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Zoë Keating @ Boulder Theater | 6/11/11

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Zoë's self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million Twitter followers. Born in Canada and classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë spent her 20's dabbling in computer software while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. Inevitably, she combined the two and developed her now signature style while improvising for late night crowds at her San Francisco warehouse. She makes an effort to reach audiences wherever they are and has performed on National Public Radio, television, webcasts, outdoors in the Nevada desert, in churches, concert halls, universities, museums, technology conferences, executive brainstorming sessions, house concerts, bars and rock clubs across North America and Europe.

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Dirty Vegas/New Music Video Feat. Jena Malone

Ready to capture the international dance floor once again, Electric Love marks the explosive return of Dirty Vegas. It finds that elusive sweet spot between the slickly polished electronic sounds of their past and a more decidedly rock edge, deftly balancing beats and guitar-led melodies. After touring the world on the strength of two albums (2002’s Dirty Vegas, 2004’s One), music featured in two films (2005’s Goal!, 2006’s The Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down) and an international dance hit that snagged a Grammy (“Days Go By”), Dirty Vegas (Steve Smith and the non-related Ben Harris and Paul Harris) had parted ways in 2005 to work on individual projects and just to take a breather. Without the pressures of a recording contract or label executives issuing directives, the trio found a fresh kind of positivity when they reformed four years later to craft Electric Love. Dirty Vegas is rocking with an updated sound on their new album, but the fact that they are game-changers is nothing new; just ask anyone in the music business who deals with the worlds of licensing for film and television. The band’s debut single “Days Go By,” originally released in 2001, appeared on a television advertisement for Mitsubishi. The revived single, and its wonderfully magnetic original video, not only catapulted to Grammy success (for Best Dance Recording in 2003), but was a huge benchmark that helped set a whole new model for the marketing of music. The band also won three DanceStar Awards and was even named Electronic Artist of the Year by Playboy.

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Dirty Vegas, who now have made available the new music video to their latest single “Electric Love” featuring actress Jena Malone (The Soloist, Into The Wild, Donnie Darko).

Written and produced by photographer James Gooding the “Electric Love” video features Jena as she has never been seen before (pole dancing (!), hanging at a cool muscle car race).

“Electric Love” is James Gooding’s directorial debut as well as the first visual element from Dirty Vegas’ new album—also titled Electric Love—due out April 26 on OM Records.  It is also the first of two videos with Jena that will run concurrently over one larger narrative.

You can learn more about Dirty Vegas at their website.

Albert King/Stevie Ray Vaughan on PBS

PBS has announced that the Albert King with Stevie Ray VaughanIn Session program will air as a special on its stations  throughout the month of December (check local listings). Grammy Award winning bluesman Robert Cray will serve as special fundraising host on the public television broadcasts.

In 1983, when legendary blues guitarist Albert King, then age 60, was joined by his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan, then age 29, on a Canadian sound stage for the live music TV series In Session, magic took place.  Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session is not simply a television program: it’s a summit of two master musicians. The only known recording of King and Vaughan performing together, this is the concert that blues fans in general, and Stevie Ray Vaughan fans in particular, have been waiting for.

The audio recording of the performance went on to sell more than 325,000 units from two releases: the first in 1999, the second in 2009. On November 9, 2010, Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group, released In Session as both a DVD and a deluxe DVD/CD combination.

SonicBoomers.com noted: “Both men are gone now, but rare recordings like In Session remind us of a time when blues giants still walked the earth side by side.”

"As a document of what was probably the greatest night in the musical life of SRV (Stevie Ray Vaughan), this belongs in the collection of every true fan,” said the Austin American-Statesman.  Musicologist Samuel Charters says in his new liner notes for the package, “it’s also clear, nearly 20 years later, that this was a special moment in the careers of each of the two men.  It was evident from the first choruses that they were playing for each other. And that was the best audience either of them could ever have.”

An hour and 45 minutes, approximately, was taped of the two. What will thrill viewers who are fans of the blues, players of the blues, and who adore SRV, is that the televised concert includes at least one SRV tune — “Texas Flood” — that was not included on either of the two CD releases of the session.

The innovative Canadian television series was conceived with the intention of pairing musicians who were related stylistically, but seldom had an opportunity to play together. Albert King wasn’t sure whom he’d been booked to jam with on December 6, but he recognized the young Texan immediately — not as fast-rising star Stevie Ray Vaughan, but as Little Stevie, the skinny kid who’d been coming around and eventually sitting in every time Albert passed through Austin.

Stevie idolized Albert, as did many other “modern” electric axe-men. Albert may have been overshadowed by B.B., but Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, Mick Taylor, and Joe Walsh — all of them listened to him, listened again and again, and were heavily influenced by his style.

At the time of the taping, the buzz may have been around Stevie, but Albert was clearly in charge of the music.  Earlier in the year, in May, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” featuring Stevie at his blistering Albert King-inspired best, hit the top of the Billboard pop singles chart; in June, SRV’s debut album Texas Flood came out, and MTV put “Pride and Joy” into their rotation. He never looked back.

During their performance, Albert ruled over the proceedings like a benevolent father, retaining control while allowing his guest loads of solo space in which to display his awesome command of the electric guitar.  The interplay between the two blues masters is uncannily empathetic, and Albert’s fans will find special pleasure in hearing him play rhythm parts at such length.  Aside from SRV’s two vocals — “Pride and Joy” and “Texas Flood” — all the other tunes are from Albert’s repertoire.  Viewers have the ineffable treat of seeing Albert King perform “Born Under a Bad Sign,” his trademark blues hit, as well as “Call It Stormy Monday.”

Sadly, King and Vaughan would not share a stage together ever again. Vaughan, 31 years King’s junior, died in a helicopter crash in the fog on the way back from a concert in 1990. King outlived him by two years, dying of a heart attack in 1992. They didn’t meet often, and their careers took different paths. But we can all be grateful for that one long day in a television studio when sparks flew and this timeless performance was forever captured.

The PBS special Albert King with Stevie Ray VaughanIn Session contains the following songs: “Born Under a Bad Sign,” “Call It Stormy Monday,” “Texas Flood,” “Pride and Joy,” “Match Box Blues,” and “Don’t Lie to Me.”

Toubab Krewe Join YO GABBA GABBA Live! Tour

Toubab Krewe will join DJ Lance Rock and the rest of the Gabba Gang as Super Music Friends in six cities across Texas and Arizona as part of Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! - live shows between 12/04-12/12. Other special guests include a surprise Dancey Dance guest and Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie who will also join the party showing kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day.”


Toubab Krewe are West African-educated rockers from Asheville, NC whose new album 'TK2' (Nat Geo Music) is “a triumph of originality and appeal” (Boston Globe). The foursome’s music has been hailed as percussive sound that "swirls together indie rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more."

Back on the road for their 60-city North American tour running through December 12th, Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! features music, singing, dancing and animation. The live show is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life. Super Music Friends is a popular segment on the TV series that has been adapted for the live show where a musical guest performs a song.  One musical act will be a part of each show as the Super Music Friend.

Read Grateful Web's interview with Toubab Krewe here.

Toubab Krewe dates with Yo Gabba Gabba Live!:

Sat 12/4 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre (1 pm/4 pm)

Sun 12/5 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre (1 pm/4 pm)

Tue 12/7 – El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Center (5 pm)

Thu 12/9 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum (5 pm)

Fri 12/10 - Houston, TX - Hobby Center (1:30pm/5pm)

Sat 12/11 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center (1 pm/4 pm)

Sat 12/12 - Frisco, TX - Dr Pepper Arena (1 pm/4 pm)

For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com.

About YO GABBA GABBA!:

Yo Gabba Gabba! currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television and stage, with a broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults.  W!LDBRAIN Entertainment, The Magic Store and S2BN Entertainment brought the groundbreaking series to the stage with the launch of YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY  in November, 2009 to sold-out shows in major cities.  Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz are the co-creators of YO GABBA GABBA!  Yo Gabba Gabba!, the television series, is now in its third season in the U.S. and is produced by W!LDBRAIN Entertainment and The Magic Store.  Yo Gabba Gabba! airs 7 days a week on Nick Jr. and in several major international territories, including Australia, Canada, Israel, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K.  YO GABBA GABBA! infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons through music.  The series and the live show star DJ Lance Rock and a cast of colorful characters, including Brobee, the little green one, Foofa, the pink flower bubble, Muno, the red Cyclops, Toodee, the blue cat-dragon and Plex, the yellow robot. Today’s most popular names in movies, television, music and sports flock to YO GABBA GABBA!. Fred Armisen, Erykah Badu, Jack Black, Anthony Bourdain, Devo, Rachel Dratch, Rob Dyrdek, Flaming Lips, Melora Hardin, Tony Hawk, The Killers, Angela Kinsey, Solange Knowles, Biz Markie, Jack McBrayer, MGMT, Mos Def, Mark Mothersbaugh, The Roots, Andy Samberg, Amy Sedaris, The Shins, Sarah Silverman, Amare Stoudemire, The Ting Tings, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Elijah Wood and Weird Al Yankovic, among others, guest star.  Celebrity guests who performed during the live tour kick-off shows include Devenda Banhart, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, DMC (Run DMC), Snoop Dogg, Jon Heder, Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Keri Russell and more, while Christina Aguilera, Jason Bateman, Travis Barker, Brendan Fraser, Heidi Klum, Chris Noth, Brooke Shields and Dennis Quaid attended the live shows with their families.  Visit www.yogabbagabba.com and www.yogabbagabbalive.com.

Lissie To Perform At Hiro Ballroom In NYC Tonight

Lissie, chosen by Vogue.com, Billboard.com, and Metromix as one of the top artists to see at the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon, is set to perform at her sold-out show tonight at Hiro Ballroom in New York, NY, following nine days of vocal rest. She will continue to be monitored by a doctor through tomorrow afternoon but is scheduled to hit the stage at 8pm. Eight postponed dates in Denver, Minneapolis, Rock Island (IL), Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington (DC), and Boston will be rescheduled in early 2011.

Last week, Lissie's network television debut - taped October 7th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles - aired on Last Call with Carson Daly. In addition to current features in Relix and Blurt magazines, she was chosen as a 'Breaking Out' artist in SPIN's October issue. Lissie's debut full-length album, Catching A Tiger, was released in the U.S. August 17th via Fat Possum.