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Formed in the early '90s by South African vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews, the Dave Matthews Band presented a more pop-oriented version of the Grateful Dead crossed with elements of jazz, funk, and the worldbeat explorations of Paul Simon and Sting. Matthews populated the group with several Virginia-based musicians -- bassist Stefan Lessard, saxophonist Leroi Moore, violinist Boyd Tinsley, drummer Carter Beauford, and, initially, keyboardist Peter Griesar -- and the band built up a strong word-of-mouth buzz by touring the country constantly, with special attention paid to college campuses. Griesar left the lineup in March 1993, but the Dave Matthews Band moved ahead in his absence, releasing the independent album Remember Two Things later that year and issuing a live EP, Recently, in 1994. After fielding offers from major labels, the band signed with RCA and released the debut effort Under the Table and Dreaming in September 1994. By the following spring, the record had launched the hit single "What Would You Say" and sold over one million copies, thus setting the stage for Dave Matthews' successful career as both bandleader and solo musician. A year and a half after the release of Under the Table and Dreaming, the record had sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone, propelled in part by the success of "Ants Marching" and "Satellite." The Dave Matthews Band responded by releasing 1996's Crash, which entered the charts at number two and quickly went platinum. The group spent the bulk of 1996 touring in support of the eclectic album, which reached multi-platinum status and spun off five successful singles, including the Grammy-nominated "Crash into Me." That same year, Matthews launched an attack on bootleggers in conjunction with the federal government, targeting stores that were selling semi-legal discs of live performances. The efforts of Matthews, his band, and his management resulted in an unprecedented crackdown on for-profit bootleggers in early 1997 -- with nearly all of the major foreign bootlegging companies placed under arrest by the United States -- thereby putting a moratorium on the entire underground industry. To further combat the bootleggers, the Dave Matthews Band released an official double-disc live album, Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95, in the fall of 1997. It was an unexpected success, debuting at number three on the charts and selling a million copies within the first five months of its release. The live record paved the way for a string of future DMB concert recordings; it also drummed up support for the April 1998 release of Before These Crowded Streets, the group's most ambitious album to date. Another two-disc live effort, Listener Supported, followed one year later, and summer tours kept the band busy as the decade drew to a close. The new millennium, however, saw the band returning to the studio with producer Glen Ballard to record a fourth studio album, Everyday, which was issued in February 2001. Although notable for its slick, mainstream-minded sound -- not to mention the presence of electric guitar, which Matthews had never used on previous albums -- it was overshadowed by rumors of a darker album that had been recorded with Steve Lillywhite in 2000. Although the original album was rejected, the band eventually chose songs from those sessions, re-recorded several others, and released the results in July 2002 as Busted Stuff. Its debut single, "Where Are You Going," fared well on national radio, and the band rounded out 2002 with the release of Live at Folsom Field in November. Several years after releasing Live at Luther College, a concert album that did not feature his band, Dave Matthews released his first proper solo album in 2003. The moody and brooding Some Devil was supported by a Dave Matthews & Friends tour -- the "friends" being Trey Anastasio, Brady Blade, Tony Hall, Ray Paczkowski, and Tim Reynolds -- and the album's chief single, "Gravedigger," earned Matthews a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Boyd Tinsley also released a solo album that year, but the Dave Matthews Band reconvened shortly thereafter, releasing two additional live albums (The Central Park Concert, The Gorge) and returning to the road in 2004. The bandmates also joined Bruce Springsteen's Vote for Change tour toward the end of the year, just as their mail-order-only Live Trax series debuted. In early 2005, they launched a website that featured progress reports on their next album in the form of video footage, diaries, and soundbites. When the flawed Stand Up finally appeared in May, it was the band's first album of all-new material since 2001's Everyday. Like its three predecessors, Stand Up topped the charts, making DMB the only band other than U2 and Metallica to score four consecutive number one albums. Weekend on the Rocks, another live set, followed Stand Up at the end of 2005, and a two-disc compilation entitled The Best of What's Around, Vol. 1 collected studio material and unreleased live recordings one year later. Matthews and Tim Reynolds launched another joint tour in 2007, canvassing Europe and North America in the process. A performance from the latter continent was featured on the album Live at Radio City Music Hall, which served as a companion piece to 1999's Luther College. Meanwhile, the Dave Matthews Band released their own concert album, Live at Piedmont Park, and began working on new material, although the project was temporarily shelved during pre-production as the band diverted its focus to touring. The musicians returned to the studio the following year, but LeRoi Moore unfortunately passed away before the record could be completed. The saxophonist had suffered a serious ATV accident in June and ultimately succumbed to his injuries two months later. Former Béla Fleck saxophonist Jeff Coffin joined in his place, and the band heralded his inclusion with the release of Live at the Mile High Music Festival, a three-disc set capturing a Colorado performance from that summer. Early the following year, the Dave Matthews Band paid tribute to Moore with Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King, another successful record for DMB that wound up garnering two Grammy nominations. Two live albums -- the Tim Reynolds duet record Live in Las Vegas and the DMB set Live in New York City -- appeared in 2010, with two more DMB releases, Live at Wrigley Field and DMB 2009: Lucca Italy (Live at Piazza Napoleone 5 Jul 2009), issued in 2011. Despite the archival album releases, 2011 was a quiet year for the Dave Matthews Band, marking the first time the group did not tour in 20 years; instead, they played a handful of festival dates. DMB came back in a big way in 2012, reuniting with producer Steve Lillywhite for the album Away from the World, which was released in the fall of 2012 and found the band returning to its classic '90s sound. Over the next few years, the band toured heavily including headlining at 25th anniversary tour in 2016. In 2018, they returned with their ninth studio album, Come Tomorrow, which included the singles "Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)," "That Girl Is You," and "Again and Again." The album debuted on top of the Billboard 200 chart. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   You & Me
  3.   Gravedigger by Dave Matthews Band
  4.   Ants Marching
  5.   Seek Up
  6.   Jimi Thing
  7.   Tripping Billies
  8.   Satellite
  9.   Why I Am by Dave Matthews Band
  10.   Dancing Nancies
  11.   Crash Into Me
  12.   Crush
  13.   Say Goodbye
  14.   Two Step
  15.   Where Are You Going
  16.   Typical Situation
  17.   Stay or Leave
  18.   One Sweet World
  19.   Cortez the Killer
  20.   Lying in the Hands of God by Dave Matthews Band
  21.   Little Red Bird
  22.   Grace Is Gone
  23.   Halloween
  24.   The Space Between
  25.   Lie in Our Graves
  26.   #41
  27.   Bartender
  28.   Grey Street
  29.   Samurai Cop
  30.   So Damn Lucky by Dave Matthews Band
  31.   Everyday/No. 36
  32.   Don't Drink the Water/This Land Is Your Land
  33.   Here on Out
  34.   Pig
  35.   Granny
  36.   Oh
  37.   Some Devil
  38.   Betrayal
  39.   Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)
  40.   Save Me
  41.   [Silence] by Dave Matthews Band
  42.   Do You Remember
  43.   Again and Again
  44.   Idea of You
  45.   Recently
  46.   Dive In by Dave Matthews Band
  47.   Rhyme & Reason
  48.   Come on Come On
  49.   Virginia in the Rain
  50.   What Would You Say
  51.   Too Much
  52.   Stay (Wasting Time)
  53.   Shake Me Like a Monkey
  54.   Brother (Title) featuring Adam Wade
  55.   The Maker by Dave Matthews Band
  56.   Baby
  57.   Grey Blue Eyes
  58.   When the World Ends
  59.   Sweet Up and Down
  60.   Grey Street
  61.   Cornbread
  62.   Too High
  63.   Up and Away
  64.   Minarets by Tim Reynolds
  65.   Come Tomorrow
  66.   That Girl Is You
  67.   Don't Drink the Water
  68.   So Much to Say
  69.   You Never Know
  70.   Gaucho
  71.   Can't Stop
  72.   Kashmir
  73.   Baby Blue
  74.   Funny The Way It Is
  75.   Kit Kat Jam
  76.   You Are My Sanity
  77.   Down the River
  78.   Help Myself
  79.   Raven
  80.   Big Eyed Fish
  81.   Fool to Think
  82.   Little Thing by Tim Reynolds
  83.   Stream by Tim Reynolds
  84.   Deed Is Done by Tim Reynolds
  85.   When I'm Weary
  86.   Black and Blue Bird
  87.   Bkdkdkdd
  88.   She
  89.   You Might Die Trying
  90.   Typical Situation
  91.   Loving Wings
  92.   Alligator Pie
  93.   Time Bomb by Dave Matthews Band
  94.   Squirm by Dave Matthews Band
  95.   Alligator Pie by Dave Matthews Band
  96.   JTR by Dave Matthews Band
  97.   Monkey Man
  98.   Grace Is Gone
  99.   Big Eyed Fish
  100.   Diggin' A Ditch
  101.   Sister
  102.   Still Water
  103.   The Maker
  104.   Out of My Hands
  105.   Trouble
  106.   Dodo
  107.   For You by Johnny Cash
  108.   Busted Stuff
  109.   Christmas Song
  110.   Kundalini Bonfire
  111.   Minarets by Dave Matthews Band
  112.   Bartender
  113.   Captain
  114.   JTR
  115.   Eh Hee
  116.   Pantala Naga Pampa/Rapunzel
  117.   Kit Kat Jam
  118.   Captain
  119.   JTR
  120.   Digging a Ditch
  121.   An' Another Thing
  122.   Busted Stuff
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