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The Belle Brigade Announce Fall Tour Dates

Having just wrapped a summer-long tour with k.d. lang, Los Angeles' The Belle Brigade have announced that they will hit the road this fall for a series of dates with Groupe Love, followed by a tour with Blitzen Trapper and Dawes. Please see below for more details.

Fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, and backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist, electric guitarist Ben Cassorla, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman and drummer Mike Green), The Belle Brigade are touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has been critically praised by Spin, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Nylon, and the LA Weekly. The group has performed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and TBS's Conan, bringing their "winsome SoCal folk-rock and big, sunny Americana-infused pop songs" (as Nylon put it) to a national television audience. Watch clips of their performances, as well as the video for their first single "Losers," at http://www.thebellebrigade.com/.

Inspired by Barbara and Ethan's love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade's debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs that brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

The Belle Brigade's fall tour dates are as follows:

08/28/11         Los Angeles, CA      Sunset Junction Street Fair

09/01/11         Jacksonville, OR      Britt Pavilion

09/02/11         George, WA            The Gorge Amphitheatre

09/17/11         Austin, TX               Austin City Limits

With Groupe Love:

10/05 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

10/06 Madison, WI The Frequency

10/11 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge

10/13 Atlanta, GA Masquerade - Purgatory Stage

10/17 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks

10/20 Austin, TX Emo's Alternative Lounge

10/21 Dallas, TX The Prophet Bar

10/22 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's

With Blitzen Trapper and Dawes:

10/27 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

10/28 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub

10/30 Toronto, ON The Opera House

11/01 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

11/02 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College Fine Arts Center

11/03 Chicago, IL Metro

11/05 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall

11/07 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

11/10 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre

11/11 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

11/13 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre

11/15 San Francisco, CA Fillmore

Johanna & The Dusty Floor Announce First U.S. Tour

Following the release of Johanna and The Dusty Floor’s debut record Northern Lights on Red Valise, Johanna and the Dusty Floor are heading out on a U.S. tour with Brooklyn songwriter Bird Call. Hitting New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia D.C., Austin, and other cities across the country, the tour marks the first U.S. tour for the Brooklyn songwriter. In honor of her first tour, Johanna has made her track “Witch Shoes” available for free download. Download the track HERE and see the “Witch Shoes” video HERE Premiered with Filter Magazine, the site called the track “a light and airy pop song filled with haunting vocals.” Johanna & The Dusty Floor also did a special rendition of her “Heavy Heart” for BreakThru Radio’s Here and There live sessions HERE.

Born in Australia and criss-crossing the globe before ultimately settling down in New York City, Johanna’s spent the last few years writing elegant pop songs that are perfectly paired with her sunny vocals. Studying jazz at the Australian Institute of Music, Johanna’s wide-ranging vocals and lush piano arrangements drift effortlessly atop scenes dealing with distress, demise, and passionate lust. And listening to Northern Lights, it’s easy to hear how Johanna has already earned comparisons Kate Bush and St. Vincent.

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Johanna and The Dusty Floor Summer Tour

7/12: Paris, France @ Le Baron
8/2: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
8/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Club House *
8/5: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire *
8/6: Washington, DC @ Bella Café *
8/11: New Orleans, LA @ The AllWays Theater *
8/17: Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall *
8/24: San Diego, CA @ Tin Can *
8/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint *
8/27: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar *
8/28:  Berkeley, CA @ Rasputin Music  *
10/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo *
*w/Bird Call

Greg Attonito Announces Upcoming Fan Time Live! Interview and Acoustic Performance

In support of his upcoming debut solo album "Natural Disaster," Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Attonito has announced he will be taking part in an upcoming addition of UStream's Fan Time Live! on Sunday, July 10th.

Attonito will be joining Fan Time Live! for a second time around on July 10th, 2011 from 8pm - 9pm EST but this time will be premiering his new solo debut “Natural Disaster,” which is being released by Chunksaah Records on July 12th, 2011. Greg will be doing live chat and q&a with fans and will also be doing an acoustic performance of "Natural Disaster." The live-stream event can be viewed here.

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Greg Attonito Live!

GREGORY ATTONITO "Natural Disaster" Record Release Party. Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30pm at Watermark
(Boardwalk at First St., Asbury Park,NJ). All Ages Show. Five dollars to get in. Buy a record at the door and get in for free!

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The Bouncing Souls Live

06.22.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.23.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.24.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.25.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
07.06.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.07.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.08.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.09.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
29.07.11 - ESP, Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
30.07.11 - D, Bausendorf - Riez Open Air
01.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
02.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
03.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
04.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
05.08.11 - UK, Blackpool - Rebellion Festival
06.08.11 - UK, Kent - Heavy Fest
08.08.11 - D, Stuttgart - Universum
09.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
10.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
11.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
12.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
13.08.11 - SLO, Tolmin - Punk Rock Holiday 1.1
14.08.11 - CRO, Zadar - Trg Pet Bunara
16.08.11 - HU, Budapest - Durer Kert
17.08.11 - PL, Katowice - Klub Studencki Arkada
19.08.11 - BE, Hasselt Kiewit - Pukkelpop Festival
20.08.11 - D, Borkenberge - Area 4 Festival
21.08.11 - D, Grossposna - Highfield Festival
22.08.11 - SWE, Malmo - Malmoestivalen
11.02.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.03.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.04.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.05.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.10.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour 11.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

DSO: Gratefulfest & New Fall Tour Dates

Today's the first full day of summer - time to swim in clear waters, lay in the grass under the long twilight, dance in the starlight to your favorite bands, and experience "fireworks, clowns, skydivers, fire performers, swimming, cliff diving, Grateful vendors, family, friends..." Gratefulfest has it all: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, plus Keller Williams, Rusted Root, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Railroad Earth, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, BoomBox and more! We can't wait to share the awesome park with you. Join us - check out the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park here!

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The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
07/31 Fuji Rock Festival Nigata, JP TICKETS
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
08/16 Quixotes *Terrapin Nation* Denver, CO TICKETS
08/18 Bear Tooth Theater Anchorage, AK TICKETS
08/19 49th St Brewing Company Healy, AK TICKETS
08/20 Blue Loon Fairbanks, AK TICKETS
09/10 Werk-Out Festival Bellefontaine, OH TICKETS
Last Rose of Summer Tour
09/22 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
09/23 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
09/25 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
09/27 Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
09/29 River Theater Guerneville, CA
10/01 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
10/02 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/04 Montbleu Resort and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV
10/06 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/07 TBA TBA
10/08 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/09 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
10/11 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
10/13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
10/14 Moody Theater Austin, TX
10/15 House of Blues Houston, TX
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS

Ellie Goulding Announces North American Headline Tour

Cherrytree/Interscope recording artist Ellie Goulding returns stateside this summer for her second headline tour in support of her critically acclaimed solo debut Lights. Aptly named, “THE LIGHTS TOUR”  begins July 23 in Atlanta and wraps in late August. “I am really excited about the next tour,” says Ellie. “This time we are ready; we are better prepared. Every city brought something new and I learned a lot playing to different crowds. It is a learning curve. America get ready -- we're coming and it's going to be huge!”

Having already conquered her native Britain with the best selling debut album of 2010, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has won over the US audience garnering rave reviews.  Lights is, as the New York Times put it, “a happy car crash of signifiers: part electro-pop, part soul, part blues, part indie rock, part folk” that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics and the  Los Angeles Times raves, “plenty of ethereal hooks, the album carries a dark overcast with a handful of emotionally raw tracks.” Rolling Stone calls Lights, “sweet, sexed-up folktronica” and Entertainment Weekly affirms “anthemic dance-pop confessional.”

This spring, Ellie made headlines when she was personally asked by William and Kate to play at the royal wedding. May followed with performances on Saturday Night Live and Live With Regis and Kelly.
Check out Ellie live on “THE LIGHTS TOUR,” dates below.
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THE LIGHTS TOUR
July 23 / Atlanta, GA / Center Stage - Buy Tickets
July 25 / Washington DC / 9:30 Club - Buy Tickets
July 26 / Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory - Buy Tickets
July 27 / Boston, MA / House of Blues - Buy Tickets
July 29 / New York, NY / Terminal 5 - Buy Tickets
July 1 / Montreal, QC / Osheaga  Music and Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
August 1 / Toronto, ON / Kool Haus - Buy Tickets
August 2 / Royal Oak/Detroit, MI / Royal Oak Music Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 4 / Minneapolis, MN / Fine Line Music Cafe - Buy Tickets
August 5 / Kansas City, KS / Kanrocksas Festival – Kansas Speedway - Buy Tickets
August 6 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza - Grant Park - Buy Tickets
August 8 / Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 11 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern - Buy Tickets
August 12 / San Francisco, CA / Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
A lucky winner and their guest will be flown to the Los Angeles show to see Ellie live.
For further details please check out www.elliegoulding.com.

Band Of Skulls Announce Select U.S. Dates

Southhampton, UK trio Band of Skulls are taking some time out from recording their second album to play select tour dates in the U.S. Currently recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales, the band will bring the driving guitar force and Wall of Sound harmonies of their live shows back to the states to play four shows in California before heading to Manchester, TN for their Thursday night slot at the Bonnaroo festival. They will be performing new songs at these shows along with favorites from their debut album 'Baby, Darling, Dollface, Honey.'

After spending two years touring in support of their debut album which was universally embraced by the U.S. press including SPIN (Best of Coachella), Rolling Stone (Best of SXSW) and Entertainment Weekly (Your Next Favorite Band) and culminated with a sold-out show at the Forum in London in late 2010, the band retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing the follow-up. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording which they are now completing in Wales. The album will be mixed by Nick Launay (Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and is scheduled for release in 2012. The album will be preceded by a single and EP released in late 2011.

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BAND OF SKULLS U.S. TOUR DATES:

June 4, Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

June 5, San Diego, CA @ Independence Jam w/ Cold War Kids, Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn & John

June 6, Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)

June 7, Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)
June 9, Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo in THAT TENT 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Digitalism To Headline HARD Tour In North America This Summer!

First came the news of Digitalism’s first full-length album in four years, and now the band has is thrilled to announce that they’ll be bringing their live show to the U.S. this summer, where the band will be headlining the HARD Summer Tour! Also joining the bill for the touring festival will be Caspa, Destructo, Jack Beats, and Gesaffelstein.

This year’s HARD Summer Tour will be the second annual installment of the traveling festival, which brings together some of the biggest names in electronic music. The tour will hit fourteen markets across North America, including a stop at the World Electronic Music Festival in Toronto.

HARD continues to push the envelope as it reaches new heights in 2011.  With the new HARD Cruise on the horizon and the success of previous years' events such as HARD Haunted Mansion, HARD Summer Music Festival, HARD NYE, and nationwide tours with Rusko, Crystal Castles, M.I.A., Sinden and more, it’s no doubt that this year’s tour will reach more fans of bass-heavy, heart pounding electronic music than ever before.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hardfest.com

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Download the First Album Track “2 Hearts” HERE!

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HARD Summer Tour Dates

8/3 - SEATTLE, WA - Showbox
8/4 - PORTLAND, OR - Roseland
8/5 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Fox Theater
8/6 - LOS ANGELES, CA - Hard Fest
8/9 - DALLAS, TX - Granada
8/10 - AUSTIN, TX - Stubb's
8/12 - CHICAGO, IL – Congress Theater
8/13 - TORONTO, ON - World Electronic Music Festival
8/14 - MONTREAL, PQ - Metropolis
8/16 - BOSTON, MA - House of Blues
8/17 - BALTIMORE, MD - Bourbon Street
8/18 - WASHINGTON, DC - Fur Nightclub
8/19 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Electric Factory
8/20 - NEW YORK, NY - Terminal 5

Dawes to Release Nothing is Wrong June 7th

ATO Records is proud to announce the release of Nothing Is Wrong, the highly anticipated second album by critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based, Dawes, on June 7, 2011.  Nothing Is Wrong is the follow-up to the band’s 2009 debut, North Hills (featuring their breakout anthem, “When My Time Comes”), an extraordinary record that was released quietly and soon became regarded among critics and fans across the country as a classic and must-own favorite. A collection of songs that expertly builds upon the template laid by North Hills, Nothing Is Wrong sees Dawes displaying strong growth and evolution while still manifesting their distinctive, unforgettable voice.
A self-described “American rock ‘n’ roll band,” Dawes represent everything pure and true about that fundamental delineation, four talented friends making music together, fueled by a shared belief in the power of their songs. With Nothing Is Wrong, singer/guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin on drums, keyboardist Tay Strathairn, and bassist Wylie Gelber – continue to master their blend of singer/songwriter reflection with folk, country, and AOR-inspired arrangements, all ringing guitars, soaring harmonies, and heartfelt melodies.
“We didn’t change up our approach too much and yet we were able to create something that I feel has a new identity from our first record,” Goldsmith says. “It’s definitely taking a step in a direction and at the same time, it’s maintaining what it needs to maintain.”
In 2009, Dawes emerged from the ashes of California combo Simon Dawes with North Hills, which drew instant acclaim for its rootsy revitalization of classic El Lay rock. And like any American rock ‘n’ roll band worth its salt, Dawes followed up by touring nearly non-stop. As a result, Goldsmith was only able to write during rare free moments, in the course of brief visits home or while crashing at a friend’s for a few days.
Goldsmith took a brief break from the band to record with friends and tour-mates John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit as the collaborative supergroup Middle Brother, and in September 2010, Dawes reunited with producer Wilson at his new Echo Park studio. As with North Hills, Dawes opted to record Nothing Is Wrong live to 2” analog tape. Far from just an exercise in nostalgic authenticity, the band sees the more traditional technique as a way of focusing their energies and affirming their dedication to the creative process.
“If you’re writing on a typewriter,” Goldsmith says, “you have to commit to whatever you’re writing. Typewriters don’t make it easy for you to go back and rethink things. Same thing with recording analog. We don’t do it because that’s what the people we admire did. We do it because it demands something out of us. It doesn’t allow us to show up lazy or not on our game. We cut every track knowing that this stuff isn’t easy to edit.”
Along with critical approbation and an ever-growing fan following, Dawes has earned admiration from many of their greatest heroes. Benmont Tench of The Heartbreakers joined the band on organ on both North Hills and Nothing Is Wrong, while the new album’s “Fire Away” sees guest vocals from Jackson Browne, who has since invited the band to both support and back him on a European tour.  In addition, after Goldsmith contributed vocals to Robbie Robertson’s star-studded new How To Become Clairvoyant, the legendary guitarist/songwriter asked Dawes to serve as his backing combo for a number of promotional performances, sensing in them the character of a true band, a tight knit unit who know how to work together and instinctively play off each other’s individual gifts.
Nothing Is Wrong captures both Dawes’ studio and stage approaches, matching the loose extemporaneity and crunchy dynamism of the band’s live sets with finely honed arrangements and deft musicianship. Beginning next week, ATO Records and Dawes will release a series of weekly videos online featuring interview, candid, recording, and live performance footage leading up to release date on June, 7. Visit the band’s website for more information.
Check out Grateful Web reviews of both Middle Brother and Dawes.
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The tracklisting for Nothing Is Wrong:
1. Time Spent in Los Angeles
2.  If I Wanted Someone
3.  My Way Back Home
4. Coming Back to a Man
5. So Well
6. How Far We’ve Come
7. Fire Away
8. Moon in the Water
9. Million Dollar Bill
10. The You Laugh
11. A Little Bit of Everything
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TOUR DATES
May 5 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
May 6 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
May 7 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
May 9 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
May 10 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 11 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre
May 12 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
May 13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 14 - Birmingham, AL - Secret Stages Festival (2pm -note 2 shows on 5/14)
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
May 15 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 17 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
May 18 - Carborro, NC - Cat's Cradle
May 19 - Athens, GA - Melting Point
May 20 - Chattanooga, TN - Nightfall Series (free show)
May 23 - New Haven, CT - Toad's
May 24 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
May 25 - Northampton, MA - The Iron Horse
May 26 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
May 27 - Montreal, QC - Le National
May 28 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
May 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
June 1 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
June 2 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
June 3 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
June 5 - Hunter Mountain, NY - Mountain Jam
June 6 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
June 7 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Ampitheatre
June 8 - Columbus, OH - LC Ampitheatre
June 9 - Pittsburgh, PA -Stage AE
June 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center
June 11 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
June 13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
June 14 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
June 15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
June 16 - Bend, OR - Athletic Club of Bend
June 17 - Chico, CA -   El Rey Theatre
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
June 20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
June 21 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
June 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
June 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Silverton Casino
June 24 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
June 25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
July 2 - Emeryville, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
July 7 - Winnipeg, MB  - Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 8 - Winnipeg, MB  - Winnipeg Folk Festival

Meat Puppets announce US tour dates supporting the release of "Lollipop"

Legendary rock trio Meat Puppets announce spring and summer tour dates supporting the relese of their 13th LP, Lollipop - out April 12, 2011 on Megaforce Records - including a run of dates with Slightly Stoopid!
Lollipop is now available for pre-order.  Check out album art and download the first track off the upcoming LP, "Damn Thing." Produced by band leader Curt Kirwood, and recorded at Spoon's HiFi Studio in Austin.
Lollipop features the indelible Kirkwood brothers back at work and back at play on 12 powerful new original cuts.
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Meat Puppets Tour Dates
Apr 27 - Busters - Lexington, KY *
Apr 28 - The Valarium - Knoxville, TN *
Apr 30 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK *
May 1 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS *
May 3 - Simon Estes Amphitheater - Des Moines, IA *
May 5 - The Venus - Fargo, ND *
May 6 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN *
May 7 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO *
June 8 - The Blue Light - Lubbock, TX
June 9 - Santa Fe Brewing Co. - Santa Fe, NM
June 10 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
June 11 - The Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ
June 14 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
June 15 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
June 16 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
June 17 - Independent - San Francisco, CA
June 18 - Humboldt Brews - Arcata, CA
June 20 - Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA
June 21 - Crocodile - Seattle, WA
June 22 - Doug Fir - Portland, OR
June 23 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
June 25 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
June 26 - Abbey Theater - Durango, CA
June 29 - Bluebird - Denver, CO
June 30 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
July 1 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE
July 9 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI
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Patrolled by Radar signs to Knitting Factory Records, readies 'Be Happy'

Patrolled by Radar’s Be Happy is an album of original songs penned by singer-songwriter Jay Souza. The ten tracks on Be Happy tell stories that could have taken place at any point during the last two centuries, as sung by troubadours such as Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Davies or Townes Van Zandt. Be Happy is the band’s debut CD on Knitting Factory Records through RED Distribution, set for worldwide release on June 7, 2011.

Souza has been carrying around these songs inside his heart since he was a kid. His inspiration came from his mom, who sent him three cassettes that he played incessantly as a child — Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and the Carpenters. Years later, his attention to craft can be heard throughout Be Happy, which will be released under the name Patrolled by Radar because Souza got tired of his band 50 Cent Haircut getting confused with rapper 50 Cent.

Knitting Factory CEO Morgan Margolis was so impressed with the band’s yearlong residency at the Hollywood club that he offered to both manage them and release the album on his label. It’s a story that could have come straight from one of Souza’s own songs, based on real life.

“The whole record was meant to be like that,” says Souza. “I wanted it to be rich in melody, dynamism and nuance. I’ll rewrite the words over and over until the allusion is just right. I try to make it less literal and more poetic. There’s always a better way to say something.”

The Boston-born singer-songwriter — whose great-great-grandfather was first cousin to Irish poet William Butler Yeats — has lived in L.A. since 1990. He continues to exhibit the qualities of his mentors in his music, first in his band 50 Cent Haircut, and now alongside the same musicians in Patrolled by Radar (guitarists Bosco Sheff and Bryan “BC” Coulter and bassist Bryan “Reno” Stone), with a timeless, narrative style that takes its cue from classic Americana roots: equal parts folk, rock, country, blues and soul.

The band’s music is featured as the closing song in two of the three MGM/Sony Walking Tall movies. Two of the tracks on Be Happy can be heard on the TNT show Men of a Certain Age, where they were placed by GO Music Services supervisor Gary Calamar who noted of Be Happy, “Wowza for Jay Souza. [Patrolled by Radar] is a great band with terrific songs. Bang and twang!”

Be Happy is a rather ironic title, given some of the grim stories Souza recounts in “Dressed for the Drought,” “Coat of Disappointment,” and “Fast Life Slow Death.” His honesty and sincerity is self-evident on the album’s “Carried Away,” written from the point of view of a soldier serving in the Middle East:

“I know it’s all the same to you/Everybody’s lookin’ for the thing they were meant to do/I’ll sit and sing a lonesome song.”

Elsewhere, Souza and Patrolled by Radar show themselves equally capable of creating the lush pop choruses of the Beatlesque title track, the slinky sexual double entendre rockabilly blues in “Walking” (“The first verse is about Adolf Hitler and the second, Johnny Cash,” he explains), the whimsical psychedelic folk of the Babar the Elephant-inspired “Pachyderm,” or even full-throttle rock ’n’ roll, which comes across loud and clear in the anthemic (and aptly named) “New Fight Song.”

“I see people having a hard time. It’s a strange time we’re in. The haves and have-nots are being drawn together in a way that’s weird,” Souza clarifies, though he’s finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

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Be Happy track listing

1.    Widow Next Door
2.    New Fight Song
3.    Dressed for the Drought
4.    Pachyderm
5.    Coat of Disappointment
6.    Fast Life, Slow Death
7.    Haywire
8.    Carried Away
9.    Be Happy
10.   Walking

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PATROLLED BY RADAR on tour

Wed., Apr. 13   LOS ANGELES, CA The Mint w/ The Band Of Heathens
Sat., Apr. 23   LOS ANGELES, CA Farmers Market Ranch Party
Sat., Apr. 30   CULVER CITY, CA Cinema Bar
Fri., May 6   BROOKLYN, NY Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) w/ Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Sun., May 15   LOS ANGELES, CA Satellite (Silver Lake)
Fri., May 20   LOS ANGELES, CA Villains Tavern
Sun., Jun 12   LOS ANGELES, CA The Echo - Grand Ole Echo