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The Dodos at Fox Theatre | 09.27.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present The Dodos with The Luyas at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, September 27th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 17th at 10:00 am.

The drums hit you in the chest first, spraying your speakers like swift gunshots. But then Meric Long’s finger-picked chords kick in, cascading across Logan Kroeber’s brass knuckle beats like only the best Dodos songs can.

This forward motion feeling has driven the duo since 2005, but several key changes lift their fourth LP (No Color) to another level. For one thing, the band reunited with Portland producer John Askew, the man behind the boards of the Dodos’ first two full-lengths,Beware of the Maniacs and Visiter. Having an old friend around was like adding an honorary third member; a voice of reason who can isn’t afraid of vetoing ill-fated ideas. Ideas like glossy layers of vibraphone that lost their luster halfway through.

The main focus of No Color was to bottle the frenzied folk approach that’s been there since the beginning. And it works damn well, from the dagger-drawing dynamics and brain-burrowing choruses of “Black Night” to the hairpin turns and splashy percussion of “Good.” And then there are the songs that’ll make you want to dub old episodes of 120 Minutes, including the instrumental break of “Don’t Stop” and the sneak attack solo that weaves its way around the steely rhythms of “Don’t Try and Hide It.”

“I have a love for ‘90s riffs that I haven’t gotten to showcase in this band,” says Long. “The most fun I had with this record was when I got to strap on the electric guitar and come up with Billy Corgan riffs while the tape was rolling.”

There’s less room for error than there’s ever been.  “We’re more naked this way,” explains Long. “You can hide a lot of your mistakes on an acoustic, but with an electric, every single note is much louder and more piercing. So I have to be way more on top of my playing now.”

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The Dodos

w/ The Luyas

Fox Theatre

Tuesday, September 27th

Doors:  8:30 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Conspirator Announces Important Venue Changes

On the heels of a successful northeast tour that included a sold out show in Syracuse, NY, Conspirator has announced that five scheduled performances have newly updated venue information, in addition to confirming drummers and support acts.

Friday 2/5 in Los Angeles has been moved to the HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP. Wednesday 2/9 in Portland has been moved to the ROSELAND THEATRE. Saturday 2/12 has moved from Oakland to across the bay at THE INDEPENDENT in San Francisco. Efforts are being made to schedule a performance in Seattle, WA, and the band plans to issue updates as soon as possible.

Saturday 2/19 in Albany is being rescheduled for a later date. Instead, Conspirator will be returning to THE STONE PONY in Asbury Park, NJ. On Saturday 2/26, instead of Urbana, Conspirator will be playing THE BLUEBIRD in Bloomington, IN.

All of the West Coast shows will feature Lane Shaw on drums, and Break Science featuring Adam Deitch opening. Piper will also be DJ'ing for both Montana shows.

February 16th through 20th will feature Darren Shearer of The New Deal on drums. February 24th through March 3rd will feature Mike Greenfield from Lotus on drums. Darren will again join us for the final two shows in NYC and Stroudsburg on March 4th and 5th.

The New Deal will be co-headlining February 24th in Detroit, and February 25th in Chicago.

While Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator,” featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers, has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup. In a recent band statement, Conspirator confirmed that they have been working to restructure their signature tracks in Ableton in order to create improvisational jams during live performances.

With a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti has been touring and creating music with Conspirator since late 2010, and anyone who has caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

FRIDAY 2/4/11 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA

SATURDAY 2/5/11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA w/ Break Science

MONDAY 2/7/11 – The Filling Station, Bozeman, MT w/ Break Science

TUESDAY 2/8/11 – The Top Hat, Missoula, MT w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/9/11 – Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR w/ Break Science

FRIDAY 2/11/11 – The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA w/ Break Science

SATURDAY 2/12/11 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA w/ Break Science

SUNDAY 2/13/11 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/16/11 – The Met, Pawtucket, RI

THURSDAY 2/17/11 – Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME

FRIDAY 2/18/11 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

SATURDAY 2/19/11 – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

SUNDAY 2/20/11 – The Note, West Chester, PA

THURSDAY 2/24/11 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI w/ The New Deal

FRIDAY 2/25/11 – Congress Theater, Chicago, IL w/ The New Deal

SATURDAY 2/26/11 – Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN

SUNDAY 2/27/11 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI

TUESDAY 3/1/11 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

WEDNESDAY 3/2/11 – Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA

THURSDAY 3/3/11 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

FRIDAY 3/4/11 – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY

SATURDAY 3/5/11 – Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA

Pretty Lights Music Drops Two FREE EPs

Pretty Lights Music, the digital label from Pretty Lights’ Derek Vincent Smith, is launching a new website, and dropping two new EPs today. The purpose of the label and its innovative model is to supply his fans, and fans of electronic music at large, with the dopest beats from the freshest producers. The EPs are offered as free downloads with the option to donate for exactly that reason- releasing good music to as many listeners as possible is our priority for PLM.

Break Science’s new EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, and Paper Diamond’s debut EP Levitate both went up today. Also available on the site is the debut record from Michal Menert, Dreaming Of A Bigger Life, which went up in May 2010.

The new Break Science EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, consists of thought-provoking, highly-textured bass-pumping songs that include verses from some of today's most conscious artists: Brooklyn's Talib Kweli and Jahdan Blakkamoore, Sierra Leone's Bajah and India's Falu.

The new Paper Diamond EP, Levitate, has a raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals.

For more information on Pretty Lights Music, and the artists mentioned above, please visit the official site!

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Download Break Science’s Free MP3 of “Zion Station” HERE

Download Paper Diamond’s Remix of Kanye West’s “Power” HERE

Pretty Lights Launches Record Label, First Two Releases of 2011!

Fresh off an incredibly successful year, Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights) is ready to give his fans a gift to start the New Year off right- the announcement of his own record label, Pretty Lights Music, which will release free new music in early 2011. Derek’s objectives are simple- he wants to supply his fans, and fans of electronic music at large, with free music from the artists he believes in and supports.

Today, he’s thrilled to announce two new digital releases (in addition to Michael Menert) on Pretty Lights Music, both due out January 25th. Break Science will be releasing their new EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, and Paper Diamond will be dropping his debut EP, Levitate.

Raised in the cultural hotbed of New York City, Break Science's Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee fuse the city's rich musical legacy- jazz, funk & soul, with a deep-rooted connection to its hip-hop heritage to create their own take on modern electronic music. Break Science's  EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, consists of thought-provoking, highly-textured, bass-pumping songs that include verses from some of today's most conscious artists: Brooklyn's Talib Kweli and Jahdan Blakkamoore, Sierra Leone's Bajah and India's Falu. In addition to Break Science, Adam Deitch also doubles as Pretty Lights’ touring drummer.

Colorado based producer Alex B is rolling out big tunes under the new guise of Paper Diamond in 2011. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals. Paper Diamond's debut EP, Levitate, will be available for free download via Pretty Lights Music on January 25, 2011.

Both EP's Available FREE via Pretty Lights Music on January 25, 2011

Download Paper Diamond’s MP3 “From Now Till” HERE, and Break Science’s MP3 “Zion Station” HERE!

Soulive Pays Tribute to The Beatles on 'Rubber Soulive'

New York City's preeminent soul jazz trio, Soulive, bring the funk to The Beatles' iconic repertoire with the release of Rubber Soulive due September 14 on the band's own Royal Family Records. Featuring renditions of 11 classics by The Fab Four, including "Come Together," "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "Revolution," Rubber Soulive takes its place in a lineage of classic instrumental albums by the likes of Booker T. & The M.G.'s, George Benson and Count Basie that have paid tribute to The Beatles.  Soulive will announce an extended U.S. Fall tour to support the release in the coming weeks.

"We've always been big Beatles' fans. They're consistently in heavy rotation in all of our lives. And then for Halloween last year we had a great show in D.C. by trying out an all-Beatles set. The material was so much fun to play that we decided it had to be put to wax," explains Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno. "At first we thought about doing all of Rubber Soul, but with so many amazing songs to choose from we expanded the scope and picked the ones that lent themselves to our sound, and where we could  best add a Soulive flavor."

Recorded over four days at drummer Alan Evans' own Playonbrother Studios in upstate New York, Rubber Soulive presents the band back in its original trio format. After a handful of albums experimenting with different vocalists and horn sections, it's apparent from the album's opening track, a greasy rendition of "Drive My Car," that a return to form was in order. For the next 40 minutes, Soulive add their inimitable stamp to one classic after the next from The Beatles’ adored catalog. A stately bounce informs "In My Life" punctuated by a majestic organ break courtesy of Neal Evans. "Eleanor Rigby" finds Alan pushing insistent syncopation into the backbeat and Neal covering a full string section with his two hands. A gorgeous rendition of "Something" makes clear that while Krasno can get down with the best of them, he can also dig deep into the heart of a ballad as he rings every last drop of emotion from the classic George Harrison melody. The trio rounds out the set with a three-dimensional version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The performance concisely encapsulates the definitive Soulive sound built upon the trio's shimmering, wah-drenched guitar licks, soaring Hammond organ lines and relentlessly propulsive swing.

Over a decade into their career, Soulive are having more fun than ever recording and performing together. This past March the band set up shop at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg for a two-week residency dubbed Bowlive that featured special guests ranging from Talib Kweli to Susan Tedeschi to Raul Midon. The event will be documented on a forthcoming DVD release this winter. They operate their own state-of-the-art recording studio, as well as, their own record label Royal Family Records that alongside recent Soulive projects is preparing to offer up albums by Eric Krasno, Lettuce and Break Science. In early 2011, the fledgling indie will release the highly anticipated debut album from the acclaimed, young R&B vocalist Nigel Hall. In the coming months, however, the focus is clearly on the lineup that put them on the forefront of the soul jazz revival. With a fall tour on the horizon and a delectable new album filled with red hot renditions of classics by The Beatles, things are starting to "Come Together" for the original three, right now, all over again.

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Rubber Soulive is available September 14 on vinyl, CD and mp3.

Phish After-Party Series in Miami w/ Break Science, Boombox, EOTO

Under One Beat Entertainment is thrilled to announce a three-night series of Phish After-Party shows at the White Room in Miami, FL, December 28-30. The musical line-up features some of the best dubstep, electro and IDM acts in the country, including Break Science, Boombox and EOTO. Also on the bill are many of Miami's top local performers such as Afrobeta, Otto Von Schirach, DJ Le Spam and Richard Devine.

The shows will be held at Miami's premiere venue, the White Room, voted the area's "Best Venue for Live Music" by the Miami New Times. The venue is a short walk from the American Airlines Arena where Phish is staging its 4-night NYE run. All headlining performers at the Black Curtains concert series will start their sets after the Phish shows let out, and will be sure to keep the the dance party going late into the night.

Advance tickets are available at www.underonebeat.com.

The complete line-up:

Monday, December 28:

Break Science (Featuring Adam Deitch), Afrobeta, Panthergod, Kentsoundz

Tuesday, December 29:

Boombox (Featuring Russ Randolph and Zion Godchaux), Otto Von Schirach, DJ Le Spam (of Spam Allstars and Vida Blue), DJ Par-D

Wednesday December 30:

EOTO (Featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann of the String Cheese Incident) Richard Devine, The Jeanmarie, Kool Large & Mr. Baxter

INFECTED MUSHROOM BREAK INTO BILLBOARD TOP 200

For an Israeli-born band plying their own aggressive rock subgenre, known as psy-trance, Infected Mushroom look an awful lot like mainstream artists these days. In fact, they’ve infiltrated the retail, new media and culinary worlds simultaneously.

For one thing, their latest album, Legend of the Black Shawarma (Perfecto Records), has broken into the Billboard Top 200 at #172.  But even more indicative of the raucous, mesmerizing disc’s appeal are its perches at #8 on Billboard’s New Artist chart, #9 on the Current Electronic Albums chart, #32 on Top Indie Albums, #37 on Top Digital Albums and #6 on the iTunes Electronic Albums chart.  The collection’s lead single, “Smashing the Opponent,” features guest vocals by Jonathan Davis of Korn.

All this chart action–-along with the participation of high-profile Shawarma guests like Davis and alternative-rock luminary Perry Farrell, a Pollstar cover story, an appropriately demented iPhone game and an explosive performance at the Burning Man Festival in September (captured in a glorious DUI-style video by director Petro)–-would seem to indicate that the hard-charging Los Angeles-based outfit’s days as an “underground” act are long over.

“If the foundation of a long music career is the ability to evolve,” wrote Pollstar’s Jim Otey in his current cover story, “Infected Mushroom is a band that’s built to last.”

That evolution has included a mystical leap into the gaming world, as “Smashing the Opponent” has been transformed into an iPhone app–featuring the group’s music and artwork based on Jeff McMillan’s Shawarma album art.  As players proceed through the game’s Black Forest setting, they must use an array of weapons to smash various onrushing beasties and uncover the treasure they protect.  The group’s foray into gaming continues with a free featured download of their single in the upcoming game Tap Tap Revenge 3.

Frontman Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani (who founded the band with keyboardist Erez “I.Zen” Eisen) has remarked that Mushroom originally planned its most recent disc as “a concept album about food,” so it’s only fitting that the Mellow Mushroom pizza chain has unveiled a "Legend of the Black Shawarma" Pizza, served up at participating locations with a free MP3 download. Two of the franchise’s Florida outlets have reportedly had to re-order shawarma spices, suggesting a new kind of Mushroom might be taking hold of the pizza scene.

Infected Mushroom has built a rabid international following since its founders met in 1996, and they now regularly pack clubs and festivals worldwide.  Their explosive live shows, which mesh shredding guitar, pounding live drums and blistering electronic textures and grooves–-with Duvdev’s manic presence and passionate vocals bouncing atop the mixture–-reliably whip audiences into a mad froth.  From the Ultra Music Festival in Miami to the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, from Mexico’s OMIX to California's Coachella, from Brazil’s Ipanema Beach to Melbourne’s Metro Club, the band has averaged about 120 live performances per year.  This year has marked their first recorded performance at Burning Man, where their tribal mayhem looks very much at home–-as witnessed by Petro’s (Incubus, TV on the Radio) video clip.

Judging by the band’s recent moves, the evolution is about to accelerate and the infection is bound to spread.

GOV. RITTER HELPS BREAK GROUND ON 2 VESTAS PLANTS; 1,350 NEW JOBS

Gov. Bill Ritter today joined Vestas executives, the crown prince and princess of Denmark and local leaders at a ground-breaking ceremony for two Vestas manufacturing facilities here that will create 1,350 new jobs.

“Today marks the third straight day of new-job announcements this week, resulting in 1,650 new jobs for Colorado,” Gov. Ritter said. “Vestas was one of Colorado’s earliest visionaries and pioneers in our New Energy Economy. Thank you, Vestas, for helping to lead Colorado forward and for working with us to develop a sustainable energy future and a sustainable economic future.”

The Brighton factories will be part of the significant manufacturing and research base Vestas – the Denmark-based wind system manufacturer – is establishing in the United States. One of the Brighton plants will produce giant wind blades and the other will make nacelle assemblies.

Vestas is spending about $290 million to build the two facilities, which will produce 1,800 blades and 1,400 nacelles a year. Brighton also will be home to a technology and production engineering office as well as a division of the Vestas Business Academy for employee training and development.

Vestas currently operates a wind blade manufacturing plant in Windsor and is building the world’s largest wind tower manufacturing facility in Pueblo. When all four plants are fully operational by the end of 2010, they will employ nearly 2,500 Coloradans.

Other job announcements Gov. Ritter took part in this week:

·         Monday: The Water Company of Pueblo, a high-tech water-purification company, announced it is moving into a bigger facility and adding more than 100 jobs.

·         Tuesday:  Ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Ascent Solar’s new world headquarters and manufacturing facility in Thornton, which will result in 200 new jobs over the next couple of years