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Red Hot Chili Peppers announce first dates of upcoming U.S. Tour




Multi-platinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will launch the North American leg of their I’m With You World Tour in January. Tickets for six shows go on sale on December 3rd (see below for routing) with more shows and ticket on-sale dates to be announced in the coming weeks. The 2012 arena tour will be the band’s first full-scale tour of the U.S. since 2007 when they hit the road in support of 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring Europe through mid-December in support of I’m With You, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums chart and No. 1 on Billboard‘s Rock and Alternative album charts, as well as on the Top Internet Albums and iTunes Top Alternative Albums chart. The first single “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” hit the top spot at Modern Rock radio, giving the band its 12th No. 1 at the format. A second single, “Monarchy of the Roses” is currently the No. 2 greatest gainer on Mediabase’s Alternative chart.

One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including “Best Rock Album” for Stadium Arcadium, “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group” for “Dani California,” “Best Rock Song” for “Scar Tissue,” and “Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal” for “Give It Away.”


Confirmed US Tour Dates

01/25  Charlotte, NC         Time Warner Cable Arena

01/27  Raleigh, NC             RBC Center

01/28  Columbia, SC          ColonialLife Arena

01/30  Duluth, GA              Gwinnett Arena

01/31  Greensboro, NC     Greensboro Coliseum

02/03  Memphis, TN          FedEx Forum



The New Deal announce the end of their 13-year career with 6 last shows

Coming off one of their biggest years to date, Canadian Live-Electro icons THE NEW DEAL have decided to call it day. With 10 records released and well over 1000 shows performed since the bands inception in 1998, tND has made an indelible mark as pioneers in the art of performing electronic music completely live and in real time. The band is signing off after a great final year of shows in their favourite North American cities.

So then, why stop now? tND’s drummer, Darren Shearer explains “Looking at the current musical climate, we realized that weren’t going to continue to be able put out new records every year and keep up the 80+ show touring schedule that is required of bands in our genre. It didn’t feel fair to our fans, and wasn’t the way we wanted our band to evolve. tND has always been about being creative in the moment, but we had gotten to the point where we needed either give it our all or move on. It feels right to end off here.”

tND began out over 13 years ago as an anomaly, a hybrid of electronic and live, capturing the essence of electronic music for real, and on stage. Now, there are literally hundreds of bands across the U.S. emulating that same idea, and with dubstep and electro on the rise, even more groups are surfacing, continuing to push this once fringe, very underground style of music even further into the pop realm. In 2001, SPIN magazine called the New Deal “The Kraftwerk of the new Millennium”, but it has taken over a decade to see what this band has been a part of creating, as dance music now reigns in the clubs and the airwaves.

What’s next? Dan Kurtz will continue recording and performing with his mega-hit pop act “Dragonette”, Jamie Shields will continue to play super-dad while scoring film and television music for his company “Studio Cat”. Darren will be going west, where he has landed a gig in Los Angeles in film post-production.

The New Deal will mark the end of their career with six special shows, ending on the legendary floating music festival, “Jamcruise” that will set sail to Jamaica and Haiti on Jan 9. The band will play their last show in the Caribbean to over 2500 lucky sea-goers, and it will be a great end to a journey that began at a basement-level after-hours club in downtown Toronto over 13 years ago.



Sat Dec 17 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Wed Dec 28 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Thru Dec 29 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Fri Dec 30 NYC, NY – Highline Ballroom
Sat Dec 31 NYC, NY – BB KINGS
Jan 9 – 14 JAMCRUISE – Jamaica & Haiti



The Infamous Stringdusters Announce New Live Album, National Tour


The Infamous Stringdusters are excited to announce the release of their latest album, We’ll Do It Live, a collection of thirteen songs recorded live on tour earlier this year. It is the band’s fourth album, and the first release on their own, fully independent record label High Country Recordings.

We’ll Do It Live (yes, titled after the ridiculous Bill O’Reilly clip) features fan favorites honed from years of near-constant touring-captured here in concerts at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, plus stops in Burlington, Vermont, Washington, DC, and their adopted hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Stringdusters are taking improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship, songwriting and experimental performance. The album features new versions of old songs, B-sides and brand new music, all with the unique energy of the band and its fans, together in some of the country’s best venues.

The Stringdusters now take this energy and freedom on a national tour for the next two months. They’ll find themselves sharing bills with Zac Brown Band, Weezer, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others.

Infamous Stringdusters 2011 Tour Dates
10/12    Nashville, Tennessee
10/13    Greenville, South Carolina
10/14    Atlanta, Georgia
10/15    Pensacola, Florida
10/16    Birmingham, Alabama
10/19    Charlotte, North Carolina
10/20    Wilmington, North Carolina
10/21    Asheville, North Carolina                                     
10/22    Live Oak, Florida (Magfest)
10/23    Charleston, South Carolina (Zac Brown's Southern Ground Fest)
10/26    Portland, Maine                                         
10/27    Burlington, Vermont     
10/28    Clifton Park, NY
10/29    New York City, New York
10/31    Boston, Massachusetts
11/2     Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania                    
11/3     Cleveland, Ohio
11/4     Interlochen, Michigan
11/5     Grand Rapids, Michigan
11/9     Enterprise, Oregon
11/10    Seattle, Washington
11/11    Seattle, Washington
11/12    Portland, Oregon
11/13    Eugene, Oregon                           
11/15    Arcata, California            
11/16    Nevada City, California             
11/17    Stateline, Nevada                                       
11/18    San Francisco, California       
11/19    San Francisco, California

Jumpin’ Time with Nashville’s Finest

TimeJumpersStationInn.jpgThree blocks removed from Nashville’s famed Music Row, a little road house known as the Station Inn hosts a packed house every Monday night to witness a group of eleven seasoned studio pros join together on a journey back in time.

The band, appropriately known as The Time Jumpers, performs songs from days gone by – compositions deeply rooted in Americana history.  The songs may be old, but The Time Jumpers play them with a passion and precision that makes them sound every bit as fresh and vital, if not more so, than any new music being written today.

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Cooking with Claypool

Cooking with Claypool

words: Tim Newby

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Bass-freak-master Les Claypool wants to dispel a long-believed perception of himself.

“It’s funny because there is this appearance that I am this very productive fellow and I am really not.  I definitely do not wake up every day and write a new song.”

He’s a man with his finger in all sorts of pies.  He’s fronted a wide-range of bands, from his early Primus and Sausage days to Oysterhead and Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains, to his ever changing solo band.  He’s even written a book (“South of the Pumphouse” in 2006), and written and directed a movie (Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo in 2006) It is hard not to see Claypool as someone who is not productive.

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Allman Updates from the Beacon


Following a spectacular opening night performance that included guest appearances by Taj Mahal, Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Theresa Williams, and Brian Mitchell, the Allman Brothers Band returned to the stage Tuesday for night two of their fifteen show run at New York’s renovated Beacon Theatre.  The band continued offering torrid performances of their classic catalogue, led by Gregg Allman, whose vocals sound crisper than ever, and Derek Trucks, who continues to make a great case as being the world’s foremost master of the guitar.


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moe.down 10 announced

A decade ago, moe. envisioned the ultimate bash where band and fans came together for not one, not two, but three days of music and camping. As hosts, they wanted to stock the party with both nationally known and up-and-coming bands from all different genres. They set their sights on an unassuming and charming mountain setting in a town called Turin, NY and the rest, they say, is history.

10 years and 150 bands later, moe.down is alive and continues to thrive. Come join moe. as they celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary at Snowridge Ski Area over Labor Day weekend, September 4th, 5th and 6th. It’s a great way to end the summer, to meet friends old and new, and to experience amazing music in the great outdoors! As in years past, there will be food and merchandise vending, a Kids Tent with tons of activities for the youngest moe.rons, and much more in store! Lineup TBA.

$90 early bird tickets go on sales on April 1 at noon through moe. ticketing http://www.moeticketing.musictoday.com/Moe/calendar.aspx>.
These early bird tickets will be available until May 4 or until the allotment is sold out.

New to the moe.down scene? Check out some of last year’s highlights through iClips <http://www.iclips.net/moedown, or visit the moe.down video page.

The Bridge: Singing Like the Early Morning Sun

By: Tim Newby

Photos By: Sam Friedman



“You have to baby pick it,” says producer Chris Bentley.

“I thought I was,” the voice of Kenny Liner, mandolinst for the Bridge, comes over the speakers in the control room.  The frustration is clear in his voice.

 It is an unseasonably hot day in late March, but The Bridge – as they have most of the month – is holed up at the bottom of a non-descript white building located just outside the Baltimore City limits in Cockeysville, Maryland.  The building houses Bunker Recording Studio, the band’s studio of choice and where they have recorded all of their previous albums and are currently working on their new album, Blind Man’s Hill, due out October 21.

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Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which takes place in San Francisco‘s historic Golden Gate Park August 22-24, 2008, has announced plans to treat patrons to an all-encompassing local experience with areas of the park dedicated to emerging technology, local wine and food with a special emphasis on sustainable green practices throughout the festival grounds, withattractions to highlight traditions
San Francisco Culture.


Cosmic Crew: Tom Hamilton And His American Babies Tap Americana Well

Tom Hamilton—lead guitarist for the electro-trance jam band Brothers Past —says he’d never heard Gram Parsons before recording his latest album with his new band, both called American Babies . Given the forthrightness and raw emotional honesty of the tunes contained therein, we can assume that Hamilton isn’t being untruthful. So there must be some cosmic synchronicity at hand, or at the very least a serious case of shared influences. Because when Gram Parsons set out to make his self-styled “Cosmic American Music” the sounds of American Babies are almost surely what he had in mind.


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