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Sleepy Sun Announce MORE US Tour Dates

Sleepy Sun is a California band from many Californias. They hail from the rolling oak and sage hills of Sierra Gold Country, The San Francisco Peninsula, where Kesey raged and the Dead were once Warlocks, and the forever-sunshine climes of the Southland.  They came together—young and garage strutting in the coastal Northern California crucible of Santa Cruz. And there they birthed the Sleepy sound—dead blues shaken alive, razor sharp and ramblin’, soul, sonic science and dead-on pop surgery. Wooden, earthy, stratospheric, and swinging…California music of beautiful contrasts for conflicted times.
Now, two records into a frighteningly fast-blossoming evolution, Sleepy Sun are a living machine of fire and focus. Their first release on ATP records Embrace illuminated the golden path to Sleepy land—hard-riffing, delicate, dreamy and cultivated. The latest ATP release, Fever, is arrival at the palace the path promised.

Fever is the honey harmonies and danger wailing of Bret Constantino and Rachel Williams pulled from a tender tangle into steel-strong braid; the wing-on-wing guitars of Matt Holliman and Even Reiss in screaming dives and sweet ascending circles; the lowdown served up tough and thundering from drum and bass authorities Brian Tice and Jack Allen.

Fever is a band working, like the heroic combos of old—real, made by hand, eyes ahead on an unbridled future and giving two shits for the sideways glance of the lurking trend spotter.  A band working, and a working band—Sleepy Sun’s soaring and soul-stirring live shows are already mowing down audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.  They’ve opened for Autolux and Mudhoney, rocked Primavera and Treasure Island, and relentlessly toured the capitals and humble hamlets of North America and Europe. And in their path, the converts are fast becoming legion.
They are a band of musical adventure too—tackling Graham Nash’s ‘Chicago’ for a forthcoming compilation celebrating the Hollie/CSNY legend’s work. English electronic collective U.N.K.L.E. have taken note of Sleepy Sun’s eclectic energies as well, working collaboratively on a track with the band for an upcoming single and LP.  Sleepy Sun won’t relent in 2010. Fever in May, SXSW and the Arctic Monkeys in spring. And as always, a hundred twists yet untold in a message—sent with burning love and rock-solid soul—from California to the whole damn beyond….
Also....ATP Recordings will be releasing a limited edition EP to celebrate Record Store Day on April 17th featuring tracks from Built To Spill, Apse, Sleepy Sun and Fursaxa. Limited to just 1000 copies worldwide, the 10” will feature tracks from recent and soon to be released albums on ATP/R.
Each EP will come with a coded card allowing free downloads of MP3’s of the 4 tracks as well as some bonus download only tracks from other ATP Recording artists such as Fuck Buttons (Olympians radio edit), The Scientists (We Had Love), Alexander Tucker (Veins to the Sky) and The Drones (River of Tears).
North American Tour Dates

4/11 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/10 - Al's Bar - Lexington, KY
4/12 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/13 - Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, OK  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/15 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/16 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/23 - Pitzer College Kohoutek Music & Arts Festival - Claremont, CA
4/24 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA

6/11 - Lincoln Lounge - Reno, NV
6/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
6/13 - Hi Dive Club - Denver, CO
6/15 - Record Bar -
Kansas City, MO
6/16 - Off Broadway Night Club - St Louis, MO
6/17 - Summit Club - Columbus, OH
6/18 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
6/19 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
6/21 - Il Motore -
Montreal, QC
6/22 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
6/23 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI w/ Rodriguez
6/24 - Double Door -
Chicago, IL
6/25 - The Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
6/26 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
6/27 - Aquarium (6pm Early Show All Ages) - Fargo, ND w/ Deerhoof
6/27 - Aquarium (11:30pm 21+ Show) -
Fargo, ND
6/28 - Royal Albert Hotel - Winnipeg, MB w/ Black Mountain
6/29 - Amigo’s -
Saskatoon, SK
6/30 - Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
7/1 - Sled Island Festival at Palomino - Calgary, AB
7/3 - The Biltmore Cabaret -
Vancouver, BC
7/4 - Logan’s Pub - Victoria, BC
7/6 - Chop Suey -
Seattle, WA  w/ Sleepy Eyes of Death
7/7 - Mississippi Studios -
Portland, OR

Good Time on Stage Shows Head East Slowing Down No Time Fast

Just looking at them, the five members making up the current line up of 1970's band Head East may look like a bunch of older guys with long hair and guitars. Get them plugged in and playing though, and they give a performance just as impressive and rocking as ever before.

The (Mighty!) Duhks Earn Love For 'Fast Paced World'

The Duhks- for the Grateful Web

Hailed by The New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, Fast Paced World, (August 19th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

 

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date. Seriously. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments. This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

 

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond. "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

 

In the space between the Grammy-nominated Migrations (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" - Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base - no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check YouTube for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

 

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com). The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was recently invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the 2008 festival.

THE DUHKS ~  US TOUR DATES

09/05/2008       Great Barrington, MA- Club Helsinki
09/06/2008       Hoboken, NJ- Maxwell's
09/10/2008       New York, NY- Joe's Pub
09/11/2008       Annapolis, MD- Ram's Head on Stage
09/12/2008       Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
09/13/2008       Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Café
09/25/2008       Oakland, CA - Yoshi's at Jack London Square
09/29/2008       Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
10/03/2008       Homer, AK - The Downeast Saloon
10/04/2008       Anchorage, AK - Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
10/05/2008       Kodiak, AK - Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
10/08/2008       Blacksburg, VA - The Lantern
10/10/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/11/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/12/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/15/2008       Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
10/16/2008       Arlington, VA - IOTA Club
10/17/2008       Asheville, NC - Garage at Biltmore
10/18/2008       Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
10/20/2008       Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
10/21/2008       Athens, GA - The Melting Point
10/24/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/25/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/29/2008       Somerville, MA - Johnny D's
10/30/2008       Norfolk, CT- Infinity Hall

The Duhks Return with Fast Paced World

The Duhks- for the Grateful Web

Hailed by the New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, 'Fast Paced World,' (August 12th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date.   Seriously. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments.   This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond.    "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

In the space between the Grammy-nominated 'Migrations' (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" - Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base - no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check YouTube for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com).

The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the festival on June 13th.    In addition, Bonnaroo has chosen the Duhks to perform on the Solar Stage on June 14th.

Catch the Duhks on tour throughout 2008

6/6/2008            Enterprise, AL - Bamajam Festival
6/7/2008            Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
6/8/2008            Tampa, FL - Skipper's Smokehouse
6/13/2008           Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
6/21/2008           Telluride, CO - Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
6/22/2008           Telluride, CO - Telluride BGF
7/19/2008           Marquette, MI - Hiawatha Music Co-op
7/24/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/25/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/26/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
7/27/2008           Calgary, AB - Prince's Island Park Downtown
8/2/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/3/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/4/2008            Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
8/9/2008            Edmonton, AB - Gallagher Park
8/10/2008           Edmonton, AB - Gallagher Park
8/16/2008           Huntington, VT - Valley Stage
8/17/2008           Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
8/23/2008           Shropshire, UK - Shrewsbury Folk Festival