Dawes, Deer Tick, Middle Brother @ Club Dada

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Words by Katie Jackson. Photos by HashBrowns.

This St. Patrick’s Day not only brought about green beer and a false sense of Irish patriotism, but a triple bill of Middle Brother, Dawes, and Deer Tick at Club Dada. The moon was high and bright, the weather was perfect, and the “backyard party” feel of the venue provided a perfect setting for an intimate evening with three very talented bands.  As someone who had never been to their live show, and didn’t really know what to expect, I can truthfully say I was not disappointed. Read on to hear about all three bands.

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Phish Announce Super Ball IX

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From Phish‘s Official Website:

Sensational. Mind-blowing. Fantabulous.

These are all words with the same amount of letters as SUPER BALL IX.

It’s Phish’s biggest. Ball. Ever. So big we can’t. Contain it. In one sentence. Super Ball IX, Phish’s ninth festival, will take place July 1-3 at Watkins Glen International. Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Super Ball IX will mark Phish’s first-ever festival performance over July 4 weekend, and the first major music festival held at Watkins Glen since 1973’s legendary Summer Jam. It is also Phish’s first-ever performance at a facility with “Watkins” in its name.

Tickets for Super Ball IX go on sale this Monday, April 4th, at Noon ET at http://superballIX.portals.musictoday.com. Onsite camping is included in the price of admission. Like previous Phish festivals, the event will include numerous activities, attractions and art installations in addition to a series of performances by the band. Camping and travel packages will. Be. Available. (Sorry, hard habit to break.)

Super Ball IX continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August of 1996. Rolling Stone observed, “It was definitely groundbreaking…there was a real story; that in an age of corporate sponsorship, this completely home-grown thing happened that was different from any other concert.”

Anyone purchasing Super Ball IX tickets will receive a free MP3 download of each set the band plays during the weekend from livephish.com, where they’ll be available shortly after Phish finishes lip-syncing steps off stage.

SuperBallIX.com and Phish.com will be your main source for all things Ball. We’ve posted the first wave of information about the festival and will continue to update with Travel info, FAQs, Guidelines, Event Info, the hottest celebrity news, and much much more, so keep checking back.

If I didn’t already have 9 billion other plans this summer, I would definitely be in attendance at this festival. I had the chance to catch Phish on the 3rd and 4th of July last year, and it was undoubtedly one of the best weekends of my life, so add another day and a few more sets, and this is guaranteed to be quite the hoe-down. Lucky east-coast bastards!

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SXSW 2011 Post-Mortem: Migas’ Top Sets

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I can remember SXSW this year because, for the first time, I didn’t take full advantage of the free day party booze. I also woke up on a couch every night (instead of an alley, as in years past) so I actually have something to report beyond missing possessions. Personal perspective: This was the best of the five SXSWs I’ve attended. It was EXTREMELY Houston oriented, with tons of friends either performing or partying throughout. I get to see Houston bands all the time but it was a special thing to witness several of them playing major showcases to a completely different audience, but with an equally positive response. Houston drives a Dodge Stratus. Houston is big-time stuff. Read on for my top sets of SXSW 2011:

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Ben Harper’s Rock ‘N Roll Is Free

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Ben HarperBen Harper‘s new album, Give Till It’s Gone, is set to release on May 17. Awesome timing, since it’s just a couple of weeks before his appearance at this year’s Wakarusa Camping and Music Festival.

Harper’s 10th studio album was recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who plays a part on “Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn.” Also featured on the album, are two tracks co-written and performed with Ringo Starr. Harper collaborated in Starr’s album Y Not.

But you don’t have to wait for the full album release to get a taste of Haper’s new material. You can get his new single “Rock ‘N Roll Is Free” for, well, free. The track is available for a limited time, so head over to his site for the free download.

Harper only has a few tour stops in the States this Summer. According to his website, he will play at Coachella with Fistful of Mercy and at Wakarusa with The Relentless7. Outside of those festivals appearances, he’s set to play with The Relentless7 at Crossroads in Kansas City, MO and at Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO on the days following Wakarusa. Then at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL in late June.

Go get his new single now for free. And get your Wakarusa tickets, if you haven’t yet!

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Todd Snider @ Warehouse Live (Studio)

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Todd Snider is one of those guys whose lucky break always seems to be right around the corner – his undeniable talent and engrossing personality leave the universe no other option but to catapult him towards all his wildest dreams, right?  Well, brothers and sisters, I think they have.  It’s rare to see a performer as happy onstage as Mr. Snider was last Thursday – breaking into a grin every time a bandmate nailed a solo or the crowd nailed a singalong.  Who needs success on Nashville’s terms?  As he says in “Just Like Old Times” – “We’re living out a different kind of American dream.”  Most of us packed into the Warehouse Live Studio last Thursday feel the same way.  Some of us were already converts, and those that weren’t assuredly left as washed-in-the-blood Snider evangelists.  I arrived towards the end of Great American Taxi’s set, which closed with Robert Earl Keen’s “I’m Coming Home” and their own “Good Night to Boogie.”  Read on for my take on Todd and the Taxi’s performance, the setlist, and Eggs’ photos.

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