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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)

Orenda Fink: New Album Ask The Night Out Now

Orenda Fink's sophomore solo album Ask The Night arrived in stores on Tuesday. Following her heralded 2005 release Invisible Ones, the new album is an homage to her Southern roots and inspired by traditional American folk music and Southern Gothic literature. The album has been striking a chord with the press; the blog Captain's Dead remarked, "Orenda Fink's Ask The Night...plain and simple is a beautiful and haunting record and definitely one of my favorite sounding records of the year...Highly recommended!"

Yesterday, PasteMagazine.com premiered new album track "That Certain-Something Spring" here. A full album stream is also currently available on AOL Music's Spinner blog.  Prefix premiered her first single "High Ground" (featuring Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse) on August 25th; KCRW also named the song their 'Top Tune' on September 2nd.

Orenda will travel to New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon later this month to perform at an Oct. 21st day party presented by Rachael Ray's Feedback, The Syndicate, and Amnesty International, as well as the Saddle Creek showcase on Oct. 22nd.

OCT. 21         NEW YORK, NY         THE STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL
(Day party; 5pm set)

OCT. 22         BROOKLYN, NY         KNITTING FACTORY - BROOKLYN
(Saddle Creek showcase; 12am set)

INFECTED MUSHROOM BREAK INTO BILLBOARD TOP 200

For an Israeli-born band plying their own aggressive rock subgenre, known as psy-trance, Infected Mushroom look an awful lot like mainstream artists these days. In fact, they’ve infiltrated the retail, new media and culinary worlds simultaneously.

For one thing, their latest album, Legend of the Black Shawarma (Perfecto Records), has broken into the Billboard Top 200 at #172.  But even more indicative of the raucous, mesmerizing disc’s appeal are its perches at #8 on Billboard’s New Artist chart, #9 on the Current Electronic Albums chart, #32 on Top Indie Albums, #37 on Top Digital Albums and #6 on the iTunes Electronic Albums chart.  The collection’s lead single, “Smashing the Opponent,” features guest vocals by Jonathan Davis of Korn.

All this chart action–-along with the participation of high-profile Shawarma guests like Davis and alternative-rock luminary Perry Farrell, a Pollstar cover story, an appropriately demented iPhone game and an explosive performance at the Burning Man Festival in September (captured in a glorious DUI-style video by director Petro)–-would seem to indicate that the hard-charging Los Angeles-based outfit’s days as an “underground” act are long over.

“If the foundation of a long music career is the ability to evolve,” wrote Pollstar’s Jim Otey in his current cover story, “Infected Mushroom is a band that’s built to last.”

That evolution has included a mystical leap into the gaming world, as “Smashing the Opponent” has been transformed into an iPhone app–featuring the group’s music and artwork based on Jeff McMillan’s Shawarma album art.  As players proceed through the game’s Black Forest setting, they must use an array of weapons to smash various onrushing beasties and uncover the treasure they protect.  The group’s foray into gaming continues with a free featured download of their single in the upcoming game Tap Tap Revenge 3.

Frontman Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani (who founded the band with keyboardist Erez “I.Zen” Eisen) has remarked that Mushroom originally planned its most recent disc as “a concept album about food,” so it’s only fitting that the Mellow Mushroom pizza chain has unveiled a "Legend of the Black Shawarma" Pizza, served up at participating locations with a free MP3 download. Two of the franchise’s Florida outlets have reportedly had to re-order shawarma spices, suggesting a new kind of Mushroom might be taking hold of the pizza scene.

Infected Mushroom has built a rabid international following since its founders met in 1996, and they now regularly pack clubs and festivals worldwide.  Their explosive live shows, which mesh shredding guitar, pounding live drums and blistering electronic textures and grooves–-with Duvdev’s manic presence and passionate vocals bouncing atop the mixture–-reliably whip audiences into a mad froth.  From the Ultra Music Festival in Miami to the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, from Mexico’s OMIX to California's Coachella, from Brazil’s Ipanema Beach to Melbourne’s Metro Club, the band has averaged about 120 live performances per year.  This year has marked their first recorded performance at Burning Man, where their tribal mayhem looks very much at home–-as witnessed by Petro’s (Incubus, TV on the Radio) video clip.

Judging by the band’s recent moves, the evolution is about to accelerate and the infection is bound to spread.

Los Lobos to Perform at The White House

"In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina" is a concert hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama on the South Lawn of the White House that will be broadcast by PBS.  The sixty-minute program, to be taped live by WETA Washington, D.C., on October 13, will celebrate Hispanic musical heritage and airs on the final day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, October 15, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET, on PBS stations nationwide.  (Check local listings.)  It will also be broadcast on Telemundo, the American Spanish-language television network, on Sunday, October 18 at 6 p.m. ET, and on V-me, the national Spanish language network partnered with public television, on Friday, December 25.  The program, part of the WETA "In Performance at the White House" series, will include Chicano rock band Los Lobos, Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito "El Bambino", and the Bachata music group Aventura, with Sheila E. leading the house band.  Further talent information may be announced in the coming days.

"In Performance at the White House" has been produced by WETA since 1978 and spans every administration since President Carter's.  The series began with an East Room recital by the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz.  Since then, "In Performance at the White House" has embraced virtually every genre of American performance: pop, country, gospel, jazz, blues, theatre and dance among them.  The series was created to showcase the rich fabric of American culture in the setting of the nation's most famous home.

The evening concert will be streamed live by the White House on www.WhiteHouse.gov and available to stream on the series website on pbs.org after the broadcast.

Reverend Horton Heat @ Boulder Theater

Reverend Horton Heat will release their first original studio effort in over 5 years September 1st on Yep Roc Records. Laughin’ and Cryin’ with the Reverend Horton Heat is the band’s first (non-holiday) album since 2004s Revival.

Since 2004 the band has played to hundreds of thousands of screaming disciples all over the world. A relentless touring schedule has seen the band play over a thousand shows in that time span, all those sets picked from their classic catalog. This amazing testament to the near pathological zealotry of the Rev’s fan base is about to be infused with new blood through the 14 new tracks on their latest studio effort.

Landing decidedly on the ‘billy’ side of rockabilly, Laughin’ and Cryin’ was influenced by bandleader Jim Heath’s love for mid-20th century country music and an open ear for what the band’s legions of fans react to most. Over their 250+ shows a year RHH has frequently found that their more comical, every day takes on the world resonate loudest. Blue collars run deep in the Rev’s audience and the stories contained on Laughin’ and Cryin’ are sure to ring true with the working stiffs that turn up in droves night after night to drink tumblers of whiskey and see one of the baddest guitar gods still roaming the great highways of the USA. The songs here are slice-of-life tales of men with bad habits, the women who love them (or try to, at least) and the laughing and crying that goes along with it.

The band will kick off a tour for the album with headlining dates in the US followed by a co-headline US tour with Motorhead getting underway 8/28 in Minneapolis. Check www.yeproc.com for complete dates.

REVEREND HORTON HEAT
w/ Deadbolt
Friday, January 15, 2010
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

GA / 21+ / Advance=$12.50, DOS=$29.50
On Sale October 2

White Rabbits Play DENVER At Larimer Lounge On 10.30

After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapallooza, Glastonbury (UK), Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work.  The result is It’s Frightening, their second full-length album.

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead/Other Lives/Hatcham Social) and erected a makeshift studio in their basement rehearsal space to demo new material.  Band members popped in and out over the course of several months lending ideas and personality to a new batch of songs that defy instant categorization. After enlisting tourmate, friend and songwriter Britt Daniel (Spoon) as producer, the pair began the process of exchanging demos between Brooklyn and Portland.  White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France.  The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY.  Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks.  Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience.

It’s Frightening plays like a classic reel of tape from start to finish. Opening with the visceral drums of “Percussion Gun,” it is clear that time-off from the road has served the band well.  The many highlights include the emotional centerpiece “Company I Keep,” the new sonic territory of “Lionesse” and the macabre lyrics of “Right Where They Left.”  Fans of Fort Nightly will find much to go weak in the knees over and new listeners are in for an awakening as White Rabbits flip the switch on an already impressive beginning. It’s Frightening is a journey into the playfully dark musings of Everyman.

The lineup : Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox). A U.S. tour will follow the May release of It’s Frightening.

White Rabbits Tour Dates

10/9 - The Lansdowne Pub - Boston, MA

10/11 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ %
10/17 - Rock N' Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *%
10/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *%
10/20 - Club Hell - Providence, RI *%
10/21 - Pearl St Cafe - Northampton, MA %
10/22 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT %
10/23 - La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC *
10/24 - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON *
10/25 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI *%
10/27 - Firebird - St Louis, MO *%
10/29 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO *%
10/30 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO %
11/1 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ #%
11/2 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #%
11/4 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA #%
11/5 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR #%
11/6 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC #%
11/9 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN %
11/10 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI %
11/11- Schubas - Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
11/12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL

* - with Suckers
# - with Local Natives
% - with Glass Ghost

Deastro Plays DENVER At Larimer Lounge on 11.21 With Max Tundra

The title of Deastro's "Tone Adventure #3" may evoke a "working  title"-like looseness--why name a song when you can simply number it?--but the track itself is one of Moondagger's tightest. "Tone Adventure #3" is an archetypal Deastro song, as Randolph Chabot sprints through catchy, melodic passages with maniacal conviction, howling about feet being "strapped to cannon balls" from behind a wall of computer-generated atmosphere. In keeping with its title, "Tone Adventure #3" is more psychedelic than much of Moondagger, warping its instruments into unrecognizable, mutant sound-entities. Glockenspiels, spy-movie guitars, orchestral stabs, and alien ray guns all make appearances--as they should in any good adventure.

On "Tone Adventure #3"'s B-side, Toronto electro producer I Am Robot And Proud remixes Moondagger's "Greens, Grays, and Nordics" into a joyous, MIDI-fueled daydream. The song's previously sinister tone gets the lo-fi electronics treatment from the Robot's gleeful presets--the re-harmonized final chorus alone is worth the price of admission.

Randolph Chabot has been making albums since he was 12 years old -- now, at 22, the Detroit-based musician known as Deastro is ready for his close-up.

"Vermillion Plaza" the second single from Deastro's upcoming full-length debut Moondagger, miniaturizes the album's best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody lines--it's all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. When Chabot pleads for contact, singing, "Would you be my son / 'cause all of mine have died?," it's less a cry of self-pity than an exhilarating salute to the power of human connection.

Recently, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morse--a longtime friend and collaborator of Ghostly's--followed Chabot around Detroit for a day and edited the footage into "Ghostly Presents: Deastro," a video profile whose warm, colorful aesthetic matches Chabot's energy and positivity to a T. Chabot putters around his Detroit home, visits his favorite bookstore, gushes about Isaac Asimov and Simone de Beauvoir, and plays a sweaty, packed show with his band. It's a loving portrait of an artist who stays true to his beliefs, staying passionate, engaged, and creative in all of his endeavors.

Deastro's full-band debut, Moondagger, arrived on June 23rd, on Ghostly International.

CMJ Dates (More TBA)

10.21 New York, NY @ Santos Party House

10.23 New York, NY @ TBA

10.24 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

US Tour Dates

11.05 Chicago @ Schubas - Max Tundra HL

11.07 Detroit @ Magic Stick - Deastro HL

11.08 Toronto @ The Drake -  Max Tundra HL

11.09 Montreal @ Lambi - Deastro HL

11.10 Boston @ Great Scott -  Max Tundra HL

11.11 New York @ Mercury Lounge - Deastro HL

11.12 Washington DC @ DC9 - Max Tundra HL

11.13 Baltimore @ Metro Gallery - Deastro HL

11.14 Philadelphia @ Kung Fu Necktie -  Max Tundra HL

11.16 Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn - Deastro HL

11.18 Austin @ Mohawk -  Max Tundra HL

11.19 Dallas @ The Cavern - Free Energy HL

11.20 Kansas CIty @ Czar Bar - Max Tundra HL

11.21 Denver @ Larimer Lounge - Deastro HL

11.22 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge - Max Tundra HL

11.24 LA @ Echo - Deastro HL

11.25 San Francisco @ Bottom of the HIll - Max Tundra HL

11.27 Portland @ Doug Fir - Deastro HL

11.28 Seattle @ Nectar - Max Tundra HL

11.29 Vancouver @ Media Club - Deastro HL

The Subjects Play DENVER At Hi Dive On 10.10 With Bad Veins

Despite their clandestine and controversial beginnings (two band members were teachers and two were students at the same high school), The Subjects have managed to carve a name for themselves that sounds more like "Rushmore" than "School of Rock." Back in 2002, guitarist Joe Smith and bassist/vocalist Dave Sheinkopf were splitting their time between writing songs and syllabi, while drummer/vocalist Matt Iwanusa and guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti were about to bust out of the same Manhattan school. Since both parties were in desperate need of a full band, they held some rehearsals and once it became clear that the quartet's chemistry was pretty damn combustible, the Subjects were born.

Fast-forward a few years and things get a bit more complicated. The Subjects’ debut is dropped (2007’s With the Ease Grace Precision and Cleverness of Human Beings) and they hit the road, at first on their own and then with the Walkmen a few months later.

“We were always serious about playing music,” says Iwanusa, “but when we started meeting and playing with bands that were making music for a living we got to see how they did it.”

Keeping that career path in mind, the Subjects dove right into the demo stages for New Soft Shoe, firing up minimalist recordings in the style of their first full-length. Once those songs were ready for a proper studio, the band headed over to Key Club Recording Co. a couple hours outside Chicago. By working closely with Key Club’s masterful engineers, William Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (see also: rock-solid releases from Cass McCombs, The Kills and Fiery Furnaces), the Subjects were able to whip up their wildest ideas, expanding their arsenal with everything from old-fashioned organs to honky-tonk pianos to Matt’s mom on saxophone.

“A lot of the instrumentation on this record came from stuff I learned in school—stuff I never thought I’d use,” says Sheinkopf, citing his training in classical harmony.

The first thing you’ll notice about the final product is the vocals—the way the melody in “Winter Vacation” unfolds like a spare Animal Collective A-Side; the brilliant shuffleboard beats/honeyed harmonies of “Right2Know.” Beyond that, the ep spreads the Subjects’ various strengths across the divergent tastes of four distinct songwriters in just 10 minutes. Well, divergent in terms of pulling cues from several eras and subgenres. All and all, the current state of the Subjects is as cohesive as a dictator-less band gets.

“Most of the arrangements on the first record are within the constraints of a four-piece band,” explains Iwanusa. “Now everyone’s more comfortable trying to sing and play different instruments. We all stepped it up this time.”

US Tour Dates

Wed 10/7 - Lager House - Detroit, MI #

Thu 10/8 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL #

Fri 10/9 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE

Sat 10/10 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO #

Mon 10/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT #

Tue 10/13 - Reef - Boise, ID #

Wed 10/14 - High Dive - Seattle, WA #

Thu 10/15 - Rotture - Portland, OR #

Fri 10/16 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR #

Sat 10/17 - Luigis - Sacramento, CA #

10/18 - Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, CA #

Mon 10/19 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA #

Tue 10/20 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA #

Wed 10/21 - Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ #

Fri 10/23 - Emo's Jr. - Austin, TX #

Sun 10/25 - Cicero's - St. Louis, MO #

Mon 10/26 - The Vollrath - Indianapolis, IN #

Tue 10/27 - The Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, OH #

Wed 10/28 - DC Nine - Washington, DC #

Thu 10/29 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA #

$ = w/ Chairlift, Micachu and the Shapes, Heartless Bastards

* = w/ The Soft Pack

# = w/ Bad Veins

COCKTAILS & TAILS: An Evening of Art-n-Bark

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GREAT DANE RESCUE Inc. hosts a unique fundraiser at the Rembrandt Yard Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Join us for a fabulous evening featuring the stunning animal photography of Claire Bow (www.rouxby.com) with guest artist Linda Arnold ("Columbine Forever")(www.lindaarnoldart.com) and others.  Come have a "pup-tini," sample scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, dance to great music, bid in the silent auction, and mingle with the hippest dogs in town!  All proceeds benefit ROCKY MOUNTAIN GREAT DANE RESCUE.  Tickets are $30/person and $55/couple and can be purchased in advance at: http://rmgreatdane.org/ Meet the Great Danes of RMGDRI!

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GREAT DANE RESCUE is a Denver-based non-profit that rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts Great Danes in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. 

http://www.rmgreatdane.org/
http://rmgreatdanerescue.wordpress.com/
http://www.rescuetalesradio.com

~A couch is a terrible thing to waste.  Adopt a Great Dane!~

Jake Hertzog Saturday, October 24th Midnight at the Iridium

Jake Hertzog is a jazz guitarist of and for the 21st century. While jazz guitarists of the 30s 40s and 50s drew their inspiration from Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, players in the 60s 70s and 80s were influenced by those luminaries as well as people like Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Kenny Burrell and Les Paul. The next two decades found jazz guitarists listening to and playing like Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Joe Pass and Grant Green. Players in this century are mainly influenced by Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and people outside the jazz orbit like Jimi Hendrix. As a result they sound much different from their predecessors on the instrument – and I must confess there are some tracks on this CD outside my comfort zone. Nevertheless, there is so much wonderful music to savor that I can give this CD my highest recommendation. Hertzog's original compositions – particularly "Oberon" and "Lullabye for a Dreamer" are tuneful and imaginative and are likely to be discovered and performed by other jazz groups. Three selections feature pianist Michael Wolff, one of the outstanding pianists on today's jazz scene who seems right at home with Hertzog's songs. Michael's solo on "Nectarine" is one of this CD's many highlights. Bassist Harvie S demonstrates why he is one of the most in-demand players in jazz and latin music. Harvie has it all - intonation, creativity and a superb sense of time. His solos should be must listening to allaspiring young bassists and people who just enjoy hearing a great bass player. As for drummer Victor Jones: He and Hertzog have a special empathy -

Jake is a member of Victor's popular group Culturversey and on this CD Victor gives the proceedings, the spirit, fire and inventiveness that he gave to performances with Dizzy Gillespie, and Stan Getz. Then there is Jake's tender and heartfelt rendition of the standard "Falling in Love with Love" and finally I must mention the groups treatment of "In Your Own Sweet Way", my favorite track. This is quite simply the finest performance of this Brubeck classic that I have ever heard. Jake Hertzog is 22, a Berklee graduate and recipient of the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival's Grand Prize in the Jazz Guitar Competition. Jake can be seen performing with The Naked Brothers Band and has performed with them on national television shows such as Good Morning America and ABC's The View, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and NBC's TODAY show. In November 2008 Highlights in Jazz featured Jake performing with guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, 60 years his senior. The two bridged the generation gap and found a common musical ground that left the audience cheering. I feel certain that guitarists in the next decade will be citing Jake Hertzog as one of their major influences. Listen to this CD and I am sure you will give it a space on you CD shelf alongside your other favorite jazz guitarists.” -JACK KLEINSINGER