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Lissie Named VH1's Next "You Oughta Know" Artist

Lissie has been named VH1's next "You Oughta Know" artist, joining the ranks of the highly acclaimed franchise that has helped break many artists such as Adele, Sara Bareilles, Feist, Mumford & Sons, and Regina Spektor, among others. Lissie's VH1 "You Oughta Know" support includes music videos on VH1 and streamed music videos, interview clips, tour updates, photos and more at YouOughtaKnow.VH1.com beginning on May 2nd. On-air support on VH1 begins May 9th. Launched in 2004, the "You Oughta Know" program introduces promising new artists on the rise to VH1's base of music lovers.  Other current artists in the program include The Civil Wars, Fitz and The Tantrums, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Christina Perri, and Two Door Cinema Club.

On Saturday May 21st, following her current three-week Australian tour, Lissie will perform a benefit concert at the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Walk in Wheaton, IL. Each year, the Walk to Defeat ALSTM brings communities together in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease, to which Lissie lost her aunt this past fall. Registration begins in Cantigny Park at 9am; the Walk begins at 11am and Lissie will perform immediately following the Walk. To register online, donate, or for more information on the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Walk, please visit http://web.alsa.org/goto/lissie.

Later this summer, Lissie will perform at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, IL, the weekend of August 5th-7th. She'll also perform at the Cities97 Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis, MN, on July 8th, as well as at multiple European festivals in June and July - including the Isle of Wight Festival and Rockness 2011 in the UK. Lissie's US headlining tour in January and February featured multiple sold-out shows and drew glowing live reviews: SPIN.com declared of her Los Angeles show at The Music Box, "The way the sandy blonde stunner would count her players off in a whisper, the way she'd quietly coax each song out of its corner then build to a roar...one couldn't help but be a little in love for an hour at least."

Lissie's debut full-length album Catching A Tiger, released in the US August 17th, 2010 via Fat Possum, was primarily recorded in Nashville, TN, with Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Modest Mouse) and in Asheville, NC, with Bill Reynolds (of Band Of Horses, who also produced most of her 2009 EP, Why You Runnin'). The album - a captivating mix of classic '60s-flavored pop, spirited folk, and brilliant pop/rock anchored by Lissie's remarkably soulful, powerful voice - has garnered significant attention from the press, including The A.V. Club, Billboard, Blurt, The Boston Globe, Filter, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Paste ('Best New Solo Artist of 2010'), Relix, SPIN, and USA Today. Her cover of Kid Cudi's "Pursuit Of Happiness" is featured as one of '50 Songs Every Man Should Be Listening To' in the music issue of Esquire on stands now.

Lissie appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in early February, performing "When I'm Alone," iTunes UK's '2010 Song Of The Year.' Last Call With Carson Daly has aired live performances of "In Sleep" and "Little Lovin'," taped at her October sold-out show at Los Angeles' The Troubadour, in October 2010 and March 2011, respectively.

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Lissie tour dates:

APRIL 27 HOBART, AU WREST POINT SHOWROOM*

APRIL 28 MELBOURNE, AU ORMOND HALL*

APRIL 29 MELBOURNE, AU THE FORUM*

MAY 3 BRISBANE, AU OLD MUSEUM*

MAY 4 BRISBANE, AU THE TIVOLI*

MAY 5 SYDNEY, AU THE METRO*

MAY 6 SYDNEY, AU THE METRO*

MAY 10 ADELAIDE, AU THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH*

MAY 11 ADELAIDE, AU THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH*

MAY 13 PERTH, AU THE ASTOR*

MAY 14 PERTH, AU FLY BY NIGHT

MAY 16 BRISBANE, AU THE ZOO

MAY 17 SYDNEY, AU OXFORD ART FACTORY

MAY 19 MELBOURNE, AU NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB

MAY 21 WHEATON, IL LS Asso. Greater Chicago Chapter Walk

(Cantigny Park)

MAY 28 TORONTO, ON PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE

MAY 31 MONTREAL, QC THEATRE CORONA

JUNE 3 NURBURGRING, DE ROCK AM RING (Nurburgring Race Track)

JUNE 5 NURENBERG, DE ROCK IM PARK (Frankenstadion)

JUNE 8 CRANS-PRES-CELIGNY, CH CARIBANA FESTIVAL

JUNE 10 ISLE OF WIGHT, UK ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

JUNE 12 DORES, UK ROCKNESS 2011

JUNE 29 LANGESUND, NO WRIGHTSGARDEEN

JULY 1 WERCHTER, BE ROCK WERCHTER FESTIVAL

JULY 2 ST. GALLEN, CH OPENAIR ST. GALLEN

JULY 3 GUERNSEY, UK GUERNSEY FESTIVAL

JULY 8 MINNEAPOLIS, MN CITIES 7 BASILICA BLOCK PARTY

(Sun Country Stage)

AUG. 5-7 CHICAGO, IL LOLLAPALOOZA

* supporting Washington

Big Head Todd & The Monsters Announce 2011 Summer Plans

Longtime Colorado favorites Big Head Todd and The Monsters have mapped out their summer tour plans. In addition to a handful of theatres in the midwest, the band headlines their annual Red Rocks Amphitheatre gig on June 11, where Guster will be on hand to open the show. The band also returns to Chicago’s famed Ravinia Festival and to the idyllic Colorado mountain town of Telluride for the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, later this summer. The complete list of summer tour dates is listed below.

Earlier this year, in celebration of influential bluesman Robert Johnson (who would be celebrating his 100 birthday on May 8, 2011), Big Head Todd and The Monsters assembled the Big Head Blues Club. The ad-hoc collaboration featuring Big Head Todd and The Monsters and special guests B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm toured earlier this year and recently released a studio recording of the project, titled 100 Years of Robert Johnson. Here’s what critics are saying:

“A superb musical collective…moving and wildly entertaining.” –Boston Globe

“Todd Park Mohr’s growling and moaning like he's got muddy Delta dirt under his fingernails.” -USA Today

Big Head Todd frontman Todd Park Mohr will be at the 32nd Annual Blues Music Awards on May 5th at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Todd will lead a Robert Johnson tribute. This year’s event also features performances by honorees Buddy Guy, Denise LaSalle and John Hammond, among others. Visit www.blues.org for more information.

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The list of Big Head Todd and The Monsters summer tour dates are as follows:

Friday, April 29 The Windjammer Isle of Palms SC
Sunday, May 22 Doheny Blues Festival Dana Point CA
Thursday, June 2 Cotillion Ballroom Wichita KS
Friday, June 3 Fantle Memorial Park Yankton SD
Saturday, June 4 Crossroads Kansas City MO with Langhorne Slim supporting
Thursday, June 9 Simon Estes Amphitheater Des Moines IA co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Friday, June 10 Stir Cove Council Bluffs IA co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Saturday, June 11 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO with Guster supporting
Sunday, June 12 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Tuesday, June 14 Knitting Factory Concert House Reno NV co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Thursday, June 16 Mountain Winery Saratoga CA co-headline with Toots & the Maytals
Friday, June 17 Uptown Theatre Napa CA
Thursday, August 4 Minnesota Zoo - Weesner Amphitheatre Apple Valley MN with Cedar Avenue supporting
Friday, August 5 Mankato RibFest Mankato MN
Sunday, August 7 Nateva Music & Arts Festival - Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford ME
Saturday, September 3 Big Sky Resort Big Sky MT
Tuesday, September 6 Wolf Trap Vienna VA co-headline with John Hiatt
Sunday, September 11 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Saturday, September 17 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Telluride CO
Sunday, October 23 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise San Diego CA

Additional dates to be announced, Visit www.bigheadtodd.com for more information

Umphrey's McGee Announces 2011 Summer Plan

Umphrey’s McGee kicks-off their 2011 Summer Tour on May 27 with three nights at Summercamp in Chillicothe, IL, where the band will debut - debut Huey Lewis and the Rumors, a new collaboration featuring Umphrey's McGee, a full horn section, and of course, the legendary Huey Lewis. Additional festival engagements include Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, All Good and others. Also on the schedule, a triumphant return to Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 3 for Red Rocks And Blue II featuring support by the New Mastersounds and Easy Star Allstars, and an intimate show the Boulder Theater the following day. Visit www.umphreys.com for tickets and show details. The complete list of summer tour dates is included below.

On April 2, 2011, at Park West in Chicago, Umphrey’s McGee hosted the second annual UMBowl, a first of its kind interactive concert where fans call the plays over the course of four musical “quarters.” The event, which sold out in just minutes, further established the band as leaders in the fields of band/fan interaction and technology. Billboard Magazine confirms the band’s vision, saying: “Umphrey’s McGee has become an unlikely role model for a music industry still struggling with the conversion to digital distribution amid rampant piracy.” For more on this ground-breaking event check out the Mashable feature here: mashable.com.

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Umphrey’s McGee Summer Tour Dates

Thursday, May 19 Sundown In The City Knoxville TN with Zach Deputy supporting
Saturday, May 21 The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores AL
Thursday, June 2 Wakarusa Festival Ozark AR
Friday, June 3 Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ
Saturday, June 4 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter NY
Thursday, June 23 Maymont Park Richmond VA
Friday, June 24 Iroquois Amphitheater Louisville KY with Black Joe Lewis supporting
Saturday, June 25 The Lawn at White River State Park Indianapolis IN with Black Joe Lewis supporting
Sunday, June 26 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH with Black Joe Lewis supporting
Friday, July 1 Simon Estes Amphitheater Des Moines IA
Saturday, July 2 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Sunday, July 3 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO with the New Mastersounds and Easy Star All Stars
Monday, July 4 Boulder Theater Boulder CO
Thursday, July 7 Centennial Terrace Sylvania OH
Sunday, July 10 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH
Friday, July 15 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
Saturday, July 16 Great South Bay Music Festival Patchogue NY
Thursday, January 26 - Monday, January 30 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEXICO

Additional dates to be announced.

Chicago vocalist Alison Ruble is featured this week on 12th STREET JUMP

12th STREET JUMP, public radio’s weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam, continues with guest appearances by Chicago vocalist Alison Ruble and guitarist John McLean this Saturday night, March 12 at midnight Central Time (1am Eastern, 11pm Mountain, 10PM Pacific). The popular radio show, recorded live on Kansas City's famed 12th Street Strip,  is syndicated on the Public Radio Exchange and streamed live.

Alison Ruble is a Chicagoland favorite with several hot CDs to her credit, including the most recent. Musical director John McLean joins Ruble direct from sessions and tours with Grammy winning vocalist Kurt Elling.

Award-winning tenor saxman Bobby Watson appears on the April 9 tribute to pianist Herbie Hancock. Trumpet player Stan Kessler and reedmen Kerry Strayer and Kim Park are also featured in upcoming weeks on the show.

Hosted by Pete Weber and Pearl MacDonald, 12th STREET JUMP features vocalists David Basse and Nedra Dixon, musical director Joe Cartwright on piano, Tyrone Clark on bass and Mike Warren on drums in a fast-paced hour of jazz, blues and topical sketch comedy. "It's sort of like a jazz and blues 'Prairie Home Companion' or SNL," explained Exec Producer Mark Edelman.

The 12th STREET JUMP line up of featured artists and special guests includes the following (all dates are Saturdays):

CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF         WITH SPECIAL GUEST 

March 12               Nat King Cole                                    Alison Ruble & John McLean

March 19               King Pleasure                                    Kim Park

March 26               Thad Jones                                       Stan Kessler

April 2                   Gerry Mulligan                                    Kerry Strayer

April 9                   Herbie Hancock                                  Ken Lovern

April 16                 Lionel Hampton                                  Peter Schlamb

April 23                 Otis Rush & Albert King                      Bill Dye

April 30                 Groove Holmes                                   Everette DeVan

Broadcast live from the 12th Street Jazz Walk of Fame, Kansas City’s jazz, blues and honky-tonk heart, 12th STREET JUMP continues that tradition on the same street where Count Basie tickled the ivories at the Reno Club and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues.”

Video Premier: THE BRIDGE "Rosie"

On the heels of releasing their latest album National Bohemian last Tuesday, The Bridge have just premiered a video for the track "Rosie."


The Bridge are currently on the road supporting National Bohemian, which was was produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin. From February 8 through February 12, they'll play shows with Tea Leaf Green, after which they'll roll straight into a support slot with Galactic. In March and April, they'll embark on their own headline tour across the U.S.

Watch "ROSIE" the Brand New Video by THE BRIDGE off their latest album, NATIONAL BOHEMIAN, Out Now on Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers.

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The Bridge tour dates:

February 8 | Strand Capital Performing Arts Center | York, PA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 9 | Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 10 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 11 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 12 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 16 | The Cabooze | Minneapolis, MN (w/ Galactic)
February 17 | Majestic Theatre | Madison, WI (w/ Galactic)
February 18 | Park West | Chicago, IL (w/ Galactic)
February 19 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH (w/ Galactic)
February 20 | Mr. Small's Theater | Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Galactic)
February 26 | 123 Pleasant Street | Morgantown, WV
March 3 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
March 4 | Max's | Bloomington, IN
March 5 | Trouser Mouse | Blue Springs, MO
March 6 | Bourbon Theatre Rye Room | Lincoln, NE
March 8 | Ullrs Tavern | Winter Park, CO
March 9 | Three20 | Breckenridge, CO
March 10 | Hodi's Half Note | Fort Collins, CO
March 11 | Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
March 15 | The Canopy Club | Urbana, IL
March 16 | Canal Street | Dayton, OH
March 17 | V Club | Huntington, WV
March 18 | Dante's | Frostburg, MD
March 19 | The Abbey Bar at Appalachian | Harrisburg, PA
April 6 | The Pour House Music Hall | Raleigh, NC
April 7 | The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall | Asheville, NC
April 8 | Double Door Inn | Charlotte, NC
April 9 | Smith's Olde Bar | Atlanta, GA
April 10 | The Pour House | Charleston, SC
April 12 | Melting Point | Athens, GA
April 13 | The Nick | Birmingham, AL
April 14 | Tipitina's | New Orleans, LA
April 16 | Old Settler's Music Festival | Driftwood, TX
April 19 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA
April 20 | Slim's | San Francisco, CA
April 21 | Jambalaya | Arcata, CA
April 22 | WOW Hall | Eugene, OR
April 23 | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR
April 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
April 26 | Top Hat | Missoula, MT
April 27 | Machinery Row | Great Falls, MT
May 6 | The Crooked I | Erie, PA
May 28 | Sterling Stage Folk Festival | Forest Hills, NY
June 4 | Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ
August 5 | Elysian Fields Festival | Boyce, VA
August 7 | Ladew Gardens Summer Concert | Monkton, MD

Bobby Long Announces 2011 North American Tour

ATO Records will release A Winter Tale, the highly anticipated debut record from British singer-songwriter Bobby Long, on February 1. Recorded in London, the eleven-song album was produced by Grammy-award winner Liam Watson (The White Stripes) and features backing vocals from Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) and Icelandic singer Lay Low as well as pedal steel by B.J. Cole (Elton John, Sting). In support of the record, Long will embark on a nationwide North American tour this January, including dates at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.

After relocating to London from Wiltshire in the countryside of Southwest England, Long became a fixture in the city’s burgeoning open-mic scene, where he met actor and fellow musician Robert Pattinson. Pattinson would go on to sing “Let Me Sign” (co-written by Long and friend Marcus Foster) over a crucial dramatic scene in the blockbuster film Twilight. Subsequently, in support of his bedroom-made recording Dirty Pond Songs, Long embarked on a worldwide tour in April 2009, performing over 160 shows in seven countries. Of the singer, the San Diego Entertainer heralds, “All his songs are like a well-orchestrated ballet of chord progressions and vocals that pluck at the deepest confined thoughts of your soul,” while  Pollstar praises, “Long’s emergence as an up-and-coming artist is the stuff Hollywood loves to make movies about. He continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan.” Additionally, the New York Post named him one of their “10 Artists To Watch in 2011.” Watch an exclusive performance video of “Dead & Done” part of the recently launched Burberry Acoustic series.

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TOUR DATES:
January 9 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
January 24 - Park City, UT - House of Blues Park City
January 25 - Park City, UT - Sundance ASCAP Music Café
January 28 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
January 29 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
January 31 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
February 2 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
February 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
February 4 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
February 5 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
February 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
February 10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
February 11 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
February 12 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
February 14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
February 15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
February 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom
February 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
February 18 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
February 19 - Columbus, OH - Basement
February 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
February 22 - Toronto, ON - Revival
February 23 - Montreal, QC - Divan
February 24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
February 25 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
February 26 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
February 28 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
March 1 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
March 3 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
March 4 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café
March 5 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
March 22 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
March 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
March 24 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
March 25 - Knoxville, TN - Barley’s Tap Room
March 26 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
March 27 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
March 29 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
March 31 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
April 1 -  Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
April 2 - Orlando, FL - The Social
April 3 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
April 5 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay
April 6 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
April 8 - Dallas, TX - Poor David’s Pub
April 9 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Jr.
April 10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s

Nightmares For A Week Announce Tour Dates

It all started out with a couple cases of beer, a back porch, and a few old friends. In the hot, muggy summer of 2008, longtime friends and former band mates Sean-Paul Pillsworth and Bill Manley decided it was time to pick up their dusty guitars and start writing music together again. It wasn't long until they recruited ex-Astronauts drummer Steve Markota, and the resulting chemistry was undeniable.

The trio played a packed hometown show, and in months they were traveling far from their native Kingston, NY, playing nearly every weekend. They kept getting called back, each time with bigger and more enthusiastic performances to match the crowds. A year went by so fast. They released their debut EP, A Flood Tomorrow, produced by studio pro John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Polar Bear Club) at Nada Studios in New Windsor, NY. After releasing the CD on friend-run imprint Music for End Times, Naclerio signed the band to his own Broken English record label for digital distribution.

In June of 2010 the band reentered Nada Studios as free agents to record their full-length debut. In addition to a brand new album, the band also came out of the studio with a brand new label, Brooklyn-based Academy Fight Song. Their full-length entitled “Don’t Die” is out now. Nightmares for a Week will be touring the country in support of the new album, full US tour dates coming soon.

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Nightmares For A Week Live!

Jan 14 California Brew Haus Rochester, New York
Jan 15 The Tuscan Cafe Warwick, New York
Jan 21 Cravings Goshen, New York
Jan 22 Deer Park Community Center Deer Park, New York w/ Koji
Jan 28 King Killer Studios Brooklyn, New York
Feb 5 Bacchus New Paltz, New York
Feb 11 Valentine’s Albany, New York w/ Iron Chic
Feb 25 The Basement Kingston, New York w/ After the Fall
Feb 26 Valentine’s Albany, New York
Mar 1 The Saint Asbury Park, New Jersey
Mar 20 Trash Bar Brooklyn, New York

+ Full US Tour Dates Coming Soon!

Marco Benevento | U.S./Canada Fall Tour

Marco Benevento will tour the U.S. and Canada this Fall in support of his latest release, Between The Needles & Nightfall. The run begins with four nights in Canada and five nights in New England. The stretch includes a stop at the Massachusetts Museum Of Contemporary Art where Benevento will reprise his new score to the '60s cult film House Of Usher that he debuted in August at Celebrate Brooklyn. He'll also play two rare solo piano shows in Asbury Park and New York City. Benevento rejoins his band in November, heading to North Carolina and Virginia for three shows, including his first headline appearance in Asheville at The Grey Eagle. The tour wraps with five nights on the West Coast, returning to Doug Fir Lounge in Portland for the second time this year, as well as a Saturday night at The Independent in San Francisco.

The Brooklyn-based pianist and "sound sculptor" is coming off a busy summer that found him on the road with his own trio in addition to touring as a full-time member of Garage A Trois and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. Highlights included a solo piano set at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, a co-bill with The Books at Rhode Island School of Design and a hometown album release show at Bowery Ballroom in New York City. He is also featured on the new Manimal Vinyl release We Were So Turned On: A Tribute To David Bowie with his interpretation of "Art Decade."

Upcoming Marco Benevento tour dates are:

October 14 | Divan Orange | Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 15 | Elmdale House | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
October 16 | Casbah | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
October 17 | El Mocambo | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 20 | Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
October 21 | Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA
October 22 | Mass Moca | North Adams, MA (House Of Usher)
October 23 | Black Eyed Sallies | Hartford, CT
October 24 | Fairfield Theatre | Fairfield, CT
October 26 | Chico's House Of Jazz | Asbury Park, NJ (Solo Piano)
November 1 | City Winery | New York, NY (Solo Piano)
November 4 | The Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC
November 5 | Double Door Inn | Charlotte, NC
November 6 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
November 30 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
December 1 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR
December 2 | The Depot at HSU | Arcata, CA
December 3 | Don Quixote's | Felton, CA
December 4 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
December 5 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA

Kyle Park To Release FALL EP on September 21

Country singer Kyle Park, who believes his fans deserve more than one album every 12 months, will release on September 21 his second EP this year that will ultimately become the foundation of a full-length album he will release in 2011.

The featured single from Park’s FALL EP is “All Night,” a love song with smart lyrics about how long it might take to heal a broken heart, with or without a new paramour. Again, Park’s pure country voice and pure country vibe shine through in his modern country, “rock with a twang” style.

Park spent the year touring, and he will continue on the road behind the new release. The recording artist routinely plays 200 shows a year in venues, music festivals and intimate honky-tonks, in all corners of the Lone Star State.

As Robert K. Oermann of MusicRow advises, “Lend him your ears.”

For MP3s and more, visit http://www.mcguckinpr.com. Also see www.kyleparkmusic.com.

Big Head Todd and The Monsters' new album, Rocksteady, hits streets today

Big Head Todd and The Monsters release their brand new studio album, Rocksteady, today (July 20, 2010/Big Records). As the Denver Post reported in a recent feature story, Rocksteady finds the platinum selling artists “centered and rejuvenated” and moving the BHTM legacy forward. The album’s first single, the infectious “Beautiful” has already reached the Top 20 on Triple A radio charts, and it’s still climbing. Check out a video teaser here.

In support of Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters hit the road for a sprawling summer tour, including a recent big play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Midnight Radio by performing the album in its entirety, and a headlining performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival.

For Rocksteady, Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ eighth studio album, the band draws on a surprising body of influences. The album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain including R&B, reggae and even punk rock. Throughout, the collection’s 11 tracks are funky, lilting, and melodic - all the qualities that have become signature to the band's sound during their 25 years of making music.

“It’s a soul/Caribbean record that rocks,” frontman Todd Park Mohr says. “We almost went out of our way to take all the rock out of it, but it really rocks. It’s the very first album we’ve ever done that’s cohesive. It makes a difference, in terms of this album standing out from our other albums.”

Look for Big Head Todd and The Monsters on tour this summer in support of Rocksteady. Complete list of tourdates is as follows:

Thursday, July 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Friday, July 23 Moore Theatre Seattle WA
Saturday, July 24 Pavilion Park Liberty Lake WA
Sunday, July 25 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Wednesday, July 28 WOW Hall Eugene OR
Thursday, July 29 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Friday, July 30 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
Saturday, July 31 Red Rock Resort North Las Vegas NV
Friday, August 6 Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau WI
Saturday, August 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park IL
Thursday, August 19 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
Friday, August 20 Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park IA
Saturday, August 21 Fall Park Festival Grounds Sioux Falls SD
Thursday, August 26 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Friday, August 27 Crossroads Kansas City MO
Saturday, August 28 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga TN