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ANR Get Remixed by Memory Tapes, Release Stay Kids Deluxe Edition

Miami duo ANR will release the deluxe edition of their post-apocalyptic pop album Stay Kids on September 13th through 10K Islands. In the meantime the prolific group will be releasing videos, remixes, and other goodies. Most recently, they enlisted Memory Tapes to remix “Stay Kids,” their blissed-out, nostalgic anthem about growing older. Click HERE to stream/download Memory Tapes’ take on the track, and click HERE to watch the video for ANR’s original version of the song.

ANR consists of merely two members – Brian Robertson (Keys, Vocals) and Michael-John Hanock (Vocals, Drums) – but they create a powerful sound filled with layered melodies and bountiful hooks. It has already earned the duo praise from RCRD LBL, The Fader, and Nylon, among others, and have landed them shows with bands like Animal Collective, Neon Indian, No Age, and Fucked Up.

Stay Kids is a rhythmically propulsive, psychedelic trip that was inspired largely by recent floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other environmental disasters. Much of the album’s lyrics meditate on how such ‘natural’ disasters affect individuals and humanity at large. However, sonically-speaking the album is by no means morose. Instead, the synth-heavy and often danceable material feels triumphant. Each song is a journey through carefully sculpted, dream-pop soundscapes with frequent, unexpected and exciting detours

ANR’s live show highlights a different aspect of the band, bringing out their punk influences as well as their penchant for German progressive acts of the 70’s. The group will tour throughout the US this Fall, with dates to be announced soon.

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Click HERE to Watch the Video for “Stay Kids”

Click HERE for Memory Tapes’ Remix of “Stay Kids”

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Tour Dates:

8/29: Philadelphia, PA Kung-Fu Necktie
8/30: New York, NY Milk Studios
8/31: New York, NY Mercury Lounge
9/1: Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
9/2: Montreal, QC Casa Del Popolo
9/3: Toronto, ONT The Drake
9/5: Detroit, MI Lager House
9/6: Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
9/7: Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
9/9: Urbana, IL Canopy Club
9/10: Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
9/12: Seattle, WA Crocodile Lounge
9/13: Portland, OR Doug Fir
9/15: San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
9/16: Fresno, CA Audie’s Olympic
9/17: Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
9/20: San Diego, CA Soda Bar

Singer-Songwriter Justin Hines Triumphs With US Debut

Optimism permeates throughout Days to Recall, Justin Hines U.S. debut album to be released August 2nd on Decca. The Canadian singer/songwriter’s collection of heartfelt songs about life and love showcase his considerable talents, and his will to overcome insurmountable obstacles.  The CD coincides with a PBS special of Hines in concert -- taped at Toronto’s Royal Cinema with special guests Ron Sexsmith, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Sierra Noble and The Canadian Tenors -- slated to air multiple times across the U.S. during Public Television’s August pledge drive.

Justin Hines has thrived all his life against odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit.  Hines has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that confines him to a wheelchair.   He admits his condition has provided challenges, but primarily sees the good it has brought him and the inspiration he can provide others.  “There have been so many blessings. It’s afforded me so many other opportunities. It’s a bit of an attention grabber,” he says. “But then my job is to keep people interested, and keep their attention with my music.”

Highlights on Days To Recall include the first single, the instantly catchy “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” a duet with fellow Canadian/actress Jill Hennessy on the plaintive, “Why Not Love Me” and the uplifting “Say What You Will.”  The latter track took on a life of its own after a South African video featuring the Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu was used as part of a campaign to build 20 schools in 11 days.  Hines performed in South Africa this spring and saw the schools that will educate more than 22,000 students.

To hear “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” click here.

Music was integral throughout Justin’s young life.  He doesn’t remember it, but his mom tells him he wrote his first song when he was seven. In his late teens, he decided to teach himself how to play piano as a way to better express himself.  “I’d done a lot of writing with other people. The most frustrating thing was I could hear the song in my head, but I was relying on other people to write chords since I didn’t play anything,” he says.

Even though Justin grew up singing in church, the realization of pursuing his musical dreams happened at the most unlikely of places— at a Toronto Raptors’ basketball game in his hometown 15 years ago.  A then 14-year-old Justin won a vocal competition to sing the National Anthem at the game — both the Canadian and American -- and his world opened up before him. “In that moment, it all seemed possible,” he recalls. Thrown in the deep end, Hines has performed professionally ever since and realized he could not only survive, but succeed.

To watch the Justin Hines EPK click here.

Sarah Jarosz 2011 Summer Tour Dates

In case you haven't had a chance to listen, here's what folks are saying about Follow Me Down, the sophomore release from Sarah Jarosz out today!

-- Click here to listen to Sarah's NPR Feature on All Things Considered!

-- Click here to stream Sarah's cover of Radiohead's "The Tourist" featuring Punch Brothers.

-- Click here to watch the EPK.

“Widely regarded as one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” – NEW YORK TIMES

*** ½ (out of four) – USA TODAY

"One of the fastest-rising stars in the roots music scene, and rapidly crossing over to the mainstream too.” – MSN MUSIC

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Sarah Jarosz Summer Tour Dates:

5-17     New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
5-18     New York, NY - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
5-22     Austin, TX - One World Theatre - 2 shows
5-25     Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head Tavern
5-26     Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
5-28     Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
6-01     Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
6-02     Charleston, SC - Spoleto Festival
6-03     Tryon, NC - Tryon Fine Arts Center
6-05     Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley
6-07     San Francisco, CA - Slim's
6-08     Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Big Room
6-09     Ashland, OR - CultureWorks
6-10     Corvallis, OR - First Presbyterian Church
6-12     Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
6-13     Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
6-15-19  Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6-25     Owensboro, KY - ROMP Music Festival - IBMA Museum
6-26     Santa Monica, CA - McCabe's
6-28     Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café
6-29     San Diego, CA - Anthology
7-08     Winnipeg, CAN - Winnipeg Folk Festival
7-14     Glasgow, Scotland - CCA Glasgow
7-16     Bedford, UK - Civic Theatre
7-17     Sheffield, UK - Greystones
7-18     Bristol, UK - St. Bonaventure's
7-19     Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre
7-20     London, UK - Bush Hall - Part of a Communion Show
7-22     Nottingham, UK - The Glee Club
7-23     Gateshead, UK - Summertyne Festival
7-27     Teton Village, WY - Grand Teton Music Festival/Walk Festival Hall
7/29     Lyons, CO - Rockygrass

Architecture in Helsinki Get Remixed by Javelin, New Album Out Today!

Masters of modernist pop Architecture in Helsinki release their new album Moment Bends today on V2/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records.  To celebrate the occasion the band is sharing a remix of their single “Contact High” by Brooklyn duo Javelin.  Click HERE to stream/download this lush, shimmering take on the song.  Click HERE to watch the video for the original version of “Contact High,” which Paste Magazine calls “summer’s first mixtape must” and Prefix Mag calls “absurdly catchy.”  Don’t miss the band as they kick off their US tour next month!

In large parts, Moment Bends is in dialogue with the dance floor, without being a slave to any particular rhythm.  Like the best pop albums it bubbles with an immediacy while revealing new layers after repeated listens.  It also showcases the band’s most concise and sophisticated songwriting yet.  Recorded over a two year period in the their studio space, Buckingham Palace, songwriter Cameron Bird says: “Moment Bends was all about being at one with our ideas, obsessed with popular music and falling in love with our hometown.  We wanted to build a record to get lost in.  A record that always feels exactly what you are feeling”.

Click HERE to Stream/Download Javelin’s Remix of “Contact High”

Click HERE for the Video of Architecture in Helsinki’s Original Version

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Architecture in Helsinki US Tour Dates:

06/01:  Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
06/02:  San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/03:  San Francisco, CA @ Slims
06/04:  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/05:  Vancouver, BC @ Venur
06/06:  Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
06/09:  Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
06/10:  Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/11:  Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
06/12:  Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
06/13:  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
06/15:  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/16:  New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/17:  Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06/18:  Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

Ben Sollee's 'Close To You' Video Debut

Today, USA Today Pop Candy debuted the video for "Close To You" - a new track from cellist Ben Sollee's upcoming May 10th release, "Inclusions".

Ben's music incorporates a melting-pot of genres combined with storytelling lyricism.

You Ain't No Picasso recently posted that Ben is "at the start of something great" and I wholeheartedly agree.

Click here to check out the debut of Ben Sollee's of "Close To You."

Scattered Trees' Sympathy Out Today

Scattered Trees’ highly anticipated new album Sympathy (Roll Call/EMI) hits stores across the country today. In honor of the album’s release, AOL Spinner is currently streaming the album in its entirety — click HERE to listen. The band has also made their anthemic track “Four Days Straight” available for free download. Click HERE to download the track. Scattered Trees has also created four videos for “Four Days Straight” with the help of film students at four different schools in NYC, and is currently running a contest on Consequence of Sound to select the band’s next official video. Click HERE to view the videos and vote on the contest. And to celebrate the Sympathy’s release, Scattered Trees has announced a very special album release show on 4/30 at Schubas in Chicago. See the band’s full tour dates below.

Already, the album has been hailed by Nylon, RCRD LBL, Consequence of Sound and others as an album that’s not to be missed. And it’s easy to see why. 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. 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:

04/09: KANSAS CITY, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival (The Union - 10:00pm)
04/30: CHICAGO, IL @ Schubas (Sympathy Album Release Show sponsored by Consequence of Sound)
05/13: DES MOINES, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
05/20: GRAND RAPIDS, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
07/31: CHICAGO, IL @ Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Émilie Simon Collaborates With Arcade Fire Director Vincent Morisset

For the launch of her forthcoming album, The Big Machine, Émilie Simon worked with Canadian director Vincent Morisset, whose pioneering work on cinematic interactivity with Arcade Fire earned praises worldwide. Vincent and Émilie were introduced by Jeremy  from Arcade Fire who also plays on The Big Machine. The two decided to collaborate on a series of interactive videos to illustrate four tracks from the album. With the help of photographer John Londono and illustrator Caroline Robert, they spent a day in Brooklyn capturing various moods of the city. The result is a series of interactive videos utilizing phenakistiscope, an old animation device that uses the persistence of retina to create images juxtaposition. Each of the four films is unique (“Chinatown” has an interactive sampler and octopus animation that are triggered when you click on the octopus, when you click on the wall in “Dreamland” it makes feathers fall etc). The videos premiered on InterviewMagazine.com today and can also be seen here.

One of France's most renowned artists, Émilie Simon, launched her career in 2003 and immediately captured the imagination of a large audience with her sprawling and elegant musical fantasies, earning three Victoires de la Musique (France’s Grammy equivalent) during the course of her first three albums. She gained international acclaim for scoring the smash documentary March of the Penguins and saw her first US release in 2006 with The Flower Book. In 2008, she relocated to Brooklyn where she recorded her new album The Big Machine surrounding herself with talented guests such as Kelly Pratt and Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) as well as Jon Natchez (Beirut) or Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Brazilian Girls).

Her iconic style has made her a respected voice in fashion. She is often seen donning dresses by Yeojin Bae, Jean-Paul Gauthier or Vivienne Westwood and collaborated with Paule Ka to design her stage attire. She blazes her own trail aesthetically, incorporating vintage clothing or up and coming designers to more established names, toying with fashion as she does with sounds.

Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO on April 7th

Put on your favorite tie-dye and join us Thursday, April 7th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco for a Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra. From 6:00 - 8:00 enjoy a Sound Check Party, followed by drinks, finger foods and mingling with the artists.  Click here for ticket details, including how to join the pre-show party even if you already have your concert tickets.

Enjoy great music while also supporting the Rex Foundation by being part of these upcoming Rex Musical Caravan East Coast events:

* Saturday, April 2, Half Step, playing Grateful Dead music at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead, NY, will contribute $2.00 per ticket to the Rex Foundation. Click here for details.

* Saturday, April 9, Reflections Band, now in its third year on the Rex Musical Caravan, is joined by Lo Faber and Aaron Maxwell of God Street Wine at Mexi Cali Live in Teaneck, NJ, as described here in more detail.

As you check out the Rex website for news and information about our work, know that it is your support and involvement that makes everything possible.  If you can't join us for an upcoming event, check out the different ways you can support Rex and help us keep covering just a little more ground.  Thank you!

Beat Kaestli @ the Bar Next Door | NYC

I'm happy to announce my return to the wonderful Bar Next Door, Monday, February 7th. I'll be featuring tried and true songs from my CDs and some new(er) tunes and, for the first time, I will do it with a vocal/accordion trio! More info below.

On an important side note - Haiti still needs a lot of help and what better way to raise awareness than by supporting a book about it's culture and religion by renowned photographer/photojournalist Les Stone, who has been visiting and documenting Haiti for many years. Please support his efforts to raise awareness for Haiti and help him realize his book "Vodou in Haiti: A People's Religion"! For more info and donations, click here.

Have a great weekend and looking forward to seeing you at Bar Next Door!

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Monday, February 7th @ 8:30/10:30 PM
129 MacDougal, NYC
$12/all night (1 drink per set min.)
Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
Will Holshauser - accordion
tba - bass
and special guests

Cosmic NYE, 2011 shows, New Downloads

Dark Star Orchestra will be recreating the Legendary 'Live at the Cow Palace' show from 12/31/76 plus DSO will kick off the evening with a rare acoustic set. We are looking forward to wrapping up an incredible year of touring and music ...Come Join us for the Celebration!

GA tix include admission, party favors and champagne toast

Limited VIP packages are available and include premium reserved seating, access to a private VIP bar, exclusive show poster, party favors, and a champagne toast.

Click HERE for GA NYE tix
Click HERE for VIP NYE tix

12/30 - Dark Star Orchestra will be performing 3 sets kicking things off with a special Terrapin Nation set!

Click HERE to get your 12/30 tickets today...

With DSO ringing in 2011 at The Klein on 12/30 and 12/31, we've partnered up with our friends at The Fairfield Theatre Company who are doing a weekly giveaway of DSO and Grateful Dead related merchandise each week up until the show. Visit and 'like' their Facebook Page and check each Wednesday to enter to win some great prizes, including a rare, limited edition Dark Star Orchestra poster and more!

Discounted hotel rooms are available for the 12/30 show. For rooms please call the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport, CT at 203.334.1234 and ask them for the $79 FTC Rate, by mentioning Dark Star Orchestra. The on line code for rooms is DSO if you want to reserve them that way. Our room block for 12/31 is sold out, but we found a few other options we wanted to share with you so you can still join in the party on New Years Eve!

Hampton Inn Milford - 203-874-4400
Homewood Suites Stratford - 203-377-3322
Hilton Garden inn Shelton - 203-447-1000
Residence Inn Milford - 203-283-2100
SpringHill Suites Milford - 203-283-0200

12/29 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA - TICKETS

12/28 - Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ - TICKETS

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New Tour Dates!

DSO will hit the road after the Southbound Winter Tour for a late winter run through the mid-atlantic. Stops include The National in Richmond, VA, State Theatre in Falls Church, VA, The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Mexicali Blues, Reading, PA and Tarrytown, NY.

Spring brings the band back to the west coast with stops in Seattle, Portland and Eugene, OR, Arcata and Santa Cruz, CA and 3 nights at the Great American Music Hall in San Fran.

Check out our TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.  | Check out some DSO coverage on the Grateful Web.

Fresh Nugs

Just in time to warm you up this winter season we have 14 new shows now available on our Livedownloads Site. Culled from the shows this past summer and fall you can check out performances from many of this years tour highlights including our sets from All Good, Mountain Jam, A Bear's Picnic and even a special secret show recorded at a top secret location in the Pennsylvania forest.

Check out our Livedownloads Site for these and other great shows from the DSO on Demand catalog.