The World Premiere of the hour-long stand-up special Happy Thoughts will be on Sunday, March 6th at 9:00 pm EST. Then two days later, you will be able to purchase the CD and DVD versions of the special both with bonus material that will not air during the special.

Closed Sessions: ATX Trailer from Ruby Hornet on Vimeo.

Closed Sessions: Texas” is the second release from Chicago based indie label, Closed Sessions. The LP was recorded over the course of four days in Austin, Texas in March of 2010, as Closed Sessions setup a full recording studio inside of a Texas Landmark mansion. The album was created in a whirlwind of 24-hour sessions that featured artists from all over the country, and the album includes some of Hip Hop music’s rising stars as well as proven veterans. The full LP and accompanying documentary is set for an early spring 2011 release. You can preview the songs via the player on this page, and also see the video trailer. Please do not share the songs or the link, as you were given specific access.

Big Star’s third album, Third/Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album was never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations. That changed in December 2010, when an all-star band unearthed the original scores, assembled an orchestra and performed Big Star’s Third at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Performers that night included Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s) – the creative genesis they experienced prompted plans for a historic concert i n New York City. Lost in the Trees will perform as part of the all-star music ensemble and open this special show. Tickets are on sale now. Buy Tickets Here: http://tinyurl.com/4otz6d6

On March 26th, a mind-boggling array of indie rock all-stars will gather to perform Big Star’s Third at Mason Hall. Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Tift Merritt, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Will Rigby (the dB’s), Matthew Sweet, Chris Stamey (the dB’s), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and M. Ward (She & Him) will be joined by Lost in the Trees with Jane Scarpantoni, Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris, Sidney Dixon and Matt McMichaels to recreate the original scores and breathe life into a bittersweet album that has impacted generations of musicians. As the evening unfolds, Chilton and Stephen’s musical ideas that were far ahead of their time 35 years ago will resonate in the hands of a collective of sympathetic, top-notch musicians. "We have been trying to create a concert piece that can have a life in years to come, trying to keep the spirit of the music and make it come across with the right emotions live," Stamey told Indy Week. "There's something about this record that connects with my generation, and apparently many generations."

The assemblage will perform Third/Sister Lovers in its entirety – fans can expect additional Big Star and Chris Bell songs as well. "It's easier as time passes to revisit that album because it came out of such a dark period," Big Star drummer Jody Stephens told the Raleigh News and Observer. "There were brilliant moments in the studio, especially Carl Marsh's string arrangements, which really take it to a whole other world. But it could be emotionally difficult to watch certain things happen. I was so close to it at the time that I could not see what it was."
Preparing for the performances was a challenge. “The original written scores for the record were long missing,” Chris Stamey says. “But John Fry at Ardent Records was able to supply us with elements of the original multitrack tapes. Composer Carl Marsh, who wrote the ground-breaking charts for the original record, used these tapes to precisely re-transcribe his arrangements. And I’ve orchestrated anew some other elements of the recordings for the players, in order to recreate live some of the aleatoric studio effects.”
“It has been an incredible experience getting so close to the music," enthuses Ari Picker, leader of Lost in the Trees. "I got chills listening to the raw tracks from the original master tapes and transcribing the original sheet music. Its wonderful to work with so many great musicians that are so close to this historic project.”

Baruch Performing Arts Center (at Baruch College) Mason Hall
17 Lexington (enter on 23rd St bet Lexington & 3rd Ave.) Box Office: (646) 312-4085
http://www.ticketweb.com http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac http://www.scenicnyc.com Doors @ 6pm / Show @ 7pm More information about El Sistema is available here: For more information on Big Star Third visit: http://www.bigstarthird.com For Lost in the Trees photos goto: http://tinyurl.com/4av53no

WaterTower Music is thrilled to announce the release of "Sucker Punch: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" on March 22, 2011. The audio companion to the film director Zack Snyder describes as "Alice In Wonderland with machine guns" has taken over two years to create, and will delight filmgoers and music fans of all generations.

Snyder (Watchmen, 300), collaborated with Grammy®-nominated composer and music director Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge!) and composer Tyler Bates (Watchmen, 300, Californication) to select the collection of songs featured on the soundtrack, which play an integral role in the film.

"Working with Marius and re-teaming with Tyler on Sucker Punch's soundtrack was an extraordinary experience," said Snyder. "Sucker Punch is a film created with multiple levels of reality, so this same layered construct had to be considered and applied when approaching the music. The selection of songs we chose and the various ways in which they were each re-envisioned had to add depth, dimension and meaning to the sequences they exist within. Marius and Tyler did an amazing job creating an intricate musical landscape to accompany the surreal imagery of the film."

Fascinatingly reworked versions of classic songs illuminate the soundtrack, with the film's star Emily Browning covering "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" (Eurythmics), "Where Is My Mind?" (The Pixies), and "Asleep" (The Smiths), and stars Carla Gugino (Watchmen) and Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood) performing a sultry, musical theatre-inspired version of "Love Is The Drug" (Roxy Music). Alison Mosshart (The Dead Weather, The Kills) and Carla Azar (Autolux) team up on a haunting version of "Tomorrow Never Knows" (The Beatles). Björk fans will love the newly created version of "Army Of Me (Sucker Punch Remix)" that features Skunk Anansie and clocks in at nearly seven minutes.

Intense, sexy, edgy and highly imaginative, these new and unrestrained arrangements of legendary songs, along with the original mash up of Queen's "I Want It All/We Will Rock You" featuring Armageddon Aka Geddy (Terror Squad), are the backbone of the film driving the relationship between the motives of the characters and the lengths they are willing to go for survival.


1. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" - Emily Browning
2. "Army Of Me (Sucker Punch Remix)" - Björk featuring Skunk Anansie
3. "White Rabbit" - Emiliana Torrini
4. "I Want It All"/"We Will Rock You" Mash-Up - Queen w/ Armageddon Aka Geddy
5. "Search And Destroy" - Skunk Anansie
6. "Tomorrow Never Knows" - Alison Mosshart and Carla Azar
7. "Where Is My Mind?" - Yoav featuring Emily Browning
8. "Asleep" - Emily Browning
9. "Love Is The Drug" - Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac

Check out Skunk Anansie performing "Search And Destroy" here:

Sucker Punch is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary.

She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls-the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)-to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm).

Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey-if they succeed-will set them free.

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Los Angeles, CA - February 22, 2011 - The "King of California" Dave Alvin and his band will perform their new song "Harlan County Line" in the opening of the new episode of FX's critically-acclaimed series Justified on Wednesday, February 23rd at 10:00pm EST/PST (episode 3 titled "The I of the Storm"). The "Harlan County Line" single is now available for purchase on iTunes and will be included on Dave Alvin's new studio album to be released this summer on Yep Roc Records. Click here to preview the entire track online.

Alvin, appearing in the opening of the episode, wrote and recorded the new song "Harlan County Line" specifically for the show Justified, fictionally based in Harlan County, KY. In turn, the producers wrote Alvin and the band into the script.

"I have been listening to Dave Alvin since his days with The Blasters," said Justified Executive Producer/Writer Graham Yost. "Our star, Tim Olyphant, is also a big fan, as are executive producers Sarah Timberman and Michael Dinner. Greg Sill, our music supervisor, and I discussed ways of working Dave and his music into the show. Dave wrote 'Harlan County Line' for fun, sent it along and we just flipped for it. We decided to create a scene in a roadhouse where we could have him play it. In editing we saw that it worked so well we had the song continue on into the next scene. Having Dave Alvin on our show has been one of the highlights of the season."

A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, Dave Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin says that his songs are "just like California. A big, messy melting pot."

Dave Alvin's 30 years of recordings and live performances move through the loud, aggressive rock and roll of The Blasters to the contemplative acoustic storytelling of his solo albums, KING OF CALIFORNIA, BLACKJACK DAVID, DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN and from the traditional folk of his Grammy winning album, PUBLIC DOMAIN, to the electric blues of ASHGROVE. Dave Alvin's songs have been recorded by a who's who of contemporary roots

artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry and X. His songs have also been featured in many movies and television shows including Justified, The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality and From Dusk To Dawn.

Cut Copy - Need You Now from Cut Copy on Vimeo.

AgesandAges "Navy Parade (escape from the Black River bluffs)" HD from Alicia J. Rose on Vimeo.

A man unburdens his soul to the people he encounters in the course of his day. Shot on location in the neighborhood of St. Johns, Portland, Oregon in January 2011.

From the album "Alright You Restless", out on Knitting Factory Records Feb 15, 2011.

Director/Producer: Alicia J. Rose
Director of Photography: Aubree Bernier-Clarke
Editor: Slater Dixon
Additional Editing: Aubree Bernier-Clarke
Production Coordinator/Locations Manager: Crofton Diack
A.D.: Stephanie Lawson
Gaffer: Kristina Davies
Art Director/Makeup/Hair : Annie Van Thillo
Key Makeup/Hair: Claudine Ebel
Costumes/Stylist: Eliza Sohn
Asst. A.D./P.A.: James Strayer

Production Assistants: Misti Miller, Jordan Hamilton, Kevin Freeny, Isabella Berlin
Titles: Miles Stegall/Idiot or Genius?
Cast: AgesandAges: Tim Perry, Graham Arthur Mackenzie, Sarah Riddle, Rob Oberdorfer, Adam Thompson, Kate O’Brien Clarke and Daniel Hunt, with Lisa Stringfield and Tony Lash. Plus Ruby Haack, Daelin Brophy, Izzy & Luci Berlin, Jordan Hamilton and the brothers of the Bachelors Club.

Special Thanks: Brother Bob & The Bachelors Club of St. Johns, Susan Johnson, M.D., Rebecca Krebs, Megan McGaughy, Aaron Wong, Joel Janke, Picture This, David Cress and Mission Control.
Filmed on location in the neighborhood of St. Johns, Portland, OR.

Knitting Factory Records 2011

OneRepublic have just premiered the video for their new single, "Good Life." The group teamed up with Ethan Lader who recently directed B.o.B's "Nothin on You" and Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are." The track appears on OneRepublic's sophomore album, Waking Up, which is available now on iTunes.

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Yelawolf-Good to Go Feat. Bun B from Figz! on Vimeo.

Do Whatever You Want All The Time from WEAREFREE on Vimeo.

First single "Rope" will be available beginning March 1 both as a digital single and as an instant grat with the iTunes pre-order of Wasting Light.
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters celebrated Valentine's Day with a gift to their beloved fans: Those valentines who visited (or continue to visit) whitelimo.foofighters.com received a token of affection dedicated to them by Dave Grohl: A kick-ass shot-on-VHS video of "White Limo" starring Motorhead's own Lemmy Kilmister as the driver and Grohl (and wife Jordyn), Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear as players in scenarios no doubt familiar to any aficionado of "classic" '80s hard rock videos.

"White Limo" can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebJ2brErERQ

Produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, Wasting Light was recorded entirely on analog tape in the garage of Grohl's home in California's San Fernando Valley. The no computers/no software back to basics approach has resulted in arguably the strongest and most cohesive effort of the band's 15-year-plus career: From first single "Rope" to the frenetic opener "Bridge Burning" to the beautifully bipolar "These Days" to stunning guest spots from Bob Mould ("Dear Rosemary") and Krist Novoselic ("I Should Have Known"), Wasting Light is a singular triumph: a band that's headlined arenas, stadiums and festivals the world over stripping itself down to the bare essentials and coming up with a world class band’s finest hour.

Concurrent with the album's release, Exclusive Media Group's documentary division Spitfire Pictures are producing a feature documentary about the Foo Fighters directed by Academy Award winner James Moll (The Last Days, Running The Sahara). Co-produced and co-financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records, Moll's documentary chronicles the entire history of the Foo Fighters, from the cassette demos Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer through their ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. This chronicling of the Foo Fighters' triumphs and tragedies culminates in an in-depth behind the scenes perspective on the making of the new album: A process in which the band pushed itself forward by returning to its roots and recording in Grohl's garage completely on analog tape.

Pop phenom Robyn recently sat down with VEVO ASK: REPLY to answer questions submitted by fans on Facebook and Twitter. In this new video, Robyn discusses everything from what inspires her sad love songs to how she balances creating art for herself vs. for her fans.

Robyn’s new album Body Talk is available in stores and on iTunes now via Cherrytree Records. Fans can check out Robyn touring North America right before she joins Katy Perry on select “California Dreams” tour dates this Summer.

Gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album this coming Tuesday, February 15th, RUNNER RUNNER is giving fans a first listen by premiering their long awaited music in its' entirety on Myspace! Make sure to check out MySpace now to get your first listen of this great new record.

Runner Runner broke out last summer with their upbeat debut single "So Obvious" which charted on the Top 40 radio airplay charts. Since then, the band has released two seperate videos for their second single "Hey Alli", one of which went along with the acoustic version and the other a short film/video directed by Isaac Rentz (Cage The Elephant, Pistol Youth, Manchester Orchestra, Motion City Soundtrack), both of which can be seen on the band's Vevo Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/RunnerRunnerVEVO.

Also, Runner Runner will join The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Taylor Momsen, on tour starting this Friday, February 11th running through the middle of March and then immediately jump on tour with A Rocket To The Moon which runs through the end of April. Make sure to visit their Official Site as we all their Facebook and Myspace pages for the latest news on the album release as well as up to date information on the tour, including ticketing links and show information.

Skyzoo & !Ilmind deliver a second video off of Live From The Tape Deck. Entitled #allaboutthat, the video follows Sky and shawty around NYC’s finest. Directed by Kenneth Price off Jamala / Duck Down Records

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Sin Fang - Because Of The Blood from Máni M. Sigfússon on Vimeo.

Masquerade Motel is shaping up to be so damn big it can’t be contained by the four walls of any club in Miami (or on the planet for that matter). Swedish House Mafia is bringing their own talents and calling on their DJ friends to offer fans the biggest, most technically precise and aurally stunning live dance music event ever experienced in Miami. On March 26, the white sands and tropical waters of Miami Beach will be transformed into Masquerade Motel…for one night only.

The line-up is truly spectacular, combining a Miami exclusive headlining set from Swedish House Mafia with performances from a who’s who of international talent representing several popular dance music genres. There’s something for every flavor with A-Trak, AN21, Armand van Helden, Calvin Harris, Dirty South, Kim Fai, Max Vangeli, Pete Tong, Third Party and Thomas Gold all confirmed to check into Masquerade Motel.

While special guests and more logistical information will be announced in the coming weeks, we can announce now that Masquerade Motel has been named closing music event for the 15th Season of Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach. A collaboration of South Florida entertainment brands Eventstar, Funkshion and Go BIG Productions, Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach will take place at a state of the art fashion and music venue to be built on the sand at 8th Street and Ocean Drive on South Beach. Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach will fuse music, art and fashion like no other city in the world could do. Combined with Masquerade Motel, this is Fashion Week - MIAMI STYLE!

The day will be further elevated by the magical re-creation of Provocateur, the private international nightlife venue located in New York City. Provocateur will bring a unique and true VIP experience to Masquerade Motel Miami. Staying true to its identity, the design of the VIP area will radiate glamour and sophistication. The space will provide impeccable hospitality to a private guest list of top influential clients and friends.

And for those not in the VIP? You’re all VIP’s to us! Provocateur and SHM are coming together to design unique areas outside the tent while you enjoy the view.....have a disco rest......consider yourself upgraded from the moment you step through the welcome tunnel which greets you at the site entrance.

The ticket processing begins at 1pm and the show starts at 2pm....and it will start with a BANG. Expect an opening hour like no other and as part of the partnership with Funkshion ...a fashion show by music star’s favorite, The Blondes, in a very unusual setting (surprises are in store)

“We are so excited to a part of the Velocity/Rise Records family,” says A LOSS FOR WORDS front man Matt Arsenault. “Everyone at the label and every band on it has the same passion for and dedication to music that we do. We couldn’t be happier."

A LOSS FOR WORDS have released a special YouTube video to their fans about their recent signing to the Velocity/Rise Records family. Fans can view the video here.

The band are currently in the writing stages in between tours for their as-of-yet untitled Velocity/Rise debut, and will be recording with acclaimed producer Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Versa Emerge, Our Last Night) in May/June. The album is currently slated for a September release.

Prior to joining the Velocity/Rise Records family, A LOSS FOR WORDS have released a plethora of music that has garnered fans the world over. With their first self released EP, THESE PAST FIVE YEARS along with their highly successful cover album, entitled MOTOWN CLASSICS, and full length THE KIDS CAN’T LOSE, A LOSS FOR WORDS have put themselves on the map showing they have what it takes to make a serious impact.

A LOSS FOR WORDS are a group that shows no signs of stopping. These five guys are filled with such passion, dedication, and creativity, that everyone is taking notice. Members of such well-known bands as BAYSIDE, FOUR YEAR STRONG, and BANE regard A LOSS FOR WORDS as one of the hardest working bands in their genre today.

Don’t forget to catch A LOSS FOR WORDS while on tour with STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO. The tour starts tomorrow Friday, February 10th in Clifton Park, New York and ends March 14th in Washington, D.C. In addition, A LOSS FOR WORDS are playing the highly regarded and well-known music event, THE BAMBOOZLE FESTIVAL on April 29th in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Feb. 10 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
Feb. 11 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Ballroom
Feb. 12 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Feb. 13 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
Feb. 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Feb. 15 – Palatine, IL - Durty Nellies
Feb. 16 – Sauget, IL – Pops Nightclub
Feb. 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Club
Feb. 19 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
Feb. 21 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Feb. 22 – Calgary, AB – Republik Nightclub
Feb. 23 – Spokane, WA – The Second Space Gallery
Feb. 24 – Portland, OR – Branx
Feb. 25 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Café
Feb. 26 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Café
Feb. 27 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Feb. 28 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
Mar. 2 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Mar. 3 – Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
Mar. 4 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Center
Mar. 5 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
Mar. 6 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
Mar. 7 – Marietta, GA – Swayze’s
Mar. 8 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Mar. 9 – Ft. Lauderdale – Culture Room
Mar. 10 – Orlando, FL – The Club at Firestone
Mar. 11 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebord Live
Mar. 12 – Greensboro, NC – Green Street Club
Mar. 13 – Washington, D.C. – 930 Club

Talib Kweli Album Listening Party On Hip Hop Nation [Part 1] from itsthebino.com on Vimeo.

British DJ, musician, and music producer Fake Blood lends its hand to reinventing Noah and The Whale's current single, "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.". The Fake Blood remix adds layers of percussion and staccato strings, providing a new vision to the original song that Zane Lowe listed as the "hottest record in the world right now." Take a listen to both the remix and original below and don't forget about the music video! Noah and The Whale's third album, Last Night On Earth, will see a US release March 15th via Mercury Records.

As a follow-up to their successful debut album All Elephants, electronic/trip hop/funk power duo MAD PLANET is releasing Gliese 581g (pronounced “GLEE-zuh”), named after a recently discovered planet thought to be a sister planet to Earth.

Vocalist/bassist Cooper Gillespie’s seductive vocals provide a strong anchor for the down-tempo tunes, which are replete with scratching, complex electronic layers, addictive bass lines, and drummer Greg Gordon’s explosive backbeats.

The EP’s moniker was not chosen haphazardly, the planet Gliese 581g is perpetually light on one side and dark on the other, something the band has tried to replicate in the sound of the music. “Lyrically the songs on the EP deal with the conflict between the light and the dark inside each of us,” states the band.

The band will be promoting the EP with a multi state tour taking them from their native California, to Arizona, and Texas for the South by South West festival.

Both members of Mad Planet are the products of the Los Angeles punk scenes, Gordon drummed for the pop punk group Nervous Return and Cooper fronted the aggressive punk trio Bang Sugar Bang. Upon meeting they discovered their mutual chemistry and interest in trip hop, rock, and jazz made them compatible not just as a couple but also as a band.

Mad Planet began recording their debut album in early 2009, using their Silver Lake apartment as a studio. The resulting All Elephants was a 12-track album that bursts at the seams with cool, melodic grooves and ethereal female vocals. Released in the Summer of 2010, All Elephants explored fairly dark themes of loss, love, breakups and depression but came out the other side, offering listeners hope and beauty in their darkest hours. The album earned the band critical acclaim and a position in the CMJ Top 200 charts alongside bands such as the Arcade Fire, Interpol, Of Montreal, and more.

Their seamless fusion of ambient electro-rock and trip hop coupled with Gillespie’s haunting melodies has garnered them comparisons to artists like Portishead, Siouxsie Sioux, and Warpaint.


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2.9 - Bordello Bar: Los Angeles, CA
2.25 – Billy O’s: San Buenaventura, CA
3.3 – Que Sera Sera: Long Beach, CA
3.9 – The Viper Room: West Hollywood, CA
3.10 – Olde Sedona: Sedona, AZ
3.11 – Martini Ranch: Scottsdale, AZ
3.12 – Phils: Arlington, TX
3.16 – The Chuggin’ Monkey: Austin, TX – SXSW
2.22 – Bash Riprocks: Lubbock, TX
3.23 – The Hangart: Tucson, AZ

All Bets Down: A.P. - Daddy's Favorite Song (A.P. + Marvin) from All Bets Down Entertainment on Vimeo.

Brutal is one way of putting it. The only way, really, considering the thermometer-cracking highs that faced Generationals during the month-long sessions for their second album, Actor-Caster.

"DC is very unforgiving in the summer. It just radiates heat," explains singer/multi- instrumentalist Ted Joyner. "So even though it was sunny outside, we sat in the basement most of the time."
That explains the melancholic/morose bent of the band's lyrics this time around, like how Grant Widmer-also a singer/multi-instrumentalist-refuses to pick up the phone in "Goose & Gander" or the way Joyner's lovelorn melodies linger well after the last dust-clearing note of "Dirty Mister Dirty." It's as if they're chasing every smile with a sneer, and at least one of them is brandishing a knife behind his back.

As for the duo's songwriting, it's still sunbaked in spots (the persistent piano lines of "Greenleaf," the galloping grooves of "Ten-Twenty-Ten" and "You Say It Too"), but nothing's stuck in the '60s. More like the here and now, combined with the warm, inviting vibe of classic pop cuts.
"It's important for us to record the old way-with analog equipment and tape machines," explains Widmer, "But we also incorporate lots of electronic elements that wouldn't have been available to someone in the '60s. That combination is our sound."
And by electronic elements, he means everything from the shimmering synth lines and spare handclaps of "Yours Forever" to the lonesome keys and lacerated drum loops of "Black and White." None of which sounds all that strange when you consider the time machine tendencies of Generationals' widely acclaimed debut album, Con Law, a decade-spanning disc that features the same producer as Actor-Caster (Daniel Black) and sounds as familiar as a stack of slightly scuffed 45s (the heated horns and heaven-sent harmonies of "When They Fight They Fight," the snake-like bass lines and steam-pressed beats of "Bobby Beale").
Of course, it helps that Widmer and Joyner have been close friends since they were 13-a pair of freshmen trying to learn Beatles tracks on their first guitar. The New Orleans natives have shared apartments, jobs, schools and stages ever since, to the point where they practically finish each other's sentences.
"We know exactly what the other person is going for when an idea comes up. I think you can hear that in this album," says Widmer. "I played him the chords for 'Black and White' on guitar, and he knew exactly how to play them on piano and make them sound. So much so that it didn't even need a guitar after the piano was down; the guitar would have been redundant."

Tour Dates:
02-16 Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe (early - 7pm)
02-17 Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
02-25 New Orleans, LA - Tulane - LBC Quad
03-12 Denton, TX - 35 Conferette
03-16 - 03-18 Austin, TX SXSW
03-19 Laredo, TX - Old No. 2
05-08 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz Fest

Track List:
01. Ten-Twenty-Ten
02. I Promise
03. Yours Forever
04. You Say It Too
05. Goose & Gander
06. Dirty Mister Dirty
07. Black and White
08. Tell Me Now
09. Greenleaf
10. Please Be It



OFF!, the LA-based quartet of Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt), have announced their first full fledged tour, a cross-country trek with co-headliners (and fellow hardcore ragers) Trash Talk. To date, OFF! have offered only a few scant appearances, including forceful sets at CMJ and Chicago's RIOT FEST, as an indication of what to expect: a visceral explosion of unbridled ferocity, tempered by the well oiled precision of the four consummate professionals at the band's core. The tour will culminate with a frenzy inducing performance at Coachella, another significant milestone in a meteoric rise that has been as fast and furious as the band's songs themselves.

The tour arrives on the heels of the announcement that OFF!'s debut album First Four EPs, previously released exclusively as a four 7" box set by Vice Music, is set to be issued on CD on February 15th, rising to the ubiquitous demand of fans worldwide. Delivering 16 barnstormers in just 18 minutes, the collection is a veritable cavalcade of intensity and breakneck tempos. The set has already been honored in such esteemed outlets as Pitchfork (who bestowed the collection their coveted "Best New Music" designation), NPR, Los Angeles Times, Fader, Spin, Alternative Press, Spinner, Brooklyn Vegan, and essentially every other serious music publication around.


"This music is built for a climate of frustration and powerlessness, and its bare-knuckled punch-in-the-face is a long-needed wake-up call to nostalgic escapism." - PITCHFORK

"This band is shooting to kill, and, like any great punk group, is a model for sustained intensity and streamlined might." - NPR


March 22 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
March 23 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
March 24 - The Red Palace - Washington, DC
March 25 - The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
March 26 - Santos Party House - New York, NY
March 28 - Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
March 30 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
March 31 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
April 1 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
April 2 - The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
April 3 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
April 17 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Indio, CA

*(March 22 - April 3 w/ Trash Talk)

Karmaloop, The World's Largest Online Retailer of Street Fashion teams up with VGB and Crooks & Castles to bring you the official S.L.A.T.E. Tradeshow after party on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. The event will be held at the Haze Nightclub at the Aria hotel.

The event brings together the top names in Street Wear Fashion, culture and it’s consumers during this world-renowned fashion tradeshow in Las Vegas. The event will feature music by the legendary Q-Tip, Statik Selektah, and The Bladerunners. Throw in Hennessy open bar from 11pm-midnight and this will definitely be a memorable night.

RSVP to events@dirtydebutantnyc.com and make sure you get there in time for 11:00 P.M. doors because this event will be packed.

ARIA Resort & Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89158
United States of America
This RSVP does NOT guarantee entry so please arrive early.

Light Me Up, the debut album from The Pretty Reckless, is available on iTunes now.

The songs, all written by Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips with their producer Kato Khandwala, run the gamut of emotions, alternating at times between seething rage and a bruised vulnerability. With Momsen’s inky vocals, pummeling riffs, and swaggering attitude, Light Me Up sounds a bit like what might have happened had Led Zeppelin been fronted by “a chick.” The album’s ferocity could raise an eyebrow from those expecting a pretty, blonde teenager to gravitate toward straight-up pop songwriting.

“It’s heavier than people might expect from me,” says Momsen, who is best known as the actress who plays Jenny Humphrey on The CW’s Gossip Girl. “But this album is the most honest expression of who I truly am.”
Catch the band performing songs from the album live on their US tour kicking off this week as well as on Lopez Tonight airing February 10th.

Light Me Up Track List:
1. My Medicine
2. Since You're Gone
3. Make Me Wanna Die
4. Light Me Up
5. Zombie
6. Just Tonight
7. Miss Nothing
8. Goin' Down
9. Nothing Left To Lose
10. You
11. Factory Girl

(February 8th, 2011) The Strokes are set to release their newest single, “Under Cover Of Darkness,” on February 9th via a stream on their website. The song will be available to download for free for 48 hours from www.thestrokes.com , and will arrive at radio on the same day. “Under Cover Of Darkness” will be available to purchase digitally in the US and Canada via iTunes on February 15th.

Rolling Stone had nothing but superlatives to say regarding “Under Cover Of Darkness,” awarding the song 4 stars. They proclaimed that the song “barrels into the bar with "Return to Form" written on its forehead…The Strokes give us that same old song one more time, primed and polished for a new age.”

The song is the band’s first released track from their highly anticipated upcoming album Angles, out on March 22nd via RCA records in North America, and March 21st via Rough Trade Records in the UK. Angles is the band’s first new release since 2006’s First Impressions of Earth and marks the ambition of that album with the immediacy of the band’s earlier albums Is This It (2001) and Room On Fire (2003).

In 2010, the band returned to the road, playing and headlining major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits. Time Out Chicago hailed the Lollapalooza performance as “the best set I’ve seen since covering Lollapalooza. Better than Radiohead in 2008. Better than… who headlined last year? …The crowd…was euphoric.”

The Flaming Lips Announce Tour Dates
"HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 - 2002" Vinyl Box Set to Be Released on Record Store Day

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - THE FLAMING LIPS have confirmed a string of North American tour dates beginning next month in support of their current album, EMBRYONIC. The accolades appear to be never-ending:
"It's inspiring to see a band more than 25 years on make such an experimental, unpredictable album." -- Associated Press "Might be the noisiest, most discordant thing The Flaming Lips have recorded in years... even more headf**k experience. Awesometastic." -- Pitchfork.Com
"One of their most complex and accomplished records. Compared with previous offerings, the band appears to be reinventing or challenging itself -- something The Flaming Lips is known for." -- NPR Music

Following their wildly successful recent Asian tour where the LIPS played their first-ever shows in Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul, S. Korea to manic receptions,

are pleased to return to American soil. Confirmed dates will be listed below:
Thur Mar 3 Tibet House US Benefit / Carnegie Hall NYC
Sun Mar 6 Snow Ball Fest / Nottingham Park Avon, CO
Fri May 13 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI (on sale Feb 11)
Sat May 14 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH
Sun May 15 The National Richmond, VA
Fri May 20 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

Sat May 21 The Hangout Festival Gulf Shores, AL
Thu May 26 Primavera Festival Barcelona, Spain
Sun May 29 Sasquatch Festival / The Gorge George, WA (on sale Feb 12)
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

Fri July 1 All Tomorrow's Parties/Alexandra Palace London, UK
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

Thur July 7 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

We are also excited to announce the release of, "HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 - 2002" set for release on Record Store Day -- April 16, 2011, and will be comprised of the complete recordings of: Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992), Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1990), and the Grammy Award-winning, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002).
There will be two different editions of this vinyl only Box Sets: The "Standard" Record Store Day Edition which features all 5 discs pressed on black 140gram vinyl as well as a "Special Limited Edition" featuring all 5 discs pressed on 5 different colors of colored vinyl available only thought the LIPS official web store, www.flaminglips.com/store/featured.
Both editions will be extremely limited and once they are gone, they are GONE, so don't delay; these will sell out.

As previously reported, THE FLAMING LIPS have plenty of surprises planned for the months ahead so keep an eye on www.flaminglips.com for details.


The Decemberists have announced a second leg of U.S. tour dates for the Spring, which will kick off April 16 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and cover the Midwest and South before reaching Atlanta, Georgia on May 2. The 14-date run will also include the band's first-ever appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 1, and a rescheduled performance in Royal Oak, Michigan on April 22. A limited presale of select dates is now underway here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning February 11.

The Decemberists are currently in the midst of the sold-out first leg of their North American tour on the heels of their #1 album The King Is Dead on EMI's Capitol Records. The band's live show has already drawn rave reviews from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times. The New York Post wrote that "the set spanned the band's 10-year career, but wisely leaned heaviest on The King is Dead. Songs from that record made the best case for why the group should be superstars."

Rolling Stone recently premiered "The Great Outdoors," an original song written by Yo Gabba Gabba that was performed by The Decemberists and will appear in the February 8 episode of the popular Nick Jr. children's television show. The band will also be featured over the coming weeks on Sirius' XMU channel (February 9), KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" (February 11), and World Café (February 14).

February 7, Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO#
February 9, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO#
February 10, Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO#
February 12, The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA#
February 13, House of Blues-San Diego, San Diego, CA#
February 14, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA#
February 18, Paramount Ballroom, Seattle, WA#
February 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR#
March 4, Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
March 5, ABC, Glasgow, UK
March 7, Birmingham Institute, Birmingham, UK
March 8, Bristol Academy, Bristol, UK
March 10, Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
March 11, Leeds Academy, Leeds, UK
March 12, De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill, UK
March 13, Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
March 14, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 16, Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
April 16, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO+
April 17, Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE+
April 18, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA+
April 19, Overture Hall, Madison, WI
April 21, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA+
April 22, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
April 23, The LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH+
April 25, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI+
April 26, Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY+
April 27, The Pageant, St. Louis, MO+
April 29, House of Blues, Dallas, TX
April 30, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX
May 1, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
May 2, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA+

# with Mountain Man
+ with Justin Townes Earle


We Are Free is proud to announce their first release of 2011 with Ponytail's third full-length, joyously titled Do Whatever You Want All the Time (the phrase taken from some Molly free-association-stage-banter), set for release on April 12.

After some personal hibernation time, the foursome from Baltimore went back into the studio with J. Robbins to lay down the follow up to their acclaimed sophomore release, Ice Cream Spiritual, to finish their most sophisticated recording to date...and yes, it'll still make you smile. The dazzling cover art was designed by EYE of the Japanese rock band Boredoms.

Do Whatever You Want All The Time Tracklisting:

1) Easy Peasy
2) Flabbermouse
3) Honey Touches
4) Beyondersville//Flight of Fancy
5) AwayWay
6) Tush
7) Music Tunes

Hip hop, pop, R&B and electronica converge to form i SQUARE, whose debut single "Hey Sexy Lady" is the perfect party track, holding steady on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart and showing the shape of pop music to come.

i SQUARE, comprised of Mike J, Destiny, Briddy and 10Beats, formed by chance in 2009 at Babyface's Brandon Way studios. The group had explosive chemistry right off the bat, and charmed Sean "Diddy" Combs - now an executive producer on their forthcoming debut album - with their first performance. Says Mike J, "Diddy is seriously like our big brother. We can call on him for anything, and we always go to him for advice. He gives us a perspective that is invaluable."
The i SQUARE philosophy starts with a distinct sound, and that sound can incorporate anything from the four distinct personalities that make up the group. Destiny, a space-age femme fatale with a larger-than-life style, explains, "'Hey Sexy Lady'" introduces the world to each of us. Mike J's a balladeer. 10Beats gets people hyped with super sexy rhymes. Briddy's amped all the time, and his energy is contagious. I do the ethereal singing. It's our duty not to half step. We're about to smash the stage."

Get a taste of what this boundary-bending group is all about at isquareonline.com, where fans can get all the latest updates from the band and see out the "Hey Sexy Lady" Skrillex Remix video, which cuts together clips from the original music video and behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot. The Skrillex track can be found on the Hey Sexy Lady Remixes EP, which features four other cuts by Afrojack, Laidback Luke, and more and is available now on iTunes.

Trebles and Blues - The Tempo from Nam Bui on Vimeo.

The first track on Trebles and Blues debut album The Blue Note, which will be hosted by TheSoulDojo.com.

SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/treblesnblues


Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Littlefield - 622 Degraw Street - Brooklyn, NY
With Support from Takka Takka
Doors: 8:00 / Show: 8:30

New York, NY – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Conrad Keely and Jason Reece – has teamed up with Baeblemusic for an exclusive release date event at Littlefield in Brooklyn on February 8th to celebrate their seventh full-length studio album – Tao of the Dead (Superball Music). This very special event will be the band’s only NYC area show until they return later this Sring. It’s an opportunity for fans to catch the band in an intimate setting and get to view the incredible artwork of Trail’s own Conrad Keely. Not only will Keely be displaying original art from the new album, he’ll also be debuting two large scale paintings. Check out the official 'Tao Of The Dead' site.

A surprisingly forceful yet sophisticated new album, Tao of the Dead also features unbelievable cover art by Keely who brought characters and elements from previous album art to life through his graphic novella – created to accompany the release. When Keely co-founded the band with Jason Reece in 1994 he began discovering new ways to blend his love of art and music, mainly through the band's album covers and CD booklets. The art has evolved over the years, but has always been in a Victorian style, with a more recent branch into what some people have categorized as Steampunk – a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that often draws from the Victorian era when steam power was used and the genre came into prominence during the 80’s and early 90’s.

To celebrate this incredible artwork and the band’s impressive new album …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead teamed up with Baeblemusic, Superball Music and Littlefield to put on this one time release date event.

Smokey just unveiled his first music video “Outside the Lines (Uptown)” from his band, Smokey Robotic. The song will be the first single off the upcoming Outside the Lines EP.

It features the first appearance from the one and only Smokey Robotic, the two foot robotic bear that everyone loves. The video was directed by Arran Shearing

February 3, 2011 // New York, NY – Denmark’s Figurines has announced that their self-titled fourth full-length is set to arrive in stores in North America on April 12 via The Control Group. It has been four years since Figurines released When The Deer Wore Blue, fresh on the heels of their acclaimed 2006 North America debut, Skeleton. The band wrapped up 2008 exhausted from extensive touring and two long-time members decided to quit music entirely. But time heals all wounds, and Figurines’ time off brought them back leaner, as a three-piece, and better than ever.

On a personal level the self-produced Figurines is a triumph. Musically the album reaches back to the immediacy of Skeleton while remaining close to the more complex When The Deer Wore Blue. Figurines have managed to return to a point where the songs' structures and extroversion are the focus. Opening track "Hanging From Above", sets the tone, with its skillful yet playful instrumentation and breezy, inviting chorus. From there "The Great Unknown" pulsates and pops with rock riffs, drive and soul. "New Colors", with its shuffled beat is nothing you've heard from Figurines before. And Christian Hjelm shows a new fervor on "We Got Away" and "Call Your Name".
The first single off Figurines, “New Colors”, will be made available later this month and the band will be returning to North America on tour in the Spring. Details

to be announced shortly.
1. “Hanging From Above”
2. “The Great Unknown”
3. “New Colors”
4. “Free Today”
5. “Glee”
6. “We Got Away”
7. “Every Week”
8. “Poughkeepsie”
9. “Lucky To Love”
10. “Call Your Name”
11. “Unable To Drift”

Rock-N-Jocks brings to you the buzz of town with this just dropped Black/Silver Custom Charlotte Hornets New Era 59/50 fitted hat. This hat is all black with the top of the bill in black and the bottom of the bill in silver. The embroidered hornet logo on the front of the hat is in silver, white, and black. The back of the hat has the same embroidered hornet logo but a little smaller in all silver and black. It is only limited to 30 total pieces. Go pick it up exclusively and only at www.rocknjocks.com. Also be sure to checkout and hit the LIKE button on the RNJ facebook page for discount codes and updates at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocknjocks/181017275271403

La Roux is excited to announce the digital release of the Gold Edition set to hit via Amazon and iTunes on February 8. This exciting set of songs will feature new b-sides, remixes and acoustic versions of tracks from the debut album as well as never before seen video footage, artwork and photos.

La Roux have been nominated for two GRAMMY’s for Best Dance Recording (“In For The Kill”) and Best Electronic/Dance Album (La Roux).

Track Listing For Gold Edition:
1. In For The Kill (Feat. Kanye West)
2. Finally My Saviour
3. Under My Thumb
4. I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
5. In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)
6. Quicksand (Boy 8 Bit Remix)
7. Bulletproof (Zinc Remix)
8. Tigerlily (Demo)
9. Bulletproof (Intimate Session at Abbey Road, Acoustic)
10. In For The Kill (Vevo Lounge Version)

Terry Kennedy is the newest celebrity whose anti-drug PSA is being featured on NATURALHIGH.TV, an online film series that uses celebrities, bands, and professional athletes as messengers to inspire youth to choose a Natural High and reject drugs. Kennedy defines his personal story through the backbone of his family and constant engagement with his youth audience. He is multi-successful through his clothing line and rap group both named “Fly Society”, sneaker line “Supra Footwear”, and own reality series on BET, “Being Terry Kennedy.” The Natural High Online Series focuses on the heart of Terry’s stardom, his Natural High of skateboarding.

Amidst his well known brand identity, he has a real life testimonial that demands respect. Terry lost his very own mother to drugs just after he found his Natural High, skateboarding. “A lot of me wanted to cry but I remember not shedding a tear, I knew it was coming”, he reveals. Despite his mom’s embarrassing hardcore drug abuse, his dad’s absence, and even the stereotyping he tolerated from family and friends, he stayed committed to skateboarding.

Kennedy grew up in Long Beach, CA, humbled by the commotion of street life; he knew at a very early age that his neighborhood was not going to hand him success. “The opportunities my block would’ve handed me were either dead, in jail, or on drugs the rest of my life.” Kennedy started skateboarding at Long Beach’s Cherry Park at age 15 as an alternative to drugs and gangs. “Skateboarding touched me; it was a peace of mind. It brought me to a new world, it kept me away from my neighborhood,” said Kennedy. Sadly, he watched fellow skaters and close friends give up on their dreams because of the pressures of gang violence and drug use that some neighborhoods in Long Beach, Compton, and Inglewood have to offer.
Kennedy refers to himself often as the mogul in the making, but he is truly a walking advocate inspiring youth. The raw sincerity you hear in Kennedy’s voice inspires youth to prevail out of these situations and stay true to what they believe in. “If I came up here being Terry Kennedy doing drugs, these kids would be embarrassed,” he says.

Kennedy has since moved out of Long Beach and now lives with his grandmother who took on the parenting role for him. He understands the value of like-minded people and importance of pushing himself. “I could’ve stayed in my neighborhood or stayed on my skateboard and pushed past my neighborhood.” The Natural High superstar is carefully balancing many successes, and continues to find his peace of mind on a skateboard. Catch up with him on BET or shop his music and clothing line at his boutique “District 8" in Long Beach, CA. View the film at www.NATURALHIGH.TV.

Biffy Clyro Nominated for Brits and NME Awards
After Ten Years, Scottish Trio Are an Overnight Sensation
Storming Stateside February 10th With Headlining Tour, Second Tour With Cage The Elephant to Follow This Spring
"Serious Contenders for the Title of Greatest Band in Britain" - NME
BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - Breakthrough band Biffy Clyro has been nominated for three UK music awards. The Scottish trio was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group, alongside The xx, Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons and Take That. Biffy also received nods from the Shockwave NME Awards for Best Live Band and Best British Group, alongside Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Foals.
These nominations add to Biffy's already lengthy list of accolades. Their fifth studio release, the Garth Richardson-produced Only Revolutions, has spawned three Top Ten singles in the UK and is well on its way to being certified double-platinum there. Only Revolutions was nominated for the coveted 2010 Mercury Prize and their single "Captain" won Best Video at both the Kerrang! and NME Awards in 2010.
Only Revolutions has also received substantial critical acclaim in the UK. The Sunday Times, Kerrang and Q each gave it four stars, Esquire labeled it "a blistering triumph" and the NME declared that the release "springs the band instantly level with the greatest rock acts in the world."
Vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil, bassist James Johnston and drummer Ben Johnston formed Biffy Clyro in 1995 and quickly began honing their unique sound, a mind-boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams. Relentless touring built a dedicated army of followers and turned Biffy Clyro into one of the most celebrated live bands in the UK -- they've shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Linkin Park, filled Wembley Arena on a recent headlining run and became the first band ever to play in the Houses of Parliament.
On February 10th Biffy Clyro will be arriving in America for a headlining tour. The month-long string of dates kicks off in Washington, DC and brings them to New York's Gramercy Theater February 12th and Los Angeles' Troubadour March 1st. Biffy will also be supporting Cage The Elephant on several dates of their upcoming US tour, beginning March 31st in Cincinnati, OH.
Biffy Clyro US tour dates are below. For more information please visit www.biffyclyro.com

Headline dates:
2/10 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
2/11 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
2/12 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
2/13 - TT The Bear's - Cambridge, MA
2/15 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QB
2/16 - Garrison - Toronto, ON
2/18 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
2/19 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
2/20 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
2/25 - Venue - Vancouver, BC
2/26 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
2/28 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
3/1 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
Cage The Elephant Dates:
3/31 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
4/01 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
4/02 - Rhythm and Brews - Chattanooga, TN
4/04 - Valarium - Knoxville, TN
4/06 - Revolution Music Room - Little Rock, AK
4/08 - George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AK
4/09 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO