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Tiësto Launches Innovative Fansite “InTheBooth”

How does the biggest DJ/producer in the world capture Web 2.0 and re-invent artist-to-fan interaction?

Tiësto delivers an innovative, one of a kind experience to his dedicated global fan base with the launch of his new members-only fansite, InTheBooth.

InTheBooth gives fans the ability to interact directly with the world famous DJ, while providing HD streaming concerts, behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive content and more.  Fans from all over the world will now gain access to a side of Tiësto never before seen by the public.

The tech savvy, arena-selling DJ, who boasts a network of over 1.5 million users on Facebook, stated, “I love the idea of being able to make music and get it to my fans in the most direct way possible.  When I came up with the idea for the site, I tested most of the platforms out there and then realized, I needed to make a custom site to handle the specific functionality I couldn’t find elsewhere.”  Outfitted with the latest technology, InTheBooth will now be Tiësto’s outlet for broadcasting exclusive performances, live shows, and debuting new “white label” tracks for fans prior to their release.  The current featured attraction for new members is Tiësto’s epic live performance concert video, taken this summer from his 25,000 person sold out show at Victoria Park in London.  Further performance videos scheduled to air include Tiësto’s Kaleidoscope sold out world tour kickoff at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and the final show of his North American run, live from the Shrine in Los Angeles, California.

The list of InTheBooth’s features continues with members having access to Tiësto’s enormous complete back-catalogue and his complete collection of Club Life podcasts, the #1 artist podcast in the world.   Additional features include tour blogs from both Tiësto and his crew, access to pre-sale tickets, limited-edition merchandise, an interview series from his hometown of Breda, and best of all, the chance to meet Tiësto backstage. When asked about the impact InTheBooth has had , “while I love using Facebook for mass communication and my Twitter to shoot a quick update, I can now chat directly with the people who support me most.  The best part is, every city I perform in, I get to hang with new InTheBooth members each night and I finally have the opportunity to get to know my supporters on a personal level.”

Earlier this year, Tiësto established his own label and publishing company, Musical Freedom, where for the first time in his career, he has full control and ownership of his music and can take full advantage of InTheBooth as a major platform for releasing new music.  In 2010 his Kaleidoscope world tour heads to South America, Australia and Europe, where he will continue to film and broadcast new content and debut new material.  More information on InTheBooth and tour dates can be found at www.inthebooth.com.

The world’s biggest electronic artist and critically-acclaimed DJ/ producer, Tiësto has joined forces with some very special guests on his fifth and most ambitious album to date Kaleidoscope (Ultra Records). A stunning collection of songs written and recorded in collaboration with a variety of music’s brightest talents from the worlds of dance, pop and rock that include Nelly Furtado, Jónsi from Sigur Rós, Tegan & Sara, Kélé Okereke from Bloc Party, Emily Haines from Metric and Calvin Harris just to name a few.

Along with this release of the album, Tiësto has been stunning audiences on a worldwide tour, taking the sounds and sights of Kaleidoscope on the road for 175 live performances across 5 continents. Enlisting the talents of Montreal’s Moment Factory (NIN, Cirque Du Soleil), Tiësto has created the biggest and best live show to date leaving fans and critics breathless, evident from a number of sold-out shows at arenas and large venues throughout North America.

California '66 Revue tour brings Electric Prunes, Love & Moby Grape

Three premiere bands of the Los Angeles psychedelic era of the late ’60s will join forces August 4-18, 2009 for the California ’66 Revue tour. The Electric Prunes, Love and, for the April 12-18 dates, Jerry Miller from Moby Grape will bring the spirit of Sunset Strip and San Francisco in the late ’60s up the East Coast and into Canada and the Midwest.

Miller joined the tour when Sky “Sunlight” Saxon of The Seeds, originally booked, passed away unexpectedly on June 25. The tour will continue in Saxon’s memory.

According to promoter Patrick Hand, “A major reason I'm promoting this tour is that the Electric Prunes are the best rock band in the world right now. Just listen to 'Feedback.' They sound like 20-year-olds. The Electric Prunes are the only band from the 1960s who are putting out better music now than then.  And the music they put out then was pretty damn good.”

The current incarnation of Love is led by Johnny Echols, lead guitarist in the classic 1966-68 lineup, and will be backed by Baby Lemonade, the latter-day psychedelic L.A. band that accompanied Love founding member Arthur Lee from 1993 until his 2005 death. Jerry Miller will perform songs from his tenure with Moby Grape as well as other eras of his 50-year recording career.

The tour begins in August 4 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and ends on August 18 at the Birchmere outside Washington, D.C. Other tour cities include New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

love“We wanted to do a few shows in intimate venues to see if there is still interest in this genre, and we’ve already passed that test,” adds Hand. “If the public is as enthusiastic in attending the shows as the clubs have been in booking, then I have no doubt we’ll be back on the road again, in the West Coast and the U.K.”
 

About the artists:

The Electric Prunes: In 1966, a sonic blast of feedback, tremolo and fuzz emerged from the confines of a Los Angeles garage. The Electric Prunes’ electrifying single “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),” widely recognized as one of the first psychedelic hit records, heralded a transition period in popular music. Their combination of psychedelia and bluesy grit offered a unique auditory experience that was a far cry from the pop music popular at the time. A cut from the band’s Mass in F Minor concept album was selected for the soundtrack of the classic road movie Easy Rider. Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Electric Prunes were capable of reproducing their distinctive recording sounds in live performances. They continue to perform across the world, stewarded by founding members Mike Tulin and James Lowe.
 
• Love: Led by the late singer/songwriter/guitarist Arthur Lee, this interracial Los Angeles band was among the most influential and original of its era. Love’s creative impact on other artists from the mid-’60s right up to this very day outweighs the commercial success of their brief but highly productive heyday. The 1967 epic Forever Changes, a suite of songs using acoustic guitars, strings and horns recorded while the band was falling apart as the result of various abuses, is widely cited as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums. Since Arthur Lee’s death in 2005, the legacy of Love has been carried forward by its founding guitarist/songwriter Johnny Echols along with Baby Lemonade.
 
Jerry Miller, who Eric Clapton is reported to have called the “best guitar player in the world,” is best known as the lead guitarist in late ‘60s San Francisco three-guitarist band Moby Grape, which signed to Columbia and recorded four albums between 1966-69. He co-wrote with member Don Stevenson the classics “Hey Grandma” (covered by the Move) and “Murder in My Heart for the Judge” (covered by Three Dog Night and Lee Michaels.) Earlier in his career, Miller played with Bobby Fuller in his predecessor band to the Bobby Fuller Four. Following the Grape’s 1970 dissolution, Miller joined two Grape bandmates in the Rhythm Dukes, and later shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal and Robert Plant. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Miller is once again based in his hometown of Tacoma.
 

grapeCALIFORNIA ’66 REVUE DATES
Tuesday, August 4 PHILADELPHIA, PA Johnny Brenda’s
Wednesday, August 5 HOBOKEN, NJ  Maxwell’s
Thursday, August 6 FAIRFIELD,CT Quick Center; benefit for WPKN-FM radio (with guests the Blues Magoos)
Friday, August 7  CAMBRIDGE, MA  Middle East
Saturday, August 8 MONTREAL, QU  Theater Plaza; affiliated with the “Teenbeat Takeover Woolly Weekend.”
Sunday, August 9 NEW YORK, NY  B.B. King’s
Monday, August 10  FOXBORO, MA  Patriot’s Place
Wednesday, August 12 CHICAGO, IL  Double Door*
Thursday, August 13 MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall*
Friday, August 14 TORONTO, ON  Lee’s Palace*
Saturday, August 15 DETROIT, MI  The Magic Bag*
Sunday, August 16 CLEVELAND, OH  Beachland Ballroom*
Monday, August 17 PITTSBURGH, PA  Hard Rock Café*
Tuesday, August 18 ALEXANDRIA, VA (DC AREA)  Birchmere*

* denotes dates with Jerry Miller from Moby Grape on bill.

Otis Taylor Examines the Darker Dimensions of Love

No one ever accused blues singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Otis Taylor of overindulging in the happier aspects of the human condition. His songs are often peopled with characters whose emotional landscape — no matter how raw or dark — is laid bare for all to experience, and the story is often less than pretty.

otis taylorBut if love — in any or all of its joyous and painful variations — is somewhere amid that confusing emotional swirl, he’ll go there too. The result will by no means be syrupy ballads obsessing over romantic love. Instead, Taylor’s love songs take a hard, realistic look at the relative benefits and costs of what is perhaps the most unnerving of forces within the human heart.

Taylor’s new recording, Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs, throws a light on the complexities of love in all of its forms. The album is set for June 23, 2009, release on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group. In addition to Taylor’s trademark haunting vocals and simple but stirring guitar riffs — a combination often referred to as trance blues — the album also features guest appearances by Irish blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore (previously heard on Taylor’s Definition of a Circle in 2007) and jazz/hip-hop pianist Jason Moran.

Within these songs of love are tales of tragedy and loss, misunderstanding and deception — but there’s often a glimmer of hope as well. “That’s just my nature,” says Taylor. “I may write love songs, but they aren’t always going to be happy and pretty. Look at songs like ‘Teen Angel’ or ‘Ode To Billy Joe.’ Those are love songs, but they aren’t exactly happy. So why shouldn’t my songs be considered love songs?”

The set opens with the pensive “Looking for Some Heat,” the story of a man looking for some love and sunshine. Moran and cornetist Ron Miles provide enough subtle riffs to serve as counterpoint to Taylor’s more edgy vocals. “I met Jason in Germany once, but I didn’t really pay that much attention to him at first,” says Taylor. “Then I saw him in concert in West Virginia, and I was really amazed. I wanted to get him on one of my records.”

The melancholy “Sunday Morning” features lead vocals by Cassie Taylor (Otis’ 21-year-old daughter), backed by Gary Moore’s understated but potent flamenco guitar lines. The power of the song lies in the simplicity of the lyrics, as they draw attention to the images and rituals of what is often the most introspective day of the week.

“Lost My Guitar” was inspired by the tragic true story of Emma K. Walsh, whose preschool-age daughter was killed in a car accident in Boulder, Colorado, in 1974. The singer in the song laments the loss of his guitar, but “the guitar is a metaphor for the child,” says Taylor.

“I’m Not Mysterious,” a tale of puppy love between two eight-year-olds, seems innocent enough, but the difference in race between the two children makes for an undercurrent of tensions. “That’s something I’ve lived, so I decided to write about it,” says Taylor, who grew up in Denver in the ‘50s and ‘60s. “When I was a little kid, this little girl sent me a note telling me she loved me. So I followed her home to see where she lived. Then one time I visited her at her house. That was when I had to stop seeing her.”

otisThe hypnotic “Mama’s Best Friend,” sung by Cassie and fueled by the odjembe drumming of percussionist Fara Tolno, is a glimpse into the life of Taylor’s mother — a sort of follow-up chapter to “Mama’s Selling Heroin,” a track from his 2004 recording, Double V. “My mother was gay, and she eventually hooked up with one of her girlfriends,” he explains. “My father left and went to California. I put these stories out there for my children.”

The closer, “If You Hope,” is a story about a ghost who wants his lover to join him in the afterlife. “If you listen to the very end, you hear it build up beautifully,” says Taylor, “sort of like a grand finale to the entire album. It brings the various elements of my music together — the jazz, the blues-rock, all of it.”

Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs follows Taylor’s 2008 opus Recapturing the Banjo, an album that celebrated the African roots of an instrument whose origins have been largely obscured by its subsequent associations with Appalachian folk music.

“This is a different kind of endeavor for me,” he says of the new recording. “I found myself saying, ‘What can I do after making a banjo album? What will people want to listen to?’ My answer was love songs. I’m doing things here that I didn’t have the opportunity to do on previous albums, things that people wouldn’t normally expect from me, compared to what I’ve done so far. I think it’s one of my best works because it has such unusual elements.”

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Enter for a chance to win the G. Love custom model guitar from Gretsch, along with a SIGNED harmonica and Shure 520DX "Green Bullet" Harmonica Microphone. You'll see G. Love playing these instruments all summer long on his headline tour with John Butler Trio and Tristan Prettyman. Make sure you pick up a copy of his new album Superhero Brother before you head out to the show!

The (Mighty!) Duhks Earn Love For 'Fast Paced World'

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Hailed by The New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, Fast Paced World, (August 19th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

 

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date. Seriously. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments. This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

 

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond. "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

 

In the space between the Grammy-nominated Migrations (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" - Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base - no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check YouTube for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

 

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com). The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was recently invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the 2008 festival.

THE DUHKS ~  US TOUR DATES

09/05/2008       Great Barrington, MA- Club Helsinki
09/06/2008       Hoboken, NJ- Maxwell's
09/10/2008       New York, NY- Joe's Pub
09/11/2008       Annapolis, MD- Ram's Head on Stage
09/12/2008       Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
09/13/2008       Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Café
09/25/2008       Oakland, CA - Yoshi's at Jack London Square
09/29/2008       Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
10/03/2008       Homer, AK - The Downeast Saloon
10/04/2008       Anchorage, AK - Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
10/05/2008       Kodiak, AK - Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
10/08/2008       Blacksburg, VA - The Lantern
10/10/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/11/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/12/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/15/2008       Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
10/16/2008       Arlington, VA - IOTA Club
10/17/2008       Asheville, NC - Garage at Biltmore
10/18/2008       Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
10/20/2008       Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
10/21/2008       Athens, GA - The Melting Point
10/24/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/25/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/29/2008       Somerville, MA - Johnny D's
10/30/2008       Norfolk, CT- Infinity Hall

N'awlins Funk Visits the City of Brotherly Love

"Y'all wish Ben (Ellman) a happy birthday," Papa Mali preached to the crowd as he strolled off the stage after a fun set of music.  It was the first night of February at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on its famous South Street.