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The Everyone Orchestra Performs in Colorado

The Everyone Orchestra embarks on a run of Colorado shows at the end of May including a stop in Fort Collins and three performances in Denver from May 20th – May 23rd. This rendition of the project features a stellar line up of nationally renowned talent including Steve Kimock (SKB, Zero), Kyle Hollingsworth (SCI), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Dave Watts (The Motet), Jamie Janover (Zilla), Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project) and YOU.

How do you fit into the Everyone Orchestra? The fully improvised performance is the brainchild of founder Matt Butler, who incorporates the skill set of the assembled all-star line up with the voices and sounds of the audience for a unique and fun musical experience.

Literally an orchestra where everyone in the room takes part, the Everyone Orchestra brings together a form of musical improvisation that is rarely accomplished to this degree. While the band actually only consists of one key player – conductor Matt Butler – each show features a rotating cast of up to a dozen players on any given night. Drawing on the wealth of talent local to the area he visits, or those performing at a festival, the concept lures local and national players who are often performing for the first time together and the audience of course, is performing right along.

The four-night traveling event will kick off at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins on May 20th and will continue to Quixotes True Blue (formerly Owsleys) on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22nd. The Sunday, May 23rd performance is billed as a happy hour show featuring an acoustic set (minus Hollingsworth), and with other special guests yet to be announced.

The locally based organization, Conscious Alliance, will also be hosting a food drive, benefiting the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. All patrons that donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited- edition Everyone Orchestra 2010 Colorado Tour poster created by the very special artist, Ryan Karrigant. Donations can be made with Conscious Alliance representatives at the front entrance of each venue.

Advance tickets for the Denver performance are on sale now at www.quixotes.com and for more information about the event and line up check out Everyone Orchestra.

ON TOUR:

Thursday, May 20 - Hodi’s Half Note, Ft. Collins, CO with opening act Acorn Project

Friday, May 21 - Quixotes True Blue, Denver with opening act Acorn Project

Saturday, May 22 - Quixtoes True Blue, Denver Euforquestra

Sunday, May 23 - Quixotes True Blue, Denver (acoustic, happy hour set)

The Contribution: -- 'Which Way World'

When members of New Monsoon, Railroad Earth and String Cheese Incident come together to create an album the result is Roostsy Americana bliss. Contribution, an appropriate name for a group whose members have bestowed many a musical gift to the masses with their previous bands, will drop Which Way World on March 30.

An album bursting with country gumption and raw poetic flare, this debut showcases the artistic veracity and harmonious nature of some of the best musicians on today’s jam circuit. A balanced blend of old-time charm and aggressive string-heavy muscle, this collaborative effort exemplifies the razor-sharp skills of Tim Carbone (violin, vocals Railroad Earth), Jeff Miller (guitar, mandolin, vocals, New Monsoon), Phil Ferlino (keyboards, New Monsoon), Keith Moseley (bassist, the String Cheese Incident), and Jason Hann (percussion, the String Cheese Incident).

From the initial notes, “Come Around” takes off like a tumbleweed in a dust storm, moving with force, freely charting out its own territory in a sandy soundscape of earnest handclaps, vocal harmonies and a fierce web of strings. Chameleon-like in nature, this opening track captures both a mischievous apathetic side and one of comforted hope. The dichotomous lyrics of “Never mind/never mind/why?” and “Sometimes you gotta lose yourself/find yourself/come around again” play out like a fencing match of internal conflict. The track rounds things off with a whiskey soaked “I don’t care!” from Carbone.

“Time Was Only Yesterday” initially breathes saloon-singer vulnerability, and holds that vintage desire to relive the past. Unexpectedly, lyrics about a “carnival parade” are quickly met by a collage of festive circus-esque clamor. The colossal racket is spiked with the scream of brassy horns and faded shouts you would imagine escaping from the lips of a vagabond ringleader.

“Better Days” proves to be one of the most lyrically poignant tracks on the album. The need for nostalgia, once again, resurfaces. While it gets off to a mellow start, the harmonized sturdy chorus of ‘Gone gone away are better days,’ which culminates with the tinge of tambourine, stands out like a mighty oak left upright after a forest fire.

Brilliance isn’t limited to the instrumentals when you stop to absorb the momentous metaphors and similes just swimming around in the ocean of sound – “Couldn’t see the danger there/ like children scaling rocks beside the sea…”

“Fear of Nothing” hits the listener like a sun shower on a sweltering day. Cool, refreshing and unapologetic, it reigns down with honky tonk tenacity. The upbeat, electrifying piano-laden, tune exudes a sense of rock n’ roll, gospel and blues. Sprinkling a ferocious feminine energy to the mix, are the Black Swan Singers who come equipped with fierce pipes—strong enough to stir a corpse. By far the most danceable tune on the disc, it resembles a hybrid of Great America Taxi meets the Black Crowes.

‘Wind Me Up’ is more spoken then sung and comes across like a sincere monologue of someone who has grown tired of, but accustomed to, going through the motions. The accompaniments and vocals are reminiscent of something quirky country alt-rockers Wilco would create.

“Which Way World,” the title track of the album, captures a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young vibe and yet at times it sounds more like a top ten contemporary country radio hit. Slow, steady and straight up Zenful, it’s a letter to our spinning sphere inquiring bout the very nature of its direction.

“Samsara” opens with piano playing that is rapidly coated by the lush emotion-evoking violin, proving that there is nothing like strings to set a melancholic mood. Capturing a rather dark tone, it sounds like a Celtic pagan homage to the earth— “I am the sky/speak through the wind/I am a shadow/darkness within...”

Let the musical monsoon of earthy cheese-coated goodness splash full force in a downpour that will have you tossing the umbrella and caution to the wind.

Anne McCue's new CD, 'Broken Promise Land,' returns to raw sound

Anne McCue describes her new album, Broken Promise Land, due out on May 18, 2010 on Flying Machine Records Records, as “a bit dirty, a bit rockin’, a bit swampy and a bit bluesy, with a touch of mysteriousness to it.”

What isn’t mysterious is McCue’s musical talent and range. She was voted the Roots Music Association’s Folk Artist of the Year in 2008, performed in a Jimi Hendrix tribute at the 2007 International Guitar Festival and was included in the Four Decades of Folk Rock box set alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and Wilco. Heart’s Nancy Wilson has described her as “my Aussie clone,” while Americana icon Lucinda Williams had this to say: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored! The combination of her tomboyish beauty mixed with the precision and assertiveness with which she approached the guitar, her surrounding languid and earthy vocals created an intoxicating blend.”

The new, self-produced album is one that she has long wanted to make. Combining heartfelt songwriting with gritty guitar playing, the record harkens back to McCue’s breakout Roll release, although she says that the new disc’s sound is even more raw than its predecessor. While earlier albums covered a range of roots-rock styles, Broken Promise Land focuses on McCue’s hard-charging “cosmic biker rock” sound.

The new disc lets McCue showcase her rockin’ ways and six-string virtuosity. The title track cuts loose with a blistering Hendrix-like bluesy guitar solo. The first single, “Don’t Go To Texas (Without Me),” boasts the dirty guitar sound of late ’60s English bands like the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones, while “The Old Man Talkin’” exudes a slinky J.J. Cale vibe.

The music’s strong, visceral energy results from a strategy to record as much as possible live. “I didn’t want to have a lot of layers. I wanted it to be pretty much what I can do on stage,” McCue asserts. She sought to capture the vibe of the old Albert King albums that she loves, which were recorded in only a few days, and she included a brass section in the sessions. By recording to tape, McCue also created the textures and dimension that she admires in T-Bone Burnett’s work.

On Broken Promise Land, McCue utilized the veteran rhythm section of Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil) and drummer Ken Coomer (Uncle Tupelo/Wilco). “Bones and Ken are very developed as musicians,” she says. “It’s great to have that type of depth to the musicianship.” This powerful trio demonstrates their musical breadth throughout this disc, whether it’s building “The Lonely One” into a surging rock ballad, conjuring a spooky atmosphere in Amelia White’s “Motorcycle Dream” or roaring through a cover of Rose Tattoo’s “Rock ’n’ Roll Outlaw.”

McCue’s love for music was nurtured in Sydney, Australia, where she grew up in a house filled with music. Her father, while not a professional musician, played a variety of instruments and her mother sang in the church choir. All of her seven older siblings were heavily into music too, and sounds ranging from Billie Holiday to Led Zeppelin filled the McCue home. “Every type of music except hardcore blues,” the blues-loving McCue admits, “so I definitely didn’t get burned out on it as a child.”

Although McCue played guitar growing up, she wasn’t encouraged to be a musician. A longtime film buff, she got a degree in film studies at Sydney’s University of Technology. Her cinema studies are an influence. “To me, my songs are like short films,” she reveals, “I try to be very visual and cinematic with my music and now I am making videos for the songs too.”

After college, McCue joined an all-female band, Girl Monstar, which was very popular in the Australian indie rock scene. She later became a part of the folk-rock trio Eden AKA that performed on the Lilith Fair tour and recorded a never-released album for Columbia Records. Her ill-fated Columbia experience landed her in America, where she set up shop in Los Angeles and became a vital part of the city’s roots music scene. During her time in Southern California, she recorded two attention-grabbing albums — 2004’s Roll and 2006’s Koala Motel.
Both releases accumulated a bevy of critical accolades. Entertainment Weekly exclaimed that McCue “represents a new generation of hard-bitten, country-inflected singer-songsmiths,” while Billboard heralded her as  “the virtual definition of ‘triple threat.’ A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist.” Austin Chronicle critic Jim Caligiuri noted that “these days, there are very few women working the same territory as McCue, who can combine tough and vulnerable. That she does it with poise and a self-deprecating sense of humor makes her an artist worth seeing again.”
A few years ago, McCue moved to Nashville, a place she finds quite fertile for making music. “There’s more room to think, more creative space,” she explains, “but there are so many great musicians that it really raises the bar and makes you want to get better.” Last year, she self-produced a limited-distribution acoustic album, East of Electric, on which she played a variety of instruments. A terrific example of her folkier side, it stands as a quiet side-trip to the full-bodied rock ferocity that Broken Promise Land delivers.
“This is the kind of music I love playing,” says McCue talking enthusiastically about her Broken Promise Land songs. “There’s nothing I could look more forward to than playing a whole set of bluesy, rocky, swampy music.”
See the video for McCue’s “Don’t Go to Texas (Without Me)” right here.

James McMurtry gets iPhone app, embarks on Western tour

James McMurtry fans can now stay up to date with concert information, photos, videos, music and blog posts while they are on the go with the  his new official iPhone application.  The app also allows users to post photos from their iPhone directly to the fan community and engage other fans across Facebook and iLike. The app is available for $.99 at the link here.

McMurtry and his band will be touring the western United States in support of his latest release, Live in Europe (Lightning Rod Records). The album is a document of McMurtry’s first European tour, on which he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham. The set is available as a CD with a bonus DVD, or as a deluxe vinyl LP package with a CD and DVD insert.

Live in Europe, available as a CD/DVD set or as a vinyl LP/DVD set, has earned praise from the critics. Mike Seely, writing in the Seattle Weekly, wrote: “The great Texan James McMurtry released a new album of old material in 2009—in other words, a live album. No matter: Mere mention of its drop date gave me an excuse to delve deeper into McMurtry's supremely underrated oeuvre. . . This re-exposure made me surer than ever that McMurtry is the Springsteen of the South.”

Blurt’s Steve Pick added, “With a new administration in office, he's taken six of the less directly political songs from that record, added two other older cuts, and brought out Live in Europe. It's another chance to notice how in and around the anger about macroscopic events, McMurtry is capable of extraordinary nuance in describing the lives of ordinary people on a microscopic level.”

In addition, McMurtry’s 2005 song “We Can’t Make it Here” was listed as the “Song of the Decade” both by the Lefsetz Letter’s Bob Lefsetz, and by NoDepression.com’s Grant Alden, the latter of whom called it, “Angry and musically adventurous and pissed off, which is different from angry. And a summary of how this decade felt, from my side of the typing.” The Nation declared McMurtry “Most Important Rocker.”

TOUR DATES
Sat., Jan. 16  NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Gruene Hall
Sat., Jan. 30  SPICEWOOD, TX Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill
Sat., Feb. 6 ALPINE, TX Railroad Blues
Tues., Feb. 9 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress
Wed., Feb. 10 PHOENIX, AZ Rhythm Room
Thurs., Feb. 11 LOS ANGELES, CA The Mint
Fri., Feb. 12  SANTA MONICA, CA McCabe's Guitar Shop
Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14  SANTA CRUZ, CA Don Quixote's Int’l Music Hall
Tues., Feb. 16  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall
Wed., Feb. 17  WINTERS, CA The Palms
Fri., Feb. 19  PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater
Sat., Feb. 20  EUGENE, OR WOW Hall
Sun., Feb. 21  SEATTLE , WA Tractor Tavern
Tues., Feb. 23  BOISE, ID Neurolux
Wed., Feb. 24  SALT LAKE CITY, UT The State Room
Thurs., Feb. 25  PAONIA, CO Paradise Theater
Fri., Feb. 26  FT COLLINS, CO Aggie Theater
Sat., Feb. 27  BOULDER, CO Fox Theater
Sun., Feb. 28  OMAHA, NE The Waiting Room
Tues., March 2 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Wed., March 3 COLUMBIA, MO Mojo's
Fri., March 5  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Wormy Dog Saloon
Sat., March 6  FORT WORTH, TX The Aardvark

DSO Spring Tour

New West Coast Dates

As the winter ice begins to melt, we will start our Spring Tour in April. Joining us on guitar and vocals for this tour will be Stu Allen of (JGB). With his eagerness to improvise and his commitment to making every performance unique, Stu has made extensive contributions to the jam music scene. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang , Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band. He can't wait to get out on the road and play for you folks.The tour will kick off with a run through the Colorado Rockies including stops in Aspen, Avon and 2 nights in Boulder at The Boulder Theater of all places! From there, it's westward bound to Portland, Seattle and Reno before another 2 night stand, this time in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom. After San Fran it's on to LA for a show at the El Rey Theatre before closing out the tour in Solona Beach. Rocky Mountain High to California Sun. Hope to see you out there!

Visit our TOUR DATES PAGE for tickets, more info and additional show announcements this coming week.

A Cosmic Time Was Had By All

It seemed that everyone had a blast this year as we celebrated the New Year in Baltimore at Rams Head Live with 6 plus hours of music. The Bridge kicked off the night with a smokin' set with Rob Koritz sitting in for most of the show. We then rolled into our 2nd ever Acoustic Set on the east coast: Deep Elem, Monkey, Cold Jordan, You Ain't Woman Enough, Midnight Moonlight, Mountains of the Moon into Ripple. We took a short break and rocked right into our 1st Electric Set: Help>Slip>Franklin's, Cassidy (w/Donna), Next Time You See Me, Cumberland, Midnight Hour - into the countdown and back to Midnight Hour>China>Rider. At midnight, there was the thunder of confetti cannons, a shower of balloons and a return of Father Time as he welcomed in the New Year by shadowing the musicians and dancing his timeless freaky dance with Donna Jean. As the confetti settled and the balloons kept bouncing, we went into our 3rd Set Scarlet (w/Donna)>William Tell>The Eleven>Fire(w/Both ladies)>Drumz>Sp...anish jam>Alligator>Blues for Allah>St Stephen>Viola Lee. Encores w/ both ladies...I'll Be With Thee>Tangled Up in Blue. We hope that you all had as much fun as we did and we wish you all the happiest and healthiest of New Years.

The Boat Was A Rockin'

As the ship set sail, DSO launched their first set of the week on the Pool Deck with an original setlist packed with gems. A massive segway of Playin in the Band-> Cryptical->The Other One->Cryptical->Drums->Space->Playin in the Band->Eyes of the World->Sugar Magnolia sent the ship dancing into the high seas. A couple nights later the band held court in the Teatro Carlo Felice Theater closing out night 4 of the cruise. From the opening jam that led to Shakedown Street, the night was on. The sets highlight was the run of Alligator->St Stephen->William Tell Bridge->The Eleven->Drums->Space-> Truckin->Death Don't Have No Mercy->Lovelight.

In addition to the two formal sets, various DSO members were found all over the boat in different musical groupings. Both Rob Koritz and Rob Barraco were found in The Jam Room well past 5:00 am on more than one occasion. Rob Koritz joined The Everyone Orchestra for their improvised set. Dino joined the Rock Star Karaoke Band which included members of Hot Buttered Rum. As pictures and recordings surface we are sure to uncover other stories and will share them as they come to light.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Winter Tour 2010
02/03 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
02/04 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
02/05+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/06+ Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
02/08 Englert Civic Theatre Iowa City, IA TICKETS
02/10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
02/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
02/12 Egyptian Room at Murat Center Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
02/13 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
02/14 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH TICKETS
02/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
02/18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
02/19+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/20+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/21 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
02/24 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL TICKETS
02/25 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
02/26+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
02/27+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
03/01 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL TICKETS
03/03 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA TICKETS
03/04 House of Blues Houston, TX TICKETS
03/05 House of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
03/06 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Just Announced - Spring Tour
04/07 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/08 Vilar Center Avon, CO
04/09 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/10 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
04/17 The Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA TICKETS
04/19 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA
04/22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/24 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/28 El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
04/30 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
05/01 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

Thanks to Jam Cruise for throwing a great party!

Rogue Wave Release New Single, Unveil Album Details

Now we’re born again,” sings Zach Rogue on the closing track of Rogue Wave’s fourth studio album, Permalight. The dreamy acoustic lament lasts just over a minute but in sound and spirit it neatly sums up everything that comes before it. A punchy, deceptively effervescent set of multi-instrumental pop tunes, the Northern California band’s latest set represents a giant breakthrough for Rogue and his longtime musical partner, drummer-keyboardist- vocalist Pat Spurgeon.
“The record sounds, for lack of a better word, fun,” the frontman says. It’s an astonishing change of direction, to say the least. Formed by Rogue in 2002 after he lost his tech job and parted ways with the Oakland rock group Desoto Reds, Rogue Wave has a reputation for crafting classic, inward-looking pop songs highlighted with psychedelic guitars, pastoral sound effects and intricate rhythms. On tunes from the new album like the title track “Permalight” and “Good Morning,” however, Rogue Wave steps away from expectations. Rogue says the former was written as a left-field sequel to Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration,” with synthesizers that simultaneously sound brittle and blissful. “Stars and Stripes” builds on a deep groove before spilling over in a raging chorus.  Clubby beats are prominent but the album doesn’t sit still for long. “Per Anger” is a straightforward rock tune that takes its cues from Pixies’ loud-quiet-loud dynamic.
Then there’s the album’s unofficial centerpiece, “I’ll Never Leave You,” a simple acoustic tune that finds Rogue coming to grips with the overwhelming emotions that come with young fatherhood. Like many of the songs on the album it’s rooted in Rogue Wave’s triumph over seemingly constant peril -- including the tragic death of a former band mate and constant health issues -- and the band’s undying determination to push forward.  Making this album was no exception.
In September 2008, after the band returned to Oakland following a summer tour, Rogue played a solo show opening for Nada Surf. Two days later, the singer woke up and couldn’t move. There was some concern that he might be having an aneurysm or heart attack, so doctors wheeled an X-ray machine into his living room to check his heart and lungs. It turns out Rogue had slipped two discs in his neck, which were pressing on his spinal cord. “It was the worst pain I had experienced,” he says.
Over the next few months, his condition grew worse until he eventually lost feeling in his right hand. Confined to his bed, there was nothing doctors could do for him, no medications that could relieve his pain. “I just felt like I was being tortured,” Rogue says. “I felt like I was dying.”  In January, the pain began to gradually lift, giving him just enough sensation to pick up the guitar and strum it. He celebrated the recovery the best way he knew, by pouring his relief into new material. “When I started writing I wanted to make a record that was a little more up, a record you could move your body to because I couldn’t move for so long,” Rogue says. “I told Pat I wanted to make a total dance album.”
To do that Rogue decided to make a conscious break from the past. “I decided when I picked up the guitar again I didn’t want to play anything I knew,” he says. “Even if that meant yelling into the microphone or detuning a guitar, I wanted to record all those ideas.”
Tracklisting:
Solitary Gun
Good Morning
Sleepwalker
Stars and Stripes
Permalight
Fear Itself
Right With You
We Will Make A Song Destroy
I’ll Never Leave You
Per Anger
You Have Boarded All That Remains
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Tour Dates
02/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop 02/26 - Toronto, ON, CA @ Mod Club
03/01 - Club Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock
03/02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/04 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
03/05 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/06 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
03/08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
03/09 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/10 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
03/13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/15 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/16 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
03/17 - Dallas, TX @ The Loft
03/18 - 03/20 @ SXSW
04/07 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
04/09 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/10 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
04/13 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
04/14 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
04/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe
04/16 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
04/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/20 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
04/21 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
04/24 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
04/27 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
04/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre 04/30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

2009 CMJ Lineup, Artist Schedule & Set Times!

The Antlers

10/20 – Brooklyn Vegan Showcase - Music Hall of Williamsburg (8PM)
10/21 – Sound Fix Records (6PM)
10/22 – Club NME Showcase - The Delancey (10PM)
Bear Hands
10/21 – Mercury Lounge (10PM)
10/22 – Club NME Showcase - The Delancey (10PM)
10/23 – Planetary Group CMJ Day Party - Pianos (3PM)
10/23 – Cantora Records CMJ Showcase - Bowery Electric (10PM)
Cymbals Eat Guitars
10/20 –Club NME NYC Showcase -BLVD (10PM)
10/21 – Oh My Rockness Showcase -Santos Party House (8PM)
10/22 – Vice Party -Public Assembly (12.30 AM)
10/23 – Le Poisson Rouge (6PM)
Deastro
10/21 – Santos Party House (8.45 PM)
10/22 – The Cake Shop (12 PM)
10/22 – KEXP Session - The Cutting Room (4PM)
10/24 – Pianos (4.15PM)
The Depreciation Guild
10/21 – Kanine Records Showcase - Cake Shop (8PM)
10/23 – SESAC Showcase - Cake Shop (8PM)
10/24 – Self-Titled Magazine - Glasslands (9PM)
Drug Rug
10/23 – Bowery Ballroom (10PM)
Holiday Shores
10/20 - Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party - Cake Shop (3PM)
10/22 – My Open Bar Party - Shea Stadium (8PM
10/23 – Break Thru Radio Party - Trash Bar (3.30PM)
10/23 – twosyllables Records/Underwater People’s Festical -The Delancey (8PM)
10/23 – Delancey (10.10PM)
10/24 – AAM Radio Showcase - Music Hall of Williamsburg (12PM)
Jones Street Station
10/21 – Alphabet Lounge (8PM)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
10/22 – Knitting Factory (8PM)
10/23 – Le Poisson Rouge (8PM)
The Moi Non Plus
10/19 - WFMU Radio Session (10PM)
10/20 - Subbacultcha! Showcase - Cakeshop (10PM)
10/21 - Pianos (4PM)
10/23 - Viva Radio Me + You Session (4PM)
10/24 - Impose Magazine CMJ Party - Don Pedro's (8PM)

Phil & the Osophers

10/24 – La Societe Expeditionnaire Showcase - Bruar Falls (8PM)
Pop Tarts Suck Toasted CMJ Party
10/20 - Cake Shop
Small Black - 6PM
Holiday Shores - 5:15 PM
Surfer Blood - 4:30PM
Will Stratton - 4:30 PM (Upstairs)
Grooms - 3:45PM
Seth Kallen 3:30 PM (Upstairs)
Motel Motel - 3PM
Sisters - 2:15PM
Little Girls - 1:30PM
Dinosaur Feathers - 12:30PM

Sean Bones

10/20 – Music Slut Party - Pianos (3PM)
10/20 – Productshop NYC - Glasslands Gallery (10PM)
10/21 – Purevolume Loft (10PM)
10/22 – Paradigm - Mercury Lounge (12.45AM)
10/24 – WestRocks UK - Mercury Lounge (12.45AM)
Subbacultcha Showcase
10/20 - Cakeshop - (Doors 7PM)
Blondes - 7:30PM
Hospital Bombers - 8:25 PM
Best Coast - 9:20PM
The Moi Non Plus - 10:15PM
Surf City - 11:10PM
zZz - 12:05PM
Male Bonding - 1AM
DJ Dan Selzer (will also be DJ'ing between the bands) - 1:35AM - 3AM

Violens
10/21 – Green Owl Party - Le Poisson Rouge (10PM)
10/22 – AAM Party - The Suffolk (9PM)
10/24 – Bowery Ballroom (6PM)
We Have Band
10/21 – Public Assembly (8PM)
10/24 – Santos Party House (8PM)

White Denim
10/19 – Conflict Of Interest Party - Rebel NYC (10PM)

Lotus Announce NYE Run in Philly, Set to Begin Fall Tour

Today Lotus announce a New Year's eve run in Pennsylvania that will culminate with an epic New Year's Eve Show with MSTRKRFT at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. Leading up to the big night, the band will stop at Mr. Smalls Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA) on 12/29 and The Note (West Chester, PA) on 12/30, both with support act Tigersapien.

The New Year's Eve announcement comes as Lotus prepare to hit the road for a full season of touring.  Along their Fall Tour, Lotus will break ground in a way that no other rock band has done prior - they are plotting a tour this fall that truly allows their legion of fans to pay-what-they-want for tickets. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour featuring Lotus is an eight night run of shows in western U.S. states, sponsored by Ticketweb, that lets the fans decide how much their show ticket will cost. At the $15.00 Pay-What-You-Want level or higher, fans receive free digital downloads of the band's two new EPs Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass, both to be released on October 6, 2009.

The Pay-What-You-Want dates are part of Lotus' larger Fall Tour, running from early-October through the end of the year. Big stops include performances at Denver's Fillmore, NYC's Terminal 5 (w/ support acts RJD2 and Junior Boys DJ set), Baltimore's Sonar, Chicago's Vic Theatre, the Electric Factory in Philly for New Year's Eve and others. Lotus brings out several must-see opening acts for many of these shows, including Break Science feat Adam Dietch, The Egg (from London, UK), Big in Japan, Big Gigantic, RJD2, Junior Boys, and more. Don't miss a few special small shows: here's the scoop - the Denver Fillmore show is being bundled with the Quixote's show (to get into Quixotes, you must buy the Fillmore ticket), and also, for New Years, Lotus presents another "bundled" show at The Note in West Chester, PA (to purchase a ticket for The Note, you must purchase a bundled Electric Factory ticket).

Downloads of both new EPs will be bundled with advance ticket purchases for select Fall Tour dates including the two Denver shows, both Boston shows and the New Year's run.  The material on both Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass can be directly traced back to Lotus' 2008 full-length release, Hammerstrike. A number of songs were recorded that didn't find their way onto Hammerstrike (either they hadn't been finished by deadlines or they weren't coalescing with the sound of that project), but after finishing the album, Lotus decided to revisit these tracks, and the results are extraordinary. Feather on Wood is sunnier with a laid-back vibe, yet not afraid of big rock beauty, while Oil on Glass is darker in character, with more head-nodding tempos.

Listing of forthcoming Lotus tour dates (and who will be opening each show):
October 2            Aces Lounge            Austin, TX

October 3            Aces Lounge            Austin, TX

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT Dates (Oct 6-Oct 14)
October 6            The Roxy                 Hollywood, CA w/ Break Science ft  Adam Deitch             
October 7            The Independent     San Francisco, CA w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 8            McDonald Theatre   Eugene, OR w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 9            The Showbox          Seattle, WA w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 10          Crystal Ballroom      Portland, OR w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 11          The Nightlight           Bellingham, WA  w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 13          Knitting Factory        Boise, ID w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 14          Murray Theater        Salt Lake City, UT w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 15          Belly Up                   Aspen, CO                                              
October 16          Quixotes                  Denver, CO
October 17          The Fillmore            Denver, CO
October 20          Granada Theatre     Lawrence, KS                     
October 21          The Old Rock House St. Louis, MO  w/ The Egg
October 22           Slowdown               Omaha, NE w/ The Egg
October 23           First Avenue            Minneapolis, MN w/ The Egg
October 24           Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI w/ The Egg
October 26           Copper Dragon       Carbondale, IL w/ The Egg
October 27           Bluebird Nightclub   Bloomington, IN w/ The Egg
October 28           Bogart's                   Cincinnati, OH w/ The Egg
October 29           House of Blues        Cleveland, OH w/ The Egg
October 30           The Town Ballroom  Buffalo, NY w/ Tigersapien.
October 31           Sonar                       Baltimore, MD w/ Big In Japan & The Egg
November 1         The State Theatre    State College, PA
November 4          Higher Ground         Burlington, VT w/ The Egg
November 5          Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA  w/ The Egg
November 6          Paradise Rock Club  Boston, MA w/ The Egg
November 7          Revolution Hall         Troy, NY w/ Tigersapien.
November 10        Is Venue                   Charlottesville, VA w/ Big Gigantic
November 11        Cat's Cradle              Carrboro, NC w/ Big Gigantic
November 12        Variety Playhouse     Atlanta, GA w/ Big Gigantic
November 13        Bear Creek Music & Arts Live Oak, FL                                         
November 14        Orange Peel             Asheville, NC w/ Big Gigantic
November 27         Vic Theatre              Chicago, IL                      
November 28         Terminal 5                New York, NY w/ RJD2 and Junior Boys (DJ Set)
December 29         Mr. Smalls Theatre   Pittsburgh, PA w/ Tigersapien. & aFugate
December 30         The Note                  West Chester, PA w/ Tigersapien.
December 31         Electric Factory        Philadelphia, PA w/ MSTRKRFT

EOTO Set to Play Two Shows During Summer Solstice

The left coast breakbeat, glitch-hop and house duo known as EOTO is set to play two monumental shows during the Summer Solstice in California on June 19 and June 20, on top of their already jam-packed festival schedule. Since the new year rolled around has toured relentlessly and played more than 80 shows and making a name for themselves as pioneers of a new sound, an innovative blend of live instrumentation and digital mixing. Both the June 19 show at Rhythm Lounge in Long Beach, CA, and the June 20 show at The Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA, should be another set of landmarks performances for the ground-shattering, beat innovators.

eotoFeaturing Jason Hann and Michael Travis, formerly of the progressive jam outfit The 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.

No group on the circuit tours as hard as EOTO and nothing has changed for the foreseeable future, save festival dates in exchange for the night-after-night venue spots they have played so far in 2009. Hann and Travis have been from west to east and everywhere in between in just five months and are primed to play at least 35 shows between now and the end of September. It will be a nice break for the two to venture back indoors for the pair of Summer Solstice shows, where the bone-quaking and mind-rippling beats they create spontaneously are well at home. By the time they reach California, EOTO will have more than proven they are big enough and calculated enough for the wide open spaces of the festival tour, which includes stops at Summercamp, Wakarusa, SONIC BLOOM, Rothbury Festival, Camp Bisco, The Phamily Reunion, Shambhala Festival and Earthdance.

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