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Ivan Knows Who Makes the Super Bowl Rock

The NFL Super Bowl is arguably one of the most watched games of the year. It is a night when people get together to chill and

enjoy a good game. It is a night for people jump on the bandwagons to cheer for “their” team. It is a night girls come out and pretend they follow the sport and go to a Super Bowl parties. It is a night to remember.

What’s so special about it this year? Well, the Super Bowl is also a night for hosting a grand musical performance during its halftime show and this year is no different. This year British rockers The Who will take the stage.

A Little Bit Furthur Than We’ve Gone Before

I have been scratching my head for a while now. If there is a God (and no, I am not trying to stir a debate), he is very pleased with us at the moment.

Hmm, maybe not pleased with all of us, but those immersed in the live music scene are getting what they want. Spring was sprung. Summer was stupendous. Fall was fantastic. Winter will be wondrous. Yes, wondrous.

I have devoted so much time making up for Phish’s five-year hiatus over the summer and fall that I think I forgot about my roots. No, not the ones stabilizing my trees. I am talking about the Grateful Dead. When Phish was dead I spent my free time either rocking with Phil Lesh and Friends, slow dancing to RatDog or getting through those shaky spring shows the Dead put on.

Crooked Vultures Not Your Average Rock n’ Rollers

Based out of Los Angeles, rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (featuring Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones) has emerged.

Homme plays lead guitar and Grohl is at drums again, like back in the days of Nirvana. As for JPJ, what doesn’t he play? Of course he is ripping on the bass, but the new album consists of more than just regular guitar, bass and drums. Jones also plays keyboard, piano, mandolin, slide guitar and keytar.

The new album was released on November 17

A Tale of Two Phish Shows: Albany Review

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After a two-day Phish run in Albany, N.Y., complete with singing, dancing and partying till the wee hours of the morning, it’s solidified– Neil and I are party animals

The weekend started with a full belly, as the first show was only a day after Thanksgiving and I had stuffed myself to the point of wrenching pain less than 24 hours earlier.

[You can thank Rod Bunt and his delicious stuffing for us being well-fed. – Neil]

Me, Neil and some of our friends stayed at the Clarion in Albany (Neil’s hometown), and when we arrived at the hotel around 3 p.m. the hippie invasion had already begun.

Pandora: Perfect for Your Christmas Cheer!

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the music. While I start listening to “The Muppets Christmas Carol” soundtrack in early November, others wait until after Thanksgiving to pop in the ol’ Christmas classics.

Sure- the old classics are great, but I like to add some new tunes into the mix. One of the best ways to discover new music is on the ultimate online radio station, Pandora.com.

Eric Hutchinson is ‘Alright With Me’

I may be out of the music loop, because I just discovered singer/songwriter, Eric Hutchinson.  Thanks to Pandora I came across this young biddy and really liked what I heard.

His hit single “Alright With Me”, became stuck in my head, and after hearing a few more tunes off his album, “Sounds Like This”, I decided to buy the CD.

Hutchinson released his album, “Sounds Like This”, on his own in 2007, and the album soared to number 5 on the Itunes Store. Warner Bros. Records picked up the album in 2008, and now the 29-year-old is touring with Kelly Clarkson.

Big D Never Fails to Please at Pearl St. Nightclub

Northampton, MA – Big D and the Kids Table, a punk-ska band from Boston, Mass., played an excellent set last weekend for their “Fluent in Stroll Tour” at Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton.

Big D is known for playing the Pearl Street club often and they gave the crowd what they wanted. The band began their set with a lot of their new songs to promote their latest release, Fluent in Stroll, and also played some of their classics.

I have seen them play many times, and this was another amazing show. It was one of the best performances of them that I’ve seen.

Medeski Martin & Wood at Mass Moca

Contemporary jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood performed earlier this month at Mass Moca in North Adams, Massachusetts.

While I wasn’t super familiar with the group going into the show, after a couple Steel Rails and a set-break clambake these guys had me moving and grooving.  I’m not well-versed enough in the band to spout off about the concert, but it should be noted that at the beginning of the show I made a joke  about bassist Chris Wood “jerking off” onstage with his bass guitar. Later in the evening, after the realization that none of the songs I was dancing to had any lyrics, it occured to me that Wood wasn’t so much jerking off as he was talking to the audience, only he was using bass chords instead of vocal chords.

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Michael Buble is Buble’ing up the Charts

Michael Bublé’s latest album, Crazy Love is number 1 on the Billboard charts for the second week in a row.

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I have been a fan of Michael’s music since I was a freshman in college. (Thank you for introducing me to him William Cimino) This new album is by far my favorite yet.

He is known for covering classic jazz hits from Frank Sinatra to Dean Martin, and even Nat King Cole. Michael Buble takes each song and re works it to make it his own. He has also written numerous hit singles like, “Everything” and “Home”.