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GOMEZ Announce July Tour Dates

Fresh off the exciting announcement of their seventh studio album release, Whatever’s On Your Mind, Mercury Music Prize winning five-piece, Gomez, will be heading out on tour! Whatever’s On Your Mind is due on June 21, 2011 on ATO Records; pre-order the album now. Their first single from the new collection, “Options”, is available on iTunes now. You can stream the song here.
With a performance in the Dave Matthews Band Caravan and a stop at NYC’s Terminal 5, the band will be making their way through a multitude of cities for their July run of dates in support of the album. Gomez’ live shows are legendary – the band defies genres and labels and in doing so have quietly built a massive audience by consistently transporting listeners into a state of head-bobbing bliss. With their signature vocals and song stylings in full effect on this album, you can count on electrifying performances that show the true musicality of the band, exemplified by their time-tested, audience-approved live shows.
Serving as the follow-up to their acclaimed 2009 release, A New Tide their forthcoming album sees Gomez (Ben Ottewell, Tom Gray, Paul “Blackie” Blackburn, Ian Ball and Olly Peacock) pushing their limits in a way we have not yet heard. The band partnered up with longtime friend, Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet) to co-produce and sought out to feature other artist friends on the record, Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun, Sleepy Jackson) and  Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine).


Whatever’s On Your Mind, their first self-produced offering since 2001’s In Our Gun, finds Gomez driving forward on a beautifully lush and dynamic album. There is a fresh feeling of rebirth and awakening. One to raise a smile even from the naysayers. A broad grin from the rest of us.

Full list of announced dates are below with more to be announced soon, including west coast, rocky mountain and northwest shows.
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TOUR DATES
July 8 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads
July 9 - Minneapolis, MN - Basilica Block Party
July 10 - Chicago, IL - DMB Caravan
July 12  - Boston, MA - The Paradise
July 14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
July 15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
July 16 - Ottawa, ON - (venue to be announced on 4/26)
July 17 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
July 18 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
July 20 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre Outside*
July 21 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore*
July 22 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle*
July 23 - Glen Allen, VA - Innsbruck After Dark*
* with John Butler Trio

The Shpongletron Experience at the Boulder Theater

Shpongle & Z2 Entertainment are proud to present The Shpongletron Experience with Random Rab & Hallucinogen at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011.

After three groundbreaking albums over the course of a decade, the internationally acclaimed electronica project Shpongle has returned from what fans feared was the end of the project when Nothing Lasts…but Nothing is Lost, their third album, was released. Not prepared to leave us hanging, electronic music pioneers Simon Posford and Raja Ram have continued to push the envelope and break boundaries to create yet another sonic masterpiece: the much-awaited fourth Shpongle album, Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland.

There are languages here that Shpongle fans will know and love as much as their previous work, and yet there are some massive leaps forward in terms of production techniques, sonic trickery, structure, and direction compared to all of the previous outings to date. With influences drawn from anywhere from Steve Reich and Mike Oldfield to the Batman movies and beyond, this really is another over the top record in terms of production skills, tonal textures, and original ideas from Shpongle. It is rich in detail and emotion, in worldly and otherworldly samples and inspiration, and in harmonic and melodic construction.

Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland opens with the massive Electroplasm, a rapidfire ascent into eastern scales and rich harmonic textures, underscored with a strongly pronounced rhythmic foundation. They dial in a different mode with Shpongolese Spoken Here, which transitions from glitchy breaks to four-on-the-floor mayhem before settling into a more laid-back but bouncy number. Nothing is Something Worth Doing is a grounded yet floaty work featuring a sophisticated tonal and harmonic palette, six-and-a-half minutes of timelessness before fading into the long-awaited Ineffable Mysteries. With original atmospheric and vocal samples from India, this tracks simple beginnings lead to a strong rhythmic drive and incredible sonic manipulations blending Raja Rams flute, Indian vocals, and synthesized creations.

That journey is followed by another - I Am You moves through shifting sands of time and sound, from its mysterious beginning through its central love song inspired by a special muse, evolving into a rhythmic and sonic tapestry of phenomenal complexity. Invisible Man In A Fluorescent Suit opens with a mournful cello solo that expands in true Shpongolian fashion into a celebratory melodic blend of synthesized and organic instrumentation before fading into the next track. No Turn Un-Stoned is cut from a different cloth, with a broodier opening that morphs into shimmering effects and soulful vocals floating over crisply defined rhythmic elements.

The final track is a multi-faceted jewel in the crown of this glowing album: Backwards Through The Cosmic Mirror features a grounded four-on-the-floor rhythm that supports forward-moving harmonic and sonic explorations with as many twists and turns as the previous tracks, eventually fading into the floating sea of soundlessness from which its brilliance arose.



Shpongle continues to evolve and inspire, as their sold-out gigs worldwide have demonstrated. The anticipation for this album is such that their launch party at the Roundhouse in London this October sold out and a second night had to be added. The demand for this album is expected to be in proportion to the uniqueness of its content. The CD booklet was designed by Storm Thorgerson, who created the classic record sleeve for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and other timeless releases, making the entire package a consistent creative tour de force. Unique in their sound, structure, and style, Shpongle is at the forefront of the music of our generation.

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Check out some earlier Shpongle coverage on Grateful Web.

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Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Tickets are On Sale Friday January 21st!

GA / $35  + $2 for under 21 ticket buyers

Stop Arctic Drilling From Harming Polar Bears

The Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska is home to one of America's two populations of threatened polar bears and the only population of Pacific walrus. These great species of the Chukchi are losing their sea-ice habitat at an alarming rate, but that's not the only thing they have to worry about: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar wants to let Big Oil drill in their home.

This summer, thanks to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and our allies, a federal court directed Secretary Salazar to redo the analysis of the environmental impacts of a massive Bush-era oil and gas lease sale in the Chukchi Sea.

But now, just two months later, Salazar has issued a draft document that leaves unanswered hundreds of questions about the impacts of drilling in the Arctic Ocean -- and the potential threat of a spill in those waters.

Don't let Secretary Salazar oil the Arctic. Please act now to tell Salazar that vulnerable Arctic species deserve better than his rushed and incomplete environmental analysis.

Click here to find out more and to take action.

RJD2 Announces Massive Tour in Support of The Colossus

While we wait anxiously for the ever-approaching release of his new record, The Colossus (out January 19th, 2010 on RJ’s Electrical Connections), RJD2 has given fans another reason to rejoice. He will be embarking on a tour of “colossal” proportions! Touring for the majority of January and February, with more dates to follow, RJ will hit the road with a full band, his first such tour since 2008!

RJD2 Tour Dates:

Sat. - Jan. 9 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Sun. - Jan. 10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

Mon. - Jan. 11 - Charlotte, NC @ Visualite Theater

Tue. - Jan. 12 - Savannah, GA @ Live Wire

Wed. - Jan. 13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social

Thu. - Jan. 14 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar

Fri. - Jan. 15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

Sat. - Jan. 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heavan Room)

Sun. - Jan. 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

Mon. - Jan. 18 - Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews

Tue. - Jan. 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Wed. - Jan. 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

Thu. - Jan. 21 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre

Fri. - Jan. 22 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street

Fri. - Feb. 5 - Columbus, OH @ Sully's Music Diner

Sat. - Feb. 6 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House

Sun. - Feb. 7 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

Mon. - Feb. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In

Tue. - Feb. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe

Wed. - Feb. 10 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford

Thu. - Feb. 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas

Fri. - Feb. 12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

Sat. - Feb. 13 - Austin, TX @ Emos

Sun. - Feb. 14 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's

Thu. - Feb. 18 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note

Fri. - Feb. 19 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College - Harris Center

Sat. - Feb. 20 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club

Tell the EPA not to let a massive limestone mining project ruin the Everglades

The Everglades wetlands ecosystem, our country's largest subtropical wilderness, has already been devastated by a century of destructive human activity. For many years, NRDC and other environmental groups have been working to stop a gargantuan limestone mining project from causing even more harm to the Everglades, irreversibly destroying critical wetlands and endangered species habitat, contaminating local drinking water supplies and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Earlier this year, a federal court determined that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the law when it issued permits to the mining industry to turn more than 5,000 acres of Everglades into open pits. But the Corps is now set to re-issue those permits as well as approve the destruction of another 10,000-12,000 acres of wetlands. Together with existing mines, this would amount to converting 30 square miles of historic Everglades and irreplaceable wildlife habitat into mining pits.

As if the devastation to the Everglades were not reason enough to stop the mining, recent studies demonstrate that the proposed mining would endanger the adjacent public wellfield, which supplies drinking water to millions. Alternative mining plans exist, and include large buffers to protect the Everglades and the public wellfield but still allow at least eight years of mining (depending on demand, which has slowed recently).

The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to stop the proposed mining project by vetoing the permits.

What to do

Send a message urging the EPA to exercise its legal responsibility to protect the Everglades and public water supplies by vetoing the proposed permits and to approve only short-term mining plans that will protect the Everglades and public drinking water supplies.