Yep. I don't like Dave Matthew's Band, and most jam bands in general (this would include Phish, The Greatful Dead, and any incarnation of Bela Fleck), but really most of the dislike is pointed at Dave Matthew's Band (Many people are quick to point out that I was in a jam band - The Yooszh. They're right. I still don't like jam bands).
For me, my dislike of DMB boils down to two things:
1. Their sound. I'm a structuralist. I like songs to have a foundation. I don't mind some amount of variation so long as the foundation still remains. I like the music to adhere to some sort of structure, and the same goes for the lyrics and vocals. Every time anyone has ever played DMB for me to show me why they're so awesome it's always sounded like a mismatch of musical sounds. The drummer is doing his thing...the guitarists are doing their stuff...you got a guy honking some notes on his saxophone...and you got Dave sing some bibbity bobbity lyrics, and the entire sound just sounds like jazz fusion (which I also do not like).
2. The fans. There are a lot of things (as you will soon find out) that I don't like because of the other people who like them. DMB is definitely one. When you encounter a DMB fan DMB IS ALL THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT AND LISTEN TO! Here's a typical conversation with a DMB fan:
DMB FAN: I see you're listening to All Along the Watch Tower.
ME: Yeah, I really like Bob Dylan.
DMB FAN: Ever heard Dave Matthews version of that song?
ME: Yes I have.
DMB FAN: Pretty awesome, huh?
ME: Uh, I actually prefer the Hendrix cover more.
DMB FAN: Wow really?
DMB FAN: How about after we get done listening to this song we pop in some Dave Matthews and I'll show you some songs...might change your opinion.
ME: I'm kind of enjoying Dylan right now.
DMB FAN: Dylan's quite a lyricist.
ME: I think so.
DMB FAN: So is Dave. He had this one line "Everybody wake up, if you're living with your eyes closed." He's a real poet. Let me play you some stuff off Busted Stuff. That album really turned me onto Dave. You'll probably like it.
ME: I've actually heard it. Like I said, I'm kind of digging Dylan right now.
DMB FAN: How about when you're done you come over to my house. We can light up a J and throw in some DMB.
ME: No, I've got plans after this, but thanks for the offer.
DMB FAN: Wait, do you even like DMB?
ME: No, not really. I don't like the sound. I don't see what's great about them.
DMB FAN: (awkward silence...staring at me...rage filling in their eyes) How can you not like DMB when they're so good?
ME: I just don't.
DMB FAN: I'm sorry I bothered you. Have a good day.
That's a lot longer than I intended to write, but the I think I got the point across. The conversation ends with them either being insulted by the very notion that someone doesn't like this Jesus-like band they love or with them defending DMB thinking they're going to sway my opinion when in fact they never ever do...or will.