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Get Familiar with The New Familiars

Justin Fedor, Josh Daniel, Daniel Flynn, and Patrick Maholland all grew up playing music in some form or fashion and together make up The New Familiars. Together they’ve created a crew of thick-skinned, rowdy, determined musicians and songwriters. Multi-instrumentalist talents of Justin and Josh keeps the ever evolving sound. Willie Nelson, The Band, My Morning Jacket, and Otis Redding are named as a few of their heroes. They’ve shared the stage opening or closing shows with Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers), Levon Helm (The Band), Del McCoury, Emmitt-Nershi Band, and the Infamous Stringdusters. They’re also happy to be in their fifth year in the festival circuit.

“It’s American rock and roll” they’ll tell you. As much as they love bluegrass, rock and roll, and country, they skirt along the edge of all three. Blossoming out of a music scene that’s birthed loads of bands that blur and bend genre lines, The New Familiars happily sit in that place. Regardless, they’ll keep you on your feet, and that’s the important part right?

Their album Between the Moon & The Morning Light is a milestone for their career, which brought band member changes, and united the members that remained. Songs about love, luck, traveling the road, and finding one’s place in the world are what will be heard on Between the Moon & The Morning Light. Recorded by Joe Kuhlmann at 34th & Hudson in Charlotte, North Carolina, and mixed by Dave Glasser at Airshow in Boulder, Colorado.

Guests like Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers),Tania Elizabeth (the Duhks, Mary Gauthier), Sam Quinn, assure a level of energy, quality, and talent that The New Familiars plan to continue to share throughout their recordings and touring.

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Tour Dates:

May 13 – Legal Grounds – Rutherfordton, NC
May 14 – NC Music and Beer Festival – Huntersville, NC
May 14 – Artisphere – Greenville, SC
May 20 – The Quarter – Gulfport, MS
May 28 – Jammin At Hippie Jacks – Crawford, TN
June 17 – Downtown After Five – Asheville, NC
July 4 – National Whitewater Center – Charlotte, NC
September 23 – Jammin At Hippie Jacks – Crawford, TN

Brian Setzer Gives Bluegrass a Rockabilly Spin

With its forays into bluegrass and traditional jazz, Brian Setzer's new album 'Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!' (out April 19 on Surfdog Records) has the guitar legend testing new waters and putting his signature Stray Cat stamp on a few instrumental favorites. Setzer didn't set out to create an all-instrumental affair but couldn't resist temptation when the music started heading in that direction.

"I didn’t start writing an instrumental record, per se," says Setzer. "I wrote 7 songs with lyrics, and then all of a sudden I just took a turn and started fooling around with 'Blue Moon of Kentucky,' except without any vocals. I started playing melody chords and thought, 'Wow, this is pretty cool!'  So the direction turned about halfway through my writing. I had never done an instrumental record, but I thought, well, now’s the time."

Setzer wrote six originals and revitalizes five jazz-bluegrass classics – “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” "Earl's Breakdown," "Cherokee," "Be-Bop-A-Lula," and "Lonesome Road." Recording each gave Setzer the chance to revisit old techniques and try new tricks, such as playing banjo on the Earl Scruggs' classic “Earl’s Breakdown,” or substituting jazz chords into traditional bluegrass on the Bluegrass Boys’ “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

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'Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!' Tracklist

(all songs written by Brian Setzer, unless otherwise noted)

1. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (written by Bill Monroe)

2. "Cherokee" (written by Ray Noble)

3. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (written by Tex Davis and Gene Vincent)

4. "Earl's Breakdown" (written by Earl Scruggs)

5. "Far Noir East"

6. "Intermission"

7. "Go-Go Godzilla"

8. "Lonesome Road" (written by Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkret)

9. "Hillbilly Jazz Meltdown"

10. "Hot Love"

11. "Pickpocket"

Evan Caminiti Announces New Solo Album

"When California Falls into The Sea", the product of more than a year's work, finds Caminiti shifting away from the evocation of the land elements and towards the urban - the coarseness of blood on the streets and people living in squalor juxtaposed with beautiful, fleeting moments like sun reflecting off of glass buildings into dingy puddles - to produce a dialogue where guitars float through the air weightlessly, weaving around each other like butterflies and other moments that are more solitary, monolithic excursions into the night.

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"When California Falls Into The Sea" Track List:

1. Heavy Whisper
2. For Now The Streets Are Nearly Silent
3. Trembling Moon
4. Reflections in Puddles
5. World Goes Dark
6. Rising
7. A Single Flame
8. Woven Into The Moon
9. Burning A Hole Through The Sky
10. With Fog As My Blanket
11. The Obsidian Curtain

* Pre-order of the new album is available now at HandmadeBirds.com (500 first edition LP's in 400 black, 100 white).

Brian Setzer Remakes Bluegrass Classic Blue Moon of Kentucky

"Blue Moon of Kentucky," the opening track on Brian Setzer's 'Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!" (out April 19 on Surfdog Records), has withstood over 65 years of remakes and covers, but it's never been put to the test quite like it is by Setzer.

Setzer goes jazzy, muscled and completely instrumental on the bluegrass standard -- enshrined in 1989 as the official bluegrass song of Kentucky – turning what Bill Monroe wrote as a "country waltz" into a western swing anthem that finds the rockabilly legend picking his way through a series of lightning quick riffs.

Originally written in 1946 for Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Bluegrass Boys, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" has been covered countless times by a number of esteemed artists. Setzer joins a list that includes John Fogerty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, LeAnn Rhimes, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Jerry Reed, Jimmy Martin, and Elvis Presley.

Read more about this release on Brian's website.

Big Gigantic to Release New Album Sept. 1

STS9's boutique record label, 1320 Records, proudly presents A Place Behind the Moon, the new full-length studio release from BIG GIGANTIC (September 1, 2010 / 1320 Records).

A Place Behind The Moon explores a unique mixture of electronic and acoustic styles, clearly defining the vision that brainchild and saxophonist/producer, Dominic Lalli, and drummer, Jeremy Salken both conceived and mastered. This sophomore effort is the strongest statement to date by Big Gigantic and it effortlessly combines saxophone and syncopated drum rhythms with intoxicating, intertwining electronic undertones, truly bringing a unique sound to the evolving, electronic genre.  A Place Behind The Moon demonstrates how Big Gigantic successfully delves deep into the future of electronic music, while staying in touch with their own musical roots, to ultimately create a history all their own.

Get a sneak peak of the single, Limelight, in this video.

A Place Behind the Moon Tracklist:
1. Looking Back

2. Sky High

3. Lucid Dreams

4. Limelight

5. Solitude

6. Step Up

7. Driftin

8. High And Rising

9. Shine

10. Cloud Nine

11. Breaking Point

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12. A Place Behind The Moon (bonus track feat. STS9)

After spending recent months in the studio sharpening the sounds of APBTM, the two-man sound machine of Big Gigantic continue to magnify their reach and reputation with a future that shows no signs of slowing down as they hit the road this Fall for dates with STS9, Alex B, and Ana Sia, including headlining shows from the Mid-West to the South.

Big Gigantic Upcoming Tour Dates:

September 1            Zydeco - Birmingham, AL

September 2            Bourbon Street - Auburn, AL

September 3            Live Wire Music Hall - Savannah, GA

September 4            Big & Hearty Festival - Gainesville, FL

September 11          Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO w/ STS9, Ghostland Observatory

September 15          Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI

September 16          The Majestic - Madison, WI

September 17          The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

September 18          The Venue - Fargo, ND

September 23          Cosmic Charlie's - Lexington, KY

September 24          Tall Tree Lake Festival - Goreville, IL

September 25          Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

October 19               Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL w/ Alex B

October 20               Varsity Theater - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Alex B

October 21               Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Alex B

October 22               The Parish - Austin, TX w/ Alex B

October 23               Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX w/ Alex B

October 27               Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE w/ Alex B

October 28               Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS w/ Alex B

October 29               2720 - St, Louis, MO w/ Alex B

October 31               George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR

November 2             Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS w/ Ana Sia

November 3             Exit  / In - Nashville, TN w/ Ana Sia

November 4             New Earth - Athens, GA w/ Ana Sia

For more information please visit www.biggigantic.net and www.1320records.com.

Conceived in 2008, Big Gigantic found their niche and created a name for themselves in the electronic music scene by combining vibrant jazz melodies over pulsating dance beats to deliver an innovative, distinct sound that's all their own.  Big Gigantic made a profound impact on the scene as they began playing modest gigs around their home state of Colorado, almost instantaneously started to headline shows in clubs around the country and also, made a splash at major festivals, including Lightning in a Bottle, Wakarusa, ROTHBURY, and more. Consistent touring has given the band a chance to hone their musicianship as well as diversify and perfect their live performance. Big Gigantic showcases an amplified array of compositions that combine elements of a DJ and live band, leaving fans from coast to coast anticipating more.

Big Gigantic to Release New Album Sept. 1

STS9's boutique record label, 1320 Records, proudly presents A Place Behind the Moon, the new full-length studio release from BIG GIGANTIC (September 1, 2010 / 1320 Records).

A Place Behind The Moon explores a unique mixture of electronic and acoustic styles, clearly defining the vision that brainchild and saxophonist/producer, Dominic Lalli, and drummer, Jeremy Salken both conceived and mastered. This sophomore effort is the strongest statement to date by Big Gigantic and it effortlessly combines saxophone and syncopated drum rhythms with intoxicating, intertwining electronic undertones, truly bringing a unique sound to the evolving, electronic genre.  A Place Behind The Moon demonstrates how Big Gigantic successfully delves deep into the future of electronic music, while staying in touch with their own musical roots, to ultimately create a history all their own.

A Place Behing the Moon will be available for free download September 1st on www.1320records.com.  In addition, APBTM will also be available for purchase on iTunes, with purchased copies including higher quality mp3's, as well as a bonus track featuring a first-time studio collaboration with STS9.

Get a sneak peak of the single, Limelight, in this video http://vimeo.com/14011782.

A Place Behind the Moon Tracklist:
1. Looking Back

2. Sky High

3. Lucid Dreams

4. Limelight

5. Solitude

6. Step Up

7. Driftin

8. High And Rising

9. Shine

10. Cloud Nine

11. Breaking Point

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12. A Place Behind The Moon (bonus track feat. STS9)

After spending recent months in the studio sharpening the sounds of APBTM, the two-man sound machine of Big Gigantic continue to magnify their reach and reputation with a future that shows no signs of slowing down as they hit the road this Fall for dates with STS9, Alex B, and Ana Sia, including headlining shows from the Mid-West to the South.

Big Gigantic Upcoming Tour Dates:
August 12                Irving Plaza - New York, NY w/ members of STS9

August 13                Higher Ground - Burlington, VT

August 14                Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA w/ members of STS9

August 19                Camp Barefoot - Bartow, WV

August 20                The Vibe - Chicago, IL w/ members of STS9

August 21                The Aragon - Chicago, IL

August 27                Riverjam Festival - Fort Smith, AR

August 28                Verizon Amphitheater - Alpharetta, GA w/ STS9, Big Boi, Disco Biscuits

September 1            Zydeco - Birmingham, AL

September 2            Bourbon Street - Auburn, AL

September 3            Live Wire Music Hall - Savannah, GA

September 4            Big & Hearty Festival - Gainesville, FL

September 11          Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO w/ STS9, Ghostland Observatory

September 15          Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI

September 16          The Majestic - Madison, WI

September 17          The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

September 18          The Venue - Fargo, ND

September 23          Cosmic Charlie's - Lexington, KY

September 24          Tall Tree Lake Festival - Goreville, IL

September 25          Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

October 19               Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL w/ Alex B

October 20               Varsity Theater - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Alex B

October 21               Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Alex B

October 22               The Parish - Austin, TX w/ Alex B

October 23               Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX w/ Alex B

October 27               Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE w/ Alex B

October 28               Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS w/ Alex B

October 29               2720 - St, Louis, MO w/ Alex B

October 31               George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR

November 2             Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS w/ Ana Sia

November 3             Exit  / In - Nashville, TN w/ Ana Sia

November 4             New Earth - Athens, GA w/ Ana Sia

For more information please visit www.biggigantic.net and www.1320records.com.

Conceived in 2008, Big Gigantic found their niche and created a name for themselves in the electronic music scene by combining vibrant jazz melodies over pulsating dance beats to deliver an innovative, distinct sound that's all their own.  Big Gigantic made a profound impact on the scene as they began playing modest gigs around their home state of Colorado, almost instantaneously started to headline shows in clubs around the country and also, made a splash at major festivals, including Lightning in a Bottle, Wakarusa, ROTHBURY, and more. Consistent touring has given the band a chance to hone their musicianship as well as diversify and perfect their live performance. Big Gigantic showcases an amplified array of compositions that combine elements of a DJ and live band, leaving fans from coast to coast anticipating more.

MOON TAXI ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR!

Nashville road warriors Moon Taxi have been steadily picking up steam across the country, building a loyal following of music fans dedicated to the band’s relentless energy, inspired songwriting, and instrumental prowess. Having opened for the likes of Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Matisyahu, and DJ Logic, the five-piece are hitting the road for an extensive summer headlining tour.

Formed three years ago in Nashville, TN, Moon Taxi hit the ground running and hasn’t slowed down, beginning by pounding the Southeast club circuit and soon selling out venues in their hometown. Honing their skills on the road and developing a unique sound that joins together a multitude of rock sub-genres into an explosion of red hot rock n’ roll, the band has found its home on the live stage. Vocalist and guitarist Trevor Terndrup commands his position as a frontman-to-watch with his high-flying vocals and magnetic personality that combine with his band mate’s technical skill and complex sonic structures to create a joyous force of nature. Drummer Tyler Ritter anchors the group with propulsive and evolving beats while bassist Tommy Putnam delivers lines that groove between soul and rock, laying a textured foundation that’s both unyielding and unrestricted. Some of the most explosive moments are sparked by Wes Bailey on keys and guitarist Spencer Thomson, whose dizzying solos are met with instant gratification from their audience.  The band’s tenacity on stage and on the road has led to securing coveted slots at festivals such as 10,000 Lakes Festival, Moe’s Summer Camp and Birmingham’s City Stages and is captured on the vibrant and explosive live album, Live Ride, released in 2009. Be sure to catch Moon Taxi at these intimate gigs before they catapult into the rock n’ roll stratosphere.

Don’t miss your chance to catch MOON TAXI live this summer:

6/10/10                       Ithaca, NY @ Castaway’s

6/11/10                       Freeport, ME @ Music Bar

6/12/10                       Newton, NJ @ Hobo Bar

6/13/10                       Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw

6/16/10                       Frostburg, MD @ Dante’s

6/17/10                       Annapolis, MD @ The Whiskey

6/18/10                       Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

6/19/10                       Columbus, OH @ Basement

6/20/10                      Indianapolis, IN @ Birdy’s

6/22/10                       Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s

6/23/10                       S. Haven, MI @ Foundry

6/24/10                      Three Rivers, MI @ Riviera Theatre

6/25/10                       Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt

6/26/10                       Dayton, OH @ Canal Street

6/27/10                       Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s

6/30/10                      Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House

7/1/10                        Chicago, IL @ House of Blues, Porch State

7/2/10                        Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar

7/7/10                         Boulder, CO @ Rock N Soul Cafe

7/9/10                         Denver, CO @ Moe’s

7/14/10                       Reno, NV @ Crystal Bay

7/15/10                       San Francisco, CA @ The Union Room @ Biscuits and Blues

7/17/10                       San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

7/24/10                      Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

7/29/10                       Dallas, TX @ The Loft

7/30/10                      Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

7/31/10                       Denton, TX @ Boiler Room

8/8/10                        Logan, OH @ Rootwire Music Festival

8/13/10                       Alexandria, LA @ Spirit’s, Foods and Friends

8/28/10                       Turin, NY @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort

Moon Taxi is Trevor Terndrup (Vocals, Guitar), Spencer Thomson (Guitar), Tommy Putnam (Bass), Wes Bailey (Keys) and Tyler Ritter (Drums)

Singer/Songwriter Tift Merritt Returns With See You On The Moon

See You On the Moon is Tift Merritt's most visceral work to date. A deeply centered departure, these focused and creative musical short stories find Tift at the height of her powers. "I wanted to make
a really direct record. I wanted to take everything to a place that was less labored, of more depth. Open space, real strength. There was a certain feeling of inevitability about it. Like I found these songs whole."
To bring her musical short stories to life, Merritt recruited Tucker Martine, best known for his work with Bill Frisell, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs, Spoon, and as one of Paste magazine's top ten producers of the decade. Martine produced, recorded and mixed the record while receiving a detailed tour of Tift's native turf.  "It made a lot of sense to take this record back to North Carolina,” she added. “Build a fort in our own backyard." With longtime band mates Zeke Hutchins on drums, Jay Brown on bass and vocals, and guitar player Scott McCall, the Martine-Merritt partnership sounds firmly anchored in the deep water of home while deliberately and wholeheartedly venturing from the docks. "Tucker has such a gentle way of bringing the best out of people, of taking the time to see what you are really made of and getting at, and coaxing you further from there. We wanted to come at things from different directions, not go straight for a band combo, really build around the songs rather than some idea of how things were supposed to happen.  I played more instruments on this record than any other I've made."  At heart, See You On the Moon is a profoundly focused Tift doing what she does best better than she ever has - poignant writing and performing welded to the steady pursuit of new places. Joining the ‘Moon’ sessions were, among others, celebrated pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz and My Morning Jacket’s Yim Yames who adds hauntingly beautiful harmony to album centerpiece Feel of the World.
In her nascent career, Tift Merritt has already produced an impressive body of work and earned a passionate, dedicated audience. Her live performances, both with her band and on her own, are similarly riveting. Tift's preceding albums are 2002’s debut Bramble Rose, 2005’s Grammy nominated Tambourine, and 2008’s widely acclaimed Another Country. 2010’s stellar See You On The Moon is a most important step forward in a remarkable artistic journey that continues to search, penetrate, and surprise.
TOUR DATES
June 3  - Charlottesville, VA  - The Jefferson Theater  (w/ Ryan Bingham)
June 4 - Charlotte, NC -  The Visulite
June 5 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art *
June 7 - Annapolis, MD - The Ram’s Head *
June 8 - Pittsburgh, PA - Three Rivers Arts Festival (w/Jason Isbell)
June 11 - Albany, NY - Linda Norris Theatre *
June 12 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
June 15 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live *
June 16 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere *
June 17 -  New York, NY - The Hiro Ballroom *
June 18 - Northampton, MA - The Iron Horse *
June 19 - Boston, MA  - Paradise Rock Club
June 25 - Atlanta, GA - Botanical Gardens (w/ Emmylou Harris)
June 26 - Freeport, ME - LL Bean Summer In the Park Concert Series
July 2 - Westhampton Beach, NY - Westhampton Beach PAC *+
July 16 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
July 17 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
July 22 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *+
July 25 - Floyd, VA - Floyd Fest
July 28 - Louisville, KY - WFPK Outdoor Concert
July 29 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
July 30 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
July 31 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Aug. 1 - Minneapolis, MN - The Fine LineAug. 13 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

The Dig: May Tour Dates With The Joy Formidable

On the heels of tours with both Editors and The Antlers, and Portugal. The Man and Port O'Brien, New York City's fast rising up-and-comers The Dig have announced new May dates in support of The Joy Formidable. The band will first perform at the inaugural Truck America festival at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, on April 30th before embarking on their week-long trip with the UK band. The tour will begin May 1st at a sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge in The Dig's hometown and will end May 8th in Albany, NY, at Jillian's.


Having recently inked a distribution deal with Megaforce, The Dig's debut album Electric Toys - recorded this past summer with producer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & the Johnsons, The Ramones, Bishop Allen) - will now be released June 8th. This evening, meanwhile, viewers can tune in to NBC's new drama Trauma to hear a preview of the album's slow-build-to-burn opener "Carry Me Home," which will be featured on tonight's episode (9pm EST/8pm CST). This is the second primetime song placement for the young band: album track "Look Inside" was featured on The CW's The Vampire Diaries in January. Multiple tracks can currently be heard on the band's MySpace page, while "You're Already Gone" can be downloaded here.


The Dig's summer touring plans will be announced soon.


The Dig tour dates:

APR. 30 BIG INDIAN, NY TRUCK AMERICA (Full Moon Resort)

MAY 1 NEW YORK, NY MERCURY LOUNGE (SOLD OUT)*

MAY 4 TORONTO, ON HORSESHOE TAVERN*

MAY 5 MONTREAL, QC THE GREEN ROOM*

MAY 6 BOSTON, MA HARPER'S FERRY*

MAY 7 PHILADELPHIA, PA KUNG FU NECKTIE*

MAY 8 ALBANY, NY JILLIAN'S*

* with The Joy Formidable

The Dig is: David Baldwin (guitar, vocals), Emile Mosseri (bass, vocals), Erick Eiser (keys, guitar), and Jamie Alegre (drums).