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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

Fishbone Embarking on 2011 Tour

On February 8th hyperactive punk/funk/ska legends Fishbone will embark on a 25 date cross-country tour including stops at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins (Feb 10) and Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  in Denver (Feb 11).

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the highly innovative and influential Los Angeles outfit. Perhaps the most original band to emerge in the early 80’, Fishbone went on to release over 10 albums and influence countless bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Public Enemy, and Jane’s Addiction.

Complimenting the release of the 2010 documentary Everyday Sunshine- The Story of Fishbone, the boys have been back in the studio working on material for a to be announced new album set for release in 2011. Fishbone is a musical gem of the L.A. music scene, and paved the way for modern music. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of one of the most high-energy, genre-bending concerts you may see in your life!

Check out their website for a complete list of dates, and to purchase tickets.

Here’s a link to the Everyday Sunshine- The Story of Fishbone trailer.

Read Grateful Web's review of the Fort Collins show.

John Prine at the Boulder Theater - 03.25.11

97.3 KBCO & the Daily Camera are proud to present John Prine at the Boulder Theater on Friday, March 25th, 2011.

The first time he got onstage to perform – at a Chicago open mic night – there was absolute silence. Here comes a guy nobody had ever seen, a mailman from nearby Maywood, and the very first songs he ever sings are miracles, songs like “Hello In There” and “Angel from Montgomery.” But this stunned silence spelled disaster to Prine. “They just sat there,” he said. “They didn’t even applaud, they just looked at me. I thought, `Uh oh. This is pretty bad.’ I started shuffling my feet and looking around. And then they started applauding and it was a really great feeling. It was like I found out all of a sudden that I could communicate deep feelings and emotions. And to find that out all at once was amazing.”

That one night changed his life. The club-owner offered him a gig, and from that moment on he quickly became one of Chicago’s most beloved local heroes, a guy who would honor the Windy City with as much love and grace as Studs Terkel and Carl Sandburg. Prine soon befriended another local hero, Steve Goodman, and with Goodman he met the world. Kris Kristofferson heard his songs, helped him land a record deal, and soon everyone knew what Chicago already did, that Prine was the real deal. From that first album on, he came known as a genuine “songwriter’s songwriter,” one of the rare ones who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for.  Evidence of this is the long list of songwriters who have recorded his songs, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, and many others. Even Bob Dylan was stunned. “His stuff is pure Proustian existentialism,” said Bob Dylan.  . “He’s so good,” said Kristofferson, “we’re gonna have to break his fingers.”

Dylan and the rest were simply recognizing that which we have all come to know, that Prine’s songs are so hauntingly evocative of the laughter and tears inherent in the human condition, so purely precise and finely etched, that lines from them linger in our hearts and minds like dreams, separate from the songs. There’s the rodeo poster from “Angel from Montgomery,” the hole in daddy’s arm and the broken radio (from “Sam Stone”), the old trees that just grow stronger (from “Hello In There.”) The kinds of lines you carry around in your pocket, knowing they’re in there when you need them. With a staggering penchant for detail, a proclivity to be both hilarious and deeply serious (and often in the same song), and a visceral embrace  of roots music, he’s  made the kinds of songs nobody ever dreamed of before, or since.

Born on October 10th, 1946 in Maywood, he grew up spinning Roy Acuff and Hank Williams 78s in his dad’s collection, as well as tuning into WJJD to hear Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizell and others “back to back, all night long.” And then a new kind of music arrived: “I was coming of age just as rock and roll was invented,” he said, and along with his country heroes he added Elvis, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and the one he loved the most, Chuck Berry: “Because he told a story in less than three minutes.”

At 14 he started playing guitar and never stopped, starting with old folk tunes taught to him by his brother Dave. After high school he enlisted in the army, and was happy to be stationed in Germany, far from Viet Nam. He spent most of his time in the barracks playing guitar and singing Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams songs with a friend.After the army, he became a mailman, which he loved because he could write songs while walking his familiar route. “It was like a library with no books,” he said.

He haunted the fringes of Chicago open mic nights, mostly at the old Fifth Peg on Armitage in Old Town. Once he summoned up the courage to perform, although terrified, he knew he was home. The rest is singer-songwriter history. It was 1971, the dream of the Sixties was over and Goodman and Prine emerged with a new kind of song, eschewing abstractions to write story songs about real people:  “Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree,” as Dylan put it. Songs with the concrete details and imagery of a novel, but compounded, like Prine’s hero Chuck Berry’s songs, into mini-masterpieces.

After landing his first gig, he went home and wrote more masterpieces that made up his first self-titled debut, released in 1971. It was received with near-unanimous raves: “… absolutely one of the greatest albums ever made,” wrote a hometown paper, “by one of the most creative and evocative songwriters of our time.” There was the recognition then, which has been confirmed by the passage of time, that even among the best, he stood out. “Good songwriters are on the rise,” wrote Rolling Stone, “but John is differently good.”

Fans hungry for meaningful new music discovered him, unconcerned if he was the “new Dylan” or not, as he was often labeled, but drawn to the complex simplicity of his songs, the heady amalgam of sorrow and whimsy. Always seeking to strike a balance in his work, Prine said he wrote funny songs so as to get back to the tragic ones.

He made eight albums on two major labels, including Sweet Revenge, Common Sense, and Bruised Orange. In 1980 he moved to Nashville, and with longtime manager Al Bunetta, formed his own label, Oh Boy Records in 1981. They’ve since released a chain of great records, including 1991’s Grammy-winning The Missing Years, which featured cameos by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. In 2000 he recaptured his own legacy by recording Souvenirs, new recordings of many of his classic songs.

In 1998 he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer centered in his neck. The removal of a tumor and subsequent radiation seems to have eradicated it completely. Although his singing voice was lowered significantly, he faced his illness with the same blend of wistful humor he instills in his songs. In a post-surgery letter to his fans, he wrote, “Hopefully my neck is looking forward to its job of holding my head up above my shoulders.”

Now he’s back with a brand new live album, John Prine: In Person & On Stage, which contains both solo and duet renditions of some of early songs such as “Angel From Montgomery” (here in a breathtaking duet with Emmylou Harris) as well as later classics such as “Unwed Fathers” (with Iris DeMent) and one of the most poignant songs ever from a husband to a wife, “She Is My Everything.”

“If he’s this good this young,” wrote Rolling Stone in 1971, “time should be on his side.” Truer words have rarely been written. Some four decades since his remarkable debut, Prine has stayed at the top of his game, both as a performer and songwriter. Recently honored at the Library of Congress, he has been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures.  Poet Laureate Ted Kooser introduced him at the Library of Congress by likening him to Raymond Carver for making “monuments of ordinary lives.” But the greatest testaments to his lasting legacy are the songs themselves. Unlike so many which belong only to the time in which they emerged, his, like the old trees in “Hello In There,” seem to just grow stronger with the passing years.

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Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

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

Tickets are On Sale Saturday, February 5th!

$40 GA / $48.50 Res / $65 Gold Circle

Marty Stuart Preps For UK Tour!

RAMMY nominee Marty Stuart will kick off his UK Tour in Glasgow, Scotland on Jan. 28.  The tour comes on the heels of praise from UK press for his album GHOST TRAIN (THE STUDIO B SESSIONS), with the BBC noting that Stuart has “a complete understanding of what makes good country music sound right, and just enough rebelliousness to keep it fresh,” while the UK Independent calls GHOST TRAIN “the best country album of this year.”

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UK TOUR DATES:

1/28    Glasgow, Scotland
1/29    Gateshead, England
1/30    Nottingham, England
1/31    Milton Keynes, England
2/1      London, England
2/2      Dublin, Ireland

The album, including two GRAMMY nominated tracks for “Best Country Collaboration With Vocals” for “I Run To You,” and “Best Country Instrumental” for “Hummingbyrd,” also landed on several year-end lists including NPR’s “Ken Tucker’s Top 10 of 2010,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Philadelphia Inquirer, CMT.com, No Depression, Toronto Star and The 9513.

From Glasgow, Scotland to Glasgow, Kentucky, Stuart has added a slew of dates across the US following his UK stint.  For tour dates and ticket information, visit www.martystuart.net.

Wanda Jackson to play LP release show at ACM@UCO

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will kick off the 2011 spring semester Jan 28 when Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson comes to the Performance Lab for a free, release week concert celebrating her new Jack White-produced album, 'The Party Ain't Over' (out Jan 25).

It's been an unforgettable 2010 for ACM@UCO. The school hosted master classes and exclusive mentoring sessions with top artists, including Jackson Browne, the Mountain Goats and Local Natives. Many of the artists also performed concerts at the school's brand new music venue, The Performance Lab, which offers students hands-on experience in the world of live music booking, promotion, and production. Additionally, this semester's Industry Link seminar connected students with key industry figures, including high-profile managers and staff from Pitchfork, Sesac, and more.

Since its creation, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma has generated worldwide buzz with its innovative, groundbreaking approach to music education - the first of its kind in the United States. The school, which grants a two-year associate's degree in music performance and production, is the U.S. branch of Britain's groundbreaking Academy of Contemporary Music, based in Guildford, England.

Richie Hawtin Releases Enormous Plastikman Box

Starting in 1993, Canadian dance music mastermind Richie Hawtin, using the name Plastikman, stripped Detroit techno down to its barest essentials, and releasing six albums of absorbing thump. Now, Hawtin is collecting everything he has ever recorded as Plastikman in the Arkives box set, available for order right now through December 31 from this site.

Arkives includes remastered versions of all six Plastikman albums, as well as rarities, unreleased sessions, and new material. The box is available in four different formats, including the 11-disc CD/DVD/book set Reference and the six-LP vinyl box Analog. In its CD form, the box includes a slipcase with foldout sleeves for all 12 discs (five of which are comprised of rare and unreleased material), as well as a 64-page book. That's a lot of Plastikman.

Over the past twenty years Richie Hawtin has been one of electronic music community's most active participants; as a DJ, a label owner, a producer, a performer, and an avid contributor to the development of music and performance technology.  His accomplishments range from having been named the 'World's Best DJ' in the most credible electronic music polls; to being invited to compose music for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics; to exhibiting a sound installation for the French Ministry of Culture's Millennium Exhibition in Avignon, France.  He has also invested in, endorsed, and help develop some of the most forward-thinking products in the electronic music space including Native Instrument’s pioneering Traktor Scratch software, number one dance music digital retailer Beatport.com, the Tonium Pacemaker portable DJ system, and Allen & Heath's limited edition custom CTRL:92 DJ mixers - the first-ever to be fully Midi-enabled, which both he and his father helped to conceptualize and design.  This year he revived his incredible Plastikman show in unique festival settings in conjunction with his custom SYNK iPhone application at Sonar, Coachella and Movement Electronic Festival in Detroit in the U.S. just to name a few.

iTunes is also releasing today the Plastikman Remiix iPhone app which also allows you to combine and transform original Plastikman tracks and interpretations from your iPhone or iPad.  Read more here.

Joe Deninzon's Exuberance

Progressive jazz violinist Joe Deninzon, is honored to announce the release of EXUBERANCE. Recorded with bassist Robert Bowen, and guitarist Stephen Benson, EXUBERANCE is the essence of three musicians in a room, playing live with no overdubs or production; a completely raw experience.

The group draws influences from jazz stylists including the gypsy explorations of Django Reinhardt and the hot swing of violinist Stephane Grappelli along with rock and pop standards of the past 40 years including songs by Steely Dan, Alice in Chains, Jimmy Webb and Radiohead.  A few choice covers by Radiohead (“The Tourist”), Alice in Chains (“Heaven Beside You”), Steely Dan (“Bodhissatva”) and Fat's Waller's “Jitterbug Waltz” show just how wide the group's range goes.

One of the group's original songs, “Sun Goes Down” (featuring Luba on lead vocals), has been featured in the independent film, “What's Up Scarlet?” and a recent winner in the Jazz category of the Billboard and John Lennon International Songwriting Contests.

The album is also a tribute to Robert Bowen, who was killed when a car struck him as he rode his bike in Manhattan late August.  Live, the band performs with bassists who were friends with Robert, plus drummer Luciana Padmore (from Joe's band Stratospheerius).  The group has donated some of its earnings and CD sales to Robert's children.

Best known for his work on the 7-string electric violin and lead singing with the rock group Stratospheerius, Joe Deninzon plays acoustic violin in this Trio.  Joe has performed as a solo violinist with the New York City Ballet, and on album or in concert with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Jane Monheit, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, Smokey Robinson, and Les Paul.  A 10-time BMI Jazz Composer's grant recipient and a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, his original music has been used on CMT, MTV VH1, Comedy Central, National Geographic, the Travel Channel and the History Channel.

The Heavy Pets Announce Northeast Winter Tour

The Heavy Pets will close out a highly successful 2010 with a tour along the northeast corridor including dates in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland before heading back to FL for a final leg of New Year's shows in their home stomping grounds. The Heavy Pets have grown exponentially in a very short time and the tour marks a fitting end to an extraordinary year for the band.

Ever since their first performance in 2007, the Heavy Pets became an instant national sensation through heavy rotation on the international airwaves of Sirius Satellite radio. National success did not end there; they were immediately embraced in the jam scene for their raw talent and tenacious commitment to creating great music. And like their unmistakable sound, The Heavy Pets themselves have transcended boundaries; crossing a bridge few bands survive intact --- into the periphery of mainstream music through upbeat, danceable, homegrown, skillfully executed tunes.

In the past four years alone, the band has managed to release a two-disc studio album, a live release, a three song EP and most recently, their sophomore self-titled studio release and vinyl album --- a feat few bands have accomplished in such a short time. The 2010 self-titled release has garnered critical acclaim in tight circles of virtuoso musicians and casual fans alike.

The five piece band will appear throughout the northeast for a jam-packed three week tour including their biggest performance in NYC at Highline Ballroom with progressive jam rockers, U-Melt. The band will also be playing a few venues for the first time including stops in Cafe Nine, Empire and Putnam Den as well as a homecoming performance in Syracuse NY - a town that two of the six artists call their Alma mater.

The entire tour will be mixed, recorded and cataloged by Charlie Miller of the Grateful Dead/Kimock fame and available for purchase on the Heavy Pets website through LiveDownloads.com and DigitalSoundboard.com. While the specifics of the tour are still lining up, the band will be undoubtedly making waves at every stop along the tour and are not to be missed.

For a complete tour schedule and more information about the band, check out their new website at www.theheavypets.com

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2010 TOUR DATES:
11/19 Tobacco Road - Miami, FL
11/26 Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
11/27 The Vibe Lounge - Rockville Center, NY
11/30 Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT
12/1 Empire Dine & Dance - Portland, ME
12/2 Matterhorn - Stowe, VT
12/3 Matterhorn - Stowe, VT
12/4 Nectars - Burlington, V
12/8 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
12/9 Putnam Den - Saratoga Springs, NY
12/14 Jewish Mother's - Norfolk, VI
12/17 The 8 x 10 - Baltimore, MD
12/18 River Street Jazz Cafe - Plains, PA
12/31 Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia

Save Saturday, December 4th to join the Rex Foundation at The Fillmore in San Francisco for a special night of music and connection: The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia.  Watch for the full announcement within the week, including ticket details.

There are also some great Rex Musical Caravan events taking place over the next few weeks in different cities that we hope you'll enjoy:

  • Saturday, October 23rd, The Kind Buds perform at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. Click here for event details and more information about Bud & Budd, the talented artists.
  • Saturday, October 23rd, the Reflections Band performs at Mexi Cali Live in Teaneck, NJ, once again supporting the Rex Foundation while also treating fans to their great music. Check out the details.
  • Friday and Saturday, October 29th and 30th, The String Cheese Incident will play a two-day Hulaween celebration at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA, with proceeds supporting the Rex Foundation as well as Rex grantees HeadCount and the Conscious Alliance. Here are the details.

We thank all the talented musicians for their generosity of spirit by including Rex as a charitable part of their live performances.  We welcome musicians, venue operators and others in the musical community to get on board the Rex Musical Caravan to demonstrate how music and community spirit can make a positive difference.

Speaking of music and community spirit, Jam Cruise 9 is including the Rex Foundation as part of their January 4-9, 2011 excursion.  If you have considered taking this cruise, check out what's on deck and how you can help support Rex while also enjoying a music-centered vacation.

This message reflects the ever-growing network of supportive people like you who want to be part of our philanthropic community.  Together, we are furthering what the Grateful Dead started with our major areas of work including grassroots grants, Rex Awards, The World As It Could Be Project, and other creative endeavors including our newsletters that help engender positive social change and community engagement. You make the difference in advancing this work. Check out all the different ways you can help support Rex, even getting something in return besides the satisfaction of seeing all the good that results.