A FINE FRENZY ANNOUNCES LOS ANGELES RESIDENCY AT LARGO; DATES CONFIRMED FOR 2010 LILITH FAIR

Twenty-five year old Alison Sudol aka A Fine Frenzy will be returning to her home town of Los Angeles to play Largo at The Coronet Theatre, April 7th, 14th, and 21st. Fresh off the success of her sophomore album Bomb In A Birdcage, Sudol will join those who have previously played Largo such as, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Jakob Dylan, Will Ferrell, Larry David and many more. The shows involve a mix of music and stand-up comedy; performers come from many traditions including country, rock, and cabaret. For more information on Sudol’s Wednesday residency during the month of April go to http://largola.com/largohome.html.

Following her residency at Largo, A Fine Frenzy will play a series of dates on this Summer’s 2010 Lilith Fair. Playing Portland, Seattle, San Diego, and San Francisco, she joins the highly prestigious tour alongside label mates like Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones. The tour –a celebration of women in music- has been one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world. She’ll also be touring Europe this Summer with Owl City:

5/08/2010 Glasgow, Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
5/09/2010 London, England Shepherd’s Bush Empire
5/11/2010 Paris, France Elysee Montmartre
5/12/2010 Cologne, Germany E-Werk

No stranger to the virtual world, (@AFineFrenzy has over a million Twitter followers making her one of the top ten musicians on the service) Sudol played Austin’s SXSW as part of the Global Zone Music Festival which took place live in Videoranch3D. Videoranch3D is a 3D virtual world on the internet, where live musical performances occur in real-time, attended by a virtual audience from all over the world.

Links:

www.afinefrenzy.com

www.myspace.com/afinefrenzy

Souls Of Mischief – SB.TV Freestyle Session

“…this has the makings of a brand new classic set to shake things up all over again. 9/10” – RapReviews.com

“…Souls Of Mischief’s Montezuma’s Revenge is a solid testament to their staying power, and also should be used as a blueprint for up-and-coming groups that strive for longevity—because learning from a collective that’s been doing it since “93” isn’t a bad studying block to start from.” – ihiphop.com

The Video:

Still riding the success of their recently released Montezuma’s Revenge, Souls Of Mischief have been out and about, spreading their legendary brand of hip-hop as they continue to tour the world. On the most recent leg of their European tour, the UK’s SB.TV caught up with lyrical heavyweights Opio, Tajai, and Phesto for a fresh impromptu freestyle session. Clocking in at nearly six-minutes, the video showcases the three legendary emcees as they effortlessly exhibit superior skills, fitting more lyricism into three two-minute freestyles than most folks can manage to fit into an album. Don’t take it from us though, just watch out for Phesto’s lyrical acrobatics at the end, too. Who said real freestyling was dead?

Check out the Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNzYhCOTe2Q

http://www.amazon.com/Montezumas-Revenge-Souls-Mischief/dp/B002VEEQYO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1259621453&sr=8-1

Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with Hiero/Souls Of Mischief.

The Background:

Souls Of Mischief is an alternative hip-hop group from Oakland, CA that is also part of the hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The group consists of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. With classic albums like 93 ’til Infinity, No Man’s Land, Focus, and Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, all of which were critically acclaimed and have been certified Gold by the RIAA. The Souls Of Mischief are now gearing up to release their first album in almost 10 years, entitled Montezuma’s Revenge. Produced by Domino and Prince Paul, the album is available now via Hiero Imperium Records.
Streams:

SBTV Freestyle Session:

“Proper Aim”

Headlights – The Enemies EP (CD)

Headlights – The Enemies EP / 2005 Polyvinyl / 4 Tracks / http://www.headlightsmusic.com / http://www.polyvinylrecords.com / Reviewed 24 November 2005

Four track EPs are always the most difficult of any release to review; I can’t get off with a shorter review because there are enough tracks but there are not enough tracks to really give a proper review. The style of music that the Headlights play is a very controlled, nuanced recording that is as dreamy as much of the other music on Polyvinyl. Like former Polyvinyl act The Red Hot Valentine, the inclusion of a synthesizer really pushes the track into an emotion-conveying mood. The sad thing for fans and reviewers alike is that everything is so smooth and blemish free that tracks slide away like butter; by the time one actually gets into the CD it is half-way over (“Everybody Needs a Fence To Lean On”).

The fuzz present in “Everybody Needs a Fence to Lean On” is the perfect tease for fans that want Headlights to break out in an unrestrained fury. Each of the track has two distinct levels working for it; first off, it puts forth a prim and proper type of indie rock that could easily be heard on mtvU or any alternative stations. Secondly, the arrangements really are complex creatures that are hidden behind this outward poppiness; a track like “It Isn’t Easy To Live That Well” is easily the arrangement equivalent of “The Joshua Tree”-era U2. The coy vocals tie together acts like Bjork and Susanne Vega, and really struggle trying to eke out a victory over the very active guitars on the track. It is tremendously hard to come up with the hit of this disc; “The Enemies” could conceivably contain all the tracks that could hit NME and CMJ for the Headlights in the next two years.

This is how perfect they are; tracks simultaneously touch the current and the past of alternative rock to the degree that one sees the past, present and future of indie rock in the Headlights. The cohesion that the band enjoys in “Centuries” may be the peak among peaks on “The Enemies”; with a set of vocals that approximate Delores from the Cranberries fighting with a super-sonic guitar arrangement, one is surrounded by the choicest delicacies in the smallest place available. The atmospheric arrangements that begin “Everybody Needs A Fence To Lean On” are transferred into the larger track; the more tender touch of the Headlights really give listeners a full range of the sounds that are available.

Top Track: Everybody Needs A Fence To Lean On

Rating: 7.6/10

[JMcQ]

The Voice Project – Singing Ugandan Child Soldiers Back Home

The Voice Project launches to support Ugandan women’s groups who are using music to bring the child soldiers home – Featuring Andrew Bird, Mike Mills, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Joseph Arthur, Joe Purdy, Dawes, SoKo & many more to come…

The Voice Project a US based non-profit supporting the women of Northern Uganda who have been using music effectively to bring soldiers home from Africa’s longest running war, the 24 year old conflict that has devastated the region of Northern Uganda, Congo, Southern Sudan and CAR.

Many soldiers fighting with Joseph Kony’s LRA were abducted as children and forced to fight. Many were made to kill their own friends and family, and while many do eventually escape, they often hide in the bush ashamed and afraid to come home because of what they were made to do.

Women in the region, widows and rape survivors, have been banding together into groups to care for each other and the orphans left by the war. Often without the right to even own land, these women have been taking a lead role in the Peace and Reconciliation efforts, one of their main tools: using messages carried in songs spread on the radio and by word of mouth into the bush to let the soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come home. And it’s working. Soldiers have been hearing the songs and coming home.

Considering the atrocities the women have been subjected to, this is clearly not only one of the greatest uses of music, but also one of the greatest acts of compassion, love, and forgiveness one can find. Co-Founder Hunter Heaney first heard of the women’s efforts and how they were using music to call the soldiers home while working at an IDP camp (Internally Displaced Persons) in the tiny village of Agoro on the Uganda/Sudan border in 2008. He learned the women’s songs from different groups in the region and when they asked him to teach them some, the first one to come to mind was Joe Purdy’s “Suitcase.” Heaney brought the story of how the women were using music home with him, telling friends like music producer Chris Holmes and filmmaker Anna Gabriel. Together they assembled a team of friends like Internet entrepreneurs Kelleigh Faldi and CC Lagator, Web Developer Jason Young, Nicole Grable from the NGO world, and music industry veterans like Jay Sweet, Andrea von Foerster and Ana Calderon, and together started The Voice Project to support the women.

The story was passed to Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros who offered to combine the record release party for his new band’s debut album Up From Below with the project to raise money for the ladies. The money was used to start a small farm in Gulu. The women celebrated and sent their thanks in song, a phone call to Heaney singing the Joe Purdy tune he had taught them nine months before, and a short video of them singing the chorus to Edward Sharpe’s “Home” which has been making its way around the Internet.

>From there, the idea for the “cover chain” was born. Taking the lead from the women in Uganda, the friends decided to keep the chain going and have artists pass on the story of the women to other musicians by each covering another’s song, with The Voice Project team filming each link as a series of episodes that would eventually circle back around to the women in Uganda, posting each online and raising money along the way from sponsors, advertisers and donors to support the women, the peace movement, and rehabilitation programs for former child soldiers.

Episodes featuring Andrew Bird, Mike Mills, Dawes, Joseph Arthur, Tom Freund, Joe Purdy and SoKo have already been shot and posted, with upcoming links from Peter Gabriel, Devendra Banhart, The Submarines, Bedouin Clash and many more on the way. A number of non-profits have also been getting behind the project in hopes of raising awareness and support for the war-torn region, including Oxfam International, Witness, HOPE and others.

For More Information:

www.voiceproject.org

Heideroosjes – Royal to the Bone (CD)

The first track on “Royal To The Bone” does not do much in the way of forwarding Heideroosjes’ sound. The repetitious nature of the track just gives individuals a few minutes to pick up something to eat or get properly situated in their favorite easy chair. The second track is “Psychic”, and it is a track in the traditional sense. Continue reading “Heideroosjes – Royal to the Bone (CD)”

Kottonmouth Kings Hit The Road With ICP, Coolio, Necro & Kittie For ‘Happy Daze’ Tour

The Kottonmouth Kings have announced they will co-headline the “Happy Daze” tour alongside Insane Clown Posse, with support from Coolio, Necro and Kittie. The tour will run for four weeks from May through June, hitting amphitheaters across the country beginning May 10th, 2010 in Dallas, TX.

“Anytime ICP and Kottonmouth Kings team up it sends shockwaves through the underground,” commented Daddy X. “Both groups are heavyweight superpowers who have created their own path in the music business and did things their way, sort of like they did in the early days of punk rock. Both ICP and Kottonmouth Kings have persevered through so much negativity from the mainstream media, but are still here more than a decade later and stronger than ever. At the end of the day, the millions of fans who love and support true underground and independent music are going have the time of their lives when they come see this tour and I am beyond excited to get the show on the road!”

Kottonmouth Kings are gearing up for the April 20th release of their new studio album, “Long Live The Kings”, through Suburban Noize Records. The album is currently available for pre-order with a bonus CD and exclusive DVD online at www.SubNoizeStore.com

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES:
Apr 23 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee
Apr 24 – Las Vegas, NV – Rock The Block w/ Unwritten Law, (Hed)peBig B
May 07 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 08 – San Bernardino, CA – National Orange Show w/ Method Man,
Redman & Fishbone
May 10 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
May 11 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater Outdoors
May 13 – Louisville, KY – Inn Place Hotel & Conference Center
May 14 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
May 15 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadowbrook Amphitheater
May 16 – Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
May 17 – Charlotte, NC – The Uptown Amphitheatre
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
May 20 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
May 21 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 22 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Amphitheatre at Station Square
May 24 – Cleveland, OH – Nautica Pavilion
May 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
May 27 – Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater
May 28 – Sauget, IL – Pops Outdoors
May 29 – Bonner Springs, KS – Capitol Federal Park
May 31 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
Jun 01 – Magna, UT – The Great Salt Air – Outdoors
Jun 03 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
Jun 04 – Portland, OR – Expo Center – Hall C
Jun 05 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
Jun 06 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim

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www.kottonmouthkings.com
www.suburbannoizerecords.com

Head Control System – Murder Nature (CD)

Head Control System – Murder Nature / 2006 The End / 11 Tracks / http://www.headcontrolsystem.com / http://www.theendrecords.com / Reviewed 09 July 2006

The back and forth of the distortion that starts out “Baby Blue” does not properly introduce individuals into Head Control System. This is due to the fact that Head Control System play a style of rock that blends the current nu-rock movement with rock from an earlier time (Fu Manchu, Alice in Chains). What results is a band that can make it big in the current period, but has the chops to be appreciated by music aficionados. The only thing that can be said about “Baby Blue” is that the six and a half minute runtime for the track is too long to be played at any heavy rotation on rock radio; perhaps, if the band drops the introduction and a stanza/chorus, the song would both be more robust and ready for rotation. “Skin Flick” continues the same general sound of Head Control System, but the interesting change here is that the band has cranked up the instruments to be at a level where they struggle for dominance.

Tracks like “Masterpiece (of Art)” throw in a set of tribal drumming and a strung-out, stoner rock guitar solo into the mix. While the music that is played is not anything that has not been heard before, the density in which Head Control System couch each and every one of their songs on “Murder Nature” is something new. The repetition that is gentlely changed with each iteration on “Blunt Instrumental” is perhaps the best idea that Head Control System gives us for being able to understand their abilities on “Murder Nature”.

While (obviously) the track is instrumental, the ability that the band shows both in terms of their ability to play music and to tell a story with the music that they play is unsurpassed. The instrumental may clock in at less than four minutes, but the band is able to modify time itself and make the song feel as if it runs for over ten. After shucking away their more radio-friendly persona (only coming back to it during the HIM-sounding “It Hurts”), head Control System is able to pull success after success out of their collective hats. This is good, heavy, hard rock that does not conform to any one genre; here’s to hoping that this side project is an act that can continue on unabated in the near future. For fans of Tool, Ulver, and The Mars Volta; if those bads are good (to you), pick it up.

Top Tracks: Baby Blue, It Hurts

Rating: 6.2/10

[JMcQ]

Drive-By Truckers #1 on Billboard Indie Chart & #22 on Top 200

The tour will kick off with a sold out show at Webster Hall in New York and wrap up with a string of dates with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. DBT will appear on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday, March 31st.

Hood and Mike Cooley continue to be the chief songwriters of the group, continuing a musical partnership that has lasted over twenty-five years. Bassist, Shonna Tucker, flexes her songwriting muscles once again by contributing two original songs to the album. Brad Morgan (drums), John Neff (guitar/pedal steel) and Jay Gonzalez (keyboards) round out the current Drive-By Truckers lineup.

hu Apr 01 New York, NY WEBSTER HALL – SOLD OUT
Fri Apr 02 Boston, MA HOUSE OF BLUES
Sat Apr 03 Philadelphia, PA ELECTRIC FACTORY
Tue Apr 06 Toronto, Canada LEE’S PALACE
Wed Apr 07 Toronto, Canada LEE’S PALACE
Thu Apr 08 Detroit, MI ST. ANDREWS HALL
Fri Apr 09 Chicago, IL VIC THEATRE
Sat Apr 10 Lexington, KY BUSTERS BILLIARDS & BACKROOM
Sun Apr 11 Cleveland, OH BEACHLAND BALLROOM & TAVERN
Tue Apr 13 Milvale, PA MR SMALLS
Wed Apr 14 Towson, MD RECHER THEATRE
Thu Apr 15 Norfolk, VA THE NORVA
Fri Apr 16 Asheville, NC THE ORANGE PEEL
Sat Apr 17 Asheville, NC THE ORANGE PEEL
Thu Apr 29 Chattanooga, TN RHYTHM & BREWS
Fri Apr 30 Nashville, TN CANNERY BALLROOM
Sat May 01 Memphis, TN BEALE ST MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sun May 02 Columbia, MO BLUE NOTE
Wed May 05 Tucson, AZ RIALTO THEATRE
Thu May 06 San Diego, CA HOUSE OF BLUES
Fri May 07 Los Angeles, CA AVALON
Sat May 08 San Francisco, CA FILLMORE AUDITORIUM
Sun May 09 Crystal Bay, NV CRYSTAL BAY CASINO
Wed May 12 Salt Lake City, UT IN THE VENUE
Thu May 13 Boulder, CO BOULDER THEATRE
Fri May 14 Fort Collins, CO AGGIE THEATRE
Sat May 15 Aspen, CO BELLY UP
Mon May 31 George. WA SASQUATCH FESTIVAL
Sat Jun 05 Hunter, NY MOUNTAIN JAM
Tue Jun 22 St. Paul, MN XCEL CENTER (with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
Wed Jun 23 Omaha, NE QUEST CENTER (with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Sat Jul 10 Indianapolis, IN VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE (with Tom
Petty & the Heartbreakers)
Tue Jul 13 Kansas City, MO SPRINT CENTER (with Tom Petty & the
Heartbreakers)
Thu Jul 15 Cincinnati, OH RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER (with Tom Petty & the
Heartbreakers)
Sat Jul 17 Chicago, IL UNITED CENTER (with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Tue Jul 20 Cleveland, OH BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER (with Tom Petty & the
Heartbreakers)
Thu Jul 22 Auburn Hills, MI PALACE AT AUBURN HILLS (with Tom Petty & the
Heartbreakers)
Sat Jul 24 Burgettstown, PA FIRST NIAGARA (with Tom Petty & the
Heartbreakers)

4/1 – 4/17 Langhorne Slim supports
4/2 & 4/3 with Lucero
4/20 The Decoys supports
5/7 & 5/8 The Henry Clay People supports

UK ELECTRO-POP CROONER/HOT CHIP MEMBER GROVESNOR ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM, SOFT RETURN

Grovesnor aka Rob Smoughton, drummer for UK electro-pop outfit Hot Chip and glitch-troubadour in his own right, has announced the debut of his solo album, ironically titled Soft Return, on May 25th through Lo Recordings. Grovesnor blends silky vocals with retro synth melodies. The ensuing mix is wholly distinctive: smooth and mellow with a synthetic edge, a sweet face obscuring a broken heart. It has echoes of Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, and Billy Joel, updated with electronic elements to bring new life to some old favorites.

Download the radio edit of his first single, “Taxi From the Airport,” and see for yourself!

Smoughton himself explains: “The music is not pastiche, I love that stuff too much. Lyrically, there’s another thing going on. You can write a novel from another person’s perspective but when you write a song and use the words ‘I’ and ‘You’ then there’s often an assumption it’s personal. The ambiguity of ‘is he for real’ is where Grovesnor comes in. He’s more of an anti-hero, and often makes mistakes or chooses the wrong path at pivotal moments. If there’s comedy in these songs, then that’s just the tragedy amplified to comic proportions.”

Between touring with Hot Chip (and opening select dates), Grovesnor, originally a solo live act, will tour with a full six-piece band in support of Soft Return.

For more info, please visit:
http://www.myspace.com/grovesnor
http://www.grovesnor-music.co.uk/
http://www.lorecordings.com

SOLID GOLD ANNOUNCE APRIL TOUR DATES

After a whirlwind 7-show stint at the acclaimed SXSW festival that set the industry abuzz, Solid Gold have just announced the first leg of of their National Spring Tour. Kicking off with a home state show in Morris, MN, and closing with a secret “Record Store Day” event in Minneapolis, the band will spend two weeks in the Midwest and East Coast supporting their brand new physical release the Synchronize EP. (See dates below)

The EP features 2 versions of the title track, one of which boasts a stunning remix by Morgan Kibby of M83 fame (a/k/a White Sea) and also breaks down Kenny Loggins’ Top Gun smash hit, “Danger Zone” with an unexpected, spaced-out rendition that makes you finally realize that the song is actually pretty darn good. Hitting #69 on CMJ’s Top 200 and still climbing up the charts, the EP is making a splash nationwide.

In addition, the video for Solid Gold’s “Matter Of Time” has been taking over TV sets for the past 3 weeks with rotation on MTV2/MTVU and has since gotten “Buzzworthy” status prompting the band hosting MTV2’s popular Subterranean show on March 2nd. The song and video are available to preview at www.greenlabelsound.com/artists/solid-gold.

Solid Gold’s debut LP, Bodies Of Water, also sees a re-release this month through Best Buy and indie stores nationwide. Featuring the sexy, funked out, “Bible Thumper,” the LP not only raised the hands of their hometown scribes, but sent ripples over the pond, prompting the NME to proclaim, “This totally, TOTALLY addictive piece of laid-back, twinkling Minneapolis funkiness, has us mercilessly hooked.” and the Guardian UK to echo the sentiment by stating, “We swear to god, if we had any wedge, we’d sign them ourselves.”

The band will be announcing West Coast dates for April and May in the coming weeks so please stay tuned for the latest:

http://www.solidgoldband.com
http://www.myspace.com/solidgoldband

SOLID GOLD TOUR DATES:

Fri-Apr-02 Morris, MN Old # 1 Bar and Grill
Sat-Apr-03 Madison, WI The Annex
Sun-Apr-04 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Tue-Apr-06 Washington, DC DC9 w/Class Actress
Wed-Apr-07 Philadelphia, PA M Room w/Class Actress
Thu-Apr-08 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Fri-Apr-09 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands
Sat-Apr-10 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Cafe w/Frances & the Lights
Sun-Apr-11 Columbus, OH The Basement w/Maps & Atlases
Mon-Apr 12 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop