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The Dodos Announce U.S. & European 2011 Tour Dates

The drums hit you in the chest first, spraying your speakers like swift gunshots.

The Forms Premiere New Music feat Matt Berninger of The National

New York duo The Forms have premiered the debut track off their forthcoming Derealization EP out February 15th on Ernest Jenning / Threespheres (as well as the band's double LP version coupled with the Steve Albini produced album, Icarus, courtesy of Triple Down Records / Threespheres). The new song, entitled "Fire To The Ground," features frontman Matt Berninger of celebrated indie rock band The National, and is the second full track to surface from the new release.

The band has also announced full US tour dates taking the band to this year's SXSW marathon. Included in the dates are headlining performances, as well as one off shows supporting renown Washington, DC band The Dismemberment Plan. Full tour dates below.

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The Forms Live!

1/28 Boston, MA @ Paradise w/ Dismemberment Plan

2/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Rock Shop - Record Release Party

2/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Lava Lounge

2/19 Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House

2/20 Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Dismemberment Plan

2/21 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

2/22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Arbor Vitae

2/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet

2/24 Daytrotter Session

2/24 Madison, WI @ Project Lodge

2/26 Omaha, NE @ Barley Street

2/28 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

3/2 Nashville, TN @ The End

3/4 Chapel Hill, NC @nightlight

3/12-13 New Orleans, LA @ Foburg Music Festival

3/16-19 Austin, TX @ SXSW

BRITISH SINGER-SONGWRITER BOBBY LONG RETURNS TO U.S. FOR 2010 TOUR

British singer-songwriter Bobby Long returns to American shores this week, kicking off a tour that will include his first appearances at the annual South By Southwest Conference (SxSW) in Austin, Texas. Long, whose 2009 "Dangerous Summer" tour of the U.S. and Canada comprised more than 100 shows and was extended through December, will begin his 2010 U.S. run at World Café Live in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 13. Following the string of his own shows, Long will join popular Philadelphia indie band matt pond PA (mppa) for 16 shows during May in support their new album The Dark Leaves.

Bobby Long will also be the special guest on WXPN Radio's weekly Free@Noon broadcast, live from Philadelphia this Friday, March 12. Last fall, WXPN began playing cuts from Long's DIRTY POND SONGS CD-a collection he recorded in his London bedroom to be available exclusively at his shows-and made him their "World Café Next" artist of the week in December. The broadcast will be streamed live at www.xpn.org and www.npr.org.

Long is also set for several performances at SxSW next week: Thursday, March 18 at 11PM at the Hilton Garden Inn Creekside as part of "The Bedford at SxSW" event, Friday, March 19 at 2PM at Bug Music's event at the Continental Club and again at 7PM at the SxSW Second Play Stage at the Hilton Hotel Austin. His final SxSW appearance will take place on Sunday, March 21 at 1PM at the UHCU Headliner Stage. Other highlights of the spring tour will be appearances at the eclectic Bamboozle Festival on both coasts, the March 28 event at Anaheim Stadium in California and the May 1 event at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Long started the year with three weeks of shows in Europe, playing several countries for the first time.  He is currently recording his much-anticipated debut studio album for release later in the year with producer Liam Watson (The White Stripes' "Elephant") at the helm. "I'm feeling really good about it all," he says.  "I'm really pleased with the time in the studio and to have had an opportunity to work with amazing musicians and with a producer like Liam Watson.  Everyone worked together, and I really feel like we have put together a great sound and something that will make people stand up and listen. I've recorded around 18 songs and now just have to pick the ones for the album."

He has already sold more than 10,000 copies of the 10-song collection of original material called DIRTY POND SONGS.  "Left to Lie" and "The Bounty of Mary Jane" from that CD are available for download from iTunes and other digital outlets.  "Let Me Sign," a song he co-wrote with Marcus Foster, is part of the American Music Award-winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film "Twilight."  He has also compiled a new DANGEROUS SUMMER TOUR CD of live performances from his marathon 2009 tour, which will be available for sale at the upcoming shows.  Included in that collection are some of his newer compositions, "The Borough Mill," "In the Frost," "My Darling Bell" and "Girl From the Keys," among them.

Fans first discovered his compelling brand of acoustic music via the film, YouTube and his continually-updated MySpace page (www.myspace.com/musicbobbylong), which is now closing in on two million page views.  Music critics and selected radio programmers have jumped on the Long bandwagon early, praising both his songwriting and his style.


BOBBY LONG 2010 U.S. TOUR:

March 12--13-World Café Live Upstairs, Philadelphia; March 15-Mercury Lounge, New York City; March 16-Poor David's Pub, Dallas; SxSW Music Conference, Austin, TX:  March 18, at 11PM, Hilton Garden Inn Creekside) and March 19 at 2PM, Continental Club, Austin, and 7PM, Hilton Hotel Austin; March 22-Hideaway on Dunvale, Houston, TX; 25-Café Congress, Tucson; 28-The Bamboozle Festival, Anaheim Stadium; April 28-Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA; and May 1-The Bamboozle Festival, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ.

Dates supporting matt pond PA are:

May 5-Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA; 6-Allen Street Stage, Penn State University, State College, PA; 7-Mac's Bar, Lansing, MI; 9-The House Café, DeKalb, IL; 10-Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI; 11-Slowdown, Omaha; 12-Fox Theater, Boulder, CO; 14-Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS; 15-Mojo's, Columbia, MO; 17-Hi Tone Café, Memphis; 18-Square Room, Knoxville; 20-40 Watt, Athens, GA; 21-Village Tavern, Mt. Pleasant, SC; 22-Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC; 24-The Southern, Charlottesville, VA and 25-Otto Bar, Baltimore, MD.

Look for more U. S. dates to be announced soon.

British Music Embassy Announces SXSW Lineup

In the 1960s, bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones put British popular music firmly on the international map. They were joined in later decades by artists as diverse as Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols and Oasis, making British music a distinctive international brand. British Music is thriving, both at home and overseas, because it continually renews itself, fusing cultural commentary, fashion and politics in a heady mix.

Sleepy Sun Announce US Tour | Play South By Southwest

Whether droning madly, spiralling into cascades of infinitely echoing vocals or kicking back with their blissed-out take on classic Americana rock, Sleepy Sun are a band that demand your attention. Formed in Santa Cruz and now based in San Francisco, this intense sextet are set to release their latest single, Sleepy Son (sic), taken from their breathtaking debut album, Embrace, in August.

Comprising Brian Tice (drums), Jack Allen (bass), Rachael Williams (vocals, haberdashery & interpretive dancing) Bret Constantino (vocals & harmonica), Evan Reiss (guitars) and Matt Holliman (guitars) – all 22 and 23, the band met in the counter-cultural hub city of Santa Cruz, California, citing “pizza, horticulture, Neil Percival Young,” as common interests. “With the forest and ocean as our back drop, we were drawn to each other as fellow musicians, friends, and lovers” they say.

Drawing musical inspiration from Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Can and Creation Records, they forged their sound in intense jams, “free flowing, heady, ‘where am I?’ type jamming.”

Though they’re in the one-time home of psychedelia, it’s not San Francisco per se that influences their sound. “It comes more from Northern California itself more than any scene or city,” they say. “There truly is nowhere on Earth like our little corner of the country where the redwoods smother the ocean.”

What are you waiting for? Let’s Get Weird!


North American Tour Dates

2/7 - East End Club - Portland, OR
2/8 - Neumos - Seattle (FREE)** with Mudhoney
2/26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
3/9 - Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
3/12 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
3/13 - Bar Pink - San Diego, CA
3/14 - JDee’s Landing - Palm Springs, CA
3/17 - Emo’s Annex (IODA SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/18 - Beauty Bar (Bay Bridged SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/20 - Peckerheads (Rollingstone.com / Rhapsody SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/21 - Double Wide (Bro Fest) - Dallas, TX
3/23 - Hi Dive Club - Denver, CO
3/24 - Corazon - Sante Fe, NM
3/25 - Mia’s Lounge - Flagstaff, AZ
3/26 - Bunkhouse Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
3/27 - The Cellar Door - Visalia, CA

Noise Pop Announces SXSW Showcase

San Francisco label Take Root Records and branded music services company Rock River Music have partnered with The producers of the Noise Pop Festival to celebrate the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX with a showcase featuring some of the best new music talent today. 

The Noise Pop, Take Root, Rock River Music SXSW Showcase will be a single night showcase on Friday March 20th at The Mohawk, one of Austin’s most important music venues. Headlining this special event is Brooklyn NY’s The Hold Steady who NME have called “one of the best rock’n’roll bands in the world.” This showcase will also feature special performances from Radio 4, Bear Hands, The Hooks, Sleepy Sun, The Soft Pack, Adam Stephens and others alternating on two stages to fill out a bill that features twelve top independent artists including Take Root Records bands The Ettes and Minipop.

Wente Vineyards is a valued sponsor of the Noise Pop, Take Root, Rock River Music SXSW Showcase. Wente wines will be exclusively available in the showcase VIP area. With Discover the Wine, Discover the Music, 5th generation winemaker, Karl Wente pairs Wente Vineyards' finest with the music that he hopes will become the soundtrack to the best times in your life.

About Noise Pop
Started in 1993, Noise Pop is San Francisco’s best-loved celebration of independent music, film and culture. The festival has grown into a widely respected brand that prides itself on bringing exposure to emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim including the White Stripes, Magnetic Fields, The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, Bright Eyes, Feist, Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) and Silversun Pickups. The 2009 festival featured Stephen Malkmus, Deerhunter, Ra Ra Riot, Antony and the Johnsons and also boasts a run of documentary and feature films focused on music, happy hours, an education day and a local designer fair.

About Take Root Records
Take Root Records is an independent record label founded in 2006 in San Francisco. By modernizing the traditional music industry business model, Take Root gives its artists increased flexibility in an ever evolving market. Take Root views its relationships with its artists as a partnership and seeks to support not control. Take Root artists include Bellavista, Minipop and The Ettes.

About Rock River Music
Rock River Music, the leading music branding agency, handles music strategy for major brands such as adidas, The Gap, Ford, the Truth anti-smoking initiative, Chrysler, Pottery Barn, Sprite, Diet Coke, Banana Republic, LG Electronics and many others.  Rock River manages music based ad campaigns and produces tools for their clients such as download promotions, branded media players, branded CDs, artist alignment, digital mixtapes, branded podcasts and other music based marketing mechanisms.