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Pretty Lights Drops Second (Of Three!) EP's of 2010

Pretty Lights, the ultra-versatile Colorado-based producer dropped his second EP of 2010, Spilling Over Every Side, late yesterday via www.PrettyLightsMusic.com. Spilling Over Every Side is the second in a trilogy of EP’s due this year. The first installment, Making Up A Changing Mind, was released March 2nd in the same fashion, with the third and final due out later this fall. Fans have gone crazy for this self-release model;
the albums have been downloaded nearly a million times.

Pretty Lights is headlining the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 7th! The 9,500 capacity venue SOLD OUT more than two weeks in advance. Opening the show will be Mimosa, Emancipator, and Zion I; all in addition to Pretty Lights’ two sets (including a special downtempo set).

Pretty Lights is also excited to announce the addition of a new drummer, Adam Deitch, beginning with Wanderlust Festival on July 30th in California this weekend.  He has done session/live work for everyone from Wyclef and Eve to Justin Timberlake in addition to his own projects Break Science and Lettuce. Expect Pretty Lights shows to be taken to a whole new level!

Pretty Lights will be announcing fall tour dates soon, so keep your eye out!

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

07/3 SQUAW VALLEY, CALIFORNIA Wanderlust Festival
08/07 MORRISON, COLORADO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/14 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Outside Lands
08/14 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent (night show)
08/25 KNOXVILLE, TN The Valarium
08/26 MEMPHIS, TN Minglewood Hall
08/28 NEW ORLEANS, LA CAC Warehouse
09/03 CHICAGO, IL North Coast Music Festival
09/04 NEW YORK, NY Electric Zoo Festival
09/05 AUSTIN, TX Nocturnal Festival
09/25 SANTA BARBARA, CA West Beach Festival

Floozies, Fresh2Death & Michael Garfield at the B-Side Lounge

The Floozies (jazzy live looping funk duo), Fresh2Death (crunk dueling laptops), and Michael Garfield (virtuosic string tapping, with special guest Johannes Rath) @ Boulder's B-Side Lounge, with live painting by Michael Garfield.

The Floozies are a live looping duo made up of brothers Matt and Mark Hill. After forming in January 2008 in Lawrence, KS, they’ve gone from rocking house parties in their hometown to sharing the stage and collaborating with the likes of Galactic, Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Particle, edIT (Glitch Mob), Vibesquad, EOTO, Euforquestra, and many others in countless venues all over the Midwest. Their shows are an exercise in groove exploration, as they improvise their way through funk, hip-hop, and electronic music, bending and molding beats in new ways every night. Nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is planned, and no one performance is ever the same as another. Their new album, “Lunar Real Estate,” shows that they are skilled instrumentalists that know how to produce a fresh, slamming, electronic beat symphony that is simultaneously primal and compelling. It features 13 studio-produced tracks, some produced solo by Matt, some collaboratively, and some, for the first time, solo by Mark. It also features cover art designed by rising graphic design star David Bywater. Does it sound like their live show? Nope. Their live show experience is nothing like a studio album, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Fresh2Death is the live musical collaboration of DJs Fisk and Samples. The live remix, dual-laptop performance brings a hyper-active element that is missing in a standard DJ performance.  The band was formed in mid-January 2009, but Fisk and Samples have a combined 12 years of DJ experience. Come to a Fresh2Death show to hear the emerging sound of Glitch Hop, where Fisk & Samples are at the forefront of the beginning of a new genre.

Michael Garfield is on a mission to move you.  Rooted in an athletic but vulnerable voice and a dazzling palette of intricate fingerstyle guitar techniques, his intense sets turn on a dime between instrumental etudes, dynamic anthems, heart-spearing ballads, and hypnotic acoustic-electronic loopscapes...mind-altering solo performances fine-tuned to pull audiences deeper into the mixed blessing of our common human experience.

When: November 7th, 2009

Where: The B-Side Lounge, Boulder, CO

Drug Rug Play BOULDER At B-Side Lounge On 10.2 & 10.3

Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin met in 2006 while working at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, Ma. After trading secret demos of their own songs, Tommy persuaded Sarah to combine forces. They spent their first date drinking whiskey in bed and playing each other songs on an old guitar. They’ve been inseparable ever since. Several months later, they christened themselves “Drug Rug,” a name which has made strangers laugh and parents cry.

The songs are inspired by the storytelling style of early folk musicians, comic books, campgrounds, funny hats, and the illustrations of Garth Williams.

Drug Rug's S/T debut record, melted hearts and ears, and earned them rave reviews and comparisons to some of rock's greatest duos.

"Paint the Fence Invisible" is certain to keep these trends going.

While running the stylistic gamut, from the country duets of Ken and Dolly to the Pet Sound's harmonies of Brian Wilson, Drug Rug still stays true to their rock n' roll roots including The Velvet Underground and The Byrds.

"Paint The Fence Invisible" displays Tommy & Sarah's growth as true artists.

After touring with both Fiery Furnaces and Dr. Dog, the band's honed musicianship and lush vocals were laid down on tape with the help of Carter Tanton (Tulsa), Julian Cassanetti & Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine).

The album was recorded primarily in a haunted house located in the Catskill mountains of New York and their hi-fi approach to lo-fi aesthetics were effectively crafted.

The result is a different and memorable record by a rock-duo who make their own rules.

The magic captured feels both timely and timeless...  sometimes at the same time.

They believe in the imminent end of the world and will destroy each other with love before the apocalypse.

Zack Borer Band Chosen Again To Play Side Stage - Nikon At Jones Beach

On the heels of an incredible performance at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater’s Side Stage just two weeks ago, the zAck borer band has again been selected to perform during yet another Platinum-selling, award-winning artist’s tour on Friday August 7th.  For a complete listing of bands and headliners performing at the Jones Beach Theater on this date, visit www.livenation.com/venue/nikon-at-jones-beach-theater-tickets/

zack“I am excited that we have been chosen to perform on the same nights as such talented artists I’ve always looked up to,” said zAck borer.  “We’re more focused and determined than ever before and are looking forward to returning to Jones Beach to share the new music we’ve been working on all summer.”

zAck’s ongoing unsigned journey finds him in the running to be named the MTV Video Music Awards’ “Best Breakout Artist in NYC.” Fans are encouraged to vote for zAck’s song “That’s The Way” by August 14th at
http://www.ourstage.com/judge?channel=207-mtv-vma-best-breakout-nyc. The top 3 finalists will battle it out at a MTV2 & Time Warner Cable VMA weekend pre-party. The winning band will be revealed locally the night of the VMAs and showcased nationally on MTV2’s Rail N Rock or Sucker Free!

In addition to the Jones Beach side stage shows, fans of the band and music lovers alike can catch the zAck borer band in New York City at the following dates and locations:

* August 27, 2009 – 9PM, The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, New York 10012
* September 19, 2009 – 9PM, dromNYC, 85 Avenue A, New York, 10009

"...As a 25 year old dude who mostly likes rap music I found it to be one of the most enjoyable full albums that I have heard in a while"-- Westsidewill- Wild Off The Air (July, 2009) Full album review here:
http://westsidewill.com/newblog/2009/07/23/zack-borer-home-album-review/

Zack Borer Band to Play Jones Beach | Side Stage

The zAck borer band will perform on The Side Stage – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater during one of this summer’s sold-out tours featuring multi-platinum recording artists on Tuesday, July 21st. Live video from the performance will be available on the zAck borer band website, Youtube, and Myspace pages beginning Wednesday July 22nd. For a complete listing of bands performing at the Jones Beach Theater on this date, visit www.livenation.com/venue/nikon-at-jones-beach-theater-tickets/

zackThe zAck borer band has taken the New York City live music scene by storm this summer.  The singer/songwriter’s music and performances have also been featured on numerous “Spotlight” programs on social networks and industry sites.

For more than four months, zAck has been putting together a highly seasoned band made up of some of New York City’s most talented musicians. Craig Magnano (guitar), Jayme Silverstein (Bass), and Adam Jackson (Drums) make up the newly formed zAck borer band.  All summer long, the new zAck borer band has been building a strong following throughout New York City.

The zAck borer band will also perform in New York City at the following dates and locations:

* July 25, 2009 – 9PM, Parkside Lounge, 317 E. Houston St. New York 10002
* August 27, 2009 – 9PM, The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, New York 10012
* September 19, 2009 – 9PM, dromNYC, 85 Avenue A, New York, 10009

Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up Available Everywhere Today

PaoloIf you think you know Paolo Nutini, think again. His two million selling 2006 debut album, These Streets, established the young Scotsman as a leading light amongst the new wave of singer-songwriters. Paolo's extraordinary follow up, Sunny Side Up, casts him in a whole other light.

"Musically where I'm at, I dont really have a genre or style that I feel a part of," explains Paolo.  "It's a bit of a random mish mash. I honestly wanted it all to come out, and not harness it, not manipulate it. I just wanted it to be organic, and so immediate it's in your face and you can't help but take it all in."

The first single from the 22-year-old's new release is "Candy" - a heart tugging ballad written after an argument with his girlfriend, when it suddenly occurred to him that the fault lay with him. Watch the cinematic video here, and be sure to pick up a copy of Sunny Side Up available everywhere today.

I'll Have The Widespread Panic With A Side Of Galactic

The Jazz Aspen Festival is more of a gumbo of American music than jazz musicians' guild these days, but who's complaining? With the aspen trees barely showing signs of an approaching Fall, hot days were lending themselves to much colder nights and the perfectly sized crowd seemed poised for a great weekend of music. The melancholy recognition of those suffering in the South was braided throughout the sets, yet the bands got down to business.

The first day of music was kicked off with Widespread Panic's close friend, Jerry Joseph, and followed by Johnny Clegg. The crowd was surprisingly light as Panic took to the stage around 6:15 on Thursday evening and launched into an extended Rebirtha with taunts and teases that segued nicely into Junior. Old Neighborhood and Good People seemed to be a nod to those suffering in New Orleans, which was appreciative, but slowed the set a bit. In an attempt to shift gears, the band began the familiar progression of the crowd-pleasing J.J. Cale cover, Ride Me High. Run For Your Life is an interesting Beatles choice for Panic, but they pull it off well and it proved to be a nice mid-set treat. I was excited to hear an older Pigeons as well as another J.J. Cale cover, Travelin' Light. A set closing Give ended a modest, slow-paced set as the sun also took a break behind the surrounding hills of Snowmass.

The second set started with a rockin' version of Disco as Dave Schools rolled the band into the well-accepted new tune, Second Skin. A personal highlight of the evening for myself had to be the Blind Faith cover Can't Find My Way Home. John Bell (JB) sounded great and reminded me of the original soulful singing of Winwood & Clapton. After a fairly standard Rock came the slow spacey jam in the key of D that could only mean one thing, Driving Song. Driving Song segued fairly abruptly into R.L. Burnside's Snake Drive, which I believe is the only second time its been played. I remember it being pretty straightforward rock with a freight train kind of feel. Snake Drive dissolved into a short and sweet Drums that inevitably led back into Driving Song. Knocking 'Round the Zoo really got the crowd excited as the set closed with a low-end thumping Imitation Leather Shows.

An emotional Old Joe encore was a bittersweet reminder of the passing of original guitarist, Mikey Houser, but quite nice to hear. An aptly played Bayou Lena with Wally Ingram helping Sonny on percussion would have left any Panic fan happy but they didn't stop there. They decided to end things with a short ripping version of the live favorite, Fishwater. All in all, Panic's first night was good but I couldn't help but feel the band was taking a warm-up lap of sorts. So, we shuffled on to our Magic Shuttle Bus to take us home and looked forward to another music-filled tomorrow.

GALACTIC – Friday Afternoon Set

The afternoon of Galactic's set could not have been more beautiful. The sun was shining, kids were running around and the token throwing of the football had all signs pointing to a great day of music. If you're familiar with Galactic's New Orleans style of music, you know their sound is big, festive and much like a parade of funk dancing down Bourbon Street. But, when Galactic took the stage on Friday afternoon, you could tell their hearts were heavy with thoughts of their friends, family and beloved city. Stanton Moore struggled through a few words about donations before the band tried to settle into their set. If ever there was a time for music to act as a healer, it was now. The band played well but the festive atmosphere of the guys seemed to be lacking, and rightfully so. They played the bayou-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Lickity Split and wished them and their families well. Something was telling me Galactic was going to wait until the late night show to throw down. The setlist was:

I: Garbage Truck, Crazyhorse Mongoose, Lickity Split, Double Wide->Go Go, BK Instrumental, Clock Intro->Clock Stopper, Groovy Lady, Blackbird Special, Black-Eyed Pea

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Friday Night

The New Orleans nods continued as Panic kicked off the second night with Talking Head's cover Papa Legba, a song about a voodoo god. Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi) and Doreatha gave George McConnell a chance to give his quick licks on lead guitar. A standard Weight of the World led to another aptly played tune, Down, as the lyrics "take along some of your favorite things 'cause you're gonna need 'em" rang with realism. The feel good country rock of Papa Johnny Road got everyone dancing for the upcoming Diner and crowd-cheering Tallboy. The first set ended with yet another not-so-subtle tune tied to the disaster in New Orleans, Climb to Safety. A great set closer. It was both chilling and uplifting to hear Bell and the crowd sing, "we must grab each others collar, we must rise out of the water and you know as well as I do it's no fun to die alone."

A giant of a second set began with old time favorite Love Tractor and led into Bust It Big. The Chilly Water>Worry>Chilly Water sandwich was appropriately well received and I, for one, was glad to hear the slower, emotional I'm Not Alone. The set kept moving with a newer You Should Be Glad, then older Tie Your Shoes that segued into Jack, and eventually led into Hot Tuna's Bow-Legged Woman. Porch Song, a Widespread Panic concert staple, closed the set and the show proved to be pure rock as Panic can only play it.

To finish us off, the band played yet another three song encore. The always-danceable All Time Low plowed its way into a frenzy and gave way to War's Slippin' Into Darkness. The final tune, Action Man, was more of an exiting tune for me by this time. What can I say? I had to go see Galactic again.

GALACTIC – Friday Late Night Set

The Snowmass Conference Center is not your normal venue. A little surprised and a little late, (hey, cut me some slack-this is my eighth straight hour of music) I meandered into the bouncing crowd. Already I could tell things were much more livelier than earlier in the day. Maybe it was the absence of the afternoon heat or the smaller confines of the Conference Center, but the people were moving and the music was loud. The band seemed to be enjoying themselves a little more too which always is a good thing. A guest appearance from P-nut on the midi-sax on Hot Pants Road was nice as was the show ending mega-medley Tippi Toes->Funkybird->Tiger Roll->Space Headz. In a growing trend these days for Galactic, they chose to wind things down for their encore and played a crowd settling Quiet Please.

I: It Ain't What You Think, Forbidden Horn, Baker's dozen, Blues For Ben, Moil, Workin' In A Coal Mine, Chicken Pox, Live Wire
II: Daydreaming, Santa Cruz, Mario Groove, Hot Pants Road*, Calypso Minor, Hit The Wall, Tippi Toes->Funkybird->Tiger Roll->Space Headz
E: Quiet Please

All in all, the weekend was a success for myself and the bands I was lucky enough to catch. For such a relatively small festival, there were great musicians all over the area and music coming at you from all sides. But even if I didn't see all the acts, in the end it doesn't matter who's playing the music, as long as the music moves your feet.