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Let Out a Big Howl for Wolves: Stop Open Fire Orders

In just a few weeks, the mass killing of wolves could begin in Idaho and Montana -- and not even newborn wolf pups and their nursing mothers will be spared.

We cannot stand by while this slaughter unfolds. On May 4, the wolf's federal protection will be lifted, and government agents will be free to open fire. After that, the states will launch public hunts, targeting wolves.

We must act now to call off the guns!

That's why NRDC is launching The Big Howl campaign to mobilize Americans everywhere to protect wolves in the Northern Rockies from the crossfire.

Add your voice now to our campaign. Tell Interior Secretary Salazar to reverse his decision to kick wolves off the endangered species list.

This is absolutely the wrong time to rip away federal protections from these struggling wolves. Over the past year, the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park has declined by 27 percent, with more than 70 percent of wolf pups succumbing to disease.

One pack alone lost all 24 of its pups!

If the federal protections are lifted on May 4 as planned, newborn wolf pups and their nursing mothers traveling outside national parks will be in the line of fire.

That's why NRDC and our partners are filing suit in federal court to block this disastrous policy. But we must do more: we must raise a nationwide outcry that the Obama Administration cannot ignore.

And so we're calling on everyone who cares about wolves to take part in The Big Howl campaign.

Please call on the Interior Department to go back to the drawing board and submit this cruel plan to the kind of rigorous scientific review the Obama Administration has promised.

Because you have always stood up for wildlife, I'm contacting you first to take part in The Big Howl campaign.

After you send your own message, I will let you know about an easy way to spread the word to your friends and family. We need at least one million messages to save the wolves -- so get ready to rally your friends and family to add their own voices to The Big Howl.

Backyard Tire Fire To Record w/ Steve Berlin | New Tour Dates

Photo by Brad Hodge- for the Grateful Web

Backyard Tire Fire return to the studio next month to begin work on the follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2008 release, The Places We Lived. They'll be joined by Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Berlin behind the boards. Berlin first discovered Backyard Tire Fire when they opened for his band Los Lobos last October. Backyard Tire Fire's Ed Anderson counted the legendary East Los Angeles group among his biggest influences, so the opportunity to join them on a bill was a career high point. What Anderson didn't expect, however, was that Los Lobos would watch Backyard Tire Fire's entire set from the side of the stage and later invite Anderson and company to sit in for the encore. Berlin was so taken by Backyard Tire Fire's performance that he reached out the following week to inquire about the possibility of producing their next record.

"It takes a pretty special band to rivet the attention of Los Lobos, and Backyard Tire Fire are exactly that," states Berlin. "Great songs, great playing and great guys. I'm really looking forward to the recording sessions. They've come up with another amazing batch of songs. In my opinion they are one of America's best young bands."

Steve Berlin and Backyard Tire Fire will commence recording in late February. Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Death Cab for Cutie, Stephen Malkmus, The Decemberists) will engineer the sessions at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon where many  of M. Ward's projects have been recorded, including last year's hit, She & Him. As has been Backyard Tire Fire's aesthetic for all of its previous recordings, the sessions will be cut to tape and completely analog.

Backyard Tire Fire's 2008 effort, The Places We Lived fed a growing buzz in the U.S. based around principle songwriter Ed Anderson's ability to combine working class lyrical sentiment with eccentric indie rock songcraft. The album finished on year-end "best of" lists with writers at No Depression, Blurt, Jambase and Glide Magazine. In addition, Sirius XM U has kept "Shoulda Shut It" in regular rotation since early Fall. On the performance front, Backyard Tire Fire toured relentlessly playing both headline dates and opening slots with Reverend Horton Heat, Rose Hill Drive and Squirrel Nut Zippers among others. In February, they'll join JJ Grey & Mofro for a run of shows in the midwest and in March they'll tape their debut appearance on the nationally-syndicated radio show Mountain Stage.

Upcoming Backyard Tire Fire tour dates are:

January 30 & 31 / Louie's / Bloomington, IL
February 3 / Bluebird / Bloomington, IN*
February 4 / Downing University Center Theatre / Bowling Green, KY*
February 5 / The Intersection / Grand Rapids, MI*
February 6 / The Magic Bag / Ferndale, MI*
February 7 / The Dame / Lexington, KY*
February 8 / Industry / Iowa City, IA*
March 13 / Chicago Street / Joliet, IL
March 15 / Mountain Stage / Charleston, WV
March 19 / 40 Watt Club / Athens, GA**
March 20 / Emerald Lounge / Asheville, NC**
March 21 / Gottrocks / Greenville, SC**
April 2 / Locals Only / Indianapolis, IN***
April 3 / Southgate House / Cincinnati, OH
April 4 / Barley's Taproom / Knoxville, TN
April 10 / Mojo's / Columbia, MO
April 11 / Off Broadway / St. Louis, MO****
April 14 / Wisconsin Public TV / Madison, WI
April 16 / Gerstle's / Louisville, KY**
April 17 / Hangar 9 / Carbondale, IL**
April 18 / Double Door / Chicago, IL**
April 23 / 7th Street / Minneapolis, MN
April 24 / High Noon Saloon / Madison, WI
April 25 / Green Room / Sheboygan, WI
April 26 / Brown Baer / Elkhart Lake, WI
April 30 / Redstone Room / Davenport, IA
May 1 / Nutty's North / Sioux Falls, SD
May 2 / Vaudeville Mews / Des Moines, IA
 
* Supporting JJ Grey & Mofro
** Co-bill with Bloodkin
***Co-bill with Steepwater Band
****Co-bill with Pokey LaFarge

Incus - 'Fire and Bone'

Incus- for the Grateful Web

Drawing on influences from Middle Eastern, Native American, African and Eastern European musical traditions, Incus is redefining the American Tribal music movement. The combination of keyboards, accordion, violin, and cello with male and female vocals creates a beautifully haunting soundscape, replete with mesmerizing rhythms capable of inducing trance-like states.

Incus expresses a willingness to embrace the totality of human emotion, both light and dark. An Incus performance is a gathering of people who come together to live and breathe the challenge of being alive, to raise the energy to move toward ecstasy. The element of fire both illuminates and transforms, and it is this energy that Incus embodies while holding space for people to acknowledge the dark and move toward the light.

Incus' music has moved many a dancer since the band's formation in the mid-nineties. Indeed, the band's live act has featured performers of many stripes for years, particularly belly dancers, fire and flag spinners, and shadow dancers, among others. More than just a band, Incus has become an important anchor for a community of creative performers, providing the musical and energetic foundation for creative expression both onstage and in the audience.

Their newest single, "Dancer Through Time," is set to a video that portrays some of the Incus experience, featuring the band and many other performers. A teaser can be seen on the band's website. The song is also featured on a recently released DVD as part of the Fantasy Belly dance Series: Desire, produced by World Dance New York. The song accompanies a dance performed by Naraya of Vadalna Tribal Dance Company.

This embrace and transcendence of duality extends to the very modes of performance themselves. Incus is equally at home rocking out onstage at clubs and bars "plugged in" and electrified as they are performing in their acoustic power at fire festivals around the country. They have gained appreciative followings from these diverse settings. During the last four summers, Incus toured over 20,000 miles, making music at over 100 fires, and at various festivals and venues.

The core members of the tribe include composer Jason Cohen on vocals, keys, accordion, and percussion; Jacob Sirois on drums and percussion; and Chris Baum (Dropkick Murphys) on violin and vocals. For the summer of 2008, they will be joined at different shows by Billy Woods, Michael Wall, and Liron Peled (Raquy and the Cavemen) on percussion; Eli Carlton-Pearson on guitar; Kellianna and Katy Q. on vocals; and Kira Meade.. Dancers Naraya of Vadalna Tribal Dance Company and Sarah "Jezebel" Wood will accompany the musicians.

Jason Cohen, the visionary force of the band, has experienced numerous healing and expressive arts rituals around the United States, Mexico, and recently, Costa Rica. His knowledge, experience, and training as a ritual facilitator becomes a part of every Incus performance. Jason is also known for his work developing the interfaith spiritual Forestdance Gatherings, which have taken place in 5 US states as well as in Costa Rica. These are powerful transformational ritual gatherings designed to bring people into their full power through sacred fire circles. As the facilitator for these events, Jason is a community organizer, deeply committed to empowering people and communities while doing his best to honor all life on the planet.

Backyard Tire Fire | The Places We Lived | Tour Dates

BACKYARD TIRE FIRE- for the Grateful Web

If you haven't checked Backyard Tire Fire out yet, you're sleeping on one of the best rock bands out there right now - -not to mention one of the best rock records released this year - seriously!

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  • November 29 / Double Door / Chicago, IL (FREE show)
  • December 3 / Mercy Lounge / Nashville, TN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 4 / Vogue / Indianapolis, IN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 5 / Southgate House / Newport, KY (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 6 / Majestic Theatre / Detroit, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 7 / The Intersection / Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 10 / Otto's / Dekalb, IL (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 11 / People's / Des Moines, IA (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 12 / Cain's Ballroom / Tulsa, OK (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 13 / The Village / Little Rock, AR (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)
  • December 27 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 28 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 29 / Eagles Ballroom / Milwaukee, WI (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 30 / St. Andrews Hall / Detroit, MI (w/ Rusted Root)
  • December 31 / House of Blues / Cleveland, OH (w/ Rusted Root)
  • BACKYARD TIRE FIRE on Tour Now!

    BACKYARD TIRE FIRE- for the Grateful Web

    Backyard Tire Fire have just released a video for "How In The Hell Did We Get Back Here?" off their acclaimed new album, The Places We Lived, on Hyena Records. Filmed in their hometown of Bloomington, Illinois, the footage captures the Midwestern, blue collar spirit that shapes the band's music. 

    Director Filipe Bessa explains: "What always struck us about Backyard Tire Fire is the idea of the musicians and the music coming from a working-class background and really embracing what that means by approaching their music as their craft. Upholding an artist as a craftsman is very important to us, because art shouldn't be looked at as something we do solely to 'express ourselves,' but rather as a craft, worked within and around its own contexts and environments. The local musician has a lot more in common with the local mechanic than we tend to imagine. Ideally they both represent what makes up the American landscape as we know it. The joy and the sadness of work are present in both, and that's a powerful correlation."

    Click to watch "How In The Hell Did You Get Back Here?"

    Backyard Tire Fire will remain on the road throughout 2008. Upcoming tour dates are:

    October 24 / The Double Door / Chicago, IL

    October 25 / Bloomington Cent. for the Perf. Arts / Bloomington, IL (w/ Los Lobos)

    October 27 / The Orange Peel / Asheville, NC (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

    October 28 / The Music Farm / Charleston SC (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

    October 29 / Variety Playhouse / Atlanta, GA (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

    October 30 / Bijou Theatre / Knoxville, TN (w/ Squirrel Nut Zippers)

    November 5 / Blueberry Hill / St. Louis, MO (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)

    November 6 / Redstone Room / Davenport, IA (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)

    November 7 / Crosstown Station / Kansas City, MO (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)

    November 13 / Newport Music Hall / Columbus, OH (w/ The Clarks)

    November 14 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA 

    November 15 / Grog Shop / Cleveland, OH (w/ The Clarks)

    December 3 / Mercy Lounge / Nashville, TN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 4 / Vogue / Indianapolis, IN (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 5 / Southgate House / Newport, KY (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 6 / Majestic Theatre / Detroit, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 7 / The Intersection / Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 10 / Otto's / Dekalb, IL (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 11 / People's / Des Moines, IA (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 12 / Cain's Ballroom / Tulsa, OK (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 13 / The Village / Little Rock, AR (w/ Reverend Horton Heat)

    December 27 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)

    December 28 / House of Blues / Chicago, IL (w/ Rusted Root)

    December 29 / Eagles Ballroom / Milwaukee, WI (w/ Rusted Root)

    December 30 / St. Andrews Hall / Detroit, MI (w/ Rusted Root)

    December 31 / House of Blues / Cleveland, OH (w/ Rusted Root)

    Wood Brothers Creating Quite a Fire

    photos by Kent Anderson- for the Grateful Web

    Musical siblings, the Wood Brothers, will be returning to the 10,000 Lakes Festival this year, touting their latest CD, Loaded.  Two ye