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Panic En La Playa Expands to Sister Resort; Rooms on Sale Tomorrow

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces that the original resort host for Panic en la Playa - Now Sapphire - is bringing their sister resort, Now Jade, into the fold. With rooms for Panic en la Playa going on sale tomorrow and an already overwhelming demand for a coveted spot, this announcement comes just in time; the addition of Now Jade promises to double the number of accommodations originally available. Set on the sandy white beaches of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Panic en la Playa will offer a four-night run of shows from live-music legends Widespread Panic on January 31 – February 4, 2012.

Limited now to 2,000 lucky fans, Panic en la Playa promises Widespread Panic fans an exclusive and intimate run of shows and all of the luxurious benefits offered by the all-inclusive Now family of resorts. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, days at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa and Now Jade Resort & Spa will be spent relaxing by the pool, taking a swim in the ocean, or enjoying the incredible on-site restaurants and spa. Then, as the sun goes down, Widespread Panic will take the stage at Now Sapphire for a full two-set show each night. Fans booked at Now Jade will enjoy complimentary shuttle rides to and from the show at Now Sapphire, just a short ride away.

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Event details are as follows:

A truly intimate concert experience, Panic en la Playa is limited to 2000 fans and only those booked at Now Sapphire Resort and Now Jade Resort will be in attendance (Now Sapphire will be available first, when those are sold out, Now Jade will be put up for sale). Tropical View rooms start at $1199 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1599 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program for children ages 3 - 12.

For fans who want to extend their stay at either resort, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for the nights before and after the event. Guests can add an additional night one day prior to their stay and up to three days after the event, for $199.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for January 30th, 2012, and February 4th, 5th, and 6th. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.PanicEnLaPlaya.com.

* Pre / Post nights for the Presidential suites are priced at $225 per person and must be booked over the phone, based on availability.

TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES “2PAC 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION”

Afeni Shakur and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation announce details for the 2PAC 40th Birthday Celebration Concert, at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2011. Hosted by comedian/actor Mike Epps, this star-studded event will feature a headlining appearance by GRAMMY® award-winning artist Erykah Badu, as well as performances by legendary soul artists Roy Ayers and Eric Roberson, and hip-hop heavyweights Too $hort, Bun B, and 8 Ball and MJG. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.

“I am deeply honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son’s remarkable life,” says Badu. “I don’t take this distinction for granted.”

Since 2009, presenters, Mike Epps and Afeni Shakur have drawn thousands of 2Pac fans from around the globe to Atlanta for an annual day of music, art and culture in recognition of the icon’s lasting impact and influence. The event aims to not only revive Tupac’s spirit through art, but offer a prophetic representation of the late artist at age 40 – complete  with a musical soundtrack that spans the soulful jazz sounds of Roy Ayers and to West Coast rap contemporaries such as Too $hort.

“With this event, we help keep Tupac’s legacy alive,” says Epps, “not only by bringing together the fans that know and love his music, but also by supporting his organization, and the causes he worked so hard for during his lifetime.”

Past celebrations have included performances by Rick Ross, Wacka Flocka, Lil’ Scrappy, M1 of Dead Prez and more. At last year’s concert, Dekalb County officials presented Afeni Shakur and Mike Epps with a proclamation officially naming June 16th as “Tupac Day.”

This June 16 will mark the 40th birthday of Tupac Shakur, a man whose impact on culture worldwide through his art, activism and passion is felt to this day. This year, fans, family, artists and performers alike will gather at the Atlanta Symphony Hall to both celebrate the life and further the cause of this remarkable individual.

Tickets are priced at $45-150.00, and are available exclusively at www.16thofjune.com.

Candye Kane's 'Sister Vagabond' album rings triumphant in challenging year

Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. (All are also titles of her self-penned songs.) Her eleventh CD release, Sister Vagabond, will hit the streets on August 16, 2011 on Delta Groove Records. Produced by Kane and her noted guitarist Laura Chavez, Sister Vagabond is a worthy successor to their 2010 collaboration, Superhero, which was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues CD in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards.

The jump-blues singer, songwriter and mother of two from East Los Angeles is a five-time nominee for Blues Music Awards, has nabbed ten San Diego Music Awards and starred in a sold-out stage play about her life. She’s beat pancreatic cancer in the last two years. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars.

But her path to success was not always glamorous or easy. Raised in what she calls a dysfunctional blue-collar family, Candye became a mother, a pinup cover girl and a punk-rock, hillbilly blues-belter by the time she was just 21 years old. Ten CDs, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots-music heap, creating a world renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.

A colorful mixture of the traditional and the eclectic, Kane cut her musical teeth in the early ’80s onstage with Hollywood musicians and friends Social Distortion, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Los Lobos, The Blasters, X, Fear and the Circle Jerks, to name just a few. While raising two sons, this role model for the disenfranchised championed large-sized women, fought for the equal rights of sex workers and the GLBT community and inspired music lovers everywhere. Her fans are a mixture of true outsiders: bikers, blues fans, punk rockers, drag queens, fat girls, queers, burlesque dancers, porn fans, sex workers, rockabilly and swing dancers, gray-haired hippies, sex-positive feminists and everyday folk of all ages.

In 1986, then married to Thomas Yearsley of the Paladins, she was touched by the music of Big Maybelle, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and more. Her self-released 1991 Burlesque Swing caught the ear of Texas impresario Clifford Antone, who signed her to a deal with Antone’s Records. Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas and Paladin/Hacienda Brother/Stone River Boy Dave Gonzalez co-produced the first album of the deal, Home Cookin’. Picked up by Discovery (later Sire) Records, the Dave Alvin/Derek O’Brien-produced Diva La Grande was followed by Swango in the height of the swing craze.

Rounder/Bullseye Records signed her in 1995, releasing The Toughest Girl Alive, produced by Scott Billington. Four albums followed on the German RUF label, including the Bob Margolin-produced Guitar’d and Feathered. She then pacted with her current label, Delta Groove, releasing Superhero in 2010 and now Sister Vagabond in 2011.

Her full-time, 250-days-a-year touring schedule started in 1992. And today, Kane’s live shows are the stuff of legend. She honors the bold blues women of the past with both feet firmly planted in the present. She belts, growls, shouts, croons and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles. She uses music as therapy and often writes and chooses material with positive affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated. In a show that is part humor, part revival meeting and party sexuality celebration, she'll deliver a barrelhouse-tongue-in-cheek blues tune or a gospel ballad, encouraging audiences to leave behind religious intolerance. She’ll slay the crowd with her balls out rendition of “Whole Lotta Love” or glorify the virtues of zaftig women with “200 Pounds of Fun.” She often says she is a ”fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman's body” and she dresses the part.

Kane has been included in countless blues and jazz CD anthologies including Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide and Musichound: Blues, The Essential Album Guide and Dan Aykroyd’s 30 Essential Women of the Blues. She appeared on the influential call-to-arms of Southern California roots music, A Town South of Bakersfield on Enigma Records, alongside Lucinda Williams and Dwight Yoakam.

In addition to her musical achievements, Kane has become an activist and philanthropist in recent years. In August 2009, she appeared in Dublin, Ireland for the World Congress for Downs Syndrome with her United by Music charity. The project provides performance opportunities, blues history lessons and songwriting instruction to young people with disabilities, encouraging them to write their own blues songs to help them overcome their daily challenges.

A fighter par excellence, Candye has an authenticity, determination and optimism that keep her shows passionate, honest and irresistible.

“I take things one day at a time and today I am feeling great and very optimistic about my new CD,” Kane says. It’s been awesome to write and co-produce again with my guitarist Laura Chavez. I am grateful for every chance I get to make music live, or in the studio. Most people are given only three months to live after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and three years later, I am still here. So any opportunity I have to create music makes me humbled and grateful.

“People ask me why I want to work so hard and so much, since I tour 250 days a year. Everyone says I should stay home and relax after my health struggle. But music is my life and neuroendocrine cancer is a mostly manageable disease. I will continue to work as much as I can because I know life is fragile anyway. I would be fine if I died onstage doing what I love like Country Dick Montana or Johnny Guitar Watson. I’m not planning on going anytime soon, but when I do exit this plane, I hope it’s making someone else feel inspired by the powerful words in my songs.”

Four Nights with Widespread Panic in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces Panic en la Playa, the newest music destination event in the Cloud 9 family, which also includes Mayan Holidaze, Jam Cruise and Holy Ship! Set on the sandy white beaches of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Panic en la Playa will offer a four-night run of shows from live-music legends Widespread Panic on January 31 – February 4, 2012.

Limited to only 1,000 lucky fans, Panic en la Playa promises Widespread Panic fans an exclusive and intimate run of shows and all of the luxurious benefits offered by the all-inclusive Now Sapphire Resort & Spa. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, days at the resort will be spent relaxing by the pool, taking a swim in the ocean, or enjoying the incredible on-site restaurants and spa. Then, as the sun goes down, Widespread Panic will take the stage for a full two-set show each night.

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Event details are as follows:

A truly intimate concert experience, Panic en la Playa is limited to 1000 fans and only those booked at Now Sapphire Resort will be in attendance. Tropical View rooms start at $1199 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1599 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program for children ages 3 - 12.

For fans that want to extend their stay at the beautiful Now Sapphire Resort & Spa, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for the nights before and after the event. Guests can add an additional night one day prior to their stay and up to three days after the event, for $199.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for January 30th, 2012, and February 4th, 5th, and 6th. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.PanicEnLaPlaya.com.

* Pre / Post nights for the Presidential suites are priced at $225 per person and must be booked over the phone, based on availability.

Panic en la Playa is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures

Leftover Salmon Announces Northeast Tour Dates

Jam scene innovators Leftover Salmon are announcing four Northeast dates for fall 2011. This will be the band's first tour through the region in 8 years. Founding members Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman will be joined by Greg Garrison (bass), Andy Thorn (banjo), Bill McKay (keys) and Jose Martinez (drums). Emmitt says that these dates and addition of banjoist Andy Thorn are the start of a brand new era for the band and that they are thrilled to be kicking it all off in some of their favorite Northeast cities.
Tickets will go on sale through the band’s ticketing website this Thursday, June 9th at 10am EST. All remaining tickets will be available through the venue box offices.
The unmistakable sound of Colorado’s Leftover Salmon fuses an unrivaled improvisational fervor to a dizzying combination of bluegrass, Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin, and jazz influences. Over their 22+ year career, Leftover Salmon has earned a legion of diehard fans, critical accolades, and a reputation as one of the most exciting and engaging concert experiences to ever hit the road. For more on Leftover Salmon visit: www.leftoversalmon.com

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Leftover Salmon September Tour Dates
9/20 Recher Theatre, Baltimore (Cornmeal opens)
9/21 The Birchmere, DC (Elephant Revival opens)
9/22 World Café Live, Wilmington MD (Cornmeal opens)
9/23 Brooklyn Bowl (Cornmeal opens)

The New Deal's FINAL Colorado Performance @ Fox Theatre

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present The New Deal at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10th for $25.

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The New Deal has decided that 2011 will mark the end of a spectacular 12-year career.

It has been an amazing run for the band and we appreciate the loyal and dedicated tND fanbase across North America and Asia. Our individual lives have taken very different paths with family, living abroad, and other various projects. We have come to a point where the time and commitment that it takes to maintain our band at its best is no longer possible. As a group, we’ve never been known to go halfway, so we have decided to end things with a great run of summer and fall shows that we hope to be the best yet.

Over the next several months, TND will return to the East Coast. The final Summer and Fall 2011 shows will bring us to many of our favorite places in the US and Canada, and we’re looking forward to finishing things off in a big way.

We look forward to each and every one of these very special shows. Our fans have been fantastically devoted and supportive, and we hope to give them a final run of performances that will be truly memorable.

In addition to the summer shows and festivals already announced, we expect to add a few more dates to give as many fans as possible the opportunity to see us play together one last time.

Read Grateful Web's interviews with The New Deal.

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The New Deal: Until The End Tour

“The Final Colorado Performance”

Fox Theatre

Saturday, July 1st, 2011

Doors:  11:30 pm

Show Time:  12:00 pm

The Malah Spring & Summer Tour Dates

The three-headed livetronica force The Malah is hitting the road all summer. From club dates along the West Coast with Signal Path, to marquee sets at festivals across the Midwest and up the Atlantic, The Malah will be pushing their genre-defying brand of electronic exploration upon thousands of fans across the country. Known for their stimulating sets fusing the jam and rock aesthetic with electro, trance, and dubstep, The Malah uses the latest music technology to elevate their sound--at once seeming much bigger than a three piece, but having the deft maneuverability of a tight-knit group. Guitarist Brandon Maynard layers intricate melodies on top of the solid groove battery of bassist Elliott Vaughn and drummer Seth Fankhauser. All three move fluidly between the organic and synthetic, triggering samples and tackling complex synth runs. Between their stunning technical ability, and the visceral lighting design, fans are treated to a full-on sensory experience at each and every performance.

The Malah begins its summer run Memorial Day Weekend at Lightning in a Bottle. This eclectic and intimate festival in Silverado, CA has been known for its outlandish productions and act-breaking bills. Throughout June, The Malah will support Signal Path at a string of dates up and down the West Coast, from Oregon and Washington, to the southern tip of California in San Diego. Then it's off to the brand new electronic explosion of The Blastoff in Ohio, before STS9's Re:Generation, The Big Up, Rootwire, and Camp Barefoot. More festival dates are sure to be added, as word of The Malah's prowess spreads from coast to coast.

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May 27 – 30 :: Lightning in a Bottle :: Silverado, CA
w/ Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo

June 1 :: Neurolux :: Boise, ID
w/ Signal Path

June 2 :: Rotture :: Portland, OR
w/ Signal Path

June 3 :: Sunset Tavern :: Seattle, WA
w/ Signal Path

June 7 :: Caspar Inn :: Caspar, CA
w/ Signal Path

June 8 :: Moe’s Alley :: Santa Cruz, CA
w/ Signal Path

June 9 :: Bottom of the Hill :: San Francisco, CA
w/ Signal Path

June 10 :: The Mint :: Los Angeles, CA
w/ Signal Path

June 11 :: Winston’s Beach Club :: San Diego, CA
w/ Signal Path

June 17 :: Kinetic Playground :: Chicago, IL

June 17 – 19 :: The Blastoff Festival :: Bellefontaine, OH
w/ OTT, Archnemesis….

June 23 – 26 :: Re:Generation Festival @ Horning’s Hideout :: North Plains, OR
w/ STS9, Bassnectar….

Jul 28 – 30 :: The Big Up Festival :: Ghent , NY
w/ EOTO, Big Gigantic

Aug 5 – 7 :: Rootwire Music and Arts Festival :: Logan, OH
w/ Papadosio, Emancipator, Bluetech...

Aug 18-20 :: Camp Barefoot :: Bartow, WV
w/ The New Deal

Additional dates and info tba soon.. Stay tuned

My Morning Jacket Announce Erykah Badu & Rachel Dratch as Special Guests for "Unstaged"

My Morning Jacket’s upcoming performance  for American Express’ “Unstaged” music series – in partnership with VEVO and YouTube – is just around the corner, and the band has revealed new exciting details about the event.  The live-stream of the band’s 5/31 Louisville show, which airs at 9pm EDT, will feature Grammy award-winning singer Erykah Badu and actress Rachel Dratch.  The band has also released a series of trailers for show – click HERE to watch the latest one, a.k.a. “The My Morning Jacket Shower Scene.”  Other recent trailers include  a request for fans to send in artistic photos of their eyeballs, to be featured as a part of the live-stream, which is being directed by award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes.  The guys have also requested attendees of the show to come dressed in fancy clothes to match the grandeur of the venue, the historic Louisville Palace Theater.

“We are incredibly honored that Todd Haynes has agreed to direct this show for us,” said lead singer Jim James. “We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in his creative vision and masterful take on this live-streamed performance. Fans will certainly be in for a magical and surreal ride.”

My Morning Jacket’s new album, Circuital, will be released on May 31st by ATO Records.  It was recorded in Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN, and was co-produced by frontman Jim James and Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists). Head over to their Facebook page to hear “Holdin on to Black Metal” and “Circuital,” two of the new songs that will appear on it.

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

* = $1 from each ticket will be donated to a local charity
Go to www.mymorningjacket.com for more details

05/31:  Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater
06/02-06/05:  Ozark, AR @

Wakarusa Festival
06/05:  Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/09-06/12:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield
06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival
07/17: London  @ Somerset House
8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 
8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater 
08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival

TOUR DATES W/ NEKO CASE:
8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park 
8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion 
8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 
8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 
8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion 
8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook 
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater

Disco Biscuits announce Red Rocks DVD

The Disco Biscuits have announced both the release of BISCO INFERNO 09/10, a double disc DVD featuring the first two years of Bisco Inferno at Red Rocks, in addition to the first ever Bisco Inferno Popup Store. Tickets for all 3 Bisco Inferno shows are currently available as follows:

3-day passes

Single-days

For the third year in a row, The Disco Biscuits will be kicking off the summer at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre during the culmination of a 3-day, Memorial Day weekend event. The professionally shot DVD includes all sets from The Disco Biscuits’ Red Rocks performances of 2009 and 2010 Bisco Inferno, in beautiful HD.
The DVD is available immediately at the all new DiscoBiscuits.com merch store, and will be available at Boulder’s Albums on the Hill and Denver’s Twist and Shout Records beginning on Monday, May 23. The DVD will also be available for purchase at all Bisco Inferno shows during the long Memorial Day weekend, as well as at the first ever Bisco Inferno Popup Store - opening in Denver next Wednesday, May 25.
THE FIRST-EVER BISCO INFERNO STORE!
Opening next Wednesday at 5pm MT, the store is located at 109 Broadway in Denver, inside the historic First Avenue Hotel building, at the corner of 1st and Broadway. The intersection is the location of destinations like El Diablo, Sketch, BodyLab Fitness, and the Mayan Theatre.
The Bisco Inferno Popup Store store will truly be a must-see for any Biscuits fan. It will provide opportunities to purchase Biscuits and Inferno merch, opportunities for fans to interact with the band, a place to have a drink with like-minded friends, and much more. Each day will offer chances for fans in the store to win VIP tickets to the shows.
The Disco Biscuits will be on hand to officially kick things off with an Inferno DVD release party at 7pm MT on Wednesday, May 25. Food, drink, and band member meet and greets will get the long weekend off on the right foot.  The band has also announced that additional events, such as DJ sets throughout the weekend, will be released via Facebook. Facebook will also have the first look at store hours for the week, so fans are encouraged to stay tuned.
The announcement comes one week before the 3rd annual, 3-day Bisco Inferno. This year’s installment features Thursday and Friday shows at Denver’s Ogden Theater, leading into a Saturday at Red Rocks featuring two sets of The Disco Biscuits, Rusko, Big Boi, Boombox, Emancipator, and Nicos Gun.

EOTO Releases 39 Track Live Album

The cyber-kinetic bass juggernaut EOTO will release their third annual tour compilation K-Turns and U-Turns for download today, May 17th.  Featuring 39 hand-selected live tracks, spanning four consecutive hours of music, the album captures the best performances of the year with crystal clear soundboard quality. The collection features songs from every genre, style, and tempo from their grueling non-stop 2010 tour highlighting the live evolution of a band that has put their unique stamp on the electronic music world. The album, which has been edited to flow from one song to the next, mirrors the feeling of a live EOTO show creating the perfect environment for on-the-fly living room dance parties and sci-fi soundtracks alike.

Since 2008, Michael Travis and Jason Hann of EOTO have taken on a brutal tour schedule packing in nearly 150 national shows a year. Armed with thousands of performance hours, it is no surprise the duo has become masters of a skill very few have yet to imagine. By incorporating real instruments alongside high-tech computer programming and the tools of a traditional DJ, the band has made major headway in a very short time.

Each twist and turn of their national 2010 tour saw the project adding new gadgets and techniques to their performance style, paving the way for the project to literally evolve before the eyes of the fans. And, with each turn of the tour, the record button was on, marking each and every move they made. In turn, the band has selected their favorite moments for their annual K-Turns and U-Turns release. This year, the band has chosen 39 tracks from over 125 recorded and released shows in 2010. The album highlights the absolute best diversity in their growing catalog of music.

Along with the release, fans who purchase the latest rendition will also receive a FREE download of the coveted Portage Theater performance from May 6th 2011.

To download a copy of K-Turns and U-Turns album check out ___________ or scan through their entire archive of recorded shows at HERE. For more information on the upcoming EOTO summer festival schedule, visit www.eotomusic.com