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Vic Firth, Percussion Pioneer, 1930-2015

Everett J. “Vic” Firth, the namesake of the largest drumstick company in the world, passed away earlier today at the age of 85. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Firth joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist in 1952. Following a desire to make his parts easier to play, Firt...

Futurebirds Confirm New Album Details

Athens, GA’s Futurebirds will release their new album Hotel Parties as the follow-up to 2013’s Baba Yaga on September 25. The release marks the band’s debut effort on Easy Sound Recording Company. The first track, “twentyseven” is available to stream now via Soundcloud.....

Phish Release Live Bait Vol. 11

In anticipation of Phish’s summer tour, the band has released the eleventh edition of their Live Bait series featuring twelve live tracks from the band’s history. One of the earlier cuts is a special 1995 version of “You Enjoy Myself” featuring Medeski Martin & Wood and Dominic Placco, perfo...

Nicky Sanders Joins Widespread Panic in Dallas

‘Widespread Panic were joined by Nicky Sanders during Wednesday night’s performance at the AT&T Opera House in Dallas. The Steep Canyon Rangers fiddler took the stage for much of the show, including the “Driving Song” > “The Take Out” > “Porch Song” > “Breathing Slow” > “Driv...

moe. Reveal New Year's Plans

moe. have announced a pair of New Year’s show at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY. The group will take over the theater for both New Year’s Eve (December 31) and New Year’s Day (January 1). In addition to the ringing in 2016, the shows will also celebrate 25 years of moe., who made their debut...

Phish Bring More Debuts to Oregon

Phish delivered some more surprises during the second night of their sold out, tour-opening stand at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR yesterday. A rare first set “Stash” got things going before Mike Gordon took the reins for the band’s first-ever rendition of “How Many People Are...

Coal Strip Mine Proposed Near Bryce Canyon

Some bad ideas just don’t go away. In 2011, with your help, we sent a clear message to the BLM to “just say no” to a proposed coal lease on the western doorstep of Bryce Canyon National Park. So did the National Park Service. So did the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You would think the BLM would get the message. Yet here we are, in the summer of 2015, and the BLM has just released a supplemental draft environmental […]

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Phish Return to Austin

Phish returned to Austin, TX last night for their first show in the Lone Star State since their appearance at Austin City Limits in 2010. As Trey Anastasio remarked early on, this was a homecoming show of sorts for him, as he was born in nearby Fort Worth, TX. The group came out with a loose, fu...

Phish Continue Summer Tour at The Forum

Phish returned to The Forum just outside of Los Angeles, CA last night and while the two sets didn’t feature the expansive playing displayed at Shoreline, the band still managed to deliver several standout moments, including the very first note of the evening.The quartet hit the stage to the nar...

International Poll Finds Widespread Concern About Climate Change

Climate change is the most widespread concern of the more than 45,000 people surveyed in a 40-nation Pew Research Center poll

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Climate change is the most widespread global concern.
measuring perceptions of international challenges. The survey found that a majority of people in Latin America and Africa are very concerned about climate change. In Peru and Brazil, where years of declining deforestation rates have slowly started to climb, three-quarters of people surveyed expressed anxiety about climate change. Sub-Saharan Africans also voiced substantial concerns about climate change, with a median of 59 percent saying they are very concerned. Indians (73 percent) and Filipinos (72 percent) are also particularly worried, the poll found. European nations and the U.S. are significantly less worried — only 42 percent of people in these areas say they are very concerned about the climate. In a list of potential global threats, climate change ranked sixth of seven for people surveyed in the U.S., the Pew Research Center found.(image)
Willie Nelson to Receive Gershwin Prize

Willie Nelson will be awarded this year’s Gershwin Price for Popular Song. The honor will be bestowed upon the iconic country musician at a Washington, DC ceremony that is currently being planned for November. The Gershwin Prize is named for songwriters (and brothers) George and Ira Gershwin,...

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