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Moe.

Rising from the dingy college bars of upstate New York, moe. carved a niche for themselves with a distinct blend of Americana, melodic turns, clever songwriting, and jam band ethics. The bandmates were born and raised in the industrial town of Utica, but it took matriculation at the University of Buffalo for moe. to finally coalesce. Founded in 1990 by bassist/vocalist Rob Derhak, guitarist/vocalist Chuck Garvey, and original drummer Ray Schwartz, the band toured the university's party circuit under the name Five Guys Named Moe with several rotating members. Although they covered both contemporary pop and classic rock songs in concert, they also recorded two demo tapes of original material -- Codename: Weaselshark and Spine of a Dog -- in 1991. Guitarist Al Schnier was added that same year.

While playing Buffalo bars like Broadway Joe's, they refined their cartoonishly offbeat sound, a slaphappy mix of Primus-like dementia and focused rhythms. By the time Fatboy was released in 1992, improvisation had begun to creep into the band's sets. Schwartz was soon replaced by Jim Loughlin. As Schnier began to develop his trademark psychedelic oscillating guitar sound, the quartet recorded HeadSeed in Buffalo and migrated east to Albany, which served as the band's home base for the next three years. In early 1995, the band began to tour nationally; by mid-July, Loughlin had left to join Yolk and was replaced by Mike Strazza, a meticulously precise player. The band recorded Loaf over a two-night stand at New York City's Wetlands Preserve. By December, Strazza, too, was gone, replaced by Chris Mazur.

Mazur's playing, infinitely looser than Strazza's, opened the band up to wider improvisation, though it was a step back in terms of musical maturity. In the spring of 1996, moe. signed to Sony/550 Music, for whom they recorded No Doy in the summer. For their first single release, they chose a 46-minute cut of "Meat," recorded in the studio over the summer. In November, Mazur was fired, replaced by Vinnie Amico of Buffalo's Sonic Garden.

Following an opening slot on the Furthur Tour in the summer of 1997, moe. recorded Tin Cans and Car Tires as they began to place increasing importance on the traditional song form. Loughlin rejoined as an auxiliary percussionist in 1999, and the band was dropped from Sony's roster. That fall, the expanded lineup recorded and released the double-live album L on the band's own Fatboy Records, showcasing the new textures of the quintet. This was followed in early 2000 with Dither, an experimental effort that was co-produced with John Siket. Three years later, moe. highlighted their studio and live brilliance with the release of Wormwood. A parade of concert albums followed during the 2000s, including volumes in the Instant Live and Warts and All series.

Moe. have been a staple for years at music festivals nationwide -- especially at Bonnaroo in the Southeast. In addition to headlining festivals, moe. host two of their own: moe.down and snoe.down, both held in upstate New York in the late summer and late winter, respectively. Amid all this live activity, the band released a compilation of two earlier releases, No Doy/Tin Cans and Car Tires, in 2006. They followed it up with their first studio effort in four years, 2007's The Conch, and returned in 2008 with Sticks and Stones and Dr. Stan's Prescription, Vol. 1. For 2012's What Happened to the La Las, the band refined and shaped its trademark jam sound into more compact, structured melodies, many of which were developed at live shows. Two years later, the group delivered their eleventh studio album, No Guts, No Glory!, which was helmed by Dave Aron, primarily known for his work with hip-hop acts. ~ Jesse Jarnow & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: No Guts, No Glory

1. Annihilation Blues

3. This I Know

4. Same Old Story

5. Silver Sun

6. Calyphornya

7. Little Miss Cup Half Empty

8. Blond Hair And Blue Eyes

9. Do Or Die

11. Billy Goat

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Track List: What Happened To The La Las (Deluxe Edition)

1. The Bones Of Lazarus

2. Haze

3. Downward Facing Dog

4. Rainshine

5. Smoke

6. Paper Dragon

7. Chromatic Nightmare

8. Puebla

9. One Way Traffic

10. Suck A Lemon

11. The Bones Of Lazarus (Acoustic Version)

12. Haze (Acoustic Version)

13. Downward Facing Dog (Acoustic Version)

14. Rainshine (Acoustic Version)

15. Smoke (Acoustic Version)

16. Paper Dragon (Acoustic Version)

17. Chromatic Nightmare (Acoustic Version)

18. Puebla (Acoustic Version)

19. One Way Traffic (Acoustic Version)

20. Suck A Lemon (Acoustic Version)

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Track List: Dr. Stan's Prescription Vol.1

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Bring It Back Home

3. New York City

4. Hi & Lo

5. Bring You Down

6. Kyle's Song

7. Interstellar Overdrive

8. Brent Black

Disc 2

1. Intro

2. Recreational Chemistry

3. Turn On Your Lovelight

4. Recreational Chemistry

5. Lost Pirate Jam >

7. Lost Along The Way

8. St. Augustine

9. Mexico

10. Armageddon Jig

11. Farmer Ben

Disc 3

1. Spine Of A Dog

2. Jazz Wank >

3. Buster

4. The Weight

5. Dr. Graffenberg >

6. Havah Negilah

7. Moth

8. Timmy Tucker

9. Seat Of My Pants

10. Brent Black

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Track List: Warts & All Vol.6

Disc 1

1. Intro

3. It

4. Bring It Back Home

5. Lost Along The Way

6. Jazz Wank >

Disc 2

1. Rebubula

2. Spine Of A Dog

3. Dr. Graffenberg

Disc 3

1. Four

2. Head

3. Brent Black

4. Gone

5. The Ghost Of Ralph's Mom

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Track List: Sticks And Stones

1. Cathedral

2. Sticks And Stones

3. Darkness

4. Conviction Song

5. 202

6. Deep This Time

7. All Roads Lead To Home

8. September

9. Queen Of Everything

10. Raise A Glass

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Track List: Warts & All, Vol. 5

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Bring You Down

3. Shoot First

4. Captain America (2007)

5. She

6. Y.O.Y.

7. George

Disc 2

1. Intro

2. Spine Of A Dog

3. Mexico

4. Plane Crash

5. Spine Of A Dog

6. Yodelittle

Disc 3

1. Yodelittle

2. Spine Of A Dog

3. Buster

4. Tijuana Donkey Show

5. New York City

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Track List: The Conch

1. Blue Jeans Pizza

2. Lost Along The Way

3. The Conch

4. Tailspin

5. Tubing The River Styx

6. The Pit

7. Another One Gone

8. Wind It Up

9. Y Eaux Massa

10. Down Boy

11. She

12. Where Does The Time Go

14. The Road

15. MacIntyre Range

16. The Col

17. Brittle End

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Track List: Wormwood

1. Not Coming Down

2. Wormwood

3. Okayalright

4. Rumble Strip

5. Gone

6. Organs

7. Crab Eyes

8. Bullet

9. Kyle's Song

10. Bend Sinister

11. Kids

12. Kidstoys

13. Shoot First

14. Edison Laugh Record

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Track List: Dither

1. Captain America

2. Faker

3. Understand

4. Tgorm

5. So Long

6. New York City

7. Can't Seem To Find

8. Water

9. Tambourine

10. In a Big Country

11. Rise

12. Opium

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Track List: Fatboy

1. Y.O.Y.

2. Long Island Girls Rule

3. Dr. Graffenberg

4. Don't F**k With Flo

5. Yodelittle

6. Spine Of A Dog

7. Sensory Deprivation Bank

8. The Battle Of Benny Hill

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Concord 2016!!!! Moe. Like I said I need Moe. Gimme some Moe.
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mclenning
Saw them on furthur fest 97 in Chicago. Epic day and weekend! Back when we were free of wife and kids!
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Must go to Montana!
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Moe.stly great music.
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contaminated . a c c o u n t
Love how they just noodle/jam forever
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There free concert in Buff was just as amazing as any other they preform, true artists
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My big brother has gone to I think every Moe. down I'm just Moe. illiterate I mean I listen to Moe. I like songs. And I love Moe.
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F*ck Yeah!
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Summercamp 2015 love moe.
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I miss there live shows at Mississippi nights in STL.
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Can't wait to see my next Moe. Show.hope to c you all soon.peace and love hippie. Style.your friend TACO
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Flagstaff please. ASAP
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Moe.Rons rule!
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I love moe. Please come to Denver more often boys!!
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moe. rocks!! I saw 'em at the RPI fieldhouse back in 2002. Great show...
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sparrowsaget r i x i e
Go Moe.
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spenceb59
town ballroom 1/23 & 1/24 2015 tonight will be there
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Saw Moe. for the first time New Year's Eve 2015. Absolutely an epic concert. They actually played for 4 hours and enjoyed very minute. Great job!
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danfish22
moe. is the best
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Great freaking band!!!
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Ahh moe.
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Keep listening
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New to moe. Good jam band.
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very smooth
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In the words of Marc Albert Yessssssss
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neomos666
First saw Phish at a college around Compton Arizona in 92 they played in a concrete step down pit and were mind blowing ..was lucky cause was on Dead tour from 86 to 95 and the Dead was playing Compton terrace or Desert sky the night before or the day after ..a little foggy but they were an incredible experience they did some Zeppelin covers and a huge game changing Purple Rain of a Prince cover ...unfortuna t e l y Phish has a trust fund kid following now and its great cause tour is wonderful with
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neomos666
First saw em in tower theater in Philly late nineties wish I would had known earlier last two shows were weird wit the suits on ..energy. seemed toned down as well ...
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town ballroom sept 27 and 28th in buffalo! cant wait to see the best band ever!
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say moe. if you like moe. as much as i do.
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moe. is the best band ever i saw in in high sierra a day ago it was awesome!!!!
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rmarkuske
two nights in NYC first in BK bowl and then under the BK bridge
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moe.rons rule...
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Zappa influence
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Great show at the Showbox in Seattle last saturday!
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Can not wait for Scamp!
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kevliz2681
Feb 8 cant wait
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ive seen these guys so many times even partyd with them there f**king awesome
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smokin and jokin
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moe. man!!!!!! cant wait! sat nov 1st in denver!!! gonna be fuckn awesome!!
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seeing moe. in tennesee next month (: so so so excited!
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Why did they forget the moe Christmas album I see nothing about that album anywhere here there's a great rendition of Carol of the bells that I've been looking for for years on that album
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moe. puts me in the best mood.
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bsbabydoll
I'm a milllllllion miles away from home
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couldnt have said it better jmprocks...
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to kill it for the fans every night and always give respect to the ones who came before @matt
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what exactly are jam band ethics?
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craig_wiseol d o w l
tornado year summercamp.. . a lot of people left and i waited it out in my car. then umphrey's played free that night in barn...what a weekend
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mxns6777
the sickest band ever! introduced to MOE. in '05 and have been listening to them everyday ever since. Can't get enough! They are amazing live! Favorites are Yodelittle, Dr Graff, Spine of Dawg, and Kids!
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Rob was born in Dover-Foxcro f t , ME, Summercamp kicks *ss, and yes, the boys sometimes make fun of The Stones and their giant inflatable dolls. Good times. Your only problem is you didn't realize that it's all in good fun. Hopefully, it was cause your jaw was stapled to the floor in amazement of the two sick shreddin guitars on stage while you were completely faced! Wait, did you say they wished Keith Richards dead, I thought he already was ;)
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jmprocks80
John,

You're asking strangers if your memories from Bonnaroo are accurate? I think the only reasonable answer is probably not. Regardless, quit taking yourself so seriously, no one cares if you are out to defend Keith Richards. Just relax and enjoy the music, man...
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