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Disco Biscuits 2011 New Years Run CONFIRMED

THE DISCO BISCUITS are thrilled to announce that they will be performing at Chicago's legendary Auditorium Theatre on December 30th and 31st.

Connie Smith's Long Line of Heartaches Released Today!

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, her first full album of new material since 1998 (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 FrazierFrazier’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.
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CONNIE SMITH TOUR DATES

08-26     Louisville, KY - Ear-X-Tacy
08-27     Knoxville, TN - Disc Exchange
09-01     Du Quoin, IL - DuQuoin State Fair
09-07     Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
09-16     Idabel, OK - Choctaw Idabel Casino
09-17     Pocola, OK - Choctaw Pocola Casino
09-23     Pigeon Forge, TN - Country Tonite Theatre
10-01     Sandstone, MN - Midwest Country Music Theater
10-08     Renfro Valley, KY - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - New Barn
10-12     Americana Music Convention - Showcase time tba
01-14     Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
02-03     Pace, FL - Farmer's Opry
02-04     Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
04-17     St. Cloud, MN - Paramount Theatre

The Jam Stampede Remembers Ron “Pigpen” McKernan

The Jam Stampede remembers Pigpen and will do a healthy dose of Pigpen on the day of his birthday, September 8. Plenty of Dead tunes will abound and we do one more spin around the sun for Pig.

Starting a rock band was actually Ron McKernan's idea, and he was its first front man, delivering stinging harmonica, keyboards, and beautiful blues vocals in the early years of the Warlocks/Grateful Dead. Nicknamed "Pigpen" for his funky approach to life and sanitation, he was born into a family that was generally conventional, except for the fact that his (Caucasian) father was an R & B disc jockey. And that sound put Pig's life on the rails of the blues from the time he was 12. Liquor, Lightnin' Hopkins, the harmonica and some barbecue - it was an unusual life for a white kid from San Carlos, but it was Pig's life.

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Mexicali Live

Show Date: September 8, 2011

Tickets : $8.00 in advance

Doors: 6:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Band website

201-833-0011

1409 Queen Anne Road

Teaneck, NJ 07666

iClips to Live Stream STS9 from Red Rocks

The time of year has come again for STS9’s annual stop at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Since their first performance in 2003, the band has made Red Rocks a home away from home having played the venue over 10 times now with a total supporting cast of nearly 30 cutting edge acts in their prime sharing the stage with them through the years. In that time, they’ve been joined at Red Rocks by a plethora of music legends from Thievery Corporation, Jurassic 5, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Talib Kweli, The Glitch Mob, Ghostland Observatory and more. Every show at Red Rocks with STS9 is an event, full of surprises, musically and visually.

This year sees the band kicking off their Fall Tour in classic style at Red Rocks Amphitheater on September 9th & 10th with a great line-up including Snoop Dogg, Up Until Now, Savoy and LTJ Bukem. This year's opening acts will continue the tradition of diversifying the lineup by bringing in Hip-Hop legend Snoop Dogg and Drum n’ Bass legend LTJ Bukem to anchor the nights.

iClips is extremely excited to be there to bring you all the action once again LIVE, and in HD, from Red Rocks. Stay tuned for more details coming soon including price and show times.

For more information on the live broadcast visit www.iclips.net/livefaq

Ziggy Marley at Fox Theatre | 10.09.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Ziggy Marley at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, October 9th.  Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 19th for $31.00 in advance and $33.50 day of show.

“This album is from my heart,” says Ziggy Marley of his second solo album, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide).  Embracing both the spiritual and emotional side of life, Ziggy has definitively come into his own as an artist.  The twelve-track album, released early July, showcases Ziggy’s tightly rolled talents as a songwriter (writing all cuts), musician (playing most of the instruments) and producer (shepherding all dozen tracks, with three co-produced by Grammy winner Ross Hogarth).  The only thing more joyful than making it, says Ziggy, is the anticipation of the global tour he expects to kick off this summer.

Written “all over the world,” Love Is My Religion expands upon the personal, social and political themes explored in Ziggy’s debut CD, Dragonfly. Its musical center is clearly reggae, peppered by African percussion and other flavors.  Opening with the subversively danceable “Into the Groove,” Ziggy delves into an upbeat meditation on finding one’s self.  On the title track, “Love is My Religion,” his message is one that “people need to hear,” a unifying devotion to love that “needs to be preached in churches and mosque and synagogues.”  The notion of overcoming stereotypes and superstition informs the slinky “Black Cat,” while the romantic “Make Some Music” finds a partner in the mid-tempo “A Lifetime.”

Friendship is one of the album’s recurring themes, whether as the core of monogamous love or the connective tissue of global brotherhood.  “Friend” and “On the Beach in Hawaii” each offer an ode to love.  In “Keep on Dreamin’,” Ziggy extends the idea into the spiritual world, reconnecting with his father through dreams.  The album’s most political song, “Be Free,” implores the listener to reject the manipulating power of fear.  Slavery and its continuing effects are explored on “Still the Storms,” which laments the crises in nations like Sudan, Rwanda and Sierra Leone by analogizing the path of hurricanes with the path of slave ships.  The album closes with the simple and the complex: an acoustic guitar version of “Love Is My Religion” and a bass-heavy, trip-hop mix of “Be Free.”

After two decades as the driving creative force behind The Melody Makers – a triple Grammy winning act, Ziggy released his debut solo album in 2003, Dragonfly, which featured such guest artists as Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Einziger and DJ Kilmore (Incubus).  He has contributed to a variety of soundtracks including 50 First Dates and Shark’s Tale, in which he delved into acting for the first time, playing the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.

In addition to his musical skills, Ziggy founded U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), a non-profit organization that benefits a wide range of charitable children’s causes in Jamaica, Ethiopia and other developing nations.  More recently he has thrown his support behind the Youth AIDS campaign.

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Ziggy Marley

Fox Theatre

Sunday, October 9th

Doors: 7:00 pm

Show Time: 8:00 pm

Will Hoge Reveals More Details About NUMBER SEVEN!

Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge is primed to release his 7th studio album, NUMBER SEVEN, on Sept. 27 on Ryko.  Throughout his career, Hoge has survived and thrived through endless miles in vans and buses, landing a mainstream record deal early in his career and triumphantly overcoming a life-altering accident two years back.  If, as mentioned in Rolling Stone and elsewhere, Nashville has finally landed on the national rock and roll map, Hoge has been there all along.

Now, Hoge comes forth with NUMBER SEVEN, an album that poignantly captures his penchant for lonesome blues as well as country influences that have always been present in his music.  “Gone” would sound comfortably at home on contemporary country radio, while “No Man’s Land” is a twanging exposition of the gulf between men and women.  At the same time, Hoge’s poetic side is represented by two thought-provoking songs.  “American Dream,” a profile of a homeless man living amidst a devastated economy, gets right to the core of this tragic situation by stating “I’d give it all right back to just be looked at like a man.”  A similar claim to dignity suffuses the epic “Illegal Line,” which humanizes the oft-demagogued issue of immigration.

“People complain that there’s nothing from current musicians that has any sort of weight or political commentary,” says Hoge. “And I think rock and roll is a little lesser for that at this point.  So, I really wanted to go there on this album and talk about some things that aren’t necessarily being talked about by other artists right now.  I’m really proud of this album. Everything I’ve been through in the last couple of years has caused me to slow down and be more thoughtful about what sort of music I’m putting out. The process of creating music has changed too.  For the first time, I feel like this album really encompasses everything about me as an artist.  I’m just ready for everyone to hear it!”

The album’s grand finale, and first single, “When I Get My Wings”, looks to that other musical city in Tennessee for inspiration and lets Hoge uncork on a full-throated Otis Redding-style vocal with a heavenly host of Memphis-inspired horns.

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NUMBER SEVEN track list:

1.    Fools Gonna Fly

2.    Too Old To Die Young

3.    Goddamn California

4.    American Dream

5.    Gone

6.    The Illegal Line

7.    Silver Chain

8.    Nothing To Lose

9.    No Man’s Land

10.  Trying To Be A Man

11.  When I Get My Wings

NUMBER SEVEN follows up Hoge’s 2009 release, THE WRECKAGE, which was hailed as “triumphant” by the BBC; “welcome and worth the wait” by USA Today and described by American Songwriter as follows: the “eleven tightly crafted songs retain the artist’s self-assured, Southern swagger.”  The long-time road warrior is planning a rigorous touring schedule with upcoming headlining dates this fall.  Details and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

INXS plays the hits & more at the Ogden Theatre

As I eagerly anticipated INXS’ show at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, I will admit that I didn’t know if I was going to witness an act that was well past its prime and just going through the motions.

My Morning Jacket Take Over YouTube’s Homepage

Louisville, Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket take over YouTube today with 4 clips featured on the site’s homepage, including the premiere of the eye-popping, surreal video for “Holdin On To Black Metal.”  The guys gave a early preview of the video  last night when several members posted it on their Google+ accounts, resulting in one of the first music video premieres shared within Google's new social network.

Fans can also check out a special intro to the video, which is also an invite to catch the group live at Lollapalooza this weekend (set time is 8pm EDT this Saturday, August 6th).  Additionally My Morning Jacket have curated a playlist of 18 videos of some of their favorite musical moments by artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, and Loretta Lynn.

The video for “Black Metal” was filmed during whirlwind period shortly before the quintent’s new album, Circuital, was released while the band was getting ready for their big hometown show (filmed by Todd Haynes for AmEx’s Unstaged series.)  The band kept things local by working with the Louisville-based Sole Solution Studio for the clip, and filmed it at the idiosyncratic local watering hole Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium.  The video also includes footage from the Jacket’s electrifying 2011 Bonnaroo performance.  The guys kick off the next leg of their US tour tonight in St. Louis and will play select dates with Neko Case as the opener during August.

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My Morning Jacket US Tour Dates:

* = w/Neko Case

8/2: St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3: Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
8/4: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/7: Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park*
8/8: Columbus, OH LC Pavilion*
8/10: Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE*
8/12: Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion*
8/13: Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival*
8/14: Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion*
8/16: Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook*
8/17: Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center*
8/19: Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
8/20: Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
8/21: Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*
8/23: Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts*
8/24:  Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion*
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

European Tour Dates:

11/2: Gladgow, GB @ ABC
11/3: Birmingham, UK @ Institute
11/5: Leeds, UK @ Academy
11/6: Manchester, GB @ Academy
11/7: London, UK @ Roundhouse
11/8: Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
11/10: Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/11: Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
11/12: Koln, DE @ Luxor
11/4: Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/16: Berlin, DE @ Festall Kreuuzburg
11/17: Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
11/18: Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
11/19: Stockholm, SE @ Munchem Brewery

DeVotchKa at Boulder Theater | 10.29.11

97.3 KBCO & Z2 Entertainment are proud to present DeVotchKa at the Boulder Theater for the annual Halloween show on Saturday, October 29th, 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 22nd for $42.00 General Admission.

With the release of the band's fifth album, "100 Lovers" (Anti- Records, 2011), the band headed back to the romantic influences of the Arizona desert with producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case) to create a compendium of short stories inspired by the varied moments the band experienced since the release of A Mad & Faithful Telling.

Like many bands, DeVotchKa spent their early years traveling the highways and byways searching for gigs and a musical direction. As time went on, the band began to foster important musical collaborations with the unequivocal Calexico and the seminal gypsy punks Gogol Bordello.

The band from Denver has now headlined large venues and performed at practically every major music festival, from Coachella to Lollapalooza. After years of toiling in obscurity, the band was selling out shows from the Fillmore in San Francisco to First Avenue in Minneapolis, with breakout performances at Bumbershoot and Austin City Limits Music Festival. The love spread to Europe and each year, DeVotchKa plays a number of European and American festivals, including Glastonbury and a return to Bonnaroo.

"100 Lovers" is the album DeVotchKa had always wanted to make. "How it Ends" was recorded and mixed in only nine days. On "A Mad and Faithful Telling,” the band had more time and conducted complex arrangements and experimental recording techniques. For "100 Lovers", DeVotchKa spent over a year defining their sound, taking multiple trips to the desert studio to craft twelve new recordings. The final product is the bands strongest album to date, filled with songs fans will love, songs to draw in new listeners, and exciting numbers that fit nicely into their rousing live sets. With the new album, DeVotchKa have achieved success carving their own singular sound out of the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance, and film.

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DeVotchKa

Boulder Theater

Saturday, October 29th

Doors:  8:00 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Announcing the latest Road Trips release | 4/6/82

It's hard to believe that a year like 1982, which included so many excellent shows, has only been represented once on an authorized Grateful Dead release. We're making that "wrong" a "right" with Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4. This awesome three-disc set delivers an indisputably fine show from that underrated year: the complete Philly Spectrum 4/6/82 concert, with a heapin' helpin' of the 4/5/82 Spectrum show to round things out.

Philly fans always expected big things out of the boys when they came to town, so these Spectrum shows have a whole lot of zip to them. The rock-solid first set finds Bob and Jerry "on" from the get-go, singin' their hearts out on a wide range of mostly uptempo tunes, then blazing in to a funky and fiery second set before the Rhythm Devils take over for an ultimate duel. Charged with intensity, there's barely time to take a breather. All in all, it's a lively and powerful dose of Dead from one of the band's all-time favorite venues.

Needless to say, the sound is pristine, and mastered to HDCD specs. A colorful booklet with an essay and photos is part of the deal, too. But you already knew that.

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Tracklist

CD 1:
1. COLD RAIN AND SNOW>
2. PROMISED LAND
3. CANDYMAN
4. C.C. RIDER
5. BROWN-EYED WOMEN
6. MAMA TRIED>
7. MEXICALI BLUES
8. BIG RAILROAD BLUES
9. LOOKS LIKE RAIN
10. JACK-A-ROE
11. IT’S ALL OVER NOW
12. MIGHT AS WELL

CD 2:
1. SHAKEDOWN STREET>
2. LOST SAILOR>
3. SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE>
4. TERRAPIN STATION>
5. RHYTHM DEVILS>
6. SPACE

CD 3:
1. TRUCKIN’>
2. THE OTHER ONE>
3. MORNING DEW>
4. SUGAR MAGNOLIA
5. IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
6. BERTHA
7. PLAYING IN THE BAND>
8. SHIP OF FOOLS>
9. PLAYING IN THE BAND