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My Morning Jacket Take Over YouTube’s Homepage

Louisville, Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket take over YouTube today with 4 clips featured on the site’s homepage, including the premiere of the eye-popping, surreal video for “Holdin On To Black Metal.”  The guys gave a early preview of the video  last night when several members posted it on their Google+ accounts, resulting in one of the first music video premieres shared within Google's new social network.

Fans can also check out a special intro to the video, which is also an invite to catch the group live at Lollapalooza this weekend (set time is 8pm EDT this Saturday, August 6th).  Additionally My Morning Jacket have curated a playlist of 18 videos of some of their favorite musical moments by artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, and Loretta Lynn.

The video for “Black Metal” was filmed during whirlwind period shortly before the quintent’s new album, Circuital, was released while the band was getting ready for their big hometown show (filmed by Todd Haynes for AmEx’s Unstaged series.)  The band kept things local by working with the Louisville-based Sole Solution Studio for the clip, and filmed it at the idiosyncratic local watering hole Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium.  The video also includes footage from the Jacket’s electrifying 2011 Bonnaroo performance.  The guys kick off the next leg of their US tour tonight in St. Louis and will play select dates with Neko Case as the opener during August.

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My Morning Jacket US Tour Dates:

* = w/Neko Case

8/2: St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3: Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
8/4: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/7: Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park*
8/8: Columbus, OH LC Pavilion*
8/10: Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE*
8/12: Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion*
8/13: Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival*
8/14: Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion*
8/16: Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook*
8/17: Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center*
8/19: Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
8/20: Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
8/21: Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*
8/23: Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts*
8/24:  Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion*
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

European Tour Dates:

11/2: Gladgow, GB @ ABC
11/3: Birmingham, UK @ Institute
11/5: Leeds, UK @ Academy
11/6: Manchester, GB @ Academy
11/7: London, UK @ Roundhouse
11/8: Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
11/10: Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/11: Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
11/12: Koln, DE @ Luxor
11/4: Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/16: Berlin, DE @ Festall Kreuuzburg
11/17: Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
11/18: Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
11/19: Stockholm, SE @ Munchem Brewery

AgesandAges & Blitzen Trapper on Tour Now!

Portland 7-piece AgesandAges are heading out for dates with Blitzen Trapper in July 2011 to support their debut album, Alright You Restless, out now on Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory Records. Alright You Restless is a rallying cry to like-minded souls. With a charmingly loose but clever pop sensibility the album is filled with lyrical references to voluntary seclusion, communal living and an existence “under the radar,” all the while extending an invitation to join their fold.

The band’s chief songwriter and founder, Tim Perry, says that forming AgesandAges was an attempt to combat being jaded, aconscious decision to “remove myself from the apathy crowd, which was sucking my soul, and make something with others who were just as unapologetically excited to be there as I was.   I think of it kind oflike propaganda rock.  They will never understand you.  But we understand each other.”

Point your browser to http://www.agesandages.com for updates!

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AgesandAges - 2011 Tour Dates

#  dates with Blitzen Trapper

07.09.11 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Street Fair

07.19.11 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

07.20.11 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater #

07.22.11 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room #

07.23.11 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird #

07.25.11 Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose Taphouse #

07.26.11 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown #

07.28.11 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station #

07.29.11 Spokane, WA @ A Club #

07.30.11 Yakima, WA @ Seasons Performance Hall #

07.31.11 Portland, OR @ The Big Float #

08.05.11 Portland, OR @ Pickathon #

09.04.11 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot

BLACK FRANCIS Announces July Acoustic Tour

Black Francis will be doing a special set of solo acoustic shows this July. Mr. Francis will be performing a very unique and memorable selection of songs from his twenty year career.

Black Francis is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis. Following the band's breakup in 1993, he embarked on a solo career under the name Frank Black. After releasing two albums with 4AD, he left the label and formed a backing band, Frank Black and the Catholics. He reformed the Pixies in 2004 and continues to release solo records and tour as a solo artist, having re-adopted his current stage name in 2007.

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BLACK FRANCIS US Acoustic Tour Dates

7/12 - Neurolux - Boise, ID

7/15 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

7/18 - Knuckleheads - Kansas City, KS

7/19 - The Old Rock House - St Louis, MO

7/20 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN

7/21 - Outland Live - Columbus, OH

7/22 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA

7/24 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York City, NY

7/28 - Beachcomber - Wellfleet, MA

THE DEAD KENNY Gs To Tour With PRIMUS

Straight from a three week tour with Garage A Trois, saxophonist Skerik and percussionist/vibraphonist Mike Dillon rejoin bassist Brad Houser in their other primary band, The Dead Kenny Gs, for ten dates supporting Primus in the Southeast at the end of May. The trio will also headline a handful of its own shows during the run. The Dead Kenny Gs are touring behind their critically-acclaimed new album, Operation Long Leash, out now on Royal Potato Family.

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Upcoming tour dates are:

May 27 | Arkansas Music Pavilion | Fayetteville, AR (w/ Primus)
May 27 | George’s | Fayetteville, AR
May 28 | Downtown Benson Street | Omaha, NE (w/ Primus)
May 29 | Pageant | St. Louis, MO (w/ Primus)
May 31 | Memorial Auditorium | Raleigh, NC (w/ Primus)
June 1 | The Fillmore | Charlotte, NC (w/ Primus)
June 3 | Hard Rock Live | Orlando, FL (w/ Primus)
June 4 | The Fillmore | Miami, FL (w/ Primus)
June 5 | Hurricane Bar & Lounge | Delray Beach, FL
June 7 | Ruth Eckard Hall | Clearwater, FL (w/ Primus)
June 8 | Florida Theater | Jacksonville, FL (w/ Primus)
June 9 | North Charleston Performing Arts Center | Charleston, SC (w/ Primus)
June 9 | Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC (Primus After Party)

Santah Premieres New Song & Tour Dates

Santah was born with their feet planted in the ground and their heads in the clouds. Composed of guitarist/vocalist Stanton McConnell, drummer Steven Plock, bassist Otto Stuparitz, and Tommy Trafton on keyboards, the quintet met at the University of Illinois and with their debut full-length record, "White Noise Bed," they have assembled a kaleidoscopic opus whose reach extends far beyond the Midwest.

Recorded at the late Jay Bennett's Pieholden Studios, where the band found its niche among the studio's forbearers of psychedelic Americana, "White Noise Bed" has a yin and yang aesthetic: sometimes sunny and sometimes stormy, but always running on audible elation. The band takes its cues from the power pop greats of the 70's such as The Raspberries and The Cars, and dresses them in a twangy haze, full of clever, lyrical nooks and crannies ala Wilco and Whiskeytown.

After finishing the record last May, Stan's sister Vivian joined the band, adding her passionate vocals and thoughtful guitar. They have since been touring the country and building their cult following; performing multiple sets at CMJ, SXSW and the Pygmalion Music Festival, and sharing the stage with the likes of Surfer Blood, Cults, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Pomegranates and Young the Giant.

Santah isn't just something the listener hears, it's something they feel. Be it a tropical aura of relaxation, the bittersweet mystery of growing up, or the lulling memory of a past love, Santah creates an original sonic journey for all.

Download "No Other Woman" exclusively @ FilterMagazine.com!

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Santah Live

10-May Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club 11-May Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
12-May Iowa, City, IA The Blue Moose Tap House
14-May Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
16-May St, Louis, MO Off Broadway
20-May Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie's
21-May Chattanooga, TN Collective Warehouse
23-May Columbus, OH Rumba Café
24-May Detroit, MI Lager House
1-Jun Indianapolis, IN White Rabbit
3-Jun Pittsburgh 31st Street Pub
4-Jun New York City, NY Piano's *
7-Jun Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory ^
8-Jun Cambridge, MA TT Bear's
10-Jun Charlottesville, VA Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
13-Jun Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
16-Jun Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
17-Jun Champaign, IL Cowboy Monkey
18-Jun Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen

* = w/ The Dig and Dinosaur Bones
^ = w/ Brian Bonz and Stationary Set

LATEST BRITISH EXPORT LEE MACDOUGALL TO HIT THE ROAD IN U.S.

British singer-songwriter Lee MacDougall is the latest artist to emerge from open mic night circuit in London that has become a hotbed for new acoustic artists. He is slowly building an international fan base due to his knack for coupling a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody, and on the strength of his songwriting, he has earned support slots opening for artists such as Train, Starsailor, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. To capitalize on the growing buzz, he will embark on his first U.S. tour, beginning this week, which will include his SxSW debut. He will appear at the Larimer Lounge in Denver on Thursday, March 24.

MacDougall’s self-produced CD of original material called IF WALLS COULD TALK will be available to coincide with his U.S. dates. Additionally, he has three songs available for download via iTunes, including a version of his tune “She” that was produced by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Taylor Swift, Charlatans).

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For his U.S. tour dates, he will be accompanied by Rob Hargreaves on guitar and backing vocals.  His tour dates are as follows:

February 25—Bitter End, New York City; 28—Club Passim, Boston; March 2—North Star Bar, Philadelphia; 5—James Joyce Pub, Durham, NC; 8—“Live at 9,” WREG-TV, Memphis; 9—3rd & Lindsley, Nashville; 10—Zanzabar, Louisville; 11—Cicero’s, St. Louis; 15—Poor David’s Pub, Dallas; 16—Hideaway on Dunvale, Houston; 17-19-SxSW, Austin (specific venues to be announced shortly); 22—Record Bar, Kansas City; 24—Larimer Lounge, Denver; 26—The Beat Coffeehouse & Records, Las Vegas; 29—Dizzy’s, San Diego; 31—Hotel Café, Los Angeles;  April 7—Tonic Lounge, Portland, 8—El Corazon, Seattle; 10—Backstage Lounge, Vancouver; 13—Sauce Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis; 14—Double Door, Chicago; 15—House Café, DeKalb, IL; 20—Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh; 21—Valentines, Albany; 22—Bitter End, New York City; and 23—World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington, DE.

Freelance Whales Announce 2011 Spring Tour With Foals

Entertainment Weekly - "Still holding your breath for the next Postal Service album? Listen to Weathervanesinstead: It's the best electronic indie-pop debut since Ben Gibbard last tuned his laptop"

NME - 7 out of 10 - "It's awash with gentle, naive bliss, and if you're the type that likes to observe ... then you might have just found a new favourite band."

Spin "WHY THEY MATTER: This kitchen-sink collective builds from a heartbreaking quiver to a cinematic sprawl with a grace reminiscent of Broken Social Scene."

NPR
"Freelance Whales' members make music that's undeniably quirky and fun. But the instrumentation isn't a gimmick: The band produces textured music with powerful rhythms and a keen sense of melody."

All Songs Considered "Freelance Whales at the Paste Magazine day party. This band has a fantastic energy, lots of charm, incredible harmonies. You'll be hearing a lot more from them this year."

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Spring Tour 2011

4/10 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC*
4/11 - The Showbox at The Market - Seattle, WA*
4/12 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR*
4/14 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA (co-headlining with Foals)
4/19 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX*
4/20 - The Loft - Dallas, TX
4/21 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX*
4/23 - The Firebird - St Louis, MO*
4/25 - The Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN*
4/26 - Metro - Chicago, IL (co-headlining with Foals)
4/27 - Outland Live - Columbus, OH*
4/29 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH*
4/30 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON*
5/01 - Le National - Montreal, QC*
5/02 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA*
5/04 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY (co-headlining with Foals)
5/05 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA*
5/06 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC (co-headlining with Foals)
5/07 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD*
5/08 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI*
*Foals & The Naked & the Famous

Jon Hardy & the Public to release 'A Hard Year'

Acclaimed purveyors of resonating Americana, Jon Hardy & the Public prepare for the January 25 release of a new stand-out EPA Hard Year - continuing their tradition of being St. Louis' "best kept secret" and announce a very special hometown show to celebrate!

Jon Hardy’s voice is deep and true, expressing yearning, pain, and triumph all at the same time. The St. Louis singer/songwriter and his band, The Public, make music that has bowled over critics at outlets like NPR, No Depression and hometown weekly Riverfront Times. “I asked fellow music writer Roy Kasten to name a better song than Hardy’s ‘Cassius Clay’ to come out of St. Louis since Uncle Tupelo’s ‘Gun,’” wrote that paper’s Christian Schaefer. “He couldn’t.”

Indeed, the group’s Americana-rooted sound often draws comparisons to Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar’s early work, though it also incorporates horn-driven soul and stomping, anthemic rock a la Bruce Springsteen. Also featuring Glenn Labarre on lead guitar, Johnny Kidd on keyboards, Greg Shadwick on bass and Mike Schurk on drums, The Public are also influenced by Randy Newman, and released a four song cover EP of his tracks called Little Criminals. “There’s something in his voice that gives me the impression that he’s on the outside looking in, that he’s not invited to the party,” says Hardy. “His songs are comforting and troubling all at the same time.”

This uneasy combination was recently featured as NPR’s Song of the Day with the single “Worst I Ever Had”. “Brilliantly capturing that desperate feeling lying somewhere between lust and fear,” wrote NPR’s Ben Westhoff, “the group shows why they probably won’t be simply regional favorites for much longer.”

The two EPs followed the group’s 2005 debut Make Me Like Gold, which No Depression writer Ed Ward said was “about as original as any grass-roots recording by a guitar-based band is going to get at this late date” and their 2007 disc Working In Love. That album featured the show-stopping “Cassius Clay” and songs concerning Hardy’s recent divorce; in many ways the album was a letter to his ex-wife. “That was the best way I knew to tell her what I was thinking and feeling,” he says.
In recent years, Jon Hardy & The Public have performed with acclaimed acts including Okkervil River, The Avett Brothers, White Denim, John Vanderslice, Pernice Brothers and White Rabbits and drawn comparisons to Spoon. Their music has been played on college and community radio stations from coast to coast.
Hardy was raised in Webster Groves, just outside of St. Louis, by a Presbyterian preacher father and a mother whose work included substitute teaching. “It was a strange mix of liberal and conservative,” Hardy says. “My dad would always spend time reading to us about the civil rights movement. At the same time, TV was not smiled upon and music was carefully reviewed.” Having grown up on his parents’ classic rock and pop records, he taught himself guitar largely from listening to blues players like Lightnin’ Hopkins and B.B. King on local radio.
His first band was a power pop outfit called Shelby. “I remember I was very afraid of being in front of people and performing,” he says. “I don’t know that I’ve completely gotten over it.” An odd thing to say, as Jon Hardy & The Public’s shows have the inspirational quality of a revival meeting worthy of his father. Often featuring a full horns section and a faithful cover of Springsteen’s “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” they are largely responsible for the band’s considerable grassroots following in the Midwest.
Shadwick joined the group not long before he and Hardy were laid off from their jobs. He joined Labarre (a former fan of the band who came aboard shortly after Make Me Like Gold), Kidd (who brought a soul and pop aesthetic to the group) and Schurk, who answered a craigslist ad and bested other potential stickmen in a try-out. All five members collaborate on their albums’ stunning production, which highlights each member’s considerable musicianship without sacrificing their raw power.
Hardy makes it clear that he and The Public are dedicated to making quality tracks that stand the test of time. “We all still have to work other jobs to pay the bills, and in the meantime we’re trying to create good music,” he says. He’s also firmly rooted in his community, penning songs largely for himself and his friends. It just so happens that these tunes -- in all their rumbling power -- resonate with folks he’s never met. A sound as big as theirs, it turns out, has a hard time being contained.

Alex Winston To Release Debut "Sister Wife"

Alex Winston was given her first guitar when she was 7. When her Dad’s advances to teach music to her older brother fell on deaf ears, she was gladly the runner up. Sitting in the basement for hours practicing chord progressions and listening to songwriters like Carole King and Laura Nyro, she was taught the importance of her home city of Detroit’s musical history.
Classically trained in opera and bred on musical Americana, the beautiful Detroit-native would listen to the rock of Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The MC5 and the legendary Motown artists in equal measures. She opted out of college when she was given the opportunity to tour the US, and to this day still cherishes opening for Chuck Berry in St Louis.
Alex moved to New York earlier in 2010 and her upcoming mini LP, Sister Wife, has been produced by hot young New York producers The Knocks and Londoner Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine).
It will be preceded by a video for lead track "Locomotive". The songs on the album tackle a variety of interesting subjects; personal ambivalence, polygamy, the art of writing inebriated and more.
Alex recently released a limited edition run of 7" vinyl of Choice Notes, and sold out her debut live performance (with a seven piece band!) at this year's CMJ festival in New York.

Umphrey's McGee Releases Free MP3 Download & Announces Digital EP series

Umphrey’s McGee announces today a collection of new music to be released this fall. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s is offering a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new, yet-to-see-the-light-of-day song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share it with their friends.

Visit Umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour now throughout the U.S. As always, along the way Umphrey’s continues to raise the bar for fan experiences, with their innovative and interactive Stew Art events planned in at least a few markets, and an incredibly creative first-time offer of “Enhanced Experience” fan packages for their always-epic Halloween Monster Mash-Up in St. Louis on October 30 and 31, and for their hometown New Year’s Eve run on December 29, 30 and 31, this year at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:

Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA

Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR

Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA with S2 EVENT

Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT

Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA

Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI

Saturday, October 23 House of Blues - Cleveland Cleveland OH

Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN

Wednesday, October 27 People's Court Des Moines IA

Thursday, October 28 - Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Wednesday, November 3 - Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT

Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.

Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA

Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC

Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL

Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX