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They Might Be Giants Release "Join Us" Today

They Might Be Giants released their new album, Join Us, released in all digital and physical outlets today through Idlewild/Rounder Records. On Join Us we find the Brooklyn originals have returned to rock and to their singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon in the world of alternative rock. Receiving acclaim from USA Today, SPIN Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine and more, check it out for yourself!  The full album  is streaming on AOL Spinner and you can download album track “Judy Is Your Viet Nam” MP3 where it premiered on RCRD LBL today or HERE.

The winner has been chosen for TMBG’s fan video contest judged by John Hodgeman for their single “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”. The winners, Mohit Jaswal, Euardo Urueana, and Justin Dean, have created a cleverly backwards video which capture the true soaring spirit of Johnny!

The record opens with “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” -- a summer-perfect pop single that will get instantly stuck in your head and make you want to roll down the windows. Immediately following, the caffeinated fuzz of “You Probably Get That a Lot” will command you to pogo! “When Will You Die” features TMBG’s own formula for punk. The short and sweet  “Judy Is Your Viet Nam” tells an anthemic tale of unrequited infatuation.  The pure folk-pop of “Old Pine Box” showcases the band's signature harmonies, handclaps and the always popular, never anticipated vocoder. The wit TMBG are known for is at it’s finest on Join Us, album closer “You Don’t Like Me” has lyrical gems like “I can see the future like it’s in the past”.

Notorious for their energized live show, They Might Be Giants will launch an international tour this Fall, hitting 6 countries and over 50 US cities. Be sure to catch TMBG live in your city!

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They Might Be Giants Tour Dates

7/28: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
7/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront w/Eugene Mirman FREE CONCERT
7/30: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony (CD release party)
9/8: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
9/9: Great Barrington, MA @ Mahaiwe Theatre
9/10: Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
9/11: Norwich, VT @ Open Air Theatre
9/13: Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
9/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theatre
9/15: Rochester, NY @ Harro Ballroom
9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
9/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
9/20: Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House
9/21: Louisville, KY @ WFPK Presents Waterfront Wednesdays
on Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park (2011 Season Finale)
9/22: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
9/23: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
9/24: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
9/25: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
9/27: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
9/28: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
9/29: Richmond, VA @ The National
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/1: Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center,
(2 shows, 6:30pm & 9pm)
10/28: Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/29: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/30: Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre
11/1: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/2: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
11/3: Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/5 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/6: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/8: Vancouver, BC @ Venue
11/9: Seattle, WA@ Showbox SoDo
11/10: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 
11/11: Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre 
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore – on sale 6/26
11/13: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore – on sale 6/26
11/16: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11/17: San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
11/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

They Might Be Giants Launch Video Contest Today, Album Out July 19!

They Might Be Giants new album, Join Us, is the recording that their fans have been waiting 20 years for! Impossibly catchy, sometimes strange and always original the album is a stunning return to form. On Join Us we find the Brooklyn originals have returned to rock and to their singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon in the world of alternative rock. Join Us will be released in all digital and physical outlets July 19, 2011 through Idlewild/Rounder Records.


They Might Be Giants are looking to fans to make a creative video for their single “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”.  To watch the intro video made by TMBG, click the image below or go to YouTube Music where it’s featured today.

Kick off your summer by making an original They Might Be Giants rock video!

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They Might Be Giants Tour Dates

7/15: London, UK @ Koko
7/16: Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival
7/28: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
7/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront w/Eugene Mirman FREE CONCERT
7/30: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony (CD release party)
9/8: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
9/9: Great Barrington, MA @ Mahaiwe Theatre
9/10: Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
9/11: Norwich, VT @ Open Air Theatre
9/13: Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
9/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theatre
9/15: Rochester, NY @ Harro Ballroom
9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
9/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
9/20: Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House
9/21: Louisville, KY @ WFPK Presents Waterfront Wednesdays
on Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park (2011 Season Finale)
9/22: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
9/23: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
9/24: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
9/25: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
9/27: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
9/28: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
9/29: Richmond, VA @ The National
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/1: Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center,
(2 shows, 6:30pm & 9pm)
10/28: Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/29: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/30: Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre
11/1: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/2: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
11/3: Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/5 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/6: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/8: Vancouver, BC @ Venue
11/9: Seattle, WA@ Showbox SoDo
11/10: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom  
11/11: Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre  
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore – on sale 6/26
11/13: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore – on sale 6/26
11/16: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11/17: San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
11/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Patrolled by Radar signs to Knitting Factory Records, readies 'Be Happy'

Patrolled by Radar’s Be Happy is an album of original songs penned by singer-songwriter Jay Souza. The ten tracks on Be Happy tell stories that could have taken place at any point during the last two centuries, as sung by troubadours such as Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Davies or Townes Van Zandt. Be Happy is the band’s debut CD on Knitting Factory Records through RED Distribution, set for worldwide release on June 7, 2011.

Souza has been carrying around these songs inside his heart since he was a kid. His inspiration came from his mom, who sent him three cassettes that he played incessantly as a child — Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and the Carpenters. Years later, his attention to craft can be heard throughout Be Happy, which will be released under the name Patrolled by Radar because Souza got tired of his band 50 Cent Haircut getting confused with rapper 50 Cent.

Knitting Factory CEO Morgan Margolis was so impressed with the band’s yearlong residency at the Hollywood club that he offered to both manage them and release the album on his label. It’s a story that could have come straight from one of Souza’s own songs, based on real life.

“The whole record was meant to be like that,” says Souza. “I wanted it to be rich in melody, dynamism and nuance. I’ll rewrite the words over and over until the allusion is just right. I try to make it less literal and more poetic. There’s always a better way to say something.”

The Boston-born singer-songwriter — whose great-great-grandfather was first cousin to Irish poet William Butler Yeats — has lived in L.A. since 1990. He continues to exhibit the qualities of his mentors in his music, first in his band 50 Cent Haircut, and now alongside the same musicians in Patrolled by Radar (guitarists Bosco Sheff and Bryan “BC” Coulter and bassist Bryan “Reno” Stone), with a timeless, narrative style that takes its cue from classic Americana roots: equal parts folk, rock, country, blues and soul.

The band’s music is featured as the closing song in two of the three MGM/Sony Walking Tall movies. Two of the tracks on Be Happy can be heard on the TNT show Men of a Certain Age, where they were placed by GO Music Services supervisor Gary Calamar who noted of Be Happy, “Wowza for Jay Souza. [Patrolled by Radar] is a great band with terrific songs. Bang and twang!”

Be Happy is a rather ironic title, given some of the grim stories Souza recounts in “Dressed for the Drought,” “Coat of Disappointment,” and “Fast Life Slow Death.” His honesty and sincerity is self-evident on the album’s “Carried Away,” written from the point of view of a soldier serving in the Middle East:

“I know it’s all the same to you/Everybody’s lookin’ for the thing they were meant to do/I’ll sit and sing a lonesome song.”

Elsewhere, Souza and Patrolled by Radar show themselves equally capable of creating the lush pop choruses of the Beatlesque title track, the slinky sexual double entendre rockabilly blues in “Walking” (“The first verse is about Adolf Hitler and the second, Johnny Cash,” he explains), the whimsical psychedelic folk of the Babar the Elephant-inspired “Pachyderm,” or even full-throttle rock ’n’ roll, which comes across loud and clear in the anthemic (and aptly named) “New Fight Song.”

“I see people having a hard time. It’s a strange time we’re in. The haves and have-nots are being drawn together in a way that’s weird,” Souza clarifies, though he’s finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

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Be Happy track listing

1.    Widow Next Door
2.    New Fight Song
3.    Dressed for the Drought
4.    Pachyderm
5.    Coat of Disappointment
6.    Fast Life, Slow Death
7.    Haywire
8.    Carried Away
9.    Be Happy
10.   Walking

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PATROLLED BY RADAR on tour

Wed., Apr. 13   LOS ANGELES, CA The Mint w/ The Band Of Heathens
Sat., Apr. 23   LOS ANGELES, CA Farmers Market Ranch Party
Sat., Apr. 30   CULVER CITY, CA Cinema Bar
Fri., May 6   BROOKLYN, NY Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) w/ Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Sun., May 15   LOS ANGELES, CA Satellite (Silver Lake)
Fri., May 20   LOS ANGELES, CA Villains Tavern
Sun., Jun 12   LOS ANGELES, CA The Echo - Grand Ole Echo

Modest Mouse Announce Select U.S. Tour Dates For May 2011

Modest Mouse hits the road this May with four shows including three just announced headlining dates leading into the sold-out Sasquatch! Music Festival on May 29th in George, WA.

Tickets for the band's headline dates go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday, March 25th. Please head over to www.modestmouse.com for more information.

Opening on the band's headline dates will be Talkdemonic.

Modest Mouse players: Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Jeremiah Green, Tom Peloso, Joe Plummer & Jim (Kirby) Fairchild.

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Modest Mouse Tour Dates:

May 26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

May 27 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewery

May 28 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory

May 29 George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival (SOLD OUT)

Drive-By Truckers Premiere Go-Go Boots Episode

Weekly Drive-By Truckers have been sharing episodes that give us a view into the making of their forthcoming album Go-Go Boots out February 15 on ATO Records. This week they give us Episode 6 featuring the story behind album track "Ray's Automatic Weapon." View past episodes here. Catch the band on tour with guests Heartless Bastards on select dates. All dates are listed below.
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TOUR DATES:
Feb 15 - Bowery Ballroom – New York NY – SOLD OUT
Feb 16 - Pullo Center @ Penn State University - York, PA
Feb 17 - Paramount Center For The Arts - Peekskill NY
Feb 18- 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
Feb 19 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
Feb 25 -  Vic Theater - Chicago, IL *
Feb 26 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL *
Feb 27 - Slow Down - Omaha, NE *
Mar 2 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV *
Mar 3 - Silverton Casino - Las Vegas, NV *
Mar 4 - Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA *
Mar 5 - Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA *
Mar 7 - Troubadour – West Hollywood CA – SOLD OUT
Mar 9 - Mcdonald Theater - Eugene, OR *
Mar 10 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR *
Mar 11 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC *
Mar 12 - Showbox At The Market - Seattle, WA *
Mar 15 - Wilma Theater - Missoula, MO *
Mar 16 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID *
Mar 18 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO *
Sat Mar 19 - Ogden Theate - Denver, CO w/TBA
* =  w/Heartless Bastards