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CASS MCCOMBS EMBARKS ON HIS TOUR

Cass McCombs embarks on his biggest U.S. tour since the release of this year’s critically acclaimed WIT’S END today, being joined on most dates by the Jana Hunter-fronted Lower Dens. If that’s not a double bill that interests you, you should get out of the music-listening game. This all culminates with early fall performances at FYF Fest and MusicFest Northwest. To give people a taste of what his live show will be like on this tour, he’s set the twinkling light work that will appear behind his band and him to the ominously gentle album track “Buried Alive.” Check it out, and then step out your door and check Cass and company out live in a town near you.

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CASS MCCOMBS TOUR DATES:

07-11 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree*

07-12 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *

07-13 Nashville, TN - The Basement *

07-14 Asheville, NC - Harvest Records *

07-15 Washington, DC - Black Cat *

07-16 Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe *

07-17 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas *

07-18 Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears *

07-19 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *

07-20 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's

07-21 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *

07-22 Montreal, QC - II Motore *

07-23 Toronto, ONT - Rivoli *

07-24 Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit Cabaret

07-25 Chicago, IL - Schuba's *

07-26 Chicago, IL - Hideout*

07-27 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry

07-29 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

07-31 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's #

09-03 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest

09-08 Portland, OR - MusicFest Northwest

* w/ Lower Dens

# w/ Thurston Moore

Molly Sweeney: Gold Rings and Fur Pelts

One of the most compelling new voices to emerge from the Montreal music scene, singer-songwriter Molly Sweeney's debut album Gold Rings and Fur Pelts features nine songs that conjure up an elemental world of longing, passion, and poetry in a classic concept-album format. From a journey foiled by fate to a poignant French chanson of faithless love, these folk-infused torch songs explore the dark side of rapture, showcasing her sultry, dramatic vocals and enigmatic lyrics.
A regular on the Montreal circuit, Molly has shared the stage with a diverse slate of musicians including White Magic, Elfin Saddle, Josephine Foster, Scout Niblett, MV and EE, Simon Finn, Matana Roberts and Sally Seltmann, and performs with Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush both onstage and on their critically acclaimed 2009 release Against the Day and 2010 release Monogamy.
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Track List:
1. Swollen
2. Not Faithful
3. Florida
4. Gold Rings and Fur Pelts
5. Full Moon
6. Eros and Psyche
7. You Mustn’t Worry
8. Spirit, Will I See You
9. Radiant Sun
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Personnel:
Molly Sweeney: voice, guitars, tiple, autoharp
Jérémi Roy: upright and electric basses
Xarah Dion: keys
Molly McGivern: violin and morin khuur
Patrick Conan: drums
Gavin John Sheehan: electric guitar
Miles Perkin: upright bass
Becky Foon: cello
Gen Heistek: viola
Philippe Lauzier: bass clarinet
Jen Reimer: French horn
Jason Sharp: baritone sax
Sarah Wendt: French horn

Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary at Alpine Valley

In celebration of the band's twenty-year anniversary, Pearl Jam will host and headline a Labor Day weekend concert celebration at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 3rd and 4th, followed by a ten-date Canadian tour. In addition to these live shows, the band will release a Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band?s journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album this fall.

Serving as the band's only U.S. shows of 2011, Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert at Alpine Valley (September 3rd and 4th) will include performances by fellow artists and friends including The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard, Liam Finn and special guests to be announced.

Tickets go on sale starting Monday, May 23rd for the Ten Club and Saturday, June 4th for the general public.  Detailed information on Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert weekend at www.pj20.com.

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Pearl Jam will tour Canada from September 7th through 25th -- hitting Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.  Tickets for Pearl Jam's Canadian tour go on sale Friday, May 27th, with the exception of the Montreal concert, which goes on sale Saturday, May 28th.  A special ticket pre-sale for members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club begins Tuesday, May 24th. More information at www.pearljam.com.

Pearl Jam Canadian Tour Dates, Cities and On Sale Information:

Date                    City                    Venue                           On Sale Date / Time
7 - Sep         Montreal                Bell Centre                     May 28 / 12:00pm local
11-Sep          Toronto         Air Canada Centre               May 27 / 10:00am local
12-Sep          Toronto         Air Canada Centre               May 27 / 10:00am local
14-Sep          Ottawa          Scotiabank Place                May 27 / 10:00am local
15-Sep          Hamilton                Copps Coliseum          May 27 / 10:00am local
17-Sep          Winnipeg                MTS Centre                      May 27 / 10:00am local
19-Sep          Saskatoon       Credit Union Centre             May 27 / 10:00am local
21-Sep          Calgary         Scotiabank Saddledome   May 27 / 10:00am local
23-Sep          Edmonton        Rexall Place                    May 27 / 10:00am local
25-Sep          Vancouver       Pacific Coliseum                May 27 / 10:00am local

NOTE: $2 from every ticket sold to Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert and Canadian tour will be donated to Vitalogy Foundation, which grants funds to non-profit organizations chosen personally by the members of Pearl Jam.

BRAIDS Announce UK Tour & Summer Canadian Festivals

Native Speaker the debut long player from justifiably tipped Canadian quartet BRAIDS started as a musical experiment, now several years on, the results of that experiment are being gloriously realized. BRAIDS have spent the last few months wowing audiences across America with their live show, including tastemakers at this year’s SXSW. UK audiences are in for an equally memorable experience when Braids tour the UK for the first time this May.
The band will then be  gearing up for a long run of shows this Summer at 7 Canadian Fesitivals. Starting off the summer with the Flemish Eye showcase at Great Hall with Chad VanGaalen and Jennifer Castle, the band crosses the country hitting Sled Island in Calgary, the Ottawa Bluesfest, Hillside in Guelph, Osheaga in Montreal and the Regina Folk Festival.
Also, the band's recent homecoming performance at the Grand in Calgary was recently captured by CBC Radio One. Despite having debilitating bronchitis, singer Raphaelle Standell-Prestongave a mesmerizing performance to the sold-out crowd while armed with a vaporizer and throat spray. Check out the recording here.
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UK & Canadian Dates:
2nd May -  Montreal, QC - Metropolis  w/ Of Montreal
3rd May - Toronto, ON -  Phoenix Concert Theatre  w/ Of Montreal
12th May – London – Heaven w/The Antlers
13th May – Manchester – Club Academy w/The Antlers
14th May – Brighton – Great Escape
16th May – Berlin – Levee
17th May – Hamburg – Indra
18th May – Brussels – AB Clun w/Friendly Fires
19th May – Paris - Fleche D'or
20th May – Amsterdam – London Calling
21st May – Liverpool – Sound City
22nd May – Glasgow – Captains Rest
23rd May – Leeds – Cockpit
24th May – London – Lexington
26th May – Cambridge – Haymakers
27th May – Oxford – Jericho
28th May – Bristol – Dot to Dot Festival
29th May – Nottingham - Dot to Dot Festival
30th May – Manchester  - Dot to Dot Festival

17th - 18th June - Toronto - NXNE

22nd - 24th June : Calgary - Sled Island Music Festival
16th June : Ottawa -  Ottawa Bluesfest
22nd July : Calgary - Calgary Folk Music Festival
24th July - Guelph - Hillside Festival
30th July  - Montreal - Osheaga Festival
5th August - Regina - Regina Folk Festival

BRAIDS "Native Speaker" LP Streaming Now

BRAIDS was formed by four best friends in their last year of High School in Calgary, Alberta. Convincing one another to skip university, they stayed in the garage all year and practiced obsessively, even while their fingers froze during the cold prairie winters. Then, at only 18 years old, they took the bold step of moving across the country together to Montreal, where they began crafting their self recorded/self produced debut album Native Speaker.

Oscillating between density and spaciousness, BRAIDS' sound is not easy to define. The four members construct music which is ample and rolling, perhaps alluding to the landscapes of their youth, but filled with radical texture and startling immediacy, an influence of their more recent surroundings. Delicate layering gives their experimental pop epics just enough breath to playfully explore the depth of ambient melody. Though BRAIDS dives into moments of deep obscurity and sonic experimentation, there remains embedded within the music the hypnosis of an unforgettable pop tune.

Native Speaker, is the accumulation of months of meticulous craft-work to properly capture the band's entrancing live performance. The albums' songs were tested and shaped through numerous performances and lyrical massages, resulting in work that is brilliant in detail and structure. Averaging over 6 minutes and never coming in under 4, the tracks on Native Speaker maintain a deep seeded focus.


BRAIDS has an unusually collaborative dynamic, generating all of their sweeping sounds live in a synergistic maelstrom. Even their name, BRAIDS, evokes a feeling of something continuous and progressive, yet lush and intertwining. It implies the interweaving of all four members' musical ideas, favoring collective and equal input.

On January 18, 2011 BRAIDS is putting forth their debut album Native Speaker, a reflection of coming of age for the four intricately linked musicians. It captures a period of innocence and a period of change, yet comes off as strikingly mature beyond their years. Most importantly, it displays a yearning and striving to break through, an ambitious debut for a young band just getting started.

Click Here To Listen To "Native Speaker" on Hype Machine

BRAIDS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

01-20 Montreal QC - La Sala Rossa RECORD RELEASE PARTY
01-21 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
01-22 Quebec, QC - Le Cercle
01-27 Laval, QC - Studio Theatre Maison Des Arts
01-28 Kingston, ON - The Grad Club
01-30 Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
01-31 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
02-01 St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
02-02 Norman, OK - Opolis
02-04 Dallas, TX - Club Dada *$
02-05 Austin, TX - The Mohawk *$
02-07 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *$
02-08 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *$
02-09 West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *$
02-11 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *$
02-12 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *$
02-13 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *$
02-16 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *$
02-17 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *$
02-18 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore *$
02-19 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo *$
02-21 Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner *$
02-22 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club *$
02-23 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's *$
02-24 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *$
02-25 Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar (University of Wisconsin) *$
02-26 Chicago, IL - Subterranean *$
03-01 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
03-02 Portland, OR - Holocene *
03-03 Arcata, CA - Jambalaya *$
03-04 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
03-05 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
03-10 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar %
03-11 San Diego, CA - Casbah %
03-12 Las Vegas, NV - Neon Reverb Festival %
03-14 Santa Fe, NM - Corazon %
03-21 Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn !~
03-26 Kennewick, WA - The Red Room !~
03-28 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret !
04-06 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop !
04-13 Baltimore, MD - Talking Head !

* Baths
$ Star Slinger
% Asobi Seksu
! Toro Y Moi ~ Cloud Nothings

Red Mass Anounce US Tour Dates | To Play Pop Montreal

The brainchild of Roy Vucino, aka Choyce (CPC Gangbangs, The Daylight Lovers, Les Sexareenos), Red Mass took shape in 2008 following the inevitable implosion of the volatile and legendary CPC Gangbangs. Using Red Mass as a platform, Choyce and his collaborators are intent to pursue the ideals of free thinking, the use of chaos, sex-magik and liberation through art. The ever evolving line-up and contributors to Red Mass consist of musicians from Demon's Claws, Chocolat, Hot Springs, Black Feelings, Sunday Sinners, Vicious / Delicious and Ghost Limbs to name a few.
Through his prolific exploits, Choyce has helped give Montreal's flourishing garage and rock n' roll scenes international recognition. Having fronted CPC Gangbangs, he now also records and tours with long time collaborator Mark Sultan (Sup Pop, In The Red).
Now, Red Mass has opened itself to all with a sincere belief that it can offer young artists and outsiders alike a new haven. With a slew of singles, 10"s, EPs and experimental releases, Red Mass is ready to hit. Their psychedelic space rock 'n' roll and its elements of noise, folk, punk and electronic music is a culmination of 12 years of hard work. The dark poppy hooks, laced with other worldy sound effects, are at once an ode to the past, the music of today, and the shape of rock 'n' roll to come.

US Tour Dates:
SEPT. 15th - Providence, RI - Machines With Magnets w/ An Albatross, Aids Wolf, Gila Monster, Holy Sheet & Whore Paint
SEPT. 16th - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Café w/ Kid Congo Powers
SEPT. 17th - Brooklyn, NY - Party Expo w/ Food Stamps, Try Cry Try, Xray Eyeballs
SEPT. 18th - New York, NY - Death By Audio  w/ Xray Eyeballs
SEPT. 19th - Silver Spring, MD - Jackie's -- matinee show w/ Thee Lolitas
SEPT. 21st - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone,
SEPT. 22nd - Atlanta, GA - 529 w/ Aids Wolf
SEPT. 25th - Memphis, TN - GONER FEST @ Murphy's
SEPT. 27th - Toledo, OH - Woodchuck's
SEPT. 30th - Montreal, QC - POP MONTREAL - SEMPRINI RECORDS/ SIGNED BY FORCE SHOWCASE @ Casa Del Popolo w/ El Boy Die & Crabe
OCT. 12th - Pawtucket, RI - @ The Met w/ King Khan & The Shrines
OCT. 13th - Boston, MA - @ Royale Boston w/ King Khan & The Shrines
OCT. 15th - Silver Spring, MD - Quarry House w/ Paul Collins, The Spectacles, and Dirty Shames

This Will Destroy You Heading on Tour

If they haven’t already destroyed you, Texas post-rockers This Will Destroy You, will do just that. After conquering Europe with their cinematic brand of post-rock, the quartet — comprised of with a line-up of guitarists Chris King and Jeremy Galindo, bassist/keys Donovan Jones and drummer Alex Bhore — returned to the U.S. newly invigorated. They went straight to the studio and began recording their much-anticipated album, Tunnel Blanket, with critically acclaimed producer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, Modest Mouse, Chairlift). The Congleton sessions found the band taking an evolutionary step forward from their previous release, S/T. The end result, Tunnel Blanket, explores darker, more challenging territories than their previous releases.

Performing new material from Tunnel Blanket, This Will Destroy You is heading on the road this summer. Kicking off in their home state of Texas on May 26th, the band will perform a series of dates on the East Coast and in the South.

This Will Destroy You Tour Dates

05/26 DENTON, TX @ The Boiler Room

05/27 AUSTIN, TX @ The Mohawk

05/28 SHREVEPORT, LA @Silver Lake Ballroom

05/29 BIRMINGHAM, AL @ Bottletree

05/30 TAMPA, FL @ New World Brewery

06/01 JACKSONVILLE, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s

06/02 ATLANTA, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn

06/03 NEWPORT, KY @ Southgate House

06/04 CHICAGO, IL @ Lincoln Hall

06/05 TORONTO, ON @ Rivoli Cabaret

06/06 MONTREAL, QC @ Petit Campus

06/07 ALISTON, MA @ Great Scott

06/08 BROOKLYN, NY @ Knitting Factory

06/09 NEW YORK, NY @ Mercury Lounge

06/10 WASHINGTON, DC @ DC9

06/11 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

06/12 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA @ Random Row Books

06/13 CHAPEL HILL, NC @ Local 506

06/15 CHARLESTON, SC @ The Oasis

06/16 KNOXVILLE, TN @ Pilot Light

06/17 NASHVILLE, TN @ The End

06/18 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Saturn Bar

06/19 HOUSTON, TX @ Mango’s

Marco Benevento Announces North American Tour Dates

Marco Benevento has announced North American tour dates in support of his forthcoming new album, Between The Needles & Nightfall. The Brooklyn-based pianist leads his trio for the majority of a 29-night headline run that includes a handful of April appearances surrounding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and May dates on the East Coast and Midwest that are capped off by a hometown show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.

In June, Benevento works a double shift over three nights in the Northwest playing with both his Trio and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. He'll conclude the month with a string of Canadian jazz festivals, including a solo piano performance at Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Between The Needles & Nightfall hits stores May 11 on vinyl, CD and download via The Royal Potato Family.  A free mp3 download of the album's lead track, "It Came From You," is available now at marcobenevento.com.

Upcoming MARCO BENEVENTO Dates:

April 2 | Parima | Burlington, VT (Solo)
April 21 | Bennie's Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS (MB & Friends)
April 23 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA (MB & Friends)
April 24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA (w/ The Slip & Suprise Me Mr. Davis)
April 28 | Megalomaniac's Ball at Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA
May 2 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
May 5 | The Space | Portland, ME
May 6 | The Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
May 7 | Main Pub | Manchester, CT
May 8 | RISD | Providence, RI
May 9 | Parima | Burlington, VT
May 12 | The Hideaway | Louisville, KY
May 13 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
May 14 | Martyr's | Chicago, IL
May 15 | Wilbert's | Cleveland, OH
May 16 | Club Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 | The Nightcat | Easton, MD
May 20 | 8x10 | Baltimore, MD (w/ Xylos)
May 21 | North Star | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Xylos)
May 22 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Xylos)
June 16 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA (w/ American Babies)
June 17 | River Street Jazz Cafe | Wilkes Barre, PA
June 18 | The Big Up Festival | Ghent, NY
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 27 | Winnipeg Jazz Festival | Winnipeg, Canada
June 28 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal, Canada (Solo)
June 29 | Toronto Jazz Festival | Toronto, Canada

Ane Brun- Releases 4 Albums, Opens for Peter Gabriel

Norwegian guitarist and vocalist, singer and songwriter Ane Brun returns to the US as part of her US Tour with Peter Gabriel.   Ane will be releasing FOUR beloved albums including: Spending Time with Morgan, Duets, Sketches and Live in Scandanvia.
Ane will be warming the stage for Peter Gabriel across the US along with playing in his band.
On April 27th, Ane will release her currently unavailable in the US catalog via Amazon.com.  These fan faves will be available @ all digital retail outlets on May 5th.
Ane will be the main support in the US for Peter Gabriel on his amazing "New Blood" tour including gigs at:  Radio City Music Hall & the Hollywood Bowl.
Tour Dates:
April 28- Montreal- Bell Centre w/ Peter Gabriel
April 29- Montreal- Bell Centre w/ Peter Gabriel
May 02- New York- Radio City w/ Peter Gabriel
May 03- New York- Radio City w/ Peter Gabriel
May 07- Los Angeles   Hollywood Bowl w/ Peter Gabriel
May 8- Los Angeles- Largo- SOLO
May 10- NYC- Bowery Ballroom- SOLO

The Barr Brothers To Tour With The Low Anthem

Brad and Andrew Barr, best known as founding members of revered rock bands The Slip and Surprise Me Mr. Davis, are adding a third act to their repertoire. In the long tradition of brothers who've assumed their surname as a moniker, The Barr Brothers introduce themselves with a string of West Coast and Canadian shows opening for The Low Anthem.

The seeds for The Barr Brothers were first sown five years ago when Brad and Andrew relocated to Montreal. Brad's apartment shared an adjoining wall with harpist Sarah Page. The two would hear each other practicing through the cracks. Sarah's gentle melodies began weaving their way into the music that Brad was writing. A friendship was struck and songs were born. This latest endeavor for Brad and Andrew finds them exploring sounds quieter and more ethereal than anything in their previous work. Final touches are currently being added to a debut recording that will be released later this year.

Brad and Andrew Barr remain equally committed to their other bands, as well. Plans will be announced in the coming weeks for Surprise Me Mr. Davis tour dates and EP release, while work is also underway on the next full-length studio album by The Slip.

Upcoming tour dates by The Barr Brothers are:

March 24 | Coronet @ Largo | Los Angeles, CA*
March 25 | Bootleg | Los Angeles, CA*
March 26 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA*
March 28 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR*
March 30 | St. James Hall | Vancouver, Canada*
March 31 | Crocodile Cafe | Seattle, WA*
April 10 | Church Of The Redeemer | Toronto, Canada*
April 12 | Eglise du Gesu | Montreal, Canada*
April 27 | The Saturn Bar | New Orleans, LA**

*w/ Low Anthem & Timbre Timbr