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Sound Tribe Sector Nine Red Rocks Photos

photos by Tawny Frederikson- for the Grateful Web

Grateful Web's Tawny Frederikson was on-hand during last week's Sound Tribe Sector Nine shows at Red Rocks.  Here are some photos from the evening.  Please check back soon for Tawny's write-up of the night.

 

 

 

 

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Evolution | Backwoods Pondfest | Peru, NY

When I read about the history of the Bazzano sister's in the local Essex, NY paper two weeks ago, I became even more intrigued by the small but powerful Backwoods Pondfest in Peru, NY. Even before our "official" move to the North Country last month, my wife and I had been thinking about attending this year's festival as a way to connect with what our new local music scene has to offer.

Toubab Krewe Announce Live at the Orange Peel, Fall Tour

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe kicks off an extensive fall tour this week as they prepare to release their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel.  The new album captures their outstanding 2008 New Year's run at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, NC.

 

"We've been developing our material live, as we tour, so recording our second album on stage was a natural way for us to capture our creative energy," says guitarist Drew Heller. "Live performance allows unexpected moments to occur - audience and band energies interact in ways that can't be foreseen or simulated in a studio." 

 

All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to blend American rock 'n' roll with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels to Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast. Along the way, they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco, fusing it all together into what the Village Voice describes as "a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy" and Honest Tune hails as "one of the most innovative voices in music today."

 

The new release features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl. It was produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, who also produced the band's debut CD.

 

Details on the album's release date and additional tour dates to be announced soon.

 

Tour Dates

 

Sept. 12 | Atlanta, GA | Smiths Olde Bar

 

Sept. 13 | Tampa, FL | Tampa Cuban Club (WMNF Birthday Party)

 

Sept. 14 | Gainesville, FL | Real Big Deal (Alachua County Fairgrounds)

 

Sept. 17 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle

 

Sept. 18 | Boone, NC | Legends at Appalachian State

 

Sept. 19 | Greenville, SC | Handlebar

 

Sept. 20 | Savannah, GA | Live Wire Music Hall

 

Sept. 25 | Falls Church, VA | State Theatre

 

Sept. 26 | Pittsburgh, PA | Club Café

 

Sept. 27 | Cleveland, OH | Beachland Ballroom

 

Sept. 28 | Toronto, ON | Small World Music Festival (Revival Bar)

 

Sept. 30 | Ithaca, NY | Castaways

 

October 1 | Northampton, MA | Iron Horse Music Hall

 

October 2 | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground

 

October 3 | Narragansett, RI | Wheel House

 

October 4 | Philadelphia, PA | North Star Bar

 

October 5 | Baltimore, MD | 8X10

 

October 7 | Harrisburg, PA | Appalachian Brewing Company

 

October 9 | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom

 

October 10 | Silk Hope, NC | Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival 

 

October 11  | Horse Shoe, NC | Loki Festival at Deerfields 

 

October 14 | Columbus, OH | Scarlet Grey Café

 

October 15 | Ann Arbor, MI | Ark

 

October 16 | Chicago, IL | House of Blues 

 

October 18 | Minneapolis, MN | Cabooze

 

October 21 | Bozeman, MT | Zebra Cocktail Lounge

 

October 23 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern

 

October 24 | Eugene, OR | W.O.W. Hall

 

October 25 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge

 

October 28 | Arcata, CA | Humboldt Brewery

 

October 31 | San Francisco, CA | Independent

 

November 1 | Petaluma, CA | Mystic Theater

 

November 2 | Santa Cruz, CA | Moe's Alley

 

November 6 | Los Angeles, CA | The Mint

 

November 8 | Tucson, AZ | Fox Tucson Theatre

 

November 11 | Santa Fe, NM | College of Santa Fe

 

November 13 | Boulder, CO | B Side Lounge

 

November 14 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre

 

November 15 | Denver, CO | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

 

November 19 | Dallas, TX | Granada Theater

 

November 21 | Austin, TX | Stubbs Bar-B-Q

 

November 22 | New Orleans, LA | Tipitina's (With Hot 8 Brass Band)

 

December 3  | Charleston, SC | Music Farm

Trey Anastasio's 'Northern Exposure' Tour 2008 + MP3

Public on sales for Trey's eight show Fall Tour with Classic TAB band mates Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis and Ray Paczkowski go on sale to the general public this Friday and Saturday.

Please see below for a list of dates and on sale times.  For specific show information, please visit Trey.com.

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Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB

"Northern Exposure" Tour 2008

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Dead.Net - Introducing Two New Full Show Downloads

Two magical, complete performances from Fall '79, the basis for Road Trips, Vol. 1 No.1. These Spectrum shows, 11/5/79 & 11/6/79, are now available in both FLAC and MP3; documenting the band in the midst of their sparkling three-week eastern swing and capturing the raw excitement of the first tours with keyboardist Brent Mydland.

The New Mastersounds Funk up the Fox Theater | 8/28/08

I'm blessed to have a solid group of friends who love live music, generally as much as me. There is little in life I find more enjoyable than watching close friends I've taken to a new group or artist turn and give me that look of excitement and say "Wow, you were right! These guys are amazing!" This look and this line happened more than a handful of times at the latest New Mastersounds show at the Fox Theater up on the good old Hill in Boulder, CO.

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Girl Talk CD Release Date Pushed Back To October 21st

photo by Andrew Strasser- for the Grateful Web

Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. While his first album, Secret Diary (2002), was full of purposeful glitches and noise, his subsequent albums, Unstoppable (2004) and the groundbreaking Night Ripper (2006), moved closer and closer towards dance-able mixes of varying genres, often including dozens of audio sources in a stream of juxtaposed hooks. With the fourth Girl Talk album on the Illegal Art label, Gillis steps even closer towards a creation that is centered on pop musicality rather than attention-deficit sample splicing.

Girl Talk has been known to underground audiences for several years, but it wasn't until 2006 that Gillis crossed over and caught the attention of a larger audience. With Rolling Stone, SPIN, Blender, Pitchfork, and even Beck including Night Ripper in their _best albums of 2006_ lists, Girl Talk has gone on to be booked by major festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Virgin, All Points West, Pitchfork, DEMF, etc.), and solicited for remixes (Beck, Thrill Jockey, Tokyo Police Club, Grizzly Bear, Simian Mobile Disco, Peter Bjorn & John, TeddyBears, and Of Montreal). And with roughly 200 live shows over the last couple of years, Gillis has consistently played larger venues to capacity crowds (every date on his 2007 North American tour with Dan Deacon sold out).

A year after the critically acclaimed Night Ripper release, Gillis quit his job as a biomedical engineer and now focuses on music full time. With his newly acquired lifestyle he can now work on music during the week and fly out to play shows on the weekend. With only a laptop in hand, the Girl Talk live show is more portable than a traditional band and has afforded Gillis the opportunity to travel the world with minimal overhead. A visceral culture of audience involvement has also become key to the live Girl Talk experience. Performances oftentimes feature the stage being mobbed with a sweaty mass of dancers who surround Gillis as he triggers samples and create mixes, new and old, out of loops from his hard drive. Such performances have quickly become one of the most entertaining and exhilarating live shows many have experienced as Girl Talk has the extraordinary ability to get the crowd ecstatic and keep the thrill going for the entire concert.

The new album, Feed the Animals, collects the material that was developed over the last two years as part of Gillis' ever-changing live show. With hours of material in hand, it still took months to meticulously edit together the seamless album that combines 300+ samples in 50 minutes. Such fastidious care is what separates Girl Talk from the dime-a-dozen remixes that are posted to the Internet daily. In comparison to the previous release, Gillis has described this new album as expanded, with a larger range of tempos and samples. Yet, at the same time the focus has shifted from technical prowess to the flow and balance of each segment in an effort to successful translate the over-the-top party feel of the Girl Talk live show into album form.

Before Girl Talk suddenly reached critical acclaim, a typical show would attract 15-30 people. During those initial years it was an extreme oddity for someone to show up with a laptop and play elaborately constructed mixes of pop samples. In the last couple of years, though, not only have Gillis' live shows exploded, but he is also being recognized for his innovations. From Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips nominating him for the Shortlist Music Prize to Representative Mike Doyle speaking about him to Congress (in relation to copyright laws), Gillis has quickly become a public figure. Emerging from his underground Pittsburgh roots, he is now being lauded as the future of electronic music by techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, while celebrities such as Paris Hilton are vying to dance onstage during a Girl Talk show. Gillis modestly takes it all in stride and has stated in interviews that he will eventually go back to a normal job, all the while reveling in the party while it lasts.

While Girl Talk's music is often categorized alongside mashups, or DJ mixes, it is critical to note how distinct his assemblages are from the conventional mixing of two simultaneous tracks. Gillis' roots lie more in the rich history of sample-based compostion as demonstrated by artists such as Dickie Goodman, Negativland, John Oswald, Steinski, Public Enemy (The Bomb Squad era), and countless others. Rather than taking mashups to an extreme, Girl Talk is more focused on the art of the sampling and developing new tracks that have their own character, and surpass the original elements. Such transformative work is what helps qualify his output as being protected by the _fair use_ principle of U.S. Copyright Law.

The CD release of Girl Talk's Feed The Animals on Illegal Art has been pushed back to October 21st due to manufacturing issues. Its been delayed to ensure the product is perfect and distinctive. This delay has nothing to do with copyright issues. As a reminder, Girl Talk's nationwide tour in support of this release kicks off next month. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Thu-Sep 18, 08    Newark            DE   University of Delaware
Fri-Sep 19, 08    Saratoga Springs  NY   Skidmore College w/ Prefuse 73
Thu-Oct 9, 08     Philadelphia      PA   Starlight Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Fri-Oct 10, 08    Washington        DC   9:30 Club w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat-Oct 11, 08    Baltimore         MD   Sonar w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Mon-Oct 13, 08    Carrboro          NC   Cats Cradle w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Tue-Oct 14, 08    Asheville         NC   Orange Peel w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Wed-Oct 15, 08    Knoxville         TN   Valarium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Thu-Oct 16, 08    Atlanta           GA   Variety Playhouse w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Fri-Oct 17, 08    New Orleans       LA   House of Blues New Orleans w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Sat-Oct 18, 08    Houston           TX   Warehouse Live w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Mon-Oct 20, 08    Austin            TX   Emos w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Tue-Oct 21, 08    Dallas            TX   Palladium Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Thu-Oct 23, 08    Tucson            AZ   Rialto Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses      
Fri-Oct 24, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses       
Sat-Oct 25, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Mon-Oct 27, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Tue-Oct 28, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Oct 30, 08    Salt Lake City    UT   In The Venue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Oct 31, 08    Denver            CO   Ogden Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK  
Sat-Nov 1, 08     Lawrence          KS   The Granada Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Mon-Nov 3, 08     Minneapolis       MN   First Avenue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Tue-Nov 4, 08     Milwaukee         WI   Turner Hall Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Wed-Nov 5, 08     Urbana            IL   Canopy Club w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Thu-Nov 6, 08     Nashville         TN   Cannery Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Nov 7, 08     Louisville        KY   Headliners Music Hall w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK    
Sat-Nov 8, 08     Chicago,          IL   Congress Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 9, 08     Cincinnati        OH   Bogarts w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Mon-Nov 10, 08    Cleveland         OH   Beachland Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK          
Tue-Nov 11, 08    Pontiac           MI   Eagle Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Wed-Nov 12, 08    Toronto           ON   Koolhaus w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Nov 13, 08    Montreal          PQ   Club Soda w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Fri-Nov 14, 08    Foxborough        MA   Showcase Live w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Sat-Nov 15, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 16, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses

Umphrey's McGee Storms Back into Colorado

The Chicago progressive jam outfit Umphrey's McGee brought their explosive live show back to Colorado over Labor Day weekend, and rained down a handful of stunning performances to the Rocky Mountain faithful.

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Umphrey's McGee Ties One On in Boulder

There's a lot of music floating around out there these days that falls under the greater umbrella of rock and roll, but doesn't really subscribe to any specific genre therein.  Bending and blending genres has almost become a genre unto its self.  Not that I'm complaining, and not that it hasn't always been this way to some extent in the world of music.  But being where we are in history, there is more music behind us than there ever has been in the past, meaning there are more possible sources of influence than ever before too.  This, of course, should be obvious, since every moment in time

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