2009

DSO On Demand Now Available & Winter Tour 2009

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Announcing the Launch of DSO Downloads

Dark Star Orchestra is pleased to announce the launch of a new live download site with nugs.net. Our first releases are culled from the Rex Caravan tour and were recorded live by our monitor engineer Mike Tomascovic and mastered by Rob Eaton. In the coming months DSO will continue to add new shows to the site from future tour dates as well as digging into our vault for gems from tours gone by.

Click HERE to visit the new site and take it for a spin!

From Winterland to Winter Tour

Hot off the 'Closing of Winterland' recreation from our Cosmic New Year's Eve, DSO is hitting the road again on their Winter Tour. This trek will find the band heading south to the Sunshine state to kick things off with a show in Lake Buena Vista at The House of Blues. From there the band weaves through the southeast with a 2 night stand at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta with Cornmeal opening both nights. From there its north into the Carolina's and into Kentucky for our first show at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. Continuing on the northbound trek DSO has shows in OH, PA and IN before a Windy City stop at The Vic Theater and two nights in WI (Milwaukee and Madison) to close out the tour.

Visit the Tour Dates Page for more info. Hope to see you on the road!

Join DSO's Online Community at Facebook & DSO Forums

Calling all Deadheads! If you're part of the online global community of Facebook, please stop by the Dark Star Orchestra page and 'become a fan'. You can upload your photos; request a show, share a comment and more. Additionally, DSO also has our own DSO Forums; you'll need to register to become part of this growing online community as well. We encourage you all to join us!

Moving On Down The Road...

As we gear up for the upcoming Winter Tour, its hard to forget that spring is right around the corner. When the weather starts to warm up DSO will go out west starting in the 'Mile High City" with a show at The Oriental Theater and 2 nights at The Boulder Theater. From there the band makes stops throughout the Rockies and lands in the Marquee Theatre in Tempe AZ, before cruising up the Pacific coast with 3 nights at The Great American Music Hall along the way plus their first visit to The Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa capping it all off with stops at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland and McDonald Theater in Eugene OR.

Check out the Tour Dates Page for the full list of shows.

Side Projects

Just before DSO kicks off their winter tour both guitar players will be in action with their side projects.

Catch Rob Eaton's side project: Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue Fri Jan 23 - Three20South (formally known as Sherpa & Yeti's) in Breckenridge CO if you are in the mountains. If you find yourself on the east coast swing by the Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, MD to see John Kadlecik's project Firewheel performing as part of Musical Traditions "Next to the House" Concert Series.

Full details for both shows and all DSO tour dates can be found on tour dates page.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Winter Tour '09
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL TICKETS
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL TICKETS
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL  
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN  
Sun 2/22 Omni Toledo, OH  
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA  
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH  
Thu 2/26 Vic Theater Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
Sat 2/28 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI  
Spring Tour '09
Thu 3/26 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Fri 3/27 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sat 3/28 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sun 3/29 Vilar Center Beaver Creek, CO  
Tue 3/31 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
Thu 4/2 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
Fri 4/3 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
Sat 4/4 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ TICKETS
Wed 4/8 HOB Anaheim Anaheim, CA TICKETS
Thu 4/9 Belly Up San Diego, CA TICKETS
Fri 4/10 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/11 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Mon 4/13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Tue 4/14 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Wed 4/15 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Fri 4/17 Wells Fargo Center Santa Rosa, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/18 Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA  
Mon 4/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA  
Tue 4/21 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR  
Thu 4/23 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Fri 4/24 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sat 4/25 Mcdonald Theater Eugene, OR  

Pete Francis & Barefoot Truth Join Forces for 2009 Tour Dates

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Singer/songwriter Pete Francis is kicking off 2009 with a full slate of late winter and early spring dates throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Blending an energetic and uplifting live experience with sincere and heartfelt songwriting, Francis has showcased his signature style in sold out auditoriums and intimate clubs across the country. For this tour, Francis has joined forces with up-and-coming New England based roots rock outfit Barefoot Truth. With both artists jamming collectively as one band on Pete Francis, Dispatch, and Barefoot Truth material, the shows will offer surprising twists and unique takes on each artist's compositions.

Staying true to his indie roots, the former Dispatch songwriter blends sonic elements of folk, jam, rock and pop with visual elements of art and poetry. Francis pushes the boundaries of creativity, composing inspiring lyrical lines and melodies over layers of strings, brass, keys and rhythms, while the multi-instrumented Barefoot Truth delivers organic, feel-good compositions and feverish live performances. Still in their early twenties, Barefoot Truth has emerged as one of the fastest growing bands on the east coast. They spent the fall touring behind their election-themed single All Good Reasons and were asked to play the Obama campaign official pre-debate rally in New York; it's not often a band of 20-somethings without a label perform on a main stage sandwiched between sets by Bruce Hornsby and Crosby & Nash.

Part singer-songwriter, part foot-stomping backbeat, and part old-time rock and roll, the Pete Francis/Barefoot Truth collaboration is one that has been in the works for quite some time. Francis produced Barefoot Truth's 2006 release The Clubhouse Sessions with longtime Dispatch producer Jack Gauthier, and has joined the band on stage at multiple performances over the last 18 months. Francis, Barefoot Truth and Gauthier will team up again this winter for another EP set for release alongside the tour.

The tour will begin with a show on February 19th at The Station in Portland, ME, followed by a run winding through all parts of the northeast with stops in MA, VT, NH, NY, NJ, PA, MD and VA. The tour will conclude in April with two Illinois shows, including a stop at the famous Beat Kitchen in Chicago.

For more information click here.

TOUR DATES:
2/19 – The Station – Portland, ME (all ages)
2/20 - Cafe 939 - Boston, MA (all ages)
2/21 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH (all ages)
2/26 - Tin Angel - Philly (21+)
2/27 - Canal Room - NYC (all ages)
2/28 - Trackside - Wilton, CT (all ages)
3/11 - 8x10 - Baltimore, MD (all ages)
3/12 - Mohegan Sun Casino - CT (21+)
3/13 - Harry's - Bloomsburg, PA (21+)
3/21 - Bates College - Lewiston, ME (co-bill with Braddigan)
3/25 - Eastern Tennesse State U – Johnson City, TN (Pete Francis solo)
3/29 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT (all ages)
4/03 - Iron Horse - Northampton, MA – (all ages) (early acoustic show and late full band)
4/08 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL (all ages)
4/09 - Homewood Flossmoor High School - Homewood, IL

Prez Fest 2009 | Celebrating Billy Strayhorn | March 14 & 15

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn- for the Grateful Web

Saint Peter's Church, known worldwide as the "Jazz Church," will present "Prez Fest 2009 — Celebrating Billy Strayhorn."  The festival begins with a listening session of Billy Strayhorn recordings on Saturday, March 14 at 3:00 PM and continues on Sunday with a lecture on Billy Strayhorn at 4:00 PM, Jazz Vespers at 5:00 PM and a Concert at 7:00 PM.  A variety of groups will perform the music of Billy Strayhorn.  Billy Strayhorn's piano was gifted to the church years ago and its refurbishing will be celebrated.

Billy Strayhorn (1915–1967), composer, arranger and pianist, was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Hillsborough, N.C. and Pittsburgh, Pa. where he received his musical training.  He first met Duke Ellington in 1938 and worked in close collaboration with him for three decades.  Some of the world's great compositions were written by Billy Strayhorn:  Take the A Train, Lush Life, Chelsea Bridge, Something to Live For, Day Dream, Rain Check, Passion Flower, Midriff, Rain Check and Johnny Come Lately. In collaboration with Duke Ellington, he produced many concert works including: Perfume Suite, Such Sweet Thunder and A Drum is a Woman.

"Billy Strayhorn… the biggest human being who ever lived, a man with the greatest courage, the most majestic stature, a highly skilled musician whose impeccable taste commanded the respect of all musicians and the admiration of all listeners."  —Duke Ellington

David Hajdu, scholar and author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, will speak about Billy Strayhorn on Sunday at 4:00 PM with recorded music.  Junior Mance and Hide Tanako (piano/bass duo) will lead the music at Jazz Vespers at 5:00 PM.

Musicians who are already confirmed to perform at the Sunday evening concert include Randy Weston, Jimmy Heath, Billy Taylor, Jeb Patton, David Wong, Valerie Capers, John Robinson, Earl Williams, Aaron Diehl, Gene Bertoncini, Sara Caswell, Kenny Davis, Mike Howell, and The Ellington Legacy Band with Edward Ellington, Norman Simmons, Virginia Mayhew, Nancy Reed, Jami Dauber, Paul Wells, Tom DiCarlo, Noah Bless, and the Jazz Band Classic (18-pieces), and others.  Jimmy Owens will be the emcee and will also perform.
 
"Prez Fest" is a jazz festival created to celebrate the talents of jazz legends who are no longer with us and about whom people should learn more.  Last year Billie Holiday was honored.  In the future, the plan is to honor a different jazz legend each year.  The name "Prez Fest" has blossomed out of the "To Prez with Love," a tribute to Lester Young which had been held at Saint Peter's for over 30 years.  By using Prez in the name of the festival we continue to honor Lester Young and his music.

The Jazz Ministry of Saint Peter's Church is "a home for diverse individuals and communities which celebrates the dignity and vitality of Jazz, provides vibrant liturgy and pastoral care, and through intersecting partnerships, offers jazz programs, education and services."  An outreach program of Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City, The Jazz Ministry was founded in 1965 by the late Reverend John Garcia Gensel who created Jazz Vespers, a worship service featuring a wide range of jazz musicians that is held each Sunday at 5:00 PM.  Our pastors include Amandus Derr, Jared Stahler, Bill Eschen and Héctor Ribone.  The Jazz Ministry thrives today with many events and programs such as All Nite Soul, Prez Fest, Jazz on the Plaza, Women in Jazz Festival, Seminars for Musicians, Midtown Jazz at Midday, memorials, tributes, concerts, and others yet to be developed, to serve the jazz community.

The Duke Ellington Society (TDES, Inc.) is an organization dedicated to celebrating the life, music and legacy of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  TDES, Inc. was incorporated in 1992 as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization in the state of New York.  Founded during Duke's lifetime in 1959, it will observe its 50th anniversary in 2009 and it has grown to over 450 members representing 25 countries.  Members meet once a month, usually on the third Wednesday, at Saint Peter's Church for a variety of listening sessions, concerts, lectures and parties.  Meetings begin at 7:30 PM and all are welcome.

"Prez Fest 2009—Celebrating Billy Strayhorn" takes place on March 14 and 15, 2009 at Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street).
Saturday, March 14: 3:00 PM  Two-hour listening session of well-known and rare Billy Strayhorn recordings. Free  
Sunday, March 15: 4:00 PM  Presentation by David Hajdu, author of Lush Life.  Free
5;00 PM: Jazz Vespers with Junior Mance / Hide Tanako Duo Free Will Offering
7:00 PM: Concert — $20 Suggested Donation — Tickets available at the door.
212 935 2200 ● "E" train to Lexington Avenue or "#6" to 51st Street

U-Melt Announces 2009 Winter Tour

U-Melt- for the Grateful Web

It is our pleasure to announce U-Melt's 2009 Winter Tour! The tour will kick off on Thursday, January 22nd at Mulcahy's in Wantagh, NY and conclude during the last weekend of February when U-Melt returns to Phildelphia's North Star and a stop at Hunter Mountain for the first annual Winter Jam. In between, U-Melt will be returning to some of our favorite spots in the Northeast, including Boston, S. Burlington, Baltimore, Ithaca, Albany/Troy, Syracuse, and Northampton, as well as debuts at Maxwell's in Hoboken, The Ocean Mist in Wakefield, RI and The Fairfield Theater Company in Fairield, CT.

U-Melt is also excited to announce a full weeks run through the Southeast, starting with our debut at The Carry St. Cafe in Richmond, VA on Sunday, February 15th. Following that show, U-Melt will be making stops in Raleigh, Wilmington, Charleston, Charlotte, and Atlanta, where we are very excited to be performing a late night show at Smith's Olde Bar following Umphrey's McGee's performance at the Varierty Playhouse earlier in the evening. The southern run will conclude the following night, Saturday February 21st, when U-Melt returns to Columbia, SC to rock the The Five Points Pub.

It is also our pleasure to give you a sneak preview into U-Melt's 2009 Spring Tour by announcing our first New York City show of 2009, which will be U-Melt's debut at B.B. King Blues Club on Friday, April 10th, when U-Melt will perform an Umphrey's McGee After Party, following Umphrey's show at Nokia Theater earlier that night. This show will mark the second installment of the pairing of U-Melt and their very good friend Wyllys! U-Melt will be re-uniting with Wyllys on a progressive series of events that touch on different aspects of electronic music. The two artists will perform interlocking sets with the middle set focused on particular styles of beats native to the areas they play. In Chicago this past December, we riffed on legendary Chicago house music and in New York, we will drop some drum and bass like they use to at Concrete Jungle. We hope you will all plan on joining us for our debut at this legendary New York City venue, for a very exciting night! Tickets are now available at Ticketmaster.com.

The following show are U-Melt's confirmed 2009 show dates:

U-MELT 2009 WINTER TOUR

Thu., 1/22 - Mulcahys - Wantagh (Long Island), NY
Fri., 1/23 - Bill's Bar - Boston, MA
Sat., 1/24 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
Thu., 1/29 - 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
Fri., 1/30 - Castaways - Ithaca, NY
Sat., 1/31 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
Thu., 2/5  - Ocean Mist - Wakefield, RI
Fri., 2/6  - Rev Hall - Troy (Albany), NY
Sat., 2/7  - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
Thu., 2/12 - Iron Horse - Northampton, MA
Fri., 2/13 - Fairfield Theater Co - Fairfield, CT
Sun., 2/15 - Carry St. Cafe - Richmond, VA
Mon., 2/16 - The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
Tue., 2/17 - The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC
Wed., 2/18 - The Pour House - Charleston, SC
Thu., 2/19 - Double Door Inn - Charlotte, NC
Fri., 2/20 - Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA (Umphrey's McGee After Party!)
Sat., 2/21 - 5 Points Pub - Columbia, SC
Fri., 2/27 - North Star - Philadelphia, PA
Sat., 2/28 - Winter Jam @ Hunter Mtn - Hunter, NY

Cape May Jazz Festival April 17-19, 2009

James Cotton- for the Grateful Web

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival "Legends….and more Blues" April 17-19 2009 presented by NJ Division of Travel and Tourism and Bank of America opens featuring a Tribute to Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughn with "Have a Song on Me Celebrating Mr. B" and the Big Band Music of the 40s and 50s with the B Swingers Big Band and Steve Butler. Billy Eckstine, known as Mr. B, became the most influential ballad singer during this era with an appealing baritone voice.  It has been said Steve Butler "looks and sounds hauntingly similar to Billy Eckstine…capable and convincing" and the Big Band one of the best.  Sabrina Carten is convincing honoring Sarah Vaughn.

More Blues Saturday night with Grammy Award winner James "Superharp" Cotton whose pedigree is a veritable who's who in the world of Blues. Cotton and his Blues Band continue to showcase his immense talent and keep him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving blues musicians touring the world today.  More Blues continues all weekend at Cabanas with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Alan Weber and Frenz and Juke Joints Last Stand.

Legendary Odean Pope, known for his fiery, often intense solos, dazzling elevations and throbbing, husky sounds, opens Aleatheas Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May for an 8:30pm Jazz Dinner and late Show with open seating available.  Pope worked with Max Roach for many years and permanently joined the Max Roach Quartet in 1979.  Barbara King will continue the legends with a Tribute to Sarah Vaughn. "Barbara King's dusky, Sarah Vaughn-like qualities mark her as a talent to watch" says Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times.  Enjoying a mix of family background cultures from Cuba, Jamaica and Costa Rica and surrounded by music and dancing, Barbara was introduced at an early age to jazz legends such as Sarah, Ella, Dinah and Billie who influence her singing.

Opening up Carneys Main Room Saturday night, Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales brings her band "Women on Fire" with Cuban Francois Zayas, drums. Born in Cuba, raised in Miami her earlier influences began with the Afro-Cuban musical culture of her surroundings.  Her fiery, heartfelt spirit with strong roots in Cuban music is always present.  Mayra is a versatile vocalist, percussionist, arranger, lyricist and composer who is considered one of the most complete percussionists of our time.

DC Sharon Clark returns by popular demand for the Jazz Dinner and late show in Aleatheas Saturday night.  Sharon is an amazing, exceptionally gifted  talent having performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and for President Bill Clinton and can be seen weekly in clubs and hotels in the DC area.  Her performances include jazz standards but also lesser known songs performed by Ella, Sarah, Johnny Hartman and Nancy Wilson.

Woody and Carol saw Roni Ben-Hur in NYC and knew he was a must for the festival.  He is a very charming, talented guitarist and composer offering creative melodies, brilliant solos and dazzling original compositions.  As a leader he has won high praise from jazz critics around the world.  Gary Giddins describes Ben-Hur  "as eloquent as a cool breeze, this understated exercise in bebop equilibrium goes down so easy you might underestimate the magic.  A limber and inventive guitarist….keeps the modernist flame alive and pure with a low flame burning in every note."

Sylvia Cuenca opens Carneys Main Room Friday night with her organ quartet.  Sylvia swings impeccably with her authentic feel for the Latin genre.  Originally a sideman who performed with almost everyone around the NYC area, her band performs in clubs and festivals in the US and around the world. Performing in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall Saturday night, the Michael Thomas Quintet is a powerful and energetic group that is deeply rooted in the rich tradition of hard-bop and blues with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers their major influence.

Along with the usual high energy jams Saturday and Sunday in Carneys, the complimentary workshops and CD Signing Party, Juke Joints Last Stand will be in Cabanas Sunday afternoon.
This is a fun, stimulating band with a juke joint jamming feel that is mainly blues - a not to be missed experience.

The schedule, musician's information and sounds bytes are found on the web.  For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.  An All Event Weekend Pass to attend 18 events beginning 8pm Friday through 4pm Sunday is $150 general admission. Individual Friday or Saturday Night All Event Wristbands are $55.  Saturday afternoon Jam wristbands are $35, Sunday Jams $25. Reserved Seating is available at the Theatre at Lower Regional High School for an additional $25pp. Complimentary Festival Transportation running every 10 minutes is available between venues all weekend.

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by New Jersey Department of State Division of Travel and Tourism VisitNJ.Com and Bank of America and sponsored by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88, WCFA 101.5, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star and Wave, Verizon Wireless with generous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, local businesses and donors.

Lotus Announces Winter 2009 Tour

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Lotus hits the road this winter for a run of shows in the country's southeastern states.  The tour comes on the heels of a huge year for Lotus, one that offered widespread exposure for their new album Hammerstrike and massive growth for the band.

The band's 2008 successes, including a coveted cover story in Pollstar Magazine and sold out shows from coast to coast, haven't distracted these humble musicians with Mennonite roots. As their relentless tour schedule proves, Lotus is ready to work. Their winter tour dates are as follows:

February 13       Recher Theatre                         Towson, MD
February 14       Recher Theatre                         Towson, MD
February 15       The Lantern Blacksburg              Blacksburg, VA
February 17       V Club                                      Huntington, WV
February 18       THE DAME                                Lexington, KY
February 19       Minglewood Hall                         Memphis, TN
February 20       The Valarium                             Knoxville, TN
February 21       Masquerade - Heaven Room        Atlanta, GA
March 6             Langerado Music Festival             Miami, FL

Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For more information and updates visit www.lotusvibes.com.

Lotus' most recent album, Hammerstrike (released in October 2008),  finds the band reaching back in order to move forward.  Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads.  The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises.  Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track.  The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.  It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded. 

 

 

Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, and Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released in spring of 08 to critical acclaim

Dead 2009 Tour Tickets on Sale Today

Bobby -- photo by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dead ticket pre-sale begins today (Tuesday, January 13th) at 12:00PM EST | 9:00AM MST.  Get ticket info, see the tour schedule and follow the countdown by clicking here.

You will have to create an account to place an order. We recommend clicking on the "Set One Up" link at Dead.net to set up an account on the ticketing website before the pre-sale begins.

Adding to the excitement is a new Dead '09 video from the band. Click here for special, behind-the-scenes clips & interviews.

Dead.net is the place to be for all Dead '09 tour information. Please stay with dead.net for special offers and surprises!

Mahjongg Announce Winter 2009 US TOUR

Mahjongg- for the Grateful Web

Originally formed in the great bounteous Midwest region of the United States "Mahjongg" began as a simple experiment between The Grid and The Sphere.  To attract the brood orientation of the young mind, Mahjongg knew the only way to spread Kontpab's message was by forming a musiK band.  This ever-expanding Sect uses "irratainment" to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass "funneling" of the populace minds into The Grid.

Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first "warning orbs," at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.  It was during this time that the Machinegong EP was recorded, and their first attempt to leave Kontpab's message sublimated in the patricians of the clubs was a success.  Kontpab showed Mahjongg that The Grid's seemingly well-defined rules and laws could in fact be used against The Grid itself.

Many not briefed on the vast Kontpab religion will never fully understand Mahjongg during their "Warning Orbs," so they cut another album to set into stone what Kontpab had clearly shown them: Raydoncong 2005. Again using The Grid's vast amalgam of mathematical tools against itself, The Sect were able to demonstrate to the brood, for instance with prime numbered polyrhythms, that not only was the path to The Sphere full of spectacle and self awakening, but pharmaceuticals, beer, and dancing as well.  It was here that Mahjongg became not only teacher, but student, and this is where The Chicago Sects association with the Water Babies began.

Born into the great Chicago winter of '06 in the septic rivers of the Magikal Forest, the Water Babies used Kontpabs undivided and all seeing power to unlock The Sphere's greatest secret: improvisation. With these new teachings from the almighty Kontpab, Mahjongg was able to create a new church and recording studio for the Chicago Sect.  Soon the tapestries of aural chaos were tempered and perfected.  Software was upgraded and drums tuned.  With nervous but relevant hair follicles and motley threads, Mahjongg hit the scene.  Many eons of "Warning Orbs" have since commenced, but the human race still chooses to "funnel" into The Grid.  It is because of this that Mahjongg is left with no choice but to invoke the name of our great God almighty itself.  And it is with this name they proudly present to you their new album, Kontpab.  For we are all Kontpab.

Noise Pop 2009 New Artist Confirmations

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San Francisco, CA Event producers, Noise Pop Industries, have released additional headliners and other new event details for Noise Pop 2009. The 17th year of the West Coast's premiere independent celebration of music, film and art will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009 at venues throughout San Francisco, CA.
   
Newly announced headliners for Noise Pop 2009 will include legendary singer/songwriter Bob Mould, Thao, The Ohsees, Sleepy Sun, Ra Ra Riot, Sholi and From Monument To Masses. John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats will also return to Noise Pop in song and conversation as part of a special lecture event, Talking Music, produced in partnership with City Arts & Lectures.  These new artists join previously confirmed acts the French Kicks, A.C. Newman, St. Vincent, Martha Wainwright, Broken West, Clues, The Morning Benders, No Age, Josh Ritter, The Submarines and Stephen Malkmus' who is performing his first ever solo show in the Bay Area.

Antony and the Johnsons are performing at San Francisco's beautiful Masonic Center on February 24 as part of Noise Pop 2009. Tickets for this special opening night show go on sale through Ticketmaster on Sunday, January 11. Additional opening night Noise Pop events will be announced in the coming weeks. 
   
Show schedule information and individual tickets for many Noise Pop events will be offered for exclusive presale from the Noise Pop 2009 Festival site, starting today, January 8, 2009. The Noise Pop ticket store is powered by partner In Ticketing, with a tree being planted for every ticket sold. Individual tickets will go on sale through all regular venue outlets starting on Sunday, January 11. Noise Pop 2009 Festival badges are still available. Noise Pop Badges grant the owner entry to all general admission Noise Pop Festival events and are priced at $150 each. An early bird 10% discount is being offered until January 12, 2009.
   
In addition to dozens of live music events, Noise Pop 2009 will include a film festival, gallery art openings, and "Industry Noise" (co-produced with Bandwidth Conference) a single day music industry conference featuring educational panels. Also returning for the fourth year is "Pop 'n' Shop" – Noise Pop's take on the local indie designer trunk sale and rock poster show.

Fujiya & Miyagi Announce 2009 US Winter

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Imagine that Fujiya & Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues, using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming 'jigsaws' with 'carnivores'.
     
Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.
     
In total, Fujiya & Miyagi don't really sound like anything. Instead, they sound like everything condensed into perfectly arranged three minute chunks of infectious pop music, a strange hybrid of James Brown on Valium and Wire gone pop. Or maybe Serge Gainsbourg with a PhD in electronics backed by David Byrne's Eno-produced scratchy guitar mixed by MF Doom. Its Darwinism gone mad.
     
Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), they released Electro Karaoke In The Negative Style two years later, a minimal electronic set it hangs eerily on Best's distinctive whispered vocal. Adding bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004, they released a series of ten inch EPs that took them to the hearts of fanzineland. Gathered together these parables of personal injury, both physical and mental, made up three quarters of the well-received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, etc) album Transparent Things in 2006. Named after a Nabokov brain dump on the relationship between the past and the present. It sums them up.

A Regal seven-inch, "Uh", further concentrated their sound. A set of vocal ticks, a funky bass and a storyline about a relationship as prickly as two porcupines, it made small talk sound sinister over an infectious groove. It was the perfect set up for their second US Album, Light Bulbs – imagine 11 classic ideas clicking on above your head, now with real drums in places, courtesy of Lee Adams, and the picture is complete.

Fujiya & Miyagi stay away from lyrical themes that have been done to death. Using old synths to punctuate their beautifully-observed anecdotes on romantic triumphs and disasters, heroes and villains and the world at large, their rhythms palpitate to produce modern symphonies like no-one else. Light Bulbs is a journey littered with fragmented images, anecdotes from the sublime to the ridiculous, blurry stories that you feel you shouldn't have overheard. Each track an aural contamination set to itch your inner ear every waking moment.

US 2009 Winter Tour

2/11 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis MN
2/12 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago IL
2/13 - Magic Stick - Detroit MI
2/14 - Alfred University Knight Club - Alfred NY
2/15 - Paradise - Boston MA
2/17 - LPR - New York NY
2/18 - The Trocardero - Philadelphia PA
2/19 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
2/20 - Cats Cradle - Carrboro NC
2/21 - 40 Watt Club - Athens GA
2/23 - Back Booth - Orlando FL
2/24 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee FL
2/25 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge LA
2/27 - Emos Alternative Lounge - Austin TX
2/28 - Palladum Loft - Dallas X
3/2 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix AZ
3/3 - Echoplex - Los Angeles CA
3/5 - The Independent - San Francisco CA
3/6 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland OR
3/7 - Neumos - Seattle WA