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White Denim Play DENVER At Larimer Lounge On 1/27

At any given moment, White Denim occupy a myriad of musical spaces without locking themselves into in any particular one. The Austin based trio’s go-for-broke attack can encompass Stooges-esque punk, prog, Live At Leeds-era Who, psychedelia and post-bop jazz- all within a single song. Yet the band’s music, as evidenced in their new album, Fits, is the product of a cohesive aesthetic that is anything but random. With a rabid and growing following in the UK, and rave reviews in numerous U.S. publications such as The New York Times, White Denim have made their name not just by being great at what they do, but by seemingly being the only ones doing what they do.

Fits breathes with the sense of self-discovery that arises when a band has put the work in, exposed its true identity, and has more fully developed its craft. Lead vocalist and guitarist James Petralli says, “On our first album, we introduced a ton of ideas. Fits feels a bit more natural, more like it’s our real first record.” That becomes apparent on tracks like “Say What You Want” and “Radio Milk How Can You Stand It,” which are badass garage rock killers, shot through with an obvious intelligence that leaves the listener beguiled, overwhelmed and wanting more. NME has called Fits, “A fantastic record, a slow-burn masterpiece that buds gradually and thrives on the oxygen of repeated exposure,” and Mojo has echoed that praise, raving that Fits is, “a fantastic, exploratory record.”

With Petralli, Steve Terebecki on bass, and Joshua Block on drums, White Denim have been entrancing audiences since their formation in 2005. Originally a four-piece playing under the name Parque Touch, they became White Denim when their first lead singer moved to Russia. Playing the gritty rock clubs in the Red River area of Austin, the band quickly found their own sound - one with roots in the past, but with a thoroughly modern direction. James says, “We wanted to approach the band in an old school way, with a real focus on musicianship. With a lot of the stuff we like, there’s a focus on pushing boundaries in whatever form the players are messing with.”

Almost as soon as they formed they began recording and producing at Josh’s home studio, which is housed in his 1940’s Spartan trailer. James states, “When I think about the old rock groups, they made a lot of music in a short period of time. It was common to put out a couple of records a year while also touring extensively, and we knew that we wanted to take a similar direction in regards to recording and touring.”

In early 2007, the band released its first EP, “Let’s Talk About It,” (on vinyl) and quickly followed it up with a nine-song tour EP titled, “Workout Holiday,” sold exclusively at shows. Catching the attention of the tastemakers at RCRDLBL.com, three of White Denim’s songs were included on an exclusive online-only EP that was released through RCRDLBL’s inhouse digital imprint in early 2008. This EP produced positive notices in both Rolling Stone and Drowned In Sound. Exposion, the band’s first full-length, came in 2008, earning accolades from a multitude of publications. PopMatters said of the band, “They’re as catchy as any pop band going, but they also handle strange sounds, texture, and off-kilter compositions as well as your favorite noise experimenter.”

But it’s been White Denim’s live show that has been the catalyst for spreading the band’s reputation. Intensely kinetic and bordering on frenzied, the band attacks each song in its own inimitable fashion; with Josh’s combustible drumming driving each twist and turn of the action. James’s guitar and vocals operate, by turn, as dagger and balm, living out the drama and intensity of each song. Steve’s bass functions as both lead instrument and anchor, pushing the music into further realms while knowing exactly when to bring things back to the earth.

The U.K.’s reaction to White Denim has been nothing short of ecstatic, and the band has responded in kind. Signed to Full Time Hobby in the U.K., the band’s critical reception has been incredible, with raves from NME, the Guardian and more. The band has really put their time in - as James recounts, “Last year, we did 30 weeks in the U.K., and really attacked it there. The audience there has truly made us feel at home there.”

Fits was born out of the collaborative process that followed the band home after so much time on the road. James explains, “When we came off tour, we let the ideas that were generating the most excitement in the group come to the fore. If something wasn’t immediately happening with the tune, we junked it.” The stylistic differences between the harder rocking and jagged first half of the album and the soul-fused second half were also a conscious move on the part of the band. “We definitely tried to do an A-Side/B-Side thing - the B-Side is our breezy soul side.” And indeed, songs like “Paint Yourself” and “Regina Holding Hands” provide softer, more melancholic and almost trippy elements to White Denim’s sonic palette, songs that wash over the listener joyously, rather than thunderously.

With the release of Fits, White Denim have fashioned their most definitive expression yet of the full dimensions of their sound. It’s a sound that is uniquely the band’s own – and it is a sound that is winning converts one by one with its sheer power, nuance and inventiveness. Remaining on the road for the rest of 2009 and into 2010, White Denim will continue to defy genre labels and easy categorization, rewarding listeners and concertgoers with a musical experience that is way beyond the current usual order of things: an experience that coheres like few others, even amidst the clamor and the storm.

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US Tour Dates:

1/15 - Padres - Marfa, TX

1/16 - Club Congress - Tuscon, AZ

1/17 - Casbah - San Diego, CA

1/19 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA

1/20 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA

1/22 - Doug Fir - Portland, OR

1/23 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC

1/24 - Neumos - Seattle, WA

1/26 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake, UT

1/27 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO

Floozies, Fresh2Death & Michael Garfield at the B-Side Lounge

The Floozies (jazzy live looping funk duo), Fresh2Death (crunk dueling laptops), and Michael Garfield (virtuosic string tapping, with special guest Johannes Rath) @ Boulder's B-Side Lounge, with live painting by Michael Garfield.

The Floozies are a live looping duo made up of brothers Matt and Mark Hill. After forming in January 2008 in Lawrence, KS, they’ve gone from rocking house parties in their hometown to sharing the stage and collaborating with the likes of Galactic, Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Particle, edIT (Glitch Mob), Vibesquad, EOTO, Euforquestra, and many others in countless venues all over the Midwest. Their shows are an exercise in groove exploration, as they improvise their way through funk, hip-hop, and electronic music, bending and molding beats in new ways every night. Nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is planned, and no one performance is ever the same as another. Their new album, “Lunar Real Estate,” shows that they are skilled instrumentalists that know how to produce a fresh, slamming, electronic beat symphony that is simultaneously primal and compelling. It features 13 studio-produced tracks, some produced solo by Matt, some collaboratively, and some, for the first time, solo by Mark. It also features cover art designed by rising graphic design star David Bywater. Does it sound like their live show? Nope. Their live show experience is nothing like a studio album, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Fresh2Death is the live musical collaboration of DJs Fisk and Samples. The live remix, dual-laptop performance brings a hyper-active element that is missing in a standard DJ performance.  The band was formed in mid-January 2009, but Fisk and Samples have a combined 12 years of DJ experience. Come to a Fresh2Death show to hear the emerging sound of Glitch Hop, where Fisk & Samples are at the forefront of the beginning of a new genre.

Michael Garfield is on a mission to move you.  Rooted in an athletic but vulnerable voice and a dazzling palette of intricate fingerstyle guitar techniques, his intense sets turn on a dime between instrumental etudes, dynamic anthems, heart-spearing ballads, and hypnotic acoustic-electronic loopscapes...mind-altering solo performances fine-tuned to pull audiences deeper into the mixed blessing of our common human experience.

When: November 7th, 2009

Where: The B-Side Lounge, Boulder, CO

Glass Ghost Play DENVER At Larimer Lounge On 10.30

It's not surprising to learn that Eliot wrote his first piano tune about a plumbing accident at age six, or that Mike started taking drumming lessons from jazz masters at an early age,and that they've performed in funk, hip-hop, jazz, Haitian, and R&B groups.

Since their fateful meeting in 2001 at a wedding gig in Boston, they've found themselves playing for kids at community centers and high schools, real estate agents and lawyers at parties, department store shoppers, and ex-cons at a college. In 2004, after the demise of their ambitious, but ill-fated, jazz band Best of Boston, the two rejoined forces as part of the New York outfit Flying.

With Flying they recorded ‘Faces of the Night’ and toured the US for two years. Following the dissolution of Flying, Mike and Eliot found they could make big sounds on their own. Excited about the freedom and space they had to work with as a two-man group, they quickly began work on what would become Idol Omen. Though they've been compared to other keyboard and drum duos like The Silver Apples, their minimalism, use of space, and unearthly vibes are more akin to the work and spirit of artists like Arthur Russell, This Heat, and J. Dilla.

Glass Ghost represents the birth of a new musical force distilled from myriad influences, from J. Dilla to Deerhoof. The result is something completely refreshing, and fittingly, a little scary. It's the pairing of Eliot Krimsky's fragile and haunting falsetto with the group's bottom-heavy, hip-hop influenced rhythm section that yields the crystalline world propelled by Mike Johnson's ass-shakin' beats found on their debut Idol Omen.

The unique world they've crafted serves as the perfect vehicle for the album's paranoid narrative, loosely following the metamorphosis of a modern businessman into some mysterious new form.

The arc of Idol Omen's tale is revealed in fragments as the detached protagonist wanders, observes, and occasionally interacts, with his surreal, often threatening, environment. While fear, anxiety and delusion effervesce from tracks like "Mechanical Life" and "The Same" the album ebbs and flows from frenzied to fatigued. Alternately, the beautiful and unforgettable “Like a Diamond” invokes reflections of resolute melancholy, while "Divisions" holds listeners captive in the bizarre images of a fever dream. The final track "Ending" provides a sense of release, as an unexplained confluence of events triggers the central character's eventual mutation and transcendence.

US Tour Dates

Tuesday - 10/20 - Providence - Club Hell 

Thursday - 10/22 - Burlington    Higher Ground

Sunday - 10/25 - Detroit - Magic Stick

Tuesday - 10/27 - St Louis - Firebird

Thursday - 10/29 - Columbia - Blue Note

Friday - 10/30 - Denver - Larimer Lounge

Sunday - 11/1 - Phoenix - The Clubhouse

Monday - 11/2  - LA - El Rey

Wednesday - 11/4 - San Francisco - Slims

Thursday - 11/5 - Portland - Wonder Ballroom

Friday - 11/6 - Vancouver    Media Club

Monday - 11/9 - Minneapolis - Cedar St

Tuesday - 11/10 - Milwaukee - Turner Hall

White Rabbits Play DENVER At Larimer Lounge On 10.30

After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapallooza, Glastonbury (UK), Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work.  The result is It’s Frightening, their second full-length album.

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead/Other Lives/Hatcham Social) and erected a makeshift studio in their basement rehearsal space to demo new material.  Band members popped in and out over the course of several months lending ideas and personality to a new batch of songs that defy instant categorization. After enlisting tourmate, friend and songwriter Britt Daniel (Spoon) as producer, the pair began the process of exchanging demos between Brooklyn and Portland.  White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France.  The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY.  Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks.  Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience.

It’s Frightening plays like a classic reel of tape from start to finish. Opening with the visceral drums of “Percussion Gun,” it is clear that time-off from the road has served the band well.  The many highlights include the emotional centerpiece “Company I Keep,” the new sonic territory of “Lionesse” and the macabre lyrics of “Right Where They Left.”  Fans of Fort Nightly will find much to go weak in the knees over and new listeners are in for an awakening as White Rabbits flip the switch on an already impressive beginning. It’s Frightening is a journey into the playfully dark musings of Everyman.

The lineup : Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox). A U.S. tour will follow the May release of It’s Frightening.

White Rabbits Tour Dates

10/9 - The Lansdowne Pub - Boston, MA

10/11 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ %
10/17 - Rock N' Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *%
10/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *%
10/20 - Club Hell - Providence, RI *%
10/21 - Pearl St Cafe - Northampton, MA %
10/22 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT %
10/23 - La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC *
10/24 - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON *
10/25 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI *%
10/27 - Firebird - St Louis, MO *%
10/29 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO *%
10/30 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO %
11/1 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ #%
11/2 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #%
11/4 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA #%
11/5 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR #%
11/6 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC #%
11/9 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN %
11/10 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI %
11/11- Schubas - Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
11/12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL

* - with Suckers
# - with Local Natives
% - with Glass Ghost

Deastro Plays DENVER At Larimer Lounge on 11.21 With Max Tundra

The title of Deastro's "Tone Adventure #3" may evoke a "working  title"-like looseness--why name a song when you can simply number it?--but the track itself is one of Moondagger's tightest. "Tone Adventure #3" is an archetypal Deastro song, as Randolph Chabot sprints through catchy, melodic passages with maniacal conviction, howling about feet being "strapped to cannon balls" from behind a wall of computer-generated atmosphere. In keeping with its title, "Tone Adventure #3" is more psychedelic than much of Moondagger, warping its instruments into unrecognizable, mutant sound-entities. Glockenspiels, spy-movie guitars, orchestral stabs, and alien ray guns all make appearances--as they should in any good adventure.

On "Tone Adventure #3"'s B-side, Toronto electro producer I Am Robot And Proud remixes Moondagger's "Greens, Grays, and Nordics" into a joyous, MIDI-fueled daydream. The song's previously sinister tone gets the lo-fi electronics treatment from the Robot's gleeful presets--the re-harmonized final chorus alone is worth the price of admission.

Randolph Chabot has been making albums since he was 12 years old -- now, at 22, the Detroit-based musician known as Deastro is ready for his close-up.

"Vermillion Plaza" the second single from Deastro's upcoming full-length debut Moondagger, miniaturizes the album's best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody lines--it's all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. When Chabot pleads for contact, singing, "Would you be my son / 'cause all of mine have died?," it's less a cry of self-pity than an exhilarating salute to the power of human connection.

Recently, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morse--a longtime friend and collaborator of Ghostly's--followed Chabot around Detroit for a day and edited the footage into "Ghostly Presents: Deastro," a video profile whose warm, colorful aesthetic matches Chabot's energy and positivity to a T. Chabot putters around his Detroit home, visits his favorite bookstore, gushes about Isaac Asimov and Simone de Beauvoir, and plays a sweaty, packed show with his band. It's a loving portrait of an artist who stays true to his beliefs, staying passionate, engaged, and creative in all of his endeavors.

Deastro's full-band debut, Moondagger, arrived on June 23rd, on Ghostly International.

CMJ Dates (More TBA)

10.21 New York, NY @ Santos Party House

10.23 New York, NY @ TBA

10.24 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

US Tour Dates

11.05 Chicago @ Schubas - Max Tundra HL

11.07 Detroit @ Magic Stick - Deastro HL

11.08 Toronto @ The Drake -  Max Tundra HL

11.09 Montreal @ Lambi - Deastro HL

11.10 Boston @ Great Scott -  Max Tundra HL

11.11 New York @ Mercury Lounge - Deastro HL

11.12 Washington DC @ DC9 - Max Tundra HL

11.13 Baltimore @ Metro Gallery - Deastro HL

11.14 Philadelphia @ Kung Fu Necktie -  Max Tundra HL

11.16 Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn - Deastro HL

11.18 Austin @ Mohawk -  Max Tundra HL

11.19 Dallas @ The Cavern - Free Energy HL

11.20 Kansas CIty @ Czar Bar - Max Tundra HL

11.21 Denver @ Larimer Lounge - Deastro HL

11.22 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge - Max Tundra HL

11.24 LA @ Echo - Deastro HL

11.25 San Francisco @ Bottom of the HIll - Max Tundra HL

11.27 Portland @ Doug Fir - Deastro HL

11.28 Seattle @ Nectar - Max Tundra HL

11.29 Vancouver @ Media Club - Deastro HL

WHITE RABBITS are playing Larimer Lounge on 10.30...last US tour of '09

After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapallooza, Glastonbury (UK),Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work.  The result is It’s Frightening, their second full-length album.

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead/Other Lives/Hatcham Social) and erected a makeshift studio in their basement rehearsal space to demo new material.  Band members popped in and out over the course of several months lending ideas and personality to a new batch of songs that defy instant categorization. After enlisting tourmate, friend and songwriter Britt Daniel (Spoon) as producer, the pair began the process of exchanging demos between Brooklyn and Portland.  White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France.  The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY.  Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks.  Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience.


It’s Frightening plays like a classic reel of tape from start to finish. Opening with the visceral drums of “Percussion Gun,” it is clear that time-off from the road has served the band well.  The many highlights include the emotional centerpiece “Company I Keep,” the new sonic territory of “Lionesse” and the macabre lyrics of “Right Where They Left.”  Fans of Fort Nightly will find much to go weak in the knees over and new listeners are in for an awakening as White Rabbits flip the switch on an already impressive beginning. It’s Frightening is a journey into the playfully dark musings of Everyman.

The lineup: Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox). A U.S. tour will follow the May release of It’s Frightening.

White Rabbits Tour Dates

9/23 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
10/17 - Rock And Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *%
10/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *%
10/20 - Club Hell - Providence, RI *%
10/21 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA %
10/22 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT %
10/23 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC *
10/24 - The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON *
10/25 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI *%
10/27 - The Firebird - St Louis, MO *%
10/29 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO *%
10/30 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO %
11/1 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ #%
11/2 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #%
11/4 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA #%
11/5 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR #%
11/6 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC #%
11/9 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN %
11/10 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI %

* - with Suckers
# - with Local Natives
% - with Glass Ghost

Drug Rug Play BOULDER At B-Side Lounge On 10.2 & 10.3

Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin met in 2006 while working at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, Ma. After trading secret demos of their own songs, Tommy persuaded Sarah to combine forces. They spent their first date drinking whiskey in bed and playing each other songs on an old guitar. They’ve been inseparable ever since. Several months later, they christened themselves “Drug Rug,” a name which has made strangers laugh and parents cry.

The songs are inspired by the storytelling style of early folk musicians, comic books, campgrounds, funny hats, and the illustrations of Garth Williams.

Drug Rug's S/T debut record, melted hearts and ears, and earned them rave reviews and comparisons to some of rock's greatest duos.

"Paint the Fence Invisible" is certain to keep these trends going.

While running the stylistic gamut, from the country duets of Ken and Dolly to the Pet Sound's harmonies of Brian Wilson, Drug Rug still stays true to their rock n' roll roots including The Velvet Underground and The Byrds.

"Paint The Fence Invisible" displays Tommy & Sarah's growth as true artists.

After touring with both Fiery Furnaces and Dr. Dog, the band's honed musicianship and lush vocals were laid down on tape with the help of Carter Tanton (Tulsa), Julian Cassanetti & Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine).

The album was recorded primarily in a haunted house located in the Catskill mountains of New York and their hi-fi approach to lo-fi aesthetics were effectively crafted.

The result is a different and memorable record by a rock-duo who make their own rules.

The magic captured feels both timely and timeless...  sometimes at the same time.

They believe in the imminent end of the world and will destroy each other with love before the apocalypse.

The Dead Trees play at Larimer Lounge on December 2nd

The Dead Trees- for the Grateful Web

When it all started out, Matthew, Noah, Tad and Michael weren't really a 'band' exactly but the fruits this "not band" ended up being the much loved Fort Music EP earlier this year.

Last spring, The Dead Trees self released Fort Music EP was widely supported through the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and landed these friends from Boston to supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. on a national tour. They just about burned down the Metro in Chicago, abandoned a broken down van somewhere in Iowa (which is heavily chronicled in Daytrotter.com) along the way playing shows that LA's The House Of Blues in LA and Webster Hall in NYC.

The band plan on touring in support of King Of Rosa throughout the fall/winter of 2008, and into 2009. 

NOV 26- The Lounge @ Elm Street - Dallas, Texas
NOV 28- Warehouse Live- Houston, Texas
NOV 29- The Parish -Austin, Texas
NOV 30 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom 2nd Stage
DEC 02 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
DEC 04 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
DEC 05 - San Diego, CA - H.O.B. - 5th Street Side Stage
DEC 06 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
DEC 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
DEC 09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
DEC 11 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
DEC 12 - Vancouver, BC - The Plaza Club
DEC 13 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan