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Big Head Todd & The Monsters headline Red Rocks

Big Head Todd and The Monsters today announce their annual Red Rocks Amphitheater play for June 11, 2011. Guster will open the show. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 4 at 10am MST at Ticketmaster.com. Ticket and show details are listed below.



Big Head Todd and The Monsters will host an online auction featuring exclusive Red Rocks ticket packages including premium show seats and once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as lunch with the band, a “harmonica-handoff” during the show, the opportunity to be a crew member for the day, and so much more. 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Colorado Homeless Coalition. Bidding will happen in two rounds - beginning March 1 and May 1. Visit www.bigheadtodd.com for all the details.



Big Head Todd and The Monsters have been busy – first celebrating the release of their new studio album, Rocksteady (July 20, 2010/Big Records), and now preparing to hit the road with some of blues music’s biggest legends in support of 100 Years of Robert Johnson (March 1, 2011 - Ryko/Big Records), a stirring new tribute album featuring 10 potent interpretations of some of the most vital and durable music of the past century.

Big Head Blues Club features in addition to the Colorado-based quartet—guitarist and vocalist Todd Park Mohr, bassist Rob Squires, drummer Brian Nevin and keyboardist Jeremy Lawton—special guests, blues legends B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as keepers of the blues flame Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, and produced by Grammy award winning blues producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama), 100 Years of Robert Johnson will be released in early 2011, and supported by a national tour (“Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts”) featuring many of the participants in the sessions. A complete list of the tour dates is included below.

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Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ Red Rocks show info is as follows:

Saturday, June 11 @ 7:30PM (Doors @ 6:00PM)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
with Guster supporting
18300 West Alameda Parkway Morrison, CO
Tickets $39.50 GA, $49.50 - $59.50 reserved / All Ages Welcome
Tickets on sale Friday, February 4 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com

For more information, please contact 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.redrocksonline.com

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BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS: THE ROBERT JOHNSON CENTENNIAL CONCERTS tour featuring Big Head Todd and The Monsters and special guests David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, tour stops are as follows:

Monday, January 31 University of California - Santa Barbara, Campbell Hall Santa Barbara CA
Friday, February 4 Paramount Theatre Austin TX
Saturday, February 5 Lakewood Theater Dallas TX
Thursday, February 10 University Of Michigan, Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor MI
Friday, February 11 Orchestra Hall Chicago IL
Saturday, February 12 Uptown Theater Kansas City MO
Sunday, February 13 Mississippi State University Riley Center Meridian MS
Wednesday, February 16 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Memorial Hall Chapel Hill NC
Thursday, February 17 The Music Center at Strathmore North Bethesda MD
Friday, February 18 Berklee Performance Center Boston MA
Thursday, February 24 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield CT
Friday, February 25 McCarter Theatre Center Princeton NJ
Saturday, February 26 Montgomery County Community College, The Science Center Theater Blue Bell PA
Sunday, February 27 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center New Bedford MA
Friday, March 4 Northern Light Theater at Potawatomi Bingo Casino Milwaukee WI
Saturday, March 5 Holland Performing Arts Center Omaha NE
Sunday, March 6 Orchestra Hall Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, March 8 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Center - Tryon Festival Theatre Urbana IL

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BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS TOURDATES INCLUDE:

Saturday, February 19 The Fiillmore at Irving Plaza New York NY

Friday, April 15 - Saturday, April 16 Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center St. Cloud MN

Saturday, June 11 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO

Sunday, October 23 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise San Diego CA

Conspirator Announces Important Venue Changes

On the heels of a successful northeast tour that included a sold out show in Syracuse, NY, Conspirator has announced that five scheduled performances have newly updated venue information, in addition to confirming drummers and support acts.

Friday 2/5 in Los Angeles has been moved to the HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP. Wednesday 2/9 in Portland has been moved to the ROSELAND THEATRE. Saturday 2/12 has moved from Oakland to across the bay at THE INDEPENDENT in San Francisco. Efforts are being made to schedule a performance in Seattle, WA, and the band plans to issue updates as soon as possible.

Saturday 2/19 in Albany is being rescheduled for a later date. Instead, Conspirator will be returning to THE STONE PONY in Asbury Park, NJ. On Saturday 2/26, instead of Urbana, Conspirator will be playing THE BLUEBIRD in Bloomington, IN.

All of the West Coast shows will feature Lane Shaw on drums, and Break Science featuring Adam Deitch opening. Piper will also be DJ'ing for both Montana shows.

February 16th through 20th will feature Darren Shearer of The New Deal on drums. February 24th through March 3rd will feature Mike Greenfield from Lotus on drums. Darren will again join us for the final two shows in NYC and Stroudsburg on March 4th and 5th.

The New Deal will be co-headlining February 24th in Detroit, and February 25th in Chicago.

While Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator,” featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers, has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup. In a recent band statement, Conspirator confirmed that they have been working to restructure their signature tracks in Ableton in order to create improvisational jams during live performances.

With a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti has been touring and creating music with Conspirator since late 2010, and anyone who has caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

FRIDAY 2/4/11 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA

SATURDAY 2/5/11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA w/ Break Science

MONDAY 2/7/11 – The Filling Station, Bozeman, MT w/ Break Science

TUESDAY 2/8/11 – The Top Hat, Missoula, MT w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/9/11 – Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR w/ Break Science

FRIDAY 2/11/11 – The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA w/ Break Science

SATURDAY 2/12/11 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA w/ Break Science

SUNDAY 2/13/11 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA w/ Break Science

WEDNESDAY 2/16/11 – The Met, Pawtucket, RI

THURSDAY 2/17/11 – Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME

FRIDAY 2/18/11 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

SATURDAY 2/19/11 – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

SUNDAY 2/20/11 – The Note, West Chester, PA

THURSDAY 2/24/11 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI w/ The New Deal

FRIDAY 2/25/11 – Congress Theater, Chicago, IL w/ The New Deal

SATURDAY 2/26/11 – Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN

SUNDAY 2/27/11 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI

TUESDAY 3/1/11 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

WEDNESDAY 3/2/11 – Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA

THURSDAY 3/3/11 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

FRIDAY 3/4/11 – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY

SATURDAY 3/5/11 – Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA

Super 400 Announces February Tour through Western US

Coming off multiple sold-out shows across Europe, Northeast power trio Super 400 will head west for a string of dates with Stockholm Syndrome, featuring Jerry Joseph and Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools. Kicking off February 18 & 19 at The Independent in San Francisco and concluding on February 26 at Boulder’s Fox Theatre, the two bands will play eight rock shows in nine days.

Formed in the mid-‘90s by guitarist/vocalist Kenny Hohman, drummer Joe Daley and bassist Lori Friday in Troy, NY, Super 400 has been winning fans over around the world with a chest-rattling rock & soul approach inspired by their heroes Cream, Zeppelin, Van Halen and the classic sounds of Motown, Stax and Muscle Shoals. Hailed for transcendent live shows where the band encourages taping, the trio was awarded their own official holiday on February 25, 2006 by the mayor of Troy: “Super 400 Day.”

Following the success of 2009’s critically acclaimed Sweet Fist, Super 400 is currently at work on its fifth studio album.

Check out Grateful Web coverage of Super 400.

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Super 400 Tour Dates with Stockholm Syndrome

02/18/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent

02/19/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent

02/20/11 Reno, NV Knitting Factory

02/21/11 Park City, UT Harry O’s

02/22/11 Telluride, CO Sheridan Opera House

02/23/11 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen

02/25/11 Denver, CO Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

02/26/11 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

Kiwi Songstress Jackie Bristow To Release 'Freedom'

Recording artist Jackie Bristow, who was born in New Zealand, came into her own professionally in Australia and now makes her home in Austin, releases her third outstanding album next month, the glorious, unbound FREEDOM (Feb. 15, 2011), and embarks on a U.S. tour with internationally acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel.

With her acoustic guitar, silky vocals and the folk-pop originals on the new album (two are co-writes), Bristow will crisscross this country, from Austin to the West Coast to mid-America to the East Coast through February, and then return to Austin for a March 10 CD Release Party at Momo’s Club.

Bristow’s new album was recorded between Austin and Sydney and was co-produced by Bristow and Mark Punch, the first of her albums they have co-produced. Musicians on the album include J.J. Johnson (who has played with John Mayer), Punch (Kasey Chambers), Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Matt Fell (Josh Pyke), Jeff Young (Steely Dan), Clayton Doley and Rob Woolf (Jimmy Barnes).

The title track features the free-spirited vocals that Bristow is known for, a Hammond organ and an echoing gospel chorus. “Hightail It Outta Here” follows in the same vein, a bit more spunky perhaps, and “Broken Girl,” a powerful anthem, reverberates with both Bristow’s and Punch’s guitars. The final track, “Aotearoa,” is an ode to her homeland.
“Bristow returns, and she’s totally in control. FREEDOM is red-hot,” says the Waikato (New Zealand) Times. “A brilliant work of art, from a brilliant singer,” says NZ Music.net. “However more than just a singer, Bristow is a story-teller, and she has many tales to tell.”
Bristow’s songs have been used repeatedly in Australian and New Zealand film and hit TV shows, and her “This is Australia” won Tourism Australia’s Song Competition and was featured in a worldwide promotional campaign. In America, she has been heard on the in-store broadcast at Starbucks restaurants across the country.
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Upcoming Jackie Bristow shows include:
January 26, Chelsea Wine Bar, El Lago, Texas
January 30, Momo’s Club, Austin
February 4, Hard County Performing Arts Center-Tommy Fest/Elizabeth Town, Ky. *
February 8, Van Duzer Theatre, Arcata, Calif. *
February 9, Laxson Auditorium, Chico, Calif. *
February 17, Moore Theatre, Seattle *
February 18, Aladdin Theater, Portland, Ore. *
February 19, Crest Theatre, Sacramento, Calif. *
February 21, Montgomery Performing Arts Center, Montgomery, Ala. *
February 23, Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg, Fla. *
February 24, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, Fla. *
February 25, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Fla. *
February 26, Clayton Center, Clayton, N.C. *
February 27 Newberry Opra House, Newberry, S.C.
February 28, Newberry Opra House, Newberry, S.C. *
March 10, CD Release, Momo’s Club, Austin
March 22, Main Stage, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (post-SXSW Music)
* Opening for Tommy Emmanuel

DSO Winter Tour Begins 1/20, Free Downloads

Iowa->Tampa...We've Got You Covered

Fresh off an incredible New Years Run and a few weeks of rest the band is ready to kick off 2011 starting out in the mid-west. We will start out in Des Moines, IA Thursday and stop off in Milwaukee and Chicago the first weekend. From there it's off to Urbana, IL, Detroit and Cleveland before closing off the week in Columbus, OH and Indianapolis. Then the bus heads south to warmer climates for the second half of the tour. First stop is Busters in Lexington, KY before dropping in to the Music Farm in Charleston, SC and Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. After that it's on to Atlanta Friday Feb 4th and Charlotte on the 5th before the last week of the tour. The final run of shows takes us from Birmingham to Jacksonville, Orlando, Del Ray Beach and Tampa, FL.

Hope you can jump aboard our Southbound Train!

Visit our Tour Dates Page for tickets and more info.

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Free Love

Starting today we will offer a free download of a song from our digital catalog once a week on our web site. We will be digging deep into our vaults to bring you something new and different each week.

Head to our website now to check out this weeks free track

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DSOtix = Free Mix

Heading out to a show on the Southbound Winter Tour? Four Winds Tour? Buy your ticket from our Fanclub Ticketing site and you will receive a link to download a free sampler of songs from 2010 shows.

Also, please support our favorite philanthropy, The Rex Foundation, by contributing what you can during the ticket buying process.

Click HERE to visit our fanclub ticketing page.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Southbound Winter Tour
1/20 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
1/21 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
1/22 Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
1/24 The Canopy Club Urbana, IL
1/26 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI TICKETS
1/27 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
1/28 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
1/29 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
1/31 Busters Lexington, KY TICKETS
2/2 Music Farm Charleston, SC TICKETS
2/3 Carolina Theatre Greensboro, NC TICKETS
2/4 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
2/5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
2/7 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
2/9 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
2/10 Plaza Theatre Orlando, FL TICKETS
2/11 Garlic Fest Delray Beach, FL
2/12 Ferguson Hall Tampa, FL TICKETS
Four Winds Tour
03/04 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
03/05 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
03/06 The Sovereign Reading, PA TICKETS
03/08 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
03/09 Union County Performing Arts Center Rahway, NJ TICKETS
03/10 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA TICKETS
03/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD TICKETS
03/12 Town Hall Buffalo, NY TICKETS
03/30 Mt Baker Theater Bellingham, WA TICKETS
03/31 The Showbox Seattle, WA
04/01 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
04/02 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR TICKETS
04/04 Arcata Theater Arcata, CA TICKETS
04/06 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
04/07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/08 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/10 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/13 Belly-Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/14 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS


Freelance Whales Announce 2011 Spring Tour With Foals

Entertainment Weekly - "Still holding your breath for the next Postal Service album? Listen to Weathervanesinstead: It's the best electronic indie-pop debut since Ben Gibbard last tuned his laptop"

NME - 7 out of 10 - "It's awash with gentle, naive bliss, and if you're the type that likes to observe ... then you might have just found a new favourite band."

Spin "WHY THEY MATTER: This kitchen-sink collective builds from a heartbreaking quiver to a cinematic sprawl with a grace reminiscent of Broken Social Scene."

NPR
"Freelance Whales' members make music that's undeniably quirky and fun. But the instrumentation isn't a gimmick: The band produces textured music with powerful rhythms and a keen sense of melody."

All Songs Considered "Freelance Whales at the Paste Magazine day party. This band has a fantastic energy, lots of charm, incredible harmonies. You'll be hearing a lot more from them this year."

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Spring Tour 2011

4/10 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC*
4/11 - The Showbox at The Market - Seattle, WA*
4/12 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR*
4/14 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA (co-headlining with Foals)
4/19 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX*
4/20 - The Loft - Dallas, TX
4/21 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX*
4/23 - The Firebird - St Louis, MO*
4/25 - The Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN*
4/26 - Metro - Chicago, IL (co-headlining with Foals)
4/27 - Outland Live - Columbus, OH*
4/29 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH*
4/30 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON*
5/01 - Le National - Montreal, QC*
5/02 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA*
5/04 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY (co-headlining with Foals)
5/05 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA*
5/06 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC (co-headlining with Foals)
5/07 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD*
5/08 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI*
*Foals & The Naked & the Famous

G. Love Premieres "Fixin' To Die" Video

G. Love premieres the video for title track "Fixin' To Die" featuring Scott and Seth Avett today over at Vevo. Be sure to catch G. Love on tour in support of his new country blues and roots album, Fixin’ To Die, set for release on Brushfire Records on February 22, 2011. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, and produced by Scott and Seth Avett, the album is arguably G. Love’s most sincere and candid work to date.
Inspired by the shared musical heritage between G. Love and The Avett Brothers, the result is Fixin’ To Die, a collection of rearranged traditionals, a classic cover, and a slew of G. Love originals, many simmering for over a decade, all sharing a common goal: to strip away all pretense and capture the original spirit and sound G. Love has cultivated over his entire career but never fully embraced until now.
G. Love will make his first ever appearance at SXSW in 2011. Performance locations will be announced at a later date. The title track from the album is now available for free download.
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Tour Dates:

March 1 - Nashville, TN -  Exit/In
March 2 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
March 3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
March 4 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
March 5 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
March 9 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
March 10 - Jacksonville, FL - The Freebird
March 11 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre
March 12 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
March 13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
March 16 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
March 17-18 -  SXSW
March 19 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
March 20 - Corpus Christi, TX - House Of Rock
March 23 - Little Rock, AK - Revolution Music Hall
March 24 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
March 25 - Austin, TX - Antone’s
March 26 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues

Mogwai Premieres New Album Track "San Pedro"

Mogwai premiered “San Pedro,” another stellar track from the amazingly titled new album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, which is set to be released on February 15, 2011 on Sub Pop Records in North America, and through the band’s very own label in the UK, Rock Action Records.

The track “Rano Pano” from the upcoming album will also be released as a 7” single on January 18th via Sub Pop, with the non-album track “Hasenheide” as the B-side. And if you pre-order the album on SubPop.com you get a pair of earplugs, and for anyone that has been to a Mogwai gig knows, this is the perfect accompaniment gift! Rock Action will release “Mexican Grand Prix” as a single on February 7th, along with the non-album b-side “Slight Domestic.”

Check Out the Premiere on Pitchfork or Snag the Download HERE.

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Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will tracklisting:


White Noise

Mexican Grand Prix

Rano Pano

Death Rays

San Pedro
Letters To The Metro

George Square Thatcher Death Party
How To Be A Werewolf

Too Raging To Cheers

You're Lionel Richie
 


There will also be a Limited Edition version of the album, which includes a bonus CD featuring a 26 minute long piece called "The Singing Mountain," recorded for Douglas Gordon and Olaf Nicolai’s "Monument for Forgotten Future" installation in Essen, Germany. The band will be bringing their awesome live show across the globe, kicking off their world tour with a 5 show stint in their native Scotland before heading out to Japan, Ireland, UK, Europe and US with one-off shows taking place in Tokyo, Japan on February 2nd, with more details to follow. Pre-sale tickets for the bands US tour are available now via mogwai.co.uk.

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North American Tour Dates:

Apr 19: 9.30 Club, Washington DC

Apr 20: Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia

Apr 21: Webster Hall, New York

Apr 22: Webster Hall, New York

Apr 23: Paradise Rock Club, Boston

Apr 25: Olympia Theater, Montreal

Apr 26: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

Apr 27: Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh

Apr 28: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit

Apr 29: Metro, Chicago

Apr 30: Slowdown, Omaha

May 2: Bluebird Theater, Denver

May 3: In The Venue, Salt Lake City

May 5: Wonder Ballroom, Portland

May 6: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver

May 7: Showbox at the Market, Seattle

May 9: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco

May 10: Mayan Theater, Los Angeles

May 11: Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach

May 13: Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque

May 15: Granada Theatre, Dallas

May 16: Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin

May 17: Warehouse Live, Houston

May 19: Workplay Theater, Birmingham

May 20: Center Stage, Atlanta

Bobby Long Announces 2011 North American Tour

ATO Records will release A Winter Tale, the highly anticipated debut record from British singer-songwriter Bobby Long, on February 1. Recorded in London, the eleven-song album was produced by Grammy-award winner Liam Watson (The White Stripes) and features backing vocals from Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) and Icelandic singer Lay Low as well as pedal steel by B.J. Cole (Elton John, Sting). In support of the record, Long will embark on a nationwide North American tour this January, including dates at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.

After relocating to London from Wiltshire in the countryside of Southwest England, Long became a fixture in the city’s burgeoning open-mic scene, where he met actor and fellow musician Robert Pattinson. Pattinson would go on to sing “Let Me Sign” (co-written by Long and friend Marcus Foster) over a crucial dramatic scene in the blockbuster film Twilight. Subsequently, in support of his bedroom-made recording Dirty Pond Songs, Long embarked on a worldwide tour in April 2009, performing over 160 shows in seven countries. Of the singer, the San Diego Entertainer heralds, “All his songs are like a well-orchestrated ballet of chord progressions and vocals that pluck at the deepest confined thoughts of your soul,” while  Pollstar praises, “Long’s emergence as an up-and-coming artist is the stuff Hollywood loves to make movies about. He continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan.” Additionally, the New York Post named him one of their “10 Artists To Watch in 2011.” Watch an exclusive performance video of “Dead & Done” part of the recently launched Burberry Acoustic series.

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TOUR DATES:
January 9 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
January 24 - Park City, UT - House of Blues Park City
January 25 - Park City, UT - Sundance ASCAP Music Café
January 28 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
January 29 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
January 31 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
February 2 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
February 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
February 4 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
February 5 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
February 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
February 10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
February 11 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
February 12 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
February 14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
February 15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
February 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom
February 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
February 18 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
February 19 - Columbus, OH - Basement
February 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
February 22 - Toronto, ON - Revival
February 23 - Montreal, QC - Divan
February 24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
February 25 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
February 26 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
February 28 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
March 1 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
March 3 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
March 4 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café
March 5 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
March 22 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
March 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
March 24 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
March 25 - Knoxville, TN - Barley’s Tap Room
March 26 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
March 27 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
March 29 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
March 31 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
April 1 -  Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
April 2 - Orlando, FL - The Social
April 3 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
April 5 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay
April 6 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
April 8 - Dallas, TX - Poor David’s Pub
April 9 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Jr.
April 10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s

Old 97's @ Boulder Theater | 1/27/11

Since the Old 97's roared out of Dallas more than fifteen years ago, they have blazed a trail through alt-country and power-pop, led by the piercingly observant lyrics of lead singer Rhett Miller. Each new Old 97's record is hotly anticipated, and rightfully so: "Blame It On Gravity," from 2008, contained some of the band's most deeply felt and passionately played songs. But in a career full of high-water marks, "The Grand Theatre Volume 1″ is perhaps the most ambitious and accomplished set of recordings yet.

The album, the band's eighth, began to come together last year, when Miller was on a solo tour of Europe with Steve Earle. "When I started in this band, I wrote on the road constantly," Miller says. "But I was 23 then, so everything was new to me. Over the years, those strange and wonderful things have begun to feel more commonplace. On the familiar highways, in familiar hotels, it's pretty easy to turn into a zombie. But on this tour, I was in England and Ireland and Scandinavia, places where I haven't spent very much time in, and because of that things seemed somehow fresh. I felt recharged."

The result was a set of songs rooted in specific locations. "The title track, which I wrote in Leeds, is like a series of postcards that try to capture the moment of falling in love; it begins in the Grand Theatre, which is a historic venue there, on the elevator. There's another song, "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)," that I wrote, or at least started to write, while I was walking around in Soho. And a song like "The Dance Class" wouldn't have happened if I wasn't in Birmingham, trapped in a hotel, looking out at streets that were bleak and gray except for a dance studio across the way. I imagined an agoraphobic who sees a beautiful girl in that studio and fantasizes about being freed by her." Miller's portraits of love and loneliness are paired with some of the sharpest music the band has ever produced, from the propulsive celebration of "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)" to the manic (and almost panicked) energy of "The Dance Class."

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