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Umphrey's McGee

A six-piece progressive rock band from Chicago, IL, Umphrey's McGee has built a rabid fanbase through endless touring that puts them on the road 120+ nights a year. Their constantly evolving sound channels a wide spectrum of influences, while still preserving their distinct voice through crafty songwriting. With a massive repertoire of original songs and note-perfect covers, a live show is often like flipping through the presets on your radio dial. Their A.D.D. approach to "progressive improvisation" will often utilize a set of carefully devised (and Zappa inspired) hand signals that allows them to develop structure as they orchestrate their melodic creations on the fly.

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News: Recording

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

As a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison music students who banded together in 1996, Phat Phunktion have built a loyal following of listeners throughout the United States and around the world. Combining the polish of Top 40 with the smooth feeling of 60’s soul and the raw groove of 70’s funk, Phat Phunktion is a nine-piece ...

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Article: Album Review

TAUK: Sir Nebula

Read "Sir Nebula" reviewed by Doug Collette


Fans of King Crimson or Return to Forever are as likely as those of Umphrey's McGee to dote on TAUK whose third studio album, Sir Nebula, interweaves hard rock, funk and spacey synths of all textures. Not anything groundbreaking to be sure, it's nevertheless a heady mix and it doesn't take long for the album to ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Easy Star All-Stars: Thrillah

Read "Easy Star All-Stars: Thrillah" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Ten years ago, the Easy Star All-Stars began a series of albums that transformed landmarks of pop musical culture into thick and easy flowing reggae. They started with Dub Side of the Moon (2003, Easy Star Records) (from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon), continued through Radiodread (2006, Easy Star) (from Radiohead's OK Computer) and ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Requiems, Remodels & Remembrances

Read "Requiems, Remodels & Remembrances" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Michael BurksShow of StrengthAlligator Records2012 Michael “Iron Man" Burks grew up playing guitar. A quick study, he soon began leading the blues, rhythm and blues and soul house bands that backed O.V. Wright, Johnnie Taylor and other stars as they passed through the ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Jacksonville: Big City, Big Band, Big Plans

Read "Jacksonville: Big City, Big Band, Big Plans" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Almost everyone who's even mildly interested knows that the big band scene in the US isn't what it used to be. On the other hand, the big bands aren't yet dead, as some alarmists have claimed, or even on life support. Thanks in part to college and armed services programs, there are perhaps as many or ...

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News: Music Industry

Umphrey's McGee: 2009 Dates

On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, Umphrey's McGee will release Mantis (read up on the release here). Following the release of Mantis, the band will take the new material on the road for a massive tour that goes into April. Of particular interest, the band's April 5 gig at Toad's Place in New Haven, will be ...

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The Bottom Half

Label: SCI Fidelity Records
Released: 2007


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