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Zee Avi Announces Sophmore Album "Ghostbird"

25-year-old Malaysian singer songwriter Zee Avi announces the release of her sophomore album Ghostbird through Brushfire and Monotone Records on August 23. Avi took her fresh batch of tunes to Brushfire Records’ Solar Powered Plastic Plant studios and got down to business with producer Mario Caldato, Jr., best known for his work with the Beastie Boys and Brazilian artists like Bebel Gilberto.
Ghostbird (the literal translation for owl in Avi’s native language) was born in her Brooklyn kitchen last summer; however it was a trip to the Florida Everglades where Avi found endless inspiration and wrote the album’s first single, “The Book of Morris Johnson,” an upbeat song inspired by the Floridian folk artist.
A video preview of the recording of the album featuring a glimpse of three new songs: “The Book of Morris Johnson,” “Swell Window,” and “31 Days in June” can be found at www.zeeavi.com/ghostbird
In the last two years since Avi’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Zee Avi (a 2009 Associated Press Top 10 album) her very free spirit has wandered from major music festivals (Outside Lands, Bonnaroo) and concert venues across the country to her homeland of Sarawak, Borneo, where she recently picked up an International Youth Icon Award.
After the album arrives this summer Avi is itching to get back on tour and show off her live skills. "I want people to feel like they're being hugged," she says of the soothingly beautiful Ghostbird.
Tour dates to be announced.

Super 400 Announces February Tour through Western US

Coming off multiple sold-out shows across Europe, Northeast power trio Super 400 will head west for a string of dates with Stockholm Syndrome, featuring Jerry Joseph and Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools. Kicking off February 18 & 19 at The Independent in San Francisco and concluding on February 26 at Boulder’s Fox Theatre, the two bands will play eight rock shows in nine days.

Formed in the mid-‘90s by guitarist/vocalist Kenny Hohman, drummer Joe Daley and bassist Lori Friday in Troy, NY, Super 400 has been winning fans over around the world with a chest-rattling rock & soul approach inspired by their heroes Cream, Zeppelin, Van Halen and the classic sounds of Motown, Stax and Muscle Shoals. Hailed for transcendent live shows where the band encourages taping, the trio was awarded their own official holiday on February 25, 2006 by the mayor of Troy: “Super 400 Day.”

Following the success of 2009’s critically acclaimed Sweet Fist, Super 400 is currently at work on its fifth studio album.

Check out Grateful Web coverage of Super 400.

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Super 400 Tour Dates with Stockholm Syndrome

02/18/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent

02/19/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent

02/20/11 Reno, NV Knitting Factory

02/21/11 Park City, UT Harry O’s

02/22/11 Telluride, CO Sheridan Opera House

02/23/11 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen

02/25/11 Denver, CO Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

02/26/11 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

Paper Diamond Drops Kanye Remix

Earlier this year, we dropped the news of Pretty Lights’ new business venture, in the form of his digital record label, Pretty Lights Music, which recently began releasing his musical contemporaries’ music as free downloads. Alex B (aka Paper Diamond himself), is one of the first artists to sign on with the label, and his debut EP Levitate sees a digital release this Tuesday, January 25th.

To celebrate, we have a special treat to share with you today, in the form of a Paper Diamond remix of Kanye West’s track “Power,” from his critically-acclaimed new album. Driving beats and heavy bass grab on tight, while deep, spacey synthesizers give the track a proper reworking.

Levitate finds the Colorado-based producer moving into previously unheard territory. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite.

Download Paper Diamond’s Remix of Kanye West’s “Power” Here!