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EVERCLEAR is back with West Coast Tour & New Album

The word is out: EVERCLEAR is back, better than ever, and ready to re-connect with their audience.  Frontman Art Alexakis has gone back to basics: recruiting a new band, releasing In A Different Light, a new album that reinterprets the Everclear songbook with some fresh surprises, and finally returning to the road, to the delight of fans nationwide.
Alexakis says, "It's so amazing to see the enthusiasm and intensity of  our fans.....not to mention the diversity in age...they range from 15 to 50...it's great to see kids who were in middle school singing all the words to every song!"

In A Different Light is the band's first release on record label 429 Records, and, in celebration, finds the band revisiting their past work with refreshed, stripped-down arrangements of some of their best songs. Classics such as "Everything to Everyone," "Santa Monica," and "Father of Mine" stand comfortably alongside new tracks "At the End of The Day" and "Here Comes the Darkness." Like many rock greats before them, Everclear revisits their back pages with ease, intrigue, and a more mature perspective, making for an album that is a listening experience in itself.
With new members, bassist Freddy Herrera, guitarist Johnny Hawthorn, keyboardist Sasha Smith and drummer Jordan Plosky, Alexakis has been performing a slew of intimate tour dates with a rejuvenated Everclear, packing clubs and reconnecting with longtime fans around the country - proving that the band is as vital and needed today as ever before. They've also reached out to their audience in a radical move: allowing fans to vote for the tour's opening bands city-by-city on the internet. The band just completed a successful October run through the East Coast, and will be returning to the West Coast this month with special guest Clayton Senne for a series of dates alongside the fan-selected openers.
Refreshed, revamped, and reinterpreted, Everclear is ringing in a new era in their already storied history, and making strides with both older and newer generations of fans around the country. Don't miss your chance to see this already legendary re-emergence of an old favorite in a new shape.

Tour dates:

November 6               Rialto Theater, Tuscon, AZ

November 7               Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV

November 9               The Independent, San Francisco, CA

November 11             House Of Blues, San Diego, CA

November 12             The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

November 13             House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA

November 14             The Big Pour Festival, Scottsdale, AZ

November 16             Bluebird Festival, Denver, CO

November 17             Murray Theatre, Murray, UT

November 18             Knitting Factory, Boise, ID

November 19             Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

Freedy Johnston to release first new-material album in eight years

Rain on the City is Freedy Johnston’s first album of new originals in eight years. Recorded in Nashville with producer Richard McLaurin, it’s one of the best song collections of Freedy’s career, featuring a diverse array of rockers, heartbreaking twang, even hints of blue-eyed soul and bossa nova. The album will be released on Bar None on January 12, 2009.

Producer McLaurin (Justin Townes Earle, Allison Moorer, Slaid Cleaves, Matthew Ryan) has framed Freedy’s voice with sympathetic arrangements, like the title track “Rain on the City,” whose slashing strings and keyboard washes sound like so much precipitation in an Edward Hopper cityscape. There is radio-friendly fare, such as the epic “Don’t Fall in Love With a Lonely Girl.” and the Buddy Holly-style rave-up “It’s Gonna Come Back to You.” There are also fine vocal performances accompanying the acoustic majesty of “Venus” and the country-rocker “Rio Grande,” where a full-throated Freedy confidently roars over some overdriven guitar pickin’.

Where has Freedy Johnston been wandering in the years prior to making this album? Some folks lost track of him after his 1994 hit “Bad Reputation” and his last Elektra album, 2001’s Right Between the Promises. He has moved around, living in NYC, Austin, Kansas, Madison and Nashville. “It takes a while to re-adjust one’s priorities and get back on track after working with the big budget that the majors give you,” muses our hero. “I went through issues with the IRS, had a relationship go south and a touring vehicle grind to a halt but through it all I never gave up writing and gigging whenever possible.”

Freedy Johnston was born in the small town of Kinsley, Kansas, famous for being the exact mid-point between the east and west coasts of the USA. He bought a mail-order guitar as a teenager after hearing Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True. Later, while briefly attending college in Lawrence, Kansas, he fell in with the likes of the Embarrassment and the Mortal Micronotz. His own writing mixed literate post-punk with outlaw country and ’70s AM radio fare. His first album, The Trouble Tree on Bar None, was titled after the nickname his Mom gave a local Kinsley watering hole.

His second album, Can You Fly, was made while living in Hoboken, New Jersey, where the music community rallied ’round the singer. At the time the local scene based around the club Maxwell’s was particularly vibrant and Can You Fly featured a number of club regulars including Kevin Salem, Dave Schramm, Graham Maby, Chris Stamey and Syd Straw. With the release of the album Freedy was touted as one of America’s finest new songwriters by Rolling Stone, Spin and many others. In the Village Voice Robert Christgau hailed it as “a perfect album.” This past year Can You Fly was cited in the book 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die by music critic Tom Moon.

Signed to Elektra in 1994, Johnston had a radio hit with ”Bad Reputation,” and the Butch Vig-produced This Perfect World expanded his fan base. He would release four albums on Elektra, including Blue Days Black Nights, produced by T Bone Burnett.

In this decade his fans had to make do with an album of cover songs, live releases and the early vintage recordings of The Way I Were. But all along he was taking his time, working to get a batch of songs together that were undeniable.

In Nashville he worked his way around town trying various studios, making the covers album Favorite Waste of Time, working the co-song writing game and playing on bills at the Bluebird Café and other venues. He finally settled in to record Rain on the City at House of David, a studio run by multi-instrumentalist Richard McLaurin and owned by legendary Nashville session cat David Briggs, known best as Elvis Presley’s last keyboard player. Briggs adds some Wurlitzer to the album on “The Other Side of Love.”

And the future? There are rumors of a new set of songs including a potential title track called “Neon Repairman.” “While making this album in Nashville, co-writing started making sense to me,” says Freedy. “It’s not about trying to write a big hit, it’s about working on a tight deadline and getting something that is better than the sum of the parts and getting it done.” To that end he’s been writing in Nashville with Daniel Tashian from the Silver Seas in a side project called the Charmers. There’s Mike Brown from up in New York state with whom he’s been swapping files (“he comes up with amazing things I wouldn’t ever think of,” says Freedy), and down in Austin he’s got a couple of songs under his belt with Texas legend Jon Dee Graham. He’s also looking to do more film work like he did on the Farrelly Bros. movie Kingpin. And there are always songs to be learned in Madison, Wisconsin with Duke Erikson and Butch Vig of Garbage in their joint cover band the Know-It-All Boyfriends.

In the meantime it will be Freedy working his way, wandering the USA, promoting a little Rain on the City in a city near you.

A Cosmic New Years For All

DSO is excited to be joined by many great friends for their second installment of the Cosmic New Years. This year at Rams Head Live! DSO will be joined by some great friends and family to ring in 2010. Jeff Mattson of the Donna Jean Godchaux Band will join DSO on Guitar, Donna Jean Godchaux will lend her legendary voice to the night's festivities and Baltimore's own, The Bridge, will kick off the evening.

In addition to sharing the night with these fine musicians, DSO will be performing a Rare Acoustic Set as part of our Three Set Show. Don't miss out on this rockin' New Year's celebration.

Speaking of not missing out, Early Bird Tickets for NYE are almost sold out. Click HERE to get your tickets now and save $36 off the door price.

Tickets will include a champagne toast, finger foods, and party favors. Get your early bird tickets while supplies last.

Kick up your NYE experience a few notches with a VIP Ticket which includes: special merch, champagne toast, finger foods, party favors, an exclusive viewing area and more! VIP Tickets available while supplies last.

To top it all off is a great hotel deal only a few blocks from the venue. Click HERE to check it out.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Fall Tour 09
11/06 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
11/07 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/08 Strand-Capital PAC York, PA TICKETS
12th Anniversary Show
11/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD
11/12 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
11/13 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC
11/14 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC TICKETS
11/16+ McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
11/18+ State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/19+ The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
11/20+ Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
11/21+ Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
11/24 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
11/25+ Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
11/27 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/28 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
11/29 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
12/01 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/02 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
12/04 Harro East Ballroom Rochester, NY
12/05 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
New Years Run 09!
12/28 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
12/29 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
12/30 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
2nd Annual Cosmic New Year
12/31 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
Cruisin into 2010
01/03/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/04/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/05/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/06/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/07/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
01/08/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson


A Frightfully Funky Halloween Weekend in New Orleans

Get ready for a Shaketacular Halloween Weekend!

Fri, Oct 30th 10:30 Show @ Blue Nile
Eric Lindell w/ Mia Borders +

LATE NIGHT Show: Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
$15.00
Fri, Oct 30th 11:30 Show @ Tipitina's FQ
Bonerama & PBS (Porter Batiste Stoltz)
$20 Adv/ $25 Doors
Sat, Oct 31st - HALLOWEEN NIGHT
Tipitina's FQ - 10pm Show
Dirty Dozen Brass Band &

Big Sam's Funky Nation
plus opener Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra 
$20.00

Don't miss these frightfully funky shows! Costumes are encouraged, Shaking it is mandatory!
Buy Tickets Now

Further New Years Eve!

Further has announced a series of upcoming shows, including a New Years run at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Further consists of:  Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo, John Kadlecik and Jay Lane.

December 8 & 9
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York City, NY
Doors: 6:30 / Showtime: 8:00 PM

December 11
Chevrolet Theater @ Oakdale
Wallingford, CT
Doors: 6:30 / Showtime: 8:00 PM

December 12 & 13
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Doors: 6:30 / Showtime: 8:00 PM

December 30 & 31
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
San Francisco, CA
Doors: 6:00 / Showtime: 7:30 PM
All Tickets General Admission
**12.31 Will Be A Special Three Set Show**

GDTSToo MailOrder Presale - 1st Postmark 10.17 Thru 10.19

MusicToday Presale 10.19 @ 9AM PT -> 10.23 @ 3PM PT

Presale Tix Above Available While Supplies Last

Outlet Onsale Starts 10.25 @ 10 AM PT

Please note all onsale, doors, showtimes subject to change!

EOTO: Fall Tour & New Album

The way music is produced and performed is growing at an astounding rate. From the roots of acoustic music to amped up rock n’ roll and into the electronic revolution, the options available to the modern musician are more like a scientific lab, then the campfire jam from where it all started. From the controls of a tiny laptop, a performer now has the power to mix, change and loop sounds in a concert setting with great ease. This modern twist of technology is bringing a new level of music to the electronic dance party.

While the genre of live electronica is relatively new on the music circuit, nobody is breaking the boundaries of live producing and improvisation like EOTO. Fusing elements of live instrumentation, house music, dubstep and electro into their dance ready sound, the band will be taking the country by storm beginning in late September for their perennial fall tour, performing 33 consecutive nights in a row.

Consisting of Michael Travis and Jason Hann the duo mixes the organic sounds of live drums, keyboards, vocals, bass, percussion, and guitar through a variety of programs and gadgets to create a style of music that is more likely found in a dance club, then a live music theater. What sets EOTO apart from other artists in this emerging genre is how the music is created. While some artists may spend hours pre-mixing samples and elements of music for their live show, EOTO uses nothing pre-recorded, giving them the ability to approach each song with on-the-spot spontaneity and 100% live improvisation.

Because of the ever-changing sound and style of music, it’s hard to describe a band like EOTO. In a recent discussion on the bands highly active Facebook page, the thousands of subscribed fans were asked to describe the band in their own words – descriptions ranged from mythical to visual, each in awe of the duo’s ability to create high octane dance music in a live setting. A trait that has fans old and new catching multiple shows on a tour and packing venues wherever they play. Or maybe EOTO is selling out venues around the coast for the spirit of dance music they bring in general. As one fan put it “It’s a raging dance party that nobody should miss. An indescribable feeling that lingers for hours“.

It should come as no surprise that the members of EOTO have performed with a range of musicians second to none. Their combined resume includes the likes of Isaac Hayes, Loreena McKinnett, Herbie Hancock, Drummers of STOMP, DJ Tequila, Les Nubians, Stanley Jordan, Les ClayPool, Joshua Redman, Arturo Sandoval, Bela Fleck, Trilok Gurtu, Charlie Hunter, Mike Marshall and Dave Grisman just to name a few. In less then 3 years, the duo has performed over 500 shows including the top festivals in North America. The machine that drives EOTO is more then just performing live music, the band also does all of their own self-management and booking for every single show they play.

Beginning in late September and performing every single night in October, EOTO will hit the road with their long-awaited studio EP called Fire the Lazers!!. This eleven-track journey into dubstep, electro and house music showcases their talents and skill in a growing dimension of music. In true EOTO spirit the album was produced with nothing planned or rehearsed, capturing only the best of what makes up their original sound. The album will be available on the road and by digital download in October of 2009. Those interested in an advance copy of the release for review should contact Ami Heinrich

TOUR DATES
10/12 Columbus, OH Scarlet & Grey Cafe
10/13 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
10/14 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
10/15 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
10/16 Burlington, VT Club Metronome
10/17 Allston, MA Harper's Ferry
10/18 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
10/19 Providence, RI The Hi Hat
10/20 Hartford, CT The Warehouse
10/21 Albany, NY Red Square
10/22 New York, NY Sullivan Hall
10/23 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
10/24 Baltimore, MD 8x10
10/25 Richmond, VA Canal Club
10/26 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes
10/27 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
10/28 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
10/29 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
10/30 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
10/31 Lawrence, KS The Granada

Orenda Fink: New Album Ask The Night Out Now

Orenda Fink's sophomore solo album Ask The Night arrived in stores on Tuesday. Following her heralded 2005 release Invisible Ones, the new album is an homage to her Southern roots and inspired by traditional American folk music and Southern Gothic literature. The album has been striking a chord with the press; the blog Captain's Dead remarked, "Orenda Fink's Ask The Night...plain and simple is a beautiful and haunting record and definitely one of my favorite sounding records of the year...Highly recommended!"

Yesterday, PasteMagazine.com premiered new album track "That Certain-Something Spring" here. A full album stream is also currently available on AOL Music's Spinner blog.  Prefix premiered her first single "High Ground" (featuring Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse) on August 25th; KCRW also named the song their 'Top Tune' on September 2nd.

Orenda will travel to New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon later this month to perform at an Oct. 21st day party presented by Rachael Ray's Feedback, The Syndicate, and Amnesty International, as well as the Saddle Creek showcase on Oct. 22nd.

OCT. 21         NEW YORK, NY         THE STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL
(Day party; 5pm set)

OCT. 22         BROOKLYN, NY         KNITTING FACTORY - BROOKLYN
(Saddle Creek showcase; 12am set)

RJD2 Releases New Album, The Colossus, Jan. 19, 2010

Whether it be releasing albums on labels including Definitive Jux, XL, Fondle ‘Em, Eastern Conference, or now his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, producing music by Diverse, Acelayone, and Dice Raw, remixing artists including Massive Attack, Mos Def, Fallout Boy, Cannibal Ox, Booker T, Polyphonic Spree, or releasing albums as Soul Position, RJD2 (aka RJ or Ramble Krohn) has been remarkably inventive and productive in creating music throughout his ten year career. And of course, this doesn’t include the work RJ has done for various television shows, including CSI, and Mad Men (for which he won his first award, ASCAP’s Best TV Theme), films, including Wimbledon and Freedomland, and commercials for brands including Saturn, ESPN, Lion’s Gate, Levi’s, Nike, and more. Throughout this constant influx of studio work, RJ has toured the world and traversed the continental US yearly, most recently with a full band. No matter the outlet throughout this decade, the goal for RJD2 has always been the same – to make a piece of music that is going to hopefully rearrange one’s brain, or at least provide some relief from real life for a moment or two. With his newest album, The Colossus, RJD2 manages to do it once again, perpetually looking forward with a clear reverence for the past.

The Colossus is RJD2’s fourth album, and the first he’ll release on his own label. In addition to re-acquiring the master recordings of his Definitive Jux catalog in its entirety and re-releasing them, this new label marks a huge step for RJ as being completely independent and working on his own terms, artistically and business-wise.

As RJ’s last album, The Third Hand, was his first truly solo album, with no guest performances whatsoever and very little sampling, he decided to move in the opposite direction on The Colossus and create an album that is as collaborative as possible, while also being an “overview” of all the different types of working approaches RJ has used over the years. Some songs are strictly sample-based; some are live; some songs are completely instrumental while others are vocal songs, some featuring guest vocalists, with RJ taking on the duty in others; he brought a few rappers on board, as well. It was all tracked at the same time and in the same place, which gives the album a cohesive feel, but it also manages to retain the diversity throughout that has become a trademark for RJD2. The Colossus features Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, Foreign Exchange), Kenna (Star Trak, VA Beach), Aaron Livingston (The Roots’ Guns Are Drawn), Columbus MC’s The Catalyst, Illogic, NP, and a slew of instrumentalists. Additionally, it marks RJ’s debut behind the drum kit.

The Colossus, out January 19, 2010 on RJ’s Electrical Connections, is RJD2’s most sonically lush and varied record he’s ever created. It is a kaleidoscopic look forward, as well as back.

Tracklisting:

01. Let There Be Horns

02. Games You Can Win (Featuring Kenna)

03. Giant Squid

04. Salud 2

05. The Glow

06. A Spaceship For Now

07. The Shining Path (Featuring Phonte Coleman)

08. Crumbs Off The Table (Featuring Aaron Livingston)

09. A Son’s Cycle (Featuring The Catalyst, Illogic, and NP)

10. Tin Flower (Featuring Heather Fortune)

11. Small Plans

12. Gypsy Caravan

13. The Stranger

14. Walk With Me

Garage A Trois | New Album, Tour Dates

Garage A Trois is a collaboration between four of the most visionary improvisers of the time: Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keyboards and Stanton Moore on drums. And while improvisation is at the heart of what this quartet has built its reputation on at their legendary New Orleans Jazzfest sets and rare, but in demand, club tours, it's the intricate sonic collages, tightly orchestrated arrangements and positively modern approach to instrumental songwriting that's at the heart of their latest album, Power Patriot.  Set for release October 27 by Brooklyn-based label The Royal Potato Family, Garage A Trois will play select tour dates to support the new recording in November and December.

The track listing for Power Patriot is:

1. Rescue Spreaders
2. Fragile
3. Dory's Day Out
4. Electric Doorbell Machine
5. Power Patriot
6. Dugout
7. Fat Redneck Gangster
8. Purgatory
9. Germs
10. Computer Crimes

Upcoming Garage A Trois tour dates are:

November 14 | Bear Creek Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 19 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
November 20 | Chelsea's | Baton Rouge, LA
November 21 | The Parish | Austin, TX
December 8 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
December 9 | Nightlight Lounge | Bellingham, WA
December 10 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
December 11 | Red Fox Tavern | Arcata, CA
December 12 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
December 19 | The Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
December 20 | North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA
December 21 | The 8X10 | Baltimore, MD

STS9 Release New Single from AD EXPLORATA

A family member of ours has a shortwave radio that we have all been messing around with. We had been using it for sound effects and noises when one day it was left on in the studio. Keyboardist David Phipps’ daughter Aya was playing around with the dials when all of a sudden it stopped on this voice on the super low frequencies of the spectrum. It was a woman’s voice, artificial we later found out, counting off numbers in a very clear and concise way. We became obsessed with what we had heard and for weeks we sat behind the dials trying to find more voices.

There was only one more to be found, the voice we sampled for the beginning of the song “Central”. After a bit of research, we found that these were numbers stations, thought to be coded messages various governments use to send correspondence to spy’s overseas. This of course isn’t publicly acknowledged by any government, even though in 2001 the United States tried the Cuban Five for spying using information they supposedly received and decoded by broadcast from a Cuban numbers station.

STS9 has always been fascinated by numbers; finding this transmission captured our imagination so much that we had to see if there was something more to what we had found. Immediately we enlisted the skills of a crypto-hacker friend of ours to see if she could find any relevance to the sequence we had recorded. When she ran the numbers as coordinates corresponding to a map of military bases in California, she came up with an exact location in Big Sur. We immediately went to check it out and sure enough there was a trail about 10 miles back off of Nacimiento Road, just south of the park that led to this old abandoned bunker type structure. It was crazy. We were all looking at each other in disbelief but there we were. We crawled through a hole at the bottom of the fence and walked inside. There we found a rusted metal box that had a few pictures, documents, patches, passports, and a knife in it. The first picture was of a document from Allen Dulles to J. Edgar Hoover on brainwashing. The second was of two men standing over a map of the Middle East. That image became the cover of our first single “Atlas,” off the upcoming release Ad Explorata. One of the patches we found was the most intriguing of our finds. It had this physically impossible symbol on it that looked futuristic next to all of the older documents. It’s the symbol we’ll lay over top of every image you will see for the album. In doing some research, we later found an old book of ‘black ops’ military patches at the Prelinger Library that had a brief description of this patch. It was thought to be for a secret unit that first used satellites to gather SIGINT (signal intelligence) from other countries during the Cold War. The story is that this team actually gathered signals from another civilization in our galaxy. Their motto was ‘Ad Explorata, Forward into the Unexplored.’

We’re not ones for conspiracies but sometimes the truth is stranger than anything we could imagine. With this, we present to you STS9’s newest studio release Ad Explorata due out November of 2009, inspired by the idea that there is always more to be discovered, manifested by the belief that you can always push towards the unknown and unexplored, and created by the will and desire for constant artistic evolution, expression and change.