Posted: July 30, 2011 by Chad in General Music

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As the excitement for Red Hot Chili Pepper’s new album builds, they decided to take a mimic a strategy taken by the Foo Fighters: playing small secret shows in California to test out their new songs before a worldwide tour.  The band looks like they’re having the time of their lives on stage, and it really is a great sign.  The Chili Peppers are one of my favorite bands, and to see them on stage again makes me excited for what’s sure to be a massive spring/summer 2012 tour.  You can bet we’ll be at the shows in our towns, and will have reviews when the time comes around.

For a few more videos, head here.

Below is a track listing for the new album (with the above video believed to be the song “Monarchy of Roses”)

01. Monarchy Of Roses
02. Factory Of Faith
03. Brendan’s Death Song
04. Ethiopia
05. Annie Wants A Baby
06. Look Around
07. The Adventures Of Raindance Maggie
08. Did I Let You Know
09. Goodbye Hooray
10. Happiness Loves Company
11. Police Station
12. Even You Brutus?
13. Meet Me At The Corner
14. Dance, Dance, Dance

Ian Rawn 2.6.10

February 6th, 2010 is a night that won’t soon be forgotten in the Umphrey’s McGee world. It’s a night that represents so much to the band and it’s fans, but it’s also the night I officially fell in love with Umphrey’s McGee. For the longest time, I procrastinated with this band. Since 2007 I had heard about them and vowed to give their music a shot one of these days. Well, it wasn’t til July 2009 when I finally got my chance to see them open for Dave Matthews Band at Alpine Valley. Needless to say, I was blown away and wanted more, and since this years Halloween run happens to be back at The Tabernacle, I found it fitting to re-visit the last time the band played there. Which brings me to this fateful night in Atlanta.

As the band rolled in on the eve of the Super Bowl, I’m not sure even they knew what to expect. Sure, it was a Saturday night show, but it was on the eve of Super Bowl Sunday in an area the band didn’t play that often. Plus it was The Tabernacle, which rarely sells out, right? No way an out of town band like Umphrey’s McGee can sell out the famous Tabernacle.

Oh wait, they did.

I’m sure that’s when the band knew it was going to be a memorable night. As Andy Farag commented in a pre-show video, “‘Sold-Out’ is the best phrase in the music industry”, and that would not only bode well for the band, but for the fans.

As the lights dimmed and The Tabernacle crowd erupted, I was curious as to what an appropriate opener would be given the environment. All in Time? Wappy Sprayberry? Nope. The Jaws Theme. As the band walked out on stage, The Jaws Theme came in over the PA, and the night went to entirely different level. I’ve had the great pleasure of attending some great sporting events over my lifetime, and I’ve never heard a crowd this loud before. 2600+ people all losing their minds before the band had even played a note.

Ian Rawn 2.6.10

The true show opener, JaJunk was played at a frantic pace as represented by the amount of energy in the room. The band got the nervous energy out and segued nicely into the always popular, Sociable Jimmy which featured a much slower-tempoed jam before ending. The newest tune to date, Cemetery Walk gave guitarist Jake Cinninger a chance to drop some slide-guitar on us before smoothly leading into the classic Much Obliged. This MO is where the night kicked into yet another gear. The frenetic jam went to an unthinkable peak thanks to drummer Kris Meyers and guitarist Jake Cinninger which sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy. As the song faded out, it led into the always reliable rager, 1348 which served as a launching pad for the rest of the set. The final run of Morning Song, Wife Soup and the end of JaJunk is as good as it gets with a band like Umphrey’s McGee. The goal at the end of every set is to end on a high note. Well, did they ever. The transition out of the complex Wife Soup into the end of JaJunk was certainly going to be a challenge, but they nailed it. The end of WS turns into an absolute arena rock rager that had everyone in the room completely fixated on what was happening on stage. Everyone locked in, from band to fans to crew. Even LD Jefferson Waful was rocking out at his light station. The end of the first set left no doubt that the band was feeling it tonight and it would be one to remember. And of course with Umphrey’s McGee, you can never assume you’ve seen there best- ever.

After a groovy Turn & Dub second set opener, it was time to officially blow the roof off of The Tabernacle. If it was possible to take the show up another notch, it happened with the cover of Clapton’s Layla. From the opening guitar riff, it was pretty much official that all bets were off. The band was going for it all in one night, and this cover couldn’t have been a better choice. Everything in the room seemed perfect that moment. In fact, I thought The Tabernacle floor was going to cave in at one point during Layla. As soon as keyboardist Joel Cummins hit the famous outro that everyone can sing along to, it became about more than the music. Very few bands give you that feeling when you see them, and I got that feeling during this performance and entire show really. The show continues with a stellar Bridgeless sandwich featuring a fun Hangover and the always dancy Wappy Sprayberry in it before finishing out the rager that is Bridgeless. The set ended with the rare Example I into the new instrumental, Cemetery Walk II featuring some great Joel work as usual. The encore included a nod to The Who, who would be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show the next day, with Eminence Front before closing out the epic gig with The Floor.

Ian Rawn 2.6.10

As I walked out that night, all I could think of was how incredible the show made me feel. I wasn’t worried about the two-hour drive I had back home, or how tired I was going to be for class the next day, or any of that. It was all in the present. Very few bands can do that with just one show, and that’s how I knew Umphrey’s McGee was going to be a mainstay in my yearly concert plans. When certain performances or shows take on a personality of their own and stand alone from anything you’ve ever experienced- that’s special. That’s the stuff that keeps us coming back for more, and that’s why I’ll go see Umphrey’s McGee time after time.

Every show I’ve seen since this night has been a night to remember as well. This show will always stand out for me though, and I believe it stood out for the band as they not only chose to return the next year for Halloween, but also made a three part documentary about that night which you can watch below.  As you’ll see from the band, it’s hard to put it into words, so I hope I did it justice for those of you not in attendance. This show is one of the perfect examples of why I (and we) love music, especially live music. When a show gets to that point where it transcends music and turns into an experience, that’s what keeps us coming back, and that’s what Umphrey’s McGee aims to accomplish every time they take the stage. It happened in Atlanta, and it will happen again in a few short months.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Another day, another batch of announcements from the Energizer Bunny of the music world, Umphrey’s McGee. Today they confirmed their two night residency this Halloween at the Tabernacle in Atlanta for what they’re calling “Hauntlanta”. The shows will take place October 28th and 29th, with all ticketing and VIP info right here.

In case you’re wondering, yes, the mash-ups will happen once again this year. Opening for the band will be Eclectic Methods and Dubcoscious on individual nights. The last time the band played the Tabernacle it turned into a memorable night as the band delivered an incredible performance. So incredible in fact, that the band decided to chronicle the evening in a three-part YouTube series which you can view right here. The return to the historic Atlanta venue is sure to create it’s own set of memories, just like the St. Louis Halloween run did last year.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 29th, at 10 AM. That includes all VIP, Two-Day, and Single Day tickets.

See you in Atlanta!

Be sure to also keep up with everything “Death By Stereo” with our updated post right here. Kevin Browning announced today that Umphrey’s would release the first single from DBS on Monday, August 1st. Rumor has it that the single will be one of the 6 tracks we already have confirmed for the record.

The band also posted to their YouTube channel a mind-bending performance of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” from All Good 2009. Make sure you’re sitting down for this one….

Meet The Omega Moos

Posted: July 28, 2011 by Rob Slater in General Music, Jam Bands, Summer Concerts, Umphrey's McGee

Take a second and think about all the music you listened to as a kid (or for some of you- your parents), and then meet The Omega Moos- the band bringing that music back.

The Omega Moos


Comprised of Brendan Bayliss and Ryan Stasik from Umphrey’s McGee, along with Darren Shearer and Jamie Shields from The New Deal, The Omega Moos are throwing a party to make you love all the music you hate. An eclectic mix of tunes from 1973-1989, along with some of their respective band’s songs, makes this unlike any concert you’ve ever experienced. I’m not sure whether to call it the best dance party this side of the Mississippi, or the best rock show this side of the Mississippi, but that’s the best part. The ridiculous blend of sound they produce while covering tunes and subsequently jamming them out is what makes this such a versatile machine.

Musically, of course they’re stacked. Every Umphrey’s fan knows what Mr. Bayliss and Mr. Stasik can do on their respective instruments, but the addition of Shearer and Shields are what make this band so different from your typical jam band. The new-age drumming style of Darren Shearer locks in air-tight with Stasik’s bass, allowing for Brendan and Jamie Shields to guide the jam into the unknown and then back around again. Then there’s the vocals, which are no slack either. This four-headed monster can take on the vocals of all your favorite 70’s and 80’s hits such as The Commodores hit “Easy”, and Corey Hart’s anthemic “Sunglasses at Night”. Needless to say, this is a giant melting pot of all those tunes you used to blast in your car or at the local frat party, except this time you’re going to really like them.

Obviously, the band doesn’t get together often, but this year will be different. Gigs have been popping up recently around the Midwest and even recently they were added to the lineup of the 10th Annual Jam Cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Check out a quick tour log from 2009 to get a sense of what you’ll be experiencing at one of these shows, and then get out and do some Omega Mooing with a couple guys from Umphrey’s and The New Deal.

Let your hair down, break out those mini-skirts and Members Only jackets, and dance your ass off!

7/29 Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo, MI

7/30 Park West Chicago, IL

1/9-14/12 Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Grateful Dead’s longest tenured keyboard player, Brent Mydland, died 21 years ago today.  Brent was a fan favorite for his raspy yet powerful vocals and ability to complement guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir impeccably. Brent died on July 26th, 1990 from a drug overdose at his home in Lafayette, California. His last line on stage at a Grateful Dead show was “I’ve gotta go, but my friend can stick around”. He was replaced by Vince Welnick after his death.

Enjoy this video of the Brent tune “Blow Away” from Philadelphia, PA in 1989.



The long awaited Cameron Crowe documentary celebrating the great American rock band Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary is starting to take shape. A trailer has finally shown up and gives the fans an idea of just how deep the story of the band will go. Bassist Jeff Ament has called this movie Crowe’s “love letter to us”, but also commenting on how heavy some of the material is at certain points. There is no shying away from any subject, from the good to the bad to the unbelievably tragic (Roskilde), it’s all in play. Enjoy this appetizer for what should be a classic documentary about one of America’s classic bands.