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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Dr. Dog.

 

Following their 2002 debut release, Dr. Dog was "discovered" by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and have gone on to release eight albums since.

 

  • Song: "Shadow People"

  • Album: Shame, Shame
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: This record was the band's first on the ANTI- label.

 

 

  • Song: "Bring My Baby Back"

  • Album: The Psychedelic Swamp
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: The album's release is shrouded in a mythos about its origination. Start with swamptruth.com

 

 

  • Song: "Be the Void"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: While no longer there, the album was recorded in the band's Meth Beach studio in Philadelphia.

 

 

  • Song: "Distant Light"

  • Album: B-Room
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: Consistent with other Dr. Dog releases, both the track and the album evoke a sense of rawness that fans have come to appreciate at live shows.

 

 

  • Song: "That Old Black Hole"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: The video for "That Old Black Hole" evokes a sense of whimsy found in Dr. Dog while practicing.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from John Hiatt.

 

A prolific artist since the 70s, Hiatt's songs have been covered by the greats of various genres, from blues to soul to punk.

 

  • Song: "Riding with the King"

  • Album: Riding with the King
  • Year: 1983
  • Comment: This track was later covered by BB King and Eric Clapton on their album of the same name.

 

 

  • Song: "My Baby Blue"

  • Album: Beneath This Gruff Exterior
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: Sonny Landreth, the "king of slydeco," plays slide guitar on this record.

 

 

  • Song: "Through Your Hands"

  • Album: Stolen Moments
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Joan Baez covered this song two years later on her Play Me Backwards release.

 

 

  • Song: "Perfectly Good Guitar"

  • Album: Perfectly Good Guitar
  • Year: 1993
  • Comment: Matt Wallace, the producer of this record, has also produced albums for the likes of The Replacements, Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors.

 

 

  • Song: "Have a Little Faith In Me"

  • Album: Bring the Family
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: This tune has also been performed by artists such as Joe Cocker and Jon Bon Jovi.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Ben Folds.

 

Initially the frontman of the Ben Folds Five from '95 - '00, Folds went on to release three solo LPs. The group reunited in 2011 and released their fourth album a year later. Despite their name, they are a trio.

 

  • Song: "Trusted"

  • Album: Songs for Silverman
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: His second solo studio album, it reached #13 on the Billboard 200.

 

 

  • Song: "Kate"

  • Album: Whatever and Ever Amen
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: Co-written by Folds' first wife, Anna Goodman, the story follows a man so enamored with a woman named Kate that he wants to be her.

 

 

  • Song: "Philosophy"

  • Album: Ben Folds Five
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: The piano solo at the end of the track borrows a melody from Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin.

 

 

  • Song: "Landed"

  • Album: Songs for Silverman
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: Songs for Silverman was named after Folds' former A&R representative at Sony Records.

 

 

  • Song: "Phone In a Pool"

  • Album: So There
  • Year: 2015
  • Comment: The album was recorded in collaboration with yMusic, a chamber ensemble from New York City.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from The Pogues.

 

One of the most influential bands in the Celtic punk scene, The Pogues have gone on to influence more contemporary bands such as Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.

 

  • Song: "A Rainy Night In Soho"

  • Album: Poguetry In Motion
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: The band's EP Poguetry In Motion was produced by Elvis Costello.

 

  • There was no key track on Tuesday due to the Independence Day holiday.
  • Song: "Sally MacLennane"

  • Album: Rum Sodomy & the Lash
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: The track is named not after a woman but after a brand of stout.

 

 

  • Song: "Sunny Side of the Street"

  • Album: Hell's Ditch
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Following the release of this album, other members of The Pogues kicked out frontman Shane MacGowan due to his substance abuse-related unreliability.

 

 

  • Song: "Dirty Old Town"

  • Album: Rum Sodomy & the Lash
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: This song was originally written by Ewan McColl and performed by The Dubliners

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Drive-By Truckers.

Alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers have been performing since their 1996 founding by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley.

  • Song: "Carl Perkins' Cadillac"

  • Album: The Dirty South
  • Year: 2004
    • Song: "Everybody Needs Love"

    • Album: Go-Go Boots
    • Year: 2011
      • Song: "What It Means"

      • Album: American Band
      • Year: 2016
        • Song: "Working This Job"

        • Album: The Big To-Do
        • Year: 2010
          • Song: "3 Dimes Down"

          • Album: Brighter Than Creation's Dark
          • Year: 2008

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from k.d. lang.

 

The multiple Grammy Award-winning k.d. lang has steadily been producing music since 1984. She is known for her hits "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine" as well as her collaborations with artists such as The Reclines and Tony Bennett.

 

  • Song: "The Consequences of Falling"

  • Album: Invincible Summer
  • Year: 2000
  • Comment: The lead single from lang's 2000 release.

 

 

  • Song: "Lifted By Love"

  • Album: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Year: 1993
  • Comment: The first of lang's singles on the US Dance Chart, the song was featured on the soundtrack for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

 

 

  • Song: "Helpless"

  • Album: Hymns of the 49th Parallel
  • Year: 2004
  • Comment: Originally a Neil Young song, this album featured covers of lang's favorite fellow Canadian musicians.

 

 

  • Song: "Atomic Number"

  • Album: case/lang/veirs
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: The lead single from lang's collaborative effort with Neko Case and Laura Veirs.

 

 

  • Song: "Constant Craving"

  • Album: Ingénue
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: Perhaps lang's most well-known song, it reached #2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart following its release.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Phish.

 

Phish, who have been playing together for over 30 years now, met at the University of Vermont and are at the forefront of the jam band scene. They are renowned for their live performances and devout fans. Phish are Trey Anastasio (guitar), Mike Gordon (bass), Page McConnell (keys) and Jon Fishman (Drums).

 

  • Song: "Birds of a Feather"

  • Album: The Story of the Ghost
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: One of the more upbeat tracks on their largely downtempo, eerie 1998 release.

 

 

  • Song: "Chalkdust Torture"

  • Album: A Picture of Nectar
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: This track is known for its rock and roll opening. This version at SPAC last year features Anastasio on drums during the jam section.

 

 

  • Song: "Bouncing Around The Room"

  • Album: Lawn Boy
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: A fan favorite from their second official studio release.

 

 

  • Song: "Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan"

  • Album: Joy
  • Year: 2009
  • Comment: This song is featured on their first release after their hiatus. The album is dedicated to Anastasio's sister.

 

 

  • Song: "Down With Disease"

  • Album: Hoist
  • Year: 1994
  • Comment: Another fan favorite, this is the only Phish song with an official music video, directed by their very own bassist, Mike Gordon.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from The Smiths.

 

A vital voice of the 1980's music scene. The Smiths were Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke. The band was nominated in both 2014 and 2015 for induction into the Rock hall of fame.

 

  • Song: "A Rush & a Push & the Land Is Ours"

  • Album: Strangeways, Here We Come
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: Remastered version of this classic.

 

 

  • Song: "Sheila Take a Bow"

  • Album: Single
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: This track reached #10 in UK in 1987

 

 

  • Song: "Ask"

  • Album: Single
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: features Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals

 

 

  • Song: "What Difference Does It Make?"

  • Album: The Smiths
  • Year: 1984
  • Comment: There are 2 verisons of the single, one on their debut and one from the John Peel show recording

 

 

  • Song: "How Soon Is Now?"

  • Album: Meat Is Murder
  • Year: 1984
  • Comment: B-side to a 1984 single that was eventually released 2 years later as a single

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from R.E.M..

 

This band bridged the gap from the new wave era and college rock to the birth of alternative music. Their jangly southern rock sound was always present in their music, even after gaining stadium rock status in the 90's

 

  • Song: "Everybody Hurts"

  • Album: Automatic For The People
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: Powerful song that everyone can relate to

 

 

  • Song: "Driver 8"

  • Album: Fables Of The Reconstruction
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: Underrated Key track from an early release. One of those early MTV videos

 

 

  • Song: "Superman"

  • Album: Life's Rich Pageant
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: Obscure cover of The Texas band 'The Clique' that R.E.M made popular.

 

 

  • Song: "Radio Song"

  • Album: Out Of Time
  • Year: 1991
  • Comment: Features KRS-One of Boogie Down Productions

 

 

  • Song: "Begin The Begin"

  • Album: Life's Rich Pageant
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: This track kicked off side A of Lefe's Rich Pageant for our Album Side weekend.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Elliot Smith.

 

Elliott Smith was an indie folk and rock musician. There was a recent reiussue of his record Either/or to commemorate it's 20th anniversary. Elliott Smith passed away in 2003.

 

  • Song: "I Figured You Out"

  • Album: Either/Or reissue
  • Year: 2017
  • Comment: recorded in 1995 and just released for the first time on 20th Anniversary of Either/Or release

 

 

  • Song: "Baby Britain"

  • Album: XO
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: Well constructed Beatlesque pop song

 

 

  • Song: "Miss Misery"

  • Album: Sound Track to Good Will Hunting
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: From closing credits of 'Good Will Hunting'

 

 

  • Song: "Son Of Sam"

  • Album: Figure 8
  • Year: 2000
  • Comment: The song was not about the real life "Son of Sam"

 

 

  • Song: "Walt #2 (X/O)"

  • Album: XO
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: This was the first single from his fourth studio album

 

 

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