Underground heavyweight Bassnectar releases new album

With “the largest cult following of any DJ in San Francisco” and voted “Best DJ” by Nitevibe.com and SF Bay Guardian , Bassnectar’s music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond.  Playing at nearly 150 shows a year, to thousands of different people a month; from national festivals to sold-out theaters to overcrowded clubs and warehouses to tight and tiny bars and venues, Bassnectar’s enormous popularity reflects the current hunger for raw substance in modern music and a desire for social integrity within the music scene.  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.

Ten years into a strong underground career, 2005 saw the debut of Bassnectar’s double-disc collection entitled Mesmerizing The Ultra, described as “a kaleidoscopically brilliant funk conception” by All Music Guide [Amazon.com].  For the next release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music with the force and volume of sound system dancefloor devastation.  The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines.  Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

Bassnectar’s live shows are a modern day social mosh pit of hippies, ex-ravers, hipsters, dub reggae heads, Dead-heads, Burning Man freaks, artists, fashion experimentalists, social activists, and hip-hop enthusiasts, all packed into one steamy room of grinding, orgiastic expression and musical experimentation.

Bassnectar is on tour this spring in support of Underground Communication, including select shows with percussive groovers Zilla and visionary puppeteers the Funginears.

Tour Dates:
February 23 – 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
Feburary 24 – The Cal Neva, Crystal Bay, NV w/ Heavyweight Dub Champion
March 02  -Mangy Moose Saloon, Teton Village, WY
March 03 – Abe and Jake's Landing, Lawrence, KS
March 15 – Mercury Hall Church, Austin, TX
March 17 – SXSW Showcase, Austin, TX
March 27 – Dobson Ice Arena, Vail, CO w/ The String Cheese Incident
March 30 – Vet's Hall, Santa Cruz, CA w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
March 31 – DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA  w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 03 – The Armory, Ashland, OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 04 – The Grove, Bend, OR w/ Funginears, Souleye
April 05 – Wow Hall, Eugene, OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 06 – City Repair Warehouse, Portland, OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 07 – Felix Showdown, Seattle, WA w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 10 – The Nightlight, Bellingham, WA Funginears, Souleye
April 12 – Level Nightclub, Kelowna, BC
April 13 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 14 – Main Stage-Whistler Village, Whistler, BC w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 19 – Starlight Lounge, Edmonton, AB
April 20 – Idylwyld Event Center, Saskatoon, SK
April 21 – Royal Canadian Legion, Calgary, AB