CHARLES LLOYD QUARTET JANUARY 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Many critics have opined that Lloyd’s “New Quartet”, with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland may be the best of all his groups. The quartet’s previous release in this line-up, the live-recorded Rabo de Nube, met with across-the-board approval and was voted #1 album of the year in both the Critics and Readers Polls of JazzTimes.

The Quartet has toured extensively since the September release of Mirror both in the states and abroad. Early in the new year they will again hit the road in the USA:

January 20 – Hanover, NH – Hopkins Center D artmouth College

January 21 and 22 – Boston, MA – Regattabar

January 23 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Center

January 25 – Amherst, MA – U Mass

January 28 – Middletown, CT – Wesleyan Univ.

January 29 – New York, NY – JALC – Rose Theater

January 30 – Buffalo, NY – Albright-Knox Gallery

And later in the year:

June 3 – Chicago, IL – Orchestra Hall – Charles Lloyd Quartet + Zakir Hussain

NEVERMORE Gear Up For Touring; Confirm Treks with Symphony X and Sepultura

NEVERMORE has landed on several ‘Best of 2010’ lists this month but that seems to be an obvious conclusion from releasing what many view as the best NEVERMORE album yet, ‘The Obsidian Conspiracy’. The band has also seen a huge response from fans after completing their tremendous headlining tour this summer. Now the band is gearing up for 2011 and that means one thing, more touring!

NEVERMORE is excited to announce two spectacular tours already planned for this year. One finds the band alongside Symphony X and Soilwork – a tour that has already turned many hands as one of the standouts of the new year. The second finds these icons of metal joining forces with one of South America’s finest exports, SEPULTURA, on a tour that could easily be called a clash of the titans.

Dates for both treks are below and NEVERMORE is available for press. Contact josh@centurymedia.com to schedule!

NEVERMORE
w/ Symphony X, Soilwork, Powerglove & Blackguard
4/21: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
4/22: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
4/23: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/25: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/26: Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rosseau
4/27: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/29: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/30: Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
5/01: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
5/02: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
5/04: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/06: Seattle, WA @ Showbox
5/07: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
5/08: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
5/10: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
5/11: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
5/13: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/14: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/15: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
5/17: Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
5/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/19: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/20: Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
5/21: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
5/22: W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

w/ Sepultura
5/23: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
5/24: Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
5/26: Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
5/27: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
5/28: Calgary, AL @ Dickens
5/29: Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
5/30: Prince George, BC @ Third
5/31: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

Don’t forget to check out NEVERMORE online!

MySpace: www.myspace.com/nevermorefans

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nevermorefans

Pattern Is Movement – Stowaway (CD)

“Maple” may just be one of the most annoying openings for a CD; the repletion and brash arrangements that are such a hallmark for the track do maintain some semblance of a melody, but it is lost in much of the track’s chaos. Continuing with the incredible amount of repetition for “It’s The Wine”, Pattern Is Movement seem to be expressing themselves in a seventies vein, almost as the Kinks had a few studio sessions with Wendy Carlos. Simplistic lines are the story of this album, and the herky-jerky vocal delivery on the track makes songs like “It’s The Wine” an odd, but fitting candidate for the dance floor. The first track that truly finds a brand of intense catchiness is “Never Liked This Time Of Day”. This track uses arrangements that have more than a passing glance toward musical numbers like “Singin’ In The Rain” and romantic French tracks (from the fifties), while still continuing brash and oddly-fitting arrangements for space filler.

The socialization curve that is necessary for individuals to acclimate themselves to Pattern is Movement’s music is daunting, to say the least. However, more traditional (less out there) tracks like “2 Voices For 2 Sections” may just be the best way to introduce individuals to Pattern is Movement. The logical leaps that the band has listeners complete during the earlier tracks of “Stowaway” has been replaced with a more fleshed-out arrangement (instead of stopping one style and moving to a different style, there seems to be more effectual transitions in the band’s music).

There is a good cohesion to the bulk of tracks on “Stowaway”, which is to say that when one puts on any of the tracks from this CD they will be immediately aware that Pattern is Movement created the track, but the tracks themselves are not carbon copies of each other, allowing listeners to enjoy the entire disc without fear of ennui. The various interludes cut down the number of tracks to effectively nine, but this is more than enough for Pattern is Movement. Tracks tend to go on for a delightfully long time; it is most likely the case that Pattern is Movement despite all their use of repetitious arrangements is capable enough to tweak later re-iterations in such away to keep things interesting. A challenging listen, to be honest but one that shows the band has indeed progressed since their EP from about a year ago.

Top Tracks: Talk Back To Me, Two Voices For Two Sections

Rating: 6.1/10

Pattern Is Movement – Stowaway / 2005 NFI / 12 Tracks / http://www.patternismovement.com / http://www.nfilabel.com / Reviewed 11 September 2005

WHITECHAPEL set to film live music video for the track “Breeding Violence”!

Knoxville, TN’s WHITECHAPEL has selected Rocketown in Nashville, TN as the location for the new music video for the track Breeding Violence, off the band’s latest release A New Era of Corruption. The video is being shot on Saturday, January 8th with director Scott Hansen (Ill Nino, Willie Nelson, A Day to Remember, DWP, Bless the Fall, We Came As Romans). WHITECHAPEL will play a full set for their fans and will be joined by The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza.

Guitarist and founding member Alex Wade comments; “We’re very excited to announce that we will be shooting our next music video for Breeding Violence at Rocketown in Nashville, TN on January 8th. Nashville has always been a second hometown for us and with the success of the show there on The Corruptour, naturally we’d love to shoot our music video for our awesome Nashville fans. Our good friends in The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza will be opening the show so come out and get a shot of being in our video, it’s gonna be a fun night!”

Come out to join WHITECHAPEL and be a part of the band’s new music video; the $10 all ages show starts at 7pm.

Upcoming WHITECHAPEL tour dates:
Live Nation, Decibel Magazine & ThePRP.com Presents the Welcome to Hell Tour featuring WHITECHAPEL w/ The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I declare war Feb 10 Knoxville, TN Valarium
Feb 11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Feb 12 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Feb 13 Richmond, VA The National
Feb 14 Springfield, VA Jaxx
Feb 15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Feb 16 New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Feb 17 Albany, NY Northern Lights
Feb 18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Feb 19 Worcester, MA The Palladium (downstairs)
Feb 20 Buffalo, NY Club Infinity
Feb 22 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
Feb 23 Toronto, ON Opera House
Feb 24 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Feb 25 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Feb 26 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
Feb 27 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Feb 28 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Mar 01 Lawrence, KS The Granada
Mar 03 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Mar 04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Mar 05 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Mar 08 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Mar 09 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Mar 11 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
Mar 12 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
Mar 13 San Diego, CA Soma
Mar 14 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
Mar 15 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre
Mar 19 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Mar 23 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Mar 25 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre

Fans can purchase tickets for the Welcome to Hell Tour now at the following location: http://whitechapelband.com. And don’t forget to pick up the FREE official WHITECHAPEL iPod App that includes the band’s latest music, videos, photos, news, and tour dates! Get your free WHITECHAPEL App at the iTunes store.

Official sponsors of the Welcome to Hell Tour:
Decibel Magazine – http://www.decibelmagazine.com/
The PRP – http://www.theprp.com/
Live Nation – http://www.livenation.com/
ESP Guitars – http://www.espguitars.com/
Rockstar Energy Drink – http://www.rockstar69.com/
Merch Now – http://new.merchnow.com/

Follow WHITECHAPEL at the following locations:
http://whitechapelband.com
http://www.thediseased.com/
http://aneweraofcorruption.com/
http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal
http://twitter.com/whitechapelband
http://www.youtube.com/WhitechapelTV
http://www.myspace.com/whitechapel

Pattern is Movement – The (Im)possibility of Longing (CD)

Moving into their first track “Non Servium” with a generous helping of Radiohead and a brooding style of indie rock, Pattern is Movement start out their disc with a solid-sounding but weak-experimenting first track. The inclusion of strings to counteract the snarky tone of the guitar is a welcome change from banality, but the track still leaves some longing in the hearts of true musical swingers. Lacking a definite bass presence in “I Should Be Leaving”; instead using backwards-masked instruments to further the track, Pattern is Movement attempt a much too subtle idea of repetition to succeed. Instead of hearing a gradation in between each reversed drum clip, we as listeners hear practically the same thing over and over. The rock-influenced opening to “Gunsmith” bodes well for the band, but the furor and energy portended to by the aforementioned opening dissipates as we are thrown into another iteration of the opening track. Of note only is the interplay of fifties-sounding synthesizer lines mixing with a decidedly computer-created set of drum beats.

We are cut back into the harder edge of Pattern is Movement at the end of “Gunsmith”, but the old adage of “too little, too late” holds true. With a vocal assault opening up “Julius”, we are almost left hanging, practically being blue-balled by an extended silence that almost tells the audience that the innovative Bjork and Cake-influenced style will again go to the quite cliché and boring indie rock found a few times throughout the disc. However, “Julius’” strong suit would have to be the differing time signature and bizarre assortment of instruments. Moving into a style of indie rock that we all know quite well, the salvation in “All Things Well” comes in the Wendy Carlos-influenced chorusing of the vocals. “War Interlude” is a non-starter on “The (Im)possibility of Longing”, mucking around instrumentally on matters that are only slightly interesting when lyrics are added ot them.

The bass makes a welcome entrance on the harder, mope-rock track “Albatross”. While the track suffers from over-played guitar riffs that are found time and time again on the disc, the dichotomy of the drum and bass guitar provide something that is innovative to this album. The disc has mucho indie rock that s0ounds nice, but is really nothing more than fluff, intended to satisy only on a musical context. Pattern is Movement would be befitted if they were more apt to spontaneity – this disc just shows them living comfortably in a rut they’ve already made for themselves by “Non Servium”.

Top Tracks: Albaross, Icarus

Rating: 4.1/10

Pattern is Movement – The (Im)possibility of Longing / 2004 Self-Released / 10 Tracks / http://www.patternismovement.com / Reviewed 16 September 2004

Keegan DeWitt: Two Hearts/Reluctance Limited Edition 7″ Single Out

The white vinyl 7-inch with a custom printed sleeve is now available via the Theory 8 website and a download card for MP3s of the two tracks is included with each copy. A digital download version is also available at all major digital retailers and includes the bonus track “Shut Your Eyes”, a demo of “Reluctance,” and a radio edit of “Two Hearts.”

AOL Music’s Spinner blog has a full stream of the digital download version of Two Hearts/Reluctance all week here. Late last month, FilterMagazine.com premiered the Chad Hartigan-directed video for “Two Hearts,” while the MP3 of the song premiered in early November on Popmatters (download here). DeWitt recently braved a frosty Paris night to film acoustic versions of “Two Hearts” and “Reluctance” for a session with French webzine Le Cargo. Fans can also grab a free holiday download of his song “Christmas Eve” here, first released last year on his Christmas Eve EP.

Both songs on Two Hearts/Reluctance were written this summer while DeWitt toured in promotion of his recent Nothing Shows EP (released exclusively through Daytrotter). The tracks expand upon the cinematic, orchestral feel of Nothing Shows and find DeWitt moving in a notably different direction than either the EP or his 2009 debut full-length, Islands (Izumi Records). The driving, dance-inflected pop of “Two Hearts” follows in the footsteps of Nothing Shows’ propulsive, rhythmic closer “Hearts Beat Loud” and the delicate, shimmering uncertainty of “Reluctance” – featuring vocals by Isaaca Byrd of The Bridges – might be the prettiest song he’s penned. Two Hearts/Reluctance also continues DeWitt’s passage from a solo singer/songwriter to a collaborator: the songs were written to be played live with his current touring band of Byrd, Matt Shaw (Hymns), Jeremy Bullock (Pico vs. Island Trees), and Dylon York (Band Marino), who back him on the recordings.

Dave Patten – Too Close, Too Far (CD)

“Strength” shows Patten’s appreciation of bands like Creed and Nickelback, and while Patten’s instrumental approach does not touch much in the way of rock (the track blends together piano and keyboards), the intensity of Patten’s vocals cannot be denied. There is more than a fair share of blues in the aforementioned set of vocals, perhaps giving the tracks on this album a more timeless sound. “Remember When” is a much more a R&B styled-track, which brings Patten into an Uncle Kracker-type of approach.. The overall style of Patten has changed very little between the two tracks, but the vocals have shifted just enough to allow for Patten to create two tracks that are perhaps as far removed as two tracks can be. Again, “Remember When” has a certain intensity to the track that cannot be denied; even though the track is simple, Patten’s work turns it into something much more than its constituent parts.

Even when Patten slows down the tempo, as is the case during “Too Close, Too Far”, there is still enough of a reason to continue listening provided by Patten. This is in the face of the fact that there is only a small amount of output creating such a full sound. Patten definitely has the ability to make it big in the music industry, as the range achieved and the styles broached should clearly show. “Too Close, Too Far” is one of the only discs that does not suffer under the weight of 15 distinct tracks. Mst times, what happens is that individuals or bands do not know when a track should goi on the cutting room floor, and thus keeps it on the disc. Patten’s track seem to all share a solid grounding that allows all fifteen to remain on without there being any runts in this litter.

The inclusion of instrumental “Interlude” just further shows Patten’s ability as a musician. With all of these tracks on one album, too give listeners something to cleanse the palette is perhaps the smartest idea here. Individuals have over fifty minutes of Patten to listen to on “Too Close, Too Far”. I have little doubt that even the most fickle listener will be able to stick with the disc until there very end. The strong entrance back into vocal music during “Falling” shows that even an instrumental track will not wreck the momentum that Patten has created on earlier tracks on this disc. Pick it up.

Top Tracks: Too Close, Too Far, Falling

Rating: 6.7/10

Dave Patten – Too Close, Too Far / 2006 Self / 15 Tracks / http://www.davepatten.com / Reviewed 14 December 2006

[JMcQ]

LAZARUS A.D. release first single, “The Ultimate Sacrifice”!

Midwest thrashers LAZARUS A.D. have released their first single, The Ultimate Sacrifice, via myspace and youtube after having premiered exclusively this past week on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal. The highly anticipated album, Black Rivers Flow, was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production.

The Ultimate Sacrifice can be heard now on metalblade.com/lazarusad with pre-order packages coming soon!

Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:
1-American Dreams
2-The Ultimate Sacrifice
3-The Strong Prevail
4-Black Rivers Flow
5-Casting Forward
6-Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7-Through Your Eyes
8-Beneath the Waves of Hatred
9-Eternal Vengeance

Bassist and lead vocalist Jeff Paulick comments; “First off, I have to say we are incredibly proud of Black Rivers Flow. It’s been three and a half years since we recorded our last album and we’ve grown a lot since then. During the writing process for Black Rivers Flow we were dealing with great personal tragedies. We found a way to draw strength from those tragedies and use it as inspiration to write what we feel is an incredibly more sound record than the last. On Black Rivers Flow, everyone stepped up their game; the riffs are heavier, the choruses catchier, and the vocals have improved and been diversified tenfold. We are on a mission to show the world that we are a force to be reckoned with and aren’t thinking about a trend, we’re thinking long term. I think our fans will hear these songs and be blown away. The energy and power this time around is undeniable, and we hope the reaction amongst the community reflects just that.”

In other news, LAZARUS A.D. has four new designs for the holidays available exclusively online at the following location. www.thirddegreemerch.com/lazarusad

Don’t forget to catch LAZARUS A.D. in action as they tour the states as a part of the North American Retribution Tour alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel. Joining the tour will be Early Man, Bonded by Blood, and Hexen.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Jan. 29 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ
North American Retribution Tour 2011 – Death Angel headlines with LAZARUS A.D., Early Man, Bonded By Blood and Hexen
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 25 – Lost on Main – Chico, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Lazarus A.D. is
Jeff Paulick –Bass/Lead Vocals
Dan Gapen- Lead Guitar / Vocals
Alex Lackner- Guitar
Ryan Shutler-Drums

Steep Canyon Rangers Play Sold-out Venues with Steve Martin and Sign with Rounder Records

Steep Canyon Rangers have played in front of more people than any other bluegrass band this year. When iconic comedian – and accomplished banjo player – Steve Martin handpicked SCR to tour with him across the country, they jumped at the chance. Yet, Martin shifts the spotlight: “I need them,” Martin says. “They don’t need me.”

In a year jam-packed with tour dates, including Carnegie Hall, along with Steve Martin the band landed appearances on “Austin City Limits,” “The View,” “Good Morning America” and “Late Show with David Letterman,” introducing bluegrass to millions of viewers who may have been hearing it for the first time. And with Martin, they headlined venues such as Bonnaroo, Merlefest, New Orleans Jazzfest, Newport Folk Festival and played 90% of their tour shows to sold-out crowds, including the Royal Festival Hall in London.

As 2010 wraps up, SCR culminates a stellar year by signing with premier bluegrass record label Rounder Records, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary of great music this year. This new partnership further establishes Steep Canyon Rangers as an extraordinary presence on the bluegrass and roots music scene, joining the likes of other Rounder artists such as Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Robert Plant.

The horizon line of the future stretches out broad and wide as SCR plans a nationwide tour with Steve Martin in 2011 to support their collaborative project due in March. Guest artists featured on this recording include Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. The Rangers also plan their first Rounder release in 2011.

Bringing bluegrass music to new audiences, the Steep Canyon Rangers continue their meteoric rise as passionate ambassadors for the bluegrass music they love. For more information, please visit www.steepcanyon.com.

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About Steep Canyon Rangers: Brothers in music – Mike Guggino (mandolin), Charles Humphrey III (bass), Woody Platt (guitar), Nicky Sanders (fiddle), and Graham Sharp (banjo) – met and began playing bluegrass during their college days in Chapel Hill, NC. Ten years later, the band has only deepened their commitment to roots music, performing with fierce instrumental prowess but also providing deeply moving songwriting and harmonies, infusing traditional bluegrass with contemporary themes and arrangements.

Dale Earnhardt JR JR – Green Screening

Detroit-based musicians Joshua and Daniel are two men making up a band named after one man – Dale Earnhardt Jr. However their moniker, Dale Earnhardt JR JR, is a fictional addition to the Earnhardt Nascar dynasty, and this habit of blending of fantastical imagination with a firm grasp on mundane and real-world events is a prominent theme for the band. They are infinitely playful and earnest, which is enough for this to be incredibly charming.

Their music is rather endearing too – “a quasi-psych mix of folk, hip-hop inspired drum programming, and effervescent pop” – that fills up the greenscreen recording studio with melodic Beatles-like simplicity. It is catchy and cute but heartfelt and cool as well. Visually, Josh and Daniel are in the zone, beginning to sweat under the lights in their eBay-sourced Nascar suits. Both the outfits and the video, which is for the song “Simple Girl,” are covered in logos, making it clear that the visuals act merely as an extension of the band itself.

Watch Dale Earnhardt JR JR perform “Simple Girl” as a part of the Green Screening project here:

An exclusive mp3 of the performance is available here:
http://www.green-screening.com/dale.html