Third Man Thursday: The White Stripes July 30, 1999 Ferndale, MI

An exclusive archive from The White Stripes just dropped for streaming in the nugs.net app, featuring July 30, 1999 from The Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI!

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Say A Little Prayer For Her and Say A Little Prayer For Yourself

The White Stripes played fifteen shows in 1999. Only three of those occurred in any approximate vicinity of others (the late September sojourn opening for Pavement) meaning each one of the shows from ‘99 exists in a vacuum, with new songs flying in and different arrangements making themselves known, no real established running order or pacing/tempo/meter/cadence. All but four of these shows were recorded in some manner, which still feels like a tiny miracle given how unknown and unheralded the band was at this juncture.

Outside of the Stripes show from the Gold Dollar, August 14th 1997, this July 30th, 1999 gig is the White Stripes show that I have listened to the most in my life. No doubt I immediately popped this sumbitch into the cassette deck of the ‘95 Ford Taurus on the way home from the show and would continue to come back to it for years. It lives in my head rent free, iconic and memorized and encased in amber, a memory reinforced by the consistent reliving of it over the past twenty-five years that it’s foundationally unparalleled in my understanding of the band.

When I listen now, what immediately grabs me is the piano. The piano!!! Oh man, it felt like a huge coup to get the powers-that-be at the Bag to actually let Jack play the thing, a seemingly “fancy” instrument that lived on the stage but was always covered up when bands of their ilk were in the house. In comparison, the powers that be would not let the band use the projection/video screen (they softened that stance by the De Stijl album release show the following year). 

Twenty years after the show, dear friend (and White Stripes roadie in arms) Brandon Beaver mailed me a stack of Polaroid pictures that I had taken at the show. I had completely forgotten about this, because, well, it wasn’t in the recording. They hadn’t informed my recollection, my mind canon of it all. I was surprised to see the piano, this grand (baby grand?) beast covered in the red-and-white stripes of an American flag that was previously used as a stage backdrop as depicted on the cover of TMR-345. The visual of it all is striking, it is visually compelling and indicates a modicum of extra effort that separated the Stripes from their peers at the time.

Couple that with the fact that in the rehearsals leading up to the show, Jack and Meg had repeatedly practiced a cover of the song “Do You Love Me Now?” originally by the Breeders. I still don’t know why they didn’t play it that night…the moments in rehearsal were solid and worthy of being trotted out on stage. It sounded damn cool. The fact that the band never recorded a version of this song is one of the bigger frustrations in the “Shit The White Stripes Should Have Done” list in my head.

The recording here is the first time that a piano or any keys are ever used live in a White Stripes performance and it’s beautiful.

Terry Cox was the sound man on this night. At the time he was the front-of-house engineer at the Magic Stick, so I’m not really sure why he was at the Magic Bag this evening. But with Terry behind the mixing desk, the band got a more-familiar set of ears working in their favor, as opposed to some rando without a clue as to what the band sounded like. The reverb on vocals “Love Sick” is a prime example of the special touch Terry brought to the mix. Reverb on the snare too. Actually, it’s just a shit ton of reverb. The whole show sounds “BIG” in a way that no other recording from this era ever would. God bless Terry.

“Love Sick” here is the Stripes first ever performance of the song, not even two years old by this point, the highlight of Bob Dylan’s Time Out Of Mind album from 1997. It sounds important. It sounds serious. It sounds like it is a harbinger of bigger things to come.

Followed by “Dead Leaves” which, by this point, still hadn’t truly found its form. A piano take on the song is still a rare outing, so even though it is by far the song the band played most in their career, I’m unclear if it was ever done exclusively on piano again.

The tension here is palpable. Between “Dead Leaves” and “St. James” someone shouts something in the crowd. At 2:04 and again at 2:07. You can just barely hear it. Wouldn’t be a stretch to think they’re screaming “Fuck you!” Whatever is said, Jack responds with “You’re a liar,” echoing Dylan’s retort at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1966 to a member of the crowd shouting “Judas!”

Couple that with the intro to “Astro” where Jack extemporaneously sings “I’m gonna kill my brother Jack” from Meg’s perspective, to the tune of “Three Little Fishies” a child-like number 1 hit from 1939. I recall Meg responding to this moment with a dismissive laugh, but still, I remember feeling uncomfortable. It was awkward.

But at some point, it all changes, the air is cleared, so to speak. Everything feels…understood? Accepted? Light-hearted even? Having thought about this many times over the intervening 25 years, I just know that while the first half of the set embodies a tension, the second half emboldens a joy throughout. Listening now, I smile. I feel happy.

As Jack is ready to end the performance with “Broken Bricks” you can hear Kevin Peyok (The Waxwings, Jack White and The Bricks) and Ko Shih (The Dirtbombs, Ko and The Knockouts) repeatedly yell “SAME BOY!” while Jack is thanking the opening bands the Greenhornes and Clone Defects. 


Isn’t it great when folks request an unreleased song? Kevin would know the song from playing it with the Bricks just three weeks earlier, but even so, the three Stripes performances of the song earlier this year were already enough to embed it into the consciousness of fan/friends in teh crow. And with an “aw shucks” manner Jack responds “You wanna hear ‘Same Boy’? Alright I’ll play that.”

Come the encore of “You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket”, another Stripes live debut that wouldn’t see a studio release for another FOUR YEARS, it all is sweet and dare I say wholesome. With just Jack and the piano, here is a worthy reminder that there’s no such thing as an off performance of “Pocket” as the tender emotion is palpable whenever it was performed and only more so if it was just Jack playing it. 

With Jack asking “What do you want to hear?” it’s worth noting how rare it is to hear him openly take a request, especially in light of already taking one with “Same Boy.” Funnily enough, we don’t hear anyone yell anything in response. At the culmination of a blistering “Broken Bricks” Jack sheepishly gives notice that the gig is over…that he broke a string and that Meg has mono.

“She’s tuckered out…so say a little prayer for her and say a little prayer for yourself” he offers up. Jack didn’t have to say that. No one would have begrudged the band ending the show at that point without any indication as to why no more songs were performed. It was already a decently full set. But the sincerity, the honesty, the essence of “we have given you our all” coupled with a “you are released” sews up this oddity of a show perfectly.


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The Weekly Live Stash Vol. IX, July 12, 2024

Each week, nugs.net founder Brad Serling brings his long-standing radio show to SiriusXM Jam On, debuting every Friday at 6pm ET on channel 309. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, outside of the nugs app, you’ll only find it here. Check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Goose, Umphrey’s McGee, Houseplant, Dogs in a Pile, and more.

Can’t listen live? There will be encore airings Saturday at 11am ET, Sunday at 3pm ET, and Monday at 9pm ET.

Listen to the premiere live, or nugs subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app (playlist will only open on mobile). nugs subscribers can also visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply.

  1. Phone Went West
    My Morning Jacket
    7/1/24 Grand Rapids, MI
  2. All Time Low / Another Day in Disguise
    Mountain Grass Unit
    6/20/24 Portland, OR
  3. Country Mile
    Houseplant
    7/5/24 New Albany, IN
  4. Sugar Leg Rag
    Daniel Donato
    7/7/24 Marshfield, MA
  5. Losing It
    The Disco Biscuits
    7/5/24 LaFayette, NY
  6. Stress Dreams
    Greensky Bluegrass
    7/5/24 Quincy, CA
  7. Silver Rising
    Orebolo
    7/5/24 Marshfield, MA
  8. 32 Things
    moe.
    7/6/24 Jay, VT
  9. The Fussy Dutchman
    Umphrey’s McGee
    7/6/24 Portland, ME

Snarky Puppy: July 2024 Archival Drop

Our next batch of releases from the Snarchives is here!

Continuing to fill out the 2015-2019 experimental period, hear eight shows from that era PLUS one from 2021 and the first live recording release from the Empire Central era – Denver’s Mission Ballroom on June 5, 2022. With a set comprised entirely of songs from the collective’s latest Grammy-winning album plus fan favorites “Shofukan” and “Lingus,” get a feel for the groovy Texas sound that is so prevalent on the record.

Get access to unlimited streaming of all these shows and all 100+ Snarky Puppy shows in the nugs catalog when you start a free trial today.

To help you get started, we’ve curated a playlist of ten unique tracks, choosing one from each of the new shows. From the expansive Rhodes on “Young Stuff” from Esch-sur-Alzette to the atmospheric composition of “Honiara” from Denver, there’s so much to explore.

Subscribers can download and stream the playlist here via the mobile app. Once saved to your playlists, you can stream in the desktop player too.

1. Young Stuff – May 10, 2017 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX
Chris Bullock leads the way on sax before Bill Laurance really opens things up in the second half on Fender Rhodes.

2. Strawman – June 4, 2017 Aarhus, DK
Bullock shines on a clean-tone solo in the main section of this Snarky classic, and guitarist Bob Lanzetti trades with trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher and violinist Zach Brock on the outro.

3. Beep Box – February 24, 2018 Portland, OR
Laurance takes centre stage once again on a moody solo, starting on synth and switching to some wild pitch-bent piano work.

4. Grown Folks – July 8, 2018 Fontainebleu, FR
Guitarist Mark Lettieri really takes his time building a vibe with hits from bassist Michael League on the main solo, and Shaun Martin lights up the end with some furious Moog playing.

5. Thing of Gold – May 12, 2019 Boston, MA
A keyboard solo on the bridge of this song is an exceptionally rare occurrence, and Justin Stanton’s percussive Rhodes work shines perfectly with textural accompaniment from fellow keyboardists Martin and Bobby Sparks.

6. Quarter Master – June 4, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT
Special guest Roosevelt Collier tears up the main solo section with some sparring against Lettieri’s guitar. Not content to finish there, the band goes full blues mode and Maz takes the mic for a cover of SRV’s “Cold Shot.”

7. Flood – October 24, 2019 Copenhagen, DK
Lettieri’s gorgeous ambient intro informs his well-crafted solo over this unique lineup’s sound and drummer Jason “JT” Thomas trashes the outro.

8. What About Me? – November 26, 2019 Frankfurt, DE
An atypical Rhodes intro from Stanton builds into the song, and legendary saxophonist Chris Potter joins the band and rips a hole through the open solo, continuing through the drum section via aggressive sparring with JT.

9. Chonks – November 5, 2021 Tucson, AZ
With Stanton at the lead, League takes a vicious and distorted bass solo on the funk section and Sparks tears apart the outro on whammy clav.

10. Honiara – June 5, 2022 Denver, CO
Brock gets angular on the first solo of his own tune and saxophonist Bob Reynolds dials in some subtle delay for the ethereal second part, bringing it to a close over a layered base.

Gratefully Deadicated: June 2024

We’re excited to bring you another edition of the “Gratefully Deadicated” playlist, a regular compilation to showcase the continued impact and inspiration drawn from the Grateful Dead catalog. Focusing on June 2024, we’re featuring performances from Goose, The String Cheese Incident, Counting Crows, and more as they celebrate the legacy of the legendary songbook.

Subscribers can stream this month’s playlist now, or sign up for a free trial to listen. The playlist is only accessible in the nugs mobile app, but you can save it to your library to listen on desktop. Explore the songs and the artists included below, and know that the music never stops!

  1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
    Goose
    6/20/24 Atlanta, GA
  2. Me and My Uncle
    Goose
    6/15/24 Canandaigua, NY
  3. Peggy-O
    Goose
    6/7/24 Greenwood Village, CO
  4. Scarlet Begonias
    The Infamous Stringdusters
    6/1/24 Fort Wayne, IN
  5. West L.A. Fadeaway
    Desmond Jones
    6/22/24 Axton, VA
  6. Eyes of the World
    Mountain Grass Unit
    6/10/24 Kansas City, MO
  7. Cats Under The Stars
    Brownstein Family Band
    6/29/24 Bridgeport, CT
  8. I Know You Rider
    The String Cheese Incident
    6/28/24 Jackson, WY
  9. Friend Of The Devil
    Counting Crows
    6/21/24 Camden, NJ
  10. Help On The Way / Slipknot!
    Dogs In A Pile
    6/21/24 Bozeman, MT
  11. Bird Song
    Dogs In A Pile
    6/2/24 Newport, KY
  12. Mystery Train
    Daniel Donato
    6/18/24 Jackson, WY

Weekly Live Stash Vol. VI, June 21, 2024

Each week, nugs.net founder Brad Serling brings his long-standing radio show to SiriusXM Jam On, debuting every Friday at 6pm ET on channel 309. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, outside of the nugs app, you’ll only find it here. Check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Goose, Umphrey’s McGee, Houseplant, Dogs in a Pile, and more.

Can’t listen live? There will be encore airings Saturday at 11am ET, Sunday at 3pm ET, and Monday at 9pm ET.

Listen to the premiere live, or nugs subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app (playlist will only open on mobile). nugs subscribers can also visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply.

  1. Golden Years
    Umphrey’s McGee (w/ Cory Wong & Daniel Donato)
    6/15/24 Morrison, CO

  2. There Lives a Man
    Houseplant
    6/14/24 Manchester, TN

  3. Little Things
    Dogs In A Pile
    6/17/24 Crested Butte, CO

  4. It’s Alright
    Dizgo
    6/15/24 Swanzey, NH

  5. Pancakes
    Goose
    6/15/24 Swanzey, NH

  6. Foxy Lady
    Greensky Bluegrass
    6/14/24 New York, NY

  7. Leap Year
    Greensky Bluegrass
    6/14/24 New York, NY

  8. Memphis in the Meantime
    Spafford
    6/17/24 Amagansett, NY

Third Man Thursday: Jack White June 14, 2014 Manchester, TN

An exclusive archive from Jack White just dropped for streaming in the nugs.net app, featuring June 14, 2014 from Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN!

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Jack White: June 14, 2014

Ten years and one week ago, Jack White unleashed what was arguably one of the best performances in the history of the Bonnaroo

festival. 

In an expansive field in Manchester, TN, filled with approximately 70,000 fans, White let loose a tour-de-force, two-hour and forty-five minute career-spanning set. From White Stripes songs like “Hotel Yorba” and “Icky Thump” to Raconteurs numbers such as “Top Yourself” and “Steady, As She Goes” through “Blue Blood Blues” by the Dead Weather…not to mention a wide selection of his solo material and covers of two surf rock classics “Pipeline” by the Chantays and “Misirlou” by Dick Dale. And Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song”? He did that too.

To be in the field that evening was to truly have one’s mind blown. As Jack pulled trick after stupefying trick as the set went stratospheric, all I could do was look to Ben Swank next to me and say “Can you even believe this?”

Originally released as a Vault package back in 2014, we’ve updated the setlist to include to previously unlisted covers…snippets of “Cool Drink Of Water Blues” by Tommy Johnson and “Fried My Little Brains” by the Kills both couched within medleys of other songs.

Listening back a decade later, these recordings hit just as hard as the initial blast of soundwaves reverberated off our bodies in that sweaty Tennessee field back then.

– Ben Blackwell


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Weekly Live Stash Vol. V, June 15, 2024

Each week, nugs.net founder Brad Serling brings his long-standing radio show to SiriusXM Jam On, debuting every Friday at 6pm ET on channel 309. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, outside of the nugs app, you’ll only find it here. Check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Goose, Jack White, Greensky Bluegrass, Eggy, and more.

Can’t listen live? There will be encore airings Saturday at 11am ET, Sunday at 3pm ET, and Monday at 9pm ET.

Listen to the premiere live, or nugs subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app (playlist will only open on mobile). nugs subscribers can also visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply.

  1. Madhuvan
    Goose
    6/8/24 Greenwood Village, CO

  2. Boom or Bust
    Eggy
    5/30/24 Las Vegas, NV

  3. Lose Your Mind
    Daniel Donato
    6/10/24 Aspen, CO

  4. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
    Leftover Salmon (w/ Lukas Nelson & Sierra Ferrell)
    5/25/24 Cumberland, MD

  5. You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket
    Jack White
    4/22/15 Boise, ID

  6. Pendulum
    Kitchen Dwellers
    5/31/24 Livingston, MT

  7. Murder On the Dancefloor
    Kitchen Dwellers
    5/31/24 Livingston, MT

  8. Pendulum
    Kitchen Dwellers
    5/31/24 Livingston, MT

  9. Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox
    Greensky Bluegrass
    6/11/24 Fort Wayne, IN

Weekly Live Stash Vol. IV, June 7, 2024

Each week, nugs.net founder Brad Serling brings his long-standing radio show to SiriusXM Jam On, debuting every Friday at 6pm ET on channel 309. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, outside of the nugs app, you’ll only find it here. Check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, Goose, and more.

Can’t listen live? There will be encore airings Saturday at 11am ET, Sunday at 3pm ET, and Monday at 9pm ET.

Listen to the premiere live, or nugs subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app (playlist will only open on mobile). nugs subscribers can also visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply.

  1. Southern Cross
    Eggy
    5/25/24 Chillicothe, IL

  2. Me and My Uncle
    Orebolo
    5/25/24 Chillicothe, IL

  3. State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
    My Morning Jacket
    5/31/24 San Francisco, CA

  4. Young Lust
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
    6/2/24 Newport, KY

  5. Piece Of My Heart
    Leftover Salmon (w/ Washboard Chaz)
    5/2/24 New Orleans, LA

  6. Baba O’Riley
    Pearl Jam
    5/21/24 Los Angeles, CA

  7. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
    My Morning Jacket
    5/30/24 San Francisco, CA

  8. A Hard Life Makes A Good Song
    The Infamous Stringdusters
    6/1/24 Fort Wayne, IN

  9. The Empress of Organos
    Goose
    6/4/24 St.Louis, MO

Weekly Live Stash Vol. III, May 31, 2024

Each week, nugs.net founder Brad Serling brings his long-standing radio show to SiriusXM Jam On, debuting every Friday at 6pm ET on channel 309. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, outside of the nugs app, you’ll only find it here. Check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from My Morning Jacket, Goose, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more.

Can’t listen live? There will be encore airings Saturday at 11am ET, Sunday at 3pm ET, and Monday at 9pm ET.

Listen to the premiere live, or nugs subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app (playlist will only open on mobile). nugs subscribers can also visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply.

Note: the Trey Anastasio track is only available via LivePhish+ at LivePhish.com.

  1. It’s About Twilight Now
    My Morning Jacket
    5/28/24 San Francisco, CA

  2. Idle Wind
    Tedeschi Trucks Band
    5/16/19 Los Angeles, CA

  3. Honky Tonk Hell
    Marcus King Band
    11/14/23 Athens, GA

  4. Everything Must Go
    Goose
    5/26/24 Chillicothe, IL

  5. Lumpy, Beanpole, & Dirt
    Billy Strings
    5/25/24 Rosemont, IL

  6. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
    Wilco
    10/8/19 Toronto, CAN

  7. Shaking Somone’s Outstretched Hand
    Trey Anastasio
    5/22/24 Brooklyn, NY

  8. Freeker By The Speaker
    The String Cheese Incident (w/ Keller Williams)
    5/26/24 Pelham, TN

The Weekly Live Stash Vol. II: May 24, 2024

Each week, nugs.net founder Brad Serling brings his long-standing radio show to SiriusXM Jam On, debuting every Friday at 6pm ET on channel 309. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, outside of the nugs app, you’ll only find it here. Check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bruce Springsteen, Santana, The String Cheese Incident, and more.

Can’t listen live? There will be encore airings Saturday at 11am ET, Sunday at 3pm ET, and Monday at 9pm ET.

Listen to the premiere live, or nugs subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app (playlist will only open on mobile). nugs subscribers can also visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply.

Note: the Trey Anastasio track is only available via LivePhish+ at LivePhish.com.

  1. Sand
    Trey Anastasio
    5/22/24 Brooklyn, NY

  2. Who’ll Stop The Rain?
    Bruce Springsteen
    5/16/24 Cork, Ireland

  3. Black Magic Woman
    Santana
    5/16/24 Las Vegas, NV

  4. The Big Reveal
    The String Cheese Incident
    5/18/24 Boston, MA

  5. Courage For The Road
    Greensky Bluegrass (w/ Holly Bowling)
    5/12/24 Mill Valley, CA

  6. Booth Love
    Umphrey’s McGee
    5/18/24 Clive, IA

  7. Luck Of The Draw
    Daniel Donato
    5/18/24 Clive, IA

  8. Faithfull
    Pearl Jam
    5/13/24 Sacramento, CA

  9. Meet Me at the Creek
    Billy Strings
    5/18/24 Greenwood Village, CO

The Weekly Live Stash: Now on SiriusXM Jam On

The Stash is back!

The Weekly Live Stash has a new home! After a brief hiatus, we’re excited to announce that nugs.net founder Brad Serling will bring his long-standing radio show to SiriusXM Jam On, debuting every Friday at 6pm ET on channel 309. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, outside of the nugs app, you’ll only find it here. Check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Pearl Jam, Geese, Bruce Springsteen, Daniel Donato and more.

Can’t listen live? There will be encore airings Saturday at 11am ET, Sunday at 3pm ET, and Monday at 9pm ET.

Listen to the premiere live, or nugs subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash in the mobile app (playlist will only open on mobile). nugs subscribers can also visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply.

Note: the Trey Anastasio track is only available via LivePhish+ at LivePhish.com.

  1. Cabbage Alley
    Daniel Donato
    4/26/24 New Orleans, LA

  2. Wreckage
    Pearl Jam
    5/4/24 Vancouver, CANADA

  3. What’s Going Through Your Mind
    Trey Anastasio
    5/9/24 Chicago, IL

  4. Cowboy Nudes
    Geese
    4/27/24 St. Louis, MO

  5. Lost and Found
    Eggy
    5/9/24 Buffalo, NY

  6. So Young And In Love
    Bruce Springsteen
    5/5/24 Cardiff, Wales

  7. Good Shepherd
    Jorma Kaukonen
    4/7/24 New York, NY

  8. Seven Weeks In County
    Billy Strings
    4/17/24 Savannah, GA

  9. Trunk Rum
    Dogs In A Pile
    5/3/24 Stuart, FL

  10. Althea
    Dead and Company
    7/16/23 San Francisco, CA

Third Man Thursday: Jack White July 30, 2014 Detroit, MI

An exclusive archive from Jack White just dropped for streaming in the nugs.net app, featuring July 30, 2014 from Detroit, MI!

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Jack White: July 30, 2014

On July 30th, 2014 Jack White played one of the most captivating live shows of his career. With the friendly confines of Detroit’s Masonic Temple providing as much of a home field advantage as White could ever get, this tour-de-force, three hour plus, 38 song barn-burner of a set spanned the breadth of his recorded career and left all comers in its wake gobsmacked, a testament to the undiminished magnetism of a performer at the height of his powers.

Kicking off at breakneck pace with three sizzling fan favorites from the White Stripes back catalog, the impromptu song selection never loses focus and instead delivers body blow after body blow of unrelenting passion. Inspired, off-the-cuff covers of Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” to Zeppelin’s “Lemon Song”, Hank Williams’ “Ramblin’ Man” to Junior Wells’ “Hoodoo Man” absolutely delight. White’s Dead Weather bandmates Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita unexpectedly join onstage for a particularly heavy version of “I Cut Like a Buffalo.” Chock full of delightful stage banter, local references and even a laugh-out-loud takedown of a supposed icon (you’ll have to listen to know exactly), the performance manages to blow everyone’s mind, both satiating desire and yet quizzically also leaving them wanting more…such are the paradoxes of a truly transcendent evening.

Previously only available on a limited edition, one-time only vinyl pressing, Third Man is ecstatic to be able to share this unparalleled recording complete and unedited for the first time, truly the way that it was played on a sweaty Detroit night nearly ten years ago.


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Straight From the Fans: April 2024

Welcome back to ‘Straight From the Fans’! We love reading about fans’ experiences about both attending and listening to shows – and it’s those transcendent moments of joy and revelation shared that keeps the music discovery going! Each month we’ll curate a list of ten of our favorite fan reviews left in the nugs app, showcasing the best of recent shows and archival releases from the month.

Want to be featured in the future? You’ve got the mic. Share your show-going and listening experiences with us on any live recording in the nugs.net catalog when you subscribe or purchase a download. From any show page in the app or the web player, just hit that “+ Add Review” button and drop your thoughts.

Without further ado…Straight From the Fans: April 2024!

Top 10 Best Fan Reviews Left in the Nugs App – April 2024

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Snarky Puppy: 10 Fresh Archives Now Streaming

It’s been a while since the five-time Grammy-winning collective Snarky Puppy released some shows on nugs, so we wanted to highlight today’s new arrivals. Joining an extensive library of over 100 Snarky shows from 2015-2019, these ten archives were handpicked for stellar moments, unique lineups, and powerful solos. Get access to unlimited streaming of all these shows and the entire nugs catalog when you start a free trial today.

To help you get started, we’ve curated a playlist of ten unique tracks, choosing one from each of the new shows. From the Cardiff “What About Me?” and its layered texture builds to the space-age synth solo on the Philadelphia “Big Ugly,” new and diehard fans alike will find plenty to sink their teeth into.

Subscribers can download and stream the playlist here via the mobile app. Once saved to your playlists, you can stream in the desktop player too.

What About Me?
Snarky Puppy
5/6/17 Cardiff, GB

Young Stuff
Snarky Puppy
6/5/17 Amsterdam, NLD

Tarova
Snarky Puppy
3/1/18 San Francisco, CA

Big Ugly
Snarky Puppy
6/29/18 Philadelphia, PA

Chonks
Snarky Puppy
5/11/19 Portsmouth, NH

Thing of Gold
Snarky Puppy
6/8/19 Bellvue, CO

34 Klezma
Snarky Puppy
9/11/19 Covington, KY

Bigly Strictness
Snarky Puppy
11/4/19 Antwerp, BEL

Sleeper
Snarky Puppy
11/7/19 Nottingham, ENG

While We’re Young
Snarky Puppy
11/30/19 Nuremberg, Ger

Gratefully Deadicated: Winter/Spring 2024

We’re excited to bring back the “Gratefully Deadicated” playlist, a regular compilation to showcase the continued impact and inspiration drawn from the Grateful Dead catalog. Focusing on the winter and spring of 2024, we’re featuring performances from Orebolo, Umphrey’s McGee, Dogs in a Pile, Gov’t Mule, and more as they celebrate the legacy of the legendary songbook.

Subscribers can stream this month’s playlist now, or sign up for a free trial to listen. The playlist is only accessible in the nugs mobile app, but you can save it to your library to listen on desktop. Explore the songs and the artists included below, and know that the music never stops!

  1. Brokedown Palace
    Orebolo
    1/12/24 Riviera Maya, MX
  2. Althea
    Umphrey’s McGee
    3/22/24 San Francisco, CA
  3. Cassidy
    Dogs In A Pile
    4/11/24 San Diego, CA
  4. Loser
    Gov’t Mule
    2/18/24 Las Vegas, NV
  5. Cryptical Envelopment
    Holly Bowling
    2/29/24 San Francisco, CA
  6. The Other one
    Holly Bowling
    2/29/24 San Francisco, CA
  7. Crazy Fingers
    Dopapod
    3/23/24 York, PA
  8. Mr. Charlie
    Greensky Bluegrass
    2/7/24 Buffalo, NY
  9. Eyes of the World
    Kendall Street Company
    1/14/24 Charleston, SC
  10. New Speedway Boogie
    Kitchen Dwellers
    1/17/24 Aspen, CO
  11. Black Peter
    Leftover Salmon
    3/15/24 Crystal Bay, NV
  12. They Love Each Other
    Magic Beans
    4/5/24 Indianapolis, IN
  13. Deal
    moe.
    3/22/24 Frisco, CO
  14. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
    Railroad Earth
    3/8/24 Rutland, VT
  15. Morning Dew
    Raw Oyster Cult
    1/14/24 New Orleans, LA
  16. Jack Straw
    The Infamous Stringdusters
    4/7/24 Olympic Valley, CA

Weekly Live Stash Vol. CIV, April 27, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Strings, and more.

Nugs subscribers can visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

Note: the Phish track is exclusively available in the LivePhish app.

  1. Pillow Jets
    Phish
    4/20/24 Las  Vegas,NV

  2. Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35
    Billy Strings
    4/20/24 St. Augustine, FL

  3. Too High
    Dogs In A Pile
    4/20/24 Phoenix, AZ

  4. Blue Sky
    Gov’t Mule
    4/20/24 Atlanta, GA

  5. Pets
    Spafford
    4/20/24 Brooklyn, NY

  6. Amanda Lynn
    Big Something
    4/13/24 Ferndale, MI

  7. Growin’ Up
    Bruce Springsteen
    4/18/24 Syracuse, NY

  8. Glendale Train
    New Riders of the Purple Sage
    6/25/76 Hempstead, NY

  9. The Harder They Come
    Jerry Garcia Band
    2/13/76 Berkeley, CA

Weekly Live Stash Vol. CIII, April 19, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Goose, Bruce Springsteen, Widespread Panic, and more.

Nugs subscribers can visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. SALT
    Goose
    4/7/24 Port Chester, NY

  2. The Ghost of Tom Joad
    Bruce Springsteen
    4/7/24 Inglewood, CA

  3. Papa’s Home
    Widespread Panic
    4/15/24 Riviera Maya, MX

  4. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
    Widespread Panic
    4/15/24 Riviera Maya, MX

  5. Papa’s Home
    Widespread Panic
    4/15/24 Riviera Maya, MX

  6. Run Thru / The National Anthem / Run Thru
    My Morning Jacket
    4/5/24 Riviera Maya, MX

  7. Small Strides
    Umphrey’s McGee
    4/13/24 Minneapolis, MN

  8. Tinder Box
    The String Cheese Incident
    4/6/24 Burnet, TX

  9. Give It Time
    Goose
    4/9/24 Port Chester, NY

The White Stripes: April 17, 1999 Detroit, MI

An exclusive archive from The White Stripes just dropped for streaming in the nugs.net app, featuring April 17, 1999 from Detroit, MI!

Sign up for a free trial now to hear this newly mastered show plus the entire Third Man Records archival catalog. From White Stripes archivist/historian Ben Blackwell on this month’s ‘Third Man Thursday’ release:

The White Stripes 1999 Tour Archive

There are moments, ever so brief, that feel like an entire room has catalyzed and are all speaking the same language. Even if speaking vaguely or in code, everyone understands fully.

So while I cannot speak for the rest of the 100 or so folks that were at the Magic Stick on April 17th, 1999, I can speak to how *I* felt.

For establishing purposes, exactly 25 years ago, on April 17th, 1999 the White Stripes played in the middle of a bill with Gore Gore Girls opening and the Compulsive Gamblers headlining. I was sixteen years old.

Barely a month earlier, it appeared that the White Stripes were done. With their cessation being reported in the Detroit News, the fact that a DAILY newspaper was covering such underground countercultural gossip still feels beguiling. Yet in the span of a few weeks, the Stripes had played a triumphant non-farewell show (March 13th, 1999) and were most definitely soldiering on, while Jack White’s other current musical concern, the Go, had unceremoniously kicked him out.

I guess this was relatively big news in the small world of Detroit garage rock. In hindsight, it seems pretty insignificant. So when the Stripes roll into “Astro” at the tail end of their set and Jack substitutes in the names of his former bandmates in the Go “Bobby”, “Marc” and “John” as “do(es) the astro” the feeling in the air, to me, was “oh man, he’s giving it to ‘em.”

To follow it up with the ending verse impromptu singing “Maybe someone has an ego!

and “Why don’t you do what you want to, girl?” (with what I would interpret as foreshadowing of future attack-like songs as “There’s No Home For You Here (Girl)” and “Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine”) and it all had the allure of an up-to-the-minute newscast, made up in real time, for the couple dozens friends and scenesters gathered there that evening, all of whom knew the score.

As the song concluded, you faintly hear a request for the Go song “Meet Me At The Movies” to which Jack replies on mic “Somebody wanna hear “Meet Me At The Movies?” It’s the wrong band!”

The Stripes performance, overall, is just so different from any single show they’d ever played before or would play after. First ever appearances of gems like covers of Iggy Pop’s “I’m Bored” and Earl King’s “Trick Bag” (done in the style of the Gories) alongside Jack and Meg’s first ever performance of “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known.” They also cover Brendan Benson’s “Crosseyed” for seemingly the only time ever with Brendan himself smack dab front and center watching the proceedings.

Interesting little moments abound…the show-opening “I’m Bored” is quickly scuttled as Meg’s bass drum pedal snaps. She coordinates a quick replacement with Deb Agolli (drummer for openers the Gore Gore Girls) that precipitates Jack’s solo take on “Trick Bag”

(For years my recall is that I was up there helping Meg attach the borrowed pedal to her kick drum. But just now, at this moment, I’m half-thinking that I watched it from the crowd. In my head, I see Deb, coincidentally wearing red and white, behind the drums with Meg. But I also see myself crouched down, futzing in the dark, helping Meg. The video of the show conveniently shows neither myself nor Deb onstage during any of this. There’s a possibility my memories are lies)

But once all is back up-to-speed, Jack just starts “I’m Bored” from the beginning.

There’s a simplicity to taking the song from the top, an innocence to it, a “we’re gonna do this right” stick-to-it-iveness that I tend to think most bands would not actually endeavor. Most bands would just move past it and try to pretend that they never even attempted the song in the first place, let alone start their set with it.

And that’s just one of many reasons why the White Stripes were objectively great from such an early point in their career.

Other treats include an early run of “The Big Three Killed My Baby” that does not start with the trilling three scratches of the guitar. Seemingly every version performed afterwards would start just like the album recording…with those ominous trills. Jack introduces Meg as his little sister. Jack also, for the first time we’ve documented, signed off the show with a “My sister thanks you and I thank you.” Little Easter eggs all of them.

And while there’s no real evidence here to point to proving so, we all know that this is the evening that Jack White would pay a couple hundred bucks to Compulsive Gambler’s Jack Yarber for his red Airline guitar that in short order would become an iconic piece of the White Stripes imagery.

My favorite moment of the entire show unfolds in the middle break of “Astro” where Jack drops a curveball…

What did the hen dog say to the snake?
No more crawfish in this lake
Just a hair, just a little bit, just a hair, just a little bit
Well what did the woman who came to the side,
one hand on her leg, one hand on her thigh
Good lord, have mercy, good lord, have mercy

This is a slightly altered take on George Johnson’s version of “Jack The Rabbit” as featured in the 1978 John Lomax film The Land Where The Blues Began. Johnson was a gandy dancer, a now-obsolete job of manual railroad track maintenance. This is a work song, plain and simple, Johnson’s repeated lines of “just a hair, just a little bit” actually instructions to the rest of his crew in regards to which increment or degree they should be adjusting the track. It’s chilling, it’s got unforced attitude, it’s beautiful.

In sharing this clip with Jack this week, twenty-five years later, he said he had absolutely no recollection of what it was or where it even came from.

But it felt so familiar, both then and now. Like a nursery rhyme I’d heard my entire life. Like something EVERYONE had heard their entire life, certainly everyone in the room. Like it was meant to be there, that it had always been there, and would always be there, smack dab in the middle of “Astro.”

The point I’m trying to make is that for these fleeting moments on this night, the demarcation of stage and floor were largely irrelevant. What was happening wasn’t a band playing for a crowd. What was happening was a conversation, an education, a therapy, a laugh, a finger-pointing, all wrapped into one. And so much of it, hell, maybe all of it, happened just that once, seemingly to be experienced only by those in the room. Fleeting.

So should you give a shit that this is effectively a spruced-up audience recording? Not in the least. Just sit back and enjoy all the swirling different factors and reactors that melted together to create a one-of-a-kind evening a quarter of a century ago.


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Weekly Live Stash Vol. CII, April 5, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bruce Springsteen, Dogs in a Pile, Kitchen Dwellers, and more.

Nugs subscribers can visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Atlantic City
    Bruce Springsteen
    3/28/24 San Francisco, CA

  2. Royals
    Dogs In A Pile
    3/16/24 Burlington, VT

  3. Sit At My Table
    Kitchen Dwellers
    3/29/24 Brooklyn, NY

  4. 12 Pounds of Pain
    Eggy
    3/22/24 Ardmore, PA

  5. Why We Dance
    The Disco Biscuits
    3/29/24 New York, NY

  6. It’s A Bunch
    Spafford
    3/26/24 Leesburg, VA

  7. Big Wooly Mammoth
    Widespread Panic
    3/23/24 St. Augustine, FL

  8. Plane Crash
    moe.
    3/24/24 Fort Collins, CO

Weekly Live Stash Vol. CI, March 29, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bruce Springsteen, Umphrey’s McGee, Spafford, and more.

Nugs subscribers can visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Red Tape
    Umphrey’s McGee
    3/21/24 Stateline, NV

  2. Ups and Downs
    moe.
    3/23/24 Fort Collins, CO

  3. Unplug That Telephone
    Leftover Salmon
    3/9/24 Crested Butte, CO

  4. Pets
    Spafford
    3/24/24 Raleigh, NC

  5. Tom Sawyer
    Eggy
    3/16/24 Portland, ME

  6. Greta
    Widespread Panic
    3/24/24 St. Augustine, FL

  7. Dear Mr. Fantasy
    Widespread Panic
    3/24/24 St. Augustine, FL

  8. Roll of the Dice
    Bruce Springsteen
    3/22/24 Las Vegas, NV

Weekly Live Stash Vol. C, March 22, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Umphrey’s McGee, and more.

Nugs subscribers can visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Courage For The Road
    Greensky Bluegrass (w/ Billy Strings)
    3/8/24 Nashville, TN

  2. The Butterfly and The Tree
    Railroad Earth
    3/7/24 Portland, ME

  3. Night Nurse
    Umphrey’s McGee
    3/19/24 Boise, ID

  4. Four
    moe.
    3/15/24 Telluride, CO

  5. On The Run
    Yonder Mountain String Band
    3/15/24 Frisco, CO

  6. Here and Now
    Eggy
    3/14/24 Burlington, VT

The White Stripes: April 20, 2003 Boston, MA and May 19, 2003 Berlin, DE

Two exclusive archives from The White Stripes are now available for streaming in the nugs.net app, featuring two 2003 shows; Boston on April 20 and Berlin on May 19. Sign up for a free trial now to hear these new shows plus the entire Third Man Records archival catalog.

From long time White Stripes fan Mike on this month’s ‘Third Man Thursday’ releases:

They’re Gonna Talk About You Still

When Jack White appeared in the film It Might Get Loud, he chose two influences to share with the cameras: Son House, the blues singer and guitarist – whose birthday it is today, and Flat Duo Jets, the two-piece band fronted by Dexter Romweber – who passed away last month. In tribute to those artists and the lasting power of influence, here are the White Stripes performances from Boston, where the band performed a cover of Flat Duo Jets’ Don’t Blame Me, and Berlin, where they brought Son House’s Grinnin’ In Your Face to the masses. Two of the band’s most widely shared concerts, each originally captured off the radio and circulated by fans. Like the music of those key influences, these performances are both familiar and essential, re-shared here upgraded and unedited for the first time.

With only 4 weeks between them, the concerts from Boston and Berlin reveal just how quickly the band’s performances were developing. Boston is a spontaneous run-through, with the new songs rapidly settling into their proper live versions, pure risk-taking live on the air. Berlin pushes the set further, resulting in an explosive ninety-minute go, one of the longest broadcasts the band had ever done. As soon as these shows hit the airwaves, they were immediately shared by fans as must-hear recordings from the tour. 

During an interview before the show in Boston, the band were asked whether maintaining simplicity was still a goal, with Jack confirming “I don’t really want to evolve or grow in the band at all. I don’t want that false pretense, or to try and second guess things. We like living in this box we’ve created very much, and we don’t want to change.”  And yet, even with that commitment, the Boston concert would be held at the Orpheum, a venue twice the size of the ones played on previous tours, and the Berlin concert would get moved from the Casino to the larger Columbiahalle, one of the first times that had happened to the band. So, while they may have been able to keep some things the same, they couldn’t stop others from evolving around them.

The spirit of wanting to preserve things would get echoed in other interviews, when discussing the band’s influences: “It’s wonderful to have influences. It’s wonderful to join that tradition of songwriters and storytellers, and join that family…telling the same story your way.” One of those stories was also Jack’s favorite song, Grinning In Your Face, by the blues legend Son House.  Even though the band had been performing the song at shows going back to 1999, the Berlin broadcast would be the first time that most fans had ever heard it – included here as part of Death Letter. Notable too, as the song was from a record that wouldn’t have existed if not for a group of young fans inspired by the out-of-print recordings of the bluesman, going on a road trip in 1964 with the hopes that they could track him down and convince him to make music again. The result of that effort was the record “Father of Folk Blues” which Jack would discover by hearing John the Revelator played over the PA before a Radiohead concert.  Just as John the Revelator would get memorialized on the White Stripes debut album, and Death Letter on De Stijl, the performance of Grinning In Your Face on the Berlin broadcast would serve as a key reference point of the Stripes covering the song. The band’s day in Berlin would turn out to be especially productive in that regard, as the soundcheck would also see them record a cover of Soledad Brothers’ St Ides of March, which would be released later that year as the B-side to The Hardest Button To Button.

Jack had been introduced to Flat Duo Jet’s “Go Go Harlem Baby” around the time he was working at an upholstery shop.  And while Son House’s music would serve as a perfect example of the band re-telling a story their way, when the Stripes covered the Duo Jets, they played it faithful – true to the source.  Don’t Blame Me was itself a cover, a story that singer and guitarist Dexter Romweber had re-told his way, but when the Stripes played it, they did it like Dex did.  And just like Grinnin’ In Your Face at Berlin, the performance of Don’t Blame Me at Boston was also the first time that most fans had ever heard that song. The occasion was all the more significant because Dex was on the bill that night, performing with his sister Sara as the Dexter Romweber Duo, making the Stripes’ cover of Don’t Blame Me the rare experience of being able to pay tribute to someone who influenced you, with them actually in the room. When later asked how he felt about the impact that Flat Duo Jets had on others, Dex was gracious: “There are musicians that have influenced me that came before me that people don’t necessarily know about. It’s all just a natural lineage of stuff handed down. I’m not lost on the fact that people influenced me either. So, if Jack got something out of those records or he saw something that was valuable to him, I thought that was a positive thing because I had done the same thing.” In 2011, Third Man Records would reissue “Go Go Harlem Baby” on vinyl after being long out-of-print, continuing to pay that influence forward.

Everything has a source. Just as the mighty Mississippi starts as a small lake in Minnesota, that too gets fed by the creeks and springs around it. You can never fully go upstream, just as you can’t predict where something will go once it’s released, or how it might influence others. Just as these shows were spread by fans, here’s a reminder to go check out Son House’s “Father of Folk Blues” and Flat Duo Jets’ “Go Go Harlem Baby”, music kept in the light by those who understood that when you discover something good – whether on an out-of-print record, a song overheard at a concert, or a band’s performance on a radio broadcast – the best thing you can do is to share it with others, and let that love keep shining on.

4/20/03 BostonOrpheum Theatre

Listen to the show here.

Originally broadcast on the radio, Boston would be the first time that many fans would get to hear the new songs from Elephant performed live. Even though parts of the band’s opening concert from London had been broadcast a few weeks earlier, the performance from Boston is the one that feels like the proper return to the stage, especially given how accessible the show would be to fans. The concert at the Orpheum was the band’s second show this Easter Sunday, as they had also performed a brief set earlier in the afternoon for a group of contest winners at the nearby Paradise. For as familiar as this show is, it’s amazing when you realize how many risks the band took on this night. After the opening trio of Black Math, Dead Leaves, and Let’s Shake Hands, the first surprise arrives during I Think I Smell A Rat, with a cover of Party of Special Things to Do by Captain Beefheart, a rarity released as a 7 inch a few years before, but only played live a handful of times. You can hear Jack call out for the bass drum pattern “boom, boom, boom, boom…” just before kicking off the verses. This spontaneity can also be heard in the version of You’re Pretty Good Looking, with Jack pausing after the first verse to shout “gimme a click, Meg!”, singing the rest of the lyrics in the swing style that he would use at other shows throughout the year. Even though it was still early in the tour, the new songs were also getting updated, which you can hear in the performance of The Hardest Button to Button, with the vocals having shifted away from the deadpan delivery heard on the album to an all-out scream. Death Letter features the quote from Motherless Children before abruptly closing, indicating that something must have happened with the guitar. Rather than attempt a restart, Jack moves to the keyboards and performs an impromptu cover of Red Bird, an on-the-fly debut of the Leadbelly song.  The show gets to a truly unique moment with the debut of Don’t Blame Me, an homage to one of Jack’s key influences, Flat Duo Jets.  A special occasion, given that Duo Jets’ singer and guitarist Dex Romweber was the opener on this night, performing as part of a new duo with his sister Sara. Just like the show with Loretta Lynn in New York the night before, Boston is one of the few times when the band would get to share a bill with one of their musical idols.  A week later they would do it again, opening for the Stooges at Coachella.  As they close the show, the band go out on a high note, leaving the audience and the listeners wanting more, with Jack holding back laughter as he leads the crowd to the final verse in Boll Weevil.

5/19/03 BerlinColumbiahalle

Listen to the show here.

Just as the broadcast from Boston felt like the band’s official return to the stage, the way they sounded on the broadcast from Berlin was as if they’d suddenly hit their live peak. Having been moved from the Casino to the larger Columbiahalle due to demand, the band’s setlist is similarly expanded here, a masterful 30+ song display. Coming just weeks after the breakout shows in April and the exploratory performances in Scandinavia, Berlin takes the Elephant set and firmly baselines it into a 90 minute powerhouse. Like watching a racehorse lap effortlessly around the track, over and over, they just sound so healthy here. From the whammy-and-feedback opening in Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground to the final singalong in Boll Weevil, you get the full course – a virtual blueprint for the rest of the Elephant tour. The Hardest Button To Button gets a unique spot near the top of the set just after the openers, which extends the energy rush to great effect. Listen for the ad libbed line “Beating up Swanson and Damstra with a baseball bat!”, a funny reference to tourmates Whirlwind Heat during the marathon version of I Think I Smell A Rat, which also features When I Hear My Name, Take a Whiff On Me, and Mr Cellophane, now in its official live arrangement – complete with Jack letting the audience know when it’s time to adjust the rhythm of their clapping.  After an excellent Hypnotize, Jack introduces the band to the audience with an appropriate “Hot and sweaty in Berlin!”. Death Letter follows and is just about perfect, complete with Jack yelling “Let’s go Meg!” which she responds to by joining him in a run that culminates with a fantastic burst on the kick drum. This sets up Grinnin’ In Your Face, one of the first times that listeners had ever heard the band perform the Son House song live.  Again, just about perfect. There are performance highlights all over this show, including the adlib of “I can tell that we are going to be friends…Berlin, Berlin, Berlin” and the nod to Burt Bacharach and Marlene Dietrich before Look Me Over Closely. Even the out of tune guitar that pops up during the transition from Let’s Build A Home into Goin’ Back to Memphis still ends up resulting in a wonderful improvisation that they use to push through and close the main set. The encores play out like a continuous medley, including a complete version of Fell In Love With A Girl, the rare occurrence when they played the song in full. Having also used the soundcheck to record the future B-side cover of Soledad Brothers’ St Ides Of March, on this night they really could do no wrong.  Do yourself a favor and fall in love with Berlin all over again, a mandatory performance from the Elephant tour.


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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCIX, March 15, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bruce Springsteen, Billy Strings, Eggy, and more.

Nugs subscribers can visit their account page to check their eligibility for four months of SiriusXM All Access. Offer details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Jungleland
    Bruce Springsteen
    9/21/78 Passaic, NJ

  2. The Road
    moe.
    3/9/24 Park City, UT

  3. Pickin’ Up The Pieces
    Billy Strings
    2/25/24 Nashville, TN

  4. We Like To Party
    The Disco Biscuits (w/ Eli Winderman – Dopapod)
    3/9/24 Pittsburgh, PA

  5. Time Escaping
    Eggy
    2/29/24 Miami, FL

  6. One Way Out
    Greensky Bluegrass
    3/7/24 Louisville, KY

  7. Divisions
    Umphrey’s McGee
    3/9/24 Aspen, CO

  8. Wild Bill Jones
    Billy Strings
    2/16/24 Asheville, NC

Bruce Springsteen, Passaic, NJ, September 21, 1978

Before The Jukebox Blow The Fuse

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen, Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, September 21, 1978

By Erik Flannigan

Imagine that years after your favorite television series had ended (be it Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Stath Lets Flats, Twin Peaks or any other), you learned that additional episodes had been shot during the show’s best years and were about to be released in pristine quality. Would it matter that you had already watched dozens of episodes from the same season?

No, you would be thrilled that more of the show you love–a sublime artistic creation for which your fandom had become part of your self identity–was newly available. Let’s say you even had a lower-quality video tape or a pirated download of one of those lost episodes. Would it diminish your interest in an HD version of the lost show, looking even better than the original series ever did?

It’s with that framing we welcome another Darkness tour show to the Live Archive series and complete the Capitol Theatre trifecta with the release of Passaic 9/21/78. It’s the final show of a three-night stand that would be the last small-theatre residency Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would ever play in the Northeast. Let’s not forget these shows were something of an anomaly at the time, coming after a trio of gigs at the Palladium and the statement-making, three-night stand at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City, both just a New Jersey Transit ride away.

Bruce was already many times bigger than the Capitol Theatre capacity, but his home state of New Jersey lacked an arena-sized venue until Brendan Byrne opened in 1981. The Passaic shows were a gift to those who lived across the Hudson River and especially fans on the Shore. When Bruce asks during the 9/21 show how many folks in the house are from Asbury Park, the roar is considerable.

The first night of the Passaic run was the legendary September 19 radio broadcast which spiked sales of blank tape in the tri-state area (presumably). That show and the more relaxed second night on September 20, are both essential titles in the Live Archive series. Now, the equally enthralling final concert joins them.

Comparing or ranking masterpieces is a pointless exercise; instead we should be grateful that we can now hear all three Capitol Theatre performances in outstanding, multi-track mix quality. That being said, the three Passaic shows are distinct. 

Night three strikes an appealing balance of intensity and looseness, some of which can be attributed to its proximity to Springsteen’s 29th birthday, which would take place in two days’ time. The fans want to celebrate it and Springsteen lets them: he plays to the crowd and the crowd gives it right back in what might be the most interactive Darkness tour performance to be professionally recorded.

Amidst all the hand-wringing about setlist variations in recent times, some trainspotters have pointed out that for all the adoration showered upon it, the Darkness tour largely stuck to its core set and didn’t offer a great number of changes from show to show. That ignores the fact that when there were multi-night stands like Passaic, Bruce not only made surprise additions (usually covers, see below), but in the days leading up he prepped special material for the run. At the Capitol Theatre this included the return of deep cuts like “Meeting Across The River,” “Incident on 57th Street,” “Kitty’s Back,” and even “The Fever.” 

Those older songs were clearly a nod to longtime fans from the area, but the key setlist-change feature of the Darkness tour was its rock ‘n’ roll jukebox covers: the exceptionally capable E Street Band regularly performed foundational rock songs like “Rave On,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Summertime Blues.” With rollicking reverence, it’s obvious how much pleasure Springsteen got from taking each golden nugget for a ride.

September 21, 1978 was a hot day in New Jersey and the Capitol Theatre was surely warm and sticky when Springsteen kicked off the evening with Jerry Lee Lewis’ “High School Confidential.” This is one of nine performances of the song that year, and marks its first appearance in the Live Archive series.

Later in the first set, we get another Archive series debut cover, Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen,” featuring great baritone saxophone from Clarence Clemons and a spirited vocal from Springsteen that includes the fitting lyrical rewrite, “deep in the heart of Passaic.”

Preview of “Sweet Little Sixteen” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Those are but two highlights in a sterling opening set that also includes the work-in-progress “Independence Day” and an interesting “Prove It All Night.” Max Weinberg drops the beat at the 1:07 mark, and in Jon Altschiller’s detailed mix we hear just how important Clemons’ triangle playing is to the rhythm and tone of the song’s enchanting prelude. Mix inspectors will also likely be pleased with the placement of Danny Federici’s fader throughout the show compared to other ’78 releases.

Set one ends with the perfect pairing of “Meeting Across the River” into “Jungleland.” If we needed further confirmation of Springsteen’s commitment to his performance, we get it in two signature, heightened “Jungleland” vocal lines, as he reaches to his upper range to punctuate “dress in the latest rage” and “desperate as the night moves on.” 

Given how well it worked the night before, the second set opens with a very early “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” again complete with fake snowfall and Springsteen doing his best Darlene Love imitation at the end. Clemons’ fine percussion playing and some impressive flying cymbal work from Weinberg mark an excellent “Because the Night,” one of five unreleased original songs featured in the 9/21/78 set along with the aforementioned “Independence Day,” “Fire,” “Point Blank” (in a version with great glockenspiel from Federici and piano from Roy Bittan) and “The Fever.” While our familiarity with those songs means we take their inclusion for granted in a 1978 show, if five unreleased originals were to appear in 2024 sets, we’d be soiling ourselves with glee.

The second set features epics, too, including a long “Kitty’s Back,” in which Bittan turns in a solo that’s among his modern-jazziest ever, accented by more cymbal shimmering from Weinberg. Bruce eventually presents the audience with a choice between “The Fever” and “Incident on 57th Street,” but lucky them, he plays both. 

“The Fever” brings another memorable vocal moment, when Springsteen goes on an epic, Van Morrisonesque run through “But I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I — I’M GONNA BE ALRIGHT” at 6:15. Brilliant. As nature intended, “Incident” flows directly into “Rosalita,” and after vamping on the Village People’s “Macho Man” following the introduction of The Big Man, this deeply satisfying second set comes to a close.

The encore is a victory lap and maintains the energy of the main set with more vocal gems like Springsteen putting an exclamation point on his first utterance of “Baby we were BORN TO RUH-UH-UH-UN.” He elects to close the three-show homecoming with the night’s fourth cover, perhaps the most beloved encore song yet to be played in Passaic, Gary U.S. Bonds’ “Quarter To Three.” Led by Clemons’ wailing saxophone, the version runs some ten minutes before Springsteen and the band finally wave goodbye. 

After they leave the stage, someone (promoter John Scher perhaps?) takes to the microphone to say, “It’s been a wonderful three nights. A great way to help Bruce celebrate his birthday.” True, but the real gift of Passaic is the recordings the Record Plant Mobile Truck made of all three nights.


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Weekly Live Stash, Vol. XCVIII, March 8, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from moe., Eggy, Spafford, Goose, and more.

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  1. Mexico
    moe. (w/ Daniel Donato)
    2/25/24 Jam Cruise 20

  2. Coming Up
    Eggy
    2/25/24 Jam  Cruise  20

  3. Can’t Stop Now
    Greensky Bluegrass
    3/3/24 Madison, WI

  4. Walls
    Spafford
    3/3/24 Crested Butte, CO

  5. Seven Devils
    Kitchen Dwellers
    3/2/24 Steamboat Springs, CO

  6. Snow Day
    Dogs In A Pile
    3/2/24 Woodstock, NY

  7. Wysteria Lane
    Goose
    Chateau Sessions pt I

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCVII, March 1, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Phish, Spafford, My Morning Jacket, and more.

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Please note: The Phish track is only available in the LivePhish app.

  1. Chalk Dust Torture
    Phish
    2/22/24 Riviera  Maya,Mexico

  2. Anyone
    Spafford
    2/25/24 Steamboat Springs, CO

  3. Dreams
    Gov’t Mule (w/ Duane Trucks & Gordie Johnson)
    2/23/24 Austin, TX

  4. Daffodils
    Big Something (w/ Kanika Moore)
    2/17/24 Charleston, SC

  5. Spring (Among The Living)
    My Morning Jacket
    8/14/22 Palo Alto, CA

KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon

This Saturday, March 2nd, everyone is invited to join us in the nugs app for the annual KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon! From 9AM-midnight PT, David Gans and Tim Lynch spin rare, unreleased Grateful Dead recordings, interviews, and more. Enjoy 15 hours of Grateful Dead and Grateful Dead related material,
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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCVI, February 16, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Gov’t Mule, Orebolo, Leftover Salmon, Lotus, and more. Paid nugs subscribers may be eligible for 4-months of SiriusXM All Access (App Only), see your account page to take advantage of this offer. Offer Details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Lively Up Yourself
    Gov’t Mule
    2/11/24 Portland, OR

  2. Small Axe
    Leftover Salmon
    2/4/24 Park City, UT

  3. All I Need
    Orebolo
    2/10/24 Port Chester, NY

  4. Light Up or Leave Me Alone
    Greensky Bluegrass
    2/10/24 Washington, DC

  5. Warhead Boogie
    Railroad Earth
    2/10/24 Madison, WI

  6. Strawberry Letter 23
    Lotus
    2/5/24 Bellingham, WA

  7. Plunger
    Umphrey’s McGee
    2/10/24 St. Louis, MO

  8. Trunk Rum
    Dogs In A Pile
    2/10/24 Kansas City, MO

The White Stripes: January 2004 London, UK and Paris, FR

An exclusive archive from The White Stripes is now available for streaming in the nugs.net app, featuring one night in London and one night in Paris from early 2004. From long time White Stripes fan Mike on this month’s ‘Third Man Thursday’ releases:

Staring down one of the longest breaks they would have since first taking the stage at the Gold Dollar on Bastille Day 6 years earlier, Jack and Meg return to their “home away from home” in London, before heading to Paris to close out this phase of the Elephant tour at the appropriately named “Zenith”.

Having just completed the filming at Blackpool, rather than rest on their laurels for these final two shows, the band were still pulling out surprises and making each one unique right to the end, with London getting impromptu quotes from George M. Cohan’s The Yankee Doodle Boy and Leadbelly’s Red Bird, and Paris getting a performance of The Kills’ Superstition along with an uber-rare update of Diddy Wah Diddy – a song not performed live since 1999, when the band opened for the great Wayne Kramer.

The London performance would coincide with another milestone, as earlier in the day Jack would sit down for what would end up being the final interview with DJ John Peel, who would pass away later that year.  The two spent the time playing records for each other, chatting about movies, and of course discussing the Stripes’ success – of which Peel certainly played a role in, having hosted the band on his show during their first visit to the UK back in 2001. When asked “So, where do you go next?”, Jack’s response was a mix of relief and closure: “We’re done with ‘Elephant’ and we’re not touring any more on that album. So, I just need a break. We’ve toured the world on it, and I’ve gotta get inspired again.” True to that feeling, the session ends with Jack performing songs solo on the acoustic – including covers of songs by Blanche, Loretta Lynn, and a song that he had written for Cold Mountain which the producers had declined to use.  As if bringing the cycle with Peel full circle, Jack also performed Jack the Ripper, a callback to that first session in 2001, here a stripped-down version played at the DJ’s request.

In a way, the period between that first Peel appearance in July 2001 and the final one in February 2004 was like a 2 ½ year trek up a mountain, where Jack and Meg had gone from being the small band that few had heard about, to an internationally known live act who were days away from completing a successful world tour. Having enjoyed the kind of 360 degree view one would get from the top of a peak by traveling across the globe, it’s fitting that the final show of the tour would be at a venue named The Zenith.  And while the performance in London happened to coincide with a final visit with Peel, who had helped kick off a sort of reverse Beatlemania for the band (the final interview also taking place on the 35th anniversary of the Beatles final live performance on the Apple rooftop), the performance in Paris just so happened to take place on the eve of La Chandeleur, the French observation of Candlemas, which marks the end of the Christmas period.  One last day on tour, before the decorations finally get taken down.

And just as soon as they finished in Paris, they would fly to Los Angeles for the Grammys on February 8th, exactly 1 year and a day after the first live preview of Elephant at London’s Electric Cinema. Putting on the red and black trousers one last time, the band tore through an epic Seven Nation Army, complete with a surprise version of Death Letter included within it.  A watershed moment, capped off by Seven Nation Army winning “Best Rock Song”, and Elephant winning “Best Alternative Music Album”.

The significance of the Grammys performance mirrors that of the first Peel broadcast. Where one was like a secret transmission audible only to those in the know, the other was a takeover of every channel on the dial, an instant conversion of the masses. It’s a funny thing when a band spends a year touring, and then has a moment like that, right as they go off the road.  As if they should get right back out there and do it all again, to capitalize on that momentum.  How many times have you seen a band suddenly become that visible (just days later, SNL would even make a sketch about them), only to look up their touring schedule and find out that they had already come around months, if not a year earlier?  And for the fans who were there from the beginning, it’s as if now suddenly the entire world sees what you knew all along. Random co-workers ask if you’ve heard of this band. Relatives and friends tell you that they saw that group you like on TV.  It’s one thing to reach a peak when only a few people know about it.  When now everyone knows about it, that’s the true zenith.  

1/30/04 London
Brixton Academy

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Returning to the city where Elephant was recorded, Brixton Academy joins the Masonic in Detroit and the Aragon in Chicago as one of the three venues to get a repeat visit on the Elephant tour. Having previously broadcast a performance at the Academy when they last visited in April 2003, the release here closes the gap of 2004 being the only year when they played in the UK not to have some kind of “Live in London” out there.  Like the December 2001 broadcast, where the band had also played London earlier in that tour and then came back for a closing show, this show feels a lot like a radio broadcast that never was, a perfect encore performance capturing the band putting on a near-flawless set. After the openers of Black Math and Dead Leaves, Jack greets the crowd with “London! Our home away from home!” and it’s right into When I Hear My Name, which features an impromptu verse from George M. Cohan’s The Yankee Doodle Boy, complete with Jack modifying the lyrics to reference his own birthday “A real life nephew of my Uncle Sam, Born on the 9th of July!”.  While the UK had adopted them as family, an unabashed reminder of their American roots. The ending of the song features a frantic run of soloing with the whammy, which like the inclusion of Leadbelly’s Redbird in I Think I Smell A Rat, is proof of just how much they still had left in the tank, even as they prepared to close out the tour.  Listen for Jack singing along to the end of In the Cold Cold Night, and Meg returning the favor by again singing along during This Protector, where you can just about hear a pin drop in the venue. The main set goes out heavy with Ball and Biscuit, with amateur video of the performance showing Jack close the song by thrashing around next to Meg’s kit, even knocking a stand over, before going to the floor and letting the feedback ring out as he leaves the stage.  Before Seven Nation Army, Jack asks “Is everybody friends with the person next to them? You make sure of that now. Cuz Meg and I aren’t leaving until every one of you get a friend on either side of you, okay?”  The version of Seven Nation Army here features the opening line of “I’m gonna kiss ’em off” which was unique to the three London shows. Before closing with Boll Weevil, Jack introduces it as “an old song”, as if now officially able to refer to the days before Elephant as being from another time in the band’s history.  Even though this is the end of the tour, they leave the stage letting the crowd know that they won’t be gone too long: “We’ll see you guys at Reading and Leeds festivals in August, all right?”

2/1/04 Paris
Le Zenith

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With a 6 month break just days away, it’s fitting that the final show of the tour opens with the line “When I hear my name, I want to disappear” and closes with “I just don’t know what to do with myself”.  Having ended their first show in Paris back in 2001 with Jack proclaiming “Lafayette, we have returned!”, he couldn’t have predicted just how far the band would rise since then, as he tells the audience at the Zenith, “Good Lord, there’s so many of you!”.  No doubt happy to be closing out the tour, there is a feeling of movement in this show, as the band confidently go from song to song.  Listen as Meg enters early in Love Sick, with Jack giving an audible “Yeah!” in approval.  There’s another moment like this during Ball and Biscuit, with Jack heard asking for “just one now” and Meg responding with a single hit on the drums, right on time.  Perfect reminders of just how tightly connected the two were on stage.  While many of the familiar songs in the set would carry over into the band’s eventual return in August, In the Cold Cold Night would get its final performance of the year, not to be performed again until the Get Behind Me Satan tour in 2005.  And even though the set is mostly filled with songs that they had played dozens of times on the tour, many of the performances feel as if updated for the occasion of this being the last show. During I Fought Piranhas, the line “Who puts up a fight walking out of hell?” never sounded so appropriate, and the version of The Same Boy You’ve Always Known is played as if having been written for that moment when it’s time to say goodbye.  Never ones to go quietly, Cannon gets a rare inclusion of Diddy Wah Diddy, a song only played one other time back in 1999, and gets followed by The Big Three Killed My Baby with Jack riffing on everything from George Bush, the auto companies, and a declaration that “America’s mind is lazy!” before going into a chant of “I’m about to tell the news Meg!” – thoroughly getting it all in for this final performance.  After Jack the Ripper they also slot in an impromptu cover of the song Superstition by The Kills. Unlike the quote of the song at LA on 9/22/03, here it gets played complete with the original riff.  In the encores, Lafayette Blues serves as the perfect setup before they close the show with I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, with Jack thanking France for being “the country that produced Michel Gondry”.  Having now wrapped a year’s worth of touring going out on a high at the Zenith, the farewell of “My sister thanks you, and I thank you! Good night Paris!” is delivered as if literally shouted from the top of a mountain. 


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Straight From the Fans: January 2024

Welcome to the inaugural edition of ‘Straight From the Fans’! We love reading about fans’ experiences about both attending and listening to shows – and it’s those transcendent moments of joy and revelation shared that keeps the music discovery going! Each month we’ll curate a list of ten of our favorite fan reviews left in the nugs app, showcasing the best of recent shows and archival releases from the month.

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Without further ado…Straight From the Fans: January 2024!

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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCV, February 9, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Goose, Carlos Santana, Railroad Earth, Umphrey’s McGee, and more. Paid nugs subscribers may be eligible for 4-months of SiriusXM All Access (App Only), see your account page to take advantage of this offer. Offer Details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Apollo
    Goose
    Ted Tapes 2024

  2. Seven Story Mountain
    Railroad Earth
    2/2/24 St Louis, MO

  3. Samba Pa Ti
    Santana
    1/28/24 Las Vegas, NV

  4. Couldn’t We All
    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
    2/3/24 Port Chester, NY

  5. Breakin’ Thru
    Leftover Salmon
    1/19/24 Victor, ID

  6. All For Money
    Greensky Bluegrass
    2/4/24 Huntington, NY

  7. Morning Song
    Umphrey’s McGee
    2/3/24 Detroit, MI

  8. Giants in the Light
    Spafford
    2/2/24 Tucson, AZ

Bruce Springsteen, Akron, Ohio September 25th, 1996

A One-Way Ticket To The Promised Land

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Center, Akron, OH, September 25, 1996

By Erik Flannigan

Those of us who like to discuss Bruce Springsteen’s touring history often focus on a show’s narrative arc. Through his setlist choices and order, what story is he telling?

Tours tied to his new studio albums often start as showcases for that particular work and its ideas, but after several months on the road song selections turn wide ranging, at times drifting far from the shore to which they were originally docked.

The Ghost of Tom Joad tour is Springsteen’s purest in terms of holding onto its vision and telling its story night after night. That the tour eventually spanned three calendar years stands as a testament to how satisfying Springsteen found solo work and the songs he was performing. 

The tour launched in late 1995 and those early sets offered a heaping helping of tracks from the album. By the time he reached Akron ten months later–a point at which deviation from the norm would be underway on most tours–Springsteen was digging even deeper into this music’s wellspring.

Akron begins with a staggering debut performance that immediately validates the inclusion of the show in the Live Archive series. Springsteen had been invited to appear at a special Woody Guthrie tribute concert in Cleveland on September 29, in preparation for which he performed the folk legend’s “Tom Joad” to open the Akron set.

Preview of “Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen in Akron, OH 1996

With command and focus, Springsteen breathes new life into Guthrie’s murder ballad about the plight of the poor heading west in the Dust Bowl era. The song is a darker, spiritual companion to Springsteen’s own “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” and the two share key words and phrases in their final verses. While the film adaption of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was a major reference for Springsteen’s “Joad” lyrics, the inspiration and influence of Guthrie’s “Tom Joad” is there too, and not just in the title track but across the album, and even as far back as Nebraska, where its style and shape inform compositions like “Johnny 99” and “Reason to Believe.”

From that unprecedented start, Springsteen moves purposefully through the weighty Joad tour set, which offers little in the way of fan service but remains unquestionable in its musical artistry. The seventh song, “Nebraska,” starts with a high-vocal musical prelude that drifts into the somber harmonica line, setting the dark scene that’s about to unfold. It’s a stark, intimate reading that ends with Springsteen subtly shifting into a character voice for the harrowing final line: “I guess there’s just a meanness in this world.”

The first half of the set includes “It’s the Little Things That Count” and “Red Headed Woman,” which bring welcome levity, before the fitting pairing of “Shut Out the Light” and “Born in the U.S.A.” Springsteen performs the b-side with feeling and fragility, while the A-side rides bluesy guitar slides in a swaggering reading that plays more as a cautionary tale than ever before.

A second high-vocal intro comes ahead of another Nebraska track, “Reason to Believe,” missing its original and thematically contrasting musical lilt, replaced here by a somber tone that’s chilling in spots. No one will misread the meaning of this version.

The main set heads towards conclusion on the back of five stellar performances from Joad starting with “Youngstown” (just 50 miles from Akron), “Sinaloa Cowboys,” “The Line,” the rarely performed “The New Timer” and finally a glimmer of hope from “Across The Border.” 

After delivering the set’s central themes completely on his own terms, Springsteen acknowledges the Akron audience’s patience and respect with the rousing return of “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?” The song dates back to his own time as a Greenwich Village troubadour and is a fitting inclusion in an evening of folk music. A sweet “This Hard Land” further rewards fan faith, and the good vibes continue on a quick rip through “No Surrender,” a song about the bonds of friendship and what matters in the face of hardship.

“I appreciate coming out here and having the room to play like this,” Springsteen says sincerely in the encore. However one feels today about the music he was performing circa 1995-97, it meant everything to Springsteen. In early 1995 he was at a crossroads, having effectively finished a solo album in the vein of “Streets of Philadelphia,” only to pivot suddenly and reconvene the E Street Band to record new music and promote Greatest Hits. But that year, Springsteen ultimately rediscovered himself as a solo artist through The Ghost of Tom Joad album and tour.

If we support the idea that he had to make Nebraska before he entered the inevitable superstar spotlight with Born in the U.S.A., Springsteen needed to write, record and perform Tom Joad songs on his own before he could reunite with the E Street Band. This Akron recording is a compelling chronicle of that journey, including one key piece of the original source material. 

Addio alla tua cara mamma
Adele Springsteen 1925-2024


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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCIV, February 2, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Orebolo, Jim James, The Disco Biscuits, Gov’t Mule, and more. Paid nugs subscribers may be eligible for 4-months of SiriusXM All Access (App Only), see your account page to take advantage of this offer. Offer Details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. California Magic
    Orebolo
    1/12/24 Riviera Maya, MX

  2. Bermuda Highway
    Jim James
    1/29/19 London, GB

  3. No Recollection
    The Disco Biscuits
    1/26/24 Crystal Bay, NV

  4. Padgett’s Profile
    Umphrey’s McGee
    1/31/24 Cleveland, OH

  5. Plush
    Spafford
    1/26/24 Whitestown, IN

  6. After Midnight
    Gov’t Mule (w/ Ron Holloway)
    1/14/24 Runaway Bay, JM

  7. Get Out My Life Woman
    Gov’t Mule (w/ Ron Holloway)
    1/14/24 Runaway Bay, JM

  8. St. Augustine
    moe.
    1/26/24 Portland, OR

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCIII, January 26, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros., Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, moe., and more. Paid nugs subscribers may be eligible for 4-months of SiriusXM All Access (App Only), see your account page to take advantage of this offer. Offer Details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Midnight Rider
    Greensky Bluegrass
    1/20/24 Atlanta, GA

  2. Nebraska
    moe.
    1/19/24 Los Angeles, CA

  3. He’s Gone
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros (w/ Derek Trucks)
    1/12/24 Riviera Maya, MX

  4. Give Me Love
    Warren Haynes
    1/16/24 Runaway Bay, JM

  5. Ballerina
    Warren Haynes
    1/16/24 Runaway Bay, JM

  6. I Am A Mess
    Railroad Earth
    1/12/24 Frisco, CO

  7. River Run
    Raw Oyster Cult
    1/14/24 New Orleans, LA

  8. John The Revelator
    Gov’t Mule (w/ Robert Randolph)
    1/15/24 Runaway Bay, JM

  9. Rebubula
    moe.
    1/20/24 San Francisco, CA

Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCII, January 19, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from The White Stripes, Eggy, Spafford, The String Cheese Incident, and more. Paid nugs subscribers may be eligible for 4-months of SiriusXM All Access (App Only), see your account page to take advantage of this offer. Offer Details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Lovely Day
    Neal Francis & Nigel Hall
    5/5/23 New Orleans, LA
  2. Love Sick
    The White Stripes
    1/24/04 Glasgow, SCO
  3. Boom or Bust
    Eggy
    1/6/24 Deerfield, MA
  4. Six Underground
    Spafford
    1/14/24 Pembroke, MA
  5. Ebenezer’s Winter
    Kitchen Dwellers
    1/16/24 Aspen, CO
  6. Land of the Navajo
    The String Cheese Incident (w/ Peter Rowan)
    12/30/23 Oakland, CA
  7. Stress Dreams
    Greensky Bluegrass
    1/14/24 Orlando, FL
  8. Attachments
    Umphrey’s McGee
    1/14/24 Richmond, VA

The White Stripes: January 2004 Glasgow, Scotland

An exclusive archive from The White Stripes is now available for streaming in the nugs.net app, featuring a two night stand in Glasgow from January 2004. From long time White Stripes fan Mike on this month’s ‘Third Man Thursday’ releases:

January 2004: Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish Nation Army

Just weeks after the New Years Eve show in Chicago, the band were back across the pond once more, to perform a final run of concerts in the UK and France.  These shows in Glasgow took place at the midpoint of the tour, and were the last stop before they’d be under the lights and the cameras at Blackpool.  Being of Scottish descent, Jack and Meg were back in “the homeland”, playing to audiences of 5,000 fellow Scots in the aptly-named Hall 3 of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.  On a tour where each show was a consistently excellent performance, what makes the Glasgow concerts special is that together they represent the moment when Seven Nation Army officially became an anthem.

While already on a steady path through the stadiums of Europe, the now ubiquitous “Seven Nation Army” riff had already been chanted by audiences at the band’s live shows pretty much right from the first time it was performed live. Having been released to radio just weeks before the start of the Elephant tour in February 2003, crowds quickly went from clapping in time to the riff at the opening show in Wolverhampton, to singing along to the riff at Manchester the very next night. Nearly a year later, and it’s at the first night in Glasgow where the participation from the audience would reach a kind of critical mass.  With so many versions played at the shows before this, the ones at Glasgow are different.  On the recording from the first night, you can even hear Jack’s reaction as he starts the song and the crowd of 5,000 immediately begin chanting the riff in unison, causing him to delay his entry into the first verse. The very next night, the crowd would do it again. Where other audiences may have chanted the riff or sung the lyrics to the first line before respectfully getting out of the way so as to enjoy the rest of the song, Glasgow is the moment when the audience didn’t get out of the way.  Like a Scottish war cry, the audiences here aren’t just singing along, the band and the crowd are performing the song together.  

As if the universe couldn’t possibly let this kind of moment happen without also letting its polar opposite exist within the same time and space, the triumph of the Seven Nation Army chant at Glasgow is met with an equally unique moment from the crowd, as it’s at the first show where a member of the audience throws a shoe which hits Jack square in the face during the encore of “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.” Rather than let it ruin the evening, Jack responds by immediately launching into a defiant Astro and Jack the Ripper, with the audience roaring in approval in the background.  Having completely erased any impact from the incident, he then closes the show by restarting “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself,” not missing a beat, with the audience again right there and singing along to every word.

After that first show, in an almost too-good-to-be-true coincidence, the second performance in Glasgow just happened to take place on Burns Night, the annual celebration of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns, the author of Auld Lang Syne. One of the most recognized songs in the world, the poem that Burns wrote was originally put to a different melody, but as it spread it eventually evolved into the song now known the world over, which gets sung every year on New Year’s Eve.  As eloquent as the lyrics to that song are, many only get as far as the opening line of “Should auld acquaintance be forgot” before losing track of the words that follow, while the melody has a more permanent place in our collective consciousness, instantly recognizable from the very first notes.  At some point, after a song reaches that level of popularity, it becomes a kind of folk music, where the people singing it, or chanting it, get to decide what the song means, or how it should be sung.  Once that happens, it doesn’t really matter what the words are.  Sound familiar?

1/24/04 GlasgowScottish Exhibition and Conference CentreLISTEN NOW

Kicking off the only two-night stand of the tour to take place entirely on a weekend, the band return to Scotland with an epic show. As much as this one is all about the band’s excellent performance, it’s perhaps the audience who steal the show.  You can hear them in full force from the very beginning, singing along to lines in “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” “Hotel Yorba,” and even singing along to the melodies of “In the Cold, Cold Night and I Think I Smell a Rat.”  No surprise that they turn “Seven Nation Army” into a definitive moment where the sound of the crowd chanting is nearly as powerful as the sound of the band playing the song. The setlist also features multiple rarities, with “Stop Breaking Down” getting the first airing since the Livid Festival performance at Melbourne, complete with the adlib of Stones “In My Passway” by Robert Johnson. This night also gets an even more rare outing of “You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket,” followed by the final live performance of “Hypnotize.”  Reflecting the intimacy and connection so present at this show, “We’re Going to Be Friends” gets dedicated to the red headed women and soccer players with long black hair in the crowd, which elicits an audible laugh from Meg.  While a shoe-throwing attendee could have otherwise spoiled such a special show by hitting Jack in the face during the encore of “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself,” the band respond defiantly with a fantastic “Astro” and “Jack the Ripper,” before calmly returning to the song to close the show, again to full audience singalong.  

1/25/04 GlasgowScottish Exhibition and Conference CentreLISTEN NOW

Night 2, and the band put the jukebox on shuffle. The fantastic run starting with “When I Hear My Name” goes all the way through a cover of Dylan’s “Outlaw Blues,” with the line “I might look like Jacky White, but I feel like Jesse James”, into “Cannon,” which includes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Man,” “St James Infirmary,” “I Think I Smell a Rat,” and “Take a Whiff On Me” before returning to the “Cannon” solo and closing out with a single riff from “Ball and Biscuit.”  The rarities continue at this show, as an excellent “Suzy Lee” gets followed by a funny moment where Jack briefly forgets the name of the song after it, “This one is called….uh, what is this called?…Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise!” “The Hardest Button to Button” gets the always welcome “brain that felt like peanut butter” line, and just as the audience singalongs were the highlight of the first night, here it’s the singalong that Jack and Meg do together on “This Protector,” making it perhaps the very best version of this understated song that you’re likely to hear. As the band plow through the rest of the excellent set, “Offend In Every Way” jump-cuts into “You’re Pretty Good Looking,” just as the beginning of “Union Forever” cuts to “Baby Blue,” which in turn gives way to “Ball and Biscuit” and “Screwdriver” to close the main set.  Before “Seven Nation Army,” Jack declares the Scottish crowd the best in the world, with the song again featuring the now mandatory chanting from the crowd, before the band close the show with “Boll Weevil.”  Next stop, Blackpool Lights.  


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Weekly Live Stash Vol. XCI, January 12, 2024

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Billy Strings, The String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule, and more. Paid nugs subscribers may be eligible for 4-months of SiriusXM All Access (App Only), see your account page to take advantage of this offer. Offer Details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app.

  1. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
    Gov’t Mule
    12/31/23 New York, NY
  2. Head
    Railroad Earth
    12/31/23 Bend, OR
  3. Nearly Always Late
    Eggy
    1/5/24 Deerfield, MA
  4. Richard Petty
    Billy Strings
    12/31/23 New Orleans, LA
  5. Love And Regret
    Billy Strings
    12/31/23 New Orleans, LA
  6. Electric Avenue
    The Disco Biscuits
    12/31/23 Philadelphia, PA
  7. Living Over
    Greensky Bluegrass
    12/31/23 Kalamazoo, MI
  8. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
    The Infamous Stringdusters
    12/31/23 Asheville, NC
  9. Sirens
    The String Cheese Incident
    12/31/23 Oakland, CA
  10. Desert Dawn
    The String Cheese Incident
    12/31/23 Oakland, CA

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Cardiff, Wales July 23, 2013

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ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, July 23, 2013

By Erik Flannigan

There comes a point in every Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour when caution is thrown to the wind in terms of the setlist. While the spine of the show can remain intact, the number of changes from night to night goes up and the choices veer towards the daring.

The Wrecking Ball tour was the peak of the sign-request era, when fans in the audience asked for specific songs to be played by holding up signs that Bruce would see, collect, and from which he would typically grant wishes.

Sporadic sign requests go back decades at Springsteen concerts and have been acknowledged occasionally through the years. But on the Magic tour the practice became part of the fabric of the show, with Bruce acknowledging and de facto encouraging the practice. As soon as he threw down the gauntlet, “try to stump the E Street Band,” the audience upped its game.

The aforementioned point was in the rear view mirror when Springsteen rolled into Cardiff, Wales for a July 23, 2003 show at Millenium Stadium. This second European loop behind Wrecking Ball kept the spotlight on the album: these versions of “Death to My Hometown,” “We Take Care of Our Own,” “Pay Me My Money Down,” “Shackled and Drawn” and the title track still bristle with energy and purpose. Springsteen’s commitment to the Wrecking Ball album was undeniable every night.

But beyond set-closing and encore staples, everything else in 2013 sets was  for grabs, duly illustrated by the contrast between Cardiff and the previously Archive Series-released Leeds July 24 set, just 24 hours apart.

Bruce swaps 16 tunes from Cardiff to Leeds, playing 49 different tracks across the two nights. The first 11 slots in each set share only two tracks in common, one of which is the not-exactly-ordinary “Roulette,” aired just 16 times in the Reunion era.

That sense of “anything can happen” at a Springsteen show is thrilling to experience, both for the chance to hear long-lost favorites and to witness extraordinary musicians tap their collective history and muscle memory as they rise to each sign challenge. Sure, they nail some more squarely than others, but on a night like they had in Cardiff, ragged but right prevails.

Before we get to the true chestnuts, Cardiff commences with “This Little Light of Mine ” from the Seeger Sessions (it is also reprised in the encore), lending a spiritual revival vibe to what was a warm and balmy day in the Wales capital. “Long Walk Home” keeps the rejuvenating spirit flowing and works great this early in the set. How nice would it be to see this underappreciated song return to 2024 sets?

The band (and especially the horn section) get cooking on a stomping “Adam Raised a Cain” that goes to extra time as sign requests are collated. “We’ll do an easy one first,” says Springsteen before another Darkness classic, “Prove It All Night,” performed straight down the line.

The requests then move from easy to unimaginable. “This has never been played… partly because it’s ridiculous. Completely ridiculous. It’s a very silly song,” Springsteen says as he flips a sign that says “Seaside Bar Song” on one side to reveal “TV Movie” on the other. The Born in the U.S.A. outtake had been rumored for years and was even namechecked by Max Weinberg as a memorable leftover before being released on Tracks in 1998. It’s one in a long line of sell-deprecating tales like “Local Hero” that take shots at what stardom gets reduced to.

ARCHIVE RELEASE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, July 23, 2013

Springsteen holds a few moments to try the song out and find the key, then says, “The Professor’s very important on this” (only to say the opposite during the song) before gamely launching into the roots rocker. After a wobble or two Springsteen and the band get it to ride pretty smoothly, though he does say at the end, “You heard it first. You heard it last.”

Whether your response to “TV Movie” is “That was fun!” or “WTF?,” that Springsteen and the band are confident enough to play a song on the spur of the moment that they recorded in just a few takes 30 years prior is pretty fucking awesome in the grand scheme of things. A triple-shot of Tracks ensues with “TV Movie” followed by the charming “Cynthia,” another BIUSA outtake, and River holdover “Roulette.”

After a mid-set pass through Wrecking Ball material, “Spirit in the Night,” “Hungry Heart” and “My City of Ruins,” another surprise. “I have a friend who’s going to sit in tonight,” Springsteen says. “When I was trying to get that guitar out of Western Auto, it was because I wanted to play and sing like this guy.”

His heartfelt words were for Eric Burdon, leader of The Animals, who takes the stage to sing “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” Back in 1975-77, Springsteen’s cover of The Animals’ “It’s My Life” (written by the late Carl D’Errico) was a centerpiece of his live shows. In November 1976 at the Palladium in New York City, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” became another classic Animals cover in the E Street repertoire. At the special 2012 SXSW performance in Austin that helped usher in the Wrecking Ball era, Burdon joined Springsteen and the band to sing his classic. In Wales they did one more time with aplomb.

Inspired by the moment, Springsteen calls for another sixties blues banger, John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom,” best known on E Street from its Tunnel of Love tour appearances which also featured a horn section. Energy from an excellent reading lingers and “Cadillac Ranch” keeps the engine chugging on a warm summer night, riding some especially hot guitar work from Stevie Van Zandt and solo turns from Soozie Tyrell and Jake Clemons.

Now in the zone, Springsteen moves seamlessly from “Cadillac Ranch” to “Summertime Blues,” with Stevie deputizing admirably on backing vocals for the late Clarence Clemons. There’s more good Van Zandt business on “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch),” which keeps up the breakneck pace for the fourth straight song before the gas pedal is eased for “Pay Me My Money Down” and “Shackled and Drawn.” The set returns to previously scheduled programming through “Badlands” to close the main set.

A compelling 10-song encore opens with a rare-for-the-tour “Tougher Than the Rest,” played only six times circa 2012-’13. With Patti Scialfa away, interestingly it’s Van Zandt who fills the essential backing vocal with support from Tyrell, creating a distinct version of the song that’s well worth a listen. The evening’s fifth and final River song (not counting “Roulette”) features another unusual switcheroo as Roy Bittan plays the customary organ solo in “I’m a Rocker” on piano.

Following a lively reprise of “This Little Light of Mine” that feels like the last song of the night, Springsteen returns to the stage to close with a solo acoustic version of yet another Born in the U.S.A. outtake, “Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart,” rearranged with tender melancholy and used as a prelude to “Thunder Road” into which it melts. The Born to Run opener is performed beautifully unaffected and the result is an especially poignant and lovely cap to a night of welcome surprises.


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Top Streamed Shows of 2023

2023 was a banner year of touring for many of our artists, with the app boasting nearly 3,000 shows from 2023 available for streaming. Among the myriad of standout moments, we’ve gathered the most-listened-to shows as determined by you, the fans!

From the last bow on Dead & Company’s Final Tour to Goosemas, Metallica’s M72 World Tour kick off and Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey homecoming, there’s something for all tastes in this list. Dig into each artist’s catalog and discover new favorites with these as a jumping-off point. There’s so much to uncover from the year in live music!

The official and professionally-mixed audio from all these concerts are available to stream in the nugs app. Sign up for a free trial to listen, or for a limited time, save on a year of streaming with our Year End Sale!


2023’s Top Streamed Shows:

(In order of most listens in 2023, including shows from 2023 and New Year’s 2022. Inclusions are capped at one show per artist.)

#1. Dead and Company: Jul 16, 2023

Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA

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#2. Billy Strings: Dec 31, 2022

UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA

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#3. Widespread Panic: Oct 28, 2023

Enmarket Arena, Savannah, GA

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#4. Goose: Dec 9, 2023

Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

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#5. Billy & The Kids: Apr 27, 2023

Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA

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#6. Orebolo: Jun 10, 2023

Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO

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#7. Bruce Springsteen: Sep 3, 2023

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

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#8. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: Jan 29, 2023

Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

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#9. The String Cheese Incident: Oct 28, 2023

Suwannee Hulaween, Live Oak, FL

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#10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Jun 11, 2023

The Salt Shed, Chicago, IL

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#11. Gov’t Mule: Aug 7, 2023

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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#12. The Disco Biscuits: Oct 28, 2023

Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

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#13. Pearl Jam: Aug 31, 2023

Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

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#14. My Morning Jacket: Nov 11, 2023

Chciago Theatre, Chicago, IL

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#15. Greensky Bluegrass: Dec 31, 2022

The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

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#16. Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Sep 28, 2023

Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD

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#17. Umphrey’s McGee: Dec 31, 2022

Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta, GA

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#18. Metallica: Apr 27, 2023

Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, NLD

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#19. Twiddle: Nov 26, 2023

Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

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#20. Kitchen Dwellers: Aug 26, 2023

Bridger Brewing, Three Forks, MT

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#21. Daniel Donato: Jul 23, 2023

The Double E Performance Center, Essex Junction, VT

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Weekly Live Stash Vol. LXXXIX, Top 10 Live Tracks of 2023, December 22, 2023

Every Friday at 5 pm ET, nugs.net founder Brad Serling hosts “The Weekly Live Stash” on nugs.net radio, nugs.net radio – SiriusXM channel 716. Tune in to hear his selections of the best new live music, and check out this week’s playlist below featuring professionally mixed recordings from Bruce Springsteen, Goose, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and more. Paid nugs subscribers may be eligible for 4-months of SiriusXM All Access (App Only), see your account page to take advantage of this offer. Offer Details apply. Subscribers can stream this week’s tracks from the #WeeklyLiveStash, only in the mobile app. The Phish track is only available in the LivePhish app.

  1. Jungleland
    Bruce Springsteen
    4/1/23 New York, NY
  2. Peggy-O
    Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros (w/ Rick Mitarotonda – Goose)
    2/11/23 Port Chester, NY
  3. Basis For A Day
    The Disco Biscuits
    3/25/23 Port Chester, NY
  4. Mars For The Rich
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
    6/11/23 Chicago, IL
  5. Driving Song>Disco>Driving Song
    Widespread Panic
    7/30/23 Huntsville, AL
  6. Nutshell
    Billy Strings
    3/18/23 Cincinnati , OH
  7. All Along The Watchtower
    Dead and Company (w/ Dave Matthews)
    7/3/23 Boulder, CO
  8. Tweezer>Guy Forget>Tweezer
    Phish
    8/5/23 New York, NY
  9. I Would Die 4 U
    Goose
    10/6/23 Morrison, CO
  10. Althea
    Dead and Company
    7/16/23 San Francisco, CA