Fresh off its well-deserved induction last week into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame — where it joined the likes of Ani DiFranco, Willie Nile and the Goo Goo Dolls — moe. returns to rock your ass into the jamoe.sphere. Or thereabouts.
It hardly seems possible that moe. has been plying its Zappa-by-way-of-Southern-Rock- with-a-twist-of-Dead improvisation triangulation on the Jam circuit for close to 20 years now, but calendars and catalogs don’t lie. And the amazing thing about moe. is that, except for a few brief years in the ’90s when they were signed to Sony, the band has primarily done things its way as a strictly independent band: starting its own label, Fatboy Records; releasing well over a dozen albums on its own (including the latest studio effort, last year’s Sticks and Stones, six volumes in its "Warts and All" concert collection, a trio of "Instant Live" editions and a couple of multi-disc volumes of its latest live series, Dr.
Stan’s Prescription); and becoming relentless road dogs with a special emphasis on festivals. Given all that, it’s anybody’s guess how the band manages to work in benefits for causes as wide ranging as tsunami relief and autism education and support.
Predictably, there’s always something new in moe.ville, and the latest is a cool technology wrinkle: The band has been offering USB flash drives featuring mp3 recordings of that evening’s performance. It’s not clear if moe. is doing this after every show (for instance, the Madison Theater show here), but it’s clearly a new and innovative way for moe.rons to get their moe. on. It’s just one more example of how the group cultivates a personal relationship with its audience to move well beyond the standard band/fan relationship. And even if you don’t have the USB on hand right after the show, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to download it through moe.downloads in the store at www.moe.org. And it’s all because there’s moe. to love.
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