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Beat Kaestli @ the Bar Next Door | NYC

I'm happy to announce my return to the wonderful Bar Next Door, Monday, February 7th. I'll be featuring tried and true songs from my CDs and some new(er) tunes and, for the first time, I will do it with a vocal/accordion trio! More info below.

On an important side note - Haiti still needs a lot of help and what better way to raise awareness than by supporting a book about it's culture and religion by renowned photographer/photojournalist Les Stone, who has been visiting and documenting Haiti for many years. Please support his efforts to raise awareness for Haiti and help him realize his book "Vodou in Haiti: A People's Religion"! For more info and donations, click here.

Have a great weekend and looking forward to seeing you at Bar Next Door!

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Monday, February 7th @ 8:30/10:30 PM
129 MacDougal, NYC
$12/all night (1 drink per set min.)
Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
Will Holshauser - accordion
tba - bass
and special guests

The Builders & The Butchers: 'Lullaby' Song Premiere

Today The Builders and the Butchers premiered "Lullaby," the first song off their upcoming third album Dead Reckoning, on My Old Kentucky Blog. The urgent, ominous track can now be heard and downloaded here. Dead Reckoning will be released February 22nd, 2011 on Badman Recording Co.

The Builders will also head out on tour in support of friends Murder By Death early next month. The month-long string of dates begins February 1st at Cosmic Charlie's in Lexington, KY, and wraps up February 20th at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE, and includes a hometown album release show February 15th at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR.

Dead Reckoning is a bold and dynamic set of 12 tracks, a raucous musical blend that culls from folk, back porch bluegrass, and unplugged blues. Led by Ryan Sollee's fervent vocals and the big drum sound of the deconstructed kit split between Brandon Hafer and Ray Rude, the album ranges from pounding anti-anthems to more subdued, haunting tracks to gospel-tinged laments. Sollee, writing against the backdrop of the recent downturn, found himself relating to and drawing inspiration from American music of the 1930s. The timeless songs on Dead Reckoning follow suit, weaving gothic stories with common threads like absolute good and evil, addiction, religion, and the father and the son. The album was recorded predominantly live over eight days in Portland with the help of Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, M. Ward, She & Him) and engineer Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek, Starfucker, Thao Nguyen), in effort to finally capture the unbridled energy of The Builders' renowned live show.

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The Builders and the Butchers tour dates (all in support of Murder By Death):

FEB. 1 LEXINGTON, KY COSMIC CHARLIE'S

FEB. 2 MEMPHIS, TN HI-TONE CAFÉ

FEB. 3 NEW ORLEANS, LA THE PARISH

FEB. 4 DENTON, TX RUBBER GLOVES

FEB. 5 AUSTIN, TX RED 7

FEB. 7 ALBUQUERQUE, NM LOW SPIRITS BAR & STAGE

FEB. 8 TUSCON, AZ PLUSH

FEB. 9 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH

FEB. 10 COSTA MESA, CA DETROIT BAR

FEB. 11 LOS ANGELES, CA ECHOPLEX

FEB. 12 SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL

FEB. 13 SACRAMENTO, CA HARLOW'S NIGHT CLUB

FEB. 15 PORTLAND, OR WONDER BALLROOM

FEB. 16 SEATTLE, WA TRACTOR TAVERN

FEB. 17 GARDEN CITY, ID VISUAL COLLECTIVE ARTS

FEB. 18 SALT LAKE CITY, UT BAR DELUXE

FEB. 19 DENVER, CO BLUEBIRD THEATER

FEB. 20 OMAHA, NE THE WAITING ROOM

Sharon Van Etten Announces Spring Headlining Tour

Sharon Van Etten wrapped up 2010 with a bow by appearing on more best-of and year-end lists than we could count, including those from SPIN, NPR’s All Song’s Considered, LA Times, Filter, Stereogum, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and so many more. And while the world was singing her praises, Sharon was just starting to record more intimately heart-wrenching songs in the Brooklyn garage-turned-studio of The National’s Aaron Dessner.

After touring relentlessly in the 2nd half of 2010, and ending the year on such a strong note, you’d think Sharon would give herself a little break, but nope, not our Sharon. She’s just keeping at it! She’s just confirmed her first headlining tour, playing select dates across the country in March and April, including SXSW, and she’s beginning the year straight off the bat with a sold-out hometown show at the Bowery Ballroom. After a few shows in the U.S. this month, she’ll travel to Europe and tour with The National, come home and give herself a nice week off, and then hit the road again! This week also finds Sharon as the iTunes Discovery Download. Do yourself a favor in 2011 and make plans now to check out a singer-songwriter who The Wall Street Journal has called “a major talent in bloom”…

Listen to Sharon Van Etten’s “Don’t Do It”: here | Check out two SVE tracks on NPR’s World Café: here

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SHARON VAN ETTEN TOUR DATES:

Sat          01/08/11     New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom  #
Wed        01/19/11     New Haven, CT - BAR
Thu        01/20/11      Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's  %
Fri          01/21/11      Columbus, OH - Wexner Center at Ohio State  %
Sat          01/22/11     Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot  %
Sun         01/23/11     Asheville, NC - Broadways  %
Sun        02/13/11       London, England @ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Tues       02/15/11      Belgium, Brussels - Forest National w/The National
Thu        02/17/11      Utrecht @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Fri          02/18/11     Eindhoven @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sat         02/19/11      Groningen, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sun        02/20/11      Rotterdam, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Tues       02/22/11     Poland, Krakow – Studio w/The National
Thu        02/24/11     Poland, Warsaw – Stodola w/The National
Fri          02/25/11     Germany, Berlin - C-Halle w/The National
Sat         02/26/11     Denmark, Aarhus – SCC w/The National
Mon       02/28/11     Sweden, Lund - Färs & Frosta w/The National
Tues       03/01/11     Sweden, Stockholm – Cirkus w/The National
Thu        03/03/11     Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Fri          03/04/11     Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Thu        03/10/11     Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Fri          03/11/11     Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
Sat         03/12/11     Atlanta, GA - 529
Thu        03/17/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Fri         03/18/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Sat         03/19/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Tue         03/22/11     Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture ^
Wed       03/23/11     Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room ^
Thu        03/24/11     San Diego, CA - Soda Bar ^
Fri         03/25/11      Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite ^
Sat         03/26/11      Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar ^
Sun        03/27/11     San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
Tue         03/29/11    Vancouver, BC - Media Club ^
Wed       03/30/11      Portland, OR - Doug Fir ^
Fri         04/01/11      Boise, ID - Neurolux ^
Sat         04/02/11     Salt Lake City, UT - State Room ^
Sun        04/03/11     Denver, CO - Walnut Room ^
Mon       04/04/11     Omaha, NE - Slowdown ^
Wed       04/06/11     Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center ^
Thu        04/07/11     Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater ^
Fri         04/08/11      Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin ^
Sat         04/09/11     Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
Sun        04/10/11     Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern ^
Tue        04/12/11      Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel ^
Wed       04/13/11     Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo  ^
Thu        04/14/11     Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^
Sun        04/17/11     Washington, DC - Red Palace ^

#   with War On Drugs, Sebastian Blanck
%  with Julianna Barwick
^  Little Scream

The White Buffalo New CD + Tour Dates

The White Buffalo represents an authentic homage to the times of hard touring, hard drinking artists who truly lived what they sang about. Seamlessly moving from heartfelt ballads to raucous bar songs, The White Buffalo sings with honesty and thoughtful reflection as he wanders the road, sharing his music.  Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range.  From his whiskey-drenched, growling lows to heart-stopping highs, The White Buffalo paints a touching picture, whether he stands alone or performs with his energetic, charismatic band.

After vigorously road testing his new material, The White Buffalo is releasing his latest EP, Prepare for Black & Blue on Ruff Shod Records, State Radio's imprint label through Nettwerk, this fall. Produced by Jimmy Messer, this collection of songs showcases The White Buffalo's stripped down unmistakable sound.

To catch a glimpse of the live White Buffalo experience, watch this live video of EP track "Into the Sun."

The White Buffalo Tour Dates:

Dec 10 - House of Blues - Boston, MA **
Dec 14 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 15 - The Mint - LA, CA
Dec 16 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
Dec 17 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 18 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
Dec 19 - Hop Monk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA
** Calling All Crows w/ Chad Stokes & Friends

More winter tour dates to be announced soon

Juan-Carlos Formell @ Zinc Bar | NYC

Grammy-nominated Cuban guitarist/composer/vocalist Juan-Carlos Formell re-ignites the connections between Cuban music and jazz with his explosive new project "Johnny's Dream Club". Named for a legendary Havana jazz cabaret, "Johnny's Dream Club" represents a place outside time - the vortex between New Orleans and Havana, where the parallel lines of Cuban music and American jazz converge. It's a new dimension of latin jazz --intense, lyrical, dangerously dream-like. Formell and his all-star quartet map this territory in a delirious sequence of juxtapositions: "Ciudad" ("City"), evoking the nightmare of an urban apocalypse, flows into a  jazz ballad about an elusive love ("Siempre que te vas"); songs about being lost at sea ("Las islas son malvadas", "Cuando hable de la noche") and the bloody history of the Caribbean ("Yanbando") are set against haunting, mystical love songs ("Sotavento", "Fuego de Amor") inspired by Havana's "Feeling" movement.

A precursor to - and influence upon - bossa nova, Feeling emerged from the Bohemian enclaves of Centro Habana in the late 1940s. Feeling's free-style guitar, with progressive harmonies, diminished chords and bittersweet texts of disillusioned love reflected the sophisticated after-hours atmosphere of Havana's bohemian AfroCuban musicians: composer/guitarists Jose Antonio Mendez and Cesar Portillo de la Luz; singers Elena Burke and Omara Portuondo; pianists Bebo Valdes and Peruchin.

Feeling was also the starting point of Juan-Carlos Formell's biography. Born in Havana in 1964, a fourth generation Cuban musician, he learned the technique of the Feeling guitar from the creators of the genre: Mendez, Froilan, Guyun.  He began composing in his teens, and studied bass with Andres Escalona, the first bassist of the Havana Symphony Orchestra. After completing his studies Juan-Carlos became the bassist for the jazz pianist Emiliano Salvador.

As a classically trained bassist, virtuoso guitarist, and composer gifted with a groundbreaking and powerful writing style, Juan-Carlos had all the elements to become a voice of his generation - but instead, was prevented from performing or recording his own work by Cuba's government-controlled music industry because his music didn't fit into any official category. In 1993, after touring Mexico as a replacement for bassist Cachaito Lopez, Juan-Carlos fled to the United State to realize his mission of creating a new wave of Cuban music. He settled in New York City and soon started his own band. His years of struggle were vindicated when he was signed to a major record label in 1999 and his debut album, "Songs from a Little Blue House" was nominated for a Grammy. Part prophet, part poet, in exile Juan-Carlos has forged a post-modern identity for AfroCuban music that has been hailed as "musical magic realism". His five albums constitute an epic poem of Antillean mytho-history, with songs ranging from a paen to the flora and fauna of his native country, a personal invocation to an AfroCuban deity, an ode to a sacred river or a hymn to the "divine light" that brings us to a union with our higher selves. Juan-Carlos describes his new project as "a reflection of our culture today -- in the post-modern landscape, we are all refugees from the broken city, haunted, adrift at sea, in danger of losing our true reference points and losing our way forever. I keep returning to New Orleans for inspiration because I believe that there, at the crossroads of the Caribbean, it's possible to create music that embraces the past while gazing at the future -- a new music without genres and categories."

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Juan-Carlos Formell @ Zinc Bar | NYC  -- November 10th, 2010

ZINC BAR 82 West 3rd St (btw Sullivan & Thompson)
sets: 9:30 PM, 11:30 PM & 1:00 AM

Vanity Theft Announce New Album & Tour

Following on the heels of several months of non-stop touring in support of their recent EP, Anatomy, Vanity Theft, Ohio’s rockin' female quartet is ready to unleash their new full-length album, Get What You Came For, due digitally on February 1st, with the physical album available in stores on March 1st via
Vigilante Music/Adamant Records.

To celebrate the news, we’re happy to share a remix of the albums’ track “Anatomy,” by Lefse Records’ artist Houses, who gives the song a nice ambient spin! Vanity Theft is also thrilled to announce a Spring 2011 national tour, alongside Hunter Valentine! The tour will find them hitting markets all across North America- let us know if you’d like to check out any of the dates.

Vanity Theft is Alicia Grodecki (vocals/keyboard), Lalaine (bass), Brittany Hill (guitar) and Elyse Driskill (drums). Over the past five years, the band has built a rabid following the old fashioned way: by touring their asses off. The bands’ early gigs started in their hometown of Dayton, then spread after a highly successful stint on 2009’s Warped Tour, resulting in several national tours in 2010 (most recently with Sick of Sara).

Reminiscent of some of the best old school as well as post riot-grrl indie sounds (The Runaways, L7, Sleater Kinney), Vanity Theft tears it up live, leaving the audience almost as sweat-drenched as the band when it’s all over.

After attracting the attention of former Disney Channel star Lalaine, who joined the band permanently earlier this year, the band set to work on the Anatomy EP, which dropped last month as a precursor to the upcoming full-length. Get What You Came For finds the band at their very best: catchy, edgy, and dancey as hell. The album kicks off with the charging track “Trainwreck,” and doesn’t let you go until the final notes of “Missing Teeth” slowly fade out.

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Upcoming Vanity Theft Tour Dates

November 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Birdie's
November 12 - Dayton, OH - Canal Street Tavern

(* = w/ Hunter Valentine)
February 2 - New York, NY - The Knitting Factory *
February 4 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
February 5 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone *
February 7 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory *
February 9 - Webster, TX - Club Eden *
February 10 - Austin, TX - Emo's *
February 11 - San Antonio, TX - Korova *
February 12 - Dallas, TX - Sue Ellen's *
February 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory *
February 17 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Rogue Bar *
February 18 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
February 20 - San Francisco, CA - Milk Bar *
February 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven *
February 25 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *
February 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Burts Tiki *
March 1 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
Mar 2 - St. Louis, MO - Ciceros *

Jarrod Gorbel: "Ten Years Older" Video Premiere on AOL Music Blog

Jarrod Gorbel's new video for "Ten Years Older," the single off his debut solo album Devil's Made A New Friend, premiered yesterday on the AOL Music Blog. Directed by Blake Behnam and Nic Hill, the heartening clip can now also be seen here, while the soaring, soulful track can be downloaded as a free MP3 as well. Gorbel, formerly of The Honorary Title, released Devil's Made A New Friend on August 31st via Burning-house Records/Gorbel music.Having just wrapped a month-long tour with Fun and Steel Train, Gorbel began a three-week run supporting Hanson last night at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. The tour will travel throughout the southeast, northeast, and into Canada, concluding November 23rd at Guvernment in Toronto, ON. Gorbel will also headline the Back Booth in Orlando, FL, on November 7th and Go Bar in Athens, GA, on Nov. 11th, in addition to a show at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on December 8th.

Gorbel, after releasing albums under The Honorary Title moniker since 2003, has embarked on a new career as a solo artist with Devil's Made A New Friend. The lush album is piloted by Gorbel's passionate vocals and steeped in warm arrangements, with influences that range from classic soul to traditional folk and Americana. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Blake Sennett (of Rilo Kiley and The Elected), Devil's Made A New Friend also features guest appearances by Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Mystic Valley Band), Adam McDougall (Black Crowes), Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), and Nate Wolcott (Mystic Valley Band).

Jarrod Gorbel on tour:

NOV. 2 AUSTIN, TX ANTONES*

NOV. 3 HOUSTON, TX HOUSE OF BLUES*

NOV. 5 ST. PETERSBURG, FL STATE THEATRE*

NOV. 6 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL REVOLUTION*

NOV. 7 ORLANDO, FL BACK BOOTH

NOV. 10 ATLANTA, GA VARIETY PLAYHOUSE*

NOV. 11 ATHENS, GA GO BAR

NOV. 12 CHARLOTTE, NC AMOS' SOUTHEND*

NOV. 13 BALTIMORE, MD SONAR*

NOV. 14 FALLS CHURCH, VA STATE THEATRE*

NOV. 15 NORTHAMPTON, MA CALVIN THEATRE*

NOV. 18 MONTREAL, QC CLUB SODA*

NOV. 19 STROUDSBURG, PA SHERMAN THEATER*

NOV. 20 WALLINGFORD, CT THE DOME AT OAKDALE*

NOV. 21 BURLINGTON, VT HIGHER GROUND*

NOV. 23 TORONTO, ON GUVERNMENT*

DEC. 8 MADISON, WI U. OF WISCONSIN

* supporting Hanson

Vanity Theft Drop New EP "Anatomy" and Announce Tour!

Five years ago the girls of Vanity Theft were high schoolers in Dayton, Ohio itching to do something more with their free time after school, so like many kids across the country, they started a band. What set them apart from the other teenagers they knew rocking in their parents' basement is that they knew from the moment that they picked up their guitars, that this wasn’t some fleeting childhood hobby- this was their life.

Alicia Grodecki (vocals/keyboard), Brittany Hill (guitar) and Elyse Driskill (drums) gigged their asses off around Ohio, making a name for themselves in their hometown and surrounding areas. They were gaining a considerable local following and the buzz kept mounting, resulting in a stint on the 2009 Warped Tour. They continued playing more and more high profile gigs and venues, packing places like the Peabody's in Cleveland and the Viper Room in LA.

In early 2010, they realized there was something missing from the band…a solid permanent bassist. Having not found someone that fit the mentality of the band as a collaborative partnership with being friends and having fun coming first, they finally fell into a bit luck. Their brand of dancey, catchy-as–hell rock caught the attention of former Disney Channel star, Lalaine who had been a fan since their last LP Postscript: Pace Yourself. After hearing through friends that the band was in need of a bassist, Lalaine flew from Burbank to audition for them in Ohio. The new quartet hit it off immediately, and Lalaine relocated soon after.

Inspired by heroes like Sleater-Kinney, the girls of Vanity Theft are ready to dominate. They releasing a new EP Anatomy October 26th, touring like crazy, and prepping a full length for release early Spring.

Check out some A/V goodies from the upcoming EP…Click HERE for a free download of the track “Anatomy” or HERE to watch their video for the tune “Limb from Limb”

US Tour Dates

09/21- SEATTLE, WA @ Studio 7
09/22 - PORTLAND, OR @ Mississippi Pizza
09/26 - LOS ANGELES, CA @ Roxy
09/29 - ROSWELL, NM @ Unity Center
09/30 - EL PASO, TX @ House of Rock
10/02 - DALLAS, TX @ The Prophet Bar
10/03 - SAN ANTONIO, TX @ The Ten Eleven
10/04 - KANSAS CITY, MO @ Riot Room
10/05 - ST. LOUIS, MO @ Cicero's
10/20 - NEW YORK, NY @ Webster Hall (CMJ SESAC Showcase w/ BRAHMS, HOUSES) - 7pm
10/23 - DANBURY, CT @ Larry's
10/24 - NEW HAVEN, CT @ Stella Blues Bar
10/25 - PITTSBURGH, PA @ The Shadow Lounge
10/27 - SOUTH BEND, IN @ Anchor Inn
10/29 - ST. PAUL, MN @ Big V's
10/31 - MADISON, WI @ The Annex
11/05 - COLUMBUS, OH @ Circus
11/12 - DAYTON, OH @ Canal Street Tavern

Tell President Obama to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks

Every day our cars and trucks guzzle an eye-popping 378 million gallons of gasoline, spewing millions of tons of global warming pollution into the air. This accounts for about 40 percent of U.S. oil consumption, with freight trucks adding another 14 percent.

Saving oil in transportation is crucial for reducing our perilous foreign energy dependence and addressing the climate challenge. Improving vehicle technology also would keep our domestic auto industry competitive in a world where fuel efficiency has become a significant advantage in the global marketplace.

Yonder Mountain & Leftover Salmon @ Red Rocks

This Friday August 27th Leftover Salmon will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Billed with Yonder Mountain String Band and Split Lip Rayfield, this is sure to be a show not to be missed. This evening of music will bring two of Colorado’s best known jam grass bands together on a bill that’s long overdue! Salmon will hit the stage at 7pm sharp, so plan on getting there on time. Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com

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Meet the Band / DVD Signing Thursday August 26th!

To kick off Friday’s festivities at Red Rocks and celebrate the release of our new DVD “Twice in a Blue Moon” that was filmed at the bands 20th celebration this past New Year’s, Drew, Vince, and the gang will be on hand at Pete’s Monkey Bar on Thursday.  They will be signing your copy of the DVD. there will also be a blow out merchandise sale. Yonder will be playing at the Ogden Theatre that night and this will be a pre-party to their performance later that evening.

Pete’s Monkey Bar is located two blocks west of the Ogden at 717 East Colfax Ave in Denver. Come by between 6pm and 8:30pm and get your copy of the DVD and say HI! This DVD is also available online at www.leftoversalmon.com.

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Harvest Festival at Mountain Mulberry October 14-16

Leftover Salmon will return to Harvest Festival in Ozark, Arkansas on October 15th. Ticket are on sale now. This festival takes place on a beautiful site with large open fields and plenty of camping. The lineup includes Yonder Mountain Sting Band, Keller Williams, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Brett Dennen, Emmitt/Nershi Band, Cornmeal, and many more. Checkout www.yonderharvestfestival.com for complete details.