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BoomBox Headlines RE:Convergence THIS WEEKEND

This weekend, twenty of the nation's best live producers, DJ's and live electronic acts come together for two-nights under the roof of Cervante's and Quixotes for a mind blowing night of music. Featuring a hand selected line up of artists including BoomBox, Ana Sia, DJ Roots and more. You don't want to miss this special event, advance purchase of tickets are encouraged!

Friday November 13th
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom & Quixote’s True Blue
RE:CONVERGENCE
Boombox, Samiyam, Ana Sia, Lazer Sword, Megasoid, Lorn, Two Fresh, Fresh2Death, DJ Rootz, Grown Folks, Dave Seied

Saturday November 14th
CERVANTES Masterpiece Ballroom & Quixote’s True Blue
RE:CONVERGENCE
Boombox, Bluetech, Sexy Time, Blockhead, Evol Intent, Eskmo, Ana Sia, Octopus Nebula, Grown Folks, Jason Sterling

Tickets are available at: www.cervantesmasterpiece.com

Great American Taxi Celebrates Beer and More This Fall

Vince Herman and Chad Staehly are leading their new line-up in the Great American Taxi into an exciting autumn of shows.  Taxi now boasts a solid core line-up after some experimentation with Jim Lewin from Santa Cruz, CA on electric guitars along with Boulder-area players Chris Sheldon on drums and Brian Adams on bass (both toured extensively in the Phish tribute band Phix).  First stop is this weekend to celebrate Boulder Beer’s 30th Anniversary at the Boulder Theater on Friday September 18th with local Denver pickers Oakhurst on support duties.  GAT then heads off west to play a set of their own at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as well as backing up Todd Snider for some of his set the following day.  Snider and Taxi first hooked up in Durango earlier this year and again at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Michigan just this past August.  They will also do a few more dates together in November.  Railroad Earth has also added Taxi onto a few bills in October.  Dates continue to be added so check out www.greatamericantaxi.com for updated info.

September 18 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO with Oakhurst

September 30 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

October 1 - Crystal Bay Club and Casino - Crystal Bay, NV - free show!

October 3 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

October 4 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with Todd Snider

October 7 - tba

October 8 - Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA

October 9 - Catalyst Club - Santa Cruz, CA

October 10 - Hop Monk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA

October 23 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 24 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 26 - Beachland Ballroom and Tavern - Cleveland, OH w/ Railroad Earth

October 27 - Mr. Small’s - Millvale, PA w/ Railroad Earth

October 28 - tba

October 29 - The Barrymore Theater - Madison, WI w/ Railroad Earth

October 30 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Railroad Earth

October 31 - special Halloween show in Peoria, IL details tba

November 3 - tba

November 4 - Victoria’s Midnight Cafe - Columbus, OH

November 5 - Cosmic Charlie’s - Lexington, KY

November 6 - Pisgah Brewing Co. - Black Mountain, NC

November 7 - tba

November 8 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA

November 11 - The Rutledge - Nashville, TN

November 12 - The Copper Dragon - Carbondale, IL

November 13 - tba

November 13 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI w/ Todd Snider

Nathan Moore "Travelin' On" This Fall

Nathan Moore is back on the road in September for the third leg of his "Travelin' On" 2009 tour supporting his latest release, Folk Singer. Upcoming dates include both headline performances and opening slots with the likes of Assembly Of Dust, Shemekia Copeland and Marco Benevento Trio.

 

folk-singer"Since the economy has turned and with the state of the world, people are looking closer to home for things to sustain us. In that sense, the folk singer thrives," says Moore. "I seem to catch people off guard when I am performing, in how they are reacting to me. I think people are poised. Our culture is so accustomed to not having direct connection, people are just jaded enough to be pleasantly surprised by a little folk singer. They come up to me after the show and say 'I wasn't expecting to feel any of that stuff, thank you!'"

 

Nathan Moore has logged many miles since May, toting his bag of tricks from coast-to-coast and giving thousands a peek inside. The Staunton, VA-based singer-songwriter, who's known to also perform magic tricks onstage, and who also fronts the the indie roots band Surprise Me Mr. Davis, performs solo acoustic in the pure folk tradition with just voice, guitar and harmonica at his own shows. The eight tracks on Folk Singer were recorded in the same manner.

 

"Every song I've ever written started with just me and my guitar. It's the point of origin and, in that sense, the purest form of my songs," says Moore. "My reality is, these days, I'm mostly touring alone and it's great to have an album that represents this side of me."

 

Nathan Moore's Travelin' On Tour continues with more dates to be announced shortly:

September 14 |  | Iota Club & Cafe | Arlington, VA
September 18 | Clementine Cafe | Harrisonburg, VA
September  24 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA (w/ AOD/Emmitt Nershi)
September  25 | 92Y Tribeca | New York, NY (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
September 26 | Narrows Center | Fall River, MA (w/ Shemekia Copeland)
September  27 | The Iron Horse | Northampton, MA (w/ Emmitt Nershi)
September  28 | Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
September  29 | Langdon Street Cafe | Montpelier, VT (w/ Joe Adler)
September  30 | Parima | Burlington, VT (w/ Bryan Elijah Smith & Joe Adler)
October 2 | The Note | West Chester, PA (w/ AOD/Emmitt Nershi)
October 4 | Crozet Music Festival | Crozet, VA
October  15 | Purple Fiddle | Thomas, WV
October  28 | Conneticut Yankee | San Francisco, CA
October  29 | Las Tortugas, Dance of the Dead Festival | Groveland, CA
October 13 | Bear Creek Music Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 27 | Mockingbird | Staunton, VA

Tierney Sutton This Week At The Iridium

suttonIn a world of overnight sensations, vocalist Tierney Sutton’s success has come from the road less traveled. A decision in the mid ’90s to move to Southern California from her New England home resulted in a decade-long collaboration with her current band mates. A Wisconsin-born choir girl, unexposed to jazz until college, Sutton eventually found the best of the best – collaborators with their own impressive jazz pedigrees, from Natalie Cole to Diana Krall, from Ray Charles to Randy Brecker – pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. Twelve years and seven critically acclaimed CDs later, Sutton and her longtime band demonstrate what collective consultation and dedicated teamwork can achieve. Reviewers repeatedly say that audiences experience a rare and powerful harmony, achieved by humble performers at the top of their game. The road less traveled in an impatient world. 

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM

WED. THRU SUN. AUGUST 19-23 TIERNEY SUTTON

The Dodos To Release "Time To Die" This Fall

With a title like Time To Die, you might think the Dodos’ third disc is their ‘mature album,’ a deadly serious undertaking punctuated with string sections and synths. Nice try kid, but you’ve got it all wrong. While indie rock’s go-to guy, Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes, The Shins), hopped behind the boards this time, the Dodos’ wildly-percussive style is still centered around two key elements: the punchy percussion of Logan Kroeber and the Fahey-infused finger-picking of frontman Meric Long. Oh sure, you’ll hear a horn blast here and there, but it’s never enough to distract you from the group’s riffs and rolls.

“I’m glad that we were able to keep things simple on this record,” says Long, “Because when your band gets a little popular, there’s this tendency to say things like, ‘Let’s add an orchestra on this one!” That works for some people, but it would detract from this band.”

Indeed, and as right as Long may be, Time To Die introduces one major addition to the Dodos’ creative core: Keaton Snyder, a 21-year-old music school dropout who plays a mean vibraphone. As Long puts it, “He’s a better musician than Logan and I combined. I don’t even know what’s going on with his music theory ideas half the time.” On a similar note, Snyder—a classically-trained musician—is constantly learning what ‘being in a band’ entails. In fact, he didn’t even know how to react when a chord was yanked during his Dodos debut. “After the show,” says Long, “he was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve never had to plug anything in before.’ It was hilarious.”

All jokes aside, you’d never know Snyder was the Dodos’ third man without looking at the new album’s liner notes. Not because he’s missing in action half the time; he’s just locked in step with Long’s steady-handed strumming and Kroeber’s canon-like beats. That, and Snyder’s actual sound/physical presence isn’t all that different than the visceral elements explored on the Dodos’ previous two albums, 2006’s Beware of the Maniacs and the band’s buzz-stirring breakthrough, 2008’s Visiter.

“The vibraphone is pretty crazy and loud,” says Long, “and if you put it through some effects, you can make it sound like a guitar or synthesizer. It still has that element of something you’re hitting, though, which is central to how Logan and I play our instruments.”

That’s the thing about Time To Die: It expands the Dodos’ Ginsu-sharp sound without smothering it. It’s not the death of everything you adored about the duo; it’s a rebirth, revealing some serious career standouts (the widescreen payoff of “Small Deaths,” the string-and-drum spasms of “Longform,” the delicate/distorted dynamics of Snyder’s “Troll Nacht” parts) along the way.  Which isn’t a surprise when you hear how many months they spent writing the damn thing earlier this year.

“After Visiter, we had a lot of options for which direction to go,” says Long, “But I knew we wanted to make a rock record. Being an acoustic band—primarily, at least—sort of works against this idea, but Phil’s production showcased that side of our band.”

Harlem Shakes LP Release Party This Thurs. At Williamsburg Hall Of Music

Harlem Shakes as we know it were born in 2006, after an earlier incarnation of the band went to college and went nuts. Lexy still sings lead, and Brent still plays the drums (and drum machine), but now Kendrick plays keyboards, Jose plays bass, and Todd plays guitar. Everyone sings.  Harlem Shakes have toured with Deerhoof, Vampire Weekend, and Beirut, and opened for Wire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arctic Monkeys, and various other famous bands with animal names. Burning Birthdays, the band's self-released debut EP, came out in 2007 to wide acclaim, earning generous praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, AllMusic, Stylus, The Village Voice, and the blogs. Pitchfork complimented their "frenetic clip of hooks," and sometime Magnetic Field-er LD Beghtol of The Voice called them "lethally charming" and one of "the Best of New York." The band is sure that all this good luck must come at some kind of lurking, damning cost.

After extensive touring and a bit of schooling, the band got back together with Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Passion Pit, White Rabbits) to record their first full-length album, Technicolor Health. The result is one of the most quietly ambitious pop albums in ages. Much like Blur fused English pop traditions and contemporary sonics to forge Brit Pop, Harlem Shakes meld the Great American Songbook with unmistakably contemporary textures, creating what one might call "Am Pop." Influences as disparate as the Band, Randy Newman, Carlos Santana and Spank Rock inform the soundscapes, but the vibe is too coherent to be called eclectic. Technicolor Health invokes the synthesized Latin percussion that plays outside the band's apartments every night as they're trying to fall asleep, and the classic rock radio they listen to with hilarious regularity. These are social songs: instruments meander, trade off lines, and counter each other's rhythms and melodies, but ultimately they come together again on the chorus, or in an ecstatic outro or bridge, for a singalong family dinner. Harlem Shakes also have an unapologetically literary lilt; writers like Leonard Michaels, Wislawa Szymborska, and David Berman echo in Lexy's lyrics.

Technicolor Health was made after and during some tough times (involving serious sickness) for the band. The record captures the weary, hopeful, and sometimes triumphal vibe of that period in their lives. Above all, the album is about surviving abject shittiness. But it's also about what new-wave bands and new-wave revival bands call, "modern life," as lived by five thoughtful men in their early and mid-twenties during a weird, sometimes miserable, mostly thrilling historical moment. Harlem Shakes have been obsessed by pop music their whole lives, and after all the reiterations, they still have great faith in its power to make you and them feel a little better about things, and to say something vital, and God willing, maybe even enduring.

Ian Anderson on Tour this Fall

Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull will be touring this October and November in the United States. Ian is inviting a number of guests from the jazz, classical, rock, and world music world to share the stage for this eclectic acoustic tour.

Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing. In addition to classical flute, he also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures, which are an integral part of most of the Jethro Tull repertoire.

When not touring with Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson appears more and more frequently in solo concerts with a variety of line-ups from the music world, including orchestral.

For the 2009 Ian Anderson Plays The Acoustic Jethro Tull, his band includes jazz artists: bassist David Goodier (Jethro Tull) and Mark Mondasir (John McLaughlin). Classical musician John O'Hara, who also plays keyboards and accordion with Jethro Tull will be joining the line up, as will German Rock and Flamenco guitarist Florian Opahle.  Ian will have a range of other guests on this tour. 

As a solo artist, Ian Anderson has recorded four diverse solo albums in his career: Walk into Light (1983), the flute instrumental Divinities (1995) which reached number one on the Billboard Classical chart, and the more recently recorded acoustic collections of songs, The Secret Language of Birds (2000), and Rupi’s Dance (2003).

In 2006, he was awarded a Doctorate in Literature from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, the Ivor Award for International Achievement in Music and, in the New Years Honours List 2008, an MBE for services to music. In 2008 he celebrated 40 years as a recording and performing musician.

OCT
6      Milwaukee      Pabst Theater 
7      Chicago           Vic Theatre 
9      Schenectady, NY      Proctor's Theatre 
10      Worcester, MA      Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts  11      Ledyard, CT      Foxwoods Resort - MGM Grand 
13      New York      Beacon Theatre
15      Baltimore, MD      Lyric Opera House 
16      Glenside, PA      Keswick Theater
17      Red Bank, NJ      Count Basie Theatre
18      Wallingford, CT      Chevrolet Theatre

NOV            
3      Phoenix, AZ      Dodge Theatre 
5      Anaheim, CA      The Grove of Anaheim 
6      Los Angeles      The Wiltern 
9      San Francisco      The Warfield Theatre 
13      Portland, OR      Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall -
14      Seattle, WA      Moore Theatre 

http://www.jethrotull.com

This Friday starts Gene Ween Band US Southeast tour

weenCome on out and see Gene Ween and his band, doing some new songs, some ween songs, and some freaky covers. His all-star band features Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz, guitarist Scott Metzger and drummer Joe Russo.

 

Friday, March 20
Cat's Cradle
300 E Main St
Carrboro, NC
w/opening act Torch Marauder
www.etix.com



Saturday, March 21
Neighborhood Theater
511 East 36th St
Charlotte, NC
w/opening act The Loners
www.neighborhoodtheatre.com


Sunday, March 22
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA
(an Evening with GWB)

www.ticketalternative.com


Tuesday, March 24
Exit/In
2208 Elliston Pl
Nashville, TN
w/opening act The Mattoid
www.exitin.com


Wednesday, March 25
40 Watt
285 W Washington St.
Athens, GA
w/opening act Timmy Tumble
www.40watt.com


Thursday, March 26
Orange Peel
101 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC
w/opening act
Shake It Like a Caveman
http://theorangepeel.net

PHIX to play TWO shows in Denver this weekend

Paul from Phix- for the Grateful Web

Ever since Phish announced their reunion, our heads have been FILLED with Phishy thoughts.  We've been digging back through our collections and listening to all of the old shows with a renewed love for the music.  And though rumors abound regarding some Phish shows in Colorado this summer, nothing has been announced yet.  And we are well aware that, as lucky as a couple of us are to be going to Hampton next month, MOST folks here in Colorado didn't get so lucky and will have to miss out.  So we thought, what the hell, let's play a couple of PHIX shows here in Denver...it'll be a little warm-up for the reunion shows and the summer tour, a little Phix for those who can't be there for whatever reason.  And it'll most definitely be a blast, and a great chance to get together with all of our friends who we don't see so often these days...

We should also add that we have opening acts on both nights, both of which feature Phix bass beeyotch Brian Adams, the hardest-working bassist in Colorado.  On Friday 2/13, the band is Ethereal Plane, featuring Patrick Latella on guitar and some outstanding funky, fusiony jams.  On Sat. 2/14, the opener is Magnolia Row, a wonderful bluegrass band featuring excellent musicianship and beautiful vocal harmonies.  We think you'll really enjoy both bands, and we hope you'll get there early both nights to hear them play.  Music will get going by 9:30, if not earlier, and Phix will take the stage by 10:45 or so both evenings.

We look forward to seeing our Colorado friends and family at these shows, and we thank everyone for all the support you have given us over the years.  It'll probably be a while before you get another e-mail from us, since these are the only Phix shows we have on the calendar.  We don't know what the future holds for Phix, but we have been very thankful for the opportunities we have had to get back together over the last year or so, and it may still happen again in the future...but meanwhile, we're all looking forward to getting out to see the real deal this spring and summer, and we hope to bump into some of you at the shows.  

The Walkmen Play Conan O'Brien This Monday Jan. 26th

The Walkmen- for the Grateful Web

The Walkmen play Conan O'Brien this Monday January 26th.  The Walkmen make 25 top year end lists including NPR & Pitchfork Media. The Walkmen are currently on a west coast tour.  And their new album, Now/You and Me is out now on Gigantic Music.

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Pitchfork: #19 Album Of The Year
Pitchfork track of the year: #26 (In the New Year)
Pitchfork.Tv performance: Best of '08 (along with others)
Pitchfork readers poll: #13
Pitchfork readers poll, songs: #15 (In The New Year)
Gorilla vs Bear Chris: #8
Gorilla vs Bear David: #3
Gorilla vs Bear Chris (In the New Year, song): #4
Gorilla vs. Bear David (Donde esta la playa, song): #1
Hype Machine [Zeitgeist] best albums: #16
MTV (James Montgomery's top 25 list): #22
Myspace feature: one of the 50 best albums of 08
NPR World Cafe: #9
The Onion AV Club: #3
The Orchard: #8
Popmatters.com: #22
Stereogum (gummy awards): #10
Time Out NY (Colin St. John, Music Writer's personal list): #1
Tiny Mix Tapes: #18
Tripwire: #12
Treble Zine: #6
Under the Radar: #36
Underrated Magazine: #36
Venus Magazine: #3 (Best Rock Albums)
WOXY: #15