Boris Garcia: Today We Sail

Dear Music Friend of mine:

As we all know, bands with genuine musicians have a life cycle. No matter their level of chops, they start as beginners with lots of energy and perhaps less of the subtle judgment skills that great musicians have -- the ability to listen to each other, the ability to know when not to play.

And if they don’t fall into the snares of ego and delusion, they grow. They listen more, both to other music and each other, and they hear more (two different things!), and they reach a higher level.

Boris Garcia is the band that just fell together, and now with Today We Sail, three CDs later, they’re playing at a place that’s ever richer, ever more creative. The simple acoustic feel of their first work has become much more varied: a case in point is “Walking Barefoot,” which begins with a hard-edged rock sound that becomes lovely mandolins and then almost sounds like a full orchestra – an effect they get from just a very few strings (Producer Tim Carbone’s fiddle and Bud Burroughs’ mandolin) – amazing. And Bob Stirner’s lyrics are getting deeper, more evocative: “I’m not indifferent much or maybe, surely, I’ll be on my way, I’ll be on my way/You can’t see Santa if you don’t believe, I’ll be on my way…”

Jeff Otto’s whimsicality maintains its strength here, with “Song Dog” and “Deaf Dumb and Blind” – “But why can’t I see, that love’s for fools and I’m a fool so love’s for me” – but the playing is truly impressive, with piano punctuations sliding against the pedal steel – very hip, very deft. In fact, Chip Desnoyers’ pedal steel (with mandolin in “Song Dog”) is all over Today We Sail, and it’s powerful stuff.

Boris’ songs range from the power rock chords of “Mighty High,” which comes across as almost Springsteenish to me, to “Long Black Hair,” which takes me to “Long Black Veil,” to “Good Home,” which is a sweet love song that opens into a grand psychedelic guitar jam. And lots more.

They’re all over the musical map, but in this case it’s a good thing.

My, how the kids have grown.

Press: D. McNally, dennismcnally@mac.com

Today We Sail is available from www.borisgarcia.com or www.amazon.com

Jóhann Jóhannson To Release The Miners Hymns June 7th

Icelandic composer/arranger/electronics-manipulator Jóhann Jóhannson’s first release for FatCat, The Miners’ Hymns, is the score to an exciting collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison (best known for his masterpiece Decasia, heralded by the Village Voice as “the most widely-acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siecle”). Their film/music project treats the history of Northeast England’s mining community using gorgeous found footage and a brass-based score, which moves from dark and brooding minimalism to moments of rousing transcendence. The Miners’ Hymns album will be released in the U.S. on June 7.

Centered around the Durham coalfield in Northeast England, The Miners’ Hymns film focuses on the hardships of pit work, the powerful role trade unions have historically played in bettering the lives of miners, and the trade unions’ battles with police during the famous 1984 strikes. The film was initially commissioned for Durham County (UK) Council’s International Brass Festival, which incorporated the annual Miners’ Gala into a program celebrating the cultural history of mining with a strong focus on the regional tradition of colliery brass bands. It was created from BFI, BBC, and other archival footage and produced by British artist organization Forma. Immaculately edited, and almost entirely in black-and-white, the film intercuts footage spanning the past 100 years, serving, as Jóhannson puts it, as “a kind of requiem for a disappearing industry, but also a celebration of the culture, life, and struggle of coal miners.”

The Miners’ Hymns marks a welcome return to brass instrumentation for Jóhannson, whose recent work has paired his electronics primarily with strings. Performed and record live by a sixteen-piece brass ensemble (whose ranks included players in the current incarnation of a brass band started by miners in 1877) led by Iceland’s Gudni Franzson, the score is at times lamenting, lyrical, almost droning; elsewhere led by sweepingly triumphant chords and pulse-quickening crescendo. Combined with the ensemble and the huge Durham Cathedral organ, Jóhannson’s own subtle electronics peek through gaps in the score like shafts of life through the church’s stained-glass windows, adding quiet, otherworldly brightness.

The beautifully-packaged CD release of The Miners’ Hymns includes liner notes giving an overview of the historical importance of brass band music in the history of English coalmining and the rise of trade unions, as well as archival photos, film stills, and shots of the recorded performance inside the great Cathedral.

Jóhannson's music has also recently been used for film in a quite different context, soundtracking a much talked-about trailer for the blockbuster film Battle: Los Angeles; watch the trailer here.

The Miners’ Hymns is a featured selection of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Jóhann Jóhannson will be touring later this year in support of the album.

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The Miners’ Hymns at Tribeca Film Festival:

4/22 – Clearview Chelsea 5 (7:00 pm)

4/25 – Clearview Chelsea 9 (7:30 pm)

4/28 – Clearview Chelsea 8 (12:45 pm)

The Miners’ Hymns Tracklisting:

1. They Being Dead yet Speaketh

2. An Injury To One Is The Concern Of All

3. Freedom From Want and Fear

4. There is No Safe Side but the Side of Truth

5. Industrial and Provident, We Unite to Assist Each Other

6. The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World

Company of Thieves Announce New Album, On Tour w/ The Whigs

The Chicago-based band Company of Thieves has announced the release of their new album, Running From A Gamble, due out via Wind-up Records on May 17th. To celebrate, the band is offering up a free MP3 from the album, in the form of the amazing track “Modern Waste.”

Running From A Gamble is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Ordinary Riches. Produced by Rob Schnapf, the 13-track album was written primarily by lead singer Genevieve Schatz and guitar player Marc Walloch.  Of the album, Genevieve says, “The album is a coming of age adventure about the mysterious, passionate and painful transition from dependence and enchantment to autonomy and awareness.”  The first single off Running From A Gamble will be “Death of Communication,” which hits radio this month.

Ordinary Riches was released in 2009 and landed at #5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.  The band landed a spot on Last Call with Carson Daly where they performed their hit single “Oscar Wilde.”  The band has built a massive fanbase from non-stop touring, performing headlining dates and also opening for bands such as OK Go and The Hold Steady, followed by duets with Daryl Hall on his hit show, “Live From Daryl’s House.”

Reviews of the album and live performances were nothing but positive.  Entertainment Weekly raved, “Thanks to Genevieve Schatz’s consistently gutsy soul-chick vocals and her bandmates’ energetic arrangement…their technique can’t be denied.” Yahoo! exclaimed, “Hands down, one of the best debut albums of 2007.” The band is in the midst of a national tour with The Whigs.

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Download the FREE MP3 “Modern Waste” HERE

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Upcoming Tour Dates (w/ The Whigs)

04/05 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
04/06 – Norfolk, VA – The Jewish Mother Backstage
04/07 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House
04/13 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
04/14 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
04/15 – Whitesburg, KY – Summit City Lounge
04/17 – Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox
04/25 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Café
04/26 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
04/27 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway Nightclub
04/28 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
04/29 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House
04/30 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/01 – Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
06/26 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival (w/ Daryl Hall, John Oates)

The Wailers & Duane Stephenson Tour Starts this Week!

The Wailers, the world’s most celebrated reggae group in the world, are getting back to their roots with their new 3-singer line-up when they embark on their 2011 U.S. Tour.  The new line-up includes Yvad, Koolant and Danglin as well as original member and the band’s musical director Aston “Familyman” Barrett. The band will be using the tour to bring attention to their new single “A Step For Mankind“ which was written by Duane Stephenson specifically for the World Food Programme.  They will be donating unused funds from the band’s hospitality riders directly to the United Nations’ World Food Program to help stop world hunger.

“A Step for Mankind,” recorded in Jamaica specifically for Oniric Records’ Solution for Dreamers: Season 3 is the band’s first studio song in more than 16 years. The band have been supporting the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) efforts to eradicate hunger throughout the world.  The new song calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger. The band is joined on the track by the Wailers’ new singer Koolant,a fresh talent from the heart of St. Thomas known for blazing a positive future for reggae music with his work. The track also introduces Dr Dre protégé Bishop Lamont, an up-and-coming rapper, who contributes a magical flow in the track’s breakdown.  Graced by the Wailers’ undeniably distinctive groove, “A Step for Mankind” is a small taste of more music forthcoming from the legendary group.

Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers are one of the most successful reggae bands of all time, selling 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. Wailers’ bass player Aston “Familyman” Barrett  is recognized throughout the world as the architect of reggae.  A revered innovator, he joined The Wailers in 1969, quickly becoming singer-songwriter Bob Marley’s right-hand man and musical director. On record and on stage, his inimitable style became an essential part of the Wailers’ sound. Following Marley’s death in 1981, “Fams” took the reins as the band’s leader, spearheading performances to adoring crowds the world over, as well as the band’s involvement with the fight against global hunger.

Duane Stephenson recognized one of reggae’s most talented sons, is promoting the release of his latest album, “Black Gold”, and is joining the tour as special guest. This is Stephenson’s sophomore album, following the top-selling “August Town”.  He is also the writer behind “A Step for Mankind” which he will be performing on tour with the Wailers at each performance.  His new 15-track studio album with 14 original songs and is riding high in the charts sees Stephenson working with legendary reggae producer, Dean Fraser, the mastermind behind the majority of production on Black Gold.

Black Gold encompasses Stephenson's growth mentally, emotionally, and musically. From ballads to roots reggae, his musical skills and heartfelt sentiments on this album will resonate with reggae fans and be sure to gain him new ones. Such is the quality of Black Gold , Steve 'Flash' Juon of Rapreviews.com raves that “...so powerful is his vocal tone and the diaphragm which pushes it out over the microphone that almost every word will make perfect sense to even the most jaded listener who thinks they can't understand Caribbean music...”

“For more than forty years, The Wailers have been about spreading a positive message to our audiences,” says Fams. “With the World Food Programme’ campaign, we want to get the word out beyond the audience – so even if these people can’t feel it musically, they can feel it spiritually. I can’t think of a better way to give thanks for forty years in the Wailers than giving back to the people.”

The Wailers continue their relentless touring schedule bringing their message of peace and “one love” to their audiences worldwide.  They will be spreading their message throughout the U.S. in 2011.

“A Step for Mankind” is available at iTunes with ALL proceeds from the song going towards the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to help stop world hunger.

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2011 Tour Dates

04 April – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL

05 April – Tipitina’s – New Orleans, LA

06 April – Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX

08 April – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

09 April – Spring Break Breckenridge – Breckenridge, CO

09 April – Belly Up – Aspen, CO

10 April – Steamboat Springs Ski Area – Steamboat Springs, CO

11 May – The Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC

12 May – Cox Capital Theatre – Macon, GA

13 May – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL

14 May – House of Blues – N. Myrtle Beach, SC

17 May – Kelly’s – Nags Head, NC

18 May – Innsbrook After Hours – Glen Allen, VA

19 May – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA

20 May – Chesapeake Jubilee Festival – Chesapeake, VA

21 May – Recher Theatre – Towson, MD

25 May – World Café @ The Queen – Wilmington, DE

26 May – Oneonta Theatre – Oneonta, NY

27 May – Seneca Niagara Casino – Niagara Falls, NY

29 May – Freedom Weekend Aloft – Simpsonville, SC

03 June – Surf Club – Ortley Beach, NJ

01 July – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Biloxi, MS

05 July – Milwaukee Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI

22 July – Sessions Music and Food Fest – Salem, OR

23-24 July – Alyeska Resort – Girdwood, AK

28 July – Wanderlust Festival – Lake Tahoe, CA

06 August – Gaia Festival – Laytonville, CA

13 August – Pacific Ampitheatre – Costa Mesa, CA

The Chain Gang of 1974 Set To Release Wayward Fire June 21

After self-releasing two albums over the past several years and receiving early praise from the likes of SPIN, The FADER, RCRD LBL, Brooklyn Vegan, and more, The Chain Gang of 1974 is ready to break out with Wayward Fire! Set for release June 21st on Modern Art, this is an album as restless as The Chain Gang of 1974’s White Guts, an album which funneled three years of instrument-swapping, sample-splicing experience into a lean focused listen, but it melds the standout moments from that release into something wholly new and realized. In creating this new album, The Chain Gang of 1974’s genre-jumping singer/multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager moved from Denver to Los Angeles, severed the ties of the two-year relationship that fueled Wayward Fire, and raised the curtain on what’s next, proving that this particular film has just begun.

On Wayward Fire, the laser-guided synth lines of “Undercover” and the rather epic “Hold On”—crowd pleasers that hint at everything from LCD Soundsystem to Talking Heads—make perfect sense alongside such shifting soundscapes as the shimmering keys of “Don’t Walk Away,” the hands-in-the-air hooks of “Taste of Heaven,” and the choruses that cut through the rain clouds in “Matter of Time.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Mohager balances his minor-key melodies with bold, bloodletting lyrics.

In the lead up to this release, The Chain Gang of 1974 will play select dates on the west coast with Jamaica. Dates are below.

Born in San Jose and raised in Hawaii, Mohager spent his first 13 years playing inline hockey and dreaming of being drafted by the NHL. He was surrounded by music growing up, but not the Beatles or anything of that nature – more along the lines of the Persian records his parents played all the time, leaving he and his brothers to discover everything on their own. His thoughts officially shifted to music soon after a move to Colorado, all thanks to the sinking feeling he felt after seeing the final scene in Real Genius. That’d be the part where “Everybody Wants To Rule the World” kicks in, tugging at the audience’s collective heartstrings like only the finest Reagan era records can.

The Chain Gang of 1974 Tour Dates:

Sat. April 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

Tue. April 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Jamaica

Thu. April 28 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/ Jamaica

Fri. April 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos w/ Jamaica

Sat. April 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club w/ Jamaica

Sat. June 11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre w/ Candy Claws, Bad Weather California, Fellow Citizens

Vanity Theft Announces New Single, Launches Remix Contest

Ohio’s hard-rockin’ quartet Vanity Theft has been hard at work lately- the band is fresh off a nationwide tour with Hunter Valentine, which culminated with several SXSW shows and now a four week residency at Los Angeles’ famed Club Moscow, being the first band in over four years to be invited to a residency there. Their full-length album Get What You Came For came out on March 1st via Vigilante Music/Adamant Records, and now they’re happy to share the news of a new single and remix contest for their fans!

They’ll be releasing the “Rattle Rattle” single on April 26th, which will include remixes by HOUSES, Jesse Christenson and Tiny Bill. On top of that, the band is launching a remix/mashup contest in conjunction with Laptoprockers.com.

The contest lasts from March 30-May 20th- here’s a note from Laptoprockers regarding their partnership with Vanity Theft:

“Laptoprockers are very happy to have Vanity Theft aboard for this remix contest. With five sexy songs to remix, this is our biggest contest to date! Thanks to Ableton and D16 Group Audio Software there are great prizes to win, while the best remixes are eligible for inclusion on Vanity Theft's remix album due out this Summer. Not to mention the bonus prize for the best Vanity Theft mashup! Who needs a bigger challenge for Spring?"

Here’s a little more background on Laptoprockers:

Since their inception in 2006 Laptoprockers are shaking the web with remix contests, remix contests and more remix contests. With their comprehensive remix contest listing, Laptoprockers are the longest running independent remix contest resource webwide. Other daily topics include interviews, album reviews and anything related to music (making) in the digital domain. We Are Laptoprockers!

Fans can enter the contest here, so feel free to spread the love!

Download the FREE MP3 of “Rattle Rattle” HERE | And Chrissy Murderbot’s “Limb From Limb” Remix HERE

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Vanity Theft Tour Dates:

March 30 – Hollywood, CA – Club Moscow
April 6 – Hollywood, CA – Club Moscow
April 9 – Las Vegas, NC – Bunkhouse
April 11 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
April 13 – Hollywood, CA – Club Moscow
April 15 – Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Waters
April 20 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
April 22 – Bloomington, IN – Bear’s
April 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Mainstay Rock Bar
April 28 – St. Louis, MO – Cicero’s
April 30 – Bowling Green, KY - WWHR Music Festival

Younger Brother release third studio album, Vaccine, on 4/26/11

This spring, pioneering musician/producer/composer/DJ Simon Posford offers up the release of Younger Brother's scintillating new album Vaccine. Vaccine (April 26, 2011/SCI Fidelity Records) is the third album by Younger Brother, in which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell. Look for select Younger Brother U.S. tour dates in April; the complete list of dates is included below.

Vaccine is Younger Brother’s boldest release to date, and marks a notable evolution from the band's electronic origins by embracing melodic song structures and organic instrumental sounds. Vaccine sounds like no other record ever made, marrying top-quality, stadium-size songcraft to the pulsing beats and sound palette of full-tilt electronic music.

Featuring Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits) on bass, Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past) on guitar and Joe Russo (who also plays in the Grateful Dead spin-off act Furthur) on drums, the nine-song collection offers expansive, anthemic songs, each molded with Younger Brother’s unique digital process. The result: songs that warrant radio airplay just as much as dance floor action.

The U.S. release of Vaccine coincides with Posford’s other current project: the highly anticipated “Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience.” For this massive run of Shpongle “Hybrid” DJ dates, Posford reveals his brand-new "Decks, FX & 101" show made up of an arsenal of turntables, synths, and effects units. The elaborately staged multi-media presentation, which Posford describes as a "maelstrom of beauty and surprise," will raise the bar on Shpongle's longstanding reputation for providing mind-bending, fully immersive multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experiences.

Younger Brother tour dates - with Posford (synth/guitar), Vaughan (Ableton / synth) and Campbell (vocals) joined by Matt White on guitar, Chris Borud on bass and Nikolaj Bjerre on drums - are as follows:

Apr 6 - Bourbon St. Baltimore, MD w/ Jesters of Kindness, Elemental
Apr 7 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY w/ guests TBA
Apr 8 - TLA Philadelphia, PA w/ Conspirator
Apr 9 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO w/ Prometheus, Inspired Flight, and Human Agency

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Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience tour dates are as follows:

April 12 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV w/ Random Rab, Psilogod
April 13 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR w/ Random Rab
April 14 - Arcata Theater - Arcata, CA w/ Random Rab
April 16 - Coachella - Indio, CA
April 20 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO w/ Random Rab
April 21 - Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO (DJ Set) w/ Random Rab
April 22 - Spring Back to Vail - Vail, CO
April 23 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
April 25 – The Granada - Lawrence, KS w/ Random Rab
April 26 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI w/ Random Rab
April 28 – Club Zoo - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Random Rab
April 29 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY w/ Random Rab, Pax Effex
April 30 - Best Buy Theater - NYC, NY w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
May 3 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC w/ Random Rab
May 4 - Pearl Street Nightclub - Northampton, MA w/ Random Rab
May 5 - Royale - Boston, MA w/ Random Rab
May 6 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT w/ Random Rab
May 9 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO w/ Random Rab, Tom Foolery, Clandestine
May 11 - Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO w/ Random Rab
May 12 – The Rave - Milwaukee, WI w/ Random Rab
May 13 - Epic Event Center - Minneapolis, MN w/ Random Rab
May 14 - Congress Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Random Rab, Excision
May 18 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY w/ Random Rab
May 19 -Valarium - Knoxville, TN w/ Random Rab
May 20 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC w/ Random Rab
May 21 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Random Rab
May 25 - State Theatre - Portland, ME
May 26 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NJ (DJ Set)
May 27 - The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
May 29 - B.O.M.B. Fest - Danbury, CT
June 1 - Lyric Oxford - Oxford, MS w/ Random Rab
June 2 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Ozark, AK
June 3 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA w/ Random Rab
June 10 - House Of Blues - Orlando, FL w/ Random Rab
June 11 - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL w/ Random Rab
June 17 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA w/ Random Rab
July 2 - Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI
July 17 - Motion Notion Festival – Alberta, Canada

Purchase a ticket in advance of any Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience shows from www.wantickets.com/shpongle, and receive a link and password to download 3 of Random Rab's albums for free! (Or, forward your ticket receipt to randomrabmusic@gmail.com)

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Rex Foundation releases The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia

On Tuesday March 29, 2011 the Rex Foundation will release 12 tracks from The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia. Recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco, this special live album features some of Garcia’s oldest cohorts playing some of his most well-known songs.

Hosted by the Rex Foundation at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium on December 4, 2010, the benefit concert entitled “The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia” was a historic night. Among the evening’s unique music experiences was the bringing together of Jesse McReynolds, Peter Rowan and David Nelson.

McReynolds, Rowan, and Nelson each shared a deep connection with Garcia dating back to the early 1960s. In 1962, when Jerry Garcia began playing the banjo and exploring bluegrass music, he formed a band called the Hart Valley Drifters with David Nelson on guitar. In 1964, as part of his bluegrass pilgrimage through the American South, Jerry sought out the even-then legendary bluegrass musicians “Jim and Jesse” (McReynolds). Garcia held Jesse’s mandolin playing and music in high esteem for many more years to come. In 1969, as the Grateful Dead released Aoxomoxoa, Jerry was also collaborating with other musical friends. He reconnected with David Nelson and John “Marmaduke” Dawson to form New Riders of the Purple Sage. He formed another bluegrass band, Old and in the Way, with David Grisman, John Kahn, Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements. Coming full circle, in October 2010, McReynolds released Songs of the Grateful DeadA Tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, collaborating with none other than David Nelson.

At the December 4th benefit event, the featured artists, along with members of their respective bands, which included Garrett McReynolds, Steve Thomas, Jody Stecher, Keith Little, Paul Knight, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, John Molo, Mookie Siegel, and special guest Matt Butler of The Everyone Orchestra, had the exceptional opportunity to play Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter and traditional American roots songs together.

Following the show many people noted that this remarkable music should be made available to those who could not attend, as well as to extend the reach of the benefit to provide additional charitable support to the Rex Foundation. On Tuesday March 29, 2011 this will be the case with downloads and CDs available from nugs.net for all to enjoy. As a special bonus, nugs.net is offering a free album listening party during the week of the release exclusively at nugs.net/wheel.

The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia Track List is as follows:

1. Black Muddy River
2. Ripple
3. Deep Elem Blues
4. Peggy-0
5. Friend of the Devil
6. Alabama Getaway
7. Standing on the Moon
8. Franklin’s Tower
9. Casey Jones
10. Dark Hollow
11. The Wheel
12. Cumberland Blues

The compilation will be available beginning March 29, 2011 in the following formats:
·MP3, FLAC, and Apple Lossless downloads at nugs.net/wheel
·iTunes download
·CD only available at nugs.net/wheel

About Rex Foundation:
Furthering what Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead started 27 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities, and educating children and adults. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. Visit www.rexfoundation.org for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.

Boulder Roots & Blues Summit | 5/13 - 5/15

These are just a few of the names that will play the First Annual Boulder Roots & Blues Summit, May 13-15, in historic Boulder, Colorado.  The Fox & Boulder theaters are excited to host a taste of the roots & blues between two venues for three days of live music by some of the finest musicians in the industry.  Join us at the Boulder Theater each day for the early shows, and then move to the Fox Theatre for the late-night shows.

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The initial lineup is as follows:

Friday, May 13:

Lucinda Williams w/ Special Guest at the Boulder Theater

Doors:  6:30 PM

Show:   7:30 PM

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Saturday, May 14:

Leon Russell w/ Janiva Magness at the Boulder Theater

Doors:  6:30 PM

Show:  7:30 PM

Davy Knowles at the Fox Theatre

Doors:  9:30 PM

Show:  10:30 PM

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Sunday, May 15:

Sheryl Crow at the Boulder Theater

Doors:  7:00 PM

Show:  8:00 PM

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VIP Roots & Blues Summit Pass available Now for $325:

-       Receive entry to all shows at the Fox & Boulder Theater May 13 – 15

-       VIP Entrance to all shows

-       Reserved seating for all shows at the Boulder Theater

-       Reserved balcony for all shows at the Fox Theatre

-       Limited edition 1st Annual Roots & Blues Summit silk screen poster

-       Limited edition 1st Annual Roots & Blues Summit t-shirt

-       10% off at George’s Food & Drink attached to the Boulder Theater May 13 – 15

Simon Posford Brings The Shpongletron Experience & Younger Brother to the US

Pioneering musician/producer/composer/DJ Simon Posford storms the U.S. this spring and summer with a massive run of Shpongle “Hybrid” DJ dates, debuting the highly anticipated “Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience.” For this tour, Posford reveals his brand-new "Decks, FX & 101" show made up of an arsenal of turntables, synths, and effects units. The tour coincides with the release of Younger Brother’s studio release, Vaccine. Vaccine is the third release for which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell.

The Shpongletron Experience's extended trek across the U.S.A. begins April 12 and will run into July, including performances at such festivals as the Coachella Music and Art Festival, Electric Forest, Wakarusa and others. For the tour, the brand new Shpongle Hybrid DJ show finds Posford on turntables with his vintage analog Roland SH 101 and live synth effects. The complete list of tour dates is included below.

The elaborately staged multi-media presentation, which Posford describes as a "maelstrom of beauty and surprise," can be expected to raise the bar on Shpongle's longstanding reputation for providing mind-bending, fully immersive multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experiences. The shows will incorporate The Shpongletron, a pyramid-like 18-foot structure (designed by Coast II Coast Entertainment and VJ Zebbler specifically for this tour) which will blast audiences with four levels of psychedelic mayhem, along with dancers, multiple video screens and a live DJ set by Posford. Posford will also showcase tracks off the recently released Shpongle EP The God Particle. Random Rab will open the shows.

The Shpongletron Experience tour coincides with the versatile Londoner's other current project: the release of Younger Brother's scintillating new album Vaccine. Vaccine (April 26, 2011/SCI Fidelity Records) is the third album by Younger Brother, in which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell. The album, which features Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits) on bass, Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past) on guitar and Joe Russo (who also plays in the Grateful Dead spin-off act Furthur) on drums, marks a notable evolution from the band's electronic origins, embracing melodic song structures and organic instrumental sounds.

A “U.K.” lineup of Younger Brother tours select U.S. cities this April - with Posford (synth/guitar), Vaughan (Ableton / synth) and Campbell (vocals) joined by Matt White on guitar, Chris Borud on bass and Nikolaj Bjerre on drums.

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Younger Brother tour dates are as follows:

Apr 6 - Bourbon St. Baltimore, MD w/ Jesters of Kindness, Elemental
Apr 7 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY w/ guests TBA
Apr 8 - TLA Philadelphia, PA w/ Conspirator
Apr 9 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO
w/ Prometheus, Inspired Flight, and Human Agency

Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience tour dates are as follows:

April 12 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV w/ Random Rab, Psilogod
April 13 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR w/ Random Rab
April 14 - Arcata Theater - Arcata, CA w/ Random Rab
April 16 - Coachella - Indio, CA
April 20 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO w/ Random Rab
April 21 - Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO (DJ Set) w/ Random Rab
April 22 - Spring Back to Vail - Vail, CO
April 23 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
April 25 – The Granada - Lawrence, KS w/ Random Rab
April 26 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI w/ Random Rab
April 28 – Club Zoo - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Random Rab
April 29 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY w/ Random Rab, Pax Effex
April 30 - Best Buy Theater - NYC, NY w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
May 3 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC w/ Random Rab
May 4 - Pearl Street Nightclub - Northampton, MA w/ Random Rab
May 5 - Royale - Boston, MA w/ Random Rab
May 6 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT w/ Random Rab
May 9 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO w/ Random Rab, Tom Foolery, Clandestine
May 11 - Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO w/ Random Rab
May 12 – The Rave - Milwaukee, WI w/ Random Rab
May 13 - Epic Event Center - Minneapolis, MN w/ Random Rab
May 14 - Congress Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Random Rab, Excision
May 18 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY w/ Random Rab
May 19 -Valarium - Knoxville, TN w/ Random Rab
May 20 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC w/ Random Rab
May 21 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Random Rab
May 25 - State Theatre - Portland, ME
May 26 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NJ (DJ Set)
May 27 - The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
May 29 - B.O.M.B. Fest - Danbury, CT
June 1 - Lyric Oxford - Oxford, MS w/ Random Rab
June 2 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Ozark, AK
June 3 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA w/ Random Rab
June 10 - House Of Blues - Orlando, FL w/ Random Rab
June 11 - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL w/ Random Rab
June 17 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA w/ Random Rab
July 2 - Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI
July 17 - Motion Notion Festival – Alberta, Canada

Additional dates to be announced.