THE VERVE SET TO RELEASE EAGERLY AWAITED FORTH STUDIO ALBUM

THE VERVE SET TO RELEASE EAGERLY AWAITED “FORTH” STUDIO ALBUM

‘Forth’ will be released in the US August 19th on the band’s own imprint On Your Own,
which is being run by the Verve’s management company Big Life in association with Rob Stevenson’s company Stolen Transmission and distributed by MRI/Megaforce/Red.

THE VERVE – FORTH – TRACKLISTING

1. Sit And Wonder
2. Love Is Noise
3. Rather Be
4. Judas
5. Numbness
6. I See Houses
7. Noise Epic
8. Valium Skies
9. Columbo
10. Appalachian Springs

The Verve’s New Single “Love Is Noise”
You can now stream it on their Myspace

“30 seconds in and I’m blown away” –Radio 1 Zane Lowe

“Ashcroft and McCabe, the twin lightening conductors of the band, are finally in accord and the results are nothing short of astonishing. The Verve are back-literally-with a bang. This is music? This is seismic.” – NME

“After playing a mix of older songs and a new track (“Sit and Wonder”), the familiar strains of the orchestrated track had fans sprinting from other parts of the field to watch the band achieve a sort of sonic ecstasy. “The band didn’t disappoint, breaking out epic Britpop anthems that set shimmers of sound across the desert night. ” – Rolling Stone (Coachella review)

“The Verve are here to provide you with an immaculately calibrated rock experience that will change your life forever…” Spin

The Verve

Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Nick McCabe and Peter Salisbury

The Verve have given us three fantastic albums – including Urban Hymns, the fifth fastest selling British album ever on release, reaching platinum status in the States, and one of the landmark releases of the Nineties. They play “music of the spheres,” which strives to break out of the stratosphere and yet is laced with a brutally down-to-earth, gritty realism that understands the hopes and fears of their world-wide audience but challenges them to accompany the band on a quest for something greater. When the words of Bitter Sweet Symphony power out across a venue, the words “It’s a bitter sweet symphony, this life, you’re a slave for money, then you die” are transformed from what should be a depressing statement into an uplifting cry of celebration and of seizing the moment, something the Verve can never be accused of failing to do themselves. As the cover of 1995 single History spelled out, the Verve’s manifesto is “Life is not a rehearsal.” Individually and collectively, they challenge themselves and their enormous audience to get the most out of it we can, and live for the instant.

Something happens when the Verve are together that none of them experience when they are apart. Individually, the Verve are all highly-accomplished players. Singer Richard Ashcroft has been called “the greatest singer in the world” by no less a peer than Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Liverpool-born Simon Jones’s dub-informed bass takes the Verve’s music far beyond rock and into space and dub; Peter Salisbury plays drums more like a jazz great than a conventional rock drummer and when the tag “guitarist of his generation” is thrown about it often lands at the feet of the hugely adventurous, psychedelic, exploratory Nick McCabe. However, when they are together a chemistry takes hold that transcends the four people onstage to blast the Verve somewhere else entirely and this chemistry and spontaneity has survived an absence of almost a decade. Already, since their typically unpredictable 2007 reunion, live shows have been running the gauntlet of everything from material so new that Ashcroft has been singing the words from scraps of paper to long-lost, hazy B-sides like Let The Damage Begin and A Man Called Sun, amid all manner of musical fireworks. When they take the stage, literally anything can happen.

After an absence of almost a decade, these songs are again being played, as they should be – by the Verve themselves. The individual members have not been slouches. Richard Ashcroft has enjoyed a successful and prolific solo career. Simon Jones formed a band, the Shining, who were not altogether dissimilar to the Verve, and has played with Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz. Nick McCabe has been remixing and playing with everyone from the Beta Band to John Martyn while Peter Salisbury has been playing with Ashcroft, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and has further diverted his musical obsessions into running a Stockport drum shop. However, all seem to have realized what their enormous fanbase has been telling them all along. That today, as much if not more than ever, music really needs the Verve.

However, a band like the Verve would never settle for easy nostalgia. Even before they’d set out on their initial comeback gigs last year, which sold out within an astonishing 20 minutes, they made public (via the NME website) the results of their very first jam session as a reformed band. The Thaw Sessions comprised 14 wondrous minutes of music, which signified their ability to spark off one another remained undimmed. Soon afterwards, the band debuted new song Sit And Wonder – a tune trimmed from a 25-minute jam, just as they would in the early days, a taste of things to come. Those comeback dates proved so successful and were so enthusiastically received that the band immediately embarked on a full-scale tour of arenas in December of 2007, playing bigger gigs in many cases than the first time around. In 2008, they look set to up the ante even further, by appearing at many of the major festivals and, in a turnaround that would have seemed unthinkable even a year ago, releasing their enormously-anticipated fourth album. The results will certainly be worth the wait. – Dave Simpson.

PORTLANDS SHAKY HANDS SET TO RELEASE LUNGLIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 09 BAND CRAFTS STELLAR NEW ALBUM FOR KILL ROCK STARS/HOLOCENE

PORTLANDS SHAKY HANDS SET TO RELEASE LUNGLIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 09 BAND CRAFTS STELLAR NEW ALBUM FOR KILL ROCK STARS/HOLOCENE

In their hometown of Portland, Oregon, The Shaky Hands are the one band that virtually everyone agrees on. Respected throughout the underground for their basement show origins and complete lack of ego, critically adored for their instantly recognizable, earthy-meets-explosive sound and loved by the general populace for putting on really, really good shows—they represent Portland, one of America’s best music cities, as well as any contemporary indie rock act.

That reputation was cemented in 2007 when the group won Willamette Week’s annual Best New Band poll, an honor previously bestowed on experimental pop acts Menomena and Talkdemonic and electronic electronic dance sensation Copy. The Shakies’ victory seemed a foregone conclusion to most involved in the local scene: The Shaky Hands had been a band on the tip of Portland’s collective tongue for well over a year thanks to a handful of sweaty, packed houses and a standout performance at the 2006 installment of Portland’s PDX Pop Now! festival.

The Shaky Hands’ self-titled debut, released in 2007, was a fantastic snapshot of the energetic young band discovering itself. Nick Delffs’ vibrato-infused, homespun vocals and bobbing acoustic guitar strums complement Colin Anderson’s organic, driving percussion while Jeff Lehman’s own guitar rockouts remind listeners that The Shaky Hands were, after all, a rock band. The album approximates the irresistibly frenetic Shaky Hands live experience, which finds frontman Nick Delffs stomping and galloping across the stage, occasionally running directly into bassist Mayhaw Hoons’ wildly swinging curly red hair.

But The Shaky Hands were not content with being everyone’s favorite good vibe summertime rockers. The now-quintent (Nick’s brother, multi-instrumentalist Nathan Delffs, officially joined the band shortly after the full-length was recorded) went swiftly back into the studio to record Lunglight, a record that proves them to be evolving with remarkable speed.

Where the Hands’ debut was jangly and upbeat, prompting visions of long summer days spent lounging on the front porch, Lunglight lives in a slightly darker space. Tracks like “Neighbors” and “Love All Of” add a sheen of Doors’ psychedelia to The Shaky Hands’ early Talking Heads-influenced sound, with Nick Delffs looking increasingly inward for lyrical inspiration. On “World Gone Mad,” perhaps the darkest and most driving Shaky Hands song recorded to date, Delffs sings “See it coming/ In his eyes/ You better stay where/ You can hide,” and feedback flies like shrapnel around the verse. For a second there, The Shaky Hands get scary.

But that’s not to say that Lunglight is a downer. Brighter numbers like “Air Better Come” and “Settle On” keep The Shaky Hands’ trademark head-bobbing, multi-rhythmic rock intact, and even in their darkest moments there is a reluctant optimism in Delffs’ lyrics and the band’s instrumentation. To the contrary, Lunglight’s complexity is its biggest strength. In a world of throwaway pop, this quintet has built itself from the ground up, naturally and beautifully. It’s just that instead of being the quintessential summertime rock band, the new Shaky Hands are a band for all seasons.

Tracklisting:

A New Parade
Loosen Up
Air Better Come
We Are Young
Neighbors
World’s Gone Mad
No Say
You’re the Light
Show Me Your Life
Settle On
Love of All
Wake the Breathing Light
Oh No

Young Love recording artists Quitzow and Setting Sun launch extensive U.S. tour and new albums merging classical, folk, pop and electronic rock sounds.

Young Love recording artists Quitzow and Setting Sun launch extensive U.S. tour and new albums merging classical, folk, pop and electronic rock sounds.

New York State multi-instrumentalist artists Quitzow and Setting Sun launch an extensive co-headlining U.S. tour this week, showcasing songs from both bands’ new albums on Young Love Records. The two groups share more than a label and tour dates, however. Quitzow, the namesake of songwriter/singer/multi-instrumentalist Erica Quitzow features Setting Sun songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Gary Levitt alternately adding bass, drums and vocals to its live shows. Likewise, the Levitt-led Setting Sun band includes Erica Quitzow on violin and backing vocals.

Along with this kinship, both groups share an open interest in cross-breeding musical forms, merging classical strings (violin and cello especially), folk, chamber pop and hints of early electronic rock. The results are truly refreshing. Setting Sun has been compared to Merge artists The Radar Brothers, Elliot Smith at his darkest and early Nick Drake. Check out the fantastic animated video for “No Devil Me No More” HERE. Quitzow invites nods like “Solex meets Liz Phair” and “combining the fun of Peaches with the intelligence of Lori Anderson.” The intrigued are invited to hear for themselves during the upcoming string of dates beginng June 24th in Philadelphia. Please see complete dates below.

More about Quitzow:

“Juggling mind-blowing moog/rhodes/bass while singing,” playing Tchaikovsky in The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and creating Fender Rhodes loops layered with MPC drums, moog bass, cellos, violins and vocals, Erica Quitzow brings a wide diversity to her records and live performances. With a self-titled debut album and an upcoming second release, Erica is involved in various musical projects exploring new influences for her inner child gone wild, neo-post electro-pop sound. The new record, Art College, out in spring 2008 on Young Love Records, is a collection of sing-along pop song collages with orchestral arrangement over hip hop, electro-clash, and downtempo beats decorated with adventurous harmonies. Instrumentation is performed primarily by Erica and includes MPC, Reason and live drums layered with Moogs and Korgs, Rhodes, Casios, classical and electric guitars, bass, cellos, violins, various percussion instruments with her alternately playful and woeful vocal style. The record was self-recorded in her upstate New York home with production and mixing assistance by band and label-mate, Gary Levitt.

Erica’s debut album, Quitzow, was self-recorded in her previous Los Angeles home and was built on the same acoustic/electronic collage elements as Art College. Again, she played most of the instruments, creating a high-drama palate, and always going for the extreme. While the use of strings in songs like “Drink-Up” sometimes conjures images of Rasputina with a similar Sabbath-style heaviness, often comparisons are elusive as in the cartoon-like playfulness of “R. Crumb.” Elsewhere, “Know Me” is complex and layered, evoking a Todd Rundgren soundscape with passionate screaming vocals reminiscent of Patti Smith.

The live performances include music from both records and ranges from solo cello/guitar and vocals to full band renditions. The upcoming national tour will be with a five piece band including cello, live and electronic drums, bass, backing vocals and percussion, with Erica on Moog, Korg, guitar and vocals.

Among the other projects Erica is involved in is playing violin, cello and singing back up for the Setting Sun live show, as well as playing drums and keyboards on the recordings. Gary Levitt, leader of Setting Sun, is her partner in running Young Love Records and plays bass and sings back up for Quitzow. The bands tour together, share various band members, and assist each other in recording. Erica sometimes plays violin for The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, working to develop the orchestrations on her recordings by studying the compositions of Tchaikovsky and Copeland, among others. She records strings on an array of projects, recently working with Tony Levin, Garth Hudson, and Malcom Burns on Sarah Perotta’s record, The Well.

Past projects include singing and playing bass in the critically acclaimed Heavy Pebble, a New York/San Francisco based experimental band that toured the west coast. More recently she played Moog, Rhodes, and bass with Jennifer Turner (of Natalie Merchant’s band) in Los Angeles indie-pop band, Inner. The first record was recorded in Nellie Hooper’s London studio (Bjork, Massive Attack.) This band toured practically nonstop for its three-year incarnation to rapidly growing audience, a positive press response and national college radio play.

Quitzow will tour the full US in June/July, and plans to tour Europe in the near future.

More about Setting Sun:

“Levitt wails with toned-down tinges of Kurt Cobain’s emptiness and Elliott Smith’s pain.” – West Coast Performer

Lovers of great songs with inventive and honest sounds can take heart. Setting Sun’s third record, Children of The Wild really delivers. This new record has (so far) been best described as “an odd atmosphere, probed by twizzling sounds, and the feeling that this is the soundtrack for the aftermath of a crash landing.” With an intimate lyrical delivery, each word is slowly tasted before being spoken and is set against driving beats, lashing cellos, soothing instrumental interludes and a rich cortege of violins, synthesizers, and homemade sounds. Amidst the layers of edgy counterpoint melody, lifting harmonies and soundscapes, the song is still the focus.

Setting Sun began in 2001 in a San Francisco apartment as some good old fashioned soul-searching by Gary Levitt where he wrote and produced their aptly titled debut CD Holed Up. Having lived and created in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Setting Sun’s sound bears the mark of them all. The grime and grit of New York, the quirky artiness of San Francisco and the lilting sunshine of LA… all are orchestrally present in the music. This third record was self-produced by Gary Levitt with many friends lending their playing skills. Most noticeable on the record are all the strings, expertly played by band and label-mate Erica Quitzow.

Recorded entirely in their 19th century Victorian house, Quitzow and Setting Sun share a home recording studio. Initially set up to record themselves, Gary soon began taking on outside clients. “I love helping other artists work on their music,” says Levitt. “If they come in with just bare-bones sketches of songs and want to expand on them, I’ll come up with ideas that add to the songs but don’t compete with them.”

Gary also plays bass and sings harmonies for Erica’s band Quitzow. A veteran of the indie music scene, Levitt started as a member of feverish NY band The Kung-Fu Grip. After four years of relentless touring, they made their way out to San Francisco where they paired down their members to a tightly focused three piece, all providing vocals for their cathartic, shock art sound. Levitt simultaneously formed Heavy Pebble with Erica Quitzow, becoming a hit in the music scene in San Francisco and touring the west coast, playing their quirky pop songs with post-modernist film collage projections to crowded houses and critical acclaim. After various line-up changes and key members leaving, both groups disbanded.

Upon having these long-term projects fall apart leaving Levitt with no material to perform, he decided his next project would be solely his own. Levitt sequestered himself in a friend’s San Francisco apartment with some borrowed gear and “two cheap microphones” to record what was to become Setting Sun’s debut, the appropriately titled Holed Up. Marked by a sense of palpable urgency, the album seamlessly fuses Levitt’s chief references—warm acoustic guitar, melodic counterpoint bent Beatles/Bowie pop, loud/quiet Pixies/Nirvana dynamics—into a catchy and inversely intimate lo-fi blend. As Holed Up was nearly finished, Levitt was invited to play guitar for Virgin recording artist Jennifer Turner. He flew to London and recorded in producer Nellee Hooper’s (Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins) studio, putting Holed Up on the shelf. The band that formed was named Inner, and the record, containing two songs written by Levitt, received critical acclaim and international airplay. After relocating to Los Angeles and touring to support the record, Levitt left the band to re-focus on his own music.

Back to Setting Sun. Young Love Records released Holed Up to many positive reviews coinciding with the group touring regularly, performing as a three piece. Levitt also embarked on two separate month-long solo tours, playing every night, often paired with daytime radio and college shows, and sleeping where he could. He eventually settled home and began writing and recording his sophomore CD Math and Magic. Curious to hear Setting Sun’s potential with outside production assistance, Levitt embarked on the recording of his second album with producer Richard Chiu. With a different approach than the solo explorations of holed up, Math and Magic is more polished, produced, and collaborative than its lo-fi experimental predecessor. The intimacy of Holed Up is not lost, but perhaps served on a cleaner plate.

Released on Young Love Records in 2005, songs “The Only One” and “Found It By Midnite” can be heard in the short film Paper Jam, which won several awards in the festival circuit including “Best Music.” Setting Sun has been getting increasing attention from the film and television industries. As more people get exposed many find the music to be a natural fit with the moving image…

Quitzow & Setting Sun On Tour:
06/24 Philly @ The Khyber
06/25 Shepherdstown, WV @ War Memorial (All Ages)
06/26 Baltimore MD @ Lo-Fi Social Club
06/27 Leonardtown, MD @ Room with a Brew (All Ages)
06/28 Greenville NC @ Spazzatorium Galleria
06/29 Johnson City, TN @ Acoustic Coffeehouse
06/30 Atlanta, GA @ Lenny’s w/ Cat Riley & nerdkween
07/02 Memphis, TN @ Murphys w/ The Warble
07/03 Tahlequah OK @ The Hallway (All Ages)
07/04 Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar w/ Admiral David D
07/05 Tulsa OK @ Soundpony
07/06 Amarillo, TX @ The 806 w/ Wolf Cub
07/07 Albuquerque NM @ Atomic Cantina w/ Bellemah
07/08 Farmington, NM @ Totah Theatre (All Ages)
07/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
07/10 San Francisco CA @ Rickshaw Stop
07/11 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
07/12 Arcata @ Jambalaya w/ John Ludington
07/13 Portland OR @ Kelly’s Olympian w/ Testface
07/14 Seattle, WA @ The High Dive
07/15 Olympia, WA @ The Royal
07/16 Boise ID @ Neurolux
07/17 Salt Lake City UT @ Boing! Collective
07/18 Denver CO @ The Lions Lair w/ Princess Tiger
07/19 Omaha, NE@ Oleavers w/ Landing on The Moon
07/20 Chicago, IL @ Ronny’s w/ Dirty Diamonds
07/21 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s
07/22 Detroit MI @ Smalls
07/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers Coyote
07/24 New York, NY @ The Annex (Club NME)

Quitzow – Art College Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: June 10th, 2008

01. Sponsor (It Didn’t Mean A Thing) (MP3)
02. On TV!
03. Peanut
04. Art College
05. Better Than Ever
06. Stay Away from John
07. Love
08. Slept In My car
09. Cats R People 2
10. Rhythm Machine
11. Unripened Fruit
12. Jackpot

Setting Sun – Children of The Wild Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: June 10th, 2008

01. What We Wanted
02. No Devil Me No More (MP3)
03. How Long
04. Carry Me Away
05. Overjoyed
06. Slob
07. Love My Love
08. Not Waste
09. Inside My Love
10. Morning Song
11. Happy Joy

ALAN VEGA TURNS 70-YEARS OLD | SUICIDE BOX SET AND SINGLE SERIES SET FOR RELEASE | MAJOR ARTISTS PAY TRIBUTE TO SUICIDE/VEGA IN YEAR-LONG, MONTHLY SERIES OF LIMITED EDITION OF 10″ VINYL EP’S AND DOWNLOADS

ALAN VEGA TURNS 70-YEARS OLD | SUICIDE BOX SET AND SINGLE SERIES SET FOR RELEASE | MAJOR ARTISTS PAY TRIBUTE TO SUICIDE/VEGA IN YEAR-LONG, MONTHLY SERIES OF LIMITED EDITION OF 10″ VINYL EP’S AND DOWNLOADS

ARTISTS PAYING TRIBUTE INCLUDE: Bruce Springsteen, Primal Scream, Peaches, Grinderman (feat. Nick Cave), Spiritualzed, The Horrors, Sunn 0))+Pansonic, Julian Cope, Lydia Lunch, Vincent Gallo, LIARS and More

LIMITED EDITION SUICIDE 6-CD BOX “Live 1977/78″ SET FOR RELEASE THIS SUMMER. ONLY 3000 BOX SETS TO BE PRODUCED

To mark the occasion of Alan Vega’s 70th birthday, UK-based label blastfirstpetite is releasing a year long, monthly, series of Limited Edition 10” Vinyl E.P’s. and downloads.

The label also releases this month “Suicide 1977-1978” a 6-CD box that features thirteen complete live Suicide sets from the early New York performances and their legendary first European tour supporting both The Clash & Elvis Costello. Hear so called “Punks” out-punked

The groundbreaking singles-series will feature an established recording artist paying tribute to Alan by covering one of his songs, plus a previously unreleased Suicide/Vega rarity from the archives and, showing that Vega’s work continues to inspire, a cover version by a young and upcoming band.

Major artists included are:
Bruce Springsteen, Primal Scream, Peaches, Grinderman (feat. Nick Cave), Spiritualised, The Horrors, Sunn 0))+Pansonic, Julian Cope, Lydia Lunch, Vincent Gallo, LIARS, & The Klaxons.

Upcoming bands are:
Beat The Devil/Shilpa Ray, No Bra, HTRK, X-Vectors, Nik Void (ex Kaito) , Effi Briest, S.C.U.M, Stephen Burroughs (ex Head Of David).

Vega is best known as the vocalist half of the duo SUICIDE who last year received MOJO magazine’s ‘Sound Innovators” Award and whose first album frequently shows up in Rolling Stone or SPIN magazine anniversary overviews of the best punk albums.

Massively influential Suicide are often credited as inventing the basic (non guitar) blueprint to much of the 80’s synth pop of Depeche Mode, Soft Cell , Human League and are frequently name checked by anyone from the likes of Henry Rollins,, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore to James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

The first of the three singles is outlined here.

28TH JULY
PTYT 017
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – DREAM BABY DREAM 6:55
SUICIDE – MIDNIGHT SPECIAL LIVE 3:51
BEAT THE DEVIL / SHILPA RAY – MR RAY 5:30

COVER IMAGE : EDWARD MAPPLETHORPE
TWO EDITIONS OF 4000 EACH BLACK & CLEAR VINYL

25TH AUG
PTYT 018
THE HORRORS – SHADAZZ 4:18
SUICIDE – RADIATION 5:06
NIK VOID – ROCKET USA 3:58

COVER IMAGE : ALEX ROSE
EDITION OF 3000

29TH SEPT
PTYT 019
PEACHES -JONNY 2:01
SUICIDE – JONNY LIVE 1978 3:07
S.C.U.M. – WILD IN BLUE 5:23

COVER IMAGE : CARY KWOK
EDITION OF 2000

blastfirstpetite also release a six cd 3000 limited edition box set called “Live 1977/78” Culled from the archives of Howard Thompson, the man who originally signed Suicide to Bronze/EMI outside of the USA.

This box set features thirteen complete live Suicide sets from the early New York
For full tracklising go to blastfirstpetite.com

Edited from the sleeve notes:

This set of recordings are not the faint hearted, nor is it the ideal place to start to those first time listeners seeking an easy entry into the dark and decidedly queasy world of Alan Vega & Marty Rev’s proto-futuristic, low tech sci-fi musical that they launched on a mostly uncaring world as music group Suicide.

Howard Thompson’s archive was originally made purely for his personal reference based on a joyess recognition that he was right there seeing history in the making.
His archive consists of cassette recordings made by himself and
others (see credits for details) who kindly gave him their tapes so he could keep up with Suicide latest live adventures.

They offer to the listener an unmediated “audio-verite” of Suicide performing live in the clubs and halls of the time.
Loud sounds are punchily compressed, quiet sounds teasingly enhanced, tapes run out, the clunks clicks, chatter and blatter are all here for sure BUT and here’s the big kicker, WE WANT YOU TO HAVE IT THAT WAY, …..with the Moment,…. the Passion,…. the Dirt, the LIFE, captured fully intact.

If you want homogenized, satinised, tweaked and combed, P.C’d “punk” put this baby back on ebay and sell it for profit to one who maybe really wants the use of these leather black skrying mirrors.

Paul Smith
Blastfirstpetite (2008)

Video: Kate Nash on Live From Abbey Road

Sundance Channel Presents:
Live From Abbey Road
Thursdays at 10:00pm EST

Episode 2 Premiers Thursday, June 26

With the second season of the Sundance Channel’s Live From Abbey Road premiering last week, episode two brings more artists, performances and interviews. Dublin born, indie pop darling Kate Nash discusses her love for making records, and has no problem showing it with a performance of her single “Foundations,” as well as proved it by receiving BRIT award for Best Female Artist this past year.

Academy Award-winning jazz pianist Herbie Hancock takes center stage at the Abbey Road studio while uniquely embracing elements of rock, soul and jazz in songs such as “River” and “Edith and the King-Pin” which can be found on the album River: The Joni Letters that won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Rascal Flatts, a Grammy-nominated group appears in the Abbey Road studio this week, discussing their experiences, as well as performing a cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway” and number one single on Billboard’s Hot Country Song chart “What Hurts the Most”.

VIDEOS:

Kate Nash Performance on ‘Live From Abbey Road’

Kate Nash Interview Clip

OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EXPANDED ARTIST LINE-UP ADDITIONS INCLUDE TOOTS & THE MAYTALS, MIKE GORDON, ROGUE WAVE AND THE WALKMEN AMONG MANY OTHERS

OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EXPANDED ARTIST LINE-UP ADDITIONS INCLUDE TOOTS & THE MAYTALS, MIKE GORDON, ROGUE WAVE AND THE WALKMEN AMONG MANY OTHERS

San Francisco, CA–Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is proud to announce new additions to the already-stellar line-up for the first inaugural event. Howlin’ Rain, The Dynamites and Carney are rounding out Friday August 22nd. The Walkmen, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck and Everest have been added to Saturday August 23rd. Toots & the Maytals, Rogue Wave, Mike Gordon and Vienna Teng have been added to Sunday, August 24th.

The multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San Francisco?s historic Golden Gate Park on August 22 ? 24, 2008. Radiohead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson will headline the event. Tickets for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival are available for purchase at www.SFOutsidelands.com.

The updated schedule for each day is as follows:

Friday August 22nd (first band is on at 5pm)
Radiohead
Beck
Manu Chao
The Black Keys
Cold War Kids
Steel Pulse
Black Mountain
The Felice Brothers
Howlin Rain
The Dynamites
Carney

Saturday August 23rd (first band is on at 1pm)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Primus
Steve Winwood
Lupe Fiasco
Café Tacvba
Regina Spektor
Galactic?s Crescent City Soul Krewe feat. Dirty Dozen Horns
M. Ward
Devendra Banhart
Matt Nathanson
Two Gallants
Dredg
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck
The Walkmen
Sidestepper
Kaki King
The Coup
Donavon Frankenreiter
Nellie McKay
Goapele
Sean Hayes
Rupa & The April Fishes
Everest

Sunday August 24th (first band is on at 1pm)
Jack Johnson
Wilco
Widespread Panic
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Broken Social Scene
Andrew Bird
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Drive-By Truckers
Toots & the Maytals
Stars
Rogue Wave
ALO
Jackie Greene
Mike Gordan
The Cool Kids
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Little Brother
Bon Iver
The Mother Hips
Nicole Atkins & The Sea
K?naan
Back Door Slam
Culver City Dub Collective

Outside Lands, produced by Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Productions and Starr Hill Presents, is set to be a dynamic event with the broad range of entertainment and amusement options you?d expect from the partnering of the co-founders of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival with one of the most successful independent promoters in the country. The unique strengths of these three companies using the backdrop of one of the most famous parks in a city rich with music history is certain to make for an unforgettable weekend. Outside Lands, the most ambitious event in the park?s history, will be the first annual ticketed large-scale multi-stage event in this historic location. A portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit Golden Gate Park.

Lori Michaels – Living My Life Out Loud – in stores July 8, 2008

ARTIST: Lori Michaels
TITLE: Living My Life Out Loud
LABEL: Reform Records / Rock Ridge Music
STREET DATE: 7/8/08

Lori Michaels

WINDOWS MEDIA AUDIO: Lori Michaels “Meet Me At The Partay

NOTEWORTHY:

If you like it when the buzz about a performer ends up being all true – stay tuned to Lori Michaels. Her full-length CD debut, “Living My Life Out Loud,” couldn’t be more aptly titled, period – and is slated for release on Reform Records.

She’s been singing and dancing since she could talk and walk. But Michaels’ career launched into new orbit in 2006, following her official “Coming Out” party at the House of Blues’ Club Worship in Atlantic City. It was a House of Blues first, and a turning point for Michaels in her evolution to in-demand solo artist and nationwide headliner with her head-turning Me & The Girls shows.

In a time when coming out has evolved from something equated with fear to something much more about freedom, Michaels has freed her artistic soul to deliver “Living My Life Out Loud.” It is a testament to, above all else, her love of the song – whether that means writing, arranging and performing the vocals (lead and backgrounds), showcasing her talents on the piano/keys, or overseeing production with the best in the business to leave listeners breathless.

Since her Coming Out in March of 2006, Michaels has taken Me & The Girls to venues including a Ladies Rock concert in Philadelphia, opening engagements for the Village People and Ashford & Simpson, a headliner performance for Showtime and the Human Rights Campaign at the New York City 2008 L Word Premiere Party, a Sing Out for AIDS special guest performance with Betty (of Showtime’s L Word), and Pride events from New York all the way to California.

YO! MAJESTY TO RELEASE EP IN JULY. FULL LENGTH ALBUM OUT IN OCTOBER ON DOMINO RECORDS

YO! MAJESTY TO RELEASE EP IN JULY. FULL LENGTH ALBUM OUT IN OCTOBER ON DOMINO RECORDS

The much anticipated debut from Yo! Majesty Futuristically SpeakingŠNever Be Afraid will be available on CD and vinyl from Domino Records on October 7 2008. The Kryptonite Pussy EP will be released in digital and vinyl format on July 22 2008. With production from Basement Jaxx, Sunship, Radio Clit, Dee kline, CLP, Mercedes and Hard Feelings UK the Tampa, FL based Yo! Majesty are set to jump start the hip hop community with a release that is unforgiving and brutally honest. Futuristically SpeakingŠNever Be Afraid is a testimonial to Yo! Majesty’s militant and often shocking lyrics, their lesbianism, Christianity and an open letter of rejection to hip hops triple curse of misogyny, homophobia and materialism. Track listings below.

Few acts combine rap music, pro-gay sloganeering and spiritual enlightenment quite like Yo! Majesty
NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

If punk was originally about defying labels, celebrating misfits, creating new sounds, and doing it all on one’s own terms, hand-wringers about that genre should open their ears and listen no further. Because by those criteria, Yo! Majesty is the most punk fucking rock thing out there right now. MIAMI NEW TIMES

Yo! Majesty absolutely blew my mind. Shunda K & Jwl. B came out and tore into a set that was explosive, aggressive, and relentless. BROOKLYN VEGAN

Futuristically SpeakingŠNever Be Afraid :

1. Fucked Up
2. Night Riders
3. Blame It On The Change
4. Never Be Afraid
5. Don’t Let Go
6. Booty Klap
7. Buy Love
8. Get Down On The Floor
9. Hott
10. Leather Jacket
11. Grindin’ And Shakin’
12. Party Hardy
13. Club Action
14. Take It Away

Kryptonite Pussy EP:

01. Kryptonite Pussy
02. Hey There Girl
03. Break Bread
04. Monkey
05. Hit It and Quit It