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Ellie Goulding To Perform on Saturday Night Live

Ellie Goulding has been announced as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live May 7th!! Tune into NBC next Saturday at 11:30PM/10:30 C (check local listings for details) to see the episode hosted by Tina Fey & hear Ellie perform songs from her debut album ‘Lights’. Ellie recently completed a SOLD OUT US headline tour including stops at SXSW and Coachella. She will also be performing at this year's Lollapalooza! ‘Lights’ is out now on Cherrytree Records.
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The Albertans' "New Age" Out Today

The Albertans, a quintet of Joel Bravo, Ian Everall, Curtis McLean, Krystin Monaghan, and Alison Yip, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, defects from Alberta, Saskatchewan and the U.S. They met as a collective, and piled into a propane-fueled, converted short bus to tour down to San Diego and back. They toured this way for the next two years, unglamorously, crossing the continent to record in New York, playing shows with bands they didn't know, for people that didn't know them. They traveled 50,000 miles, hopped borders, broke down, and slept on the road. In those two years together, The Albertans recorded an EP and full length with Ernest Jenning Records. They played shows at Sled Island, SXSW, and CMJ with bands such as Cuff the Duke, Hard Drugs, and Woods, and were named one of L Magazine's top NYC bands of 2009. Last Fall, The Albertans finally found a home back in Vancouver, and have been playing shows in BC until now, when they'll leave for SXSW and ultimately a full US tour.

The Albertans recorded their new single and forthcoming album New Age, at Chandelier Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Ernest Jenning Record Company (Cuff the Duke, O'Death, Takka Takka, Still Flyin) have released the full-length album today.

Watch the video 'Megan' here.

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The Albertans Live!

March 19th Austin, TX @ FiveOneTwo (SXSW) w/ The Forms, Takka Takka, O'Death

April 1st Bowen Island, BC @ the Bowen Island Pub
w/ Daniel Carter

April 2nd Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
w/ Wizzrds, The Killing Time Quartet and Bear Mountain

LATEST BRITISH EXPORT LEE MACDOUGALL TO HIT THE ROAD IN U.S.

British singer-songwriter Lee MacDougall is the latest artist to emerge from open mic night circuit in London that has become a hotbed for new acoustic artists. He is slowly building an international fan base due to his knack for coupling a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody, and on the strength of his songwriting, he has earned support slots opening for artists such as Train, Starsailor, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. To capitalize on the growing buzz, he will embark on his first U.S. tour, beginning this week, which will include his SxSW debut. He will appear at the Larimer Lounge in Denver on Thursday, March 24.

MacDougall’s self-produced CD of original material called IF WALLS COULD TALK will be available to coincide with his U.S. dates. Additionally, he has three songs available for download via iTunes, including a version of his tune “She” that was produced by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Taylor Swift, Charlatans).

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For his U.S. tour dates, he will be accompanied by Rob Hargreaves on guitar and backing vocals.  His tour dates are as follows:

February 25—Bitter End, New York City; 28—Club Passim, Boston; March 2—North Star Bar, Philadelphia; 5—James Joyce Pub, Durham, NC; 8—“Live at 9,” WREG-TV, Memphis; 9—3rd & Lindsley, Nashville; 10—Zanzabar, Louisville; 11—Cicero’s, St. Louis; 15—Poor David’s Pub, Dallas; 16—Hideaway on Dunvale, Houston; 17-19-SxSW, Austin (specific venues to be announced shortly); 22—Record Bar, Kansas City; 24—Larimer Lounge, Denver; 26—The Beat Coffeehouse & Records, Las Vegas; 29—Dizzy’s, San Diego; 31—Hotel Café, Los Angeles;  April 7—Tonic Lounge, Portland, 8—El Corazon, Seattle; 10—Backstage Lounge, Vancouver; 13—Sauce Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis; 14—Double Door, Chicago; 15—House Café, DeKalb, IL; 20—Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh; 21—Valentines, Albany; 22—Bitter End, New York City; and 23—World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington, DE.

The Felice Brothers Sign To Fat Possum Records

The Felice Brothers announced today that they have signed with Fat Possum Records, home of Andrew Bird, The Walkmen, and Wavves, among many others. The band will release their fifth full-length album and Fat Possum debut later this spring. More news on the upcoming album will be confirmed shortly.

Last week, The Felice Brothers announced new headlining tour dates in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Before heading out on the six-week international tour, the Palenville, NY-based band will perform during SXSW in Austin, TX, on March 19th at Auditorium Shores alongside Bright Eyes, Wavves, Man Man, and Middle Brother. The first leg of the US tour begins March 25th in Oneonta, NY, and wraps up April 16th at Coachella in Indio, CA, where The Felice Brothers will make their debut performance at the festival. The second half of the tour will begin April 28th in San Francisco, CA, and currently continues through May 6th in Chicago, IL. The band will also travel for the first time to Australia and New Zealand from April 20th through 24th. Tickets to the US shows are currently on sale; for more information, please visit www.thefelicebrothers.com. More US tour dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The Felice Brothers are: Ian Felice, James Felice, Christmas, Greg Farley, and David Turbeville. The band's fourth album, Yonder Is The Clock, was released in April 2009.

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The Felice Brothers on tour:

MARCH 19 AUSTIN, TX AUDITORIUM SHORES (SXSW)

MARCH 25 ONEONTA, NY ONEONTA THEATER*

MARCH 26 HUDSON, NY HELSINKI ON THE HUDSON*

MARCH 27 HOBOKEN, NJ MAXWELL'S*

MARCH 30 PHILADELPHIA, PA FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH*

MARCH 31 WASHINGTON, DC ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL*

APRIL 1 HUNTINGTON, WV V CLUB*

APRIL 2 LEXINGTON, KY BUSTER'S BILLIARDS & BACKROOM*

APRIL 3 KNOXVILLE, TN RHYTHM 'N BLOOMS

(Dogwood Arts Festival)

APRIL 5 CHARLOTTE, NC VISUALITE THEATER*

APRIL 6 ATHENS, GA 40 WATT CLUB*

APRIL 7 NASHVILLE, TN EXIT/IN*

APRIL 8 BIRMINGHAM, AL THE BOTTLETREE*

APRIL 9 MEMPHIS, TN HI-TONE CAFÉ*

APRIL 10 DALLAS, TX THE LOFT*

APRIL 12 LUBBOCK, TX BLUE LIGHT*

APRIL 13 SANTA FE, NM CORAZON*

APRIL 16 INDIO, CA COACHELLA

APRIL 20 SYDNEY, AUS ANNANDALE HOTEL

APRIL 21 MELBOURNE, AUS THE PRINCE

APRIL 22 MELBOURNE, AUS BOOGIE FEST

APRIL 23 MEENYAN, AUS TOWN HALL

APRIL 24 AUCKLAND, NZL GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL

APRIL 28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL**

APRIL 29 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS**

APRIL 30 SEATTLE, WA TRACTOR TAVERN**

MAY 2 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE**

MAY 3 DENVER, CO HI DIVE#

MAY 4 OMAHA, NE THE WAITING ROOM#

MAY 6 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL#

* Diamond Doves supporting

** You Are Plural supporting

# Shovels And Rope supporting

Art vs. Science Share New Remix, Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Australia’s Art vs. Science has already made quite the splash in their native country, and now they’re ready to show the U.S. what we’ve been missing out on. The band is coming over for a string of U.S. tour dates, which kicks off with an appearance at SXSW on March 19th. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Art vs. Science yet, download the Kissy Sell Out remix of “Magic Fountain” for a glimpse of the raucous party that the band is bringing our way!

The band has built a huge following in their native country off the back of two independently released EPs (both of which have gone Gold in Australia!) and thanks to their off-the-wall live show that has seen them ascend to almost-headline status at festivals around their native country. Now we’re thrilled to announce their first U.S. release, Magic Fountain EP, out March 15, 2011.

The EP, recorded by Berkfinger (Philadelphia Grand Jury) and mixed by Adrian Bushby (Two Door Cinema Club, Foo Fighters, Muse), is dance music made for Marshall stacks. Imagine AC/DC throwing robots in a drum shop. The songs that comprise the EP are huge, off the wall, unrelenting dance tunes that sound like hypercolor jams forged from sleepless nights and ADD (partly because they are).

Download the FREE MP3 of Kissy Sell Out’s Remix of “Magic Fountain” HERE, and Check Out the Video HERE!

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Art vs. Science U.S. Tour Dates

3/19 – Austin, TX – Aussie BBQ SXSW Showcase @ Maggie Mae’s
(Rooftop Stage, w/ The Jezabels, Cloud Control & Washington)
3/24 – San Francisco, CA - Popscene
3/25 – Santa Monica, CA – The Central
3/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
3/28 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

GAYNGS Announce US 2011 Spring Tour

GAYNGS will be kicking off their 2011 U.S. Tour in Minneapolis, MN. A bunch of the twenty-plus contributors on the Relayted album will be there, including Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, ringleader Ryan Olson, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold. Jake Luck of Leisure Birds, Ivan Rosebud of The Rosebuds, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, and Mike Lewis of Andrew Bird and Happy Apple will all be there too!

GANYGS have been garnering a wide variety of critical acclaim ranging from the New York Times to the BBC.  Most recently they were named in Stereogum's prestigious top 40 Best New Bands Of 2010 . They have also been included in a number of Best of 2010 lists; being named #13 on NME's Top 50, #22 on The Guardians Top 40, #11 onThe Quietus' Top 40, and #25 on Uncut Magazine's Top 50.

After SXSW, GAYNGS will be heading west to play a handful of west coast dates, including the prestigious Coachella Music & Arts Festival and Sasquatch Music Festival. Don't miss this one of a kind band!!

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US DATES:

03/06/11 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN

03/11/11 - Stubb's BBQ - Austin, Texas

03/13/11 - 35 Conferette Festival - Denton, Texas

03/17/11 - Mohawk/ SXSW - Austin Texas

03/18/11 - Lustre Pearle/ Dickies Party / SXSW - Austin , Texas

04/15/11-17 - Coachella Music & Arts Fest - Indio, California

05/28/11- Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, Oregon

05/29/11    Sasquatch Music Festival - Quincy, Washington

06/01/11 - The Independent- San Francisco, California

06/04/11- The Casbah - San Diego, California

Scattered Trees Premiere Live “A Conversation” Video

Today, Chicago’s Scattered Trees premiered their live video for “A Conversation About Death on New Years Eve” on My Old Kentucky Blog. Click here to watch the video on MOKB or check out the video on YouTube. The track is also available as a free Mp3 download HERE (feel free to post and share). The video for “A Conversation” is a glimpse of Scattered Trees’ live performances that the band honed playing around Chicago. The group has also announced a series of new dates, including a new SXSW showcase on March 18th at The Ghost Room as a part of The NAIL/The MuseBox SXSW Day Party.

The band’s upcoming performances lead up to the release of Scattered Trees’ latest record Sympathy, which will be released on April 5th via Roll Call Records/EMI. The album is a focused, deeply personal collection of songs that finds Scattered Trees experimenting with lush multi-part harmonies, constructing dynamic builds, and exploring the intricacies of love and loss. Opening with “Bury the Floors,” lead singer Nate Eiesland sings “It’s the house that I built you to fall / We started to walk then we stood up to crawl / So bury the floors and burn down the walls / to find ourselves by morning.” Driving rock epics like “Four Days Straight” rub shoulders with melancholic elegies like “Where You Came From.” The album’s title track starts with a stripped-down plaintive mandolin, ultimately fading into a slow-burning orchestral groove. Melting into “Five Minutes,” Scattered Trees continues the build until the track bursts forth. The band rounds out the record with the mournful acoustic closer “On Your Side,” a fitting tribute for a deeply heartfelt and therapeutic album.

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Scattered Trees Upcoming Tour Dates:
1/21 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
2/26 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
3/3 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
3/5 - Minneaoplis, MN @ Cause
3/18 - Austin, TX @ The Ghost Room (NAIL/The MuseBox SXSW Day Party)

Ellie Goulding Announces North American Tour

UK singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding announced today that she will tour in support of her stateside debut, LIGHTS out March 8th on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The tour will commence with performances at SXSW and wrap at Coachella in Indio, CA. Currently nominated for two 2011 BRIT Awards (for “British Female Solo Artist” and “British Breakthrough Act”), Goulding is gearing up for the Stateside release of Lights.
“I’m really excited to come to America and visit new places and see new countryside,” she says. “I feel ready to introduce my music and see what people think of it there. I’m hoping they’ll like it and be inspired, the way I was when I first heard certain artists. I want to create that excitement you get when you’ve discovered something special and feel happy to have ever come across it in the first place.”
Having already conquered her native Britain with the best selling debut album of 2010, Lights -- premiering at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, four hit singles she co-wrote, and a BRIT award -- singer-songwriter Ellie Gouldin is ready to make a similar splash in America with her sparkling electro-folk-pop sound. This past December “Your Song” hit #2 on the charts and #1 on the iTunes Chart.
This past September, Ellie made her maiden voyage to the US in support of her EP, AN INTRODUCTION TO ELLIE GOULDING.  She performed in New York and Los Angeles to rave reviews. The New Yorker called Ellie “the future of music” and the Los Angeles Times raved, “She can reel off some powerful drum and guitar chops and her voice is a serious and sure instrument in person.”
Tickets are on sale Friday, check elliegoulding.com to grab yours!
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TOUR DATES
3/16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/17 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/22 - Washington,DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
3/23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
3/24 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live Downstairs
3/27 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
3/30 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/31 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café
4/2 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
4/3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theatre
4/10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
4/11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
4/13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
4/16 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
4/17 - Indio, CA - COACHELLA

Edwyn Collins Announces US Tour Dates

On the heels of announcing the US release date of his new album, Losing Sleep, indie music icon Edwyn Collins has revealed his long-awaited return to Stateside shores for some live dates. Shortly after the album hits stores (March 8th; Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records), he’ll be stopping by New York and SXSW.  Edwyn’s last American shows were acoustic shows in 2003, and he hasn’t performed any with a full live band since 1997.

2010 was a phenomenal year for Edwyn.  The former frontman of Scottish post-punkers Orange Juice released his seventh solo album in the UK to massive acclaim, and it ended up being one of the year’s best reviewed albums by the British press.  The record features tracks co-written with Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, and The Drums - and is the first album Edwyn’s written and recorded since his serious illness in 2005.

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Edwyn Collins US Tour Dates:

03/13:  Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
03/14:  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/16:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/17:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/18:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/19:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)

Blair Announces Feb/Mar Tour With Say Hi

Brooklyn-based artist Blair has announced new tour dates in support of Say Hi this February and March. The lengthy jaunt will launch February 18th at Neurolux in Boise, ID and wrap up March 30th at The Media Club in Vancouver, BC. The tour includes a hometown show on March 7th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, as well as two dates during this year's SXSW festival. Blair's debut full-length Die Young was released early last year by Autumn Tone Records.

Die Young is a winsome mix of dreamy, hazy indie pop influenced by Blair's love for '90s FM radio (think Beck and Nirvana) and the records spun on her mother's turntable (like Bob Dylan and Neil Young) while growing up in New Orleans, LA. The album was written - in both her hometown and Los Angeles, CA - and re-recorded over the course of five years. The songs were finally laid to tape in New Orleans using both traditional studios and makeshift home setups, with the help of producer Keith Ferguson and a host of musician friends filling out the parts.

As her airy vocals tell stories of heartache, daydreams and memories, throughout the album Blair shows herself to be a nimble musician and songwriter with an innate sense of sumptuous melody. Whether the angular guitar pop of opener "Rampage," the sweetly yearning "Hearts" (listen/download here), the sprightly whimsy of "Hello Halo," the '60s girl-group swing of "Paris France," or the soaring, lush "Wolfboy" (listen/download here), it's easy to understand why PasteMagazine.com gave her its 'Best Of What's Next' label and why Muzzle Of Bees declared Die Young "...a pop album for this generation...one of the year's most promising surprises."

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Blair tour dates (all in support of Say Hi):

FEB. 17 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX

FEB. 18 SALT LAKE CITY, UT KILBY COURT

FEB. 19 DENVER, CO HI DIVE

FEB. 20 LAWRENCE, KS JACKPOT SALOON

FEB. 21 OMAHA, NE SLOWDOWN

FEB. 22 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7TH STREET ENTRY

FEB. 23 MADISON, WI HIGH NOON SALOON

FEB. 25 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL

FEB. 26 BLOOMINGTON, IN VIDEO SALOON

FEB. 27 NEWPORT, KY SOUTHGATE HOUSE

FEB. 28 COLUMBUS, OH SKULLY'S

MAR. 1 PONTIAC, MI PIKE ROOM AT CROFOOT

MAR. 2 CLEVELAND, OH GROG SHOP

MAR. 3 BUFFALO, NY MOHAWK PLACE

MAR. 4 TORONTO, ON EL MOCAMBO

MAR. 5 MONTREAL, QC CASA DEL POPOLO

MAR. 6 BOSTON, MA MIDDLE EAST (Downstairs)

MAR. 7 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM

MAR. 8 PHILADELPHIA, PA JOHNNY BRENDA'S

MAR. 9 WASHINGTON, DC BLACK CAT BACKSTAGE

MAR. 10 ASHEVILLE, NC THE GREY EAGLE

MAR. 11 ATLANTA, GA THE EARL

MAR. 12 ORLANDO, FL BACKBOOTH

MAR. 13 TAMPA, FL CROWBAR

MAR. 14 TALLAHASSEE, FL CLUB DOWNUNDER

MAR. 16 HOUSTON, TX FITZGERALD'S (Downstairs)

MAR. 17 AUSTIN, TX SXSW

MAR. 18 AUSTIN, TX SXSW

MAR. 19 DALLAS, TX THE LOFT

MAR. 22 PHOENIX, AZ THE RHYTHM ROOM

MAR. 23 TUCSON, AZ PLUSH

MAR. 24 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH

MAR. 25 LOS ANGELES, CA THE ECHO

MAR. 26 SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL

MAR. 28 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS

MAR. 29 VICTORIA, BC LUCKY BAR

MAR. 30 VANCOUVER, BC THE MEDIA CLUB