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Meat Puppets announce US tour dates supporting the release of "Lollipop"

Legendary rock trio Meat Puppets announce spring and summer tour dates supporting the relese of their 13th LP, Lollipop - out April 12, 2011 on Megaforce Records - including a run of dates with Slightly Stoopid!
Lollipop is now available for pre-order.  Check out album art and download the first track off the upcoming LP, "Damn Thing." Produced by band leader Curt Kirwood, and recorded at Spoon's HiFi Studio in Austin.
Lollipop features the indelible Kirkwood brothers back at work and back at play on 12 powerful new original cuts.
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Meat Puppets Tour Dates
Apr 27 - Busters - Lexington, KY *
Apr 28 - The Valarium - Knoxville, TN *
Apr 30 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK *
May 1 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS *
May 3 - Simon Estes Amphitheater - Des Moines, IA *
May 5 - The Venus - Fargo, ND *
May 6 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN *
May 7 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO *
June 8 - The Blue Light - Lubbock, TX
June 9 - Santa Fe Brewing Co. - Santa Fe, NM
June 10 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
June 11 - The Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ
June 14 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
June 15 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
June 16 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
June 17 - Independent - San Francisco, CA
June 18 - Humboldt Brews - Arcata, CA
June 20 - Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA
June 21 - Crocodile - Seattle, WA
June 22 - Doug Fir - Portland, OR
June 23 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
June 25 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
June 26 - Abbey Theater - Durango, CA
June 29 - Bluebird - Denver, CO
June 30 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
July 1 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE
July 9 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI
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w/ Slightly Stoopid *

Dawn Of The Gecko Release Debut EP, "Raised In The Gecko"

Phil Jourdan of the musical duo Dawn Of the Gecko announced today that their debut album “Raised in the Gecko,” has been released and is currently available for purchase on iTunes and other online retailers. The five track EP features a delightful assortment of cabaret-electronic rock songs mixed with comical lyrics and beats that don’t disappoint.

Describing their genre, Jourdan said, “If it’s melodramatic, campy and upbeat, you’re halfway there. If you incorporate a look of theatrical nonsense into the music and you tell a story, you’re even closer. But I’d say the main thing is to be faithful to the spirit of cabaret, with its grotesqueness and its creepy vibe.” Jourdan, along with partner Sam Folkes, is creating music that serves the dual purpose of both sounding great and making you laugh.

Their second EP, “Gecko! Echo! Echo!” is already in the process of being completed, and is expected to be released in late March, 2011. Dawn Of The Gecko currently performs in local bars, but have their sights set on other venues as well.

The pair met in 2010 through a friend, to whom they have since dedicated a song (“Jim’s Girl”), and discovered they both liked to make music. Their friendship was solidified when they became roommates after Folkes decided to move to Leamington. Though they didn’t know it at the time, a musical match made in heaven was about to be born.

Though both were musicians prior to meeting, neither had the passion that they now both have with Dawn Of The Gecko. Jourdan commented, “I’ve been playing guitar and bass since high school, though I never took it very seriously and prefer to sing when possible. We both like to geek around with sounds, though Sam’s been at it far longer than I have. I used to play little one-man comedy gigs — then I stopped for several years. It was only after meeting Sam that I decided to play live again. We play a gig weekly here in Leamington Spa, where we also live.”

Folkes studied Music Composition and Technology at the University of Hertfordshire and has had a lifelong interest in music. He began playing the piano at age fifteen as a result of being such a huge fan of Boogie-Woogie.

While the pair came up with the band’s name in five minutes by randomly choosing words, selecting their sound took a bit longer. “Initially, we simply wanted to make funny cabaret songs, but given Sam’s love for electronic music and my interest in heavy rock, we quickly expanded the sound and different things until we were happy with the “Gecko sound”. That “Gecko sound” consists of Jourdan on guitar, bass, and singing vocals, with Folkes on piano and doing the programming and mixing.

Coming up with the concept of doing Cabaret-electronica music was a somewhat natural evolution of things that the Dawn of the Gecko band members had been doing on their own. “We were mostly interested in doing stupid pantomime-style stuff when we started out. The comedy bit seemed obvious — we both like not to take our music too seriously. The electronica influences (as well as the occasional industrial influences) came later, when we tried to make the songs sound more original, more relevant to our interests. Not all of our songs are meant to be hilarious, but they’re all pretty stupid lyrically, and they incorporate silly little melodies.

“Raised In The Gecko” can be purchased here.

Echo & The Bunnymen Announce North American Tour

British post-punk legends Echo & The Bunnymen have announced the North American leg of their acclaimed Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here tour. The band will be playing those two legendary albums in their entirety. The UK leg of the tour saw the band play to rapturous sold out audiences. See a clip of them playing the Crocodiles track “Stars and Stars” at Liverpool’s Olympia here.

Echo & The Bunnymen toured North America last year in support of their acclaimed album The Fountain. They kicked off the run of dates with a thunderous performance at Coachella and stormed their way from coast to coast. Don’t miss the chance to see this legendary band perform two of their classic albums live!

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Echo & The Bunnymen 2011 North American Tour

5/9  Boston, MA  @ Paradise Club
5/11 Washington, DC @ 9.30 Club
5/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
5/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
5/16  Toronto, Canada  @ Phoenix Theatre
5/17  Chicago, IL  @ Vic Theatre
5/19  San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
5/20  Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Casino
5/21 Los Angeles, CA  @ Club Nokia Theatre
5/22  Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues

Hatcham Social US Tour With Echo & The Bunnymen

They don't make them like this anymore... the well-scrubbed Londoneering indie poptastic quartet Hatcham Social consist of Toby Kidd (vocals / guitar), Finn Kidd (drums), Dave Fineberg (bass / vocals) and multi-tasking new boy Jerome Watson (synth / guitar). You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil is Hatcham Social's debut album. Recorded at big mushroom studios in the north of England with the Charlatans singer Tim Burgess and Jim Spencer at the controls this is a spiky, sparky collection of itching pop tunes which hark back to a time of musical innocence. Live favourites 'So So Happy Making' and 'Penelope (under my hat)' make a reappearance but other than those old lags this is a set of brand new songs highlighted by the tetchy lead off single 'Murder in the Dark', the exotic spoken word dramatics of 'Jabberwocky' and the frankly terrific summer-anthem-in-waiting 'Sidewalk'.

You couldn't accuse the Hatcham boys of rushing things either: in the past two years they have released four limited edition independent singles, compiled two mini-album cassette, played over 200 gigs (including selling out the 100 Club in London and the Fleche D'or in Paris) and enraptured countless music lovers with the sort of charmingly jagged old school alternative stance several of us thought had been destroyed forever by the corporate indie boomtime of the early noughties. In 2008 alone they toured the UK with the Charlatans and then with Ipso Facto. They released their 'Crystal World' mini-album in Japan and signed to TBD Records in North America, becoming Radiohead's labelmates. Behind the cassette releases and the fringes and the fairly obvious admiration for the ethics, morals, tunes and drumming kittens which defined Postcard Records twenty years ago there lurks a hardboiled attitude which takes them well out of any precious indie ghetto. Toby puts it so succintly: "I am not against selling records, but I am against selling shit records." Check out Hatcham Social on tour with Echo & The Bunnymen this fall! US tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

Nov 17 - Black Cat - Washington, DC

Nov 18 - State Theatre - State College, PA

Nov 20 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA

Nov 21 - Stage One - Fairfield, CT

Nov 15 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

Nov 22 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY

Nov 23 - House of Blues - Boston, MANov 25 -  Metro - Chicago, IL