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White Rabbits Announce US Tour With Here We Go Magic

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
4/05: Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA*
4/06: Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC*
4/07: Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
4/08: The Earl, Atlanta, GA
4/09: The Social, Orlando, FL*
4/10: Jax Live, Jacksonville, FL*
4/11: Club Downunder,  Tallahassee, FL*
4/13: Walters on Washington, Houston, TX*
4/14: The Independent, Austin, TX*
4/16: The Clubhouse, Phoenix, AZ*
4/17: Coachella Festival, Indio, CA
4/20: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake, UT*
4/21: Fox Theater, Boulder
4/23: Sandstone Amphitheater w/ Flaming Lips / Dead Weather / Minus the Bear, Kansas City, KS
4/24: High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI*
4/25: Metro, Chicago, IL*
4/26: Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN*
4/27: Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON*
4/28: Petit Campus, Montreal*
5/01: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA*

*with Here We Go Magic

Phil and the Osophers Debut Three New Vids

Phil and the Osophers unveil three distinctive videos to titillate the senses.  Members of the International Found Footage Society, the band used newsreels from the 1920s-1940s to create the video for Propeller Jet, which narrates the thrill of America's burgeoning love with the golden age of aviation.  Avant-garde Czech films were spliced together to create the breathtaking Well Being video, the last three minutes being a visual and auditory world unto itself.  Phil and the Osophers own travel footage is showcased in the video for Wandering Soul, where cities and climates and time blur together.


Phil and the Osophers have added a new member!  C. Lizbeth Marquez, a Spaniard by birth, has been added to play keyboard, percussion and background vocals.  Come see the expanded lineup at Brooklyn's Bruar Falls on February 15, in a show curated by Pop Jew, also known as Worst Cooks In America winner Rachel Coleman.  The band will also be doing a short tour in March, more dates are TBA.


Phil and the Osophers made their sixth full length album, Parallelo, available on CD and digitally this summer on Factual Fabrications, Phil’s own sustainable label.  The album finds the Brooklyn 3 piece developing into a jingly and jangly artistic indie rock while retaining carefully crafted and philosophical lyrics.  The band has a catalog of over 100 songs, and this new album is their most impressive work to date.
THE SONGS
The 11 song cycle of Parallelo explores parallels and coincidences in our understanding of meaning.  Phil has an interesting explanation for all of these songs- “Uses Of A Man deals with equal rights for all lovers”, Creators “is a thesis on God in the time of slavery”, Propeller Jet is “about suiting up with Amelia Earhart on her last flight” “Cheap Livin is an tribute to the rich folks who lost it all”  …Tie it together with an avant-garde indie pop sound and you have Parallelo.  It is this sort of innovation that makes Phil and the Osophers such a one-of-a-kind act.
The Brooklyn 3-piece have been on a tear recently: playing SXSW and the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, as well as playing shows with Art Brut, Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, Le Loup, the Ruby Suns, and the Dodos.
In addition, all 3 members have written and published books of poetry and non-fiction through their own publishing house called ILOANBooks. Bass player Gus has published NINE books, Drummer Kevin has published two (including a new edition entitled "Winter Doesn't Care What Your Name Is"), and Phil has written his one book of poetry entitled "SHAKE! and other rattlers".  These books are usually free at shows and otherwise available upon request.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus Winter Tour

ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS is an explosive six-piece jam rock band from Grand Rapids, MI with a rapidly growing fan base all over the MidWest and Colorado, as well as online with thousands of listeners nationwide. Recently described by Recoil Magazine as "one of Michigan's most promising bands," UV HIPPO mixes tight funky jams with new dance beats and strange effects for a killer musical experience. The band performs an eclectic array of composed and improvised original material, dancing between genres of funk, jazz, electronica, reggae, bluegrass, and progressive rock.


The Marquee Magazine " experiencing UV Hippo live, jam band fans are quickly reminded why they fell in love with thegenre’s sound in the first place..."

Detroit Free Press "... music Frank Zappa would be proud of..."

Lansing State Journal "UV Hippo is all the rage these days... and fans all over are hooked."

The word is out, and the band is seeing more and more repeat offenders traveling further distances to develop their MidWest following into a national sensation. With a solid foundation of dedicated fans
leading the way, UV HIPPO is embarking on their Winter 2010 Tour, returning to Pennsylvania and Iowa, performing for the first time in Kentucky and Missouri, spending some time in the MidWest and hitting
Colorado for the third time in nine months. UVH kicks off their Colorado run with back to back shows opening for Garaj Mahal at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins and Agave in Avon on February 17th and 18th. This is not the first time these outfits have shared the stage, playing two high energy, insane shows in Kalamazoo and Chicago together at the end 2009. UVH is extremely excited about their time with GM in Colorado, as Fort Collins promises to be a night of true badass-ery!

The Official ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS Tour Schedule is as follows:

Fri. 1/22 The Winchester Music Hall Cleveland, OH
Sat. 1/23 The Docksider Erie, PA
Thur. 1/28 Bell's Brewery Kalamazoo, MI
Fri. 1/29 The Mad Frog Cincinnati, OH
Fri. 2/5 Mac's Bar Lansing, MI
Fri. 2/12 Cosmic Charlie's Lexington, KY
Sat. 2/13 Kaysan's 5th Down Fort Wayne, IN
Sun. 2/14 Parlor City Pub Cedar Rapids, IA
Tue. 2/16 320 South Breckenridge, CO
Wed. 2/17 Hodi's Half Note w/ Garaj Mahal Fort Collins, CO
Thur. 2/18 Agave w/ Garaj Mahal Avon, CO
Fri. 2/19 Ullr's Winter Park, CO
Sat. 2/20 Winter Park Resort Winter Park, CO
Sun. 2/21 Mountain Sun Brewery Boulder, CO
Mon. 2/22 Sancho's Broken Arrow Denver, CO
Wed. 2/24 Tugboat Steamboat Springs, CO
Thur. 2/25 Tugboat Steamboat Springs, CO
Fri. 2/26 First Street Pub Nederland, CO
Sat. 2/27 Owsley's Golden Road w/ Papadosio Denver, CO
Tue. 3/2 Tres Hombres Carbondale, IL
Wed. 3/3 Gramophone Saint Louis, MO
Thur. 3/4 The Uptowner Charleston, IL
Fri. 3/5 Harrison's Landing Elkhart, IN
Sat. 3/6 Booney's Avon, IN

The Winter 2010 Tour is just the beginning of an ambitious list of new initiatives, long-term goals, and a commitment to responsible touring for UVH this year. After signing with Simon Says Booking Agency and
playing the Rothbury Pre-Party with EOTO in 2009, UV HIPPO is ready for a full plate. In addition to releasing their third full length studio album later in 2010, the band plans on touring both coasts and
everywhere they can in between, including stops on the national festival circuit.

A significant part of the 200-show agenda ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS has planned for 2010, will be promoting green principles and sustainable touring. An important step in making this goal a reality
is investing in a used diesel shuttle bus and converting the bus to run on veggie oil, obtained through the discarded oil from FastFood joints! Coined, the "Hippopota-bus", this 1995 Ford E-350 Mini-Bus will
greatly reduce tour costs, lessen the band's overall carbon footprint and remove themselves from the global oil crisis. To promote their cause and raise funds, while educating their fans about sustainability,
UVH will launch a new line of organic, recycled clothing and other cool products throughout 2010. All profits from this new green line of clothing will go towards the purchase of the "Hippopota-bus" and
veggie-oil conversion. There will also be a donation jar, a limited edition poster and other sustainable 'Help Hippo Go Green' merchandise available, to support the band's new direction.

INFECTED MUSHROOM w. Matisyahu today

INFECTED MUSHROOM, one of Israel's biggest musical exports, is returning to their native land for a one-off concert TODAY, Wednesday, February 10, at Tel Aviv's Exhibition Grounds that will be broadcast live exclusively on www.YNETNews.com.

The psy-trance veteran duo, headed by Erez Eisen and Amit Duvedevani, has become one of the biggest acts in electronic music, performing in diverse locations around the world and gaining accolades from the international music press. This special performance is in celebration of the band's latest album, LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA out now on Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Records.  Joining INFECTED MUSHROOM is special guest American-born Hasidic Jewish reggae artist MATISYAHU who will perform the currently #1-charting remix of “One Day” with the band plus two other songs during this special event.

INFECTED MUSHROOM, special guest MATISYAHU  and FRIENDS OF NATASHA

Thursday, FEBRUARY 11th

2:30 PM PT – U.S.//5:30 PM ET – U.S.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

12:30 AM - TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Stream the performance live at WWW.YNETNEWS.COM

Four-Piece Drink Up Buttercup to Drop First Full-Length

Philadelphia pop quartet Drink Up Buttercup will release their first full-length album, Born and Thrown on a Hook, on March 23rd through Yep Roc Records.
Drink Up Buttercup earned the attention of fans with the release of their debut 7” Sosey & Dosey on Kanine Records, which was described as “Beatle-esque but in a kitchen sink kind of way,” (Brooklyn Vegan) and “60’s psychedelic carnival” (Stereogum). The band – comprised of Jim Harvey (vocals, guitar), Ben Money (bass, organ), Mike Cammarata (drums) and Farzad Houshiarnejad
(keyboards) – furthered their notoriety through their bombastic live shows with The New York Times going so far to say that the band “mesmerizes and clobbers live.”
Drink Up Buttercup’s first full album navigates a surrealistic geography somewhere between the grittiness of a Tom Waits’ song and the fairy tales of Han Christian Anderson. Produced by Philadelphia’s own Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) and mixed by Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Owen Pallett, Panda Bear), Born and Thrown on a Hook demonstrates a preoccupation with flawed protagonists, drunks and star-crossed lovers.
“We knew we were making something great and we all fought about what added to the greatness and what detracted,” Moriarty said. “We tried every way possible to make recordings: live, one at a time, analog tape, computer... in the end all of them worked and none was the solution.”
“This is an album I'm glad to have been a part of,” Moriarty continued. “It was a powerful experience with all the attractive and repellent parts of being alive rolled up in it.”
In anticipation of Born and Thrown on a Hook, Drink Up Buttercup is releasing a live video document of every song on the upcoming album each week via www.drinkupbuttercup.com, culminating on March 23rd. Each video is stripped of studio trickery & audio comfort zones, embracing the strange surroundings they find themselves in - basements filled with balloons, children’s playgrounds and old folks homes.

The Walkmen Sign To Fat Possum Records

Esteemed indie rock act, The Walkmen, announce their signing to Fat Possum Records.  The band is currently in the studio with Chris Zane recording the follow-up to 2008's widely-acclaimed LP You & Me.

The band kicks off 2010 with a couple New York City plays including MOMA's Opening Night Armory Show benefit on March 3rd and an intimate engagement at Brooklyn's The Bell House on April 1st where they'll showcase songs from the upcoming album.  A 24-hour pre-sale begins tomorrow (more details below).

The band also travels to Austin, TX to play NPR's South By Southwest Showcase March 17th at Stubbs. For the third year running, NPR Music will present, broadcast, and webcast the opening night showcase which features performances by The Walkmen, Spoon, and soon to be named acts.

The Bell House pre-sale begins at noon EST on Thursday, February 11th.  Public onsale  will take place on Friday, February 12th. More details can be found at http://www.thewalkmen.com.

DSO Winter Tour & New East Coast Dates

Kicking off last week, the First tour of the year is underway and headed through the midwest, down south and west Texas bound. Tonight the band is in Madison, WI at The Barrymore Theatre. Then it's on down the ol' Mississip to St Louis before heading to Indianapolis on Friday and Columbus and Cleveland for the holiday weekend. After a tour of the 'Buckeye State' it's on to the 'Bluegrass State' with a stop in Covington before a weekend run through North Carolina with 2 nights at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte. Rolling deeper into the south the band makes stops in Birmingham, AL and Oxford, MS before another 2 night run at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. The onset of March signals the final stretch of the tour with a westward run stopping over in Mobile, AL, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Austin.

For the duration of this tour our friend Jeff Mattson will join DSO on lead guitar and vocals. Having honed his chops with years on the road with The Zen Tricksters, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band, we are thrilled with the talent and spirit that Jeff brings to the table, and to the band. We are having a blast...Saddle Up and catch a ride on our Southbound Winter Tour!

Tickets and more info available on our Tour Dates Page.

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New Dates in May/June

Late May finds DSO back on the East Coast to stir up trouble in some familiar haunts. The tour starts off at The Innsbrook Pavilion in Glen Allen, VA before heading north to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ then looping around to VA again to play at the Bellmont Country Club. From there it's a haul up north to Rhode Island for a stop at Lupos in Providence. A weekend stand at the Hampton Beach Casino and a headlining spot at the Mighty High Mountain Fest close out the month of May. June brings stops at the Ridgefield Playhouse and Theatre at Westbury before returning to Mountain Jam to cap off the brief tour joining Govt. Mule, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Avett Brothers and many many more.

Tickets for most dates are on-sale now through DSO Ticketing.  Visit the Tour Dates Page for complete details.

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The Eleven

Nelson Ledges will once again host DSO's summer gathering on Fourth of July weekend (July 2-5). As of now we know our friend Keller Williams will be part of the weekend's festivities, which will include three nights of Dark Star Orchestra. Check back for more details coming soon.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Southbound Winter Tour 2010
02/10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
02/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
02/12 Egyptian Room at Murat Center Indianapolis, IN
02/13 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
02/14 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
02/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY
02/18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
02/19+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/20+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/21 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
02/24 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL TICKETS
02/25 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
02/26+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
02/27+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
03/01 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL TICKETS
03/03 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA TICKETS
03/04 House of Blues Houston, TX TICKETS
03/05 House of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
03/06 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
Sheriffs On My Trail Tour
04/07 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/08 Vilar Center Avon, CO
04/09 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/10 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/13 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA TICKETS
04/14 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA TICKETS
04/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
04/17 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
04/19 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR TICKETS
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA TICKETS
04/22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/24 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/25 TBA Modesto, CA
04/28 El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
04/29 Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA
04/30 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
05/01 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
Stu Allen joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
Seeds Of Light Tour
05/20 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/21 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA
05/22 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ TICKETS
05/23 Belmont Country Club Ashburn, VA
05/25 Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
05/28 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/29 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/30 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo Park, NY
06/02 TBA TBA, CT
06/03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
06/04 Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
06/05 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

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Bing and Ruth Premiere Debut Single "Rails"

Brooklyn band Bing and Ruth is an 11-piece ensemble led by composer and pianist David Moore.  Described by the New York Times as "making the most of layered and atmospheric melody," the band utilizes clarinets, voices, cellos, and a buffet of other acoustic instruments to craft expansive soundscapes and quiet microtonal textures.  Formed among friends in 2006, they have self-released two records, the "Bing and Ruth" EP in 2006, and the full-length "Kentile Floors" in 2007.

In it's young life the ensemble has garnered a reputation for unique and engaging life performances, with recent shows in the New York area including the Wordless Music Series, the MATA Festival, the WFMU Festival, Stochastic Brooklyn, and the Darmstadt New Music Series at Issue Project Room.  They have shared the stage with a wide variety of performers among whom include Múm, Max Richter, and So Percussion.

Additionally they have become known for their habit of performing in unique spaces not normally associated with music; places like an abandoned meat locker, a rural chicken coop, a vacant apartment, and a warehouse rooftop.

David, along with Bing and Ruth, was recently commissioned to create two new multimedia works with filmmaker Sébastien Cros that saw their premier at the 2009 MATA Festival in New York City.

The ensemble has recently completed work on a new full-length album with an expected release in 2010.

Collectors' Choice introduces CCM Live label: J. WInter, Hot Tuna, Poco. J. Denver

Collectors’ Choice Music, the label that’s come to be known for compelling and often unexpected CD reissues, has announced the launch of Collectors’ Choice Music Live, a new label devoted to releasing great live performances, most of which have never previously been commercially available.

The series will launch April 20 with the release of four CDs: Johnny Winter And’s Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70; Poco’s Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood 9/30/71; Hot Tuna’s Live at the New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA September 1969; and John Denver’s Live at Cedar Rapids, 12/10/87.

According to Collectors’ Choice Music GM Gordon Anderson, “After some 15 years of reissuing albums and compiling artists, we’re convinced that some of the biggest remaining veins of gold in the vaults are the live shows that a lot of labels recorded of their artists in their prime, particularly those who made their reputation with improvisational prowess and/or ever-changing set lists. These first four releases on our new Collectors’ Choice Music Live label certainly fit that description.”

Johnny Winter And — Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70: To commemorate the release of his Johnny Winter And album, Texas blues guitarist/singer Johnny Winter played some shows at New York’s Fillmore East, some of which were compiled on 1971’s Live Johnny Winter And, a classic live album of the era to which this release makes a nice bookend. He had just formed a new band consisting of former member of the McCoys (“Hang on Sloopy”) including Rick Derringer on guitar, bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, and drummer Randy Zehringer. Although the McCoys were none too familiar with Winter’s work, they proved quick studies and entered the studio to make the album Johnny Winter And within three weeks. The New York Times reviewed the Fillmore show, citing “a considerable improvement over Winter’s previous band. Winter and [Derringer] played solos back at each other, simultaneously and in alternation.” The live album contains the Winter hit “Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo” and his take on Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61” alongside  blues classics “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” “It’s My Own Fault” and “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.”

•Poco —Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, 9/30/71: In the fall of ’71, Poco was arguably the most popular of the first generation country-rock bands. By then, their album Deliverin’ had cracked the Top 30 and Poco thanked its label, Epic Records, with a private showcase at the CBS Records’ Hollywood studio.  “We just set up as we would have for a small club,” recalls frontman Richie Furay, whose bandmates included guitarist/singer Paul Cotton (from the Illinois Speed Press), bassist Tim Schmidt (later of the Eagles), pedal steel player Rusty Young and drummer/vocalist George Grantham. By this time, Poco was evolving from country-rock towards an edgier rock sound. Says Furay, “Though we were innovators of the L.A. ‘country-rock’ sound, we weren’t going top be pigeonholed into being a one-sound band.” The 14 songs they performed for label employees that day were a solid cross-section of tunes that had appeared on its first four albums including the medley “Hard Luck Child/Child’s Claim to Fame/Pickin’ Up the Pieces,” plus “I Guess You Made It,” “A Man Like Me,” “Ol’ Forgiver,” “Heart That Music,” “Hurry Up,” “You Are the One” and more — an hour of music in all.

Hot Tuna: Live at the New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA September 1969: Hot Tuna was, of course, the blues band-within-a-band side project of Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady that outlasted the parent band and continues to this day. Interestingly, the duo’s first commercial album, which made it to #30 on the Billboard pop album chart, was recorded live at Berkeley’s New Orleans House, but a lot more material was taped than was released. Much of it is issued for the first time on this 68-minute CD, which consists entirely of previously unreleased recordings. Explaining why they recorded their debut album was recorded live, Kaukoken says, “We tend to go places . . . and you lose a bit of that when you work in the studio. And it was cheaper too!” Of the 13 songs on this CD, six — “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” “Winin’ Boy Blues,” “Uncle Sam Blues,” “I Know You Rider,” “Don’t You Leave Me Here” and “How Long Blues” — were included on the first Hot Tuna album, though the versions here are selected from different performances than the ones used on that LP.  Other songs include Blind Boy Fuller’s “Keep On Truckin’,” Rev. Gary Davis’ “Keep Our Lamps Trimmed and Burning” and “Candy Man,” and Blind Blake’s “That’ll Never Happen No More.”

John Denver: Live at Cedar Rapids, December 10, 1987: What is the sound of an audience eating out of the palm of a performer’s hand? Utter silence. And that’s what was heard during the two-hour-plus Iowa concert that comprises this two-CD set.  By 1987, Denver’s days as a Top 40 hitmaker were a decade in the past, but he remained a solid concert draw as a beloved, thoroughly American artist with a permanent place in the history of pop. It says much about Denver’s songwriting that, with the exception of half a dozen songs on which he’s accompanied by string quartet, he delivers two hours of solo music just his voice and 12-string guitar. The hits are here but so are new songs, some early-repertoire nuggets and a well-chosen cover or two.  Included are “Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning,” ”Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” “Love Is the Master,” “Mother Nature’s Son,” “Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream),” “Shanghai Breezes,” “Ohio” and more.

The Infamous Stringdusters Reach New Heights w/ Things That Fly

About the most important question a young bluegrass band faces right out of the gate is whether they can play. The Infamous Stringdusters wasted no time in providing their answer—an emphatic “yes”—winning IBMA Album, Song and Emerging Artist of the Year the very same year they released their debut, Fork In the Road. On Things That Fly, their third album, due out April 20, 2010 on Sugar Hill, they venture into virtually uncharted territory for an acoustic group: a sonically and thematically expansive album that lends itself to absorbed listening from start to finish, much like the great rock albums do.

Holed up in the Charlottesville, Virginia studio Haunted Hollow, with significant preproduction under their belts and Gary Paczosa (Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Tim O’Brien) on board as engineer and co-producer, the ‘Dusters did things they’d never done before: guitarist Andy Falco put his hidden keyboard talents to use on smoldering organ parts; voices and instruments alike were splashed with reverb; and, though the band has no shortage of quality lead singers in fiddler Jeremy Garrett, dobro player Andy Hall and upright bassist Travis Book, a few fine-singing friends—country standout Dierks Bentley, Americana songwriter-chanteuse Sarah Siskind and Crooked Still frontwoman Aoife O’Donovan added novel tones.  All this—and more, much more—makes for a lush, new ‘Dusters experience.

Says Book, “I think string bands have a tendency to feel like when they go to record, doing anything that they can’t necessarily replicate 100 percent live is off-limits. Instead of saying ‘This is how it sounds when the six of us play it standing around in a circle, so we’re just going to put mics up and capture it and that’s going to be it,’ we really got deeper in the production aspect.”

Factor in that every member of the band—rounded out by de facto tour videographer Chris Pandolfi (banjo) and Jesse Cobb (mandolin)—is a stylish, consummate picker with a hardly strictly bluegrass background, as well as a skilled songwriter, and you see that this band is genuinely built for breadth. “We wanted to make sure everyone had writing input on the record,” Hall relates. “We’d never done that before, and it’s a lot of why we started the band.”

Speaking of formidable rock albums, the 'Dusters drew the second track on Things That Fly from U2's Joshua Tree. Not only did they transform "In God's Country" into their own propulsive, virtuosic vehicle, they wrote transcendent anthems in a similar spirit: "Taking a Chance on the Truth" and "Love One Another." Surprising covers, unusual arrangements and other departures from the expected make Things That Fly something different - namely a sign that they've elevated their sound and set their sights higher than ever before.

Upcoming Tour Dates:


2/4 - Lexington, KY 
2/5 - Granville, OH
2/6 - Cleveland, OH 
2/8 - Ames, IA 
2/10 - Billings, MT
2/12+13 - Big Sky, MT
2/16+17 - Steamboat Springs, CO 
2/19 - Logan, UT
2/20 - Salt Lake City, UT
2/21 - Park City, UT
2/25 - Eugene, OR
2/26+27 - Tacoma, WA
3/17 - Tuolumne, CA
3/18 - Crystal Bay, NV
3/19 - Grass Valley, CA
3/20 - Felton, CA
3/21 - Berkeley, CA
3/22 - West Hollywood, CA
3/24 - Albuquerque, NM
3/25 - Durango, CO
3/26 - Telluride, CO
3/27 - Glenwood Springs, CO
3/28 - Denver, CO