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Panther Style "¡Emergencia!" + June 11th Chicago Record Release Show!

May 31, 2011 brings the highly anticipated debut release from Chicago rock band, Panther Style. The "¡Emergencia!" LP will be available on 180 gram vinyl, digital and CD formats, all including a cover of "Blind Eyes Open" by The Posies.

This project of heavy tasty pop was started by Chicago rock veterans Jeanne McClure, Al Rodis, Dan Lutger, & Melissa Koehl (Mary Tyler Morphine, Siderunners, Dyslexic Apaches, Reptoids) out of a mutual desire to make some beautifully catchy songs that rocked. Drawing influences from The Posies, Big Star, New Order, and U2, along with the seductive feel of in-your- face screaming tube amps and chest pounding bass from The Cult, Fugazi and Failure, their sound brings a refreshing blend of sweet melodies and thick distorted guitars all held together with an air-tight driving rhythm.

"¡Emergencia!" was recorded at B-Side Audio in Chicago with Neal Ostrovsky on a 16-track analog tape machine to capture the warm tones and genuine feel of the band's live sound. All of the music was recorded live with everyone in the same room. It was mastered with Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. "Blind Eyes Open" was also released on the "Beautiful Escape" Posies cover compilation, by Burning Sky Records.

Soon after the formation of Panther Style, Dan and Melissa got hitched. Soon afterwards Dan and Jeanne jumped in to complete the rhythm section of Melissa's other established project, Reptoids. They brought a commanding presence to match Reptoids progression to a heavier sound and will be releasing the "Invasion" EP in the Summer of 2011.

You can learn more about Panther Style by visiting their website.

The Felice Brothers: Celebration, Florida In Stores Now

The Felice Brothers' fourth album Celebration, Florida arrived in stores yesterday via Fat Possum. The inventive and imaginative album expands upon the dark, woozy undercurrents and surreal storytelling of their previous albums, and has been catching the attention of the press. In addition to the A.V. Club, which recently declared "...The Felice Brothers have captured the decay and corruption of contemporary America in dazzling, sickening fashion", Celebration, Florida has also been covered by Billboard, Cowbell, Metromix, SPIN, Time Out New York ("arresting"), and The Wall Street Journal ("...very fine new Tom Waits-meets-the-Band album..."), among others.

Today, The Felice Brothers' new video for first single "Ponzi" premiered on the A.V. Club and the striking Ian Cinco-directed clip can now be seen here. A song stream on "Ponzi" debuted on SPIN.com in late March; code for an embeddable stream is below. A full album stream is also available via the band's website and AOL Music's Spinner.

The Felice Brothers have been on tour in support of Celebration, Florida since mid-March and play The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI, tonight. The band recently added a handful of new shows to their US itinerary, including June 15th at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD; June 16th at the Maymount (Groovin In The Garden concert series) in Richmond, VA; June 17th at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA; and September 10th at the Daleville Town Center in Daleville, VA.

The Felice Brothers made their debut performance at Coachella last month and their Saturday evening set drew great live reviews from SPIN.com (Best & Worst Moments of Coachella Day 2 - 'Worst Band To Pigeonhole': "...let's just call them great") and The Orange County Register ("...something very raw and beautiful"), among others. The band will also perform at a number of other festivals this summer, including The Clearwater Festival, The Calgary Folk Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival.

The Felice Brothers will head to Europe in late November; fall touring plans for the US will be announced soon.

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The Felice Brothers tour dates:

MAY 11 ANN ARBOR, MI THE BLIND PIG*

MAY 12 TORONTO, ONT LEE'S PALACE*

MAY 13 ROCHESTER, NY WATER STREET MUSIC HALL*

MAY 14 LANCASTER, PA CHAMELEON CLUB*

MAY 18 BROOKLYN, NY THE BELL HOUSE%

MAY 19 BROOKLYN, NY THE BELL HOUSE**

MAY 26 NEWMARKET, NH THE STONE CHURCH#

MAY 27 BOSTON, MA BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL#

MAY 28 HARTFORD, CT BOMB FESTIVAL (Comcast Theatre)

JUNE 15 BALTIMORE, MD OTTOBAR

JUNE 16 RICHMOND, VA GROOVIN IN THE GARDEN (Maymount)^

JUNE 17 JIM THORPE, PA MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE

JUNE 18 CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY CLEARWATER FESTIVAL

JULY 21-23 CALGARY, ALB CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL

JULY 30 NEWPORT, RI NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

SEPT. 10 DALEVILLE, VA DALEVILLE TOWN CENTER

NOV. 29 MUNICH, DE FREIHEIZ

NOV. 30 FRANKFURT, DE BATSCHKAPP

DEC. 1 KOLN, DE GLORIA

DEC. 2 HAMBURG, DE UBEL & GEFAHRLICH

DEC. 3 BERLIN, DE POSTBAHNHOF

DEC. 6 LONDON, UK KOKO

DEC. 7 MANCHESTER, UK MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2

DEC. 9 GLASGOW, UK ABC

DEC. 10 BELFAST, UK SPRING & AIRBRAKE

DEC. 11 DUBLIN, IR ACADEMY

DEC. 12 BIRMINGHAM, UK INSTITUTE

DEC. 14 BRUSSELS, BE AB BOX

DEC. 15 UTRECHT, NL TIVOLI

DEC. 16 GRONIGEN, NL OOSTERPOORT

DEC. 18 NIJMEGEN, NL DOORNROOSJE

* Shovels And Rope supporting

% Shovels And Rope, Rig 1 supporting

** Tom Brosseau supporting

# Willy Mason supporting

^ co-headline with North Mississippi Allstars

Beats Antique Debuts At #2 On Electronic iTunes Charts

Exotic electropop/fusion/gypsy hip-hop act Beats Antique, a band with roots in bellydance, performance art and electronic music, celebrates its new release with a live concert webcast.

The webcast concert for Blind Threshold’s iTunes release is Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, broadcast from the campus of Ex'pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA. Hosted by CreativeAllies.com, an online design community that lets anyone submit art in official contests for artists like M.I.A., OK Go, Amanda Palmer, Jack Johnson and Thievery Corporation, the webcast is free and open to the public.

Beats Antique has performed at Lollapalooza, the Austin City Limits festival and Outside Lands, and has toured with Bassnectar and Les Claypool of Primus. The new release, Blind Threshold, contains violins, laser-guided harmonica from Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, and vocal tracks ranging from restless pop from singer-songwriter LYNX to the Eastern European folk melodies of Eva Salina.

Blind Threshhold is released in CD form on Antique Records on October 12.

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US Tour:

9/17 - Laytonville, CA - Earthdance
9/18 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
9/24 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival @ Motor
9/25 - Arcata, CA - Aracata Theatre
9/28 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
9/30 - Madison, WI - Majestic Live
10/1 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
10/2 - Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub
10/3 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
10/6 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10/9 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/11 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
10/12 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
10/13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10/14 - Asheville, NC - TBD
10/15 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
10/16 - Athens, GA - New Earth Music Hall
10/17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade - Hell Room
10/22 - Allston, MA - Harpers Ferry
11/11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11/12 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
11/13 - Calgary, AB - Royal Canadian Legion

11/14 - Winnipeg, MB - Crescent Wood United Church

Sean Bones is coming to Aspen!

Sean says:   "This winter I fought off the nasty weather with a drum machine. I got this old wooden Hammond thing in the fall, and I’d hide out in my draughty bedroom at night, meditating on tonal beats while winter buried my van and ripped leaves from the trees. After a period of falling asleep to its punchy tick tock on the bedside table, song skeletons started to take shape in my dreams. Specifically a melodic “Latin” setting started to infect my day like all the nose blowers at work. Soon I was sick. And I was coughing in time. I called my brother to come over with his bass and we blasted our new song out the window until the snow started to melt. That’s how I made the spring happen on my street."

"Sounds like Bones and his cough both got productive. And check the line “I’m gonna catch whatever you’ve got.” Sickness affected and infected his lyrics here as well. “Rhumba Beat”’s watery lead guitar and organ almost obscure the titular beat, before it changes entirely during the second half of the single. Maybe “Rhumba   Beat” signals outdoor activity weather, but it briefly hints at a darkened dancefloor as well."

US TOUR
04/07 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/14 – Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Palace *
04/15 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
04/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
04/19 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up *
04/20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
04/22 – Boise, ID @ The Neurolux *
04/23 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
04/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
04/28 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
04/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Locals Only
04/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
*With Dr. Dog

The Bridge Ride 'Blind Man's Hill' Coast To Coast On Winter Tour

The Bridge- for the Grateful Web

Baltimore's favorite sons, The Bridge, head out for a 30-city, coast-to-coast, U.S tour this month that stretches through the end of February. The band begins with dates in the mid-Atlantic region before heading south for shows in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, next making a full run up the West Coast to Washington before winding down to Colorado. The Bridge are touring behind Blind Man's Hill, their brand new album on Hyena Records.  The 12-track collection hit number seven this week on Americana Radio chart, while the six piece unit is coming off a sold out New Year's Eve show with the Rebirth Brass Band in Baltimore. After playing numerous summer festivals last year, as well as dates with Mike Gordon, Little Feat and Dark Star Orchestra, The Bridge have a growing word-of-mouth buzz based on word of their incendiary live performances. But while The Bridge's sets are often laced with fierce improvisations that touch on numerous corners of American roots music, it's the songwriting of founding members Cris Jacobs and Kenny Liner, resonating with odes to honey bees, poison wine and lives born to ramble, that is the cornerstone to their antique charm.

Upcoming tour dates for The Bridge are:

January 21 / Dante's / Frostburg, MD
January 22 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA
January 23 / The V Club / Huntington, WV
January 24 / 123 Pleasant Street / Morgantown, WV
January 28 / The Lantern / Blacksburg, VA
January 29 / Boone Saloon / Boone, NC
January 30 / Smith's Olde Bar / Atlanta, GA
January 31 / Mellow Mushroom / Tuscaloosa, AL
February 4 / The Blue Nile / New Orleans, LA
February 5 / Cactus Music / Houston, TX (Free In-Store)
February 5 / The Continental / Houston, TX
February 6 / House Of Blues / Dallas, TX
February 7 / Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX
February 10 / Winston's / San Diego, CA
February 11 / The Mint / Los Angeles, CA
February 12 / Don Quixote's / Santa Cruz, CA
February 13 / The Hopmonk Tavern / Sebastapol, CA
February 14 / Boom Boom Room / San Francisco, CA
February 15 / Sweetwater / Mill Valley, CA
February 17 / Humboldt Brews / Arcata, CA
February 18 / Indigo / Eugene, OR (w/ JFJO)
February 19 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
February 20 / The Wild Buffalo / Bellingham, WA
February 21 / Tost Lounge / Seattle, WA
February 22 / John's Alley / Moscow, ID
February 23 / John's Alley / Moscow, ID
February 24 / Top Hat / Missoula, MT
February 26 / Hodi's Half Note / Fort Collins, CO
February 27 / Quixote's / Denver, CO
February 28 / B-Side Lounge / Boulder, CO

The Bridge's 'Blind Man's Hill' + Tour Dates

The Bridge''s Blind Man''s Hill- for the Grateful Web

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, THE BRIDGE are a defiant reminder that B-more is south of the Mason-Dixon line. The band cooks up a stew of New Orleans rhythm & blues, high & lonesome country pickin' and earthy Southern roots spiked with lyrics that romanticize locomotives, poison wine, hurricanes and carnival barkers. Check it out their new album Blind Man's Hill and you'll be a believer too. They will celebrate the new long-player with a hometown release party and performance on November 26 at Ram's Head Live. In January '09, they hit the highway for a cross-country U.S. tour.

The Bridge | Tour Dates

  • December 4 / The Double Door Inn / Charlotte, NC
  • December 5 / The Pour House / Charleston, SC
  • December 6 / Berkley Cafe / Raleigh, NC
  • December 26 / The Birchmere Bandstand / Alexandria, VA
  • December 27 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
  • December 28 / The National / Richmond, VA (w/ Dark Star Orchestra)
  • December 29 / The Norva / Norfolk, VA (w/ Dark Star Orchestra)
  • December 31 / Sheraton Center City Ballroom / Baltimore, MD (w/ Rebirth Brass Band)
  • January 22 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA
  • January 23 / The V Club / Huntington, WV
  • January 24 / 123 Pleasant Street / Morgantown, WV
  • January 28 / The Lantern / Blacksburg, VA
  • January 29 / Boone Saloon / Boone, NC
  • January 30 / Smith's Olde Bar / Atlanta, GA
  • January 31 / Mellow Mushroom / Tuscaloosa, AL
  • February 5 / The Continental / Houston, TX
  • February 6 / House Of Blues / Dallas, TX
  • February 7 / Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX
  • February 10 / Winston's / San Diego, CA
  • February 11 / The Mint / Los Angeles, CA
  • February 13 / The Hopmonk Tavern / Sebastapol, CA
  • February 14 / Boom Boom Room / San Francisco, CA
  • February 18 / WOW Hall / Eugene, OR
  • February 19 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
  • February 22 / John's Alley / Moscow, ID
  • February 23 / Top Hat / Missoula, MT
  • February 27 / Quixote's / Denver, CO
  • February 28 / B Side Lounge / Boulder, CO