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Mahjongg Announce Winter 2009 US TOUR

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Originally formed in the great bounteous Midwest region of the United States "Mahjongg" began as a simple experiment between The Grid and The Sphere.  To attract the brood orientation of the young mind, Mahjongg knew the only way to spread Kontpab's message was by forming a musiK band.  This ever-expanding Sect uses "irratainment" to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass "funneling" of the populace minds into The Grid.

Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first "warning orbs," at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.  It was during this time that the Machinegong EP was recorded, and their first attempt to leave Kontpab's message sublimated in the patricians of the clubs was a success.  Kontpab showed Mahjongg that The Grid's seemingly well-defined rules and laws could in fact be used against The Grid itself.

Many not briefed on the vast Kontpab religion will never fully understand Mahjongg during their "Warning Orbs," so they cut another album to set into stone what Kontpab had clearly shown them: Raydoncong 2005. Again using The Grid's vast amalgam of mathematical tools against itself, The Sect were able to demonstrate to the brood, for instance with prime numbered polyrhythms, that not only was the path to The Sphere full of spectacle and self awakening, but pharmaceuticals, beer, and dancing as well.  It was here that Mahjongg became not only teacher, but student, and this is where The Chicago Sects association with the Water Babies began.

Born into the great Chicago winter of '06 in the septic rivers of the Magikal Forest, the Water Babies used Kontpabs undivided and all seeing power to unlock The Sphere's greatest secret: improvisation. With these new teachings from the almighty Kontpab, Mahjongg was able to create a new church and recording studio for the Chicago Sect.  Soon the tapestries of aural chaos were tempered and perfected.  Software was upgraded and drums tuned.  With nervous but relevant hair follicles and motley threads, Mahjongg hit the scene.  Many eons of "Warning Orbs" have since commenced, but the human race still chooses to "funnel" into The Grid.  It is because of this that Mahjongg is left with no choice but to invoke the name of our great God almighty itself.  And it is with this name they proudly present to you their new album, Kontpab.  For we are all Kontpab.

Elliot Murphy: Back in the USA for a West Coast Tour

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Rock troubadour Elliott Murphy and multi-cultural singer-songwriter Jann Klose continue their U.S. tour this week, with shows in San Francisco, Felton (Santa Cruz), Tehachapi (near Bakersfield and Edwards Air Force Base), Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego.  The two will also be performing at the NAMM Convention. 

Elliott Murphy first came to prominence 35 years ago with the release of the now-more-relevant-than-ever album, AQUASHOW.  That, along with NIGHT LIGHTS, LOST GENERATION, and JUST A STORY FROM AMERICA were played on mainstream radio throughout the United States.  These albums were also picked up internationally, especially in Japan and Europe, where Elliott has found international stardom.  19 years ago he moved to France. He last played the United States in 2000 at New York City's Bottom Line, and his last west coast dates were in 1996.  

Elliott has released 30 albums, his latest is NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, which has received 5 stars from ALLMUSIC.COM.  Some of the musicians who've collaborated with Elliott on his recordings are Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, and the Rolling Stones' Mick TaylorElliott was also honored with a monumental exposition, LAST OF THE ROCK STARS-RETROSPECTIVE at Paris' Town Hall, and has been cited in literature in the work, SAVAGE DETECTIVES by the late Roberto Bolano, who now has a best-seller book called, 2666.

Elliott, who is already played on Sirius-XM's the LOFT, will be the subject of a story on an upcoming Bob Edwards' show on the satellite station, and he will be releasing his 31st album this March 16, his 60th birthday.  And this spring, he'll be acting in the French movie "La Ligne Blanche" out in spring 2009.

Opening all dates will be Jann Klose, whose new album REVERIE is an independent release that has been picked up by 90 AAA radio stations in North America, a variety of folk and jazz stations, some European stations including regional BBCs and Radio Caroline, and played on a mixture of formats including talk, classic rock morning and "Acoustic Sunrise"-styled shows, and Sirius-XM's The Loft.  KMMT-Mammoth Lakes, a top 40/modern rock station, has also picked up on Jann's album.  Born in Germany, raised in Kenya and South Africa, Jann has collaborated on stage with Renaissance's Annie Haslam, songwriters Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and Roger McGuinn.

The tour has received praise in every city it's played so far from Boston, MA to Larchmont, NY.  THE WASHINGTON POST'S Christopher Porter notes, "Murphy engaged his campfire crowd with direct eye contact, making the evening's intimacy even more intense. His textured voice - as with his songwriting, it's equal parts Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen - also exhibited tonal strength and beauty."    

The Schenectady Gazette's Brian McElhiney writes, "Murphy gives hungry cadre of stateside fans what they came for."  Indeed the fans also are receiving more than their money's worth.  One Boston fan blogged, "Murphy sang with the resilience of a survivor who will always continue to grow and change. His performance let us in on a taste of what his journey has been like. I know I felt changed by it. Murphy's show was a true rock 'n' roll baptism."  A female working in Washington, DC media had never heard of either artist, and her boyfriend was curious about the venue they played in.  She said, "This was the most memorable night of rock & roll I've ever had.  Both artists are great."

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
January 10, 2009    Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
January 13, 2009    Acoustic Music San Diego, San Diego, CA
January 14, 2009    The Blue Cafe, Long Beach, CA
January 16, 2009    Jann Klose at NAMM's Martin Guitar booth and at L.R. Baggs' booth, Anaheim, CA
January 17, 2009    Elliott Murphy at NAMM's Taylor Guitar booth, Anaheim, CA

Other dates for Elliott are in Europe, including his special 60th birthday show on March 14 at New Morning, in Paris, France. Please visit here.

Jann's shows are:
January  21, 2009   SOhO Restaurant & Café benefit for Legal Aid Foundation, Santa Barbara, California
February 5,  2009   Conscience Coffeehouse, Boston, Massachusetts
February 19, 2009   World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 21, 2009   Crossing Borders at the Lost Dog Café, Ithaca, New York
March    8,  2009   Rockwood Music Hall, New York, New York

Miniature Tigers Tour w/Dear & The Headlights, Lenka

Miniature Tigers - photos by Brandon Lee- for the Grateful Web

Miniature Tigers' sound was forged in the bedroom of frontman Charlie Brand, only to quickly outgrow the space, with the band soon finding itself on stage, in the studio and signed to Phoenix's Modern Art Records in short order. Brand's lyrics – a mix of deeply personal insights and playful references to the disparate cultural artifacts that have informed his existence – and effortlessly constructed indie-pop arrangements have made fans in his native Phoenix and beyond. They stretch to Los Angeles, where he reconnected with drummer, collaborator and fellow charter member of the band Rick Schaier while living in Hollywood, and far beyond thanks to the Internet, which it seems people are into these days.

Miniature Tigers' debut album "Tell it to the Volcano" runs the lyrical gamut, taking inspiration from and referencing TV's Lost (which rates a Dharma Initiative sticker on Brand's acoustic) as easily as it probes the joy and heartbreak of Charlie's own life, while managing not to take itself too seriously. Brand wrote the album while on the lam – not from the law, but rather from a relationship he described as "brutal." He left Phoenix to clear his head, landing in Los Angeles and collaborating with his friend Rick to complete the long-gestating album. It was his catharsis – with cannibals and volcanoes stepping in for the real-world problems that had both beset and inspired him. In the end the album represents Charlie's effort to codify, examine, and ultimately move past a 2-year stretch of his life.

Charlie and Rick are joined in their live incarnation by friends and collaborators Lou Kummerer on bass and Lawrence Hearn on lead guitar and keyboards, for performances that seem to give equal time to playing songs and intra-band joking. They aim for a controlled chaos aesthetic that eschews "auto-pilot" at all costs.

In an effort to further confound the expectations of those around the band, they chose to have their video directed by someone who had never helmed one before…or at least never an authorized music video. The band tapped "Yacht Rock" creator JD Ryznar to direct their video for Cannibal Queen in the hopes he would recreate the magic of his wildly popular Internet video series. Ryznar quickly assimilated the band's aesthetic and turned in a video equal parts "Weird Science" and "Frankenstein," to the band's delight.

"Tell it to the Volcano" is currently available on iTunes, as well as a limited-edition letterpressed CD package and on vinyl at shows and via the band's web site. They'll be touring through the winter of 2009, when the album will find its way to stores through an official retail release.

Tour Dates:
With Lenka
1/15/09    Thu    San Francisco    CA    The Independent
1/16/09    Fri    Modesto    CA    Modesto Virtual
1/17/09    Sat    Santa Barbara    CA    SoHo

With Dear & The Headlights
2/24/09   Tue    Los Angeles       CA    Knitting Factory
2/25/09   Wed    Anaheim           CA    Chain Reaction
2/26/09   Thu    Modesto           CA    Modesto Virtual
2/27/09   Fri    San Francisco     CA    Bottom of the Hill
2/28/09   Sat    Orangevale        CA    Boardwalk
3/1/09    Sun    Portland          OR    Satyricon
3/2/09    Mon    Seattle           WA    El Corazon       
3/4/09    Wed    Boise             ID    The Venue
3/5/09    Thu    Salt Lake City    UT    Avalon Theatre       
3/7/09    Sat    Denver            CO    Marquis Theatre
3/8/09    Sun    Omaha             NE    Sokol Underground   
3/10/09   Tue    Minneapolis       MN    Triple Rock
3/11/09   Wed    Iowa City         IA    Picador
3/12/09   Thu    Chicago           IL    Reggie's Rock Club
3/13/09   Fri    Columbia          MO    Mojo's
3/14/09   Sat    Tulsa             OK    The Marquee
3/15/09   Sun    Dallas            TX    The Door       
3/17/09   Tue    San Antonio       TX    Rock Bottom Bar       

SXSW
3/19/09   Thu    Austin            TX    Jackalope

Paper Bird & Elephant Revival @ Boulder Theater

Paper Bird - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Paper Bird is best understood not by a description of their music (which you could call ragtime, jazz, modern folk or Americana), but by a rundown of their unique instrumentation: 3 Female Vocals on a bouncing bed of Banjo, Trombone, Upright Bass and Guitar. Paper Bird has been called "black and white twentieth century America at its best" (Syntax Magazine), "a musical manifestation of the roots and philosophy that Coloradans share" (Boulder Weekly), and "a more beguiling Jolie Holland with the sublime, mellifluous, old-timey harmonies of the Chordettes" (Westword).

Elephant Revival is a soulful, seductive quiver of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that reign from points all across America. Since Oct 06' Elephant Revival have herded in a greatly applauded neo-acoustic gyptic revival at festivals, theaters, clubs and house concerts. The Revival plays entirely original music with a few carefully chosen traditionals and eclectic cover tunes but their precise genre is hard to pin down. As independent film director Mikey Eberle elaborates, "When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it. I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time."

PAPER BIRD & ELEPHANT REVIVAL
Friday, February 6

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Noise Pop 2009 New Artist Confirmations

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San Francisco, CA Event producers, Noise Pop Industries, have released additional headliners and other new event details for Noise Pop 2009. The 17th year of the West Coast's premiere independent celebration of music, film and art will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009 at venues throughout San Francisco, CA.
   
Newly announced headliners for Noise Pop 2009 will include legendary singer/songwriter Bob Mould, Thao, The Ohsees, Sleepy Sun, Ra Ra Riot, Sholi and From Monument To Masses. John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats will also return to Noise Pop in song and conversation as part of a special lecture event, Talking Music, produced in partnership with City Arts & Lectures.  These new artists join previously confirmed acts the French Kicks, A.C. Newman, St. Vincent, Martha Wainwright, Broken West, Clues, The Morning Benders, No Age, Josh Ritter, The Submarines and Stephen Malkmus' who is performing his first ever solo show in the Bay Area.

Antony and the Johnsons are performing at San Francisco's beautiful Masonic Center on February 24 as part of Noise Pop 2009. Tickets for this special opening night show go on sale through Ticketmaster on Sunday, January 11. Additional opening night Noise Pop events will be announced in the coming weeks. 
   
Show schedule information and individual tickets for many Noise Pop events will be offered for exclusive presale from the Noise Pop 2009 Festival site, starting today, January 8, 2009. The Noise Pop ticket store is powered by partner In Ticketing, with a tree being planted for every ticket sold. Individual tickets will go on sale through all regular venue outlets starting on Sunday, January 11. Noise Pop 2009 Festival badges are still available. Noise Pop Badges grant the owner entry to all general admission Noise Pop Festival events and are priced at $150 each. An early bird 10% discount is being offered until January 12, 2009.
   
In addition to dozens of live music events, Noise Pop 2009 will include a film festival, gallery art openings, and "Industry Noise" (co-produced with Bandwidth Conference) a single day music industry conference featuring educational panels. Also returning for the fourth year is "Pop 'n' Shop" – Noise Pop's take on the local indie designer trunk sale and rock poster show.

Blue Train Revisited This Weekend At The Iridium Jazz Club

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The most enduring of the dozen or so records made by John Coltrane in 1957, Blue Train was John Coltrane's sole recording for the legendary Blue Note label.  The sextet setting allying the tenor giant with trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist Curtis Fuller has gone on to become one of the most popular entries in the Coltrane discography.  Curtis Fuller, the only trombonist to record in a Coltrane led band, returns to recreate the classic sound of the group with young veterans Terell Stafford and Javon Jackson filling out the frontline and an all-star rhythm section of George Cables, Lonnie Plaxico and Andrew Cyrille.

 

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

 

Phish Summer Tour 2009

Phish will perform ten concerts this coming June. The shows kick off with a two night stand at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY June 4-5 and wrap up at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI on June 20-21. Stops along the way include a return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis on June 16 and the band's first show at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, NC on June 9.

Hot Buttered Rum & The Travelin' McCourys @ Boulder Theater

HBR - photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Hot Buttered Rum, one of the hardest-working and fastest-rising stars in the musical firmament, has become, over the last five years, a group that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, the band melds blues, folks, bluegrass, jazz, and rock, and the members' varying degrees of classical training lead them to invest heavily in group composition. The widespread appeal of HBR's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together. It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success.

The Travelin' McCourys, Ron McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartram on bass, with featured guests on guitar and vocals, is the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass -The Del McCoury Band. Known for their individual prowess on their instruments and their rapidly expanding reputation as collaborators with the members of numerous musical icons from Vince Gill to the Allman Brothers and Phish, this touring unit blends the best of the Appalachian tradition with the improvisational magic of jazz. Unique live collaborations are the hallmark of their performances, and demonstrates why critics and musicians across the country hail them as the best bluegrass band in the world.

HOT BUTTERED RUM & THE TRAVELIN' McCOURYS
Thursday, April 9
doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

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

Harlem Shakes To Release Debut LP 'Technicolor Health'

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Harlem Shakes as we know it were born in 2006, after an earlier incarnation of the band went to college and went nuts. Lexy still sings lead, and Brent still plays the drums (and drum machine), but now Kendrick plays keyboards, Jose plays bass, and Todd plays guitar. Everyone sings.  Harlem Shakes have toured with Deerhoof, Vampire Weekend, and Beirut, and opened for Wire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arctic Monkeys, and various other famous bands with animal names. Burning Birthdays, the band's self-released debut EP, came out in 2007 to wide acclaim, earning generous praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, AllMusic, Stylus, The Village Voice, and the blogs. Pitchfork complimented their "frenetic clip of hooks," and sometime Magnetic Field-er LD Beghtol of The Voice called them "lethally charming" and one of "the Best of New York." The band is sure that all this good luck must come at some kind of lurking, damning cost.

After extensive touring and a bit of schooling, the band got back together with Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Passion Pit, White Rabbits) to record their first full-length album, Technicolor Health. The result is one of the most quietly ambitious pop albums in ages. Much like Blur fused English pop traditions and contemporary sonics to forge Brit Pop, Harlem Shakes meld the Great American Songbook with unmistakably contemporary textures, creating what one might call "Am Pop." Influences as disparate as the Band, Randy Newman, Carlos Santana and Spank Rock inform the soundscapes, but the vibe is too coherent to be called eclectic. Technicolor Health invokes the synthesized Latin percussion that plays outside the band's apartments every night as they're trying to fall asleep, and the classic rock radio they listen to with hilarious regularity. These are social songs: instruments meander, trade off lines, and counter each other's rhythms and melodies, but ultimately they come together again on the chorus, or in an ecstatic outro or bridge, for a singalong family dinner. Harlem Shakes also have an unapologetically literary lilt; writers like Leonard Michaels, Wislawa Szymborska, and David Berman echo in Lexy's lyrics.

Technicolor Health was made after and during some tough times (involving serious sickness) for the band. The record captures the weary, hopeful, and sometimes triumphal vibe of that period in their lives. Above all, the album is about surviving abject shittiness. But it's also about what new-wave bands and new-wave revival bands call, "modern life," as lived by five thoughtful men in their early and mid-twenties during a weird, sometimes miserable, mostly thrilling historical moment. Harlem Shakes have been obsessed by pop music their whole lives, and after all the reiterations, they still have great faith in its power to make you and them feel a little better about things, and to say something vital, and God willing, maybe even enduring.

Switzerland Meets New York @ The Canal Room - 1.14.09

Beat Kaestli at the Canal Room NYC - 1/14- for the Grateful Web

Visit the Canal Room on January 14th, 2009 for an incredible night of new music from three of the hottest performers from Switzerland. With support from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the night will also include gift bags filled with tasty Swiss treats.

8pm:
BEAT KAESTLI:  "Beat Kaestli's emergence as a vocalist bespeaks a life full of experience. Like jazz itself, his willingness to adapt and improvise has given rise to a unique young man and artist." —David Donnenfeld, Esquire Magazine

Beat Kaestli moved to New York from his native Switzerland, where he was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music and he received his Master Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music. While honing his craft alongside luminaries such as Jane Monheit, Jason Moran and Stefon Harris, he immersed himself in Manhattan's fiercely competitive music scene, and now appears in clubs such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The Stone and Sweet Rhythm, performing with jazz greats, like Esperanza Spalding, Clarence Penn, Joel Frahm and Victor Prieto.

In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. Since the release of his acclaimed CD "Happy, Sad and Satisfied" in 2006, he has toured the world extensively with his own projects, around the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada. Tonight, the internationally acclaimed vocalist previews his upcoming release
Far From Home – A Tribute to European Song.

9 pm
SERENA JOST:  "Serena Jost writes gently eccentric songs and sings them in an elegant alto, often accompanying herself on cello, but it isn't quite right to call her a singer-songwriter. The term art song—normally tied to 19th-century concert music—usefully characterizes Jost's carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics, neither quite rock nor folk..." —Bob Bannister, Time Out New York

Singer-songwriter and cellist Serena Jost was born to Swiss parents and raised in the Midwest. Her debut CD, Closer Than Far, was produced by Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) and released in spring 2008 to a sold-out house at Joe's Pub.  Time Out NY lauded Serena's "rollicking take" on Iris DeMent's bittersweet Our Town and "catch(y) vocal hooks" and noted: "Jost writes gently eccentric songs and sings them in an elegant alto, often accompanying herself on cello, but it isn't quite right to call her a singer-songwriter. The term art song—normally tied to 19th-century concert music—usefully characterizes Jost's carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics, neither quite rock nor folk..." (Bob Bannister). Serena's music has been compared to 70s English folk artists like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention—and also to the Canadian artist Jane Siberry—but is still entirely her own, "seamlessly merging classical and pop melodies" (Lucidculture).

10 pm
GRAND PIANORAMAX FEAT. MIKE LADD & CELENA GLENN:

"Funky, flipped-out, beat-heavy tracks that pop, swagger, and strut across everything from post-bop jazz to hip-hop to electronic music, all the while staying in the pocket enough to be accessible as well as innovative…
The Biggest Piano in Town actually is—and then some." —All Music Guide

Winner of the first Montreux Jazz Festival International Piano Solo Competition, Leo Tardin conceived Grand Pianoramax as a live keyboard/drum group, blending powerful analog-synth bass, syncopated keys, organic drumming and freestyle spoken word.

Tailored to explore hybrid stylistic directions in their most essential renditions, Tardin developed the ambitious Grand Pianoramax project by joining forces with first-class NYC drummers Deantoni Parks (Kudu, The Mars Volta), Jojo Mayer, and Adam Deitch (Talib Kweli, John Scofield). To add to the unique sound, Tardin invited in some of the most creative poets/MCs on the scene today, including Americans Mike Ladd, Celena Glenn and Invincible (Platinum Pied Pipers), and French hip-hop/folk artist Spleen.

Grand Pianoramax's latest album on the ObliqSound label, The Biggest Piano In Town and its hit single "The Hook," remixed by DJ Spinna (which hit #18 on CMJ's RPM charts and was DanceTracksDigital's #1 download), continues to generate rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, BPM, XLR8R, Jazzthing, Jazzthetik, Time Out New York and Vibrations.  Grand Pianoramax is joined onstage by emcees Celena Glenn (Coco Rosie) and underground spoken word hero Mike Ladd (Big Dada recording artist known for his trilogy of albums Nostalgiator, Father Divine and Negrophilia: The Album).

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Beat Kaestli's Upcoming Performances:
Jan 26th - Blues Alley, DC
Feb 8th  - Smoke Jazz, NYC
Marz 19th - Francophonie, Mexico City
Maerz 28th - Festival de Cuidade de Mexico
April/May - European Tour
May 20th - The Kitano Hotel, NYC (Reservations advised 212 885 7119)
June 4th - Ottawa Swiss Residence (tbc)