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The Parson Red Heads New CD & Tour Dates

Coming from the fertile and eclectic West Coast folk scene, Portland, by way of Los Angeles, The Parson Red Heads announce the release of their newest LP, Yearling, on Arena Rock Recording Company on August 16.
A band full of truly talented musicians, whose music harkens to the most prolific and inventive elements in the canon of West Coast psych-folk, The Parson Red Heads' true power is undeniable live. The quartet hit the road in June with fellow musical maverick Alela Diane & Wild Divine.
For a preview of what to expect, give a listen to "Burning Up the Sky" from the Yearling LP.
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Tour Dates:
June 1 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA *
June 2 - Rio Theatre - Vancouver, BC *
June 4 - Miss Studios - Portland, OR *
June 7 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO *
June 8 - Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS *
June 9 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL *
June 11 - Rivoli - Toronto, ON *
June 12 - Il Motore - Montreal, QB *
June 13 - The Skinny Pancake - Burlington, VT
June 15 - Space 538 - Portland, ME *
June 16 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA *
June 17 - City Winery - NYC, NY *
June 18 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY *
June 19 - Iota - Washington, DC *
June 20 - Kings Barcade - Raleigh, NC *
June 21 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA *
June 23 - The Bottletree - Brimingham, AL *
June 25 - Stubbs JR - Austin, TX *
June 27 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
June 29 - Echo - LA, CA *
June 30 - New Parish - Oakland, CA *
July 1 - Henry Miller Library - Big Sur, CA *
July 2 - Center for the Arts - Grass Valley, CA *

w/ Alela Diane & Wild Divine *

Grateful Web’s Interview with Elephant Revival

I feel absolutely terrible and I never want to drink again.

Wild Beasts Announce First U.S. Tour!

After playing several shows to rave reviews in Austin at SXSW this past March and New York this past September, we are thrilled to announce Wild Beasts will be embarking on a full North American tour in early 2010! This tour is in support of Wild Beasts’ sophomore release,Two Dancers, out this past September on Domino Records.

Wild Beasts’ Tour Dates:

Wed. Feb. 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

Thu. Feb. 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ Independent

Sat. Feb. 13 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Sun. Feb. 14 -- Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Wed. Feb. 17 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Thu. Feb. 18 -- Chicago, IL @ Schubas

Fri. Feb. 19 -- Chicago, IL @ Schubas

Sat. Feb. 20 -- Detroit, MI @ Pike Room

Mon. Feb. 22 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Thu. Feb. 24 -- Boston, MA @ Great Scott

Fri. Feb. 25 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

Sat. Feb. 26 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Sun. Feb. 27 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Wild Beasts Release 'Two Dancers' on 9/8/09

Wild Beasts released their critically acclaimed debut album, Limbo Panto, last November on Domino Records. The band garnered a huge amount of attention in their home country surrounding this release. They made their first live appearance in the U.S. this past March at SXSW. It was this trip that made a splash for Wild Beasts in the U.S. and really made their mark as a promising young band on the rise. Wild Beasts are quickly following up with their sophomore album, Two Dancers, a record that is surely posed to officially break them stateside. It is an album that will further prove Wild Beasts are not just an of-the-moment band who will come and go within the course of three months, but a band of young men with real staying power.

wild beastsCo-produced by Wild Beasts and northern English enigma Richard Formby in remote Norfolk, UK earlier this year, Two Dancers finds Wild Beasts on fire. Its a record of tightrope-high drama, alive with its sense of possibility, a sound that shimmers and sways in the band’s own mercurial fashion. The band’s performances throughout are pure liquid energy. The needlepoint drama is a result of the band eschewing studio hyper-gloss by playing together in the room -  “recorded live, no over thinking” explains Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe. The sound and sensation of a band, to borrow the lyric of "This Is Our Lot," "dancing late / like young reprobates". Two Dancers is a streamlined, minimalist, and user-friendly Wild Beasts, with equal grace and gusto, equally elegant and ugly.

Two Dancers is full of references to the following: booty calls, puckered lips, bodies as perfect machines, and dim-lit streets.  LyricallyTwo Dancers is equally energetic and ripe. In "All The King’s Men" Tom Fleming sings with purposeful intent about “Girls from Rodean, girls from Shipley, from Hounslow, girls from Whitby” as Thorpe’s falsetto soars with palpable anticipation. In this song, as on the whole of the album, Wild Beasts dare you to cut loose and be seduced, but you’ll join in on the disorientation along the way.

Wild Beasts have made a record of earthly pleasures that sounds thrillingly widescreen, open and in awe of life; equally intoxicated and disturbed by the possibilities of pleasure. Two Dancers will be released September 8th on Domino Records.

Two Dancers Tracklisting:
01. The Fun Powder Plot
02. Hooting & Howling
03. All The King's Men
04. When I'm Sleepy...
05. We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues
06. Two Dancers (i)
07. Two Dancers (ii)
08. This Is Our Lot
09. Underbelly
10. Empty Nest

Help Stop Mining Pollution in Wild Idaho Forest

- for the Grateful Web

The Bush administration is poised to approve the expansion of a polluting phosphate mine in southeast Idaho that would seriously jeopardize some of the state's most renowned wildlife and trout streams.  The Smoky Canyon Mine is already listed as a Superfund site for releasing hazardous amounts of toxic selenium into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. With no cleanup effort underway, we need your urgent action to protect the extraordinary wildlife and pristine forests of this region from a renewed onslaught of pollution.

Click here right now and urge the Bush administration to prohibit the proposed 1,300-acre expansion of the Smoky Canyon Mine.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is home to some of the most biologically diverse wildlands in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

The celebrated forests and streams of this region provide a refuge for lynx, moose, elk, mule deer and other wildlife, as well as two species of native cutthroat trout. Anglers, hikers and other recreationalists flock to this area from nearby communities and from across the country.

If the Smoky Canyon Mine is expanded, even greater quantities of toxic selenium will flow into the aquifers and streams of the Sage Creek Roadless Area and other pristine forestlands - threatening fish and wildlife, water quality and potentially human health.

Click here and tell the Bush administration to reject this disastrous scheme and instead require the mine's owners to clean up the existing selenium contamination.