Tour Dates: 08.19.11 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey for Songs About Books 08.20.11 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen 08.21.11 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern 08.22.11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot 08.24.11 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush 08.27.11 – Denver, CO @ The Meadowlark 08.28.11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 08.29.11 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective 08.30.11 – Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern Bright Archer’s music is as hypnotic as snow falling on water. Sounding at once vast and muted, the music centers on the voice and ornate piano playing of Johanna Kunin. Growing up in Minneapolis, Kunin grew attached to piano playing at an early age. Childhood afternoons spent poring over field guides and summers whiled away exploring the Boundary Waters also cultivated an early fascination with the natural world and her place in it. But instead of becoming a naturalist, Kunin gravitated toward music, singing with the Minnesota Opera Company as a child and getting a jazz education during her college years in Seattle. She was in her twenties by the time she discovered songwriting, a medium through which she could combine her interest in the natural world with music. After her first couple demos earned her a grant, Kunin met Tucker Martine who went on to produce her first full-length album, Clouds Electric (released in 2006). The making of her second album, Hidden Systems, marked a turning point for Kunin. Quickly immersing herself in the rich musical community of Portland, OR – which she would eventually join – and at the production helm for the first time, she chose a new musical moniker, Bright Archer, to better reflect her music’s evolving sound. On a series of winter weekends, Kunin co-produced the album with Skyler Norwood at his studio outside Portland and found 70s-rock inspiration on the radio dial while commuting from Seattle. Kunin and Norwood fashioned arrangements in the studio, borrowing a french horn player here and a bass player there from the bevy of bands Kunin plays in (Loch Lomond, AgesandAges, Velella Velella). Though all songs still center on Kunin’s lush voice and piano; a chorus of orchestral instruments, vibraphone and playful keyboard sounds allow each of the new songs to take on ornate lives of their own. The resulting music is rife with surreal atmospheres, melodic vocal lines and rhythmic piano backdrops. Lyrically, songs proceed in a wide-eyed, dreamlike fashion with the subject matter drawing portraits of the ephemeral, the ambiguous, and the fragile. Bright Archer will capture your imagination and remind you what it’s like to look at the world with eyes anew. Hidden Systems is out on July 5th, 2011 from Bear Island Records!

Members of the New Jersey and regional music scene are coming together to support young adults who have aged out of the child welfare system in the Garden State. The event is being organized by Dromedary Records, a Great Meadows-based independent record label. The effort will launch with Camelfest 2011, a two-day music festival to be held Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13, at Maxwell’s, the legendary club in Hoboken, N.J.

Proceeds from Camelfest will benefit Roots & Wings, a nonprofit organization based in Mountain Lakes, N.J. Founded in 1999, Roots & Wings provides safe housing, educational support and practical life skills to youth who have “aged-out” of the child welfare system; for many, services are discontinued at age 18. Roots & Wings assists this high-risk population of disadvantaged young adults, helping them replace dependency with self-sufficiency.

Twelve bands will perform during three shows at Camelfest. On Friday night, beginning at 8 p.m., Richard Barone, Robbers on High Street, Readymade Breakup and The Mommyheads will take the stage. Saturday afternoon, the music begins at 3 p.m. with Charlotte Sometimes, Wild Carnation, Speed the Plough and Yung Wu. Saturday night, again beginning at 8 p.m., the lineup features The 65s, The Library is On Fire, Varsity Drag and Stuyvesant. Admission is $10 per person for each show, with tickets available online at http://maxwellsnj.com and at the door. Maxwell’s is located at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken.

Bright Archer heads out on West Coast tour in support of “Hidden Systems” – out now in the US on Bear Island Records!

Bright Archer’s Hidden Systems is now on Bear Island Records and American Typewriter Records is releasing it on vinyl this fall in Europe. The album, crafted by Portland’s Johanna Kunin along with a host of other musicians, centers on Kunin’s lush voice and piano; a chorus of orchestral instruments, vibraphone and playful keyboard sounds allow each of the new songs to take on ornate lives of their own. The resulting music is rife with surreal atmospheres, melodic vocal lines and rhythmic piano backdrops. Lyrically, songs proceed in a wide-eyed, dreamlike fashion with the subject matter drawing portraits of the ephemeral, the ambiguous, and the fragile. The lead single of the same name as the album is available to download and share with your readership here: “Hidden Systems”

For interviews, promo copies of the record, guest list or anything at all, don’t hesitate to ask!

Early Press:
“Bright Archer’s dizzying new LP Hidden Systems harkens back to Mitchell’s untouchable 1969-75 run (Clouds through The Hissing of Summer Lawns), but sans the vintage nostalgia of that fabled era. Kunin’s earnest vocals and simple yet subtly elaborate song structure portray an artist at her creative peak.” Portland Mercury

“Johanna creates vignettes from her piano and her beautifully trained breathy voice, all the more visceral for its seemingly simple construction.” The Owl Mag

“There is a definite original quality in Kunin’s lyrics that is among the most alluring aspects of Hidden Systems, as she wields her ambiguous words with devastating effect.” Stereo Subversion

“Trained in opera as a child, jazz in college, a current member of a number of bands around her hometown of Portland and finally taking her talents solo, Johanna Kunin has arrived breathy folk in tact.” RCRD LBL

“Hidden Systems refuses easy, emotionally exploitative chord progressions for something a bit more ambiguous and challenging—a testament to both Kunin’s songwriting and Norwood’s studio prowess.” Willamette Week

Tour Dates:
08.19.11 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey for Songs About Books
08.20.11 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
08.21.11 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
08.22.11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot
08.24.11 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
08.27.11 – Denver, CO @ The Meadowlark
08.28.11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08.29.11 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
08.30.11 – Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern

Bright Archer’s music is as hypnotic as snow falling on water. Sounding at once vast and muted, the music centers on the voice and ornate piano playing of Johanna Kunin. Growing up in Minneapolis, Kunin grew attached to piano playing at an early age. Childhood afternoons spent poring over field guides and summers whiled away exploring the Boundary Waters also cultivated an early fascination with the natural world and her place in it. But instead of becoming a naturalist, Kunin gravitated toward music, singing with the Minnesota Opera Company as a child and getting a jazz education during her college years in Seattle. She was in her twenties by the time she discovered songwriting, a medium through which she could combine her interest in the natural world with music. After her first couple demos earned her a grant, Kunin met Tucker Martine who went on to produce her first full-length album, Clouds Electric (released in 2006).

The making of her second album, Hidden Systems, marked a turning point for Kunin. Quickly immersing herself in the rich musical community of Portland, OR – which she would eventually join – and at the production helm for the first time, she chose a new musical moniker, Bright Archer, to better reflect her music’s evolving sound. On a series of winter weekends, Kunin co-produced the album with Skyler Norwood at his studio outside Portland and found 70s-rock inspiration on the radio dial while commuting from Seattle. Kunin and Norwood fashioned arrangements in the studio, borrowing a french horn player here and a bass player there from the bevy of bands Kunin plays in (Loch Lomond, AgesandAges, Velella Velella). Though all songs still center on Kunin’s lush voice and piano; a chorus of orchestral instruments, vibraphone and playful keyboard sounds allow each of the new songs to take on ornate lives of their own. The resulting music is rife with surreal atmospheres, melodic vocal lines and rhythmic piano backdrops. Lyrically, songs proceed in a wide-eyed, dreamlike fashion with the subject matter drawing portraits of the ephemeral, the ambiguous, and the fragile. Bright Archer will capture your imagination and remind you what it’s like to look at the world with eyes anew.

Hidden Systems is out on July 5th, 2011 from Bear Island Records!

DELS – “Capsize” Ft. Roots Manuva & Joe Goddard

No rest for our boy DELS, even a few months after the release of his critically acclaimed and much loved debut album, GOB. The last time we saw DELS he was filming a mini documentary to show off the work that went into recording the track “Capsize”, and now the Ipswich, UK emcee and graphic designer is excited to let fans in on the other side of the equation with a spaced out video for the single. As DELS spits his verses while standing among alien pyramids and marble mazes, satellites’ spewing lasers and virtual organs pulsating aplenty, the chorus drops in with Joe Goddard singing “where is the heart and soul, we need to stick together”, an effect that bring the tracks slew of different style and sounds together, creating something that sounds completely new and effortlessly different.

DELS wants to give back to the people that stuck by him throughout the release of his debut album. DELS is holding a contest, currently underway, which allows aspiring producers to upload their original music to the Big Dada website. At the contest’s close, DELS, along with the Big Dada staff will listen to the twenty most popular tracks, as determined by view and play counts. Upon selecting the winner, DELS will rap over the instrumental, and Big Dada will release the song through their site. For more information, including rules and guidelines for entering the contest, head over to http://www.bigdada.com/dels-vocal/

This fall, DELS will also be hitting the road in support of GOB, performing throughout France and the UK. Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found here:http://www.seetickets.com/Tour/DELS

Watch the video for “Capsize” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlEuT2LYPho

GOB is now available via Big Dada/Ninja Tune.

The album + the official “GOB” music video can be purchased here, at iTunes for only $5.99:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gob-bonus-video-version/id429686137

ATMOSPHERE ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES

To the delight of fans, Atmosphere has announced that they will add a second leg to their “The Family Vacation Tour” this summer, which kicks off next week with a highly anticipated performance at Lollapalooza. Joined by Rhymesayers artists and veteran MCs Blueprint and Evidence, the iconic indie rap heroes will continue their touring late into September adding stops in the Midwest and South. Blueprint will be supporting the dates with a set largely drawn from his most recent release, Adventures In Counter-Culture, which straddles dance and hip-hop. Also hitting the stage is Evidence, who will be releasing his highly anticipated Rhymesayers debut Cats & Dogs on September 27th.

Atmosphere’s recent release, The Family Sign, has garnered the attention of many – charting at the #2 spot for Independent Albums and Rap Albums on the Billboard charts, as well #13 on the Billboard Top 200. Much like the title of the album and tour imply, the focus right now is on the fans, friends, and obviously the family. Full list of tour dates below along with Atmosphere’s latest video, “The Last To Say” which premiered on MTV and addresses the difficult subject of domestic violence.

WATCH ‘THE LAST TO SAY’ HERE:

“THE FAMILY VACATION TOUR” FEATURING: Atmosphere, Evidence, Blueprint, DJ Babu & Prof
08.05 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
08.06 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza ^
08.07 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
08.09 – London, ONT @ London Music Hall
08.10 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
08.12 – Bangor, ME @ KahBang Festival
08.13 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights *
08.15 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
08.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
08.17 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
08.19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
08.20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand at The Complex
08.21 – Eagle, ID @ Eagle River Pavillion
08.22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
08.24 – South Lake Tahoe, NV @ Montbleu Resort
08.25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Civic Auditorium
08.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08.27 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
08.28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Convention Center
^ – Only Atmosphere
* – No Babu

“THE FAMILY VACATION TOUR” FEATURING: Atmosphere, Evidence & Blueprint
09.13 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
09.14 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
09.15 – Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
09.16 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore
09.18 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
09.20 – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
09.21 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
09.22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
09.23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
09.24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
09.26 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
09.27 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown

ATMOSPHERE ON FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/Atmosphere

ATMOSPHERE ON TWITTER:
http://twitter.com/atmosphere

FOLLOW EVIDENCE ON TWITTER:
http://twitter.com/EVIDENCE

EVIDENCE ON FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/misterevidence

BLUEPRINT ON MYSPACE:
http://www.myspace.com/blueprint

BLUEPRINT ON TWITTER
http://twitter.com/#!/printmatic

TFDI TO HIT THE ROAD IN AUGUST

TFDI, the trio of three critically acclaimed singer-songwriters (Tony Lucca, Matt Duke and Jay Nash), is planning a national U.S. tour which kicks off in Los Angeles on August 18, 2011, and includes 18 tour stops total along both coasts (see below for complete tour schedule). Labelmate Riley Etheridge Jr. is set to open on the West Coast dates, while Benny Marchant will open on the East Coast dates. The tour is in support of TFDI’s just-released album, “When I Stop Running,” which was released digitally via Rock Ridge Music on July 19, 2011. The album, which was co-produced by the group and Rock Ridge Music President Jason Spiewak (Benjy Davis Project, Pat McGee), entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #62 and hit #3 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart on day of release.

Says TFDI’s Tony Lucca of the tour: “I can say this because I’ve seen a lot of shows, and I know what I speak of: there’s nothing like a TFDI show. In fact you almost can’t even call it a show. It’s more like an experience; an exciting, at times introspective though emotionally-exhilarating, out-loud-trance-like experience. Oh, and we sing songs, too. Some pretty good ones, I’d say. You should come. Enjoy yourself with us.”

Fans who want to check in with TFDI before the tour kicks off can chat with Tony Lucca and Matt Duke via webcast on Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 8 p.m. eastern on www.vokle.com.

Recorded at the state-of-the-art studio at SPACE in Evanston, IL, the “When I Stop Running” sessions were organic: the three musicians sat in a circle and recorded the album live. Nine originals and three covers (Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again,” Bright Eyes’ “Lover I Don’t Have to Love” and Tom Petty’s “American Girl”) comprise the album, which is the next chapter in a story that began when the trio’s self-titled 2009 EP topped iTune’s singer-songwriter charts and became a fixture in the Top 200 for the next two years. The group began as a creative lark, but quickly turned serious after the EP took off and tour dates started selling out. Though none of them have left their solo careers unattended, the three knew that the TFDI story wasn’t over, and “When I Stop Running” continues their story.

McKeesport, PA Daily News praised the new album, saying, “Lucca, Duke and Nash have never been better than on this 12-track collection of tunes that sounds like it could have been recorded when Jackson Browne and James Taylor were ruling the roost in the early 1970s. Every song’s a winner here.” St. Louis, MO’s Riverfront Times commended their “beautiful harmonies with bluesy acoustic-guitar riffing,” and Pittsburgh’s Examiner called them “immaculately talented.” We Love DC raved, “The harmonies produced by both their instruments and their vocal chords were enough to pique any music theory majors’ interest and leave an Average Joe listener’s jaw dropped all at the same time.” The Round Table wrote, “It’s remarkable to hear three singer-songwriters come together to create original material that sounds so effortless, so organic.”

TFDI TOUR DATES:
8/18/2011 Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
8/19/2011 Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke
8/20/2011 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Folk Festival
8/21/2011 San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
8/25/2011 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
8/27/2011 Phoenix, AZ @ Martini Ranch
8/28/2011 San Diego, CA @ Anthology
9/23/2011 Isle of Palms, SC @ The Windjammer for “Hotel Carolina”
9/25/2011 Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
9/26/2011 Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
9/27/2011 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
9/28/2011 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/29/2011 Marshfield, WI @ Wildwood Station Pavilion
9/30/2011 Evanston, IL @ Space
10/2/2011 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/4/2011 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
10/5/2011 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
10/7/2011 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
10/9/2011 Boston, MA @ Café 939
10/11/2011 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live

www.tfditour.com

POWERGLOVE PREMIERE BATMAN VIDEO

7/30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
7/31 Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue Scottsdale
8/2 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
8/4 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
8/5 Detroit, MI – St Andrews
8/6 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
8/7 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
8/8 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
8/9 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
8/10 Montreal, QC – Olympia
8/11 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
8/12 Worcester, MA – Palladium
8/13 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
8/14 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
8/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
8/17 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
8/19 Houston, TX – House of Blues
8/20 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
8/21 Dallas, TX – House of Blues

International videogame metal act POWERGLOVE have revealed their brand new video for “BATMAN,” the lead track off their latest release “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which came out late last year.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

Guitarist Chris Marchiel offers his own explination. “David Brodsky and I just finished our music video for Batman. In typical POWERGLOVE fashion we did things a little differently. After shooting our green screen performance footage we captured tons of “sprite” images of ourselves in the style of Mortal Kombat then processed those into full sets of 16 bit action moves. Then, instead of just animating those, I programmed several video game fight scenarios with the band as playable characters and recorded takes of me playing through the mini games. The result is a combination of green screen performance in original 16 bit environments, traditional sprite based animation and recorded gaming sequences and the end result is silly, unique and just plain fun.

The band released “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” last year to much critical praiase, “Saturday Morning Apocalypse proves that fast paced metal guitar solos and riffs can be injected into cartoon theme songs and be extremely fun to listen to,” says cosmosgaming.com. The record features 11 tracks of mind pounding metal renditions of popular Saturday morning cartoons we all remember.

1. X-men
2. Gotta Catch Em All (Pokémon)
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
5. Batman
6. Transformers
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie the Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flintstones
11. Gotta Catch Em All (Pokémon; feat. Tony Kakko)

Preview/Purchase on iTunes for $7.99 HERE

The band is currecntly shredding on this year’s SUMMER SLAUGHTER tour. They are supporting THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and WHITECHAPEL alongside SIX FEET UNDER and DYING FETUS. Keep an eye on the official Summer Slaughter Facebook page for more info!

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra Tour

Unknown Mortal Orchestra first dropped into the world in late 2010 as a bandcamp account carrying a single called “Ffunny Ffrends.”

“Ffunny Ffrends” was everything you imagined it might be – alien beatnik pop music that echoed 60s psychedelia and krautrock minimalism with just a hint of gentle weirdness that suggested its roots might equally lie in the verdant indie of the equally distant New Zealand scene.

Ruban Nielson is a New Zealand native who had transplanted to Portland, Oregon with his band Mint Chicks. UMO was a project conceived as Ruban’s escape hatch to a new musical dimension where his vision of junkshop record collector pop could be realized in a sound that recalled Captain Beefheart, Sly Stone and RZA jamming on some kids TV theme too dark to ever be broadcast.

Out of the home studio, Ruban was joined by local Portland producer Jake Portrait on bass and teenage prodigy Julien Ehrlich on drums. They have been on the road all year, sleeping in ditches and running drunkenly from venues when need be, curling ears and turning heads with their intoxicating sound all the way.

The eponymous UMO debut album was released in June on Fat Possum. Its probably something you should listen to.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

07/29 San Diego, CA The Casbah *
07/30 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *
07/31 Los Angeles, CA Satellite *
09/09 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club #
09/10 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival #
09/11 Washington, DC Black Cat #
09/12 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church #
09/14 New York, NY Webster Hall #
09/15 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands Gallery
09/16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club #
09/17 Montreal, QC Le National #
09/18 Toronto, ON Opera House #
09/19 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre #
09/20 Bloomington, IN The Bishop #
09/21 Grinnell, IA Grinnel College Gardner Lounge
09/22 Urbana / Champaign, IL Pygmalion #
09/23 Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival #
10/03 Los Angeles, CA El Ray Theatre #
10/06 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace #
10/07 Dallas, TX Club Dada #
10/08 Austin, TX The Mohawk #
10/09 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s #
10/10 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s #
10/11 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder #
10/13 Birmingham, AL Bottletree #
10/14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade #

* = w/ Yuck

WHY? (Anticon/Tomlab) announce three exclusive UK shows as part of their ‘acoustic piano tour’

23 Oct – Colston Hall 2, Bristol
24 Oct – Union Chapel, London
25 Oct – Duke Of Yorks Picturehouse, Brighton

WHY? are a trio of gifted musicians with visionary Yoni Wolf at the helm. Their unique fusion of intelligent, emotive and wry lyrics, taut rhythms and stirring electronic sounds synthesise in compelling ways and evade simplistic genre classifications of hip hop or pop. Instead presenting a patchwork of styles which offers something new for their ever-expanding fanbase and live audiences. With a prolific output of acclaimed albums from the considered classics “Oaklandazulasylum” and “Elephant Eyelash” to the more recently applauded “Alopecia” and “Eskimo Snow”, and also revered for their live performances, WHY? show no signs of slowing down.

It comes with great pride to announce that this October, One Inch Badge and Tidal Shift Concerts present WHY? as fans have never seen them before, unplugged, up close and personal.

Yoni and Josiah Wolf and Doug McDiarmid will be performing their canon of fan favourites, cult classics, covers, as well as previewing songs from their much anticipated, still untitled fifth album. Yoni will lead the performances, playing all songs on the grand piano. At each stop, the crowd will be seated, treated to behind-the-scenes jaw-jacking and the shows will take place in some of the UK’s most idyllic buildings and intimate spaces to offer something really special for their devotees. Here are the full details:

23 Oct – Colston Hall 2, Bristol (Grade II listed building and fully functioning gig venue)
24 Oct – Union Chapel, London (Grade II listed building, a working church and sublime sounding venue for live music)
25 Oct – Duke Of Yorks Picturehouse, Brighton (the oldest functioning cinema in the country)

These will be the only UK shows WHY? will play this year. Fans should be encouraged to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

We would be very grateful for any preview coverage you can provide for these shows and if you would like interview time or require more information then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Here is a music video by Ben Barnes, reminding us of what is so special about WHY? (two songs taken from their Eskimo Snow album)

Read on for biographical information.

WHY? For what? Which reason, cause or purpose? What unnamed goal?

In abstract, WHY? is the process of adapting to the business of existing. It’s the searching for something clearly unreachable, with hopes of finding small significance along the way. It’s the attempt to understand what’s really going on by observing, neither by telescope nor microscope, but by naked eye, the intimate details in the most mundane of life’s happenings. It’s the need to describe the gist of the feeling of the tiniest modicum of The Great Universal Unutterable Joke we are all always not laughing at – except when we are.

WHY? is living out the set-up of that old gag over and over, until we finally reach a punch-line. Or we die and we don’t.

WHY? is also a trio of handsome Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Singer Yoni Wolf grew up the second son to an art book editor and a rabbi. He got his start recording bad poems and sloppy beats on the family synagogue’s 4-track. In junior high he discovered hip-hop. At art school, he learned how to drop out. Yoni’s brother Josiah played drums at Rabbi Wolf’s worship service as a kid, became a band geek as a teen, and fell in love with Thelonious Monk on his way to study music at University of Cincinnati. Doug McDiarmid would eventually get expelled from that same school for carrying a stun gun, but first he was raised by two French teachers and taught piano while in kindergarten. He also went to high school with the Wolfs, where he played in Steve Miller cover bands. In various permutations together and with other now-notables (i.e. Doseone, Odd Nosdam, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere’s Slug), these three created and/or contributed to several freewheeling rap and lo-fi rock-related projects including Greenthink, Miss Ohio’s Nameless, Reaching Quiet, and the seminal cLOUDDEAD outfit. Their wildest dreams were achieved when they relocated to Oakland to make pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop.

For four years, two EPs and 2003’s cult classic LP, Oaklandazulasylum, WHY? comprised Yoni Wolf alone. He honed his trademark delivery – a sickly sweet, half-rapped, singsong style – shined up his wry, picturesque poetry, and developed a clip-and-collage aesthetic using keyboards, toys, guitars, samplers and anything worth banging on. When Doug and Josiah moved west to join Yoni, they brought with them a hoard of instruments and the ability to wail on every last one. By chops and imagination, WHY? grew into a thing of flesh, bones and fully fledged songs, resulting in 2005’s Elephant Eyelash album. Critics swooned; ladies lauded; WHY? neither resisted nor rested. They toured – with Silver Jews, Yo La Tengo, and Islands. They collaborated – with Danielson Family, Department Of Eagles, and Subtle (Yoni also recorded with Fog’s Andrew Broder as “Hymie’s Basement”). They put out yet more music.

The brand new album Eskimo Snow is something of a companion piece to last year’s celebrated Alopecia LP. In February of 2007, the WHY? trio temporarily relocated to Minneapolis and officially inducted Fog players Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson. Recording live as a five-piece, WHY? created two distinct albums from those sessions: Alopecia, with its taut rhythms and biting wit, and Eskimo Snow, a shadowy and sprawling set that finds Yoni resigned to and ever-awed by those infinite erring bits of existence that make WHY? what it is.

SHONTELLE – ADDED AS MUSICAL GUEST TO GLAAD MANHATTAN PRODUCED BY FORNABAIOVOSS EVENTS

On August 2, 2011, Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio will proudly impart their expertise to produce this year’s Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Annual Manhattan Event. The nightlife dynamos plan to breathe new life into GLAAD’s enchanting summer evening and are proud to assist the non-profit on this pro-bono project. Set against the New York City skyline on one of Manhattan’s largest rooftops (230 Fifth), the chic event will host over 600 supporters and corporate partners aimed at raising funds in support of GLAAD’s work to share culture changing stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people that build support for equality.

Drawing inspiration from Brazil’s notorious Carnavals, FornabaioVoss plans to recreate the rhythm and excitement of Rio de Janeiro for GLAAD’s festivities. To support the night’s colorful cast of hosts, Brandon and Tony promise spectacular samba dancers, live percussion, and pop-up performances sure to impress a striking resemblance to authentic carnival attractions. Beyond themed entertainment, Rockit and Club 57’s prized DJ Corey Craig will MC the decks, providing guests with a steady beat.

Providing vocal entertainment this year will be R&B, dance, and pop artist, SHONTELLE. The Barbadian artist will perform embellished with Carnival costume, crooning hit tracks from albums Shontelligence and No Gravity including global chart topper, “Impossible”.

The fundraisers’s prestigious Honorary Host Committee boasts some of the spotlight’s finest in entertainment, fashion, music, journalism, and philanthropy. Popular artist, Lance Bass will host the night with a panel of silver screen stars: Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” favorites Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan, cast of Logo’s “The A-List New York”, and fierce competitors from all three seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Off the small screen, notables include fashion tastemakers Simon Doonan, Malan Breton, and Jonathan Adler, celebrity stylists Phillip Bloch and Derek Warburton, photographer Mike Ruiz, nightlife icon and artist Amanda Lepore, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, and Award Winning CNN journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Information on event below:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

6:30pm – 9:30pm

230 Fifth

(Between 27th and 26th Streets)

New York, NY 10001

Metallica Announce Series Of San Francisco Shows for Met Club Members In Celebration Of 30th Anniversary

Thirty years of Metallica… can you believe it? We think it’s cause for a major celebration! You’ve been asking for a while now “just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?” closely followed by “why don’t we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?” We’ve heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica… fun for the entire family! Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness.

Participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). If you can’t join us for the full week, we’ll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we’re going back to early ’80’s ticket pricing (but not the hair!)… single show tickets will be just $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah. Clubbers can log in for all the details… we’re taking reservations through August 8.

Hope to see you for a week of madness in December!

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