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Infected Mushroom at Fox Theatre - 09.23.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Infected Mushroom at the Fox Theatre on Friday, September 23rd, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19th for $15.00 in advance & $17.00 day of show.  Door times and show times will be announced in the near future.

Psy-Trance innovators Infected Mushroom have become one of the biggest electronic bands on the planet. Twice ranked among the world’s 10 best DJs by the bible of the scene, the U.K.’s DJ Magazine, the Israel-bred, L.A. based duo bring a frenetic rock energy to the form. Their explosive show, featuring guitars, live drums, intensely passionate vocals and an ambitious multimedia backdrop, ranks among the genre’s most unpredictably joyous events. And their recordings continually venture where other electronic acts fear to tread.

Amit “Duvdev” Duvedevani and Erez Eisen have been working for nearly two years on an aggressive new album – their first since 2007’s critically acclaimed Vicious Delicious – for dance-music visionary Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label. Duvdev describes the as-yet untitled record, recorded at Infected Mushroom Laboratory in L.A. and slated for a June 2009 release, as a return to the pair’s metal roots. Guests include singer Jonathan Davis of Korn, who lends his estimable pipes to the track “Smashing the Opponent.” Oakenfold has worked closely with the band in an A&R capacity. “Paul’s known as a House DJ, so we weren’t sure how he’d feel about our heaviest material,” Duvdev reveals, “but he loved it. He’s really brought a lot of great energy and advice to the table.” From the Ultra Fest in Miami to the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, from Mexico’s OMIX to Cali’s Coachella, from Brazil’s Ipanema Beach to Melbourne’s Metro Club, Infected Mushroom has averaged about 120 live performances per year. The band will honor that tradition in 2009, starting with a 17-date U.S. tour slated to kick off in Texas in March.   For more information please visit http://www.infected-mushroom.com.

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Infected Mushroom

Fox Theatre

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

INFECTED MUSHROOM w. Matisyahu today

INFECTED MUSHROOM, one of Israel's biggest musical exports, is returning to their native land for a one-off concert TODAY, Wednesday, February 10, at Tel Aviv's Exhibition Grounds that will be broadcast live exclusively on www.YNETNews.com.

The psy-trance veteran duo, headed by Erez Eisen and Amit Duvedevani, has become one of the biggest acts in electronic music, performing in diverse locations around the world and gaining accolades from the international music press. This special performance is in celebration of the band's latest album, LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA out now on Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Records.  Joining INFECTED MUSHROOM is special guest American-born Hasidic Jewish reggae artist MATISYAHU who will perform the currently #1-charting remix of “One Day” with the band plus two other songs during this special event.

INFECTED MUSHROOM, special guest MATISYAHU  and FRIENDS OF NATASHA

Thursday, FEBRUARY 11th

2:30 PM PT – U.S.//5:30 PM ET – U.S.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

12:30 AM - TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Stream the performance live at WWW.YNETNEWS.COM

MUSHROOM | Naked, Stoned & Stabbed

MUSHROOM, a musicians' collective based in the San Francisco Bay area, return with their first album in three years, NAKED, STONED, & STABBED, to be released April 27 through 4 Zero Records/Royal Potato Family. A new phase for Mushroom, the project was conceived as a cross-continental Cinema Verite travelogue of time and space. Acoustic, ambient and blending eastern and western hemispheres, its music floats on an ethereal blanket of sitar, violin, pump organ, celesta, vibraharp, dulcimer and flutophone, while African, Latin and Indian percussion replace a conventional drum set. Enigmatic song titles include "Celebration At Big Sur (The Sound Of The Gulls Outside Of Room 124)," "Though You're Where You Want To Be, You're Not Where You Belong," "Tariq Ali" and the only outside composition, a remake of the Syd Barrett/Kevin Ayers' collaboration, "Singing A Song In The Morning."

Recorded over a weekend at The Wally Sound in Oakland, CA, the sessions were both planned and spontaneous with producer and percussionist Pat Thomas often adding and subtracting instrumentalists on the fly. Configurations range from a duo to a trio to an octet, and thus give each song a varied approach. At the time of the recording, the band had just come off a multi-night run of performances interpreting Pete Townshend's 1971 rock opera Lifehouse. The vulnerable and dynamic music of that experience provided a catalyst that resulted in the album's final 13 tracks. Mushroom also cite influences like Sandy Bull, Alice Coltrane, Davy Graham, Brian Eno and Fela Kuti as having played a roll in the sounds found on Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed.

Mushroom first formed in the mid-'90s and have since amassed a 12-album discography. A loose and rotating cast of Bay area musicians, its members include guitarist/knob twiddler Josh Pollock (a member of Citay, and collaborator with Gong, Acid Mothers Temple, Ruins, John Cale, and Damo Suzuki), vintage keyboard guru Matt Cunitz (Brightblack Morning Light, Hiss Golden Messenger), multi-instrumentalist Erik Pearson (Daevid Allen, Irene Sazer, Crooked Jades, Billy Talbot/Crazy Horse), bassist Ned Doherty, drummer/bandleader Pat Thomas(renowned reissue producer of recordings by Judee Sill, Ruthann Friedman, Pearls Before Swine, Terry Reid, Cluster & Eno), and Mushroom's newest member, percussionist David Brandt (his adventures include a European tour with the Kologbo Afrobeat Academy [Oghene Kologbo was the guitarist in Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band], and performances with Conduction maestro Butch Morris' New York Skyscraper).

INFECTED MUSHROOM BREAK INTO BILLBOARD TOP 200

For an Israeli-born band plying their own aggressive rock subgenre, known as psy-trance, Infected Mushroom look an awful lot like mainstream artists these days. In fact, they’ve infiltrated the retail, new media and culinary worlds simultaneously.

For one thing, their latest album, Legend of the Black Shawarma (Perfecto Records), has broken into the Billboard Top 200 at #172.  But even more indicative of the raucous, mesmerizing disc’s appeal are its perches at #8 on Billboard’s New Artist chart, #9 on the Current Electronic Albums chart, #32 on Top Indie Albums, #37 on Top Digital Albums and #6 on the iTunes Electronic Albums chart.  The collection’s lead single, “Smashing the Opponent,” features guest vocals by Jonathan Davis of Korn.

All this chart action–-along with the participation of high-profile Shawarma guests like Davis and alternative-rock luminary Perry Farrell, a Pollstar cover story, an appropriately demented iPhone game and an explosive performance at the Burning Man Festival in September (captured in a glorious DUI-style video by director Petro)–-would seem to indicate that the hard-charging Los Angeles-based outfit’s days as an “underground” act are long over.

“If the foundation of a long music career is the ability to evolve,” wrote Pollstar’s Jim Otey in his current cover story, “Infected Mushroom is a band that’s built to last.”

That evolution has included a mystical leap into the gaming world, as “Smashing the Opponent” has been transformed into an iPhone app–featuring the group’s music and artwork based on Jeff McMillan’s Shawarma album art.  As players proceed through the game’s Black Forest setting, they must use an array of weapons to smash various onrushing beasties and uncover the treasure they protect.  The group’s foray into gaming continues with a free featured download of their single in the upcoming game Tap Tap Revenge 3.

Frontman Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani (who founded the band with keyboardist Erez “I.Zen” Eisen) has remarked that Mushroom originally planned its most recent disc as “a concept album about food,” so it’s only fitting that the Mellow Mushroom pizza chain has unveiled a "Legend of the Black Shawarma" Pizza, served up at participating locations with a free MP3 download. Two of the franchise’s Florida outlets have reportedly had to re-order shawarma spices, suggesting a new kind of Mushroom might be taking hold of the pizza scene.

Infected Mushroom has built a rabid international following since its founders met in 1996, and they now regularly pack clubs and festivals worldwide.  Their explosive live shows, which mesh shredding guitar, pounding live drums and blistering electronic textures and grooves–-with Duvdev’s manic presence and passionate vocals bouncing atop the mixture–-reliably whip audiences into a mad froth.  From the Ultra Music Festival in Miami to the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, from Mexico’s OMIX to California's Coachella, from Brazil’s Ipanema Beach to Melbourne’s Metro Club, the band has averaged about 120 live performances per year.  This year has marked their first recorded performance at Burning Man, where their tribal mayhem looks very much at home–-as witnessed by Petro’s (Incubus, TV on the Radio) video clip.

Judging by the band’s recent moves, the evolution is about to accelerate and the infection is bound to spread.

Infected Mushroom Return with ‘Legend of the Black Shawarma’

For their highly anticipated release LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA, electronic-rock innovators INFECTED MUSHROOM return with their patented hybrid of thrashing metal and psychedelic trance to bring a frenetic rock energy to the form and venture where other electronic acts fear to tread.  The Israeli-bred, Los Angeles-based electronic duo continues to push sonic boundaries for their eighth studio album that’s due out September 8, 2009 on electronic music giant Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label.

infected-mushroomLegend Of The Black Shawarma sees Amit “Duvdev” Duvedevani and Erez Eisen teaming with high-profile rockers. The album’s lead single “Smashing the Opponent” features a scorching vocal from Korn’s Jonathan Davis, while Jane’s Addiction frontman and alt-rock trailblazer Perry Farrell lends his inimitable pipes to the follow-up track “Killing Time.”  “Recording with Jonathan and Perry was a highlight, of course,” Duvdev notes.  “They were both incredibly cool. The fact that they liked the tracks was awesome because we’re huge fans of what they do.”

The album is the follow-up to 2007’s Vicious Delicious and takes INFECTED MUSHROOM's psy-trance fusion of bruising, metallic rock and unstoppable dance-floor beats to a new level.  “It’s a really diverse record,” Duvdev says, “but it’s even more aggressive–both on the metal side and on the breakbeat side.”  Taking its time to craft the album, the duo worked on Shawarma whenever their frenetic, globe-trotting tour schedule permitted.  Whether singing about “Smashing” and “Killing” or paying tribute to beloved (Los Angeles) eateries like “Poquito Mas,” “Frank’s” (“The best taco place in Mexico in our opinion”) or Israeli hummus factory “Sae’ed,” INFECTED MUSHROOM prove they’ve stayed hungry despite their massive international success.

And what of the album’s mysterious, culinary title?  “We were on tour in Australia two years ago,” he explains.  “My friend came to me said, ‘I have this dream to dive with sharks.’  They do that in Australia–you’re lowered into shark-infested waters in a cage.” At that point, Duvdev warned his burly friend that in a wetsuit he would resemble, to toothy denizens of the deep, a certain meat wrap of Middle Eastern origin.  “I told him if he did this, there were five gigantic sharks waiting for a shawarma like him to come down in a cage and be devoured.  We thought that was pretty funny and the Legend of the Black Shawarma was born.”  As the title track’s cautionary lyrics have it:  “Life’s been treating you nice/You better be wise/And enjoy your moment.”

Thanks to INFECTED MUSHROOM's genre-pushing songs and incendiary performances, the adventurous duo has become one of the biggest live electronic bands on the planet.  Their schedule has proved as relentless as their juggernaut jams.  From the Ultra Music Festival in Miami (which drew over 100,000 attendees this past March), Coachella, the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, Mexico’s OMIX, Brazil’s Ipanema Beach and Melbourne’s Metro Club, INFECTED MUSHROOM has averaged about 120 live performances per year. Twice ranked among the world’s 10 best DJs by the bible of the scene, the U.K.’s DJ magazine, they routinely whip crowds of all cultures into the same whirling froth.

Their explosive show--featuring guitars, live drums, Duvdev’s intensely passionate vocals, Erez’s nimble keyboards and an ambitious multimedia backdrop--ranks among the genre’s most unpredictably joyous events. INFECTED MUSHROOM will highlight new selections from Shawarma during several of their live shows in North America this summer, launching “Smash The Opponent” during their performance at electronic mega-music festival Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles June 27.  The complete list of dates follows below.

The complete track listing for INFECTED MUSHROOM's Legend of the Black Shawarma is:

1. Poquito Mas

2. Sa'eed

3. End of the Road

4. Smashing the Opponent *featuring Jonathan Davis (Korn)

5. Can't Stop

6. Herbert the Pervert  

7. Killing Time *featuring Perry Farrell (Janes Addiction)  

8. Project 100  

9. Franks

10. Slowly

11. Legend of the Black Shawarma

INFECTED MUSHROOM’s North American summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                    VENUE

Thu      6/11                 Anaheim, CA                          Heat

Fri        6/12                 San Diego, CA                         Spin

Sat       6/13                 Denver, CO                            Electric Daisy Carnival

Thu      6/25                 Edmonton, CANADA                Empire Ballroom

Fri        6/26                 Sal Lake City, UT                     The Great Saltair Magna

Sat       6/27                 Los Angeles, CA                      Electric Day Carnival

Fri        7/3                   Seattle, WA                           The Showbox Sodo

Fri        7/17                 San Francisco, CA                    Regency Center Grand Ballroom

Sat       7/18                 Los Angeles, CA                      Vanguard