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Pianist Holly Bowling Discusses Grateful Dead, Jazz, and Jam Bands

Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling is releasing her latest recording of Grateful Dead songs in a few weeks. PopMatters catches up with the virtuoso to discuss the intersection of jazz and rock with classical technique.


Circles Around the Sun Shoot for the Stars on New Album

Jamrockers Circles Around the Sun's self-titled third album finds the band transcending darkness after losing their founder in 2019 to chart a groovy new course.


Spafford Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary with Jamtastic Return to the Great American Music Hall

Spafford are known for their improvisational skills, and they waste no time before taking the audience on a magic carpet ride to a higher dimension.


Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Get Down to Rise Up at the Fillmore

Karl Denson's funky dance parties have been a regular occurrence at the Fillmore over the past two decades and a great new tradition is now growing, with Tiny Universe returning for late December shows for the third time in four years.


Petaluma Music Festival Rocks Out for Music Education

A diverse lineup of Bay Area rockers comes together for a big day out at the Petaluma Music Festival to raise money for music education.


Jim James Rocks for Peace and Justice at the Fillmore

Jim James stakes a claim as one of modern rock's most "woke" songwriters with a vibrant performance that conjures visions of the Fillmore's glory days.


Tedeschi Trucks Band Lifts the Bay Area Up into the Clouds Again

The blend of diverse original material with a wide-ranging array of superb blues and classic rock covers is part of what makes the Tedeschi Trucks Band a leading torch carrier for the blues tradition, ever paying tribute to the past while continuing to move the medium forward.


Ghosts of the Forest Conduct Electric Sky Church at the Berkeley Greek Theater

Trey Anastasio puts together a unique band for a special tour in tribute to a departed friend and delivers a mystical experience that demonstrates the true spiritual power of rock 'n' roll.


The Infamous Stringdusters Follow the Light on 'Rise Sun'

Progressive bluegrass band the Infamous Stringdusters follow up the Grammy-winning Laws of Gravity with Rise Sun, a journey into the light.


Twiddle Trips the Light Fantastic at the Fillmore

Vermont jamrockers Twiddle roll into rock's most hallowed hall and throw down an electrifying show that conjures the Fillmore's glory days.


Greensky Bluegrass Plug in and Jam Out on 'All for Money'

Greensky Bluegrass has always been a band prone to jamming, but in the studio, they have generally kept the songs briefer. But All for Money finds them confidently stretching out on multiple occasions. And they manage to make it work each time.


The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Keeps the Vibe Alive at the Fillmore

A sensational four-song sequence to open night one sets the tone for a majestic three-night run to close Chris Robinson Brotherhood's 2018 fall tour.


Mark Feldman's Level 5 Takes the Funk Higher With "Jabber Jaw" (premiere + interview)

Mark Feldman's Level 5 release their funky debut EP, Sybil, on 22 February and share the new track "Jabber Jaw", evidence of the members' deep musical roots in funk and fusion.


Trey Anastasio Sings Out for Something More in the City of Angels

Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio's return to the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall on his solo acoustic tour hits all the right notes.


Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Rock the Zeitgeist in Santa Barbara

There's a certain sonic gravitas in hearing Bob Weir's guitar in the trio format, and when he sings, "you can buy a whole god damn government today", he's reporting more truth than any corporate news media outlet dares.


Mountain Heart's Bluegrass Shows a Wide Range of Influences on 'Soul Searching'

Mountain Heart is a veteran quartet who rely on their musical wisdom to create a polished yet rustic sound on Soul Searching.


Funk/Fusion Instrumental Unit TAUK Struts Its Musical Diversity on "CMF 9000" (premiere + interview)

Veteran New York City band TAUK can groove and jam with the best, as on "CMF 9000". Drummer Isaac Teel discusses how the group got where it is and where it's going.


Chris Robinson Soars As the Crow Flies in Oakland

There's a Gen-X revival in the air that conjures that rebellious feeling when the Black Crowes were kicking ass and taking names as rock 'n' roll upstarts with a deep background in the blues.


Melvin Seals and JGB Re-ignite the Flame at San Francisco's Warfield Theater

Jerry Garcia's longtime keyboardist Melvin Seals and special guests throw down a huge three-set show to honor the historic theater's 96th anniversary.


Umphrey's McGee Gives Us Another Futuristic Light Show With Their "Forks" Video (premiere)

Directed by Umphrey's McGee's light designer, Jefferson Waful, "Forks" is a blast into the future following the events of a spectacular solar flare.


Kyle Hollingsworth Counts Blessings, Years with New Album '50' (interview) (premiere)

String Cheese Incident keyboardist steps out for fourth solo album, talks songwriting, brewing and the importance of humor.


Gov't Mule Rocks the Equinox with Revolutionary Fervor in Oakland

Guitarist Warren Haynes always brings a fiery rock 'n' roll show to town, but he's also carved out a well-earned reputation for delivering music that taps into the current cultural zeitgeist.


"You Can't Plan a Jam": An Interview With Dean Ween

"If it's going somewhere, it might get a bass solo and a drum solo for two minutes. But that's jamming, you know?"


Phish: Big Boat

On their 13th official studio album, Phish continue to mature as a band while still keeping things fresh, surprising and funky.


Umphrey's McGee: The London Session - A Day At Abbey Road Studios

Umphrey’s McGee’s ninth album finds the band taking a sojourn of sorts with a session at London’s landmark Abbey Road studios.


Umphrey's McGee: Similar Skin

Despite its good yet forgettable songwriting, Similar Skin is still uplifting and colorful enough musically to warrant at least a few listens.


Widespread Panic: 16 November 2013 - New York

Among the A-list jambands born in the mid-‘80s through about the early ‘90s, none has been more consistent that this one for as long a period, nor seems as poised to remain so.

Chad Berndtson

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Wasted

Willie's kid, uh, rolls his own on his jam-friendly second album.

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