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Guster releases new EP, kicks off Tour with Jack's Mannequin

Today marks the release of On The Ocean, the new EP from iconic alt-pop outfit Guster. Guster has been growing their cult-like fanbase for over 15 years now, and as evident by their latest album Easy Wonderful, they are only getting better. The band feels the release of Easy Wonderful marked a turning point in their career, and believe they have emerged from the process as "stronger players, writers and record makers".

This 6 song collection features previously unreleased tracks as well as a few acoustic versions and remixes of songs that will be familiar to Guster fans.  While the EP is available from your traditional digital outlets such as itunes and amazon, the band will hold true to their progressive nature, making physical copies of the album only available from independent retailers and at the shows themselves.

Below is a list of the tour dates for Guster's summer run with Jack's Mannequin. Make sure you find your way to the show when they're in your town, and experience for yourself the effect "feeling more energized about our music and playing together than ever" has had on the band's already legendary live performance copies of the album only available from independent retailers and at the shows themselves.

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8/6 is now at the State Theater

8/16 in Portsmouth has been canceled.

8/21 in Pompano Beach is now Ft Lauderdale at Revolution Live

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Tour Dates

08/02/11 - Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cd Melody Tent
08/03/11 - Danbury, CT @ Ives Concert Park
08/04/11 - Newport, RI @ Newport Yacht Club
08/06/11 - Portland, ME @ The State Theatre
08/07/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six
08/09/11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
08/11/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
08/12/11 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
08/13/11 - Canandaigua, NY @CMAC
08/15/11 - Vienna, VA @Wolf Trap
08/17/11 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
08/19/11 - Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
08/20/11 - Mt Pleasant, SC @ Patriots Point
08/21/11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
08/23/11 - Tampa, FL @ Ritz Ybor
08/24/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
08/29/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at White River
08/30/11 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
08/31/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
09/02/11 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium
09/03/11 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
09/04/11 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

Chad Stokes of State Radio at the Fox Theatre

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Chadwick Stokes at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, September 20th.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24th for $17.00.

It takes a certain type of musician to hop freight trains and barrel across the vastness of North America with his brother and cousin.  Especially for an artist who, just years before, sold out Madison Square Garden for three consecutive nights. CHAD “CHADWICK” STOKES is anything but a typical rock star. So, there was the singer-guitarist for bands Dispatch and State Radio, wading across a river to escape the chasing railroad bulls and hanging in the different down and out jungles with other traveling folks. And in the end, after the three had finally reached the West Coast and were laying face down in the dirt at gunpoint care of the NSA, he says it was all well worth it.

“I had ridden the trains a little bit in the past for a day or two but I had never done it for weeks at a time,” Stokes says. “I discovered an America that I knew was out there but had limited experience with.  There's all kinds of people out on the rails:  people simply trying to get from point A to B, people running from whatever they left behind, people with nowhere else to go.  You get to see a part of America that only the trains go through -- remote stretches without any sign of mankind."  It was out on these long isolated stretches and in the inner city train yards that Stokes found the inspiration for his solo debut, titled SIMMERKANE II.

At a time when the term Indie-rock refers more to a guitar sound then doing anything truly independent, Stokes is an artist who has genuinely lived the credo. Unassisted by a major label, his band Dispatch arose from the college circuit to become an international musical phenomenon. With only a celebrated live show and a series of self-released albums the band was not only able to sell out Madison Square Garden several times but attract 110,000+ fans to a Boston concert.

While riding the rails, Stokes made a designated stop so his band, State Radio, could play an anti-war concert at the Denver Coliseum with Rage Against The Machine.  It is a DIY social consciousness that Stokes came to early in life - growing up as a pacifist, working in Zimbabwe after high school and eventually co-founding the Elias Fund, the Dispatch Foundation, and now Calling All Crows.  In 2008, Stokes was honored as Humanitarian of the Year at the Boston Music Awards.

Simmerkane II, a proper follow-up to the State Radio EP (Simmerkane I), is a marked evolution in the musician-songwriter’s creative journey. Produced by John Dragonetti (of The Submarines), the album features background vocals from Carly Simon, Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), The White Buffalo, Blake Hazard (The Submarines), and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The sound is an engaging mix of Americana, country, folk and rock in the service of some undeniably evocative lyrics. The songs tell a loose narrative of travel, love and loss, like some re-imagined rock-n-roll odyssey.

Simmerkane II is an ambitious album about discovery, loss and moving on. What begun as a journey across an unseen America becomes a moving musical tribute to the resilience of the human heart. “The album was initially inspired by the freight train trip with my brother and that vast underworld that exists out there,” Stokes explains. “But then it’s also about growing up on the farm and losing loved ones; a young man learning about life.” In his spare time, Stokes can still be found hopping trains with his beloved travel companion, Lefty.

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Chadwick Stokes of State Radio & Dispatch

Fox Theatre

Tuesday, September 20th

Doors:  8:30 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Wagons' 'Rumble, Shake & Tumble' is twisted country-rock from Oz

While the title Rumble, Shake & Tumble goes a long way in describing Wagons’ unruly yet easy-to-like roots-rock sound, all you really have to do is listen to the disc’s opening lines.

Ellie Goulding Announces North American Tour

UK singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding announced today that she will tour in support of her stateside debut, LIGHTS out March 8th on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The tour will commence with performances at SXSW and wrap at Coachella in Indio, CA. Currently nominated for two 2011 BRIT Awards (for “British Female Solo Artist” and “British Breakthrough Act”), Goulding is gearing up for the Stateside release of Lights.
“I’m really excited to come to America and visit new places and see new countryside,” she says. “I feel ready to introduce my music and see what people think of it there. I’m hoping they’ll like it and be inspired, the way I was when I first heard certain artists. I want to create that excitement you get when you’ve discovered something special and feel happy to have ever come across it in the first place.”
Having already conquered her native Britain with the best selling debut album of 2010, Lights -- premiering at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, four hit singles she co-wrote, and a BRIT award -- singer-songwriter Ellie Gouldin is ready to make a similar splash in America with her sparkling electro-folk-pop sound. This past December “Your Song” hit #2 on the charts and #1 on the iTunes Chart.
This past September, Ellie made her maiden voyage to the US in support of her EP, AN INTRODUCTION TO ELLIE GOULDING.  She performed in New York and Los Angeles to rave reviews. The New Yorker called Ellie “the future of music” and the Los Angeles Times raved, “She can reel off some powerful drum and guitar chops and her voice is a serious and sure instrument in person.”
Tickets are on sale Friday, check elliegoulding.com to grab yours!
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TOUR DATES
3/16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/17 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/22 - Washington,DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
3/23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
3/24 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live Downstairs
3/27 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
3/30 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/31 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café
4/2 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
4/3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theatre
4/10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
4/11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
4/13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
4/16 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
4/17 - Indio, CA - COACHELLA

DATAROCK Announce The Most Extravagant Single in History

They’ve done everything from tearing the roof off Coachella to playing Yo Gabba Gabba and now DATROCK will release “Catcher in the Rye”, the most extravagant single in history on March 21! The single will come as a designer toy with a USB stick that features 110 tracks, 1500 photos taken at their shows in 33 countries, 20 music videos, and Never Say Die a brand new hour-long concert film. The single will also be released as a digital 5 track EP. The USB features the EP, the new album Music For Synchronization, both of their previous albums with bonus tracks, the new Lost and Found b-sides and rarities compilation, 15 new instrumentals, and the 40 track remix album Mixed Up. The toy was created by Brian Flynn at Hybrid Design and San Francisco based pioneer company SUPER7. The band are offering the song “Catcher in the Rye” as a free MP3 which premiered on SPIN.com.  Download it here!

For the past decade Norway’s DATAROCK have melded indie dance, new wave, pop, and funk into a custom sound responsible for a steady stream of unforgettable tracks and performances.  “Catcher in the Rye” is the band at their best, instantly memorable and insanely fun.  The single takes their adventurous pop to the next level.

DATAROCK are a festival favorite in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. Their 2008 performance at Coachella drew twice the amount of people as the tent’s capacity! The band will be launching a world tour in support of “the most extravagant single in history” so be sure to join in on the madness!

Antibalas 'Who Is This America?' Reissued by Ropeadope

Antibalas is set to have their modern day afrobeat classic, Who Is This America?, reissued by Ropeadope on August 17. While it's common for influential recordings to receive reissue treatment decades later or around specific anniversaries, Ropeadope has made the decision to bring back the Brooklyn-based collective's 2004 album just six years from its initial release for one primary reason: "The questions and powerful social statements on the record are as relevant today as they were in 2004. 'Big Man' is a powerful musical essay on consumerism and the system of continued oppression that it supports, while the title track is even more poignant as our nation continues the struggle for its collective identity in the face of a changing world."

The third album to be recorded and released by Antibalas through that point in time, Who Is This America? was conceived in post-September 11th New York City. As George Bush tried (and later succeeded) in holding on to his presidency, Antibalas was fueling the fires of protest with its powerful musical rhetoric. The 17-piece band simultaneously indicted politicians, ignited a musical tsunami and turned a new generation of listeners on to afrobeat for the first time. In a May 2004 review of the seven-track effort, Pitchfork declared: "Who Is This America?, which in the midst of the current trickle-up afrobeat revival, has Antibalas bringing a more galvanized and urgent righteous noise than ever before, and proving they lead the pack when it comes to the re-imagining and recreating of Fela's archetypal art-form."

Who Is This America? will be reissued on CD with a previously unreleased track produced by Scott Harding entitled "Money Talks." The iTunes version of the reissue will include the exclusive cut, "Paz." Additionally, a special limited edition package featuring the CD, the album download and a reprint of the original Ropeadope "Running Man" t-shirt will be sold at both Antibalas' and Ropeadope's websites.

Formed in Brooklyn circa 1998, Antibalas has shared its dynamic afrobeat and funk sound with 35 countries and over 1000 performances. From humble beginnings at Brooklyn block parties and community benefits, Antibalas has since been featured at prestigious festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury, Montreux, Newport Jazz, and at venues from Riker's Island to Carnegie Hall. Drawing on musical lineages steeped in jazz, funk, Afro‐Caribbean and West African music, the collective is widely recognized for its mastery of and innovation in the afrobeat musical form created in the early 1970s by Nigerian composer/activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Members of Antibalas teamed up with the Dap‐Kings to create the grooves for Amy Winehouse's multi‐platinum Back to Black and continue to work with producer Mark Ronson. The horn section is featured prominently on albums by TV On The Radio and Medeski, Martin & Wood, while winning a Grammy Award for their work on Angelique Kidjo's Djin Djin. Most recently, members of the collective were at the heart of the Tony Award-nominated musical FELA! Born from a series of workshops with director/choreographer Bill T. Jones in late 2006, Antibalas' musicians Aaron Johnson (musical director), Jordan McLean (assistant musical director) and Stuart Bogie helped create what associate producer Questlove called, "the most uncut funk production ever!" After a triumphant Off‐Broadway run, the show opened on Broadway in November 2009 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

The Dig: May Tour Dates With The Joy Formidable

On the heels of tours with both Editors and The Antlers, and Portugal. The Man and Port O'Brien, New York City's fast rising up-and-comers The Dig have announced new May dates in support of The Joy Formidable. The band will first perform at the inaugural Truck America festival at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, on April 30th before embarking on their week-long trip with the UK band. The tour will begin May 1st at a sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge in The Dig's hometown and will end May 8th in Albany, NY, at Jillian's.


Having recently inked a distribution deal with Megaforce, The Dig's debut album Electric Toys - recorded this past summer with producer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & the Johnsons, The Ramones, Bishop Allen) - will now be released June 8th. This evening, meanwhile, viewers can tune in to NBC's new drama Trauma to hear a preview of the album's slow-build-to-burn opener "Carry Me Home," which will be featured on tonight's episode (9pm EST/8pm CST). This is the second primetime song placement for the young band: album track "Look Inside" was featured on The CW's The Vampire Diaries in January. Multiple tracks can currently be heard on the band's MySpace page, while "You're Already Gone" can be downloaded here.


The Dig's summer touring plans will be announced soon.


The Dig tour dates:

APR. 30 BIG INDIAN, NY TRUCK AMERICA (Full Moon Resort)

MAY 1 NEW YORK, NY MERCURY LOUNGE (SOLD OUT)*

MAY 4 TORONTO, ON HORSESHOE TAVERN*

MAY 5 MONTREAL, QC THE GREEN ROOM*

MAY 6 BOSTON, MA HARPER'S FERRY*

MAY 7 PHILADELPHIA, PA KUNG FU NECKTIE*

MAY 8 ALBANY, NY JILLIAN'S*

* with The Joy Formidable

The Dig is: David Baldwin (guitar, vocals), Emile Mosseri (bass, vocals), Erick Eiser (keys, guitar), and Jamie Alegre (drums).

Krishna Das Kicks Off US Tour TODAY

Called the “Chant Master of American Yoga” by the New York Times, Krishna Das has recently released Heart As Wide As The World, his first studio album in ten years, this month. The album is a collaboration with David Nichtern (“Midnight at the Oasis”) who produced and played guitar. Jerry Marotta (Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel) on drums, percussion.  As well as, world musicians Steve Gorn on bansuri flute and Benjy Wertheimer on esraj, amongst an array of other instruments.

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold.  His first studio recording in a decade, “HEART AS WIDE AS THE WORLD” invests KD’s magnetic chanting with an electrifying rock ‘n’ roll sensibility informed by a lifetime of experience and musical love.

Krishna Das has been recording his popular and much-loved albums of kirtan since 1996. Having made numerous pilgrimages to India throughout his career and meeting teachers of many spiritual traditions, Krishna Das follows the path of Bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion – and brings a lifetime of spirituality into his music. Over the years, his collaborators in the studio have included Rick Rubin on Door of Faith, Sting on Pilgrim Heart and Mike D in a 50-person kirtan choir on Breath of the Heart, also produced by Rubin.

Krishna Das has toured extensively through North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and counts Madonna and Mike D of the Beastie Boys amongst his fans. Krishna Das will be touring this spring with Deva Premal & Miten, dubbed “The Johnny and June Carter Cash of chant” by Yoga Journal . Together they are creating an extraordinary series of concerts across the US, highlighting the newfound popularity of kirtan and mantra chanting. These musicians, who have enjoyed a worldwide grassroots success the past decade, are each celebrating the release of new albums with their first co-headlined tour.

Krishna Das LIVE with Dava Premal & Miten:
03/24    Seattle - Moore Theatre 
03/25    Portland - Crystal Ballroom
03/27  Los Angeles - Wilshire Ebell
03/28   San Francisco - Warfield Theater
03/30    Phoenix - Mesa Arts Center
03/31    Tucson - Rialto Theatre
04/01     Santa Fe - Lensic Theatre
04/03     Denver  - Paramount Theatre
04/05     Dallas - Unity Church
04/07     Atlanta - Variety playhouse
04/08   Washington, DC - Bethesda Theatre
04/09     Philadelphia - Keswick Theatre
04/12  Chicago North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
04/14    Boston - Somerville Theater
04/15    New York - Webster Hall

Krishna Das releases New Album, Tour Dates

Called the “Chant Master of American Yoga” by the New York Times, Krishna Das will release Heart As Wide As The World, his first studio album in ten years, on March 2nd. The album is a collaboration with David Nichtern (“Midnight at the Oasis”) who produced and played guitar. Jerry Marotta (Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel) on drums, percussion.  As well as, world musicians Steve Gorn on bansuri flute and Benjy Wertheimer on esraj, amongst an array of other instruments.

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold.  His first studio recording in a decade, “HEART AS WIDE AS THE WORLD” invests KD’s magnetic chanting with an electrifying rock ‘n’ roll sensibility informed by a lifetime of experience and musical love.

Krishna Das has been recording his popular and much-loved albums of kirtan since 1996. Having made numerous pilgrimages to India throughout his career and meeting teachers of many spiritual traditions, Krishna Das follows the path of Bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion – and brings a lifetime of spirituality into his music. Over the years, his collaborators in the studio have included Rick Rubin on Door of Faith, Sting on Pilgrim Heart and Mike D in a 50-person kirtan choir on Breath of the Heart, also produced by Rubin.


Krishna Das has toured extensively through North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and counts Madonna and Mike D of the Beastie Boys amongst his fans. Krishna Das will be touring this spring with Deva Premal & Miten, dubbed “The Johnny and June Carter Cash of chant” by Yoga Journal . Together they are creating an extraordinary series of concerts across the US, highlighting the newfound popularity of kirtan and mantra chanting. These musicians, who have enjoyed a worldwide grassroots success the past decade, are each celebrating the release of new albums with their first co-headlined tour.

Krishna Das LIVE with Dava Premal & Miten:
03/24    Seattle - Moore Theatre
03/25    Portland - Crystal Ballroom
03/27  Los Angeles - Wilshire Ebell
03/28   San Francisco - Warfield Theater
03/30    Phoenix - Mesa Arts Center
03/31    Tucson - Rialto Theatre
04/01     Santa Fe - Lensic Theatre
04/03     Denver  - Paramount Theatre
04/05     Dallas - Unity Church
04/07     Atlanta - Variety playhouse
04/09     Philadelphia - Keswick Theatre
04/12  Chicago North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
04/14    Boston - Somerville Theater
04/15    New York - Webster Hall

ABOVE & BEYOND TO RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA

British electronica act ABOVE & BEYONDJono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki—is set to return to North America for a fall club tour in support of their new compilation AnjunaBEATS VOLUME 7, released October 6 via ULTRA Records.

Kicking off Halloween evening at Roseland Ballroom in New York City with an album launch event where the guys will also be doing an album signing at the merch table after their set, the month-long trek will take the trio to Atlanta, Detroit, and St. Louis prior to hitting Glow @ Fur in Washington, DC. They’ll continue on through Indianapolis, Columbus, Denver, and Minneapolis before stopping at Vision in Chicago and Moon in Las Vegas. Sacramento, Seattle, and Vancouver come next, and the tour wraps with two Texas shows in El Paso (November 27) and Austin (November 28).

ANJUNABEATS Volume 7 is a double-disc set with 28 tracks showcasing the best music from their respected Anjunabeats imprint, one of the world’s premiere trance and progressive house labels.  In addition, the set also includes a bonus DVD featuring the film “A Dog With a Smile” with a look at life on tour with Above & Beyond. Longstanding ANJUNABEATS producers Oliver Smith, Super8 & Tab, Jaytech, and new talent represented by 19-year-old Mat Zo and Cold Blue contribute to the collection with three productions each. Album highlights include A&B’s new track “Anjunabeach” and a remix of Dirty Vegas’ “Tonight,” created in just 24 hours at Ibiza’s International Music Summit and heavily supported by Pete Tong on Radio 1.

In other news, Above & Beyond has launched ‘A&B Connect v1.0’ on October 7, a brand new iPhone and iPod Touch app enabling fans to stay in direct contact with the band, wherever they are. The app, which is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes store, gives fans access to latest news, music, tweets, pictures, podcasts, A&B TV videos, tour info, and using the app's push notification system, Above & Beyond also plan to send personal messages to app users' iPhones. According to Paavo Siljamaki, "This is really just the beginning of our plans for the app--future updates will really focus on direct contact with our fans, as well as giving fans the chance to interact with like-minded souls all over the globe via a new community-based platform that we're cooking up.”

Catch ABOVE & BEYOND in North America on the following dates:

Date                              City                                          Venue

Sat       10/31               New York, NY                          Roseland Ballroom

Wed    11/11               Atlanta, GA                              Opera

Thu      11/12               Detroit, MI                                Crofoot

Fri        11/13               St. Louis, MO                          Lure

Sat       11/14               Washington, DC                     Glow @ Fur

Mon     11/16               Indianapolis, IN                        Talbott St

Wed    11/18               Columbus, OH                        BoMa

Thu      11/19               Denver, CO                             BETA

Fri        11/20               Minneapolis, MN                      Epic

Sat       11/21               Chicago, IL                              Vision

Sun      11/22               Las Vegas, NV                        Moon

Tue      11/24               Sacramento, CA                     Barcode

Wed    11/25               Seattle, WA                             Last Supper Club (Anniversary)

Thu      11/26               Vancouver, BC                        Celebrities

Fri        11/27               El Paso, TX                             Club 101

Sat       11/28               Austin, TX                                Travis County Expo Center