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Rusty Anderson: Born On Earth out August 3rd

Los Angeles-based Rusty Anderson, lead guitarist for the Paul McCartney Band, will release his sophomore album, Born On Earth, late this summer, having recently inked a distribution deal with Megaforce. Anderson's album will hit stores on August 3, 2010.

Born On Earth is a loosely conceptual album that looks at modern life, contemplating what it's like, as individuals and in communities, to be alive in this era and on our planet. Musically, the album ranges from the howling, guitar-heavy title-track opener to the dreamy, power-pop of "Timed Exposure;" from the jaunty, folk-y "Where Would We Go?" to the evocative, cascading, hammer dulcimer-accented yearnings of "Baggage Claim;" and from the grand modern rock of "New Beginning" to the driving, spacey build of "Under A White Star." Throughout the album, Anderson's free, expressive guitar playing anchors the songs, whether gentle, acoustic picking or crushing riffs or a searing solo. Recognized and counted on for his virtuosic skills, it's his innate understanding of a song's needs and his use of restraint in playing that sets him apart.

This hard-wired, understated skill has made Anderson an invaluable player for a stellar laundry list of top artists that includes: Elton John, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Stevie Nicks, Neil Diamond, Gwen Stefani, Regina Spektor, Nelly Furtado, Cat Stevens, Jewel, and Matthew Sweet. And, of course: Sir Paul McCartney, with whom he has toured and recorded since McCartney's 2001 album, Driving Rain. In the past nine years, Anderson has played countless shows across the world as an integral part of the Paul McCartney Band - Rolling Stone has written, "McCartney's four-piece band handled the broad range of his music seamlessly, with fiery guitar work from Rusty Anderson" - as well as on McCartney's albums Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005) and Memory Almost Full (2007). He also appears on four of McCartney's live DVDs.

Born and raised in La Habra, CA, Anderson first picked up the guitar at age 8 and is largely self-taught, inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Genesis, The Mothers of Invention, and Mick Ronson. He formed his first band, Eulogy, at age 13 and soon was opening for bands like The Police, The Runaways, Van Halen, and Quiet Riot in southern California. Since then - in addition to lending his ample artistry to other musicians in the studio - Anderson has played in a number of bands, notably Animal Logic (with The Police's Stewart Copeland and legendary bassist Stanley Clarke) and '90s alternative rockers Ednaswap, who released four major label albums and wrote the hit single "Torn" (later covered by Natalie Imbruglia).

Anderson's debut solo album, Undressing Underwater, was released in 2005.

Track listing for Born On Earth:

  1. Born On Earth
  2. Timed Exposure
  3. Baggage Claim
  4. Private Moon Flower
  5. Julia Roberts
  6. Under A White Star
  7. Where Would We Go?
  8. New Beginning
  9. These Are The Days
  10. Funky Birthday Cake
  11. Intro

Kinetix Announces New Album And Summer Tour Appearances

Denver, Colorado rockers Kinetix continue to build upon their DIY success of the previous five years, having spent 2009 logging more than 10,000+ miles criss-crossing the country setting concert hall and music festival audiences on fire with their soul-powered rock and roll. Now in 2010, the band has rededicated themselves to the studio and have produced their finest album to date. Uniting soaring vocal harmonies, muscular guitar riffs, deep bass, R&B flavored electronic organ drenched in reverb, a tireless work ethic and extreme attention to detail on the production of both their new album and live shows, Kinetix is set to continue assembling an army of intensely loyal fans from coast to coast.

With a band name derived in part from motion and energy, Kinetix's rise from their humble Denver roots into a popular nationally touring band has been nothing short of spectacular. Formed by a group of college buddies at Lamont School of Music at Denver University, Kinetix was originally merely a vehicle to blow off steam and play music at weekend hangouts. Their popularity during those early days became a phenomenon that quickly outgrew the rowdy house parties where the band cut their teeth.

Within two years of forming, minus any street team, radio play or mainstream media attention, Kinetix was easily selling out theatres in their hometown based solely on word of mouth. The shows translated to thousands of song downloads and album sales of their debut and sophomore album releases. And sure enough that word-of-mouth buzz spread nationwide, quickly racking up sold out shows in numerous cities far away from the band's Denver base.

The eleven tracks of Let Me In were produced by Andy Guerrero of the Flobots and engineered and mixed by Jason Livermore at the legendary rock and roll Blasting Room Studios. The new album builds upon the band's reputation as a live tour de force, but now heralds the rock quintet as studio musicians capable of creating an album worthy and almost certainly destined for mainstream radio play. Early listens of the new Kinetix album have garnered praise among fans and industry insiders alike as a more mature continuation of the keyboard and guitar driven sound Kinetix has always been known for.

While previous album efforts showcased the band's excellent musicianship, the new album plays up the addition of more emotionally insightful lyrical and vocal development, most notably heard on "Wishing Well" and "To See You Go". Other standout album tracks such as "Fighting For" showcase massive guitar riffs layered atop head-bobbing hard rock grooves so fat you could walk on them, while the decidedly up-tempo pop flavored "Anything", "Let Me In" and "Spinning Out" bring to the forefront the band's striking vocal harmonies, rhythm and blues flavored chord progressions, and deft keyboard work. Best of all, Let Me In showcases an emotional journey of peaks, valleys, that culminate in the stellar closing track "Out Of My Head", which showcases all of the musical elements that have been used by fans and the press alike to describe Kinetix as one of the best up and coming bands in the country.

NOTABLE SUMMER 2010 TOUR DATES:

Bluebird Theater
Fri. May 14th, 2010 | Doors at 8:00
Denver, CO

Moe. Summer Camp
Fri. May 28th, 2010 to Sun. May 30th, 2010
Chillcothe, IL

Bella Vida Festival
Fri. May 28th, 2010 to Sun. May 30th, 2010
Geneva, MN

Wakarusa Festival
Thu. June 3rd, 2010 to Sun. June 6th, 2010
Ozark, AR

Watkins Glen International Raceway
Sat. July 3rd, 2010 | N/A
Watkins Glen, NY

Forecastle Festival

July 9th, 2010 - July 11th, 2010
Louisville, KY

Denver-Based Guitarist Grant Gordy To Release Debut Album May 11

Grant Gordy, the Denver-based guitar player whose lifelong study of music, from Bill Evans to The Beatles and beyond, has informed his own writing and arranging, will release his self-titled debut album on May 11.

“[He] belongs to the new elite family of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier … Bluegrass, newgrass, jazz, classical and even ‘dawg’ are all audible influences in Grant’s musical vision,” says David “Dawg” Grisman, whose David Grisman Quintet Gordy subbed in and would ultimately join as guitarist. “[His] guitar stylings offer a rare blend of flat-picking virtuosity, jazz exploration and classical sensibility …”

“Pterodactyl,” “Grapes” and “Lila” are just three of the compositions on the new CD, which also includes Gordy’s “Blues to Dawg” that he invited Grisman to contribute his signature mandolin playing to. Each song in the collection exemplifies Gordy’s spirit of adventure and sense of self.

Gordy describes himself: “At heart, I'm really an improviser; that's what very first drew me to playing music — the idea that you can make things up as you go along — but I'm also very interested in composition. I like the idea of a group of musicians having as much room and freedom to explore and improvise as they want, but within a context of a compelling arrangement that can be exciting for, and draws in, the listener.”

Gordy’s touring behind the release include:

Friday, June 11, KRFC Radio-Fort Collins, “Live at Lunch” show
Saturday, June 12, Brewgrass Festival, South Pearl Street, Denver
Saturday, June 12, Little Church in the Pines, 536 Gold Run Road, Salina
Wednesday, June 16, Dazzle Jazz Club, 930 Lincoln St., Denver
Thursday, June 17, Bongo Billy’s Cafe, 300 W. Sackett Ave., Salida
Wednesday, June 23, Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, Mass.
Thursday, June 24, Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St., New York City

Jazz Guitarist Jake Hertzog tours Midwest

It’s almost safe to say that this sounds like nothing you’ve heard before.  To say that Hertzog is a shredder that can’t be stopped is just to get the conversation started.  Playing somewhere between jazz and rock, this is what “Metal Machine Music”  might have sounded like if Lou Reed had intended it to be something more than a pile of shit to get him out of his contract.  Wanna hear young Al DiMeola on speed?  What else can I say?  This is the guitar record you play when you absolutely, positively need to have your mind melted.  Yngwie Malmsteen and Charlie Christian rolled into one, all this kid has to do is not run so fast that he trips over himself and the world will be his oyster.  Hot stuff for shredder ears.

Guitar Player Magazine is calling him "…the blazing wunderkind." The Boston Phoenix has declared him "...the WOW! factor." Award-winning jazz guitarist and composer, Jake Hertzog, is making it big in New York City. Jake’s second studio album, Patterns, just released this April 2010, is already Guitar Player Magazine’s Editor’s Pick. Jake is a monthly contributor to GP Magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section under the alias Hey Jazz Guy and has been coined as the Jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world.

Jake’s debut album, Chromatosphere (2009), brought him critical acclaim including a five page interview in Guitar Player Magazine (June 2009) highlighting his unique technique and approach to modern jazz guitar. Both albums, recorded and produced by Grammy Award-winner, Joshua Paul Thompson.

Furthermore, he stands as musical director and lead guitarist for Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band stars, Nat and Alex Wolff. They have concluded two national tours and have performed on national television shows including Good Morning America, The View, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, The Today Show and many others.

Past achievements include winning the Grand Prize in 2006 for the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Switzerland. In the festivals 44-year history, he holds title at 20 years old as the youngest ever prize winner. He was invited back in 2007 to showcase his original music in the Montreux Jazz Festival. Jake is an Alum of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and recipient of several performance scholarships.

Tour Dates:

Saturday, May 29, 2010
The Jazz Kitchen - Indianapolis, IN
http://www.thejazzkitchen.com
7:00-10:00pm
$18

Sunday, May 30, 2010
Nighttown - Cleveland, OH
http://www.nighttowncleveland.com
7:00pm & 8:30pm
$15/each

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Iron Post - Champaign/Urbana, IL
http://www.theironpost.com
7:00pm
$8

June 1 from 2-4pm
Free Clinic @ University Laboratory High School Music Room
Open to public

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Iron Post - Champaign/Urbana, IL
http://www.theironpost.com
7:00pm
$8

Bob Log III Announces US Summer Tour

Bob Log III is a One Man Band Slide Guitar Party.


A perverse product of the Arizona desert, Bob Log III has been diligently travelling the globe since 1996, showcasing his incomparable talents and developing a devoted following along the way. A whirlwind of dexterous limbs and digits, this super star sonic showman has to be seen to be believed.

Clad in his cannonball man, extra tight jumpsuit and signature motorcycle helmet with telephone/microphone attached, Bob Log III unfailingly sweats up a river while kicking on a kick drum, stomping his homemade foot cymbal and playing slide on an old archtop guitar.

His endless pursuit for musical mayhem and a downright party has seen his unique talents utilised for children’s birthday parties, obscure beer barns, mammoth music festivals and everything in between.

Yet beyond these mesmerizing visuals, lies the true reason for Bob Log’s international, cult status and superhero adoration. It is quite simply the guitar playing - finger picked lightning, sliding up and down, stopping when it wants to, then starting again when it feels like it, all in a way that makes people move uncontrollably, smile and reel.

The upcoming release of his long awaited new album, MY SH*T IS PERFECT, begins the onset of another slew of adventures. Geography be damned, Bob Log III intends to take these songs and his unique slide guitar party to the good people of the world. There is no town too remote, there never has been.

But don’t take his word for it, let the guitar speak for itself.

Bob Log III RUMORS

Yes, we have all heard the rumors...

He has a monkey paw instead of a hand, girls like to sit on his knees and bounce while he plays, occasionally various people from the crowd jump onstage and put their boob in his drink, he rides in an inflatable dinghy over an ocean of fans…

These whispers are all best explained in the following article, which has been translated from its original publication in French, using the Transitron Whizgig 4000-

“Msr. Bob Log appears, and so joy! It is of many nights and one thousand ladies, the guitar defeats us to dance. On the top, a crown. Never has this in time! Maybe not future. Only the now, her glowing hand, can be seen.  Thunder of foot escapes the stage, chasing wild tempo with sound animal.  We, the entourage, are not free.  Arrested! But not of shame.  Many times more we ask it. Encore, Captain , Encore!”

And so you see, it is all true.

All Bob Log asks is that you do the math. And if you do it (correctly) you will find that with the single exception of Hasil Adkins, Bob Log has out guitared, out drummed, out sweated, out driven, out boated, out bounced, out custom agented, out inspired all other one man bands. Numbers never lie. Bob Log III. MY SH*T IS PERFECT.

US Tour Dates:

5/13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Curio
5/14 - Anaheim, CA - The Juke Joint
5/15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
5/22 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
6/11 - Las Vegas, NV - Club Aruba
6/12 - Reno, NV - St James Infirmary
6/13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
6/16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
6/17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
6/18 - Boise, ID - Nerolux
6/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
7/8 - Oklahoma City, OK - 66 Bowl
7/9 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
7/10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Inside Room
7/11 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
7/12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
7/13 - Birmingham, AL - BottleTree
7/14 - Atlanta, GA - E.A.R.L.
7/15 - Greensboro, NC - Artistika Cafe
7/16 - Washington, DC - The Red and Black  Bar
7/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
7/18 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
7/19 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
7/20 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
7/21 - Burlington, VT - The Monkey House
7/22 - Québec, QC - L’Agitée
7/23 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
7/24 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
7/25 - Hamilton, ON - Corktown Tavern\
7/26 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight Club
7/27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe
7/28 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
7/29 - Dayton, OH - South Park Tavern
7/30 - Cincinnati, OH - Fountain Square
7/31 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway Night Club
8/1 - Fort Wayne, IN - The Brass Rail
8/2 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s
8/3 - Detroit - MI - Majestic Theatre Cafe
8/4 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
8/5 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
8/6 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
8/7 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
8/8 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

Jethro Tull Spring 2010 Tour

Jethro Tull will tour the states beginning June 4th, 2010.  Their tour begins down in Boca Raton, Florida followed by shows in Atlanta, GA., Vienna, VA., Ledyard, CT., Wantagh, N.Y., Alantic City, N.J., Holmdel, N.J., Boston, MA., Canadagua, N.Y., Toronto, Ontario and Windsor, Ontario.

Jethro Tull is Ian Anderson (flute, vocal, guitar, and more),  Martin Barre (guitar), Doane Perry (drums), David Gooding (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards).

Here are the group's North American tour dates.

June 4      Boca Raton           - Mizner Park Amphitheater
June 6      Atlanta, GA           - Chastain Park 
June 8      Vienna, VA           - The Filene Center
June 10     Ledyard, CT         - Foxwoods Resort Casino
June 11     Wantagh, NY       - Nikon at Jones Beach Music Theater
June 12     Atlantic City          - Caesar's Atlantic City - Circus Maximus
June 13     Holmdel, NJ          - PNC Bank Arts Center
June 15     Boston, MA          - Bank of America Pavillion
June 17     Canandaigua, NY   - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center 
June 18     Toronto, ON         - Molson Amphitheatre
June 19     Windsor, ON          - Caesars Windsor

Sunny Ade & His African Beats @ Boulder Theater

King Sunny Ade, sometimes also called the Minister of Enjoyment, was born in Oshogbo, Nigeria in 1946, the son of a Methodist minister. He began his musical career when, after dropping out of grammer school, he drifted to Lagos and joined a highlife band. Inspired by the music of I.K. Dairo, he joined the Rhythm Dandies, led by Moses Olaiya (later known as Baba Sala, Nigeria's preeminent funny man and a prolific film maker). King Sunny was influenced by the legendary Tunde Nightingale (early Juju pioneer extraordinare) and borrowed stylistic elements from Nightingale's 'So wa mbe' style of juju.

In 1966 he formed his own band, the Green Spots. After a long eight years in which they recorded 12 LPs for the Nigeria-Africa Song label, in 1974 he entered into increasingly annoying contract hassles and a public court case. This experience prompted him into forming his own recording company linked to Decca Records. At this time he changed the name of his band to the African Beats.

King Sunny Ade and The African Beats tour with the typically large African line-up of 20-30 members. They play a spacey, jamming sort of Juju, characterized by tight vocal harmonies, intricate guitar work, backed by traditional talking drums, percussion instruments, and even adding the unusual pedal steel guitar and accordian.

Sunny Ade & His African Beats will play the Boulder Theater on April 30th, 2010.   Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

NOTE: This show has been cancelled.

Africa in the Americas Through a Southern Band

"Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre. Giant Panda at 9. JBB at 10. TK at 11:30. Bring your dancing attire, dr." Not the most clear posting on Twitter, perhaps, but for fans of Toubab Krewe--the "TK" in the tweet--the message was rather plain. Thursday's show was going to be one with jams so moving, you had better come ready to dance. And they were right.

Root Hog Announces East Coast Dates

After playing in the Midwest throughout 2009, Root Hog is making their first trip to the East Coast in support of their debut album, Root Hog. The band’s sets at festivals such Wuhnurth Music Festival, the 14th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, and Melon Kamp have earned them a growing fan base of committed followers.

The band intends to bring their enthusiasm for live music and soulful Americana roots-rock to the East this spring.  The band’s spring tour dates are as follows:

April 10  Lafayette Brewing Company  Lafayette, IN
April 13  Cosmic Charlie’s  Lexington, KY
April 16  Muncie Springfest  Muncie, IN
April 17  Von’s Records  West Lafayette, IN
April 20  Lafayette Theater  Lafayette, IN
April 23  Donovan’s Pub  Detroit, MI
May 1  Wilbert’s  Cleveland, OH
May 2  Boulder Coffee Company  Rochester, NY
May 5  Sullivan Hall  New York City, NY
May 6  Hank’s Saloon  Brooklyn, NY
May 7  The Hungry Tiger  Manchester, CT
May 8  National Underground  New York City, NY

Fans will be able pick up Root Hog and sample some new original material at all of Root Hog’s shows.

Root Hog's sound can best be defined as 'Cosmic Americana', a term coined to represent key elements of American roots music forms and psychedelic rock & roll twisted together and packaged in a no-frills and honest manner. The band is dedicated to reviving live original music that can give their audiences that “feel-good” vibe that tingles from your head to your toes and brings a smile to your face.

Root Hog is: Pat McClimans (guitar, vocals), Dru Alkire (guitar, vocals), Ryan Smith (bass, vocals), Taylor Dunlap (drums), and Dan Pullins (keyboards).

The Henry Clay People To Release "Somewhere On The Golden Coast"

We know what you’re thinking: The Henry Clay People aren’t really from L.A., right? After all, their TBD debut, Somewhere on the Golden Coast, sounds like the riff-slinging byproduct of playing hard—and drinking even harder—in Midwestern bars that keep their jukeboxes stocked with old Pavement and Replacements records or whatever Robert Pollard released that week.

“While we don’t quite fit in with L.A.’s noise scene or the singer-songwriter crew that hangs out at the Hotel Cafe,” says vocalist/guitarist Joey Siara, “we've found a nice little niche for bands like us in L.A—just a bunch of friendly people who prefer to hang out, drink cheap beer, and listen to Big Star records on a Saturday night.”  Joey and his 23-year-old little brother Andy—also a singer/guitarist—formed The Henry Clay People in 2005.  Since then the band has developed a reputation for spreading their unpretentious slacker guitar rock though out greater Los Angeles and beyond.  "I think we played close to 200 shows in 2007-2008 and most of those were just local to southern California. 2009 was nice though because we really got to hit the road for most of the year and see if the tunes held up outside our little bubble."


Somewhere on the Golden Coast bottles that boundless live energy in 11 airtight tracks and 34 filler-free minutes. Listening closely, it’s easy to see how all of this started, how a revolving door of “crappy punk bands” led the Siara brothers to form The Henry Clay People in the first place.  Two buzz-building albums (2006’s Blacklist the Kid With the Red Moustache and 2008’s For Cheap or For Free) and several lineup shifts later, they’re still keeping things simple.  Recorded mostly at The Ship Studios in Eagle Rock, CA by Earlimart frontman Aaron Espinoza, he encouraged the band to ditch the headphones, take it easy on overdubs, drink more beer, and record live in the same room to tape.  The idea was to get as close as possible to the essence of the live show.

Golden Coast pushes and pulls between the two brother's influences.  Joey's zeal for jagged distorted guitars ("Nobody Taught us to Quit), gets smoothed out by Andy's laid back "drive into the sunset" love of The Byrds, Jackson Browne, and Grandaddy. The influence of the latter—along with their dad’s considerable classic rock collection—creeps into a couple Golden Coast cuts, lending a nostalgic from-dusk-’til-dawn feel to “A Temporary Fix” and the album’s melancholic curtain-closer, “Two Lives At the End of the Night.” Both of which provide a nice contrast to such certified piano-spiked jams as “Working Part Time,” “Your Famous Friends,” and “End of an Empire.” And since this particular long player barely eclipses the 30-minute mark, you better believe The Henry Clay People never wear out their welcome. In fact, they may just leave you wanting more.

“We want our music to be accessible, but still mean something,” says Joey. “That’s the spirit of this band—nothing we’re doing is rocket science, but we’re playing the music we love. And if some people recognize that, great. Rock ’n’ roll is rock ’n’ roll.”

May Tour With Drive By Truckers:

May 5th Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
May 6th House Of Blues San Diego, CA
May 7th Avalon Ballroom LA, CA
May 8th Fillmore Theater San Fran, CA
May 12th In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
May 13th Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
May 14th Aggie Theater Ft. Collins, CO
May 15th Belly Up Aspen, CO

THE CORE:

JOEY- Voice and Guitar
ANDY- Voice and Guitar
MIKE- Drummer Boy
JONATHAN- Voice and Bass JORDAN- Piano and Voice