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RJD2 Releases New Album, The Colossus, Jan. 19, 2010

Whether it be releasing albums on labels including Definitive Jux, XL, Fondle ‘Em, Eastern Conference, or now his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, producing music by Diverse, Acelayone, and Dice Raw, remixing artists including Massive Attack, Mos Def, Fallout Boy, Cannibal Ox, Booker T, Polyphonic Spree, or releasing albums as Soul Position, RJD2 (aka RJ or Ramble Krohn) has been remarkably inventive and productive in creating music throughout his ten year career. And of course, this doesn’t include the work RJ has done for various television shows, including CSI, and Mad Men (for which he won his first award, ASCAP’s Best TV Theme), films, including Wimbledon and Freedomland, and commercials for brands including Saturn, ESPN, Lion’s Gate, Levi’s, Nike, and more. Throughout this constant influx of studio work, RJ has toured the world and traversed the continental US yearly, most recently with a full band. No matter the outlet throughout this decade, the goal for RJD2 has always been the same – to make a piece of music that is going to hopefully rearrange one’s brain, or at least provide some relief from real life for a moment or two. With his newest album, The Colossus, RJD2 manages to do it once again, perpetually looking forward with a clear reverence for the past.

The Colossus is RJD2’s fourth album, and the first he’ll release on his own label. In addition to re-acquiring the master recordings of his Definitive Jux catalog in its entirety and re-releasing them, this new label marks a huge step for RJ as being completely independent and working on his own terms, artistically and business-wise.

As RJ’s last album, The Third Hand, was his first truly solo album, with no guest performances whatsoever and very little sampling, he decided to move in the opposite direction on The Colossus and create an album that is as collaborative as possible, while also being an “overview” of all the different types of working approaches RJ has used over the years. Some songs are strictly sample-based; some are live; some songs are completely instrumental while others are vocal songs, some featuring guest vocalists, with RJ taking on the duty in others; he brought a few rappers on board, as well. It was all tracked at the same time and in the same place, which gives the album a cohesive feel, but it also manages to retain the diversity throughout that has become a trademark for RJD2. The Colossus features Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, Foreign Exchange), Kenna (Star Trak, VA Beach), Aaron Livingston (The Roots’ Guns Are Drawn), Columbus MC’s The Catalyst, Illogic, NP, and a slew of instrumentalists. Additionally, it marks RJ’s debut behind the drum kit.

The Colossus, out January 19, 2010 on RJ’s Electrical Connections, is RJD2’s most sonically lush and varied record he’s ever created. It is a kaleidoscopic look forward, as well as back.

Tracklisting:

01. Let There Be Horns

02. Games You Can Win (Featuring Kenna)

03. Giant Squid

04. Salud 2

05. The Glow

06. A Spaceship For Now

07. The Shining Path (Featuring Phonte Coleman)

08. Crumbs Off The Table (Featuring Aaron Livingston)

09. A Son’s Cycle (Featuring The Catalyst, Illogic, and NP)

10. Tin Flower (Featuring Heather Fortune)

11. Small Plans

12. Gypsy Caravan

13. The Stranger

14. Walk With Me

Garage A Trois | New Album, Tour Dates

Garage A Trois is a collaboration between four of the most visionary improvisers of the time: Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keyboards and Stanton Moore on drums. And while improvisation is at the heart of what this quartet has built its reputation on at their legendary New Orleans Jazzfest sets and rare, but in demand, club tours, it's the intricate sonic collages, tightly orchestrated arrangements and positively modern approach to instrumental songwriting that's at the heart of their latest album, Power Patriot.  Set for release October 27 by Brooklyn-based label The Royal Potato Family, Garage A Trois will play select tour dates to support the new recording in November and December.

The track listing for Power Patriot is:

1. Rescue Spreaders
2. Fragile
3. Dory's Day Out
4. Electric Doorbell Machine
5. Power Patriot
6. Dugout
7. Fat Redneck Gangster
8. Purgatory
9. Germs
10. Computer Crimes

Upcoming Garage A Trois tour dates are:

November 14 | Bear Creek Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 19 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
November 20 | Chelsea's | Baton Rouge, LA
November 21 | The Parish | Austin, TX
December 8 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
December 9 | Nightlight Lounge | Bellingham, WA
December 10 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
December 11 | Red Fox Tavern | Arcata, CA
December 12 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
December 19 | The Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
December 20 | North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA
December 21 | The 8X10 | Baltimore, MD

Elizabeth & the Catapult release second single "RaceYou", On Tour NOW

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Tour Dates

Oct 8 - Thunderbird Cafe - Pittsburg, PA
Oct 9 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
Oct 10 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Oct 11 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
Oct 12 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
Oct 14 - The Vernon Club - Louisville, KY
Oct 15 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA
Oct 16 - The End - Nashville, TN
Oct 17 - Bottle Tree - Birmingham, AL
Oct 18 - The Rocket Club - Asheville, NC
Oct 19 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
Oct 20 - The Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
Oct 21 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
Oct 22 - The Barns at Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA
Oct 23 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ
Oct 24 - Funk N'Waffles - Syracuse, NY
Nov 12 - The Barn - Clinton, NY

Tiësto Releases "Kaleidoscope" TODAY On Ultra Records

The world’s biggest electronic artist and critically-acclaimed DJ/ producer, Tiësto, joins forces with some very special guests on his latest full length album ‘Kaleidoscope’ out TODAY on Ultra Records.

After a run of four top-selling artist albums, Tiësto offers his fifth and most ambitious album to date, Kaleidoscope. A stunning collection of songs written and recorded in collaboration with a variety of music’s brightest talents from the worlds of dance, pop and rock that include Nelly Furtado, Jónsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós, Tegan & Sara, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Emily Haines from Metric and Calvin Harris just to name a few.  Kaleidoscope is an artist album in the truest sense and has already been making waves via exclusive song premiers on Pitchfork, Stereogum, CosmoGirl, and Myspace along with a newly launched remix contest of “Knock You Out” Feat. Emily Haines in conjunction with dance music heavyweight Beatport.  A number of Tiësto’s new songs will also be featured in the launch of new Tap Tap Revenge 3 top Iphone application coming out in the next few weeks as well.

Along with this release of the album, Tiësto embarks on a worldwide tour in 2009-2010, taking the sounds and sights of Kaleidoscope on the road for 175 live performances across 5 continents. Enlisting the talents of Montreal’s Moment Factory (NIN, Cirque Du Soleil), Tiësto has created the biggest and best live show to date leaving fans and critics breathless, evident from the 3 SOLD OUT shows at NYC's legendary Hammerstein Ballroom to launch the tour.

Tiësto’s career highlights to date are many, with recent exploits including a GRAMMY nod for his last artist album, ‘Elements of Life’, headlining both Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals and performing live in front of over one-billion people during the Parade of the Athletes at the official opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Having over 1 million Facebook friends (the largest of any electronic artist on the planet), global brand sponsorships deals and sell out shows around the world, Tiësto is on the crest of a wave which is only set to continue.

Just Announced LA Shows
November 25, 27, 28 in Los Angeles, CA - The Shrine

North American Tour

Sat 10/10 Atlanta, GA - North Atlanta Trade Center

Sun 10/11 Washington, DC - Fur

Mon 10/12 Cleveland, OH - Aura

Tues 10/13 Columbus, OH - Boma

Weds 10/14 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory*

Thurs 10/15 Charlotte, NC - The Forum

Fri 10/16 Orlando, FL - UCF Arena *

Sat 10/17 Ft Lauderdale, FL – NSU Arena

Sat 10/17 Miami, FL – Liv

Sun 10/18 Tampa, FL - The Ritz

Monday 10/19 Naples, FL – Sway Lounge

Fri 10/23 Houston, TX - Reliant Arena*

Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX - the Palladium

Sun 10/25 San Antonio, TX - Cowboys

Mon 10/26 OK City, OK - City Walk

Tues 10/27 Nashville, TN - Limelight

Weds 10/28 St Louis, MO - Home

Thurs 10/29 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater*

Fri 10/30 Minneapolis, MN - Myth

Sat 10/31 Chicago, IL - The Congress

Sun 11/1 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave

Saturday 11/7 El Paso, TX – Cohen Satdium

Sunday 11/8 San Diego, CA – 4th and B

Monday 11/9 Denver, CO – Beta

Tue 11/10 Edmonton, Canada - Shaw Conference Center

Wednesday 11/11 Winnipeg, Canada – Duckworth Center

Thu 11/12 Calgary, Canada - Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)

Friday 11/13 Calgary, Canada - Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)

Sat 11/14 Vancouver, Canada – PNE

Friday 11/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair

Saturday 11/21 San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace

Sunday 11/22 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater

Wednesday 11/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine

Friday 11/27 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine

Saturday 11/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine

First Leg Of Latin Tour & Dates

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

Stay tuned for more information on Tiësto’s forthcoming artist album and other news!

BoomBox Cancels Eureka show due to death in family

Due to a passing of a family member, BoomBox has regretfully canceled their set for tonight’s show at the Nocturnum, in Eureka, CA to briefly return home to attend a funeral and spend time with family. However, because of the overwhelming support the group has received on the West Coast, performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego will remain scheduled as planned.

Godchaux explains, “I want to thank everyone for the support on this West Coast run. We are really honored to share what we all share together at shows.” He continues, “My family’s encouragement and your support led us to the decision to return back to California on Thursday (October 8th) to perform in San Francisco and finish the remainder of the tour.”

Fans planning on attending the show in Eureka will still be treated to a night of music from Ana Sia who has been touring with BoomBox on this West Coast tour and are encouraged to make the trip to San Francisco to see BoomBox perform on Thursday, October 8th at the Independent.

The band thanks everyone for their support and kind thoughts.

Upcoming Steve Kimock Tour Dates

FALL TOUR 2009!
Oct 9 Riverview Fest - Chicago, IL
Oct 23 Spookstock (Camp Zoe)- Salem, MO
Oct 24 Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
Oct 27 Humboldt Brews - Arcata, CA
Oct 28 El Rey Theatre - Chico, CA
Oct 29 Stillwater - Ashland, OR
Oct 30 McDonald Theatre -Eugene, OR
Oct 31 Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR

Nov 5 Westcott Theatre - Syracuse, NY
Nov 6 Bearsville , NY - Bearsville Theatre
Nov 7 The Grand Opera House (Baby Grand) - Wilmington, DE
Nov 8 Fairfield Theatre Company - Fairfield CT
Nov 11 Carrboro, NC - Center for the Arts
Nov 12 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Nov 13 Charleston, SC - The Pour House
Nov 14 Live Oak, FL - Bear Creek Festival
Nov 16 Charlotte, NC - Visulite
Nov 17 Smith's - Atlanta
Nov 18 Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Nov 19 The Rev Room - Little Rock
Nov 20 Fayetteville - George's
Nov 21 Fayetteville - George's

Dec 17 Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 18 The Fillmore, SF, CA * *Big Light opening
Dec 19 Crystal Bay Club Tahoe, CA

Jan 3-8 JamCruise

The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson

The DJGB is pleased to announce that Mom brought us up right and taught us to share. And while the DJGB w/JM isn’t going anywhere (except on the road and to musical venues near your house!), we’re happy to lend our sterling lead guitarist, Jeff Mattson, to our friends at Dark Star Orchestra in their time of need. Hey – we like him too!

Jeff will be sitting in with DSO on:

11/16 Mon McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ

11/18 Wed State Theater, Ithaca, NY

11/19 Thu The Klein, Bridgeport, CT

11/20 Fri Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA

11/21 Sat Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA

For breaking news, check www.donnajeangodchauxband.com

Ben Harper and Relentless7 on Jay Leno

Relentless7 on Jay Leno Oct 8

Ben Harper and Relentless7 will be joined by a very special guest on The Jay Leno Show this Thurs, Oct 8. Check local NBC listings for details.

Austin City Limits premieres October 10

Relentless7 make their Austin City Limits debut in this special 35th Anniversary season starting Saturday, October 10 on PBS. Get photos, video and air times on your local PBS station at austincitylimits.org.

The BH & R7 Community has launched!

It's been a while coming but we are proud to announce the launch of the official Ben Harper and Relentless7 community. With your new account you can rate and comment on the content, upload your own videos and photos, create your own blog (of which the best will be randomly featured), and start getting some fresh exclusive goodies you won't find anywhere else.  Plus we've also brought the R7 tour archive online, and jammed it full of setlists and photos.

VIRGIN/EMI TO RELEASE 'JETHRO TULL: LIVE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 1978'

On October 20, Virgin/EMI will release a classic Jethro Tull concert for the first time, in DVD/CD and digital audio collections. Filmed and recorded live in New York City on October 14, 1978, Jethro Tull: Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 features more than 90 minutes of music and video presented in 5.1 DTS and Dolby Surround©.

Jethro Tull: Live At Madison Square Garden 1978, documented during Tull's “Heavy Horses" tour, includes stellar performances of many of the band's most popular songs, including “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath,” “Songs From The Wood,” “Thick As A Brick,” “Heavy Horses,” and many more.  This concert also marked the first time a rock act was beamed live from America on British television.

Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies since the band first performed at London's famous Marquee club. Tull's founder, the influential singer and flautist Ian Anderson, will tour to 20 U.S. cities in October and November, following a tour of the U.K. this month.

Kyle Hollingsworth Announces West & East Coast Dates

On the heels of a much talked about Midwest and Colorado tour, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band (featuring Dave Watts of The Motet -drums, Garrett Sayers of The Motet -bass, and Dan Schwindt -guitar) announces West and East Coast tours this fall in support of Hollingsworth's new album release, Then There's Now.  Brushfire Records recording artist Zach Gill (ALO, Jack Johnson) joins Hollingsworth on the bill for a run of West Coast dates in October, while Ryan Montbleau Band joins select east coast dates.  Tickets will be available at www.kylehollingsworth.com and at respective venues.

The following October dates are co-billed with Zach Gill

October 7            Winston's Beach Club            San Diego, CA               
October 8             The Mint                        Los Angeles, CA  
October 9            SOhO          Santa Barbara, CA
October 10            The Independent            San Francisco, CA
October 11            HopMonk Tavern            Sebastopol, CA          
October 13            The Red Fox Tavern            Eureka, CA
October 14            WOW Hall                        Eugene, OR
October 15            The Triple Door            Seattle, WA
October 16            Wild Buffalo                        Bellingham, WA
October 17            Mississippi Studios            Portland, OR
November 11            Club Metronome            Burlington, VT
November 12            Sullivan Hall                        New York, NY
November 13            The 8x10                        Baltimore, MD
November 14            The Khyber                        Philadelphia, PA
November 15            Capital Ale House            Richmond, VA

The following November dates are co-billed with Ryan Montbleau Band

November 17            Neighborhood Theatre            Charlotte, NC
November 18            The Pour House Music Hall            Raleigh, NC          
November 19            The Pour House                        Charleston, SC
November 20            The Garage at Biltmore            Asheville, NC
November 21            New Earth Music Hall                        Athens, GA

December 12            Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom            Denver, CO

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.

For Hollingsworth, who has recently been more prolific than ever before, the title of Then There's Now offers the first clue as to where he stands today. Then There's Now undeniably draws on Hollingsworth's past affiliation with "The Cheese," using his previous work as a jumping off point yes, there are some intoxicating, if more concise, jams to be savored. But the album's "now" component-irresistible melodies, poignant lyrics and fine-tuned song construction, plus a willingness to infuse the tunes with elements of pop, jazz, electronica, hip-hop and more transports Hollingsworth into musical realms he's never before explored at length.