Mike on Phish’s New Songs: “Meaty” and Lacking “Fluff”, “Sappiness”?


Phish is halfway though summer tour. While the band is on a five-day jaunt out west to throw down a pair of shows at the Gorge and then tour south, it is a good time to reflect on how things have gone so far. Trey’s playing has sounded pretty stellar. His tone and precision has been pretty top notch and I think has been on display from the beginning of the tour, something I’ve had my ear on since Wrigley’s “Divided Sky” and “Good Times, Bad Times”. Despite his great sound I also agree with many people that the overall setlists seem to be different from the more jam-heavy efforts of last year, featuring a bit less creative improv.

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Tour Opener: Back After 16 Years


Tour openers are unpredictable, they can be hit or miss–will the band dive head-first into the excitement of the tour or will they play it safe, focusing on the essentials to get their feet wet in order to have a good foundation to build off of? Last night fell somewhere in between and at points it […]

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OPT Needs New Writers


It’s no secret that Online Phish Tour hasn’t been keeping up with things. All the current OPT writers are too busy, too cool, or just suck at Phish (at least according to the Facebook comments) and we need some fresh meat to churn out posts to keep this once-epic online publication alive. I guess you could say that it’s time for OPT 2.0?

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