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Jonathan Coulton Set to Release Artificial Heart

Jonathan Coulton speaks to the outcast in all of us, in the voices of characters we know from our own sad little lives. Some of them may be monsters - mad scientists, giant squids, zombies - but his talent is in turning offbeat subjects into deliciously hooky pop songs that move us in surprisingly personal ways.

His upcoming album, Artificial Heart, produced by John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants, is due out this Fall. It's a new direction for Coulton - he leaves behind the home recording gear for a studio filled with talented musicians and guest vocalists including Suzanne Vega, John Roderick of The Long Winters and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara.

The album opens with “Sticking to Myself”, a blistering, high-energy song about finding success, and then tearing it all down. “Nemeses” is a duet between Coulton and The Long Winters’ John Roderick that suggests the only real way to bring meaning into your life is to find your own worst enemy. “Good Morning Tucson” is a highly singable pop song about an aging morning news anchor who one day finally loses it. The album’s title track, “Artificial Heart," has a bouncy, joyful melody that can't quite mask the feeling that drastic measures are sometimes worse than the problems they are trying to solve.

Artificial Heart is Jonathan Coulton’s first album of all new material since his infamous 2006 “Thing A Week” series, during which he created 52 musical pieces in 52 weeks. It's a strong addition to an already impressive discography that spans a decade. His song “Still Alive” is the closing soundtrack to the video game “Portal," and was awarded “Best Original Vocal Pop Song” in 2008 by the Game Audio Network Guild. This year, Coulton was asked back to write “Want You Gone," a song for Portal’s long awaited sequel.

Tipper Sound Experience is Unleashed

Commencing this summer British composer and producer, Tipper, is embarking on a sonic pilgrimage, performing at select venues and festivals with the NeXuS Funktion One Dance Stacks originally designed by legendary sound guru Tony Andrews. Tipper will be joined by the highly sought-after lighting impresario Audiopixel to present an exclusive visual experience driven by highly attuned, audio responsive, 3D LED lighting software using intelligent control of light and color. Topped off with tour support from VibeSquaD the performances are intending to blow the minds of all who are lucky enough to encounter the TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE.

Tipper (real name DaveTipper) is widely acknowledged as one of Electronic music's pioneering innovators. He was signed to Sony as a teenager when he helped kickstart the Nuskool Breakbeat genre, creating the deepest and baddest basslines heard before, or since. He went on to inspire the Glitch Hop movement, focused on merging hip hop beats with electronic trickery through his seminal Tip Hop and Wobble Factor LP's. During this time he also composed one of the first albums produced and intended for release in the 5.1 surround sound format, and Surrounded was nominated Best Release Intended for Surround Sound. His talents in Sound Design and Digital Mastering have him in great demand with major music making software programs, and accordingly his work is quietly featured in the output of countless releases in various genres. His live performances consist largely of his own unreleased compositions, and he is highly regarded for scratching his own sounds over his music, creating a live element of turntablism stemming from prowess early in his career as a vinyl DJ.

THE TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE will feature a 5 way crossover sound system in a Quadraphonic Array with specialized sub woofers dedicated to 45 hertz and below; this configuration achieves incredible clarity and sonic accuracy punctuated by thick and luxurious super-low bass. When positioned this way for Tipper, these dance stacks are known for creating an immersive sound environment that transforms the dance floor into an ethereal field of holographic sound. The purity of the Funktion One design approach completely avoids the usual pitfall of system EQ with its associated phase problems, allowing all of Tipper's production trickery and nuance to be presented in an unfettered manner. This technology has won numerous international awards for Best Sound Product in the club world, and their installations have been behind countless 'Club of The Year' winners.

Audio Pro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and inaugural PLASA Gottelier Award winner Tony Andrews founded Funktion One with John Newsham in 1992. Whilst often imitated, their designs have been the first choice of many permanent and touring sound applications around the World including luminary clients Pink Floyd, Santana, and the Glastonbury Festival. They are globally known for their pioneering work and ethos, and consistently set the standard for modern audio engineering.

In their own words: We understand sound to be the most important of our senses and in fact, the root of the structure of the entire Universe. As such, we try to pay the amazing acuity of human hearing the respect it deserves by providing products that deliver as much resolution and detail as is possible. We also pay considerable attention to the emotional effect of not just music, but the sound itself, what you might call its 'quality'. In a world where everything is 'dumbing down' and finesse and subtlety are rapidly disappearing, it is a source of pride to us that we are continually going in the opposite direction, expanding the envelope. On a spiritual level, good music and good sound has the effect of opening peoples' minds and deepening their consciousness which can only be good for the planet.

THE TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE features a rare matchup of audio and visual talent and will include headline performances at The Big Bounce, Rain Dance, and SONIC BLOOM festivals, followed by a rare show at The Coconut Grove Grand Ballroom on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and culminating with a special presentation at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. For more information about the TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE and ticket information, click here.

Bobby Long Releases "A Winter Tale" Today!

Today ATO Records releases A Winter Tale, the highly anticipated debut record from British singer-songwriter Bobby Long. Recorded in London, the eleven-song album was produced by Grammy-award winner Liam Watson (The White Stripes) and features backing vocals from Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) and Icelandic singer Lay Low as well as pedal steel by B.J. Cole (Elton John, Sting). In support of the record, Long is currently on a North American tour, including dates at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.

All dates are below.

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TOUR DATES:
February 2 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
February 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
February 4 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
February 5 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
February 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
February 10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
February 11 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
February 12 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
February 14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
February 15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
February 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom
February 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
February 18 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
February 19 - Columbus, OH - Basement
February 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
February 22 - Toronto, ON - Revival
February 23 - Montreal, QC - Divan
February 24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
February 25 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
February 26 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
February 28 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
March 1 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
March 3 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
March 4 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café
March 5 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
March 22 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
March 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
March 24 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
March 25 - Knoxville, TN - Barley’s Tap Room
March 26 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
March 27 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
March 29 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
March 31 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
April 1 -  Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
April 2 - Orlando, FL - The Social
April 3 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
April 5 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay
April 6 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
April 8 - Dallas, TX - Poor David’s Pub
April 9 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Jr.
April 10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s

The Heavy Pets Head South for Winter Tour

The Heavy Pets self-titled release was ranked in the top 10 studio albums of the year by the Huffington Post in 2010. The honor comes at the end of a highly successful year that saw both a new studio release and matching Vinyl album. The Heavy Pets will launch their first tour of the year on January 22nd with plans for an acoustic album later in 2011.

2010 was an extraordinary year for the Heavy Pets. The five piece band released their first studio recording (and coinciding vinyl album) since 2007 with burgeoning record label and Management Company, 102 Degrees. The highly acclaimed album has already received rave reviews across the nation in its short time on the market and with ample airplay the band is posed to reach great heights in 2011.

The project will set sail on their first tour of the year beginning on January 22nd including stops in Raliegh, Charleston, Poughkeepsie, Albany, Syracuse, Philadephia, New York City among others before returning to their home stomping grounds in sunny Florida.

For more information about the Heavy Pets or for ticket information check out www.theheavypets.com.  The shows will also be available for purchase from www.livedownloads.com and www.digitialsoundboard.net

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The Heavy Pets Tour Dates:

01/27/11 - Old School Square, Delray Beach, FL

01/28/11 - Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa, FL

02/24/11 -The Pourhouse, Charleston, SC

02/26/11 - The Pour House, Raleigh, NC

03/01/11 - The Mug at Vasser College, Poughkeepsie, NY

03/03/11 - Jillians, Albany, NY

03/04/11 - Java Barn, Canton, NY

03/10/11 - Wescott, Syracuse, NY

03/12/11 - The Matterhorn, Stowe, VT

03/17/11 - M Room, Philadelphia., PA

03/18/11 - Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

Prussia Announce East Coast Tour Dates

Prussia's music is energetic, poppy- and melodious.  You feel like dancing, though there’s no way in hell you would describe this as dance music. Waltzes, African drum beats, acapella breakdowns, and the gentle ringing of sleigh bells all fit into their unique arrangements naturally.
The band formed on the first day of 2007, practicing in the A. C. Rich, a DIY venue in Pontiac, Michigan.  Prussia later became connected with the legendary Scrummage University, a DIY space in Detroit that is interconnected with other underground venues across the country.
Fiery Furnaces, Quasi, Dr. Dog, Black Heart Procession, Thunderbirds are now, Islands, Beach House, tUnE-YaRdS, and Dent May are among the many well-known bands that Prussia has played with. The band are currently finishing their highly-anticipated new full-length album, Poor English.  Swaggering drum loops, intricate guitar compositions, and buttery vocal harmonies all support the sweet nasal crooning of singer Ryan Spencer on the new album.  Stories of suicide, misogyny, sexual vacancy, and the crippling ennui of illusory love all weave in and out of catchy pop songs.  Lyrically, it’s T.S. Eliot’s drunken scribbling on a bathroom wall.
While mixing Poor English, the band also created Prussia Goes to the Disco, a mixtape of all new electronic Prussia songs.  The simultaneous creation of two aesthetically different, but highly listenable releases proves that this is an unpredictable band that is going to do exactly what they want to do and that this is definitely for the best.

Prussia will be releasing a new EP, Four For Attention, on January 11, 2011.

US Tour Dates:
Jan 8 : Old Miami : Detroit, MI
Jan 12 : 31st Pub : Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 13 : The Ox : Philadelphia, PA
Jan 14 : P.A.'s Lounge : Boston, MA
Jan 15 : University Show : Manchester, NH
Jan 16 : Cake Shop : New York, NY
Jan 18 : Velvet Lounge : Washington, DC
Jan 19 : The Tipsy : Greenville, NC
Jan 20 : TBA : Nashville, TN
Jan 21 : The 529 : Atlanta, GA
Jan 22 : Estoria : Atlanta, GA
Jan 23 : Farm 255 : Athens, GA
Jan 24 : Land of Tomorrow : Louisville, KY
Jan 25 :The Mockbee : Cincinatti, OH
Jan 26 : TBA : Chicago, IL

Melissa Nadel @ The Blue Note | 12/25

An angelic voice and impressive talent, singer/songwriter Melissa Nadel, will be returning to the Blue Note stage to perform on Saturday night, December 25th at midnight.  Bring your family and friends after your holiday festivities to top off the night.  She will be debuting some new material of hers, and there will be a few Christmas surprises for you as well.. it's a show not to miss!

Melissa is a young, exciting artist who infuses Jazz and Pop to create a genuinely refreshing and original sound.  Her style is versatile and tasteful.  Whether she's behind the piano accompanying herself or center stage fronting her band, her live performances are engaging and filled with emotion.  Her debut CD, WHAT MATTERS, co-produced by Charles Fambrough and herself, is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon, etc.  It is also being distributed in Japan through Vivid Sound Corporation and receiving great reviews.  Melissa is currently preparing to get back into the studio to begin working on her highly-anticipated second album.

TURDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 25 @ MIDNIGHT
LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES
BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB
131 W. 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
Reservations Recommended
212.475.8592
$12

Melissa Nadel - vocals/piano
Patrick Firth - piano
Brian Killeen - bass
Adam Stoler - guitar
Jordan Perlson - drums

Gary Wilson to Perform with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Set your DVRs, VHS players, or just plain tune-in to what will surely be a memorable TV moment tomorrow night. For his first ever National TV performance, Gary Wilson, the reigning king of outsider art, and inspiration to artists such as BeckSimpsons creator Matt Groening, and Stones ThrowsPeanut Butter Wolf, Questlove and The Roots personally invited Gary to play with them on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! The internet is abuzz, speculating as to what will happen during the appearance, with Questlove responding to it all with an "oh hell yeah"[sic].

For a taste of Gary's wild and wonderful, intricate and touching blend of funk, avant-garde jazz, punk, and AM Gold and his legendary performances, check out this interview and live footage on WFMU's Beware of the Blog.

Gary Wilson's highly anticipated new album, Electric Endicott, is out digitally today, with a street date of November 9th, 2010, on Western Vinyl. With his band, the Blind Dates, Gary will be performing at Bar Pink in San Diego on 10/30, and fittingly on Halloween, 10/31, in Los Angeles at Central S.A.P.C.

PRAANG Bounces Back Into Denver For 2 Nights

The highly improvised quartet known as PRAANG featuring the all-star cast of Steve Kimock, Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Jamie Janover is scheduled to perform at Quixote's (formerly Owsleys) on Jan. 29 and Jan 30th.

PRAANG was born in December of 2006, due to the most unusual circumstances. Thanks to the legendary blizzards in Denver, which closed local airports for consecutive days, and left Steve Kimock stranded in town with 2 nights of music booked and no band in sight. Out of the blue, four unlikely musicians came together for the first time to recover a near snowed out show with no notice, no plan and no rehearsal. It's no surprise the 600 person venue came close to sell-out that weekend with word of mouth buzz alone - the caliber of musicians performing on a single stage was unthinkable at the time. Today, PRAANG is still purely experimental, instrumental and continues to play rare intimate performances, rain, snow or shine.

Known for a highly improvised performance, PRAANG is the strange combination of live electronic music, dub step and house music coupled with ethereal Hammered Dulcimer and the soaring, often psychedelic, voice of a guitar. The quartet, much like the experimental jazz bands of the past, performs with no form or known songs in their repertoire. Instead, the musicians pick themes or great storylines as their subject of improvisation. One member might say "tsunami" as they explode into an epic jam that tosses and turns like the great waves of the sea -- or a "tribal march", with a strong focus on drums, may come out of their explorations. It's as fun of a project to watch as it is to dance to.

January 29 & 30, 2010
Praang feat. Steve Kimock, Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Jamie Janover
Quixote's (formerly Owsley's)
2151 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205
Set: 10:00 PM
17+ Tickets: $20/ $22