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FOLK-ROCK DUO LONG WOODSON TO RELEASE 2ND CD

Folk-rock duo Long Woodson, the prolific pair whose songwriting prowess extends to book-intricate concept albums, will release its second, ROBYVILLE (Robyville Records; Sept. 21, 2010), with a show in Austin to celebrate just two days later.

Long Woodson backed by its band plays at 10 p.m. Thursday, September 23, at Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. Cover is $5; information: 512.448.2552. Matt King will play at 8 p.m. and David Beck at midnight.
ROBYVILLE details a fictional West Texas town full of misfits hiding out from mainstream America, each song written about or from the perspective of one of them. Dark lyrics, harmony hooks and gritty vocals paint a picture of survival and hope behind mandolin, Spanish and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and distorted electric guitar.
Matt Long and Gunter Woodson met at The University of Texas and played together in several Austin rock bands. After a time, the duo began to record some of the songs in what has become a growing catalog of co-written material. The result was its first concept album, the acclaimed GIRL UPSTAIRS, which was released in 2009.
ROBYVILLE promises listeners a stimulating journey and a fascinating visit with a colorful cast of characters — with “Nikki,” “Jimi,” “Creole Man” and nine more tracks.
For more information, visit www.longwoodson.com.

Four Never-Before-Released Live Albums By Jefferson Airplane

The argument rages on, but for many music fans in the ’60s, the best live band from the Bay Area was Jefferson Airplane. Formed during the summer of 1965 in San Francisco, the group triumphed in 1967 with Surrealistic Pillow, one of the key recordings of the Summer of Love, containing the hits “Somebody to Love,” “White Rabbit” and “Today.” The Airplane featured three master instrumentalists (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Spencer Dryden) and three vocalists: Grace Slick (replacing original singer Signe Anderson in 1966), Marty Balin and Paul Kantner. The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees made a total of eight studio albums and released a smattering of live albums including 1969’s Bless Its Pointed Little Head.

But what most fans don’t know is that there are vast reserves of never-released live material by Jefferson Airplane capturing key moments in their history. On October 26, 2010, Collectors’ Choice Music Live will release four previously unreleased live albums: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 10/15/66 Late Show — Signe’s Farewell, Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 10/16/66 Early & Late Shows — Grace’s Debut, Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 11/25/66 & 11/27/66 — We Have Ignition, and Return to the Matrix 2/1/68.

The first three releases document the astonishing growth of the band, and follow the near-seamless absorption of Grace Slick’s voice and material into the Airplane’s sound just as they were entering the studio to record Surrealistic Pillow. The fourth release captures the group triumphantly returning to their home turf at Marty Balin’s club The Matrix for a relaxed, exploratory set in an intimate setting, performing material from their first four albums, including Crown of Creation, seven months before its release. Taken together, the four releases confirm that at its best, when Jorma was soaring, Jack rumbling and the three voices joining in ecstatic melisma, no other band could ascend to the heights attained by the Airplane. Hand-picked by a team of devotees, annotated by frequent Airplane flyer Craig Fenton (author of the book Take Me To A Circus Tent: The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual), and featuring rare photos inside handsome digi-packs, these concerts distill and express the dream and promise of the Haight-Ashbury scene.

• Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 10/15/66 Late Show — Signe’s Farewell: The Grace Slick era of the Airplane has understandably received most of the attention paid the band over the years. But they had released a good album (Jefferson Airplane Takes Off) and were already a powerful live outfit before Slick came aboard. The 10/15/66 release not only marks the first appearance on CD of a live recording featuring Signe Anderson with the band, but also her very last show. Both Marty Balin and the Fillmore’s Bill Graham give her shout-outs. Songs include “3/5ths of a Mile in Ten Seconds,” “Tobacco Road,” “Midnight Hour,” “High Flyin’ Bird” and “Chauffeur Blues” (which Grace never performed out of respect for Signe, who’d made the old blues tune her own). It was the end of an era. But a new one was about to begin the very next day, and is the subject of the 10/16/66 release.

• Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 10/16/66 Early & Late Shows — Grace’s Debut: The 10/16/66 volume chronicles the first set of concerts featuring Grace Slick as a member of the Airplane, a mere day after Signe Anderson officially left the band. The band has yet to add the material Slick brought to the band (“Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit) to the set list, but Grace’s harmony work with Marty and Paul is impressive, and you can literally hear her confidence growing from the first set to the second. The album contains “The Other Side of This Life,” “Let Me In,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Run Around” and “High Flying Bird,” plus versions of “3/5ths of a Mile in 10 Seconds” and “Tobacco Road” with the new line-up, and Leiber & Stoller’s “Kansas City,” which has never appeared on any Airplane studio or live album. Surrealistic Pillow photographer Herbie Greene contributes photos. Things would never be the same for the band or for ’60s rock.

• Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 11/25/66 & 11/27/66 — We Have Ignition:  CCM Live subtitled these shows We Have Ignition as they believe this is when the Airplane transformed from a high-flying bird into a psychedelic spaceship (but not yet a Starship.) It’s difficult to believe, when comparing these November shows with Grace’s live debut on 10/16/66,  that only six weeks have elapsed. Not only has the band (particularly guitarist Jorma Kaukonen) progressed as musicians, but the infusion of Surrealistic Pillow material some four months before the album hit the stores shifts the focus of this folk-rock band to rock. Included are “Plastic Fantastic Lover,” “High Flyin’ Bird,” “Bringing Me Down,” “ D.C.B.A-25,” “My Best Friend,” “Go to Her,” “She Has Funny Cars,” “3/5ths of a Mile in 10 Seconds,” “Skip Spence’s “J.P.P. McStep B Blues,” “White Rabbit,” “Today” and more.  Two rarities are a mind blowing, 9:45-minute version of “The Other Side of Life” (performed for a photo session) that neither its author, the folk singer-songwriter Fred Neil, nor the band could ever have anticipated, and the only known recording of an instrumental known in some quarters as “My Grandfather’s Clock.” This is the Airplane at its early apex.

• Return to the Matrix 2/1/68: The Airplane returned to the first club they ever played, the Matrix, in 1968 for a 103-minute show at the height of their commercial prowess. They band premiered two songs from the Crown of Creation album (which was months away from being released): “Share a Little Joke” and an instrumental version of “Ice Cream Phoenix.” They also performed “Blues From an Airplane,” a song from its first (pre-Slick) album. Also here: “Somebody to Love,” “Young Girl Sunday Blues,” “She Has Funny Cars,” “Two Heads,” “Martha,” “Kansas City,” “Other Side of this Life,” “Today,” “Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon,” “It’s No Secret,” “Watch Her Ride,” “Plastic Fantastic Lover,” “Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil,” “White Rabbit,” “Fat Angel” and  “3/5ths of a Mile in 10 Seconds.”

Big Head Todd and The Monsters' new album, Rocksteady, hits streets today

Big Head Todd and The Monsters release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady, today (July 20, 2010/Big Records). As the Denver Post reported in a recent feature story, Rocksteady finds the platinum selling artists “centered and rejuvenated” and moving the BHTM legacy forward. The album’s first single, the infectious “Beautiful” has already reached the Top 20 on Triple A radio charts, and it’s still climbing. Check out a video teaser here.

In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety, and a headlining performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival.

For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection’s 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” frontman Todd Park Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums.”

Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady. Complete list of tourdates is as follows:

Thursday, July 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Friday, July 23 Moore Theatre Seattle WA
Saturday, July 24 Pavilion Park Liberty Lake WA
Sunday, July 25 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Wednesday, July 28 WOW Hall Eugene OR
Thursday, July 29 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Friday, July 30 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
Saturday, July 31 Red Rock Resort North Las Vegas NV
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Thursday, August 19 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN

Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist | TOUR

After celebrating the end of their first decade together with a massive fan release, Railroad Earth Retrospective: 2001-2009, the tightly-woven unit of Railroad Earth is embarking on a new chapter in their musical journey. The rootsy Americana ensemble will hit the stage again on their first tour of 2010 with a new bass player, a new record deal (One Haven Music), and a new album in the can (to be released late Summer 2010) for what is expected to be a great year for the revitalized Railroad Earth. With Spring tour dates mostly focused on the Eastern Seaboard, fans can expect an newly energized live show with surprises around every bend.

After coming off a highly successful 2009, Railroad Earth is preparing for another year of sold-out theaters and large club performances. The band has built up some incredible steam over the past few years with highly notable performances on some of the most prestigious stages in the country, including; the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more.

Collectively, Railroad Earth wields an impressive arsenal of sounds, with each player bringing a variety of instruments and tones to the collective. The unique howl of an edgy rock-inflected violin, a fat-toned acoustic guitar with sounds bordering on a classic Gibson motif, wild fanning mandolin chording that has an almost piano-like attack, rolling or clawing banjo and dobro, and a slamming rhythm section driven by precise, rock-hard drumming and an aggressively, pumping upright bass. All of this delivered with surprisingly unique vocals, powerful harmonies and world-class songwriting.

To be more precise, Railroad Earth features songwriter/singer, Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and newcomer Andrew Altman (Upright bass), formerly of the Southeast band, The Codetalkers.

Railroad Earth’s unique sound is one that may be hard to categorize, but is also damn hard to shake! Each live performance is like a journey into the beating heart of American life, its heartaches and its triumphs. A true musical celebration, this is one tour that is not to be missed.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

6/19

Clearwater Festival

Croton on Hudson

NY

All Ages

7/1

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/2

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/10

All Good Music Festival and Campout

Masontown

WV

All Ages

7/16

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Oak Hill

NY

All Ages

7/23

Floydfest

Floyd

VA

All Ages

7/24

The Stone Pony

Asbury Park

NJ

All Ages

7/25

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival

Trumansburg

NY

All Ages

8/15

Mile High Music Festival

Commerce City

CO

All Ages

8/20

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/21

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/27

Music on the Mountaintop Festival

Boone

NC

All Ages

9/3

Camp Mather

Yosemite

CA

All Ages

9/5

Michael Shore's Lakehouse

Corsicana

TX

All Ages

9/11

Kirby Center

Wilkes Barre

PA

All Ages

9/16

Barrymore Theatre

Madison

WI

All Ages

9/17

House Of Blues

Chicago

IL

17+

9/18

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis

MN

All Ages

9/19

The Venue

Fargo

ND

All Ages

9/21

Emerson Cultural Center

Bozeman

MT

All Ages

9/22

Wilma Theater

Missoula

MT

All Ages

9/24

Crystal Ballroom

Portland

OR

All Ages

9/25

The Showbox at the Market

Seattle

WA

21+

9/26

McDonald Theatre

Eugene

OR

All Ages

9/28

Arcata Theatre

Arcata

CA

All Ages

9/29

Crystal Bay Club Casino

Crystal Bay

NV

21+

10/1

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/2

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/3

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

San Fransisco

CA

All Ages

10/9

The Festy Experience at Devil's

Roseland

VA

All Ages

10/14

Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music

Ozark

AR

All Ages

10/28

9:30 Club

Washington

DC

All Ages

10/29

The Fillmore

New York

NY

16+

10/30

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

MA

18+

10/31

State Theater NY

Ithaca

NY

All Ages


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)

Big Head Todd and The Monsters announce New Album and Summer Tour

Big Head Todd and The Monsters release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady, on July 20 on Big Records. In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety.

For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection’s 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” frontman Todd Park Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums.”

Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady.

Complete list of tour dates is as follows:

Friday, June 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT
Saturday, June 12 Port City Music Hall Portland ME
Friday, July 9 - Saturday, July 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO
Friday, July 16 XPoNential Music Festival Camden NJ
Thursday, July 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Friday, July 23 Moore Theatre Seattle WA
Saturday, July 24 Pavilion Park Liberty Lake WA
Sunday, July 25 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Thursday, July 29 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Friday, July 30 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
Saturday, July 31 Red Rock Resort North Las Vegas NV
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN
Saturday, April 16 Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center St. Cloud MN

Bop Skizzum's New EP "Push" Now Available

Looking for a new album that inspires you to get up and get down? The 2010 Bop Skizzum release Push is now available on-line and ready for mass consumption. This short and sweet EP is pumping with ballsy rock adrenaline, singable hooks and danceable beats. It's a tasty cocktail of musical mojo that somehow manages to be both squeaky clean and grimy, laced with an addictive honey-pop sensibility that will cause it to linger in your rotation and make you crave more of what this delicious funk trio is dishing out.

Since it's founding more than ten years ago Bop Skizzum has always taken pleasure in concocting songs that enable you to blow off some steam by getting on the floor and burning it up. Screaming horn lines, block-rocking beats, and lyrics squarely stamped with Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" seal of approval all point to one thing: Bop Skizzum's mission is to make you dance.

Comprised of Andy "ROK" Guerrero, Serafin Sanchez, Erin Jo Harris, and a rotating cast of the best musicians known to science, Bop Skizzum is all about making booty-shaking music in accordance with the founding fathers and mothers of funk. From the sweat-inducing grooves of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, the visionary jazz-soaked R&B of Stevie Wonder, the explosive pop of Prince and Michael Jackson, to the modern retro soul of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Janelle Monáe. Bop Skizzum is following in these big footsteps to get your motor running any and every way it knows how.

Bop Skizzum was formed in 2000 by funk-lovers Andy "ROK", best known as the founding member and guitarist from the socio-political hip-hop rock group Flobots, and his friend, saxophone wielding sex symbol Serafin Sanchez who graduated from The University of Colorado at Boulder with a master's degree in Jazz music. NYU-trained soul-singing bombshell Erin Jo Harris was invited by ROK and Sanchez to join the duo in late 2009, and the freshly-minted trio started churning out songs like hot cakes. They enlisted the most bad-ass rhythm and brass sections available: tone master Chris Harris on bass and beat savant Tohbias Juniel on drums, along with two-man trumpet power punch Joe Ferrone and John Lake, and all headed deep into the studio to unearth their new signature sound.

Push emerged at the famed Blasting Room Studios in northern Colorado under the supervision of award-winning master engineers Jason Livermore and Andrew Berlin, best known for their work with gold-record-selling rock bands like Rise Against and cult favorite bands like NOFX and Alkaline Trio, to name a few. The final result is a meaty slab of party-starting funk & roll sliced and diced in the tradition of the original founders of funk, served up with a colossal helping of cojones grandes. The five-song Push EP was released to a score of hungry fans in May 2010, garnering good reviews and grabbing the attention of the Denver music scene like never before.

From the roaring guitar and blaring brass of "Prove It To You" to the soaring, soul-crushing vocals of their sole ballad, "What I Wanna Hear", to the heart-thumping bass and bone-breaking beats of the title track, Push is guaranteed to get anyone with an ounce of soul and a pulse shaking their tail feathers and banging their heads.

The new album is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon, emusic and all other on-line outlets as well as on www.bopskizzum.com. Be on the lookout for updates on the band including concert appearances along with the band's video segments outlining their mission to save the funk at www.savethefunk.org.

Select Concert Dates:
Friday, June 11, 2010
Gothic Theatre (EP Release)

3263 South Broadway
Englewood, CO
All Ages $5/$8 9pm

Saturday June 19, 2010
Westword Music Showcase @ Opal

100 East 9th Avenue
Denver, CO
All Ages $15 1pm

Friday, July 23, 2010
Skyline Park Summer Concerts

16th Street Mall & Arapahoe
Denver, CO
All Ages Free 12pm

Tuesday, July 27
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Film on the Rocks
Morrison, Colorado
All Ages $10 7pm

August 4th
Elway's Summer Concert Series

6:30pm
Denver, CO
All Ages
Free

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants: Debut Self-Titled Album Out 7/13/10

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is a new project from Shiflett, already known as the lead guitarist for Foo Fighters and the frontman for Jackson United. Steeped in his love for classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Rolling Stones, The Replacements), this new album is packed with soulful pedal steel- and twang guitar-accented songs. The album highlights his talent and versatility not only as a skillful guitarist, but also as a songwriter. These infectious Americana-laced rock songs are some of the best he's penned, from the chiming keys and buoyant, ringing guitars of "Get Along" to the pedal steel- and mandolin-lined heartache of "Bandaged," and from the spry, Old 97s-ian "Baby, Let It Out" to the rueful country swing of "Death March."

Shiflett wrote the songs on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants over the course of 2008-9, inspiration first striking when a friend asked him to perform at Orange County's punk-rockabilly Hootenanny festival in 2008. After re-immersing himself in his Americana and old country music collection to prepare a short set - and then playing a brief acoustic tour with friend Joey Cape of Lagwagon - he began writing what eventually became the new album. Recorded at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, this past December and January, the core band on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is Shiflett (vocals, guitar), 606 house engineer John Lousteau (drums, in addition to engineering), and Derek Silverman (keyboards). The album's additional instrumentation was performed by an array of fine musicians, including Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Jenny Lewis, John Hiatt) on bass, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Whiskeytown) on pedal steel, Stevie Blacke (Beck, Weezer, Colbie Caillat) on violin and mandolin, and Audra Mae on backing vocals.

Track listing for Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants:

  1. Helsinki
  2. Get Along
  3. Bandaged
  4. God Damn
  5. Burning Lights (Joe Strummer cover)
  6. An Atheist's Player
  7. Not Going Down Alone
  8. Baby, Let It Out
  9. Death March

Summer touring news for Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants will be announced soon.

KEANE ANNOUNCE HEADLINING U.S. TOUR

Celebrated UK trio KEANE will embark on a headlining US tour this summer in support of their new album Night Train, out tomorrow on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The tour kicks off July 20th in Oakland, CA and sees the band traveling across the country, wrapping up August 11th in Minneapolis. Tickets go on sale May 14th. Tour dates below.
Supporting the tour will be Travis frontman Fran Healy and Ingrid Michaelson. KEANE’s most recent release features eight refreshingly innovative tracks written and recorded while the band was on a 28-country arena tour in support of their album Perfect Symmetry. Night Train includes several songs that challenge the boundaries of genre via unique collaborations with Somali/Canadian rapper K’NAAN and Japanese funk singer Tigarah. The album has already been lauded for its signature brooding rock combined with synth-pop flourishes, leading Rolling Stone to say that with its “brass-bolstered soul” and “electro-flavored dance pop…Keane have proved themselves masters of…pop perkiness.”  Alternative Press drew comparisons to David Bowie and Radiohead and People gave it three out of four stars.
Since their inception in 2003, KEANE has sold 10 million copies of their three award-winning albums and seen remarkable success with their singles “Somewhere Only We Know,” “Everybody’s Changing” and “Bedshaped,” among many others.  The band’s particular brand of evocative piano rock propelled by literate, heartfelt songcraft has propelled them to worldwide adoration  and success.

TOUR DATES
July 20 - Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA
July 21 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
July 23 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
July 25 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
July 26 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
July 28 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
August 3 - Bank of American Pavilion - Boston, MA
August 5 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
August 6 - Waterfront - Brooklyn, NY
August 7 - Mann Center - Philadelphia, PA
August 10 - Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
August 11 - 1st Ave. - Minneapolis, MN

Kinetix Announces New Album And Summer Tour Appearances

Denver, Colorado rockers Kinetix continue to build upon their DIY success of the previous five years, having spent 2009 logging more than 10,000+ miles criss-crossing the country setting concert hall and music festival audiences on fire with their soul-powered rock and roll. Now in 2010, the band has rededicated themselves to the studio and have produced their finest album to date. Uniting soaring vocal harmonies, muscular guitar riffs, deep bass, R&B flavored electronic organ drenched in reverb, a tireless work ethic and extreme attention to detail on the production of both their new album and live shows, Kinetix is set to continue assembling an army of intensely loyal fans from coast to coast.

With a band name derived in part from motion and energy, Kinetix's rise from their humble Denver roots into a popular nationally touring band has been nothing short of spectacular. Formed by a group of college buddies at Lamont School of Music at Denver University, Kinetix was originally merely a vehicle to blow off steam and play music at weekend hangouts. Their popularity during those early days became a phenomenon that quickly outgrew the rowdy house parties where the band cut their teeth.

Within two years of forming, minus any street team, radio play or mainstream media attention, Kinetix was easily selling out theatres in their hometown based solely on word of mouth. The shows translated to thousands of song downloads and album sales of their debut and sophomore album releases. And sure enough that word-of-mouth buzz spread nationwide, quickly racking up sold out shows in numerous cities far away from the band's Denver base.

The eleven tracks of Let Me In were produced by Andy Guerrero of the Flobots and engineered and mixed by Jason Livermore at the legendary rock and roll Blasting Room Studios. The new album builds upon the band's reputation as a live tour de force, but now heralds the rock quintet as studio musicians capable of creating an album worthy and almost certainly destined for mainstream radio play. Early listens of the new Kinetix album have garnered praise among fans and industry insiders alike as a more mature continuation of the keyboard and guitar driven sound Kinetix has always been known for.

While previous album efforts showcased the band's excellent musicianship, the new album plays up the addition of more emotionally insightful lyrical and vocal development, most notably heard on "Wishing Well" and "To See You Go". Other standout album tracks such as "Fighting For" showcase massive guitar riffs layered atop head-bobbing hard rock grooves so fat you could walk on them, while the decidedly up-tempo pop flavored "Anything", "Let Me In" and "Spinning Out" bring to the forefront the band's striking vocal harmonies, rhythm and blues flavored chord progressions, and deft keyboard work. Best of all, Let Me In showcases an emotional journey of peaks, valleys, that culminate in the stellar closing track "Out Of My Head", which showcases all of the musical elements that have been used by fans and the press alike to describe Kinetix as one of the best up and coming bands in the country.

NOTABLE SUMMER 2010 TOUR DATES:

Bluebird Theater
Fri. May 14th, 2010 | Doors at 8:00
Denver, CO

Moe. Summer Camp
Fri. May 28th, 2010 to Sun. May 30th, 2010
Chillcothe, IL

Bella Vida Festival
Fri. May 28th, 2010 to Sun. May 30th, 2010
Geneva, MN

Wakarusa Festival
Thu. June 3rd, 2010 to Sun. June 6th, 2010
Ozark, AR

Watkins Glen International Raceway
Sat. July 3rd, 2010 | N/A
Watkins Glen, NY

Forecastle Festival

July 9th, 2010 - July 11th, 2010
Louisville, KY