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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.

The Builders And The Butchers Play DENVER At The Fillmore

It was a typical rainy Portland afternoon at Ray Rude’s house (who plays “drums” in The Builders), hanging with friends when Ryan decided to show them what he was working on.  Something clicked that afternoon and within minutes everyone in attendance found something to play.  Alex Ellis happened to have an old acoustic bass, and Harvey Tumbleson had borrowed a Mandolin, Ray sat down at the piano and they just started playing.  Paul Seely joined the band a week later as a drummer and instrumentalist and The Builders and The Butchers were born.

Starting innocently enough as a fully acoustic rambling bunch, seeking out audiences on street corners and outside of venues, make no mistake this is not another story of busking come good, The Builders were not looking for money nor were they looking for fame, they were just playing the music they wanted to on their own terms. The band didn’t work out parts on these early songs, they were developed playing on the street, and this philosophy carries through today, by choosing to develop songs live or at rehearsal.  Ryan Sollee says “Something special happens when we get in a room and try to work out a song.  If I come in with a developed song it never seems to sound as good or it does not sound like The Builders.” In particular it was at these performances that Ray and Paul worked out their unique “deconstructed” drum style.

They played in the rain and cold of Portland winters until instruments were warped and broken, then one day the Builders sold out and booked a real show, then another, and crowds soon were seeking the Builders out.  At the early shows it was hard to distinguish the band from the audience, nothing was mic'd or amplified, and seemingly everyone in the audience had a shaker, washboard, or were just beating on the wall and singing.  All in attendance saw something special happening, a Portland audience was having fun, singing along and participating, the music demanded a celebration.  Within a year, the Builders would win the Willamette Week’s “Best New Band of 2008” and Seattle Sound’s “Best Live Performers 2008”and completed supporting tours with the Helio Sequence, Brand New, Langhorne Slim, Amanda Palmer, Dax Riggs, Murder By Death and Port O’brien.

The Builders don't pay homage to old America, they channel it.  All of the basic instruments are there, acoustic bass, drum, guitar, banjo, and mandolin.  They mix gospel, blues, and bluegrass and howl desperate story-songs that latch onto your brain and demand immediate attention.

The timeless sound of their songs, harkens back to a time long passed in music, but reflecting the dark times of the present.  Their self-titled debut was released in 2007 and showcases the bands early raw sound. Their latest release titled Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well is a much more complete work showcasing the bands full potential.  On Salvation, the Builders worked with producer Chris Funk from the Decemberists who brought with him a throng of expertise, patience, instruments, and some of the best musicians in Portland.  Salvation record combines the immediacy of the Builders early work with more a developed songwriting, each one with its own personality and story to tell.  In the vein of the Southern Gothic tales Ryan weaves stories of struggle with the usual cast of characters God, the Devil, soldiers, branches, wind, rain and hell fire.  The record starts with a piano chord and an eerie wind escalating into the thunderous “Golden and Green”, stomp and grinds its way through “Devil Town” and “The Short Way Home”, to the Spanish tinged “Barcelona and “Raise Up”, and the soaring chorus of “In The Branches”, ending with a lesson of hope in the gospel homage“The World is a Top”.

The story of Salvation is a Deep Dark Well is that there’s joy and celebration through the darkness, there’s light in the hardest of times, and when you reach the bottom may salvation light your way.

US Tour With Brand New And Manchester Orchestra
10/08 - Fillmore - Denver, CO
10/09 - Salt Palace Convention Center - Salt Lake City, UT
10/13 - Roseland - Portland, OR
10/15 - Rabobank Arena - Bakersfield, CA
10/16 - Event Center at San Jose - San Jose, CA
10/17 - Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA
10/20 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
10/21 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
10/22 - Mesa Ampetheater - Mesa, AZ

10th Anniversary DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL @ Birdland

Launched in 2000, The DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL, the brainstorm of producers Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta, has become one of the most successful and highly anticipated annual musical events in the NY area with people flying in from all over the country to see some of the best ‘HOT JAZZ’ in the world. Ahmet Ertegun, who was a revered giant in the record industry, attended that 1st year and remarked ‘that he hadn’t seen that much excitement in a club since his early days in NYC”.  He went on to release a CD of 2000 which included Bireli Lagrene, Jimmy Rosenberg, and Babik (Django’s only son), his only recording in the US. The festival is dedicated to the memory of dear friend HANS MEELEN who turned the producers on to his great love of this music!

2009 marks the 10th Anniversary held at its official home, Birdland.  Hot Gypsy Jazz lives on!  Django, who was the partner of virtuoso Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli in the 30’s  and 40’s in Europe with  their Hot Club Quintette, left an indelible mark on music which continues on in the hands of thousands of top musicans around the world including stars such as Willie Nelson. Tony Bennett has written an English lyric to Django’s most famous song “Nuages”.

Gypsy Jazz is just that! It is Jazz coming out of the Gypsy life where children at three can be holding guitars while fathers and grandfathers sit  around and  play, many times in the caravans.  It is music passed from one generation to the other with love, amongst family, taken to the parks, streets, and boites, and as it became accepted as important music –  went to established clubs and concert halls where it is today, almost 100 years later.

Appearing will be the legendary TCHAVOLO SCHMITT, his first time at Birdland. Born in a gypsy family, living in Strasbourg, France, he epitoimizes ‘a swing of madness’ combined with romantic emotion.  He is joined by his nephew, SAMSON SCHMITT, a regular at the Festival where he grew up alongside his Dad, DORADO SCHMITT, who will return to NY on February 2nd in an important concert ending a US tour celebrating DJANGO’s ‘100th Birthday” also produced by Philips and Stratta.

ANDREAS OBERG, from Stockholm, is one of the most fluent young stylists on the guitar playing today. LUDOVIC BEIER, a real virtuoso from Paris, has also been a regular  at  the Festival playing Accordion and Accordina – a rare instrument that  is a cross between a harmonica and the accordion. Add to this community of musicians, AURORE VOILQUE, young female Violinist from  France, her first time to the US who became  part of the Manouche Jazz scene in Paris playing with all the great swing artists.  On Rhythm Guitar, which is vitally important to ‘hot jazz’, is Ted Gottsegan living in nearby Queens who has performed with the top players of this music including Robin Nolan.

A very adventurous part of the evening is when, each night, a US jazz musician steps in as special guest.  Most times, unless a repeat appearance, the players meet this guest for the first time and magic erupts bringing smiles to the faces of the musicians and audience alike. It is sometimes very daring but fun for the US artists to join into this excitement without rehearsal. Basically a few #’s are called backstage and ‘away we go’. That is the freedom of this Festival where anything can happen and does. Improvisation on all fronts abounds and creates surprises and a great time for all.

Guests:  

Nov. 3: Sax Great Joel Frahm
4:  Washboard  Percussionist:  David Langlois
5:  Another Trumpet Great:  Terrell Stafford
6:  Colombian Jazz Harpist:  Edmar Castaneda
7:  Harmonica Master:  Hendrik Meurkens
8:  Trumpet  Virtuoso:  Dominick Farinacci

It  all  happens  at BIRDLAND: 315 W. 44th Street in NYC –Showtimes:   8:30 &  11:00 PM -- Reservations: (212) 581-3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com

Upcoming Art Brut Tour Dates

Art Brut will play DENVER at the Bluebird Theater on 11.6.09 --  Their new album, Art Brut VS. Satan is out now to rave reviews on Downtown Records.

US 2009 Fall Tour Dates:

10/16 - The Middle East (Downstairs) - Cambridge, MA
10/17 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
10/18 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
10/19 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
10/20 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
10/21 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
10/22 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
10/23 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
10/25 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
10/28 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
10/29 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA
10/30 - Café Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
11/2 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
11/3 - The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC
11/5 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
11/6 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
11/7 - Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
11/9 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
11/10 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
11/15 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

Festival of New Trumpet presents: Bobby Bradford & David Murray

Thursday, October 1: Ambrose Akinmusire performs a newly commissioned work honoring Bradford and written especially for FONT featuring pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Akinmusire is the winner of the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. 7:30 and 9:30. $25.

Friday, October 2: Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt brings together a very special sextet with fellow trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss. Jeremy is currently a featured performer in the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson Quintet, Lewis Nash Ensemble, Cannonball Adderley Legacy Quintet featuring Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band. 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30. $30.

Saturday, October 3: Legendary cornetist Bobby Bradford makes a rare New York appearance with a Quintet featuring David Murray, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser and Andrew Cyrille. Special FONT-sponsored event, not to be missed. 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30. $30.

Sunday, October 4: Bobby Bradford returns with an Octet featuring David Murray, fellow trumpeter Baikida Carroll, Benny Powell on trombone, and James Weidman on piano. 7:30 and 9:30. $30.

FONT celebrates the extraordinary contributions Bobby Bradford has made to the creative music community for over fifty years: his clarion sound on both the trumpet and cornet, the conceptual vibrancy of his improvisations and compositions, and the gentle wisdom of his mentorship to countless artists. Come out and see this master present his music at a rare NY club appearance.

Also catch:

Saturday, October 3rd: 5:00 - 6:30pm, FREE
*Sam Ash Music, 60 West 48th St., NYC 10036*

Dave Douglas with Peter Evans and Nate Wooley: Extended Techniques for Trumpet - a Discussion and Demonstration. See and hear how new sounds are being created, and how they are being applied to new music.

FREE: Registration required, by e-mailing fontmusic@gmail.com.

Creedence Clearwater Revival boxed 'The Singles Collection' ready on Nov. 3

Creedence Clearwater Revival's golden era of hit singles (fall of 1968 through spring of 1972) rivals that of any band in rock 'n' roll history.  The Southern-flavored quartet from El Cerrito, Calif., turned out 17 hits in a 44-month stretch, nine of them in the Top 10, five of them in the Top 5.

On November 3, Fantasy Records will release The Singles Collection, a two-CD, one-DVD box with a slip case, containing all of the band's U.S. singles -- 30 songs in all. Top 5 smashes like "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Run Through the Jungle," "Up Around the Bend," "Long As I Can See the Light" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" are joined by seldom-heard singles that never charted ("Porterville" and "Call It Pretending" on Fantasy's Scorpio subsidiary, and later singles "Tearin' Up the Country" and "45 Revolutions Per Minute [Parts 1 & 2]").

The 30 songs, (which are presented in their original single mixes, manyost of them in mono --- are making their CD debut), housed on two CDs, will be joined by a DVD containing four never-before-available, long-pre-MTV music videos: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "Bootleg," "I Put a Spell on You" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door." Also included in the package are a poster featuring the dozens of international single sleeves, and a 16-page booklet with liner notes by former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, who lived and wrote in the Bay Area during CCR's golden half-decade.

Fantasy will also manufacture a limited edition collectors' version of The Singles Collection featuring actual vinyl 45 rpm singles with reproductions of the original Fantasy label design and housed in their rare picture sleeves-- the ultimate holiday gift for Creedence fans.

The members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, of course, hailed from the suburbs of Oakland the little town of El Cerrito, lappeding up music on the radio through the late ' '50s and '60s, and eventually signed to a small, open-minded jazz label in Berkeley called Fantasy Records. Originally known as the Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets and then The Golliwogs, the band's break came with its swampy 1968 cover of Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q," which notched #11 on Billboard's pop singles chart. Starting on San Francisco's free-form rock radio stations, the song crossed over top Top 40, putting Creedence on the map. As Fong-Torres notes, "radio needed acts like CCR -- reliable producers of solid tunes laden with hooks."

Even in the South, radio was taken with CCR. DJ Scott Shannon, then on Memphis' WMPS-AM, was a Dale Hawkins fan and thought Fogerty nailed it. "His voice and his mixes were perfect for Top 40," he said. "It just screamed out of the AM radios."

But it wasn't just the radio. CCR songs began popping up in movies and TV shows -- several dozens of them, in fact. "Bad Moon Rising" has shown up the most often (including in An American Werewolf in London), and "Fortunate Son" has been heard in films ranging from The Manchurian Candidate (2004) to Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

"I used to say in 1968 that I wanted to make records they would still play on the radio in ten years," John Fogerty said in early 1993, on the eve of Creedence Clearwater Revival's induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Forty years later, the music sounds as fresh and vital as ever.

The String Cheese Incident Releases 2-Disc and Deluxe Halloween Box Sets

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 on October 27, 2009 on CD, vinyl, and digitally - is culled from several of these epic shows by The String Cheese Incident.

WHITE RABBITS are playing Larimer Lounge on 10.30...last US tour of '09

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

9/23 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
10/17 - Rock And Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *%
10/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *%
10/20 - Club Hell - Providence, RI *%
10/21 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA %
10/22 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT %
10/23 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC *
10/24 - The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON *
10/25 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI *%
10/27 - The Firebird - St Louis, MO *%
10/29 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO *%
10/30 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO %
11/1 - 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 %

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

The Antlers Announce US Tour W/ Minus The Bear

The Antlers Announce US Tour With Minus The Bear.  The Antlers are set to release Live Session On AOL's The Interface.  The Antlers are on tour now with Holly Miranda.  Their LP 'Hospice,' is out NOW on Frenchkiss Records.

Fall Tour
* ( With Holly Miranda )

9/16 - Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS
9/17 - Play:STL Fest @ Cicero's - St Louis, MO
9/18 - Pygmalion Festival @ Canopy Club - Champaign-Urbana.IL
9/19 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
9/21 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/22 - Majestic Cafe - Detroit, MI * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/24 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ONT * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/25 - Asbury Hall - Buffalo, NY * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/26 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
9/28 - Jerky's Live Music Hall - Providence, RI * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/30 - DC9 - Washington, DC * ( With Holly Miranda )
10/2 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ * ( With Holly Miranda )

With Minus The Bear

10/03 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
10/31 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
11/01 Downtown Brewing Co. – San Luis Obispo, CA
11/02- Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
11/03 – Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
11/04 – Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ
11/ 06 – The Door – Fort Worth, TX
11/07 Las Palmas Event Center – McAllen, TX
11/08 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
11/10 – WorkPlay Theatre – Birmingham, AL
11/11 – Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/12 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA