Bonnaroo 2012 Photos – Phish, D’Angelo, The Roots, Bon Iver, and more

I left the country after Bonnaroo, so I just got around to posting these. Enjoy!

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Wounded Messenger’s Top 11 Albums and Shows of 2011

It’s the most wonderful list-making time of the year, a time when personal playlists and downloads for the last 12 months are analyzed and rated by any number of entities.  That’s what these “best of the year” lists really are – a chance for a particular magazine, website, or blogger to take inventory of the year and make their collective tastes known. You won’t mind if I cheese out and use the year 2011 as an excuse to name 11 albums this year.  I also decided to add a list for concerts this year, since I saw so many great ones.  The lists are in alphabetical order by band.

The Wounded Messenger’s Top 11 Albums of 2011

The Antlers – Burst Apart
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO and Other American Stories
Dawes – Nothing is Wrong
The Flashbulb – Love as a Dark Hallway
Morning Teleportation – Expanding Anyway
The New Mastersounds – Breaks from the Border
The Roots – Undun
Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
Wye Oak – Civilian
Yuck – Yuck

The Wounded Messenger’s Top 11 Shows of 2011:

The Budos Band – Hopscotch Festival, The Pour House, Raleigh, NC, Sept. 10, 2011
The Devil Makes Three – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, July 24, 2011
The Foreign Exchange – Hopscotch Festival, Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, NC, Sept. 9, 2011
Gov’t Mule – Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, Asheville, NC, Dec. 10, 2011
The Hold Steady – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, August 31, 2011
Phil Lesh and Friends
– Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, Asheville, NC, Dec. 10, 2011
– Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte, NC, June 17, 2011
Robert Plant & Band of Joy – Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN, June 12, 2011
Paul Simon – DAR Hall, Washington, DC, May 25, 2011
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
– Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, Nov. 6, 2011
Widespread Panic with Horns and Hornsby
– Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN, June 12, 2011

Bonnaroo 2011 Preview and Links Aplenty

In less than 48 hours we’ll be posted up at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, reveling in the tenth anniversary of the event and bringing it all to you via Twitter and Glide Magazine.  Right now at Glide there’s a special feature written by Shane Handler and I entitled Ten Years of Bonnaroo:  Our Ten Favorite Headlining Sets.  Check it out and see which What stage performances from the past 9 festivals stand out above all of the rest.

Follow us on Twitter and you’ll get a constant stream of updates as we encounter the good, the bad, and the just plain strange in Manchester this weekend.  If that’s not enough, follow along with us and catch streaming sets from the Comedy Tent at  No word on music webcasts yet, but stay tuned.

Leftover Salmon DVD Review and More

Greetings! Here’s what’s new and upcoming…

My review of Leftover Salmon’s live DVD, Twice in a Blue Moon, is now up at Glide Magazine. Also, my page has several new reviews of albums by Asher Quinn, Greg Gibbs, Vandell Andrew, and Kimball.

As spring approaches, we’ve got our eye on a performance of Hair at the formidable Durham Performing Arts Center and music in the form of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings (3/26) and Jason Isbell (4/19) at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh.

Looking toward the summer, the Bonnaroo Music Festival will once again serve as the nucleus around which all of my musical plans rotate. Look for a preview or ten here as we stare down the TENTH Bonnaroo and I prepare for my seventh trip to the event. I’ll be tweeting from the festival as well as providing my daily recaps on Glide Magazine, just like last year. I’ll also be attending/tweeting two Phish concerts in North Carolina the weekend after Bonnaroo, and there’s no doubt that many more events will be on the calendar by then. It’s going to be a wild one, stay tuned!

Bonnaroo Adds Comedy; More Festival Updates

Chris Rock was the first ever headlining comedian at Bonnaroo, performing on the What Stage to a crowd that had to be one of the largest in comedy history. This year, comedy fans will have trouble leaving the What Stage at all, as Conan O’Brien will be emceeing the festivities there on Friday and Saturday. O’Brien will also perform at the event’s comedy tent, and his performances there will certainly be the hardest shows of the weekend to gain entry to. For the emcee spots, we envision a wide variety of music and hilarity throughout the day, and we’d imagine there will be plenty of jokes at the expense of the eclectic Bonnaroo audience.

Other comedy acts at Bonnaroo are Doug Benson, Margaret Cho, Aziz Ansari, Jeffrey Ross, Greg Giraldo, Bo Burnham, and more.

The new kid on the block that everyone is watching – Maine’s Nateva Festival – continues to impress with its lineup selections. STS9, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Umphrey’s McGee, Max Creek, John Brown’s Body, The Felice Brothers, Ryan Montbleau Band, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Greensky Bluegrass were just added.

Some news on those coy ladies Lollapalooza and Mile High – Rumors abound that Phish will play Mile High this year as part of a western tour. Given their recent rounds of footsie with the town of Telluride, where the band is also likely to perform this summer, this seems logical.  Lollapalooza remains mostly a mystery, other than the near certainty that The Strokes will be there.

Wounded Messenger’s Best of 2009 Week Begins!

With not only a year but an entire decade of music to celebrate, we’ll be bringing you our “Best of” 2009 lists all week long. We begin with our favorite 10 live shows of the year, followed later this week by our favorite albums of the year and our 101 favorite albums of the decade.

Nothing could be more regionally subjective and personally oriented than naming the ten best live concerts you saw in a given year. But for the sake of my own memory and comparison with other such lists, here are the best 10 shows I saw this year, with free download links and reviews when available.

Salute to DJ Premier & Pete Rock – 12/12/09, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC (review)
Phish – 12/5/09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA (dl) (review)
Widespread Panic/Allman Brothers Band – 10/11/09  Raleigh, NC (review)
Nine Inch Nails – 6/13/09 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (dl) (review)
Wilco – 6/13/09, Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (dl) (review)
Okkervil River – 6/14/09 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (review)
Eric Bachmann – 7/22/09 Duke Gardens, Durham, NC (review)
Umphrey’s McGee – 2/21/09 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC (dl) (review)
Janiva Magness – 7/17/09 Blue Bayou Club, Hillsborough, NC (review)
Phish – 3/8/09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA (dl) (review)

We hope you’ll come back to check out our favorite albums of the decade and the year! Putting together these lists has been a labor of love, and we think they’re a lot of fun. We hope you do too!