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The Contribution | 'Which Way World' | Review

Born out of the friendly and wooded confines of a Hornings Hideout gathering in 2005, comes a jamband supergroup of sorts called The Contribution.  The project fronted by Tim Carbone (fiddle/vocals) of Railroad Earth brings together seasoned veterans Jeff Miller (guitar/vocals) and Phil Ferlino (keys) of New Monsoon, as well as Keith Moseley (bass) and Jason Hann (drums) of The String Cheese Incident to form a collaborative effort of tot

Trey Plays The Hangout Festival May 16th

Trey Anastasio and TAB will headline the inaugural The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival, May 14-16, on the beach in Gulf Shores, AL. Other performers include Flaming Lips, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Girl Talk, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Legend, Zac Brown Band, The Black Crowes, Ray LaMontagne, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many others.

Phish Summer Tour 2010

Phish returns to the stage this June for an extensive two-leg Summer Tour, kicking off June 11th in Chicago and wrapping with a two-night stand at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY in August. Stops along the way include a return to SPAC, Hartford, Merriweather, and Alpine Valley.

No Sugar Tonight: Mike Gordon | Review

It was easy to see that Jake Stockburger of Point Pleasant, NJ was in town to see Mike Gordon at The Jefferson Theatre.. He was wearing his thoughts on his sleeve.

Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society

From now through July 4th, one of the nation's great repositories of history will play host to a remarkable and significant collection of cultural treasures: "The Grateful Dead – Now Appearing at the New-York Historical Society" is the first-ever traveling exhibition of materials on loan from the Dead's own vast archive of art, documents, photographs and memorabilia, which the band donated in 2008 to the University of California at Santa Cruz.

RJD2 @ The Highline Ballroom in New York City

RJD2 isn't that cute little droid acting as one half of a Greek Chorus in the Star Wars saga. But he did, start his set as a robot named 'Commissioner Crotchbuttons'; Complete with welders mask and "the world's first scrotum powered music machine" (a modified MPC sequencer that spins around on his lower waist). Yes, it's even more amusing than it sounds.

Export NOLA: Showcase of New Orleans Music in Austin

To coincide with the happenings at South By Southwest in Austin, the Backbeat Foundation will present Export NOLA on Wednesday, March 17th at Momo's. The showcase will feature New Orleans artists that represent various styles of music that the Crescent City is known for, including Anders Osborne, Big Sam's Funky Nation, and The Stooges Brass Band.

UMBowl: Another Innovative Music Experience by Umphrey's McGee

The forward-thinking band Umphrey’s McGee will carve out new terrain in musical interactivity with their fans at the first “UMBowl,” an unprecedented 4-quarter evening-long concert on Saturday, April 24th, at Lincoln Hall in the group’s hometown of Chicago.

Umphrey’s, which has long forged a close bond with its national fan base through technological innovation, will explore fresh frontiers in the five-hour event, styled to emulate a football game with four “quarters” of unique musical performances that will actually be generated by audience input. Half the night’s music will be determined by text messaging on “gameday” itself.

The first quarter (Q1) will be an acoustic set entirely chosen by attendees; ticket holders will receive ballots and cast votes on the songs to be performed. Q2 will be a wholly improvised performance driven by bi-directional texting, sifted and delivered by “offensive coordinator” (and longtime Umphrey’s sound caresser) Kevin Browning to the band, which will then use the audience input to construct their jams. Q3 will be an all-request segment, with songs again determined by pre-balloting from the audience members. Fans will be able to vote not just on song selection but actually how those songs are arranged and varied from their original form. In Q4, the live audience will actually act as the group’s quarterback, “calling audibles” to direct the course of a free-flowing set via text messages sent to Browning in response to choices projected on an in-house screen.

The text-messaging element of UMBowl, powered by Mozes, was first employed by Umphrey’s McGee at their Stew Art (or “S2”) series, launched in fall 2009. Hosted as freestanding events before Umphrey’s shows in select tour markets, the series is a crowd-sourced improvisation experiment, in which all the music performed by the group on stage is entirely directed by S2 audience members. Sold-out crowds of 50 fans submit their ideas by texting descriptive words, phrases, and pop culture references to the Umphrey's mobile interface, which are then interpreted by the band.


Umphrey’s McGee had previously taken new approaches to delivering their music to the fans. Before their most recent studio recording, Mantis, was released in January 2009, the collection was made available for pre-order in an interesting way. The more Mantis pre-orders were received, the more free bonus content was received. Fans “unlocked” levels of content by getting more of their friends to pre-order the album.

The band was also among the first group of performers to offer songs at Rock Band Network. The much buzzed-about video game platform works with Xbox video game systems, and allows bands to offer fans a way to dig into their favorite group’s music in ways they have never been able to before.

UMBowl tickets went on sale last Friday and sold out in just minutes.

For the many out-of-town fans attending UMBowl, the band, together with long-standing travel partners CID Entertainment, offered travel packages for the event. Included in each package are tickets to UMBowl, luxury accommodations at the new Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago, a drink package for the pre-party at the Umphrey’s hometown hang The Store, a personalized UMBowl jersey, gameday transportation, and more. For further information, go here.

The Devil Makes Three add more dates including Bonnaroo

The Devil Makes Three quite possibly are the best band that you have never heard of.

2 Nights of EOTO at the Fox Theater

From dance halls to intimate theaters worldwide comes EOTO - the nation’s top innovator in glitchy electronic, bass thumping, dub-step themed music. With performances booked well into 2010 including a special two-night run at the Fox Theater, EOTO is taking the country by storm with their innovative brand of live electronic music.

What EOTO achieves on stage is nothing short of astounding. Performed with all of the bells and whistles of a traditional electronic artist plus the addition of live drums, vocals, bass and guitar, the duo creates each and every bass ridden noise right before your eyes -without the addition of a single pre-recorded track. Known for their 100% live improvised performance, EOTO is breaking ground into a new sub culture of music while standing with some of the nations best live DJ’s in the country.

With leagues of sold-out theater performances in 2009, the project started out as an avenue for the duo to blow off steam and generally just have a good time playing around with technology with music. Now, a full time project for the pair with a seemingly endless tour featuring over 600 shows in 4 years and sold out performances in every market in the country. With no signs of stopping, EOTO fine-tunes their approach and skill with each and every show they play, leaving the next performance more unique then the last.

The project will be careening the countryside in 2010 with back-to-back performances scheduled well into late spring and festival dates booked swiftly behind it. The project will be playing along the mountain west and up the west coast before heading back to middle America, through the South, and over to the East Coast in support of their third release, Fire The Lazers, which is now available on iTunes or at a show near you.

For more information about EOTO check out the MySpace

EOTO ON TOUR NOW:

March 4.....Crystal Bay Club - Crystal Bay, NV
March 5.....103 Harriet - San Francisco, CA
March 6.....Don Quixote's International Music Hall - Felton, CA
March 7.....Hopmonk - Sebastopol, CA
March 8.....Lost on Main - Chico, CA
March 9.....Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
March 10.....Cultureworks - Ashland, OR
March 11.....The WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
March 12.....Berbati's Pan - Portland OR w/ Lynx & Janover, DJ James Ho
March 13.....Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA
March 14.....The Night Light Lounge - Bellingham, WA
March 15.....The BLVD - Spokane, WA
March 16.....Taps @ Schweitzer Mountain Ski area - Sandpoint, ID
March 17.....The Palace - Missoula, MT
March 18.....The Fillin Station - Bozeman, MT
March 19.....The Limelight - Nashville, TN
March 20.....412 Market St - Chatanooga, TN
March 21.....The Boone Saloon - Boone, NC
March 22.....The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
March 23.....The King Plow Art Center - Atlanta, GA
March 24.....The Cider House - Knoxville, TN
March 25.....New Earth Music Hall - Athens, GA
March 26.....Ultra Music Late night at Moksha Family (7th Circuit Studio) - Miami, FL
March 27.....The Hat Factory - Richmond, VA
March 28.....Awful Arthur's - Towers - Roanoke, VA
April 9......The Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
April 10.....The Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO