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Rebelution Joins Slightly Stoopid on Summer Tour

Santa Barbara based band Rebelution has officially announced they will be joining Slightly Stoopid on tour in July, August, and September, for The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour which will span over twenty-five cities in top outdoor venues, nationwide. The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour will stop at some of the country’s best outdoor venues, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Greek Theater in Berkley, CA, and Cricket Amphitheater in San Diego, CA, to name a few.  Shwayze & Cisco Adler will also be on the bill.  Tickets went on sale to the public on Saturday May 14, 2011.

Some of Rebelution’s latest career highlights, include recently retuning from a two week tour across Brazil, performances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wakarusa, Reggae Rising, Power to the Peaceful, and Ragga Muffins Tribute to Bob Marley Festival. They also headlined the US open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA.  On their 2010 headlining, national “Winter Greens” tour, the band played to sold out crowds across the country including selling tickets to upwards of 3,000 people in venues including: The House of Blues, San Diego, The Fox Theatre, Oakland, The House of Blues, Chicago, Irving Plaza in New York City, The House of Blues, Boston, The House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, and a sold out show at the renowned Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California.  The band was also named one of the “Five Artists Your Should Know About” by Relix Magazine heading into 2011, one of the “Top 8 SoCal Bands” by Fashion 5.0 Magazine – and Music Connection Magazine said “ Rebelution’s guitar solos and horns give a breath of fresh air, to a played out style.  With guitar leads like the one showcased in ‘Outta Control,’ this four-piece is creating what it takes to stand out in a crowded room.”

Other upcoming Rebelution show dates, include the California Roots Music FestivalWakarusa Music Festival, Crossroads KC with Ben Harperfour Hawaii dates supporting reggae legends Steel Pulse in Kona, Oahu, Maui and Kauai, the Sierra Nevada World Music FestivalDave Matthews Band's Caravan FestivalHigh Sierra Music FestivalHollywood Park in Los Angeles, CA and the Klover Outdoor Pavilion in Billings, Montana.

Outside of their two Billboard charting albums [Courage to Grow, Billboard Top Reggae Album Charts since its release in 2007 and Bright Side of Life which debuted at #54 on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts] Rebelution is currently in the studio working on their forthcoming third, full-length album, with notable guests passing through the studio including AmpLive, The Aggrolites, and Kymani Marley.

For more information on Rebelution, the Seedless Summer 2011 Tour, or for a complete list of Rebelution tour dates, click here.  You can also visit Rebelution on Facebook - and follow the band on Twitter.

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THE SEEDLESS SUMMER 2011 NATIONAL TOUR DATES

July 21 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery

July 22 – Boise, ID – Idaho Botanical Garden

July 23 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre

July 24 – Eugene OR – Cuthbert Amphitheatre

July 26 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion

July 27 – Lake Tahoe, CA – Harvey’s Amphitheatre

July 29 – Berkley, CA – The Greek Theatre

July 30 – San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre

August 4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Gallivan Center

August 5 – Aspen, CO – TBD

August 6 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

August 10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage

August 11 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

August 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing

August 13 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion

August 17 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion

August 18 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre

August 19 – Cocoa Beach, FL – Cocoa Beach Pier

August 20 – West Boca Raton, Fl – Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

August 21 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

August 24 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park

August 25 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Amphitheatre

August 27 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion

'Definitive Chick Corea' Reissue on Concord

Since his earliest recordings in the 1960s, pianist, keyboardist, and composer Chick Corea has consistently taken the creative process to a level that transcends conventional musical doctrines. After spending his formative years with artists as diverse as Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Stan Getz, and Sarah Vaughan, Corea helped redefine the boundaries of jazz as a founding member of the acclaimed Return To Forever, one of the most innovative and daring jazz fusion collectives of the last half-century. In more recent decades, as the leader of numerous projects that have explored various aspects of the musical landscape, he continues to be an influential force in modern jazz.

In celebration of Corea’s 70th birthday this summer, Concord Music Group provides a look back at three decades’ worth of brilliant recordings in The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord. The sweeping two-disc collection — the latest in CMG’s ongoing Definitive series — begins with some of Corea’s best sessions with Stretch in the early 1980s and follows him through the end of the century to his work on Concord up to 2009. The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord is set for release on June 7, 2011, just days ahead of the artist’s 70th birthday on June 12.

The collection is being released simultaneously with Forever, a new two-disc electric/acoustic set that Corea recorded live with Return To Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White — along with, on disc two, a few high-profile guests (Chaka Khan, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Bill Connors) — during a world tour in 2009. A previously unreleased version of Corea’s well-known “La Fiesta,” captured during this tour, is the closing track on The Definitive Chick Corea.

Even a quick glance at the range of material in this collection — 21 tracks in all — provides an impressive perspective on the breadth and depth of Corea’s imagination, according to veteran music journalist Don Heckman, who wrote the liner notes for the set.
“Start with the all-star collectives of the early ’80s that find him in the company of such jazz stalwarts as Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, and Gary Peacock, to name only a few,” says Heckman. “Add the musical encounters with old friend and frequent collaborator Gary Burton, the first Origin tracks and a glimpse of Chick’s insightful approach to standards. And, in the 2000s, more unusual musical encounters, this time with Bobby McFerrin, Béla Fleck, Hiromi, John McLaughlin, and again Burton, as well as the Elektric and Akoustic Bands.”
As to the divine nature of the creative process, Heckman recalls a quote from Corea himself about the higher channel that every artist eventually dials into: “Your tastes can change from day to day,” says Corea. “But the whole point of being an artist, with my groups, has always been spirituality, art as spirit. That’s our message, and translated into human rights terms, it’s freedom of expression. Freedom of thought, which is actually broader than freedom of religion . . . Freedom to think as you will. Which means freedom to pray, practice your own religion, play what music you want, say what opinions you have, communicate as you want. And that’s our premise.”
The music within The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord exemplifies Corea’s unwillingness to be restricted by artificial boundaries, says Nick Phillips, Concord Music Group’s Vice President of Catalog and Jazz A&R and co-producer — in collaboration with Corea — of this collection. “One of the many amazing things about Chick is just how restlessly creative he is — not only as an instrumentalist, but also as a composer,” says Phillips. “He’s a true artist who’s not driven by fickle trends, or some conventional norm about the way a jazz tune should be written or played. He’s driven purely by his own boundless creativity, and he has demonstrated that throughout his career. That’s what shines through on these tracks and that’s why each one is timeless.”
Heckman sums up the release as “a three-decade, double-disc album of selected musical scenes from a richly creative life. An album guaranteed to appeal to Chick’s dedicated fans, as well as the lucky listeners who will be experiencing the pleasures of first discovery.”
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TRACK LIST:

Disc 1

Tap Step
Quartet No. 1
Folk Song
Duende
Windows
Armando’s Rhumba
Bud Powell
Dreamless
Wigwam
Spain
It Could Happen To You
Disc 2
Blue Monk
Bessie’s Blues
Johnny’s Landing
North Africa
The Fool on the Hill
Señorita
Crystal Silence
The Disguise
La Fiesta [previously unreleased]
Fingerprints

Blues & Roots: Vieux Farka Toure w/ William Elliott Whitmore

It was a pretty quiet night on the hill in Boulder, CO at the Fox Theater, even though it was the beginning of the 1st annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit Festival.  This festival featured early shows at the

Live Webcast of The 2011 Hangout Festival

The Hangout Music Festival, America’s only music festival located on white sandy beaches with ocean views, is excited to announce that highlights from the second annual Hangout Music Festival will be streamed live on SPIN.com this weekend, with video production and transmission by iClips.net.

Connie Smith's Long Long Of Heartaches | Out 8/23

New recordings by the country music legend Connie Smith, long acclaimed as one of the greatest singers in the history of the genre have been as rare as the voice and knowing singing she brings to them.  Long Line of Heartaches, set for release on August 23rd, her first full album of new material since 1996 (and only her second since 1978) is an event in the making. That’s not just for the rarity, or because her legions of fans have so long awaited this news, but because in its range of undiluted traditional country moods, themes, rhythms and sound, this new Sugar Hill release is simply, unmistakably a new Connie Smith masterpiece, offering the pleasures of the very best that saw release during her remarkable run of recordings during the 1960s and‘70s.

“And that,” she says. “is exactly what I wanted to accomplish.  I’ve had people ask me what this album was going to be like, since it’s been a long time since they’ve heard me on record, but my musical tastes have remained the same. I wanted this to be traditional country, and it is.”

“One of the reasons that I wanted to do this recording, and it’s a personal reason, is that I have such a deep love for traditional country music. We can talk about the music slipping away, or we can do something about it.  The only way I know to do something about it is to keep singing what I’ve always loved.”

The album’s dozen new tracks, potent songs of heartache, joy, and spirit recorded at Nashville’s celebrated RCA Victor Studio B, where Connie recorded most of her chart-topping hits in her first years as a recording artist, include five new traditional country songs co-written by Connie and husband Marty Stuart, the project’s producer. Memorable songs come from long favored Smith sources such as icons Harlan Howard, Foster & Rice, Kostas, Johnny Russell and Smith’s longtime collaborator Dallas Frazier.  Frazier’s song “A Heart Like You” becomes the 69th Frazier composition that Smith has recorded – breaking his 30 years of songwriting silence, an event within itself.

Having become an overnight country sensation in 1964 when her first single, “Once a Day”, became a number one hit, the first time a female country singer’s debut single accomplished that, Connie Smith enjoyed a string of hits in the following years that have become country standards, including “Ain’t Had No Lovin’”, “Just One Time”, “Run Away Little Tears” “I never Once Stopped Loving You” and “The Hurtin’s All Over”.  She became a star whose iconic voice has influenced other singers for decades. She has recorded a string of 53 albums notable for their quality and range.

To this legacy she now adds Long Line of Heartaches, featuring her band The Sundowners and, for the first time, her three daughters, Julie, Jeanne and Jodi who add striking family harmonies on the contemporary hymn “Take My Hand.”

“I still love to sing as much as I ever did.  I could sing at the kitchen sink and I’d be happy. I feel it is my destiny to sing.”  Country music fans everywhere should rejoice in the fact that we get to be a part of that destiny.

Slightly Stoopid Announces Second Leg of Seedless Summer Tour

Today Slightly Stoopid announce the second leg of their Seedless Summer 2011 Tour, including shows at Governors Island (New York), Masquerade Music Park (Atlanta), Charter One Pavilion (Chicago) and many points in between. Pre-sale is happening now at www.slightlystoopid.com, with tickets available to the general public beginning Friday, May 20.

The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour, which unveiled the first leg of dates last week, brings Slightly Stoopid’s California-born music to sheds around the country this summer with Rebelution and Shwayze & Cisco Adler also on the bill.

Look for Seedless Summer 2011 Tour to make 25 stops in all, including some of the country’s best outdoor venues; Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA, and Cricket Amphitheater in their hometown of San Diego, CA. As The San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported, “Headlining Cricket for the third year in a row is a coup for the Ocean Beach-based group -- a feat unmatched by blink-182, Jason Mraz, Jewel, P.O.D. or any other nationally prominent San Diego act, past or present.” The complete list of Slightly Stoopid’s Seedless Summer 2011 Tour dates in included below.

Formed in 1995 in San Diego, CA’s Ocean Beach by childhood friends Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), Slightly Stoopid has become one of the most influential and progressive improvisational musical outfits on the tour circuit. And as Amped Up Magazine points out, it’s for good reason,

“Slightly Stoopid have perfected one of the rarest and most valuable skills a band can develop: the art of the stealth groove.” Always a festival favorite, Slightly Stoopid has performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Milwaukee Summerfest, Wakarusa, and many others. With their two most recent albums both debuting on Billboard and iTunes charts, the band has sold over 750,000 albums and now releases all material on Doughty and McDonald’s own record label, Stoopid Records.

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Slightly Stoopid Tour Dates

LEG ONE:

7/21 Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewery
7/22 Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden
7/23 Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
7/24 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheatre
7/26 Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion (on sale 5/19)
7/27 Lake Tahoe, CA - Harvey's Amphitheater
7/29 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
7/30 San Diego, CA - Cricket Amphitheatre (on sale 5/21)
8/04 Salt Lake City, UT - Gallivan Center
8/05 Aspen, CO - TBA
8/06 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

LEG TWO:

8/10 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/11 Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
8/12 Philadelphia, PA - Penn's Landing (no pre-sale)
8/13 Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
8/14 New York, NY - Governors Island - Beach
8/17 Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Concert Pavilion
8/18 Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
8/19 Cocoa Beach, FL - Cocoa Beach Pier
8/20 West Boca Raton, FL - Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
8/21 St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
8/24 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park
8/25 Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Amphitheatre
8/26 TBA8/27 Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion

Amy Black Announces iPod Giveaway Contest

Singer/songwriter Amy Black released her sophomore album entitled One Time this spring and has been on the road supporting the record.  For fans who have not had a chance to catch one of her electric performances, Amy has release videos from her CD release show at Club Passim in Boston's Harvard Square.

In the album’s potent title track, "One Time," the plaintive lyric “Time for you to make a break/And show what you’re good for” could describe Black’s new release and her live performances. “I decided a few years back that it was now or never,” says Black. “I love music way too much to sit on the side lines. You only get one chance at this life, and I’m taking mine.”

"One Time" is the first single off the album and Amy rocked it at the release show. Fans who share the video with their friends will be entered in the "iPod 'One Time' Music Collection" Contest. The winner will receive a new Apple iPod Touch loaded with Amy Black’s music catalog and videos from the "One Time" CD Release Show.

In order to win, watch the video at www.amyblack.lotosnile-dev.com. Viewers of the video can enter to receive a personalized URL to share the video. They can post the link on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or email it to their friends.  The person who gets the most people to view Amy’s video by Thursday, June 2, 2011 through their personalized URL will win the iPod Touch with Amy Black’s music and videos.

For more information or to purchase the album visit www.amyblack.com.

Sarah Jarosz 2011 Summer Tour Dates

In case you haven't had a chance to listen, here's what folks are saying about Follow Me Down, the sophomore release from Sarah Jarosz out today!

-- Click here to listen to Sarah's NPR Feature on All Things Considered!

-- Click here to stream Sarah's cover of Radiohead's "The Tourist" featuring Punch Brothers.

-- Click here to watch the EPK.

“Widely regarded as one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” – NEW YORK TIMES

*** ½ (out of four) – USA TODAY

"One of the fastest-rising stars in the roots music scene, and rapidly crossing over to the mainstream too.” – MSN MUSIC

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Sarah Jarosz Summer Tour Dates:

5-17     New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
5-18     New York, NY - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
5-22     Austin, TX - One World Theatre - 2 shows
5-25     Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head Tavern
5-26     Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
5-28     Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
6-01     Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
6-02     Charleston, SC - Spoleto Festival
6-03     Tryon, NC - Tryon Fine Arts Center
6-05     Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley
6-07     San Francisco, CA - Slim's
6-08     Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Big Room
6-09     Ashland, OR - CultureWorks
6-10     Corvallis, OR - First Presbyterian Church
6-12     Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
6-13     Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
6-15-19  Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6-25     Owensboro, KY - ROMP Music Festival - IBMA Museum
6-26     Santa Monica, CA - McCabe's
6-28     Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café
6-29     San Diego, CA - Anthology
7-08     Winnipeg, CAN - Winnipeg Folk Festival
7-14     Glasgow, Scotland - CCA Glasgow
7-16     Bedford, UK - Civic Theatre
7-17     Sheffield, UK - Greystones
7-18     Bristol, UK - St. Bonaventure's
7-19     Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre
7-20     London, UK - Bush Hall - Part of a Communion Show
7-22     Nottingham, UK - The Glee Club
7-23     Gateshead, UK - Summertyne Festival
7-27     Teton Village, WY - Grand Teton Music Festival/Walk Festival Hall
7/29     Lyons, CO - Rockygrass

EOTO Releases 39 Track Live Album

The cyber-kinetic bass juggernaut EOTO will release their third annual tour compilation K-Turns and U-Turns for download today, May 17th.  Featuring 39 hand-selected live tracks, spanning four consecutive hours of music, the album captures the best performances of the year with crystal clear soundboard quality. The collection features songs from every genre, style, and tempo from their grueling non-stop 2010 tour highlighting the live evolution of a band that has put their unique stamp on the electronic music world. The album, which has been edited to flow from one song to the next, mirrors the feeling of a live EOTO show creating the perfect environment for on-the-fly living room dance parties and sci-fi soundtracks alike.

Since 2008, Michael Travis and Jason Hann of EOTO have taken on a brutal tour schedule packing in nearly 150 national shows a year. Armed with thousands of performance hours, it is no surprise the duo has become masters of a skill very few have yet to imagine. By incorporating real instruments alongside high-tech computer programming and the tools of a traditional DJ, the band has made major headway in a very short time.

Each twist and turn of their national 2010 tour saw the project adding new gadgets and techniques to their performance style, paving the way for the project to literally evolve before the eyes of the fans. And, with each turn of the tour, the record button was on, marking each and every move they made. In turn, the band has selected their favorite moments for their annual K-Turns and U-Turns release. This year, the band has chosen 39 tracks from over 125 recorded and released shows in 2010. The album highlights the absolute best diversity in their growing catalog of music.

Along with the release, fans who purchase the latest rendition will also receive a FREE download of the coveted Portage Theater performance from May 6th 2011.

To download a copy of K-Turns and U-Turns album check out ___________ or scan through their entire archive of recorded shows at HERE. For more information on the upcoming EOTO summer festival schedule, visit www.eotomusic.com

Frank Sinatra's inaugural Reprise album reissued on Concord

Concord Records marks the 50th anniversary of a pivotal transition in Frank Sinatra’s career with a digitally remastered version of Ring-A-Ding Ding. Under license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the album is set for release on June 7, 2011.

By the end of the 1950s, Sinatra had spent nearly ten years on Capitol, where he’d made some outstanding recordings. But at the dawn of a new decade, he was eager to establish a creative environment of his own making — one that would open up new territory to explore and take him a step closer to realizing his unique creative vision.

The result was the establishment of Reprise, his own record label and his primary base of operations for the remainder of his career. His initial recording on the new label was Ring-A-Ding Ding, a 1961 album that not only captured Sinatra at the top of his game with a self-confident swagger, but — with the help of songwriters like Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, and arrangements by Johnny Mandel — also captured the optimistic tenor of the period.

In addition to the 12 songs from the original recording, the 50th anniversary reissue also features two bonus tracks — “Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart” and a previously unreleased version of “Have You Met Miss Jones?” The packaging also includes extensive new liner notes by Frank Sinatra Jr., who shares personal memories of his father during the founding of Reprise and the making of the album as well as annotations and insights for each track.

“As the new decade began, like Midas, everything Sinatra touched turned to gold,” says Frank Jr. “His movies were box office blockbusters, his records were gold, his concerts were standing room only, and with the help of his tireless efforts, he had been very instrumental in helping his friend John F. Kennedy become the 35th President of the United States. It was no wonder that for Frank Sinatra, the period of time in which he was living could only be referred to as ‘Ring-A-Ding Ding.’ The music in this premier Reprise recording reflected that state of mind in every note.”


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TRACK LIST
Ring-A-Ding Ding
Let’s Fall in Love
Be Careful, It’s My Heart
A Foggy Day
A Fine Romance
In The Still of the Night
The Coffee Song
When I Take My Sugar to Tea
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
You’d Be So Easy To Love
You and the Night and the Music
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

BONUS TRACKS:
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart