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The Deep Dark Woods to Release The Place I Left Behind

The Deep Dark Woods wake the ghosts of Appalachia with their prairie gothic pyre-side tales. On their new record, The Place I Left Behind, the band finds continuity in themes of temporal and geographic alienation, neglected inward trails, and the scars of abandoned intimacies.

Buoyed by the success of working with mastermind recording engineer Darren Van Niekerk, on their self produced CBC Songquest single “Charlie's (is Coming Down)” the band decided to approach their new album the same way. Recorded in Halifax with Van Niekerk behind the board once again, The Deep Dark Woods’ first self produced album allowed them to experiment in the studio as never before. Toying with numerous reverbs, vintage amps, instruments and mellotron, they also tried some never before played versions and arrangements of some of the album's songs. While more physically and mentally exhausting than previous albums, it turned out exactly the way the band wanted it to and the reward is their most realized album to date.

The record opens with a song about Saskatoon’s rougher edges. “West Side Street” is a study in contrasts – finespun vocals and a gently rolling melody cushion the gloomy story. “The Place I Left Behind” is loosely based on an old folk standard. Gorgeously morose, the title track confirms that The Deep Dark Woods capture lonesome yearning at its loveliest. “Sugar Mama” is a sweet and lively invitation to tap toes and shake off the blues; a seeming coming-of-age story is treated with playful banjo and an airy gait.

A rainstorm over the desert of modern music, The Place I Left Behind offers murder ballads alongside scrappy rockers, lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes. The album illuminates folk traditions without stripping the shadows of roots music history. The Place I Left Behind echoes with traces of time and space that are never fully abandoned or forgotten.

The Place I Left Behind will be released on Six Shooter Records in Canada on August 2nd and Sugar Hill Records in the US and worldwide on October 18th.

Phish 2011 Summer Tour - Leg I

Phish have released the dates for their 2011 Summer tour. The tour begins with a three-night stand on May 27 in Bethel, NY and features multi-night stops in Holmdel, NJ, Columbia, MD, and Alpharetta, GA. In between, the band will hit Detroit, Cuyahoga Falls, Cincinnati, Mansfield, Darien, Camden, Charlotte, Raleigh, and wrapping up June 19 in Portsmouth, VA. Check below for a complete list of dates and the video announcement. A limited number of tickets for the upcoming shows are now being offered through secure online ticketing system via a 10 day ticket request period. Click here for more information.

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PHISH SUMMER TOUR 2011:

5/27/11 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY

5/28/11 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY

5/29/11 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY

5/31/11 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

6/1/11 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

6/3/11 DTE Energy Center, Detroit, MI

6/4/11 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

6/5/11 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

6/7/11 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA

6/8/11 Darien Lake Amphitheatre, Darien, NY

6/10/11 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

6/11/11 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

6/12/11 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

6/14/11 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA

6/15/11 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA

6/17/11 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC

6/18/11 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, NC

6/19/11 Ntelos Pavilion at Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA

The Hal Galper Trio plays Birdland

Disbanding his trio in 2000 after ten years of touring internationally, Grammy winning jazz pianist Hal Galper spent the following six years “in the shed” studying, practicing and developing his uniquely original style of playing. The Trio features cutting edge Rubato style group improvisation that emphasizes spontaneity, texture and interaction. With over 90 recordings to his credit, 30 of which as leader, Hal Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, The Brecker Brothers, John Scofield and the Phil Woods Quintet.

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THE HAL GALPER TRIO PLAYS BIRDLAND

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2 SETS @ 8:30 & 11:00 PM
315 West 44th Street  New York, NY 10036
between 8th and 9th Avenues
Information (212) 581-3080
http://www.birdlandjazz.com/