Newswire

From Good Homes Reunite for Two Shows - Dec 18 and 19

The members of From Good Homes have announced today that the band will reunite for a weekend of special shows- their first in 10 years.  The shows, scheduled for December 18th & 19th at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ will mark the first time the band has performed together since the band's legendary "farewell show" in August 1999.

The genesis of From Good Homes dates back to a high school band, when childhood friends Todd Sheaffer, Brady Rymer, and Patrick Fitzsimmons came together in rural, Northwestern New Jersey.  Originally called "Old Crow", and later evolving into "The Dogs", the core line-up remained.  With the addition of Dan Myers in 1988, and Jamie Coan in 1990, the band From Good Homes was fully formed.  The band's upbeat approach, solid songwriting, and unique sound allowed them to quickly develop a dedicated following on the touring circuit. Bringing together rock, jazz, folk, celtic and jam-band influences under one umbrella, rooted in Todd Sheaffer's inspired songwriting, From Good Homes forged their own, instantly lovable music. Their unique style prompted one critic to affectionately label the band's blend of influences as "Hick-Pop".

From Good Homes released 5 albums during their career- 3 on RCA Records- and performed over 1,500 shows across North America, including two tours with Dave Matthews Band and shows with Bob Dylan, Ratdog featuring Bob Weir, Widespread Panic, Hootie & The Blowfish, Blues Traveler and many more.  In 1998, From Good Homes received an achievement award from Billboard Magazine and Irving Plaza for the most consecutive sold-out performances ever (12) at the New York City venue.

After disbanding in 1999, band members went on to embark on individual projects.  Todd Sheaffer formed the bluegrass-influenced Railroad Earth, which has released 5 records and continues to sell-out shows throughout North America.  After starting a family of his own, Brady Rymer began a career making music for children and families; his most recent release "Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could" was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Musical Album for Children category.  Drummer Patrick Fitzsimmons has had a very successful run as a singer/songwriter, releasing 5 records independently and touring regularly in the Northeast.  Saxophonist Dan Myers runs a production company, Dirt Floor Studio, and has worked on records with Adam Green, Sam Champion, as well as with Rymer and Fitzsimmons.  He also appeared as a guest soloist on "Live Trax Vol. 16" the latest live release from Dave Matthews Band.  Multi-instrumentalist Jamie Coan continues to write, perform and record and currently plays fiddle and Dobro with The Red Top Ramblers in the Charleston, SC area.

"It'll be great to get back on stage with the guys and play again" says lead singer Todd Sheaffer.  "It's been a long time since the From Good Homes family was together and I know this is going to be a whole lot of fun".

Tickets for the shows are $28 in advance and $33 on the day of show.  They are on sale now through Tickets.com.  All information is available at www.wellmonttheatre.com and www.fromgoodhomes.com.

From Good Homes is:

Todd Sheaffer - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Brady Rymer - bass, vocals
Patrick Fitzsimmons - drums
Dan Myers - saxophones, melodica, vocals
Jamie Coan - acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, vocals

Zen Tricksters 30th Anniversary Show 10/25/09

The legendary New York based jam band, The Zen Tricksters, celebrates its 30th anniversary on Sunday, October 25th with a rare show at B.B. King Blues Club in New York (237 W. 42 St. 212 997-4144), NY beginning at 7:30 PM.

Founder and lead guitarist Jeff Mattson will be joined by veteran Zen Tricksters Klyph Black (bass), Tom Circosta (guitar), and Dave Diamond (drums). The band is currently on hiatus while Mattson pursues his project with Donna Jean Godchaux (Grateful Dead), The Donna Jean Godchaux Band, and Klyph Black tours with his blues band, Rumor Has It. Mattson recalls their early days when the band was called The Volunteers and played five+ nights a week in Long Island clubs. The band began touring nationally in 1989 and has played in nearly every state in the Union, as well as Canada and Japan. Former Zen Tricksters players of note include Rob Barraco who played with band mate Mattson with Phil Lesh in 1999, went on to play with The Dead, and who now plays keys with Dark Star Orchestra.

EOTO: Fall Tour & New Album

The way music is produced and performed is growing at an astounding rate. From the roots of acoustic music to amped up rock n’ roll and into the electronic revolution, the options available to the modern musician are more like a scientific lab, then the campfire jam from where it all started. From the controls of a tiny laptop, a performer now has the power to mix, change and loop sounds in a concert setting with great ease. This modern twist of technology is bringing a new level of music to the electronic dance party.

While the genre of live electronica is relatively new on the music circuit, nobody is breaking the boundaries of live producing and improvisation like EOTO. Fusing elements of live instrumentation, house music, dubstep and electro into their dance ready sound, the band will be taking the country by storm beginning in late September for their perennial fall tour, performing 33 consecutive nights in a row.

Consisting of Michael Travis and Jason Hann the duo mixes the organic sounds of live drums, keyboards, vocals, bass, percussion, and guitar through a variety of programs and gadgets to create a style of music that is more likely found in a dance club, then a live music theater. What sets EOTO apart from other artists in this emerging genre is how the music is created. While some artists may spend hours pre-mixing samples and elements of music for their live show, EOTO uses nothing pre-recorded, giving them the ability to approach each song with on-the-spot spontaneity and 100% live improvisation.

Because of the ever-changing sound and style of music, it’s hard to describe a band like EOTO. In a recent discussion on the bands highly active Facebook page, the thousands of subscribed fans were asked to describe the band in their own words – descriptions ranged from mythical to visual, each in awe of the duo’s ability to create high octane dance music in a live setting. A trait that has fans old and new catching multiple shows on a tour and packing venues wherever they play. Or maybe EOTO is selling out venues around the coast for the spirit of dance music they bring in general. As one fan put it “It’s a raging dance party that nobody should miss. An indescribable feeling that lingers for hours“.

It should come as no surprise that the members of EOTO have performed with a range of musicians second to none. Their combined resume includes the likes of Isaac Hayes, Loreena McKinnett, Herbie Hancock, Drummers of STOMP, DJ Tequila, Les Nubians, Stanley Jordan, Les ClayPool, Joshua Redman, Arturo Sandoval, Bela Fleck, Trilok Gurtu, Charlie Hunter, Mike Marshall and Dave Grisman just to name a few. In less then 3 years, the duo has performed over 500 shows including the top festivals in North America. The machine that drives EOTO is more then just performing live music, the band also does all of their own self-management and booking for every single show they play.

Beginning in late September and performing every single night in October, EOTO will hit the road with their long-awaited studio EP called Fire the Lazers!!. This eleven-track journey into dubstep, electro and house music showcases their talents and skill in a growing dimension of music. In true EOTO spirit the album was produced with nothing planned or rehearsed, capturing only the best of what makes up their original sound. The album will be available on the road and by digital download in October of 2009. Those interested in an advance copy of the release for review should contact Ami Heinrich

TOUR DATES
10/12 Columbus, OH Scarlet & Grey Cafe
10/13 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
10/14 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
10/15 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
10/16 Burlington, VT Club Metronome
10/17 Allston, MA Harper's Ferry
10/18 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
10/19 Providence, RI The Hi Hat
10/20 Hartford, CT The Warehouse
10/21 Albany, NY Red Square
10/22 New York, NY Sullivan Hall
10/23 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
10/24 Baltimore, MD 8x10
10/25 Richmond, VA Canal Club
10/26 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes
10/27 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
10/28 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
10/29 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
10/30 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
10/31 Lawrence, KS The Granada

Danny Barnes Trio & Spring Creek @ Boulder Theater

The banjo stirs a feeling of timelessness with its old time/bluegrass/folk associations. Danny Barnes builds with these base molecules of the instrument's heritage, sculpting a sound with one foot in contemporary technological landscapes, another in deep running traditions, and arms waving free in outer space. Found audio samples merge and crash as the instrument's high picking peaks and valleys of bassy depths loop in a journey through the American heart of darkness and back towards the light. Add the free form jazz of Ornette Coleman to the legacy of Dock Boggs, remix it with DJ Shadow, and view it through a DIY punk aesthetic and you have some idea of Folktronics. Live, on studio or homemade records, and through the countless concert recordings that circulate in the taper scene as word-of-mouth gems, Barnes is a sonic pioneer, hacking through the underbrush with his musical weapons of choice, banjo as compass.

Spring Creek from Lyons, Colorado, are quickly gaining a reputation as the hottest young band in the Rocky Mountains. The quartet play a mix of bluegrass standards and compelling originals, and all four musicians are also accomplished vocalists. Spring Creek builds their foundation on the fundamentals of classic bluegrass, yet they create their own energetic contemporary style.Though they clearly appeal to traditional bluegrass fans, the Spring Creek musicians mix in a little something for everyone at their live shows. Expect to hear an Elton John or Gillian Welch cover squeezed in between a blazing fast Carter Stanley instrumental and a rip roarin' Bill Monroe tune.

Honey Don’t plays American Stringband Music from the heart of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. The music ranges from Americana to Folk, Country, Old-time, Bluegrass and good old Rock-n-Roll.

DANNY BARNES TRIO & SPRING CREEK
w/ Honey Don't
Friday, November 27
doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

Andy Rothstein: “Wit of the Staircase”

Andy Rothstein's new album, Wit of the Staircase, is out now and enjoying all kind of recognition, including:  First Round Entry in the 52nd Annual  Grammy Awards Ballot for “Best Contemporary Jazz album” and “Best Jazz solo” for Lew Soloff’s solo on “Wit of the “Staircase”

Andy Rothstein (Guitar), Manolo Badrena (percussion), Tom Hammer (keyboards), Steve Jankowski (trumpet), Erik Lawrence (saxophone), Pete Levin (organ/piano), Tony Senatore (bass), Andy Snitzer (saxophone), Lew Soloff (trumpet), Luther Rix (drums), Van Romaine (drums), Tom Timko (saxophone)

Some Recent Reviews:

"Andy and his all star cast serve this entire musical meal up in the most precise yet playful fashion. Jazz is supposed to be for serious musicians, but fear not, every one of these gents have their chops down and give every genre they represent true justice. When Wit of The Staircase is done you feel like you just got the grand tour of jazz and all the sub genres all in one sitting. This is an excellent listen worth many more spins after the first. You would be well advised to check this out several times before you decide that nothing was missed along the way."

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival wraps Third Successful Event

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival (the biennial event previously known as Wall to Wall Guitar Festival), held September 10-12, 2009 at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, wrapped up its third successful event with more than 30 world-class guitarists - including 11 free performances - over three days.

Renowned for incredible acoustic spaces, the Krannert Center at Urbana's University of Illinois campus offers an enviable variety of state-of-the-art performance spaces. Every other year, ELLNORA brings an amazingly diverse hand-picked lineup to these incredible rooms, offering a "festival" experience unlike any other.  At this most recent event, attendees witnessed indie-rock darlings The National in a room quiet enough to hear a pin drop, watched Junior Brown play thunderous riffs at Ellnora's opening bash, and enjoyed the classical sounds of some of Johann Sebastian Bach's best modern interpreters (including Nigel North, Paul Galbraith and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet) performing live at special festival offering dubbed "Bachfest."

Taking full advantage of Krannert's facilities, the 2009 event moved further into the integration of music and art, this year highlighting especially the visual arts. Bill Frisell performed his moving Disfarmer Project, an ode to photographer Mike Disfarmer's Great Depression-era photos; The Long Count paired visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie with Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National) and Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Pixies) to create a feast of images and song-filled myth about the beginning of time; and in an outside amphitheater, fans enjoyed silent films accompanied by live musicians (Alex De Grassi and Leni Stern Quartet) performing soundtracks they'd composed especially for the films.

Mike Ross, Director of the Krannert Center, recapped the weekend saying, "It's been a fabulous joy to watch this talent-packed, high-energy festival become a major signature piece for our vibrant micro-urban community in such a short time. The overwhelming response we received from this year's audiences signals an even more robust pathway forward."

Check out www.ellnoraguitarfestival.com for videos, photos, interviews and more from the 2009 event.

Who are Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears?

Chicago native BRYAN SCARY recorded his 2007 debut solo, before recruiting the rest of THE SHREDDING TEARS and setting up shop in Brooklyn. The five-piece group features Graham Norwood on guitar, Mike Acreman on keys, David Ostrem on bass, and Brian Bauer on drums, with Scary on vocals and keys.  BSST has been called "psychedelic," "progressive," "quirky," and "strange," but they consider themselves first and foremost a pop band. 2008's FLIGHT OF THE KNIFE fused glam, psych rock, and theatrical 70s pop with science fiction narratives and elaborate children's stories. A conceptual tour-de-force, the album hit #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart after being made Editor's Choice, and amassed a significant cult following. The group continues to win fans with their flamboyant and maniacally-energetic stage shows -- multimedia events which showcase the band's story-telling and flair for the dramatic.

BSST's new EP, MAD VALENTINES, is a joint release with Elijah Woods' Simian Records and Old Flame Records - it will drop on October 27th. The band recorded the album in LA with producer Jonathan Sadoff (a member of the band thenewno2). An additional EP track was then recorded in Brooklyn and produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo). The lead-off track on the EP, "Andromeda's Eyes," will be available as a Rock Band downloadable level this fall.

The band are touring throughout fall/winter to support MAD VALENTINES. They plan to enter the studio early in the new year to record their next full-length album, a Western set during the early 20th century and titled DAFFY'S ELIXIR.

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

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.

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/ The Trampolines
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                      Boulder Weekly presents
7:00 & 9:30pm              TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH'S
"RE:SESSION"
GA / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$16.50 / 7pm=All Ages 9:30pm=21+

Sat, Oct 17                   EMMITT NERSHI BAND feat. Keith Moseley and Chris Misner
9:00pm                         & ASSEMBLY OF DUST

GA / 21+ / $21.50

Sun, Oct 18                   97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                           E-TOWN
w/ CAKE & special guest
GA / All Ages / $25.00

Wed, Oct 21                   KGNU & Cafe Nuba presents
8:00pm                           MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
w/ Sonnenblume
GA / 21+ / $29.00

Thur, Oct 22                   THE NORTH FACE "NEVER STOP EXPLORING" SPEAKER SERIES
7:00pm                             ft. Conrad Anker & Jimmy Chin
GA=$9.50, VIP=$23.50 / All Ages

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

Sat, Oct 24                   MOUNTAIN SUN PUB'S 16 Years of Funky Good Time
9:00pm                         featuring PEARL ST. ALL STARS
w/ Pimps of Joytime
GA / Advance -$25.00 / DOS -$27.00/ 21+

Sun, Oct 25                   97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                           E-TOWN
w/ Moby & special guest
GA / All Ages / $20.75                                  

Wed, Oct 28                 Downtown Boulder presents
7:30pm                          FASHION UNDER THE FLATIRONS
Runway(21+)=$65.00, Reserved(21+)=$48.00, GA(21+)=$35.00, Balcony (18+)=$20.00

Thur, 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
w/ Quixotic
GA / $38.50 / Oct 30=18+,  Oct 31=21+

Tues, Nov 1                   97.3 KCBO presents
7:00pm                           E-TOWN
w/ Bob Schneider & the Flatlanders
GA / All Ages / $18.75 

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

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

Fri, Nov 20                   Boulder Weekly presents
9:00pm                         THE LAST WALTZ ft. POLYTOXIC
GA / 21+ / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$18.50

Tues, Dec 1                  Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190 present
8:00pm                           EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
w/ Fool's Gold & Local Natives
GA / All Ages /  $17.00

Wed, Dec 2                     Live Nation presents
7:00pm                            THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
w/ The Story of the Year & special guests
GA / All Ages / Advance=$25.00, DOS=$27.00

Fri, Dec 11                    TRACE BUNDY'S Acoustic Holiday
7:30pm                           w/ Damien Jurado
Reserved=$24.00 / GA=$19.50 / All Ages

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

Thurs, Dec 31             97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                        LEFTOVER SALMON's 20th Anniversary New Year's Celebration
G A / 21+ / $56.00

Fri, Jan 15                    REVEREND HORTON HEAT
9:00pm                           w/ Deadbolt
GA / 21+ / Advance=$12.50, DOS=$29.50

Sat, Jan 23                    Neil Berg's 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY
8:00pm                           Reserved=$48.50 / GA Seated=$40.00 / All Ages
On Sale Oct 16

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

THE CRYSTAL METHOD TO PREMIERE "COME BACK CLEAN" VIDEO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 ON YAHOO!

America’s top electronic act THE CRYSTAL METHOD will unveil their new video for “Come Back Clean” with an exclusive premiere on YAHOO! Friday, October 16.  The song is the second single on their album DIVIDED BY NIGHT (Tiny E Records) and features Emily Haines of Metric on vocals.

The “Come Back Clean” video, directed by Alexandre Moors, will be cut to the Kaskade remix which is impacting dance radio now and will be part of an exclusive iTunes EP package set for release Tuesday, October 20.  The 5-song EP without the video is now available through Beatport.  Both versions will include the following tracks:

1. Kaskade Remix Edit

2. Kaskade Extended Remix

3. Kaskade Dub Remix

4. Kaskade Instrumental

5. Album Version

In other news, the winner of the “Come Back Clean” remix contest with Indaba Music—chosen from over 2,000 entrants—has been announced. The Grand Prize Winner Noah + The Man will receive a microKorg XL synthesizer and a tour of the duo's studio with the band.  Noah + The Man's remix will be promoted in Filter's media section, land a spot in the PSSST digital sampler distributed by FILTER Magazine and is now featured as a streaming track on The Crystal Method's MySpace page. The runners-up are James Merrifield and The Magical Blue Orchestra.

Meanwhile, The Crystal Method was the featured guest on KCRW’s “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC” Wednesday, September 30.  Their performance consisted of an assortment of classic tracks like “Busy Child” and “Keep Hope Alive,”   “Now Is The Time” from the 2009 presidential campaign and songs from Divided By Night.  The set wrapped with “Falling Hard” from the new album where they were joined by vocalist Meiko, drummer extraordinaire Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Peaches, Chelsea Girls) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses).  View the performance of “Falling Hard” here:  http://kcrwmusicnews.vox.com/library/post/crystal-method-on-mbe---live-debut-of-falling-hard.html?_c=feed-atom

Catch THE CRYSTAL METHOD live on Friday, October 30 at Live 105’s Subsonic Halloween Spookfest bash in San Francisco and for a DJ set Saturday, October 31 at Club Catalyst in Knoxville.

Passion Pit Nominated For The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards

2009 has already been a whirlwind year for Boston's Passion Pit, but it's not quite over yet! Having already been nominated for an MTV VMA, for their video "The Reeling", and winning Best Album from Boston's WXPN, the accolades will just not stop flowing. They have now been nominated for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards for "Breaking Woodie." After amazing stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Monolith, and ACL, Passion Pit has an even bigger Winter planned! Following their sold out US Fall Tour and Treasure Island Music Festival in SF, Passion Pit head to Europe where they  will continue to stir up the world. Stay tuned... This is a band who will be keeping your feet moving well into 2010!

Passion Pit Tour Dates

10/7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/9 - Eugene, OR @ EMU Ballroom
10/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
10/11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/14 - Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
10/15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island
10/21 - Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
10/22 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
10/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
10/24 - Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
10/26 - Oxford, UK @ Academy
10/27 - London, UK @ Koko
10/28 - London, UK @ Koko
10/30 - Bristol, UK @ Anson Rooms
10/31 - Southampton, UK @ Southampton University
11/1 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2     
11/3 - Dublin, IE @ Academy
11/4 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/6 - Lille, FR @ Aeronef
11/7 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale
11/8 - Nantes, FR @ Olympic
11/10 - Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
11/11 - Lyon, FR @ Ninkasi Kao
11/12 - Zurich, CH @ Alte Borse
11/13 - Munich, DE @ 59:1
11/14 - Cologne, DE @ Werkstatt
11/16 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
11/17 - Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
11/18 - Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
1/8 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY(Tickets On Sale For T5 Friday)