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STS9 Tour Begins Next Week

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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.

Toubab Krewe Fall Tour Dates!

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Toubab Krewe is on tour now. Go check them out when they're in your neck-of-the-woods.

Toubab Krewe will have advance copies of their CD available exclusively at their merchandise table as we tour through November 29, when the album will be released at national outlets (CD release party TBA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Dates
DATE CITY VENUE Special Guests
10-9 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom  Umar Bin Hassan, Rayna Gellert, DJ Equal
10-10 Silk Hope, NC Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Rayna Gellert
10-11 Horse Shoe Loki Festival  Rayna Gellert
10-14 Columbus, OH Scarlet & Gray Café  Rayna Gellert
10-15 Ann Arbor Ark   
10-16 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago   
10-18 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze   
10-21 Bozeman, MT Zebra Cocktail Lounge   
10-23 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern  DJ Equal
10-24 Eugene, OR W.O.W. Hall  DJ Equal
10-25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge  DJ Equal
10-28 Arcata, CA Humboldt Brewery  DJ Equalv
10-31 San Francisco, CA Independent  co-bill with Albino
11-1 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theater  co-bill with Albino
11-2 Santa Cruz, CA Moe's Alley   
11-5 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up   
11-6 Los Angeles The Mint   
11-7 Las Vegas, NV Port Royal   
11-8 Tucson, AV Fox Tucson Theatre   
11-11 Santa Fe, NM College of Santa Fe   
11-13 Boulder, CO B Side Lounge   
11-14 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theater   
11-15 Denver, CO Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  
11-19 Dallas, TX Granada Theater   
11-21 Austin, TX Stubbs Bar-B-Q   
11-22 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's Uptown   
11-29 TBA CD Release Show! (Venue TBA)  
12-3 Charleston, SC Music Farm   
12-4 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live   
12-5 Gainseville, FL Common Ground   
12-6 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar   
12-7 Tampa, FL Skippers Smokehouse   
12/11-12/15 Runaway Bay, Jamaica Caribbean Holidaze 

Halloween Bash, Rex Caravan Tour and more...

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Halloween Bash!

Dark Star Orchestra is thrilled to perform a Halloween Bash at the Pageant in St. Louis, Friday, October 31. We will be hosting a Costume Contest at the show and awarding prizes to the most unique and enlightening costumes with the prizes including tickets to future shows, DSO merchandise packages and more!

NYE Ticket Update

DSO New Years Eve update: Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming response, New Year's Eve VIP Tickets and Early Bird tickets have both completely sold out. You can still save $20 off the door price by securing your Advance Tickets for $59. NYE tickets include a champagne toast, finger foods and party favors, while rocking into 2009 with Dark Star Orchestra! Also see DSO lead up to NYE with gigs in Richmond (12/28), Norfolk (12/29) and another East Coast venue (12/30) to be announced soon!

Black Tie-Dye Ball Raises Money and "Grateful Red"

Dark Star Orchestra performed at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood on September 27 for the Black Tie-Dye Ball, where Dark Star Orchestra helped raise over $9,000 for the Rex Foundation as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. DSO was delighted to have Bill Walton representing at the show, where he boldly stated, "Dark Star Orchestra rocks the world-and we are the lucky ones - -we were there." DSO will be holding an east coast Black Tie Dye Ball at the Nokia Theater in New York City, Saturday, November 29. Since 2002, Dark Star Orchestra has raised over $130,000 for the foundation through a series of Black Tie Dye Ball benefits and donations, and now the November/December 'Rex Caravan Tour' where $1 will be contributed to the Rex Foundation for every ticket sold. DSO will be hitting the road again in support of the Rex Foundation, making contributions from all along the entire 22-city East Coast tour.

Like a Tumbleweed Tour
Thur 10/09 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
Fri 10/10 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sat 10/11 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sun 10/12 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR  
Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue (a Rob Eaton side project)
Sat 10/18 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO  
Fri 10/24 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO  
Halloween Bash
Fri 10/31 The Pageant St. Louis, MO  
Rex Caravan East Coast Tour
Fri 11/07 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sat 11/08 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sun 11/09 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill, NY  
Tues 11/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH TICKETS
Thur 11/13 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA  
Fri 11/14 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA TICKETS
Sat 11/15 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
Sun 11/16 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ TICKETS
Tues 11/18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City, NY TICKETS
Thur 11/20 Garde Arts Center New London, CT TICKETS
Fri 11/21 Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
Sat 11/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
Sun 11/23 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY TICKETS
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY TICKETS
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
New Years Eve Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA  
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA  
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS

MARCO BENEVENTO Announces Northeast Tour Dates In November

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Marco Benevento continues a year long push behind his debut studio album, Invisible Baby, with a seven city Northeast tour in November. The Brooklyn-based pianist will lead a trio featuring bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Barr for the first three shows in Hartford, New York City and Burlington. He'll then be joined by bassist Marc Friedman and drummer Josh Raymer for the last four shows in Boston, Northampton, Fall River and Philadelphia. Opening the dates from New York City to Fall River will be the multi-dimensional singer-songwriter Nathan Moore.

 

Marco Benevento spent the majority of summer touring with his celebrated instrumental noise rock combo The Benevento-Russo Duo, appearing at festivals like Outside Lands, All Good and moe.down. While Benevento's trio has kept a low profile of late (with the exception of a performance at The Newport Jazz Festival in August), the finishing touches are currently being added to a new studio album to be released in early 2009. Benevento was abetted on the recording by his musical co-conspirators Reed Mathis, Andrew Barr and Matt Chamberlain. The as-yet-untitled release was tracked in Seattle and mixed in Brooklyn at Bryce Goggin's Trout Recording.

 

Invisible Baby was released earlier this year on Hyena Records. It garnered critical praise for its infectious indie rock sensibility delivered with the finesse of deft jazz musicianship. Tunes like "Bus Ride," "Record Book" and "Atari" were structured around acoustic piano-based melodies, but twisted to Benevento's will through his use of circuit bent toys, mellotrons, glockenspiels and other tweaked recording approaches.  Benevento released a video for Invisible Baby's good time electro anthem, "The Real Morning Party" (watch it here) and played select U.S. dates around the album's release. On his upcoming Northeast tour in November, it's a sure bet the sonic experiments and fearless improvisations will continue to crack open wide tracks the from Invisible Baby along with a number of choice renditions by songwriters like Jim James, Leonard Cohen and George Harrison among others.

 

The upcoming tour dates are:

 

Marco Benevento Trio featuring Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr

November 7 / Real Art Ways / Hartford, CT

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

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

 

Marco Benevento Trio featuring Marc Friedman & Josh Raymer

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

November 13 / 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

My Morning Jacket "Evil Urges" Tour

It seems like I have been on a huge My Morning Jacket kick since I first saw them at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2003. Then, their epic performance in the pouring rain the following year made me a real die hard fan. They seemed to etch their names into fame through the Bonnaroo vehicle as ten of thousands of fans have grown to love the Louisville, Kentucky rock band.

New Album Review: Michael Falzarano | 'We Are All One'

Michael Falzarano is like a hidden hand, we've all heard his music, but many would be surprised by his musical resume.  So it might be helpful to start with Michael's past in order to explain how his new album came to be.  For over 35 years Falzarano has been a member of some of the more influential groups in jam-band history.  He founded his own band,

Cold War Kids Heat Up The Boulder Theater

Another Friday night in Downtown Boulder, CO.  It was one of the biggest crowds I'd seen lately at the Boulder Theater, the kind where once you're in, you're only getting out again at the expense of your standing room – it would be filled by someone else when you get back.  I felt extremely lucky to have been there at all, since the show was sold out, had been for a week or more, and I only just got the call telling me I would be on the clock covering the show earlier in the afternoon.&nbsp

Richie Havens | The Higher Ground | 9/28/08

I hope that you and I have something in common. I hope, like me, you have a few events in your life, maybe a handful even, that are unique. Not unique because they only happened to you, like that time your Aunt Rosemary pinched your ass as you walked by her at Easter Brunch. You can save that unique event for your therapist. No, I'm talking about the type of unique event where you didn't wonder if this was going to be a momentous occasion while you were experiencing it. You knew it was going to be important before it ever took place.

Bassnectar to Perform at Wonder Ballroom Nov. 14th

Bassnectar @ Rothbury - photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Bassnectar's wobbling sounds of womp are swirling into a storm that will descend on North America for another round of full throttle live shows. With nearly every show on his last tour hitting full capacity, this Fall Basnectar hosts his fall tour: "The Other Side." Featuring Bassnectar DJ sets and Live PA and a diverse list of special guests including Beats Antique (featuring members of the Yard Dogs Road Show), Fort Knox Five, Seasunz and other friends and artists from the US, the UK, and Canada (plus live custom visuals of Videolicious, Android Jones, and iLL Gates), the tour hits almost 75 markets with stops in New York, Miami, Seattle, and all points in between.

Ticket Pre-sales are happening now at www.bassnectar.net.  Also this fall, Bassnectar releases new singles and remixes, including "Art Of Revolution" - offering a host of wicked mixes and bonus tracks - as well as the long awaited live mix set. Stay tuned for details as they become available.

The list of fall tour dates is as follows:

October 4 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS w/ The Egg and Orchard Lounge
October 6 Mojo's Columbia, MO w/ Beats Antique
October 8 Proud Larry's Oxford, MS w/ Beats Antique
October 9 Newby's Memphis, TN w/ Beats Antique
October 10 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX w/ Beats Antique
October 11 Lizard Lounge Dallas, TX
October 14 Juanita's Little Rock, AR w/ Beats Antique
October 15 Exit/In Nashville, TN w/ Beats Antique
October 16 Crossroads Huntsville, AL w/ Beats Antique
October 17 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
October 18 Zydeco Birmingham, AL w/ Beats Antique
October 29 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC w/ Beats Antique
October 30 The Pour House Charleston, SC w/ Beats Antique
October 31 Orange Peel Asheville, NC w/ Beats Antique and Mike Relm
November 1 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC w/ Beats Antique and Mike Relm
November 2 Mr. Smalls Millvale PA
November 5 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
November 6 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
November 7 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
November 8 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, D.C.
November 14 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
November 15 Neumos Crystal Ball Seattle, WA
November 22 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC w/ Z-Trip
November 28 Level Nite Club Kelowna BC
November 29 Sugar Nightclub Victoria BC  
More dates to be added.

Already a mainstayin the emerging festival scene, Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

Keller Williams on Tour this Fall

Keller @ the Fox - photo by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Keller Williams has built a career on his uncanny ability to captivate a packed house-all by himself.  So why now, after fifteen-years as a solo artist, is he releasing a live album-simply titled, Live-with three other names on the cover? It turns out that since he first picked up a guitar, this troubadour has wanted to front a band. 

On Live (September 16, 2008 / SCI Fidelity Records), Keller taps into the world-class talent of Keith Moseley (bass - The String Cheese Incident), Gibb Droll (guitar - Marc Broussard, Brandi Carlile), and Jeff Sipe (drums - Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon). The musical horsepower of four friends playing together on stage proves stronger than even Keller had dreamed. Recorded at select live shows during a winter 2008 tour, and featuring seventeen tracks that span Keller's career, Live is a testament to how a band, with the right chemistry and chops, can take a song to places even the writer couldn't have imagined. 

"What a treat after so many years of being in control," Williams says. "The band has a knack for hanging a sharp left that I don't see coming." As the principal singer/songwriter, Keller may be driving this musical train, but he doesn't always know where it's headed. Williams puts unyielding faith in Moseley, Droll, and Sipe's ability to sustain the conversation. And, as with every live recording worth a damn, the audience is an integral part. On Live the crowd sizzles with energy; they know they're witnessing something special.

Catch Keller Williams featuring Keith Moseley, Gibb Droll, & Jeff Sipe on tour this fall, making stops on the West Coast for the first time ever. 

The complete list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

October 23 The Kent Stage Kent OH KW Solo
October 24 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH KW Solo
November 05 Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 06 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 07 El Rey Theatre LA, CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 08 Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay, NV with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 09 Fillmore San Francisco CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 11 Eureka Theatre Eureka CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 12 Midtown Ballroom Bend OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 13 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 14 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 15 Showbox Seattle WA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe