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Ellie Goulding Announces North American Headline Tour

Cherrytree/Interscope recording artist Ellie Goulding returns stateside this summer for her second headline tour in support of her critically acclaimed solo debut Lights. Aptly named, “THE LIGHTS TOUR”  begins July 23 in Atlanta and wraps in late August. “I am really excited about the next tour,” says Ellie. “This time we are ready; we are better prepared. Every city brought something new and I learned a lot playing to different crowds. It is a learning curve. America get ready -- we're coming and it's going to be huge!”

Having already conquered her native Britain with the best selling debut album of 2010, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has won over the US audience garnering rave reviews.  Lights is, as the New York Times put it, “a happy car crash of signifiers: part electro-pop, part soul, part blues, part indie rock, part folk” that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics and the  Los Angeles Times raves, “plenty of ethereal hooks, the album carries a dark overcast with a handful of emotionally raw tracks.” Rolling Stone calls Lights, “sweet, sexed-up folktronica” and Entertainment Weekly affirms “anthemic dance-pop confessional.”

This spring, Ellie made headlines when she was personally asked by William and Kate to play at the royal wedding. May followed with performances on Saturday Night Live and Live With Regis and Kelly.
Check out Ellie live on “THE LIGHTS TOUR,” dates below.
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THE LIGHTS TOUR
July 23 / Atlanta, GA / Center Stage - Buy Tickets
July 25 / Washington DC / 9:30 Club - Buy Tickets
July 26 / Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory - Buy Tickets
July 27 / Boston, MA / House of Blues - Buy Tickets
July 29 / New York, NY / Terminal 5 - Buy Tickets
July 1 / Montreal, QC / Osheaga  Music and Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
August 1 / Toronto, ON / Kool Haus - Buy Tickets
August 2 / Royal Oak/Detroit, MI / Royal Oak Music Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 4 / Minneapolis, MN / Fine Line Music Cafe - Buy Tickets
August 5 / Kansas City, KS / Kanrocksas Festival – Kansas Speedway - Buy Tickets
August 6 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza - Grant Park - Buy Tickets
August 8 / Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 11 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern - Buy Tickets
August 12 / San Francisco, CA / Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
A lucky winner and their guest will be flown to the Los Angeles show to see Ellie live.
For further details please check out www.elliegoulding.com.

New Tori Amos Album and Tour

Tori Amos marks her debut album for Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s most celebrated classical music record label with Night of Hunters, set for release this September.  The iconic, platinum-selling singer-songwriter continues her legacy of ground-breaking recordings with this 21st century song cycle inspired by select classical pieces spanning the last 400 years.

With Night of Hunters, Amos carries on the classical tradition of variations on a theme: taking inspiration from classical forms to create a bold new work while paying tribute to the mastery of the original compositions.

On Night of Hunters, which she wrote and produced, Amos comments “I have used the structure of a classical song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story. The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter.”

“One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us,” the singer explains.

The release of Night of Hunters will be supported by a tour in Europe and the U.S. starting in Helsinki, Finland on September 28th.

With more than 12 million albums sold and multiple Grammy nominations, Tori Amos is one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation. A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download, has had her songs turned into graphic novels, and has produced pioneering videos throughout her career. She is renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her critically and commercially successful tours, and her ever evolving live show. Ms. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.

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TOUR DATES

Tori will be heading out on tour this Fall in both Europe and the US. The first of shows are listed below. Links to buy tickets and on sale dates can be found at toriamos.com/tours

9/28  Finland, Helsinki, Ice Hall

9/30  Russia, St Petersburg, Oktyabrsky Hall

10/2  Russia, Moscow, Crocus Hall

10/4  Luxembourg, Den Atelier

10/5  France, Paris, Le Grand Rex

10/7  Italy, Milan, Teatro Arcimboldi

10/8  Italy, Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica

10/10  Germany, Hamburg, Laieszhalle

10/11  Germany, Berlin, Tempodrom

10/13  Poland, Warsaw, Sala Kongresowa

10/17  Holland, Amsterdam, Carre

10/20  Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene

10/21  Denmark, Copenhagen, The Royal Theatre

10/24  Switzerland, Lucerne, KKL

10/25  Austria, Vienna, Stadthalle F

10/26  Germany, Frankfurt, Alte Oper

10/28  Belgium, Antwerp, QEH

10/29  Belgium, Brussels, Bozar

10/31  Germany, Essen, Philharmonie

11/2  UK, London, Royal Albert Hall

11/4  UK, Manchester, Apollo

11/6  UK, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

11/8  UK, Belfast, Waterfront

11/9  Eire, Dublin, Grand Canal Theatre

Soulive's Al Evans Unearths Crushed Velvet

Royal Family Records has announced the May 24 release of the long lost 1970s' motion picture soundtrack The Big One by Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers. This never-before-issued soul music gem was recently unearthed by Soulive drummer Alan Evans when a family friend in Buffalo, NY put him in touch with the movie's director Cleo McBride. A 1974 Shaft-meets-007 Blaxploitation production, The Big One never made it to the big screen as the film was reported to have been destroyed in a fire soon after completion. The soundtrack recordings remained dormant until Evans was recruited to mix the original sessions and release it through Soulive's record company Royal Family Records. The Brooklyn-based label will release the soundtrack as both a free mp3 album download and on limited edition vinyl.

The track listing is:

1. The Big One (Main Theme)
2. Thunderbird
3. Felecia's Love Theme
4. Detroit Slim
5. The Lay Down
6. Memphis Stomp
7. London Black (pts. 1,2,3)
8. Big Chase
9. The Big One (End Theme)

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More about Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers

In the late 60s and early 70s, Buffalo, NY was a well-known hotspot for funk and soul music. One of the stand-outs on the scene was a guitarist and vocalist who went by the name Crushed Velvet. He backed many of Buffalo's finest musicians and was the first call most national hit-makers would make when needing to assemble a local band for Buffalo dates. Inspired to start his own band, he assembled Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers. They hit the scene hard bringing a tight new sound to “The Queen City." The response was so overwhelming that it quickly became clear the next logical step was to set their sites on New York City. As plans were being made for a move to the Big Apple, Crushed Velvet got a call from an old band-mate turned filmmaker Cleo McBride. Cleo had recently been given his first big break to direct a film called The Big One. This was not going to be a run of the mill Blaxploitation movie, but a film to turn the industry on its head. The main character was to be the first African-American spy hero, chasing down "the man" across the world.  Crushed Velvet believed this could be the band's ticket to the top, so plans for NYC were shelved. Instead, they began recording the album of their lives.  After nearly a year of writing and recording, the soundtrack was near completion. It was around this time that Crushed Velvet received the devastating news that would shatter those dreams. On March 23, 1974, the home of Cleo McBride was burned to the ground along with all of the master film reels for The Big One.

After the fire, all that remained was the shock and allegations of an entire community.  Cleo McBride was the first to claim that the government was at fault for the destruction of his work because of its positive and powerful depiction of a "black man as a strong, worldly hero."  With no film to accompany the music and an overall paranoia associated with anything having to do with The Big One, the soundtrack was shelved. Crushed Velvet broke up the band and disappeared from the Buffalo music scene.

In 2010, Soulive drummer Alan Evans was contacted by a family friend who'd been in touch with Cleo McBride. Aware that Evans, a Buffalo-native, had achieved a great deal of success in the music industry and was also operating his own recording studio PlayonBrother, they shared the story of The Big One and Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers, hoping he'd listen to the tapes. Intrigued by the story, Evans agreed and what he found was pure soul music gold. He took to the task of mixing the recordings and preparing them for worldwide release through Soulive's label Royal Family Records.

THE BIG ONE, the original motion picture soundtrack by CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS is available May 24 as a free mp3 album download and on limited edition vinyl through Royal Family Records.

Watch video with Al Evans explaining history of The Big One

Download a free mp3 of "The Big One (Main Theme)"

Girl Talk Announces Gigantic 2011 Tour!

Almost 300 shows under his belt, and hardly a full week off, since Feed The Animals was released in June 2008 and Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) is primed to announce another 40-city tour, all set to take place in 2011 before March is even over! Whether it be performing at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, throwing the biggest house party New Year’s Eve (or anyone) has ever seen, setting off fireworks to end shows in Houston or San Francisco, or balloon drops in Chicago, New York and beyond, celebrating election night in Milwaukee, playing to colleges of all sizes, christening Pittsburgh’s new Stage AE venue, or stealing the show at festivals across the globe, Gillis has proved he works (and sweats) his ass off, and knows how to give people an exceptionally awesome time. Now, with this forthcoming tour on the horizon, he’s ready to multiply the fun with a whole new slew of ideas, and start 2011 off right!

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Catch Girl Talk on tour:

Fri. 11/12/10 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Fri. 11/19/10 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Hot Festival

Sat. 11/20/10 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival

Fri. 12/3/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Sat. 12/4/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Wed. 01/05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/06/11 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavillion

Fri. 01/07/11 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater

Sat. 01/08/11 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

Mon. 01/10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/13/11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Fri. 01/14/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall

Sat. 01/15/11 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium

Mon. 01/17/11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

Tue. 01/18/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Thu. 01/20/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay

Fri. 01/21/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Sat. 01/22/11 – Charleston, SC @ Gaillard Municipal Auditorium

Mon. 01/24/11 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Tue. 01/25/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

Thu. 01/27/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo

Fri. 01/28/11 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa

Sat. 01/29/11 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Mon. 01/31/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head

Tue. 02/01/11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

Fri. 02/04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Sat. 02/05/11 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Thu. 02/24/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Fri. 02/25/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s

Sat. 02/26/11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Mon. 02/28/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theater

Mon. 03/01/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Thu. 03/03/11 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall

Fri. 03/04/11 – Chicago, IL @ Congress

Mon. 03/07/11 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum

Tue. 03/08/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

Fri. 03/11/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Mon. 03/14/11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater

Tue. 03/15/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Thu. 03/17/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

Fri. 03/18/11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Sat. 03/19/11 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre

Mon. 03/21/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Tue. 03/22/10 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA

Wed. 03/23/10 – Tempe, AX @ Marquee

They Might Be Giants Spring/ Summer Festival Update

After a hugely successful run earlier this year, They Might Be Giants will play several dates over the spring and summer of 2010, including two benefit shows in the Boston area. The two shows at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA will be aimed at kids and proceeds from the show will benefit Boston By Foot (www.bostonbyfoot.org). The band has played a series of successful kids’ shows in support of Here Comes Science, their acclaimed 2009 release.

The upcoming dates will also include several family shows across the country, as well as festival stops at Boston’s WXRV Earth Day Celebration (free show!), the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington, and Manchester, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival.

Released in September 2009, Here Comes Science has received praise across the board for its unique and exciting fusion of rock, education and humor. Boing Boing described the album as “top-notch pop music with humor that's aimed at both kids and adults” and called the album “better than great. Perfect.”

They Might Be Giants Spring/Summer 2010 Tour Dates

04/22: Boston, MA @ Rose Kennedy Greenway
(WXRV Earth Day Celebration – FREE show)

05/23: Arlington, MA @ Regent Theatre*

05/23: Arlington, MA @ Regent  Theatre*

05/30: George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival

06/11: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony

06/12: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live*

06/13: Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

06/26: London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall*

06/26: Royal Festival Hall

09/24: Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

09/25: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun (4th Annual Fan Appreciation Show)

09/26: New York, NY @ Town Hall*

* - family show