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Here We Go Magic Announce North American Spring Tour

Here We Go Magic are hitting the road once again bringing their electric show to audiences across the US. They'll be joined by Brooklyn cohorts Cavemen in the lead up to their debut Coachella performance.

This is a band with a live show like none other, once you've seen them there is no going back.

The tour is in support of The January EP. The EP's six tracks complete the songwriting cycle that Here We Go Magic began in an upstate New York farm house upon the commencement of their critically-acclaimed sophomore LP Pigeons (2010, Secretly Canadian). The band's signature mix of swirling guitars, krautrock grooves, pulsing synths, and hushed chants provide a foundation for these otherworldly songs.

"Hands in the Sky" (download link below) is a ghostly number that showcases vocalist Luke Temple's lyrical pedigree, his words pushed forward in lockstep with a band heaven-bent on window dressing your headspace like a cosmos for the 20 minutes they've got your attention. At the center of the EP lies what Here We Go Magic does best, a dichotomy between eerie folk sounds and driving art rock. The jangly back-and-forth between the guitars of Michael Bloch and Temple form the backbone to "Song In Three," the yin to Pigeons standout "Collector"'s yang. Cyclical in its instrumentation and lyrics, the spooky lullaby "Hollywood" climaxes with a mantra that wouldn't have been out of place on the band's 2009 self-titled release. The January EP was produced by Jen Turner and recorded live to analog tape in a band-built living room studio.

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North American Tour Dates

03.29.11 - Columbus, OH - Black Box on Mershon Stage - Mershon Auditorium at Ohio State University w/ Super Desserts   
03.30.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio w/ Tammar, Red Light Driver    
03.31.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon w/ Icarus Himself
04.01.11 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival - The Mill w/ Dark Dark Dark, Pillars & Tongues, Skye Carrasco    
04.15.11 - San Diego, CA - The Loft at UC San Diego w/ Cuckoo Chaos
04.16.11 - Indio, CA Coachella
05.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
05.04.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.05.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05.06.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon w/ tune-yards, Buke and Gass
05.07.11 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.09.11 - Chicaco, IL - Schuba’s
05.10.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot
05.11.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
05.12.11 - Montréal, QC - Club Lambi
05.13.11 -  South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge
05.14.11 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.16.11 Washington DC - Red Palace  *
05.17.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506  *
05.18.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl  *
05.19.11 - Nashville, TN - The Basement *
05.20.11 - Pensacola, FL  - Handlebar  *
05.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar *
05.23.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
05.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
05.25.11 - Austin, TX The Parish *
*With Caveman

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

DATAROCK Announce The Most Extravagant Single in History

They’ve done everything from tearing the roof off Coachella to playing Yo Gabba Gabba and now DATROCK will release “Catcher in the Rye”, the most extravagant single in history on March 21! The single will come as a designer toy with a USB stick that features 110 tracks, 1500 photos taken at their shows in 33 countries, 20 music videos, and Never Say Die a brand new hour-long concert film. The single will also be released as a digital 5 track EP. The USB features the EP, the new album Music For Synchronization, both of their previous albums with bonus tracks, the new Lost and Found b-sides and rarities compilation, 15 new instrumentals, and the 40 track remix album Mixed Up. The toy was created by Brian Flynn at Hybrid Design and San Francisco based pioneer company SUPER7. The band are offering the song “Catcher in the Rye” as a free MP3 which premiered on SPIN.com.  Download it here!

For the past decade Norway’s DATAROCK have melded indie dance, new wave, pop, and funk into a custom sound responsible for a steady stream of unforgettable tracks and performances.  “Catcher in the Rye” is the band at their best, instantly memorable and insanely fun.  The single takes their adventurous pop to the next level.

DATAROCK are a festival favorite in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. Their 2008 performance at Coachella drew twice the amount of people as the tent’s capacity! The band will be launching a world tour in support of “the most extravagant single in history” so be sure to join in on the madness!

Crytal Castles @ Boulder Theater | New Years Eve

Formed
in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Crystal Castles consists of
producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. They are named after the
lyrics "The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles" and "Crystal
Castles, the source of all power" both from the theme song for She-Ra's
fortress. They are known for their melancholic lo-fi sound and their
explosive live shows. Their debut album was included in NME's "Top 50
Albums of the Decade".

Crystal Castles musical style has been
described as "ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional
Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast that pierces your skull with
their sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever".
The band has headlined numerous tours in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and
Australia and have also appeared at festivals around the Globe
including Ireland's Oxegen Festival, Coachella, All Points West, Leeds
Festival in England and will also take part in Australia's "Big Day
Out" 2011 Tour.

The music and live show of the Crystal Castles is not one to miss. As the band themselves say,

"we are crystal castles
we are 1 boy and 1 girl
we are named after She-Ra's home
we play rough
"

Looks like the Boulder Theater is going into the New Year with a bumpy landing. More Info / Buy Tickets

Pretty Lights Spring & Summer Tour Dates

It’s been an incredible year and half for Colorado-based producer and Pretty Lights mastermind Derek Vincent Smith. Starting out in 2008 performing in small clubs in his home state, Pretty Lights is now selling out 1000+ venues across the country, and was named one of NPR’s recommended acts for last month’s WMC (you can check out the piece here.)

Pretty Lights has now announced its biggest headline show to date, returning to his hometown on August 8, 2010, to headline the famed Red Rocks. Tickets on sale April 24th at 10am MST.

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Check out Pretty Lights at Coachella this weekend. Or catch a show at numerous soon to be sold out venues across the country. With soulful organic vinyl samples on top of bass heavy electro beats, Pretty Lights lands somewhere between DJ Shadow and Daft Punk. But what sets him apart is his ambitious live setup that includes the addition of Cory Eberhard on drums and stunning visuals, making his live performances the stuff of legend.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

13-Apr              Wilma Theatre                                   Missoula, Montana
14-Apr              Roseland Theatre                                Portland, Oregon
15-Apr              Mezzanine                                           San Francisco, California
16-Apr              Coachella Festival                                Indio, California
19-Apr              Marquee Theatre                                Tempe, Arizona
20-Apr              Rialto Theatre                                     Tucson, Arizona
21-Apr              El Rey Theatre                                    Albuquerque, New Mexico
23-Apr              Fayetteville Towncenter                      Fayetteville, Arkansas
24-Apr              Blue Note                                           Columbia, Missouri
25-Apr              Liberty Hall                                         Lawrence, Kansas
28-Apr              Granada Theatre                                 Dallas, Texas
29-Apr              The Ballroom @ Warehouse Live        Houston, Texas
30-Apr              Republic                                              New Orleans, Louisiana  
1-May                Illumination @ Limelight                      Nashville, Tennessee
29-May              Summer Camp Music Festival              Chillicothe, Illinois*
30-May              Bella Music Festival                              Geneva, Minnesota
31-May              Movement Festival                              Detroit, Michigan*
2-Jun                 Water Street Music Hall                      Rochester, New York*
3-Jun                 Calvin Theater                                    Northampton, Massachusetts*
4- June              Terminal 5 w/ RJD2                             New York, New York*
5-Jun                 Starscape Festival                                Baltimore, Maryland
15-Jul                Camp Bisco                                        Mariaville, New York*
30-Jul                Wanderlust Festival                            Squaw Valley, California
7-Aug                Red Rocks                                          Denver, Colorado*

UNDERGROUND HEAVYWEIGHT BASSNECTAR CONFIRMED FOR COACHELLA

photo: Shauna Regan- for the Grateful Web

San Francisco' s "number one DJ" has just been confirmed to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On Saturday, April 28, Bassnectar will appear as a featured artist in the "Lucent Misting Oasis" - a 360 degree, big sound, interactive environment set to showcase the country's hottest underground acts. The "Lucent Misting Oasis" is Coachella's largest art installation yet, encompassing one full acre in the center of the festival. The area is hosted by The Do LaB, an ensemble cast of creatives from the Los Angeles underground, including artists, event producers, lighting designers and the performance troupe Lucent Dossier.

Look for Bassnectar and The Do LaB to share the stage again two weeks later at the annual Lightning in a Bottle Festival on May 11, 12 and 13 at Live Oak in Santa Barbara, California.

With "the largest cult following of any DJ in San Francisco" and voted "Best DJ" by Nitevibe.com and SF Bay Guardian, Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

For Bassnectar's new release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music, with the force and volume of sound system dancefloor devastation. The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving  range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

Here's what the critics are saying:

"Zigzagging bass flutters, acid techno, hip-hop, and ambient breakbeats
which are tantamount to pulsating club bangers."
URB

"Innovative, unique stylish & infectious"
- SF Bay Guardian

"Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) is a musical renaissance man."
- Djmixed.com

" The alt-culture festival favorite expands his deep, warbled bass lines, otherworldly atmospheres, and socially conscious lyrics within a dizzying range of genres"
-Flavorpill.net

Bassnectar is on tour this spring in support of Underground Communication.  Current appearances include:

April 19 Starlite Lounge Edmonton AB
April 20 Idywyld Event Center Saskatoon SK
April 21 Royal Canadian Legion Calgary AB

April 28 Coachella Music Festival Indio CA
May 02 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO with Seied and VibeSquad, Chordata
May 03 Bluebird Denver CO
May 04 Element - presented by Sub Swara New York NY
May 05 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
May 11 http://www.mighty119.com San Francisco CA 
May 12 Lightning in a Bottle Festival Santa Barbara CA 
May 16 The Chatterbox Lincoln NE
May 17 King Club Madison WI
May 18 The Social Milwaukee WI
May 25 Kava Lounge San Diego CA
June 07 Mosiac Baltimore MD w/ Fort Knox Five, Adam T Rush
June 08 Club Five Washington DC w/ Zak Davis, Fort Knox Five, Smalltown DJ's
June 09 Wakarusa Lawrence KS
July 06-07 High Sierra Festival Quincy CA 

More dates to be announced.