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Brian Wright's House On Fire - Out TODAY

Sugar Hill Records is proud to continue its legacy of incredible songwriters with the release of Brian Wright’s House on Fire – out today. While this is the first label release from the Waco, TX native, he has built a firm base of fans within and beyond the music industry with two previous releases and tireless touring in the US and Europe. Unlike previous releases, which were both recorded in the studio with a band, House on Fire approaches the recording process in a much more relaxed and reflective manner, with Wright playing every instrument himself and handpicking his prolifically written songs into a mindful, well-curated collection.

And make no mistake, this album truly is about the songs. Gems like “Mean ol’ Wind” and “Live Again” convey the tenderness of the soul which very few songwriters can capture.  “Striking Matches” and “The Good Dr.” bring the driving sound of a cross-country bound train, bound for heartache or redemption. “Maria Sugarcane” paints with a Southern Gothic brush that would make Flannery O’Connor proud.

“When people ask what I sound like, I usually say I’m somewhere between Woody Guthrie and Velvet Underground,” says Wright. “This album finally allowed me to make the music the exact way it was in my head.”

After spending his early twenties on the Austin/Waco/Dallas bar circuit, playing everything from punk to covers, Wright flipped a coin to decide his future home, either New York City or Los Angeles.  Going West won the day.  Today, when not touring, he resides in Los Angeles where he is a fixture in the LA music scene.  For the last six years he has been the front man and lyricist for his band Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies, a band that has gathered a devoted audience across the country.

Sid Griffin & the Coal Porters come to Western USA

Musician/writer/author/broadcaster Sid Griffin rose to fame in Los Angeles as leader of Island recording artists the Long Ryders, one of the first bands of the alt-rock era to incorporate the influences of Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Byrds. Yet in recent years, he’s made his home in London, where he leads the Coal Porters. The band has played only a limited number of American shows since their formation in the 90s.

This spring, the Coal Porters will return to the scene of the crime — Los Angeles and the West Coast — where they will play three shows in the L.A. area, one in San Francisco and a coveted spot at the Stagecoach festival on Sunday, May 1.

When the Ryders ended, native Kentuckian Griffin formed the Coal Porters, which initially had a fluid lineup, and relocated from L.A. to London, where he hooked up with Scottish stand-up comedian Neil Robert Herd (sound engineer on Wasp, Best Live Action Short Film winner at the 2004 Academy Awards). The duo started out playing electric, but quickly tired of hauling around amps and drums. As a result of a dare, the Coal Porters decided to play acoustic bluegrass versions of their material at a charity concert in London. The crowd reaction affirmed that the band had found its true calling and said goodbye to electric instrumentation forever.  En route from then to now they picked up Canadian fiddle virtuoso Carly Frey and London’s noted local attorney and doghouse bassist Andrew Stafford. In 2010 they were blessed to secure the services of one of Britain’s best young banjo players, John Breese. With this impressive lineup, the Coal Porters were ready to take on the world.

With a published author, a professional comedian and a barrister in their ranks they are the only band who can sue themselves over copyright and joke about it.

In April 2009, after traveling halfway across the globe, the Coal Porters arrived outside of Durango, Colorado, played two killer shows at the famous MeltDown Festival (Colorado’s answer to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco), and laid down the tracks to their first album in two years. Durango was recorded in two weeks in the Colorado mountains at the Kozy Tone Studio of legendary producer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Mick Jagger, Phil Spector, Smithereens, Belinda Carlisle, Jeff Healey Band, and the Long Ryders).∂ƒƒ The entire album was cut Basement Tapes style, with the same authenticity of Dylan and The Band. Everyone crowded in one room. Overdubs were few and laughter frequent.

Durango was released in January 2010. It faithfully represents the Coal Porters’ hot live act, and creates new moods of its own. This highly anticipated follow-up to 2007’s Turn the Water On, Boy! is a clear country-mile step forward, evoking the sounds of a bluegrass Clash, or a Bill Monroe for the 21st century.

David Fricke wrote in Rolling Stone, “The Coal Porters [have] been going for nearly two decades . . . and [have] evolved from a deeper mining of the country in the Ryders’ acid-tinted drive to a pure acoustic bluegrass written and played with natural — in Griffin’s case, native — flair on Durango.”

Fricke appeared with Griffin in a one-on-one interview panel at the Americana Music Festival & Conference, held in Nashville in September 2010.

Awarding Durango four stars in March 2010, MOJO magazine said: “The audio equivalent of a feel-good movie . . . recorded all in one room, with everyone as much intent on capturing the vibes as much as the undoubted quality of the music . . . gorgeous.”

Blurt noted, “Seven albums on, the Coal Porters have a reputation they can bank on. And with Durango this durable bunch has successfully added even more fuel to their fire.”

The Coal Porters are five musicians from four different parts of the planet who came together as an incredibly powerful fusion of talent, the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act.

“For all the satisfaction of success in Europe and becoming the UK’s leading ‘alt-bluegrass’ ensemble,” says Griffin, “there is nothing to compare to the Coal Porters heading for my musical home in California. My days in Los Angeles with the Long Ryders were so wonderful and I was so blessed with so many friends that it is high time I took the band to the left coast to show ’em all what we can do. I am extremely proud of my time in the Golden State and extremely proud of the music my Coal Porters are making right now so to put the two together is gonna be a true, true week to remember.”

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The Spring 2010 West Coast Tour

Fri., April 29  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Hotel Crescent/Burrit Room Lounge
Sun., May 1  INDIO, CA Stagecoach Festival (3 p.m. stage time)
Mon., May 2  LOS ANGELES/CULVER CITY, CA The Cinema Bar
Tues., May 3  LOS ANGELES/ALTADENA, CA The Coffee Gallery
Wed., May 4  LOS ANGELES/ECHO PARK, CA Taix, 321 Lounge

The Concretes Currently Touring the West Coast!

Sweden's preeminent dreamy indie-pop ensemble The Concretes is currently in the midst of the West Coast leg of their first U.S. tour in four years, and now they'd like to share a new music video for WYWH’s “Crack In The Paint.” The band is on the road with MillionYoung, which still has them passing through Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego & more.

WYWH sees The Concretes in their new incarnation- former drummer Lisa Milberg has stepped out from behind the kit to take over lead vocals after the departure of Victoria Bergsman. The album has a dreamy, ethereal disco tinge, and features less guitar, more keyboards, bass, and deep grooves, while maintaining the irresistable melodies that give The Concretes the sound that they’ve come to define.

Check Out the New Music Video for WYWH's “Crack In The Paint” HERE!

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Upcoming North American Tour Dates

March 3 – Sacamento, CA @ Blue Note
March 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
March 5 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
March 9 – Goleta, CA – Mercury Lounge
March 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House

Ellie Goulding Announces North American Tour

UK singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding announced today that she will tour in support of her stateside debut, LIGHTS out March 8th on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The tour will commence with performances at SXSW and wrap at Coachella in Indio, CA. Currently nominated for two 2011 BRIT Awards (for “British Female Solo Artist” and “British Breakthrough Act”), Goulding is gearing up for the Stateside release of Lights.
“I’m really excited to come to America and visit new places and see new countryside,” she says. “I feel ready to introduce my music and see what people think of it there. I’m hoping they’ll like it and be inspired, the way I was when I first heard certain artists. I want to create that excitement you get when you’ve discovered something special and feel happy to have ever come across it in the first place.”
Having already conquered her native Britain with the best selling debut album of 2010, Lights -- premiering at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, four hit singles she co-wrote, and a BRIT award -- singer-songwriter Ellie Gouldin is ready to make a similar splash in America with her sparkling electro-folk-pop sound. This past December “Your Song” hit #2 on the charts and #1 on the iTunes Chart.
This past September, Ellie made her maiden voyage to the US in support of her EP, AN INTRODUCTION TO ELLIE GOULDING.  She performed in New York and Los Angeles to rave reviews. The New Yorker called Ellie “the future of music” and the Los Angeles Times raved, “She can reel off some powerful drum and guitar chops and her voice is a serious and sure instrument in person.”
Tickets are on sale Friday, check elliegoulding.com to grab yours!
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TOUR DATES
3/16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/17 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/22 - Washington,DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
3/23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
3/24 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live Downstairs
3/27 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
3/30 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/31 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café
4/2 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
4/3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theatre
4/10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
4/11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
4/13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
4/16 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
4/17 - Indio, CA - COACHELLA

Sugar Hill To Release Brian Wright's House On Fire

Sugar Hill Records is proud to continue its legacy of incredible songwriters with the release of Brian Wright’s House on Fire – due out March 29th. While this is the first label release from the Waco, TX native, he has built a firm base of fans within and beyond the music industry with two previous releases and tireless touring in the US and Europe. Unlike previous releases, which were both recorded in the studio with a band, House on Fire approaches the recording process in a much more relaxed and reflective manner, with Wright playing every instrument himself and handpicking his prolifically written songs into a mindful, well-curated collection.

And make no mistake, this album truly is about the songs. Gems like “Mean ol’ Wind” and “Live Again” convey the tenderness of the soul which very few songwriters can capture.  “Striking Matches” and “The Good Dr.” bring the driving sound of a cross-country bound train, bound for heartache or redemption. “Maria Sugarcane” paints with a Southern Gothic brush that would make Flannery O’Connor proud.

“When people ask what I sound like, I usually say I’m somewhere between Woody Guthrie and Velvet Underground,” says Wright. “This album finally allowed me to make the music the exact way it was in my head.”

After spending his early twenties on the Austin/Waco/Dallas bar circuit, playing everything from punk to covers, Wright flipped a coin to decide his future home, either New York City or Los Angeles.  Going West won the day.  Today, when not touring, he resides in Los Angeles where he is a fixture in the LA music scene.  For the last six years he has been the front man and lyricist for his band Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies, a band that has gathered a devoted audience across the country.

Wright has plans to launch the record with a full showcase schedule at SXSW in Austin plus a string of nation-wide tour dates.

Tahiti 80 to Tour US in March

French sextet Tahiti 80 are gearing up to release their new full-length, The Past, The Present & The Possible, but first the ever-prolific group will drop the Darlin EP on January 31st (both will be released on their own label, Human Sounds).  The band is offering one of the EP’s track for free, a banging remix of “Darlin” by Detroit-based producer Jimmy Edgar, who has released music on Warp Records and K7 Records.  If you didn’t catch the premiere at About.com: Dance Music/Electronica, click HERE to stream/download the track.  You can also catch them on the road on a brief US tour this March, when the band hits Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Tahiti 80 whip up a danceable mix of live instrumentation and electronic sounds filled with breezy melodies and intoxicating grooves.  The band’s debut album, Puzzle, was released by Minty Fresh in the U.S. in 1999, and was critically acclaimed as a refreshingly upbeat nod to late 60s West Coast pop (particularly the Beach Boys). The album also placed Tahiti 80 squarely in the center of the  “French Pop Invasion” that was hitting the U.S., along with fellow French bands Phoenix and Air (most notably).  The band has been relentlessly productive ever since, having released an astounding ten EP’s  and The Past, The Present & The Possiblemarking their sixth full-length album.

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Tahiti 80 US Tour Dates:

03/09: Chicago, IL @ The Abbey (11:30 PM)
03/10, New York, NY @  Mercury Lounge (11:00 PM)
03/13:  San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (10:45 PM)
03/14:  Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (10:00 PM)

Blair Announces Feb/Mar Tour With Say Hi

Brooklyn-based artist Blair has announced new tour dates in support of Say Hi this February and March. The lengthy jaunt will launch February 18th at Neurolux in Boise, ID and wrap up March 30th at The Media Club in Vancouver, BC. The tour includes a hometown show on March 7th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, as well as two dates during this year's SXSW festival. Blair's debut full-length Die Young was released early last year by Autumn Tone Records.

Die Young is a winsome mix of dreamy, hazy indie pop influenced by Blair's love for '90s FM radio (think Beck and Nirvana) and the records spun on her mother's turntable (like Bob Dylan and Neil Young) while growing up in New Orleans, LA. The album was written - in both her hometown and Los Angeles, CA - and re-recorded over the course of five years. The songs were finally laid to tape in New Orleans using both traditional studios and makeshift home setups, with the help of producer Keith Ferguson and a host of musician friends filling out the parts.

As her airy vocals tell stories of heartache, daydreams and memories, throughout the album Blair shows herself to be a nimble musician and songwriter with an innate sense of sumptuous melody. Whether the angular guitar pop of opener "Rampage," the sweetly yearning "Hearts" (listen/download here), the sprightly whimsy of "Hello Halo," the '60s girl-group swing of "Paris France," or the soaring, lush "Wolfboy" (listen/download here), it's easy to understand why PasteMagazine.com gave her its 'Best Of What's Next' label and why Muzzle Of Bees declared Die Young "...a pop album for this generation...one of the year's most promising surprises."

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Blair tour dates (all in support of Say Hi):

FEB. 17 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX

FEB. 18 SALT LAKE CITY, UT KILBY COURT

FEB. 19 DENVER, CO HI DIVE

FEB. 20 LAWRENCE, KS JACKPOT SALOON

FEB. 21 OMAHA, NE SLOWDOWN

FEB. 22 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7TH STREET ENTRY

FEB. 23 MADISON, WI HIGH NOON SALOON

FEB. 25 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL

FEB. 26 BLOOMINGTON, IN VIDEO SALOON

FEB. 27 NEWPORT, KY SOUTHGATE HOUSE

FEB. 28 COLUMBUS, OH SKULLY'S

MAR. 1 PONTIAC, MI PIKE ROOM AT CROFOOT

MAR. 2 CLEVELAND, OH GROG SHOP

MAR. 3 BUFFALO, NY MOHAWK PLACE

MAR. 4 TORONTO, ON EL MOCAMBO

MAR. 5 MONTREAL, QC CASA DEL POPOLO

MAR. 6 BOSTON, MA MIDDLE EAST (Downstairs)

MAR. 7 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM

MAR. 8 PHILADELPHIA, PA JOHNNY BRENDA'S

MAR. 9 WASHINGTON, DC BLACK CAT BACKSTAGE

MAR. 10 ASHEVILLE, NC THE GREY EAGLE

MAR. 11 ATLANTA, GA THE EARL

MAR. 12 ORLANDO, FL BACKBOOTH

MAR. 13 TAMPA, FL CROWBAR

MAR. 14 TALLAHASSEE, FL CLUB DOWNUNDER

MAR. 16 HOUSTON, TX FITZGERALD'S (Downstairs)

MAR. 17 AUSTIN, TX SXSW

MAR. 18 AUSTIN, TX SXSW

MAR. 19 DALLAS, TX THE LOFT

MAR. 22 PHOENIX, AZ THE RHYTHM ROOM

MAR. 23 TUCSON, AZ PLUSH

MAR. 24 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH

MAR. 25 LOS ANGELES, CA THE ECHO

MAR. 26 SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL

MAR. 28 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS

MAR. 29 VICTORIA, BC LUCKY BAR

MAR. 30 VANCOUVER, BC THE MEDIA CLUB

Lindstrøm Plays NY, LA, & SF in Feburary

It’s a rarity for Norway’s Lindstrøm to cross the pond more than once a year, but after a quick trip over last November, he’s once again gracing both New York and San Francisco in February with what will be his second show in 6 months, as well as making a highly anticipated first-ever appearance in Los Angeles at the Vanguard on February 11th.

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LINDSTRØM TOUR DATES

Thur.    Feb. 10           New York, NY @ Santos Party House

Fri.       Feb. 11            Los Angeles, CA @ The Vanguard

Sat.      Feb. 12           San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine

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While Lindstrøm’s label, Feedelity, has predominately been a vehicle for his original space-disco creations, Lindstrøm has brought another cosmic musician into the fold by way of a remix.  Glasser’sMirrorage” has been given the Lindstrøm treatment, though rather than overwhelming the mildly paranoid track with additional elements, he’s extended the aural odyssey by featuring the core components.  Cameron Miesrow’s witchy vocals mingle with the hypnotic, pulsating beats that seem to breathe with a life of their own.  Ominous bells twitch and tingle behind a smoke cloud of electronic rhythm and Meisrow’s tribal narrative is further deconstructed to create an abstract masterpiece.

Ellie Goulding To Release Special Version Of "Lights"

Already a success in her native England, 24 year-old UK singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding will release a special US full length of LIGHTS March 8th on Cherrytree/ Interscope Records. The US version will include three songs (“Lights,” “Animal,” and “Your Song”) not available on the original UK version. Produced by Starsmith, Goulding’s full length release LIGHTS shot to #1 on the UK chart in March 2010. This past December “Your Song” hit #2 on the charts and #1 on the iTunes Chart and the video has received over 6 million views. “Starry Eyed” has already received over 12.5 million views on YouTube.
This past September, Ellie made her maiden voyage to the US in support of her EP, AN INTRODUCTION TO ELLIE GOULDING.  She performed in New York and Los Angeles to rave reviews. The New Yorker called Ellie “the future of music” and the Los Angeles Times raved, “her set seemed to cement her pop bona fides.” “She can reel off some powerful drum and guitar chops and her voice is a serious and sure instrument in person.”
Ellie has received numerous accolades from her motherland in the form of The Critics Choice Award at the 2010 Brit Awards and topped the BBC sound of 2010 poll. Goulding’s debut CD has garnered much critical praise. NME calls Lights, “never less than stunning…it marks the emergence of a smart, sincere and talented new pop star,” and Q declares, “There is undeniable greatness afoot here.”
Described as “electro-folk-acoustic-pop,” Ellie’s songs mix heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics, spinning electronica into dreamy warmth.

ROCK'N BOWL TO BENEFIT THE BOGART FUND

The Rock 'n Bowl Charity Event will be held on February 3, 2011 from 7pm-2am at the Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes at LA Live in Los Angeles, CA to benefit the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program.  Celebrities from the Music and Entertainment Industries will be in attendance to support the charity.  Tax-deductible donations for tickets, sponsorship of lanes and raffle tickets are funding this event to save lives.  There will be an After-Party Tribute Concert in memory of Richie Hayward (drummer of Little Feat who lost his battle with Cancer on August 12, 2010) featuring performances by members of his band and Nashville Recording Artist, Nick Nicholson, fresh from his New Year's Eve performance with Toby Keith. Sound and lighting provided by Southern California Sound Image of Escondido.

Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have worked passionately with the charity to help raise the funds to provide research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. The charity is proud of their long history and reputation for innovation in fundraising and the research they support.

The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program is headquartered in Los Angeles at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Contact Melissa Rosen for more information, Her email address is:

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WHEN: FEBRUARY 3, 2011

BOWLING FROM 7PM-11PM

"We Are All VIP's" AFTER-PARTY FROM 11PM-2AM

WHERE: LUCKY STRIKE BOWLING LANES, LA LIVE

800 WEST OLYMPIC BLVD.

LOS ANGELES, CA  90015

WHAT:FOOD AND DRINKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

COST:$20/PER PERSON DONATION

$500 - LANE SPONSORSHIP DONATION

$5/TICKET - RAFFLE DRAWING HONORING SHELLEY LAZAR

* POLLSTARLIVE! PRE-PARTY/HOB REUNION FUNDRAISING EVENT