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Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Boulder Theater | 7/10

For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. In 2002 Ralph Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of “Oh Death” that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of “O Brother Where Art Thou”. Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still touring a 100 plus dates per year, and enjoying his time at home with his lovely wife “Jimmi” of nearly 50 years. Dr. Ralph Stanley is not only an American treasure but and international Icon.

Sierra Hull: Boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. Matt Glaser—head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program—put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.” Daybreak is certainly a noteworthy arrival; you can’t help but feel it’s also just the beginning.

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Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs keep it lo-fi

No Help Coming is the fourth full-length release by Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, and the latest of nearly 30 albums on which the veteran indie icon is featured. But she’s quick to dismiss any suggestion that she’s refined her approach during her 20 years as a recording artist.

“I’m proud to say that I don’t think there’s been much development at all, really,” Golightly asserts. “I still only know the same chords I did when I was 14, and I still write songs about the same things. But I did get a tuner three years ago, which was monumental.”

Indeed, as much as her work has evolved over the years, the London-born, Georgia-based singer/guitarist has maintained a fierce fidelity to the same raw DIY musical principles that first established her as a seminal influence upon multiple generations of garage combos and lo-fi artists. Her current outfit, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, is a stripped-down duo that teams her with Texas-bred multi-instrumentalist and longtime collaborator Lawyer Dave, who contributes guitar, drums and backing vocals.

On No Help Coming, scheduled for release on April 26, 2011 on Transdreamer Records, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs continue to make music that’s spare and earthy yet unfailingly tuneful, drawing upon gritty blues, country and rockabilly influences while maintaining an unmistakable personal resonance. As Playboy.com commented, “Golightly’s songs are so fresh and timeless they could have been recorded yesterday or 40 years ago.”

The new 12-song set, recorded in the twosome’s adopted home state of Georgia, features such notable originals as “The Rest of Your Life,” “You’re Under Arrest,” “Get Out My House” and the swaggering title track, all of which pack as much of a musical and emotional punch as anything they’ve recorded. No Help Coming also continues Golightly’s longstanding tradition of putting her stamp on unexpected cover material, with personalized readings of country legend Bill Anderson’s “The Lord Knows We’re Drinking,” the mysterious Mr. Undertaker’s 1955 rhythm-and-blues cult classic “Here Lies My Love,” and Wendell Austin’s vintage psycho-country epic “L.S.D. Made a Wreck of Me.” The last tune features an appropriately impassioned lead vocal by Lawyer Dave.

Born in Kensington, London, in the same hospital that Jimi Hendrix died in, Holly Golightly grew up in a bohemian household, absorbing a musical diet of psychedelic rock and soul. Her performing debut came via her then-boyfriend Bruce Brand, drummer of the legendary Billy Childish-led combo Thee Headcoats. An impromptu guest spot singing with that band led to a long and productive run as a member of Thee Headcoats’ sister band, Thee Headcoatees, with whom she recorded.

In 1995, while still a member of Thee Headcoatees, Holly branched out into a solo career that quickly revealed a both a distinctive songwriting talent and a commanding stage presence. Her solo work also largely traded Thee Headcoatees’ three-chord girl-group garage rock for a rootsier approach drawing much of its inspiration from rural American styles. She’s been intensely prolific in the years since, releasing 20 solo albums as well as numerous singles and EPs for a variety of labels, including Damaged Goods, Kill Rock Stars, Super Electro and Sympathy for the Record Industry. She’s also recorded collaborations with the likes of the White Stripes, Mudhoney, the Greenhornes and Rocket from the Crypt.

In 2007, Holly teamed with Lawyer Dave to form Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs. They purchased a parcel of rural land near Athens, Georgia, where they raise horses, dogs, chickens, geese and goats. Recording and performing as a duo, with Dave playing guitar with his hands and drums with his feet, they developed a loose, twangy sound that’s perfectly suited to their lyrical explorations of such quintessentially American themes as whiskey, religion and guns.

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs’ 2007 debut album You Can’t Buy a Gun When You’re Crying won considerable attention from critics and fans alike. The pair continued to expand their audience with 2008’s acclaimed Dirt Don’t Hurt, their first release on the Transdreamer label. It was followed by the similarly well-received EP Devil Do and album Medicine County, released in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Now, No Help Coming adds a compelling new chapter to Holly Golightly’s massively influential body of work. “I think I’m still doing exactly what I’ve always done, in that I’ve managed to keep making music I like,” she observes. “Perhaps some people don’t stick at it for as long because they didn’t really like what they were doing in the first place. I think the trick is to just do what you like, and not aim to use every switch in the studio just because it’s there.”

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SPRING 2011 TOUR DATES

Fri., April 29  CHARLOTTE, NC Snug Harbor
Sat., April 30  CHAPEL HILL, NC Local 506
Sun., May 1  ARLINGTON, VA IOTA Club & Café
Tues., May 3  BALTIMORE, MD The Ottobar
Wed., May 4  PHILADELPHIA, PA M Room
Thurs., May 5  NEW YORK, NY The Mercury Lounge
Fri., May 6  BROOKLYN, NY Knitting Factory
Sat., May 7  CAMBRIDGE, MA Middle East Upstairs
Sun., May 8  NEW HAVEN CT Café Nine
Tues., May 10 BUFFALO, NY The Ninth Ward
Wed., May 11 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
Fri., May 13  CHICAGO, IL Beat Kitchen
Sat., May 14  MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7th Street Entry
Sun., May 15  MILWAUKEE, WI Mad Planet
Tues., May 17  ST. LOUIS, MO The Firebird
Thurs., May 19  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Conservatory
Fri., May 20  AUSTIN, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounging (Indoor)
Mon., June 20  SEATTLE, WA The Funhouse
Tues., June 21  PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs., June 23  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri., June 24  LOS ANGELES, CA The Hotel Cafe
Sat., June 25 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar

Sharon Van Etten Announces Spring Headlining Tour

Sharon Van Etten wrapped up 2010 with a bow by appearing on more best-of and year-end lists than we could count, including those from SPIN, NPR’s All Song’s Considered, LA Times, Filter, Stereogum, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and so many more. And while the world was singing her praises, Sharon was just starting to record more intimately heart-wrenching songs in the Brooklyn garage-turned-studio of The National’s Aaron Dessner.

After touring relentlessly in the 2nd half of 2010, and ending the year on such a strong note, you’d think Sharon would give herself a little break, but nope, not our Sharon. She’s just keeping at it! She’s just confirmed her first headlining tour, playing select dates across the country in March and April, including SXSW, and she’s beginning the year straight off the bat with a sold-out hometown show at the Bowery Ballroom. After a few shows in the U.S. this month, she’ll travel to Europe and tour with The National, come home and give herself a nice week off, and then hit the road again! This week also finds Sharon as the iTunes Discovery Download. Do yourself a favor in 2011 and make plans now to check out a singer-songwriter who The Wall Street Journal has called “a major talent in bloom”…

Listen to Sharon Van Etten’s “Don’t Do It”: here | Check out two SVE tracks on NPR’s World Café: here

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SHARON VAN ETTEN TOUR DATES:

Sat          01/08/11     New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom  #
Wed        01/19/11     New Haven, CT - BAR
Thu        01/20/11      Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's  %
Fri          01/21/11      Columbus, OH - Wexner Center at Ohio State  %
Sat          01/22/11     Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot  %
Sun         01/23/11     Asheville, NC - Broadways  %
Sun        02/13/11       London, England @ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Tues       02/15/11      Belgium, Brussels - Forest National w/The National
Thu        02/17/11      Utrecht @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Fri          02/18/11     Eindhoven @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sat         02/19/11      Groningen, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sun        02/20/11      Rotterdam, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Tues       02/22/11     Poland, Krakow – Studio w/The National
Thu        02/24/11     Poland, Warsaw – Stodola w/The National
Fri          02/25/11     Germany, Berlin - C-Halle w/The National
Sat         02/26/11     Denmark, Aarhus – SCC w/The National
Mon       02/28/11     Sweden, Lund - Färs & Frosta w/The National
Tues       03/01/11     Sweden, Stockholm – Cirkus w/The National
Thu        03/03/11     Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Fri          03/04/11     Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Thu        03/10/11     Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Fri          03/11/11     Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
Sat         03/12/11     Atlanta, GA - 529
Thu        03/17/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Fri         03/18/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Sat         03/19/11     Austin, TX - SXSW
Tue         03/22/11     Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture ^
Wed       03/23/11     Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room ^
Thu        03/24/11     San Diego, CA - Soda Bar ^
Fri         03/25/11      Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite ^
Sat         03/26/11      Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar ^
Sun        03/27/11     San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
Tue         03/29/11    Vancouver, BC - Media Club ^
Wed       03/30/11      Portland, OR - Doug Fir ^
Fri         04/01/11      Boise, ID - Neurolux ^
Sat         04/02/11     Salt Lake City, UT - State Room ^
Sun        04/03/11     Denver, CO - Walnut Room ^
Mon       04/04/11     Omaha, NE - Slowdown ^
Wed       04/06/11     Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center ^
Thu        04/07/11     Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater ^
Fri         04/08/11      Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin ^
Sat         04/09/11     Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
Sun        04/10/11     Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern ^
Tue        04/12/11      Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel ^
Wed       04/13/11     Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo  ^
Thu        04/14/11     Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^
Sun        04/17/11     Washington, DC - Red Palace ^

#   with War On Drugs, Sebastian Blanck
%  with Julianna Barwick
^  Little Scream

Danielle Ate the Sandwich Releases New Album and Tours Coast to Coast

Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the musical persona of singer/songwriter and ukulele/guitar player Danielle Anderson. Born in Nebraska and living in Colorado since 2000, Danielle’s beautiful voice and unique songwriting are impossible to deny, but one glance at her chosen moniker and it’s clear she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Danielle Ate the Sandwich likes to have fun on record, onstage, and in life. And it’s infectious.

Described by Denver's Westword as, "cripplingly enchanting… her lyrics tell the story of a generation uncertainly coming of age in an age of uncertainty," Danielle might as well be the spokesperson for this brave new world. Part of a young breed of artists who are finding fame in new places, Danielle wasn’t discovered in a coffeehouse like her idols; she was ushered into stardom by YouTube.

A few years ago Danielle started making home videos featuring hokey skits and sweet acoustic songs. Her disarming charm and natural talent captured the hearts of fans around the world. She now has over 3.5 million views and 25,000 subscribers on YouTube and has toured the country, played the Mile High Music Festival, and performed at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Though she may crack fun at everyone including herself and tell a few dirty jokes during the show, Danielle’s music is full of depth, nuance, and subject matter ranging from sex changes and death to hot dogs. She’s fiercely intelligent and witty as hell but completely disarming, and she’s not afraid to bust out covers like Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl,” Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” and TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

Danielle has certainly made more than a few fans by reworking popular songs until they feel like her own, but it’s her refreshing original material that keeps them coming back. In the summer of 2010 she released Two Bedroom Apartment, her third album and first effort in a professional studio. Upon its release, the album quickly shot to #5 on iTunes’ singer/songwriter chart, confirming the YouTube buzz and welcoming a new star to the indie world. Danielle Ate the Sandwich will be on tour this fall and winter, details below.


Danielle Ate the Sandwich Tour Dates

09/24/10 Denver, CO Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
09/25/10 Colorado Springs, CO The Loft
10/08/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10/11/10 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe
10/15/10 Eugene OR Uketoberfest Eugene Uke Festival
10/16/10 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
11/04/10 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
11/05/10 Easton, MD Stoltz Listening Room @ The Avalon Theatre
11/06/10 Brooklyn, NY Little Field Arts Center
11/08/10 New London, CT Oasis Room @ The Garden Arts Center
11/11/10 Clinton, NY The Barn at Hamilton College
11/13/10 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
11/21/10 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage