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Pearl Jam Winter 2010/2011 News + EV Tour

Kicking off the Pearl Jam's twentieth anniversary year and ensuing celebrations in style, Pearl Jam will release a new live compilation album, ‘Live Live On Ten Legs’, on January 17th 2011.

‘Live on Ten Legs’ was recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours by recording engineer John Burton and newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered.

The ‘Live on Ten Legs’ tracklisting (below) spans the entirety of Pearl Jam’s 20-year career catalog and also includes a couple of rare cover versions (Joe Strummer and The Mesceleros’ ‘Arms Aloft’ and Public Image Ltd.’s ‘Public Image’).

Both the CD and box set can be pre-ordered from liveontenlegs.com

A U.S.-based pre-sale of the CD and LP is also available at pearljam.com

Full Tracklisting:

1. Arms Aloft

2. World Wide Suicide

3. Animal

4. Got Some

5. State of Love And Trust

6. I Am Mine

7. Unthought Known

8. Rearview Mirror

9. The Fixer

10. Nothing As It Seems

11. In Hiding

12. Just Breathe

13. Jeremy

14. Public Image

15. Spin the Black Circle

16. Porch

17. Alive

18. Yellow Ledbetter


Pearl Jam Radio Now on XM/Sirius

Sirius/XM Radio celebrates Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary with the launch of Pearl Jam Radio.

Tune to XM 39 or Sirius 17 to hear a commercial-free music channel dedicated to Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam Radio features archival concerts from throughout the band's celebrated 20-year career, rarities, unreleased material from the band's personal music library and music from the band's side projects, including solo and pre-Pearl Jam music.

For those of you who don't have satellite radio, you can check out Pearl Jam Radio online at pearljam.com. The on-line programming is geared towards the hard-core PJ fan (yeah, you!) and features much more obscure and hard-to-find material.

BRAD Appear as Musical Guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 12/7; Shows in Seattle and L.A.

BRAD will appear as the musical guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, December 7th (airing at 12:05am ET/PT). The following day, Wednesday, December 8th, the band is scheduled to play The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

BRAD heads to L.A. on the heels of their two hometown shows, scheduled for Sunday and Monday, December 5th and 6th at The High Dive in Seattle.

Ticket information:

Tickets for BRAD's Seattle and Los Angeles shows are on sale now for $15 each. Tickets for the High Dive shows can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets for The Roxy Theatre show are available through The Roxy Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 5:30pm (walk-up or by phone at 310-278-9457) or online anytime at ticketmaster.com. shows are 21+.

BRAD’s latest album "Best Friends?", is available on the Ten Club store here.

Check out their music video for “Believe In Yourself” here.

EV Australia Tour-

Eddie Vedder is heading down under for his first ever Australian solo tour kicking off on March 10th in Brisbane, QLD and ending on March 27 in Adelaide, SA. Evil J & Saint Cecilia will open these shows.

General Public tickets go on-sale at 9:00 local time on Friday, December 10th at ticketek.com.au except Brisbane (qtix.com.au) and Adelaide (venuetix.com.au)

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Date

Venue

City, State

10 March

QPAC Concert Hal

Brisbane, QLD

12 March

QPAC Concert Hal

Brisbane, QLD

15 March

Royal Theatre

Canberra, ACT

16 March

Civic Theatre

Newcastle, NSW

18 March

State Theatre

Sydney, NSW

24 March

Palais Theatre

Melbourne, VIC

25 March

Palais Theatre

Melbourne, VIC

27 March

Thebarton Theatre

Adelaide, SA


30db: One Man Show

Jeff Austin & Brendan Bayliss are pleased to announce the long-awaited studio debut from their new project, 30db! One Man Show will be available in stores and online on May 11th, and the duo will be touring with their great band in support of the release. The band features Cody Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars), Eric Thorin and Nick Forster. Visit www.30db.net to preview the album, and for up-to-date news, pre-order info & tour dates.

30db Tour Dates, Pre-Sale Monday, March 22 Noon local
May 6 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
May 7 Madison, WI Barrymore Theater
May 8 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
May 19 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
May 20 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *on sale Sun 3/21
May 21 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
May 22 Portland, OR Berbati's Pan
** The first 20 ticket purchasers in the pre-sale will receive a backstage meet and greet with the band!

Umphrey's McGee & Galactic Present: Red Rocks & Blue July 4th Weekend

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with Umphrey's McGee and Galactic’s Red Rocks & Blue extravaganza on Saturday, July 3rd in Colorado. We'll join forces atRed Rocks Amphitheatre for a long night of music with a heavy dose of reggae classics from the The Wailers. Galactic will be joined special guest Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers Band). Look for more exciting info in the coming weeks in addition to the many surprises planned for the show. In addition to the Red Rocks & Blue main course, both bands will perform intimate shows at theGothic Theatre, with Galactic on Friday, July 2nd and Umphrey’s McGee on Sunday, July 4th.

Umphrey's McGee & Galactic want you to celebrate your freedom of choice. Here's your chance to vote for a song that BOTH bands will play together at their July 3rd Red Rocks show. That's right, both Umphrey's McGee and Galactic will collaborate to play the winning song from the choices below. So exercise your rights, vote today, and join us in Colorado July 2-4 for Red Rocks & Blue! Forward this on to anyone you know who loves freedom and live music.

This will be a 4th of July weekend that is really a reason to celebrate your freedom. This is the first time that Umphrey's McGee will close the show under the stars at Red Rocks. We have a chance to be a part of history, so let's sell out Red Rocks! Pre-sale packages for the Red Rocks/Gothic Theatre shows will begin this Saturday, March 20th at NOON MT via UM TIcketing. Pre-sale includes discounted 2 and 3 day packages, and VIP tickets. Public on-sale begins Saturday, March 27th at 10 AM MT. Stay tuned for more exciting additions and announcements surrounding Red Rocks & Blue. We hope to see you in Colorado.Go here for more info!

UMBowl: Another Innovative Music Experience by Umphrey's McGee

The forward-thinking band Umphrey’s McGee will carve out new terrain in musical interactivity with their fans at the first “UMBowl,” an unprecedented 4-quarter evening-long concert on Saturday, April 24th, at Lincoln Hall in the group’s hometown of Chicago.

Umphrey’s, which has long forged a close bond with its national fan base through technological innovation, will explore fresh frontiers in the five-hour event, styled to emulate a football game with four “quarters” of unique musical performances that will actually be generated by audience input. Half the night’s music will be determined by text messaging on “gameday” itself.

The first quarter (Q1) will be an acoustic set entirely chosen by attendees; ticket holders will receive ballots and cast votes on the songs to be performed. Q2 will be a wholly improvised performance driven by bi-directional texting, sifted and delivered by “offensive coordinator” (and longtime Umphrey’s sound caresser) Kevin Browning to the band, which will then use the audience input to construct their jams. Q3 will be an all-request segment, with songs again determined by pre-balloting from the audience members. Fans will be able to vote not just on song selection but actually how those songs are arranged and varied from their original form. In Q4, the live audience will actually act as the group’s quarterback, “calling audibles” to direct the course of a free-flowing set via text messages sent to Browning in response to choices projected on an in-house screen.

The text-messaging element of UMBowl, powered by Mozes, was first employed by Umphrey’s McGee at their Stew Art (or “S2”) series, launched in fall 2009. Hosted as freestanding events before Umphrey’s shows in select tour markets, the series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage is entirely directed by S2 audience members. Sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references to the Umphrey's mobile interface, which are then interpreted by the band.


Umphrey’s McGee had previously taken new approaches to delivering their music to the fans. Before their most recent studio recording, Mantis, was released in January 2009, the collection was made available for pre-order in an interesting way. The more Mantis pre-orders were received, the more free bonus content was received. Fans “unlocked” levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album.

The band was also among the first group of performers to offer songs at Rock Band Network. The much buzzed-about video game platform works with Xbox video game systems, and allows bands to offer fans a way to dig into their favorite group’s music in ways they have never been able to before.

UMBowl tickets went on sale last Friday and sold out in just minutes.

For the many out-of-town fans attending UMBowl, the band, together with long-standing travel partners CID Entertainment, offered travel packages for the event. Included in each package are tickets to UMBowl, luxury accommodations at the new Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago, a drink package for the pre-party at the Umphrey’s hometown hang The Store, a personalized UMBowl jersey, gameday transportation, and more. For further information, go here.

The Walkmen Sign To Fat Possum Records

Esteemed indie rock act, The Walkmen, announce their signing to Fat Possum Records.  The band is currently in the studio with Chris Zane recording the follow-up to 2008's widely-acclaimed LP You & Me.

The band kicks off 2010 with a couple New York City plays including MOMA's Opening Night Armory Show benefit on March 3rd and an intimate engagement at Brooklyn's The Bell House on April 1st where they'll showcase songs from the upcoming album.  A 24-hour pre-sale begins tomorrow (more details below).

The band also travels to Austin, TX to play NPR's South By Southwest Showcase March 17th at Stubbs. For the third year running, NPR Music will present, broadcast, and webcast the opening night showcase which features performances by The Walkmen, Spoon, and soon to be named acts.

The Bell House pre-sale begins at noon EST on Thursday, February 11th.  Public onsale  will take place on Friday, February 12th. More details can be found at http://www.thewalkmen.com.

Tiësto Extends US Tour/Releases Exclusive Pre Sale Information /‘Kaleidoscope'

The new album ‘Kaleidoscope’ is Tiësto’s 4th artist recording and is expected to reflect the growing stature of a man who many consider to be the world's biggest DJ. The first single, titled ‘I Will Be Here’, was released on July 28th on Ultra Records, following the debut on BBC’s Radio 1.  The video for this single was premiered exclusively on MySpace on August 7th, and recently reached in the Top 10 on the Itunes Dance Chart.

tiestTiësto’s career highlights to date are many, but recent exploits include a GRAMMY nod for his last artist album, ‘Elements of Life’ and headlining both Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals. With over 1 million Facebook friends (the largest of any electronic artist on the planet), global brand sponsorships deals and sell out headline shows around the world, Tiësto is on the crest of a wave which is only set to continue.  He also sits at the helm of his new label Musical Freedom, a recent development since he parted ways with the Holland-based Black Hole record label.

In addition to being a huge live draw (Tiësto recently staged his own outdoor headline show to a sold out crowd of 25,000 in London’s Victoria Park) Tiësto is also one of the world’s biggest names in remixing, with recent work completed for Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, and Calvin Harris. The forthcoming long player will cement the reputation of a truly global superstar in the prime of his career.

Tiësto had this to say regarding the new album and forthcoming North American tour:  “I'm very excited to work with Ultra Records to release Kaleidoscope. The company understands my artistic vision for the project and brings a lot of forward thinking to what I believe is my best record to date.  Most importantly, I can't wait to start playing this record out!  It will be special to start off in New York City, then go all over North America for our first leg of the tour.”

The release of Kaleidoscope on October 20th will be supported by a worldwide tour in 2009-2010, taking the Kaleidoscope live experience out on over 175 dates, across 5 continents. North America in Sept–Nov 2009 will range from arenas and coliseums to intimate nightclubs.

More on the new record, ‘Kaleidoscope’ Tiësto:

tiesto2009 is very much about business as usual for Tiësto.  After a run of four top-selling electronic artist albums, the electronic pioneer has made Kaleidoscope, an artist album in the truest sense: a stunning collection of songs written and recorded in collaboration with a variety of music talents from the worlds of dance, pop and rock: Jónsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris, Emily Haines from Metric, to name a few. Having made the DJ performance an artform, Tiësto has now made the dance album an artform.

“The starting point was to work with different artists that I liked,’ Tiësto explains, ‘it was as simple as that. ‘Sigur Rós make beautiful music. Bloc Party are fantastic and exciting and innovative. But the hardest thing initially was to get those kind of people to collaborate. They don’t work with dance artists as a rule, and especially not a dance DJ, but when we started producing these tracks, I was surprised at how well the styles work together.”

Once the artists had seen YouTube clips of Tiësto’s crowd-wowing performances, like the one of him playing in front of 250.000 people on the beach in Brazil, and once they’d heard the tracks he’d been writing, they all jumped at the chance.

First on board were Tegan and Sara, the Canadian indie duo and twin sisters. Tiësto had remixed their single “Back In Your Head”, and in June 2008 they met in Vancouver. “I realized what great songwriters they are – I gave them a track to write on and they did an amazing job.” In his home studio in his hometown of Breda in Holland, Tiësto set to work finessing the collaboration. “Feel It In My Bones” is the result, an epic, shimmering floorfiller.

Soon the songs were pouring in. Nelly Furtado and Tiësto started off as mutual admirers, but after making her way to Tiësto's performance at the 2008 Miami Winter Music Conference (she’d come along with her producer Timbaland) Furtado instantly agreed to be involved, and a few weeks later she gave Tiësto an idea for a song that would become, "Who Wants To Be Alone". Next to sign up was Emily Haines of Metric.  She caught the thrilling Tiësto DJ Experience in Ibiza last summer and again, didn’t hesitate – “Knock You Out” is a euphoric tune that will cause floorquakes in the Balearic isles and rock festivals alike.

Securing the involvement of Kele Okereke, singer with Bloc Party, was initially more of a challenge. “Kele’s voice is so powerful on a dance track – I did a remix for Bloc Party, of the band´s new single “One More Chance”, and it really worked. Kele was a hard man to pin down. I was supposed to sit in the studio with him in Miami during this year’s WMC, but he got sick and had to cancel last minute. But I had written this weird piano track, an offbeat thing, and he really liked it, so we hooked up in London one Sunday afternoon a few weeks later. I played him the song and he just started singing with his guitar, mumbling a little bit then suddenly words came out of his mouth… and suddenly we had a track!  It was amazing to see how this guy made something cool and creative right on the spot.”

The album’s lead single, meanwhile, is “I Will Be Here”, a hook-up with huge-selling Australian band Sneaky Sound System. It’s a big, bold party tune with a stirring house-diva vocal – and a song whose infectious immediacy reflects the instinctive manner in which Tiësto wrote it: he crafted the entire production in less than week.

TiëstoCreating Kaleidoscope, the song that gives this colorful, shapeshifting album its entirely appropriate title, was more drawn-out. Tiësto had his heart, and his ears, set on securing the services of Sigur Rós singer Jónsi Birgisson. Tiësto flew to Chicago to track him down, then did the same in Brussels, before finally spending time in Amsterdam discussing what they might do together.

“It was a crazy idea,’ he laughs. ‘If you listen to Sigur Rós you can’t imagine any relation to Tiësto. Maybe the melancholy of it, but that’s about it. Their music is so different and I think that Jónsi is one of the most creative artists in the world. But the funny thing was, I met him at a couple of times at shows, and there’s a lot more in common than I thought – Jónsi told me he used to be a big Iron Maiden fan as well, like I was! Then I noticed that he makes a lot of dance music at home on his own. So he’s not that far away from what I do, really.”

The result is a huge, progressive trance song, soulful and uplifting. “And Kaleidoscope is a great title for the album too. We’re mixing shapes and colors together to make something new.”

Say hello to a new Tiësto. Yes, he’s the world’s most popular DJ. But the ceaseless desire to innovate that has pushed Tiësto to the top of his game, propelled him to seek out some of the best musicians around, wherever in the world they – or he – happened to be. “I’ve worked with these handpicked artists because they´re people I admire hugely, and because they make my music better. It’s more fulfilling for me to work like this, but a lot harder and more challenging.”

In the end, admits Tiësto, he’s unsure how people will react to Kaleidoscope. “It is completely different to what I did before,’ he says cheerfully, adding that this is one of the reasons he´s set up an appropriately named new label, Musical Freedom, to release the album. ‘I’m introducing more and more flavors of what people know as Tiësto. This is a record you can enjoy at home, not just on the dancefloor. But what is very important to me, is that every single track on the album will work when I play out too.”

He’s not the world’s greatest DJ for nothing…

North American Tour

 Thu 9/24 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Fri 9/25 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 
Sat 9/26 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Thu 10/1 Boston, MA - Tsongas Arena*
Fri 10/2 Montreal, Canada - Bell Center
Sat 10/3 Toronto, Canada - Arrow Hall
Sat 10/10 Atlanta, GA - North Atlanta Trade Center
Sun 10/11 Washington, DC - Fur
Mon 10/12 Cleveland, OH - Aura
Tues 10/13 Columbus, OH - Boma
Weds 10/14 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory*
Thurs 10/15 Charlotte, NC - The Forum
Fri 10/16 Orlando, FL - UCF Arena *
Sat 10/17 Miami, FL - Liv*
Sun 10/18 Tampa, FL - The Ritz
Fri 10/23 Houston, TX - Reliant Arena*
Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX - the Palladium
Sun 10/25 San Antonio, TX - Cowboys
Mon 10/26 OK City, OK - City Walk
Tues 10/27 Nashville, TN - Limelight
Weds 10/28 St Louis, MO - Home
Thurs 10/29 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater*
Fri 10/30 Minneapolis, MN - Myth
Sat 10/31 Chicago, IL - The Congress
Sun 11/1 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Tue 11/10 Edmonton, Canada - Shaw Conference Center
Thu 11/12 Calgary, Canada - Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)
Sat 11/14 Vancouver, Canada - PNE

Pre-Sale Available Now

October 17 in Ft Lauderdale at NSU Arena (Early Show)
October 19 in Naples, FL at Sway Lounge
November 7 in El Paso, TX at Cohen Stadium
November 9 in Denver, CO at Beta
November 22 in Phoenix, AZ at Marquee Theater

 Coming Soon

November 8 in San Diego, CA
November 20 in Salt Lake City, UT
November 21 in San Francisco, CA
November 25, 27, 28 in Los Angeles, CA

First Leg Of Latin Tour & Dates

December 4 in Bogota, Colombia at Coferias Convention Center
December 5 in Medellin, Colombia at Plaza Mayor Convention Center
December 7 in Cali, Colombia
December 9 in Panama City, Panama
December 11 in Porto Alegre, Brasil
December 12 in Sao Paulo, Brasil
December 13 in Brasilia, Brasil
December 16 in La Paz, Bolivia
December 17 in Lima, Peru
December 18 in Santiago, Chile at Espacio Riesco
December 19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Umphrey's Mantis Pre-Order Takes Off

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee's one-of-a-kind pre-order campaign for their highly anticipated new studio release, Mantis (January 20, 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records) is already being recognized as a brilliant and innovative use of digital technology. The power of this new pre-order concept is in the hands of the fans.  Umphrey's offers fans more free bonus content the more Mantis pre-orders they receive; the fans "unlock" levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album.  The idea is to give the fans incentive to help spread the word about the album, and to offer a totally unique music experience.

Industry and fan response to the Mantis pre-order has been stellar.  Industry tastemakers and digital news leaders have taken notice, declaring it "one of the coolest pre-order ideas this side of [Radiohead's] In Rainbows and [Of Montreal's] Skeletal Lamping" and "...a pretty brilliant idea!!"

Thousands of fans have already passed around the Mantis widget, posting it on their Myspace and Facebook pages, blogs, etc.  In under a week, Umphrey's sold out of "deluxe package" preorders (which at $49.99 offers a copy of Mantis on Vinyl, a bonus DVD, and a number of other goodies that will be a surprise for fans who were able to grab one of these limited edition gems), and the band has taken more pre-orders than any release in their 11 year history.

Of course, all of this action has already helped unlock content Levels 1-6 of 9 possible levels. Fans are tracking their progress, and the bonus content they'll receive, at the Mantis pre-order page: umphreys.com/mantis.  The music has already begun to flow. Just last week the band gave their fans an unexpected nod: those who have pre-ordered were given exclusive download access to a live track from the band's recent Halloween show in San Francisco and a special "fly-on-the-wall" vocal rehearsal from back stage that same night, as well as a free MP3 of the first single from Mantis "Made to Measure".  Next, on December 4th, the band releases all Level 1 bonus content.

Chicago's Umphrey's McGee enters its second decade together with their hardest, darkest, and most artistically cohesive album to date. The new album hits streets on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, when Mantis casts another Windy City family into the limelight. Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  In an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material  - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions. 

In addition to a one-of-a kind pre-order campaign where fans can participate in "unlocking exclusive bonus material, Mantis incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver new content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available.  

Mantis is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  The band's download store UMLive.net is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows with 750,000 tracks sold since 2004. Umphreys.com hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats - and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night. The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Look for Umphrey's McGee on tour now, including their upcoming New Year's eve run at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, where they'll be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.  Previous guests who've shared the stage with Umphrey's include Tortoise, Taj Mahal, The Wailers, Los Lobos and many more.

Umphrey's Announces Innovative Pre-Order for Mantis

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee launches a one-of-a-kind pre-order campaign for their highly anticipated new studio release, Mantis (January 20, 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records). The pre-order, which offers an MP3 download of the album in addition to the traditional compact disc, also promises unprecedented downloadable bonus content that will actually increase in volume depending on how many pre-orders are received, and will use innovative PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to continue delivering exclusive bonus material throughout 2009.  The Mantis pre-order offer is available now.

Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  And in an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.  Coupled with an innovative pre-order campaign offering unique bonus material incentives where fans can actually influence the amount of extra material that is offered, Mantis is creating plenty of anticipation and chatter among fans and industry alike.

"We wanted to do something special for the fans, make this release as exciting for them as it is for us," explains Umphrey's McGee's Jake Cinninger.  "We wanted to put the reins in their hands, get them involved in spreading the word about the album, and give the release a human touch by giving the fans more.  It's the give and take between us and the fans that makes it possible for us to tour and grow as a band; the fans play an important role in everything we do."

Mantis bonus material "Part I" offers bonus tracks for pre-order customers - outtakes and alternate recordings of songs on Mantis, tracks culled from the Umphrey's McGee archives including often requested rarities from the band's annual acoustic holiday shows, tracks from historical "Taper Appreciation Nights," plus odds and ends from studio jams, sound checks and more.  The more pre-orders that are purchased, the more tracks the band will unlock. Fans can use the free Mantis widget to track the growing list of free bonus material, which will be delivered via digital download the week of the album's release.

Mantis bonus material "Part II" incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver additional bonus content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available - such as recent live versions of songs from Mantis , rehearsals and impromptu "bus jams," and more. Considering Umphrey's musical creativity and smart sense of humor, 2009's bonus material is sure to offer plenty of surprises.

This pre-order is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  The band's download store UMLive.net is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows, while umphreys.com hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats -and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night.  The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Look for Umphrey's McGee to bring the songs on Mantis to the live stage beginning in January -when the band will work out the songs live and without a net, and fans can watch how the songs evolve as the band experiments, deconstructs, reconstructs and realizes the full potential of the new material in a live context.

Until then, Umphrey's McGee wraps up the year with dates in U.S. cities east and west and points between, including their annual New Year's run in their hometown of Chicago.  This year, the band hosts three nights at the city's stunning Auditorium Theatre, where they'll be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.