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EOTO w/ Slim Thug @ Boulder Theater | 8/22

As electronic influences continue to penetrate the live rock, jazz, and jam ethos, one band consistently rises to the top, bringing together fans from across the musical spectrum. EOTO crisscrosses the country blowing out basement dives, packed theaters, and stages under the stars. This 100% improvised dubstep/breakbeat/house/drum & bass/trip-hop duo is the premier late-night party in the country.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO’s M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and uncharted musical exploration. Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs. This is all done without a script, and without a net.

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GROOMS Announce Sophomore LP On Kanine Records

On PromGrooms' sophomore album, set to be released on Kanine Records this summer, the Brooklyn avant-rock trio has come into their own.  In every way, Prom is a more mature, unique, adventurous, and most of all, accessible record than 2009's widely-praised album Rejoicer.
Travis Johnson (vocals/guitar) and Emily Ambruso (vocals/bass) met, ridiculously, on Friendster, shortly before that website became 100% irrelevant, only to meet in person at a Valentine's Day party in the Oklahoma woods a few weeks later.  They immediately started discussing experimental music and pop, and, after relocating separately to New York in 2004, starting playing experimental music and pop together in their bedrooms.  They met Jim Sykes (drums) through a friend soon after, but didn't start playing with him until 2009, when Grooms formed and released their debut album.  That album was a dark, noisy, and tangled affair, the lyrics focusing almost entirely on Travis' religion-fixated obsessive-compulsive disorder, which he was diagnosed with in adolescence.
On this gorgeously poppy album, Prom, the experiments are with beauty, texture, and melody, and the OCD-related lyrics are nestled in lulling, comforting sounds.  The album was written with touchstones like genre-crossing records from Broadcast and Wire's “154” in mind, in between Emily dragging everyone to see terrible movies in theaters and Jim finishing up his PhD in ethnomusicology.  The result is a semi-electronic, often ambient and haunting record, that sounds variously like zombies playing surf rock ("Imagining the Bodies"), glitchy, pounding IDM ("Tiger Trees"), and creepy Spector girl-group tunes ("Sharing") among dozens of others.  Emily and Travis obsessed over the melodies this time around, pushing each other to sing better at all turns, and harmonizing in ways they'd never tried before.  The band slept in sleeping bags in the studio (Uniform, in Philadelphia), staying up late and waking up early to obsess more, and to fidget with sounds they'd never played with before. Friend Jay Heiselman mixed Prom over the 2010 holidays, diving deep into post-production to help create the intensely new direction for the band.
To Grooms, this record is about freedom: to be catchy, to be unabashedly pretty, to try entirely new types of music, and even to write their first-ever breakup song.  They hope you sing along to Prom, that you get happy and sad to it in the way you do with great pop records, and that you get just a little freaked out when their dark side shows up here and there.
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 23 – Embassy Vinyl - Scranton, PA
Feb 24 – Happy Dog - Cleveland, OH
Feb 25 - Mulligan’s Pub - Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 26 – Mockbee - Cincinnati, OH
Mar 16 – Palm Door (SXSW) - Austin, TX
Mar 20 – Bro Fest - Dallas, TX
Mar 22 – Opolis - Norman, OK
Mar 23 – The Lemp - St Louis, MO
Mar 25 – Pancho’s - Chicago, IL
Mar 26 – Project Lodge - Madison, WI
Mar 27 – The Strut - Kalamazoo, MI
Mar 29 – Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH
Mar 30 – Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 02 – The Ox - Philadelphia, PA

EOTO 2010 Fall Tour

Consummate road dogs EOTO just announced a jam-packed fall tour with headlining dates spanning both coasts before topping off a wildly successful 2010. The 30+ day tour will kick off on September 21st featuring 11 dates with DJ's MiMOSA and MartyParty on the west coast and then beginning in October the duo will fly solo in the Mid-West before heading east for the remainder of the winter.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO's M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and uncharted musical exploration. Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs. This is all done without a script, and without a net.

Hann plays a hyper EQ'd drumkit, chock full of multi-touch screens and MIDI controllers, and throws a number of effects on his otherworldly vocal styles. Travis takes on subsonic frequencies, generating the band's crushing low end with analog, digital, and software synthesizers, occasionally picking up guitar or a bass guitar and showing off his proficiency with instruments of all shapes and sizes.

Hann, has been playing percussion professionally since the age of 12. Years of collaborating, touring, and recording with the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Isaac Hayes, Dr. Dre, Loreena McKinnett, SCI, and a slew of other established artists running the gamut from Latin jazz to R 'n' B and soul allows him to move fluidly between styles. Adding to this is his depth in African and Latin drumming traditions, allowing the futuristic EOTO sound to keep itself rooted in the past.

For the last 16 years, Travis has been the drumming octopus in SCI. He morphs roles to melodic multi-instrumentalist in EOTO, providing the raw basslines and harmonic tapestry that fill out the soundscape of the duo. Both Hann and Travis have the chops and stamina for physically demanding, EOTO improvised sets, which have been known to go upwards of 4 straight hours.

"When we're playing live for 3 hours a night, it's like playing tribal drums in a ceremony," Hann explains. "I'm looking at one person at a time out there, and thinking "what can I do to make you dance?"

Hann and Travis play almost 200 shows a year, together, EOTO has played more than seven hundred unique showcases in 48 different states in the five years since the project's inception. Each set is recorded and released so fans can capture their unique EOTO dance throwdown, reliving the experience again and again.

TOUR DATES INCLUDE:


10/8/2010 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln Nebraska
10/15/2010 Granada Theater Dallas Texas
10/16/2010 La Zona Rosa Austin Texas
10/22/2010 The Last Concert Cafe Houston Texas
10/23/2010 Tipitina's Uptown New Orleans Louisiana
10/27/2010 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan
10/29/2010 Norva Norfolk Virginia
10/31/2010 Granada Lawerence Kansas
11/2/2010 2720 Saint Louis Missouri
11/3/2010 The Canopy Club Urbana Illinois
11/4/2010 Majestic Live Madison Wisconsin
11/5/2010 EPIC Minneapolis Minnesota
11/6/2010 Riviera Theatre Chicago Illinois
11/7/2010 The Intersection Grand Rapids Michigan
11/8/2010 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan
11/9/2010 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
11/10/2010 Tralfamadore Music Hall Buffalo New York
11/11/2010 Westcott Theater Syracuse New York
11/12/2010 Higher Ground Burlington Vermont
11/13/2010 Port City Music Hall Portland Maine
11/14/2010 Stone Pony Asbury Park New Jersey
11/15/2010 The Canal Club Richmond Virginia
11/16/2010 Chameleon Club Lancaster Pennsylvania
11/17/2010 World Cafe Live Philadelphia Pennsylvania
11/18/2010 Sonar Club Stage Baltimore Maryland
11/19/2010 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn New York
11/20/2010 Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts
11/21/2010 River Street Jazz Cafe Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania
11/22/2010 Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill Roanoke Virginia
11/23/2010 Headliners Music Hall Louisville Kentucky
11/24/2010 20th Century Theater Cincinnati Ohio
11/25/2010 Southbound Knoxville Tennessee
11/26/2010 412 Market Chattanooga Tennessee
11/27/2010 Limelight Night Club Nashville Tennessee
11/28/2010 Newby's Memphis Tennessee
11/29/2010 Revolution Music Room Little Rock Arkansas
11/30/2010 Proud Larrys Oxford Mississippi
12/1/2010 Zydeco Birmingham Alabama
12/2/2010 Masquerade Atlanta Georgia
12/3/2010 Music Farm Charleston South Carolina
12/4/2010 Freebird Live Jacksonville Florida

EOTO Announces Fall Tour Spanning Both Coasts

Consummate road dogs EOTO just announced a jam-packed fall tour with headlining dates spanning both coasts before topping off a wildly successful 2010. The 30+ day tour will kick off on September 21st featuring 11 dates with DJ's MiMOSA and MartyParty on the west coast and then beginning in October the duo will fly solo in the Mid-West before heading east for the remainder of the winter.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO's M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and uncharted musical exploration. Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs. This is all done without a script, and without a net.

Hann plays a hyper EQ'd drumkit, chock full of multi-touch screens and MIDI controllers, and throws a number of effects on his otherworldly vocal styles. Travis takes on subsonic frequencies, generating the band's crushing low end with analog, digital, and software synthesizers, occasionally picking up guitar or a bass guitar and showing off his proficiency with instruments of all shapes and sizes.

Hann, has been playing percussion professionally since the age of 12. Years of collaborating, touring, and recording with the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Isaac Hayes, Dr. Dre, Loreena McKinnett, SCI, and a slew of other established artists running the gamut from Latin jazz to R 'n' B and soul allows him to move fluidly between styles. Adding to this is his depth in African and Latin drumming traditions, allowing the futuristic EOTO sound to keep itself rooted in the past.

For the last 16 years, Travis has been the drumming octopus in SCI. He morphs roles to melodic multi-instrumentalist in EOTO, providing the raw basslines and harmonic tapestry that fill out the soundscape of the duo. Both Hann and Travis have the chops and stamina for physically demanding, EOTO improvised sets, which have been known to go upwards of 4 straight hours.

"When we're playing live for 3 hours a night, it's like playing tribal drums in a ceremony," Hann explains. "I'm looking at one person at a time out there, and thinking "what can I do to make you dance?"

Hann and Travis play almost 200 shows a year, together, EOTO has played more than seven hundred unique showcases in 48 different states in the five years since the project's inception. Each set is recorded and released (www.livedownloads.com) so fans can capture their unique EOTO dance throwdown, reliving the experience again and again.

TOUR DATES INCLUDE:

21-Sep-10 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz, CA
22-Sep-10 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
23-Sep-10 Music Box Los Angeles, CA
24-Sep-10 103 Harriet San Francisco, CA
25-Sep-10 Wurk Reno, NV
26-Sep-10 Blu Nightclub South Lake Tahoe, NV
28-Sep-10 McNear's Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA
29-Sep-10 Arcata Theatre Arcata, CA
30-Sep-10 Wow Hall Eugene, OR
1-Oct-10 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
2-Oct-10 Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle, WA
8-Oct-10 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln, NE
9-Oct-10 The Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
15-Oct-10 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
16-Oct-10 La Zo Na Rosa Austin, TX
31-Oct-10 The Granada Lawrence, KS
2-Nov-10 2720 Cherokee St.Louis, MI
3-Nov-10 The Canopy Club Urbana, IL
4-Nov-10 Majestic Live Madison, WI
5-Nov-10 Epic Minneapolis, MN
7-Nov-10 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
8-Nov-10 Blind Pig Anne Arbor, MI
9-Nov-10 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
10-Nov-10 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
11-Nov-10 The Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY
12-Nov-10 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
13-Nov-10 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
17-Nov-10 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
19-Nov-10 Brooklyn bowl Brooklyn, NY
20-Nov-10 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
23-Nov-10 Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
25-Nov-10 Southbound Knoxville, TN

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