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Ben Harper to headline Colorado early vote events

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will join with Obama for America and the Colorado Campaign for Change to host early vote events in Boulder and Denver this Saturday.  He'll play a few songs in Denver at Civic Center Park at 12pm and again at UC Boulder's Mary Rippon Theatre at 2pm.  Both events are free and open to the public.

MARCO BENEVENTO Northeast Tour Update

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Marco Benevento has announced a change to his trio's line-up for the first four dates of his November northeast run. Drummer Andrew Barr had to unexpectedly cancel because his tour with Land Of Talk (of which he's also a member) was extended. To the rescue is Jon Fishman who will take over on drums from Hartford on November 7 through Burlington on November 10. Additionally, a date has been added at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on Sunday, November 9.

 

The upcoming tour dates are:

 

Marco Benevento Trio (featuring Reed Mathis and Jon Fishman)

November 7 / Real Art Ways / Hartford, CT

November 8 / Drom / New York, NY (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 9 / Mexicali Live / Teaneck, NJ

November 10 / FlynnSpace / Burlington, VT (w/ Nathan Moore)

 

Marco Benevento Trio (featuring Marc Friedman and Josh Raymer)

November 12 / Cafe 939 / Boston, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 13 / The Iron Horse / Northampton, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 14 / Narrows Center For The Arts / Fall River, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 16 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA

 

Marco Benevento is touring in support of Invisible Baby out now on Hyena Records.

DEADMAU5 To Debut New Mau5head at Hard Haunted Mansion in LA

DEADMAU5- for the Grateful Web

Celebrated electronic music producer DEADMAU5 will unveil a Halloween-themed version of his infamous Mau5head—a giant, tailor-made mouse head costume used during live performances—at this year's electronic music festival HARD Haunted Mansion on Friday, October 31 at the Shrine Expo Hall in downtown Los Angeles. DEADMAU5's signature Mau5head already comes in a striking blue and devilish red, but with the spirit of Halloween alive and thriving, the Mau5head will be donned in pitch black with a bright orange light within the eyes of the head to perfectly reflect the image of a pumpkinMau5.
 
Billed alongside some of the biggest names in electronic music today, DEADMAU5 is expected to deliver one of the most highly anticipated live performances at the HARD Haunted Mansion event. Featuring performances by JUSTICE, SOULWAX, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, BOYS NOIZE and CRYSTAL CASTLES, DEADMAU5 joins an elite roster of artists who are taking the electronic circuit by storm.
 
DEADMAU5's appearance at HARD is in anticipation of his debut album Random Album Title, due in stores November 4 via ULTRA Records.  This release brings together for the first time all of the JUNO Award-winning producer's most popular material including the smashes "Not Exactly" and "Faxing Berlin" along with his collaboration with Kaskade "I Remember" plus new songs "Some Kind of Blue" and "Slip." 
 
Meanwhile fans around the globe can experience DEADMAU5, as he continues on his world tour:

DATE                         CITY                                     VENUE                                  
International Dates
Sat      10/17               Dublin, IRE                              Tripod
Sun      10/18               Newcastle, UK                            Digital
Thu      10/23               Brighton, UK                             Digital
Fri      10/24               Nottingham, UK                           Boudoir Superstar
Sat      10/25               Leeds, UK                                Victoria Works Warehouse
North American Dates
Thu      10/30               Sacramento, CA                           The Park
Fri      10/31               Los Angeles, CA                          Shrine Auditorium: HARD Haunted Mansion
Sat      11/1                Las Vegas, NV                            Orleans Arena
International Dates
Fri      11/7                Curitiba, BR                             Park Barigui
Sat      11/8                Buenos Aires, AR                         Creamfields
Sat      11/14               Rio De Janeiro, BR                       Cream
Sun      11/15               Belo Horizonte, BR                       Creamfields
Mon      11/16               Sao Paulo, BR                            Xxxperience
North American Dates
Wed      11/19               Boulder, CO                              Fox Theater
Thu      11/20               Atlanta, GA                              Opera
Fri      11/21               Philadelphia, PA                         Electric Factory
International Date
Sat      11/22               Santo Domingo, DR                        The Cave
North American Dates
Wed      11/26               New York, NY                             Webster Hall
Thu      11/27               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Fri      11/28               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Sat      11/29               Detroit, MI                              Bleu
Wed      12/3                Merida, MEX                              Centro De Convenciones
Thu      12/4                Anaheim, CA                              House of Blues
Fri      12/5                Phoenix, AZ                              Myst
Sat      12/6                Mexico City, MEX                         Vegas Night Club
Fri      12/26               Toronto, ONT                             This Is London

Tatanka Music Festival | Review & Photos

The 1st Annual Tatanka Music Festival happened recently at the oh so beautiful Boulder Reservoir, just north of Boulder, Colorado. It was my pleasure to be on site both days to document a bit of what went down for the inaugural event.

Girl Talk day to day video blog, ebay auction, RiP trailer and more...

Girl Talk- for the Grateful Web

Girl Talk's fall tour in support of the release of Feed The Animals has officially kicked off! And with it, comes all sorts of fun Girl Talk-related things to check out!

Girl Talk fans can see what its like to be on the road for a 6 week tour by checking out the day to day video blog created by Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his production crew. Each day a new video will be added to Girl Talk's Myspace page. Check out days 1, 2 and 3 below. Day 1 includes an interview with a guy who proposed to his girlfriend during Girl Talk's set, an interview with Gregg's dad, Gregg and co. eating Philly cheese steaks and more.

Day 1 Philadelphia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIpZJrfBDI
Day 2 Washington, D.C. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EpwBXoa9Kw
Day 3 Baltimore - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXts5thBoQ8

Additionally, concert meteorologist Torie Shaw has created a "Girl Talk Concert Forecast" which will be running throughout the tour. Check out the first one here.

Girl Talk is also prominently featured in a new film, RiP: A remix manifesto. Gregg's dad makes an appearance here too! RiP explores the robber barons and revolutionaries squaring off across the digital frontier.  From the control rooms of Washington to the favelas of Brazil, web activist and filmmaker.

Brett Gaylor explores the concept of copyright in the information age, mashing together the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. Along with Girl Talk, the film's central protagonist, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride. The film has its "beta" launch at the Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal, then off to the CPH:Dox International Documentary Festival of Copenhagen, then the International Documentary Forum of Amsterdam (IDFA) November 20th.  Stay tuned for US festival appearances in 2009! Watch the trailer for RiP, remix footage and find out more info here.

There's an ebay auction going right now for Girl Talk's Jordan headband. This headband was stolen from Gregg from a place where he used to sleep very often. "Actual Air Jordan headband worn by Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) as seen in pictures hanging out with Bone Thugs and Harmony from his Facebook page. This headband is reversible and in good condition. It can be worn red or black. Buy it and add it to your Girl Talk shrine, or have him autograph it at his next show." The auction ends 10/23. Check it out here. (Gregg's dad is not involved in this ebay auction.)

RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends to Welcome 2009 in San Francisco

Bob Weir & RatDog & Phil Lesh & Friends to Co-Headline each night. Jackie Greene to support each night.

Pre-sales through GDTS Too and Musictoday shall start accepting postmarks for GDTS Too and be initialized for internet sales via Musictoday, starting on Thursday, October 16. Musictoday to start at Noon EST. Pre-sales for GDTS and Musictoday shall conclude on Friday, October 31 at 6:00 PM EST.

Happy 61st Birthday, Bob Weir!

Bobby is 61 years young today.  Thank you for keeping it going after all these years. We love you, Mr Weir!

Mason Jennings & Zach Gill | The Higher Ground | Burlington, VT

I have to admit, I like to take an angle when I write. Often times, I will have a phrase or concept thought out, which may be developed into an introduction, even before I go to see a band. How can that be, you may be asking. Well, most of the bands I review I have seen before and I can figure out what to expect. But, last Sunday night's show left me dumbfounded.

Lotus On Tour In Support of Brand New Album

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

This fall, Lotus releases their highly anticipated studio album, Hammerstrike, and steps out on their most ambitious tour yet. The months ahead will wrap up a huge year of growth for Lotus; a year that has positioned this instrumental post-rock outfit for a breakout 2009.

Hammerstrike (October 14, 2008/SCI Fidelity)  finds the band reaching back in order to move forward.  Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads.  The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises.  Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track.  The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.  It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded.

The band will tour this fall in support of Hammerstrike. The complete list of confirmed dates is as follows:

October 15 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA w/ BLVD
October 16 The Roxy Hollywood CA w/ Region of Darkness, BLVD
October 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
October 18 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR w/ BLVD
October 22 The Cabooze Minneapolis MN w/ Family Groove Company
October 23 Majestic Theatre Madison WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 24 Miramar Theatre Milwaukee WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 25 Park West Chicago IL w/ Family Groove Company
October 26 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI w/ Garganta
October 28 Skully's Music-Diner Columbus OH w/ Papadosio
October 29 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Papadosio
October 30 Lulu's State College State College PA
October 31 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA w/ Grimace Federation
November 1 9:30 Club Washington DC
November 3 Jefferson Center Roanoke VA
November 2 The National Richmond VA w/ SeepeopleS
November 5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 6 Cat's Cradle w/ SeepeopleS
November 7 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 8 Georgia Theatre Athens GA w/ SeepeopleS
November 9 Music Farm Charleston SC w/ SeepeopleS
November 11 Freebird Live Jacksonville FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 12 Beta Bar Tallahassee FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 13 Proud Larry's Oxford MS w/ SeepeopleS
November 14 Tipitina's Uptown (Indoors) New Orleans LA w/ SeepeopleS
November 15 Antone's Austin TX w/ SeepeopleS
November 26 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA
November 28 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA
November 29 Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza New York NY
December 30-31 Fox Theatre Boulder CO

Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released to critical acclaim, and came on the heels of their double live CD release, Escaping Sargasso Sea.

STS9 Tour Begins Next Week

photos by Tawny Frederickson- for the Grateful Web

This fall, California's own STS9 will be packing premier indoor theaters from Los Angeles down to New Orleans, up to Washington D.C. and all points in between. The tour, which includes 22-dates in all, ices an incredible year for the rising electronic heroes, a period that included their acclaimed July release Peaceblaster and the surging popularity of their self-owned music label, 1320 Records.

STS9's fall tour dates are as follows:

October 22 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA w/ Alex Botwin of Pnuma Trio (DJ Set)
October 23 House of Blues Anaheim CA w/ Pnuma Trio
October 24 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 25 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas NV w/ Pnuma Trio
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ w/ Pnuma Trio
October 29 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK w/ Pnuma Trio
October 30 Warehouse Live Houston TX w/ Pnuma Trio
October 31 Stubb's Austin TX w/ Pnuma Trio
November 1 House of Blues Dallas TX w/ Count Bass D
November 2 House of Blues New Orleans LA w/ Count Bass D
November 5 Lyric Theatre Oxford MS w/ Count Bass D
November 6 War Memorial Nashville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 7 Alabama Theatre Birmingham AL w/ Count Bass D
November 8 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville TN w/ Count Bass D
November 9 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville KY w/ Count Bass D
November 12 Charleston Music Hall Charleston SC w/ Count Bass D
November 13 Amos' Southend Charlotte NC w/ Count Bass D
November 14 The NorVa Norfolk VA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 15 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 16 9:30 Club Washington DC w/ Eliot Lipp
November 19 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA w/ Eliot Lipp
November 20 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Eliot Lipp
November 21 The Rave Milwaukee WI w/ Eliot Lipp
November 22 First Avenue Minneapolis MN w/ Eliot Lipp
December 28 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 29 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 30 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA
December 31 The Tabernacle Atlanta GA

STS9 has turned into one of modern rock's most entertaining acts, reaching #29 on Pollstar's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists and sharing the stage with a diverse array of top live acts including Digable Planets, James Brown, Jurassic 5, Talib Kweli, Ghostland Observatory, Prefuse 73, Tortoise, Soulive, Cut Chemist, and many others. They've hit the festival circuit hard, playing the Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, ROTHBURY, and Vegoose. On their 2008 Summer Tour, STS9 moved an average of over 3,000 tickets a night, selling out venues including two nights at Atlanta's Masquerade Music Park (over 8,000 tickets) and NYC's Roseland Ballroom, among others. Also on their summer tour, STS9 headlined Berkeley's Greek Theatre and sold over 15,000 tickets for a two night run headlining Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Saturday night sold out!).

Peaceblaster, released on the band's 1320 imprint, has provided electronic music with one of the highlights of the year, and the charts bear that out. The disc, their fourth, reached #10 on Billboard's Electronic chart, #27 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart, #2 on iTunes Electronic chart, and #63 on CMJ's Top 200.

Illustrated by its evocative title, Peaceblaster is simultaneously serene and invigorating, electronic but with an oh-so-human heart. Released a full three years since the band's last works, 2005's Artifact and Artifact: Perspectives-both of which topped iTunes list of Top Albums of that year-Peaceblaster is melodic, yet pumped up with enough pounding beats to rattle the rafters, as chords and samples float atop pulsating drum and bass. The recording, STS9's most accessible, has already set fire under their tremendous fan base, all of which has come to expect nothing but the best in electronic grooves from the band.

Like the band, their 1320 label is also ascendant, with current releases by Count Bass D and Pnuma Trio already generating serious buzz.  One of indie hip hop's most respected and talented DJs, Count Bass D flies on his upcoming L7 and STS9, fans of his for years, are honored to release his new album. As STS9's Hunter Brown explains, "Count Bass D has been in our headphones for years. He's by far one of the most creative and authentic voices in hip-hop today".

Pnuma Trio's Character, released this summer on 1320 and more in keeping with STS9 itself, has done quite well, and acclaim for the label's fresh new compilation, Eliot Lipp Presents: Way Pavers Volume One is considerable. Without question, STS9's broad musical tastes, earned in large part from its vast and colorful experiences on the road, are in full view on both Peaceblaster and on the dazzling work it produces for its 1320 label.