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Into It. Over It. Announces North American Tour

Chicago-based, Philadelphia-raised indie-punk songwriter Evan Thomas Weiss, aka Into It. Over It., has announced plans to tour the US and Canada opening for UK-based Epitaph recording artist Frank Turner and American folk punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad. The tour, which stretches from late September to early November, follows Weiss' recent set of dates supporting Fake Problems, Pomegranates, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, Mansions and more.

In addition to the upcoming dates, Weiss and Into It. Over It. have announced plans to begin recording their debut full length album with producer Ed Rose (Get Up Kids, The Appleseed Cast, The Casket Lottery) at Blacklodge Studios in Eudora, KS. Tracking on the new record begins June 25th and lasts through July 9th, and will be released Fall 2011 on No Sleep Records.

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* Purchase the recently released Into It. Over It. / Such Gold split 7" at iTunes now!

Into It. Over It. Live!

w/ I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business, Mansions
5/31 Off Broadway St Louis, MO
6/1 Mad Hatter Covington, KY
6/2 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
6/3 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
6/4 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA

w/ Frank Turner and Andrew Jackson Jihad
09/20/2011 Danbury CT Heirloom Arts Theater
09/21/2011 New York NY Bowery Ballroom
09/222011 Millvale PA Mr Smalls
09/23/2011 Baltimore MD Ottobar
09/24/2011 Richmond VA Canal Club
09/25/2011 West Colombia SC New Brookland Tavern
09/27/2011 Orlando FL The Social
09/29/2011 Fort Lauderdale FL Culture Room
09/30/2011 Tampa FL Crowbar
10/01/2011 Atlanta GA Masquerade
10/03/2011 Austin TX Emo's
10/04/2011 Dallas TX The Loft
10/05/2011 Oklahoma City OK Conservatory
10/06/2011 Kansas City MO The Record Bar
10/07/2011 Denver CO Marquis Theater
10/08/2011 Albuquerque NM Launchpad
10/10/2011 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room
10/11/2011 Pomona CA Glass House
10/12/2011 San Diego CA Soma
10/13/2011 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theater
10/14/2011 San Francisco CA Slim's
10/15/2011 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
10/16/2011 Seattle WA Neumos
10/17/2011 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret
10/19/2011 Edmonton AB Starlite Room
10/20/2011 Calgary AB Republik
10/21/2011 Regina SK The Exchange
10/22/2011 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Center
10/23/2011 Minneapolis MN Triple Rock
10/25/2011 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall
10/26/2011 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge
10/27/2011 Detroit MI Magic Stick
10/28/2011 Toronto ON The Phoenix
10/29/2011 Montreal QC Corona
10/30/2011 Ottawa ON Maverick's
10/31/2011 Quebec City QC Cercle
11/02/2011 Cambridge MA Middle East
11/04/2011 Philadelphia PA Theater Of Living Arts

1320 Records & Elm and Oak Release Alex B's MOMENTS Today

Flagged as one to watch in URB Magazine's "Top 100," today Alex B announces the release of his full-length debut studio album, Moments, co-released by his own Elm and Oak as well as 1320 Records (April 6, 2010).

Those familiar with Alex B already know that he tends to take a layered approach to everything, especially his music. The tracks on Moments are intricately crafted with immense care and attention to detail -- a careful mix of analog and digital sounds elevated by imaginative samples and the insight of a classically trained musician. The result is a blend of timeless warmth and future beats that is as easily adaptable to introspective time with one's headphones as it is to group mania on a mobbed dance floor.

In regards to Alex B's first single, "You and I Both Know" XLR8R raved that "within two minutes [the listener is] treated to a tweaked soul loop, delayed vocal stabs, sporadic percussive elements, and swirling synth arpeggiations wrapped around a descending bass melody."

Check out "You and I Both Know"

Moments Tracklist:

1. At Channel One

2. Pad 5

3. Hot Chop

4. You and I Both Know

5. Nothing is Always Something

6. Kick Drones - Feat: Sunk1

7. Talk it Out

8. Clicking Away

9. Getting to Know You - Feat: Getting to know you: Lila D'mone

10. Show Me

11. Drip Splatter - Feat: Count Bass D

12. Waste

13. Hide Extension

14. Impressions

15. Standing On Me

16. Seriously Again?!?!

17. Timing Correct

With his work in the studio complete, and interest in his music at an all time high, Alex B plans to tour extensively following the release of Moments.

Alex B Tour Dates:

April 22 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO w/ Madlib

April 28 Airliner - Low End Theory - Los Angeles, CA (Moments CD Release Party)

April 29 Mighty - San Francisco, CA

April 30 The Loft - Minneapolis, MN

May 1 Cervantes Ballroom - Denver, CO

May 5 Big Orbit's Soundlab - Buffalo, NY

May 6 Top Hat - Missoula, MT

May 7 2720 - St. Louis, MO

May 15 Kinetic Playground - Chicago, IL

May 20 The Pour House - Charleston, SC

May 21 Canal Club - Richmond, VA

May 22 5 Spot - Atlanta, GA

Idan Raichel Project @ Boulder Theater

The Idan Raichel Project burst onto Israel's music scene in 2002, changing the face of Israeli popular music and offering a message of love and tolerance that resonated strongly in a region of the world where headlines are too often dominated by conflict. With an enchanting blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds coupled with sophisticated production techniques and a spectacular live show, the Idan Raichel Project has become one of the most unexpected success stories in Israeli music history.
Known around the world, especially in circles of Jewish, Ethiopian and Israeli communities, the Idan Raichel Project regularly sells out concerts in large performance venues. Since the international release, The Idan Raichel Project has headlined at New York's prestigious Central Park SummerStage, the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, the Sydney Opera House and performed across Europe as well as in Mexico City, Sydney, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Singapore, and Mumbai. Future touring plans include South Africa and South America. Wherever they perform, The Project unifies the audience in a celebration of that which is unique about the cultures of the world, as well as that in which we are all alike.
Saturday May 15, 2010
IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT
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On Sale April 10
All Ages / General Admission: $36.00 / Reserved Tickets: $46.00 / Gold Circle: $56.00
Tickets will be on sale through the Boulder Theater box office
Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com
Phone: During box office hours 303-786-7030

STS9 ANNOUNCES 2009 PLANS, INCLUDING SPRING TOUR DATES

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Rising electronic heroes STS9 announce a busy first half of 2009, including a Spring Tour in March that brings the band to parts of the west coast, Midwest, and southeast. Also this year, STS9's boutique digital record label, 1320 Records, continues to generate buzz as a tastemakers in today's new music culture, offering digital delivery of new releases by Prefuse 73, Count Bass D, Eliot Lipp, Calmer, and others.

 

1320 Recordsis STS9's passion for music manifested, and it is quickly becoming 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.  On the heels of buzzed-about 2008 releases including STS9's own critically acclaimed studio statement, Peaceblaster, and L7 by hip hop pioneer Count Bass, 1320 Records promises more cutting edge offerings hand picked by the members of STS9.

 

First up for 1320 Records in 2009: Prefuse 73 vs STS9 (Megaloid MPC VET Mixxx).  For this 7-minute megamix of tracks, beloved producer/DJ Prefuse 73 returns to his roots on the ubiqutous MPC beat machine, offering up classic Prefuse 73 treatment of new STS9 favorites "Squishface," "Shock Doctrine" and "Metameme."

 

Also new on 1320 Records is Eliot Lipp's Peace Love Weed 3D (in partnership with Old Tacoma Records), Past is Present by Brooklyn percussionist/composer Collin M Palmer aka Calmer, DubConscious' new release Nonviolent, new material by Lowpro Lounge collective's The Flying Skulls, and more.  Download these releases and others at www.1320Records.com. And while you are there, listen to the new 1320 Music Player - a "showcase" streaming full tracks of choice selections from the label's catalog, as well as live STS9 and 1320 podcasts.

 

Much of the music that STS9 chooses to feature on 1320 Records is inspired by the band's life on the road.  Catch STS9 on tour beginning late February. The complete list spring tour dates is as follows:

February 26        The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
February 27        The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
February 28        The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
March 1            The Fillmore              San Francisco, CA
March 5            McDonald Theatre          Eugene, OR
March 6            Roseland Theater          Portland, OR
March 7            Roseland Theater          Portland, OR
March 12           Orpheum Theater           Madison, WI
March 13           Congress Theatre          Chicago, IL
March 14           The Pageant               St. Louis, MO  
March 17           Orange Peel               Asheville, NC
March 18           Orange Peel               Asheville, NC
March 19           Georgia Theatre           Athens, GA
March 20           Georgia Theatre           Athens, GA
March 21           Georgia Theatre           Athens, GA

 

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 in the past 18 months alone the band donated over $150,000.00 to a variety of charities 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, look for 100% of STS9's charity work to benefit the Make It Right Foundation.  It is the band's goal - with the support of their fan community and the involvement of the Make It Right Foundation - to build a home in New Orleans, raising money via $1 ticket charity taxes, Charity Raffles, and other STS9 initiatives. Check out www.peaceblaster.com for daily posts on band's political, social, and environmental muses of the moment.

Conscious Alliance Plans for a Busy Spring Season

STS9 in support of Conscious Alliance- for the Grateful Web

This fall, Colorado based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continued its mission to help feed America's hungry communities, hosting food drives at various music events this winter/spring.  Look for Conscious Alliance at the Langerado Music Festival at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida on March 6th-9th, along STS9 and EOTO Winter Tours, and at select one-off concert events including Keller Williams and The WMD'S on February 2nd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado and New Monsoon (featuring Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth and EOTO with special guest Michael Kang) on February 9th at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.  As always, patrons can donate 10 non-perishable food items or $10.00 to receive a limited edition rock art poster.

For this trip, Conscious Alliance will host their second Student Service Learning Project.  The program offers exciting alternative service-learning experiences for college students during their fall/spring breaks.  The Student Service Learning Project synthesizes service learning by combining education and hands-on service.  Participating students learn about hunger related issues, as well as Lakota culture, by providing compassionate cross-cultural community service on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  While on the reservation, students lodge with community leaders Floyd and Natalie Hand, as they sort and distribute food to community members in need, aid with home repairs for Lakota families, participate in educational sessions with Lakota elders, and communicate with Pine Ridge college students and peers about current cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.  This spring, March 23rd - 29th, Conscious Alliance will organize a group of students from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Conscious Alliance started off the 2008 by partnering with Jam Cruise to host a school supplies drive to benefit children living in Roatan, Honduras, one of the stops along Jam Cruise 6.  Conscious Alliance, Jam Cruise, Pangea Organics, The Children's Fund of Roatan and Zero Hero teamed up to deliver dozens of backpacks and boxes of school supplies, which were collected from passengers when the ship docked at port.  Additionally, Pangea Organics donated 1000's of bars of organic soap that were divided between a school, orphanage and clinic on the island.  The Children's Fund of Roatan shared their history to a group of 40 Jam Cruise volunteers, and children at the orphanage received an acoustic performance by Jam Cruise musicians including Jon Fishman, Jamie Janover, Jeff Coffin, Dave Watts and Dan Lebowitz.

For Conscious Alliance, the 2008 winter/spring season comes on the heels of a hugely successful 4th annual Turkey n' Trimmings holiday fundraiser.  As a result of a generous outpouring of donations, Conscious Alliance was able to deliver nearly 2,000 holiday dinners- three times the amount delivered in 2006!  Deliveries were made to communities on Pine Ridge, Northern Cheyenne, Rosebud, Standing Rock, and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  In addition, the 4th annual Toy Drive received a huge boost this year thanks to a donation from JAKKS Pacific.  The contribution landed the total number of toys donated at nearly 10,000, resulting in distribution to dozens of communities on Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  Instead of wrapping paper, toys were given out in pillowcases sewn by quilting groups across the Midwest, thus eliminating excess waste.

THOMAS DOLBY NO LONGER THE 'SOLE INHABITANT,' PLANS MARCH TOUR

THOMAS DOLBY- for the Grateful Web

If you're wondering what Thomas Dolby has done in the two decades since he cunningly fused pop and electronic music, the answer is in the palm of your hand: Twelve years ago Dolby left music and proceeded to develop the Beatnik software technology used in two-thirds of the world's cell phones. Unlike many performers who return to the stage, he doesn't need to do it for the money. Pumped up by new technologies and changing business models in the music industry, and re-invigorated by reaction to his initial tour dates earlier this year, Dolby is now writing his first album of new music since the early '90s.

 
He will also hit the road in March, with shows in Northern California and Texas, including SXSW in Austin on March 15. Ever the innovator, Dolby is pioneering a new blend of instruments: high-tech electronica plus live jazz brass. His spring touring ensemble will feature real-time looping on a computer laptop, along with a three-piece horn section (the Jazz Mafia Horns) comprising some of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest young jazz soloists: Adam Theis on trombone, Rich Armstrong on trumpet, and Ron Cohen on tenor sax.

 
Dolby took us on a guided tour of the old with the live retrospective CD and The Sole Inhabitant, each issued independently last fall on Dolby's own label and web site, and via CD Baby and iTunes. The album contained live versions of classic songs including "She Blinded Me With Science," one of the very first MTV-driven hits, and "Hyperactive," as well as great songs from the era that weren't seen on MTV.

 
"In some ways all that chart success was orthogonal to what I was really trying to do, which was develop the textures and rhythms of electronic music into a palette that a genuine songwriter could build stories upon. I hope that the DVD and CD helped re-establish my credentials as an artist before I move into the next chapter. I have new songs ready to start work on as soon as I've closed the loop and reconnected with the core fan base," he says.

 
Dolby feels that time has put his influence into perspective. "Though people tend to associate me with the '80s, I feel my roots are really in the late '70s and the electronic underground in London. Bands like Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Clock DVA were playing small clubs around Europe in parallel to the punk movement, and many remained anonymous, only a few making it into the mainstream pop limelight during the '80s — Soft Cell, Human League and Ultravox. There were so few of us doing it back then that it's no surprise we get cited as influences when modern electronica acts are interviewed, but the legacy of that period is clearly very important."


The Sole Inhabitant
is Dolby's first consumer product since 1992's Gate to the Mind's Eye, an audio disc complemented by a laser disc with accompanying animation. In that time, he hasn't approached a single record company, determined instead to harness the technology and distribution options available to indie artists today.

 
The audio CD was recorded live at Martyrs in Chicago, while the DVD was filmed at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA. Dolby felt these were two of his best concerts of the year. The DVD features a sit-down interview/chat in which Dolby discusses his past and present careers and the stories behind the songs. The first batch of copies was autographed by Dolby.

 
Dolby has always maintained a loyal core of fans who were galvanized by tour dates earlier this year. Dolby intends to involve his fans in the birthing of the record, blogging frequently at his web site (www.thomasdolby.com) and posting reviews from shows along the tour route.

 
Fall 2006 tour dates received high praise from critics, who also applauded The Sole Inhabitant. Atlanta's Creative Loafing wrote: "Dolby plans to release new music over the coming years, which bodes well since these 20-plus-year-old tunes on The Sole Inhabitant are still exciting, slightly puzzling and — more than anything — compositionally sound with the times. Fly-by-night electronica producers had better watch their backs and start elevating their knob twiddles in order to compete with such a charismatic artist." The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale added: "This new live retrospective sounds remarkably fresh and original after all this time. Most of the 11 tracks on The Sole Inhabitant were written during the Reagan years. And yet Dolby's catchy, funked-up ruminations on the politics of love, intolerance and cold-war paranoia sound as current as the day he first harnessed the power of samplers, synthesizers and computerized sounds." And the St. Petersburg Times summed it up: "If you're a novice fan of Dolby's, please consider (the CD and DVD) must-own primers into the music of a vastly under-appreciated artist. If you're a long-time fan, suffering from his extended absence from the music biz, the discs are an early holiday present to be treasured. Performing only one-man shows in this tour, Dolby seems to be wowing his old fans while building a new audience."

 
Dolby's solo set features him onstage with a bank of high-tech computers, a collection of vintage oscilloscopes and signal generators, a military headcam and antique radio operator earphones strapped to his head. Live visuals performed by renowned video artist Johnny DeKam allow the audience to experience the world through Dolby's eyes. He is accompanied by the jazz Mafia Horns. Audiences may be surprised at first to hear a darker side of Dolby, but of course he plays the hits as well.
 
The March Tour:

Sat. March 10 – SANTA CRUZ, CA - Kuumbwa PM (2 shows)
Sun. March 11 – REDWOOD CITY, CA – Little Fox Theater
Mon. March 12 – SACRAMENTO, CA - Harlows
Thurs. March 15 – AUSTIN, TX (SXSW) - Elysium
Sun. March 18 – DALLAS, TX – RockHouse Live
Thurs. March 22 – FAIRFAX, CA (Bay Area) - 19 Broadway