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The Game samples Guster on New Album

West coast Hip Hop icon The Game sampled alt-pop pioneers Guster on his new song "Pot Of Gold" featuring Chris Brown.  The track is featured on The Game's new The R.E.D. Album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and features a large portion of the Guster classic "Rocketship" from the band's 2007 classic "Goldfly". You can watch the video for The Game's new Guster-sampled track here, and read a a witty Q&A the band did regarding the song on their website.

The band will be donating a portion of the money they earn from "Pot of Gold" to the Crittenton Women's Union.  Drummer Brian Rosenworcel offered this statement regarding their reaction to being sampled for this song, as well as their reasoning for choosing Crittenton Women's Union to donate their proceeds.  "Mostly we're flattered to have been sampled in a hit song.  I don't think it'll send droves of people out to discover our "Goldfly" album, but we're excited that we can make a donation to a worthwhile charity with money that comes in from this.  I have a friend who works at Crittenton Women's Union in Boston, and they do great work helping survivors of domestic abuse become economically independent".

The band is currently on tour with Jack's Mannequin in support of their new E.P. On The Ocean. Even Hurricane Irene couldn't keep the band off the road, as they ran into some pretty crazy weather on route.  They documented their experience with Irene here, as they made their way from New York to their show that night in Indiana.  Check out their remaining dates below.

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Remaining Tour Dates

09/02/11 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium

09/03/11 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival

09/04/11 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

Meat Puppets continue to add tour dates supporting "Lollipop"

Legendary rock trio the Meat Puppets continue to tour supporting their 13th LP, Lollipop, out now on Megaforce Records. After being invited to this years' Animal Collective-curated All Tomorrow's Parties to perform Up on The Sun, the Meat Puppets will re-release their seminal album on vinyl, available in stores September 13.
For the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's NevermindSPIN invited the Meat Puppets to contribute an interpretation of one of the iconic tracks and the band chose to tackle "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Listen to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and read what Curt Kirkwood had to say about the recording at SPIN.com.
Check out the Pitchfork-premiered trippy video for "Orange," album art and download "Damn Thing" off the new LP. Produced by band leader Curt Kirwood, and recorded at Spoon's HiFi Studio in Austin, Lollipop features the indelible Kirkwood brothers back at work and back at play on 12 powerful new original cuts.
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Meat Puppets Tour Dates
Sept 14 - Chelsea's - Baton Rouge, LA
Sept 15 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Sept 16 - Club Downunder @ FSU - Tallahassee, FL *
Sept 17 - Crowbar - Ybor City / Tampa, FL *
Sept 18 - The Social - Orlando, FL *
Sept 20 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro/Raleigh, NC *
Sept 21 - Visulite - Charlotte, NC *
Sept 22 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC *
Sept 23 - Barley's Tap Room - Knoxville, TN *
Sept 24 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA *
Sept 25 - Melting Point - Athens, GA
Sept 27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN *
Sept 28 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL *
Sept 29 - Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR ^^
Sept 30 - Will Rogers Auditorium - Fort Worth, TX ^^
Oct 1 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX ^^
Oct 2 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX ^^
Oct 28 - George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR ^^
Oct 29 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN ^^
Oct 30 - Old Rock House - St Louis, MO ^^
Nov 1 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC ^^
Nov 3 - Johnny Brenda's  - Philadelphia, PA ^^
Nov 4 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY ^^
Nov 5 - Middle East - Boston, MA ^^
Nov 6 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ #
Nov 8 - Musica - Akron, OH #
Nov 9 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI #
Nov 10 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI #
Nov 11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL #
Nov 12 - Turf Club - St Paul, MN #
Nov 13 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA #
w/ The Weeks *
w/ Dex Romweber Duo ^^
w/ Black Box Revelation #

Von Ehrics: Two Foot Stomp

Von Ehrics newest CD, Two Foot Stomp, is an up and down ride filled with Punkabilly drive and an authentically Texas flavor. Songs like the first single, "Lord I Pray" are new, refreshing, and fun while other like "Rock and Roll" fall a little flat in energy and creativity. The album is an overall success in authenticity, with a real feeling that you could stumble across the Von Ehrics playing around town in Denton, the funky college town music hub of North Texas where Two Foot Stomp was recorded. The album is also successful in screaming "if you think this is good, our live shows are 100 times better".  I am convinced, and definitely will be buying a ticket next time these boys roll through Colorado.

The Highlights:

"Lord I Pray", the album’s first single, is also it’s height of creativity, combining gospel, thrashy rock guitar, and a hyperactive drum set. “Lord I Pray” is soulful and cynical at the same time. The single is a satirical reflection on consumerism, but avoids a “preachy” feel for a rather funny one as lead singer Robert Jason Vandergrift prays for material good while being back up by a full gospel choir.

"Down the Road Tonight" also shines on the album. The song is reminiscent of REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It". That is, if the whole world existed in Texas. You could probably take the lyrics and make them into a scavenger hunt in downtown Austin. Overall it’s super fun.

"Goodbye/The Ride" is a fun, biting little break up song. Vandergrift sings in sweet and slow ballad voice, which we soon learn is totally ironic:

"It's a beautiful night,
the stars are all bright
I've got the moon on my left
and my girl on my right
things are changing tonight
she can kiss my ass goodbye"

then the speedy drummer kicks and one gets a feel of how the guys really feel. I always love a fun break up song.

The guitar lines are a great highlight throughout the album. Just listening to the things Gabe Aguilar (drums) and Clayton Mills (guitar) make up is one of the best parts of the album.

The Not-so-Great:

"Rock and Roll" is a halfhearted cry for what else, rock and roll. I'm not really that convinced, based on this song that the band believes in the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. The Von Ehrics take lyrics that belong in a song like Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N Roll” and play them with the enthusiasm of Neil Young's “Hey Hey, My My”.

It sounds like the guys wanted a Beastie Boys' "You Got to Fight for Your Right to Party”, but were just kind of tired or hung over or something that day.

"Downtown" is another one of the tunes that is missing the party soul. Maybe the song is much better live, at the actual party. Though the song is low energy, guitarist Clayton Mills picks it up with an exciting solo.

"Texas" (When I Die) is the albums only successful anthem, but it really gets the job done.  It's not a call to rock out or party hard, as the boys attempted in other songs, but an anthem for Texas; the state that encompasses of both of the previous. "Texas" succeeds where some of the other attempts on the album failed in my opinion because Texas is very unique to the Von Ehrics. You can hear conviction in their voice as they sing "when I die, let me go to Texas".

“Texas” is the true call of Two Foot Stomp , and really ties the album together as its last track. Two Foot Stomp is a call to this: party, rebel, dance around, stomp your feet, and do it all in Texas.  I am totally in support of it!

Dead Man Winter @ The Fox Theater | 8/19/11

On August 19th at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, Dave Simonett, Erik Kokinen, and some of their friends from Trampled by Turtles gave us an early taste of their new project, Dead Man Winter.  Having been a huge

Frank Sinatra/Count Basie Reprise recordings coming from Concord

By the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra and Count Basie had already cemented their respective reputations as two of the most versatile and enduring entertainers of the 20th century. When these two titans united in the studio for recordings on Reprise — Sinatra’s own label, which he’d launched at the start of the decade — the results were historic. The first album was simply titled Sinatra-Basie: An Historical Musical First, a 1963 release that climbed to the top five on Billboard’s pop album charts over the course of a 42-week run. A year later, It Might As Well Be Swing rose to #13 during a 31-week stretch on the same charts.

On September 6, 2011, Concord Records will reissue both of these recordings in a single collection, Frank Sinatra & Count Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings. Under license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the 20-song compilation is enhanced via digital restoration and remastering, and includes brand new liner notes from music journalist and historian Bill Dahl that provide historical context for these pivotal recordings. Also included are original anecdotes from Quincy Jones, who produced It Might As Well Be Swing.

“It’s virtually impossible to imagine a more swinging combination than Frank Sinatra — the premier pop vocalist of an adoring generation — and the mighty orchestra of Count Basie,” says Dahl in his liner notes. “Such a scintillating summit meeting actually unfolded not once but twice in the studio. This collection brings together both of these historic album-length collaborations, first out on the label Sinatra founded, Reprise. It’s a thoroughly satisfying soiree.”

Dahl provides background information about the history of Basie’s orchestra in the decades leading up to the two recordings. He also discusses Sinatra’s transition from Capitol to Reprise and the artistic freedom that came with it, as well as Neal Hefti’s arrangements for both albums, Quincy Jones’ production of the latter, and brief annotations of every song in the collection.

“Another memorable collection between the Chairman and the Count would soon be recorded for posterity by Reprise, [with Jones] arranging and conducting 1966’s Sinatra at the Sands,” says Dahl. “But even performing for those hip high rollers in Vegas couldn’t top what Sinatra and Basie accomplished during these two studio collaborations. This was musical history in the making, as fabulously fresh and frisky now as it was back then. Let the swinging commence.”
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TRACK LIST
Pennies from Heaven
Please Be Kind
(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Looking at the World Thru Rose Colored Glasses
My Kind of Girl
I Only Have Eyes for You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Learnin’ the Blues
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
I Won’t Dance
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
I Wish You Love
I Believe in You
More [Theme from Mondo Cane]
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Hello, Dolly! (from Hello, Dolly!)
I Wanna Be Around
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Good Life
Wives and Lovers

Reggae Band Tribal Seeds Announces National Fall 2011 Tour

San Diego based, award-winning reggae band Tribal Seeds announced today the dates for their upcoming fall 2011 tour.  The shows will span over 25 dates in two months, kicking off in Tucson, Arizona at The Rock on October 12, 2011.  Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe, that they have intertwined with the roots style of reggae music.

Of the tour, the band shares, “We look forward to bringing a new show with songs from our latest EP ‘Soundwaves’ and new twists to some of our older fan favorite songs. Fans might get sneak peak of some brand new unreleased stuff as well! Have to come out and see for yourself!”

On July 19, 2011, Tribal Seeds gave listeners a brand new EP entitled “Soundwaves,” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. Their previous efforts,  their debut, self titled album, “Tribal Seeds” was released in 2008, and their second album “The Harvest” was released in June of 2009. iTunes named both albums the “Best Of” in the Reggae genre, for their respected years. Their debut album helped garner them the “Best World Music” title at the San Diego Music Awards in 2008, and “The Harvest,” which contained fourteen new and original songs, debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts.

Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Mexico, Guam, Aruba, and Hawaii. They have shared the stage with artists such as Matisyahu, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Sublime with Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Pepper, Collie Buddz, The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Rebelution, and many more.

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TRIBAL SEEDS FALL 2011 TOUR DATES
OCTOBER 12 - THE ROCK - TUCSON, ARIZONA
OCTOBER 13 - MARQUEE THEATER - TEMPE, ARIZONA
OCTOBER 14 - SANTA FE SOL - SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
OCTOBER 15 - THE CONSERVATORY - OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
OCTOBER 16 - JACK’S - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
OCTOBER 18 - THE PARISH AT HOUSE OF BLUES - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
OCTOBER 19 - ENGINE ROOM - TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 20 - THE LOCAL - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 21 - BEACHAM - ORLANDO, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 22 - CULTURE ROOM - FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 23 - FREEBIRD LIVE - JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 26 - VISULITE THEATRE - CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
OCTOBER 27 - JEWISH MOTHER - VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 28 - CANAL CLUB - RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 29 - SULLIVAN HALL - NEW YORK, NEW YORK
OCTOBER 30 - HIGHER GROUND - SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT’
NOVEMBER 2 - THE NOTE - WESTCHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA
NOVEMBER 3 - 8x10 - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
NOVEMBER 4 - BEACHLAND BALLROOM - CLEVELAND, OHIO
NOVEMBER 5 - REGGIES - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
NOVEMBER 6 - THE FREQUENCY - MADISON, WISCONSIN
NOVEMBER 8 - THE BOTTLENECK - LAWRENCE, KANSAS
NOVEMBER 9 - WAITING ROOM - OMAHA, NEBRASKA
NOVEMBER 11 - AGGIE THEATRE - FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
NOVEMBER 12 - IN THE VENUE - SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
NOVEMBER 18 - HARD ROCK - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
NOVEMBER 19 - HOUSE OF BLUES - WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

Ziggy Marley at Fox Theatre | 10.09.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Ziggy Marley at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, October 9th.  Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 19th for $31.00 in advance and $33.50 day of show.

“This album is from my heart,” says Ziggy Marley of his second solo album, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide).  Embracing both the spiritual and emotional side of life, Ziggy has definitively come into his own as an artist.  The twelve-track album, released early July, showcases Ziggy’s tightly rolled talents as a songwriter (writing all cuts), musician (playing most of the instruments) and producer (shepherding all dozen tracks, with three co-produced by Grammy winner Ross Hogarth).  The only thing more joyful than making it, says Ziggy, is the anticipation of the global tour he expects to kick off this summer.

Written “all over the world,” Love Is My Religion expands upon the personal, social and political themes explored in Ziggy’s debut CD, Dragonfly. Its musical center is clearly reggae, peppered by African percussion and other flavors.  Opening with the subversively danceable “Into the Groove,” Ziggy delves into an upbeat meditation on finding one’s self.  On the title track, “Love is My Religion,” his message is one that “people need to hear,” a unifying devotion to love that “needs to be preached in churches and mosque and synagogues.”  The notion of overcoming stereotypes and superstition informs the slinky “Black Cat,” while the romantic “Make Some Music” finds a partner in the mid-tempo “A Lifetime.”

Friendship is one of the album’s recurring themes, whether as the core of monogamous love or the connective tissue of global brotherhood.  “Friend” and “On the Beach in Hawaii” each offer an ode to love.  In “Keep on Dreamin’,” Ziggy extends the idea into the spiritual world, reconnecting with his father through dreams.  The album’s most political song, “Be Free,” implores the listener to reject the manipulating power of fear.  Slavery and its continuing effects are explored on “Still the Storms,” which laments the crises in nations like Sudan, Rwanda and Sierra Leone by analogizing the path of hurricanes with the path of slave ships.  The album closes with the simple and the complex: an acoustic guitar version of “Love Is My Religion” and a bass-heavy, trip-hop mix of “Be Free.”

After two decades as the driving creative force behind The Melody Makers – a triple Grammy winning act, Ziggy released his debut solo album in 2003, Dragonfly, which featured such guest artists as Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Einziger and DJ Kilmore (Incubus).  He has contributed to a variety of soundtracks including 50 First Dates and Shark’s Tale, in which he delved into acting for the first time, playing the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.

In addition to his musical skills, Ziggy founded U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), a non-profit organization that benefits a wide range of charitable children’s causes in Jamaica, Ethiopia and other developing nations.  More recently he has thrown his support behind the Youth AIDS campaign.

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Ziggy Marley

Fox Theatre

Sunday, October 9th

Doors: 7:00 pm

Show Time: 8:00 pm

The Grateful Web Interview with FreekBass

“Concentrate”, the title of Freekbass’s newest album sums it well. With the influence of funk genre music that Freek experienced growing up in Cincinnati Ohio, along with his deep desire to play bass, Freekbass has without a question created an album that keeps bass and funk glued like never heard before.

The Rapture Announces U.S. Tour Dates

The Rapture recently shared “How Deep Is Your Love?,” the first album track from In The Grace Of Your Love, along with Emperor Machine’s remix of the track via Adult Swim (downloads for both below!). Now, we’re excited to share the news of The Rapture’s first full U.S. tour in support of the album, which will see them on the road from late September through October!

The band has set the bar high with the first track, but this is just the beginning.  Produced by Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Chromeo), the writing and recording process for In The Grace Of Your Love connected the band back to why they started playing music in the first place. Drummer Vito Roccoforte explains that they “focused on the process more than the results. We approached the album in a fearless manner, with nothing to lose.” By recapturing the fun and love for the process, the results were definitely a win.

Download “How Deep Is Your Love?” HERE or The Emperor Machine Remix via Adult Swim HERE

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Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates:

8/20 - New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

9/22 – Boston, MA – Royale

9/23 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

9/24 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar

9/25 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

9/27 – Columbus, OH - TBD

9/28 – Chicago, IL – Metro

9/29 – Minneapolis, MN – The Varsity

10/1 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

10/3 – Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch

10/4 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up

10/6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box

10/7 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse

10/8 – San Francisco, CA – The Sound Factory

10/10 – El Paso, TX – Club 101

10/11 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

10/12 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa

10/13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

10/17 – Miami, FL – Grand Central

10/18 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre

10/19 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

10/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Making Time @ Voyeur

Will Hoge Reveals More Details About NUMBER SEVEN!

Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge is primed to release his 7th studio album, NUMBER SEVEN, on Sept. 27 on Ryko.  Throughout his career, Hoge has survived and thrived through endless miles in vans and buses, landing a mainstream record deal early in his career and triumphantly overcoming a life-altering accident two years back.  If, as mentioned in Rolling Stone and elsewhere, Nashville has finally landed on the national rock and roll map, Hoge has been there all along.

Now, Hoge comes forth with NUMBER SEVEN, an album that poignantly captures his penchant for lonesome blues as well as country influences that have always been present in his music.  “Gone” would sound comfortably at home on contemporary country radio, while “No Man’s Land” is a twanging exposition of the gulf between men and women.  At the same time, Hoge’s poetic side is represented by two thought-provoking songs.  “American Dream,” a profile of a homeless man living amidst a devastated economy, gets right to the core of this tragic situation by stating “I’d give it all right back to just be looked at like a man.”  A similar claim to dignity suffuses the epic “Illegal Line,” which humanizes the oft-demagogued issue of immigration.

“People complain that there’s nothing from current musicians that has any sort of weight or political commentary,” says Hoge. “And I think rock and roll is a little lesser for that at this point.  So, I really wanted to go there on this album and talk about some things that aren’t necessarily being talked about by other artists right now.  I’m really proud of this album. Everything I’ve been through in the last couple of years has caused me to slow down and be more thoughtful about what sort of music I’m putting out. The process of creating music has changed too.  For the first time, I feel like this album really encompasses everything about me as an artist.  I’m just ready for everyone to hear it!”

The album’s grand finale, and first single, “When I Get My Wings”, looks to that other musical city in Tennessee for inspiration and lets Hoge uncork on a full-throated Otis Redding-style vocal with a heavenly host of Memphis-inspired horns.

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NUMBER SEVEN track list:

1.    Fools Gonna Fly

2.    Too Old To Die Young

3.    Goddamn California

4.    American Dream

5.    Gone

6.    The Illegal Line

7.    Silver Chain

8.    Nothing To Lose

9.    No Man’s Land

10.  Trying To Be A Man

11.  When I Get My Wings

NUMBER SEVEN follows up Hoge’s 2009 release, THE WRECKAGE, which was hailed as “triumphant” by the BBC; “welcome and worth the wait” by USA Today and described by American Songwriter as follows: the “eleven tightly crafted songs retain the artist’s self-assured, Southern swagger.”  The long-time road warrior is planning a rigorous touring schedule with upcoming headlining dates this fall.  Details and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.