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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

Nouvelle Vague play select US cities for June tour!

On their debut, Nouvelle Vague took cherished tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s by acts such as Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Dead Kennedys and reworked them in a gentle bossa nova style. Sung by French female vocalists, some of whom had never heard the originals before, these cult hits had new life breathed into them, and their meanings became softly subverted. In French, Nouvelle Vague means “new wave”, and “bossa nova” in Portuguese. Even the records’ sleeves wittily referenced the artwork for Jean Luc Godard’s early-’60s new-wave films.

The group expanded its musical palette on Bande A Part, adding touches of reggae, ska and blues to balmy readings of familiar numbers by Bauhaus, Blondie, Buzzcocks, New Order and Yazoo, among others. By this point, even hardcore fans who’d considered these easy-listening versions of punk staples to be sacrilege learned to enjoy Nouvelle Vague as a guilty pleasure. But what of the authors who wrote the original songs – what did these once-ruthless idealists think of Nouvelle Vague’s more fragrant approach?

Well, of those canvassed, all approved – thumbs up from Mick Jones of the Clash, Morrissey, the Undertones, Dead Kennedys and Killing Joke. And this led Oliver and Marc to the concept behind the third album: Nouvelle Vague performs duets with the original singers.  The pair wrote a ‘dream’ list of the people they’d most like on the album and, when contacted, most said yes.

So on NV3 you’ll encounter Depeche Mode’s singing “Master and Servant” with Nouvelle Vague’s leading lady Melanie Pain; Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen duetting with Melanie on “All My Colours”; Marina Celeste performing “Our Lips Are Sealed” with Terry Hall of the Specials and Funboy Three (that’s a Go-Go’s track penned by Hall); and Magazine’s “Parade” sung by Barry Adamson and NV’s Nadeah Miranda. For additional tracks that didn’t make the final album, Chris Bailey from legendary Kiwi rockers The Saints performs a duet, likewiseSamy Birnbach of noted Belgian new-wavers Minimal Compact.

Nouvelle Vague transform Talking Heads’ “Road To Nowhere” into a dusty bar-room shuffle, its head bowed as it traipses into the sunset after a long day working the land. “Heaven” by Psychedelic Furs becomes a tender acoustic affair. A bluesy swagger through Gary Numan’s “Metal” is sung with innocence and charm by Eloisia, a young Brazilian girl who could barely speak English and knew nothing of this music. Even “God Save The Queen”, once full of menace and bile, is fashioned into a romantic flutter. Add enchanting covers of Plastic Bertrand’s “Ca Plane Pour Moi”, Soft Cell’s “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” and “So Lonely” by the Police, and you have Nouvelle Vague’s strongest album to date.

To keep it fresh, Marc and Olivier approached this album in the same spirit of discovery with which they made their 2004 debut. Back then, says Olivier, they recorded four songs for fun and played them to friends, who loved them, and also loved the idea of turning new-wave songs into something different. And so they made an album.

As with all Nouvelle Vague’s work, the real stars of the records and shows are the songs themselves.

When Nouvelle Vague play live, these well-known songs by other people become Nouvelle Vague’s songs. They own them, you might say. In the last few years the group have taken to the road as a six-piece touring outfit, playing shows and festivals all over the world.

Tour dates:

JUNE 17 @ The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, NYC (Doors 8:00pm)
http://www.livenation.com/edp/eventId/407107

JUNE 18 @ La Maison Française, Embassy of France- Washington, DC (Doors 8:30pm)
http://www.la-maison-francaise.org/start.htm

JUNE 19 @ Grand Ballroom @ The Regency Center, San Fran (Doors-7:00pm/ Show-8:00pm)
http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=22834

JUNE 20 @ The Music Box Theatre @ Fonda, Los Angeles at (Doors 8:00pm/Show 9:00pm)
http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=23130

Toubab Krewe Summer Tour!

Toubab Krewe will hit the road this summer for a tour in support of their new album, Live at the Orange Peel, released nationwide on April 7 on Upstream Records/ADA. The tour kicks-off this week at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and includes performances at some of the biggest and best festivals in the U.S., including Bonnaroo (June 11-14) and ROTHBURY (July 2-5).

toubabThis year will mark Toubab Krewe’s third performance at Bonnaroo, their first since 2006 (Video of that performance is online). Video of this year’s performance will be streamed at www.music.att.net (June 12; 12:30-1:30 P.M. EST).

Toubab Krewe will also headline two nights at the Festivus for the Restivus (July 17-19), an annual festival thrown by Toubab Krewe bassist Dave Pransky on his family’s farm in Cabot, VT. Other performers at Festivus include Malian superstar Oumou Sangare, Midnite, Barrington Levy and Black Sheep.

Joining Toubab Krewe at Festivus and at select summer tour dates will be legendary Jamaican guitarist Earl “China” Smith. Perhaps the most sought after lead guitarist in reggae, Smith has performed and recorded with everyone from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear to more recent pop icons like Lauren Hill, Erykah Badu and Joss Stone. Toubab Krewe recently joined Smith at his home studio in Kingston, where they collaborated on several as-yet unreleased recordings. On his first tour of the U.S. with Toubab Krewe, Smith will join the band on-stage for what are sure to be special collaborations, infusing his diverse talents and influences into Toubab Krewe’s already unique blend of styles.

About Live at the Orange Peel:

Toubab Krewe’s new album has won wide acclaim since its release in April. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steven Heller, Live at the Orange Peel captures the band’s outstanding 2007-2008 New Year's run. All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to mix American rock with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels. Along the way, they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco, fusing it all together into what the Village Voice describes as "a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy" and Honest Tune hails as "one of the most innovative voices in music today." The new album features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl.  

 
Summer Tour Dates

June 10 | Pittsburgh, PA | Three Rivers Arts Festival

www.artsfestival.net 

June 11-14 | Manchester, TN | Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

w/ special guest Rayna Gellert on fiddle

www.bonnaroo.com  

June 18 | Knoxville, TN | Sundown in the City

www.sundowninthecity.com 

June 18 | Knoxville, TN | Square Room (Sundown in the City After Party)

www.thesquareroom.com 

toubabJune 19 | Greenville, SC | Gott Rocks

www.gottrocks.com 

June 20 | Raleigh, NC | North Carolina Museum of Art

www.ncartmuseum.org 

June 26 | Richmond, VA | Brown's Island (Friday Cheers Series)

www.brownsisland.com 

July 2-5  | Rothbury, MI | ROTHBURY Festival

www.rothburyfestival.com 

July 15  | New York, NY | Rocks OFF! Concert Cruise

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.rocksoffnyc.com/concertcruise 

July 17-18 | Cabot, VT | Festivus for the Restivus (The Manifestivus)

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.manifestivus.com  

July 24-25  | Floyd, VA | Floyd Festival

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.floydfestival.com 

July 31-Aug. 1 | Atlanta, GA | Smith's Olde Bar

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.smithsoldebar.com 

August 7 | Bozeman, MT| Sweet Pea Festival

www.sweetpeafestival.org   

August 13  | Gore, VA | Camp Barefoot

www.campbarefoot.org 

August 14 | Greensburg, PA | Summer Sounds Concerts in the Park

www.summersounds.com 

August 21-22 | Greensboro, NC | Blind Tiger

www.blindtigeralehouse.com.com

Toubab Krewe NYE in Denver + Winter Tour!

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe is thrilled to be in Denver for NYE tonight at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Special guest Rayna Gellert (Uncle Earl) joins the band for the run on fiddle.

 

The band then heads east to play their first show of 2009 in New York at S.O.B's (1/8) to celebrate the wider release of their new album, Live at the Orange Peel. It'll be available on iTunes and other digital outlets starting 1/6, including a new bonus track recorded at our most recent Orange Peel performance.

The tour continues throughout the Southeast (more dates to be added soon). Joining the band on many of the dates will be their good friend Jar-E from Asheville.

 

12-31 Denver, CO           Cervantes'

      News Year's Revival: Panjea Feat Michael kang(SCI) and Chris Berry and the 50 Piece Panjoric Orchestra w/ DNALand feat Kyle Hollingsworth ; Rayna Gellert joins TK on fiddle

1-8   New York, NY         S.O.B.'s

      Jar-E

1-17  Athens, GA           Georgia Theatre

      Jar-E

1-20  Vienna, VA           Jammin' Java (Inauguration Party!)

      Jar-E

1-21  Charlottesville, VA  Gravity Lounge

      Jar-E

1-23  Virginia Beach, VA   Jewish Mother

      Jar-E

1-24  Richmond, VA         Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall

      Jar-E

2-6   Carrboro, NC         Cat's Cradle

      Jar-E

2-7   Charlotte, NC        Neighborhood Theatre

      Jar-E

2-14  Atlanta, GA          Smith's Olde Bar

      TBA

New Mastersounds ADD Telluride to Upcoming CO TOUR!

The New Mastersounds- for the Grateful Web

The New Mastersounds will be in Colorado this month.  Recently they added a show in lovely Telluride, Colorado at the Sheridan Opera House on Sunday January 20th.  For more information or to view some more of their tour dates or to learn more about the New Mastersounds, click here: