Wilco

Voter Registration On The Road w/ Dave Matthews, Phish & Furthur

What’s more American than rock n’ roll and democracy? Well, a few lucky young people are getting a healthy dose of both this summer, taking “The Great American Road Trip” to register voters at Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Phish and Furthur concerts across the country.

Everest Announce Release of New Album Ownerless

ATO Records is thrilled to announce the June release of Los Angeles rockers Everest's new album, Ownerless.  Described by Everest guitarist Joel Graves as a "hopeful love letter slipped under the door," the new album expands on the broad rock 'n' roll direction the band undertook with its 2008 album, On Approach.

Deerhoof's New Collaborative 7” with Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy fronting Deerhoof? You might be surprised just how natural the voice of Wilco sounds amidst the eccentric, swirling chaos of the Deerhoofian musical universe.

The Wilco-Deerhoof connection goes back a long way. They toured the midwest together in 2004. Wilco guitarist Nels Cline's "Suspended Head" from Instrumentals (2002) was the guitarist's raucous tribute to Deerhoof. Frontman Jeff Tweedy has been name-checking Deerhoof records in best-of lists for years. And when Deerhoof recently pointed to Wilco as the inspiration for their song "Behold A Marvel In The Darkness,” the idea was hatched that Mr. Tweedy should actually have a go.

Which brings us to "Behold A Raccoon In The Darkness," the fourth installment of Deerhoof’s collaborative 7” series in which guest vocalists perform over an instrumental track from the band’s latest full-length, Deerhoof vs. Evil.

The instrumental track, the melody, and the lyrics for "Behold" are unchanged from the original. But in place of Deerhoof chanteuse Satomi Matsuzaki, we hear the immediately identifiable pipes of Jeff Tweedy, with harmonies by his son Spencer.

Side B features "Own It," an original song by The Raccoonists, a group comprised of Tweedy and his two sons, Spencer and Sam. Although the band originally began as an instrumental duo (consisting of Jeff and Spencer), it has since evolved into a trio with Sam providing vocals. Recorded in Spencer and Sam's bedroom, "Own It" is the first Raccoonists song to be released. However, the group does have plans to record more tracks later this year.

You can listen to the 7” and watch the video for “Own It” now.

"Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness" comes out October 11 on Polyvinyl Records. It is limited to 2000 copies on clear pink vinyl and it is available for pre-order now.

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TOUR DATES

aug 07 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival (Scena Lesna stage)

sep 15 - San Francisco, CA - Atrium at SFMOMA (Adam Pendleton & Deerhoof present BAND)

sep 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (White Suns, Mick Barr)

sep 21 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (Joshua Stamper)

sep 22 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater (Gull, Invisible Hand)

sep 23 - Cincinnati, OH - Know Theatre (Midpoint Music Festival)

sep 24 - Champaign, IL - Polyvinyl's 15th Anniversary Party at Pygmalion (Braid, Xiu Xiu, and many more)

sep 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (Trin Tran, The Cloak Ox)

sep 26 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts (Sleepy Kitty)

sep 28 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt (Keir Neurings, Powerdove)

sep 29 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (The Toughcats, Fat Worm of Error)

oct 01 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (Benjy Ferree)

oct 02 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP - Asbury Park Convention Hall & Paramount Theatre (w/ Portishead, Mogwai, Battles, Earth, and more)

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco - Boulder Theater's 75th Anniversary Kick Off!

The Boulder Theater is proud to announce two special performances with singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy on January 7th and 8th, 2011.  These concerts celebrate opening weekend of the 2011 concert season, and will be the first in a series of events commemorating this cultural institution’s 75th Anniversary.

As the founding member and leader of the ground-breaking American rock band Wilco and co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished artists. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for seven Wilco albums, sold millions of records worldwide, won two Grammy Awards, and earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Wilco’s latest studio album, 2009’s Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) landed on many critics’ lists as one of the year’s best albums and Rolling Stone magazine cited Wilco’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as the 3rd best album of the decade.

While maintaining a full schedule of recording, releasing albums and touring extensively with Wilco, Tweedy has also toured frequently as a solo artist, playing intimate unscripted acoustic sets that draw from his 400-plus song repertoire.  A departure from Wilco’s carefully orchestrated, sonically complex performances, the solo concerts showcase Tweedy’s prolific output as a songwriter, his proficiency as a guitarist and his wry sense of humor.

Tweedy’s most recent work includes the launching of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA and producing soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples’ latest release, the 2010 Grammy-nominated You Are Not Alone.

Come celebrate the Silver Anniversary of The Boulder Theater, which opened for business on January 9th, 1936 with a screening of the Paramount Pictures film, "A Bride Comes Home".

Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  Tickets are also available through the Boulder Theater website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Everest announces fall tour dates w/ Neil Young, Wilco & Death Cab for Cutie

photos by Dominic DiSaia.- for the Grateful Web

Everest will warm stages for some greats this fall. The LA boys have been handpicked to be the steady opening guest for Neil Young's fall tour.

Everest will open for Neil dates with Death Cab for Cutie from October 14 through November 5 on the West Coast and East Coast with Wilco from November 29 through the tour's conclusion at Madison Square Garden on December 15th.

This weekend the band will perform at the Outside Lands Festival on August 23rd in San Francisco and will wind their way around the Northwest with a string of tour dates.

Everest is by Russell Pollard (vocals, guitar, drums), J. Soda (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Rob Douglas (bass, vocals), and Joel Graves (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Derek Brown (drums).

Tour Dates:
August   -     23- Outside Lands Festival-  San Francisco, CA
               24-Old Ironsides- Sacramento, CA- w/ Parson Red Heads, An Angle)-
               26-Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA- (w/ Parson Red Heads, Elder Mason)
               27-The Space- Salem, OR- (w/ Parson Red Heads, Easterly)
               28-  The Artistry- Portland, OR- (w/ The Parson Red Heads & Oh Darling) 
October   -    14 - St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               16 - Winnipeg, MN – MTS Center - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               18 - Regina, SK – Brandt Center- w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               19 - Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome- w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               21 - Everett, WA – Comcast Arena - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               22 - Vancouver, BC – GM Place w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               29 - San Diego, CA – Cox Arena w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               30 -  Los Angeles, CA – The Forum - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
November    -   1 - Reno, NV – Events Center - w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
                4 - Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
                5 - Omaha, NE – Qwest Center w/Neil Young and Death Cab for Cutie
               29 - Halifax, NS – Metro Center - w/ Neil Young and Wilco  
December    -   1 - Montreal, PQ – Bell Center - w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                2 - Ottawa, ON – Scotia Bank Place- w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                4 - Toronto, ON – ACC - w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                7 - Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills- w/ Neil Young and Wilco   
                9 - Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena - w/ Neil Young
                12 - Philadelphia, PA – The Wachovia Spectrum - w/ Neil Young and Wilco  
                15 - New York, NY – Madison Square Garden - w/ Neil Young and Wilco  

State of the Scene: Where Have All the Good Bands Gone?

Festival season!  I love it, and it is almost upon us.  After viewing the initial lineups for some of the big music festivals I couldn't help but notice the large number of indie rock bands that are sneaking their way into what are usually very jam-heavy celebrations.