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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.

Floozies, Fresh2Death & Michael Garfield at the B-Side Lounge

The Floozies (jazzy live looping funk duo), Fresh2Death (crunk dueling laptops), and Michael Garfield (virtuosic string tapping, with special guest Johannes Rath) @ Boulder's B-Side Lounge, with live painting by Michael Garfield.

The Floozies are a live looping duo made up of brothers Matt and Mark Hill. After forming in January 2008 in Lawrence, KS, they’ve gone from rocking house parties in their hometown to sharing the stage and collaborating with the likes of Galactic, Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Particle, edIT (Glitch Mob), Vibesquad, EOTO, Euforquestra, and many others in countless venues all over the Midwest. Their shows are an exercise in groove exploration, as they improvise their way through funk, hip-hop, and electronic music, bending and molding beats in new ways every night. Nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is planned, and no one performance is ever the same as another. Their new album, “Lunar Real Estate,” shows that they are skilled instrumentalists that know how to produce a fresh, slamming, electronic beat symphony that is simultaneously primal and compelling. It features 13 studio-produced tracks, some produced solo by Matt, some collaboratively, and some, for the first time, solo by Mark. It also features cover art designed by rising graphic design star David Bywater. Does it sound like their live show? Nope. Their live show experience is nothing like a studio album, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Fresh2Death is the live musical collaboration of DJs Fisk and Samples. The live remix, dual-laptop performance brings a hyper-active element that is missing in a standard DJ performance.  The band was formed in mid-January 2009, but Fisk and Samples have a combined 12 years of DJ experience. Come to a Fresh2Death show to hear the emerging sound of Glitch Hop, where Fisk & Samples are at the forefront of the beginning of a new genre.

Michael Garfield is on a mission to move you.  Rooted in an athletic but vulnerable voice and a dazzling palette of intricate fingerstyle guitar techniques, his intense sets turn on a dime between instrumental etudes, dynamic anthems, heart-spearing ballads, and hypnotic acoustic-electronic loopscapes...mind-altering solo performances fine-tuned to pull audiences deeper into the mixed blessing of our common human experience.

When: November 7th, 2009

Where: The B-Side Lounge, Boulder, CO

Billy Crockett To Release 'Wishing Sky' November 3

Veteran singer-songwriter-producer-master guitarist Billy Crockett will release on November 3 his new record, the artful and melodic WISHING SKY (Blue Rock Artists), with its smart and insightful lyrics and virtuoso instrumentation.

Crockett’s one-of-a-kind sound — fresh, thought-through lyrics included — is exemplified by WISHING SKY and its authentic songs of love and life and the handling of both from what the writer describes as a new point of view that crystallized during a respite from touring and the planning and building of Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, Texas.

With cameo appearances by Jon Dee Graham, Ray Bonneville, Paul English and Lloyd Maines, Crockett’s WISHING SKY features “Feel It,” about how thinking too much can get in the way of good stuff (the tango, for instance, he says); “Meant That,” about longing for authenticity and finding it in a word, guitar solo, a dog howling at the moon or in the way she walks; and “Long Live This Love,” an audacious appeal for lasting love.

“After nine years, I wrote and recorded the album, songs of independent observation, free of institutional ties. In a way, I’m starting over,” he says. “I have tried to strip down my own language and ideas to something essential, tell my story, and maybe ours, to anyone. No proclamations, no codes and credos. Now it seems more about the simple story.”

Another cut from the album, “Ticking of Her Heart,” about how fear, alienation and depression consume a self, is a co-write with the great Pierce Pettis. The recording also includes a timely pep talk to Americans, “Back on the Horse”: “… the only chance we have, of course, is to get our asses back on the horse. …”

And there is a horse named WISHING SKY: a 2-year-old thoroughbred, black with a white comet streak across his forehead, that is named for the album and title track (about two people listening to ancient voices under the night sky) that lives and trains in Louisiana and will start racing next month.

In 1999, Crockett dedicated the album SIMPLE PLANS and a yearlong 40-stop tour to efforts by Habitat for Humanity and the communities it serves. He’s also written and recorded PASSAGES, an album of classical guitar pieces. In 2006, he and his wife, Dodee, founded Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, where he is creative director and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis and others in its state-of-art recording facility there.

Crockett will play a special album release show at Austin’s famed Cactus Cafe on November 18.

For more information, visit www.billycrocket.com and www.bluerocktexas.com.

Phish Wants You To Recycle Your Cell Phone At Phish Festival 8

Rock the Earth and Phish are asking all fans planning to attend Phish Festival 8 to bring their old, unwanted mobile phones to

Todd Snider @ Boulder Theater

The Excitement Plan’s laid- back groove and top- shelf lyrics are being called Snider's best work yet. "This music is sorta JJ Cale meets Jerry Jeff Walker sounding with words that would hopefully impress Shel Silverstein, Bobby Bare, Chuck Berry, Kris Kristofferson or Randy Newman,” Snider said. With his contributions of stellar guitar, piano and harmonica, his musicianship shares the spotlight as easily as his treasured lyrics.

Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release, The Devil You Know found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone. More recently, last year’s Peace Queer EP--a concept record featuring all the peace, love and anarchy Snider is known for--inspired Blender to say he “morphed from a wisecracking country-ish journeyman to the sharpest and funniest protest singer working today." The EP spent five weeks at number one on the Americana chart and Spin Magazine dubbed him, "One of roots music's slyest, smartest songwriters."

97.3 KBCO presents
TODD SNIDER
Friday, January 8
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

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

Reserved=$30.00, GA seated=$24.00
On Sale Saturday, October 31

A Frightfully Funky Halloween Weekend in New Orleans

Get ready for a Shaketacular Halloween Weekend!

Fri, Oct 30th 10:30 Show @ Blue Nile
Eric Lindell w/ Mia Borders +

LATE NIGHT Show: Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
$15.00
Fri, Oct 30th 11:30 Show @ Tipitina's FQ
Bonerama & PBS (Porter Batiste Stoltz)
$20 Adv/ $25 Doors
Sat, Oct 31st - HALLOWEEN NIGHT
Tipitina's FQ - 10pm Show
Dirty Dozen Brass Band &

Big Sam's Funky Nation
plus opener Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra 
$20.00

Don't miss these frightfully funky shows! Costumes are encouraged, Shaking it is mandatory!
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