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Big Head Todd and The Monsters' new album, Rocksteady, hits streets today

Big Head Todd and The Monsters release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady, today (July 20, 2010/Big Records). As the Denver Post reported in a recent feature story, Rocksteady finds the platinum selling artists “centered and rejuvenated” and moving the BHTM legacy forward. The album’s first single, the infectious “Beautiful” has already reached the Top 20 on Triple A radio charts, and it’s still climbing. Check out a video teaser here.

In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety, and a headlining performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival.

For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection’s 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” frontman Todd Park Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums.”

Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady. Complete list of tourdates is as follows:

Thursday, July 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Friday, July 23 Moore Theatre Seattle WA
Saturday, July 24 Pavilion Park Liberty Lake WA
Sunday, July 25 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Wednesday, July 28 WOW Hall Eugene OR
Thursday, July 29 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Friday, July 30 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
Saturday, July 31 Red Rock Resort North Las Vegas NV
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Thursday, August 19 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN

GRACE POTTER & NOC'S GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ENTERS BILLBOARD #20!

Fueled by lead single "Tiny Light," their incendiary live shows and rave reviews from critics nationwide, the self-titled album from GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS (Hollywood Records/Ragged Company) enter Billboard's Top 200 at # 20, Billboard's Rock Album Chart at #3 and Billboard's Digital Album Chart at #9.

The group, praised by Rolling Stone as one of the "Best New Bands of 2010," delivered an electrifying performance of "Tiny Light" on yesterday's Good Morning America and return to television July 15th for an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The Boston Herald compared the group to the "Rolling Stones (circa Exile On Main Street), fronted by a young Etta James/Tina Turner/Bonnie Raitt-type singer while "The New York Post lauded the album with a 4-star review, declairing the "Vermont group hits peak... Potter and company deserve the hype." Oprah's O Magazine compared Potter to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams, Rolling Stone said that the record "bursts with promise," and the Dallas Morning News gave the disc an A calling it "an auspicious effort that definitely needs to be heard."

The band is currently on a headlining tour, including several dates on the Lilith Fair (see below).

Tour Dates for GPN are as follows:

June 19       Cleveland, O2H        Beachland Ballroom                        (headlining)
June 22       Spanish Fort, AL       Blue Gill Amphitheatre                   (headlining)
June 23       Birmingham, AL        WorkPlay Theatre                          (headlining)
June 24       Memphis, TN           Minglewood Hall                             (headlining)
June 25       Fort Smith, AR         Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival       
**June 27   Calgary, AB              McMahon Stadium                          Lilith Fair
**June 28   Edmonton, AB         Rexall Place                                      Lilith Fair
**July 1      Vancouver, BC          Ambleside Park                                    Lilith Fair
**July 2      Portland, OR             Sleep Country Amphitheater          Lilith Fair
**July 3      Seattle, WA             The Gorge Amphitheatre                Lilith Fair
July 5          Aspen, CO               Belly Up
July 6           Morrison, CO           Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 8          Kansas City, KS         Crossroads                                      (headlining)
July 9          Minneapolis, MN        Basilica Block Party                        + GPN on prior to Spoon
July 10        Louisville, KY            Forecastle Festival                         
July 11        Masontown, WV       All Good Festival                           
July 13        Dewey Beach, DE     Bottle & Cork                                 (headlining)
July 16        Camden, NJ             XPoNential Music Festival             
July 17        Alta, WY                 Targhee Festival                            
July 23        Atlanta, GA             Variety Playhouse                           (headlining)
July 24        Asheville, NC            Bele Chere Festival                        
July 25        Floyd, VA                Floydfest                                         
Aug. 14       Burlington, VT         Lake Champlain Maritime Festival         
Aug. 21       Davenport, IA          River Roots Live Festival                         
Aug. 28       Paola, KS                 Paola Roots Festival
Sept. 11    Boston, MA                Life is Good Festival                                                    

More dates to be announced.

Big Head Todd and The Monsters announce New Album and Summer Tour

Big Head Todd and The Monsters release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady, on July 20 on Big Records. In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety.

For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection’s 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” frontman Todd Park Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums.”

Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady.

Complete list of tour dates is as follows:

Friday, June 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT
Saturday, June 12 Port City Music Hall Portland ME
Friday, July 9 - Saturday, July 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO
Friday, July 16 XPoNential Music Festival Camden NJ
Thursday, July 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Friday, July 23 Moore Theatre Seattle WA
Saturday, July 24 Pavilion Park Liberty Lake WA
Sunday, July 25 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Thursday, July 29 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Friday, July 30 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
Saturday, July 31 Red Rock Resort North Las Vegas NV
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN
Saturday, April 16 Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center St. Cloud MN

John Prine's 'Fair & Square' hits stores on 4-26

- for the Grateful Web

Nashville: John Prine takes his own sweet time dancing with his muse - and truly writes what's in his soul. So if it takes him a little longer to write the songs that capture moments and reveal the gently folded human truths that bind us all together, it's always worth the wait. Now, nearly nine years since the release of his Grammy-nominated Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings, the iconic American writer is putting the finishing touches on Fair & Square, which will be released on Prine's Oh Boy label April 26th.

"It was just time," says Prine in his always understated way. "I had a bunch of songs. I'd started recording em, and it turns out, I liked 'em pretty well. So, now, I get to get 'em all just the way I like 'em - and then I get to let 'em go out to meet the world."

Drawing on Prine's incomparable sweetness, his wicked wit and social commentary and his split rail simplicity, Fair & Square turns on the phases of the human heart - and the way the people getting by live, dream, love and survive their lives. With the occasional wheezing accordion, curlicue electric guitar parts, quick-wristed mandolins, billowing B-3 pads and puddles of pedal steel guitar, the rough-voiced singer/songwriter's first self-produced record is a homey affair that draws generously from the palette of traditional American music - be it folk, bluegrass, shuffles, almost vintage rock & roll, torch, country - for an amalgamation that would be at home on any Wurlitzer in a whiskey-soaked tavern with beer signs flickering from age and the walls stained deeper than sepia from the years of constant smoke.

Whether it's the sultry celebration of post-encounter rapture "Morning Train," the afterglow burning until the next moment can happen "Long Monday" or the down-stroke electric guitar charged "She Is My Everything," Fair & Square captures Prine's candy heart. But there's also the Joshua Tree dry wit of our culture's tabloid obsessive culture "I Hate It When That Happens To Me" and the fame-chasing self-mockery of "Crazy As A Loon", not to mention the gentle political nudge "Some Humans Ain't Human" that's soft-spoken indictment at its most aw-shucks.

With bluegrass queen Allison Krauss on the ode to his Irish refuge "My Darlin' Hometown" and the street corner desolation of "The Moon Is Down" and alt.country princess Mindy Smith bringing allure and tartness to "Morning Train, "Long Monday" and the melted neon ponder of "Taking A Walk," Fair & Square is the work of a man at ease with his life, secure with his place in the world and willing to share the things that he sees.

"It's been a while, so I'm pretty excited," Prine admits with that Oh! Boy! grin. "And that's a really good place to be."

Tour dates will follow shortly. Advance music is being pulled together. But given the working class Midwestern origin of the Grammy-winning songwriter, you can bet the songs will be served - and the fans who want to see and hear them will have their chance.

Fair To Midland (September 2002)

- for the Grateful Web

Distraught, disheveled, inventive and exploding on the scene. This process details the evolution of the alt-rock experience aptly tagged Fair To Midland. Exceeding any interpretation of 'average', and rather carrying their title as a shield, their sound is an extraordinary surprise for the unarmed listener. Beyond the buzz and anticipation lies five unique individuals that together have created an intense and wildly exciting brand of rock citing artistic influences in both musical and literary outlets.

Brett Stowers and Nathin Seals offer a rhythmic passion that leads the humble gentlemen in their avant-garde sound. The unearthed discord and unconventional cries of frontman Andrew Sudderth infused with guitarist Cliff Campbell's melodic fury tumble into a captivating creation of sonics, cultures, and confusion. Combined with the subtle offering of Matt Langley on keys, FTM glides past the expected boundries and gracefully throws their intense rock harmonies to the flame.

 

Originally banding together slightly off the chart of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex in 1998, FTM worked around school schedules, day jobs and college towns to secure their lineup. The members of FTM proudly call Dallas home as they continually play packed shows at the city's premier venues. Each live FTM show is a breathless experience incorporating each individual's talents with the sweat and excitement from the crowd. Though the hyperactive stage antics have quickly led to busted lips, bloody noses, and onstage collisions, these methodical interpretations only add to the cries of the crowd for an almost spiritual experience.

 

Releasing their debut EP The Carbon Copy Silver Lining in January of 2001, the much anticipated and overdue follow-up, inter.funda.stifle, is now completed. Working with producer Mitch Lerner at Reeltime Audio in Denton, TX, the new work includes guest vocals from a childrens' choir and additional string arrangements.