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White Rabbits Play DENVER At Larimer Lounge On 10.30

After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapallooza, Glastonbury (UK), Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work.  The result is It’s Frightening, their second full-length album.

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead/Other Lives/Hatcham Social) and erected a makeshift studio in their basement rehearsal space to demo new material.  Band members popped in and out over the course of several months lending ideas and personality to a new batch of songs that defy instant categorization. After enlisting tourmate, friend and songwriter Britt Daniel (Spoon) as producer, the pair began the process of exchanging demos between Brooklyn and Portland.  White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France.  The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY.  Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks.  Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience.

It’s Frightening plays like a classic reel of tape from start to finish. Opening with the visceral drums of “Percussion Gun,” it is clear that time-off from the road has served the band well.  The many highlights include the emotional centerpiece “Company I Keep,” the new sonic territory of “Lionesse” and the macabre lyrics of “Right Where They Left.”  Fans of Fort Nightly will find much to go weak in the knees over and new listeners are in for an awakening as White Rabbits flip the switch on an already impressive beginning. It’s Frightening is a journey into the playfully dark musings of Everyman.

The lineup : Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox). A U.S. tour will follow the May release of It’s Frightening.

White Rabbits Tour Dates

10/9 - The Lansdowne Pub - Boston, MA

10/11 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ %
10/17 - Rock N' Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *%
10/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *%
10/20 - Club Hell - Providence, RI *%
10/21 - Pearl St Cafe - Northampton, MA %
10/22 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT %
10/23 - La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC *
10/24 - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON *
10/25 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI *%
10/27 - Firebird - St Louis, MO *%
10/29 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO *%
10/30 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO %
11/1 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ #%
11/2 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #%
11/4 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA #%
11/5 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR #%
11/6 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC #%
11/9 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN %
11/10 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI %
11/11- Schubas - Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
11/12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL

* - with Suckers
# - with Local Natives
% - with Glass Ghost

WHITE RABBITS are playing Larimer Lounge on 10.30...last US tour of '09

After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapallooza, Glastonbury (UK),Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work.  The result is It’s Frightening, their second full-length album.

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead/Other Lives/Hatcham Social) and erected a makeshift studio in their basement rehearsal space to demo new material.  Band members popped in and out over the course of several months lending ideas and personality to a new batch of songs that defy instant categorization. After enlisting tourmate, friend and songwriter Britt Daniel (Spoon) as producer, the pair began the process of exchanging demos between Brooklyn and Portland.  White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France.  The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY.  Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks.  Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience.


It’s Frightening plays like a classic reel of tape from start to finish. Opening with the visceral drums of “Percussion Gun,” it is clear that time-off from the road has served the band well.  The many highlights include the emotional centerpiece “Company I Keep,” the new sonic territory of “Lionesse” and the macabre lyrics of “Right Where They Left.”  Fans of Fort Nightly will find much to go weak in the knees over and new listeners are in for an awakening as White Rabbits flip the switch on an already impressive beginning. It’s Frightening is a journey into the playfully dark musings of Everyman.

The lineup: Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox). A U.S. tour will follow the May release of It’s Frightening.

White Rabbits Tour Dates

9/23 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
10/17 - Rock And Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *%
10/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *%
10/20 - Club Hell - Providence, RI *%
10/21 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA %
10/22 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT %
10/23 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC *
10/24 - The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON *
10/25 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI *%
10/27 - The Firebird - St Louis, MO *%
10/29 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO *%
10/30 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO %
11/1 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ #%
11/2 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #%
11/4 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA #%
11/5 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR #%
11/6 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC #%
11/9 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN %
11/10 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI %

* - with Suckers
# - with Local Natives
% - with Glass Ghost

Kimock, Vega, Molo, White, and Seals: Day 2 of my Magical Mystery Weekend

On day 2 of my Magical Mystery Weekend I found myself somewhere I'd never been before – the shower.  Wait, I mean Owsley's Golden Road in Denver, Colorado.  Exactly what a little venue in a big city should be, Owsley's screams character from every angle.  From the broke-ass stone edifice and multiple staging areas to the comfortably lit outdoor patio and a laxity towards the rules that the DEA might not entirely approve of, Owsley's is like a little slice of Amsterdam – completely laissez-faire.  The biggest appeal to me

Protect Utah's White River Wilderness

- for the Grateful Web

The Bush administration is poised to approve a plan for 60 new gas wells - and a maze of roads and pipelines - in the spectacular White River wilderness in northeastern Utah.

We need your immediate online action to block this attack. The deadline to register your opposition to this destructive proposal is Monday!

Go here to and tell the Bureau of Land Management to study the full potential impacts on the White River wilderness and adjacent wildlands before considering this reckless scheme.

Last year, our BioGems Defenders sent nearly 33,000 messages protesting a BLM analysis that failed to acknowledge the devastating effects of putting new gas wells in this unique western wilderness. The agency's latest study is no better.

If drilled, these wells would be some of the first on lands that the BLM says are worthy of strict wilderness protections.

The towering sandstone cliffs and deep canyons of the White River region - part of our Redrock Wilderness BioGem - are a refuge for deer, elk, antelope, waterfowl and golden eagles. According to the BLM, "The spectacular scenery of the White River provides a dramatic backdrop for the hiker, rafter, canoeist, for fishing enthusiasts who visit this unique area."

Over the past few years, the BLM has approved the construction of roads, pipelines and compressor stations to the north, east and west of the White River wilderness. But it has never examined the cumulative impacts of this development on the region's natural values.

Go here to take action and urge the BLM not to rush headlong into approving this destructive drilling plan.

Thank you for all of your help in protecting Utah's fragile redrock canyonlands.

The White Iron Band

photo by Mark Walentiny- for the Grateful Web

Whatever you might have heard through the music grapevine about the infamous White Iron Band from deep in the North Woods of Minnesota is probably true. Though Minnesota nice is real, these bad boys aren't called Minnesota's music outlaws for nothing. They carry a reputation for being hard drinking and always eager to settle a squabble with their fists. Yet, when it comes to their music, they are as talented and dedicated. Their hard-hitting tunes make the Kentucky Headhunters seem like lite rock, and they can sweet talk you out of a band mood with the strike of a chord or the honeyed blend of multiple-part harmonies. There's just something about they way they sing about drinking that somehow, despite their long years of actual practice in the liquid art, seem less decadent than country and almost elevating like blues.

The White Iron Band have burned a swath through Minnesota, playing everywhere they can (and being barred from a few venues in the process in their younger days). Last year, they were one of the regional offerings at the 10K Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes. They will be returning this year, bringing new fans with them. The White Iron Band also has opened for pure country performers like Sherwin Linton and Tommy Cash, as well as country legends Stonewall Jackson and Marvin Rainwater.

Their music, however, is anything but straight country. With strains of Dylan, early Bruce Springsteen, old time Hank Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, and Tex Mex, you never know what this band will pull out of its guitar cases, nor who will be added to their repertoire on stage.  Though the band has expanded and contracted like a Cajun squeezebox, they currently feature Jeff Underhill (drums/percussion), Reed Braaten (bass), and Eddie Juntenen and Nicholas Mronzinski (twin keys). These guys keep that hard-driving, honky tonk rock sound solid. Sammy Weyandt, their lead guitar player, is one of the best acoustic flat pickers around, and frontman Matt Pudas on rhythm guitar also does double duty on harmonica, making blues notes do things that ought to be banned they're so good!  Adding another musical color to the band is John Moline on fiddle.

photo by Mark WalentinyThe White Iron Band's latest CD, Take It Off the Top, has the addition of a banjo and female backup vocals. The CD is typical of the musical mix of genres that the band presents in its live shows. The White Iron Band has a broad range and the ability to handle not only a fast dance tune but a moody ballad. Their "Cocaine Train," in particular, doesn't glorify the white addiction but offers advice to the young not to get on that train. The band even does a wailin' version of that old time country standard "Walkin' Cane" that not only sends chills up your spine, but would please any old-time country fan. Laced through this musical gumbo like a shot of good bourbon is the White Iron Band's strong vocals and tight harmonies. Everyone sings except the drummer, which is a switch, since it's usually the bass man who stands silent in most bands.

The White Iron Band's music always guarantees a good time, whether it's doing a crowd-revving rendition of "Whisky River" or an organ-laced twist on that old country gem, "Stay All Night." But it is those other moments that have secured this band's loyal fan base. When they dish out a blues laden heart-breaker like "Ain't Your Man" that combines mournful fiddle and enough organ to make Herbie Hancock jealous, it's a deadly combination that is winning fans by the droves.

Come on up to the 10K Lakes Festival and pour yourself a finger of some of Minnesota's finest. The White Iron Band will make you forget your troubles.