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JFJO Announce West Coast & Europe Tour Dates

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have announced Winter 2010 tour plans. The band will head out for a 12-date West Coast run in February marking the hard touring quartet's first shows since selling out The Eclipse on New Year's Eve in their hometown of Tulsa. In March, JFJO makes a return trip to Europe for ten dates spanning eight countries, including their second appearance at the prestigious Turku Jazz Festival in Finland.

JFJO will be touring behind their critically acclaimed 2009 EP release One Day In Brooklyn, however, work is already well underway on a follow up, full length album. They spent seven days in December tracking at acclaimed engineer/musician David Teegarden's Natura Digital Recording Studios just outside of Tulsa. The album, tentatively scheduled for a June release, will reflect JFJO's first year of touring and writing together since founding member and pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer revamped the line-up last January with the addition of lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes.

Upcoming tour dates are:

February 2 | The Deli | Norman, OK
February 4 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
February 6 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA
February 10 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
February 11 | Beatnick Studios | Sacramento, CA
February 12 | Coda | San Francisco, CA
February 13 | Hopmonk Tavern | Sebastopol, CA
February 14 | Red Fox Tavern | Eureka, CA
February 17 | High Dive | Seattle, WA
February 18 | Eastside Club | Olympia, WA
February 19 | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR
March 3 | A-Trane | Berlin, Germany
March 6 | Jazz Dock | Prague, Czech Republic
March 9 | Nya Perspektiv | Vasteras, Sweden
March 11 | Fasching Jazz Club | Stockholm, Sweden
March 13 | Turku Jazz Festival | Turku, Finland
March 15 | Cafe Wilhelmina | Eindhoven, Netherlands
March 19 | Cafe Alto | Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 22 | Teatro Alfierri | Cagliari, Italy
March 31 | The Jazz Bar | Edinburgh, Scotland
April 1 | Vortex | London, United Kingdom

Roman Candle: January Tour Dates with Alejandro Escovedo

Today Roman Candle announced new January tour dates in support of Alejandro Escovedo. The tour will take the Nashville-by-way-of-Chapel Hill band throughout the southeast, beginning January 15th at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and wrapping up January 23rd at Headliners in Louisville, KY.

Roman Candle's third album Oh Tall Tree in the Ear was released May 12th by Carnival Recording Company. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus and Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, the smart, lyrical album is a loose meditation on the connection between music and longing, full of hooks and impassioned vocals (download album track "They Say" here). Oh Tall Tree... has been earning the band some of the best reviews of their young career, with USA Today declaring, "...These are simply witty, sturdily built and charming pop/rock tunes that owe their debt to Wilco, The Jayhawks, Ryan Adams, perhaps even My Morning Jacket. That's great company, and these songs should accompany you on summer road trips." Summer is over, but Roman Candle will continue to warm up and keep fans company on these winter dates...

Roman Candle tour dates with Alejandro Escovedo:

JAN. 15 ASHEVILLE, NC THE ORANGE PEEL

JAN. 16 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA JEWISH MOTHER

JAN. 17 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA JEFFERSON THEATRE

JAN. 19 KNOXVILLE, TN THE BIJOU

JAN. 21 BIRMINGHAM, AL WORKPLAY THEATER

JAN. 22 MEMPHIS, TN MINGLEWOOD HALL

JAN. 23 LOUISVILLE, KY HEADLINERS

At the core of Roman Candle are Skip (vocals, guitar), Logan (drums), and Timshel (Wurlitzer, Farfisa) Matheny - Skip and Logan are brothers; Skip and Timshel are married. Formed in Chapel Hill, NC, in 1998, the band released their debut album Says Pop on small indie Outlook in 2002 and quickly rose to prominence in the ever-burgeoning music scene of the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Triangle, even catching the eye of Rolling Stone, who deemed them Chapel Hill's "darling" band on the rise. Roman Candle re-tooled the songs on Says Pop with the help of producer Chris Stamey (Yo La Tengo, REM, Whiskeytown) to create The Wee Hours Revue, and after some unfortunate turmoil with another would-be label, the album was picked up and released by V2 Records, eventually landing at #38 on Paste's Best 100 Albums of 2006 list. Sadly, V2 folded in 2007, but the band continued working and wrote Oh Tall Tree in the Ear while staying with friends in the English countryside outside of London. Roman Candle began recording the album themselves at their family studio in Wilkesboro, NC, and finished the album with the help of producer Jason Lehning in their adopted hometown of Nashville, TN, after signing with Carnival Recording Company

Mean Creek Winter Tour Dates

Mean Creek's new release, The Sky (Or The Underground), is a valiant, dynamic effort to resurrect Boston's relevance back to a time when bands like the Pixies, Throwing Muses, the Lemonheads, and Buffalo Tom reigned supreme. Founded in May 2006 by singers/guitarists Chris Keene and Aurore Ounjian, who'd been preforming as a folk duo for a few years, Mean Creek's debut album Around The Bend earned them critical praise throughout Boston and New England, and landed them on a UK tour with the Ting Tings and Straylight Run. When ex-Tulsa (Park the Van) members Mikey Holland and Erik Wormwood joined in the fall of 2008, the revolving rhythm section was laid to rest. "When Mikey & Erik joined, it felt like the band was finally complete. The four of us see eye to eye on the important things. We also have enough divergent musical tastes to each bring our own thing to the table, and in the process, make the band better and more interesting." says Keene.

Over the course of the past three years, Mean Creek have shared stages with diverse national and international recording artists including Mew, Buffalo Tom, Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Bishop Allen, Dead Confederate, Black Lips, and they made their first trip to South By Southwest this past spring.

On October 13, 2009, Mean Creek released their second album, The Sky (Or The Underground), on Old Flame Records. Recorded by Chris McLaughlin (Aberdeen City) at 1867 Recording Studio in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the album combines the gritty, blue collar-rock of bands like The Replacements and Husker Du, the sonically adventurous aspects of the Pixies and Mission Of Burma, with boy-girl harmonies reminiscent of the Arcade Fire and New Pornographers. "We're very proud of the new album. We put 100% of ourselves into it, exhausting ourselves physically, emotionally, and monetarily. We think that desperate sort of struggle shows through in the songs and makes them more powerful, and we hope people will feel the same way." says Keene.  Mean Creek are ready to make you notice Boston.

Tour Dates:

Dec 15 - Pour House - Charleston, SC
Dec 18 - Middle East - Boston, MA
Dec 31 - Great Scott, Allston, MA
Feb 3 - TT the Bear's - Boston, MA
Feb 4 - Jerky's - Providence, RI
Feb 8 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
Feb 9 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
Feb 10 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
Feb 14 - Eleanor Rigby's - Jermyn, PA
Feb 15 - the Space - Hamden, CT

A.A. Bondy: January/February Headlining Tour Dates

A.A. Bondy has announced a new headlining tour that will begin January 8th in Memphis, TN, and wrap up February 3rd in Buffalo, NY.  Currently winding down a run of headline dates, he will perform his final show of 2009 tonight at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY.

Bondy has been on the road nearly non-stop since June in support of his sophomore album When The Devil's Loose.  Released September 1st by Fat Possum Records, the album has been praised by NPR, Spin, Nylon, Time Out New York, The A.V. Club, American Songwriter, Blurt, V Magazine, and Popmatters, among others.  His current headlining performances have been drawing high marks as well, with The A.V. Club Milwaukee calling his November 24th show "quietly captivating" and noting "He knows when to keep it simple and understated, like on the set opener 'Mightiest Of Guns' or 'I Can See The Pines Are Dancing'-both off of this year's When The Devil's Loose-and when to throw mid-song curveballs that can transform the otherwise plaintive 'A Slow Parade' from a whisper to a scream."

Over the past six months, Bondy has toured with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, The Felice Brothers, and Elvis Perkins in Dearland, in addition to several headlining tours.  He also performed at the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch! music festivals this year.

Additionally, Bondy has had songs placed on several television shows recently: ABC's "Good Morning America," FOX's "House" and "Bones," NBC's "Friday Night Lights," and the CW's "One Tree Hill."

A.A. Bondy tour dates:

DEC. 9          NEW YORK, NY                  BOWERY BALLROOM
JAN. 8           MEMPHIS, TN                    HI-TONE CAFÉ
JAN. 9           FAYETTEVILLE, AR             GEORGE'S MAJESTIC LOUNGE
JAN. 11         FORT WORTH, TX               LOLA'S
JAN. 12         SANTA FE, NM                   SANTA FE BREWING COMPANY
JAN. 13         PHOENIX, AZ                     RHYTHM ROOM
JAN. 14         TUCSON, AZ                      SOLAR CULTURE
JAN. 15         SAN DIEGO, CA                  THE CASBAH
JAN. 16         LOS ANGELES, CA              EAGLE ROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
JAN. 18         SANTA BARBARA, CA          MUDDY WATERS
JAN. 19         VISALIA, CA                      CELLAR DOOR
JAN. 20         SAN FRANCISCO, CA          CAFÉ DU NORD
JAN. 22         PORTLAND, OR                  MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS
JAN. 23         SEATTLE, WA                     THE TRACTOR TAVERN
JAN. 25         SPOKANE, WA                   THE BLVD
JAN. 26         BOISE, ID                         NEUROLUX
JAN. 27         SALT LAKE CITY, UT            URBAN LOUNGE
JAN. 28         DENVER, CO                      HI-DIVE
JAN. 29         LAWRENCE, KS                  JACKPOT MUSIC HALL
JAN. 30         AMES, IA                           MAINTENANCE SHOP
FEB. 1           MADISON, WI                    HIGH NOON SALOON
FEB. 2           ANN ARBOR, MI                  BLIND PIG
FEB. 3           BUFFALO, NY                     MOHAWK PLACE

White Rabbits Add More World Tour Dates

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

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


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

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

White Rabbits Tour Dates
12/6 - The Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ*
12/9 - Bimbo's - San Francisco, CA
12/10 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR #
12/12 - RIMA Arena - La Jolla, CA #^
12/13 - KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Los Angeles, CA
12/29 - Rhythm and Vines Festival - Gisborne, NZ
12/30 - Falls Festival - Lorne, AU
12/31 - Falls Festival - Marion Bay, TZ
1/5 - Oxford Arts - Sydney, AU
1/6 - Corner Hotel - Melborune, AU
1/10 - Southbound Festival - Busselton, AU
1/24 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

* with Passion Pit
# with Vampire Weekend^ with Spoon

The Subjects Add US Tour Dates

Despite their clandestine and controversial beginnings (two band members were teachers and two were students at the same high school), The Subjects have managed to carve a name for themselves that sounds more like "Rushmore" than "School of Rock." Back in 2002, guitarist Joe Smith and bassist/vocalist Dave Sheinkopf were splitting their time between writing songs and syllabi, while drummer/vocalist Matt Iwanusa and guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti were about to bust out of the same Manhattan school. Since both parties were in desperate need of a full band, they held some rehearsals and once it became clear that the quartet's chemistry was pretty damn combustible, the Subjects were born.

Fast-forward a few years and things get a bit more complicated. The Subjects’ debut is dropped (2007’s With the Ease Grace Precision and Cleverness of Human Beings) and they hit the road, at first on their own and then with the Walkmen a few months later.

“We were always serious about playing music,” says Iwanusa, “but when we started meeting and playing with bands that were making music for a living we got to see how they did it.”

Keeping that career path in mind, the Subjects dove right into the demo stages for New Soft Shoe, firing up minimalist recordings in the style of their first full-length. Once those songs were ready for a proper studio, the band headed over to Key Club Recording Co. a couple hours outside Chicago. By working closely with Key Club’s masterful engineers, William Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (see also: rock-solid releases from Cass McCombs, The Kills and Fiery Furnaces), the Subjects were able to whip up their wildest ideas, expanding their arsenal with everything from old-fashioned organs to honky-tonk pianos to Matt’s mom on saxophone.

“A lot of the instrumentation on this record came from stuff I learned in school—stuff I never thought I’d use,” says Sheinkopf, citing his training in classical harmony.

The first thing you’ll notice about the final product is the vocals—the way the melody in “Winter Vacation” unfolds like a spare Animal Collective A-Side; the brilliant shuffleboard beats/honeyed harmonies of “Right2Know.” Beyond that, the ep spreads the Subjects’ various strengths across the divergent tastes of four distinct songwriters in just 10 minutes. Well, divergent in terms of pulling cues from several eras and subgenres. All and all, the current state of the Subjects is as cohesive as a dictator-less band gets.

“Most of the arrangements on the first record are within the constraints of a four-piece band,” explains Iwanusa. “Now everyone’s more comfortable trying to sing and play different instruments. We all stepped it up this time.”


Upcoming shows:

11/30 - Webster Hall Studio (Webster Hall Live Compilation Release Party) - New York, NY

12/3 - Rock And Roll Hotel w/ Land Of Talk - Washington, D.C

1/16 - Gramercy Theater w/ Elefant and Silent League

The Mother Hips announce new Fall 2009 & Winter 2010 dates

As the buzz around Pacific Dust, the brand new release from The Mother Hips, continues to build and the great reviews pour in, The Hips announce additional fall 2009 tour dates and their early 2010 winter tour schedule. The Bay Area psych-rockers continue to tour nationally behind Pacific Dust, their 11-song studio album, which reached # 82 on Billboards Heatseekers chart this week. After a recent return from the Northwest and a series of warm-up festival plays over the summer (including their own "Hipnic" Festival in Big Sur, CA) The Hips are excited to bring Pacific Dust and their "California-soul" to fans around North America.

The critically acclaimed Pacific Dust, the band's seventh studio album, was recorded at Mission Bells Studios in San Francisco with producer/engineer David Simon-Baker (Little Wings, Jackie Greene, Chris Velan, ALO).

The Mother Hips are on tour this fall/winter in support of Pacific Dust.  The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

November 17-18 Joe's Pub @ The Public Theater New York NY
November 20-21 Schubas Chicago IL
December 4-5 Emo's Austin TX
December 18-19 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
December 31 Marilyn's On K Sacramento CA
January 3-8 Jam Cruise 8 Fort Lauderdale FL
January 28 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles CA
January 29-30 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
February 12 State Room Salt Lake City UT
February 13 Star Bar Park City UT
February 26 SOhO Santa Barbara CA
February 27 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
March 10 Bud Light Street Beat Vail CO
March 11 Paradise Theater Paonia CO
March 12 Hi-Dive Denver CO
March 13 Ghost Ranch Steamboat Springs CO

Additional dates to be announced.

The Mother Hips have flown under the radar as true indie music pioneers for almost two decades.  With the release of their new album, California's unsung psych-pop heroes tell their story. Hailed by critics for their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop" (pitchfork.com) and for their unflinching ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty" (New Yorker), on Pacific Dust The Hips' signature sound rings more genuine and relevant than ever before.


The Hips - led by co-founders Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals) - have been playing music for nearly 18 years, and in the process, have had the luxury of exploring and refining their craft. For the band's seventh full-length studio album, The Mother Hips have never been more primed to share their well-traveled tales - the long days and nights on the road, the gritty politics, the smart inward reflections and man, the music! - all delivered with a most appealing balance of Americana storytelling and their California-burnished rock.

Jake Shimabukuro News & Tour Dates

Jake is set to perform at this year’s San Francisco Jazz Festival! The show is taking place on Wednesday October 21, 2009 at the lovely Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets are still available starting at $25. This is a must see show and will be the first stop after Jake's long Japan Tour. But tickets here.

It has been a long awaited arrival for this Japanese Import. Awhile back Jake released an all Beatles cover album, only in Japan. This album is filled with thirteen of Jake's favorite Beatles songs...all played on the ukulele. Including two very special collaborations with Cyndi Lauper and Yo-Yo Ma this album is sure to be one for the ages. Available here.

Tour Dates:

10.21.2009 - San Francisco Jazz Festival - San Francisco, CA

10.24.2009 - Epic Event in Kahala - Honolulu, HI

11.07.2009 - Kahilu Theatre - Kamuela, HI

11.08.2009 - Kahilu Theatre - Kamuela, HI

11.12.2009 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI

11.13.2009 - Manchester's Craftsman's Guild - Pittsburgh, PA

11.15.2009 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH

11.17.2009 - John Paul Jones Arena with Jimmy Buffett - Charlottesville, PA

11.19.2009 - Anthology - San Diego, CA

11.20.2009 - Grace Theatre - Oceanside, CA

11.21.2009 - jklub Fan Club Event - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

11.21.2009 - Victoria Gardens - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

11.22.2009 - Citrus College - Glendora, CA

12.09.2009 - Toys For Tots Concert - Honolulu, HI

12.11.2009 - Honolulu Marathon Luau Waikiki Shell - Honolulu, HI

12.13.2009 - Honolulu Marathon Finishing Line - Honolulu, HI

12.14.2009 - Jimmy Buffett's At The Beachcomber - Waikiki, HI

01.15.2010 - Orpheum Theatre - Phoenix, AZ

01.17.2010 - The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2010 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

03.24.2010 - Edmonds Center for the Arts - Edmonds, WA

03.13.2010 - Admiral Theatre - Bremerton, WA

03.27.1010 - Maui Arts & Cultural Center - Kahalui, Maui, HI

05.21.2010 - E.J. Thomas Hall - Akron, OH

Upcoming Toubab Krewe Dates

Toubab Krewe is in the midst of a massive fall tour that's currently bringing us down the beautiful Pacific Coast to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Thanks so much to everyone who's come out as we've made our way out west!

From S.F., Toubab continues their tour throughout the Southwest, playing the Joshua Tree Music Festival before making our way through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and New Orleans.

The second leg of the tour includes a special three night Halloween run in the Carolinas (Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Chapel Hill, NC) and several dates in the Northeast. Toubab Krewe also happy to announce that the tour will come full circle with a two night New Year's Eve celebration at home in Asheville at the Orange Peel, where we recorded our last album.

Along the way, Toubab Krewe is sure to play lots of the new songs we've been developing over the last several weeks in the studio as we work on our next album. Hopefully more details on that coming soon.

See you on the road!

October 8         San Francisco, CA        Great American Music Hall

October 10      Joshua Tree, CA          Joshua Tree Music Festival

October 13      San Diego, CA            Winston's Beach Club

October 14      Tucson, AZ                Plush

 

October 15      Tempe, AZ              Sail Inn

October 16      Flagstaff, AZ            Green Room

October 17      Santa Fe, NM          Santa Fe Brewing Company

October 22      Austin, TX               Flamingo Cantina

October 23      Houston, TX            Last Concert Cafe

October 24      New Orleans, LA        Blue Nile

 

October 29      Charleston, SC            Poor House

 

October 30      Charlotte, NC            Neighborhood Theatre

October 31      Carrboro, NC           Cat's Cradle

November 12-13   Live Oak, FL       Bear Creek Music and Art Festival

November 19     New York, NY           Santos Party House

 

November 20    Cambridge, MA          Middle East Nightclub

November 21     Philadelphia, PA         North Star Bar

December 30-31    Asheville, NC          Orange Peel

1/3/10-1/8/10   Caribbean Ocean via Fort Lauderdale, FL     Jam Cruise

Garage A Trois | New Album, Tour Dates

Garage A Trois is a collaboration between four of the most visionary improvisers of the time: Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keyboards and Stanton Moore on drums. And while improvisation is at the heart of what this quartet has built its reputation on at their legendary New Orleans Jazzfest sets and rare, but in demand, club tours, it's the intricate sonic collages, tightly orchestrated arrangements and positively modern approach to instrumental songwriting that's at the heart of their latest album, Power Patriot.  Set for release October 27 by Brooklyn-based label The Royal Potato Family, Garage A Trois will play select tour dates to support the new recording in November and December.

The track listing for Power Patriot is:

1. Rescue Spreaders
2. Fragile
3. Dory's Day Out
4. Electric Doorbell Machine
5. Power Patriot
6. Dugout
7. Fat Redneck Gangster
8. Purgatory
9. Germs
10. Computer Crimes

Upcoming Garage A Trois tour dates are:

November 14 | Bear Creek Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 19 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
November 20 | Chelsea's | Baton Rouge, LA
November 21 | The Parish | Austin, TX
December 8 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
December 9 | Nightlight Lounge | Bellingham, WA
December 10 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
December 11 | Red Fox Tavern | Arcata, CA
December 12 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
December 19 | The Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
December 20 | North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA
December 21 | The 8X10 | Baltimore, MD