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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
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"I Look at Every Concert Like a New Painting": Bill Evans' Soulgrass

Bill Evans, as both the lead artist in Soulgrass and the provider of the canvas, is ever so welcoming into this magical little art studio of a band. But you’d better have come to paint.

Chad Berndtson
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Trey Anastasio Band: 23 January 2013 - Port Chester, NY

All in all, you don’t attend a TAB show to have your mind blown – or to see a surfeit of Trey shredding, though you do get that, too. You see TAB for how professional, upbeat, and inviting it all is.

Chad Berndtson
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Wanda Jackson: 12 October 2012 - New York

She's got fizz, the old gal. Spark, even. You should be so lucky to be up on stage, shaking hips to ancient, crowd-stoker songs with names like "Fujiyama Mama" and "Let’s Have a Party", looking like the rockingest grandma on the planet, and plainly enjoying a nice little renaissance at age 75.

Chad Berndtson
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New Riders of the Purple Sage: 6 September 2012 - New York

Given all this history, it's often a surprise to those who got off the proverbial bus a long time ago that the New Riders, in 2012, are going strong, even with 69-year-old Nelson the lone original member.

Chad Berndtson
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The Jayhawks + Rosanne Cash: 21 October 2011 - New York

With the Jayhawks, it always comes back to those voices and that vibe.

Chad Berndtson
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Gov't Mule: 31 December 2010 - New York

Gov’t Mule will spend 2011 largely off the road, and they’ve earned the break.

Chad Berndtson
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Them Crooked Vultures: 8 February 2010 - New York

Them Crooked Vultures are a supergroup in the "classic" sense of the word, which is to say they inspire a slippery question: at what point does a no-pressure jam session end and a real band begin?

Chad Berndtson
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Cracker + Camper Van Beethoven: 17 January 2010 - Cambridge, MA

The two hour set was a strong and generously apportioned mix from both of the band's decades, even if the strength of old school crowd-stokers like "Eurotrash Girl" and "Low" meant exposing some of the weakness of Cracker's more recent material.

Chad Berndtson
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Forro in the Dark: Light a Candle

Light a Candle doesn't so much feel like a triumphant yell as it does a pleasant shrug with occasional cause for celebration.

Chad Berndtson
Music

Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle: Havana Winter

These unique touches find Hearn & Thin Buckle approaching Broken Social Scene territory.

Chad Berndtson
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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: Brother's Keeper

It's a shame there's so little to grab onto, especially with so much guest talent.

Chad Berndtson
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Back Door Slam: 30 November 2009 - New York

As a player and frontman, Davy Knowles is the full package and the genuine article, and his best music awaits.

Chad Berndtson
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Arc Angels: 8 May 2009 - New York

From Arc Angels, it didn't feel like a return, however, it felt like a reunion -- a few hellos, a few slapped backs, and plenty of look-what-we-still-can-do emotion.

Chad Berndtson
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Los Lobos

Showmen to the end, Los Lobos remain humble and exciting and, most importantly, still committed to being unpretentious and immensely professional entertainers.

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The Allman Brothers Band

That's how you execute a 40th Anniversary: As proudly, as loudly, and as heavenly as possible

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Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette invests more of herself in single lyrics than most other singers do in entire songs

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Leonard Cohen

The Leonard Cohen who sounded so meek and reserved in his past few albums -- so withdrawn from a level, at least vocally, that would make for a compelling concert -- instead gave way to a Cohen who was almost effortlessly charming, grateful for the adoration, and thorough in proffering the jewels of his massive song and poetry catalog.

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O'Death: Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin

O'Death has now demonstrated an ability to bottle some of its live lightning and create a studio document worthy of its burgeoning legend.

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Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird sings his songs like he expects to find newness in them every time.

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Fucked Up + Pissed Jeans + Vivian Girls

Was it a great night of music? I don't know; it felt more like assault and overstimulation than a rich musical experience. Was it a hell of a concert? Bet your pirate beard and startlingly pronounced gut, amigo.


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