New Orleans' Funkiest Bonerama Announce New EP & Fall Tour

With the release of a new five-track EP, Hard Times, the introduction of the fan-funded Boner Donor program, and a trio of multi-gig residencies on the horizon, New Orleans' inimitable Bonerama has never been busier. The trombone-centric funk-rock troupe is all about checking off milestones right now, conjuring up new ways to spread their boner-ific mojo and enhance the Bonerama experience for their loyal fan base.

Hard Times, available beginning September 29, includes the first-ever studio recordings by Bonerama, once described by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as "the ultimate in brass balls." Those who've caught them in concert during their decade-plus existence treasure the group's live recordings, and now Hard Times recasts Bonerama music in a whole other context. The four studio tracks on the EP include the title track, "Hard Times," the instrumental "Folly" and "Lost My House," co-written by Craig Klein and Dave Malone of New Orleans' legendary Radiators. The last studio recording is a ferocious cover of Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" (who in the Big Easy can't relate to that?), while the sole live track is a raging rave-up of the Bobby "Blue" Bland soul classic "Turn On Your Love Light," captured at last year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The release of Hard Times will be supported by a month of Northeast residencies and tour dates running from Oct. 1-30. The residencies include three consecutive Wednesday nights at Johnny D's in Somerville, MA, four Thursdays at Club Metronome in Burlington, VT, and four Fridays at Sullivan Hall in NYC. The whirlwind tour will also make stops in Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Wilmington, DE; Londonderry, NH; Rockland, ME; Manchester, CT; Northampton, MA and Lancaster, PA with more cities to be announced. See below for the current list of fall tour dates.

The most intriguing new wrinkle, though, is the Boner Donor program, designed to provide the ultimate Bonerama fan experience while simultaneously affording the band nothing less urgent than the very opportunity to continue to record and tour. Through the Boner Donor program, Bonerama is offering new, out-of-the-box ways for fans to jump directly into the energy stream and spirit of Bonerama. As the band explains on its web site (, "Your investment as a Boner Donor translates to a direct lifeline that will keep our music pumping. It's the most pure and direct way to support the art that we all need in our lives." For donations set at various pricing levels, fans can reward themselves with anything from hard drives that can be loaded up with live content at Bonerama shows, to serving as roadie for a day or traveling with the band throughout the entire year of 2010! Click here for the full details on the Boner Donor program

Those who've followed the path of these forward thinkers-after all, who'd ever heard of a funk-infected rock band fronted by trombones before this one?-probably won't be surprised at the ingenuity behind the Boner Donor program. This, after all, is a band that has always remained close to the people who've supported them throughout the years. Now, as the music industry continues its slippery slide into unknown abysses, leave it to the ingenious Bonerama to come up with a patron-of-the-arts concept that redefines the musician-fan relationship by offering the most dedicated supporters the time of their lives.

No one who's ever understood what it's like to be loyal to a favorite musical artist can possibly have a bone to pick with that!

Don't miss Bonerama on tour this fall:

September 25 Howlin' Wolf Northshore Mandeville LA
September 26 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA
October 1 Club Metronome Burlington VT
October 2 Sullivan Hall New York NY
October 3 Rex Theater Pittsburgh PA
October 5 Rock N Roll Hotel Washington DC
October 7 The Main Pub Manchester CT
October 8 Club Metronome Burlington VT
October 9 Sullivan Hall New York NY
October 10 8 X 10 Baltimore MD
October 12 The Time Out Pub Rockland ME
October 13 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton MA
October 14 Johnny D's Somerville MA
October 15 Club Metronome Burlington VT
October 16 Sullivan Hall New York NY
October 17 Dogfish Head Brewery Rehoboth Beach DE
October 18 Marion Court Room Lancaster PA
October 21 Johnny D's Somerville MA
October 22 Club Metronome Burlington VT
October 23 Sullivan Hall New York NY
October 24 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
October 28 Johnny D's Somerville MA
October 30 Tipitina's New Orleans LA
November 6 On the River Friday Series Gretna LA November 13 Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival Live Oak FL

Toubab Krewe Announce Fall Tour

Toubab Krewe rides a wave of momentum from epic performances at this summer's best festivals into a huge national fall tour in support of their latest release, Live at the Orange Peel. The band kicks-off the tour this week in Boone, NC before embarking on a cross-country trek that will bring it to premiere venues across the Rockies and West Coast, including the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA, and the Joshua Tree Music Festival in Joshua Tree, CA.


toubabThe second leg of the tour includes a special three night Halloween run in the Carolinas (Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Chapel Hill, NC) and several dates in the Northeast. The band then comes full circle to celebrate New Year's Eve at home in Asheville with a two night stand at the Orange Peel, where they recorded their last album.


The tour follows a summer that saw the band play monumental shows at Bonnaroo, ROTHBURY, and Festivus, a festival organized by Toubab Krewe bassist Dave Pransky that National Geographic called one of this year's best festivals. In keeping with the band's tradition of collaborating with luminaries, they joined The Dead during their headlining set at ROTHBURY, and toured with Jamaican legend Earl "Chinna" Smith. The band's collaborative new single "Fire," recorded at Chinna's home-studio in Kingston, continues to be added to radio playlists across the country.


Upcoming Fall Tour Dates:

September 17 | Boone, NC | Legends at Appalachian State

September 18 | Knoxville, TN | Cider House

September 19 | Nashville, TN | Exit/In

September 20 | Memphis, TN | Levitt Shell

September 21 | St. Louis, MO | Off Broadway

September 22 | Kansas City, MO | Crosstown Station

September 23 | Lincoln, NE | Bourbon Theatre

September 24 | Boulder, CO | Fox Theatre

September 25 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre

September 26 | Denver, CO | Cervantes

September 29 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge

September 30 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern

October 2 | Eugene, OR | WOW Hall

October 3 | Arcata, CA | Humboldt Brewery

October 8 | San Francisco, CA | Great American Music Hall

October 10 | Joshua Tree, CA | Joshua Tree Music Festival

October 13 | San Diego, CA | Winston's Beach Club

October 14 | Tucson, AZ | Plush

October 15 | Tempe, AZ | Sail Inn

October 16 | Flagstaff, AZ | Green Room

October 17 | Santa Fe, NM | Santa Fe Brewing Company

October 22 | Austin, TX | Flamingo Cantina

October 23 | Houston, TX | Last Concert Cafe

October 24 | New Orleans, LA | Blue Nile

October 29 | Charleston, SC | Poor House

October 30 | Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theatre

October 31 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle

November 12-13 | Live Oak, FL (Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park) | Bear Creek Music and Art Festival

November 19 | New York, NY | Santos Party House

November 20 | Cambridge, MA | Middle East Nightclub

November 21 | Cambridge, MA | Middle East Nightclub

December 30-31 | Asheville, NC | Orange Peel

January 3-8, 2010 | Ft. Lauderdale, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Caribbean Ocean | Jam Cruise


The Mother Hips Announce New Album & Fall Tour Dates

The Mother Hips have flown under the radar as true indie music pioneers for almost two decades.  With the release of their new album Pacific Dust (available October 27th on Camera Records), California's unsung psych-pop heroes tell their story. Hailed by critics for their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop"  ( and for their unflinching ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty"  (New Yorker), on Pacific Dust The Hips' signature sound rings more genuine and relevant than ever before.

motherThe Hips - led by co-founders Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals) - have been playing music for nearly 18 years, and in the process, have had the luxury of exploring and refining their craft. For the band's seventh full-length studio album, The Mother Hips have never been more primed to share their well-traveled tales - the long days and nights on the road, the gritty politics, the smart inward reflections and man, the music! - all delivered with a most appealing balance of Americana storytelling and their California-burnished rock.

Pacific Dust's compositions about penning a song in your kitchen at 3:00 am (the thundering album opener "White Falcon Fuzz"), record company politics (garage-rock boogie "Third Floor Story"), and a father and son's relationship through music (on the ballad "Young Charles Ives") indeed tell the story of many American rock bands. But here's why it matters: The Mother Hips have survived, and in fact thrived, throughout the journey - and Pacific Dust, with its bittersweet melodies, poignant lyrics, and strong and gritty musicianship, is a perfect example of why.

The Mother Hips owe most of their success to their large and loyal fanbase.  Earlier releases such as Part-Timer Goes Full, Green Hills of Earth, and Red Tandy have become almost cult classics among indie music buffs, and the band's most recent 2007 album, Kiss the Crystal Flake, offered proof that the band still continues to attract new supporters. Over the years, the band has worked with and played alongside a slew of renowned/respected colleagues including super-producer Rick Rubin, Wilco, Johnny Cash, and many others.

Today, armed with their newest release Pacific Dust, The Hips are poised to take their experience and talent to another level for this next leg of their already epic journey.

The band will tour this fall in support of Pacific Dust.  The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

September 11 The Palms Playhouse Winters CA
September 17 Plush Tucson AZ
September 19 Zion Canyon Music Festival Springdale UT
September 25 19 Broadway Fairfax CA
October 1 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo CA
October 2 Club Fred Fresno CA
October 3 The Glass House Pomona CA
October 9 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta GA
October 10 Fall for Greenville Greenville SC
October 16 The Lodge Ventura CA
October 17 Smokin' in the Park BBQ Festival Alpine CA
October 29 - November 1 Las Tortugas IV Halloween Ball Groveland CA
November 5 Tractor Tavern Seattle WA
November 6 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR
November 7 River City Saloon Hood River OR
November 17-18 Joe's Pub @ The Public Theater New York NY
November 20-21 Schubas Chicago IL
December 4-5 Emo's Austin TX
January 3-8 Jam Cruise 8 Fort Lauderdale FL

Additional dates to be announced.

Umphrey's McGee Announce Fall Tour, Halloween, and NYE Dates

Umphrey's McGee is gearing up for a busy fall season that will take them to all parts of the U.S, including some final festival stops of 2009 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, moe.Down, and Telluride Blues and Brews - and a special Halloween play in Yosemite, California.


In June, the band released their new DVD, Umphrey's McGee - Live.  Recorded during their 2007 performance for PBS's Soundstage, Umphrey's McGee - Live is offers an incredible 13-song set on DVD, including six favorites not shown during the PBS broadcast, which premiered last February.

Legendary on the live music circuit, Chicago-based Umphrey's McGee has perfected the art of progressive improvisation.  With swirling guitar textures, multi-faceted arrangements and their signature blend of power and finesse, the sextet brings jamming to a new level.  During the summer of 2007, Umphrey's McGee came home to Chicago to record a special live performance for the award-winning PBS music series Soundstage at WTTW's Grainger Studio. UMPHREY'S McGEE - LIVE features over two hours of dazzling music presented in High-Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus two bonus tracks (including "Made to Measure" off their most recent studio album Mantis).  A visual showcase of the band's spontaneity and innovative prowess, UMPHREY'S McGEE - LIVE, is a must-own for all music enthusiasts and progressive rock fans, and is available now in stores and online.

The band's complete list of confirmed appearances is as follows:

August 27-28  Canopy Club  Urbana IL
September 2  Whiskey Roadhouse  Council Bluffs IA
September 4  Mishawaka Amphitheatre  Bellevue CO
September 5  Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival  Aspen CO
September 6  moe. Down  Turin NY
September 9  Varsity Theatre  Baton Rouge LA
September 10  House of Blues  Houston TX
September 11  La Zona Rosa  Austin TX
September 12  House of Blues  Dallas TX
September 15  Rialto Theatre  Tucson AZ
September 16  House of Blues  Las Vegas NV
September 17  The Depot  Salt Lake City UT with Keller Williams
September 18  Mesa Theatre & Club  Grand Junction CO
September 19 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival Telluride CO
October 1  IU Auditorium  Bloomington IN
October 2  Michigan Theatre  Ann Arbor MI
October 3  Eagles Ballroom  Milwaukee WI
October 7  City Opera House  Traverse City MI
October 8  House of Blues  Cleveland OH
October 9  Orbit Room  Grand Rapids MI
October 21  Knitting Factory Spokane WA
October 22  Showbox Seattle WA
October 23  McDonald Theatre  Eugene OR
October 24  Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
October 25  Eureka Theatre  Eureka CA
October 27  Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay NV
October 28  McNears Mystic Theatre  Petaluma CA
October 29  House of Blues  West Hollywood CA
October 30-31  Las Tortugas - Dance of the Dead IV Groveland (Yosemite) CA
December 10-14  Carribean Holidaze  Runaway Bay JA
December 29-31  TBA Chicago IL

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Announce 34-City North American Tour

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have announced a 34-city North American tour in September and October to support their new EP, One Day In Brooklyn. The band will begin the trek in their home state of Oklahoma before hitting Texas for two nights and then heading west where they'll work their way up the left coast to Seattle. After one night back in Tulsa for a release party and performance, they'll immediately join Phish bassist Mike Gordon as opening support on seven shows. From there, JFJO thoroughly covers the Northeast and then wraps the tour with a handful of dates in the Midwest, including Halloween in Kansas City.


jfjoOne Day In Brooklyn will be released September 1 on JFJO's own label Kinnara Records through a partnership with The Royal Potato Family. It's the band's first release since pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer expanded the line-up to a quartet with the addition of lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes. Recorded in one day at 58NS Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, JFJO feature two original tunes ("Country Girl" and "Drethoven") along with interpretations of songs by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Beatles and Thelonious Monk.


The upcoming JFJO tour dates are:

September 2 | The Deli | Norman, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 3 | Granada Theater | Dallas, TX (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 4 | The Parish Room | Austin, TX (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 5 | Arts Festival Oklahoma | Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 8 | Lou's Records | San Diego, CA (5pm In-Store)
September 8 | Winston's | San Diego, CA (w/ Heavy Guilt)
September 9 | Catalina Jazz Club | Hollywood, CA (w/ Eartha Austria Trio)
September 10 | Kuumbwa Jazz Center | Santa Cruz, CA
September 11 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA (w/ The Last Ambassadors)
September 12 | Red Fox | Humboldt, CA (w/ Eskmo & Welder)
September 17 | The Dojo @ Well Springs | Ashland, OR
September 19 | Music Millennium | Portland, OR (3PM In-Store)
September 19 | Jimmy Mak's | Portland, OR
September 20 | High Dive | Seattle, WA
September 25 | The Marquee | Tulsa, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 26 | Barrymore Theatre | Madison, WI (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 28 | 20th Century Theater | Cincinnati, OH (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 29 | Blind Pig | Ann Arbor, MI (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 30 | Mr. Small's Theater | Millvale, PA (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 2 | The Mod Club | Toronto, Canada (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 3 | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 4 | Pure Pop | Burlington, VT (2PM In-Store)
October 4 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 6 | La Salla Rossa | Montreal, QC
October 7 | Gemstones | Lowell, MA
October 8 | Narrows Center For The Arts | Fall River, MA
October 9 | Le Poisson Rouge | New York, NY (w/ Moodswing Orchestra)
October 10 | Tritone | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Jason Fraticelli & the Wet Dreams)
October 13 | Mill Hill Saloon | Trenton, NJ
October 15 | Red Square | Albany, NY
October 16 | Downright Music & Art | Collinsville, CT
October 17 | The Lizard Lounge | Boston, MA
October 21 | Iowa City Yacht Club | Iowa City, IA
October 22 | The Encore | Stevens Point, WI (90-FM Jazz Fest)
October 23 | Cranky Pat's | Neenah, WI
October 24 | Kinetic Playground | Chicago, IL
October 31 | Jardine's | Kansas City, MO (w/ special guest Mark Southerland)

Lotus Announce Huge Fall Tour

lotusLotus are about to break ground in a way that no other rock band has done prior - they are plotting a tour this fall that truly allows their legion of fans to pay-what-they-want for tickets. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour featuring Lotus is an eight night run of shows in western U.S. states, sponsored by Ticketweb, that lets the fans decide how much their show ticket will cost. At the $15.00 Pay-What-You-Want level or higher, fans receive free digital downloads of the band's two new EPs Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass, both to be released on October 6, 2009.

The Pay-What-You-Want dates are part of Lotus' larger Fall Tour, running from early-October through the end of the year. Big stops include performances at Denver's Fillmore, NYC's Terminal 5, Baltimore's Sonar, Chicago's Vic Theatre, and others. Lotus brings out several must-see opening acts for many of these shows, including Break Science feat Adam Dietch, The Egg (from London, UK), Big in Japan, and Big Gigantic. Don't miss a few special small shows: here's the scoop - two shows at NYC's Mercury Lounge are being bundled with the T-5 ticket, and the same offer is available for the Denver shows (to get into Quixotes, you must buy the Fillmore ticket).

Downloads of both new EPs will be bundled with advance ticket purchases for select Fall Tour dates including the three New York City shows, two Denver shows, both Boston shows and a few other shows to be determined.  The material on both Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass can be directly traced back to Lotus' 2008 full-length release, Hammerstrike. A number of songs were recorded that didn't find their way onto Hammerstrike (either they hadn't been finished by deadlines or they weren't coalescing with the sound of that project), but after finishing the album, Lotus decided to revisit these tracks, and the results are extraordinary. Feather on Wood is sunnier with a laid-back vibe, yet not afraid of big rock beauty, while Oil on Glass is darker in character, with more head-nodding tempos.

LotusListing of forthcoming Lotus tour dates (and who will be opening each show):

September 4    Bottom Line    Nagoya, JP    
September 5    Metamorphose Festival    Tokyo, JP
September 6    Drunkard's Stadium    Kashiwa, JP
September 18   Mercury Lounge    New York, NY
September 19    Mercury Lounge    New York, NY
October 2    Aces Lounge    Austin, TX
October 3    Aces Lounge    Austin, TX

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT Dates (Oct 6-Oct 14)
October 6     The Roxy    Hollywood, CA          w/ Break Science ft  Adam Dietch                
October 7    The Independent    San Francisco, CA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 8    McDonald Theatre    Eugene, OR        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 9    The Showbox    Seattle, WA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 10    Crystal Ballroom    Portland, OR        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 11    The Nightlight    Bellingham, WA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 13    Knitting Factory     Boise, ID        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 14    Murray Theater    Salt Lake City, UT        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
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October 15    Belly Up    Aspen, CO                
October 16    Quixotes    Denver, CO
October 17    The Fillmore    Denver, CO
October 20    Granada Theatre    Lawrence, KS        
October 21    The Old Rock House    St. Louis, MO        w/ The Egg
October 22    Slowdown    Omaha, NE        w/ The Egg
October 23    First Avenue    Minneapolis, MN        w/ The Egg
October 24    Turner Hall Ballroom    Milwaukee, WI        w/ The Egg
October 26    Copper Dragon    Carbondale, IL        w/ The Egg
October 27    Bluebird Nightclub    Bloomington, IN        w/ The Egg
October 28    Bogart's    Cincinnati, OH        w/ The Egg
October 29    House of Blues    Cleveland, OH        w/ The Egg
October 30    The Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY          w/ The Egg
October 31    Sonar    Baltimore, MD        w/ Big In Japan & The Egg
November 4    Higher Ground    Burlington, VT        w/ The Egg
November 5    Paradise Rock Club    Boston, MA        w/ The Egg
November 6    Paradise Rock Club    Boston, MA        w/ The Egg
November 7    Revolution Hall    Troy, NY        
November 10    Is Venue    Charlottesville, VA        w/ Big Gigantic
November 11    Cat's Cradle    Carrboro, NC        w/ Big Gigantic
November 12    Variety Playhouse    Atlanta, GA        w/ Big Gigantic
November 13    Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival    Live Oak, FL             
November 14    Orange Peel    Asheville, NC        w/ Big Gigantic
November 27    Vic Theatre    Chicago, IL        
November 28    Terminal 5    New York, NY      

LIVING COLOUR Announce North American Tour

Living Colour have announced North American tour dates in support of their new album The Chair In The Doorway. The highly anticipated 28-date run will be bookended by performances at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, as they appear August 10 opening for The Roots at their weekly Tuesday night jam session and then again on October 30 for their own headline performance. In between, the band will hit 19 states around the U.S., including a return to The Key Club in Los Angeles on September 24, The Regency Grand Ballroom in San Francisco on September 25 and The Double Door in Chicago on October 4. They'll cross the border for a show in Toronto at Lee's Palace on October 3.


living-colourThe Chair In The Doorway, set for release September 15 on Megaforce Records, was recorded at Sono Studios just outside of Prague in the Czech Republic. Renowned producer Count (Galactic, Lyrics Born, No Doubt) was onboard to helm the sessions, while Ron St. Germain (U2, Mos Def, Muse) mixed the album. The 11-track collection is Living Colour's most personal collection of songs yet with razor sharp lyrical observations and kinetic jams that seamlessly weave elements of metal, funk and soul. Vernon Reid described the album as, "an unintentional concept record about life and how we are all in this thing together."


Living Colour formed out of New York City in the mid-'80s. Their incendiary performances at CBGBs became the stuff of legend. The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, who witnessed one of these shows, was so impressed that he insisted upon producing a demo for the fledgling band and later helped them score a record deal. Living Colour's debut album Vivid went double platinum and garned the band a Grammy Award. Around this same time, the band's founder, Vernon Reid, helped form the Black Rock Coalition to help create opportunities for African-American musicians playing rock music in a largely segregated music business. The results of these efforts paired with Living Colour's own success helped pave the way for artists like Ben Harper, Rage Against The Machine and TV On The Radio. In 2007, Living Colour's hit song "Cult Of Personality" was selected for Guitar Hero III. The game has gone onto sell over 14 million copies, introducing the band to a new generation of fans.


Upcoming Living Colour tour dates are:
August 10 | The Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ The Roots)
September 1 | The Birchmere | Alexandria, VA
September 2 | Bottle & Cork | Dewey Beach, DE
September 3 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
September 4 | The Crazy Donkey | Farmingdale, NY
September 6 | Infinity Hall | Norfolk, CT
September 8 | Tupelo Music Hall | Londonderry, NH
September 9 | FTC @ Stage One | Farfield, CT
September 10 | Johnny D's | Somerville, MA
September 11 | Mexicali Live | Teaneck, NJ
September 12 | Rams Head Tavern | Annapolis, MD
September 14 | The Loft | Atlanta, GA
September 15 | HOB Orlando | Lake Buena Vista, FL
September 16 | Jannus Landing | St. Petersburg, FL
September 18 | Emo's | Austin, TX
September 19 | Granada Theatre | Dallas, TX
September 20 | Warehouse Live | Houston, TX
September 23 | Canes Bar and Grill | San Diego, CA
September 24 | The Key Club | West Hollywood, CA
September 25 | Regency Grand Ballroom | San Francicso, CA
September 26 | Berbatis Pan | Portland, OR
September 27 | Studio Seven | Seattle, WA
September 30 | Fine Line Music Cafe | Minneapolis, MN
October 2 | The Magic Bag | Detroit, MI
October 3 | Lee's Palace | Toronto, Ontario
October 4 | Double Door | Chicago, IL
October 5 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
October 30 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY

The Walkmen Announce US Tour With Here We Go Magic

US Tour Dates

8/14 - Guggenheim 'It Came From Brooklyn' - New York, NY
8/16 - Central Park SummerStage w/ Dinosaur Jr. - New York, NY
9/12 - Red Rocks (Monolith Festival) - Morrison, CO
9/18 - Middle East -
Cambridge, MA*
9/19 - Middle East - Cambridge, MA*
9/20 - Pearl Street Downstairs - Northampton, MA*
9/22 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC*
9/23 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA*
9/25 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*
9/26 - Grey Eagle Tavern - Asheville, NC*
9/27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
9/29 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL*
9/30 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA*
10/2 - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits) - Austin, TX
10/18 - Treasure Island - San Francisco, CA
*with Here We Go Magic

 Tickets Are Available Starting August 1st At 12PM EST

The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker Announce Fall Tour Dates

Soul music is here to stay, and it's still evolving. The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker are living proof. Nashville's white hot deep funk band releases their highly anticipated second studio album, titled Burn It Down, on September 15, 2009. Look for the band on tour this Fall in support the new album.

For their 2nd LP, The Dynamites and their soul-shouting frontman Charles Walker deliver a slate of tunes that arrives right on time. It's a new day, and Charles Walker and his band have something to say. It's the kind of story where you gotta tear it down to rebuild it, the greedy man ultimately gets his due, love rules the day and everybody gets down in the end.  It's a timeless tale, as relevant as ever, and Burn It Down tells it in a righteously funky fashion. Strike a match, light the fuse and Burn It Down.

Don't miss The Dynamites on tour this fall.  The current list of tour dates is as follows:

August 28th, Fort Wayne Botanical, Fort Wayne, IN
August 29th, Sweet Corn Festival, Urbana, IL
August 30th, Stokie's Backlot Bash, Stokie, IL
September 11th, Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
September 12th, The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
September 17th, Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
September 18th, Pianos, New York, NY
September 19th, The Note, Westchester, PA
September 20th, Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
September 22nd, Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
September 23rd, Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL
September 24th, Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN
September 25th, Southgate House, Newport, KY
September 26th, TBA, Cleveland, OH
October 2nd, Tipitina's Uptown, New Orleans, LA

Additional dates to be announced.

The release of Burn It Down marks the highly anticipated follow-up to Charles Walker & The Dynamites' first LP, Kaboom.  As the New York Times hailed:

"New York City has the Dap-Kings, Nashville has the Dynamites, whose approach is about three quarters James Brown with touches of Memphis, Motown and New Orleans. [And] The Dynamites have found a singer to put them across: Charles Walker, who has been on the soul circuit since the 1960s. His voice rivals better-known headliners; he's an authoritative, gospel-steeped shouter and a dramatic ballad builder. It's old-school music that works up a genuine sweat."

Charles Walker doesn't imitate, emulate or try to resuscitate a bygone nostalgic era. He is soul, the real deal, still carrying the flaming torch of funk and soul lit back in the late 60's at the Apollo Theater where he opened up for icons like James Brown and Wilson Pickett. What's more, the fresh songwriting approach of Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black, continues to push the deep funk envelope, propelling Walker to sound equally at home singing a scorching hot, up-tempo rocker as he does on a heart wrenching 60's-style soul ballad.

For soul veteran Walker, finding songwriter Bill Elder has been an epiphany. Importantly, he's found in Elder a songwriter that writes for his voice. This stands in sharp contrast to the days when he was asked to record songs whether they inspired him or not. "I didn't have the songs that I felt were right for me. Now I can pick and choose the songs I want to do. When I was with Chess and Decca I did what they wanted me to do." The result being that Walker is more relaxed and at ease in the studio. "I feel so confident now. I can remember being under so much pressure to try and get a hit record. Now I'm just in there doing what I like to do."

An essential authenticity comes across in The Dynamites music and message. Without a doubt, Burn it Down acknowledges that not all is right in the world, but it doesn't get stuck there. Times might be rough and people might be grumbling about doomsday, but Charles Walker and The Dynamites are here to remind us that "it's a sunny day." Sure we could bitch and moan. But we could just as well get down to some funky assed grooves and burn that negativity down.

The Dynamites are: Charles Walker (vocals), Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black (guitar), Chris West (saxophones and flute), Jon-Paul Frappier (trumpet), Charles Treadway and Tyrone Dickerson (organ), Chris Patterson (percussion), Derrek Phillips (drums), Jonathan Jackson (saxophone) and Rich Brinsfield (bass).

Akron/Family Announce Tour Dates

Akron/Family are gearing up for a North American tour that features a handful of summer festivals plus headlining club and theater dates. Just back from Japan (JPGs HERE!), Akron/Family will be joined by Wooden Wand for an east coast run and in September by very special guests Jeffery Lewis & The Junkyard and Slaraffenland. The Slaraffenland horns will join the band on stage each night (a la The Dodos or Megafaun before them) to form the Akron/Family big band.

akron-familySimultaneously, Akron/Family’s US label, Dead Oceans, will be releasing a series of Akron/Family 7"s.  Side A will feature a track off their newest, most dynamic offering, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, and the flip-side will boast an exclusive, 7"-only track.  These releases can be purchased at the band’s shows first before they will be made available to traditional retail outlets. The first in this series, "Everyone is Guilty,” is all but sold out - there are a few copies left at the band’s web store at The second 7" in the series, "River,” can be purchased during the September run and from traditional outlets in October. Details from the "Many Ghosts" single will be announced soon.

Tour Dates:

Wed.       Jul. 22        Cleveland, OH @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Thu.        Jul. 23        Detroit Lakes, MN @ 10,000 Lakes Festival
Fri.          Jul. 24        Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Icy Demons
Sat.         Jul. 25        Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Festival
Sun.        Jul. 26        Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Festival
Wed.       Jul. 29        Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon
Thu.        Jul. 30        Vail, CO @ The Sandbar
Fri.          Jul. 31        Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Sun.        Aug. 2        Liberty Park, NJ @ All Points West Festival
Tue.        Aug. 11       Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Wooden Wand
Wed.       Aug. 12      Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle w/ Wooden Wand
Thu.        Aug. 13      Atlanta, GA @ E.A.R.L. w/ Wooden Wand
Fri.          Aug. 14      Birmingham, AL @  BottleTree w/ Wooden Wand
Sat.         Aug. 15      Asheville, NC @ Harvest Festival at Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Fri.          Aug. 28      San Francisco @ Outside Lands Festival
Sat.         Aug. 29      Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater w/ Howlin' Rain, Lucky Dragons
Mon.       Sep. 7        Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
Tue.        Sep. 8        Portland, OR @ Baghdad Theatre
Thu.        Sep. 10      Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
Fri.          Sep. 11      Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
Sat.         Sep. 12      Monticello, NY @ ATP NY Festival
Mon.       Sep. 14      Hudson, NY @ Jason's Upstairs w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Tue.        Sep. 15      Williamsport, PA @ Site B w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Wed.       Sep. 16      Ithaca, NY @ Castaways w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Thu.        Sep. 17      Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Fri.          Sep. 18      London, ON @ LOLA Fest
Sat.         Sep. 19      Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland
Sun.        Sep. 20      Louisville, KY @ 21C Museum Atrium Gallery w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland