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Meat Puppets continue to add tour dates supporting "Lollipop"

Legendary rock trio the Meat Puppets continue to tour supporting their 13th LP, Lollipop, out now on Megaforce Records. After being invited to this years' Animal Collective-curated All Tomorrow's Parties to perform Up on The Sun, the Meat Puppets will re-release their seminal album on vinyl, available in stores September 13.
For the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's NevermindSPIN invited the Meat Puppets to contribute an interpretation of one of the iconic tracks and the band chose to tackle "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Listen to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and read what Curt Kirkwood had to say about the recording at SPIN.com.
Check out the Pitchfork-premiered trippy video for "Orange," album art and download "Damn Thing" off the new LP. Produced by band leader Curt Kirwood, and recorded at Spoon's HiFi Studio in Austin, Lollipop features the indelible Kirkwood brothers back at work and back at play on 12 powerful new original cuts.
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Meat Puppets Tour Dates
Sept 14 - Chelsea's - Baton Rouge, LA
Sept 15 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Sept 16 - Club Downunder @ FSU - Tallahassee, FL *
Sept 17 - Crowbar - Ybor City / Tampa, FL *
Sept 18 - The Social - Orlando, FL *
Sept 20 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro/Raleigh, NC *
Sept 21 - Visulite - Charlotte, NC *
Sept 22 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC *
Sept 23 - Barley's Tap Room - Knoxville, TN *
Sept 24 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA *
Sept 25 - Melting Point - Athens, GA
Sept 27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN *
Sept 28 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL *
Sept 29 - Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR ^^
Sept 30 - Will Rogers Auditorium - Fort Worth, TX ^^
Oct 1 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX ^^
Oct 2 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX ^^
Oct 28 - George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR ^^
Oct 29 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN ^^
Oct 30 - Old Rock House - St Louis, MO ^^
Nov 1 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC ^^
Nov 3 - Johnny Brenda's  - Philadelphia, PA ^^
Nov 4 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY ^^
Nov 5 - Middle East - Boston, MA ^^
Nov 6 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ #
Nov 8 - Musica - Akron, OH #
Nov 9 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI #
Nov 10 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI #
Nov 11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL #
Nov 12 - Turf Club - St Paul, MN #
Nov 13 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA #
w/ The Weeks *
w/ Dex Romweber Duo ^^
w/ Black Box Revelation #

Von Ehrics: Two Foot Stomp

Von Ehrics newest CD, Two Foot Stomp, is an up and down ride filled with Punkabilly drive and an authentically Texas flavor. Songs like the first single, "Lord I Pray" are new, refreshing, and fun while other like "Rock and Roll" fall a little flat in energy and creativity. The album is an overall success in authenticity, with a real feeling that you could stumble across the Von Ehrics playing around town in Denton, the funky college town music hub of North Texas where Two Foot Stomp was recorded. The album is also successful in screaming "if you think this is good, our live shows are 100 times better".  I am convinced, and definitely will be buying a ticket next time these boys roll through Colorado.

The Highlights:

"Lord I Pray", the album’s first single, is also it’s height of creativity, combining gospel, thrashy rock guitar, and a hyperactive drum set. “Lord I Pray” is soulful and cynical at the same time. The single is a satirical reflection on consumerism, but avoids a “preachy” feel for a rather funny one as lead singer Robert Jason Vandergrift prays for material good while being back up by a full gospel choir.

"Down the Road Tonight" also shines on the album. The song is reminiscent of REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It". That is, if the whole world existed in Texas. You could probably take the lyrics and make them into a scavenger hunt in downtown Austin. Overall it’s super fun.

"Goodbye/The Ride" is a fun, biting little break up song. Vandergrift sings in sweet and slow ballad voice, which we soon learn is totally ironic:

"It's a beautiful night,
the stars are all bright
I've got the moon on my left
and my girl on my right
things are changing tonight
she can kiss my ass goodbye"

then the speedy drummer kicks and one gets a feel of how the guys really feel. I always love a fun break up song.

The guitar lines are a great highlight throughout the album. Just listening to the things Gabe Aguilar (drums) and Clayton Mills (guitar) make up is one of the best parts of the album.

The Not-so-Great:

"Rock and Roll" is a halfhearted cry for what else, rock and roll. I'm not really that convinced, based on this song that the band believes in the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. The Von Ehrics take lyrics that belong in a song like Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N Roll” and play them with the enthusiasm of Neil Young's “Hey Hey, My My”.

It sounds like the guys wanted a Beastie Boys' "You Got to Fight for Your Right to Party”, but were just kind of tired or hung over or something that day.

"Downtown" is another one of the tunes that is missing the party soul. Maybe the song is much better live, at the actual party. Though the song is low energy, guitarist Clayton Mills picks it up with an exciting solo.

"Texas" (When I Die) is the albums only successful anthem, but it really gets the job done.  It's not a call to rock out or party hard, as the boys attempted in other songs, but an anthem for Texas; the state that encompasses of both of the previous. "Texas" succeeds where some of the other attempts on the album failed in my opinion because Texas is very unique to the Von Ehrics. You can hear conviction in their voice as they sing "when I die, let me go to Texas".

“Texas” is the true call of Two Foot Stomp , and really ties the album together as its last track. Two Foot Stomp is a call to this: party, rebel, dance around, stomp your feet, and do it all in Texas.  I am totally in support of it!

Sketchy Black Dog at Birdland | NYC | 8/26/11

Experience the daring, explosive mix of classic rock and originals; sonic temptations that are both seductive and unpredictable. This piano trio with string quartet plays unique spins of Bowie, Zeppelin, Hendrix, and more. Sketchy Black Dog takes timeless rock songs and originals to places both irreverent and fragile. Sketchy Black Dog is the brainchild of pianist Misha Piatigorsky and drummer Chris Wabich – both internationally recognized musicians.

The virtuosic and super-creative Jazz pianist, Misha Piatigorsky, is no stranger to Jazz audiences, but you’ve never seen – or heard – him quite like this! The Russian born Piatigorsky fled from behind the Cold War-era Iron Curtain and moved with his family to New York. It didn’t take long for this Classical pianist to morph into one of the most innovative Jazz artists on the international scene, taking first place in the Thelonious Monk Composers Competition, and playing everything from Brazilian music to straight-up Jazz with Mark Murphy, Joe Lovano and Jon Faddis. Sketchy Black Dog is his current obsession - cranking out his original arrangements of Classic Rock tunes alongside his own award-winning compositions. Piatigorsky’s fiery performances leave audiences screaming for more.

Chris Wabich has collaborated with the leading authorities in Jazz, World, and Rock music, including the Zappa family, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Nenette Evans (pianist Bill Evans' widow) and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. This three-time Grammy nominated artist is known for his dynamic extremities, clarity, melodicism and power. Wabich’s understanding and cross-pollination of genres is evident in his original voice, sought after by the likes of Ludacris to Stanley Jordan. Aside from being the rudder for Sketchy, Chris frequents as music director/producer for LA based artists and full-scale theater productions. His soundtrack credits include "Malcolm in the Middle", "American Idol", and work with film legend Lalo Shifrin.

Together Piatigorsky and Wabich have toured in Japan, Russia and throughout the USA, taking Sketchy Black Dog to Jazz and Rock clubs, Philharmonic halls, Opera houses, and even won over the crowd in one mistakenly booked lumberjack bar.

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BIRDLAND Jazz Club
315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 581-3080

Reggae Band Tribal Seeds Announces National Fall 2011 Tour

San Diego based, award-winning reggae band Tribal Seeds announced today the dates for their upcoming fall 2011 tour.  The shows will span over 25 dates in two months, kicking off in Tucson, Arizona at The Rock on October 12, 2011.  Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe, that they have intertwined with the roots style of reggae music.

Of the tour, the band shares, “We look forward to bringing a new show with songs from our latest EP ‘Soundwaves’ and new twists to some of our older fan favorite songs. Fans might get sneak peak of some brand new unreleased stuff as well! Have to come out and see for yourself!”

On July 19, 2011, Tribal Seeds gave listeners a brand new EP entitled “Soundwaves,” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. Their previous efforts,  their debut, self titled album, “Tribal Seeds” was released in 2008, and their second album “The Harvest” was released in June of 2009. iTunes named both albums the “Best Of” in the Reggae genre, for their respected years. Their debut album helped garner them the “Best World Music” title at the San Diego Music Awards in 2008, and “The Harvest,” which contained fourteen new and original songs, debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts.

Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Mexico, Guam, Aruba, and Hawaii. They have shared the stage with artists such as Matisyahu, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Sublime with Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Pepper, Collie Buddz, The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Rebelution, and many more.

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TRIBAL SEEDS FALL 2011 TOUR DATES
OCTOBER 12 - THE ROCK - TUCSON, ARIZONA
OCTOBER 13 - MARQUEE THEATER - TEMPE, ARIZONA
OCTOBER 14 - SANTA FE SOL - SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
OCTOBER 15 - THE CONSERVATORY - OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
OCTOBER 16 - JACK’S - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
OCTOBER 18 - THE PARISH AT HOUSE OF BLUES - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
OCTOBER 19 - ENGINE ROOM - TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 20 - THE LOCAL - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 21 - BEACHAM - ORLANDO, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 22 - CULTURE ROOM - FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 23 - FREEBIRD LIVE - JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 26 - VISULITE THEATRE - CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
OCTOBER 27 - JEWISH MOTHER - VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 28 - CANAL CLUB - RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 29 - SULLIVAN HALL - NEW YORK, NEW YORK
OCTOBER 30 - HIGHER GROUND - SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT’
NOVEMBER 2 - THE NOTE - WESTCHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA
NOVEMBER 3 - 8x10 - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
NOVEMBER 4 - BEACHLAND BALLROOM - CLEVELAND, OHIO
NOVEMBER 5 - REGGIES - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
NOVEMBER 6 - THE FREQUENCY - MADISON, WISCONSIN
NOVEMBER 8 - THE BOTTLENECK - LAWRENCE, KANSAS
NOVEMBER 9 - WAITING ROOM - OMAHA, NEBRASKA
NOVEMBER 11 - AGGIE THEATRE - FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
NOVEMBER 12 - IN THE VENUE - SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
NOVEMBER 18 - HARD ROCK - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
NOVEMBER 19 - HOUSE OF BLUES - WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

Rose Hill Drive at Fox Theatre | 10.15.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Rose Hill Drive with Dax Riggs at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, October 15th.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 26th for $15.00 in advance and $17.00 day of show.

Following a two year hiatus, except for one gig opening for Jane’s Addiction on New Year’s Eve in 2009, Boulder-based rock and roll band Rose Hill Drive has returned to debut the addition of new member bass player Jimmy Stofer and an entire album’s worth of brand-new material.

In 2003, guitarist Daniel Sproul, his vocalist brother Jacob and childhood friend drummer Nate Barnes began practicing in the basement of the house on Rose Hill Drive in Boulder, Colorado that the Sproul brothers grew up in. Since then, they’ve released two full-length albums, 2006’s self-titled debut and 2008’s “Moon Is The New Earth,” several EPs, and developed a worldwide fan base. In 2009, the trio went on hiatus.

In the ensuing months, Jacob switched from bass to guitar, bassist Stofer came on board, and the newly formed quartet began writing new material, which eventually became the band’s third studio album, 2011’s “Americana.” Stofer was previously a member of such local favorites as Hello Kavita and Dualistics.

Rose Hill Drive’s raw, emotive rock has earned the group high praises from both critics and fellow musicians alike. The band has opened for Wilco, The Black Crowes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots and The Who, among others.

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Rose Hill Drive

Fox Theatre

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Doors:  8:00 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Yonder Mountain String Band's NYE Celebration

97.3 KBCO is proud to present the Yonder Mountain String Band’s Colorado Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Boulder Theater Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 through Saturday, December 31st, 2011. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, August 31st for $35.00 General Admission, $65.00 New Year’s Eve and $185.00 for the 5-Day Pass.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Boulder Theater | 10/21/11

97.3 KBCO & Z2 Entertainment are proud to present Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the Boulder Theater on Friday, October 21st, 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19th at 10:00 am for $28.50 in advance and $33.00 day of show.

This record is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remain their message of hope, their ability to uplift.

After our last record, Colorblind, we began searching for a great producer to help guide the follow up. We wanted someone who understood me and the road I’ve walked this far, who understood our connections of my roots within rock and gospel and the church, who would help us put those things in their most compelling context.

T Bone Burnett shared the vision of how gospel, blues and rock could be put together in a way that could relate to my history and connect to my present. It was important to us that we make the record we wanted to make, even if the end result was unclassifiable. We just focused on making great songs and great music that spoke to me, and that reflected the way I try to speak to the world.

We recorded We Walk This Road over two years, after T Bone had finished his record with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. We went into the studio with virtual libraries of songs, whole volumes worth of material to go through. T Bone brought in old archival songs from the twenties and thirties and many of them were in the public domain. I had songs that I had written with the band, or that other artists had sent me, and we sat down and starting sifting through history.


We Walk This Road was done in our belief in what we all need right now: young voices saying something positive without preaching in hopes of inspiring people. When you stick to what you believe in, and with the roots of where you come from, things will always work out.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Boulder Theater

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Doors:  8:00 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Queen to be Honored as Icons at BMI London Music Awards

Queen will be named BMI Icons at the organization’s annual London Awards. The ceremony is slated for Tuesday, October 4 at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane.

BMI honors songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” as Icons. Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon join a list of past honorees that includes 2010 recipient Don Black, Van Morrison, Donovan, the Bee Gees, James Brown, Willie Nelson, and more.

Outsized. Operatic. Magisterial. Queen defined a new type of rock superstardom. Vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon delivered drama, precision and, perhaps most of all, timeless songs. There are numerous BMI Awards between the four members, who are all songwriters with contributions to Queen’s repertoire, and consequently, the world’s collective pop culture. Mercury penned “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”; May composed “We Will Rock You” and “Fat Bottomed Girls”; Deacon wrote “Another One Bites the Dust”; and along with friend David Bowie, they all came together to write “Under Pressure.” Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, they became the first band ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a group rather than as individuals. The U.K. Music Hall of Fame welcomed Queen in 2004, while “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” have both been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991; the following year, remaining members orchestrated the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, and the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT) was established. To date, MPT has donated more than $15 million to the fight against AIDS around the world.

BMI represents the songs mentioned above and many others from Queen’s legendary catalog in the U.S. The quartet are all members of British performing right society PRS for Music.

Will Hoge Reveals More Details About NUMBER SEVEN!

Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge is primed to release his 7th studio album, NUMBER SEVEN, on Sept. 27 on Ryko.  Throughout his career, Hoge has survived and thrived through endless miles in vans and buses, landing a mainstream record deal early in his career and triumphantly overcoming a life-altering accident two years back.  If, as mentioned in Rolling Stone and elsewhere, Nashville has finally landed on the national rock and roll map, Hoge has been there all along.

Now, Hoge comes forth with NUMBER SEVEN, an album that poignantly captures his penchant for lonesome blues as well as country influences that have always been present in his music.  “Gone” would sound comfortably at home on contemporary country radio, while “No Man’s Land” is a twanging exposition of the gulf between men and women.  At the same time, Hoge’s poetic side is represented by two thought-provoking songs.  “American Dream,” a profile of a homeless man living amidst a devastated economy, gets right to the core of this tragic situation by stating “I’d give it all right back to just be looked at like a man.”  A similar claim to dignity suffuses the epic “Illegal Line,” which humanizes the oft-demagogued issue of immigration.

“People complain that there’s nothing from current musicians that has any sort of weight or political commentary,” says Hoge. “And I think rock and roll is a little lesser for that at this point.  So, I really wanted to go there on this album and talk about some things that aren’t necessarily being talked about by other artists right now.  I’m really proud of this album. Everything I’ve been through in the last couple of years has caused me to slow down and be more thoughtful about what sort of music I’m putting out. The process of creating music has changed too.  For the first time, I feel like this album really encompasses everything about me as an artist.  I’m just ready for everyone to hear it!”

The album’s grand finale, and first single, “When I Get My Wings”, looks to that other musical city in Tennessee for inspiration and lets Hoge uncork on a full-throated Otis Redding-style vocal with a heavenly host of Memphis-inspired horns.

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NUMBER SEVEN track list:

1.    Fools Gonna Fly

2.    Too Old To Die Young

3.    Goddamn California

4.    American Dream

5.    Gone

6.    The Illegal Line

7.    Silver Chain

8.    Nothing To Lose

9.    No Man’s Land

10.  Trying To Be A Man

11.  When I Get My Wings

NUMBER SEVEN follows up Hoge’s 2009 release, THE WRECKAGE, which was hailed as “triumphant” by the BBC; “welcome and worth the wait” by USA Today and described by American Songwriter as follows: the “eleven tightly crafted songs retain the artist’s self-assured, Southern swagger.”  The long-time road warrior is planning a rigorous touring schedule with upcoming headlining dates this fall.  Details and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Colin Stetson 2011 Fall Tour + Video Release

To say Colin Stetson has come into his own in 2011 would be an understatement. February 2011 saw the release of Colin's highly acclaimed solo album New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, broadly received as a sonic, conceptual, compositional and technical tour de force. Thanks to his trajectory as a session and guest player with a diverse crop of iconoclastic pop/rock practitioners ­– Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, TV On The Radio, Arcade Fire – as well as his own tenure in bands like Sway Machinery and Bell Orchestre, Stetson was poised to bridge the gap between contemporary rock and more rarified currents of avant jazz. With the Judges album, he did just that, garnering high praise from the both the jazz and pop/rock worlds.

Colin's astounding physical engagement with his instruments (chiefly bass and alto saxophones) produces emotionally rich and polyphonic compositions that transcend expectations of what solo horn playing can sound like. Stetson is equally at home in the avant jazz tradition of players who have pushed the boundaries of the instrument through circular breathing, embouchure, etc. (i.e. Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson) and at the nexus of noise/drone/minimalist music that encompasses genres like dark metal, post-rock and contemporary electronics (i.e. Tim Hecker, Ben Frost – both of whom have mixed or remixed Stetson recordings).

Stetson's non-stop gigging at SXSW 2011 (on the NPR, Pitchfork and Pop Montreal stages) led to hundreds of dropped jaws and just as many superlatives about the man's mind-altering, heart-rending music: how it defies both genre boundaries and the physical boundaries of what one person can sonically generate in live performance with a single acoustic instrument, without recourse to looping pedals or other effects.

Through the 30-odd solo performances delivered in the wake of the Judges release in spring 2011, Colin continued delving into new compositions and especially more long-form trance/transcendental explorations. Having premiered a couple of these new songs at a small art gallery show in Montreal in May 2011, we were duly blown away (along with everyone else in the room) and encouraged Colin to record them while still in their raw, stamina-testing glory. He agreed and brought in good friend (and now Grammy-winning engineer) Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Islands) to help capture the performances in Stetson's own basement rehearsal/studio space.

The two pieces on this new EP both clock in at 10 minutes and are documented in direct fashion, using a handful of mic positions and, as usual, no looping or overdubbing of any sort. They are brilliant single-take performances that showcase Stetson's love for minimalism, a subtle pop sensibility, and a mesmerising, mantric, time-warping technical ability.

Those Who Didn't Run EP is an amazing addition to what will no doubt be an expanding Colin Stetson discography in coming years; a wonderfully-realized portrait of Colin's solo playing before he embarks on a year's worth of touring as part of Bon Iver's live band.

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Tour Dates

8/12 - 92Y Tribeca - New York, NY *
8/23 - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Hartford, CT *
8/24 - Delilah's - Ithaca, NY
8/25 - Casbah Lounge - Hamilton, CA
8/26 - The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON
8/27 - Zaphod Beeblebrox - Ottawa, CA
8/28 - Le Cercle - Quebec, CA
9/2 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC *
10/1 - ATP Festival - Asbury Park, NJ
10/3 - Burlington City Arts Center - Burlington, VT

*8.12 – w/Callers
*8.23 – 8.28 – w/Emily Wells
*9.2 – w/Rebecca Foon