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Drive-by Truckers @ Boulder Theater

Flaunting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics, and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s. Led by frontman Patterson Hood and comprising a rotating cast of Georgia and Alabama natives, the band celebrated the South while refusing to paint over its spotty past.

History, folklore, politics, and character studies all shared equal space in the Truckers catalog, which offered up its first blast of gutsy, twangy rock with 1998's Gangstabilly. However, it was the band's ambitious double-disc concept album, The Southern Rock Opera, that became their unlikely magnum opus. A two-act affair, the album explored Patterson Hood's fascination with 1970s Southern rock (specifically Lynyrd Skynyrd) while tackling the cultural contradictions of the region.

Although the band remained on tour well into 2009, the Truckers also found time to release their second concert album, Live from Austin TX, as well as a collection of unreleased material entitled The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities. Patterson Hood rounded out the year by issuing his first solo record, Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs), although 2010 found him returning to the fold for Drive-By Truckers' eighth studio album, The Big To-Do.

Thursday May 13, 8:30pm

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

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On Sale Mar 13
GA / All Ages/ $30.00
Tickets will be on sale through the Boulder Theater box office
Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com | Phone: During box office hours 303-786-7030

Javelin Announce US Tour

“George was pretty damn eclectic as a kid,” says Tom Van Buskirk, referring to his cousin/Javelin collaborator, George Langford. “I was more of a snob, growing up on the Beatles and classical music. Like I didn’t get into Nirvana until after MTV Unplugged came out. I’m always late to the party.”

Maybe that’s why Javelin formed in 2005—to throw a party of their own, one that sees nothing wrong with dropping crooked disco (“On It On It”), schoolyard funk (“Intervales Theme”), abstract R&B (“Dep”) and pitch-perfect pop (“Mossy Woodland”) in the same set. At least that’s the way things unfold on Javelin’s debut album, No Más, the eagerly-awaited follow-up to a self-released collection of demos (Jamz n Jemz) and a pair of limited Thrill Jockey 12-inches (Javelin, Number Two).

It’s as if Javelin were programmed to reproduce the golden age of every genre known to man, bouncing between samplers and strings, drum machines and drum sets, and a growing collection of guitars, horns and homemade thumb pianos. You read that right: Most of No Más’ dusty 45 moments aren’t lifted from actual recordcrates. They’re painstakingly recreated, note by note, from the jukebox in Javelin’s collective mind.

“I love making music that has flaws and human fingerprints all over it,” adds Langford. “There’s also that grey area where you can’t tell what’s a sample, although it leaves you wanting to say, ‘Hey, I did that!’”

There’s no denying who’s doing what at Javelin shows, ever-evolving pieces of performance art that leave the laptops at home and have more in common with the multi-tracked madness of an old Jamaican sound system than the standard guitar/bass/drums setup of a ‘band’.

“The worst thing in the world would be to have a wall of dudes staring at your gear, watching your every move,” says Langford, “So we try to inject as much life and energy into our performances as possible.”

When they first started playing around Providence, this meant an overwhelming array of “turntables, glockenspiels and percussion.” Now that they’ve settled in Brooklyn and stripped their restless sound down to its bare essentials, Javelin’s become known as the guys with the boom boxes, a Flaming Lips-like technique that’s allowed them to break down the artist/audience wall at such tour stops as New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

“A lot of people think they’re ornaments, but they play sound,” says Van Buskirk. “It’s like, ‘You really thought we dragged all of this here for nothing?”

Never. You see, everything has its place in a Javelin song, from the shimmering keys and brassy strut of “Shadow Heart” to the loony tune loops of “Oh! Centra.” So if you’re trying to ‘figure Javelin out’, don’t bother. These musical omnivores work their music like a rabid radio dial, leaving a tricky trail of sonic breadcrumbs in their wake. Or as Langford puts it, “The minute I start working in one style, I get distracted and want to work on another one. We kinda gave up on finding our ’sound’ years ago.”

Tour Dates
2/9 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY*
2/16 - Academy 2 - Birmingham, UK*
2/17 - Oran Mor - Glasgow, UK*
2/19 - The Academy - Dublin, IE*
2/20 - Speakeasy - Belfast, NI*
2/21 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK*
2/22 - The Faversham - Leeds, UK*
2/23 - Heaven - London, UK*
2/24 Windmill Brixton  LONDON, UK (headlining)
2/25 - Thekia - Bristol, UK*
2/26 - Digital - Brighton, UK*
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3/4 - E & L Auditorium - New York, NY
3/5 Trocodero Theatre w/ Man Man -PHILADELPHIA, PA
3/23 - The Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS#
3/24 - Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE#
3/25 - Public Space One - Iowa City, IA#
3/26 - The Bishop - Bloomington, IN
SAT 3/27 BIG EARS FESTIVAL - KNOXVILLE, TN
3/28 - Cafe Bourbon St - Columbus, OH
3/29 - The Cafe - Detroit, MI#
3/30 - And And And (Artspace) - Toronto, ON#
3/31 - The Friendship Cove - Montreal, QC#
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Yeasayer US Tour
SAT 4/3 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 CLUB*
SUN 4/4 CARRBORO, NC Cat's Cradle*
MON 4/5 ASHEVILLE, NC Orange Peel*
TUE 4/6 ATLANTA, GA Masquerade*
WED 4/7 MEMPHIS, TN Hi Tone Café*
THU 4/8 DALLAS, TX Granada Theatre*
FRI 4/9 HOUSTON, TX House of Blues*
SAT 4/10 AUSTIN, TX The Parish*
SUN 4/11 AUSTIN, TX  The Parish*
TUE 4/13 MARFA, TX Crowley Theatre*
WED 4/14 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress*
THU 4/15 PHOENIX, AZ Rhythm Room*
FRI 4/16 - La Casa Encendida - Madrid, ES

* Yeasayer

Creedence Clearwater Revival boxed 'The Singles Collection' ready on Nov. 3

Creedence Clearwater Revival's golden era of hit singles (fall of 1968 through spring of 1972) rivals that of any band in rock 'n' roll history.  The Southern-flavored quartet from El Cerrito, Calif., turned out 17 hits in a 44-month stretch, nine of them in the Top 10, five of them in the Top 5.

On November 3, Fantasy Records will release The Singles Collection, a two-CD, one-DVD box with a slip case, containing all of the band's U.S. singles -- 30 songs in all. Top 5 smashes like "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Run Through the Jungle," "Up Around the Bend," "Long As I Can See the Light" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" are joined by seldom-heard singles that never charted ("Porterville" and "Call It Pretending" on Fantasy's Scorpio subsidiary, and later singles "Tearin' Up the Country" and "45 Revolutions Per Minute [Parts 1 & 2]").

The 30 songs, (which are presented in their original single mixes, manyost of them in mono --- are making their CD debut), housed on two CDs, will be joined by a DVD containing four never-before-available, long-pre-MTV music videos: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "Bootleg," "I Put a Spell on You" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door." Also included in the package are a poster featuring the dozens of international single sleeves, and a 16-page booklet with liner notes by former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, who lived and wrote in the Bay Area during CCR's golden half-decade.

Fantasy will also manufacture a limited edition collectors' version of The Singles Collection featuring actual vinyl 45 rpm singles with reproductions of the original Fantasy label design and housed in their rare picture sleeves-- the ultimate holiday gift for Creedence fans.

The members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, of course, hailed from the suburbs of Oakland the little town of El Cerrito, lappeding up music on the radio through the late ' '50s and '60s, and eventually signed to a small, open-minded jazz label in Berkeley called Fantasy Records. Originally known as the Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets and then The Golliwogs, the band's break came with its swampy 1968 cover of Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q," which notched #11 on Billboard's pop singles chart. Starting on San Francisco's free-form rock radio stations, the song crossed over top Top 40, putting Creedence on the map. As Fong-Torres notes, "radio needed acts like CCR -- reliable producers of solid tunes laden with hooks."

Even in the South, radio was taken with CCR. DJ Scott Shannon, then on Memphis' WMPS-AM, was a Dale Hawkins fan and thought Fogerty nailed it. "His voice and his mixes were perfect for Top 40," he said. "It just screamed out of the AM radios."

But it wasn't just the radio. CCR songs began popping up in movies and TV shows -- several dozens of them, in fact. "Bad Moon Rising" has shown up the most often (including in An American Werewolf in London), and "Fortunate Son" has been heard in films ranging from The Manchurian Candidate (2004) to Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

"I used to say in 1968 that I wanted to make records they would still play on the radio in ten years," John Fogerty said in early 1993, on the eve of Creedence Clearwater Revival's induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Forty years later, the music sounds as fresh and vital as ever.

Jeremy Garrett Delivers a Diverse Acoustic Collection w/ I Am A Stranger

garrett"It's my best attempt at not being too shallow," laughs The Infamous Stringdusters' Jeremy Garrett when you ask him about his first solo project, but don't take him at his word.  Indeed, it doesn't take more than a moment's worth of listening to I Am A Stranger for anyone to realize that the young singer, songwriter and fiddler has accomplished much more than that.  Debuting on March 31st as a Sugar Hill Records digital-only release, the album serves up a healthy portion of cutting edge bluegrass along with a few curves that will leave even the most jaded listener satisfied with the project's depth.

Like bandmate Andy Hall, whose Sound Of The Slide Guitar earned the IBMA's Instrumental Album of the Year title in 2008, Garrett highlights his Stringdusters bandmates on a tasty selection of material while leaving plenty of room for contributions by a carefully chosen assortment of friends and colleagues who just happen to be among bluegrass and country's finest.  "Honestly, the musicians were as big a part as the songs were," he says.  "I envisioned how each song would go with particular musicians in mind, and there were songs I wanted to do but didn't because the musicians weren't right, and others that I added because the musicians fit them so well--like Julie Elkins on banjo, whom I've played with since we both lived out west, or Shawn Lane, who's one of the best mandolin players on the planet."

Choosing to focus on "songs that were fairly simple, but with some real depth," Garrett spent the early part of 2008 assembling a collection of actual and future classics.  Some, like the title track and the light-hearted "I Knew You Would Love Me," offer convincing evidence of his own writing talents; others come from grass-rooted favorites like John Pennell, Jeff White and Craig Market, while the genre's stalwarts get a nod in a delicious recap of Flatt & Scruggs' "What's Good For You," sung with Americana sweetheart Abigail Washburn.

But while much of I Am A Stranger is devoted to the kind of energetic bluegrass that Garrett's been contributing to the Stringdusters over the past four years, other numbers stretch out to reflect other aspects of his musical personality--and again, whether he's accompanying himself on the mournful "Fields Of My Mind," learned years ago in his native Idaho, leaning on Music City stalwarts Paul Franklin and Jeff Taylor for piano and steel on Hank Thompson's "Today," or borrowing a song from personal favorites U2, each setting is carefully crafted and each performance compelling.

For those already familiar with his career, the breadth, substance and spirit that pervade the set will come as no surprise.  After moving to Nashville some seven years ago, Garrett swiftly ascended into the ranks of the city's busiest musicians, serving stints with Chris Jones and Ronnie Bowman while filling in with legends like Bobby Osborne before launching the Stringdusters with a group of like-minded colleagues.  The group quickly jumped into the forefront of a bluegrass youth revolution with the release of Fork In The Road (2007), earning the IBMA's Emerging Artist, Album and Song of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association for its compelling vocals--many featuring Garrett's wailing tenor--instrumental brilliance, engaging song choices and blend of taut, hard-driving precision with loose, funky jams.  Grabbing a brief time-out from a hectic tour schedule, the group went back into the studio to produce last year's follow-up, The Infamous Stringdusters, and then hit the road again.

"This one became a super-intense passion for me," Garrett says as he recalls working on his own album in between 'dusters tours.  "Somehow holes opened up, and we recorded for a total of about five days, and wrapped it up at the beginning of December.  By that point, I'd been concentrating on it so hard that I just took a break from it--but you know," he adds," I listened to it again for the first time in a while not long ago, and I thought it sounded pretty decent."  To which it only needs to be added, don't take his word on that either; whether a bluegrass, Americana or just plain good music fan, any listener will find that I Am A Stranger is one enduring introduction to the full breadth of one of the scene's brightest talents.

New Little Steven 'Coolest Songs' Collection Brings Good Luck

Little Steven ''Coolest Songs''- for the Grateful Web

On November 25, Wicked Cool Records released the latest installment of Steven Van Zandt's irresistibly eclectic collection of rock music, 'Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents the Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7,' this time featuring songs by Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Flogging Molly, John Fogerty, Kaiser Chiefs and R.E.M.

"You can try having a party without this album blasting your bad luck into oblivion," cautions Van Zandt"but I wouldn't recommend it." As he did for the previous volumes in the 'Coolest Songs in the World' series, Little Steven studiously scoured the world for the best music, picking tracks that give this new compilation "a little bit of everything that's cool." 

Here's what Little Steven has to say about 'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7':

"We start with Swedish Surf Rock (Hawaii Mud Bombers) and Mother Truck ("Streets of Atlanta") right through R.E.M.'s neighborhood ("All The Right Friends") all the way to a "Shady Grove" (Mudcrutch) where we get the singular pleasure of Flogging Molly ("Requiem For A Dying Song"). We've got the Dead But Never Better (Rocket From The Crypt) and Born Again But Never Nastier (The Doughboys) and you want born again? We've got nothing less than "Mother Mary" herself (Foxboro Hot Tubs) and she brought along her own Catholic Girls ("Rock'n America"), we've got Guys (Big Midnight), "Dolls" (Primal Scream), "Gangsters" (Elvis Costello), Pigeons ("I Found Out"), a "Riot" goin' on (Kaiser Chiefs) and a "Longshot" you'd bet on every time (John Fogerty)."

'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7' Track List:

1. "Dolls" - PRIMAL SCREAM
2. "All The Right Friends" - R.E.M.
3. "Black Sheep" - THE DOUGHBOYS
4. "Mother Mary" - FOXBORO HOT TUBS
5. "Doin' All Right" - BIG MIDNIGHT
6. "Longshot" - JOHN FOGERTY
7. "I Predict A Riot" - KAISER CHIEFS
8. "Johanna Beach" - HAWAII MUD BOMBERS
9. "American Gangster Time" - ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS
10. "I Found Out" - THE PIGEON DETECTIVES
11. "Heart Of A Rat" - ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
12. "Rock'n America" - THE CATHOLIC GIRLS
13. "Streets Of Atlanta" - THE MOTHER TRUCKERS
14. "Requiem For A Dying Song" - FLOGGING MOLLY 
15. "Shady Grove" - MUDCRUTCH

And while 'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7' is out just in time to be the soundtrack to your most rockin' Thanksgiving yet, Steven's also making sure that you'll be rockin' around the Christmas tree, too: his rarities-packed 'Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents Christmas A Go-Go' is out now (also from Wicked Cool Records), featuring the coolest from Keith Richards (available for the FIRST time on CD), The Kinks, The Ramones, Bob Seger, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Darlene Love, and even Joe Pesci. The album also includes a bunch of superb, newly recorded songs from Wicked Cool artists like The Chesterfield Kings, Cocktail Slippers, and Len Price 3. 20 tracks total!

About Little Steven Van Zandt and Wicked Cool Records:

Host of Little Steven's Underground Garage, the most successful syndicated rock radio show in the country, Steven Van Zandt is also known for his role as Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. LSUG is now in over 200 markets and has surpassed 1 million weekly listeners. An extension of the weekly show, the Underground Garage Channel 25 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio plays the best of all 60 years of Rock and Roll 24 hours a day featuring the best new Rock and Roll worldwide. Steven is also the creator and executive producer of the Outlaw Country Channel 63 and The Wiseguy Show on SIRIUS.

Wicked Cool Records is distributed by RED Distribution and is featured in endcaps at FYE stores across the country.