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Austin City Limits 2010 part III

The last day of a festival is always bittersweet.  You get excited for the festival headliner but also deep down you wish you could replay the weekend over and over again and perhaps catch some of those bands, that due to scheduling conflicts, you painstakingly missed in the days before.

Tower of Power Celebrate 40TH Anniversary

TOWER OF POWER CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ALBUM, DVD AND REUNION.   New Collection Features TOP alumni like Lenny Pickett and Chester Thompson; Special Guests Include Soul Legend Sam Moore.

It’s spring! As we celebrate the start of the baseball season, the end of the basketball season and the release of Tower of Power’s 40th Anniversary album, the operative phrase in everyone’s ears is “We Came To Play.” But then, Tower of Power has “come to play,” every single time they take to the stage over the last 42 years.  The horn driven soul and funk machine has toured consistently playing to so(u)ld out crowds around the world.  And after 40 years, four of the original musicians still play with the band.

Similar to sports teams, however, Tower of Power has had numerous players take free agency with other musical prospects. So the 40th Anniversary show gave the band an opportunity to stage their version of “Old Timer’s Day,” bringing 20 former members to work with the ongoing ten player line-up.

“When we were young and we’d lose somebody, it seemed like the end of the world,” TOP founder Emilio Castillo told Gary Graff.  “But it started happening at such an early age in our career, and we always overcame it and always got great people to come in.”

Captured live at the Legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 2008, this extraordinary show welcomed such former members as Greg Adams, TOP’s trumpeter and arranger for 20 years and subsequently one of the architects of the “smooth Jazz” sound; Chester Thompson, who moved on to play keys for Santana and Elton John; and chart topping “smooth jazz” sax player and first call session guy Richard Elliott.

At a show recorded on the band’s actual anniversary, former TOP member Lenny Pickett, long time sax player for the Saturday Night Live band, joined in. He’s in the bonus footage and is interviewed.   Legendary vocalist Sam Moore, of Sam and Dave, added to the funkified festivities with “I Thank You,” and Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful.”  The DVD is dedicated to Steve “Skip” Mesquite, long time alto player for TOP, who made the show and passed on shortly afterward.

The CD and DVD package is a slam dunk of soulful funk, with such great Tower of Power hits as “What is Hip?” “You’re Still A Young Man,” the ever timely “Only So Much Oil In The Ground,” and “This Time It’s Real.” After 40 years, this band can clearly still hit it out of the ballpark.

“It was probably the most special night of our entire career,” said Castillo. “Getting together and playing again with those guys we’d spent so much time with on the road. It was magic.”

Dawn Of The Gecko Release Debut EP, "Raised In The Gecko"

Phil Jourdan of the musical duo Dawn Of the Gecko announced today that their debut album “Raised in the Gecko,” has been released and is currently available for purchase on iTunes and other online retailers. The five track EP features a delightful assortment of cabaret-electronic rock songs mixed with comical lyrics and beats that don’t disappoint.

Describing their genre, Jourdan said, “If it’s melodramatic, campy and upbeat, you’re halfway there. If you incorporate a look of theatrical nonsense into the music and you tell a story, you’re even closer. But I’d say the main thing is to be faithful to the spirit of cabaret, with its grotesqueness and its creepy vibe.” Jourdan, along with partner Sam Folkes, is creating music that serves the dual purpose of both sounding great and making you laugh.

Their second EP, “Gecko! Echo! Echo!” is already in the process of being completed, and is expected to be released in late March, 2011. Dawn Of The Gecko currently performs in local bars, but have their sights set on other venues as well.

The pair met in 2010 through a friend, to whom they have since dedicated a song (“Jim’s Girl”), and discovered they both liked to make music. Their friendship was solidified when they became roommates after Folkes decided to move to Leamington. Though they didn’t know it at the time, a musical match made in heaven was about to be born.

Though both were musicians prior to meeting, neither had the passion that they now both have with Dawn Of The Gecko. Jourdan commented, “I’ve been playing guitar and bass since high school, though I never took it very seriously and prefer to sing when possible. We both like to geek around with sounds, though Sam’s been at it far longer than I have. I used to play little one-man comedy gigs — then I stopped for several years. It was only after meeting Sam that I decided to play live again. We play a gig weekly here in Leamington Spa, where we also live.”

Folkes studied Music Composition and Technology at the University of Hertfordshire and has had a lifelong interest in music. He began playing the piano at age fifteen as a result of being such a huge fan of Boogie-Woogie.

While the pair came up with the band’s name in five minutes by randomly choosing words, selecting their sound took a bit longer. “Initially, we simply wanted to make funny cabaret songs, but given Sam’s love for electronic music and my interest in heavy rock, we quickly expanded the sound and different things until we were happy with the “Gecko sound”. That “Gecko sound” consists of Jourdan on guitar, bass, and singing vocals, with Folkes on piano and doing the programming and mixing.

Coming up with the concept of doing Cabaret-electronica music was a somewhat natural evolution of things that the Dawn of the Gecko band members had been doing on their own. “We were mostly interested in doing stupid pantomime-style stuff when we started out. The comedy bit seemed obvious — we both like not to take our music too seriously. The electronica influences (as well as the occasional industrial influences) came later, when we tried to make the songs sound more original, more relevant to our interests. Not all of our songs are meant to be hilarious, but they’re all pretty stupid lyrically, and they incorporate silly little melodies.

“Raised In The Gecko” can be purchased here.

The Bluegrass Ball w/ The Travelin’ McCourys

Chances are if you’ve been to a bluegrass festival the memories most prevalent in your mind are not so much that of the “scheduled” performers but more of the impromptu jams and unscheduled collaborations.  It’s with that spirit that the McCoury family decided to embark on a traveling bluegrass festival that they are calling The Bluegrass Ball.

Ask most string musicians young or old and they will mostly likely tell you they either want to play with the McCoury family if they have not already.  The McCourys are known for not only their ability to play with just about anyone but also for actually doing it!  Due to this willingness to play with other musicians, the McCoury family is known as heavy weights on the festival and bluegrass scene, even having their own wildly successful festival “Delfest”.  The McCoury’s decided to not only play in this festival but also promote it themselves making the festival on wheels more accessible to fans by playing more intimate venues that collaborate in giving fans a great value at a reasonable price.

Along for the ride over 4 nights in both Chicago and St. Louis are mandolin extraordinaire Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon and Emmitt-Nershi Band), and bluegrass up and comers Head for the Hills. This run of shows will be nothing short of epic. With this particular line up there are sure to be some phenomenal collaborations and each show will certainly be unique from the next!

The Travelin’ McCourys:

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road-and online-entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres.  It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music.  As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work-a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful.  But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenated.

Jeff Austin:

Jeff Austin is best known for his many years playing mandolin for Colorado heavy hitters, Yonder Mountain String Band. Yonder has always played by their own set of rules bending bluegrass, rock and roll, and countless other influences. While most known for his playing with Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff has played with countless musicians and is sought after by countless musicians and festivals alike.



Drew Emmitt:

Revered as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players on the jamband/newgrass scene today, Emmitt’s “inestimable talents” (An Honest Tune) don’t end with just the instruments that can be picked.  Holding the wheel steady on acoustic and electric slide mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and mandola Emmitt also showcases on recent solo albums superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities. Drew Emmitt is best known for his over 20 years with Leftover Salmon and also the past few years with The Emmitt-Nershi Band

Head For the Hills:

Rooted in the tradition of bluegrass, the music of Head for the Hills is a vibrant mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies, and an innovative approach to improvisation.  The groups’ lyrical nature and songwriting seems to evoke reminiscent feelings of inspiration. In the live setting, Head for the Hills can venture into the myriad of musical styles and sonic landscapes that caters to a boundless array of listeners.

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Who:  The Bluegrass Ball featuring The Traveling McCoury’s, Jeff Austin, Drew Emmitt and Head for the Hills

Where and March 10th & 11th at The Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL

Where: March 12th & 13th at The Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

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Henry Rollins debuts Deerhoof vs. Evil on KCRW this Saturday!

“I am very happy to be able to play Deerhoof's excellent new album Deerhoof vs. Evil in its entirety during my weekly show on 89.9 FM KCRW. A lot of the deejays at KCRW play Deerhoof often, so a new album from them is always welcome. We will play Deerhoof vs. Evil in the second hour of the show, at 7 pm PST on January 8. Tune in if you can.”
Henry Rollins
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Deerhoof upcoming tour dates:
jan 27 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's (w/ Nervous Cop)
jan 28 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
jan 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 01 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (w/ Nervous Cop, Fingaar Bangaar, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 02 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad, Yann Teirsen)
feb 03 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 04 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 05 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 06 - Raleigh, NC - King's (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 07 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 08 - Brooklyn, NY - Ridgewood Masonic Temple (w/ Nervous Cop, Buke And Gass, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 14 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom (w/ Nervous Cop, Marco Polio, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 15 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 16 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 18 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 19 - Omaha, NB - Waiting Room (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 21 - Denver, CO - The Marquis (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 25 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's (w/ Special Explosion, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 26 - Portland, OR - Holocene (21+ show w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 26 - Portland, OR - Holocene (6pm ALL AGES show! w/ Neal Morgan)
mar 13 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase Student Center
mar 14 - New York, NY - JapanNYC Festival at Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Ichi)
apr 19 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
apr 20 - Belfort, FR - Impetus Festival at Le Poudriere
apr 21 - Metz, FR - Les Trinitaires
apr 22 - Lyon, FR - L'Epicerie Moderne
apr 23 - Lausanne, CH - Impetus Festival @ La Romandie
apr 24 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur
apr 26 - Kortrijk, BE - De Kreun
apr 27 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
apr 28 - Groningen, NL - Vera
apr 30 - Aarhus, DK - Pop Revo Festival at Voxhall
may 01 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
jul 01 - London, UK - Performing Milk Man at Alexandra Palace (w/ The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin and Dinosaur Jr performing Bug)

Local Natives Play Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Local Natives Play Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Tonight At 12:30 AM EST.   Also, their new album, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenckiss Records.
You can catch some Grateful Web coverage of Local Natives here.
“It's a rare band that can use its chemistry as its own instrument. But the young, frightfully accomplished Local Natives are a rare L.A. band indeed.” – Los Angeles Times

“The camaraderie practically oozes out of the music of Local Natives, making Gorilla Manor my surprise album of the year.” – Bob Boilen of NPR

Kristy Lee Announces NYC Debut

After tearing up the South on her latest tour, Kristy Lee takes the phrase of "Go Big or Go Home" to heart for her New York City debut.
On Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 Kristy Lee will go on a 1-Night Only THREE Performance Bender to show NYC music lovers her Folk-Soul Spunk with two acoustic sets, & one guest appearance.
WHO IS KRISTY LEE?
That mighty rumble you hear coming out of Alabama is none other than Kristy Lee. Her voice like thunder, rolling in before a sweet southern rain, instantly washes the world away. Kristy Lee's unique rhythms are absolutely nourishing, clean, pure, and unapologetic. This woman means it when she takes her voice out to play! This Alabama girl can pack a house in any state. Tough luck sticking her in a category, because when it comes to writing songs, she has no limits!
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KRISTY LEE TOUR DATES
Nov 18: Club Tribute - New Orleans, LA
Nov 19: Sue Ellen’s - Dallas, TX
Nov 20: Sadie's Nightclub - Lafayette, LA
Dec 2: The Bowery Electric - New York, NY [7PM]
Dec 2: Joe's Pub [guest musician during BITCH's show] - New York, NY [9:30PM]

Dec 2: Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY [12AM]

Kristy Lee will perform at 5th Annual Woofstock

Alabama Firecracker Kristy Lee announces a performance at the 5th Annual Woofstock Concert Fundraiser and adds more dates to her current tour.

Dozens of dogs and their owners will be treated with a howling good time at the 5th Annual Woofstock Concert Fundraiser in Mobile, AL on Sunday, 10/24/10. This concert will raise money for the Animal Rescue Foundation.
Listen to a few tracks of her new album Live At The Soul Kitchen HERE!
For a preview, check out the video of Kristy Lee performing her single “Hey Crazy” at Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama HERE & Add "Hey Crazy" and "Late At Night" to your playlist NOW!
SEE KRISTY LEE LIVE
Oct 20: Blues Gills - Spanish Fort, AL
Oct 21: Bacchus - Mobile, AL
Oct 24: The 5th Annual Woofstock Concert - Mobile, AL
Oct 24: Boo Radley's [Woofstock After-Party] - Mobile, AL
Nov 4: Bacchus - Mobile, AL
Nov 12: AJ's Bar & Grill - Jacksonville, FL
Nov 13: PLAY Ybor - Tampa, FL
Nov 18: Club Tribute - New Orlean, LA
Nov 19: Sue Ellen’s - Dallas, TX
Nov 20: Sadie's Nightclub - Lafayette, LA


WHO IS KRISTY LEE?
That mighty rumble you hear coming out of Alabama is none other than Kristy Lee. Her voice like thunder, rolling in before a sweet southern rain, instantly washes the world away. Kristy Lee's unique rhythms are absolutely nourishing, clean, pure, and unapologetic. This woman means it when she takes her voice out to play! This Alabama girl can pack a house in any state. Tough luck sticking her in a category, because when it comes to writing songs, she has no limits!

DeadPhish Orchestra: Seamlessly weaving the music of Grateful Dead & Phish

DeadPhish Orchestra seamlessly weaves the music of The Grateful Dead and Phish, and features members of Great American Taxi, Phix and Mason's Children

DeadPhish Orchestra will play Quixote's in Denver, Colorado this Friday at 9:00pm.  The official lubrication party before 4 nights of madness in Broomfield! DPO will play two full sets outside on the patio....with UltraViolet Hippopotamus on the inside stage!

Also, be sure to check out DeadPhish Orchestra when they headline Quixote's on October 22nd.

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DPO is:

Chris Sheldon - Drums/Vocals
Paul Murin - Guitar/Vocals
Brian Adams - Bass/ Vocals
Ted Tilton - Keyboards/Vocals