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Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend, Christina Aguilera, Arcade Fire, more headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014

New Orleans knows how to throw a good party. And the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival looks like it will be no exception.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Santana, Phish, Public Enemy, and more will join New Orleans jazz and funk acts like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kermit Ruffins, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Allen Toussaint at the annual music extravaganza, which runs over two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4.

Other highlights include Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, and Chaka Khan.  In a nod to the indie rock turn the annual event has taken in the past few years, Foster the People and The Head and The Heart have also joined the lineup.

Springsteen last played Jazz Fest in 2012 and Arcade Fire paid a visit to the fairgrounds in 2011. Check out the announcement video below and get the full daily lineup on the festival’s site here.

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Justin Bieber covers Phish on 'Believe' tour

“Cover” is a strong word.

The Biebz recently took in a Phish concert with his girlfriend Selena Gomez and guitarist/musical director Dan Kanter. Now it seems his band’s taken to banging out portions of Phish tunes during interludes on stage. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re covering the songs – Kanter is basically working an occasional Phish guitar lick into Bieber originals – but it’s refreshing to hear something, you know, heady from the cherubic teen idol. He’s already admitted that he’s into Metallica and Boyz II Men – who’s to say he can’t also dig a jam band?

The band first tackled “Divided Sky” at a gig in Fresno, Calif.; a day later, in Oakland, they snuck “Sand” and “First Tube” into a segway between Bieber’s “Love Me Like You Do” and “She Don’t Like the Light.” Watch those two riffs in the video below at 4:32 and 5:35, respectively.

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Phish to appear on Jimmy Fallon's 'Exile on Main Street' tribute week. What should they play? Who else should perform?

Jimmy Fallon announced last night that Phish are set to appear as part of his show’s Rolling Stones-themed week, which will coincide with the re-release of the Stones’ classic Exile on Main Street double album. Phish’s May 13 TV appearance will be their first since the quartet reformed last year. “I can’t wait to see what they will play,” Fallon declared when he made the announcement. Nor us. But guessing what Stones tracks they might tackle is no easy task, given Phish’s cover-crazy ways. In fact, last Halloween the jam band legends played all of Exile at the Festival 8 event in 2009 and you can see a clip of them performing “Shine a Light”—very nicely—below.

Perhaps a better question is: Who else will Fallon recruit to celebrate the reissue of what, for my money, may well be the greatest album of all time? Again, there are no shortage of candidates. Actually, it might be quicker to list the people who don’t know their way around the Mick and Keith songbook, although artists who have recorded a Stones tune at one time or another include Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart, Ryan Adams, PJ Harvey, the Black Crowes, Ozzy Osbourne, David Byrne, Joan Jett, and Vanessa Carlton.

So what would you like Phish to play on Fallon? And who else should appear on Stones week?

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony: Eyewitness report

hall-of-fameImage Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images“The class of 2010 represents diversity!” So said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame head honcho Jann Wenner at the start of this year’s induction shindig, which was held Monday evening in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Whether that was the sound of a man relishing rock’s rich pageant or making lemonade out of some collectively strange-tasting lemons is a debatable point. But there’s no doubt this year’s crop of inductees—Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, and ABBA—had very little in common, save a willingness to turn up and be feted by their musical peers at the annual celebration of rockitude.

The performances were as varied as the terpsichoreal stylings. Genesis, for example, didn’t play at all, leaving Phish to competently tackle chunks of the prog-rockers’ back catalog. Meanwhile, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff tore the place up with renditions of his classic tracks “You Can Get it if You Really Want,” “Many Rivers To Cross,” and a Wyclef Jean-assisted “The Harder They Come.” Cliff and his fabulous silver jacket even topped Iggy Pop, who, it is perhaps needless to note, went shirtless fronting the Stooges as they stormed through “Search and Destroy” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” ABBA were represented musically by Benny Andersson, who accompanied Faith Hill on piano for a version of “The Winner Takes It All,” and the Hollies sounded merely like an agreeable-ish wedding band, despite boasting the vocal talents of both Graham Nash and Adam Levine from Maroon 5.

Actually, attending the chicken dinner-featuring event was very much like going to someone’s nuptials, except that instead of the best man making a speech about the time the groom got an unfortunate rash in Amsterdam, Phish’s Trey Anastasio illuminated us on the excellence of Genesis’ complex time signatures. And that was by no means the end of the speechifying.  Steven Van Zandt took time out to note the current “spiritual bankruptcy” of the record business when he inducted the Hollies, Billie Joe Armstrong recited a lengthy list of the acts that had been inspired by the Stooges—one that concluded with “…and my own f—ing band”— and Iggy Pop himself appeared close to tears as he ruminated on his reformed combo’s “lovely, lovely, second act.”

Finally, Benny Andersson pointed out that while his native Sweden may not be steeped in blues music, it is steeped in being darned cold, which he claimed explains both the films of Ingmar Bergman and the more melancholic moments of ABBA’s own oeuvre. Thank you for the entertaining amateur psychology, Benny! And, of course, the music.

So, what do you think of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees? And who would you like to see get the nod in 2011? Let us know!

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Guilty Pleasures bracket results: And the greatest guilty-pleasure artist of all time is...

Ah, what an epic battle it’s been! Already it seems like a distant point lost in the mists of recollection, that day when we first asked for your nominations for the greatest guilty pleasure act of all time. Since then, you’ve voted. You’ve argued. (And argued, and argued…) Some of you have even attempted to subvert the integrity of the polling process. And eight weeks after that first call for nominees, we finally have a winner. Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest guilty-pleasure artist of all time, according to your own votes, is…Phish.

Yes, those four jamtastic Vermonters — having already dispatched Nickelback, Mariah Carey, Ace of Base, and Barry Manilow — took a resounding 76 percent of the vote in their final face-off against the decades-spanning guilty-pleasure entity known as George Michael/Wham! That’s what we call a landslide.

So congratulations, Phish fans! By whatever means necessary, you’ve won this thing. You can now officially feel more guilty about liking your favorite band than any other fan base in the universe. Enjoy that.

Of course, while this competition has reached an end, that’s no reason to stop talking about it. Go back to the completed bracket to re-live this momentous journey we’ve all taken together, then let the retroactive sniping begin: Does Phish deserve this honor, or do you think your favorite guilty-pleasure artist got short-changed? Have at it in the comments section.

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Guilty Pleasures FINAL: Phish (16) vs. George Michael/Wham (6)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. We started with 32 seeded contestants; this is the final face-off. Polls will stay open through the weekend. Note: In the unlikely case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore.

Phish George Michael

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Guilty Pleasures, Final Four: Phish (16) vs. Barry Manilow (2)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With four seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore.

This is the final matchup of the Final Four. Polls will stay open through the weekend.

Phish Barry Manilow

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Guilty Pleasures, Round Three: Phish (16) vs. Ace of Base (4)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With eight seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore.

Phish Ace of Base

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Guilty Pleasures, Round Two: Phish (16) vs. Mariah Carey (9)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With 16 seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore. Also note: Yes, the bracket was rearranged to be in proper bracketing order. Thank you.

Phish Mariah Carey

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Phish's Trey Anastasio plays guitar on Rich Pagano's 'You Want to Stay High': An EW exclusive stream

Trey Anastasio has been pretty busy lately, what with the whole reuniting-Phish thing. That doesn’t mean he can’t still make a little time here and there for the right side project — like playing lead guitar on “You Want to Stay High,” a song by Rich Pagano + the sugarCane cups.

Anastasio is just one of the stars recruited by Pagano, best known as the drummer for Beatles cover band the Fab Faux, for his new project’s self-titled debut. Others who contributed to the album, due next month, include Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter and New York Dolls’ David Johansen. But with Phish back on fans’ minds this summer, the Anastasio collab is definitely the buzziest.

Right now, the Music Mix is the only place where you can hear the classic-rock groove that Anastasio and Pagano cooked up together. So give “You Want to Stay High” a free listen below, then let us know: How do you like those electric licks?


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Photo credit: Trey Anastasio: Brian Hineline/Retna Ltd.

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