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Tortoise Annouce Fall Tour Dates

Tortoise's new album and first full-length release of all new material in over five years, Beacons of Ancestorship, is out June 23rd on Thrill Jockey. As previously reported, the band will be playing select cities this summer in the week surrounding their performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Additionally, Tortoise has added a week of shows throughout the midwest to their fall schedule. A complete list of dates is below.

tortoiseAlmost alone among bands of the last two decades, Tortoise remains unique as one of the rare bands who outgrew their early influences and instead became one of the markers by which other groups are now measured. Resisting easy metaphors and analogies, while spawning countless followers and imitators, Tortoise truly sound like themselves and no one else. Witnessing the element of group play between the five band members in a live setting and their adept skills at playing interchanging instruments to create this sound is truly an inspiring experience and one that should not be missed!

Tortoise Tour Dates:
Sat. July 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Mon. July 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Wed. July 15 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Fri. July 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun. July 19 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Mon. July 20 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church
Tue. July 21 -- New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fri. July 24 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Fri. Aug. 14 -- St. Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock
Sat. Aug. 22 -- Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Tue. Sep. 29 -- St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Wed. Sep. 30 -- Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Thu. Oct. 1 -- Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Fri. Oct. 2 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sat. Oct. 3 -- Dubuque, IA @ Voices Warehouse Gallery

**RESCHEDULED** The Seldom Scene @ Boulder Theater

The Seldom Scene has been rescheduled to Friday, July 10 from it's previous date of Friday, July 17. Tickets purchased to the July 17 date will be honored at the July 10 date. Refunds can be made at Boulder Theater Box Office.

The Seldom Scene are approaching 40 years of service as progressive pickers and beautiful harmonizers.

Since its inception in 1971, the Seldom Scene has thrived on playing bluegrass a little differently than everyone else. If other bands used a fiddler, the Seldom Scene used a Dobro; if others relied on old standards, the Seldom Scene played rock classics like J.J. Cale's "After Midnight." Through skilled musicianship and an urban approach to bluegrass, the Seldom Scene has become one of the most influential -- if not the most influential -- bluegrass band of their time.

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through their website @ www.bouldertheater.com. All tickets are subject to tax and service charge. Reserved=$26.50, GA=$20.00 / 21+

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

MONSTERS OF FOLK release DEBUT September 22nd

Monsters of Folk – comprised of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward – will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 22nd.  The self-titled effort was recorded in Malibu, CA and Omaha, NE, and produced by Mike Mogis.  Although these critically acclaimed artists have shared the stage before, this album marks their first recorded output as a band.  The record will be released in North America on Shangri-La Music, and internationally on Rough Trade (UK/Europe), Spunk Records (Australia/New Zealand) and P-Vine Records (Japan).

Monsters of Folk began as folklore of sorts, when James, Oberst, Ward and Mogis did their first run of shows together in 2004.  Like the musical revue shows that went town to town when rock ‘n’ roll was newly born, the tour was called “An Evening With:  Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward,” although amongst friends and crew, it became affectionately known as the “Monsters of Folk Tour.”  While entertaining audiences coast to coast with gorgeous acoustic melodies and world-weary tales, the foursome vowed to make their way to a studio at some point after the tour’s completion.  Instead,  the songsmiths went on to individually release some of rock music’s most exciting and essential albums of the last five years – Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning & Cassadaga; My Morning Jacket’s Z & Evil Urges; M. Ward’s Post War and Hold Time.   Never ones to forget their promise, when downtime presented itself, they convened in the studio multiple times over two years, with Mogis at the helm of their first recorded effort.  The result is as stunning and storied as you would expect it to be.

All four members play every instrument on the album, supplying everything from drum kills to cascading backing vocals.  The songs – some road-worn fables, some intimate and intricate with electronic elements, some woozy and sun-soaked – are everything one expects from these four musical minds collaborating together.  The album exudes a warm, organic spaciousness, filled by brilliant choruses, intoxicating harmonies and effortless melodies, as each member brings his own strengths to the table to create one perfect whole.

Track List in full:

1.    Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.)
2.    Say Please
3.    Whole Lotta Losin'
4.    Temazcal
5.    The Right Place
6.    Baby Boomer
7.    Man Named Truth
8.    Goodway
9.    Ahead of the Curve
10.  Slow Down Jo
11.  Losin Yo Head
12.  Magic Marker
13.  Map Of The World
14.  The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me
15.  His Master’s Voice

Rock the Earth at Bonnaroo

For the fourth year in a row, Rock the Earth will play an integral role in the environmental programming at the largest music festival in the United States -- the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, June 11-14. Rock the Earth will host a series of panel discussions, artist interviews and musical performances on Bonnaroo’s Solar Stage and will also present a series of environmental films at the festival. The new “Green Screens presented by Rock the Earth,” will feature award winning films focused on water, mountain top mining and protection of the Colorado River. In addition, the organization will also be coordinating the first-ever, large-scale music festival mobile phone recycling campaign at this year’s festival.

Moderated by Rock the Earth Founder and Board President Marc Ross, and presented on the Solar Stage each day at 1PM; the theme of the panel discussions will be "Social Change Through Music," and will explore the synergies between the artists that create music, and its interconnectedness to the environment and the world around us. Confirmed panelists include Erykah Badu, Danny Louis (Gov’t. Mule), Al Schnier (moe.), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Vieux Farka Toure, Ben Sollee, Eric Johnson and Ryan Rightmire (Turbine), Laura Sohn (AC Entertainment), Rebecca Lichtenfeld (WITNESS), Bob Ferguson (Oxfam), Andy Bernstein (Headcount), Paul Faeth (Global Water Challenge), Sally Palmer (The Nature Conservancy), Jasna Brown (Green Mountain Coffee Roasters), and Justin Levy (Conscious Alliance).

 

Rock the Earth will also conduct “Storyteller” interviews with musical performances by Del McCoury and Friends, Patterson Hood, Ben Sollee, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and a special one-on-one interview with Brett Dennen.

 

Green Screens presented by Rock the Earth will deliver a series of environmental documentaries each day in the Cinema Tent, featuring very special guests. http://www.bonnaroo.com/activities.aspx

 

Thurs, 6/11 @ 6:00 PM: Mountaintop Removal / Intro: Ben Sollee / Q&A: Maria Gunnoe

Fri, 6/12 @ 5:45 PM: Flow: For the Love of Water / Intro: Surprise Special Guest
Q&A: Paul Faeth (Global Water Challenge) Green Screens: / JoAnne Anderson, Consumer Marketing Manager, STANLEY

Sat, 6/13 @ 5:45 PM: Grand Canyon Adventure / Q&A: Surprise Special Guest

Sun, 6/14 @ 12:30 PM: Earth Days / Q&A: Director Robert Stone

 

Mobile phone recycling campaign
In addition, in partnership with Musictoday, Collective Good, and Bonnaroo - Rock the Earth is calling on all music festival attendees to bring all their old, unwanted mobile phones (and chargers) gathering dust in the junk drawer. In this special promotion, all festival attendees who bring a phone to the Rockthe Earth booth for redemption will receive a 20% off a future Musictoday purchase, and be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for prizes like CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, magazine subscriptions, signed artist memorabilia, a pair of tickets to next year’s festival, and much more. Each phone redeemed is worth one sweepstakes entry and will help keep toxic chemicals out of our landfills. If folks are interested in winning prizes and receiving the Musictoday discount, but not planning to participating attend a music festival this summer, they can still participate and win. Go to: www.collectivegood.com/bonnaroo to utilize the online entry form.

 

Rock the Earth is a national 501(c) (3) public interest, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources. We act as advocates to ensure the existence of a sustainable and healthy environment for all and represent those individuals and communities whose environment whose natural surroundings are directly and adversely affected by others. Thanks to generosity and support of a network of music industry partners and the world wide environmental community, we are able to carry out grassroots organizing, education, and legal action to mobilize public support and empower social change.

 

Please visit www.RockTheEarth.org or stop by our booth at the following music festivals:

6/4-7 Wakarusa (AR)
6/11-14 Bonnaroo (TN)
6/18-20 Mountain Aid (NC)
7/2-5 High Sierra (CA)
7/2 -5 Rothbury (MI)
7/9-12 All Good (WV)
7/18-19 Mile High (CO)
7/22-25 10,000 Lakes Festival (MN)
7/23-26 Gathering of the Vibes (CT)
7/23-26 Floyd Fest (VA)
8/12 -15 Mulberry Mountain (AR)
8/28-30 Outside Lands (CA)

Nouvelle Vague play select US cities for June tour!

On their debut, Nouvelle Vague took cherished tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s by acts such as Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Dead Kennedys and reworked them in a gentle bossa nova style. Sung by French female vocalists, some of whom had never heard the originals before, these cult hits had new life breathed into them, and their meanings became softly subverted. In French, Nouvelle Vague means “new wave”, and “bossa nova” in Portuguese. Even the records’ sleeves wittily referenced the artwork for Jean Luc Godard’s early-’60s new-wave films.

The group expanded its musical palette on Bande A Part, adding touches of reggae, ska and blues to balmy readings of familiar numbers by Bauhaus, Blondie, Buzzcocks, New Order and Yazoo, among others. By this point, even hardcore fans who’d considered these easy-listening versions of punk staples to be sacrilege learned to enjoy Nouvelle Vague as a guilty pleasure. But what of the authors who wrote the original songs – what did these once-ruthless idealists think of Nouvelle Vague’s more fragrant approach?

Well, of those canvassed, all approved – thumbs up from Mick Jones of the Clash, Morrissey, the Undertones, Dead Kennedys and Killing Joke. And this led Oliver and Marc to the concept behind the third album: Nouvelle Vague performs duets with the original singers.  The pair wrote a ‘dream’ list of the people they’d most like on the album and, when contacted, most said yes.

So on NV3 you’ll encounter Depeche Mode’s singing “Master and Servant” with Nouvelle Vague’s leading lady Melanie Pain; Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen duetting with Melanie on “All My Colours”; Marina Celeste performing “Our Lips Are Sealed” with Terry Hall of the Specials and Funboy Three (that’s a Go-Go’s track penned by Hall); and Magazine’s “Parade” sung by Barry Adamson and NV’s Nadeah Miranda. For additional tracks that didn’t make the final album, Chris Bailey from legendary Kiwi rockers The Saints performs a duet, likewiseSamy Birnbach of noted Belgian new-wavers Minimal Compact.

Nouvelle Vague transform Talking Heads’ “Road To Nowhere” into a dusty bar-room shuffle, its head bowed as it traipses into the sunset after a long day working the land. “Heaven” by Psychedelic Furs becomes a tender acoustic affair. A bluesy swagger through Gary Numan’s “Metal” is sung with innocence and charm by Eloisia, a young Brazilian girl who could barely speak English and knew nothing of this music. Even “God Save The Queen”, once full of menace and bile, is fashioned into a romantic flutter. Add enchanting covers of Plastic Bertrand’s “Ca Plane Pour Moi”, Soft Cell’s “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” and “So Lonely” by the Police, and you have Nouvelle Vague’s strongest album to date.

To keep it fresh, Marc and Olivier approached this album in the same spirit of discovery with which they made their 2004 debut. Back then, says Olivier, they recorded four songs for fun and played them to friends, who loved them, and also loved the idea of turning new-wave songs into something different. And so they made an album.

As with all Nouvelle Vague’s work, the real stars of the records and shows are the songs themselves.

When Nouvelle Vague play live, these well-known songs by other people become Nouvelle Vague’s songs. They own them, you might say. In the last few years the group have taken to the road as a six-piece touring outfit, playing shows and festivals all over the world.

Tour dates:

JUNE 17 @ The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, NYC (Doors 8:00pm)
http://www.livenation.com/edp/eventId/407107

JUNE 18 @ La Maison Française, Embassy of France- Washington, DC (Doors 8:30pm)
http://www.la-maison-francaise.org/start.htm

JUNE 19 @ Grand Ballroom @ The Regency Center, San Fran (Doors-7:00pm/ Show-8:00pm)
http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=22834

JUNE 20 @ The Music Box Theatre @ Fonda, Los Angeles at (Doors 8:00pm/Show 9:00pm)
http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=23130

Mama’s Cookin’ to Play A String of Colorado Shows

Mama’s Cookin’ returns to Colorado in June to bring the heat as only they can for 10 shows for the state that gave birth to the band. Mama’s Cookin has become one of Colorado’s favorite group of rockers and this tour finds them playing renowned venues and festivals including a headlining slot at the South Park Music Festival and two huge shows at The Fox Theater in Boulder and at Owsley’s Golden Road in Denver. As the Denver Post said in a review of a Mama’s Cookin’ show, “You have to see this band.”

mamas-cookinTheir effortless melding of blues, soul-driven rock and hip-hop has propelled the band to the point that their upcoming stops in mountain towns are charged with expectations of bigger things to come. June shows include Breckenridge, Durango, Silverton, Crested Butte, Salida and Grand Junction. This band is truly not to be missed. Aggressive and in-your-face at times, yet subtle and eloquent at others, Mama’s Cookin’ puts on a show like no other. Original sounds are generated from the obliteration of genres and the mixing of styles, making Mama’s Cookin’ true pioneers.

Zebuel Early’s vocal style is refreshing yet gritty, rolling in hip-hop rhyme with down-south delta blues. His voice is inviting and flowing, but it’s his slide work on the guitar matched with ranging and very technical riffs that make him the supreme lead man. Responsible for bringing groove to the equation, Eric Matlock manages the keyboards and Steve LaBella funks it up with the four-string, taking the hard-rock sound down home into the realm of dirty funk. The band’s impeccable timing and fluidity can be traced back to the incredible chops of drummer Mike Adamo.

Their 2008 self-titled studio release won the hearts of music fans across the country as being nearly flawless and innovative. JamBands.com named the album the 12th best of 2008 and the album is finding national traction on the radio, indicating this is not a jam band. Mama’s Cookin’ has huge momentum and is looking at their shows at The Fox Theater in Boulder, Owsley’s Golden Road in Denver and their headlining gig at the South Park Music Festival as a hint of what is to come. Get on board and see what the buzz is all about. These boys will rock you socks off and fill the dance floor with people ready to throw down with some Colorado-style raging.

For more information and tour dates, visit: Mama's Cookin MySpace and Website.

Tour dates:
06/11 – Owsley’s Golden Road – Denver, CO
06/12 – three20south – Breckenridge, CO
06/13 – Animas River Days – Durango, CO
06/14 – Silverton Jamboree – Silverton, CO
06/17 – Center for the Arts – Crested Butte, CO
06/18 – Rotary Amphitheatre, FIBArk Whitewater Festival – Salida, CO
06/19 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
06/25 – The Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
06/27- South Park Music Festival – South Park, CO

Soul Rebels Brass Band & Marcus Eaton Trio @ Boulder Theater

Radio 1190's Krewe de Louisianne, KGNU & Boulder Weekly present:
**FREE SHOW** SOUL REBELS BRASS BAND & MARCUS EATON TRIO
Friday, June 12
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seemingly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you'll get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels. After parading around the streets of New Orleans in the traditions of the second line and jazz funerals, the Soul Rebels began their professional debut with the famed Neville Brothers in New Orleans at the Hot Spot Tipitina's! The Soul Rebels rocked so hard and so strong they continued opening for the Neville Brothers and beyond. The band was featured in Spike Lee's HBO Documentary "When the Levees Broke".

Marcus Eaton's lyrics often reflect the natural beauty that surrounded him growing up on top of a mountain in rural Idaho, but the level of talent of this entirely self-taught singer/songwriter/guitarist is world-class. Listener friendly, but steeped in technique - Marcus combines challenging rhythms with ornate melodies that glide with the appeal of mainstream pop songs. Incorporating rock, reggae, flamenco, classical, jazz and folk, it is Marcus' distinctive songwriting that gives this music its farthest reach. Captivating audiences wherever he plays with his guitar mastery and clear voice, Marcus Eaton is on the verge of all-out success. Performances include shows with Jake Shimabukuro, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds, Victor Wooten, Train, Bob Dylan, Jewel, and many others.

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.  All tickets are subject to tax and service charge.

The Motet @ Boulder Theater

KGNU & Colorado Daily present
THE MOTET
w/ Albino
Thursday, July 9        
doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
 

Dual CD Release Party!

Founded by Dave Watts, The Motet has become one of the most recognized improv-dance bands touring today. Fusing Afrobeat, afrocuban-funk, jazz, and electronica, much of the distinctive character of The Motet's sound comes from having a diverse body of material created from a drummer's perspective.

The SF Music Award-winning Albino is a ten-piece Afrobeat ensemble that honors the fiery legacy of Nigerian musical revolutionary Fela Kuti. Albino's high-energy grooves and explosive stage show thick with hypnotic percussion, a heavy horn section, African dance, outrageous costumes, and infectious group choreography have established the band as the West Coast's premier Afrobeat act.

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.  All tickets are subject to tax and service charge.

The Seldom Scene @ Boulder Theater

The Seldom Scene are approaching 40 years of service as progressive pickers and beautiful harmonizers.

Since its inception in 1971, the Seldom Scene has thrived on playing bluegrass a little differently than everyone else. If other bands used a fiddler, the Seldom Scene used a Dobro; if others relied on old standards, the Seldom Scene played rock classics like J.J. Cale's "After Midnight." Through skilled musicianship and an urban approach to bluegrass, the Seldom Scene has become one of the most influential -- if not the most influential -- bluegrass band of their time.

THE SELDOM SCENE
w/ Blue Canyon Boys
Friday, July 17
doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through their website @ bouldertheater.com.  All tickets are subject to tax and service charge.

Mike Farris will play 2 sets at Bonnaroo

The Americana Music Association's 2007 "New and Emerging Artist" shows no signs of slowing down this summer and his audiences continue to fuel his incendiary live shows from Nashville to his recent performance at Spain's Azkena Rock Festival! Catch him whenever possible and don't miss him during his two performances at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival!

mike-farrisFarris' rousing and spiritual live shows have won over thousands of fans and his reputation as a force of positive energy continues to grow. This summer Farris will perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for the second year in a row and is one of a selected few artists performing more than two sets at the internationally respected festival. Farris, along with Phish, The Low Anthem, and Moe, to name a few, will play a full set at one of the festival's larger stages, Which Stage, and a short set at the dynamic Sonic Stage.

To round out the summer, Farris has been invited to appear at the Strawberry Festival in Yellowstone National Park in May, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June and the High Sierra Music Festival in July. In August, he will be opening for the incomparable Patti LaBelle at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

These nationally and internationally respected appearances reiterate how energetic Mike's sets are live. From the SHOUT! Live record to summer shows, Mike gives everything he has to his live performance.

Featuring the McCrary Sisters and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, Mike Farris SHOUT! LIVE captures the energy, power and emotional conviction that has become synonymous with a Mike Farris performance. The album features songs from four nights of recording during the fall of 2008 and was released on both vinyl and CD on April 14th by INO/Columbia records.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
6/14/2009 - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival - Manchester - TN
6/19/2009 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence - KS
6/21/2009 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride - CO
7/04/2009 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy - CA
7/05/2009 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy - CA
8/06/2009 - Heritage Place Ampitheater - Conroe - TX
8/07/2009 - Antone's - Austin - TX
8/14/2009 - Snowbird Resort - Salt Lake City - UT
8/15/2009 - Snowbird Resort - Salt Lake City - UT
8/16/2009 - Snowbird Resort - Salt Lake City - UT
8/19/2009 - Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood - CA