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Phish: “Sneaking Sally Through the Alley”

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Editor’s Note: The Daily Music Break is reposting music that appeared earlier in the history of the site. It was good then, it’s good now. This post originally appeared on March 19, 2012.

I don’t know much about Phish, other than they are a terrific band. The have obvious similarities to the Grateful Dead both in the music and how they run their concerts, have a tremendous number of songs — including many covers — and my 15-year old son loves them.

Here is a link to the band’s site, a list of covers and the audio of the performance of Terrapin Station on the third anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Please send me other good Phish links and I’ll add them.

(Homepage image: Dan Shinneman)

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