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JFJO Announce West Coast & Europe Tour Dates

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have announced Winter 2010 tour plans. The band will head out for a 12-date West Coast run in February marking the hard touring quartet's first shows since selling out The Eclipse on New Year's Eve in their hometown of Tulsa. In March, JFJO makes a return trip to Europe for ten dates spanning eight countries, including their second appearance at the prestigious Turku Jazz Festival in Finland.

JFJO will be touring behind their critically acclaimed 2009 EP release One Day In Brooklyn, however, work is already well underway on a follow up, full length album. They spent seven days in December tracking at acclaimed engineer/musician David Teegarden's Natura Digital Recording Studios just outside of Tulsa. The album, tentatively scheduled for a June release, will reflect JFJO's first year of touring and writing together since founding member and pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer revamped the line-up last January with the addition of lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes.

Upcoming tour dates are:

February 2 | The Deli | Norman, OK
February 4 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
February 6 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA
February 10 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
February 11 | Beatnick Studios | Sacramento, CA
February 12 | Coda | San Francisco, CA
February 13 | Hopmonk Tavern | Sebastopol, CA
February 14 | Red Fox Tavern | Eureka, CA
February 17 | High Dive | Seattle, WA
February 18 | Eastside Club | Olympia, WA
February 19 | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR
March 3 | A-Trane | Berlin, Germany
March 6 | Jazz Dock | Prague, Czech Republic
March 9 | Nya Perspektiv | Vasteras, Sweden
March 11 | Fasching Jazz Club | Stockholm, Sweden
March 13 | Turku Jazz Festival | Turku, Finland
March 15 | Cafe Wilhelmina | Eindhoven, Netherlands
March 19 | Cafe Alto | Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 22 | Teatro Alfierri | Cagliari, Italy
March 31 | The Jazz Bar | Edinburgh, Scotland
April 1 | Vortex | London, United Kingdom

Rogue Wave Release New Single, Unveil Album Details

Now we’re born again,” sings Zach Rogue on the closing track of Rogue Wave’s fourth studio album, Permalight. The dreamy acoustic lament lasts just over a minute but in sound and spirit it neatly sums up everything that comes before it. A punchy, deceptively effervescent set of multi-instrumental pop tunes, the Northern California band’s latest set represents a giant breakthrough for Rogue and his longtime musical partner, drummer-keyboardist- vocalist Pat Spurgeon.
“The record sounds, for lack of a better word, fun,” the frontman says. It’s an astonishing change of direction, to say the least. Formed by Rogue in 2002 after he lost his tech job and parted ways with the Oakland rock group Desoto Reds, Rogue Wave has a reputation for crafting classic, inward-looking pop songs highlighted with psychedelic guitars, pastoral sound effects and intricate rhythms. On tunes from the new album like the title track “Permalight” and “Good Morning,” however, Rogue Wave steps away from expectations. Rogue says the former was written as a left-field sequel to Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration,” with synthesizers that simultaneously sound brittle and blissful. “Stars and Stripes” builds on a deep groove before spilling over in a raging chorus.  Clubby beats are prominent but the album doesn’t sit still for long. “Per Anger” is a straightforward rock tune that takes its cues from Pixies’ loud-quiet-loud dynamic.
Then there’s the album’s unofficial centerpiece, “I’ll Never Leave You,” a simple acoustic tune that finds Rogue coming to grips with the overwhelming emotions that come with young fatherhood. Like many of the songs on the album it’s rooted in Rogue Wave’s triumph over seemingly constant peril -- including the tragic death of a former band mate and constant health issues -- and the band’s undying determination to push forward.  Making this album was no exception.
In September 2008, after the band returned to Oakland following a summer tour, Rogue played a solo show opening for Nada Surf. Two days later, the singer woke up and couldn’t move. There was some concern that he might be having an aneurysm or heart attack, so doctors wheeled an X-ray machine into his living room to check his heart and lungs. It turns out Rogue had slipped two discs in his neck, which were pressing on his spinal cord. “It was the worst pain I had experienced,” he says.
Over the next few months, his condition grew worse until he eventually lost feeling in his right hand. Confined to his bed, there was nothing doctors could do for him, no medications that could relieve his pain. “I just felt like I was being tortured,” Rogue says. “I felt like I was dying.”  In January, the pain began to gradually lift, giving him just enough sensation to pick up the guitar and strum it. He celebrated the recovery the best way he knew, by pouring his relief into new material. “When I started writing I wanted to make a record that was a little more up, a record you could move your body to because I couldn’t move for so long,” Rogue says. “I told Pat I wanted to make a total dance album.”
To do that Rogue decided to make a conscious break from the past. “I decided when I picked up the guitar again I didn’t want to play anything I knew,” he says. “Even if that meant yelling into the microphone or detuning a guitar, I wanted to record all those ideas.”
Tracklisting:
Solitary Gun
Good Morning
Sleepwalker
Stars and Stripes
Permalight
Fear Itself
Right With You
We Will Make A Song Destroy
I’ll Never Leave You
Per Anger
You Have Boarded All That Remains
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Tour Dates
02/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop 02/26 - Toronto, ON, CA @ Mod Club
03/01 - Club Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock
03/02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/04 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
03/05 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/06 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
03/08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
03/09 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/10 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
03/13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/15 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/16 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
03/17 - Dallas, TX @ The Loft
03/18 - 03/20 @ SXSW
04/07 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
04/09 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/10 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
04/13 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
04/14 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
04/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe
04/16 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
04/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/20 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
04/21 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
04/24 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
04/27 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
04/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre 04/30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Ben Harper and Relentless7 backing Ringo Starr, TV tonight

With the release of his new album "Y Not", Ringo Starr will enlist Ben Harper (also appearing on the album) and Relentless7 to perform a string of promotional events starting tonight with "The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.  Tomorrow Jan 13 they'll visit "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" followed by Jay Leno, Grammy Music Series, Larry King Live and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.



Enter to win tickets to a special "Artists Den" concert at a secret location in New York City on Thursday, January 14 at 12pm (doors 11am).

More information on Ben Harper and Relentless7 can be found here.

The Whigs Announce New Album "In The Dark"

ATO Records and The Whigs are very excited to announce the release of the band’s new album, IN THE DARK. Set for a March 2, 2010 release, IN THE DARK is an explosive collection of intense and tuneful songs that have been developed through years of non-stop touring and two critically acclaimed albums – Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip and Mission Control. Both an accessible album and one that captures the band’s on-stage passion (something that has become synonymous with the band’s live show), IN THE DARK reveals another layer in the band’s songwriting and highlights what fans and critics have fallen in love with, including Jon Pareles of The New York Times who praised the band for their “two-chord guitar and drums furor worthy of The Who.”
Eager to give fans new music, the Athens, GA three piece is now offering 2 new songs – “In The Dark” and “Hundred / Million” - for free download. In addition, the band is currently on a North American headlining tour premiering new songs. Tour dates below.  From the driving guitars and crushing drums of “So Lonely” to the hypnotic and playful “Black Lotus,” from the reckless blitz and thuggish bass lines of “Someone’s Daughter,” to the anthemic “Kill Me Carolyne,” IN THE DARK is the work of a band moving forward creatively while remaining true to their roots.
Track-listing to be announced shortly.
TOUR DATES:
December 1 -  Emo’s -   Austin, Texas
December 2 -  The Loft -   Dallas, Texas
December 4 -  The Variety Playhouse -  Atlanta, Georgia
December 5 -  Rhythm & Brews -  Chattanooga, Tennessee
December 8 -  Visulite -  Charlotte, North Carolina
December 10  -  Black Cat -   Washington, DC, Washington DC
December 11 -  The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza -   New York, New York
December 12 -  North Star -   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 14 -  Local 506  -   Chapel Hill, North Carolina
December 15 -  Pour House -   Charleston, South Carolina

STS9 Releases New Album AD EXPLORATA Dec. 8th

Dubbed "one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 announces the release of their brand new studio effort, Ad Explorata (December 8, 2009 /1320 Records).

Ad Explorata – the band’s third release of 2009 (following their iTunes LIVE Exclusive NYE.ATL.08 / May 2009 and Peaceblaster : The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes / June 2009) and tenth in their full discography - finds STS9 once again exploring new musical terrain never before heard.

As the band explains, “Ad Explorata was 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.”

Visit http://sts9.com/?p=2011 to read the full “Genesis of Ad Explorata”.

Ad Explorata Track List:

01. Phoneme

02. Heavy

03. Looking Back On Earth

04. Oil & Water

05. Crypto City

06. EHM

07. ATLAS

08. Ad Explorata

09. Re:Stereo

10. Central

11. Lion

12. Echoes

“Phoneme” and “ATLAS” were both released as singles earlier this fall; both charted at iTunes Electronic charts.  The third single from Ad Explorata, “Oil and Water” was released today, December 1.

Live performance is the domain for which STS9 is well known for mastering. Consistently ranking in Pollstar’s Top 50 Pulse Chart for American touring acts, touring continues through 2009 and into the New Year.  The current list of STS9 tour dates is as follows:

December 29 June Swaner Gates Concert Hall Denver CO

December 30 Wells Fargo Theatre Denver CO

December 31 Wells Fargo Theatre Denver CO

January 2 Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale FL

January 3-8 Jam Cruise

February 11 House of Blues San Diego CA

February 12 Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles CA

February 13 Fox Theatre Oakland CA

February 14 Grand Sierra Ballroom Reno NV

February 18-19 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR

February 20-21 Showbox (Market) Seattle WA

February 22 Wilma Theatre Missoula MT

February 25 The Depot Salt Lake City UT

February 26 House of Blues Las Vegas NV

February 27 Marquee Theater Tempe AZ

February 28 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ

March 3 George's Majestic Fayetteville AR

March 4 The Lyric Theatre Oxford MS

March 5 Cains Ballroom Tulsa OK

March 6 House of Blues Dallas TX

March 7 House of Blues New Orleans LA

March 10 The Music Farm Charleston SC

March 11 Amos' Southend Charlotte NC

March 12 The Norva Norfolk VA

March 13-14 9:30 Club Washington DC

March 17 Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh PA

March 18 Madison Theatre Covington KY

March 19-20 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Giving back to the communities they visit has always been a priority for STS9. For over a decade the band has rallied their community of fans around important causes, and to date has donated nearly $250,000.00 to a variety of causes including Rock Against Cancer, Make It Right Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Fund, Conscious Alliance, Global Education Fund, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Mariposa’s Art, Headcount, Samaritan House, and others.  For 2009, 100% of STS9’s charity work benefits the Make It Right Foundation, including the release of Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes in June of this year. The album - of which 100% of the profits go to benefit Make It Right - features 30 artists including Pretty Lights, The Glitch Mob, Count Bass D, Richard Devine, Eskmo, Alex B., Ronald Jenkees and many others remixing original material from STS9’s 2008 release Peaceblaster. The release is available at www.1320records.com and at iTunes.  Along with the sale of this release, and per ticket fees to shows that happened since the beginning of 2009 the band is happy to report they are nearing the $100,000 mark by the end of 2009 after less than a year of intention on this project.

1320 Records, STS9’s boutique digital record label, is STS9’s passion for music manifested, and has become the go-to digital delivery store for in-the-know music addicts in search of new listening, and for underground indie artists looking to be heard. Buzzed-about artist releases include STS9, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Calmer, Collective Efforts, Count Bass D, DubConscious, Eliot Lipp, Emancipator, Eskmo, FuzZ, The Glitch Mob, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Lowpro Lounge,  Nalepa, Pnuma Trio, Prefuse 73, Pretty Lights, Rena Jones, St Andrew, sub-ID, Telepath, The Flying Skulls, Two Fresh, Virtual Boy and more.

Download these releases and others at www.1320Records.com. And while you are there, notice the sites brand new audio sample player, higher quality 320 kps MP3's, lossless files and more. 

Indie Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriter Collin Herring To Release New Album OCHO Today

Fort Worth-born singer-songwriter-guitarist Collin Herring will release today, Tuesday, November 17, his fourth distinctive album of originals that defy easy categorization, the sophisticated and haunting OCHO: eight songs with essences of rock, folk-rock and country in both the lyrics and instrumentation and subtle surprises in each.

Herring and band play a series of shows to introduce the album to longtime fans and new listeners, starting with an in-store performance at Austin’s Waterloo Records & Video on the day of release.

From the first track to the last — including “Young Ones,” “Seemed to Be,” “Little Aches” and “Nothing’s Wrong” — Herring engages audience attention with the twang of his vocals, the mix of contemporary and traditional in electric and steel guitars, lyrics that lament love with modern insight rather than tears, and wry twists that add texture and mystery.

“I wanted it to sound like I’m just sitting in my living room,” says Herring about OCHO. “I wanted something haunting and organic. It’s not country. It’s not rock ’n’ roll. It’s just Collin Herring. It’s music the way I wrote it.”

On the album with Herring, who moved to Austin a year ago, are Centro-matic’s Will Johnson (backup vocals, guitar), Monahans members Roberto Sanchez (percussion) and Britton Beisenherz (bass), and Keith Hanna (bass) — and, as he’s done on his son’s previous three records, Herring’s father, Ben Roi Herring, contributed pedal steel, keyboards and harmony vocals. It was tracked at Beisenherz’s Ramble Creek Studio in Austin and produced by Johnson.

Herring’s first three albums — AVOIDING THE CIRCUS (2002), THE OTHER SIDE OF KINDNESS (2005) and PAST LIFE CRASHING (2008) — earned awards and comparison to a number of other indie genre-benders including Alejandro Escovedo and Drive-By Truckers.

Upcoming shows include:

November 17, Waterloo Records & Video, Austin
November 26, The Moon Bar, Fort Worth
November 28, The Ghost Room, Austin
December 12, Jake’s Back Room, Lubbock
December 16, Mohawk, Austin

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.

CAKE: READYING SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM USING 100% SOLAR ENERGY

CAKE--one of the most principled, enduring, self-reliant, and best-selling artists in post-alternative rock--are currently in the midst of recording their sixth studio album, with an entirely green twist: the new project is being written, rehearsed and recorded entirely with solar power. During the recording process, CAKE is sharing the results with their fans via a set of free ring tones--each based on a song from the upcoming album--released via the band’s mailing list.

Starting today, the first of six ring tones based on brand new album tracks will be released through CAKE’s mailing list. The first ringtone, titled “Long Time,” is only available for download to members of the CAKE mailing list; to sign up, visit: http://cakemusic.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi. Every six weeks, a ringtone for a new CAKE song will be released via e-blast to all mailing list members up until the new album launch in Spring 2010.

Says trumpeter VINCE DIFIORE: “All the parts we've written for a song work symbiotically for the whole; however, some hooks have enough merit on their own to justify offering them as utterly satisfying ring tones." "We weren't sure if people were still even listening to albums,” adds songwriter and lead vocalist JOHN McCREA, “so we thought we might just release ring tones and car commercial music instead. This allows people who own cell phones a chance to sample our wares long before an album is ever released. That's what we know people want. Ring tones." And bassist GABRIEL NELSON says simply: "We are proud to offer high quality, custom crafted ring tones to listeners worldwide."

Recently honored as one of the top 10 “greenest” bands on the planet in a special issue of Billboard, CAKE teamed with Borrego Solar to convert their entire Sacramento recording studio into solar power. The innovative group documented their break away from the city’s energy grid, as illustrated by this video of CAKE’s solar conversion: www.cakemusic.com/solar.html. The group’s decision to record their forthcoming album entirely with solar power was made for both artistic and environmental reasons: “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” says McCREA. “I believe in science, and science is telling us that we need to make adjustments. Living in California, it seemed like a waste not to take advantage of all the free electricity.” DIFIORE chimes in: “We work in the spirit of cooperation, and when there is something like solar energy above your head, there is a little bit more levity added.”

Founded in 1992 and reaching worldwide attention on the strength of their platinum albums Fashion Nugget and Prolonging The Magic, CAKE have been cited by Rolling Stone as creators of “a modern pop that is both mechanized and organic...highly developed and virtually unique.” Highlights in recent years range from raves for their latest studio album Pressure Chief (2004), and a subsequent compilation of unreleased tracks B-sides and Rarities (2007), to major success in concert, including multiple runs of their self-founded ‘Unlimited Sunshine’ tour and solo dates in large theaters and arenas worldwide.

CAKE reissued their first album, Motorcade of Generosity, on June 9th as an enhanced CD. The re-issue includes previously unavailable video footage and limited edition decal. The 180g vinyl version of the album features limited edition poster art and sold out in two days.

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