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The Belle Brigade Announce Fall Tour Dates

Having just wrapped a summer-long tour with k.d. lang, Los Angeles' The Belle Brigade have announced that they will hit the road this fall for a series of dates with Groupe Love, followed by a tour with Blitzen Trapper and Dawes. Please see below for more details.

Fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, and backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist, electric guitarist Ben Cassorla, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman and drummer Mike Green), The Belle Brigade are touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has been critically praised by Spin, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Nylon, and the LA Weekly. The group has performed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and TBS's Conan, bringing their "winsome SoCal folk-rock and big, sunny Americana-infused pop songs" (as Nylon put it) to a national television audience. Watch clips of their performances, as well as the video for their first single "Losers," at http://www.thebellebrigade.com/.

Inspired by Barbara and Ethan's love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade's debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs that brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

The Belle Brigade's fall tour dates are as follows:

08/28/11         Los Angeles, CA      Sunset Junction Street Fair

09/01/11         Jacksonville, OR      Britt Pavilion

09/02/11         George, WA            The Gorge Amphitheatre

09/17/11         Austin, TX               Austin City Limits

With Groupe Love:

10/05 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

10/06 Madison, WI The Frequency

10/11 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge

10/13 Atlanta, GA Masquerade - Purgatory Stage

10/17 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks

10/20 Austin, TX Emo's Alternative Lounge

10/21 Dallas, TX The Prophet Bar

10/22 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's

With Blitzen Trapper and Dawes:

10/27 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

10/28 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub

10/30 Toronto, ON The Opera House

11/01 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

11/02 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College Fine Arts Center

11/03 Chicago, IL Metro

11/05 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall

11/07 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

11/10 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre

11/11 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

11/13 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre

11/15 San Francisco, CA Fillmore

Los Lonely Boys continue carving out their legend with 4th studio album

After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, Los Lonely Boys continue to carve out their legend with their fourth studio album, their first self-produced LP on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records, Rockpango.
Supporting this newest release, Los Lonely Boys hit the road to share the utterly unique combination of blues, rock, soul, their Latino heritage and snippets of hip-hop found on Rockpango. For a preview of what to expect, check out the undeniably fun animated video for "16 Monkeys."
Since debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy, racking up reams of critical praise, opening for the Rolling Stones and playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, Rockpango further enforces All Music Guide's assertion that Los Lonely Boys are "one of America's premier rock bands."
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Los Lonely Boys Tour Dates
July 15 - Winstar Casino - Thakerville, OK *
July 16 - Fritz City Park Festival - Hutto, TX    
July 19 - George Lopez Show   
July 21 - Mill Bay Casino - Manson, WA *
July 22 - Emerald Queen Casino - Tacoma, WA *
July 23 - Yakama Nation Legends Casino - Toppenish, WA *
July 24 - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater - Portland, OR *
July 26 - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA *
July 27 - John Ascuaga's Nugget - Sparks, NV *
July 28 - Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino - Coarsegold, CA *
July 29 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA *
July 30 - Fantasy Springs Casino - Indio, CA *
July 31 - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay - San Diego, CA *
Aug 2 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM *
Aug 4 - Colorado River State Park - Fruita, CO *
Aug 5 - Arvada Center Amphitheater - Arvada, CO *
Aug 6 - Chautauqua Auditorium - Boulder, CO *
Aug 9 - Music In The Zoo - Apple Valley/Minneapolis, MN *
Aug 10 - Ravinia Pavillion - Highland Park/Chicago, IL *
Aug 11 - Frederik Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids, MI    
Aug 12 - Meadow Brook Music Festival - Rochester Hills, MI    
Aug 13 - Dutch Mason Blues Festival - Truro, NS    
Aug 17 - Blues on the Green - Austin, TX
KGSR event
Aug 19 - Trails West 2011 - St Joseph, MO    
Aug 20 - Freeport Music & Art - Freeport, IL    
Aug 27 - Texas Music Theatre - San Marcos, TX
benefit for LULAC
Aug 28 - Eddy County Sheriff's Posse Arena - Carlsbad, NM    
Sept 2 - Crockett Civic Center - Crockett, TX    
Sept 3 - Summertime Blues Festival - Freeport, TX    
Sept 9 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA    
Sept 10 - Library Theatre - Hoover, AL
acoustic - 2 shows
Sept 11 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA    
Sept 13 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC    
Sept 14 - The Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN    
Sept 15 - Live on the Green - Nashville, TN
WRLT event
Sept 16 - The Arts Center - Carrboro, NC    
Sept 18 - Ziggy's - Winston Salem, NC    
Sept 24 - Foster Communication Center - San Angelo, TX
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Johanna & The Dusty Floor Announce First U.S. Tour

Following the release of Johanna and The Dusty Floor’s debut record Northern Lights on Red Valise, Johanna and the Dusty Floor are heading out on a U.S. tour with Brooklyn songwriter Bird Call. Hitting New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia D.C., Austin, and other cities across the country, the tour marks the first U.S. tour for the Brooklyn songwriter. In honor of her first tour, Johanna has made her track “Witch Shoes” available for free download. Download the track HERE and see the “Witch Shoes” video HERE Premiered with Filter Magazine, the site called the track “a light and airy pop song filled with haunting vocals.” Johanna & The Dusty Floor also did a special rendition of her “Heavy Heart” for BreakThru Radio’s Here and There live sessions HERE.

Born in Australia and criss-crossing the globe before ultimately settling down in New York City, Johanna’s spent the last few years writing elegant pop songs that are perfectly paired with her sunny vocals. Studying jazz at the Australian Institute of Music, Johanna’s wide-ranging vocals and lush piano arrangements drift effortlessly atop scenes dealing with distress, demise, and passionate lust. And listening to Northern Lights, it’s easy to hear how Johanna has already earned comparisons Kate Bush and St. Vincent.

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Johanna and The Dusty Floor Summer Tour

7/12: Paris, France @ Le Baron
8/2: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
8/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Club House *
8/5: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire *
8/6: Washington, DC @ Bella Café *
8/11: New Orleans, LA @ The AllWays Theater *
8/17: Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall *
8/24: San Diego, CA @ Tin Can *
8/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint *
8/27: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar *
8/28:  Berkeley, CA @ Rasputin Music  *
10/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo *
*w/Bird Call

Greg Attonito Announces Upcoming Fan Time Live! Interview and Acoustic Performance

In support of his upcoming debut solo album "Natural Disaster," Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Attonito has announced he will be taking part in an upcoming addition of UStream's Fan Time Live! on Sunday, July 10th.

Attonito will be joining Fan Time Live! for a second time around on July 10th, 2011 from 8pm - 9pm EST but this time will be premiering his new solo debut “Natural Disaster,” which is being released by Chunksaah Records on July 12th, 2011. Greg will be doing live chat and q&a with fans and will also be doing an acoustic performance of "Natural Disaster." The live-stream event can be viewed here.

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Greg Attonito Live!

GREGORY ATTONITO "Natural Disaster" Record Release Party. Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30pm at Watermark
(Boardwalk at First St., Asbury Park,NJ). All Ages Show. Five dollars to get in. Buy a record at the door and get in for free!

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The Bouncing Souls Live

06.22.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.23.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.24.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.25.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
07.06.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.07.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.08.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.09.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
29.07.11 - ESP, Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
30.07.11 - D, Bausendorf - Riez Open Air
01.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
02.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
03.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
04.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
05.08.11 - UK, Blackpool - Rebellion Festival
06.08.11 - UK, Kent - Heavy Fest
08.08.11 - D, Stuttgart - Universum
09.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
10.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
11.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
12.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
13.08.11 - SLO, Tolmin - Punk Rock Holiday 1.1
14.08.11 - CRO, Zadar - Trg Pet Bunara
16.08.11 - HU, Budapest - Durer Kert
17.08.11 - PL, Katowice - Klub Studencki Arkada
19.08.11 - BE, Hasselt Kiewit - Pukkelpop Festival
20.08.11 - D, Borkenberge - Area 4 Festival
21.08.11 - D, Grossposna - Highfield Festival
22.08.11 - SWE, Malmo - Malmoestivalen
11.02.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.03.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.04.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.05.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.10.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour 11.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

DSO: Gratefulfest & New Fall Tour Dates

Today's the first full day of summer - time to swim in clear waters, lay in the grass under the long twilight, dance in the starlight to your favorite bands, and experience "fireworks, clowns, skydivers, fire performers, swimming, cliff diving, Grateful vendors, family, friends..." Gratefulfest has it all: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, plus Keller Williams, Rusted Root, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Railroad Earth, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, BoomBox and more! We can't wait to share the awesome park with you. Join us - check out the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park here!

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The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
07/31 Fuji Rock Festival Nigata, JP TICKETS
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
08/16 Quixotes *Terrapin Nation* Denver, CO TICKETS
08/18 Bear Tooth Theater Anchorage, AK TICKETS
08/19 49th St Brewing Company Healy, AK TICKETS
08/20 Blue Loon Fairbanks, AK TICKETS
09/10 Werk-Out Festival Bellefontaine, OH TICKETS
Last Rose of Summer Tour
09/22 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
09/23 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
09/25 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
09/27 Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
09/29 River Theater Guerneville, CA
10/01 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
10/02 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/04 Montbleu Resort and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV
10/06 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/07 TBA TBA
10/08 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/09 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
10/11 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
10/13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
10/14 Moody Theater Austin, TX
10/15 House of Blues Houston, TX
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS

Candye Kane's 'Sister Vagabond' album rings triumphant in challenging year

Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. (All are also titles of her self-penned songs.) Her eleventh CD release, Sister Vagabond, will hit the streets on August 16, 2011 on Delta Groove Records. Produced by Kane and her noted guitarist Laura Chavez, Sister Vagabond is a worthy successor to their 2010 collaboration, Superhero, which was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues CD in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards.

The jump-blues singer, songwriter and mother of two from East Los Angeles is a five-time nominee for Blues Music Awards, has nabbed ten San Diego Music Awards and starred in a sold-out stage play about her life. She’s beat pancreatic cancer in the last two years. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars.

But her path to success was not always glamorous or easy. Raised in what she calls a dysfunctional blue-collar family, Candye became a mother, a pinup cover girl and a punk-rock, hillbilly blues-belter by the time she was just 21 years old. Ten CDs, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots-music heap, creating a world renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.

A colorful mixture of the traditional and the eclectic, Kane cut her musical teeth in the early ’80s onstage with Hollywood musicians and friends Social Distortion, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Los Lobos, The Blasters, X, Fear and the Circle Jerks, to name just a few. While raising two sons, this role model for the disenfranchised championed large-sized women, fought for the equal rights of sex workers and the GLBT community and inspired music lovers everywhere. Her fans are a mixture of true outsiders: bikers, blues fans, punk rockers, drag queens, fat girls, queers, burlesque dancers, porn fans, sex workers, rockabilly and swing dancers, gray-haired hippies, sex-positive feminists and everyday folk of all ages.

In 1986, then married to Thomas Yearsley of the Paladins, she was touched by the music of Big Maybelle, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and more. Her self-released 1991 Burlesque Swing caught the ear of Texas impresario Clifford Antone, who signed her to a deal with Antone’s Records. Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas and Paladin/Hacienda Brother/Stone River Boy Dave Gonzalez co-produced the first album of the deal, Home Cookin’. Picked up by Discovery (later Sire) Records, the Dave Alvin/Derek O’Brien-produced Diva La Grande was followed by Swango in the height of the swing craze.

Rounder/Bullseye Records signed her in 1995, releasing The Toughest Girl Alive, produced by Scott Billington. Four albums followed on the German RUF label, including the Bob Margolin-produced Guitar’d and Feathered. She then pacted with her current label, Delta Groove, releasing Superhero in 2010 and now Sister Vagabond in 2011.

Her full-time, 250-days-a-year touring schedule started in 1992. And today, Kane’s live shows are the stuff of legend. She honors the bold blues women of the past with both feet firmly planted in the present. She belts, growls, shouts, croons and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles. She uses music as therapy and often writes and chooses material with positive affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated. In a show that is part humor, part revival meeting and party sexuality celebration, she'll deliver a barrelhouse-tongue-in-cheek blues tune or a gospel ballad, encouraging audiences to leave behind religious intolerance. She’ll slay the crowd with her balls out rendition of “Whole Lotta Love” or glorify the virtues of zaftig women with “200 Pounds of Fun.” She often says she is a ”fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman's body” and she dresses the part.

Kane has been included in countless blues and jazz CD anthologies including Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide and Musichound: Blues, The Essential Album Guide and Dan Aykroyd’s 30 Essential Women of the Blues. She appeared on the influential call-to-arms of Southern California roots music, A Town South of Bakersfield on Enigma Records, alongside Lucinda Williams and Dwight Yoakam.

In addition to her musical achievements, Kane has become an activist and philanthropist in recent years. In August 2009, she appeared in Dublin, Ireland for the World Congress for Downs Syndrome with her United by Music charity. The project provides performance opportunities, blues history lessons and songwriting instruction to young people with disabilities, encouraging them to write their own blues songs to help them overcome their daily challenges.

A fighter par excellence, Candye has an authenticity, determination and optimism that keep her shows passionate, honest and irresistible.

“I take things one day at a time and today I am feeling great and very optimistic about my new CD,” Kane says. It’s been awesome to write and co-produce again with my guitarist Laura Chavez. I am grateful for every chance I get to make music live, or in the studio. Most people are given only three months to live after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and three years later, I am still here. So any opportunity I have to create music makes me humbled and grateful.

“People ask me why I want to work so hard and so much, since I tour 250 days a year. Everyone says I should stay home and relax after my health struggle. But music is my life and neuroendocrine cancer is a mostly manageable disease. I will continue to work as much as I can because I know life is fragile anyway. I would be fine if I died onstage doing what I love like Country Dick Montana or Johnny Guitar Watson. I’m not planning on going anytime soon, but when I do exit this plane, I hope it’s making someone else feel inspired by the powerful words in my songs.”

Ellie Goulding Announces North American Headline Tour

Cherrytree/Interscope recording artist Ellie Goulding returns stateside this summer for her second headline tour in support of her critically acclaimed solo debut Lights. Aptly named, “THE LIGHTS TOUR”  begins July 23 in Atlanta and wraps in late August. “I am really excited about the next tour,” says Ellie. “This time we are ready; we are better prepared. Every city brought something new and I learned a lot playing to different crowds. It is a learning curve. America get ready -- we're coming and it's going to be huge!”

Having already conquered her native Britain with the best selling debut album of 2010, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has won over the US audience garnering rave reviews.  Lights is, as the New York Times put it, “a happy car crash of signifiers: part electro-pop, part soul, part blues, part indie rock, part folk” that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics and the  Los Angeles Times raves, “plenty of ethereal hooks, the album carries a dark overcast with a handful of emotionally raw tracks.” Rolling Stone calls Lights, “sweet, sexed-up folktronica” and Entertainment Weekly affirms “anthemic dance-pop confessional.”

This spring, Ellie made headlines when she was personally asked by William and Kate to play at the royal wedding. May followed with performances on Saturday Night Live and Live With Regis and Kelly.
Check out Ellie live on “THE LIGHTS TOUR,” dates below.
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THE LIGHTS TOUR
July 23 / Atlanta, GA / Center Stage - Buy Tickets
July 25 / Washington DC / 9:30 Club - Buy Tickets
July 26 / Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory - Buy Tickets
July 27 / Boston, MA / House of Blues - Buy Tickets
July 29 / New York, NY / Terminal 5 - Buy Tickets
July 1 / Montreal, QC / Osheaga  Music and Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
August 1 / Toronto, ON / Kool Haus - Buy Tickets
August 2 / Royal Oak/Detroit, MI / Royal Oak Music Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 4 / Minneapolis, MN / Fine Line Music Cafe - Buy Tickets
August 5 / Kansas City, KS / Kanrocksas Festival – Kansas Speedway - Buy Tickets
August 6 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza - Grant Park - Buy Tickets
August 8 / Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 11 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern - Buy Tickets
August 12 / San Francisco, CA / Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
A lucky winner and their guest will be flown to the Los Angeles show to see Ellie live.
For further details please check out www.elliegoulding.com.

Band Of Skulls Announce Select U.S. Dates

Southhampton, UK trio Band of Skulls are taking some time out from recording their second album to play select tour dates in the U.S. Currently recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales, the band will bring the driving guitar force and Wall of Sound harmonies of their live shows back to the states to play four shows in California before heading to Manchester, TN for their Thursday night slot at the Bonnaroo festival. They will be performing new songs at these shows along with favorites from their debut album 'Baby, Darling, Dollface, Honey.'

After spending two years touring in support of their debut album which was universally embraced by the U.S. press including SPIN (Best of Coachella), Rolling Stone (Best of SXSW) and Entertainment Weekly (Your Next Favorite Band) and culminated with a sold-out show at the Forum in London in late 2010, the band retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing the follow-up. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording which they are now completing in Wales. The album will be mixed by Nick Launay (Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and is scheduled for release in 2012. The album will be preceded by a single and EP released in late 2011.

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BAND OF SKULLS U.S. TOUR DATES:

June 4, Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

June 5, San Diego, CA @ Independence Jam w/ Cold War Kids, Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn & John

June 6, Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)

June 7, Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)
June 9, Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo in THAT TENT 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Digitalism To Headline HARD Tour In North America This Summer!

First came the news of Digitalism’s first full-length album in four years, and now the band has is thrilled to announce that they’ll be bringing their live show to the U.S. this summer, where the band will be headlining the HARD Summer Tour! Also joining the bill for the touring festival will be Caspa, Destructo, Jack Beats, and Gesaffelstein.

This year’s HARD Summer Tour will be the second annual installment of the traveling festival, which brings together some of the biggest names in electronic music. The tour will hit fourteen markets across North America, including a stop at the World Electronic Music Festival in Toronto.

HARD continues to push the envelope as it reaches new heights in 2011.  With the new HARD Cruise on the horizon and the success of previous years' events such as HARD Haunted Mansion, HARD Summer Music Festival, HARD NYE, and nationwide tours with Rusko, Crystal Castles, M.I.A., Sinden and more, it’s no doubt that this year’s tour will reach more fans of bass-heavy, heart pounding electronic music than ever before.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hardfest.com

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Download the First Album Track “2 Hearts” HERE!

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HARD Summer Tour Dates

8/3 - SEATTLE, WA - Showbox
8/4 - PORTLAND, OR - Roseland
8/5 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Fox Theater
8/6 - LOS ANGELES, CA - Hard Fest
8/9 - DALLAS, TX - Granada
8/10 - AUSTIN, TX - Stubb's
8/12 - CHICAGO, IL – Congress Theater
8/13 - TORONTO, ON - World Electronic Music Festival
8/14 - MONTREAL, PQ - Metropolis
8/16 - BOSTON, MA - House of Blues
8/17 - BALTIMORE, MD - Bourbon Street
8/18 - WASHINGTON, DC - Fur Nightclub
8/19 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Electric Factory
8/20 - NEW YORK, NY - Terminal 5

Lissie Named VH1's Next "You Oughta Know" Artist

Lissie has been named VH1's next "You Oughta Know" artist, joining the ranks of the highly acclaimed franchise that has helped break many artists such as Adele, Sara Bareilles, Feist, Mumford & Sons, and Regina Spektor, among others. Lissie's VH1 "You Oughta Know" support includes music videos on VH1 and streamed music videos, interview clips, tour updates, photos and more at YouOughtaKnow.VH1.com beginning on May 2nd. On-air support on VH1 begins May 9th. Launched in 2004, the "You Oughta Know" program introduces promising new artists on the rise to VH1's base of music lovers.  Other current artists in the program include The Civil Wars, Fitz and The Tantrums, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Christina Perri, and Two Door Cinema Club.

On Saturday May 21st, following her current three-week Australian tour, Lissie will perform a benefit concert at the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Walk in Wheaton, IL. Each year, the Walk to Defeat ALSTM brings communities together in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease, to which Lissie lost her aunt this past fall. Registration begins in Cantigny Park at 9am; the Walk begins at 11am and Lissie will perform immediately following the Walk. To register online, donate, or for more information on the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Walk, please visit http://web.alsa.org/goto/lissie.

Later this summer, Lissie will perform at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, IL, the weekend of August 5th-7th. She'll also perform at the Cities97 Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis, MN, on July 8th, as well as at multiple European festivals in June and July - including the Isle of Wight Festival and Rockness 2011 in the UK. Lissie's US headlining tour in January and February featured multiple sold-out shows and drew glowing live reviews: SPIN.com declared of her Los Angeles show at The Music Box, "The way the sandy blonde stunner would count her players off in a whisper, the way she'd quietly coax each song out of its corner then build to a roar...one couldn't help but be a little in love for an hour at least."

Lissie's debut full-length album Catching A Tiger, released in the US August 17th, 2010 via Fat Possum, was primarily recorded in Nashville, TN, with Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Modest Mouse) and in Asheville, NC, with Bill Reynolds (of Band Of Horses, who also produced most of her 2009 EP, Why You Runnin'). The album - a captivating mix of classic '60s-flavored pop, spirited folk, and brilliant pop/rock anchored by Lissie's remarkably soulful, powerful voice - has garnered significant attention from the press, including The A.V. Club, Billboard, Blurt, The Boston Globe, Filter, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Paste ('Best New Solo Artist of 2010'), Relix, SPIN, and USA Today. Her cover of Kid Cudi's "Pursuit Of Happiness" is featured as one of '50 Songs Every Man Should Be Listening To' in the music issue of Esquire on stands now.

Lissie appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in early February, performing "When I'm Alone," iTunes UK's '2010 Song Of The Year.' Last Call With Carson Daly has aired live performances of "In Sleep" and "Little Lovin'," taped at her October sold-out show at Los Angeles' The Troubadour, in October 2010 and March 2011, respectively.

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Lissie tour dates:

APRIL 27 HOBART, AU WREST POINT SHOWROOM*

APRIL 28 MELBOURNE, AU ORMOND HALL*

APRIL 29 MELBOURNE, AU THE FORUM*

MAY 3 BRISBANE, AU OLD MUSEUM*

MAY 4 BRISBANE, AU THE TIVOLI*

MAY 5 SYDNEY, AU THE METRO*

MAY 6 SYDNEY, AU THE METRO*

MAY 10 ADELAIDE, AU THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH*

MAY 11 ADELAIDE, AU THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH*

MAY 13 PERTH, AU THE ASTOR*

MAY 14 PERTH, AU FLY BY NIGHT

MAY 16 BRISBANE, AU THE ZOO

MAY 17 SYDNEY, AU OXFORD ART FACTORY

MAY 19 MELBOURNE, AU NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB

MAY 21 WHEATON, IL LS Asso. Greater Chicago Chapter Walk

(Cantigny Park)

MAY 28 TORONTO, ON PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE

MAY 31 MONTREAL, QC THEATRE CORONA

JUNE 3 NURBURGRING, DE ROCK AM RING (Nurburgring Race Track)

JUNE 5 NURENBERG, DE ROCK IM PARK (Frankenstadion)

JUNE 8 CRANS-PRES-CELIGNY, CH CARIBANA FESTIVAL

JUNE 10 ISLE OF WIGHT, UK ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

JUNE 12 DORES, UK ROCKNESS 2011

JUNE 29 LANGESUND, NO WRIGHTSGARDEEN

JULY 1 WERCHTER, BE ROCK WERCHTER FESTIVAL

JULY 2 ST. GALLEN, CH OPENAIR ST. GALLEN

JULY 3 GUERNSEY, UK GUERNSEY FESTIVAL

JULY 8 MINNEAPOLIS, MN CITIES 7 BASILICA BLOCK PARTY

(Sun Country Stage)

AUG. 5-7 CHICAGO, IL LOLLAPALOOZA

* supporting Washington