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LATEST BRITISH EXPORT LEE MACDOUGALL TO HIT THE ROAD IN U.S.

British singer-songwriter Lee MacDougall is the latest artist to emerge from open mic night circuit in London that has become a hotbed for new acoustic artists. He is slowly building an international fan base due to his knack for coupling a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody, and on the strength of his songwriting, he has earned support slots opening for artists such as Train, Starsailor, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. To capitalize on the growing buzz, he will embark on his first U.S. tour, beginning this week, which will include his SxSW debut. He will appear at the Larimer Lounge in Denver on Thursday, March 24.

MacDougall’s self-produced CD of original material called IF WALLS COULD TALK will be available to coincide with his U.S. dates. Additionally, he has three songs available for download via iTunes, including a version of his tune “She” that was produced by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Taylor Swift, Charlatans).

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For his U.S. tour dates, he will be accompanied by Rob Hargreaves on guitar and backing vocals.  His tour dates are as follows:

February 25—Bitter End, New York City; 28—Club Passim, Boston; March 2—North Star Bar, Philadelphia; 5—James Joyce Pub, Durham, NC; 8—“Live at 9,” WREG-TV, Memphis; 9—3rd & Lindsley, Nashville; 10—Zanzabar, Louisville; 11—Cicero’s, St. Louis; 15—Poor David’s Pub, Dallas; 16—Hideaway on Dunvale, Houston; 17-19-SxSW, Austin (specific venues to be announced shortly); 22—Record Bar, Kansas City; 24—Larimer Lounge, Denver; 26—The Beat Coffeehouse & Records, Las Vegas; 29—Dizzy’s, San Diego; 31—Hotel Café, Los Angeles;  April 7—Tonic Lounge, Portland, 8—El Corazon, Seattle; 10—Backstage Lounge, Vancouver; 13—Sauce Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis; 14—Double Door, Chicago; 15—House Café, DeKalb, IL; 20—Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh; 21—Valentines, Albany; 22—Bitter End, New York City; and 23—World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington, DE.

The Felice Brothers Announce Spring Tour

The Felice Brothers have announced a new run of tour dates in the US, Australia, and New Zealand this spring, beginning in late March following a March 19th performance with Bright Eyes at Auditorium Shores during this year's SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

The first leg of the tour will kick off on March 25th at the Oneonta Theater in Oneonta, NY, and lead The Felice Brothers to Indio, CA, where they will make their debut appearance at the already sold-out Coachella festival on April 16th. The band will then travel to Australia and New Zealand for the first time, touring down under from April 20th through 24th to play shows that include Boogie Fest in Melbourne, AUS, and the Grassroots Festival in Auckland, NZL. The Felice Brothers will resume their US tour on April 28th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA, and continue through May 6th at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL, with more dates to be confirmed shortly. Tickets for the US shows will begin to go on sale tomorrow, February 10th; for more information, please visit www.thefelicebrothers.com.

The Felice Brothers' most recent album, Yonder Is The Clock, was released in April 2009 and met with praise from Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Filter, The New York Times, SPIN, and Time Out New York, among others.

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The Felice Brothers on tour:

MARCH 19 AUSTIN, TX AUDITORIUM SHORES (SXSW)

MARCH 25 ONEONTA, NY ONEONTA THEATER*

MARCH 26 HUDSON, NY HELSINKI ON THE HUDSON*

MARCH 27 HOBOKEN, NJ MAXWELL'S*

MARCH 30 PHILADELPHIA, PA FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH*

MARCH 31 WASHINGTON, DC ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL*

APRIL 1 HUNTINGTON, WV V CLUB*

APRIL 2 LEXINGTON, KY BUSTER'S BILLIARDS & BACKROOM*

APRIL 3 KNOXVILLE, TN RHYTHM 'N BLOOMS

APRIL 5 CHARLOTTE, NC VISUALITE THEATER*

APRIL 6 ATHENS, GA 40 WATT CLUB*

APRIL 7 NASHVILLE, TN EXIT/IN*

APRIL 8 BIRMINGHAM, AL THE BOTTLETREE*

APRIL 9 MEMPHIS, TN HI-TONE CAFÉ*

APRIL 10 DALLAS, TX THE LOFT*

APRIL 12 LUBBOCK, TX BLUE LIGHT*

APRIL 13 SANTA FE, NM CORAZON*

APRIL 16 INDIO, CA COACHELLA

APRIL 20 SYDNEY, AUS ANNANDALE HOTEL

APRIL 21 MELBOURNE, AUS THE PRINCE

APRIL 22 MELBOURNE, AUS BOOGIE FEST

APRIL 23 MEENYAN, AUS TOWN HALL

APRIL 24 AUCKLAND, NZL GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL

APRIL 28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL

APRIL 29 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS

APRIL 30 SEATTLE, WA TRACTOR TAVERN

MAY 2 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE

MAY 3 DENVER, CO HIGH DIVE

MAY 4 OMAHA, NE THE WAITING ROOM

MAY 6 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL

* Diamond Doves supporting

Video Premier: THE BRIDGE "Rosie"

On the heels of releasing their latest album National Bohemian last Tuesday, The Bridge have just premiered a video for the track "Rosie."


The Bridge are currently on the road supporting National Bohemian, which was was produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin. From February 8 through February 12, they'll play shows with Tea Leaf Green, after which they'll roll straight into a support slot with Galactic. In March and April, they'll embark on their own headline tour across the U.S.

Watch "ROSIE" the Brand New Video by THE BRIDGE off their latest album, NATIONAL BOHEMIAN, Out Now on Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers.

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The Bridge tour dates:

February 8 | Strand Capital Performing Arts Center | York, PA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 9 | Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 10 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 11 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 12 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 16 | The Cabooze | Minneapolis, MN (w/ Galactic)
February 17 | Majestic Theatre | Madison, WI (w/ Galactic)
February 18 | Park West | Chicago, IL (w/ Galactic)
February 19 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH (w/ Galactic)
February 20 | Mr. Small's Theater | Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Galactic)
February 26 | 123 Pleasant Street | Morgantown, WV
March 3 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
March 4 | Max's | Bloomington, IN
March 5 | Trouser Mouse | Blue Springs, MO
March 6 | Bourbon Theatre Rye Room | Lincoln, NE
March 8 | Ullrs Tavern | Winter Park, CO
March 9 | Three20 | Breckenridge, CO
March 10 | Hodi's Half Note | Fort Collins, CO
March 11 | Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
March 15 | The Canopy Club | Urbana, IL
March 16 | Canal Street | Dayton, OH
March 17 | V Club | Huntington, WV
March 18 | Dante's | Frostburg, MD
March 19 | The Abbey Bar at Appalachian | Harrisburg, PA
April 6 | The Pour House Music Hall | Raleigh, NC
April 7 | The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall | Asheville, NC
April 8 | Double Door Inn | Charlotte, NC
April 9 | Smith's Olde Bar | Atlanta, GA
April 10 | The Pour House | Charleston, SC
April 12 | Melting Point | Athens, GA
April 13 | The Nick | Birmingham, AL
April 14 | Tipitina's | New Orleans, LA
April 16 | Old Settler's Music Festival | Driftwood, TX
April 19 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA
April 20 | Slim's | San Francisco, CA
April 21 | Jambalaya | Arcata, CA
April 22 | WOW Hall | Eugene, OR
April 23 | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR
April 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
April 26 | Top Hat | Missoula, MT
April 27 | Machinery Row | Great Falls, MT
May 6 | The Crooked I | Erie, PA
May 28 | Sterling Stage Folk Festival | Forest Hills, NY
June 4 | Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ
August 5 | Elysian Fields Festival | Boyce, VA
August 7 | Ladew Gardens Summer Concert | Monkton, MD

Time, NYT Laud Jake Shimabukuro

It's been a banner year thus far for Jake Shimabukuro. His new album 'Peace Love Ukulele' (HITCHHIKE RECORDS) debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Album chart, and has brought the Hawaii native national acclaim from NPR, YouTube and others. Time Magazine and the New York Times can now be added to the list in praise of Shimabukuro's virtuosic ukulele playing.

Nate Chinen of the New York Times said of a recent performance Shimabukuro at Brooklyn Bowl:

"Shimabukuro… comes by his fame with buoyant musicianship and brisk proficiency. The innovation in his style stems from an embrace of restrictions: the ukulele has only four strings and a limited range. He compensates with an adaptable combination of rhythmic strumming, classical-style finger-picking and fredboard tapping."

Read the entire review here.

Shimabukuro and his ukulele are also featured in a Time Magazine article by Tim Morrison about the instrument and its sudden surge in popularity. Morrison notes that a quick Google search of ukulele "won't be some grainy clip of Tiny Tim or George Formby but a performance by a hair-gelled 34-year-old Hawaiian named Jake Shimabukuro."

Read the Time Magazine piece here.

Read Grateful Web coverage of Jake here.

Drive-By Truckers Premiere Go-Go Boots Episode

Weekly Drive-By Truckers have been sharing episodes that give us a view into the making of their forthcoming album Go-Go Boots out February 15 on ATO Records. This week they give us Episode 6 featuring the story behind album track "Ray's Automatic Weapon." View past episodes here. Catch the band on tour with guests Heartless Bastards on select dates. All dates are listed below.
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TOUR DATES:
Feb 15 - Bowery Ballroom – New York NY – SOLD OUT
Feb 16 - Pullo Center @ Penn State University - York, PA
Feb 17 - Paramount Center For The Arts - Peekskill NY
Feb 18- 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
Feb 19 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
Feb 25 -  Vic Theater - Chicago, IL *
Feb 26 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL *
Feb 27 - Slow Down - Omaha, NE *
Mar 2 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV *
Mar 3 - Silverton Casino - Las Vegas, NV *
Mar 4 - Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA *
Mar 5 - Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA *
Mar 7 - Troubadour – West Hollywood CA – SOLD OUT
Mar 9 - Mcdonald Theater - Eugene, OR *
Mar 10 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR *
Mar 11 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC *
Mar 12 - Showbox At The Market - Seattle, WA *
Mar 15 - Wilma Theater - Missoula, MO *
Mar 16 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID *
Mar 18 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO *
Sat Mar 19 - Ogden Theate - Denver, CO w/TBA
* =  w/Heartless Bastards

Lee MacDougall "If Walls Could Talk" Tour Starts February 25th

British singer-songwriter-guitarist Lee MacDougall, the newest artist to emerge out of London's burgeoning acoustic movement, is set for his first tour of the U.S. beginning February 25 in New York City.  The tour will criss-corss the country over a two-month period and will include MacDougall's debut appearance at the SxSW Festival in Austin in March.

MacDougall is releasing an 11-song self-produced CD called IF WALLS COULD TALK to coincide with the tour.  The CD includes the standout tracks "The Star Hotel" and "Joanna," among others.  BBC Radio 6 host Tom Robinson says of MacDougall: "You absolutely cannot fake that kind of sincerity and passion, and particularly the yearning quality to his vocals."

Additionally, noted producer Jim Lowe (who has worked with the Stereophonics, Taylor Swift and the Charlatans, among others) has produced several tracks with Lee, including the version of "She" that is currently available from iTunes as part of a three-song EP he released last summer.  An acoustic rendition of the song produced by Lee appears on IF WALLS COULD TALK.

Originally from the fishing town of Grimsby in the north of England, MacDougall has been performing on the open mic night circuit in London that has spawned new acoustic English artists in the last two years.  His ability to couple a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody has enabled him to establish an international fan base that expanded when his music was embraced by the community of fans of the Twilight films. But it is the strength of his songwriting that has earned him UK industry recognition and support slots with artists such as Train, Starsailor, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.  Word Magazine review editor Kate Mossman says:  "He's amazing and very confident. Like Freddie Mercury meets Rufus Wainwright.  He's going to go a long way."

For his U.S. tour dates, he will be accompanied by Rob Hargreaves on guitar and backing vocals.

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Lee MacDougall's tour dates are as follows:

February 25-Bitter End, New York City

28-Club Passim, Boston

March 2-North Star Bar, Philadelphia

5-James Joyce Pub, Durham, NC

8-"Live at 9," WREG-TV, Memphis

9-3rd & Lindsley, Nashville

10-Zanzabar, Louisville

11-Cicero's, St. Louis

15-Poor David's Pub, Dallas

16-Hideaway on Dunvale, Houston

17-19-SxSW, Austin (specific venues to be announced)

22-Record Bar, Kansas City

24-Larimer Lounge, Denver

26-The Beat Coffeehouse & Records, Las Vegas

29-Dizzy's, San Diego

31-Hotel Café, Los Angeles

April-2 Elbo Room, San Fran

7-Tonic Lounge, Portland

8-El Corazon, Seattle

10-Backstage Lounge, Vancouver, BC

13-Sauce Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis

14-Double Door, Chicago

15-House Café, DeKalb, IL

20-Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh

21-Valentines, Albany

22-Bitter End, New York City

23-World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington, DE

Edwyn Collins Announces US Tour Dates

On the heels of announcing the US release date of his new album, Losing Sleep, indie music icon Edwyn Collins has revealed his long-awaited return to Stateside shores for some live dates. Shortly after the album hits stores (March 8th; Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records), he’ll be stopping by New York and SXSW.  Edwyn’s last American shows were acoustic shows in 2003, and he hasn’t performed any with a full live band since 1997.

2010 was a phenomenal year for Edwyn.  The former frontman of Scottish post-punkers Orange Juice released his seventh solo album in the UK to massive acclaim, and it ended up being one of the year’s best reviewed albums by the British press.  The record features tracks co-written with Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, and The Drums - and is the first album Edwyn’s written and recorded since his serious illness in 2005.

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Edwyn Collins US Tour Dates:

03/13:  Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
03/14:  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/16:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/17:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/18:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/19:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)

Tahiti 80 to Tour US in March

French sextet Tahiti 80 are gearing up to release their new full-length, The Past, The Present & The Possible, but first the ever-prolific group will drop the Darlin EP on January 31st (both will be released on their own label, Human Sounds).  The band is offering one of the EP’s track for free, a banging remix of “Darlin” by Detroit-based producer Jimmy Edgar, who has released music on Warp Records and K7 Records.  If you didn’t catch the premiere at About.com: Dance Music/Electronica, click HERE to stream/download the track.  You can also catch them on the road on a brief US tour this March, when the band hits Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Tahiti 80 whip up a danceable mix of live instrumentation and electronic sounds filled with breezy melodies and intoxicating grooves.  The band’s debut album, Puzzle, was released by Minty Fresh in the U.S. in 1999, and was critically acclaimed as a refreshingly upbeat nod to late 60s West Coast pop (particularly the Beach Boys). The album also placed Tahiti 80 squarely in the center of the  “French Pop Invasion” that was hitting the U.S., along with fellow French bands Phoenix and Air (most notably).  The band has been relentlessly productive ever since, having released an astounding ten EP’s  and The Past, The Present & The Possiblemarking their sixth full-length album.

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Tahiti 80 US Tour Dates:

03/09: Chicago, IL @ The Abbey (11:30 PM)
03/10, New York, NY @  Mercury Lounge (11:00 PM)
03/13:  San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (10:45 PM)
03/14:  Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (10:00 PM)

Lindstrøm Plays NY, LA, & SF in Feburary

It’s a rarity for Norway’s Lindstrøm to cross the pond more than once a year, but after a quick trip over last November, he’s once again gracing both New York and San Francisco in February with what will be his second show in 6 months, as well as making a highly anticipated first-ever appearance in Los Angeles at the Vanguard on February 11th.

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LINDSTRØM TOUR DATES

Thur.    Feb. 10           New York, NY @ Santos Party House

Fri.       Feb. 11            Los Angeles, CA @ The Vanguard

Sat.      Feb. 12           San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine

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While Lindstrøm’s label, Feedelity, has predominately been a vehicle for his original space-disco creations, Lindstrøm has brought another cosmic musician into the fold by way of a remix.  Glasser’sMirrorage” has been given the Lindstrøm treatment, though rather than overwhelming the mildly paranoid track with additional elements, he’s extended the aural odyssey by featuring the core components.  Cameron Miesrow’s witchy vocals mingle with the hypnotic, pulsating beats that seem to breathe with a life of their own.  Ominous bells twitch and tingle behind a smoke cloud of electronic rhythm and Meisrow’s tribal narrative is further deconstructed to create an abstract masterpiece.

Al Di Meola Brings Impassioned Live Show Nationwide

Al Di Meola, one of guitar's legendary greats, embarks on his 2011 national tour with the renowned World Sinfonia this February making stops in over 20 U.S. cities, including a four-night residency at NYC's Blue Note.

Whether it's your first World Sinfonia experience or you've seen the group 20 times before, each show will impress with "impassioned, intricate tunes that [wed] jazz, rock and folk traditions" (Hartford Courant). Audiences will be awestruck by the Di Meola's "energetic, emotional roller coasters brimming with fiery passion, delicate arrangements and his inspiring technique" (Arizona Daily Star).

Watch a live performance of "Gumbiero" (from 'Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody')

A pioneer of melding world music and jazz, Al Di Meola dazzles guitar aficionados with his unparalleled technique on both acoustic and electric guitars, as well as his soulful lyricism and sophisticated musicality.  On stage, Di Meola will perform songs from his forthcoming album "Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody," out March 15th on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group.

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AL DI MEOLA TOUR DATES 2011

2/17 - Agoura, CA @ Canyon Club
2/18 - Las Vegas @ Green Valley Ranch
2/19 - San Diego, CA @ Anthology       
2/20 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
2/21 - Exeter, CA  @ Orange Blossom Junction
2/23 - Portland, OR @ Orange Blossom Junction
2/24 - Seattle, WA  @  Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
2/25 - Seattle, WA @  Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
2/26 - Seattle, WA @ Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
2/27 - Seattle, WA  @   Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
3/2 - Grants Pass, OR @ Rouge Theater
3/3 - Arcata, CA @ Arcata Theatre Lounge
3/4 - Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
3/5 - Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
3/6 - Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
3/10 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/11 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/12 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/13 - New York, NY @ Blue Note
3/15 - Vienna, VA  @ The Barns- Wolftrap
3/16 - Vienna, VA @The Barns- Wolftrap
3/18 - Nashville, TN @  Schermerhorn Symphony Center
3/19 - Atlanta, GA @  Variety Playhouse
3/20 - Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House
3/22 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts
3/23 - Boston, MA  @  Scullers Jazz Club
3/24 - Boston, MA @ Scullers Jazz Club
3/25 - Albany, NY @ The Egg Theatre
3/26 - Buffalo, NY  @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
3/27 - Reading, Pa @ Miller Center for the Arts
3/28 - New Hope, PA@ Havana
3/29 - Fairfield, CT @  Stage One
3/30 - Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Hall
4/1 - Miami, FL @  Adrienne Arsht Center for the Arts
4/3 - Austin, TX @  One World Theater