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EVERCLEAR is back with West Coast Tour & New Album

The word is out: EVERCLEAR is back, better than ever, and ready to re-connect with their audience.  Frontman Art Alexakis has gone back to basics: recruiting a new band, releasing In A Different Light, a new album that reinterprets the Everclear songbook with some fresh surprises, and finally returning to the road, to the delight of fans nationwide.
Alexakis says, "It's so amazing to see the enthusiasm and intensity of  our fans.....not to mention the diversity in age...they range from 15 to 50...it's great to see kids who were in middle school singing all the words to every song!"

In A Different Light is the band's first release on record label 429 Records, and, in celebration, finds the band revisiting their past work with refreshed, stripped-down arrangements of some of their best songs. Classics such as "Everything to Everyone," "Santa Monica," and "Father of Mine" stand comfortably alongside new tracks "At the End of The Day" and "Here Comes the Darkness." Like many rock greats before them, Everclear revisits their back pages with ease, intrigue, and a more mature perspective, making for an album that is a listening experience in itself.
With new members, bassist Freddy Herrera, guitarist Johnny Hawthorn, keyboardist Sasha Smith and drummer Jordan Plosky, Alexakis has been performing a slew of intimate tour dates with a rejuvenated Everclear, packing clubs and reconnecting with longtime fans around the country - proving that the band is as vital and needed today as ever before. They've also reached out to their audience in a radical move: allowing fans to vote for the tour's opening bands city-by-city on the internet. The band just completed a successful October run through the East Coast, and will be returning to the West Coast this month with special guest Clayton Senne for a series of dates alongside the fan-selected openers.
Refreshed, revamped, and reinterpreted, Everclear is ringing in a new era in their already storied history, and making strides with both older and newer generations of fans around the country. Don't miss your chance to see this already legendary re-emergence of an old favorite in a new shape.

Tour dates:

November 6               Rialto Theater, Tuscon, AZ

November 7               Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV

November 9               The Independent, San Francisco, CA

November 11             House Of Blues, San Diego, CA

November 12             The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

November 13             House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA

November 14             The Big Pour Festival, Scottsdale, AZ

November 16             Bluebird Festival, Denver, CO

November 17             Murray Theatre, Murray, UT

November 18             Knitting Factory, Boise, ID

November 19             Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

THE CRYSTAL METHOD TO PREMIERE "COME BACK CLEAN" VIDEO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 ON YAHOO!

America’s top electronic act THE CRYSTAL METHOD will unveil their new video for “Come Back Clean” with an exclusive premiere on YAHOO! Friday, October 16.  The song is the second single on their album DIVIDED BY NIGHT (Tiny E Records) and features Emily Haines of Metric on vocals.

The “Come Back Clean” video, directed by Alexandre Moors, will be cut to the Kaskade remix which is impacting dance radio now and will be part of an exclusive iTunes EP package set for release Tuesday, October 20.  The 5-song EP without the video is now available through Beatport.  Both versions will include the following tracks:

1. Kaskade Remix Edit

2. Kaskade Extended Remix

3. Kaskade Dub Remix

4. Kaskade Instrumental

5. Album Version

In other news, the winner of the “Come Back Clean” remix contest with Indaba Music—chosen from over 2,000 entrants—has been announced. The Grand Prize Winner Noah + The Man will receive a microKorg XL synthesizer and a tour of the duo's studio with the band.  Noah + The Man's remix will be promoted in Filter's media section, land a spot in the PSSST digital sampler distributed by FILTER Magazine and is now featured as a streaming track on The Crystal Method's MySpace page. The runners-up are James Merrifield and The Magical Blue Orchestra.

Meanwhile, The Crystal Method was the featured guest on KCRW’s “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC” Wednesday, September 30.  Their performance consisted of an assortment of classic tracks like “Busy Child” and “Keep Hope Alive,”   “Now Is The Time” from the 2009 presidential campaign and songs from Divided By Night.  The set wrapped with “Falling Hard” from the new album where they were joined by vocalist Meiko, drummer extraordinaire Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Peaches, Chelsea Girls) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses).  View the performance of “Falling Hard” here:  http://kcrwmusicnews.vox.com/library/post/crystal-method-on-mbe---live-debut-of-falling-hard.html?_c=feed-atom

Catch THE CRYSTAL METHOD live on Friday, October 30 at Live 105’s Subsonic Halloween Spookfest bash in San Francisco and for a DJ set Saturday, October 31 at Club Catalyst in Knoxville.

Elliot Murphy: Back in the USA for a West Coast Tour

Elliott Murphy- for the Grateful Web

Rock troubadour Elliott Murphy and multi-cultural singer-songwriter Jann Klose continue their U.S. tour this week, with shows in San Francisco, Felton (Santa Cruz), Tehachapi (near Bakersfield and Edwards Air Force Base), Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego.  The two will also be performing at the NAMM Convention. 

Elliott Murphy first came to prominence 35 years ago with the release of the now-more-relevant-than-ever album, AQUASHOW.  That, along with NIGHT LIGHTS, LOST GENERATION, and JUST A STORY FROM AMERICA were played on mainstream radio throughout the United States.  These albums were also picked up internationally, especially in Japan and Europe, where Elliott has found international stardom.  19 years ago he moved to France. He last played the United States in 2000 at New York City's Bottom Line, and his last west coast dates were in 1996.  

Elliott has released 30 albums, his latest is NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, which has received 5 stars from ALLMUSIC.COM.  Some of the musicians who've collaborated with Elliott on his recordings are Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, and the Rolling Stones' Mick TaylorElliott was also honored with a monumental exposition, LAST OF THE ROCK STARS-RETROSPECTIVE at Paris' Town Hall, and has been cited in literature in the work, SAVAGE DETECTIVES by the late Roberto Bolano, who now has a best-seller book called, 2666.

Elliott, who is already played on Sirius-XM's the LOFT, will be the subject of a story on an upcoming Bob Edwards' show on the satellite station, and he will be releasing his 31st album this March 16, his 60th birthday.  And this spring, he'll be acting in the French movie "La Ligne Blanche" out in spring 2009.

Opening all dates will be Jann Klose, whose new album REVERIE is an independent release that has been picked up by 90 AAA radio stations in North America, a variety of folk and jazz stations, some European stations including regional BBCs and Radio Caroline, and played on a mixture of formats including talk, classic rock morning and "Acoustic Sunrise"-styled shows, and Sirius-XM's The Loft.  KMMT-Mammoth Lakes, a top 40/modern rock station, has also picked up on Jann's album.  Born in Germany, raised in Kenya and South Africa, Jann has collaborated on stage with Renaissance's Annie Haslam, songwriters Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and Roger McGuinn.

The tour has received praise in every city it's played so far from Boston, MA to Larchmont, NY.  THE WASHINGTON POST'S Christopher Porter notes, "Murphy engaged his campfire crowd with direct eye contact, making the evening's intimacy even more intense. His textured voice - as with his songwriting, it's equal parts Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen - also exhibited tonal strength and beauty."    

The Schenectady Gazette's Brian McElhiney writes, "Murphy gives hungry cadre of stateside fans what they came for."  Indeed the fans also are receiving more than their money's worth.  One Boston fan blogged, "Murphy sang with the resilience of a survivor who will always continue to grow and change. His performance let us in on a taste of what his journey has been like. I know I felt changed by it. Murphy's show was a true rock 'n' roll baptism."  A female working in Washington, DC media had never heard of either artist, and her boyfriend was curious about the venue they played in.  She said, "This was the most memorable night of rock & roll I've ever had.  Both artists are great."

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
January 10, 2009    Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
January 13, 2009    Acoustic Music San Diego, San Diego, CA
January 14, 2009    The Blue Cafe, Long Beach, CA
January 16, 2009    Jann Klose at NAMM's Martin Guitar booth and at L.R. Baggs' booth, Anaheim, CA
January 17, 2009    Elliott Murphy at NAMM's Taylor Guitar booth, Anaheim, CA

Other dates for Elliott are in Europe, including his special 60th birthday show on March 14 at New Morning, in Paris, France. Please visit here.

Jann's shows are:
January  21, 2009   SOhO Restaurant & Café benefit for Legal Aid Foundation, Santa Barbara, California
February 5,  2009   Conscience Coffeehouse, Boston, Massachusetts
February 19, 2009   World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 21, 2009   Crossing Borders at the Lost Dog Café, Ithaca, New York
March    8,  2009   Rockwood Music Hall, New York, New York

BoomBox Comes Back To Boulder

It was another typical Saturday night in Boulder, Colorado.  University Hill was crawling with weekend revelers, frat boys wearing their hats like idiots, freshmen trolling for house parties where no one checks ID, and throngs of music fans smoking cigarettes and talking it up outside the Fox Theatre.  The crowd outside the Fox was a pretty good cross-section of Boulder society - a mix of tie-dye, glow sticks and designer jeans.  Inside the

U-Melt Back on the Road with Fall Tour

U-Melt- for the Grateful Web

The New York City based progressive groove machine known as U-Melt has announced their twelve state fall 2008 tour that will take them from the east coast, to the Rocky Mountains and back again – all before Thanksgiving. The nineteen-show trek, kicking off October 3rd at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, will feature familiar stops in familiar cities, as the dynamic quartet closes out the year. And of course, what U-Melt fall tour would be complete without one of their legendary Halloween performances?

Boasting a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the business, U-Melt showcases their diligent work ethic through their musical chops. Blazing guitar runs, precise rhythms, punchy bass lines and mind-bending keys comprise the trademark U-Melt sound, as the band manages to raise the bar night in and night out. With a penchant for taking listeners on a musical journey through time and space, the four piece provides an aural experience unlike any other. U-Melt blends elements of rock, jazz, trance and funk and fuses them into a musical state of mind.

After the tour kickoff show, U-Melt will return to Castaways for a Saturday night party in Ithaca, NY. Following stops in Ohio and Kansas, the group will make their long awaited return to Colorado with shows at the Fox Theater in Boulder and Dulcinea's and Owsley's in Denver October 9th through the 11th. The three night stand will mark the first time the band has played in Colorado since early 2008, when the band played seven shows in seven nights at a mile high. U-Melt will then return back east, rocking Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, before capping the tour off at The North Star in Philadelphia on November 15th. Included in the mix will be U-Melts Halloween spectacular, which will be held this year at the brand new Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY.

Continuing on a path of evolution, U-Melt marches on like a well-oiled machine. Their dedication to the music shines in every performance. Don't miss U-Melt on tour this fall!

FALL TOUR DATES:

09/24 – Revolution Hall – Troy, NY
09/25 – Lupos – Providence, RI
09/26 – The Wheel House – Narragansett, RI
09/27 – Higher Ground (Ballroom) – Burlington, VT
10/03 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
10/04 – Castaways – Ithaca, NY
10/05 – Wilberts – Cleveland, OH
10/08 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
10/09 – Fox Theatre –Boulder, CO
10/10 – Dulcinea's 100th Monkey – Denver, CO
10/11 – Owsley's Golden Road – Denver, CO
10/15 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
10/16 – Gottrocks – Greenville, SC
10/17 – The World Grotto – Knoxville, TN
10/18 – The Rocket Club – Asheville, NC
10/31 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
11/01 – Nietzche's – Buffalo, NY
11/06 – The Main Pub – Manchester, CT
11/07 – Bill's Bar – Boston, MA
11/08 – Revolution Hall – Troy, NYl
11/13 – Higher Ground (Showcase Lounge) – Burlington, VT
11/14 – St. Lawrence University – Canton, NY
11/15 –The North Star – Philadelphia, PA

Girl Talk CD Release Date Pushed Back To October 21st

photo by Andrew Strasser- for the Grateful Web

Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. While his first album, Secret Diary (2002), was full of purposeful glitches and noise, his subsequent albums, Unstoppable (2004) and the groundbreaking Night Ripper (2006), moved closer and closer towards dance-able mixes of varying genres, often including dozens of audio sources in a stream of juxtaposed hooks. With the fourth Girl Talk album on the Illegal Art label, Gillis steps even closer towards a creation that is centered on pop musicality rather than attention-deficit sample splicing.

Girl Talk has been known to underground audiences for several years, but it wasn't until 2006 that Gillis crossed over and caught the attention of a larger audience. With Rolling Stone, SPIN, Blender, Pitchfork, and even Beck including Night Ripper in their _best albums of 2006_ lists, Girl Talk has gone on to be booked by major festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Virgin, All Points West, Pitchfork, DEMF, etc.), and solicited for remixes (Beck, Thrill Jockey, Tokyo Police Club, Grizzly Bear, Simian Mobile Disco, Peter Bjorn & John, TeddyBears, and Of Montreal). And with roughly 200 live shows over the last couple of years, Gillis has consistently played larger venues to capacity crowds (every date on his 2007 North American tour with Dan Deacon sold out).

A year after the critically acclaimed Night Ripper release, Gillis quit his job as a biomedical engineer and now focuses on music full time. With his newly acquired lifestyle he can now work on music during the week and fly out to play shows on the weekend. With only a laptop in hand, the Girl Talk live show is more portable than a traditional band and has afforded Gillis the opportunity to travel the world with minimal overhead. A visceral culture of audience involvement has also become key to the live Girl Talk experience. Performances oftentimes feature the stage being mobbed with a sweaty mass of dancers who surround Gillis as he triggers samples and create mixes, new and old, out of loops from his hard drive. Such performances have quickly become one of the most entertaining and exhilarating live shows many have experienced as Girl Talk has the extraordinary ability to get the crowd ecstatic and keep the thrill going for the entire concert.

The new album, Feed the Animals, collects the material that was developed over the last two years as part of Gillis' ever-changing live show. With hours of material in hand, it still took months to meticulously edit together the seamless album that combines 300+ samples in 50 minutes. Such fastidious care is what separates Girl Talk from the dime-a-dozen remixes that are posted to the Internet daily. In comparison to the previous release, Gillis has described this new album as expanded, with a larger range of tempos and samples. Yet, at the same time the focus has shifted from technical prowess to the flow and balance of each segment in an effort to successful translate the over-the-top party feel of the Girl Talk live show into album form.

Before Girl Talk suddenly reached critical acclaim, a typical show would attract 15-30 people. During those initial years it was an extreme oddity for someone to show up with a laptop and play elaborately constructed mixes of pop samples. In the last couple of years, though, not only have Gillis' live shows exploded, but he is also being recognized for his innovations. From Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips nominating him for the Shortlist Music Prize to Representative Mike Doyle speaking about him to Congress (in relation to copyright laws), Gillis has quickly become a public figure. Emerging from his underground Pittsburgh roots, he is now being lauded as the future of electronic music by techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, while celebrities such as Paris Hilton are vying to dance onstage during a Girl Talk show. Gillis modestly takes it all in stride and has stated in interviews that he will eventually go back to a normal job, all the while reveling in the party while it lasts.

While Girl Talk's music is often categorized alongside mashups, or DJ mixes, it is critical to note how distinct his assemblages are from the conventional mixing of two simultaneous tracks. Gillis' roots lie more in the rich history of sample-based compostion as demonstrated by artists such as Dickie Goodman, Negativland, John Oswald, Steinski, Public Enemy (The Bomb Squad era), and countless others. Rather than taking mashups to an extreme, Girl Talk is more focused on the art of the sampling and developing new tracks that have their own character, and surpass the original elements. Such transformative work is what helps qualify his output as being protected by the _fair use_ principle of U.S. Copyright Law.

The CD release of Girl Talk's Feed The Animals on Illegal Art has been pushed back to October 21st due to manufacturing issues. Its been delayed to ensure the product is perfect and distinctive. This delay has nothing to do with copyright issues. As a reminder, Girl Talk's nationwide tour in support of this release kicks off next month. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Thu-Sep 18, 08    Newark            DE   University of Delaware
Fri-Sep 19, 08    Saratoga Springs  NY   Skidmore College w/ Prefuse 73
Thu-Oct 9, 08     Philadelphia      PA   Starlight Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Fri-Oct 10, 08    Washington        DC   9:30 Club w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat-Oct 11, 08    Baltimore         MD   Sonar w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Mon-Oct 13, 08    Carrboro          NC   Cats Cradle w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Tue-Oct 14, 08    Asheville         NC   Orange Peel w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Wed-Oct 15, 08    Knoxville         TN   Valarium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Thu-Oct 16, 08    Atlanta           GA   Variety Playhouse w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Fri-Oct 17, 08    New Orleans       LA   House of Blues New Orleans w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Sat-Oct 18, 08    Houston           TX   Warehouse Live w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Mon-Oct 20, 08    Austin            TX   Emos w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Tue-Oct 21, 08    Dallas            TX   Palladium Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Thu-Oct 23, 08    Tucson            AZ   Rialto Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses      
Fri-Oct 24, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses       
Sat-Oct 25, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Mon-Oct 27, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Tue-Oct 28, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Oct 30, 08    Salt Lake City    UT   In The Venue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Oct 31, 08    Denver            CO   Ogden Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK  
Sat-Nov 1, 08     Lawrence          KS   The Granada Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Mon-Nov 3, 08     Minneapolis       MN   First Avenue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Tue-Nov 4, 08     Milwaukee         WI   Turner Hall Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Wed-Nov 5, 08     Urbana            IL   Canopy Club w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Thu-Nov 6, 08     Nashville         TN   Cannery Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Nov 7, 08     Louisville        KY   Headliners Music Hall w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK    
Sat-Nov 8, 08     Chicago,          IL   Congress Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 9, 08     Cincinnati        OH   Bogarts w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Mon-Nov 10, 08    Cleveland         OH   Beachland Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK          
Tue-Nov 11, 08    Pontiac           MI   Eagle Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Wed-Nov 12, 08    Toronto           ON   Koolhaus w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Nov 13, 08    Montreal          PQ   Club Soda w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Fri-Nov 14, 08    Foxborough        MA   Showcase Live w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Sat-Nov 15, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 16, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses

Bob Gruen's Back On The Bowery with 'Rockers'

photo by Bob Gruen- for the Grateful Web

The Morrison Hotel Gallery, the world's leading purveyor of fine art music photography, is proud to present 'Rockers,' the largest-ever installation by one of the most respected photographers in rock & roll, Bob Gruen.  Totaling some 280 photographs, many of them never before exhibited in the U.S. - from John Lennon to John Lydon, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley - 'Rockers' opens April 24 at the Morrison's new 313 Bowery space, former home to CBGB's Gallery.

'Rockers' was originally presented in 2007 at the FAAP University Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where it drew over 40,000 visitors.  The Morrison has commissioned acclaimed architect Tito Ficarelli, who designed the 'Rockers' exhibit in Brazil, to transform the new 313 Bowery space as well.

Bob Gruen's work has shaped the iconography of rock & roll.  A native New Yorker, he served as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer in the 1970s, a position that would yield two of his best known, and best loved, images - of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt, and flashing apeace sign while standing in front of the Statue of Liberty.  During that time Gruen was also chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine, where he specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with emerging punk and new wave bands including The New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie, while also photographing the biggest artists of the era, including Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, KISS, Elton John and Alice Cooper.  Gruen still carries a camera wherever he goes, and continues to add to a body of work that spans over forty years.

WHAT:       Rockers - The Photography Of Bob Gruen

WHERE:      Morrison Hotel Gallery, 313 Bowery, NYC, 212.677.2253

WHEN:       April 24 - XX
            noon - 7pm (Sun - Wed)
            noon - 9pm (Thurs - Sat)
            Closed on Mondays

ADMISSION:  FREE TO THE PUBLIC!