Former Spyglass front woman Barbara Trentalange to release sophomore solo album.

“…a mix of Annie Lennox’s most sinister growl and PJ Harvey’s vocal anguish. This is disturbing music for disturbing times.” – VenusZine Continue reading “Former Spyglass front woman Barbara Trentalange to release sophomore solo album.”

Lissie Announces January Tour Dates

“…Lissie is a soulful folkie from Illinois who sings melodic, hand-clapping tunes about love. But to truly understand her appeal is to behold her voice: a quiet, smoky croon that dissolves into a gentle twang, underscoring her laments.”

– Nylon

“…takes you to a different time and place. The gospel-tinged ‘Oh Mississippi’ could be the soundtrack to a Flannery O’Connor story, one that takes place down by the river and undoubtedly involves a broken heart and a baptism, while her forlorn cover of Hank Williams’ ‘Wedding Bells’ makes a bottle of Jack look damn good…worth repeated listenings.”

– Filter

“Echoing with folksy, Appalachian heart and flooded with the haunting sweetness of Lissie’s vocals (think Dolly Parton a la ‘Jolene’), Runnin’ sounds like an intimate, modern hymnal to love and the Heartland.”

– Bust

Today Lissie announced a new run of January tour dates, beginning January 7th at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, and concluding January 23rd at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. All dates will be in support of City and Colour except for January 13th at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, MN, which will be her own headlining show.

Lissie’s EP Why You Runnin’, released November 10th by Fat Possum, has been receiving glowing coverage from the press. In addition to a nod for her song “Little Lovin'” in Marie Claire’s ‘Need to Download’ column (January 2010), London’s Sunday Times recently profiled her in a ‘Breaking Act’ piece and raved, “…Lissie Maurus has the voice, the songs, and the image – freckle-faced barefoot prairie girl transported to an LA canyon in 1972, cooing like an angel and strumming an acoustic guitar – to be huge in 2010.”

Last month, Lissie wrapped up a tour with Ray LaMontagne and two shows with A.A. Bondy, in addition to her own headlining shows at the Mercury Lounge in New York, NY, and the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA. She also performed on KCRW’s influential program ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ and taped NPR’s ‘World Café Live,’ which will air January 5th, 2010.

Lissie tour dates:







* with City and Colour

Why You Runnin’ is a five-song introduction to Lissie and pivots around her big, achingly raw and evocative voice. The songs range from the­­­ hand-clapping, foot-stomping spirited opener “Little Lovin'” (download here) to the poignant country cover “Wedding Bells” to the haunting, soulful ’60s pop-esque ballads “Everywhere I Go” (download here) and “Here Before.” These tracks were recorded at her current home in Ojai, CA, and at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, with her friend Bill Reynolds (of Band of Horses, who also produced and plays bass on the songs alongside his bandmate Tyler Ramsey, who guests on guitar for some tracks). The hymn-like “Oh Mississippi” was recorded with Ed Harcourt last fall, when Lissie (originally from Rock Island, IL) was far from home in London, England.

Epochate – Chronicles Of A Dying Era

Formed by Victor Love (Dope Stars Inc.) and Noras Blake (Spineflesh/Edenyzed), Epochate is a look at the eternal struggle generated by thought and power. Their debut album, Chronicles Of A Dying Era, is a mix of industrial rock with heavy and concrete orchestrations, cutting edge guitars and killer vocals. Delivering a sound that has yet to be explored, the concept album brings about an entirely new dimension of musical experience. Centering round the decline of mankind, Chronicles Of A Dying Era is a report of the attempts, defeats and victories of the human race through an age of wars, violence and arrogance. The strength of music, thoughts and ideals spawned a visually stunning 24 page booklet! Epochate is the journey of mankind across philosophies, ideals and creed. Continue reading “Epochate – Chronicles Of A Dying Era”

NEEDTOBREATHE: “Won’t Turn Back Tour” in Spring 2010

We are extremely excited to officially announce the dates for the NEEDTOBREATHE “Won’t Turn Back Tour” 2010! The tour will kick off at the beginning of March and will run through mid-May! We were so blown away by the turnouts for the Outsiders Live Tour this fall, we started booking this tour before we even got home from the last one. In keeping with our past trends, this will be bigger and better than ever!

We are releasing a limited number of presale tickets for the first two legs of the tour that will go on sale December 18th – presales for the last leg will begin February 5th. Many of the shows on the last tour sold out, so be sure to get your tickets early and guarantee that you get into the show, as well as save a little money on service fees!

We’re playing more cities, bigger venues, and yet again we’ll be bringing out some amazing artists to join us. We’re excited to be sharing the stage with some old tour-mates as well as some new friends, including Will Hoge, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Graham Colton, Matt Hires and Seabird.

On top of all this, we’ll soon be launching our new fan club, The Insiders, giving you an opportunity to get closer to NEEDTOBREATHE than ever before! When you join you’ll get early access to advance ticket sales, a brand new fan club website, exclusive merch, fan club only meet and greet opportunities, and much more! More details are coming soon, but, for now, check out when we’re coming to a city near you and start getting ready for the biggest NEEDTOBREATHE tour yet! To join the fan club and for ticket presale info beginning on the 18th please visit or our website

– Joe

NEEDTOBREATHE “Won’t Turn Back Tour” 2010

Day Date City Venue Support
Wed 3/3/10 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theater Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Thurs 3/4/10 Dallas, TX House Of Blues Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Fri 3/5/10 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Sat 3/6/10 Houston, TX Warehouse Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Sun 3/7/10 Austin, TX The Parish Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Tues 3/9/10 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Thurs 3/11/10 Tampa, FL State Theatre Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Fri 3/12/10 Orlando, FL House Of Blues Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Sat 3/13/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Sun 3/14/10 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Tues 3/16/10 Cincinnati, OH Southgate House Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Wed 3/17/10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Thurs 3/18/10 Chicago, IL House Of Blues Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Fri 3/19/10 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Sat 3/20/10 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Mon 3/22/10 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Tues 3/23/10 Detroit, MI Eagle Ballroom Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Thurs 3/25/10 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Fri 3/26/10 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Sat 3/27/10 Atlanta, GA Center Stage Stephen Kellogg & Graham Colton
Wed 4/7/10 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live Will Hoge
Thurs 4/8/10 Boston, MA Paradise Will Hoge
Fri 4/9/10 Washington, DC 930 Club Will Hoge
Sat 4/10/10 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Will Hoge
Sun 4/11/10 Norfolk, VA The Norva Will Hoge
Thurs 4/15/10 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre Will Hoge
Fri 4/16/10 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend Will Hoge
Sat 4/17/10 Charleston, SC Music Farm Will Hoge
Sun 4/18/10 Charleston, SC Music Farm Will Hoge
Thurs 4/22/10 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle Will Hoge
Fri 4/23/10 Clemson, SC Clemson University Will Hoge
Sat 4/24/10 Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnaces Will Hoge
Tues 4/27/10 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Thurs 4/29/10 Phoenix, AZ Clubhouse Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Fri 4/30/10 Pomona, CA Glass House Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Sat 5/1/10 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Tues 5/4/10 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Thurs 5/6/10 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Fri 5/7/10 Seattle, WA Showbox Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Sat 5/8/10 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Mon 5/10/10 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Tues 5/11/10 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Thurs 5/13/10 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Fri 5/14/10 Omaha, NE The Slowdown Stephen Kellogg & Seabird
Sat 5/15/10 Des Moines, IA People’s Court Stephen Kellogg & Seabird


Chicago, IL’s premier noise terrorists, WINTERS IN OSAKA, have tapped Haunted Hotel Records to release their next album. The record is due to drop in March 2009, and features guest appearances by Rich Hoak (BRUTAL TRUTH, TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION), Topon Das (FUCK THE FACTS), DEATH AGONIES (aka THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE), Chris Dodge (DESPISE YOU, SPAZZ, EAST WEST BLAST TEST), John Hoffman (WEEKEND NACHOS), and Toney Vast Binder (HARPOON, 7000 DYING RATS). Continue reading “WINTERS IN OSAKA Set Release Date for “MOLDED TO CRAWL””

The Strange Boys announce early 2010 tour dates with Chain and the Gang

“The Strange Boys appeal to me because of their brilliant recasting of the roots of rock and roll with a seditious modern twist” – Geoff Travis, Rough Trade

“”The Strange Boys make music that can only come from Texas, a perfectly formed, totally accomplished and spot-on executed rock n’ roll band. I didn’t even know they made them like this anymore.” -Larry Hardy, In The Red Records

Recorded by: Mike McHugh at The Distillery, in Costa Mesa, Ca. September 2009
Ryan Sambol: guitar, vocals, harmonica, piano
Greg Enlow: guitar, organ, piano, background vocals, glockenspiel
Philip Sambol: bass, background vocals
Seth Densham: drums
Jenna Thornhill-DeWitt: saxophone, background vocals
Tim Presley: background vocals, bass

The Strange Boys are a phenomenal young group from Austin, Texas.

They are at the same time, both timeless and refreshingly avant garde. They have signed to Rough Trade Records for the world excluding the US (where they remain on In The Red Records). Set to appeal to anyone who has a liking for top quality beat and blues influenced rock n’ roll, The Strange Boys have provoked excitement and reaction in the Rough Trade offices the like of which has been unseen since the signing of The Strokes. They played their first UK shows this summer to wild reaction and their live return to the UK is hotly anticipated. Having played across Europe this summer, they’ve since returned to the US and recorded their 2nd album in Costa Mesa. Entitled, Be Brave, it is the follow up to their debut and Girls Club, which was released on In The Red in the US and became a hugely popular underground record in the UK via import copies alone.

Ryan Sambol explains the background of the new record:

“We got back from Europe and I worked out the songs that I had already started, wrote some more and sent cassette tapes of the songs to Tim, Jenna and Seth. When they got the tapes they all called me back and said they didn’t know what they were going to play, but they were interested to try. Then the three of us; Greg, Philip and I, drove out from Austin and played a few shows to get to LA. We met up with Tim, Jenna and Seth, went over to our friend John’s house, and rehearsed for a couple hours. The next day, we played FYF Fest, two days later we went to Costa Mesa, and two weeks later we came out with Be Brave.”

A limited edition 7″ vinyl single to be released on January 25th in the UK and on Jan 26th in the US will precede the new album. Title track ‘Be Brave’ will be backed by different, non-album, b-sides on the UK and US editions.

“..this is a careful, studied slouch: the loose limbs of garage-rock, rendered through a psychedelic fuzz, with melodies plucked from the blues and 1950s country music. “Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up” sounds both aggressive and aggrieved, and much of this impressive debut album manages wistfulness without sacrificing its knowing edge.” – NY Times

“It’s passionate, yowling guitar rock at its best” – Rolling Stone


Friday Feb 19th Austin @ Emo’s *#
Sun Feb 21 Marfa TX @ Padre’s *
Tues Feb 23 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space *
Wed Feb 24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
Thurs Feb 25 Isla Vista, CA @ Biko Garage *
Fri Feb 26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat Fat 27 San Francisco CA @ Elbo Room *$
Sun Feb 28 Reno, Nevada @ Rainshadow Community Charter High School *
Tues March 2 Salem, OR @ The Space *%
Wed March 3 Olympia, WA @ Northern *%
Thurs March 4 Seattle WA @ Comet Tavern *&
Fri March 5 Vancouver BC @ Media Club *
Sat March 6 Portland OR @ East End *
Sun March 7 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
Mon March 8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Tue March 9 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
Wed March 10 – Boulder, CO @ University of Colorado – Club 156
Fri Mar 12 – Lubbock, TX @ Bash Riprock’s

* = w/ Chain and the Gang
# = w/ Yellow Fever
% = w/ The Hive Dwellers
& = w/ Lovvers
$ = w/ Ty Segall, Nodzzz

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Cool Hand Luke Kicks Off Tour With My Epic

The guys in Cool Hand Luke jump-started 2009 with a January tour alongside their good friends, My Epic. This weekend, the tour began in Virginia and North Carolina to rave reviews and great crowds. Joining Cool Hand Luke onstage is Lee Hardin, a great friend and bass player, so if you are able to check out the tour, make sure you say hello to Lee! Continue reading “Cool Hand Luke Kicks Off Tour With My Epic”


Metallic rock titans THE SWORD have announced January, 2010 U.S. tour dates. The headlining run will launch on January 23 in Corpus Christi, TX. The celebrated quartet will preview brand new songs from its as-yet-untitled third record over the course of the short tour. A full listing of upcoming THE SWORD tour dates follows this message.

THE SWORD has completed the writing process for its highly anticipated new album and follow up to 2008’s Gods of the Earth. THE SWORD’s new songs are said to feature a more direct and diverse take on the unit’s dynamic, power-driven sound in addition to “otherworldly / sci-fi” lyrical themes. The band will enter an Austin, TX studio in February to commence recording.

THE SWORD has taken the music world by storm in the time since the release of its debut album Age of Winters (2006), gaining widespread acclaim for its aggressive sound, mountaintop-friendly hooks and lyrical themes rife with myth and mythology. The band’s sophomore album Gods of the Earth was released in 2008 to a landslide of both fan and critical acclaim and the band supported the record by touring the globe with Metallica on its “Death Magnetic” world tour. THE SWORD song “The Black River” is featured on the wildly popular video game Guitar Hero: Metallica and the band’s track “Celestial Crown” appears on the soundtrack to the movie “Jennifer’s Body”.

THE SWORD is available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the band, simply contact Carl Schultz @ ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated THE SWORD news and tour information will be made available via the Kemado Records website:, THE SWORD web domains: / and the ACTION! PR website:

“THE SWORD believe in loud the way it used to be” – ROLLING STONE

“You know how Indians used to hunt buffalo by forcing them off a cliff, and they’d fall to the rocks? That’s kind of what they sound like…like a bunch of bison being pushed over a cliff.” – SPIN

“this four-piece specializes in old-school heavy metal that uncannily recalls Black Sabbath’s sonic template. Delivering its lyrics of bloody medieval carnage without even the slightest hint of irony, THE SWORD strives to burnish the genre’s tarnished breastplate.” – THE NEW YORKER

“Purveyors of Shred…THE SWORD doesn’t simply rock, they battle.” – METRO NEW YORK

THE SWORD 2010 tour dates:

January 23 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
January 24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
January 25 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
January 27 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Café
January 28 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
January 29 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves

Seabound;s new release, upcoming tour!

When Black Beats Blue is a line from the song “Breathe” off of the album Double-Crosser. Seabound chose it as the album title because the idea of compiling an album of rare and unreleased tracks was in part sparked by two amazing but yet unreleased Breathe remixes. With rare material from 2001 to 2008 and top notch remixers from the electronic genre, this release contains collaborations with HECQ, Forma Tadre, Haujobb, Mindless Faith, and more. The “Domination” remix by Die Form is particularly worth mentioning because Seabound are the only band Die Form has ever remixed throughout its musical career. “Watching Over You (Live SF)” is now professionally mastered on CD for the first time and features Reagan Jones of Iris, recorded during the bands’ joint US tour in 2008. Continue reading “Seabound;s new release, upcoming tour!”

Cellist Johannes Moser Embarks on “Sounding Off: A Fresh Look at Classical Music”

On January 17, cellist Johannes Moser and his collaborator, the performance artist and toy pianist Phyllis Chen, embark on their first U.S. tour together: “Sounding Off: A Fresh Look at Classical Music”. The two will travel to six cities across America, bringing their fresh and original take on the creative process and concert experience to universities, schools, and community groups. Before each performance – featuring works ranging from classical to experimental – they will conduct a variety of educational outreach activities, designed to allow each city’s audience to find and develop its own unique identity. Moser and Chen begin their “Sounding Off” tour on January 17 in San Diego, CA, with further stops in San Francisco (Jan 19-20), Detroit (Jan 22), Malibu’s Pepperdine University (Jan 24), Boulder (Jan 27), and New York City (Feb 1).

For this bold audience development project, Moser has reached out to a broad range of community and campus organizations in each university town on the tour, from high school students in Detroit to marketing and business students at the University of California at Berkeley. Rather than performing in concert halls, he and Chen have elected to appear at alternative performance spaces, including bars, clubs, and galleries, with the tour culminating at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Manhattan’s leading venue for eclectic gigs. Playing on traditional and electric cello, and on traditional, prepared, and toy piano, Moser and Chen will present repertoire from both the classical canon and the cutting edge, to show how the latest trends in modern music can influence classical performance and presentation.

“Sounding Off” is a project tailored to engage and excite university students about contemporary classical music and performance. By contrast with the conventional concert format, each event will be somewhat open-ended. “My goal on this tour is to integrate the outreach activities and performances in a new way,” explains Moser. “Our hope is to create a sense of excitement and investment in our music-making through intimate and informal activities outside of a formal concert setting. The students will then enter the performance having a personal connection to the performers and a close connection to the artistic process.”

Johannes Moser has long been an advocate of music education and audience development during his travels around the world. He has been a frequent ambassador to schools, hospitals, and community groups, both through “Rhapsody in School”, which coordinates these activities throughout Europe, and by reaching out directly to community organizations. In the U.S., Moser has taken the initiative of contacting such organizations, and provides performances and demonstrations between his formal concert dates. “I started visiting hospitals, schools, retirement homes, and hospices when I was 19 years old. Until then, playing concerts had been something fun but rather abstract to me,” Moser explains. “The more I played in these environments, the more I learned that music can make a real difference in people’s lives, including mine. Performing these activities on a regular basis has changed the way I think about making music.”

Further highlights of Johannes Moser’s 2009-10 season include a return to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, for performances of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major (Feb 15 & 16). His rendering of the same work with the Cleveland Symphony was described as “a tour-de-force account” by the Plain Dealer, which continued:

“Where the music asks for intensity, Moser answered with ferocity, wailing on his cello like a rock guitarist. The finale, especially, was a raging tide. But quieter passages were also gripping, as eerie high notes evoked utter loneliness or resignation.”

Moser will also play Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Dresdner Philharmonie under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, first in Dresden (April 23 & 25) and then on a tour of South America (May 1-15). And finally, before heading to South America, Moser will perform Lutoslawski’s formidable Cello Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst in Munich (April 29 & 30).

More information about Johannes Moser’s “Sounding Off” tour is available at:

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Johannes Moser’s “Sounding Off: A Fresh Look at Classical Music”

January 17, 2010


San Diego, CA

January 19

Amnesia Bar

San Francisco, CA

January 20

Socha Café

San Francisco, CA

January 22

Detroit Institute of Art

Detroit, MI

January 24

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

January 27

Rock N Soul Café

Boulder, CO

February 1

(Le) Poisson Rouge

New York, NY