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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, Rovi
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New to moe. Good jam band.
very smooth
In the words of Marc Albert Yessssssss
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
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 ...
town ballroom sept 27 and 28th in buffalo! cant wait to see the best band ever!
say moe. if you like moe. as much as i do.
moe. is the best band ever i saw in in high sierra a day ago it was awesome!!!!
rmarkuske
two nights in NYC first in BK bowl and then under the BK bridge
moe.rons rule...
Zappa influence
Great show at the Showbox in Seattle last saturday!
Can not wait for Scamp!
kevliz2681
Feb 8 cant wait
ive seen these guys so many times even partyd with them there f**king awesome
smokin and jokin
moe. man!!!!!! cant wait! sat nov 1st in denver!!! gonna be fuckn awesome!!
seeing moe. in tennesee next month (: so so so excited!
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
moe. puts me in the best mood.
bsbabydoll
I'm a milllllllion miles away from home
couldnt have said it better jmprocks...
to kill it for the fans every night and always give respect to the ones who came before @matt
what exactly are jam band ethics?
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
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!
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 ;)
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...
jdwodarz
I got a problem with Moe; circa Bonnaroo '06 If I remember correctly, one of those guys busted Keith Richards balls, called him an old hack and wished him dead. Am I remembering correctly? I'm not cool with hating on Keef. anyone know anything on that?
@lgillam33 summercamp!! as in Chilicothe, IL? 20 min away from my house!! loooove summercamp :)
perp_22
my sons fav song
phuck yea...
awesome-ness !
scamp is thee only place to be at the end of may! give me moe. music!
cas_1984
I think everyone forgets summer camp, who goes anyway. probably even moe. Tornado year was a blast!
right arm ! left leg.
could always use some mo' moe. mm mm mmmm
tmoney699
been to 10 SC,s including the 1st 1 n the tornado year lol... LOVE MOE!!
I seen them at summer camp too!!!!!
lgillham33
Moe.Love!
Don't forget Summer Camp!!
moe.ron 4 life!!
the dead and phish are my normal stples in life these guys are my age & I totally dig them I look forward to thier appareene at GOTV in bridgeprt 2011 , I wish they would play more often in CT - last I checked they are frezing their asses off or sweating in FL . guys play more New enland shows
debanjan
proud to be a moe.ron
Pretty good bio, quite interesting. However, what's up with the last part where they write, "In addition to headlining festivals, moe. hosts two of their own: moe.down and snoe.down, both held in upstate New York in the late summer and late winter, respectively . " Summer Camp anyone?!
dougman8382
who is coming to Killington?! ! ! I bought my VIP passes today!!!!!!! ! !
trichmon1024
One of my favorite bands ever, next to the Cheese, Keller and Sublime. I'd go see them anywhere, I even skipped my Highschool graduation to go to the first Bonnaroo for Moe. and the Cheese, one of the best decisions I've ever made. Rothbury kicked a** as well. Keep playin boys, from an Upstate New Yorker, do us proud.
See Moe. live!
bfriedman37
I've always heard that Moe is, in some way, related to the DEAD, and honestly, this is the first song that i'm being introduced to. Happy Hour Hero, and i guess as it's jamming along a nice clip, i can see why!!
yeah moe.!
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