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Here We Go Magic Release Black Cab LIVE Session

It's been a big year for Here We Go Magic following the release of their much celebrated self-titled debut (Western Vinyl), and now they have their sights firmly set on 2010 with a new album, a new record label, and an ever expanding sound. Having just signed to Secretly Canadian, the band is targeting Spring of 2010 to release their highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's breakthrough record.

The band have spent much of the year on the road touring with indie giants including Grizzly Bear and are currently supporting The Walkmen before playing Austin City Limits.

Here We Go Magic are also hard at work recording the self-produced sophomore album in a house they've commandeered in upstate New York, and while the first record was the result of Luke Temple getting creative in his bedroom, this release is a fully fledged team effort.

With an eye towards 2010 the band is looking forward to expanding their audience as their unique sound continues to permeate throughout the indie world.

The Band of Heathens on 'Austin City Limits' with Elvis Costello

The Band of Heathens, whose new album One Foot in the Ether the webzine AmericanaRoots.com ponders as "the best record of 2009," will appear on PBS' Austin City Limits on November 7 on a bill headlined by Elvis Costello.  On the program, the band performs five songs: "Jackson Station," "L.A. County Blues," "Shine a Light," "Golden Calf" and "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone."

Celebrate the Holidays with Cascadia Yulegrass

Looking for an alternative to traditional holiday entertainment this season? Acoustic holiday bluegrass visits the Pacific Northwest December 16-20 with the inaugural Cascadia Yulegrass celebration. Featuring world-renowned musicians and regional favorites including Darol Anger, Sharon Gilchrist, Bill Nershi and others, Cascadia Yulegrass is a contemporary, family-friendly, and affordable holiday alternative that doesn't involve cracked nuts or ballerinas.

World-renowned fiddle master Darol Anger will direct and perform. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has driven the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous path-breaking ensembles such as the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, and his Republic of Strings. Today Darol can be heard on NPR's "Car Talk" theme song along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice, and is a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. For Cascadia Yulegrass, Anger is joined by Rowan/Rice, mandolin-player Sharon Gilchrist, regional guitar hero Scott Law, flat-picking master and String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi, and SCI bassist Keith Moseley. Nershi is coming off a diverse and successful 2009, including a performance at folk music icon Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden. The event was recorded by PBS and is currently being broadcast nationally.

Cascadia Yulegrass also features special guest appearances by Hot Buttered Rum drummer/Everyone Orchestra founder Matt Butler and vocalist Jilian Nershi. Opening the event is feel-good artist Big Water, who will be bringing his message of love, truth & grooving rhythms.

Cascadia Yulegrass hits the following locations this season:

12/16/2009 - River City Saloon, Hood River, OR

12/17/2009 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA

12/18/2009 - Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA

12/19/2009 - Historic McDonald Theatre, Eugene, OR

12/20/2009 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR

Tickets priced from $10 - $22. A variety of VIP and seating packages are available.

Tickets for all markets go on sale Tuesday, November 3rd at www.CascadiaYulegrass.com and venue box offices.

Don't Forget the Food Drive!

In a year when the need for emergency food boxes throughout the Oregon and Washington foodbank networks skyrocketed to historic highs, Cascadia and The Conscious Alliance are proud to announce food drives at each concert - with 100% of donations going to benefit local area food banks. Each patron who donates 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited edition Cascadia Yulegrass poster! The Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium health food oriented products.

Ultra Music Festival | Returns for 2010

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic and alternative music experience--returns for its 12th year Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, 2010.  Recognized as the ninth Top Grossing Concert by Pollstar’s mid-year issue in 2009, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is easily one of music’s most anticipated annual events and will take place as the official closing event of the Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami (the same grounds it has occupied since 2005).

Tickets are officially on-sale NOW via www.ultramusicfestival.com.  Members of UMF’s fan community will receive an email with information on how to purchase Early Bird 2-Day Tickets, which usually sell out in a matter of days. Details about UMF’s highly anticipated line-up--once again being the only place to see a vast number of exclusive artist performances during WMC--will be unveiled later this winter.

Tapped “Best Overall Event” by URB.COM and heralded by the Los Angeles Times as bringing “out raucous revelers as well as electronica’s elite,” UMF had its biggest year yet in 2009. With a line-up that included the launch of The Black Eyed Peas’ massive single “Boom Boom Pow” and exclusive performances by a wide range of DJs and electronic-influenced artists, last year’s UMF saw 85,000 attendees coming from 56 countries & territories, 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

As the world’s most famous outdoor electronic music event, UMF has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2005, “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and “Best Festival” by the Village Voice Media New Times consecutively five years running from 2005 through 2009.

Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, Ultra has grown through the years to present not only the genre’s hottest, biggest and best headline artists (The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Underworld, MOBY, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Deadmau5 and Paul Oakenfold, to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history, or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, The Black Eyed Peas, Santogold, The Ting Tings, The Bravery).

Stanley Jordan W/ The Les Paul Trio

THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB WILL CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE LES PAUL THE MAN, HIS MUSIC AND HIS LEGACY EVERY MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO AND SPECIAL GUESTS:

LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

UPCOMING SHOWS -- NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

NOV. 10 DOUG ACOSTA & THE MIKE BERKOWITZ ORCHESTRA 'YOUR HIT PARADE'  8PM-10PM

NOV. 11 ENDANGERED SPECIES: THE MUSIC OF WAYNE SHORTER

FEATURING THE WAYNE SHORTER TRIBUTE BIG BAND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DAVID WEISS

DIEGO URCOLA AND AVISHAI COHEN- TRUMPET
MICHAEL DEASE AND ANDY HUNTER- TROMBONE
MARCUS STRICKLAND AND JD ALLEN- TENOR SAX
TIM GREEN- ALTO SAX
NORBERT STACHEL- BARITONE SAX AND BASS CLARINET
XAVIER DAVIS- PIANO
DWAYNE BURNO- BASS
GENE JACKSON- DRUMS

NOV. 12-13 MOSE ALLISON

FRIDAY NOV 13 THE PHEROMONES-MIDNIGHT
JESSE RAY – VOCAL, JEFF IRWIN - LEAD GUITAR, ANDREW NORMAN - GUITAR/VOCALS, CRAIG SCHREIBER – BASS, JERRY MCBREARTY - DRUMS

NOV. 14-15 HEATH BROS
JIMMY HEATH —SAXES, TOOTIE HEATH --PERCUSSION
JEB PATTON—PIANO, DAVID WONG-- BASS

NOV. 16 STANLEY JORDAN WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

NOV 17 JUDY BARNETT'S JAZZ-A-TERIA 8PM-10PM

NOV. 18-22
PHAROAH SANDERS BAND FEATURING RAVI COLTRANE

NOV. 23 MIKE STERN WITH LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT – BASS, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO

NOV 24
TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND 8PM-10PM

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 (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)
LES PAUL TRIO SETS REMAIN AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

Kyle Hollingsworth announces Fall Brew Tour Stops and Benefit Show

String Cheese Incident keyboardist/songwriter Kyle Hollingsworth has been an avid home brewer, and a fan of microbrews and specialty beers, for many years.  Now, as he winds his way through the country performing in support of his new solo studio release Then There's Now (September 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records), Kyle blends his love of brewing with his love for music. In select cities along his current fall tour, Kyle teams up with local breweries for some very special "Brew Tour" events.

First up, on Wednesday, November 11th, watch a Live Brew Tour Webcast from the Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington, VT (where the Kyle Hollingsworth Band plays that night at Club Metronome). Log on to www.magichat.net/drinkme at 8pm to watch a special performance and interview live from the brewery.  Kyle will also taste some brews with the Magic Hat brewing team. Fans who log in to the live stream can participate in a question/answer session via Twitter, Ustream, or email. Visit www.kylehollingsworth.com for more information.

On Saturday, November 14th, the Brew Tour stops at the Khyber in Philadelphia, PA, where Kyle and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will host an exclusive meet & greet and tasting before the show that evening.  The first 50 people who purchase tickets to the Kyle Hollingsworth Band concert at The Khyber will automatically be entered to win an invitation for two to the pre-show meet & greet.  Tickets are on sale at www.thekhyber.com (contest closes at midnight Eastern Time on November 11th).  Ten winners will be chosen and contacted by November 12th.

Finally, Kyle's Brew Tour heads to the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO, on December 13th for a "Holiday Folly for Charity."  The Holiday Folly for Charity, which benefits the Food Bank of Larimer County, will feature an intimate performance with the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Tickets include New Belgium beers, a special New Belgium/Hollingsworth brew, food by the Cheba Hut, limited edition New Belgium/Hollingsworth pint glasses, a silent auction, and more. Tickets start at $45 and are very limited. VIP tickets include an exclusive tour with of New Belgium Brewery with Kyle Hollingsworth.  Tickets on sale now at www.kylehollingsworth.com/ontour for tickets and information.  A limited quantity of tickets will also be available for purchase at the store at the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins.

Look for the Kyle Hollingsworth Band on tour this fall.  The complete list of current tour dates is as follows:

November 11 Club Metronome Burlington VT w/ Brew Tour stop at Magic Hat Brewery
November 12 Sullivan Hall New York NY
November 13 8 X 10 Baltimore MD
November 14 The Khyber Philadelphia PA w/ Brew Tour contest with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

The following November dates are co-billed with Ryan Montbleau Band
November 15 Capital Ale House Richmond VA
November 17 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC
November 18 The Pour House Music Hall Raleigh NC
November 19 The Pour House Charleston SC
November 20 Garage at Biltmore Asheville NC
November 21 New Earth Music Hall Athens GA

December 12 Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom Denver CO
December 13 "Holiday Folly for Charity", New Belgium Brewery Fort Collins CO
January 3-8 Jam Cruise 8 Fort Lauderdale FL

For more than a decade, as keyboardist for Colorado's beloved String Cheese Incident, Kyle Hollingsworth has consistently proven one of the most innovative and virtuosic musicians on the American jamband scene. Now, with the Sept. 15th release of Then There's Now (SCI Fidelity Records), his first album since the band announced a hiatus in 2007, Hollingsworth extends his reach into areas that will both delight longtime admirers and lock in countless new ones. Emphasizing his considerable songwriting skills and incorporating a plethora of surprises, Then There's Now marks the true emergence of Kyle Hollingsworth as a solo artist.

RJD2 To Give Away Free Stuff Every Week Until The Colossus Hits Stores in 2010

This morning RJD2 took to his website to announce that he will be giving away free records, MP3s, and more each Monday from now through the release of his forthcoming full length, The Colossus, on January 19th, 2010.

It all kicks off with a giveaway of a super rare vinyl test pressing of "The Horror" EP, originally released in 2003 on Definitive Jux records and in line to be reissued on November 17th via RJ’s newly formed label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, now home to nearly all things RJD2 past and present.

So far this year has seen the re-release of 2001’s Your Face or Your Knee Caps on August 18th and a limited edition box set entitled RJD2 2002-2010, out last week. A strictly vinyl affair, the box set includes full length LP versions of Deadringer, "The Horror" EP (first time on vinyl!), Since We Last Spoke, "Tin Foil Hat" EP (a brand new EP of 7 unreleased songs), a hand silk screened, signed and numbered poster, a download card for the box set content, plus a beautifully printed box.  Additionally, a space will be left in the box for The Third Hand LP released on XL Recordings in 2007 and a space for The Colossus.

"The Horror" is just one of three reissues to hit stores next month – the other two being 2002’s Deadringer, out November 3rd and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke, also out on November 17th.

And of course topping it all off is RJD2’s new album, The Colossus, to be released on January 19th. Only time will tell what additional prizes he has up his sleeve. Until then, read RJD2’s note and enter for a chance to win here.

Lover! on 11/18 at Three Kings

Believe it or not, but being involved with the seedy Memphis punk underground in the mid 1990s can have its advantages. For Rich Crook, falling in with teenage terrors, The Reatards came right at the perfect time in his budding musical life. Stepping into a band with a very much still-teenage Jay Reatard between the release of their debut LP and their shambolic first European tour at the end of 1998 (??), Crook was always the steady force of somewhat actual consciousness that kept everything in balance. His appearance on the 'Grown Up Fucked Up' LP solidified his spot in The Reatards officially, and upon the band's implosion in early 1999, he joined Jay and Alicja Trout of The Clears in the next phase of their sonic obliteration, the notorious Lost Sounds. As this tightly-wound synth-punk unit quickly snapped into their place in the universe, endless touring ensued, and as most of the US never really got a good look at the Reatards live, people flocked out en masse for any and every Lost Sounds show that criss-crossed across the country over the next three years.

After armloads of LPs and endless 7" singles and a reputation for one of the most intense live performances of the early part of the new century, Lost Sounds wound down as most of the better bands tend to do. Each of the three core members decided it was best to try music on their own terms, resulting in some of the most interesting output of all as Alicja Trout formed Mouserocket, The Fitts, and still keeps it up with River City Tanlines on a regular basis. Of course, Jay Reatard started and killed the short-lived Angry Angles, but then delivered incredible solo material that transcended more "industry" barriers than any of us around in the the beginning would have ever imagined. Rich Crook made a few drumming appearances on Viva L'American Death Ray records with Nick Diablo, which were excellent VU-strung, grimy pop compositions, that should definitely be checked out.  But Crook really surprised us all with his eye-opening contributions to The Knaughty Knights, which he formed as a one-off side project with original ex-Oblivian Jack Yarber, while still drumming in the Lost Sounds. Crook's songs were shockingly great, high-energy minimalist pop from the get go, and even before the short-lived band had released a total of four 7" singles, it was obvious that he had a sorely unheralded songwriting skill that really needed to breathe on its own, in a major way.

Although production on the first two Knaughty Knights releases were insanely lo-fi compared to the later two, it was the third 7" EP on Goner released in late 2005 with Crook's epic "Death Has Come Over Me" and "Wenches of Turpentine St." that were the shining examples of the second coming of Rich Crook, the singer, guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire. These songs possessed the stark simplicity that so many great pop songwriters strive for, yet sound as casually executed as a weathered soul who just channels the music swimming around inside him. The last Knaughty Knights 7" was released on Jay Reatard's Shattered Records in the Summer of 2006 and alongside Jack Oblivian's "Boogie Disease" track, featured two more Crook-fronted smash hits, "Tommy of The River" and his version of The Outsiders' "I'm Not Trying To Hurt You," which once again sizzled with a zealous pop fierceness not many people were expecting. Touring Europe seemed like the best idea, and with Crook and Yarber's credentials it wasn't difficult to make it happen. (??)

The rest of the next year saw Crook taking a break from his active bands and working on an oil rig in southern Mississippi, near the Gulf of Mexico, where his reflections of that experience that make up the earliest Lover! songs happened to materialize. Finally Crook had his own musical vehicle all to himself, and with help from the Reigning Sound's Greg Roberson (filling in ironically on drums), he put together and recorded the first Lover! full-length album, producing, songwriting and playing an incredible string of powerpop hits that won't soon be forgotten. Co-released on Empty and PTrash Records in Spring of 2007, the Lover! debut LP still stands as one of the decade's finest pop albums, and by far that year's best.

But the frequency between releases was about to get hectic, as a second LP was already being quickly recorded in Memphis, this time with Jay Reatard behind the recording board. Aside from Billy Childish or Mr. Dan Melchior, releasing more than one full-length LP in the same six-month period was quite unheard of in these circles, so it really stuck out as an impressive feat. Never to disappoint, the 'Gathered In The Graveyard' follow-up LP further bolstered the Lover! sound and showed a stylish, yet sometimes risky mastery of the longer song format, foreshadowing the exquisite pop articulation Lover! would boldly display on the upcoming onslaught of domestic singles already in the works.

As 2008 came around, Lover! channelled their power and emitted a powerful stream of unique 7" singles, with each emerging one taking new stabs at different pop textures and all executed incredibly well and without any sign of a creative rut anytime soon. Labels such as HoZac, Iekk! Sounds, Douchemaster, Tic Tac Totally and Rob's House all released one-of-a-kind pop explosions from the Lover! soundscape, each adding to the rich tapestry of the band that Rich Crook has so carefully built from scratch. An extensive European tour and several festival appearances later, it's all definitely falling into place for Lover!

Here we are in 2009, and Crook has uprooted himself from his Memphis orbit, relocating to Chicago, and finally nailing down a solidified lineup, offering a foundation that wasn't as evident with a rotating cast of backing members in previous incarnations of the band. With lots of new releases on the horizon and a fresh start in a new setting, look out for Lover! to continue to be chiseled into a venerable force in the modern scope of American pop music, and one not soon forgotten.

THE MOTET PLAYS THE MUSIC OF SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE

For this show The Motet will be joined by some phenomenal musicians from the west coast. In addition to Motet regulars Dave Watts, Joey Porter, and Dominic Lalli, they will be featuring former Sly and the Family Stone guitarist: GAIL MULDROW

Gail played on the 1975 Sly and the Family Stone record "I get High on You" and has recorded and toured extensively with Sly bassist Larry Graham's Graham Central Station. In addition she has also toured with Merle Saunders and JGB (among countless other artists and groups). Gail is a fantastic vocalist as well as a slamming funk guitar player so she will undoubtedly be a huge addition to this year's line-up.

Also, The Motet is bringing in from Portland Oregon our ever popular vocalist Jans Ingber, singer extraordinaire Paul Creighton, and the most raw and funky bassist west of the Willamette: Dan Scollard. And last but certainly not least, the omni-present and always charming Cecil 'P-Nut' Daniels will be joining us with his futuristic electrotrumpet!

More info @ themotet.net.

The String Cheese Incident releases Trick or Treat, 2-Disc and Box Set, Today

With the one-time constant touring machine otherwise known as The String Cheese Incident slowing their schedule considerably in recent years, fans get a chance to relive the group's legendary "Hulaween" shows on the forthcoming live release, Trick or Treat. The two-disc release - set to hit today on CD, vinyl, and digitally - is culled from several of these epic shows by The String Cheese Incident.