Dead & Company is what it is; some hate it, and others are following this summer’s tour. No matter your opinion on the band’s musical merits, you must agree that the best byproduct of the group is Oteil’s elevation from sideman to bandleader. He has gotten the Grateful Dead Bump, and gone from being a Friend to having Friends. In utterly mercenary terms, this means he’ll get paid more and that is a good thing, as the man just had a baby. (Oteil’s wife pitched in.)