An Interview with My Morning Jacket: Making Something Beautiful

Just about every three years since the start of this century, a new My Morning Jacket album has announced itself to the world with a twist of inventiveness. The Louisville-based band’s discography can be likened to a series of turns off a long highway of genre-governed expectations. But the turns …

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An Interview with Gogol Bordello: Lots To Do In This World

Watch him onstage, running around shirtless with an open bottle of wine, leaning into the crowd and strumming his guitar with wild enthusiasm. Listen to his lyrics: live-in-the-moment defiance founded in Gypsy philosophy. Eugene Hütz is both a master party-starter and a sagelike thinker. It’s only natural that his band, …

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An Interview with Gov’t Mule: 20 Years Mighty

Gov’t Mule has a specialty for every season. In spring and summer you’ll find them headlining festivals everywhere—including an annual appearance at the Mountain Jam Festival that frontman Warren Haynes helped found. Come fall and winter, Mule fans clamor for tickets to the band’s musically-costumed Halloween and New Year’s Eve …

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An Interview with Tedeschi Trucks Band: Beacon Of The Blues

When you see Tedeschi Trucks Band live, you quickly learn to expect the unexpected. Pretty much guaranteed is a varied setlist each night, scorching improv by the group’s 11 members, and a fusion of sounds culled from assorted eras and cultures. Not guaranteed? Being able to go a few minutes …

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Streetlight Manifesto @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—“We’re not done forever. We’re done for now,” said Tomas Kalnoky to a sold-out crowd during the middle show of a three-day run at Starland Ballroom. Usually, a statement about being “done”—even for a little while—wouldn’t garner a roar of cheers like it did at that moment. But in …

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The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre

NEW YORK, NY—Sometimes, I like to take a step back and admire the ideas people come up with to make life more fun. March is a prime example of this: a mediocre month embellished by traditions that make the transition to spring much less crappy. Humans, bless them, have turned …

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Jim James @ The McKittrick Hotel

NEW YORK, NY—On a mid-January afternoon, I received an email with the subject line “Urgent Telegram.” I opened it to find a graphic of an actual crinkled, old-timey telegram that stated: “In celebration of his new album Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, you are cordially invited to …

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Desaparecidos @ The Stone Pony

ASBURY PARK, NJ­—I’m not really a “nostalgic for the music I listened to in the early 2000s” person. I say this with all due respect for the bands that made adolescent life a little less miserable and helped me develop an identity that still exists in my deepest core today. …

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Conor Oberst @ Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK, NY—“I’ll be holding my note and stomping / And strumming and feeling so very lucky,” sang beloved millennial bard Conor Oberst during the first song of the set, his voice echoing in cavernous Carnegie Hall. Oberst’s lyrics always feel relevant is his greatest trait, but on this night, …

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Phil Lesh And Friends @ Wellmont Theater

MONTCLAIR, NJ—In a small parking lot adjacent to the Wellmont Theatre, a microcosm of Deadheads bustled despite the cold weather. Friends mingled and perused the usual lot merchandise—tie-dye everything, pipes, jewelry—put on display by people who spontaneously set up shop on blankets and tables. Fans wandered around in search of …

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