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Blue Turtle Seduction & the New Up: Set to Rock San Fran

Aptly named “The Blue Up Ball,” the split ticket performance of Blue Turtle Seduction and The New Up at The Independent in San Francisco on Memorial Day Weekend is sure to leave fans with their own memories of an already celebrated weekend. Set for May 23, Blue Turtle Seduction will make their only San Francisco appearance of the spring and summer, sharing the stage with San Francisco-based The New Up. The bands look to prove they are anything but genre-specific. Blue Rabbit will open the night up and Jack Frost will spin set breaks, which means the night should, in true Blue Turtle Seduction fashion, be full of debauchery and good times.

btsFor the spring months of 2009, Blue Turtle Seduction has been zig-zagging across the country, playing nearly night after night, building huge momentum and impeccable stage timing. By the time the band unpacks in San Francisco, fans can expect awesome interpretations of the acclaimed, recent digital release of 13 Floors. The band emanates dance vibes with intelligence through their bluegrass meets rock; gypsy folk meets hip-hop, raucous, fresh sound. The band is known well on the circuit for putting on an entertaining show through their multi-faceted performance.

The South Lake Tahoe, CA, band is Jay Seals (guitar, vocals), Glenn Stewart (harmonica, pan flute, vocals), Christian Zupancic (violin, mandolin, vocals), Stephen Seals (bass) and Adam Navone (drums). Expressing influences from Manu Chao to The String Cheese Incident to The Clash, the five-piece prides themselves on eclecticism and variation, which has afforded them the luxury of sharing the bill with a ranging cast of bands and performers across the nation.

The New Up, an up-and-coming act, is ES Pitcher on guitar and the mic, with Noah Reid on guitar, Hawk West on flute and automation, Dain Dizazzo on bass and Drew Bertrand on drums. Their sound has been called everything from trippy new wave with irresistible vocals to post-punk-brushed dance-rock. Pitcher’s voice is big, but sweet; brash, but true. Their live show combines catchy tunes with gritty guitars and polished changes, an inspiration of new sound. The band is celebrating their recent May EP release, Better Off, the second of three EPs the band is releasing in an 18-month stretch.

Opening up “The Blue Up Ball” is San Francisco’s own Blue Rabbit, a seven-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses alternative indie pop with baroque elements, modern rhythms and a hint of cabaret. The band won Artist of the Month on The Deli SF in Dec. '08 and was ranked as one of the top five most popular bands in the Bay Area.

“The Blue Up Ball”
Saturday, May 23rd
The Independent
628 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.771.1422
Doors @ 8 pm | Show @ 9 pm | ages 21+ | Tickets $12 adv, $14 door

EOTO Set to Make Annual Northeast Pilgrimage

hannThe left coast breakbeat, glitch-hop and house duo known as EOTO, is set to embark on their annual east coast trek to kick off a run of spring 2009 performances. Following an undeniably successful winter tour, including a weeklong stint in the Sunshine State, EOTO will bring their innovative blend of live instrumentation and digital mixing north to eager audiences awaiting the next chapter in the group’s musical voyage.

Featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis, formerly of the progressive jam outfit String Cheese Incident, EOTO is a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the music industry. Differing in sonic stature from their mixing forefathers, the typical EOTO live experience is 100% atypical, meaning nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped and no set is pre-planned. Every night is a distinctive journey into the musical minds of Hann and Travis, each feeding off of the other’s creativity and the audience’s vibes. EOTO combines cutting-edge technology with live instrumental performance to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment.

Beginning immediately after the conclusion of their Florida tour, EOTO will head to Nashville, Tennessee for a show at Windows Off the Cumberland on March 16th. Additional stops include performances in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio before the group heads back to the Midwest. For a complete list of dates and details, be sure to check EOTO’s MySpace page for the latest info as the group continues to heat up 2009

BoomBox Set to Ring in the New Year at Mile High

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The electronic musical duo BoomBox, known for their non-stop dance parties and explosive live shows, will be playing two extraordinary late night New Years 2008 shows in Denver. Recognized as an innovative driving force on the music scene today, the brainchild of DJ / producer Russ Randolph and singer / songwriter / guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux pushes the boundaries of creativity and originality to unmatched heights..

Kicking it all off on Tuesday, December 30th at Owsley's Golden Road, the headline show will feature special guests Melvin Seals and JGB as well as Steve Kimock and Friends opening the night. BoomBox will take to the stage from 1:30am to 4:30am, keeping the party going until the early morning hours. Individual tickets for the first night are available online.

On New Year's Eve, BoomBox moves the party down the road to the Crown Plaza Hotel in the heart of downtown Denver. Hosting their very own late night NYE show destined to be another all night extravaganza, festivities will begin immediately following the Widespread Panic show. The extended BoomBox set will feature an appearance by the Everyone Orchestra and will no doubt feature several other surprise guests converging upon the Mile High City for the special night. Expect the likes of Melvin Seals, Steve Kimock and members of Hot Buttered Rum as BoomBox jams into the early morning.

GIBSON BROTHERS SET TO RELEASE IRON & DIAMONDS

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Sugar Hill Records is set to release their fourth album with bluegrass stalwarts The Gibson Brothers on April 8, 2008. Iron & Diamonds showcases the brothers' trademark harmonies as well as songwriting that is among the best in the genre.  Interspersed with original songs like the title track - a snapshot of the miners' baseball league in their upstate-NY home - are carefully chosen covers like Tom Petty's "Cabin Down Below" and others.

Iron & Diamonds boasts the brothers' best vocal mix to date thanks to being able to record live on one mike, capturing the energy and closeness that concert audiences rave about. The band - Mike Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle, and Rick Hayes on mandolin - is tighter than ever, complementing the brothers' harmonies with adept instrumental performances.

Leigh and Eric Gibson have been performing together since encouraged in their youth by a minister in the borderlands of upstate New York, where they still reside. They received a Best Emerging Artist nod from the IBMA in 1998 and went on to record three albums for Sugar Hill Records - Bona Fide, Long Way Back Home, and Red Letter Day.