Phish Summer Tour 2012

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I’m not really too sure why Phish will never come to Houston, or anywhere around here for that matter. They continually play the same venues on the east and west coast and in the the mid west, but have never returned to the Bayou City since being reunited in 2009. Until then, I’m gonna have to shell out loads of plane fair or gas money to see my favorite band. Pretty lame if you ask me. Oh well, I love them that much that it really doesn’t matter. Looks like I’ll be headed towards the midwest for this run, catching them at some of my favorite venues including Alpine Valley, Deer Creek (now Klipsch Music Center) and Blossom. Anyone hitting any of these dates?

Check out all of the tour dates after the jump if you couldn’t catch them all in that super sweet Fishman work-out video.

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Forecastle X

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For some time now, I’ve told myself that I need to make it to Forecastle in Louisville, KY, but I’ve never made it. Ever since My Morning Jacket kind of made this festival their own, the line-ups have been progressively better and better. Today, came the announcement that My Morning Jacket will be joined for the 10th anniversary by the likes of Bassnectar, who will serve as Friday, July 13th’s headliner, and BOT favorite Wilco who will close things out on Sunday, July 15th. A solid list of bands will support the three headliners over the course of the weekend with Atmosphere, Sleigh Bells, The Head And The Heart and Jeff The Brotherhood on Friday, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Galactic and Dr. Dog taking the stage before Jacket on Saturday, and Neko Case, A-Trak, Deer Tick, Walk The Moon and Daedelus all on Sunday.

Check out the full line-up after the jump!

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Freshly Squeezed: Imagine Dragons – Continued Silence EP

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Do you remember I told you about Imagine Dragons last year? They turned out to be my #1 music discovery of 2011.

They signed to Interscope Records at the end of 2011 and started recording new material right away. And as an awesome Valentine’s present, their new EP was released yesterday. Continued Silence EP is, in one word, epic. You have to listen to it. It contains a re-release of “It’s Time” and five new songs. I got it last night and it had me hooked after the first full-listen.

There is something about Imagine Dragons’ poetic lyrics in combination with their anthemic melodies, that make songs like “Demons” raise all the hairs in your arms. It’s hard to pick favorites from the new songs. So far, I’ve five-stared three out of the five. The other two have four stars. There’s not even a good place to start to listen to them, just hit play. Continue reading for more.

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Bonnaroo 2012 Initial Artist Announcement

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Bonnaroo went hard again this year with their initial artist announcement, and boy does it look like a good time! Leading the dance card at the 2012 Manchester, Tennessee festival are indie rock gods Radiohead, alt-rock monsters Red Hot Chili Peppers, jam titans Phish and legendary surf rockers The Beach Boys. If that isn’t enough to get you to Bonnaroo, they have a little bit of everything else on the line-up as well. For those fans of indie rock, Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster The People, Feist, tUnE-yArDs, Dawes, Delta Spirit and St. Vincent will be playing the festival. Hip-hop fans can rejoice as they’ll be enjoying sets from The Roots, BlackStar, Ludacris, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino and Yelawolf. The nighttime will be the right time with sets from Skrillex, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus and more. While the first years of the festival were predominantly focused on the jam scene, things have changed for the better (arguably, depending on who you talk to), but their is still a strong focus on jambands with two sets from the aforementioned Phish, and also performances from the likes of The Avett Brothers, Dispatch, The Word which features John Medeski, Robert Randolph and The North Mississippi Allstars, Umphrey’s McGee, Dumpstaphunk and ALO.

Check out the initial artist announcement after the jump.

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Steve Aoki @ Verizon Wireless Theater

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With the release of his debut studio album, Wonderland, Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki has embarked on his 2012 North American “Deadmeat” tour. Aoki kept the energy alive and kicking throughout his late night set in Houston last week.

Check out the rest of the review and more photos after the jump.

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