3.18 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGee
3.19 – Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ w/ Umphrey’s McGee

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