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Who are Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears?

Chicago native BRYAN SCARY recorded his 2007 debut solo, before recruiting the rest of THE SHREDDING TEARS and setting up shop in Brooklyn. The five-piece group features Graham Norwood on guitar, Mike Acreman on keys, David Ostrem on bass, and Brian Bauer on drums, with Scary on vocals and keys.  BSST has been called "psychedelic," "progressive," "quirky," and "strange," but they consider themselves first and foremost a pop band. 2008's FLIGHT OF THE KNIFE fused glam, psych rock, and theatrical 70s pop with science fiction narratives and elaborate children's stories. A conceptual tour-de-force, the album hit #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart after being made Editor's Choice, and amassed a significant cult following. The group continues to win fans with their flamboyant and maniacally-energetic stage shows -- multimedia events which showcase the band's story-telling and flair for the dramatic.

BSST's new EP, MAD VALENTINES, is a joint release with Elijah Woods' Simian Records and Old Flame Records - it will drop on October 27th. The band recorded the album in LA with producer Jonathan Sadoff (a member of the band thenewno2). An additional EP track was then recorded in Brooklyn and produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo). The lead-off track on the EP, "Andromeda's Eyes," will be available as a Rock Band downloadable level this fall.

The band are touring throughout fall/winter to support MAD VALENTINES. They plan to enter the studio early in the new year to record their next full-length album, a Western set during the early 20th century and titled DAFFY'S ELIXIR.

WHITE RABBITS are playing Larimer Lounge on 10.30...last US tour of '09

After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapallooza, Glastonbury (UK),Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work.  The result is It’s Frightening, their second full-length album.

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead/Other Lives/Hatcham Social) and erected a makeshift studio in their basement rehearsal space to demo new material.  Band members popped in and out over the course of several months lending ideas and personality to a new batch of songs that defy instant categorization. After enlisting tourmate, friend and songwriter Britt Daniel (Spoon) as producer, the pair began the process of exchanging demos between Brooklyn and Portland.  White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France.  The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY.  Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks.  Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience.


It’s Frightening plays like a classic reel of tape from start to finish. Opening with the visceral drums of “Percussion Gun,” it is clear that time-off from the road has served the band well.  The many highlights include the emotional centerpiece “Company I Keep,” the new sonic territory of “Lionesse” and the macabre lyrics of “Right Where They Left.”  Fans of Fort Nightly will find much to go weak in the knees over and new listeners are in for an awakening as White Rabbits flip the switch on an already impressive beginning. It’s Frightening is a journey into the playfully dark musings of Everyman.

The lineup: Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox). A U.S. tour will follow the May release of It’s Frightening.

White Rabbits Tour Dates

9/23 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
10/17 - Rock And Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *%
10/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *%
10/20 - Club Hell - Providence, RI *%
10/21 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA %
10/22 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT %
10/23 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC *
10/24 - The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON *
10/25 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI *%
10/27 - The Firebird - St Louis, MO *%
10/29 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO *%
10/30 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO %
11/1 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ #%
11/2 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #%
11/4 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA #%
11/5 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR #%
11/6 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC #%
11/9 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN %
11/10 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI %

* - with Suckers
# - with Local Natives
% - with Glass Ghost

The Waybacks Are Loaded for Bear

This summer, The Waybacks are making a very special effort to bring their eclectic music to this year's 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, MN next week. "We had the whole trip planned," James Nash, guitarist and lead singer for the band, explained, "and we got the 10KLF offer. We really wanted to do it so we just squeezed it in. We're playing in Nashville and then we're zooming up to Minnesota. We're flying from there over to the Northeast to finish up our trip.

State of the Scene: Late Shows are Just Getting Tiresome

We've all been there.  It is 11:15 at the music club, and the band you have been excited to see for months still has not taken the stage.  Show time said 9:00 but you have yet to hear any music.  You give a big yawn, and look at your watch again.  Nothing.

Democrats Are Accountable Too

Maryland... wake up and vote for Donna Edwards!- for the Grateful Web

They're a problem. Democrats in Congress who vote with President Bush on the war. Who take checks from lobbyists. Who side with corporations instead of voters.

It's not enough just to fight Republicans— progressives need to make sure the Democrats we elect are on our side too.

Right now, in Maryland's 4th congressional district election, we have a great opportunity to replace a right-wing Democrat with a new progressive champion—and remind the rest of the Democrats in Congress that at the end of the day, the voters call the shots.

 

Rep. Al Wynn, the incumbent, loads up on corporate cash,1 and has voted with the President again and again—including his vote to authorize the war in Iraq.  Donna Edwards, the challenger, is a true fighting progressive who will go to Washington and take on the establishment.

 

MoveOn.org members who live in the district voted overwhelmingly to endorse Donna Edwards in the Democratic primary, and they've asked for our help.

 

Can you contribute $25 to help Donna Edwards win, and put all the other right-wing Democrats on notice? Click here:

 

This is a solidly Democratic district, and the person who represents it has a chance to be a voice of progressive reason for the whole Congress.

 

Donna Edwards is an activist and community leader. As the founder of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, she helped to pass the Violence Against Women Act. She's promised to demand an end to the war in Iraq, and to fight for health care and economic justice.

 

The incumbent, Rep. Al Wynn, has voted with Republicans on bankruptcy rules, the Estate Tax, energy issues, and other key votes. He's accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in special interest campaign contributions and taken free travel and luxury trips paid for by lobbyists.3 And to top it all off, he voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

 

This week, MoveOn members in the district voted overwhelmingly to endorse Edwards: with six candidates running in the Democratic primary, Donna Edwards won the support of over 84% of local MoveOn members. As one member, Mimi B. from Silver Spring, wrote, "I was absolutely blown away by how clear-thinking and persuasive she is—she's the real deal, a true progressive."

 

Please help Donna Edwards, the first progressive primary challenger we're supporting in 2008.  Click here to help out her campaign:

 

Why not just put this energy into fighting Republicans? Because making sure the Democratic party fights on the big issues like healthcare and education is the best way to make sure voters side with Democrats.

 

When MoveOn.org members were recently asked if MoveOn.org should support primary challengers against Democrats who have sided with the President, 78% said yes. And that starts with electing progressive champions like Donna Edwards.