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Phish Cover TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" in Albany

November 30, 2009 12:00 AM ET

Phish have become known for performing unexpected and diverse covers in their two decade-plus career, taking on everything from entire albums — like the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street at this year's Festival 8 — to songs by artists like Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Ween and countless more. This past weekend, Phish added another, more contemporary group to their arsenal, performing TV on the Radio's Dear Science single "Golden Age" for the crowd at Albany, New York's Times Union Center on November 27th.

Look back at two decades of Phish, in photos.

Up top is just a snippet of Phish's rendition of "Golden Age," which the band thoroughly jammed out, more than doubling the length of TVotR's original. To listen to "Golden Age" in its entirety, head over to the Live Phish page for the MP3. This isn't the first time the reunited Phish has given phans a look into what current bands occupy Trey Anastasio's home stereo: As Rolling Stone previously reported, MGMT's Oracular Spectacular was among the possible albums — and ultimately one of the finalists — to be played in its entirety at Festival 8.

Phish wrap up their autumn tour this week with three sold-out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden and a trek-ending gig in Charlottesville, Virginia. After that, the reunited band will close out 2009 with a four-night stand at Miami, Florida's American Airlines Arena, culminating with a concert on New Year's Eve.

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Phish to Celebrate New Year's Eve with Four Miami Concerts
Phish Follow Halloween Show With First-Ever Acoustic Set At Fest 8
Phish Cover the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street" at Festival 8

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