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The Mother Hips announce new Fall 2009 & Winter 2010 dates

As the buzz around Pacific Dust, the brand new release from The Mother Hips, continues to build and the great reviews pour in, The Hips announce additional fall 2009 tour dates and their early 2010 winter tour schedule. The Bay Area psych-rockers continue to tour nationally behind Pacific Dust, their 11-song studio album, which reached # 82 on Billboards Heatseekers chart this week. After a recent return from the Northwest and a series of warm-up festival plays over the summer (including their own "Hipnic" Festival in Big Sur, CA) The Hips are excited to bring Pacific Dust and their "California-soul" to fans around North America.

The critically acclaimed Pacific Dust, the band's seventh studio album, was recorded at Mission Bells Studios in San Francisco with producer/engineer David Simon-Baker (Little Wings, Jackie Greene, Chris Velan, ALO).

The Mother Hips are on tour this fall/winter in support of Pacific Dust.  The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

November 17-18 Joe's Pub @ The Public Theater New York NY
November 20-21 Schubas Chicago IL
December 4-5 Emo's Austin TX
December 18-19 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
December 31 Marilyn's On K Sacramento CA
January 3-8 Jam Cruise 8 Fort Lauderdale FL
January 28 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles CA
January 29-30 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
February 12 State Room Salt Lake City UT
February 13 Star Bar Park City UT
February 26 SOhO Santa Barbara CA
February 27 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
March 10 Bud Light Street Beat Vail CO
March 11 Paradise Theater Paonia CO
March 12 Hi-Dive Denver CO
March 13 Ghost Ranch Steamboat Springs CO

Additional dates to be announced.

The Mother Hips have flown under the radar as true indie music pioneers for almost two decades.  With the release of their new album, California's unsung psych-pop heroes tell their story. Hailed by critics for their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop" (pitchfork.com) and for their unflinching ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty" (New Yorker), on Pacific Dust The Hips' signature sound rings more genuine and relevant than ever before.


The Hips - led by co-founders Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals) - have been playing music for nearly 18 years, and in the process, have had the luxury of exploring and refining their craft. For the band's seventh full-length studio album, The Mother Hips have never been more primed to share their well-traveled tales - the long days and nights on the road, the gritty politics, the smart inward reflections and man, the music! - all delivered with a most appealing balance of Americana storytelling and their California-burnished rock.

THE BRIDGE Announce NYC Residency At Gramercy Theatre

The Bridge have announced plans for a four week residency in December at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City where they'll perform every Monday night of the month. The shows will be free and feature different special guests and opening acts at each performance. It's a fitting conclusion to 2009 for the Baltimore-based band, a year in which they toured prolifically throughout the U.S., including festivals like Wakarusa, All Good and Gathering Of The Vibes and support slots with Derek Trucks Band, Little Feat and Umphrey's McGee.

"I'm really looking forward to us having an opportunity to come to NYC and be able to kick back and stretch out for a change. It's usually a hurry up and hit it hard kind of situation there and the energy in that city is always extra intense anyway. So im really excited for us to settle in and let each night take us where it will," states The Bridge's primary songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Cris Jacobs. "We're gonna keep it spontaneous and loose and have some special guests join in on the fun. Previous residencies have always given us some of our most inspirational musical moments and that combined with the extra juice that New York City always has is going to be pretty damn fun."

In a recent Relix Magazine feature, the publication wrote: "Jacobs and Liner sing earnestly about what they consider to be archetypal themes in American music: rambling, lost love, trains and moonshine...the music is a heady amalgamation of influences recalling The Black Crowes, Little Feat and The Neville Brothers." Hittin' The Note explained the band's sound like this: "The Bridge call to mind bayou bluesman Tab Benoit backed by the Radiators during 'Honey Bee,' and bluegrass fertilized with hot sauce on the wild 'Dirtball Blues.' They also play urgent, funky, jazz-fired soul in 'Heavy Water,' and use a Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired guitar figure to drive the burly blues 'Diggin' In The Cold Ground.' And there's so much more variety, most of it giving off some sort of pungent New Orleans aroma. Singer/guitarist Cris Jacobs and singer/mandolin player Kenny Liner are the two distinct songwriters that afford The Bridge such vast stylistic swings. But they, along with bassist Dave Markowitz, sax man Patrick Rainey, drummer Mike Gambone, and keyboardist Mark Brown, have a surprising cohesiveness born of a desire to make compelling Americana roots-rock in the classic sense."


The Bridge's latest album Blind Man's Hill is available now on Hyena Records.

Vandaveer @ George's

Vandaveer is the alt-folk song-singing/record making/globetrotting project penned and put forth by DC-by-way-of-Kentucky tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger.

Vandaveer’s debut album, Grace & Speed, a mostly live, stripped down affair, swiftly entered this great big dusty world in the spring of 2007. The press responded heartily, with The Washington Post saying Vandaveer “revives the earnestness of the pre-psychedelic 60’s,” and XM Cafe calling him “this generation’s Nick Drake.”

Vandaveer’s debut album, Grace & Speed, a mostly live, stripped down affair, swiftly entered this great big dusty world in the spring of 2007 garnering rave reviews and comparisons to Donovan, Dylan, Waits, Drake, Simon, and the like. Touring continually on both sides of the Atlantic ever since, Vandaveer has played 250+ shows, sharing stages with a host of humbling artists including Bon Iver, Alejandro Escovedo, Vashti Bunyan, Vetiver, Evan Dando, Scout Niblett, The Ditty Bops, Smog, Fleet Foxes, Alela Diane and his dear friends in DC’s ramshackle collective, The Federal Reserve. In addition to said Vandaveering, Heidinger has been known to fraternize and conspire with other music-making hooligans, primarily as a bassist with fellow DCers These United States.

Listen: http://www.sad-music.net/vandaveer_turpentine.mp3

Radio 1190 presents
VANDAVEER
Saturday, November 21
show 9:30pm

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George's Food & Drink
2028 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.998.9350
www.bouldertheater.com/georges.php

RJD2 Announces Massive Tour in Support of The Colossus

While we wait anxiously for the ever-approaching release of his new record, The Colossus (out January 19th, 2010 on RJ’s Electrical Connections), RJD2 has given fans another reason to rejoice. He will be embarking on a tour of “colossal” proportions! Touring for the majority of January and February, with more dates to follow, RJ will hit the road with a full band, his first such tour since 2008!

RJD2 Tour Dates:

Sat. - Jan. 9 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Sun. - Jan. 10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

Mon. - Jan. 11 - Charlotte, NC @ Visualite Theater

Tue. - Jan. 12 - Savannah, GA @ Live Wire

Wed. - Jan. 13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social

Thu. - Jan. 14 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar

Fri. - Jan. 15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

Sat. - Jan. 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heavan Room)

Sun. - Jan. 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

Mon. - Jan. 18 - Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews

Tue. - Jan. 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Wed. - Jan. 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

Thu. - Jan. 21 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre

Fri. - Jan. 22 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street

Fri. - Feb. 5 - Columbus, OH @ Sully's Music Diner

Sat. - Feb. 6 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House

Sun. - Feb. 7 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

Mon. - Feb. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In

Tue. - Feb. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe

Wed. - Feb. 10 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford

Thu. - Feb. 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas

Fri. - Feb. 12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

Sat. - Feb. 13 - Austin, TX @ Emos

Sun. - Feb. 14 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's

Thu. - Feb. 18 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note

Fri. - Feb. 19 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College - Harris Center

Sat. - Feb. 20 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club

The Microscopic Septet @ 92YTribeca

The music of The Microscopic Septet is the sound of jazz in 20th century America: all of it, from Ellington to Ayler, bebop to Zorn,  Dixieland to experimental, captured in a microcosm.  It distills the essence of jazz as a popular music into a sound that swings, a music that is intelligent, sometimes smart-aleck,  and always good fun.

In 2009 Cuneiform Records released Lobster Leaps In, the first newly recorded Microscopic Septet CD since the late 1980s.

What: The Microscopic Septet
Where: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St. New York, NY 10013
When: Saturday, December 5, 2009, two sets starting at 10PM
Price: $18/adv $20/door
http://www.92y.org/92yTribeca/

Discovery Bay Games Launches Grateful Dead-Opoly

Discovery Bay Games today announced the release of Grateful Dead-Opoly, available in stores and online in time for the 2009 Holiday shopping season. The board game was created by music industry veteran and longtime Grateful Dead associate Debbie Gold, with artwork by comic book illustrator Timothy Truman.

Phish 2009 Fall Tour Dates

Phish fall tour starts in Detroit, Michigan on November 18th, 2009 at the Cobb Arena. Tickets are still available on a limited basis.  Phish will also being doing a 4-night run in Miami at the American Airlines Arena.  Grateful Web will be on-hand for the 4-night run, so be sure to check back for videos, pictures and lots more... 

Phish Fall Tour Dates:

11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI - Limited Tickets Available

11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH - Limited Tickets Available

Marco Benevento | Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency

At the outset of 2008, Marco Benevento took over New York City's then brand new Greenwich Village music venue, Sullivan Hall, for a month-long residency. He would call it home for five Thursday nights in January, inviting a who's who in modern jazz and improvisational rock music to play with him each week in a different configuration.

Hauling his own baby grand piano from his Brooklyn apartment to the Sullivan Hall stage for the event, Benevento led his musical co-conspirators through two sets a night of daring and consistently breathtaking improvisations. Whether it was the Bitches Brew-esque sonic explorations of his collaboration with Steven Bernstein, Bobby Previte and DJ Olive, the glorious post rock ferocity of a line-up with Brad Barr and Joe Russo or Benevento's own regular trio with Reed Mathis and Andrew Barr celebrating the release of their debut album Invisible Baby, every set took on a life all its own.

As the sold out crowds that gathered for each week's performance will attest, these shows were the stuff of legend in the recent history of downtown New York City's music scene. Thankfully, director Karina Mackenzie captured all five nights on high definition video along with multi-track recordings and artist interviews that are now available on a DVD release from The Royal Potato Family entitled Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency. While it's Marco Benevento's name at the top of the billing, what the film portrays is a family of fearless, faithful, one-of-a-kind artists making some of the most vital music of their time.

Directed by Karina Mackenzie for Shine A Light Productions | Available worldwide from The Royal Potato Family

Endangered Species: The Music Of Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter is one of the most important composers of the post be-bop era and perhaps the greatest jazz composer alive. His all-encompassing work starts with the hard bop classic compositions he wrote for Art Blakey, on to his groundbreaking Blue Note records which featured many tunes that have become timeless jazz standards, his innovative, conceptual records like "The All Seeing Eye", the music he wrote for the classic Miles Davis quintet, whose sound helped define an era in jazz, his fusion hits with Weather Report, his brilliant almost through composed work such as "Atlantis", and his later orchestral reworkings of some of his classic tunes. It is very unlikely there has been another composer who has covered more musical territory more brilliantly than Wayne Shorter. The concept of the Endangered Species band is to pay tribute to jazz' greatest living composer and approach his work as he would, as an ever changing, always evolving body of work. The group will perform music from all eras of Mr. Shorter's great career from the Blakey era ("Mr. Jin"), through music from "The All Seeing Eye" and classics from the Miles Davis era ("Fall"), up to his latest compositions from "Alegria" and "High Life".

Award winning composer (winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project: New Works Creation and Presentation grant and the American Composers Forum's Jerome Composers Commissioning Program.) and arranger (Down Beat Critics Award, Rising Star Arranger) David Weiss has reimagined Mr.Shorter's work for a 11 piece mini big band that features many of the finest young players and rising stars on the jazz scene today.

Wednesday, November 11

ENDANGERED SPECIES: THE MUSIC OF WAYNE SHORTER
(with the Wayne Shorter Tribute Big Band Under the Direction of David Weiss)

Featuring
Taylor Haskins and Avishai Cohen- Trumpet
Tim Green- Alto Sax
Marcus Strickland- Tenor and Soprano Sax
J.D. Allen- Tenor Sax
Norbert Stachel- Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet
Michael Dease and Andy Hunter- Trombone
Xavier Davis- Piano
Joe Sanders- Bass
Gene Jackson- Drums

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM

The Avett Brothers - 2 Nights @ Boulder Theater

There is no harmony like brotherly harmony. Something indelible in the weave of voices and play of sensibilities is stamped into the fraternal DNA and also stems from a lifetime of shared experiences. You can hear it in classic brother acts across the musical spectrum, from the Louvin Brothers to the Everly Brothers and on down the decades through the Wilson brothers (Beach Boys), the Davies brothers (Kinks), the Allman Brothers and even the Brothers Gibb (a.k.a., the Bee Gees). You can clearly hear fraternal magic at work in the songs of Scott and Seth Avett, better known as the Avett Brothers, as well.

That magic is abundantly evident on I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers’ big-label debut. Its 13 songs are delivered in a style that defies pigeonholing but might be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop – even a jab of punk-style dynamics here and there. Drawn by the naked honesty of their songs and the rousing intensity of their live shows, legendary producer and talent scout Rick Rubin signed the Avett Brothers – consisting of siblings Scott and Seth, plus bassist Bob Crawford - to his American Recordings label in 2008.

THE AVETT BROTHERS
w/ guests
Tuesday, April 20 & Wednesday, April 21
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

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Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com