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Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

Here's what we've got coming up at Boulder Theater as of September 14th.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted.

Mon, Sept 14                  OLIVIA ROX!
6:30pm                        The Movie Premiere presented by Songbird Entertainment
GA / Adults=$21.50, 12 & Under=$12.00

Wed, Sept 16                  IGNITE BOULDER
6:00pm                        GA / 21+ / $10.00
Tickets on sale through www.igniteboulder.com

Thur, Sept 17                 KGNU presents
8:00pm                        MIKE MARSHALL & DAROL ANGER
w/ Vasen
Reserved=$28.00, GA Seated=$22.00 / 21+

Fri, Sept 18                 BOULDER BEER'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY THROWDOWN
8:00pm                       ft. Great American Taxi & Oakhurst
GA / 21+ / $18.00

Sat, Sept 19                 Helly Hansen presents
7:00 & 9:30pm                MSP'S "IN DEEP: the sking experience"
GA / 7pm=All Ages, 9:30pm=21+ / $18.00

Mon, Sept 21                 iEMPATHIZE BENEFIT & LAUNCH PARTY
7:30pm                       w/ Son Lux
GA / All Ages / $20.00

Wed, Sept 23                 Level 1 Production's
8:00pm                       "REFRESH"
Ga / All Ages / $15.00

Thurs, Sept 24                THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT
9:00pm                        w/ Henry Clay People & Red Cortez
GA / All Ages / $24.00

Fri, Sept 25                  Uplifted Entertainment & Reggaemovement.com presents
9:00pm                        BEENIE MAN & RED FLAME w/ RICHIE SPICE & SPANNER BANNER
w/ guests
GA / Advance=$27.00, DOS=$30.00 / All Ages

Sun, Sept 27                Michael Conti presents
1:00pm                          THE SHOOT OUT BOULDER Top 10 Screening
GA / All Ages/ $15.00

Wed, Sept 30               BVSD School Food Project presents
7:00pm                        "FOOD, Inc."
GA/ All Ages/ $15.00

Thur, Oct 1                   Boulder Weekly presents
9:00pm                        GROUNDATION
w/ MTHDS
GA / 18+ / Advance=$22.00, DOS=$24.00

Fri, Oct 2                      Radio 1190, Boulder Weekly & elephantjournal.com present
9:00pm                        PAPER BIRD
w/ Nathaniel Rateliff + The Wheel & Drive River Yacht Club
GA / All Ages / $15.00

Sat, Oct 3                    Live Nation presents
8:00pm                        PATTON OSWALT
GA / All Ages / Advance=$34.00, DOS=$37.50

Tues, Oct 6                   Poor Boyz Productions presents
8:00pm                        TRIPLE THREAT TOUR f.t. Every Day is a Saturday, Contrast & Simon Dumont's Transitions
GA / Advanced=$12.00, DOS=$17.50 / All Ages

Wed, Oct 7                   Sweetgrass Productions Presents:
7:00pm

SIGNATURES
GA/ 21+/All Ages - Advanced = $12.50, DOS=$18.00

Thur, Oct 8                   Boulder Lunachix presents
7:00pm                        LUNAFEST short films
GA / All Ages / GA=$18.00, Student=$12.00

Sat, Oct 10                    97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                         BODEANS
w/ guests
GA / 21+ / $34.00

Tues, Oct 13                KUVO presents
7:30pm                        PACO PENA
Reserved=$40.00, GA seated=$32.00 / 21+

Wed, Oct 14                97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                        AIMEE MANN
w/ Fountains of Wayne
Reserved Balcony=$34.50, GA= $29.50 / 21+

Thur, Oct 15                  DANCING WITH BOULDER STARS
7:30pm                        Reserved=$50.00, GA=$36.00 / All Ages

Fri, Oct 16                       Teton Gravity Research's
7 & 9:30pm                    "RE:SESSION"
GA / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$16.50 / 7pm=All Ages 9:30pm=21+

Sat, Oct 17                   EMMITT NERSHI BAND & ASSEMBLY OF DUST
9:00pm                        GA / 21+ / $21.50

Wed, Oct 21                   MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
8:00pm                          w/ guests
GA / 21+ / $29.00

Fri, Oct 23                    97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                        THE SUBDUDES
w/ Vienna Teng
GA / 21+ / $27.50

Fri, Oct 29                   Channel 93.3's Throwback Lunch & Westword present
9:00pm                        DINOSAUR, JR.
w/ lou barlow + the missingmen
GA / 18+ Balcony / $29.50

Oct 30 & 31                 Westword & 97.3 KBCO present
9:00pm                        DEVOTCHKA
GA / $38.50 / Oct 30=18+,  Oct 31=21+

Nov 3-8                   WARREN MILLER'S "DYNASTY"
GA / All Ages / $23.00
On Sale September 14

Thurs, Nov 19            Live Nation presents
7:30pm                       BROKEN LIZARD
GA/ $38.00/ 16+

Tues, Dec 1              Edward Sharpe + The Magnetic Zeros w/ Fool's Gold
8:00pm                     GA/21+/All Ages = $17.00
On Sale September 19th

Tues, Dec 29               Live Nation & 97.3 KBCO present
9:00pm                      YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
GA / 16+ / $114.50 This ticket is available as part of the 3 Day Pass including December 30 & 31 at Fillmore Auditorium.

Wed, Dec 30              97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                      LEFTOVER SALMON's 20th Anniversary New Year's Celebration w/ special guest
GA  21+ / $44.50
On Sale September 18

Thurs, Dec 31             97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                        LEFTOVER SALMON's 20th Anniversary New Year's Celebration
GA / 21+ / $56.00
On Sale September 18

Sun, Jan 31                The Knot presents:
3:00pm                        BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE
GA/All Ages / $7.00
On Sale October 5                                              

ALL SHOWS ARE ON SALE NOW (unless otherwise noted) AT THE BOULDER THEATER BOX OFFICE (303)786-7030, OR ONLINE AT WWW.BOULDERTHEATER.COM. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Rick Alvin Shaier streets solo debut “Mantis Preying”

While stationed in Phoenix, AZ during the recording of Miniature Tiger’s “Tell It To The Volcano”, (Rick is also a member of Modern Art act Miniature Tigers) Rick holed up in a friend’s bathroom with a microphone and a Powerbook and went to town.  The end result is the 9 song “vocal composition” coined “Mantis Preying”. By limiting the recording to body parts and vocal gymnastics, Rick began his first journey working with unlimited multi-track arrangements via Digidesign’s Pro Tools.  Bjork’s “Medulla” served as the predominant inspiration behind Rick writing and layering vocals without the use of instruments.

 

rick-alvinThe songs on “Mantis Preying” feature dense, layered, complicated arrangements that somehow weave a central melody and structure throughout the cacophony of ideas.  This complex blend of rhythms and harmonies cannot seemingly come from one voice and one microphone. Though recorded under the constraints of “vocals only”, it projects a sum much larger than it’s parts, making use of the full sonic spectrum.  The record is completed with the song “Mystery of the Yellow Room” paying tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber by combining a medley of themes from the “Phantom of the Opera”.

 

Rick spent his formative music years studying piano in steamy, sun drenched, Phoenix, AZ, and graduated to drumming in a few different high school punk bands.  He learned quickly on instruments both stringed and skinned, and began tinkering with 4 tracks and microphones early on in the process.  Driven from an internal realization that he had to get the madness out of his head, vomiting the ideas out on tape became a cathartic endeavor for him.  As these bedroom demo samurai sessions wore on, Rick eventually started labeling these recordings with the moniker “Alvin Band”.  The bonus EP “Lady Portrait”, included in the package, is a latter example of these bedroom sessions.

 

Lately,  Rick has been rambling around the United States playing drums in Minature Tigers and opening for bands such as Ben Folds, Kevin Devine, and Guster. The Miniature Tigers crew has been performing material from the repertoire of Alvin Band as well.  There is a lot of music to come from young Mr. Schaier, and the combination release of “Mantis Preying”, coupled with the bonus EP “Lady Portrait” serves as a solid introduction into his sorcery. More lunacy on the way…

Beat Kaestli CD Release @ Zinc Bar

beatBeat Kaestli is a vocalist, songwriter and producer residing in New York City. After establishing himself in the Swiss music scene, he moved to New York to broaden his musical horizon, leaving behind a promising career in his homeland. He was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and received the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation scholarship to graduate in 2008 with a Masters Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music (MA). While honing his craft alongside noteworthy Jazz performers, such as Jane Monheit, Jason Moran and Stefon Harris, he immersed himself in Manhattan's fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears in clubs such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The Stone and Sweet Rhythm, performing with Jazz greats, like Esperanza Spalding, Jon Hendricks, Clarence Penn, Gregoire Maret, Joel Frahm , Billy Drummond, Magos Herrera and Victor Prieto. In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. Kaestli is touring the world extensively with his own projects, showcasing his music in renowned clubs and at festivals across the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada. His new release "Far From Home - A Tribute to European Song" is scheduled to be released fall 2009.


Vocalist & Bandleader Beat Kaestli will be performing with his group at The Zinc Bar in New York City on Monday, October 5th, 2009 in celebration of his newest release "Far From Home - A Tribute to European Song" - Set Time 7pm to 9 pm

"Soulful, sensitive singing. I am impressed by Beat Kaestli's CD and I look forward to hearing more!"
-Legendary Vocalist Jon Hendricks

Beat Kaestli - voice
Melissa Stylianou - feat. guest vocalist
Victor Prieto - accordion
Guilherme Monteiro - guitar
Robert Rodriguez - piano
Matt Wigton - bass
Fred Kennedy - drums
Keisha Whitney and Nene - BG vocals

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Vocalist Beat Kaestli
The Zinc Bar - 82 West 3rd Street - New York City
October 5th, 2009- Set Time: 7pm to 9pm
www.zincbar.com

Dead Tribute Show | Sullivan Hall | 9.19.09

The JamStampede are the official result of an unofficial jam band, first intended to be an all-star line-up of seasoned pros from NY and PA. After playing just one sold out show, it became evident that these guys really had a lot of magic and natural chemistry. Come join as they continue their jamming explorations in a loving tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

 

Start Time:     Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:30pm
End Time:       Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 1:30am
Location:        Sullivan Hall
Street:           214 Sullivan Street
City/Town: NEW YORK NY

Christian McBride Big Band at the Iridium

mcbrideThe Iridium Jazz Club Is Pleased to Present

A Very Special One Week Engagement

With The

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND

WED. THRU SUN. SEPT. 16-20, 2009

Featuring

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE-LEADER

DAVID BRYANT - PIANO
ULYSSES OWENS, JR. - DRUMS
BEN WILLIAMS - BASS

TRUMPETS:
FREDDIE HENDRIX, FRANK GREENE, BRANDON LEE, KENNY RAMPTON

TROMBONE:
STEVE DAVIS, DOUGLAS PURVIANCE, + 2 TBS TBA

REEDS:
STEVE WILSON, LOREN SCHOENBERG, TODD WILLIAMS, TODD BASHORE, FRANK BASILE

 

Co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, bassist, educator, composer, super-sideman, and bandleader Christian McBride brings his 18 piece big band to The Iridium Jazz Club for five nights Sept. 16 through 20 sets at 8:30 & 10:30PM. From Philadelphia, McBride has become the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist to emerge from the jazz world in the past decade. His CDs on Verve and Mack Ave. as a leader and the literally hundreds of albums he has performed on showcase his funky style and big tone. His ever-expanding pop, R&B and fusion palette takes him around the world anchoring some of the best jazz groups today. He has performed with numerous artists including at Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Sting, Chick Corea, The Roots, Diana Krall, D'Angelo, Betty Carter, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis.

 

 

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

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

Here's what we've got coming up at Boulder Theater as of September 8th.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted.

Tues, Sept 8                97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                         E-TOWN
w/ Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule & Langhorne Slim
GA / All Ages / SOLD OUT

Wed, Sept 9                  KGNU presents
8:00pm                          THE BAD PLUS & MARCO BENEVENTO TRIO
Reserved=$28.00, GA=$23.50 / 21+

Thur, Sept 10                 Windstopper & The North Face present
7:00pm                          REEL ROCK FILM TOUR
GA / All Ages / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$17.00

Fri, Sept 11                  97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                        PSYCHEDELIC FURS & HAPPY MONDAYS
w/ Amusement Parks on Fire
GA / 21+ / $32.00

Sat, Sept 12                denver.avclub.com & Radio 1190's The Best Medicine presents
9:00pm                        PAUL F. TOMPKINS (VH1's Best Week Ever Host) & KRISTEN SCHAAL (Flight of the Conchords)
Reserved=$32.00, GA seated=$25.00 / All Ages

Mon, Sept 14                  OLIVIA ROX!
6:30pm                        The Movie Premiere presented by Songbird Entertainment
GA / Adults=$21.50, 12 & Under=$12.00

Wed, Sept 16                  IGNITE BOULDER
6:00pm                        GA / 21+ / $10.00
Tickets on sale through www.igniteboulder.com

Thur, Sept 17                 KGNU presents
8:00pm                        MIKE MARSHALL & DAROL ANGER
w/ Vasen
Reserved=$28.00, GA Seated=$22.00 / 21+

Fri, Sept 18                 BOULDER BEER'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY THROWDOWN
8:00pm                       ft. Great American Taxi & Oakhurst
GA / 21+ / $18.00

Sat, Sept 19                 Helly Hansen presents
7:00 & 9:30pm                MSP'S "IN DEEP: the sking experience"
GA / 7pm=All Ages, 9:30pm=21+ / $18.00

Mon, Sept 21                 iEMPATHIZE BENEFIT & LAUNCH PARTY
7:30pm                       w/ Son Lux
GA / All Ages / $20.00

Wed, Sept 23                 Level 1 Production's
8:00pm                       "REFRESH"
Ga / All Ages / $15.00

Thurs, Sept 24                THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT
9:00pm                        w/ Henry Clay People & Red Cortez
GA / All Ages / $24.00

Fri, Sept 25                  Uplifted Entertainment & Reggaemovement.com presents
9:00pm                        BEENIE MAN & RED FLAME w/ RICHIE SPICE & SPANNER BANNER
w/ guests
GA / Advance=$27.00, DOS=$30.00 / All Ages

Sun, Sept 27                Michael Conti presents
1:00pm                          THE SHOOT OUT BOULDER Top 10 Screening
GA / All Ages/ $15.00

Wed, Sept 30               BVSD School Food Project presents
7:00pm                        "FOOD, Inc."
GA/ All Ages/ $15.00

Thur, Oct 1                   Boulder Weekly presents
9:00pm                        GROUNDATION
w/ MTHDS
GA / 18+ / Advance=$22.00, DOS=$24.00

Fri, Oct 2                      Radio 1190, Boulder Weekly & elephantjournal.com present
9:00pm                        PAPER BIRD
w/ Nathaniel Rateliff + The Wheel & Drive River Yacht Club
GA / All Ages / $15.00

Sat, Oct 3                    Live Nation presents
8:00pm                        PATTON OSWALT
GA / All Ages / Advance=$34.00, DOS=$37.50

Tues, Oct 6                   Poor Boyz Productions presents
8:00pm                        TRIPLE THREAT TOUR f.t. Every Day is a Saturday, Contrast & Simon Dumont's Transitions
GA / Advanced=$12.00, DOS=$17.50 / All Ages

Thur, Oct 8                   Boulder Lunachix presents
7:00pm                        LUNAFEST short films
GA / All Ages / GA=$18.00, Student=$12.00

Sat, Oct 10                    97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                         BODEANS
w/ guests
GA / 21+ / $34.00

Tues, Oct 13                KUVO presents
7:30pm                        PACO PENA
Reserved=$40.00, GA seated=$32.00 / 21+

Wed, Oct 14                97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                        AIMEE MANN
w/ Fountains of Wayne
Reserved Balcony=$34.50, GA= $29.50 / 21+

Thur, Oct 15                  DANCING WITH BOULDER STARS
7:30pm                        Reserved=$50.00, GA=$36.00 / All Ages

Fri, Oct 16                       Teton Gravity Research's
7 & 9:30pm                    "RE:SESSION"
GA / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$16.50 / 7pm=All Ages 9:30pm=21+

Sat, Oct 17                   EMMITT NERSHI BAND & ASSEMBLY OF DUST
9:00pm                        GA / 21+ / $21.50

Wed, Oct 21                   MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
8:00pm                          w/ guests
GA / 21+ / $29.00

Fri, Oct 23                    97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                        THE SUBDUDES
w/ Vienna Teng
GA / 21+ / $27.50

Fri, Oct 29                   Channel 93.3's Throwback Lunch & Westword present
9:00pm                        DINOSAUR, JR.
w/ lou barlow + the missingmen
GA / 18+ Balcony / $29.50

Oct 30 & 31                 Westword & 97.3 KBCO present
9:00pm                        DEVOTCHKA
GA / $38.50 / Oct 30=18+,  Oct 31=21+

Nov 3-8                   WARREN MILLER'S "DYNASTY"
GA / All Ages / $23.00
On Sale September 14

Thurs, Nov 19            Live Nation presents
7:30pm                        BROKEN LIZARD
GA/ $38.00/ 16+
On Sale Sept 12th

 

ALL SHOWS ARE ON SALE NOW (unless otherwise noted) AT THE BOULDER THEATER BOX OFFICE (303)786-7030, OR ONLINE AT WWW.BOULDERTHEATER.COM. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Jim McPherson: A Promise Kept

The story of Jim McPherson is the story of what might have been – a legendarily gifted musician whose untimely passing robbed us of an unknowable wealth of music. He earned considerable recognition for the Jefferson Starship’s hit “Jane,” which he co-wrote with David Freiberg, but that was only a tiny bit of his creative outpouring.   Against all odds, a fine collection of his songs has been preserved and now assembled.  It’s a message in a bottle, a fragment of an artist’s life from twenty years ago, with performances by some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians - -

 

jimJim grew up on the West Side of Chicago in the 1950s, the golden era of the urban blues, and they became a part of his musical DNA, passing from the radio into his bones.  He got “the fever,” as the saying had it.  As a young boy he played violin, attending the Mozart School of Music, but soon moved on to drums, bass, keyboards and guitar: he mastered them all.  After attending college in Idaho, Jim transferred to San Jose State in California, which put him right in the Bay Area music scene of 1964.  There he met up with Dennis Carrasco, Bob Rominger, and Roger Hedge, his musical collaborators for the next several years.  Their first band was the Trolls, which morphed into the popular and respected Stained Glass, with several singles on RCA Records, including “My Buddy Sin” and “A Scene In-Between.”   The Glass recorded two albums for Capitol, Crazy Horse Roads and Aurora; Tom Bryant joined the group as Rominger and Hedge left. The band later evolved into Christian Rapid. Though he was always a team player – and one of the finest bass players around – Jim was most definitely the musical leader of all these outfits, contributing the vast majority of their material.

 

Jim left San Jose in 1971 and moved to Marin County along with many other like-minded exiles from the era of San Francisco in the ‘60s.  He’d been working with Frank Werber (who’d managed the Kingston Trio to fame and fortune), but Frank was retiring, and sent him to the manager of the Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ron PoltePolte recalled that Jim came by one day, pulled out an acoustic guitar, and “charmed me in 15 minutes…he was accomplished, like a terrific magician.  I was completely taken.”  So Ron sent him to John Cipollina.

 

Jim met up with John Cipollina and joined John’s first post-Quicksilver Messenger Service venture, a band called Copperhead.  David Weber, Gary Phillipet and Pete Sears had already been recruited. Pete later went on to join the Jefferson Starship and was replaced by Hutch Hutchinson. Gary Philippet and Kent Housman wrote the single “Roller Derby Star” for the Copperhead album, and Jim’s ‘Chameleon’ was on the flip side.   Though his visibility was not as high as in the past, Jim was actually Copperhead’s main songwriter, his talents as quirky and notable as before.

 

He recorded with various other groups in the Bay Area and began work on a solo album at The Barn, on Mickey Hart’s ranch in Novato, California, laying down a considerable amount of strong material before his rapidly failing health ultimately hindered his ability to complete it.

 

Hart was so impressed with Jim’s songwriting and performance skills that he put together a band to showcase it – one of the fond memories of early-80s Bay Area music, High Noon, which featured Jim on vocals, keyboards, and rhythm guitar, Mickey Hart on drums, Bobby Vega on bass, Merl Saunders on vocals and keys, Vicki Randle on vocals, percussion, and rhythm guitar (lots of switching around in this band!), Michael Hinton on lead guitar, and Norton Buffalo on harp and vocals.  Two of he songs on this CD, “Left Out in the Cold,” which was co-written with Merl, and Jim’s “Cross the Bridge,” are performed here by High Noon and were graciously earmarked for it.  Also during this era, Jim’s friendship with bass player Bobby Vega solidified in, and they wrote several tunes together, one of which, “The Real Deal,” is included in this project.

 

Jim performed frequently with Merl Saunders, and together they also wrote the song “Play the Paris Blues,” which was heard on the television series “Simon and Simon.”  Merl recorded the tune with Dr. John and it was Dr. John’s part that found its way onto the San Francisco-based show “Nash Bridges.”

 

The years passed, but interest in these songs has remained high – mostly from musicians in the know.  Finally, the right elements fell into place.  Twenty-four years after she promised her husband Jim to complete his legacy, Executive Producer Evy McPherson explained, “This CD celebrates a completed life, and that changes its scope.  If Jim had been around, this CD might have been very different.  But in these circumstances, I felt it had to represent all of his many dimensions – so there are blues songs, country songs, love songs, even a funk song…Because he could do anything.”

 

We can speculate on what might have been – but here in A Promise Kept you have what he was able to do – and it is genuine treasure, the work of a truly superlative songwriter.  Your ears will tell you so.

Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh Debuts Interviews w/ Ringo Starr & More Labor Day Weekend

The virtual airwaves are heating up this fall as "Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh" kicks off an incredible series of features that can only be found on the band's official Artist Personal Experience online radio station.  As traditional radio segues into their yearly Labor Day countdowns of songs, the Eagles promise-and deliver-something new and exciting.  Beginning September 4th, A.P.E.

Tiësto Extends US Tour/Releases Exclusive Pre Sale Information /‘Kaleidoscope'

The new album ‘Kaleidoscope’ is Tiësto’s 4th artist recording and is expected to reflect the growing stature of a man who many consider to be the world's biggest DJ. The first single, titled ‘I Will Be Here’, was released on July 28th on Ultra Records, following the debut on BBC’s Radio 1.  The video for this single was premiered exclusively on MySpace on August 7th, and recently reached in the Top 10 on the Itunes Dance Chart.

tiestTiësto’s career highlights to date are many, but recent exploits include a GRAMMY nod for his last artist album, ‘Elements of Life’ and headlining both Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals. With over 1 million Facebook friends (the largest of any electronic artist on the planet), global brand sponsorships deals and sell out headline shows around the world, Tiësto is on the crest of a wave which is only set to continue.  He also sits at the helm of his new label Musical Freedom, a recent development since he parted ways with the Holland-based Black Hole record label.

In addition to being a huge live draw (Tiësto recently staged his own outdoor headline show to a sold out crowd of 25,000 in London’s Victoria Park) Tiësto is also one of the world’s biggest names in remixing, with recent work completed for Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, and Calvin Harris. The forthcoming long player will cement the reputation of a truly global superstar in the prime of his career.

Tiësto had this to say regarding the new album and forthcoming North American tour:  “I'm very excited to work with Ultra Records to release Kaleidoscope. The company understands my artistic vision for the project and brings a lot of forward thinking to what I believe is my best record to date.  Most importantly, I can't wait to start playing this record out!  It will be special to start off in New York City, then go all over North America for our first leg of the tour.”

The release of Kaleidoscope on October 20th will be supported by a worldwide tour in 2009-2010, taking the Kaleidoscope live experience out on over 175 dates, across 5 continents. North America in Sept–Nov 2009 will range from arenas and coliseums to intimate nightclubs.

More on the new record, ‘Kaleidoscope’ Tiësto:

tiesto2009 is very much about business as usual for Tiësto.  After a run of four top-selling electronic artist albums, the electronic pioneer has made Kaleidoscope, an artist album in the truest sense: a stunning collection of songs written and recorded in collaboration with a variety of music talents from the worlds of dance, pop and rock: Jónsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris, Emily Haines from Metric, to name a few. Having made the DJ performance an artform, Tiësto has now made the dance album an artform.

“The starting point was to work with different artists that I liked,’ Tiësto explains, ‘it was as simple as that. ‘Sigur Rós make beautiful music. Bloc Party are fantastic and exciting and innovative. But the hardest thing initially was to get those kind of people to collaborate. They don’t work with dance artists as a rule, and especially not a dance DJ, but when we started producing these tracks, I was surprised at how well the styles work together.”

Once the artists had seen YouTube clips of Tiësto’s crowd-wowing performances, like the one of him playing in front of 250.000 people on the beach in Brazil, and once they’d heard the tracks he’d been writing, they all jumped at the chance.

First on board were Tegan and Sara, the Canadian indie duo and twin sisters. Tiësto had remixed their single “Back In Your Head”, and in June 2008 they met in Vancouver. “I realized what great songwriters they are – I gave them a track to write on and they did an amazing job.” In his home studio in his hometown of Breda in Holland, Tiësto set to work finessing the collaboration. “Feel It In My Bones” is the result, an epic, shimmering floorfiller.

Soon the songs were pouring in. Nelly Furtado and Tiësto started off as mutual admirers, but after making her way to Tiësto's performance at the 2008 Miami Winter Music Conference (she’d come along with her producer Timbaland) Furtado instantly agreed to be involved, and a few weeks later she gave Tiësto an idea for a song that would become, "Who Wants To Be Alone". Next to sign up was Emily Haines of Metric.  She caught the thrilling Tiësto DJ Experience in Ibiza last summer and again, didn’t hesitate – “Knock You Out” is a euphoric tune that will cause floorquakes in the Balearic isles and rock festivals alike.

Securing the involvement of Kele Okereke, singer with Bloc Party, was initially more of a challenge. “Kele’s voice is so powerful on a dance track – I did a remix for Bloc Party, of the band´s new single “One More Chance”, and it really worked. Kele was a hard man to pin down. I was supposed to sit in the studio with him in Miami during this year’s WMC, but he got sick and had to cancel last minute. But I had written this weird piano track, an offbeat thing, and he really liked it, so we hooked up in London one Sunday afternoon a few weeks later. I played him the song and he just started singing with his guitar, mumbling a little bit then suddenly words came out of his mouth… and suddenly we had a track!  It was amazing to see how this guy made something cool and creative right on the spot.”

The album’s lead single, meanwhile, is “I Will Be Here”, a hook-up with huge-selling Australian band Sneaky Sound System. It’s a big, bold party tune with a stirring house-diva vocal – and a song whose infectious immediacy reflects the instinctive manner in which Tiësto wrote it: he crafted the entire production in less than week.

TiëstoCreating Kaleidoscope, the song that gives this colorful, shapeshifting album its entirely appropriate title, was more drawn-out. Tiësto had his heart, and his ears, set on securing the services of Sigur Rós singer Jónsi Birgisson. Tiësto flew to Chicago to track him down, then did the same in Brussels, before finally spending time in Amsterdam discussing what they might do together.

“It was a crazy idea,’ he laughs. ‘If you listen to Sigur Rós you can’t imagine any relation to Tiësto. Maybe the melancholy of it, but that’s about it. Their music is so different and I think that Jónsi is one of the most creative artists in the world. But the funny thing was, I met him at a couple of times at shows, and there’s a lot more in common than I thought – Jónsi told me he used to be a big Iron Maiden fan as well, like I was! Then I noticed that he makes a lot of dance music at home on his own. So he’s not that far away from what I do, really.”

The result is a huge, progressive trance song, soulful and uplifting. “And Kaleidoscope is a great title for the album too. We’re mixing shapes and colors together to make something new.”

Say hello to a new Tiësto. Yes, he’s the world’s most popular DJ. But the ceaseless desire to innovate that has pushed Tiësto to the top of his game, propelled him to seek out some of the best musicians around, wherever in the world they – or he – happened to be. “I’ve worked with these handpicked artists because they´re people I admire hugely, and because they make my music better. It’s more fulfilling for me to work like this, but a lot harder and more challenging.”

In the end, admits Tiësto, he’s unsure how people will react to Kaleidoscope. “It is completely different to what I did before,’ he says cheerfully, adding that this is one of the reasons he´s set up an appropriately named new label, Musical Freedom, to release the album. ‘I’m introducing more and more flavors of what people know as Tiësto. This is a record you can enjoy at home, not just on the dancefloor. But what is very important to me, is that every single track on the album will work when I play out too.”

He’s not the world’s greatest DJ for nothing…

North American Tour

 Thu 9/24 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Fri 9/25 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 
Sat 9/26 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Thu 10/1 Boston, MA - Tsongas Arena*
Fri 10/2 Montreal, Canada - Bell Center
Sat 10/3 Toronto, Canada - Arrow Hall
Sat 10/10 Atlanta, GA - North Atlanta Trade Center
Sun 10/11 Washington, DC - Fur
Mon 10/12 Cleveland, OH - Aura
Tues 10/13 Columbus, OH - Boma
Weds 10/14 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory*
Thurs 10/15 Charlotte, NC - The Forum
Fri 10/16 Orlando, FL - UCF Arena *
Sat 10/17 Miami, FL - Liv*
Sun 10/18 Tampa, FL - The Ritz
Fri 10/23 Houston, TX - Reliant Arena*
Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX - the Palladium
Sun 10/25 San Antonio, TX - Cowboys
Mon 10/26 OK City, OK - City Walk
Tues 10/27 Nashville, TN - Limelight
Weds 10/28 St Louis, MO - Home
Thurs 10/29 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater*
Fri 10/30 Minneapolis, MN - Myth
Sat 10/31 Chicago, IL - The Congress
Sun 11/1 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Tue 11/10 Edmonton, Canada - Shaw Conference Center
Thu 11/12 Calgary, Canada - Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)
Sat 11/14 Vancouver, Canada - PNE

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October 17 in Ft Lauderdale at NSU Arena (Early Show)
October 19 in Naples, FL at Sway Lounge
November 7 in El Paso, TX at Cohen Stadium
November 9 in Denver, CO at Beta
November 22 in Phoenix, AZ at Marquee Theater

 Coming Soon

November 8 in San Diego, CA
November 20 in Salt Lake City, UT
November 21 in San Francisco, CA
November 25, 27, 28 in Los Angeles, CA

First Leg Of Latin Tour & Dates

December 4 in Bogota, Colombia at Coferias Convention Center
December 5 in Medellin, Colombia at Plaza Mayor Convention Center
December 7 in Cali, Colombia
December 9 in Panama City, Panama
December 11 in Porto Alegre, Brasil
December 12 in Sao Paulo, Brasil
December 13 in Brasilia, Brasil
December 16 in La Paz, Bolivia
December 17 in Lima, Peru
December 18 in Santiago, Chile at Espacio Riesco
December 19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Mother Hips Announce New Album & Fall Tour Dates

The Mother Hips have flown under the radar as true indie music pioneers for almost two decades.  With the release of their new album Pacific Dust (available October 27th on Camera Records), 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.

motherThe 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.

Pacific Dust's compositions about penning a song in your kitchen at 3:00 am (the thundering album opener "White Falcon Fuzz"), record company politics (garage-rock boogie "Third Floor Story"), and a father and son's relationship through music (on the ballad "Young Charles Ives") indeed tell the story of many American rock bands. But here's why it matters: The Mother Hips have survived, and in fact thrived, throughout the journey - and Pacific Dust, with its bittersweet melodies, poignant lyrics, and strong and gritty musicianship, is a perfect example of why.

The Mother Hips owe most of their success to their large and loyal fanbase.  Earlier releases such as Part-Timer Goes Full, Green Hills of Earth, and Red Tandy have become almost cult classics among indie music buffs, and the band's most recent 2007 album, Kiss the Crystal Flake, offered proof that the band still continues to attract new supporters. Over the years, the band has worked with and played alongside a slew of renowned/respected colleagues including super-producer Rick Rubin, Wilco, Johnny Cash, and many others.

Today, armed with their newest release Pacific Dust, The Hips are poised to take their experience and talent to another level for this next leg of their already epic journey.

The band will tour this fall in support of Pacific Dust.  The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

September 11 The Palms Playhouse Winters CA
September 17 Plush Tucson AZ
September 19 Zion Canyon Music Festival Springdale UT
September 25 19 Broadway Fairfax CA
October 1 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo CA
October 2 Club Fred Fresno CA
October 3 The Glass House Pomona CA
October 9 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta GA
October 10 Fall for Greenville Greenville SC
October 16 The Lodge Ventura CA
October 17 Smokin' in the Park BBQ Festival Alpine CA
October 29 - November 1 Las Tortugas IV Halloween Ball Groveland CA
November 5 Tractor Tavern Seattle WA
November 6 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR
November 7 River City Saloon Hood River OR
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
January 3-8 Jam Cruise 8 Fort Lauderdale FL

Additional dates to be announced.