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Asobi Seksu Announce 2011 North American Winter Tour

Polyvinyl recording artist Asobi Seksu has announced the release of their highly anticipated 4th album, Fluorescence, available February 14th in UK/Europe and 15th in North America on CD, LP (Gatefold Jacket, 180 gram pink vinyl limited edition of 1,500) and digital formats.  The album features the lead single, "Trails", which is available now as an MP3 download. There will also be a video for the track in early 2011.  The album features artwork from acclaimed designer Vaughan Oliver (Cocteau Twins, Pixies).  The album is available for pre-order now on the Polyvinyl website at www.polyvinylrecords.com/fluorescence.

The signs in Chris Zane’s studio couldn’t have been any clearer: “Don’t Overthink It” and one simple word—“BOLD.”

Or as Asobi Seksu guitarist/singer James Hanna puts it, “This time, our agenda was to not have one at all; to be mellow about the entire process instead of obsessing over everything.”

Maybe mellow isn’t the right word, unless he’s comparing the band’s fourth proper full-length (Fluorescence) to a coiled-up cobra or unconscious crocodile— temperamental types that are one false move away from striking. After all, “Coming Up” sets the scene by plowing into beehive-like synth lines and warp speed washes of dream-pop that leave you wondering just what the hell is going on.

Things don’t let up on “Trails” either, as singer/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate sets her immaculate melodies against a barrage of battery-powered chords. Catchy and chaotic to the core, the sky-scraping song pays homage to the pitch-perfect songwriting of the ‘60s by chartering a yellow submarine to the moon.

And when the Brooklyn-based quartet (rounded out by bassist Billy Pavone and drummer Larry Gorman) finally hits the ground, their color-saturated soundscapes don’t get dull or cold. They get even brighter, as Fluorescence’s many shades shift with each passing song. That includes everything from the expansive/erratic—and yet, oh-so- poppy—prog movements of “Leave the Drummer Out There” to the weightless balladry of “Ocean,” a track that channels its title with swollen synths and beats that bob and weave through the murkiest waters around.

“James likes to get a lot more abstract with the music,” says Chikudate, “So Chris (Asobi Seksu’s longtime producer) will often try and reign him in.”

“I like to see how far we can take a song before pulling back a bit,” explains Hanna. “Like I’ll say that 100 vocal tracks would sound great in a spot where we only need 40.”

And since Asobi Seksu have spent the past decade refining their bombastic but beautiful blend of hailstorm hooks and fog-shrouded 4AD-isms (including last year’s special acoustic album, Rewolf), they knew exactly what to do with all of that restlessness: embrace it.

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ASOBI SEKSU North American Tour:

1/27/2011 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY*

2/17/2011 - Album Release Show at Mercury Lounge - New York, NY

2/25/2011 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA**

2/26/2011 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC**

2/27/2011 - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON**

2/28/2011 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL**

3/01/2011 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN**

3/03/2011 - The Badlander - Missoula, MT**

3/04/2011 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA**

3/05/2011 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC**

3/06/2011 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR**

3/08/2011 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA**

3/09/2011 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA**

3/10/2011 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA***

3/11/2011 - Casbah - San Diego, CA***

3/12/2011 - Neon Reverb Festival - Las Vegas, NV***

3/13/2011 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ***

3/14/2011 - Corazon - Santa Fe, NM***

3/22/2011 - The End - Nashville, TN****

3/23/2011 - Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN****

3/24/2011 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA****

3/25/2011 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, D.C.****

3/26/2011 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA****

*w/ White Lies

**w/ BRAHMS

***w/ BRAIDS

w/ Cults

DSO NYE Update, Winter Tour & More

DSO will close out 2010 in style at The Klein Auditorium - Bridgeport, CT December 30th and 31st 2010. On 12/31 Dark Star Orchestra will be Recreating the Legendary 'Live at the Cow Palace' show from 12/31/76 plus DSO will kick off the evening with a rare acoustic set. You will not want to miss this one!! GA tix include admission, party favors and champagne toast. Limited VIP packages are available and include premium reserved seating, access to a private VIP bar, exclusive show poster, party favors, and a champagne toast.

Click HERE for GA NYE tix
Click HERE for VIP NYE tix

On 12/30 Dark Star Orchestra will be performing 3 sets kicking things off with a special Terrapin Nation set. Click HERE to get your tickets today...

Discounted hotel rooms are available for the 12/30-31 shows. For rooms please call the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport, CT at 203.334.1234 and ask them for the FTC rate of $79, this is a special rate set up w The Klein for the DSO New Year's shows.

12/28 - Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ - TICKETS
12/29 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA - TICKETS

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Back to the West Coast

Starting on 'Black Friday' DSO will kick off their inaugural 'From A City Near You Tour' back where it all began in San Francisco. On each night of the tour the band will recreate a Grateful Dead show originally performed at a location near the venue. With this tour taking place mostly on the west coast, rich with Grateful Dead history, every night will be a chance to relive a legendary show. We are delighted to announce that in San Francisco our old friend David Gans will be making special appearances in between sets.

After two nights in San Francisco to open the tour there will be stops in Sacramento, Crystal Bay, NV, Anaheim, L.A., Las Vegas, 2 nights in San Diego before heading east to Tempe and Flagstaff, AZ Salt Lake City and a tour closer in Denver.

Check out our TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.

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Southbound Winter Tour

Riding into 2011 DSO will kick off the year with a massive Winter tour heading south from the mid-west to Florida. The opening weekend takes us from Des Moines, IA to Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, Il. From there its on to a Monday night stop in Urbana IL then a hump day show in the 'Motor City' and two nights in OH with stops in Cleveland and Columbus before heading to the 'Hoosier State' for a stop in Indianapolis. Then it's on to the southern stops with shows in Charleston, Greensboro, Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Orlando, Delray Beach and Tampa.

Hope you can join in the fun along the way!

Visit our TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.

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DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
From a City Near You Tour
11/26 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/27 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/28 Crest Theater Sacramento, CA TICKETS
11/30 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV TICKETS
12/2 The Grove Anaheim, CA
12/3 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
12/4 Hard Rock Cafe Vegas Las Vegas, NV TICKETS
12/5 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/6 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/8 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ TICKETS
12/9 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
12/10 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
12/11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS
New Year's Run
12/28 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ
12/29 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA TICKETS
12/30 The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
12/30 The Klein Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Just Announced - Southbound Winter Tour
1/20 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
1/21 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
1/22 Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
1/24 The Canopy Club Urbana, IL
1/26 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
1/27 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
1/28 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
1/29 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
2/2 Music Farm Charleston, SC
2/3 Carolina Theatre Greensboro, NC TICKETS
2/4 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
2/5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
2/9 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
2/10 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
2/11 Garlic Fest Delray Beach, FL
2/12 Ferguson Hall Tampa, FL

Vanity Theft Announce New Album & Tour

Following on the heels of several months of non-stop touring in support of their recent EP, Anatomy, Vanity Theft, Ohio’s rockin' female quartet is ready to unleash their new full-length album, Get What You Came For, due digitally on February 1st, with the physical album available in stores on March 1st via
Vigilante Music/Adamant Records.

To celebrate the news, we’re happy to share a remix of the albums’ track “Anatomy,” by Lefse Records’ artist Houses, who gives the song a nice ambient spin! Vanity Theft is also thrilled to announce a Spring 2011 national tour, alongside Hunter Valentine! The tour will find them hitting markets all across North America- let us know if you’d like to check out any of the dates.

Vanity Theft is Alicia Grodecki (vocals/keyboard), Lalaine (bass), Brittany Hill (guitar) and Elyse Driskill (drums). Over the past five years, the band has built a rabid following the old fashioned way: by touring their asses off. The bands’ early gigs started in their hometown of Dayton, then spread after a highly successful stint on 2009’s Warped Tour, resulting in several national tours in 2010 (most recently with Sick of Sara).

Reminiscent of some of the best old school as well as post riot-grrl indie sounds (The Runaways, L7, Sleater Kinney), Vanity Theft tears it up live, leaving the audience almost as sweat-drenched as the band when it’s all over.

After attracting the attention of former Disney Channel star Lalaine, who joined the band permanently earlier this year, the band set to work on the Anatomy EP, which dropped last month as a precursor to the upcoming full-length. Get What You Came For finds the band at their very best: catchy, edgy, and dancey as hell. The album kicks off with the charging track “Trainwreck,” and doesn’t let you go until the final notes of “Missing Teeth” slowly fade out.

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Upcoming Vanity Theft Tour Dates

November 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Birdie's
November 12 - Dayton, OH - Canal Street Tavern

(* = w/ Hunter Valentine)
February 2 - New York, NY - The Knitting Factory *
February 4 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
February 5 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone *
February 7 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory *
February 9 - Webster, TX - Club Eden *
February 10 - Austin, TX - Emo's *
February 11 - San Antonio, TX - Korova *
February 12 - Dallas, TX - Sue Ellen's *
February 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory *
February 17 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Rogue Bar *
February 18 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
February 20 - San Francisco, CA - Milk Bar *
February 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven *
February 25 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *
February 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Burts Tiki *
March 1 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
Mar 2 - St. Louis, MO - Ciceros *

Girl Talk Announces Gigantic 2011 Tour!

Almost 300 shows under his belt, and hardly a full week off, since Feed The Animals was released in June 2008 and Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) is primed to announce another 40-city tour, all set to take place in 2011 before March is even over! Whether it be performing at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, throwing the biggest house party New Year’s Eve (or anyone) has ever seen, setting off fireworks to end shows in Houston or San Francisco, or balloon drops in Chicago, New York and beyond, celebrating election night in Milwaukee, playing to colleges of all sizes, christening Pittsburgh’s new Stage AE venue, or stealing the show at festivals across the globe, Gillis has proved he works (and sweats) his ass off, and knows how to give people an exceptionally awesome time. Now, with this forthcoming tour on the horizon, he’s ready to multiply the fun with a whole new slew of ideas, and start 2011 off right!

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Catch Girl Talk on tour:

Fri. 11/12/10 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Fri. 11/19/10 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Hot Festival

Sat. 11/20/10 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival

Fri. 12/3/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Sat. 12/4/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Wed. 01/05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/06/11 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavillion

Fri. 01/07/11 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater

Sat. 01/08/11 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

Mon. 01/10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/13/11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Fri. 01/14/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall

Sat. 01/15/11 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium

Mon. 01/17/11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

Tue. 01/18/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Thu. 01/20/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay

Fri. 01/21/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Sat. 01/22/11 – Charleston, SC @ Gaillard Municipal Auditorium

Mon. 01/24/11 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Tue. 01/25/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

Thu. 01/27/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo

Fri. 01/28/11 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa

Sat. 01/29/11 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Mon. 01/31/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head

Tue. 02/01/11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

Fri. 02/04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Sat. 02/05/11 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Thu. 02/24/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Fri. 02/25/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s

Sat. 02/26/11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Mon. 02/28/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theater

Mon. 03/01/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Thu. 03/03/11 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall

Fri. 03/04/11 – Chicago, IL @ Congress

Mon. 03/07/11 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum

Tue. 03/08/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

Fri. 03/11/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Mon. 03/14/11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater

Tue. 03/15/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Thu. 03/17/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

Fri. 03/18/11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Sat. 03/19/11 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre

Mon. 03/21/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Tue. 03/22/10 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA

Wed. 03/23/10 – Tempe, AX @ Marquee

Jake Shimabukuro October Newsletter

Aloha! Jake finished his annual tour of Japan last month and is now getting ready for shows on the east coast of the United States and his first visit to GERMANY!!

Jake's proud to announce his new album "Peace Love Ukulele" will be released in January 2011! The album includes Jake's original songs "143" (the numeric pager code for "I love you") and his tribute to World War II veterans, "Go For Broke". On the album's only two solo ukulele arrangements, Jake brings his unique style to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", and Queen's epic rock and roll classic "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Watch Jake perform "Bohemian Rhapsody" filmed by Tad Nakamura in Hiroshim, Japan.

Jake recently released a new album "I Love Ukulele" in Japan. To promote this new album, Jake went on a month long tour (August 14 - September 14) around Japan, which consisted of 16 shows in 14 cities.  While in Japan, Jake even had time to visit some elderly homes and spread the joy of music that we are all familiar with.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10.16.2010 - 2nd Annual Asian American Music Festival - Los Angeles, CA

10.17.2010 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA

10.20.2010 - Sellersville Theatre 1894 - Sellersville, PA

10.21.2010 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT

10.22.2010 - The Berlind Theare - Princeton, NJ

10.23.2010 - Rams Head On Stage

10.24.2010 - Gagnon Auditorium at the Morgan School - Clinton, CT

10.25.2010 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY

10.26.2010 - Regattabar - Cambridge, MA

10.30.2010 - German Jazz Festival Frankfurt - Frankfurt, GERMANY

11.02.2010 - The Ceder - Minneapolis, MN

11.03.2010 - Stoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI

11.04.2010 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI

11.06.2010 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

11.19.2010 - Raymon F. Kravis Center for the Arts - West Palm Beach, FL

01.28.2011 - The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts - Louisville, KY

02.03.2011 - 41st Annual Jazz Festival Fundraiser - Penfield, NY

02.07.2011 - The Grand Opera House - Wilmington, DE

02.08.2011 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA

02.10.2011 - Lipinsky Auditorium University North Carolina at Asheville - Asheville, NC

02.11.2011 - Kenan Auditorium University North Carolina Wilmington - Wilmington, NC

02.12.2011 - Progress Energy Center For the Performing Arts - Raleigh, NC

02.18.2011 - Kahilu Theatre - Kamuela, HI

03.24.2011 - Orange Couty PAC Segerstrom Concert - Costa Mesa, CA

03.26.2011 - San Francisco Jazz Festival - San Francisco, CA

03.31.2011 - Campbell Hall - Santa Barbara, CA

04.01.2011 - Target Artbeat Series-Henderson Events - Henderson, NV

08.26.2011 - Dave Koz & Friends at Sea - 2011 - Seattle, WA

Rubblebucket Announce Fall “Triangle Tour”

On October 19th, Brooklyn’s 8-piece Rubblebucket will release the Triangular Daisies EP.  To coincide with the EP’s release, the band will embark on the “Triangular Tour” that includes a weekend stint in San Francisco, a two-night Halloween special in Burlington, VT, and stops up and down the East Coast, from Maine to The Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, FL.  Fans in Burlington and New York are in for an extra special treat when Rubblebucket teams up with Hack Interactive to create an interactive, multimedia stage design experience.

Since the band formed in 2007, pinning down their sound has remained a difficult task.  At times, the band sounds like Brooklyn’s answer to Fela Kuti, with frenetic afrobeat rhythms rubbing elbows with infectious indie-pop hooks and catchy synths.  Frontwoman/saxophonist Kalmia Travers explains, "We're children of this noisy age, with access to so much music from across time and space. We soak up all the sounds. What comes out can be unpredictable, but it will be uniquely ours."  Uniquely their own, indeed.

Regardless of where you place the band on the spectrum, the Triangular Daisies EP is a dramatic step forward for the band.  Opening with the title track, “Triangular Daisies” the band pairs down the fiery grooves found on sophomore album Rubblebucket to craft a psychedelic indie-pop gem, complete with plaintive horns and infectious whistling.  The track is immediately followed by the band’s left-field take on The Beatles’ “Michelle,” turning McCartney’s somber ballad into spacey, orchestral groove. The EP also features the band’s undeniably contagious single “Came Out of a Lady,” the recording of which was featured in the first episode of The Masters of Their Day project at Kaufman Astoria Studios.  The Triangular Daisies EP ends on a high note with the hypnotic live track “L’homme,” recorded during their set at Higher Ground this past May.

Rubblebucket started — like most great bands — at an art show in a defunct milk bottling plant in Burlington, VT.  Kalmia Travers met Alex Toth and soon formed Rubblebucket, building an eight-piece band from scratch with Toth as bandleader and trumpeter, and Travers taking on lead vocals and sax.  The band released their debut album, Rose’s Dream, as The Rubblebucket Orchestra in 2008.  The following year proved to be a big one for the band, with Rubblebucket releasing their self-titled sophomore album.  SPIN hailed the band as a "must-hear artist from the 2009 CMJs,” and the band won that year’s Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year.  The band then relocated to Brooklyn, and has since been hard at work recording the follow-up to Rubblebucket, which is slated for release in early 2011.

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Rubblebucket Triangle Tour:

10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Boom Boom Room
10/16: San Francisco, CA @ Boom Boom Room
10/27: Syracuse, NY @ The Wescott Theater
10/28: Saratoga, NY @ Putnam Den
10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Blockley Pourhouse
10/30: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/31: Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome w/Hack Interactive
11/01: Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome w/Hack Interactive
11/02: Unity, ME @ Unity Center for the Performing Arts
11/03: Newmarket, NH @ Stone Church
11/04: Boston, ME @ The Middle East
11/05: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/Hack Interactive
11/06: Northampton, MA @ Peral Street Club Room
11/07: Washington, DC @ The Red Palace
11/08: Baltimore, MD @ The 8x10
11/09: Carrboro, NY @ Cat's Cradle
11/13: Live Oak, FL @ Bear Creek Music Festival

Rubber Soulive Tour Kicks Off This Weekend

Soulive has announced U.S. tour dates for the remainder of 2010 in support of their ninth studio album, Rubber Soulive. The 27-show run kicks off this weekend with a New York City hometown blow out dubbed The Royal Family Ball at Terminal 5, featuring special guests John Scofield, Talib Kweli, Christian Scott, Big Sam and Maurice Brown, as well as Royal Family crew Nigel Hall, Lettuce and The Shady Horns. Other highlights include festival appearances at Bear Creek Festival and Clearwater Jazz Festival, stops throughout the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West Coast and a handful of two-night stands, including Port City Music Hall in Portland, Higher Ground in Burlington, The Independent in San Francisco, Cervante's in Denver and a New Year's Eve celebration at Paradise in Boston.

The Brooklyn-based soul-funk trio just released Rubber Soulive, a tribute to The Beatles, which went to no. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart. The 11-track collection features Soulive's inimitable interpretations of Fab Four classics like "In My Life," "Eleanor Rigby" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." The band cut the album at their recording facility, Playonbrother Studios, and will release the effort through their own label, Royal Family Records. After a series of albums on major labels that experimented with guest vocalists, DJs and horn sections, Rubber Soulive signals a return to the band's roots with founding members Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans front and center and all operations under their own roof.

In early reviews of Rubber Soulive, All Music Guide declared "Like the Liverpool lads who intuitively meshed together, Soulive's members interlock to yield results greater than the sum of its parts on this successful tribute that combines the Beatles sense of excitement, imagination and musical exploration with a funky, down home, R&B/jazz groove." While Something Else blog wrote, "In bringing back some of the great tunes of The Beatles, Soulive brought themselves back to their no-frills, greasy early days when they were busting their collective tails to make a name for themselves."

Soulive's upcoming fall tour dates are:

October 1 | Maritime Magic | Baltimore, MD
October 2 | Terminal 5 | New York, NY
October 7 | Northern Lights | Albany, NY
October 8 | Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME
October 9 | Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME
October 16 | Clearwater Jazz Festival | Clearwater, FL
October 29 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
October 30 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
November 4 | The Rex | Pittsburgh, PA
November 5 | The State Theater | Falls Church, VA
November 6 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
November 7 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
November 8 | Pisgah | Asheville, NC
November 9 | The Poor House | Charleston, SC
November 10 | Neighborhood Theater | Charlotte, NC
November 11 | Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
November 13 | Bear Creek Music & Art Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 19 | Double Door | Chicago, IL
November 20 | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI
December 10 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA *w/ special guest Karl Denson
December 11 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA *w/ special guest Karl Denson
December 12 | Humbolt Brews | Arcata, CA *w/ special guest Karl Denson
December 14 | Harlow's | Sacramento, CA
December 15 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
December 16 | The Roxy | Los Angeles, CA
December 17 | Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
December 18 | Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
December 30 | Paradise | Boston, MA
December 31 | Paradise | Boston, MA

7 Walkers ft. Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali Announce Self-Titled Debut

Famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann and voodoo guitar master Papa Mali come together as 7 Walkers for their self-titled debut release, due out November 2, 2010 on Response Records. With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, 7 Walkers is an electrifying hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk.

Together with legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), the highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed from one of the band’s songs—is something of a dream come true. Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born there—and he’s always been partial to the city’s music. “I have a real feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there really well,” he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom’s family was from. “I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical identity in New Orleans,” he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann, “reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they’re fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top.”

He’ll get no argument from Robert Hunter. “7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it’s still sailing,” he says about the album. “It might actually have gone into orbit. I’m very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last.”

The complete list of 7 Walkers tour dates is as follows:

Friday, October 1 Uptown Theatre Napa CA

Friday, October 1 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA

Friday, October 22 Revolution Hall Fort Lauderdale FL

Saturday, October 23 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak Fl

Monday, October 25 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach CA

Tuesday, October 26 Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA

Thursday, October 28 Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA

Friday, October 29 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 Las Tortugas Festival Groveland CA

Thursday, December 9 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT

Friday, December 10 Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA

Saturday, December 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Sunday, December 12 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH

Tuesday, December 14 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

Thursday, December 16 Stage One Fairfield CT

Friday, December 17 Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY

Saturday, December 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

Sunday, December 19 City Winery New York NY

Tuesday, December 28 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT

Wednesday, December 29 Pearl Street Northampton MA

Thursday, December 30 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY

Friday, December 31 The Silo Reading PA

Brandon Adams & Jimmy Dasher Team Up for National Tour

Music fans will get a taste of exciting sounds to come on CD when Melodic Undertone recording artists Brandon Adams & The Sad Bastards and Jimmy Dasher hit the cross-country road this fall as a special two-for-one package. Rather than wait for Adams’ self-titled album and Dasher’s THE WAITING GAME to hit record stores, radio and the Internet in January, this proactive pairing will spark and build a buzz from the grassroots of the live music stage to launch the discs with momentum already behind them.

The tour offers a chance for listeners to get acquainted with two seasoned live performers, superior singers and songwriters and budding recording artists sharing the stage at venues across the nation. Adams and Dasher will play shows in the Southwest and through Colorado and Nevada to the Midwest and Southeast, returning to play Texas in November

Brandon Adams & The Sad Bastards are a burgeoning West Texas new country phenomenon already winning a loyal following in dancehalls, honky-tonks and clubs across the region. Putting a modernist spin on firmly rooted Lone Star State style C&W, Adams takes his songwriting cues from acts he grew up on like Ray Price, Johnny Bush and George Strait as well as the progressive rocking Americana of Ryan Adams. Add to that his diverse tastes that enjoy the full stylistic spectrum of today’s popular music, and lyrical and singing skills that cut to the bone with both honesty and smarts, Adams and his band make music that goes straight to the hearts of real country fans while charming listeners that enjoy a range of musical flavors.

Jimmy Dasher displays a dazzling diversity that he melds into his own sound on THE WAITING GAME, all of it fired by the skills that won him the Best Guitarist title in his hometown of San Antonio while still in his mid-teens. As a high school student he honed his chops in Austin and San Antonio clubs, and later released two albums and an EP and also did two national tours in the fully independent acoustic duo Window. He also played and recorded with recording artist Levi Smith as he developed his own music, which came to fruition during a solitary stay at an old Texas Panhandle small town farmhouse where he later cut THE WAITING GAME.

Both Adams and Dasher are ready and determined to bring rich musicality, excitement and their engaging new sounds to the stage. “I love playing so much, and will do it anytime, anywhere for anyone who wants to listen,” says Adams.

Dasher is equally fired to bring his music to the stages of America’s clubs. For as he says, “There’s nothing I’d rather do than play live.”

Melodic Undertone Production Group is a music production collective and record label made up of highly talented artists and entrepreneurs who produce and engineer, write songs and theatrical scores, generate beats, do live sound engineering and more. They have united their gifts and skills to work on projects that span across and combine country, rock, R&B, hip-hop more. Melodic Undertone’s unity of creative, technical and music industry artistry is devoted to doing what they do and love: The Music.

Upcoming Tour Dates Include:

September 21, Low Spirits, Albuquerque
September 23, Rogue Bar, Phoenix
September 24, Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff
September 25, Yayo’s Tacos, Las Vegas
September 27, The Music Barn, Parowan/Cedar City
September 28, Quixote’s True Blue, Denver
September 29, Rock n Soul Café, Boulder
September 30, Rocket Room, Colorado Springs
October 3, Reggie’s Music Joint, Chicago (Jimmy Dasher show)
October 4, The Horseshoe, Chicago (Brandon Adams show)
October 5, Doc’s Music Hall, Muncie
October 6, Cicero’s, St. Louis
October 7, One Eyed Jacks, Fairborn, Ohio
October 9, Old Glory, Canton, Ohio
October 11, Slim’s, Raleigh
October 12, The Cave Tavern, Chapel Hill
October 13, Caledonia Lounge, Athens
October 14, Brewster’s Pub, Jacksonville
October 15, The Backstage Lounge, Gainesville
October 17, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta
October 19, Elliott’s Revue, Winston Salem, N.C.
October 20, Canyons of the Blue Ridge, Boone, N.C.
October 21, The Boiler Room, Asheville
October 22, Ultimate Basement, Sunny View, N.C.
October 23, French Quarter Café, Nashville
October 26, P&H Café, Memphis
October 28, Vino’s Brew Pub, Little Rock, Ark.
October 30, The Celtic, Pascagoula, Miss.
October 31, St. Roch Tavern, New Orleans
November 4, Poor David’s Pub, Dallas
November 5, Woody's Tavern, Fort Worth
November 6, Basil Whippet’s, College Station
November 10, Momo’s, Austin
November 11, Jack’s Patio, San Antonio
November 12, The Blue Light, Lubbock
November 18, Schotzi’s, College Station

Shadow Shadow Shade Release White Horse Trilogy & Debut Album

Los Angeles’ majestic septet Shadow Shadow Shade (formerly known as Afternoons) are prepping the release of their eagerly awaited, self-titled debut release.  Those who have seen their acclaimed live show know what to expect:  a lush sound that is both grand in spectacle and remarkably intimate.  With seven members that often sing in unison, the group’s haunting melodies sculpt an ethereal, choir-like effect.  Shadow Shadow Shade will be released on October 5th through the group’s own label, Public Records.  It will be available via Junket Boy and at CIMS stores nationwide as well as select additional indie outlets.  It was produced by Grammy-winning Producer/Mixer/Engineer/Musician and SSS member, Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars, Jon Brion, Sean Lennon, Kanye West).

Before the album is released the band is unveiling the three-part epic, post-apocalyptic short film known as the White Horse Trilogy that features several of their songs.  The clip stars Jason Ritter (of NBC’s upcoming drama “The Event”) and Anna WilsonWhite Horse’s director Michael Graham describes it as “an existential science fiction film that personifies and investigates the inner struggle one might go through under the distress of being ripped apart from their lover by the current world they live in, most importantly - war.”  The film is set in the future during World War III, when an unknown force has enslaved the human race.

SSS began as an art project amongst likeminded friends before evolving into an actual band that performed and recorded.  Upon hearing their demos, artist Shepard Fairey became one of the band’s early supporters  He soon designed posters for them that ended up getting plastered all over their hometown of LA.  After playing just one show, the group was offered the coveted residency at Spaceland and subsequently sold out all four weeks – this led to the SSS being invited to perform at IFC’s 2010 SXSW Showcase.

The group has created a stirring pastiche of sounds that takes cues from traditions such as psychedelia, orchestral music, shoegaze, opera, and indie rock among others.  Their enigmatic lyrics seem to have been plucked from a classic, timeless novel that hasn’t been written yet, and every song they compose builds towards a thrilling catharsis.  Click HERE to stream/download the mp3 for the album’s first single, “Say Yes.”

Shadow Shadow Shade Tour Dates:

10/8 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
10/10 - Portland, OR @Mississippi Studios
10/11 - Seattle, WA @ The High Dive
10/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
10/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/15 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar