2011

Two Fresh Announces 2011 'Air Mail' Tour

Having recently closed a blockbuster holiday tour, which culminated with a New Year’s Eve dance party in Dallas, TX that saw 5k+ attend in support of the rapidly growing duo, Two Fresh is excited to announce the Air Mail Tour – a tour that will see the group hit the road with exciting, top notch support acts in anticipation of their forthcoming, full length album Air Mail. A full date list appears below. Ticketing and more information for all shows is available here.

Two Fresh kicks off the Air Mail Tour in the familiar stomping grounds of the Southeast and heads deep into the South, before winding up the East coast with parties in Knoxville, Athens, Tuscaloosa, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Brooklyn. The tour will wrap with a Windy City rager in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge. Additional date announcements are expected from the trio, as the album release draws closer.

The tour will feature two of Brooklyn’s finest up and coming acts, Body Language and Mux Mool. Body Language’s original music was born from weekly dance party remixes crafted by Grant Wheeler and Matt Young, and are graced by the soul stylings of Ms. Angelica Bess. Mux Mool’s homespun electro hip-hop is the product of an introverted mind, an extroverted imagination, and a bottomless cultural appetite.

Having spent the last 18 months touring and working with different musicians and producers all over the country, Two Fresh is supporting the release of their forthcoming album, Air Mail, scheduled for release February 2011 on Elm & Oak Records/1320 Records. The ambitious and hungry group have planned 2 other releases for the later part of 2011. Having gained new, valuable perspective from recent tours and collaborations, Air Mail shows just how much the group has learned and evolved since their last release.

Two Fresh consists of an inseparable pair of twin producers, Sherwyn and Kendrick Nichols, who have been making beats and playing music together since they were fifteen years old. Now, about to be 22, the twins are armed with a forward-thinking perspective. As always, Two Fresh will tour with Colby Buckler on drums.

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Confirmed 2011 Two Fresh “Air Mail” Tour w/ Body Language and Mux Mool

Thursday, January 20th, 2011-Knoxville, TN @ Cider House

Friday, January 21st, 2011-Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall

Saturday, January 22nd 2011-Tuscaloosa, AL @ The Dixie

Sunday, January 23rd 2011-Chattanooga, TN @ 412 Market

Thursday, January 27th, 2011-Carbondale, IL @ Copper Dragon

Friday, January 28th, 2011-St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee

Saturday, January 29th, 2011-Nashville, TN @ Mercy

Sunday, January 30th, 2011-Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011-Oxford, AL @ Proud Larry’s

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011-Dallas, TX @ 2826 Arnetic

Friday, February 4th, 2011-Austin, TX @ Parrish

Saturday, February 5th, 2011-New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s Uptown

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011-Auburn, AL @Bourbon Street

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011-Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room

Thursday, February 10th, 2011-Columbia, SC @ The Brightsound Bassment

Friday, February 11th, 2011-Atlanta, GA @ King Plot

Saturday, February 12th, 2011-Blacksburg, VA @ AA’s

Sunday, February 13th, 2011-Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011-Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011- Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street

Saturday, February 19th, 2011-Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Monday, February 21st, 2011-Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011-Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge

Thursday, February 24th, 2011-Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater

Saturday, February 26th, 2011-Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

Pretty Lights Launches Record Label, First Two Releases of 2011!

Fresh off an incredibly successful year, Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights) is ready to give his fans a gift to start the New Year off right- the announcement of his own record label, Pretty Lights Music, which will release free new music in early 2011. Derek’s objectives are simple- he wants to supply his fans, and fans of electronic music at large, with free music from the artists he believes in and supports.

Today, he’s thrilled to announce two new digital releases (in addition to Michael Menert) on Pretty Lights Music, both due out January 25th. Break Science will be releasing their new EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, and Paper Diamond will be dropping his debut EP, Levitate.

Raised in the cultural hotbed of New York City, Break Science's Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee fuse the city's rich musical legacy- jazz, funk & soul, with a deep-rooted connection to its hip-hop heritage to create their own take on modern electronic music. Break Science's  EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See, consists of thought-provoking, highly-textured, bass-pumping songs that include verses from some of today's most conscious artists: Brooklyn's Talib Kweli and Jahdan Blakkamoore, Sierra Leone's Bajah and India's Falu. In addition to Break Science, Adam Deitch also doubles as Pretty Lights’ touring drummer.

Colorado based producer Alex B is rolling out big tunes under the new guise of Paper Diamond in 2011. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals. Paper Diamond's debut EP, Levitate, will be available for free download via Pretty Lights Music on January 25, 2011.

Both EP's Available FREE via Pretty Lights Music on January 25, 2011

Download Paper Diamond’s MP3 “From Now Till” HERE, and Break Science’s MP3 “Zion Station” HERE!

SCI Brings Back Winter Carnival

The String Cheese Incident announces today that in 2011 they will be bringing back the always highly anticipated Winter Carnival. Set for Thursday, March 10, Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12 at the amazing 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, the three-night run continues the long standing tradition of bringing SCI fans and diverse musical guests to Colorado for a snowy celebration. Joining SCI at Winter Carnival 2011 is British producer/electro-artist Ott, influential bluegrass legends J.D. Crowe & The New South and New Orleans’ premier new-school funk band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk.

Tickets to Winter Carnival: Pre-sale begins Wednesday, January 12 at 10am MST at www.stringcheeseincident.com, with public on-sale on beginning Saturday, January 15 at 10 am MST at www.tickethorse.com. As a special thank you to the fans, each ticket purchased will include a free MP3 download of that evening’s show from livecheese.com.



The String Cheese Incident community has come to expect a Conscious Alliance Food Drive at SCI events. For Winter Carnival, a 3‐panel event poster will be designed (one panel for each night). As always, the limited edition posters will be made available to concertgoers who contribute 10 non-perishable food items per panel, or 25 items for the complete set. Food collected at Winter Carnival 2011 will benefit the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Visit www.consciousallaince.org for more information.

2010 was a remarkable year for The String Cheese Incident, with more than 15 years of touring under their belt the band entered a new phase where select events and special destinations took the place of long stretches on the road. This new touring model was highlighted by sold out stops at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Horning’s Hideout, and monstrous “Hulaween” Incidents at Hampton Coliseum. 2010 also found SCI launching the acclaimed classic archival series Rhythm of the Road, which kicked-off with the legendary Vol 1: Incident in Atlanta - 11.17.00 show from Atlanta, GA.

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Winter Carnival 2011 Show Details:

Thursday, March 10 @ 7:00pm
with very special guest Ott

Friday, March 11 @ 7:00pm
with very special guest J.D. Crowe & The New South

Saturday, March 12 @ 7:00pm
with very special guest Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

1STBANK Center
11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO
Doors at 6:00pm

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Tickets are $55.00 each. SCI Ticketing pre-sale begins Wednesday, January 12 at 10 am MST at www.stringcheeseincident.com. Public on-sale begins Saturday, January 15 at 10 am MST at www.tickethorse.com.

Each ticket purchased will include a free MP3 download of that evening’s show, redeemable at livecheese.com.

“Enhanced Incident” ticket and travel packages are available beginning January 12 at www.stringcheeseincident.com.

Check out Grateful Web interviews with String Cheese Incident's Jason Hann and Michael Travis.

DEAD CENTER at THE BROOKLYN BOWL

The Jam Stampede will perform at their ongoing Dead Center event at Brooklyn Bowl on January 25, 2011.  Michael Falzarano (New Riders, Hot Tuna) and Barry Mitterhoff (Hot Tuna) will join us again after having such a good time last August at the very well received Jerry Garcia Retrospective.

With the help of our good friends Michael and Barry we will again revisit some of the Grateful Dead lore. On this date January 25, 1971, 40 years ago, a very propitious year for the Dead, The NRPS and the Grateful Dead performed at the Seattle Center, Seattle Wash. This was a very common occurrence back at that time and sadly short lived.

In homage to that time and place, Jam Stampede will again mine the Grateful Dead and New Riders catalogue for yet another great Dead Center Show at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Avenue Williamsburg Brooklyn NY | Show Date: January 25, 2011

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

Over the Rhine Announces CD & Tour Dates

Over the Rhine is ready to make waves in 2011 with a new release and spring tour dates that will take them to theaters throughout the Midwest and the East Coast. The Long Surrender, the new studio album from the southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist, is something rare and wondrous — an intimate epic.

The record, to be released February 8, 2011 on OtR’s own Great Speckled Dog label (named for the couple’s Great Dane, Elroy), marks 20 years since their 1991 debut. It’s the bountiful result of a collaboration between the couple and producer Joe Henry, whose songs they’ve long admired.

“Joe has been quietly making records (well not that quietly, he has won at least two Grammys) that don’t sound like other records bring made,” says Detweiler. “They are a little bit dark and cinematic and funky and unpredictable. It seems like he loves to help performers who have already covered a lot of miles — Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Loudon Wainwright III, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Mose Allison, Allen Toussaint — rediscover the soul of what they do in a new light.” The Long Surrender was recorded at Henry’s Garfield House studio in South Pasadena, Calif.

The band recently previewed The Long Surrender over a series of tour dates last fall, culminating in a weekend long December trifecta of hometown shows in Cincinnati. Performances included the Holiday Homecoming Show, their annual (15 years and counting) Christmas show at the 2,400 seat Taft Theatre; The Christmas Soiree, an intimate Sunday afternoon gathering featuring an acoustic performance, poetry reading, and Q&A with Karin and Linford; and The Long Surrender Premiere, a very special live start-to-finish performance of the album for the donors who made the fan funded record possible.

Earlier that month in Los Angeles, the band was joined onstage at the Troubadour by Joe Henry and Lucinda Williams (and supporting artist Lucy Wainwright Roche, whose special guest was her father, Loudon Wainwright III).

Over the Rhine promises to bring their smoldering live performances to every corner of the globe in 2011 . . . and here is the first round dates:

Sun., Feb. 20  NASHVILLE, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Mon., Feb. 21 LEXINGTON, KY WoodSongs
Fri., March 25   BOSTON, MA The Red Room @ Café 939 (Berklee)
Sat., March 26   NEW YORK, N.Y. Highline Ballroom
Sun., March 27   ALEXANDRIA, VA Birchmere
Tues., March 29   PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café Live
Fri., April 1   PITTSBURGH, PA Mr. Small’s
Sat., April 2   AKRON, OH Musica
Tues., April 5   ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark
Thurs., April 7   MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall
Fri., April 8   CHICAGO, IL Lincoln Hall
Sat., April 9   MADISON, WI Majestic Theater
Sun., April 10   MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center

Over the Rhine will also perform at the Folk Alliance in Memphis on Wednesday, February 16.

National Jazz Museum in Harlem Jan. 3 - Jan. 9, 2011

The electric bass was actually Christian McBride’s first instrument. He began playing at age 8 when Jaco Pastorious was the bass guitar's standard bearer, having created masterpieces with the group Weather Report as well as his eponymously titled first solo recording. Jaco Pastorious transformed the bass guitar into an instrument of fine art, and there are few better, if any, to discuss Pastorious than McBride. This will be a night to remember - whatever you do, make it to this free class, and bring a friend.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Jazz for Curious Listeners
Christian McBride Hosts: My Musical Heroes
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Christian’s Subject: Jaco Pastorious, Electric Bass Innovator
Friday, January 7, 2011

Signed to Sony Classical at the age of 17, Eldar has since established himself as one of the most brilliant and virtuosic solo jazz pianists of his generation. The possessor of a unique style, this is a rare solo performance in New York City. Along the way, Eldar’s had the good fortune to work with masters such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Dave Brubeck, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, among others. The performance space is a wonderful place to hear acoustic music – no microphones, just a lot of wood to give the sound depth and warmth. This is a wonderful way to break in the New Year with live music!

Harlem in the Himalayas
Eldar, Pianist
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344

John Hartford Stringband Nominated Best Folk Album

MEMORIES OF JOHN (Red Clay/Compass Records), the 15-song tribute to the late, great John Hartford — the banjo wizard, guitar picker, vocalist, musical innovator and multiple GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist who penned the megahit “Gentle on My Mind” — that was recorded by members of his former band and special guests, has been nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

The John Hartford Stringband, the same group of musicians who appeared on Hartford’s last five Rounder Records projects and were his final touring band — Chris Sharp on guitar, Bob Carlin on banjo, Matt Combs on fiddle, Mike Compton on mandolin and Mark Schatz on bass — were joined by special guests Tim O’Brien, Bela Fleck, Alison Brown, Alan O’Bryant, George Buckner and Eileen Carson Schatz to make the album that commemorates Hartford.
The album features Hartford himself on several previously unreleased tracks recorded before his death in 2001 as well as voiced instructions to the band from previous rehearsal tapes. Renditions of hit original Hartford songs, traditional fiddle tunes (“Three Forks of Sandy,” the album’s opening track), country and bluegrass songs refashioned by Hartford (“The Girl I Left Behind Me,” “Love Grown Cold”), rarely heard Hartford originals (“You Don't Notice Me Ignoring You”) unreleased compositions (“Madison, Tennessee”), the story-poem “For John” and more fill the loving tribute to one of the most influential artists in American music. The album ends with Hartford’s own whistling song “Fade Out.”
“John Hartford is now in the clouds, but his spirit can rest easy,” says CountryChart.com. “His friends have honored his memory in the best possible way. They have created a remarkable album that breaks new ground while exploring the music of a legend.”
This fall, Hartford was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and in 2005, was awarded the Americana Music Association’s President’s Award. He received multiple GRAMMY awards and nominations throughout his career, including Album of the Year for the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack and Best Folk Performance for his song “Gentle on My Mind,” one of the most recorded songs of all time. He also appeared on TV in the 1960s and ’70s, on “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” “The Johnny Cash Show” and “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”
The John Hartford Stringband will tour in 2011; scheduled concerts include the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis in February, Merle Fest in North Carolina in April, and CBA Music Camp and the 36th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in California in June.
The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be presented Feb. 13, 2011. The full list of GRAMMY nominees is available here.

Jim James Performs at National Tree Lighting

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will have the honor of performing at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting.  The event will be held this Today, December 9th at 5pm EST on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington DC.  He will be joined by fellow performers B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, and Jackie Evancho, and the evening will be hosted by rapper/actor Common.  You can watch the ceremony live at www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout December.  My Morning Jacket is currently recording a new full-length album, which will be released in 2011.

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Check out some My Morning Jacket coverage on The Grateful Web.

Vanity Theft Premieres New Video, Add Dates to Tour

Fresh off releasing their latest EP, Anatomy, on October 26th, Vanity Theft is already busy gearing up for 2011. On top of releasing their upcoming album Get What You Came For digitally on February 1st (with the physical release following on March 1st), the band is also set to hit the road on an extensive North American tour with Hunter Valentine in February/March 2011!

To cap off the year, Vanity Theft premiered their new video for the Houses’ Haunted Tape remix of “Anatomy” today via NickyDigital.com! The band recruited Houses, a Lefse Records artist, to remix the track, who gave it a dark, ambient spin. The video is visually stunning, providing the perfect complement to Houses’ rework of the studio track.

Reminiscent of some of the best old school post riot-grrl indie sounds such as The Runaways, L7, Sleater Kinney, Vanity Theft tears it up live, leaving audiences as sweat-drenched as the band when it’s all over. After attracting the attention of former Disney Channel star Lalaine, who joined the band permanently earlier this year, the band set to work on the Anatomy EP, which dropped in October as a precursor to the upcoming full-length.


Get What You Came For finds the band at their very best: catchy, edgy, and dancey as hell. The album kicks off with the charging track “Trainwreck,” and doesn’t let you go until the final notes of “Missing Teeth” slowly fade out.

Upcoming 2011 Tour Dates w/ Hunter Valentine

February 2 - New York, NY - The Knitting Factory

February 3 – Philadelphia, PA – The M Room

February 4 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall

February 5 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone

February 7 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory

February 9 - Webster, TX - Club Eden

February 10 - Austin, TX - Emo's

February 11 - San Antonio, TX - Korova

February 12 - Dallas, TX - Sue Ellen's

February 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory

February 15 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace

February 17 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Rogue Bar

February 18 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar

February 19 – Hollywood, CA – The Roxy

February 20 - San Francisco, CA - Milk Bar

February 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven

February 25 - Boise, ID - Neurolux

February 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Burts Tiki

February 27 – Denver, CO – The Lion’s Lair

March 1 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room

March 2 - St. Louis, MO – Cicero’s

March 4 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

March 5 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar