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Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Boulder Theater | 7/10

For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. In 2002 Ralph Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of “Oh Death” that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of “O Brother Where Art Thou”. Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still touring a 100 plus dates per year, and enjoying his time at home with his lovely wife “Jimmi” of nearly 50 years. Dr. Ralph Stanley is not only an American treasure but and international Icon.

Sierra Hull: Boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. Matt Glaser—head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program—put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.” Daybreak is certainly a noteworthy arrival; you can’t help but feel it’s also just the beginning.

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ZERO Returns to the Great American Music Hall

For the first time in nearly 20 years, ZERO returns to the Great American Music Hall: March 4th and 5th. Almost two decades ago, the quintessential Bay Area band recorded 'Chance in a Million' at GAMH, their most successful album to date featuring songs penned by Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. The band reunites to commemorate the music and to benefit band mate, Judge Murphy, who is battling liver cancer, awaiting transplant.

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ZERO: A Chance in a Million
featuring Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Judge Murphy, Chip Roland, Liam Hanrahan, and special guests
Fri & Sat March 4 & 5
Doors: 8:00 PM | Show: 9:00 PM | Ages: 6 + | Tickets on sale 1/23 at www.gamh.com

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ZERO, a psychedelic rock ensemble formed by Steve Kimock and Greg Anton in 1984, is best known for its free flowing jazz-rock-electric sound. For the next two decades the project featured some of the best talent on the Bay Area circuit including legendary guitarist John Cipollina, Martin Fierro, Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Vega, Pete Sears, Judge Murphy, Liam Hanrahan, Chip Roland, and many more. ZERO released eight highly-acclaimed albums, hundreds of live recordings, and occasionally appear out of nowhere in select continental cities. The band's appearance at the Great American Music Hall will mark the first of its kind in two decades since the live recording of 'Chance in a Million'.

Amanda Palmer - CD Release Concert at Berklee Performance Center

A chance meeting with Amanda Palmer has led to the chance of a lifetime for Berklee summer student and Saratoga Springs, NY-based pianist Tristan Allen. Walking home from a rehearsal in late August, Palmer met a group of Berklee summer students on the last day of the college's five-week program. She decided to take a picture of three teens who were hugging on a bench. They obliged, and as she walked away, one of the teens, Allen, ran up after her, having been told "she plays cabaret piano music." When Palmer informed him she was in the Dresden Dolls, Allen was shocked -- he had been a fan of the band for ages -- and asked if she'd be interested in hearing his original piano music.

With no practice spaces available, Palmer said, "My house is six blocks away. I have a piano. Let's go there." So they did. Allen performed, and his music so impressed Palmer that she asked him if she could webcast to her fans on the spot. For the next hour, he played original compositions and improvisations for Palmer's online fanbase (over 450,000 Twitter followers), insuring that many would witness the event.

The response was ecstatic and demand for Allen's music was such that Palmer invited him to a studio a few weeks later to record a five-song EP. It was funded directly from her fanbase using Kickstarter, generating over $8,000 in 48 hours. The EP, recorded in September in Boston with engineer Owen Curtin and produced by Amanda Palmer, includes four of Allen's compositions and one four-handed piano duet, "János vs. Wonderland," that Palmer and Allen wrote together and recorded exclusively for the album.  You can download the MP3 of "János vs. Wonderland” duet with Amanda Palmer HERE for a taste of what you will hear on the rest of the self titled EP, Tristan Allen!

The CD release concert, An Evening with Amanda Palmer and Tristan Allen, will take place Sunday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC).  The concert will be streamed live via Ustream. Ticket proceeds will fund a Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program scholarship. The album will be available in physical and digital format on KickStarter!

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Tristan Allen
Tristan Allen's music is solo piano (no vocals), blending heartful passages of improvisational rhythm and textural, cinematic drama, inviting comparisons to his heroes Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Eric Satie, and Yann Tierson. His upbringing added to his artistic coffers; his Montreal-native mother is a dance professor at a university, and his father is a top scenic designer. The family lived in Japan for several years. Allen, currently a senior at Saratoga Springs High School, plans to study piano performance and electronic music in college.

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer is a performer, director, composer, and musician who is best known for her role as front woman and keyboardist for the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band the Dresden Dolls. In 2008, Palmer released Who Killed Amanda Palmer, her debut solo album which was produced by Ben Folds. Palmer is currently on a reunion tour with The Dresden Dolls and recently ended a sold-out run of 43 shows in which she starred as the Emcee in the American Repertory Theater's production of "Cabaret" in her native Boston.

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Berklee Performance Centeris located: 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

General admission tickets are $10 and will be available starting Nov. 5 at the BPC box office and through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com). A limited number of free tickets will be available for Berklee students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For more information, visit Berkleebpc.com or call 617-747-2261. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Dead News: Warner Bros. Box Set + Jam Cruise Tixs

It's time to slip into auditory bliss with the five-LP boxed set The Warner Bros Studio Albums! Out now, the collection features The Grateful Dead, Workingman's Dead, and American Beauty, plus the sought-after original mixes for Anthem Of The Sun and Aoxomoxoa on 180-gram vinyl cut from the original analog masters.

Pick it up at Dead.net and you’ll not only get free shipping*, but you’ll also get an exclusive reproduction of the rare 1968 “Dark Star” 7” single AND an exclusive reproduction of a rare 1967 promotional poster.

Take a tour of The Warner Bros Studio Albums boxed set with David Lemieux. Click here.

SIRIUS|XM, home of the Grateful Dead Channel, is giving you and a guest the chance to win a trip on Jam Cruise 9! Featuring performances from over 30 bands and special guests, including Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children, Rhythm Devils featuring Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart, and many more. The cruise sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale January 4-9, 2011 with port stops in Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico. See Official Rules and enter for your chance to win – click here!

Unbroken Chain will be working with charity: water on the Box of Rain Project to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Learn more about the Box of Rain Project - featuring many opportunities to raise funds for a noble cause and bid on exciting upcoming auction packages.

Yoko Ono's Remix of 'Give Peace a Chance'

Yoko Ono- for the Grateful Web

Following the milestone success of her two consecutive #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart singles "NO, NO, NO" (THE REMIXES) and "GIVE PEACE A CHANCE" (THE REMIXES), seminal pop culture icon YOKO ONO closes 2008 as Billboard's #4 Hot Dance Club Play Artist of the Year. Her chart-topping remix singles (both issued on MINDTRAIN/TWISTED Records) seized the #4 ("No, No, No") and #20 ("Give Peace A Chance") spot, respectively, on Billboard's 2008 Year End Top 50 Hot Dance Club Play Tracks.

With another successful year under her belt, ONO kicks off 2009 with the long-awaited digital release of "GIVE PEACE A CHANCE" (THE INTERNATIONAL REMIXES) - the final installment of the avant-garde visionary's series of three digital-only, environmentally-friendly "green" remix singles.  Available February 18th on MINDTRAIN/TWISTED Records (Yoko's birthday!), the potent set includes electrifying reworks of the landmark world peace anthem which has been re-recorded by the tireless humanitarian as an uplifting poetic narrative resonating with a sense of urgency and optimism.

Speaking to today's worldwide tumultuous political, social and environmental climate, ONO transforms the timeless rallying cry into a galvanizing and timely global message of hope, inspiration and limitless possibilities in a time of change.

The poignant and evocative collection features a diverse assemblage of, established and emerging, international dance/electronic music innovators such as CSS (BRAZIL), KARSH KALE (INDIA), TSZPUN (CHINA), KIMBAR (RUSSIA),  DEATH IN VEGAS' RICHARD FEARLESS (ENGLAND), DJ MEME (BRAZIL), BLOW UP (ITALY), ALEX SANTER (GREECE), and FINDO GASK (SCOTLAND).

Yoko Ono's 'Give Peace A Chance' (The Remixes)

Ono''s Give Peace A Chance (The Remixes)- for the Grateful Web

Following the massive critical  and commercial success of Yoko Ono's ambitious remix collections –  YES, I'M A WITCH and OPEN YOUR BOX (MINDTRAIN/Astralwerks)  which paired the seminal performer with the 21st century underground -   ONO readies for the digital release of "GIVE PEACE A CHANCE" (THE REMIXES). The new release (available at Beatport.com and now at the iTunes Music Store) commemorates the 39th anniversary of the world peace anthem's historic June 1, 1969 recording.  The song was recorded during John Lennon and Yoko Ono's infamous week-long "Bed-In For Peace" in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada.  

The enduring, landmark song has been re-recorded by ONO as an uplifting, poetic narrative resonating with a contemporary sense of urgency and optimism. The timely release speaks to today's tumultuous political, social and environmental climate.  And with it, Ono - the tireless humanitarian - offers a poignant and evocative mantra that is a song of hope, inspiration and limitless possibilities in a time of change.
 
For this important milestone release, MINDTRAIN Records again partners with legendary dance label TWISTED Records. Together they issued ONO's #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart-toppers "WALKING ON THIN ICE" (The Remixes) and "EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN".

Concurrent with the release of "Give Peace a Chance," MINDTRAIN/TWISTED has  also digitally issued the highly sought-after and previously unreleased  mixes of ONO's #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charting single "NO,  NO, NO" (THE REMIXES) and #2 charting "YOU'RE THE ONE" (THE REMIXES).  "No, No, No" includes superlative reconstructions from international superstars Linus Loves, Tom Novy, Eric  Kupper, Friscia and Lamboy, Peter Bailey and more.  "You're The One" (which was the #6 Billboard Dance track of 2007) includes vibrant re-workings by Bimbo Jones, Richard Morel (aka Morel),  Friscia and Lamboy, and Claude Le Gache.  
 
Already the Hot Shot Debut and #1 Breakout, The Give Peace A Chance remixes now enter the Top 10 (#10 with a bullet) on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. The releases thus far are part of a series of three digital-only, environmentally-friendly "green" singles, the third of which will feature a diverse assemblage of international dance/electronic music innovators, galvanizing the familiar and timeless rallying cry: "All we are saying is GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!"

Click to Stream "Give Peace A Chance" (Part I, The Remixes)