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El-P, Killer Mike, Flying Lotus, Sad13, Win Butler, ANOHNI, Beach House & more musicians comment on Trump win

Also: Best Coast, Wavves, Chuck D, Snoop Doog, Talib Kweli, Waxahathcee, PWR BTTM, Laura Jane Grace, Modern Baseball, Cloud Nothings, Spoon, St. Vincent, & more.

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Bob Weir at Capitol Theatre
photo by P Squared
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Bob Weir played 3 NYC-area shows and ‘Colbert,’ joined by Aaron Dessner & more (pics from the Cap)

The NYC-area shows had three members of The National (including Aaron Dessner, who had to sit out the other tour dates), Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, Dawn Landes' band The Bandanda Splits, Sam Cohen, and more.

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Matt Berninger joined Bob Weir in LA (but Aaron Dessner had to drop off the tour)

Steve Kimock, who's been in a number of Dead-related bands including Bob Weir's Kingfish and RatDog, and Jon Shaw are on the tour in Aaron Dessner's place. Check out setlists from the tour so far, plus videos of Matt Berninger joining in LA for four Grateful Dead songs.

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Eaux Claires 2016
photo by Graham Tolbert
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Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner announce 2017 Eaux Claires Festival

Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and The National guitarist Aaron Dessner put on their second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival last month, and it had the live debut of the upcoming Bon Iver album, a star-studded Grateful Dead tribute, and more...

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Sia at Boston Calling
photo by Dana Distortion
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Boston Calling 2016 day 1 pics (Sia, Sufjan, Lisa Hannigan & Aaron Dessner)

The 2016 Boston Calling festival happened in Boston for the last time (it moves to Allston in 2017) this past weekend...

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Allston Calling
Allston Calling
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Boston Calling this weekend, but next year in Allston (and no more September version)

Allson Calling

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Day of the Dead
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Five Notable Hours of the Week (aka the new Grateful Dead tribute album)

This is a slower release week, and there's one highly-anticipated release that's five and a half hours long. In lieu of that, today "Five Notable Releases" becomes "Five Notable Hours."

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National
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The National played “Morning Dew” from the Grateful Dead tribute on ‘Colbert’

Also: The Dessner brothers and Scott Devendorf DJ the album's release party in NYC tonight, and Aaron Dessner & Friends play a benefit in Hudson, NY later this month.

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Frightened Rabbit at Rough Trade
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Frightened Rabbit played two Rough Trade shows (pics, setlist & review from early show)

They opened with the album's second single, "Get Out," and debuted some stuff off the album that hasn't been released yet, but we got old favorites too like "The Modern Leper" and "Head Rolls Off" from the 2008 fan favorite The Midnight Organ Fight. Scott's funny on stage too, in a self-deprecating kind of way...

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Day of the Dead
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The National’s long-awaited Grateful Dead tribute comp features 59 songs and will be out in May (tracklist)

ANOHNI, Kurt Vile, Fucked Up, The Walkmen, The War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, Sharon Van Etten, Jenny Lewis, The National, Courtney Barnett, Real Estate, Lucinda Williams, The Flaming Lips and more contribute to this long-in-the-works project.

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