Friday, February 11, 2011

I said I was amazing, not that I'm a mason.

Umphrey's McGee

Rock has continued to survive since its inception due to the fact that it is in a constant state of evolution. Whether it be through short-lived (yet freakishly influential) bands such as The Velvet Underground or through timeless geniuses like the Grateful Dead, rock and progressive rock feed off not only fad-driven musicianship, but also underground talent-focused composition. Despite the influence of the media in making everyone "sound the same," audiences continue to crave more complex music than just three chord rock. Weaving of chord progressions, symphonic harmonization, a labyrinth of sound -- we want to see bands that become heroes with their instruments in hand. And it is bands, like Umphrey's McGee, that allow us the privilege of experiencing true talent in instrument play and musical performance.

Influenced by progressive rock bands such as Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, and Pink Floyd, Umphrey's McGee formed at the University of Notre Dame in 1997. Umphreys consider themselves a progressive rock jam band, much like Phish and the Dead; concerts usually consist of 2 sets, intricate improv, and lax social/taping policies. The crowds at Umphrey's shows are laid back and upbeat-- it is a wonderful world to be a part of, especially for a Friday night in the dead of winter. Original work, covers, and blended teasers of old-time favorites (such as Norweigan Wood with select Umphreys improv) make up Umphrey's multi-faceted set lists. If given the opportunity to catch an Umphrey's McGee show, I implore you to go. Be ready to dance like a zombie until the wee hours of the morning and spend the next day combing the internet, desperate to download last night's set list.

The talent... gets craziest around 3:30

Umphrey's covers. so fun.

Bloc Party Biko Dance remix, thanks Andrew
Bloc Party---BIKO---Mr.ToolsRemix by Mr.Tools

Hip Hop
Rick Ross
Free Mason Remix Rick Ross feat John Legend Phantm & Jay Z by Phantm

beautiful. Thanks V.

cool tuning. thanks Phyllis.

awesome dub remix... to get your head bobbing at work
Tooting Gangsta by Jstar

Van Morrison not a fan of name dropping
New Biography

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