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Conspirator - Coast to Coast and Back Again

Conspirator, the duo of Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner which often features guest musicians in the live setting, has announced a national tour of “full band” performances featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers. The news comes on the heels of a series of performances that have created quite a bit of buzz among band and fans, alike.

While Brownstein and Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator” has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup.

Live music fans have come to embrace Conspirator for their signature high energy, electronic-based sets and their legendary album, The Key, which has been a staple of the band’s live repertoire for years. Now, with a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti recently lent his signature handiwork to Conspirator during performances earlier this December, and anyone who caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

Jan 7 - Milford, CT - Daniel St

Jan 8 - Lancaster PA - Chameleon Club

Jan 14 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater

Jan 27 - Falls Church, VA - State Theater

Jan 28 - Syracuse, NY - Wescott Theater

Jan 29 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street

Feb 4 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater

Feb 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

Feb 7 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station

Feb 8 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat

Feb 9 - Portland, OR - Fez

Feb 10 - Seattle, WA - Club Motor

Feb 11 - Eureka, CA - Red Fox Tavern

Feb 12 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish

Feb 13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley

Feb 16 - Providence, RI - The Met

Feb 17 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

Feb 18 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Feb 19 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights, NY

Feb 20 - West Chester, PA - The Note

Feb 24 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall

Feb 25 - Chicago. IL - Congress Theater

Feb 26 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theater

Feb 27 - Grand Rapids MI - Intersection

March 1 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls

March 3 - Buffalo NY - Town Ballroom

March 4 -New York, NY - Gramercy Theaters

March 5 - East Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater

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

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

Nightmares For A Week Announce Tour Dates

It all started out with a couple cases of beer, a back porch, and a few old friends. In the hot, muggy summer of 2008, longtime friends and former band mates Sean-Paul Pillsworth and Bill Manley decided it was time to pick up their dusty guitars and start writing music together again. It wasn't long until they recruited ex-Astronauts drummer Steve Markota, and the resulting chemistry was undeniable.

The trio played a packed hometown show, and in months they were traveling far from their native Kingston, NY, playing nearly every weekend. They kept getting called back, each time with bigger and more enthusiastic performances to match the crowds. A year went by so fast. They released their debut EP, A Flood Tomorrow, produced by studio pro John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Polar Bear Club) at Nada Studios in New Windsor, NY. After releasing the CD on friend-run imprint Music for End Times, Naclerio signed the band to his own Broken English record label for digital distribution.

In June of 2010 the band reentered Nada Studios as free agents to record their full-length debut. In addition to a brand new album, the band also came out of the studio with a brand new label, Brooklyn-based Academy Fight Song. Their full-length entitled “Don’t Die” is out now. Nightmares for a Week will be touring the country in support of the new album, full US tour dates coming soon.

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Nightmares For A Week Live!

Jan 14 California Brew Haus Rochester, New York
Jan 15 The Tuscan Cafe Warwick, New York
Jan 21 Cravings Goshen, New York
Jan 22 Deer Park Community Center Deer Park, New York w/ Koji
Jan 28 King Killer Studios Brooklyn, New York
Feb 5 Bacchus New Paltz, New York
Feb 11 Valentine’s Albany, New York w/ Iron Chic
Feb 25 The Basement Kingston, New York w/ After the Fall
Feb 26 Valentine’s Albany, New York
Mar 1 The Saint Asbury Park, New Jersey
Mar 20 Trash Bar Brooklyn, New York

+ Full US Tour Dates Coming Soon!

Jim Bianco Set to Release 'Loudmouth'

Critically acclaimed indie musician, singer, songwriter and producer Jim Bianco announces the release of his third LP Loudmouth on April 5. Funded entirely from his fiercly loyal fan base, Loudmouth is a return to form as Jim Bianco goes at it again: speaking to the sinner and the heartbroken in all of us, sifting through the filth and wreckage in his crooked heart and putting it to music in a way that makes women want to simultaneously sleep with him and slap him in the face; and men want to pick a fight and sing along.
And so Jim Bianco goes at it again; exposing, embarrassing and offending ex-girlfriends, future girlfriends, fellow singer/songwriters and, most notably, himself. Speaking to the sinner and the heartbroken in all of us, Jim Bianco has sifted through the filth and wreckage in his crooked heart and put it to music in his new record, Loudmouth. And as always, he’s done it in a way that makes women want to simultaneously sleep with him and slap him in the face; and men want to pick a fight and sing along.
The songs on Loudmouth explore the reckless depths of a touring musician, the devastation of a broken heart, the irony of being in love with someone who treats you like shit and the whimsical inclinations of a temporary secretary who dreams of being an elevator operator.
“There is humor on this record, but there is a darkness that comes along with it. You’ll get an occasional laugh, but it won’t be free. And there is no love song. There are songs of lust, songs of loss and songs of longing, but no love song.”  Bianco, who has always been a fiercely independent artist, funded the record entirely through his fans.“With the decline in funding for the arts that we’ve seen over the past few years, and the fact that music is so accessible that it’s essentially free, I’m thankful that I can put out an album and tour independently with only the support of my fans. I’m grateful that, as an artist who has a direct relationship with his fan base, I can continue making the music that I like for the people who want it – all without a middle-man to muck up the process.”
Bianco’s fans are also grateful for the direct line they have to him.  But it’s not only about the music.  There’s a sensibility that Bianco radiates in all his art. “I began blogging from the road just to pass the time.  There’s something redemptive about having people read about my follies and laugh and cry along with me.”  Bianco’s writing has received such a positive response from fans that he is in the process of publishing a book of short stories, which he plans to sell on tour in 2011. As if that weren’t enough, Bianco has recently taken to writing, acting, directing and editing his own silent films, which have garnered not only the attention of his fans, but of cinephiles, including Lorenzo DeStefano, the head of the Ventura Film Society. "Jim Bianco's new silent films embrace and expand on a lost era of filmmaking...they illuminate the human spirit in a way that is honest, charming and at times quite profound."
But at heart, Bianco is a performer. And he’s no stranger to the stage, having toured with the likes of Squeeze, Shelby Lynn, Imogen Heap, Joshua Radin, Josh Ritter and Loudon Wainwright III, to name a few. He’s been part of the legendary Hotel Café tour since it’s inception. His live show can take you on a voyage through the weightlessness of falling in love, or into the dark, dirty depths of the red light district of your imagination. With a firecracker’s presence on-stage, vocal chords that crack the plaster, and an occasional burlesque dancer, it is truly a wonder to watch him command a room.  Over the years, Jim’s music has been featured in a wide array of formats from key placements on in films and high profile TV shows including True Blood, performances on late night’s Craig Ferguson and NPR’s Mountain Stage.
With Loudmouth, Bianco feels that his live show will be catapulted to a new level. “These songs demand more of me because of their candor,” says Bianco.  “ They require all the tricks of my past performances – the intensity, the burlesque, the gitter; but also a resounding honesty that I’ve realized is fundamental in all worthwhile performances.”
Loudmouth captures the playful wit and spirit that has always defined Bianco, but is a marked departure from his earlier works. There’s plenty of mischief on the record, but there’s a certain maturity too. Not the kind of maturity that involves mortgages or afternoon naps; but the kind that is required to create something timeless.
With Loudmouth, it’s as if Bianco has transformed himself from the juggling clown of the circus into to it’s ringleader. But make no mistake - he’s still in the circus.  And he wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Jim Bianco Tour Dates
Jan 20 - Rockwood - NY, NY
Jan 27 - Rockwood - NY, NY
Feb 4 - Rockwood - NY, NY

Upcoming Boulder Theater shows | 12.28

Here is what shows are upcoming at the Boulder Theater as of December 28th.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted. All additions and changes are in blue:
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Fri Dec 31 Westword , Radio 1190, Twist & Shout & Thissongissick.com Present
8:00 pm Crystal Castles
w/ Chain Gang of 1974, Picture Plane & Late Night Robotic Pirate Monkey DJ Set
AA / GA $60
Fri Jan 7 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:30 pm The Boulder Theatre 75th Anniversary Celebration feat.
Jeff Tweedy
w/ The Handsome Family
AA / GA $35 / Reserved $40 / Silver Anniversary $75
SOLD OUT!
Sat Jan 8 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:30 pm The Boulder Theatre 75th Anniversary Celebration feat.
Jeff Tweedy
w/ The Handsome Family
AA / GA $35 / Reserved $40 / Silver Anniversary $75
SOLD OUT!
Thur Jan 13 Boulder Weekly & Grateful Web Present
8:00 pm The Disco Biscuits
AA / GA $32.50
Fri Jan 14 Boulder Weekly Grateful Web Present
8:00 pm The Disco Biscuits
AA / GA $32.50
SOLD OUT!!
Sun Jan 16 97.3 KBCO Presents
6:00 pm eTown: Keller Williams & Marc Broussard
AA / GA $15
Wed Jan 19 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:00 pm eTown:  Brett Dennen & Razia
AA / GA $15
Fri Jan 21 Boulder Weekly & KUVO Present
8:00 pm Quemando:  Salsa Fiesta
AA / GA $15
Sat Jan 22 97.3 KBCO & Westword Present
8:00 pm B.B. King
Hazel Miller Trio
21+/ GA $77.50/ Reserved $96.50/ Gold Circle $124.50
SOLD OUT!
Thur Jan 27 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly Present
8:00 pm Old 97's
w/ Langhorne Slim
AA / GA $20 adv / GA $23.50 dos
Sat Jan 29 17th Annual Mountain Sun Funky Good Times
8:30 pm The Pearl Street All Stars, Kyle Hollingsworth, George Porter Jr., Karl Denson, Davy Knowles & Alan Evans
21+ / $20
Sun Jan 30 Rembrandt Yard & Boulder Theater Present
11:00 am Boulder Wedding Showcase
AA / GA $5
Thur Feb 3 Boulder Weekly & KUVO Present
7:00 pm Voice of the Wetlands All Stars
Ft. Tab Benoit, Anders Osbourne, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Jumpin Johnny Samsone & Waylon Thibodeaux
21+ / GA $25
On Sale:  12/03
Fri Feb 4 The Onion & Radio 1190 Present
7:00 pm The Second City Touring Company
AA / GA $20 / Reserved $25
Sat Feb 5 97.3 KBCO, Boulder Weekly & Twist & Shout Present
8:00 pm Amos Lee
w/ Vusi Mahlasela
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos
Tue Feb 8 Channel 93.3, Colorado Daily & Twist & Shout Present
7:00 pm Interpol
w/ School of Seven Bells
AA / GA $30 adv / GA $32.50 dos
Wed Feb 9 97.3 KBCO & Westword Presents
7:00 pm The Decemberists
w/ Mountain Man
AA / GA $35
Fri Feb 11 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly Present
8:00 pm Punch Brothers
AA / GA $20 adv / GA $25 dos
Wed Feb 14 97.3 KBCO Presents
6:00 pm eTown feat. Martin Sexton & Nellie McKay
AA / GA $17
Mon Feb 28 Alice 105.9 & Westword Present
8:00 pm Joshua Radin
w/ Cary Brothers & Laura Jensen
AA / GA $20
Tues Mar 1 National Geographic, The North Face & Parks Canada Present
6:00 pm BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour
- Brought to you by REI
AA / GA $15
Wed Mar 2 National Geographic, The North Face & Parks Canada Present
6:00 pm BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour
- Brought to you by REI
AA / GA $15
Fri Mar 4 97.3 KBCO, Boulder Weekly & Rock The Earth! Present
8:00 pm An Evening with..
Medeski Martin & Wood
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $27 dos
Wed Mar 9 97.3 KBCO & Daily Camera Present
7:00 pm An Evening with...
Randy Newman - Solo Piano Show
AA / GA $35 / Reserved $50 / $65 Gold Circle
Wed Mar 16 Boulder Weekly & KGNU Present
7:00 pm Acoustic Africa
feat. Habib Koite, Oliver Mtukudzi & Afel Bocoum
AA / GA $27.50 / Reserved $34
Mon Mar 21 KGNU & Boulder Weekly Present
7:00 pm The Saw Doctors
AA / GA $20
Thur Mar 24 99.5 The Mountain & Westword Present
8:00 pm The Pink Floyd Experience
AA / GA $30 adv / GA $35 dos
Sat Mar 26 Orla Fallon
2:00 pm AA / GA $33.50 / Reserved $38.75
Wed Apr 13 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:00 pm Madeleine Peyroux
AA / GA $30 / Reserved $40 / Gold Circle $47.50
On Sale: 1.7
Thur Apr 14  An Evening With...
7:00 pm Dark Star Orchestra
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos
Fri Apr 15 An Evening With...
7:00 pm Dark Star Orchestra
21+ / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos

Upcoming Fox Theater shows | 12.28

Here is what shows are upcoming at the Fox Theatre as of December 28th.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted. All additions and changes are in blue:
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Thur Dec 30 Channel 93.3, Boulder Weekly & Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Rose Hill Drive Performs the White Stripes 'Elephant" Plus a Set of Originals
w/ Achille Lauro, The Congress
AA / GA $23 adv / GA $25 dos
Fri Dec 31 Channel 93.3, Boulder Weekly & Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Rose Hill Drive Performs the White Stripes 'Elephant" Plus a Set of Originals
w/ Achille Lauro & Boys
21+ / GA $30 adv / GA $35 dos
Sat Jan 1 97.3 KBCO & Westword Present
8:30 pm An Intimate Solo & Acoustic Performance by Citizen Cope
AA / GA $25
Fri Jan 7 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Troubadours Collective feat. Dechen Hawk, Ramaya Soskin, The Gasoline Lollipops, Wadirum & Max Davies
w/ Special Guest Jeb Bows
AA /GA $5
Thur Jan 13   97.3 KBCO,  Colorado Daily and Twist & Shout Present
8:00 pm Jackie Greene
Early Show AA / GA $15
Fri Jan 14 Radio 1190 & Marquee Magazine Present
8:30 pm Split Lip Rayfield
w/ Oakhurst
AA / GA $10 adv / GA $15 dos
Fri Jan 14 The Fox Theatre & Euphonic Conceptions Present
12:00 am Re:Creation The Official Disco Biscuits After Party
feat. Conspirator, Orchard Lounge & More
AA / GA $30
Sat Jan 15 The Fox Theatre & Euphonic Conceptions Present
12:00 am Re:Creation The Official Disco Biscuits After Party
feat. DJ Mark Farina & More
AA / $TBA
Thurs Jan 20 Boulder Weekly Presents
8:30 pm Who's Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
w/ DJ Ivy
AA / GA $12.50 adv / GA $15 dos
Fri Jan 21 Boulder Weekly Presents
8:30 pm Perpetual Groove
w/ Dyrty Byrds
AA / GA $12.50 adv / GA $15 dos
Sat Jan 22 Boulder Weekly Presents
8:30 pm Shakedown Street - Performing 7/8/78 Red Rocks
AA / GA $12.50

Wed Jan 26 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm The Secret House Party Tour feat... People Under The Stairs
AA / GA $20
Fri Jan 28 Colorado Daily, Conscious Alliance & Thissongissick.com Presents
8:30 pm Big Gigantic
w/ Fresh2Death & Raw Russ
AA / GA $15.50 adv / GA $18.50 dos
SOLD OUT
Sat Jan 29 Bill Bass & Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Uprising Tour 2011
The Wailers - Performing Uprising in its Entirety
Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Duane Stephenson
AA / GA $26.50
Thur Feb 3 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Mac Miller
w/ Sorry For Partying
AA / GA $13 adv / GA $16 dos
Fri Feb 4 Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190 Present
8:30 pm Faux Punk
AA / GA $15

Sat Feb 5 Kraddy & Archnemesis
8:30 pm AA / GA $12 adv / GA $15 dos
Thur Feb 10 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly Present
8:30 pm The Radiators Farewell Tour
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos

Sat Feb 12 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Ian Cooke
w/ Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Alameda
AA / GA $8 adv / GA $10 dos
Mon Feb 14 MTVU Freshman Five, Colorado Daily & Radio 1190  Present
8:30 pm Best Coast + Wavves
No Joy
AA / GA $18 adv / GA $20 dos
Wed Feb 16 Boulder Weekly, Twist & Shout & Radio 1190's Krewe De Louisianne  Present
8:30 pm Trombone Shorty & Los Amigos Invisbles
AA / GA $20 adv / GA $22.50 dos
Fri Feb 18 Boulder Weekly, Radio 1190's RudeBoy Reggae & Reggaemovement.com Present
8:30 pm SOJA
AA / GA $15
Wed Feb 23 Papadosio
8:30 pm AA / GA $5 adv / GA $8 dos
Thur Feb 24 Emancipator & Blockhead
8:30 pm w/ The Great Mundane
AA / GA $13.50 adv / GA $16 dos
Fri Feb 25 Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190 Present
8:30 pm BoomBox
w/ Sub Swara
AA / GA $18 adv / GA $20 dos
Sat Feb 26 Bill Bass, Boulder Weekly, KGNU and Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Stockholm Syndrome
w/ Truth & Salvage Co., Super 400
Sat Mar 5 Colorado Daily, Radio 1190 and Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Tapes 'N Tapes
w/ Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
AA / GA $15
Fri Mar 11 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Vibesquad
AA / GA $18.50 adv / $GA 22 dos
Fri Mar 18 Boulder Weekly & Grateful Web Presents
8:30 pm The Infamous Stringdusters & Greensky Bluegrass
AA / GA $10 adv / GA $12 dos
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Alan Hampton Announces More Dates & Shares Tracks

Making the leap from sideman to solo artist, Alan Hampton's debut LP The Moving Sidewalk has been set for release on March 15, 2011 on MRI Associated Labels.
The full length album effortlessly showcases his tender, ashy voice shimmering over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers and finger-picked acoustic guitars all performed by many of Brooklyn's finest musicians. For a preview of what to expect, grab album track "Change Your Mind."
After performing around the world with artists including Gretchen Parlato, Sufjan Stevens, Clare and the Reasons, Robert Glasper and Elizabeth & the Catapult, Hampton announces a NYC Pre-Release Party and national dates to celebrate and debut The Moving Sidewalk.
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Alan Hampton Tour Dates
Jan 3 - Joe's Pub - NY, NY
CD Pre-Release Party
Jan 26 - GIG on the Strip - San Antonio, TX
Jan 27 - Dunn Brothers - Dallas, TX
Jan 29 - Momo's - Austin, TX
Jan 30 - Block 7 - Houston, TX
Feb 10 - Olin Center - Lewiston, ME    Bates College
Feb 12 - Vermont Jazz Center - Brattleboro, VT    
Feb 18 - Riverside Fine Arts Association - Jacksonville, FL    
Apr 7 - Reggatta Bar - Boston, MA
Apr 22 - Wichita Jazz Festival - Wichita, KS    
Apr 23 - Wichita Jazz Festival - Wichita, KS

w/ Gretchen Parlato

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Bring Vocal Serenity, Song & Humor on Tour

Ladysmith Black Mambazo kick off their North American tour on January 18 in Oakland, CA, blending their iconic, moving harmonies with high-energy toe-touches and audience sing-alongs.  The tour will make stops in over 40 major markets across the US and Canada (including Hawaii) in just two months.

From the stage, Mambazo's nine-man a cappella team will transport concert-goers to the open fields and idyllic world of their youth in South Africa's Zulu country, singing the traditional South African folk tunes from their forthcoming album 'Songs From A Zulu Farm' (out February 1 from Listen 2 Entertainment Group/ Razor & Tie Entertainment) as well as selections from their nearly 50 year career.

These songs speak to the universal joys of childhood. "Whether you are in Ladysmith, Virginia, or Ladysmith, South Africa," says Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder and frontman Joseph Shabalala, "children are hearing songs they will carry with them for the rest of their lives and share with their own children. We hope that these songs sung to South African children can be enjoyed by families in many other places in the world."

Listen to the entire CD here.  | Read some Grateful Web coverage of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Upcoming Ladysmith Black Mambazo tour dates:


Tue Jan 18 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Wed Jan 19 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Fri Jan 21 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theater

Sat Jan 22 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Cal Poly State

Sun Jan 23 - Campbell, CA - Heritage Theater

Tue Jan 25 - Maui, HI - Maui Arts Center

Wed Jan 26 - Kamuela, HI - Kahilu Theater

Thu Jan 27 - Laie, HI - Brigham Young University

Fri Jan 28 - Honolulu, HI – TBA

Sun Jan 30 - Clarksdale, MS -The Pinnacle

Tue Feb 1 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theater

Wed Feb 2 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theater

Thu Feb 3 - Austin, TX - One World Theater

Fri Feb 4 - Houston, TX - Jones Hall

Sun Feb 6 - El Paso, TX - El Paso Civic Center

Fri Feb 11 - Aspen, CO - Wheeler Opera House

Sat Feb 12 -  Boulder, CO - University Of Boulder

Tue Feb 15 -  Salina, KS - Stiefel Theatre

Thu Feb 17 -  Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota Opera

Fri Feb 18 - Riverside, IA - University of Iowa

Sat Feb 19 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Music

Sun Feb 20 - Interlochen, MI - Interlochen Center for the Arts

Tue Feb  22 - Chatham, ON - Capitol Theatre

Wed Feb 23 - St. Catharine's, ON - Brock University

Thu Feb 24 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre

Fri Feb 25 - Toronto, ON - Roy Thompson Hall

Sat Feb 26 - Rochester, NY - Nazareth College

Sun Feb 27 - Hillside, NJ - Kean University

Tue Mar 1 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head

Thu Mar 3 - Tarrytown, NY - Music Hall

Fri Mar 4 - Portsmouth, NH - Music Hall

Sat Mar 5 - Orono, ME - University of Maine

Sun Mar 6 - New London, CT - Garde Arts Center

Tue Mar 8 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head

Thu Mar 10 - Washington, DC - George Washington University

Fri Mar 11 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theater

Sat Mar 12 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia State University

Fri Mar 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Zellerbach Theater

Sat Mar 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Sun Mar 20 - Cambridge, MA - Sanders Auditorium

Cut Copy Release New Single, Announce European Tour Dates

Today, Cut Copy is proud to announce the release of the first commercial single from their new LP Zonoscope, “Take Me Over.” It’s available at all fine download outlets immediately, and will be dropped on 12” vinyl (with an awesome Alter sleeve) in the very near future. You can listen to it at SoundCloud.

In addition, we can now unveil the first leg of the massive Zonoscope World Tour, which will see the band traversing Europe.

The dates are as follows:

Thurs 3 March - Glasgow - Death Disco Special

Sat March 5th – Manchester – Now Wave @ Gorilla
Sun 6 March – London - The Forum
Tues 8 March - Oslo - Rockerfeller
Wed 9 March - Malmo - KB
Thurs 10 March – Copenhagen - Loppen
Fri 11 March – Stockholm - The Strand
Sat 12 March – Helsinki - House of Culture
Mon 14 March – Tallin - Rock Café
Wed 16 March - Berlin - Lido
Thurs 17 March - Koln - Gebaeude 9
Fri 18 March – Amsterdam - Melkweg
Sat 19 March - Paris - Nouveau Casino
Wed 23 March - Lisbon - Coliseum
Some tickets are still left for the Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth stops, on the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, which Cut Copy are headlining . The dates are below.
Fri 4 Feb – Brisbane – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival - Buy Tickets
Sat 5 Feb – Melbourne - St Jerome’s Laneway Festival - SOLD OUT
Sun 6 Feb – Sydney - St Jerome’s Laneway Festival - SOLD OUT
Fri 11 Feb – Adelaide - St Jerome’s Laneway Festival - Buy Tickets
Sat 12 Feb – Perth - St Jerome’s Laneway Festival - Buy Tickets
And if you feel like coming to Santiago, Chile for New Year's Eve...
Fri 31 Dec – Santiago, Chile @ Industria Cultural  - Buy Tickets
Zonoscope is out on Feb 4th in Australia, Feb 7th in Europe, and Feb 8th in North America.

Trombone Shorty joins forces with Los Amigos Invisibles for 2011 tour

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue join forces with Los Amigos Invisibles for what promises to be a knockout, high-energy tour that celebrates the new year.  Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the fast-rising 24-year-old funk/rock star, has kicked his already impressive career into high gear worldwide with the release of Backatown, his Verve Forecast debut in April of this year. Los Amigos Invisibles, the Grammy-nominated, Venezuelan-rooted, New York City-based Latin-funk sextet, are sure to be the perfect match to create an explosive mix of musical and cultural styles destined to wring every bit of energy out of their audiences.

The February co-headline tour includes such highlights as a double bill at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore Auditorium, a Grammy eve performance at L.A. Live’s Conga Room and a very special show during Fan Appreciation Week celebrating the new Austin City Limits Live venue at Moody Theatre.

Trombone Shorty, who possesses “the presence of a rock star” (The New York Times) and has built his reputation on “blistering, bold, exuberant and cutting edge” (USA Today) live performances, has a style perfectly complemented by co-headliners Los Amigos Invisibles, who “emanate pure Groove . . . walking bass lines, percolating percussion, scratchy guitar and relentless drums of a band that knows no difference between arty fun and sensual fire” (Rolling Stone).

Both artists have developed into global touring machines, each with a high level of swagger and visibility.

Los Amigos Invisibles were originally discovered by David Byrne in a Manhattan record shop. The multi-dimensional disco funk stars signed with Luaka Bop, moved to New York City from their native Venezuela and soon established themselves in the dance music scene with their elevated grooves.  Los Amigos have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and played major festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.  The band won their first career Latin Grammy in 2009 with an acclaimed studio album, Commercial (Nacional Records), which includes guests Dimitri From Paris and Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade. Their new EP, Not So Commercial, features B-sides and alternate versions from the group’s award-winning album’s studio sessions.

For Trombone Shorty and his six-piece touring band, Orleans Avenue, 2010 was a breakout year.  Their live performance schedule caught fire when Backatown debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks and currently at #3 over six months later. Shorty and the band headlined concerts across North America, including a triumphant set with special guest Mystikal at Jazzfest, a rousing return to Bonnaroo, and a debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl for the Playboy Jazz Festival.  They made their Japanese debut at the acclaimed Fuji Rock Festival, followed by gigs in Rio and Sao Paolo.  After an historic performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival (and breaking the Festival’s all-time CD sales record), Shorty set off on a cross-Europe tour, highlighted by five shows in the coveted opening slot on Jeff Beck’s U.K. tour. This November Shorty and Orleans Avenue support Dave Matthews Band on tour and in December, Troy will serve as curator for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Red Hot + New Orleans, a premiere concert event dedicated to funding AIDS research.

Trombone Shorty’s visibility quotient on national television continues at an explosive pace including recent appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman, NFL Kickoff 2010, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, and HBO’s hit New Orleans drama Tremé. The band’s “Hurricane Season” was heard weekly on MTV’s The Real World, New Orleans as the opening title track and there is much more to come.

Los Amigos Invisibles and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue itinerary:

Mon., Feb. 7  SEATTLE, WA Neumos
Tues., Feb. 8  PORTLAND, OR Dante’s
Wed., Feb. 9  ARCATA, CA Humboldt Brews
Thurs., Feb. 10  SANTA CRUZ, CA The Catalyst
Fri., Feb. 11  SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore
Sat., Feb. 12  LOS ANGELES, CA Conga Room
Tues., Feb. 15  DENVER, CO Bluebird Theatre
Wed., Feb. 16  BOULDER, CO Fox Theatre
Fri., Feb. 18  AUSTIN, TX Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
Sat., Feb. 19  HOUSTON, TX House of Blues
Sun., Feb. 20  DALLAS, TX House of Blues
Wed., Feb. 23  ASHEVILLE, NC The Orange Peel
Thurs., Feb 24  ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse