Jars of Clay – Two Hands video

JARS OF CLAY has a NEW MUSIC VIDEO for “TWO HANDS” available NOW! This video shows their work in Africa with Blood:Water Mission.

Special Message from Dan:

Sometimes music videos tell stories. This video tells the story of a band’s journey to get our own hands dirty. Someone once defined the role of an artist as the act of looking at the world and describing it…not just as the world is… but also as it should be.

There is only so much looking and describing a band can do when faced with injustices, and tragedies… and also the heroic stories of those who rise above their fears and overcome insurmountable obstacles. Two Hands is a song about overcoming our own fears and finding reasons to care about others even when we don’t feel equipped to do so

CHTHONIC’S NEW TRACK – “RISE OF THE SHADOWS” – AVAILABLE NOW ON MYSPACE MIRROR OF RETRIBUTION STREETS SEPTEMBER 1 IN THE US

CHTHONIC’S NEW TRACK – “RISE OF THE SHADOWS” – AVAILABLE NOW ON MYSPACE MIRROR OF RETRIBUTION STREETS SEPTEMBER 1 IN THE US

“Rise of the Shadows”, a brand new track from ChthoniC’s latest full-length album Mirror of Retribution is now available for streaming on the Spinefarm UK MySpace, http://www.myspace.com/spinefarmrecordsuk, as well as ChthoniC’s official MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/chthonictw.

ChthoniC’s profile in MyeBook has gotten over 25,000 views in a very short time, and there is a live video of the band performing “Rise of the Shadows” currently on YouTube.

Mirror Of Retribution is set for a September 1 release in the US via Spinefarm Records. The record was produced and engineered by Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano. ChthoniC have also released an image from their album art, found below, called “Mountain of Blooming Blades.”

THESE ARE POWERS ANNOUNCE CHINA TOUR NINE DATES INCLUDE SHOWS IN BEIJING AND SHANGHAI

THESE ARE POWERS ANNOUNCE CHINA TOUR NINE DATES INCLUDE SHOWS IN BEIJING AND SHANGHAI

These Are Powers will be bringing their soundtrack for the future peace movement to China for nine dates that include a residency at Beijing’s D-22 Club with additional dates in Shanghei, Nanjing, Wuhan and Tiajin. Sharing the bill on select dates with Carsick Cars – pioneers of China’s developing “No Beijing” scene – These Are Powers invitation to perform in China arrives at a crucial time as contemporary artists, modern composers and rock musicians in the world’s most populated nation are experiencing a revival after years of suppression from the communist authorities. Tour dates and more information below.

These Are Powers’ All Aboard Future album cross-wires art-damaged difficult listening with skewed rock swagger. The result is a thrilling, hyperpercussive collection of laptop ditties mixed so cleverly that they’ll sound great ticking through earbuds or booming out of dad’s trusty Cerwin-Vegas. SPIN

These Are Powers release All Aboard Future–for all its dystopian doom–somehow shakes out as the first truly modern punk record of 2009. ALTERNATIVE PRESS

As far as tone is concerned, These Are Powers have that down above anything else. Teeth-grittingly tense and with chilling atmosphere, they play the appropriate soundtrack for a bombed-out, water-damaged Brooklyn basement with one bulb for light. PITCHFORK

http://www.myspace.com/thesearepowers

TOUR DATES:

July 10 2009 D-22 Beijiing

July 11 2009 TBA Tiajin

July 14 2009 D-22 Beijing

July 17 2009 Vox Wuhan

July 18 2009 TBA Shanghai

July 19 2009 Castle Bar Nanjing

July 21 2009 D-22 Beijiing

July 24 2009 Yugong Yishan Beijiing

July 25 2009 D-22 Beijiing

FRED RETURNS TO CANADIAN SOIL! Will Launch New Single “SKYSCRAPERS” In July!

FRED RETURNS TO CANADIAN SOIL! Will Launch New Single “SKYSCRAPERS” In July!

“…there’s no resisting this stuff unless you are tone-deaf! Blissed out…down and out funky…FRED we love you! – NME

“Fred are a five piece from Cork City, Ireland, who take the anguish and pain out of rock’n’roll, opting instead to just be…good!”Like Sly & The Family Stone in a swordfight with the Flaming Lips” – The Irish Times

It’s becoming a quarterly event as Irish hitmakers FRED yet again touch down on Canadian soil, this time deciding to explore the east coast too! A mini tour this July is book-ended by the Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax on July 18 and the Hillside Music Festival in Guelph on July 24 and 26 (that’s right two plays at Hillside!)

Persistent Canadian touring which has so far included appearances during NXNE ’08, Toronto Indie Fest and CMW have garnered the band critic’s choice ‘picks’ and media applause…and has increased their cheerleading fan base!

The first week of July also sees Sparks Music launch FRED’s new single ‘Skyscrapers’ to Canadian pop radio. The track is from the band’s GO GOD GO CD which was launched in Canada this past spring.

Check out the FRED Summer Tour EPK video:

Here is the video for their first single “The Lights”:

Other Canadian dates this July include:

July 16 : Babas Lounge – Charlottetown, PEI

July 17 : Blue Olive – Saint John, NB

July 18 : The Seahorse, Atlantic Jazz Festival – Halifax, NS

July 19 : Evolve Festival – Antigonish, NS

July 22 : Mavericks – Ottawa, ON

July 23 : Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON

July 24 & 26 : Hillside Music Festival – Guelph, ON

WILLAMETTE WEEK’S MUSICFEST NW IN PORTLAND ANNOUNCES 2009 FESTIVAL LINE-UP: SEPTEMBER 16-19, 2009 BANDS APPEARING INCLUDE SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, BEACH HOUSE, GIRL TALK, BAD BRAINS, PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, MUDHONEY AND TONS MORE. MORE BANDS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

WILLAMETTE WEEK’S MUSICFEST NW IN PORTLAND ANNOUNCES 2009 FESTIVAL LINE-UP: SEPTEMBER 16-19, 2009 BANDS APPEARING INCLUDE SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, BEACH HOUSE, GIRL TALK, BAD BRAINS, PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, MUDHONEY AND TONS MORE. MORE BANDS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Willamette Week’s Musicfest NW announces this year’s festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. Do note all shows are first come first-served. Please visit http://musicfestnw.com/tix for details on performers and where to purchase passes.

MFNW continues its tradition of supporting diverse genres that will appeal to every music fan. It’s also a great opportunity to visit one of the best cities in America.

On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW’s ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.

Seattle’s KEXP radio will broadcast live from Portland at The Doug Fir Lounge September 17-18 during MFNW, with live performances from artists playing the festival. Listener-powered and community supported, KEXP not only serves Seattle but also has a large loyal listener base in Portland and around the world who tune into WWW.KEXP.ORG through online streaming.

Last year, MFNW 2008 national talent roster boasted acts such TV on The Radio, Vampire Weekend, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, M Ward, Mogwai, The Fuck Buttons and so many more. MFNW also saw a double in attendance last year and brought in more community partnerships than ever before. The last eight years of the annual September festival have unquestionably met that goal, as MFNW has become synonymous with the region’s best music, while experiencing 25-30% growth in attendance.

How MFNW came to be one of Portland’s biggest music festivals began with the departure of the North By Northwest music festival (NXNW), in 2000. Willamette Week, Portland’s alternative weekly and longtime co-producer of NXNW, teamed up with members of the local and regional music scene to create a new music festival in 2001: MFNW.

Confirmed to play are national & regional acts (more acts to follow in the coming months):

Sunny Day Real Estate

Explosions In Sky

Bad Brains

Girl Talk

The Get Up Kids

Will Sheff (of Okkervil River)

Dirty Three

Monotonix

Mudhoney

Frightened Rabbit

Twilight Sad

Dillinger Four

Swollen Members

Grand Duchy

Beach House

John Vanderslice

The Long Winters

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Pink Mountaintops

OM

Portugal The Man

Viva Voce

The Builders and The Butchers

Langhorne Slim

Bobby Bare Jr.

Chairlift

Loch Lomond

Team Dresch

Erase Errata

J.D. Twitch (Optimo)

Eluvium

Youth Group

Titus Andronicus

The Zeros

Mount Eerie

Trash Talk

Despise You

Crom

Japanther

Mayer Hawthorne & The County

Grouper

Richard Swift

Austin Lucas

Amazing Baby

Brother Reade

Love Language

Anders Parker

The Morning Benders

The Miniature Tigers

Common Market

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Say Hi

Rocky Votolato

Cymbals Eats Guitars

Copy

Red Fang

Saviours

Norfolk & Western

Nurses

Explode Into Colors

Portland Cello Project

Guidance Counselor

Fences

And much much more….