Mos def has to be the Cheese. They CAN rip it up, and can be far from bright and puppies at times. Give a recent "Sirens" or "Howard" a listen to...you'll see what I mean. Deep, scary stuff. And their jams are getting so much better.
I couldn't disagree more with the fact that I think Moe. is WAY to inconsistent. Seen them live 5 times, 3 of which have been horrid...I actually walked out of 1 show - the only time in my life I've left a show early - and I did it on purpose. They are either rockin' the house or can't get it together, IMHO. Then again, the other 2 times I've seen them, they were off the charts. I still see them when they come to Maine, and sometimes NH, but I won't travel further than that to catch a show of theirs, whereas compared to SCI, I'd drive twice as far to see them.
But nobody does it like the Phish used to back in the day. Their still #2 in my mind, slightly behind the GD. SCI comes in at #3, Panic at #4, and Umphree's and the Disco Biscuits are tied for #5. Also worth mentioning is Ween, Moe., Keller, STS9, Railroad Earth, and a few others I'm probably forgetting. (I count Phil & Friends & Ratdog as part of the GD & Trey as part of Phish)
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