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ANR Release Free MP3 for Brand New Track, "New Armor"

This morning, Miami’s psychedelic synth-pop duo ANR released the brand new track “New Armor.”  The song is the latest example of the group’s constant evolution as well as their prolific songwriting.  It begins with a lone acoustic guitar before falsetto vocals and lush, sparkling keyboards join the mix.  ANR’s reverb-laden vocals are anthemic and continue in the introspective, earnest direction of the previously released tracks from Stay Kids Deluxe Edition, their forthcoming album out September 13th on 10k Islands.

ANR consists of merely two members – Brian Robertson (Keys, Vocals) and Michael-John Hanock (Vocals, Drums) – but they create a powerful sound filled with layered melodies and bountiful hooks.  It has already earned the duo praise from RCRD LBL, The Fader, MTV.com, and Nylon, among others, and have landed them shows with bands like Animal Collective, Neon Indian, No Age, and Fucked Up.  The band kicks off their North American tour later this month.

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North American Tour Dates:

08/25:  Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
08/29:  Philadelphia, PA  @ Kung-Fu Necktie
08/30: New York, NY  @ Milk Studios
08/31:  New York, NY  @ Mercury Lounge
09/01:  Boston, MA  @ Brighton Music Hall
09/02:  Montreal, QC  @ Casa Del Popolo
09/03:  Toronto, ONT  @ The Drake
09/05: Detroit, MI  @ Lager House
09/06: Grand Rapids, MI  @ Pyramid Scheme
09/07: Chicago, IL  @ Empty Bottle
09/09: Urbana, IL  @ Canopy Club
09/10: Minneapolis, MN  @ 7th Street Entry
09/12:  Seattle, WA  @ Crocodile Lounge
09/13:  Portland, OR  @ Doug Fir
09/15: San Francisco, CA  @ Bottom Of The Hill
09/16: Fresno, CA  @ Audie's Olympic
09/17: Los Angeles, CA  @ The Satellite
09/20: San Diego, CA  @ Soda Bar

ANR Get Remixed by Memory Tapes, Release Stay Kids Deluxe Edition

Miami duo ANR will release the deluxe edition of their post-apocalyptic pop album Stay Kids on September 13th through 10K Islands. In the meantime the prolific group will be releasing videos, remixes, and other goodies. Most recently, they enlisted Memory Tapes to remix “Stay Kids,” their blissed-out, nostalgic anthem about growing older. Click HERE to stream/download Memory Tapes’ take on the track, and click HERE to watch the video for ANR’s original version of the song.

ANR consists of merely two members – Brian Robertson (Keys, Vocals) and Michael-John Hanock (Vocals, Drums) – but they create a powerful sound filled with layered melodies and bountiful hooks. It has already earned the duo praise from RCRD LBL, The Fader, and Nylon, among others, and have landed them shows with bands like Animal Collective, Neon Indian, No Age, and Fucked Up.

Stay Kids is a rhythmically propulsive, psychedelic trip that was inspired largely by recent floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other environmental disasters. Much of the album’s lyrics meditate on how such ‘natural’ disasters affect individuals and humanity at large. However, sonically-speaking the album is by no means morose. Instead, the synth-heavy and often danceable material feels triumphant. Each song is a journey through carefully sculpted, dream-pop soundscapes with frequent, unexpected and exciting detours

ANR’s live show highlights a different aspect of the band, bringing out their punk influences as well as their penchant for German progressive acts of the 70’s. The group will tour throughout the US this Fall, with dates to be announced soon.

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Click HERE to Watch the Video for “Stay Kids”

Click HERE for Memory Tapes’ Remix of “Stay Kids”

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Tour Dates:

8/29: Philadelphia, PA Kung-Fu Necktie
8/30: New York, NY Milk Studios
8/31: New York, NY Mercury Lounge
9/1: Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
9/2: Montreal, QC Casa Del Popolo
9/3: Toronto, ONT The Drake
9/5: Detroit, MI Lager House
9/6: Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
9/7: Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
9/9: Urbana, IL Canopy Club
9/10: Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
9/12: Seattle, WA Crocodile Lounge
9/13: Portland, OR Doug Fir
9/15: San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
9/16: Fresno, CA Audie’s Olympic
9/17: Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
9/20: San Diego, CA Soda Bar

Pepper Rabbit Announce New LP + Tour

Since Pepper Rabbit's debut album Beauregard was released last fall, the band has been touring nonstop, with the likes of Passion Pit, Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers, and Ra Ra Riot.  The duo made up of Xander Singh and Luc Laurent, is now pleased to announce the release of their new album this summer along with upcoming tour dates with Givers.
On tour, Pepper Rabbit will continue to showcase stand out tracks from Beauregard, like “Older Brother”, as well as tracks from their new sophomore album.

Red Velvet Snow Ball is to be released on August 9th, 2011 on Kanine Records. The Los Angeles duo continues to be inspired by the band’s birthplace, New Orleans.  This album highlights the band’s ability to incorporate 11 instruments into their songs and include influences that span generations, from Portishead to David Bowie and Supertramp to Jamie Lidell to create their own brand of psychedelic pop music.
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
5/28 - Sasquatch! Festival - George, WA
5/29 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
6/9 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
6/10 - Mangos Cantina - Houston, TX
6/12 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA*
6/14 - Rock N Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *
6/16 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY *
6/17 - Northside Festival @ Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY ^
6/19 - Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA *
6/20 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC *
6/21 - The Garrison - Toronto, ON *
6/23 - The Basement - Columbus, OH *
6/24 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL *
6/26 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN *
6/27 - Ciceros - St Louis, MO *
6/28 - Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken - Little Rock, AR*
* w/ Givers
^ Kanine Showcase w/ Surfer Blood, Eternal Summers, Grooms, Xray Eyeballs & Dream Diary

EOTO Spring Tour With Custom Projection Show - FREE MP3

EOTO is hitting the road for an extensive spring tour this week with a custom animated video projection show provided by lighting guru Zebbler (through April 9th). The dynamic duo, known for their infectious 100% live improvised performances will kick off their Spring tour this weekend in St Louis with a Mardi Gras style costume party before they crisscross the countryside with stops in Albuquerque, Denver, Austin, Nashville, Tallahassee Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, New York City and everywhere in between.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. The duo moves effortlessly from choppy dubstep to whip-smart, four-on-the-floor house to psychedelic trip-hop. It's a dance marathon and everyone's in it together. A nebulous beast, set lists are only broken up into tracks for the sake of posterity. In reality, changes in mood, energy, and inspiration are reflected "in real-time" by rhythmic and melodic shifts.

Because EOTO starts fresh every night, the band's evolutionary progress has been thrust into hyperspeed, eclipsing standard acts who return to their dusty catalog for every performance. The wobbly, buzz-saw bass and heavy backbeat style has become a signature of their sets, as heard on their live recordings and on the bands most recent 2009 studio release, Fire the Lazers. Newer live material has the duo co-opting sounds from outside the realm of electronic music with scratchy punk riffs and fuzzy sludge metal bass.

The perfect match for EOTO's incredible live improvised performances, projection designer known lovingly as "Zebbler" will also join the band with a custom animated projection show through April 9th. Zebbler was voted one of the top 20 VJ's in DJ magazine in 2007 and is known for delivering an organic visual odyssey with a genuinely live feel. The projection show will include featured content submitted by fans in a recent video contest as well as custom animations created just for the EOTO Spring Tour.

Along with a massive tour schedule and custom eye candy, the band is also launching the first tastes of their new fan-club ticketing program, offering fans an un-heard of $2 ticketing fees! EOTO is also offering the 2010 New Year performance from Denver as a free download to everyone who purchases a ticket for the entire year. For more information about EOTO, the free NYE Download and to purchase tickets, tune into the band's website at www.eotomusic.com

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Spring Tour 2011


3/5/2011 2720
St. Louis, MO
3/6/2011 The SnowBall - Nottingham Park
Avon, CO
3/14/2011 Ghostranch Saloon
Steamboat Springs, CO
3/15/2011 The Llama
Telluride, CO
3/16/2011 The Eldo
Crestted Butte, CO
3/17/2011 The Abbey Theatre
Durango, CO
3/18/2011 El Rey Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
3/19/2011 The Orpheum
Flagstaff, AZ
3/20/2011 Marquee Theatre
Tempe, AZ
3/21/2011 Rialto Theater
Tuscon, AZ
3/23/2011 Club Rio
San Antonio, TX
3/24/2011 Fitzgerald's
Houston, TX
3/25/2011 Trees
Dallas, TX
3/26/2011 La Zona Rosa
Austin, TX
3/27/2011 The Parish
New Orleans, LA
3/28/2011 Revolution Music Room
Little Rock, AR
3/29/2011 Minglewood Hall
Memphis, TN
3/30/2011 Limelight
Nashville, TN
3/31/2011 The Valarium
Knoxville, TN
4/1/2011 The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC
4/2/2011 The Ogden Theater
Denver, CO
4/4/2011 Live Wire Music Hall
Savannah, GA
4/5/2011 Freebird Live
Jacksonville, FL
4/6/2011 The Engine Room
Tallahassee, FL
4/7/2011 Zydeco
Birmingham, AL
4/8/2011 Masquerade - Hell Room
Alanta, GA
4/9/2011 Music Farm
Charleston, SC
4/10/2011 The National
Richmond, VA
4/11/2011 Abbey Bar at ABC
Harrisburg, PA
4/12/2011 Rex Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
4/13/2011 The Westcott Theater
Syracuse, NY
4/14/2011 Pearl Street
Northampton, MA
4/15/2011 Port City Music Hall
Portland, ME
4/16/2011 Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
4/20/2011 Higher Ground
SO Burlington, VT
4/20/2011 Memorial Auditorium
Burlington, VT
4/21/2011 9:30 Club
Washington, DC
4/22/2011 Irving Plaza
New York, NY
4/23/2011 Washington Avenue Armory
Albany, NY
4/26/2011 Town Ballroom
Buffalo, NY
4/27/2011 Blind Pig
Ann Arbor. MI
4/28/2011 Vogue Theatre
Indianapolis, IN
4/29/2011 Madison Theatre
Covington, KY
4/30/2011 Expo Five
Louisville, KY
5/1/2011 Newport Music Hall
Columbus, OH
5/2/2011 123 Pleasant Street
Morgantown, WV
5/3/2011 The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI
5/5/2011 Skyway Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
5/6/2011 The Portage Theater
Chicago, IL
5/7/2011 The Portage Theater
Chicago, IL
5/26/2011 Bella Music Festival
Geneva, MN
5/27/2011 Summercamp Festival
Chillcothe, IL
5/28/2011 B.O.M.B Fest
Danbury, CT
5/29/2011 Summercamp Festival
Chillcothe, IL
6/2/2011 Wakarusa Music Festival
Ozark, AR
7/3/2011 Electric Forest
Rothbury, MI

EOTO Heads West For California Tour

EOTO will kick off 2011 on the west coast in less than two weeks in sunny Stateline, NV with stops in San Francisco and San Diego before kicking off their extensive Spring Tour in March. The band, known for their signature 100% live improvised performances, will also be playing alongside a number of well known openers including NastyNasty and Vibesquad for select west coast shows.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. The duo moves effortlessly from choppy dubstep to whip-smart, four-on-the-floor house to psychedelic trip-hop. It's a dance marathon and everyone's in it together. A nebulous beast, set lists are only broken up into tracks for the sake of posterity. In reality, changes in mood, energy, and inspiration are reflected "in real-time" by rhythmic and melodic shifts.

Because EOTO starts fresh every night, the band's evolutionary progress has been thrust into hyperspeed, eclipsing standard acts who return to their dusty catalog for every performance. This is apparent when following the musical evolution of their live performances, which are recorded every night and made available to their fans for purchase. On EOTO's first 2 studio releases -- 2006's Elephants Only Talk Occasionally, and the 2008 release Razed, EOTO bounced playfully between house, trance, and breakbeat. A huge change in their sound came when Travis and Hann first saw, felt, and heard the cathartic vibes that dubstep could produce at DJ Skream's set at Shambhala during the Summer of 2008. This influence saw the duo become the first National, live, dubstep act in the US. The wobbly, buzz-saw bass and heavy backbeat style has become a signature of their sets, as heard on their live recordings and on the 2009 studio release, Fire the Lazers!!! Newer material has the duo co-opting sounds from outside the realm of electronic music with scratchy punk riffs and fuzzy sludge metal bass.

The duo will then set forth on their Spring Tour on March 18th of this year and will crisscross the united states with stops on both coasts including dates in St Louis, Denver, Atlanta, Boston, Washington DC and NYC to name a few.

The perfect match for EOTO's incredible live improvised performances, projection designer known lovingly as "Zebbler" will also join the band with a custom animated projection show for select dates along the Spring 2011 tour. Zebbler was voted one of the top 20 VJ's in DJ magazine, 2007 and is known for delivering an organic visually odyssey with a genuinely live feel.

FAN VIDEO CONTEST
To kick off the extensive tour, EOTO has launched a video contest allowing fans the opportunity to submit their own content for the live HD video show. Of course 3D animations, animations and complex sequences are encouraged for the overall appeal of the live performance. (Submissions: zebbler@zebbler.com)

For more information about EOTO and their forthcoming tour and instructions for submitting your animations to the Spring Tour Projection show, tune into the band's website at www.eotomusic.com

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Spring Tour 2011

2/18 Blu Nightclub Stateline, NV With NastyNasty
2/19 Mezzanine San Francisco, CA w/ Vibesquad
2/25 Winston's Beach Club San Diego, CA
2/26 Winston's Beach Club San Diego, CA
3/5 2720 St. Louis, MO
3/6 The SnowBall Avon, CO w/ The Flaming Lips and others
3/15 The Llama Telluride, CO W/ Zebbler
3/16 The Eldo Crestted Butte, CO W/ Zebbler
3/17 The Abbey Theatre Durango, CO W/ Zebbler
3/18 El Ray Theatre Albuquerque, NM W/ Zebbler
3/19 The Orpheum Flagstaff, AZ W/ Zebbler
3/25 Trees Dallas, TX W/ Zebbler
3/29 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN W/ Zebbler
3/31 The Valarium Knoxville, TN W/ Zebbler
4/1 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC W/ Zebbler
4/2 The Ogden Theater Denver, CO W/ Zebbler
4/4 Live Wire Music Hall Savannah, GA W/ Zebbler
4/5 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL W/ Zebbler
4/6 The Engine Room Tallahassee, FL W/ Zebbler
4/7 Zydeco Birmingham, AL W/ Zebbler
4/8 Masquerade - Hell Room Alanta, GA W/ Zebbler
4/9 Music Farm Charleston, SC W/ Zebbler
4/15 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME W/ Zebbler
4/16 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
4/20 Memorial Auditorium Burlington, VT W/ Bassnectar & Elliot Lipp
4/20 Higher Ground SO Burlington, VT LATE NIGHT PARTY!
4/21 9:30 Club Washington, DC W/ Beats Antique and ESKMO!
4/22 Irving Plaza New York, NY
4/23 Washington Avenue Armory Albany, NY w/ Bassnectar
5/26 Bella Music Festival Geneva, MN Pre- Party Show
5/27 Summercamp Festival Chillcothe, IL
6/2 Wakarusa Music Festival Ozark, AR


The Fervor Release New Album on MMJ Frontman Yim Yames' Label

Louisville, Kentucky quartet The Fervor have teamed up with My Morning Jacket frontman Yim Yames to release their ethereal new full-length Arise, Great Warrior on his label, Removador Recordings & Solutions. The album is out now digitally along with a CD version available through SonaBLASTand LP from Karate Body. With its combination of mysterious yet timeless lyrics and brooding arrangements, Arise is a poignant and gripping ride from start to finish.

The first words on the record uttered by frontwoman Natalie Felker are “Arise, great warrior / inside you’re a destroyer / by the time we see the sun / you’re already on the run.” Delivered in her husky voice with its distinct and seductive tone, she paints a mystical, dreamlike picture. Alongside Natalie’s radiant vocals and shimmering keys, guitarist Ben Felker, bassist Michael Campbell and drummer Mat Herron create hypnotic atmospheres in each song that stomp and crash toward epic climaxes.

Arise was produced by Charles Gonzalez, who recorded with the band in San Francisco, where they experienced a rebirth of sorts. Rather than aiming for note-for-note perfection, the group strived to capture an enrapturing performance of each song. The Fervor then headed back to Louisville to mix the album with engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang). By keeping the focus on the power of what the four band members can do together in a room, the result is an album fueled by an energy that feels potent and organic around every corner. All the exciting twists and turns build up to an ultimate catharsis as the haunting final notes of “Let’s Get Loaded” gently ring out.

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Tour Dates:

02/13:  Louisville, KY @ Derby City Espresso (Duo Show/No Kill Louisville Benefit)

02/21: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s

02/23: Yellow Springs, OH @ 91.3 WYSO

02/23: Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern

03/16-20: Austin, TX @ SXSW

04/07: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway

04/08: Kansas City, MO @ News Room

04/09: Belleville, IL @ Blue Agave

04/11: Chicago, IL @ Darkroom Bar

04/12: Columbus, OH @ Treehouse

04/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Coyote Café

04/14: Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

04/16: Mount Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern

04/19: Savannah, GA @ Sentient Bean

04/20: Atlanta, GA @ Highland Inn Ballroom

First Aid Kit: Jack White-Produced Third Man Records Blue Series

Rising Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit are among the latest artists to take part in Third Man Records' Blue Series of releases. The special series of 7-inch records, produced by Jack White and recorded at his own Third Man Studios in Nashville, has featured releases from Wanda Jackson, Laura Marling and Secret Sisters, among others.

For their Blue Series 7-inch, First Aid Kit recorded spine-tingling covers of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier" (made famous in 1965 by Donovan) and classic blues standard "It Hurts Me Too", a song much loved by fans of Karen Dalton's 1969 folk-blues version. First Aid Kit, comprised of 17 and 20-year old sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, recorded the tracks with White during the Nashville stop on their US headlining tour in October. Joshua Hedley joins the duo on fiddle for both tracks, while touring drummer Mattias Bergqvist, their father Benkt Söderberg, and Jack Lawrence (The Greenhornes, The Raconteurs), also contribute additional instrumentation on "It Hurts Me Too." First Aid Kit won international acclaim this year for their stunning debut full-length album The Big Black And The Blue (Wichita Recordings).

Check out some coverage on The Raconteurs on the Grateful Web.

Wires Under Tension Announce Debut Album, 'Light Science'

For nearly thirteen years Christopher Tignor lived in the 3-story commercial space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he conceived and practiced with his band Slow Six. In 2008, thanks to a tipped off fire marshal, a move was inevitable, and the walls had to come down. Drastic measures would be necessary in order to keep making music on his own terms - living completely immersed in his studio and practice space. Step one was relocating to the Mott Haven neighborhood of The Bronx. Far removed from an overwhelming hipster scene he had never connected with, he found himself surrounded by the working-class grit and intensity typically associated with The South Bronx. The new musical landscape Wires Under Tension creates uncannily echoes this transition.

Charged with the desolation of a Mad Max dystopia, the songs on Wires Under Tension's debut Light Science form a narrative in motion from lightness to darkness. The band's name reflects the duo's ongoing struggle to balance this tension as they wrestle with an unpredictable and unforgiving machine of their own making. Wordless voices of the horns and violin feel like lightning riding a stormy sea of drums and drones. That lightning illuminates the duo's muscular rhythms, formidable dynamic, and unique musicianship. As they beckon us into their storm, they seem to effortlessly sidestep the cliches found in much of today's instrumental music, delivering exciting and mysterious gems from their unique netherworld.

Light Science will be available digitally through all major retail outlets December 7th

Digitalism "Blitz" the US with First New Single in 3 Years!

Digitalism is back with their first new tunes in three years and you can be sure to count on other-worldly goodness. For the German Electronic duo, it’s not a case of understanding the mystery of the stars above but recording it. "Blitz" is the long awaited single from the electronic explorers who have created a big bang of their own. This song is a supernova that explodes through the speakers, bringing with it a euphoric state of consciousness, and while we may know there are far greater things happening within this moment, all you can do is dance.

Orbiting the world's conscience for years with the singles "Idealistic," "Zdarlight," "Jupiter Room"and "Pogo", a track that XLR8R Magazine called “one of the few singles released this year that successfully bridges the gap between the grittiest dance music and post-pop,” Blitz marks the start of the long journey home for Jens Moelle and İsmail Tüfekçias their heroic space odyssey nears closer to earth.

But now we must embrace the anti-gravity movements Digitalism have beamed down in anticipation for their return in the form of “Blitz” and the all-consuming space groove of “Stratosphere.”

Discovering a galaxy of new sounds and rhythmic activity, all reports indicate that the duo are almost ready to bring their collective movements back to earth when they release their long awaited second album next year; their 2007 debut LP Idealism stood out among a sea of similar-minded acts, attributed to their ability to so deftly walk the line of rock and electronic, and prompting Pitchfork to iterate that among their peers “Digitalism turn out to be the artists probably most dedicated of all to the idea of merging rock and electronic dance music.”

It has been an epic journey, one that Digitalism are prepared to share…

FOLK-ROCK DUO LONG WOODSON TO RELEASE 2ND CD

Folk-rock duo Long Woodson, the prolific pair whose songwriting prowess extends to book-intricate concept albums, will release its second, ROBYVILLE (Robyville Records; Sept. 21, 2010), with a show in Austin to celebrate just two days later.

Long Woodson backed by its band plays at 10 p.m. Thursday, September 23, at Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. Cover is $5; information: 512.448.2552. Matt King will play at 8 p.m. and David Beck at midnight.
ROBYVILLE details a fictional West Texas town full of misfits hiding out from mainstream America, each song written about or from the perspective of one of them. Dark lyrics, harmony hooks and gritty vocals paint a picture of survival and hope behind mandolin, Spanish and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and distorted electric guitar.
Matt Long and Gunter Woodson met at The University of Texas and played together in several Austin rock bands. After a time, the duo began to record some of the songs in what has become a growing catalog of co-written material. The result was its first concept album, the acclaimed GIRL UPSTAIRS, which was released in 2009.
ROBYVILLE promises listeners a stimulating journey and a fascinating visit with a colorful cast of characters — with “Nikki,” “Jimi,” “Creole Man” and nine more tracks.
For more information, visit www.longwoodson.com.