Fenech-Soler Add Extra KOKO Show In To Rescheduled UK Tour

Announce Rescheduled UK Tour Dates

Fenech-Soler announce the dates of their rescheduled UK tour following last week’s announcement that lead singer Ben Duffy would be embarking on a short course of Chemotherapy. The new dates replace the band’s headline March UK tour which was postponed due to Ben’s diagnosis of early stage testicular cancer, and include four new shows, with the band announcing a second show at London’s KOKO. 

Ben says of the tour – “We are very pleased to announce our new rescheduled UK tour dates. I’ve been overwhelmed by all the kind messages of support in the last two weeks so I want to say a big thank you to everyone that has got behind the band. My treatment is going very well and I feel that I’m positively on the mend. This new tour is going to be bigger and better than anything we’ve done before and we cant wait to see you all when we hit the road again”.
The rescheduled tour dates are as follows:
20 – Peterborough – The Cresset  NEW SHOW
22 – Glasgow – ABC O2 
23 – Newcastle – O2 Academy 2 NEW SHOW
24 – Birmingham – HMV Institute 
28 – London – Koko
29 – London – Koko NEW SHOW
30 – Bristol – O2 Academy NEW SHOW
01 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms 
04 – Norwich – Waterfront 
05 – Leeds – University 
06 – Manchester Academy 2
07 – Brighton – Concorde 2

Ticket’s are available exclusively from the band’s website from now, until they go on general sale on Monday 28th March – 
Proceeds from the band’s new single ‘Stop and Stare’out April 18th, will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.
The band are set to feature heavily on this summer’s festival stages with confirmed slots at BestivalLoveboxCamp BestivalEvolution and Oxegen with more big festival announcements to follow shortly.

Carter Hulsey's Van Broken Into In Seattle

Carter Hulsey’s Van Broken Into In Seattle
Band has set up a Tumblr for donations
On the last stop of The Love Is All Around Us Tour, Carter Hulsey‘s van was broken into and most of their gear and personal belongs were stolen. 
Among the things that were stolen:
30 year old Rhodes Piano
Carter’s first guitar that his dad gave him
All of our Backpacks with our laptops and iPads
400 t-shirts, hoodies and cds
A Nikon camera and lenses
and our money bag from the tour.
If you see any of these items online or at local Seattle-area shops, please alert the authorities or shoot us an e-mail. 
The band is for asking for fans to help and donate via a link set up on their Tumblr. Whoever helps will receive a few songs that band will be recording very soon. Please help them out if you can!

Sims Into the Spin Tour with Dessa ** MTV names Doomtree Artists You Need To Know

Sims Announces Into The Spin Tour with Dessa and Lazerbeak

MTV names Doomtree Artists You Need To Know
Bad Time Zoo Out Now

After killing it at SXSW and being named one of the 5 SXSW artists you need to know by MTV, most of Doomtree headed back to MN.  Sims however stayed on the road with Astronautalis to finish up their current tour.  In April, Sims will head back out with Lazerbeak to support Dessa on the Into The Spin Tour.  Tickets can be purchased at www.dessatickets.com  
Sims, a Minnesota native and member of Minneapolis rap collective Doomtree (P.O.S., Dessa, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, Cecil Otter, and Mike Mictlan), dropped his second full length album Bad Time Zoo this past February, which debuted at #18 on the new artist chart.  He has since released videos for two cuts off the album “Burn It Down” and “One Dimensional Man.”  Both videos were directed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen.

Astronautalis Tour Dates
3.25 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
3.26 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
3.27 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
3.28 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
3.29 – Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
3.30 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
3.31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club AE
4.1 – Syracuse, NY – Funk n’ Waffles

Into The Spin Tour Dates
4.23 – Sioux Falls, SD – Skully’s
4.25 – Missoula, MT – Badlander
4.26 – Spokane, WA – The A Club
4.27 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
4.28 – Seattle, WA – Necter
4.29 – Portland, OR – Rotture
4.30 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
5.02 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
5.03 – Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp
5.04 – Reno, NV – Tonic Lounge
5.05 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
5.06 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
5.08 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
5.09 – Scottsdale, AZ – Chasers
5.10 – Albequerque, NM – The Moonlight Lounge
5.12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
5.12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
5.13 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
5.14 – Denver, CO – Marquis
5.15 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown

Purchase Bad Time Zoo



The legendary, fantastic Rebecca Gates (Spinanes) and her band, The Consortium (Joanna Bolme of Jicks, Quasi, drummer Ji Tanzer of Blue Cranes and various other Blue Cranes members) are descending upon the NE to play new and old songs alike for YOU, you lucky person! These shows are not to be missed, and I would absolutely love to get you a list spot (in case you can review), an interview with Gates, or any other anything I might be able to provide that’d help.

Gates is an insanely busy woman, and aside from continuing to work on her upcoming record, has been up to a lot lately. She sang on several tracks of Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab’s first solo record since Monade’s 2008 Montre Cosmic, which is available from Drag City. She also contributed a track called “Doos” to Dear New Orleans, a benefit compilation assembled by Air Traffic Control to mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and to address the Gulf Oil disaster deeply affecting the region. Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network are two highly respected and efficient agencies focussing on infrastructure issues and the long view. Information about the album and a track listing is here, a profile of the project is featured in Rolling Stone.

April 1. 2011 : PORTLAND, OR : Mississippi Pizza : solo opening for Kaia Wilson
April 9, 2011 : CAMBRIDGE, MA : Plough and Stars : w/ the Consortium, & Blue Cranes
April 10, 2011 : PROVIDENCE, RI : AS220 : w/ the Consortium, & Blue Cranes
April 12, 2011 : HOBOKEN, NJ : Maxwells : w/ the Consortium, Tall Firs & Blue Cranes
April 14, 2011 : BROOKLYN, NY : Rock Shop : w/ the Consortium, & Blue Cranes
May 28, 2011 : GEORGE, WA : Sasquatch Festival

Rebecca Gates is a US based musician, curator, artist and audio editor. She has released four albums, three as leader of the critically acclaimed group The Spinanes (Sub Pop), toured internationally and appeared as a vocalist on numerous records by artists as wide ranging as The Decemberists and Willie Nelson. Her 2001 record Ruby Series was hailed by Spin as “warm, thoughtful, and melodically gorgeous.”

Gates was editor and co-founder of The Relay Project audiomagazine, a sound-only periodical featuring content from a variety of editorial and sonic sources which will be re-launched in 2011 as Sonoset Magazine. A co-curator of The Marfa Sessions, an exhibition of sonic land arts installations by international artists in Marfa, Texas, she has also been featured as an artist at Lehmann Maupin Gallery (New York, NY), Vedanta/Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago, IL), Centro La Fontana (Barcelona, SPAIN), Fontanelle (Portland, OR) and The Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Sun Valley, ID/Los Angeles, CA).

She currently performs solo and under the rg consortium moniker. The fine onstage version of the Consortium, may feature any and all of : Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes), Joanna Bolme (The Jicks, Quasi), Rebecca Cole (Wild Flag, The Minders), Nate Query (The Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jenny Drizos (The Decemberists, Black Prairie), Amy Domingues (Garland of Hours), Dave Depper (Loch Lomond, Blue Giant) or any other musical genius who consents to participating.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE: http://parcematone.com/

THE TRAVELLING BAND new LP out May30th / UK tour announced

release eagerly awaited second album
‘Screaming Is Something’
– out 30 May 2011 on Cooking Vinyl –
and announce May / June UK Tour
The Travelling Band take me back to my musical roots. Marvellous music to savour and enjoy” Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival
An inventive brand of guitar-laden country folk pop with a cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage.” Clash magazine
Sweet harmonies, strong song writing and an unforced take on country rock make for a beguiling debut” Independent on Sunday
The Travelling Band’s shimmering blend of cosmic-country-pop, understated psychedelia, vocal harmonies and nu-folk has made them one of the most talked about artists to emerge from the Manchester music scene – “If you consider the term Mancunian Americana to be an oxymoron try listening to the Travelling Band. Brilliant” Marc Riley BBC 6 Music.
A recording project in New York City in 2006 led a collective of like minded souls to record what was to become ‘Under The Pavement’, their debut studio album. Released two years later, the record was very well received by the UK media, gaining BBC Radio 6 ‘Album of The Day’, BBC Radio 2’s ‘Single of The Week’ and a featured song in the Ian Dury biopic ‘Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll’.
Although, as The Sun says, “This debut blurs the folk/rock boundaries, delicately intertwining sensitive lyrics with accomplished folk vocals and jangly instrumental accompaniments to form a tapestry of glittering whimsy”, their 10 track second album demonstrates a giant leap forward for the band. Set for a 30 May UK release, ‘Screaming Is Something’, which isn’t quite soul music, isn’t quite folk, isn’t quite pop, country or rock, is being supported by a May / June UK Tour (dates below and ticketing details on the band’s website).
APRIL 2011
4 Manchester, The Deaf Institute (MAK presents: ‘ten’ album launch w/ Badly Drawn Boy / The Travelling Band {acoustic } / Jim Noir / Silverclub / Jo Rose / Liam Frost / Gideon Conn / Josphine Oniyama / Liz Green)
7 London, Union Chapel (MAK presents: ‘ten’ album launch w/ Badly Drawn Boy + Gideon Conn + Jim Noir + Jo Rose + Josephine + Liam Frost + Liz Green + Silverclub + The Travelling Band)
Ten years after the launch of its first critically acclaimed Manchester compilation album, ‘Cohesion’, Manchester Aid to Kosovo (MAK www.makonline.org)
MAY 2011
17 London, The Nest
19 Manchester, Deaf Institute
20 Leicester, The Donkey
21 Cheshire, Fom Festival
23 Sheffield, Soyo
24 Preston, New Continental
25 Clitheroe, The Grand
26 York, The Basement
27 Chester, Telford’s W’house
30 Glasgow, King tuts
31 Edinburgh, Electric Circus
JUNE 2011
1 Newcastle, The Cluney
3 Wychwood, Festival
4 Glastonbury, Sunrise Festival
5 Co Clare, Ireland, Surf Pro Festival
7 Cardiff, 10 Feet Tall
8 Birmingham, The Yardbird
9 Bristol, The Thunderbolt
10 Leeds, Brundell
JULY 2011
16 2000 Trees Festival
12 Cropredy Festival  
21 Green Man Festival 
27 Solfest 
With a democratic approach to songwriting, similar to that of Teenage Fanclub before them, The Travelling Band, aided by their 2010 ‘Sundial’ anthem (featured on the album), have become a firm favourite on the thriving British festival scene. After winning the ‘Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition’ in 2008 they have performed at Glastonbury, Wychwood, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling, Wizard, End of Road, Llama, Sunrise, Moseley Folk, Summer Sundae, Mad Ferret, Hop Farm, Hungry Pigeon and Beathearder. Whilst international festival appearances  include CMJ (USA) , MIDEM (France), NXNE (Canada), Tbilisi Open Air (Georgia, N.Europe) and L’es Nuit D’o (Montpellier, France).
The Travelling Band on the recording of ‘Screaming Is Something’
The album was recorded in a few different locations but most of the recording was done in a converted church called Kinclochspelve on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. It was so desolate and tranquil on Mull and that gave that session a real focus. Producing the album ourselves was made more interesting and challenging by being so far away from anywhere and we encountered plenty of technical problems that we simply couldn’t do anything about as we were cut off from the rest of the world. There had been some scepticism from within the band at first whether we could pull off such an ambitious location recording but once we scoped it out we realised it was going to be a lot fun.
The Travelling Band’s carefully honed mixture of folk, country, and understated psychedelia came as a result of their involvement in earlier acts … The players are:
Adam Gorman: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Pump Organ, Accordion, Banjo,  Harmonica, Percussion, Keys      
Jo Dudderidge: Vocals, Keys, Acoustic Guitar, Synth, Percussion
Steve Mullen: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Percussion
Chris Spencer: Bass
Nick Vaal: Drums, Percussion
The tracklisting for ‘Screaming Is Something” is:
1 Fairweather Friends, 2 Screaming Is Something 3 Sundial, 4 Battlescars, 4 Magnetic Anywhere, 5 Under The Pavement, 7 Hindsight, 8 Horizon Me And You, 9 One Dime Blues, 10 On The Rails

Check out ABOUT GROUP brand new video for "You're No Good"

About Group – the side project made up of Hot Chip co-frontman Alexis TaylorSpritualized/Spring Heel Jack member John Coxon, This Heat drummer Charles Hayward, and former Derek Bailey sideman Pat Thomas. 
This Rollo Jackson-directed video for the single, “You’re No Good” is black-and-white affair consisting of Alexis singing to the camera,  intermittently cut with some hypnotic gyrating – its a visual treat!
New single “You’re No Good”

You’re No Good is the first single from About Group’s forthcoming second album, and will be released on Domino on March 14th 2011.
 You’re No Good is a re-versioning of Terry Riley’s landmark 1967 track, on which the minimalist composer took Harvey Averne’s latin-tinged soul track, You’re No Good, and turned it into a free flowing piece of tape loop improvisation. Running two copies of the track alongside one another, Riley weaved between the tapes, dropping out and slowing down the song to create what may well have been the world’s first ever remix.
Playing a live version of You’re No Good in the studio, About Group take the same approach as Riley but in real-time. Cutting accross the basic structure of the track to firstly deconstruct it down to its raw parts before building up to create a loose kind of pop improv. The result is an eleven minute space jam that combines Riley’s experimentation, with the street-level funkiness of the original Harvey Averne recording.
 About Group are:
Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now, Monkey Puzzle Trio, Clear Frame)
John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Jimmy Carl Black and Eugene Chadbourne amongst countless others)
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
You’re No Good is released on Monday the 14th of March on 12” vinyl (RUG379) and via digital download (RUG379D).  The single is backed with an exclusive version of album track ‘Rough And Smooth’.
Click here for a glimpse of About Group performing ‘You’re No Good’:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuxDOnp9lw0