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Conspirator - Coast to Coast and Back Again

Conspirator, the duo of Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner which often features guest musicians in the live setting, has announced a national tour of “full band” performances featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers. The news comes on the heels of a series of performances that have created quite a bit of buzz among band and fans, alike.

While Brownstein and Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator” has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup.

Live music fans have come to embrace Conspirator for their signature high energy, electronic-based sets and their legendary album, The Key, which has been a staple of the band’s live repertoire for years. Now, with a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti recently lent his signature handiwork to Conspirator during performances earlier this December, and anyone who caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

Jan 7 - Milford, CT - Daniel St

Jan 8 - Lancaster PA - Chameleon Club

Jan 14 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater

Jan 27 - Falls Church, VA - State Theater

Jan 28 - Syracuse, NY - Wescott Theater

Jan 29 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street

Feb 4 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater

Feb 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

Feb 7 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station

Feb 8 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat

Feb 9 - Portland, OR - Fez

Feb 10 - Seattle, WA - Club Motor

Feb 11 - Eureka, CA - Red Fox Tavern

Feb 12 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish

Feb 13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley

Feb 16 - Providence, RI - The Met

Feb 17 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

Feb 18 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Feb 19 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights, NY

Feb 20 - West Chester, PA - The Note

Feb 24 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall

Feb 25 - Chicago. IL - Congress Theater

Feb 26 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theater

Feb 27 - Grand Rapids MI - Intersection

March 1 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls

March 3 - Buffalo NY - Town Ballroom

March 4 -New York, NY - Gramercy Theaters

March 5 - East Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater

Pretty Lights Launches Record Label, First Two Releases of 2011!

Fresh off an incredibly successful year, Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights) is ready to give his fans a gift to start the New Year off right- the announcement of his own record label, Pretty Lights Music, which will release free new music in early 2011. Derek’s objectives are simple- he wants to supply his fans, and fans of electronic music at large, with free music from the artists he believes in and supports.

Today, he’s thrilled to announce two new digital releases (in addition to Michael Menert) on Pretty Lights Music, both due out January 25th. Break Science will be releasing their new EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, and Paper Diamond will be dropping his debut EP, Levitate.

Raised in the cultural hotbed of New York City, Break Science's Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee fuse the city's rich musical legacy- jazz, funk & soul, with a deep-rooted connection to its hip-hop heritage to create their own take on modern electronic music. Break Science's  EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, consists of thought-provoking, highly-textured, bass-pumping songs that include verses from some of today's most conscious artists: Brooklyn's Talib Kweli and Jahdan Blakkamoore, Sierra Leone's Bajah and India's Falu. In addition to Break Science, Adam Deitch also doubles as Pretty Lights’ touring drummer.

Colorado based producer Alex B is rolling out big tunes under the new guise of Paper Diamond in 2011. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals. Paper Diamond's debut EP, Levitate, will be available for free download via Pretty Lights Music on January 25, 2011.

Both EP's Available FREE via Pretty Lights Music on January 25, 2011

Download Paper Diamond’s MP3 “From Now Till” HERE, and Break Science’s MP3 “Zion Station” HERE!

RJD2 Releases The Glow Remixes EP as Free Download

Renowned producer/DJ RJD2 and his label Electrical Connections are jump-starting the new year with the release of The Glow Remixes on January 3. The three-track digital EP is now available as a free download exclusively through Bandcamp and includes “The Glow” original music video.

The Glow Remixes features new remixes of “The Glow”, a track from his acclaimed 2010 release, The Colossus. One track comes from Paolo Palazzo, who was selected by fans as the winner of RJD2’s recent remix contest. The Chicago heavyweight DJ duo Flosstradamus also gives the original cut a dancefloor-friendly makeover, while Candy Panther completes the EP with his laid back, mid-tempo club adaptation.

Two new pre-orders available today

RJ’s Electrical Connections is also pleased to announce the new record from The Insane Warrior, We Are The Doorways, coming February 1. Starting today, fans can pre-order the CD or digital version of the album exclusively on Bandcamp. Pre-sale includes an immediate free download of a track from the release, “The Water Wheel.” Another track from the album, “Then You Hear Footsteps” is available for free to all fans.

A strictly instrumental affair, We Are The Doorways was loosely inspired by horror and sci-fi film scores of the 70s and early 80s. At times jazzy, psychedelic and introspective with blissful ambient passages, the record still maintains the attention to groove that RJD2 is known for. Unrestrained, open passages - often without rhythmic elements - recall the work of both Eno and John Carpenter.

In addition, an RJD2 & The Insane Warrior limited edition deluxe package is available for pre-order starting today. Available only on Bandcamp, this special offer includes the We Are the Doorways CD,

RJD2’s 2002-2010 vinyl box set (including Deadringer LP, The Horror EP, Since We Last Spoke LP, and the exclusive Tin Foil Hat EP), The Colossus LP, a signed silkscreen poster, and The Insane Warrior’s We Are The Doorways CD.

About RJD2 and RJ’s Electrical Connections

RJD2's music is a no-format collage of cut-and-paste hip-hop, psychedelia, and kitchen sinkism combining disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the world. Born Ramble John Krohn, the innovative producer’s ten-year career reached a turning point in 2009 after he scored the award-winning theme to the hit AMC show, Mad Men. In early 2010, The Colossus became RJ’s Electrical Connections first release, hailed by SPIN as “his finest album since 2002’s instrumental hip-hop classic Deadringer, balancing punchy funk…with soul ballads.” Filter subsequently called Krohn “the real deal, in a world full of one-dimensional derivatives” while Relix deemed The Colossus a “kaleidoscopic album” with “fist-pumping hip-hop tracks and spastic dance numbers that deserve a place on your heavy rotation playlist.”

The Insane Warrior's We Are The Doorways presents yet another unique landmark in the ever growing catalog of RJ's Electrical Connections. 

Check out some RJD2 coverage on The Grateful Web

RJD2 tour dates:
Sat. 1/15/11 - Calgary, AB @ Canada Olympic Plaza w/ Subvert
Sun. 1/16/11 - Stateline, NV @ MontBleu Resort Showroom
Fri. 1/28/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sat. 1/29/11 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre w/ MTHDS, Willdabeast
Thu. 2/10/11- Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
Fri. 2/11/11 - Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
Sat. 2/12/11 - Tallahasse, FL @ The Engine Room

Fri. 3/4/11 - Bozeman, MT @ Rail Jam

The Radiators Farewell Tour at the Fox Theatre

One of rock n’ rolls longest and New Orleans’ finest traveling road shows will come to an end after 33 years when The Radiators play their final two shows at Tipitina’s in New Orleans on June 10th & 11th. Lucky fans in the Boulder area can catch the band one last time at The Fox Theatre on February 10th.

Formed out of a jam session in 1978 The Radiators still feature the same 5 original members, Ed Volker (Lead Vocals, Keyboards) Dave Malone (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar), Camile Baudoin ( Lead Guitar, Bkgrnd Vocals), Reggie Scanlan (Bass) & Frank Bua, Jr. (Drums). The Rads achieved significant commercial success in the late 80’s with the release of the classic albums Law Of The Fish and Total Evaporation. They have also released over 10 albums on independent labels and currently have 6 CDs available including Wild & Free a 2008 2 CD retrospective on their own Radz Records.  The band has played over 4500 shows and kept up a consistent tour schedule, still playing close to 150 dates a year. Additionally, they have held down the closing slot at the prestigious New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for over 25 years.

Volker, who handles the majority of the songwriting as well as splitting lead vocals with Malone informed his band mates a couple of weeks ago that he no longer wanted to endure the day to day struggles of life on the road and was exhausted from the constant touring. The other band members have yet to announce their future plans and have not ruled out the possibility of working together in the future, but the departure of Volker (affectionately known to fans as “Zeke Fish Head”) brings to an end the original version of a treasured rock n’ roll institution.

Tickets are on sale at Fox Theatre Box Office. Call (303) 443-3399 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.foxtheatre.com.

$25 adv / $30 dos

Tickets On Sale NOW!

RE:CREATION at TOUCH NIGHTCLUB

The Disco Biscuits, Mr. Bugsly, and Euphonic Conceptions are working together to present the Official After-Parties for the New York City leg of the Disco Biscuits 2010/2011 New Years Run.

These events will follow each of the three nights tDB are playing at Terminal 5 (December 27th, 28th, and 29th) and will feature cutting edge music, lights, visuals, arts and more.   Each night will run until 4:00 AM, at Touch Nightclub (240 West 52nd St.), which is a short walk from Terminal 5.

All three nights will feature a quality light show in addition to unique visual / projection installations by CTRL, a visual artist working with CG animation and realtime 3D who has done custom visuals for Thievery Corporation, among others.   Floral arrangements will be provided by Matt DiPilato, and there will be also be a live painting by a number of local artists.

Tickets to all three nights are limited $20 / $25

Available on biscotix.musictoday.com

SINGLE NIGHT TICKETS AVAILABLE THRU INTICKETING:

12/27
12/28
12/29

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The Holidays are the time of giving, so we're giving six lucky fans a prize package worth writing home about!

The GRAND prize package includes:

(1) ticket to CAMP BISCO X

(2) 3 day passes to THE OFFICIAL DISCO BISCUITS AFTER-PARTIES in NYC

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5 Runners up will receive:

(1) 3 day pass to THE OFFICIAL DISCO BISCUITS AFTER-PARTIES in NYC

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To enter the contest please send an e-mail to: contests@mrbugsly.com

Conspirator to tour with exciting full-band, all-star lineup

Conspirator, the duo of Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner which often feature guest musicians in the live setting, has announced a series of “full band” performances featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers, a concept that is both new and refreshing for the band and fans, alike.

While Brownstein and Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator” promises to be a never-before-experienced, “full band” sound that will emerge not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup.

Live music fans have come to embrace Conspirator for their signature high energy, electronic-based sets and their legendary album, The Key, which has been a staple of the band’s live repertoire for years. Now, with a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“Our different combinations have been practicing for these shows, and we have already performed a couple with Michetti. Getting a taste of the ‘new Conspirator’ was refreshing and exciting,” said Brownstein. “Being in the midst of the band’s vibe has really got me ready to hit the road with these guys. I’m just as pumped up as anyone else in the room when I’m on stage. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2009 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti has recently lent his signature handiwork to Conspirator during performances earlier this December, and anyone who caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

Termed the “pre-destined, great modern drummer” by DRUMMERWORLD, Berklee-trained Adam Deitch has recently made waves with his project Break Science. Deitch is perhaps best known for his eclectic collaborations, New York City residencies, and sit-ins that have seen him partner with the likes of John Scofield, Soulive, Jurassic 5, Mos Def, and Erika Badu. Deitch is currently confirmed to join Conspirator through mid-December.

Lane Shaw exploded onto the live music scene as one-third of the Pnuma Trio. Shaw has recently, and notably, collaborated with the likes of N*E*R*D, Diplo, and DJ Benzi with his latest musical project, Mansions on the Moon. Shaw was once asked to take a crack at an autobiography, and simply listed “drums, boats, and Steely Dan.” He will perform with Conspirator throughout the Northeast in early January.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Marc Brownstein. | Check out up-to-date RAQ news and tour dates here.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

12/16/10 – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC – w/ Chris Michetti + Adam Deitch

12/17/10 – New Earth Music Hall, Athens, GA – w/ Chris Michetti + Adam Deitch

12/18/10 – Hat Factory, Richmond, VA – w/ Chris Michetti + Adam Deitch

1/5/11 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

1/6/11 – Royale, Boston, MA – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

1/7/11 – Daniel Street, Milford, CT – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

1/8/11 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA – w/ Chris Michetti + Lane Shaw

FEBRUARY: COMING SOON

Cornmeal Announces New Years Eve 2010 plans

At last Saturday’s annual post Thanksgiving show in Chicago Cornmeal announced, on stage, their plans for New Years.  Cornmeal will be playing at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, IL, a suburb to Chicago.  Cornmeal is taking the month of December off from a busy year of touring and are looking forward to kicking off 2011 with their hometown friends, family, and fans! Keep your eye out for details regarding the evening’s festivities.

The show at Durty Nellie’s will also kick off  a string of January shows starting with Jam Cruise and then multiple shows in Texas, Oklahoma and an extended stay in Colorado.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Cornmeal.

Albert King/Stevie Ray Vaughan on PBS

PBS has announced that the Albert King with Stevie Ray VaughanIn Session program will air as a special on its stations  throughout the month of December (check local listings). Grammy Award winning bluesman Robert Cray will serve as special fundraising host on the public television broadcasts.

In 1983, when legendary blues guitarist Albert King, then age 60, was joined by his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan, then age 29, on a Canadian sound stage for the live music TV series In Session, magic took place.  Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session is not simply a television program: it’s a summit of two master musicians. The only known recording of King and Vaughan performing together, this is the concert that blues fans in general, and Stevie Ray Vaughan fans in particular, have been waiting for.

The audio recording of the performance went on to sell more than 325,000 units from two releases: the first in 1999, the second in 2009. On November 9, 2010, Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group, released In Session as both a DVD and a deluxe DVD/CD combination.

SonicBoomers.com noted: “Both men are gone now, but rare recordings like In Session remind us of a time when blues giants still walked the earth side by side.”

"As a document of what was probably the greatest night in the musical life of SRV (Stevie Ray Vaughan), this belongs in the collection of every true fan,” said the Austin American-Statesman.  Musicologist Samuel Charters says in his new liner notes for the package, “it’s also clear, nearly 20 years later, that this was a special moment in the careers of each of the two men.  It was evident from the first choruses that they were playing for each other. And that was the best audience either of them could ever have.”

An hour and 45 minutes, approximately, was taped of the two. What will thrill viewers who are fans of the blues, players of the blues, and who adore SRV, is that the televised concert includes at least one SRV tune — “Texas Flood” — that was not included on either of the two CD releases of the session.

The innovative Canadian television series was conceived with the intention of pairing musicians who were related stylistically, but seldom had an opportunity to play together. Albert King wasn’t sure whom he’d been booked to jam with on December 6, but he recognized the young Texan immediately — not as fast-rising star Stevie Ray Vaughan, but as Little Stevie, the skinny kid who’d been coming around and eventually sitting in every time Albert passed through Austin.

Stevie idolized Albert, as did many other “modern” electric axe-men. Albert may have been overshadowed by B.B., but Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, Mick Taylor, and Joe Walsh — all of them listened to him, listened again and again, and were heavily influenced by his style.

At the time of the taping, the buzz may have been around Stevie, but Albert was clearly in charge of the music.  Earlier in the year, in May, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” featuring Stevie at his blistering Albert King-inspired best, hit the top of the Billboard pop singles chart; in June, SRV’s debut album Texas Flood came out, and MTV put “Pride and Joy” into their rotation. He never looked back.

During their performance, Albert ruled over the proceedings like a benevolent father, retaining control while allowing his guest loads of solo space in which to display his awesome command of the electric guitar.  The interplay between the two blues masters is uncannily empathetic, and Albert’s fans will find special pleasure in hearing him play rhythm parts at such length.  Aside from SRV’s two vocals — “Pride and Joy” and “Texas Flood” — all the other tunes are from Albert’s repertoire.  Viewers have the ineffable treat of seeing Albert King perform “Born Under a Bad Sign,” his trademark blues hit, as well as “Call It Stormy Monday.”

Sadly, King and Vaughan would not share a stage together ever again. Vaughan, 31 years King’s junior, died in a helicopter crash in the fog on the way back from a concert in 1990. King outlived him by two years, dying of a heart attack in 1992. They didn’t meet often, and their careers took different paths. But we can all be grateful for that one long day in a television studio when sparks flew and this timeless performance was forever captured.

The PBS special Albert King with Stevie Ray VaughanIn Session contains the following songs: “Born Under a Bad Sign,” “Call It Stormy Monday,” “Texas Flood,” “Pride and Joy,” “Match Box Blues,” and “Don’t Lie to Me.”

Pretty Lights to Join Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Pretty Lights, aka visionary producer Derek Vincent Smith, is currently in the midst of the West Coast leg of his national tour, which has him in Los Angeles this Friday night at The Wiltern. Now, we have some exciting news- Pretty Lights will be joining the cast of the wildly popular children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live earlier that day for a matinee show at the Nokia Theatre, performing as one of the shows’ Super Music Friends!

Besides releasing his trilogy of EP’s this year, Derek Vincent Smith (accompanied by live drummer Adam Deitch) has been busy touring the U.S. and Europe, including many festival appearances and sold-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic. The super-producer has come to be known for his genre-bending beats, which seamlessly blend electronic elements with funk, jazz, hip-hop and classic soul. Combine that with his elaborate, visually-stunning live shows, and you can see why he has captured the attention of music fans worldwide.

He also recently surpassed one million album downloads through his website, where he distributes all of his music for free (although his material is available on iTunes as well). As a thank you to his devoted fans, he surprised his one millionth downloader with a VIP trip to catch him live in Las Vegas!

Pretty Lights also recently announced a New Year's Even run of shows, taking place at The Congress Theater in Chicago on December 30th and 31st! Supporting the shows will be Major Lazer on the 30th, and Holy Fuck on the 31st.

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

November 23 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
November 26 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 27 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
November 30 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
December 1 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
December 2 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
December 3 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 4 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 5 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – SOLD OUT
December 30 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Major Lazer)
December 31 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Holy Fuck)

DJ Shadow: Something to be Thankful for in Denver

On November 21, DJ Shadow (Josh Davis) is bringing his world famous mixing chops to the Ogden Theater in Denver. Live from Shadowsphere, it is the beginning of an easy work week for most people, and the DJ plans to start the week off right with guest Pigeon John at 8 pm.

DJ Shadow is widely considered as a prominent figure in the development of experimental and instrumental hip hop. His debut album Endtroducing got him on the map, and also in the Guiness Book of World Records for the “First Completely Sampled Album” in 2001. Shadow is also a producer, and has produced tracks for the Mo’ Wax team featuring the likes of Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (the Verve), and Mike D (Beastie Boys). After releasing several more successful albums with elite rappers such as: Keak Da Sneak, E-40, and Q-Tip (Tribe Called Quest) and a David Letterman performance, Shadow opened his own web store www.showDJShadow.com for fans to get his freshest tracks. Last year, Shadow became involved in the video game industry with DJ Hero, which features Shadow as a playable character and several of his tracks. While currently working on his new album, which he calls a “return to form,” during a gig in Antwerp this summer, he stated that it’s not quite ready yet, but he will keep working on it to have it ready for future tours.

Fans can be getting the first look at his new projects. Whether you get your tickets through Ticketmaster, at Twist & Shout in Denver, or at the venue itself, this will be a gig that’s not to be missed. As always, you can buy tickets, add comments, and upload photos at the DJShadow.com/Tour show pages, and on the DJ Shadow iPhone App. Just click on the show you are attending (or the show you plan to attend). The comments and photos on the DJShadow.com show pages sync in real-time with the iPhone App!

For those of you on Twitter: Shadow has been tweeting from the road, so be sure to follow him: Twitter.com/DJShadow

See you there on the 21st!