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Tuesday, December 31

Staff & Contributors Best Of 2013 List!

I am very Grateful to be surrounded by such cool talented friends who help run this website and the Facebook page.   Kevin Long and I could not do it without so many of our supporters and contributors.  Here are our picks and their picks for 2013/2014! -Sammy
1. Name/Location- Kevin Long Memphis, TN. Where I learned to talk the jive. 
2. Favorite new band of the year?-Ratdog with Kimock! Oh wait that's next year. Although I saw a few bands with potential, nobody I am willing to recommend yet.       
3. Favorite festival of the year?-Hulaween. The magic of Suwanee Musical Park mixed with 3 nights of S.C.I, including a Halloween set for the ages. Combined with a stellar line-up & not having to look over my shoulder every time I packed a bowl. Made this my favorite festival of the year. If Hang-out was half has friendly they would have grabbed top honors.
4. Favorite concert of the year?-Phish First night in Alpharetta. 
5. Favorite new album release (or re-release) of the year?-The Flaming Lips "The Terror" and Paul McCartney new album was surprising good. 
6. Best new found secret (Small band on the rise?)- Although he has been playing for years and is a musician's musician. Anders Osborne is due for a break out year.
7:Best tour of the year?
1- Peter Gabriel. I finally got to mark him off my bucket list & it was worth the wait. 
2-Phish Summer. 
3-Paul McCartney


1. Name/Location-Mike Geller-NJ-NY region
2. Favorite new band of the year? Rogue Chimp-Very impressive at Maz Fest
3. Favorite festival of the year?-Catskill Chill-Great location, true family atmosphere-Chillfam isn't just a word, its a way of life.  Unreal how a festival that size gets the acts it does on top of all that.
4. Favorite concert of the year?-Umphreys 8/30 Philly-They were the first band I ever shot from a photo pit when I had no experience, got to do it again now that I've learned the craft, and they played a kickass show which could have taken this slot on its own.
5. Favorite new album release (or re-release) of the year? n/a as I don't really get albums, don't think i listened to any this year actually.
6. Best new found secret (Small band on the rise?) Tauk-Nobody blew me away like the way they did the first time I saw them.
7. Best tour of the year? Phish fall (Hopefully MSG hahahaha)

1. Name/Location- Tyler White Albany, NY
2. Favorite new band of the year?- Yonder Mountain String Band
3. Favorite festival of the year?- Mountain Jam
4. Favorite concert of the year?- Phish SPAC Night 2
5. Favorite new album release (or re-release) of the year?- Niagra Falls
6. Best new found secret (Small band on the rise?)- Twiddle
7. Best tour of the year?- Phish 

1. Name/Location Dan Fugate - Pensacola, FL
2. Favorite new band of the year? Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
3. Favorite festival of the year? Didn't festival
4. Favorite concert of the year? 311 at the Pensacola Bay Center - helluva show
5. Favorite new album release (or re-release) of the year? Donna the Buffalo, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yestereday
6. Best new found secret (Small band on the rise?) Dead Winter Carpenters
7. Best tour of the year? I didn't tour, but I'm gonna go with Widespread Panic on this one. 

1. Name/Location - Randy Harris/Memphis, TN
2. Favorite new band of the year? - Dopapod. I know they are not that new, but they were new to me this year.
3. Favorite festival of the year?- Summer Camp Music Festival
4. Favorite concert of the year?- Umphrey's-STS9 in Alpharetta, GA. First ever VIP concert, got to meet both bands, made some new friends, killer show!
5. Favorite new album release (or re-release) of the year?- Ultraviolet Hippopotamus - Translate
6. Best new found secret (Small band on the rise?)- Agori Tribe
7. Best tour of the year?- Phish Fall Tour. Glad to see they are in top form.

1. Name/Location -Sammy Martin/SF,CA
2. Favorite new band of the year? -Fruition
3. Favorite festival of the year? -River City Roots - Missoula (With Lil Smokies, Dead Winter Carpenters, Railroad Earth...)
4. Favorite concert of the year? - Phish Both Nights At Tahoe
5. Favorite new album release (or re-release) of the year? -Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt (By Far-might be their 2nd best album ever)
6. Best new found secret (Small band on the rise?) -The Stone Foxes; I've known of them for years but they are coming out of the musical closet
7. Best tour of the year? - Phish - Fall 2013
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