The guys in Umphrey’s McGee started the band in the late ’90s when they were Notre Dame students, and their early output has the smartass wit you’d expect from 20-somethings. After all, they called their debut album Greatest Hits Vol. III, and recorded it in the back of a Napa Auto Parts. They’ve obviously moved on to bigger things, but they’ve maintained that puckish sense of humor: In 2018, they released the companion albums It’s Not Us and It’s You. They’ve also developed a fanbase that gravitates toward jam bands and roots rock, and they’re known for their genre-bending covers and high-energy live releases.
— Nathan Weinbender