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Yoko Ono Heats Up Dancefloors Once Again With Her Latest Summer Smash "Talking to the Universe"

Following the overwhelming success of her eighth #1 BILLBOARD HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY charting remix single “MOVE ON FAST”, YOKO ONO heats up dancefloors once again with her latest summer smash "TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE”.

Since bursting onto BILLBOARD’S HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY SINGLES CHART as the Hot Shot Debut at #36* (with a bullet) (Issue date: 07/16/2011), "TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE" has proved to be a fiery confection and one of Yoko’s most feverish and dynamic reinventions. Throughout its eight week stint on the chart, the single has quickly gained momentum claiming "the #25* spot (with a bullet)" as that week’s Power Pick (Issue date: 07/23/2011) before leaping into the "Top 20 at #17* (with a bullet)" (Issue date: 07/30/2011). It’s currently at #3* (with a bullet) (Issue date: 09/3/2011) nestled among contemporary pop and electronic music stalwarts BEYONCE, KYLIE MINOGUE, BRITNEY SPEARS, RIHANNA and DEPECHE MODE.

Originally taken from the 1995 YOKO ONO / IMA collaborative album RISING, the lean, funk-fueled rocker finds ONO tuning in to the universe as our as our celestial medium and ambassador to the cosmos urging listeners to purge all the preconceived notions, pretenses and fears that confine us in order to bask in a freer state of being. It’s an inspiring message of self actualization and empowerment that has become hallmark themes throughout her vast career.

ONO has long been credited with igniting the punk-rock fire years before its official explosion and her work continues to be relevant and generation-inspiring decades later.  Meticulously reinventing her material for 21st-century dancefloors has given the vanguard artist a greater platform and visibility of which many contemporaries and present-day contenders can be envious.

"TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE" marks  the latest chapter in ONO's staggering body of remixed works which, to date, has yielded  eight #1 BILLBOARD CLUB PLAY chart hits ("MOVE ON FAST", "WOULDNIT' (I'M A STAR)", "GIVE ME SOMETHING", "I'M NOT GETTING ENOUGH", "GIVE PEACE A CHANCE", "NO NO NO", "EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN" and the timeless "WALKING ON THIN ICE") and two critically-acclaimed remix anthologies:  YES, I'M A WITCH and its companion release OPEN YOUR BOX, an incredibly impressive feat for an artist who has spent her life on the cutting edge of music, art and pop culture.

“TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE” is available as three separate digital green releases (no materials used or abused) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records issued July 5th, August 2nd and September 6th, respectively, on  iTunes.

Lady Antebellum Reveals New Album Details!

Multi-PLATINUM country music group Lady Antebellum is sharing new details today on their forthcoming third Capitol Nashville studio album OWN THE NIGHT, in stores Sept. 13.

After sweeping the 2011 GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, the singer/songwriters returned to Nashville to focus on writing and recording the follow up to their top selling NEED YOU NOW.  The trio penned 10 of the new disc’s 12 tracks, including their fastest rising and current Top 10 single “Just A Kiss.”  Collaborating again with veteran producer Paul Worley, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott also return as co-producers.

"We're definitely more in tune with each other musically and personally than ever," said Haywood. "It's an exciting place to be. This album was created from the ground up—we are writing these songs, playing these instruments and creating these arrangements.  With OWN THE NIGHT, more than ever before, I think we share a real feeling of accomplishment both as a band and as friends.”

"Our only hope and expectation for this record is that it will build on the first two," adds Charles Kelley.  "At the end of the day, we just want our fans to be able to say that we continue to give them solid albums with solid songs they can enjoy from start to finish."

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OWN THE NIGHT Track List:

1. We Owned The Night

2. Just A Kiss

3. Dancin’ Away With My Heart

4. Friday Night

5. When You Were Mine

6. Cold As Stone

7. Singing Me Home

8. Wanted You More

9. As You Turn Away

10. The Love I’ve Found In You

11. Somewhere Love Remains

12. The Heart Of The World

The New Deal's FINAL Colorado Performance @ Fox Theatre

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present The New Deal at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10th for $25.

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The New Deal has decided that 2011 will mark the end of a spectacular 12-year career.

It has been an amazing run for the band and we appreciate the loyal and dedicated tND fanbase across North America and Asia. Our individual lives have taken very different paths with family, living abroad, and other various projects. We have come to a point where the time and commitment that it takes to maintain our band at its best is no longer possible. As a group, we’ve never been known to go halfway, so we have decided to end things with a great run of summer and fall shows that we hope to be the best yet.

Over the next several months, TND will return to the East Coast. The final Summer and Fall 2011 shows will bring us to many of our favorite places in the US and Canada, and we’re looking forward to finishing things off in a big way.

We look forward to each and every one of these very special shows. Our fans have been fantastically devoted and supportive, and we hope to give them a final run of performances that will be truly memorable.

In addition to the summer shows and festivals already announced, we expect to add a few more dates to give as many fans as possible the opportunity to see us play together one last time.

Read Grateful Web's interviews with The New Deal.

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The New Deal: Until The End Tour

“The Final Colorado Performance”

Fox Theatre

Saturday, July 1st, 2011

Doors:  11:30 pm

Show Time:  12:00 pm

The NEW DEAL announces the end of a spectacular 12- year career

The NEW DEAL announces the end of a spectacular 12- year career with a strong run of shows that will wrap up in the fall.

It has been an amazing run for the band and we appreciate the loyal and dedicated tND fanbase across North America and Asia. Our individual lives have taken very different paths with family, living abroad, and other various projects. We have come to a point where the time and commitment that it takes to maintain our band at its best is no longer possible. As a group, we’ve never been known to go halfway, so we have decided to end things with a great run of summer and fall shows that we hope to be the best yet.

Over the next several months, TND will return to the East Coast. The final Summer and Fall 2011 shows will bring us to many of our favorite places in the US and Canada, and we’re looking forward to finishing things off in a big way.

We look forward to each and every one of these very special shows. Our fans have been fantastically devoted and supportive, and we hope to give them a final run of performances that will be truly memorable.

In addition to the summer shows and festivals already announced, we expect to add a few more dates to give as many fans as possible the opportunity to see us play together one last time.

Much love,
Darren, Dan and Jamie

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SHOWS:
May 4 - Richmond, VA - The National w/Sub wSara & Former Champions
May 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory - OTT & Sub Swara
May 6 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar OTT & Sub Swara
May 7 - NYC - Terminal 5 - OTT & Sub Swara
June 3 - Ozark,AR - Wakarusa
June 4 - Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam
July 1 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
July 2 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
Aug 19 - Bartow, WV - Camp Barefoot
Aug 20 - Equinuk, PA - Equifunk Festival

Free Download From Ben Harper, "Rock N' Roll Is Free"

Beginning today, Ben Harper will be giving away a free download of “Rock N’ Roll Is Free” at his website for a limited time. The track, which was Starbucks’ “Pick of the Week” last week, is the first single from his upcoming album, Give Till It’s Gone. The commercial single, video and ringtone for “Rock N’ Roll Is Free” will be available at all digital retailers beginning April 5th. Give Till It’s Gone, due out on May 17th on Virgin Records, was recently spotlighted in Rolling Stone’s Spring Music Preview.

The songs on Give Till It’s Gone – Harper’s first solo record since 2006’s Both Sides of the Gun – are nothing less than a revelation, expressing one man's struggle, confusion and, ultimately, redemption. Harper has never been afraid to dig deep into his emotions for his songs, but there's a sense of maturity and experience on Give Till It's Gone that add new weight to his efforts. Most of the album was recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who harmonizes with him on the wistful ”Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn.” The album also features Ringo Starr on two tracks. “Spilling Faith” and “Get There From Here” were co- written in the studio with the legendary drummer. The pre-order for Give Till It’s Gone is underway now at iTunes.
Harper made his debut in 1994 with Welcome to the Cruel World, which was subsequently certified Gold. In 2005, he received GRAMMY awards for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” for his single “11th Commandment” and for “Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album” for There Will Be A Light, featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama. Harper formed Fistful of Mercy with Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur and the trio released the album As I Call You Down in 2010. He will be playing a mixture of headlining shows and festivals this year, including Lollapalooza Chile this Saturday, April 2nd.
See below for itinerary or visit www.BenHarper.com. Additional dates will be announced soon.
Tour Dates
4/2 - Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza Chile
4/21 - Byron Bay, NSW Australia - Bluesfest
4/22 - Byron Bay, NSW Australia - Bluesfest
6/4 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
6/5 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads
6/6 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre  SOLD OUT
6/7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
6/12 - Fès, Morocco - Festival de Fès
6/30 - Chicago, IL - Vic
7/2 - Sioux City, OA - Saturday in the Park
7/3 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
7/5 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
7/16 - Aix les Bains, France - Festival Musilac
7/18 - Lucca, Italy - Piazza Napoleone
7/19 - Rome, Italy - Fiesta Ippodromo delle Capannelle
7/20 - Milan, Italy - Arena Civica
7/22 - Nimes, France - Festival de Nimes
7/25 - St. Malo Du Bois - Festival de Poupet
7/28 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Swiss Blues Festival
7/29 - Tarvisio, Italy - Piazza Unita
7/30 - Verona, Italy - Castello Scaligero di Villafranca
8/5 - Avenches, Switzerland - Rock Oz Arènes
8/6 - Colmar, France - Festival Foire aux Vins d’Alsace
8/7 - Dranouter, Belgium - Dranouter Festival          

Ben Harper: Give Till It's Gone Streets 5/17/11

On May 17th, Virgin Records will release Give Till It's Gone, Ben Harper's 10th studio album. It was recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who harmonizes with Ben on "Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn." The album also features two tracks co-written and performed with Ringo Starr - the psychedelic-tinged "Spilling Faith" and "Get There From Here," an improvisational instrumental.

Ben will headline a trio of festivals this spring: Lollapalooza Chile, Bluesfest in Australia and GrassRoots, the New Zealand Blues & Roots All Music Festival, followed by the Wakarusa Festival and more dates below with more soon to be announced. The pre-sale for Kansas City and Denver starts Feb 25 10:00 AM local time at Ben Harper Ticketing, password: GIVE.

Stay tuned for a special album pre-order starting Mar 29!

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Ben Harper tour dates:

Apr 2 Lollapalooza
Santiago, Chile Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 17 Coachella* Indio, CA Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 21 Bluesfest
Byron Bay, Australia Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 22 Bluesfest* Byron Bay, Australia Tickets
On Sale Now
Apr 23 GrassRoots
Manukau, New Zealand Tickets
On Sale Now
Jun 4 Wakarusa Festival
Ozark, AR Tickets
On Sale Now
Jun 5 Crossroads
Kansas City, MO Tickets
On Sale 2/26
Jun 6 Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO Tickets
On Sale 2/26
Jul 16 Festival Musilac
Aix-les-Bains, France Tickets
On Sale Now
Jul 22 Festival de Nimes
Nimes, France Tickets
On Sale Now
Jul 25 Festival de Poupet
Saint-Malo-du-Bois, France Tickets
On Sale 4/11


* with Fistful of Mercy

More dates to be announced!

Cheyenne Marie Mize Donates New Song For Music Therapy!

Louisville-based songwriter Cheyenne Marie Mize is releasing her debut album Before Lately next Tuesday, October 12th, but today we have a special treat for you. When not out on the road or recording, Mize works at a local hospitals’ Music Therapy Department- and now she’s decided to give a little extra back. Cheyenne has released an exclusive song, “Over The Moon,” on her bandcamp page for $1, with all proceeds going to Norton Healthcare’s Music Therapy Departments in Louisville!

Here are some words from Cheyenne about her choice to support this important cause…

“My passion for music therapy is just as strong as my passion for playing music. It actually is the same thing for me. So since I am not giving as much time to music therapy right now, I have found a way to contribute while concentrating on getting my music out into the world. I was excited to record this new song, "Over the Moon," with my friends from Maiden Radio, Joan Shelley and Julia Purcell (who also happens to be a music therapist), just on the heels of our new self-titled release. All of the proceeds from the online sales will be donated to the Norton Music Therapy fund to help with program costs and equipment. The Norton hospital system employs 8 Music Therapists throughout the various hospitals in the Louisville area, all of whom are grant and donor funded. I have worked at several of these hospitals over the past 5 years and have seen all the MT programs grow from the beginning. I have also seen how much can be done with just a little bit of extra funding. Every dollar helps, so we hope that with the combined effort of friends, family, the Louisville community and even listeners from far away, we can give a little back to the Music Therapists that give a great deal every day to make the hospital a more hospitable place. Give a dollar and spread the word!”

Please head over to her bandcamp and support this amazing cause! Mize is about to embark on a North American tour to support Before Lately- she’ll be joined on the road by Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olof Arnalds (Mum) on the first few shows, and by British songwriter Johnny Flynn on the rest of the tour (all dates below).

US Tour Dates

10/15 - COLUMBUS, OH @ Wexner Center Performance Space (w/ Ólöf Arnalds)
10/16 - LOUISVILLE, KY @ Christ Evangelical United Church (w/ Ólöf Arnalds & Doug Paisely)
10/17 - GAMBIER, OH @ The Horn Gallery at Kenyon College (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/18 - TORONTO, ON @ Lee's Palace (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/19 - MONTREAL, QB @ Il Motore (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/20 - BOSTON, MA @ TT The Bears (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/21 – BROOKLYN, NY @ The Sycamore (CMJ show w/ Christopher Paul Stelling)
10/23 – BROOKLYN, NY @ Surreal Estate (CMJ show w/ Christopher Paul Stelling)
10/24 - PHILADELPHIA, PA @ M Room (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/25 - BALTIMORE, MD @ Sonar Club Stage (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/27 - CHAPEL HILL, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/28 - ATLANTA, GA @ Masquerade (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/29 - NASHVILLE, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley (w/ Johnny Flynn)
10/30 - MEMPHIS, TN @ Young Avenue Deli (w/ Johnny Flynn)
11/01 - DALLAS, TX @ Prophet Bar (w/ Johnny Flynn)
11/02 - AUSTIN, TX @ Emo's (w/ Johnny Flynn)
11/06 - LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Hotel Café (w/ Johnny Flynn)
11/07 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Rickshaw Shop (w/ Johnny Flynn)
11/08 - SEATTLE, WA @ High Dive (w/ Johnny Flynn)

THE BLACK BUTTERFLIES Tuesday, September 7th 9 PM at NUBLU

While this is just the debut release from The Black Butterflies, a group led by 27-year-old saxophonist Mercedes Figueras, veterans would do well to prick up their ears and take note. The Butterflies deftly blend the Latin rhythms of Figueras' native Argentina with free and post-bop noodling and tantalizing natural-world percussive elements, into full, invigorating music that sprouts, twines and flourishes over the 63-minute span of this entirely satisfying album.

The title track kicks off the record. It is a relaxed, comfortably humid piece that sways from a melodic opening into more forceful strains on the wind of Figueras' sax and swingingly persistent conga thumps. The piece never reaches--nor even strives for--the anthemic quality the title might suggest. Instead, the labor sweats happily, singingly under the sun. Appropriately, the tune--and, thus, the album--takes flight on the crystalline wings of Dan Tepfer's echoing, solo keyboard statement. It's appropriate not only for fashioning a sly musical equivalence to the band's moniker, but by spotlighting in Tepfer one of the group's, well, keys. Tepfer's polished electric tones lace the Latin rhythms and strings them up on a brightly modern line that still never smoothes the crisp, pulsing edges of the traditional beats. As mentioned, it's this facile navigation of divergent musical fields and the ability to rake loose from the passage a lively new hybrid that makes listening to The Black Butterflies so palpably intriguing. Ears laugh at their good fortune.

"Afro Blue," with its inevitable rekindling of saxophonist John Coltrane's spirit, also sparks the ghost of Albert Ayler, the twining sax statements of Figueras and her (even more?) experimental mate, Tony Larokko, rendering the Coltrane vehicle as a mighty, squealing, squawking, melodically impassioned conversation between the lost giants of the avant-garde. The saxophonists pause for a breather midway through, revealing front and center the rolling-thunder percussion the listener's body already knew was there. Tepfer contributes another light yet zinging solo over the drums before backing off to give conga man Bopa "King" Carre, percussionist Fred Berryhill and drummer Kenny Wollesen even more space to break loose and rumble.

The first of Figueras' two original pieces on the album, "Pipi's Blues," follows "Afro Blue" with the type of jumping cadence saxophonist Joe Henderson might have favored with the mid 1960s support of pianists McCoy Tyner or Andrew Hill. Only here Tepfer remains electric, adding the swirling bluesy punch of organist Jimmy Smith, while also not refusing to jut off on Larry Young-like angular departures.

Larokko contributes the next two numbers, "Spiritual Travels" and "Yah-Yah," the first a jolting, percussion-heavy piece full of strong repeated sax figures that again recall the journeys of Ayler. The latter, the album's most experimental piece, evolves from whistles and an array of percussion instruments that erupt into a cacophony of insect and animal noises--nature's nighttime rhythm section--that in turn give way to the African chants that supply the song's title and the singing of Figueras. Her voice is strong yet slightly coarse and splintered like the timbre of her sax, relating in insistent, desperate Spanish the tragic tale of "Los Ojos Azules," a Bolivian song popularized by the late Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa, while accompanied by an increasingly complex and urgent layering of rhythmic human voices and drums. The whole ultimately explodes into a screeching battle of horns--the saxophones' cries themselves sounding almost human at times--that burns out through extended, passionate playing, leaving only the snaps and twangs of nature and the soft, compelling "Yah-yah, Yah-yah" chants of dancers or workers.

Yet, lest it be thought the band has gone irrevocably, unrestrainably tribal, it closes on the infectious Figueras piece, "Music Heals All Wounds," a soulful "Auld Lang Syne" with Caribbean accents. (To belabor the Ayler connection--or to kill it, finally--this most certainly is not "Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe.") Figueras' tune delivers as advertised--a warming salve that demands multiple healing doses on the spot, then lingers, replaying itself for hours in the listener's brain to pleasant, calming effect.

Yes, this is the debut release from a new band whose young leader has issued only one other record under her name, Elefante (2007), a free-improv set from Figueras and drummer Martín Visconti. But make no mistake, 1 de Mayo also happens to be one of the best overall records of 2010.

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THE BLACK BUTTERFLIES

when: Tuesday September 7th
Time: 9 PM
Where: NUBLU (62 Av C New York, NY 10009)
http://www.nublu.net/

SONGS FOR HAITI A Benefit for Haiti Earthquake Relief

A Benefit for Haiti Earthquake Relief @ The Laurie Beechman Theatre.  For reservations: 212.695.6909  PERFORMERS INCLUDE, IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER:BABY JANE DEXTER * TONY DESARE * MARY FOSTER CONKLIN * HILARY KOLE * TERESE GENECCO * THE LOREN SCHOENBERG BAND * PAMELA LUSS * SARAH RICE * JON WEBER * SHAYNEE RAINBOLT * BILL ZEFFIRO * SAADI ZAIN * KAREN OBERLIN AND SPECIAL, SURPRISE GUESTS

Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure – and goes directly to help the good work of Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. While we hope to see you at the event on Saturday, February 6th at 4pm - we thank you in advance for your generosity and donating any amount that you can afford.

ALL NET PROCEEDS GO TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS  --  IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE MORE, PLEASE VISIT:  http://www.firstgiving.com/songsforhaiti

RJD2 To Give Away Free Stuff Every Week Until The Colossus Hits Stores in 2010

This morning RJD2 took to his website to announce that he will be giving away free records, MP3s, and more each Monday from now through the release of his forthcoming full length, The Colossus, on January 19th, 2010.

It all kicks off with a giveaway of a super rare vinyl test pressing of "The Horror" EP, originally released in 2003 on Definitive Jux records and in line to be reissued on November 17th via RJ’s newly formed label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, now home to nearly all things RJD2 past and present.

So far this year has seen the re-release of 2001’s Your Face or Your Knee Caps on August 18th and a limited edition box set entitled RJD2 2002-2010, out last week. A strictly vinyl affair, the box set includes full length LP versions of Deadringer, "The Horror" EP (first time on vinyl!), Since We Last Spoke, "Tin Foil Hat" EP (a brand new EP of 7 unreleased songs), a hand silk screened, signed and numbered poster, a download card for the box set content, plus a beautifully printed box.  Additionally, a space will be left in the box for The Third Hand LP released on XL Recordings in 2007 and a space for The Colossus.

"The Horror" is just one of three reissues to hit stores next month – the other two being 2002’s Deadringer, out November 3rd and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke, also out on November 17th.

And of course topping it all off is RJD2’s new album, The Colossus, to be released on January 19th. Only time will tell what additional prizes he has up his sleeve. Until then, read RJD2’s note and enter for a chance to win here.