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Kinky Friedman embarks on "Springtime for Kinky Tour 2011"

This spring, starting April 27th in Kansas City, Missouri, Kinky Friedman, author, musician, politician, and self-proclaimed Governor of the Heart of Texas, will be performing dates throughout the Midwest and East Coast as part of his Springtime for Kinky Tour of 2011. Often returning to places he has not visited in two decades, the Kinkster will appear solo (primarily) and promote his most recent books, What Would Kinky Do? and Heroes of a Texas Childhood. There will be a book signing at each venue.

Buoyed by his Go West Young Kinky Tour last spring and his monster appearance on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October, Kinky will take his show to many of his favorite American cities. Playing the songs for which he is best known, such as “They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Sold American,” reading passages from his books, and carrying on his hilarious running commentary on the state of the union, Kinky, the prodigal son of Texas, will, indeed, return to the scenes of his crimes of years gone by.

Though years have passed since the last full-on Texas Jewboys show, Kinky continues to be associated with that infamous band of his early career, partly because of his long friendship with Bob Dylan (Kinky did, of course, travel with the Rolling Thunder Revue), but mostly because of the band’s total outrageousness and those legendary songs. On the projects list for 2011 is a Willie Nelson CD of Kinky's songs, which will be no less than the third tribute album to Kinky and his work. Willie, who has a new Sony record deal, and who has been swapping stories and playing chess with Kinky for decades, will confirm these tunes as American standards.

Meanwhile, Kinky continues to “spit out books like sunflower seeds,” with a brand new deal to co-write one with old pal Billy Bob Thornton. And he is now being immortalized onstage with a play called Becoming Kinky . . . The World According to Kinky Friedman, written by Ted Swindley, who created the long-running hit Always . . . Patsy Cline, and starring up-and-comer Jesse Dayton.

Kinky may be finished with politics, but politics may not be finished with Kinky.  He continues to be a popular guest on cable news channels, appearing with hosts as diverse as John Seigenthaler and Bill O’Reilly, and his regular contributions to Texas Monthly never fail to take proper shots at the insanity of Texas politics.  He also contributes to such national media as The New York Times and Playboy, more often than not skewing deserving politicians wherever they may be.

And that’s not all in 2011: an Australian tour is on the agenda for June. Kinky will be joined by long-time Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks, as the two old friends visit Kinky's second favorite continent. But in the meantime . . .

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Springtime for Kinky Tour 2011

Wed., April 27  KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Thurs., April 28  LITTLE ROCK, AR Juanita's
Fri., April 29  ST. LOUIS, MO Off Broadway
Sat., April 30  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Blue Door
Sun., May 1  NEWPORT, KY (CINCINNATI, OH) Southgate House
Mon., May 2  NASHVILLE, TN 3rd and Lindsley
Tues., May 3  CLEVELAND, OH Wilbert's
Thurs., May 5  MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall
Sat., May 7  BERWYN (CHICAGO), IL Fitzgerald's
Sun., May 8  PHILADELPHIA, PA World Cafe Live
Mon., May 9  NEW YORK, NY Highline Theater
Tues., May 10  ROCHESTER, NY Water Street
Fri., May 13  ALEXANDRIA, VA (WASHINGTON, DC) Birchmere
Sat., May 14  WOODSTOCK, NY Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs keep it lo-fi

No Help Coming is the fourth full-length release by Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, and the latest of nearly 30 albums on which the veteran indie icon is featured. But she’s quick to dismiss any suggestion that she’s refined her approach during her 20 years as a recording artist.

“I’m proud to say that I don’t think there’s been much development at all, really,” Golightly asserts. “I still only know the same chords I did when I was 14, and I still write songs about the same things. But I did get a tuner three years ago, which was monumental.”

Indeed, as much as her work has evolved over the years, the London-born, Georgia-based singer/guitarist has maintained a fierce fidelity to the same raw DIY musical principles that first established her as a seminal influence upon multiple generations of garage combos and lo-fi artists. Her current outfit, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, is a stripped-down duo that teams her with Texas-bred multi-instrumentalist and longtime collaborator Lawyer Dave, who contributes guitar, drums and backing vocals.

On No Help Coming, scheduled for release on April 26, 2011 on Transdreamer Records, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs continue to make music that’s spare and earthy yet unfailingly tuneful, drawing upon gritty blues, country and rockabilly influences while maintaining an unmistakable personal resonance. As Playboy.com commented, “Golightly’s songs are so fresh and timeless they could have been recorded yesterday or 40 years ago.”

The new 12-song set, recorded in the twosome’s adopted home state of Georgia, features such notable originals as “The Rest of Your Life,” “You’re Under Arrest,” “Get Out My House” and the swaggering title track, all of which pack as much of a musical and emotional punch as anything they’ve recorded. No Help Coming also continues Golightly’s longstanding tradition of putting her stamp on unexpected cover material, with personalized readings of country legend Bill Anderson’s “The Lord Knows We’re Drinking,” the mysterious Mr. Undertaker’s 1955 rhythm-and-blues cult classic “Here Lies My Love,” and Wendell Austin’s vintage psycho-country epic “L.S.D. Made a Wreck of Me.” The last tune features an appropriately impassioned lead vocal by Lawyer Dave.

Born in Kensington, London, in the same hospital that Jimi Hendrix died in, Holly Golightly grew up in a bohemian household, absorbing a musical diet of psychedelic rock and soul. Her performing debut came via her then-boyfriend Bruce Brand, drummer of the legendary Billy Childish-led combo Thee Headcoats. An impromptu guest spot singing with that band led to a long and productive run as a member of Thee Headcoats’ sister band, Thee Headcoatees, with whom she recorded.

In 1995, while still a member of Thee Headcoatees, Holly branched out into a solo career that quickly revealed a both a distinctive songwriting talent and a commanding stage presence. Her solo work also largely traded Thee Headcoatees’ three-chord girl-group garage rock for a rootsier approach drawing much of its inspiration from rural American styles. She’s been intensely prolific in the years since, releasing 20 solo albums as well as numerous singles and EPs for a variety of labels, including Damaged Goods, Kill Rock Stars, Super Electro and Sympathy for the Record Industry. She’s also recorded collaborations with the likes of the White Stripes, Mudhoney, the Greenhornes and Rocket from the Crypt.

In 2007, Holly teamed with Lawyer Dave to form Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs. They purchased a parcel of rural land near Athens, Georgia, where they raise horses, dogs, chickens, geese and goats. Recording and performing as a duo, with Dave playing guitar with his hands and drums with his feet, they developed a loose, twangy sound that’s perfectly suited to their lyrical explorations of such quintessentially American themes as whiskey, religion and guns.

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs’ 2007 debut album You Can’t Buy a Gun When You’re Crying won considerable attention from critics and fans alike. The pair continued to expand their audience with 2008’s acclaimed Dirt Don’t Hurt, their first release on the Transdreamer label. It was followed by the similarly well-received EP Devil Do and album Medicine County, released in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Now, No Help Coming adds a compelling new chapter to Holly Golightly’s massively influential body of work. “I think I’m still doing exactly what I’ve always done, in that I’ve managed to keep making music I like,” she observes. “Perhaps some people don’t stick at it for as long because they didn’t really like what they were doing in the first place. I think the trick is to just do what you like, and not aim to use every switch in the studio just because it’s there.”

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SPRING 2011 TOUR DATES

Fri., April 29  CHARLOTTE, NC Snug Harbor
Sat., April 30  CHAPEL HILL, NC Local 506
Sun., May 1  ARLINGTON, VA IOTA Club & Café
Tues., May 3  BALTIMORE, MD The Ottobar
Wed., May 4  PHILADELPHIA, PA M Room
Thurs., May 5  NEW YORK, NY The Mercury Lounge
Fri., May 6  BROOKLYN, NY Knitting Factory
Sat., May 7  CAMBRIDGE, MA Middle East Upstairs
Sun., May 8  NEW HAVEN CT Café Nine
Tues., May 10 BUFFALO, NY The Ninth Ward
Wed., May 11 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
Fri., May 13  CHICAGO, IL Beat Kitchen
Sat., May 14  MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7th Street Entry
Sun., May 15  MILWAUKEE, WI Mad Planet
Tues., May 17  ST. LOUIS, MO The Firebird
Thurs., May 19  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Conservatory
Fri., May 20  AUSTIN, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounging (Indoor)
Mon., June 20  SEATTLE, WA The Funhouse
Tues., June 21  PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs., June 23  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri., June 24  LOS ANGELES, CA The Hotel Cafe
Sat., June 25 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar

Girl Talk Co-Headlines Governors Ball Music Festival

After spending his first two weeks in Pittsburgh since 2011 began, Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) is hitting the road again this week continuing his 40+ city tour of North America in support of his new album, All Day. Following 22 sold out shows on the first leg of the tour, the second run kicks off this Thursday, February 24th at Terminal 5. Since the initial tour announcement, second Girl Talk shows have been added in Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles.

Those not able to catch Girl Talk in NY this week will have ample opportunity to see him this summer as he’ll be co-headlining the Governors Ball Music Festival on Saturday, June 18th! Before making his way back to New York, he’ll play select cities in the Southeast, plus make appearances at Summercamp and Bonnaroo. A full schedule of Girl Talk tour dates is below.

The 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards has recognized all that Girl Talk puts into his live shows! They’ve nominated him for a Performing Woodie! Vote here!

Girl Talk’s All Day is available for free download here.

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GIRL TALK TOUR DATES:

All March dates with Max Tundra and Junk Culture

Thu. Feb. 24 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Fri. Feb. 25 -- Providence, RI @ Lupo's

Sat. Feb. 26 -- Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston

Mon. Feb. 28 -- Portland, ME @ State Theatre

Tue. March 1 -- Montreal, PQ @ Metropolis

Thu. March 3 -- Plymouth, MI @ Compuware Sports Arena

Fri. March 4 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
Sat. March 5 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater

Mon. March 7 -- Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center (MOVED TO NEW VENUE)

Tue. March 8 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Wed. March 9 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Fri. March 11 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Sat. March 12 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Mon. March 14 -- Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre

Tue. March 15 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Wed. March 16 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Thu. March 17 -- Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Fri. March 18 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Sat. March 19 -- Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater

Mon. March 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

Tue. March 22 -- San Diego, CA @ Soma

Wed. March 23 -- Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

Fri. March 25 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan

Sat. March 26 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium ***

Sat. April 23 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club ***

Wed. May 18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Janus Live ***

Thu. May 19 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore ***

Sat. May 21 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues ***

Sun. May 22 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Beach ***

Tue. May 24 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric ***

Sat. May 28 – Chilicothe, IL @ Summercamp ***

Sun. May 29 – Thornville, OH @ Hookahville Fest ***

Thu. June 9 – Sun. June 12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival ***

Sat. June 18 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival ***

Sat. June 25 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Music Amphitheater ***

Fri. July 8 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy ***

Sun. July 10 -- Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Jazz Fest ***

Sat. July 30 – Lake Tahoe, CA @ Wanderlust Music Festival ***

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Trombone Shorty captures New Orleans and national honors

Trombone Shorty’s star continues to rise as he is honored with more local and national awards. The just-turned 25-year-old New Orleans singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and all-around musical powerhouse was awarded five Best of the Beat Awards from New Orleans’ OffBeat magazine. And Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was named among NBC News’ The Grio’s 100: History Makers in the Making, a list of the top 100 African-American men and women who are writing the next chapter of American history.

At the Best of the Beat ceremony January 28 celebrating OffBeat’s nominees, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue received the most awards of the night, winning Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Backatown, Best R&B/Funk Artist, Best R&B/Funk Album for Backatown, and Best Trombonist. “On Backatown, Trombone Shorty has created an album that brings the New Orleans brass band and funk traditions up to date,” says Alex Rawls, editor of OffBeat. “His roots are clearly in the Crescent City, but he has the chops, charisma and stage savvy to take his music to a much larger audience.”

Backatown, the band’s major label debut, immediately hit #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, staying there for nine weeks and now, more than nine months later, is still in the Top 5.  Backatown is also nominated for this year’s GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

This makes three times since 2007 that OffBeat has awarded Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Best R&B/Funk Band, while Trombone Shorty himself has picked up three awards for Performer/ Artist of the Year and two awards for Best Trumpeter. The Best of the Beat Award nominees are selected by the magazine’s editors and writers, and the public votes to choose the winners. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were on hand to receive their awards in person at the celebration in New Orleans. The next morning Trombone Shorty headed to Jamaica to join Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus II in Negril, where he collaborated as a special featured guest with Gov’t Mule as well as on Warren Haynes’ solo performance.

In honor of Black History Month, theGrio.com, a division of NBC News, has announced its TheGrio’s 100: History Makers in the Making, which this year includes Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. The list is nominated by a team of experts, affiliates, and contributors from across the country, and members of TheGrio.com and NBC News editorial teams. The Grio’s 100 shines a spotlight on African-American history makers and industry leaders from 10 fields, including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture and the arts.  Trombone Shorty joins First Lady Michelle Obama, singer and education advocate Jill Scott, actress Viola Davis, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and NBA star Kevin Durant, among others.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue’s Backatown tour continues this spring and summer beginning February 2 in Chicago with more dates across the European continent, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and all over Canada and the U.S.

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TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE Tour Dates:
Wed., Feb. 2  CHICAGO, IL Lincoln Hall (*to be rescheduled due to weather)
Thurs., Feb 3  STEVENS POINT, WI University of Wisconsin
Fri., Feb, 4  PLATTEVILLE, WI University of Wisconsin
Sat., Feb. 5  COLUMBIA, MO University of Missouri
Mon., Feb. 7  SEATTLE, WA Neumos
Tues., Feb. 8  PORTLAND, OR Roseland
Wed., Feb. 9  ARCATA, CA Humboldt Brews
Thurs., Feb. 10  SANTA CRUZ, CA The Catalyst
Fri., Feb. 11  SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore (Sold Out)
Sat., Feb. 12  LOS ANGELES, CA Conga Room
Tues., Feb. 15  DENVER, CO Bluebird Theatre 
Wed., Feb. 16  BOULDER, CO Fox Theatre 
Fri., Feb. 18  AUSTIN, TX Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater (Sold Out)
Sat., Feb. 19  HOUSTON, TX House of Blues
Sun., Feb. 20  DALLAS, TX House of Blues
Tues., Feb 22 NASHVILLE, TN Mercy Lounge
Wed., Feb. 23  ASHEVILLE, NC The Orange Peel
Thurs., Feb 24  ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse
Fri., Feb 25  BOSTON, MA Paradise Rock Club
Sat., Feb. 26  NEW YORK, NY Terminal 5 
Sun.,  Feb 27  NORFOLK, CT Infinity Hall
Sat.,  Mar. 5  NEW ORLEANS, LA Krewe of Endymion
Sun., Mar. 6   NEW ORLEANS, LA Tipitina’s
Thurs., Mar 17  STUTTGART,  GERMANY Die Röhre
Fri., Mar. 18  FREIBURG,  GERMANY Jazzhaus
Sat., Mat 19  FRANKFURT,  GERMANY Brotfabrik
Sun., Mar. 20  DRESDEN,  GERMANY Beatpol
Mon., Mar 21  BONN,  GERMANY Harmonnie
Wed., Mar. 23  ATHENS,  GREECE gazArte
Fri.,  Mar. 24  AUBERVILIERS,  FRANCE Banlieues Bleues Festival
Sat., Mar. 25  BURGHAUSEN,  GERMANY Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen
Sun.,  Mar. 26  TERRASSA, SPAIN Terrassa Jazz Festival
Mon., Mar. 27   MADRID, SPAIN University of Madrid
Wed., Mar. 30  WYOMISSING, PA Berks Jazz Fest 2011
Thur., Mar. 31  ROANOKE, VA Jefferson Center
Fri., Apr. 1  INSTITUTE, WV Davis Fine Arts Theatre
Sat., Apr. 2  LOUISVILLE, KY Headliners Music Hall
Sun., Apr. 3  COLUMBUS, OH Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center
Wed., Apr. 6  NEW ORLEANS, LA Wednesday at the Square
Sun., Apr. 10  ST. PETERSBURG, FL Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Sat., Apr. 16  SINGAPORE Timbre Rock & Roots
Wed., Apr 20  MELBOURNE,  AUSTRALIA The Corner
Thurs., Apr. 21  SYDNEY,  AUSTRALIA The Factory
Fri., Apr. 22   BYRON BAY,  AUSTRALIA Bluesfest
Sat.,  Apr. 23  BYRON BAY,  AUSTRALIA Bluesfest
Sun., Apr. 24   TAURANGA,  NEW ZEALAND NZ Jazz Festival
Thurs., Apr. 28   CLEVELAND, OH Tri C Jazz Fest
Fri., Apr. 29   NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues
Sat., Apr. 30   NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues
Sat., May 7   NEW ORLEANS, LA Tipitina’s
Sat., May 7   NEW ORLEANS, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Fri., May 20   RICHMOND, VA Friday Cheers
Sat., May 21   THOMSON, GA Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
Fri., June 3  OZARK, AR Wakarusa Festival
Thurs., June 9  CHARLESTON, SC Spoleto Festival
Fri., June 10  CHARLESTON, SC Spoleto Festival
Sat., June 11  RALEIGH, NC North Carolina Museum of Art
Sat., June 18  FT. WORTH, TX Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens
Wed., June 22  APPLE VALLEY, MN Weesner Amphitheater
Fri., June 24   EDMONTON, CANADA Edmonton Jazz Festival
Mon., June 27   VANCOUVER, CANADA Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Sat., July 2   LONDON, ENGLAND London Blues & Jazz Festival
Sat., July 16  UMBRIA, ITALY Umbria Jazz Festival
Mon., July 18  MOLDE, NORWAY Moldejazz 2011
Tues., July 19  MOLDE, NORWAY Moldejazz 2011

And many more to be announced soon.   www.tromboneshorty.com

Scala & Kolacny Brothers North America Tour

Winning over the hearts of critics at the LA Times, NPR, USA Today, Billboard, MTV.com, AOL Spinner and Stereogum, all-female Belgian rock choir sensations Scala & Kolacny Brothers continue their US breakthrough with the release of their full length self-titled debut and a North American tour this spring.  The album, out March 15 on ATCO, features imaginative reinterpretations of songs from Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and others, as well as the three haunting original compositions by Scala & Kolacny Brothers.

After a performance at SXSW, Scala & Kolacny Brothers will kick of their North American tour April 7 in Vancouver, BC.  The group will hit major cities across the US and Canada, playing renowned rock venues, such as New York's Webster Hall and Los Angeles' El Rey Theater, while also debuting at Coachella on April 15.

Led by pianist/composer Steven Kolacny and his brother, conductor Stijn Kolacny, Scala & Kolacny Brothers "brilliantly haunting" (EW) version of Radiohead's “Creep” underscored the trailer for 'The Social Network’ to great acclaim (viewed by 4-million-plus on YouTube alone), and the group has continued to build buzz and fans stateside ever since.  The LA Times praises their “sweet songbird attack,” and USA Today raves that their takes on rock classics "Creep" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit” are "even more haunting than the originals.”

Watch a live performance of Scala & Kolacny Brothers original “Self-fulfilling Prophecy” here.

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Scala & Kolacny Brothers North American Tour Dates:

Fri-Mar-18        Austin, TX            Stubbs BBQ (SXSW)
Thu-Apr-7         Vancouver, BC         Commodore Ballroom
Fri-Apr-8         Seattle, WA             The Showbox Sodo
Sat-Apr-9         Portland, OR         Roseland Theatre
Mon-Apr-11     San Francisco, CA         The Independent
Tue-Apr-12         San Francisco, CA         The Independent
Thu-Apr-14         Los Angeles, CA         El Rey Theatre
Fri-Apr-15         Indio, CA             Coachella
Wed-Apr-20     Boulder, CO            Boulder Theatre
Fri-Apr-22         Minneapolis, MN         First Avenue
Sat-Apr-23         Chicago, IL             Park West
Mon-Apr-25     Washington, DC         9:30 Club
Tue-Apr-26         Philadelphia, PA         The Trocadero
Wed-Apr-27     Boston, MA             House of Blues
Thu-Apr-28         New York, NY         Webster Hall
Sat-Apr-30         Toronto, ON             The Opera House
Sun-May-1         Montreal, QC         Club Soda

Band of Heathens new CD is 'Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son'

2010 was a year of making noise and news for the Band of Heathens. With 200-plus show dates, a fifth anniversary celebration, appearances at Lollapalooza and other top national festivals and a taping of Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello, it is remarkable that the Heathens even found time to write and record a new studio album, but they did.

The result is Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son, a surprising, multi-faceted gem of a disc. Their third studio album and the fifth release overall, Top Hat Crown displays the wide range of classic influences fans and critics have come to admire in the band, yet they’ve added, built and grown. Producer George Reiff, celebrated for his work with the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, the Courtyard Hounds (Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks) and Ray Wylie Hubbard, tended to the album’s vibe and spirit, which is reaching, rocking, bluesy, funky and enjoyable as hell, from its rocking opening to its serene acoustic conclusion.

The Band of Heathens is constantly being compared to The Band because of the musical finesse that overlays their timeless, rootsy core. And the three founding members are all skilled multi-instrumentalists who can play almost any position in the field. But TBoH has reached so many fans so fast because of the echoes of and subtle homage to so many different artists at the core of the Americana canon, including Tom Petty, Tony Joe White, the Grateful Dead, Leon Russell, George Harrison, and other rarified stylists. You can hear a little of all that at a Heathens show or on disc, and Top Hat Crown feels like the most coherent and mature encapsulation of those elements so far.

Given the timelessness of their sound, one gets the sense that Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks would have gravitated toward the same essential feel had they met in 1975 or 2045. As it happens, it was in 2006 after each songwriter had established residency gigs on the same night of the week at Momo’s, an eclectic-minded club on Austin’s famous Sixth Street. Friendship, semi-regular sit-ins and harmony jags gelled into something quite rare: a band with three frontmen, each with enough humility and passion to invest in the larger project. The sum transcended the parts. Bassist Seth Whitney was a member from the get-go. Drummer John Chipman joined in 2007 as their road calendar got heavier.

The Heathens took their time getting their first studio album out, but when that eponymous debut was released in 2008, they proved they could write and record a coherent statement that measured up to their show. They followed relatively quickly with One Foot in the Ether toward the end of 2009. Both shot to the top of the Americana chart and remained there for months, evincing a longevity rare in any format of music. Each added songs to the band’s set lists that have become staples and favorites: “Jackson Station,” “Cornbread,” frequent set closer “Don’t Call on Me” and the rocking, cathartic “L.A. County Blues.”

Other kinds of recognition and respect rolled in. TBoH was honored as Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards and nominated as Best Duo or Group by the Americana Music Awards. The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli called theirs the best set he saw during South by Southwest 2009. And the rest of the press has been equally effusive: The Dallas Morning News calls them “a must-see show.” Maverick magazine says they’re “magnificent.”

One can anticipate similar praise for Top Hat Crown, as it stretches without breaking faith with the feel and integrity that got the Band of Heathens this far. Opener “Medicine Man” sets a hoodoo tone with slappy upright piano and a swaggering lyric sung by Gordy Quist.

Another early Quist lead is “Polaroid,” which the guys say was influenced by the Jayhawks and mid-career Beatles. It coasts along on a robust acoustic strum decorated by jangly chiming electric guitar — a pluperfect fusion of pop and roots. Ed Jurdi gets his first lead vocal licks in with “Should Have Known,” a deeply bluesy slow shake that bolsters the regret of the song. Colin Brooks evokes current events and the craziness of modernity with “Enough,” whose mantra-like lyric and mid-tempo groove will have people nodding along in time. Brooks also shines with his lead on “Gravity,” a tour-de-force of forward motion and organ-generated psychedelic colors. Then some bone-rattle percussion ushers in a glowing, single-chord jam ride and a three-part chorus that swells with love.

Fans of the band will note one familiar song here. “Free Again” was written, recorded and released as a single in a blast of energy in the summer of 2010, inspired by the mind-boggling Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It’s sincere and sarcastic, playful and chastising. And it’s part of a Louisiana theme that closes out the album and ties the whole project together. “Hurricane,” the album’s lone cover, a Nashville-written tune from an old Levon Helm album, is a poignant portrait of an aging Gulf Coast salt reflecting on storms and eerily anticipating Katrina. And “Gris Gris Satchel,” the final cut, is a gorgeous and soothing acoustic tune that evokes old New Orleans and memories of great Crosby, Stills & Nash tracks.

Like that historic group, the Band of Heathens is distinguished by collaboration and load-sharing. And while songwriting and vocal duties are chiefly handled by the three guys across the front of the stage, they are decidedly a five-man band, benefitting from the equal input of all. This can lead to a lot of deliberation and creative tension. But it also means the music that emerges has been through five filters and enjoyed the collaborative creative power of five music-loving minds. “When I write a song with Ed or Colin, I usually hear it a certain way in my head,” says Quist about the power of the process. “When we bring it in to the band, the song almost always comes out turned on its head, leaning in another direction from where it started.” Music fans nationwide will hear that distilled quality upon the release of Top Hat Crown.

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TOUR DATES:

Thurs., March 3  ANN ARBOR, MI
Fri., March 4  CHAMPAIGN, IL
Sat., March 5  ST LOUIS, MO
Fri., March  11  SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sat., March 12  DALLAS, TX
Tues., March 15  AUSTIN, TX (SXSW)
Sat., March 19  HOUSTON, TX
Tues., March 29   DENVER, CO
Wed., March 30   ASPEN, CO
Thurs., March 31   PARK CITY, UT
Fri., April 1  BOISE, ID
Sat., April 9  SANTA CRUZ, CA
Sun., April 10  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Mon., April 11  FOLSOM, CA
Tues., April 12   BAKERSFIELD, CA
Wed., April 13   LOS ANGELES, CA
Thurs., April 14  PHOENIX, AZ
Sun., April 17  DRIFTWOOD, TX

Great American Taxi's Reckless Habits Winter Tour

“Fun! Look it up in the dictionary and Vince Herman’s name should appear somewhere in the definition,” wrote Elmore magazine in 2010. The fun continues for Vince Herman and Great American Taxi with a newly added leg of tour dates that kicks Great American Taxi into high gear in the New Year. To date, many of the most innovative and acclaimed players currently on the jamband/newgrass circuit have joined Taxi’s Reckless Habits Tour, which largely features the band’s signature style of country-, rock- and bluegrass-influenced Americana musical styles.

Taxi’s second and latest album, Reckless Habits, garnered impressive nods in 2010, appearing on several Best of 2010 lists. And the band’s energetic live shows have grabbed critical attention: “A few of my favorite shows from last year include any time Great American Taxi played Moe’s Alley,” said Beth Peerless at the Monterey County Herald.  Amazon.com is currently featuring Reckless Habits as part of its Fill Your Player MP3 digital download promotion of critically acclaimed releases for only five dollars.

Railroad Earth will headline a string of January shows with Great American Taxi — RRE’s Tim Carbone produced Taxi’s Reckless Habits. In February, Great American Taxi teams up with the Emmitt-Nershi Band at Whisky Jack’s in Big Sky, Montana, and Todd Snider at the Nugget in Nevada. Taxi also backs Snider on his recent release, The Storyteller Live, which includes a bonus DVD of Taxi and Todd performing at the TPAC in Nashville, Tenn.

Artists joining Taxi onstage in the past year include: contemporary troubadour Todd Snider, the exceptional mandolin virtuoso and versatile vocalist Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon and his own Drew Emmitt Band), Billy Nershi (The String Cheese Incident), and the David Nelson Band, with their exploratory improvisational jam sessions.

Reckless Habits appeared on several Best of 2010 lists; it peaked at #12 on the Americana radio charts in 2010 and finished in the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Americana albums of the year, coming in at #54; it held the top spot on Colorado radio in April and May of 2010 and charted at #6 overall on Colorado radio for the year. The album was picked in a No Depression Top 10 of the year and continues to chart in the Top Ten for spins on Jambands.com radio.

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GREAT AMERICAN TAXI ON THE ROAD – WINTER 2011

Tues., Jan. 18   FAYETTEVILLE, AR George’s Majestic Lounge, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 19   TULSA, OK Cain’s Ballroom, with Railroad Earth

Fri., Jan 21    ALBUQUERQUE, NM Sunshine Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sat., Jan. 22    FLAGSTAFF, AZ Orpheum Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sun., Jan. 23   TUSCON, AZ Rialto Theatre, with Railroad Earth

Mon., Jan. 24    SOLANA BEACH, CA Belly Up, with Railroad Earth

Tues., Jan. 25    LAS VEGAS, NV Hard Rock Cafe – Vegas, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 26   BAKERSFIELD, CA Fishlips

Thurs., Jan. 27   OAKLAND, CA The New Parish

Fri., Jan. 28   SANTA CRUZ, CA Catalyst

Sat., Jan. 29    NAPA, CA Uptown Theater

Thu., Feb. 10  FT. COLLINS, CO Hodi’s Half Note

Fri., Feb., 11   BRECKENRIDGE, CO Three20South

Sat., Feb. 12   DURANGO, CO Abbey Theatre

Wed., Feb. 16   PARK CITY, UT Star Bar

Fri., Feb. 18   ALTA, WY Trap Bar @ Grand Targhee Resort

Sat., Feb. 19   LIVINGSTON, MT The Mint

Sun., Feb. 20   BIG SKY, MT Whiskey Jack’s, w/Emmitt-Nershi Band

Fri., Feb. 25   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Sat., Feb. 26   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Wed., Mar. 2   LAWRENCE, KS Bottleneck

Thurs., Mar. 3   ST. LOUIS, MO 2720 Cherokee

Sat., Mar. 5   GRANDVIEW, OH Woodlands Tavern

Sun., Mar. 6   CHARLESTON, WV Mountain Stage Radio Show

Thurs., Mar. 10   CINCINNATI, OH Stanley’s Pub

Fri., Mar. 11   KALAMAZOO, MI Bell’s Brewery

Sat., Mar. 12   CHICAGO, IL Double Door

Thurs., Apr. 7   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Fri., Apr. 8   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 9   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 30   HOT SPRINGS, NC French Broad River Festival

Sat., June 4   BEAN BLOSSOM, IN John Hartford Memorial Festival

Fri., June 17   AUBURN, CA Party in the Park

Fri., July 15   LOUISVILLE, CO Steinbaugh Pavillion

Fri., July 23   NORTH PLAINS, OR Horning’s Hideout - Northwest String Summit w/Todd Snider

Sat., Aug. 6   WILLITS, CA Dead On The Creek

Over the Rhine Announces CD & Tour Dates

Over the Rhine is ready to make waves in 2011 with a new release and spring tour dates that will take them to theaters throughout the Midwest and the East Coast. The Long Surrender, the new studio album from the southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist, is something rare and wondrous — an intimate epic.

The record, to be released February 8, 2011 on OtR’s own Great Speckled Dog label (named for the couple’s Great Dane, Elroy), marks 20 years since their 1991 debut. It’s the bountiful result of a collaboration between the couple and producer Joe Henry, whose songs they’ve long admired.

“Joe has been quietly making records (well not that quietly, he has won at least two Grammys) that don’t sound like other records bring made,” says Detweiler. “They are a little bit dark and cinematic and funky and unpredictable. It seems like he loves to help performers who have already covered a lot of miles — Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Loudon Wainwright III, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Mose Allison, Allen Toussaint — rediscover the soul of what they do in a new light.” The Long Surrender was recorded at Henry’s Garfield House studio in South Pasadena, Calif.

The band recently previewed The Long Surrender over a series of tour dates last fall, culminating in a weekend long December trifecta of hometown shows in Cincinnati. Performances included the Holiday Homecoming Show, their annual (15 years and counting) Christmas show at the 2,400 seat Taft Theatre; The Christmas Soiree, an intimate Sunday afternoon gathering featuring an acoustic performance, poetry reading, and Q&A with Karin and Linford; and The Long Surrender Premiere, a very special live start-to-finish performance of the album for the donors who made the fan funded record possible.

Earlier that month in Los Angeles, the band was joined onstage at the Troubadour by Joe Henry and Lucinda Williams (and supporting artist Lucy Wainwright Roche, whose special guest was her father, Loudon Wainwright III).

Over the Rhine promises to bring their smoldering live performances to every corner of the globe in 2011 . . . and here is the first round dates:

Sun., Feb. 20  NASHVILLE, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Mon., Feb. 21 LEXINGTON, KY WoodSongs
Fri., March 25   BOSTON, MA The Red Room @ Café 939 (Berklee)
Sat., March 26   NEW YORK, N.Y. Highline Ballroom
Sun., March 27   ALEXANDRIA, VA Birchmere
Tues., March 29   PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café Live
Fri., April 1   PITTSBURGH, PA Mr. Small’s
Sat., April 2   AKRON, OH Musica
Tues., April 5   ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark
Thurs., April 7   MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall
Fri., April 8   CHICAGO, IL Lincoln Hall
Sat., April 9   MADISON, WI Majestic Theater
Sun., April 10   MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center

Over the Rhine will also perform at the Folk Alliance in Memphis on Wednesday, February 16.

Upcoming Boulder Theater shows | 12.28

Here is what shows are upcoming at the Boulder Theater as of December 28th.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted. All additions and changes are in blue:
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Fri Dec 31 Westword , Radio 1190, Twist & Shout & Thissongissick.com Present
8:00 pm Crystal Castles
w/ Chain Gang of 1974, Picture Plane & Late Night Robotic Pirate Monkey DJ Set
AA / GA $60
Fri Jan 7 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:30 pm The Boulder Theatre 75th Anniversary Celebration feat.
Jeff Tweedy
w/ The Handsome Family
AA / GA $35 / Reserved $40 / Silver Anniversary $75
SOLD OUT!
Sat Jan 8 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:30 pm The Boulder Theatre 75th Anniversary Celebration feat.
Jeff Tweedy
w/ The Handsome Family
AA / GA $35 / Reserved $40 / Silver Anniversary $75
SOLD OUT!
Thur Jan 13 Boulder Weekly & Grateful Web Present
8:00 pm The Disco Biscuits
AA / GA $32.50
Fri Jan 14 Boulder Weekly Grateful Web Present
8:00 pm The Disco Biscuits
AA / GA $32.50
SOLD OUT!!
Sun Jan 16 97.3 KBCO Presents
6:00 pm eTown: Keller Williams & Marc Broussard
AA / GA $15
Wed Jan 19 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:00 pm eTown:  Brett Dennen & Razia
AA / GA $15
Fri Jan 21 Boulder Weekly & KUVO Present
8:00 pm Quemando:  Salsa Fiesta
AA / GA $15
Sat Jan 22 97.3 KBCO & Westword Present
8:00 pm B.B. King
Hazel Miller Trio
21+/ GA $77.50/ Reserved $96.50/ Gold Circle $124.50
SOLD OUT!
Thur Jan 27 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly Present
8:00 pm Old 97's
w/ Langhorne Slim
AA / GA $20 adv / GA $23.50 dos
Sat Jan 29 17th Annual Mountain Sun Funky Good Times
8:30 pm The Pearl Street All Stars, Kyle Hollingsworth, George Porter Jr., Karl Denson, Davy Knowles & Alan Evans
21+ / $20
Sun Jan 30 Rembrandt Yard & Boulder Theater Present
11:00 am Boulder Wedding Showcase
AA / GA $5
Thur Feb 3 Boulder Weekly & KUVO Present
7:00 pm Voice of the Wetlands All Stars
Ft. Tab Benoit, Anders Osbourne, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Jumpin Johnny Samsone & Waylon Thibodeaux
21+ / GA $25
On Sale:  12/03
Fri Feb 4 The Onion & Radio 1190 Present
7:00 pm The Second City Touring Company
AA / GA $20 / Reserved $25
Sat Feb 5 97.3 KBCO, Boulder Weekly & Twist & Shout Present
8:00 pm Amos Lee
w/ Vusi Mahlasela
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos
Tue Feb 8 Channel 93.3, Colorado Daily & Twist & Shout Present
7:00 pm Interpol
w/ School of Seven Bells
AA / GA $30 adv / GA $32.50 dos
Wed Feb 9 97.3 KBCO & Westword Presents
7:00 pm The Decemberists
w/ Mountain Man
AA / GA $35
Fri Feb 11 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly Present
8:00 pm Punch Brothers
AA / GA $20 adv / GA $25 dos
Wed Feb 14 97.3 KBCO Presents
6:00 pm eTown feat. Martin Sexton & Nellie McKay
AA / GA $17
Mon Feb 28 Alice 105.9 & Westword Present
8:00 pm Joshua Radin
w/ Cary Brothers & Laura Jensen
AA / GA $20
Tues Mar 1 National Geographic, The North Face & Parks Canada Present
6:00 pm BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour
- Brought to you by REI
AA / GA $15
Wed Mar 2 National Geographic, The North Face & Parks Canada Present
6:00 pm BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour
- Brought to you by REI
AA / GA $15
Fri Mar 4 97.3 KBCO, Boulder Weekly & Rock The Earth! Present
8:00 pm An Evening with..
Medeski Martin & Wood
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $27 dos
Wed Mar 9 97.3 KBCO & Daily Camera Present
7:00 pm An Evening with...
Randy Newman - Solo Piano Show
AA / GA $35 / Reserved $50 / $65 Gold Circle
Wed Mar 16 Boulder Weekly & KGNU Present
7:00 pm Acoustic Africa
feat. Habib Koite, Oliver Mtukudzi & Afel Bocoum
AA / GA $27.50 / Reserved $34
Mon Mar 21 KGNU & Boulder Weekly Present
7:00 pm The Saw Doctors
AA / GA $20
Thur Mar 24 99.5 The Mountain & Westword Present
8:00 pm The Pink Floyd Experience
AA / GA $30 adv / GA $35 dos
Sat Mar 26 Orla Fallon
2:00 pm AA / GA $33.50 / Reserved $38.75
Wed Apr 13 97.3 KBCO Presents
7:00 pm Madeleine Peyroux
AA / GA $30 / Reserved $40 / Gold Circle $47.50
On Sale: 1.7
Thur Apr 14  An Evening With...
7:00 pm Dark Star Orchestra
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos
Fri Apr 15 An Evening With...
7:00 pm Dark Star Orchestra
21+ / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos

Upcoming Fox Theater shows | 12.28

Here is what shows are upcoming at the Fox Theatre as of December 28th.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted. All additions and changes are in blue:
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Thur Dec 30 Channel 93.3, Boulder Weekly & Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Rose Hill Drive Performs the White Stripes 'Elephant" Plus a Set of Originals
w/ Achille Lauro, The Congress
AA / GA $23 adv / GA $25 dos
Fri Dec 31 Channel 93.3, Boulder Weekly & Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Rose Hill Drive Performs the White Stripes 'Elephant" Plus a Set of Originals
w/ Achille Lauro & Boys
21+ / GA $30 adv / GA $35 dos
Sat Jan 1 97.3 KBCO & Westword Present
8:30 pm An Intimate Solo & Acoustic Performance by Citizen Cope
AA / GA $25
Fri Jan 7 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Troubadours Collective feat. Dechen Hawk, Ramaya Soskin, The Gasoline Lollipops, Wadirum & Max Davies
w/ Special Guest Jeb Bows
AA /GA $5
Thur Jan 13   97.3 KBCO,  Colorado Daily and Twist & Shout Present
8:00 pm Jackie Greene
Early Show AA / GA $15
Fri Jan 14 Radio 1190 & Marquee Magazine Present
8:30 pm Split Lip Rayfield
w/ Oakhurst
AA / GA $10 adv / GA $15 dos
Fri Jan 14 The Fox Theatre & Euphonic Conceptions Present
12:00 am Re:Creation The Official Disco Biscuits After Party
feat. Conspirator, Orchard Lounge & More
AA / GA $30
Sat Jan 15 The Fox Theatre & Euphonic Conceptions Present
12:00 am Re:Creation The Official Disco Biscuits After Party
feat. DJ Mark Farina & More
AA / $TBA
Thurs Jan 20 Boulder Weekly Presents
8:30 pm Who's Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
w/ DJ Ivy
AA / GA $12.50 adv / GA $15 dos
Fri Jan 21 Boulder Weekly Presents
8:30 pm Perpetual Groove
w/ Dyrty Byrds
AA / GA $12.50 adv / GA $15 dos
Sat Jan 22 Boulder Weekly Presents
8:30 pm Shakedown Street - Performing 7/8/78 Red Rocks
AA / GA $12.50

Wed Jan 26 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm The Secret House Party Tour feat... People Under The Stairs
AA / GA $20
Fri Jan 28 Colorado Daily, Conscious Alliance & Thissongissick.com Presents
8:30 pm Big Gigantic
w/ Fresh2Death & Raw Russ
AA / GA $15.50 adv / GA $18.50 dos
SOLD OUT
Sat Jan 29 Bill Bass & Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Uprising Tour 2011
The Wailers - Performing Uprising in its Entirety
Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Duane Stephenson
AA / GA $26.50
Thur Feb 3 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Mac Miller
w/ Sorry For Partying
AA / GA $13 adv / GA $16 dos
Fri Feb 4 Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190 Present
8:30 pm Faux Punk
AA / GA $15

Sat Feb 5 Kraddy & Archnemesis
8:30 pm AA / GA $12 adv / GA $15 dos
Thur Feb 10 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly Present
8:30 pm The Radiators Farewell Tour
AA / GA $25 adv / GA $30 dos

Sat Feb 12 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Ian Cooke
w/ Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Alameda
AA / GA $8 adv / GA $10 dos
Mon Feb 14 MTVU Freshman Five, Colorado Daily & Radio 1190  Present
8:30 pm Best Coast + Wavves
No Joy
AA / GA $18 adv / GA $20 dos
Wed Feb 16 Boulder Weekly, Twist & Shout & Radio 1190's Krewe De Louisianne  Present
8:30 pm Trombone Shorty & Los Amigos Invisbles
AA / GA $20 adv / GA $22.50 dos
Fri Feb 18 Boulder Weekly, Radio 1190's RudeBoy Reggae & Reggaemovement.com Present
8:30 pm SOJA
AA / GA $15
Wed Feb 23 Papadosio
8:30 pm AA / GA $5 adv / GA $8 dos
Thur Feb 24 Emancipator & Blockhead
8:30 pm w/ The Great Mundane
AA / GA $13.50 adv / GA $16 dos
Fri Feb 25 Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190 Present
8:30 pm BoomBox
w/ Sub Swara
AA / GA $18 adv / GA $20 dos
Sat Feb 26 Bill Bass, Boulder Weekly, KGNU and Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Stockholm Syndrome
w/ Truth & Salvage Co., Super 400
Sat Mar 5 Colorado Daily, Radio 1190 and Twist & Shout Present
8:30 pm Tapes 'N Tapes
w/ Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
AA / GA $15
Fri Mar 11 Colorado Daily Presents
8:30 pm Vibesquad
AA / GA $18.50 adv / $GA 22 dos
Fri Mar 18 Boulder Weekly & Grateful Web Presents
8:30 pm The Infamous Stringdusters & Greensky Bluegrass
AA / GA $10 adv / GA $12 dos
UNANNOUNCED