Indie

The National Headline 'Co-ops Rock!' Benefit For Family Farmers

Menomena will play in support of the NCGA – photo by Sylvere H- for the Grateful Web

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) are pleased to announce the first annual "Co-ops Rock!" event featuring The National and Menomena on September 19th at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. This concert will attempt to raise awareness and funds for farmers impacted by the recent flooding in the Midwest, as well as secure funds for future natural disasters farmers may face.
 
NCGA is a business services cooperative for 109 consumer-owned food co-ops located throughout the United States. Member stores in the Seattle area include PCC Natural Markets and Central Co-op's Madison Market.  This event will aid the NCGA in raising money to support sustainable food initiatives through a celebration of music and the co-op model, and will feature presentations from impacted organic farmers and videos highlighting nature's impact on the farms over the past year.  In light of this year's flooding in the Midwest, the beneficiary for the first "Co-ops Rock!" event will be Northcountry Cooperative Develop Fund (NCDF) Foundation's Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, which provides disaster relief to impacted farmers impacted by flooding.

Doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm. Tickets available through www.ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster locations, The Moore and Paramount theatre's or charge by phone at 206-628-0888. "Co-op members and customers are a diverse group of individuals of all backgrounds, beliefs and lifestyles," Robyn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. "They love healthy organic and natural foods, they love great music, and they share a passion for seeking cooperative ways to help others when they need it. "Co-ops Rock! brings all these elements together with great music for the sake of co-op suppliers farmers hit hard by recent flooding," Shrader added. "We hope this event raises a lot of money for the farmers, provides a great evening for attendees and sets the tone for future Co-ops Rock! events."

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About NCGA National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA is owned by 109 food co-ops operating more than 130 stores in 32 states with combined annual sales of over $945 million. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op shoppers everywhere. For a map of co-op member locations, visit www.ncga.coop/member-stores .  To learn more about NCGA, visit www.ncga.coop. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.go.coop.

The 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party

Devotchka will play the Main Stage- for the Grateful Web

The 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle's South Capitol Hill neighborhood July 25-26 with its best lineup yet. The Capitol Hill Block Party is an annual music festival that draws upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 11 years ago, the Block Party has evolved into one of Seattle's most anticipated outdoor music festivals. With over 50 bands on 4 stages, great food, and plenty of cheap beer, this is one of the best parties of the summer.

John Richards - KEXP Morning Show Host exclaims, "The Block Party has become the place that people go to discover any band worth discovering in Seattle.  With an added push towards better up and coming and some established alternative and independent bands in the mix, it's truly a great experience for anyone who attends.  It's also has become the one event that really brings the Seattle music industry together, albeit in the VIP section and somewhat intoxicated."

We have partnered with KEXP to broadcast selected live performances from several bands throughout the weekend. John Richards and Cheryl Waters and other KEXP DJ's will also be broadcasting their shows like from the festival Friday and Saturday day and night. And The crazies at The Stranger will also be filming and posting clips at their awesome music blog. http://lineout.thestranger.com

Partial proceeds from The Block Party benefit two excellent non-profits: Home Alive, which encourages violence prevention, and The Vera Project, a youth run all ages venue and recording studio in Seattle. 

The Block Party continues to be one of the least expensive festivals in the country, with tickets only $18 in advance and a 2 day pass for only $34.

 FRIDAY July 25

 KING COBRA STAGE
  
 4:00-4:30 Black Whales 
 5:00-5:30 The Pharmacy 
 6:00-6:45 Truckasaurus 
 7:15-8:00 Airborn Toxic Event 
 8:30-9:15 Champagne Champagne 
 9:45-10:30 Pleasure Boaters 
 11:00-11:45 The Heavy Hearts 
 12:15-1:00 Lesbian  

 VERA STAGE

 4:00-4:45 Talbot Tagora 
 5:15-6:00 Abe Vigoda 
 6:30-7:15 Mika Miko 
 7:45-8:30 PWRFL POWER 
 9:00-9:45 Say Hi 
 10:15-11:15 Natalie Portmans Shaved Head 

 NEUMOS STAGE

 4:00-4:30 Black Eyes And Neck Ties   
 5:00-5:45 Head Like a Kite   
 6:15-7:00 Past Lives    
 7:45-8:30 The Emergency   
 9:00-10:00 The Dodo's   
 10:30-11:30 Jay Reatard   
 11:30-3:00am SING SING AFTER PARTIES FEAT:  
 PASE ROCK, PAUL DEVRO, & PRETTY TITTY!
  
 MAIN STAGE

 4:30-5:15 Common Market   
 5:30-6:15 U.S.E   
 6:30-7:15 Menomena   
 7:45-8:45 Girl Talk   
 9:15-10:15 Les Savy Fav   
 10:45-Midnight Vampire Weekend   

 Saturday July 26th
     
 KING COBRA STAGE

 2:00-2:30 Angelo Spencer   
 3:00-3:30 New Faces   
 4:00-4:30 The Whore Moans   
 5:00-5:30 The Loved Ones   
 6:00-6:45 Sleepy Eyes Of Death 
 7:15-8:00 Voyager One   
 8:30-9:15 Valella Valella    
 9:45-10:30 Feral Children   
 11:00-11:45 Book Of Black Earth 
 12:15-1:00 Zeke

 VERA STAGE

 2:00-2:30 TBA 
 3:00-3:45 LP & BB 
 4:15-4:45 The Physics 
 5:15-6:00 Man Plus

 6:30-7:15 Black Elk 
 7:45-8:30 Akimbo 
 9:00-9:45 Grand Ole Party 
 10:15-11:15 Schoolyard Heroes

 NEUMOS STAGE

 2:00-2:30 Kristen Ward   
 3:00-3:30 The Hands   
 4:00-4:45 Darker My Love   
 5:15-6:00 The Builders and The Butchers   
 6:30-7:15 Jaguar Love   
 7:45-8:30 Throw Me the Statue   
 9:00-10:00 Steed Lord   
 10:30-11:30 Super Secret Special Guests! 
 11:30-3:00am SING SING AFTER PARTIES FEAT: 
   CHROMEO DJ Set, FOURCOLORZACK, & PRETTY TITTY!
    
 MAIN STAGE

 2:00-2:45 Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground 
 3:15-4:00 Cave Singers   
 4:30-5:30 Kimya Dawson   
 6:00-7:00 Fleet Foxes   
 7:30-8:30 Chromeo   
 9:00-10:00 The Hold Steady   
 10:30-Midnight Devotchka

Dressy Bessy To Release 'Holler And Stomp' on 9/30/08

Dressy Bessy- for the Grateful Web

After their critically acclaimed last album, Electrified, Dressy Bessy will release its highly anticipated new album, Holler And Stomp, on September 30th, 2008 via Transdreamer Records. Combining uber-indie sensibilities mixed with bombastic style, the band remains inspirational, hook-laden and upbeat. 13 songs will have you dancing and singing in seconds.

"Personal, as well as impersonal experiences over the past few years have helped inspire my urge to HOLLER and STOMP!" – Tammy Ealom

Driven by vocalist Tammy Ealom and guitarist John Hill (who also moonlights in Apples In Stereo), along with groove-meisters Rob Greene on bass and Craig Gilbert on drums – Dressy Bessy bring a sense of style and uniqueness to the rock world. A full tour will commence in September.

Dressy Bessy are about power-pop chords, a dancing rhythm section and the compelling vocals of Tammy Ealom. Her witty lyrics hug the addictive melodies with true style. Backed by guitarist John Hill, whose guitar work helped propel Apples In Stereo to the forefront of the indie rock world and the thundering rhythm section of bassist Rob Greene and drummer Craig Gilbert - Dressy Bessy have the true spirit of underground rock.

Following extensive touring behind their last album, Electrified, Dressy Bessy needed some well deserved time off. For Tammy this meant getting down to writing a new batch of songs. Tammy's always been a self-proclaimed "melody first" sort of gal and wanted to try her hand at a "beats first" approach, sitting down at a drum kit knocking out groovy beats one drum at a time.

Tammy demoed the songs for HOLLER and STOMP at home. After about a year of recording she and the band realized that the songs had taken on the organic grass roots sound that Dressy Bessy was originally built upon and decided that these recordings, with proper mixing, additional guitars, bass, drums & lead vocals, would be the actual album tracks.

The band first met Trent Bell (The Flaming Lips) in 2003 while touring with the Starlight Mints, and had talked briefly about having him mix a record. Once they decided to go with the home recordings for this album, it was obvious that Trent should mix it ... and the rest is history!

The results are obvious with infectious and danceable grooves that dominate the album. Every song leads into the next with a driving authority – it's almost impossible not to move and shake it to these songs.

"Lyrically this album defines MY world. Personal, as well as impersonal experiences over the past few years have helped inspire my urge to HOLLER and STOMP! all over yo' ass! Listen up high!" ~! Tammy Ealom

 

The Live Experience…

Dressy Bessy are no ordinary band, nor are their fans ordinary. The atmosphere is a non-stop party and the music is relentless. Their compelling live show has left them with loyal and fanatical fans around the world. This band refuses to compromise and continues to push the envelope towards blissful entertainment.

"We rock our hearts out! We try to inspire as much dancing as possible," comments Ealom.

During their shows, with the lights flashing and the music pounding, people lose themselves in the Dressy Bessy experience. All this is standard fare for a band whose unscripted performances make for an unpredictable and euphoric atmosphere. "We'll rock the socks off anyone with an hour to spare. Both the band and the fans walk away sweaty and happy," says Tammy.
 
History...

Dressy Bessy have enjoyed great success in their hometown of Denver, where the band lives and plays.

"I decided to pick up the guitar in '96 when John Hill loaned me his four track while he was out touring with The Apples In Stereo, and soon I discovered I had a knack for writing songs and the rest is history," says Ealom.

In 1999, Dressy Bessy released Pink Heart, Yellow Moons, which was highly acclaimed and hailed as "virtually perfect and by far, the catchiest indie-pop record of 1999," by The Stranger. Continuing their run of indie-pop ecstacy, 2002's Sound Go Round, saw the band continue to develop its sound. In the spring of 2003, the band released a collection of rarities called Little Music. Later that year, their self-titled release, Dressy Bessy, expanded the band's base into bona fide indie rockstar status. Dressy Bessy has had numerous songs on soundtracks such as The Powerpuff Girls on the Cartoon Network and But I'm A Cheerleader. In 2005, Electrified shed some serious groove-tunes and caught people's attention when the album was highly praised by.

"We live in a world where upbeat pop, groove, and rock & roll reign supreme. We are just determined to never let anything slow our momentum.  We're always pushing forward, what else is there to do...hopefully in the end, the world will be better place. But you can always find us, just follow the trail of smiles." says Ealom.

Fans will be all smiles as Dressy Bessy release their most accomplished and infectious effort, HOLLER and STOMP.

New York Dolls "Live At Fillmore East"

photos by Sherry Rubel- for the Grateful Web

New York Dolls announce the release of their brand new unabashed live album. Recorded in December of last year at NYC's Fillmore East, this disc captures ten prime tracks from the reunited Dolls:  "Babylon," "Trash," "Jet Boy," "Personality Crisis," "Rainbow Store," "Looking for a Kiss," "Puss 'N' Boots," "Dance Like a Monkey," "Pills," and "Lonely Planet Boy." Its everything you have come love about the Dolls over their giant spanning career, yet still keeps you on your toes and wanting more.

Morrissey recently exclaimed this with a fervor that somehow made his chronologically impossible claims seem plausible. Watching footage of the 'Dolls onstage two years ago at the behest of one of their biggest fans (who was curating the prestigious Meltdown Festival in London) one realized just how vast - and heretofore unsung - their influence truly was. Everyone knows the famous logo: chrome lipstick, scrawling that name across an unseen mirror, but it's more than the great brand. It's not about the androgyny either. Skinny boys were wearing make up long before them. Little Richard. Elvis. It's not even about the music, as the Dolls themselves were always quick to credit 50's R&B numbers or early 60's girl group productions as their own influences. Really, what makes the Dolls so eternal is the attitude - it got into rock's water supply and never left. Kiss, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, The Damned, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Hanoi Rocks, The Strokes, The Libertines and just about any gang of strutting rockers who are convinced that their band could take your band and possibly your whole town in a pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly throwdown. The Dolls, and their disciples win, not just with brawn but with what guitarist Sylvain Sylvain calls "plenty of intellect and plenty of sex."

Thirty five years into their existence (thirty one since they disbanded down in Florida in a haze of smack withdrawal and managerial anarchy), with three men down, they can still take your band, pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly, onstage, and now, with the long (long) awaited follow up to 1974's awesome Too Much, Too Soon, on CD too. "You know how England is," David Johansen quips in his Staten Island drawl, thick as South Ferry sludge, "We made a big noise over there, and we were having so much fun, we decided to keep going." "The phone didn't stop ringing," Sylvain adds, "The kids wanted this. Kids of all ages." An album's worth of brand new New York Dolls compositions, as unlikely as it may have seemed in 2003, was a foregone conclusion after wildly successful festival and live dates that spanned the past two years. They were a reunion when they re-started. Now, with replacement members feeling comfortable stepping into the stack heels of departed legends like Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, and most recently Arthur "Killer" Kane, they're a gang once more. "It won't be very long that we'll be together longer than the original band was," Johansen laughs.

July 12 - Kent, UK - Down on the Farm Festival

July 13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Club Vega - Headline

July 16 - Athens, Greece - Fly Beeyond Festival

July 18 - Benicassim, Spain - FIB Festival

July 24 - Stezanno, Italy - Druso Under the Sky Festival

July 25 - Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet Club - Headline

July 29 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Heatwave Festival  w/ Morrissey

Aug 2 - Lokeren, Belgium - Lokerse Festeen Festival

More Dates To Be Added...

Nightmare Of You Bang Tour - Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

- for the Grateful Web

Nightmare Of You is heading out on tour with Paper Rival, Edison Glass, and The Graduate this May - June!

Be sure to check out this video at Almacks Dance Hall with Christian Siriano of Project Runway which features NOY's music from 'Bang.'

 

May 15 2008

8:00P

Middle East

Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 16 2008

6:00P

Webster Underground

Hartford, Connecticut

May 17 2008

8:00P

Xtreme Wheels

Buffalo, New York

May 18 2008

8:00P

Magic Stick

Detroit, Michigan

May 20 2008

8:00P

The Basement

Columbus, Ohio

May 21 2008

8:00P

Subterranean

Chicago, Illinois

May 22 2008

6:30P

Mojoes Rock House

Tinley Park, Illinois

May 23 2008

6:00P

Main Street Cafe

Kansas City, Missouri

May 24 2008

8:00P

The Marquis Theater

Denver, Colorado

May 25 2008

7:00P

Solid Ground

Salt Lake City, Utah

May 27 2008

8:00P

El Corazon

Seattle, Washington

May 29 2008

8:00P

Downtown Brew

San Luis Obispo, California

May 30 2008

8:00P

Knitting Factory - LA

Hollywood, California

May 31 2008

8:00P

Chain Reaction

Anaheim, California

Jun 1 2008

7:00P

SOMA - Sidestage

San Diego, California

Jun 3 2008

8:00P

The Clubhouse

Tempe, Arizona

Jun 4 2008

7:00P

Club Congress

Tucson, Arizona

Jun 5 2008

8:00P

Rock Bottom

San Antonio, Texas

Jun 6 2008

7:00P

The Prophet Bar

Dallas, Texas

Jun 7 2008

9:00P

Stubb's BBQ

Austin, Texas

Jun 9 2008

8:00P

The Conservatory

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jun 10 2008

6:30P

Crush Lounge

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jun 11 2008

7:00P

2 Cents Plain

St. Louis, Missouri

Jun 13 2008

7:00P

Fireman's Hall

North Caldwell, New Jersey

Jun 14 2008

8:00P

Blender Theatre At Gramercy

New York, New York

 

Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

Almacks Dance Hall and Fueled By Ramen are giving away 4 tickets to Panic At The Disco's Roseland shows May 7th and 8th in NYC to two winners.

Enter to WIN!

American Babies Re-Release Debut Album Today

Photo by Jesse Meyer- for the Grateful Web

Like all brilliant, beautifully rendered albums, American Babies' new release washes over you with wit, wisdom and tenderness. For the self-titled debut, re-released April 1, 2008 on SCI Fidelity Records, Philadelphia-bred front man and songwriter Tom Hamilton has combined his urbane mindset with the country music of his childhood, creating work that places him alongside career artists like Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Jeff Tweedy. The buzz is already on.

American Babies was silently self-released by the band a year ago. But the secret soon spread. Together for a little more than a year, American Babies have already landed several influential gigs, including much-talked-about performances at Philly's World Music Café, Chicago's Wicker Park Festival and Bonnaroo. In addition, American Babies have become "next-big-thing" darlings for such prestigious showcases as the Paste/OurStage South by Southwest Opening Night Party at Stubb's and the Rhapsody/CMJ Conference Kickoff Event. The chemistry and magical X-factor this band possesses is already apparent, even contagious.

At the time Hamilton started writing acoustic roots material like the titled track, "American Babies," he was far from home. He'd been writing, performing, and enjoying a swell of critical acclaim with his band Brothers Past - - yielding a wellspring of positive notices that could possibly have been his ticket to the big time. But his heart wasn't entirely in the process as it stood. "For some time, I had wanted to get more into the music I grew up on."

Which is exactly what he did. He returned to the Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash records his dad made him listen to as a kid, but heard them differently this time. The sounds inspired him wholeheartedly and he began writing in a similar vein. "I don't want to get too deep on it," says Hamilton, a candid realist who equates writing songs with any other job. "I write songs and I play the guitar. It is what I do and it is who I am."

Some people undertake their occupations better than others, though, and Hamilton is a top-rate songwriter. And with the accompaniment of bassist/brother Jim Hamilton and drummer Joe Russo, and guitarist Scott Metzger, American Babies has developed into something extraordinary.

Look for American Babies on tour this summer.  Dates to be announced soon.

Reissues from Ben Vaughn, Jim Carroll & Wednesday Week

Jim Carroll''s ''Praying Mantis''- for the Grateful Web

Noble Rot, the label subsidiary of Collectors' Choice devoted to preserving great early indie-rock albums of the '80s and '90s, will release three new reissues on January 29: Praying Mantis bv Jim Carroll, Beautiful Thing by Ben Vaughn and What We Had by Wednesday Week. Keeping in Noble Rot's tradition, the reissues will be packaged in cardboard Digi-Paks with liner notes.

Previous Noble Rot reissues have included Robyn Hitchcock, Grant Lee Buffalo, Hunters & Collectors, The Surf Punks, Martini Ranch, Rodney Crowell's side project Cicadas, and more.
 
Wednesday Week – What We Had. Wednesday Week is a long-running Los Angeles-based band anchored by sisters Kristi and Kelly Callan, with members who have included Heidi Rodewald (later in the Negro Problem), David Nolte (The Last, Wondermints, Maria McKee, Davie Allen & the Arrows and David Gray), Dave Provost (The Droogs, Dream Syndicate), and Ilene Markell (7 Deadly 5). The Noble Rot reissue contains not only the band's 1987 complete Don Dixon-produced album What We Had (originally on Enigma), but TEN bonus tracks including the complete 1983 EP Betsy's House on WarFrat Records, plus five more songs from the band's archives. These include an alternate version of "You Wanted Me to Hang Around"; the previously unreleased "All So Clear," from an obscure Midnight Records holiday compilation; the fan club single "Leopard"; and the title track of 1990's No Going Back album on the Swedish Spins label. Liner notes are by Los Angeles Times TV critic and Wednesday Week fan/friend Robert Lloyd.
 
Ben Vaughn – Beautiful Thing. Vaughn is a rock 'n 'roll renaissance man — a artist and songwriter, producer (Arthur Alexander's acclaimed Lonely Just Like Me, Charlie Feathers), and prolific TV score-smith ( Third Rock from the Sun, That '70s Show and Grounded for Life.) The Jersey/Philly boy put himself on the map with the 1986 album The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn and followed up with this 1987 album, Beautiful Thing, cut in a New Jersey garage and originally issued on Restless Records. The album contains such tracks as "She's a Real Scream" (with the infamous line "Her end justifies the means"), the Gary Usher-like surf sound of "Desert Boots," "Jerry Lewis in France, " Clothes Don't Make The Man," "Beautiful Thing, "The North Wind Blew," "Shingaling with Me" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme.". A nearly forgotten classic, reissued with liner notes by pop scholar Gene Sculatti and quotes from Vaughn himself.
 
Jim Carroll – Praying Mantis. Those familiar only with the hit "People Who Died" may not realize that Jim Carroll, like Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine, first started performing as a poet in the Lower East Side scene. This 1991 album, originally issued on Giant, takes us to the heart of that scene, St. Mark's Church on the Bowery, for a series of poems and semi-improvised comic monologues taken from Carroll's collections. Included are pieces from several collections: "Living at the Movies" (1973), "The Book of Nods" (1986) and "Forced Entries" (1987) as well as a 14-minute improvised rant titled "The Loss of American Innocence." In other words, something of a greatest hits poetry collection. Liner note writer Kim Cooper, a pop culture writer and blogger, describes his performance as "requiring intense attention that rewards with humor and flashes of subtle, elegant observation." The album, she notes, "struck a confident note of a nimble artist reinventing himself."

Ani Difranco with Special Guest at the Denver Botanic Garden

- for the Grateful Web

Seventeen years ago, Ani DiFranco released her first album.  Since then, she has established herself as one of the most influential and inspirational artists of her generation.  DiFranco wears many hats including singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer.  Her empowering spirit is evident through her songs that tackle barbed political and sexual issues with uncommon insight and compassion.  On September 11, Righteous Babe Records will release 'Canon,' the first retrospective studio album of Ani's illustrious and storied career.  The double-disc will feature songs from her albums spanning 1990 - 2006 and five re-recorded tracks with help from Todd Sickafoose (bass) and Allison Miller (drums).

Since the early 1990s, DiFranco's innovative guitar style, signature percussive finger picking, expressive vocals and incisive lyrics have earned her a loyal, dedicated fanbase and consistent critical acclaim.

The self-described "little folk singer" has released eighteen studio albums and has produced records for artists such as Dan Bern, Utah Phillips and Janis Ian.  DiFranco has collaborated with everyone from Prince and Cyndi Lauper to Dar Williams and Maceo Parker.  She continues to sell out venues all over the world including NYC's Carnegie Hall.  In 2005, DiFranco made CMJ's list of the 25 most influential artists of the last 25 years, along with U2, Nirvana, Radiohead and The Pixies.

DiFranco's 2006 release, 'Reprieve' earned a slew of accolades.  Entertainment Weekly called it "beautifully committed music - the kind that's as essential now as it has ever been."

Sunday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm (doors open at noon)

with special guests Anais Mitchell and TBA

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton

Tickets: rain or shine $45.00 / All Ages Welcome

(Children two years and younger are admitted free)

Ticket Outlets: www.ticketweb.com, 1.866.468.7621

Boulder : Bart's CD Cellar, in Denver : Independent Records Stores; Twist & Shout.

Produced by NIPP and Maven Productions

For more information please visit www.nipp.com

 

 

Devendra Banhart's New Album 'Cripple Crow'

Devendra''s ''Rejoicing in the Hands''- for the Grateful Web

Having released his debut album in October 2002, 'Oh My Oh My', Devendra quickly followed it up with the acclaimed full-length 'Rejoicing In The Hands' and companion piece, 'Nino Rojo.' Often sketches that weren't recorded in a proper studio environment, Devendra's magic started to work its way in to many hearts. Be it live or on record, he was fast proving to be something of a special talent.

Cripple Crow, his fourth album and his third for XL Recordings, was released in September 2005 and is his most formed record yet. Recorded at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY with the aid of regular sidekick Andy Cabic, Noah Georgeson and Thom Monahan joining Devendra in the studio, it found him continuing his extraordinary growth as a writer, vocalist and musician. Warmly received by an ever-increasing audience of critics and fans alike, Cripple Crow showed them that he's still very capable of surprising and delighting them.

Few can contest Devendra's position as one of the most fascinating, unpredictable and inspiring artists of his generation. He is currently on his largest tour to date, this time performing his music with the newly-formed Hairy Fairy band.