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Dinosaur Bones: 'My Divider' Streets 3/8

Toronto-based Dinosaur Bones are prepping the release of their debut LP, My Divider, on March 8th, 2011 via Dine Alone Records. In advance of the release of the album, the band has made it available for select press. Following the success of their recent Birthright EP, the band received a great deal of accolades in their native Canada. Now comes their return with the next chapter in their story. Dinosaur Bones are giving away the song “Royalty” from the album for free. Click HERE to download.

The ambition of My Divider is easily noticeable. They continue to show their growth as a band with driving tracks like opener “Making Light” and “Sharks in the Sand.” “Highwire Act” and “Point of Pride” show off the band’s penchant for complicated melodies paired with guitar-driven stomps, a la influences like The Walkmen and Chavez. The title track, “My Divider,” closes the album and showcases frontman Ben Fox’s passionate lyrics and assured delivery. As a quintet, Dinosaur Bones’ ranges of influences are widely varied. This yields a sound that is equal parts fuzzed out indie rock and heartfelt emotion, but the cohesion and sensibility are unmistakable.

Dinosaur Bones returned to the studio to record My Divider with Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Fucked Up, Arkells). He also recorded and mixed the Birthright EP.

Having already shared stages with the likes of Man Man, Arkels, Handsome Furs, Crystal Antlers and Plants and Animals, the band have rightly earned their place in the indie pop scene of Toronto. Now they bring their sound stateside. They’ll also be touring Canada in April with Tokyo Police Club and will be playing the main stage at the famed Edgefest in Toronto this year, sharing the bill with A Perfect Circle and Rise Against.

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Upcoming North American Tour Dates:

02/10: Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
02/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
02/12: Washington, DC @ Red Palace
02/15: Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
02/16: Barrie, ON @ Foxx Lounge
02/17: Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog
02/18: London, ON @ Fanshawe College (Out Back Shack)
02/19: Kitchener, ON @ Starlight
02/20: St. Catherines, ON @ L3 Nightclub
03/18: Austin, TX @ SXSW – Paradise on 6th (10:00pm)
03/30: Kingston, On @ A.J.’s Ale House *
04/01: Guelph, ON @ Peter Clark Hall *
04/02: London, ON @ London Music Hall *
04/03: Barrie, ON @ The Mansion *
04/08: Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall *
04/09: Sudbury, ON @ The Townhouse *
04/12: Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks *
04/13: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret *
04/17: Calgary, AB @ Republik *
04/18: Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room *
04/19: Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room *
04/23: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
04/24: Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub *
04/26: Nelson, BC @ The Hume Hotel *
07/09: Toronto, ON @ Edgefest 2011

# = w/ Rich Aucoin
* = w/ Tokyo Police Club

Tony Furtado - 'Bare Bones' -

Tony Furtado- for the Grateful Web

String-bender extraordinaire Tony Furtado is a road dog. Playing an average of 300 live dates a year, from the western ski resorts in the winter to the summer festivals throughout the Midwest, through gritty Chicago and glitzy New York, to New England seaside towns and up and down the West Coast, Furtado's passion is playing his music live and bringing it out there to the people. Accordingly, he's wooed music lovers and won fans all over kingdom come. Which brings us to BARE BONES – a sampling of live solo acoustic shows that Tony recorded himself during some gigs last summer. Considering he'd just done a studio recording within the past year, he wasn't necessarily due for a new record. But his extensive solo touring had left folks wanting more of the same, and Furtado fans both new and old started asking for a recording that captures what he does best – play his heart out on stages in clubs, at festivals and just about everyplace in between.

BARE BONES is all Furtado. The songs here are not only performed (and most of them written) by Tony, but also recorded on the spot and engineered by the guitarist/singer/songwriter as well. And talk about baptism by fire: Furtado learned how to use the recording gear at these very shows. Dusty Wakeman, an accomplished musician and studio guru in his own right (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Anne McCue), did the mixing and editing at his Mad Dog Studios in LA. Dusty has worked with Tony before, producing his records and playing in his road band, and here again he captures the flavor and flow of Tony's live show, letting the performances shine through and stand on their own without adding unnecessary studio gimmickry or polish. What Tony played and what the fans witnessed is what you get, and the passion and camaraderie come through loud and clear.

The songs themselves are a great representation of crowd-pleasing fan favorites. From Furtado originals ("These Chains," "Can You Hear the Rain") to traditional songs with new arrangements by Tony ("Rove Riley Rove," "Oh Berta Berta") to collaborations like the Furtado/Jules Shear-penned "Standing in the Rain" and finally, to perfectly suited covers (Tom Petty's "Running Down a Dream," the Beatles' "I Will"), this album is a personal nod to the wishes of his fans, a way to relive the live show experience which brought them together to begin with.

Furtado started playing the banjo at about 12 years of age; by the time he was 19, he had established himself as a gifted musician. As he solidified his chops and sound by playing constantly, he was also raking in top awards for his banjo playing. But Tony started to feel constrained by his instrument as his musical sensibilities broadened. He wanted to write songs that had lyrics and also wanted to try his hand at singing them, so he applied his considerable prowess to mastering the guitar and writing and singing his own material. His last studio effort, 2004's THESE CHAINS, was the product of an established artist's conscious expansion of his boundaries, and truly a joy to behold.

BARE BONES is a reflection of Tony's boundless enthusiasm playing music for folks and traveling far and wide to do it. His tours have included stints with the likes of Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Alison Krauss, Derek Trucks, Eric Johnson, String Cheese Incident and many others. Whether or not you've seen him live, you'll want to catch a performance as soon as you can. In the meantime, check out this recording and you'll get the next best thing to a Tony Furtado show.