By Richard Gehr Popular Vermont improv-rock quartet Phish turned 30 on December 2, ending their strongest year together since, oh, 1998 or so. Is it coincidence that the group's subsequent bad juju -- first a hiatus, then a breakup -- occurred during the horrific Bush administration? Or that the gr ... More >>
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Phish Jones Beach Theater Wednesday, July 4 Better than: Putting the freak flag in permanent cold storage. "Goddard College!" Phish leader Trey Anastasio called out between verses during "Alumni Blues," the band's opening number at Jones Beach on Wednesday night, a rare onstage shout-out to the b ... More >>
Megafaun Mercury Lounge Saturday, September 24 Better than: More than a few '90s Dead shows I could mention. Set openers don't get much more inviting than "Real Slow," a slyly seductive scene setter wherein "people come from miles just to take a seat and watch the show." Better yet, North C ... More >>
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