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Live Webcast of The 2011 Hangout Festival

The Hangout Music Festival, America’s only music festival located on white sandy beaches with ocean views, is excited to announce that highlights from the second annual Hangout Music Festival will be streamed live on SPIN.com this weekend, with video production and transmission by iClips.net.

EOTO Releases 39 Track Live Album

The cyber-kinetic bass juggernaut EOTO will release their third annual tour compilation K-Turns and U-Turns for download today, May 17th.  Featuring 39 hand-selected live tracks, spanning four consecutive hours of music, the album captures the best performances of the year with crystal clear soundboard quality. The collection features songs from every genre, style, and tempo from their grueling non-stop 2010 tour highlighting the live evolution of a band that has put their unique stamp on the electronic music world. The album, which has been edited to flow from one song to the next, mirrors the feeling of a live EOTO show creating the perfect environment for on-the-fly living room dance parties and sci-fi soundtracks alike.

Since 2008, Michael Travis and Jason Hann of EOTO have taken on a brutal tour schedule packing in nearly 150 national shows a year. Armed with thousands of performance hours, it is no surprise the duo has become masters of a skill very few have yet to imagine. By incorporating real instruments alongside high-tech computer programming and the tools of a traditional DJ, the band has made major headway in a very short time.

Each twist and turn of their national 2010 tour saw the project adding new gadgets and techniques to their performance style, paving the way for the project to literally evolve before the eyes of the fans. And, with each turn of the tour, the record button was on, marking each and every move they made. In turn, the band has selected their favorite moments for their annual K-Turns and U-Turns release. This year, the band has chosen 39 tracks from over 125 recorded and released shows in 2010. The album highlights the absolute best diversity in their growing catalog of music.

Along with the release, fans who purchase the latest rendition will also receive a FREE download of the coveted Portage Theater performance from May 6th 2011.

To download a copy of K-Turns and U-Turns album check out ___________ or scan through their entire archive of recorded shows at HERE. For more information on the upcoming EOTO summer festival schedule, visit www.eotomusic.com

Jason Aldean Sells Over 66,000 Tickets in 3 Shows!

As the “My Kinda Party Tour” shifts into high gear for the nation’s biggest summer amphitheatre dates, PLATINUM selling country rocker Jason Aldean is already posting capacity crowds well in advance of each concert.  In the upcoming two runs, Aldean has sold out three shows a week in advance, including the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Indianapolis, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Mo. and the Jiffy Lube Live in Washington, DC for a total of over 66,000 tickets sold for the three dates.

"It is exciting to see Jason's shows selling out, but the fact that they are selling out A WEEK IN ADVANCE is nothing short of amazing,” said Brian O’Connell, Live Nation's President of Country Touring.  “Jason is taking his rightful place at the top of the touring world in all genres as a major superstar.”

Fans can now vote for Aldean for the 2011 CMT Awards where he leads the nominations with four for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for “My Kinda Party,” Collaborative Video of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson and Best Web Video of the Year for “My Kinda Party” Live from the CMT Webcast.  He will also perform on the June 8 live broadcast.

Additionally, Aldean’s fourth album which was released on Nov. 2, continues to hold strong in the No. one spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart selling nearly 30,000 copies again this week.  The current single, the fan-favorite “Dirt Road Anthem” is driving up the radio charts parking in the Top 20 only five weeks after release. The track follows MY KINDA PARTY’s two previous No. one hits “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson and it’s title track.

For a full list of tour dates and upcoming appearances, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

THE DEAD KENNY Gs To Tour With PRIMUS

Straight from a three week tour with Garage A Trois, saxophonist Skerik and percussionist/vibraphonist Mike Dillon rejoin bassist Brad Houser in their other primary band, The Dead Kenny Gs, for ten dates supporting Primus in the Southeast at the end of May. The trio will also headline a handful of its own shows during the run. The Dead Kenny Gs are touring behind their critically-acclaimed new album, Operation Long Leash, out now on Royal Potato Family.

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Upcoming tour dates are:

May 27 | Arkansas Music Pavilion | Fayetteville, AR (w/ Primus)
May 27 | George’s | Fayetteville, AR
May 28 | Downtown Benson Street | Omaha, NE (w/ Primus)
May 29 | Pageant | St. Louis, MO (w/ Primus)
May 31 | Memorial Auditorium | Raleigh, NC (w/ Primus)
June 1 | The Fillmore | Charlotte, NC (w/ Primus)
June 3 | Hard Rock Live | Orlando, FL (w/ Primus)
June 4 | The Fillmore | Miami, FL (w/ Primus)
June 5 | Hurricane Bar & Lounge | Delray Beach, FL
June 7 | Ruth Eckard Hall | Clearwater, FL (w/ Primus)
June 8 | Florida Theater | Jacksonville, FL (w/ Primus)
June 9 | North Charleston Performing Arts Center | Charleston, SC (w/ Primus)
June 9 | Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC (Primus After Party)

STS9 @ Hangout Festival 2011

STS9 kicks off a summer of massive touring, performing at a dozen festivals, including Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama, amphitheatres and more in support of their upcoming summer EP release on 1320 Records.

Since forming in Atlanta over a decade ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced a meteoric rise to the forefront of the electronic-rock music scene. Recently ranked #25 among Pollstar’s list of top-grossing touring acts for Summer 2010, STS9 averaged more than 4,200 tickets sold per city on a 25 city tour that boasted opening acts such as Ghostland Observatory, Thievery Corporation and Big Boi of Outkast. The band’s tour culminated with two sold out performances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, with 18,000 fans on-hand to experience the audio-visual force that is STS9.

STS9 truly does it all; from headlining stages at festivals such as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival, to selling out shows around the country in opera houses and amphitheatres alike, to performing with Jay-Z in arenas, to running their own record label, 1320 Records, to using their voice as a platform for change and raising significant amounts of money towards funding for their activism efforts (including $150,000 this past year to The Make it Right Foundation, paving the way to rebuild a house in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans). Pushing boundaries is all in a day’s work for STS9.

In addition to the release of their latest studio album, Ad Explorata (the tenth in their full discography), and in keeping with XLR8R Magazine’s notion that STS9 is "one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around,” June 2010 brought the release of Axe the Cables (1320 Records), a live album featuring STS9’s first ever acoustic performance recorded in late 2009 at the Gates Opera House in Denver, Colorado. These electronic virtuosos got back to their roots, performing on all acoustic instruments to absolutely rave reviews, and inspired additional “unplugged” events at various noteworthy stops across the country during their summer tour – including sold out performances at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, Atlanta’s Tabernacle and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

STS9’s self-owned record label, 1320 Records was founded on the principles of collaboration, cooperation, and community. The goal is clear: bring the music to the people in the most conscious, unique innovative and savvy ways possible. By doing so, the distance lessens between artists and fans, putting the power back in the hands of those that make music and those that live for it.

Ursa Minor Announces New Release & Show

Fronted and founded by New York singer/writer Michelle Casillas, Ursa Minor has become a mainstay in NYC’s indie rock scene. The band delivers a timeless mix of vocal driven pop-rock with a primal rhythmic undercurrent; sharp and urban, broad and free.
Ursa Minor’s debut LP Silent Moving Picture was released by Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, on Smells Like Records. It was a deep and darker picture, slow bumps in the night and big spaces, featuring Casillas’ swampy electric piano and shuddering vocals. Ursa Minor is a band of improvisers, grown from downtown roots. Over many years of live performances and writing, they have pursued their artistic bent without compromise, and coincidentally become a source of naturally catching melodies and themes of a broader life.
From Beaconpass: “This Spring will see the arrival of Ursa Minor’s follow up, SHOWFACE.  The sound is often bigger, louder, more pugnacious: this is the sound of a band playing whatever turns them on. Live, Ursa Minor has been known to take the Violent Femmes' sweet ballad "Please Do Not Go" and turn it into a smoldering reggae slow jam, somewhere between Blondie's version of "The Tide is High" and Patti Smith's "Birdland."  Singer Michelle Casillas and her band can wring every drop of feeling out of a song, whether it's loud or lowdown, sweet or seething.” Many of their peers, some of New York’s most celebrated innovators, are often spotted at their shows, including Norah Jones, Marc Ribot, Joan As Police Woman, and Bill Frisell.
SHOWFACE (Anthemusa Records) was produced by Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, SexMob, Norah Jones, Lounge Lizards, Feist), who is also featured on guitar. Bass whiz Rob Jost (Imogen Heap, Bjork) and NY heavy hitter Robert DiPietro (Norah Jones, Josh Rouse) equally create the sound, contribute songs of great depth and strength, and sing harmony. Special guests include Chris Brown (Joan As Police Woman, Barenaked Ladies, Abrams Brothers) on organ, and Jim Campilongo (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) and Teddy Kumpel (Rickie Lee Jones) on guitars.
Ursa Minor kicks off their new release, SHOWFACE, at NYC’s Joe's Pub, Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30pm!

The Milk Carton Kids On Tour Now!

Their songs disguise the youth of the members of the band. Befittingly, so do the old guitars they play and old clothing they wear. But to be sure, The Milk Carton Kids have something new to present: harmonies & minimalist instrumentation which are a clear reference to times passed, but with an eye intently on the future; a perspective on coming-of-age in the eye of a present-day storm; and the chronicling of an American struggle for simplicity, at least musically. To present it they use two guitars and two voices, they labor over the arrangements, they record themselves live, and they release their music on their own label, and for free.

A performance by The Milk Carton Kids is a quiet and intricate affair. Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan have enjoyed intently listening audiences across the country and abroad in their respective solo careers, but an even greater sense of urgency and demand of attention is palpable now that they’ve come together as The Milk Carton Kids. Their songs are written together, but you won’t know there is more than one author.  Their history together spans only one short year, but you won’t know that either. They stand close together when they play, facing each other and using microphones instead of plugging their guitars in. And if they looked more alike, they’d fool you that they were brothers.

As solo artists they have 10 releases between them. As a band their career is off to an auspicious start. Starting from a highly regarded position among their peers, they’ve opened for the art-piano-pop critical darling Vienna Teng, Grammy nominated friend and fan Sara Bareilles, and now will take to the entire U.S. and Canada this summer supporting one of the consummate songwriters of their generation, Joe Purdy. Despite the decision to stick to acoustic guitars in their own show, both Ryan and Pattengale are multi-instrumentalists and will also comprise Purdy’s backing band, joining him on bass, pedal steel guitar, piano, and harmonies.

Their first collaborative release, RETROSPECT, is a live album due out March 15th, 2011, that represents the culmination of the past year of live performance. A collection of songs from each of their solo careers, written separately but reinterpreted and performed as the duo now called The Milk Carton Kids, RETROSPECT will be released under the name “Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan”.

The first official release of The Milk Carton Kids, entitled PROLOGUE, is comprised of original songs written by the duo for this project. It is slated for release later in 2011, on their own Milk Carton Records.

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Tour Dates:

May 5 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
May 6 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
May 7 – The Rio Theater – Vancouver, BC
May 9 – Neurolux - Boise, ID
May  10 – State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
May 12 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 14 – Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
May 15 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
May 16 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
May 17 – Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
May 18 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
May 19 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
June 8 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
June 9 – WorkPlay – Birmingham, AL
June 10 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA
June 11 – Grey Edge – Asheville, NC
June 12 – Cat’s Cradle – Carborro,  NC
June 14 – Ram’s Head – Annapolis, MD
June 15 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
June 16 – Highline Ballroom – New York City, NY
June 17 – Stage One – Fairfield, CT
June 20 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
June 21 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
June 22 – Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, MA
June 23 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
June 25 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC
June 26 - Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ONT
June 27 – Rex Theater – Pittsburg, PA
June 28 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
June 30 – Westscott Theater – Syracuse, NY

On tour with Joe Purdy

My Morning Jacket Team Up With Todd Haynes for AmEx' "UNSTAGED"

My Morning Jacket is honored to announce they are joining forces with award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes for the latest edition of “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express.” In partnership with YouTube and VEVO, “Unstaged” features some of the music industry’s most breakthrough artists playing at landmark venues across the country, while tapping some of today’s most influential filmmakers to direct the live-streams and using digital and social media to connect the online audience to the live shows in unexpected ways. Interactive digital features are set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Haynes will film the band’s performance at Louisville’s historic Palace Theater, which will be live-streamed at 9:00pm EST at www.youtube.com/mymorningjacketVEVO on Tuesday May 31st.

Additionally, fans can watch a special video on My Morning Jacket’s upcoming live-stream performance.

This marks the second collaboration between the director and the group, as My Morning Jacket’s Jim James appeared in Haynes’ Academy Award-nominated film I’m Not There.  Previous performers in American Express’ “Unstaged” series  include Arcade Fire directed by Terry Gilliam, John Legend & The Roots directed by Spike Lee, Sugarland directed by Kenny Ortega, and Duran Duran directed by David Lynch.

My Morning Jacket will release Circuital, their sixth full-length album, on May 31st via ATO Records.  Head over to their Facebook page to hear two new songs,  the first single “Holdin on to Black Metal” and the title track “Circuital.

The New York Times spoke to Haynes about “Unstaged” for a story posted this morning.  Click HERE to read the piece for further insight into the collaboration from the director himself.

Jam Cruise Celebrates 10th Sailing, Announces Artist Lineup

Few music gatherings can offer adventure in addition to entertainment, but Jam Cruise is a different EXPERIENCE than any other music event out there. Where else can one see the sunrise over a Caribbean island as you sing “You Are My Sunshine” with fifty strangers and roaming troubadours? See a herd of zebra-striped party people stampede down gangways? Hobnob with the inventors of funk and rock while they too have the time of their lives? Watch the best musicians on earth while percolating in a hot tub under blue skies on the open sea? The answer: nowhere else besides Jam Cruise!

The 10th sailing of Jam Cruise will be January 9 – 14, 2012, leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and traveling to Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica before turning homeward. Once again, the MSC Poesia will be home to Jam Cruise 10. Cabins go on sale to the public Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at noon EST. Anyone who pre-booked will be able to book according to their assigned booking time beginning on May 11, 2011.

The10th sailing features long time live music favorites, emerging talent from the jam world and surprises around every corner, including an opportunity to give back to our global community.

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Jam Cruise 10 Music Lineup

Umphrey's McGee
Galactic
Keller & the Keels
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Toots & the Maytals
Soulive
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Railroad Earth
Ozomatli
The New Deal (final performance)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
EOTO
7 Walkers feat. Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, Matt Hubbard & George Porter, Jr. w/ Steve Kimock
The New Mastersounds
Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)
Perpetual Groove
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Toubab Krewe
Break Science w/ Chali 2na
George Porter & the Runnin' Pardners
Orgone
Dr. Klaw
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Dead Kenny G's
The Heavy Pets
A Tribute to Sly & the Family Stone w/ Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels & Nigel Hall
Tony Hall Super Jam
The Everyone Orchestra
Paper Diamond
DJ Logic
DJ Kraz
Special Guests:
Steve Kimock
Anders Osborne
Col. Bruce Hampton
Big Sam
Kyle Hollingsworth
Chali 2na
Jessica Lurie

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With this being the 10th sailing, the vibe is set to be more magical than ever when the MSC Poesia departs Florida in January.

10 Great Reasons To Sail With Jam Cruise 10

1. Once in a lifetime musical experiences. The level of interaction between the seasoned legends and up and coming musicians on Jam Cruise 10, particularly in the nightly free-for-all that is The Jam Room, is sure to send folks home with minds blown from the utterly unexpected collaborations.

2. The luxury of having one’s own cabin, 24-hour food and drink, a hot shower and Jam Cruise TV programming that offers up daily photos and live video as the boat sails – all within steps of the music.

3. The beautiful private paradise of Labadee is a safe and remote area owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where lush rolling hills meet the sea. Labadee provides a platform for Jam Cruise to have a conscious beach party with music and fun while being able to give back to the people of Haiti at a time where the need is greater than ever. Positive Legacy is building strategic alliances with several major organizations and capitalizing on the space available on the ship to bring goods and services to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquake.

4. Shipboard workshops that get attendees involved in making music. Past workshops have included Robert Randolph, Steve Kimock and Luther Dickinson offering slide guitar tips, Cornmeal and Greensky Bluegrass leading folks in a classic rock song jam, Taylor Hicks hosting the Gong Show… Who knows what tricks the pros will lay on cruisers this year!

5. A ship full of concert going experts. This mecca for music lovers attracts attendees as dedicated as the programmed entertainment to making the very most of the five days on the water. Moreover, this is one of the most welcoming collections of humanity one could ever encounter. Those new to the Jam Cruise experience are ushered in and aided in their journey before the ship ever leaves port. JamBase wrote of Jam Cruise 9: “There is SO much positive energy, good will and creativity afloat on Jam Cruise that one’s faith in humanity’s potential is rekindled.”

6. The opportunity to visit one of Jamaica’s most interesting cities. Falmouth boasts a newly designed port, some of Jamaica’s earliest architecture and a vibrant market place.

7. Evening piano concerts in the ship’s atrium. The likes of Marco Benevento, ALO’s Zach Gill and WSP’s JoJo Hermann have all tickled the ivories for small, attentive audiences sipping cocktails on the spiral stairwell surrounding the clear-top baby grand.

8. Packed days of music. On days at sea, the action starts in the morning by the pool and doesn’t wrap until well after dawn in the disco, offering Jam Cruisers a chance to sunbathe and splash while marquee talent plays. On port days, the sail away party is always a high energy blast that carries the music into a long night of sets on multiple stages, as well as the Jam Room, disco and impromptu merriment popping off all around.

9. Regular opportunities to revel with one’s musical heroes. On Jam Cruise, the majority of the performers spend their non-stage time enjoying the ship’s thriving, loving community and many amenities. If you’ve always longed to shake the hand of the folks who make the music that informs your life, Jam Cruise is a chance to live that dream.

10. Shipboard activities and contests that let attendees be the star. From a yearly Talent Show to costume contests, Jam Cruise regularly shifts the spotlight to cruisers, giving them a forum to shine as they get their groove on!

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Positive Legacy

In honor of the 10th sailing, Jam Cruise is embracing the opportunity to explore new places. Positive Legacy, the nonprofit organization whose goal is to leverage the power in the music industry to do good for others, is building strategic alliances with several major organizations and capitalizing on the space available on the ship to bring goods and services to benefit the people of this beautiful island nation. Positive Legacy has been a part of every Jam Cruise since 2004, bridging together musicians, fans and the greater global community in the places visited on all of Cloud 9’s adventures. Over the years they have serviced areas including: Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; a remote area in Belize; Turks & Caicos; and various places in Jamaica.

Attendees are encouraged to express the communal spirit of Jam Cruise by supporting the relief efforts and contributing to the most significant outreach to date. Stay tuned for big announcements as this project develops...

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Pre-Cruise Shows, featuring 2 nights w/ Umphrey’s McGee

Get ready for Jam Cruise 10 with two nights of Umphrey's McGee at Revolution Live! The shows will take place January 7th and 8th in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, just minutes from Port Everglades. Umphrey's McGee will be joined on the 7th by Toubab Krewe, and on the 8th by The New Mastersounds.

TINIE TEMPAH, U.K. RAP SUPERSTAR TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM

London-born rapper Tinie Tempah, already a double BRIT Award-winning U.K. superstar with 2010's top-selling debut album by a British artist, goes global with the U.S. release of his album Disc-Overy on May 17.

The charismatic 22-year-old artist is already a phenomenon in the U.K., where Disc-Overy debuted at number one and produced four Top Five singles, including two number ones, and is currently closing in on double platinum sales status. He's now experiencing a major breakthrough in America, where his infectious, message-driven single "Written in the Stars" was recently hailed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "next big hits of 2011." The song is currently number 13 and climbing on Billboard's Hot 100, and is already certified gold and climbing to platinum status, making it clear that Tinie Tempah is on his way to becoming the first British rapper to achieve major stardom in the U.S.

Disc-Overy will reach American listeners with the addition of three all-new tracks recorded in the U.S. earlier this year with producers Stargate (Wiz Khalifa, Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo) and Boi 1Da (Eminem, Drake). One of the new songs, "Till I'm Gone," featuring Wiz Khalifa and produced by Stargate, will be Disc-Overy's next U.S. single. Stargate also produced "Love Suicide," featuring special guest Esther Dean. The third new track, "So Addicted," was produced by Boi 1Da and features Bei Maejor.

Tinie Tempah is currently receiving a massive amount of acclaim and exposure in America, where Rolling Stone recently featured him in their influential "Hot List" issue. Having made his U.S. television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live in February, Tinie will return to the airwaves with appearances on Late Show with David Letterman on May 17 and on Conan on May 26. Also on May 17, he'll be featured in a Live on Letterman interactive webcast concert. Tinie will also be a guest on The View's highly rated Memorial Day show on May 30.

Tinie Tempah recently made his U.S. festival debut with a rapturously received performance at Coachella earlier this month. He's currently in the midst of his first American tour, which began with a high-profile set opening for Lupe Fiasco at New York's Roseland Ballroom, and continues with arena shows with Usher, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Curfew, Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.

Tinie will perform an intimate concert sponsored by New York radio station Z100 on May 16 at Manhattan's P.C. Richard Theater. Z100 will give away passes to listeners on-air, live on Z100 and online at Z100.com, iheartradio.com and PCRichardTheater.com. And on August 5th, he will make an appearance at the prestigious Lollapalooza festival at Grant Park in Chicago.

Click here to see Tinie Tempah's Live performance of his first U.S. Gold Single "Written In The Stars" on MTV's The Seven earlier this week.