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2012 Summer Camp Music Festival

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

It may have felt like a dream for some, but as the saying goes, “There’s no place like home.”

 Since 2001, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown immensely in size and stature within the festival scene, and The Roving Festival Writer (www.TheRFW.com) has been there every dance step of the way. Even though the festival has grown considerably over the past few years, it still maintains a strong, intimate, close knit family vibe that binds everyone together through an eclectic array of great music.

 

Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois turned into a sun-soaked dust bowl as it welcomed the thousands of festival goers to an unforgettable weekend of blissful music madness. No matter what your musical taste is, Summer Camp 2012 varied a unique collection of tunes from every genre imaginable.

 

As far as festivals go, Summer Camp 2012 was virtually flawless. This year is not soon to be forgotten and it certainly was a perfectly balanced mix of everything a music festival should be. As with any major festival, there is much to be seen and even more to be heard. At Summer Camp 2012, we did our best to witness and hear as much as humanly possible. One can never absorb it all, but we can share and highlight some of the beauty that we witnessed this year.

 

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Thursday, May 24th:

 

The Summer Camp Festival kick off began with a pre-party early in the afternoon on Thursday. This opening day has developed into a spotlight for local Chicago-area bands to rise and shine as they showcase their music and push the event into full swing. As soon as the party began, it was obvious that the festival was headed in the right direction and everyone was anxiously awaiting the weekend to come.

 

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Friday, May 25th:

 

The official first day of the festival was Friday, and with so many great musical acts to soak in, it is hard to tell which way to go. Our day began with the annual moe. afternoon show, which set the tone for the fest and pump up the crowd for an epic festival experience. They opened their performance with “Not Coming Down,” and continued to keep the flow going with a great rendition of “Timmy Tucker.” 

 

Keller Williams was up next on the Moonshine Stage, and he is always an up-beat and fun filled crowd favorite. Keller started his set out tranquil and slowly moved into a purified funk set, with him alone on stage. After getting the crowd going with his well-known song “Breath,” he went into high energy utilizing melodies and ‘hippy hop’ beat boxing to keep everyone moving until closing the set with a splendid cover of“Born to Be Wild.” The mid-day sun was now well upon us and we had to recharge our batteries. We then missed some anticipated shows like Leftover Salmon and Van Ghost, but had to physically prepare for what would happen next.

 

As the day then continued on, a sea of people flooded to the Sunshine Stage for the midday acoustic show featuring Bob Weir, Chris Robinson, and Jackie Greene. The trio began as the day cooled off with light cloud cover, enabling everyone to dance and sing along. They started out mellow and slowly built the show into a blues and jazz infused dirty jam session, covering mainly Grateful Dead songs. Bob Weir reminded all of us that he’s still got ‘it’ as he charmed

 

 

the crowd with not only his guitar, but his soulful resonating voice. Between all of the blues numbers, 

“West La Fadeaway”  was a high note to change the pace of the show a bit and fully engaged the audience. The trio then eventually descended into a version of“Uncle John’s Band” before finishing the set with a sing along rendition of the infamous closing tune “Not Fade Away,” leaving the crowd elated.

 

Cornmeal is a healthy dose of Midwestern bluegrass jam for the soul, and a Summer Camp staple. They had a slew of sets and appearances throughout the weekend, but this show was the highlight of the festival for the band itself. After leaving the acoustic set, I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the Moonshine Stage and hear Cornmeal in full out jam mode during the day like that, with the crowd hanging on every note.

 

Umphrey’s McGee then took over their ownership of the Sunshine Stage for their first performances of the weekend. In true Umph fashion, they teased the crowd with fan favorites during their two back to back sets and unparalleled light shows. The shows featured fan favorites such as “2nd Self” and “Pay the Snucka”, jam sandwiches inside of “Ocean Billy” and an outstanding cover of Tool’s “Forty Six and Two.” 

 

In between the Umphrey’s shows, we had the chance to witness some of the Gogol Bordello set at the Moonshine Stage. This Gypsy-Punk band has so many levels to it, all of which they showcase fully with the highest energy possible. Wild, loud, and melodic the show was overall very impressive to listen to as well as watch as they empowered the crowd with songs like“Wunderlust” and “Start Wearing Purple.”

 

With Les Claypool and Primus about to start at the Moonshine Stage, anticipation ran rampant through the crowd. With heavy, intoxicating bass lines and off the wall lyrics, there really is no way to describe Primus except for irregularly eccentric. Primus shows are always intriguing to say the least, and this Summer Camp set was no different. The wild card really came out at the end of the performance when Bob Weir joined Les Claypool on stage and played an outstanding and unique version of “The Other One,” taking the show to even more unconventional heights.

 

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Saturday, May 26th:

 

 

 

The dust started stirring early on Saturday, May 26th as Summer Camp 2012 was moving forward at full speed. We first made our way down to the Jagermeister Starshine Stage for Fareed Haque’s MathGames!. If you are not yet familiar with this band, than you are missing out on an innovative and impressive musical adventure. World renowned guitar player Fareed Haque leads the group of tremendously skilled musicians who break down music at its fundamental levels and then smoothly rearrange it into something never defined before. Mixing musical styles from funky jazz to electronica, MathGames! is known for “Taking you to space while time traveling dimensions.” There is not much that can top or match the futuristic groove they submerge you in, and it is very much a guarantee that you will enjoy the ride. The tempos, melodies, and abnormal beats will without a doubt mess with your brain while making you wiggle at the same time. If you missed MathGames! at the festival this year, I hope you will find the time to tune into their frequency soon.

 

Once our mental state was back in festival mode, we waltzed passed the Sunshine Stage giving our ears a chance to soak in the reggae soul performance by the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars. We then traveled to the Moonshine Stage to see Summer Camp veterans Family Grove Company finish out their set. Not only did they sound splendid, but they were playing along with a horn section, which enabled them to fully fill out their sound.

 

The temperature was rising at this point, and the sun was beating down with all of its strength. We then took this time to rest and re-energize ourselves for before heading to the Sunshine Stage to see the infamous hip-hop artist Common perform. Being from the Chicago area, he was more than delighted to be there, and his energy was so high at times we thought he might fly off of the stage. The show was filled with antics and was overall quite enjoyable as he continued to declare his love for the Midwest and perform an assortment of songs. The mid-day set was a perfect addition to the overall festival by widening the all-inclusive mix of acts showcased this year.

 

We then ventured into the woods to explore a bit and escape the suffocating heat surrounding us. The Camping Stage had a diverse potpourri of acts throughout the weekend, but at this particular moment we arrived in perfect timing to catch a full set by Ultraviolet Hippopotamus. ‘UV Hippo’ is a premiere improvisational progressive rock band from Michigan who has recently gained recognition not only in the United States, but across the globe for their well-polished, intricate, genre-mixing sounds. The show turned into a mid-day dance party full of jams flowing into one another. This set itself was utterly outstanding with an exceptional version of “Run Rabbit Run” which led into “Yin Yang” and “Tiny Eyes.”  They kept up momentum by finalizing the show with“Tugboat” leaving the crowd wanting more.

 

Back at the Moonshine Stage, Gov’t Mule was in full rock mode playing songs that included many notable classic rock covers as well as original Mule tunes. Warren Haynes had a playful, jubilant demeanor and sounded superb as he steadily went through the set with ease. The second half of their set is when Mule reached a superior level by flawlessly performing a non-stop stream of well-known songs that proved to be perfect for the show and the crowd in every way. The musical flow at the end of the set included “The Other One > Hunger Strike > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hunger Strike” until finishing and closing the set with the Door’s “When the Music’s Over,” to top it off.

 

The Soulshine Tent continuously grows each year along with the festival, and now hosts an array of pleasurable and rare fest activities. The tent is designed to educate, inspire, and empower attendees by providing a shelter filled with live music, workshops, discussions, demonstrations, art, and education. Throughout the weekend, we had stopped by the Soulshine Tent periodically, mainly to see snippets of the multiple first-class music workshops that took over the tent during the course of the festival.

 

Saturday evening we went made it to the Soulshine Tent with full intent to do more than just stop in. At 9pm, in the midst of the chaos of the evening music schedule, we arrived at the tent to witness the Tricky Ol’ Puss & Mos Scocious Show, and what a show it was. They are an animated collection of talented people, with a deep, diverse appreciation of all things music. Hailing from Chicago, Mos Scocious is a well-tuned power trio that blends all genres of music together into superb sound arrangements. By incorporating an infusion of multiple music genres from jazz hip-hop, the band formulates a funky, gritty, and dynamic underground sound. With an extravagant musical style of its own, Mos Scocious produces a diverse assortment of tunes that help you groove and make you move. When they started playing around 9pm, the crowd was engaged with a set of remarkable music… but it was the wild theatrical aspects that made the show into an complete experience of unadulterated fun. The band played along with Tricky Ol’ Puss, an absurd, artistic, and boisterous magician who not only delighted the crowd with magic tricks, but who also sang with the band throughout the set. As the costumes, lights, confetti, magic tricks, and sexy go-go dancers frolicked about the stage, it only amplified how meticulous and well executed the music was beneath it all. Show highlights included many outstanding songs from their various albums as well as and some impressive covers like the Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” and delicious version of “Pure Imagination”  from Willy Wonka to complete the show.

 

There comes a time at every Summer Camp Festival when the Umphrey’s and moe. sets are stacked together, leaving their fans scattered about the grounds feverishly running back and forth from stage to stage. That is exactly where we were at this point… Lost in the madness attempting to catch as much music from both shows as we could, and from what we could gather, all four sets were musically gratifying and both bands have some of the best light shows utilized in any live shows today.

 

moe. powered their first set with a “Happy Hour Hero” featuring Warren Haynes, and ended the set with “White Lightening” and “George.” Up until now, every moe. Set at the festival managed to pick up more energy and momentum than the last, and the snowball effect continued. The night goes and the strength grows for moe.’s second set before it concludes with a well put together “Plane Crash.”

 

Umphrey’s McGee was unquestionably ‘on fire’ for both of their Saturday evening sets, bringing out their best. It has been a pleasure to watch them progress so much over the years, and it was widely noted that the two Saturday Umphrey’s performances were some of the best. The first set included “Bridgeless”  and “August” as they played at a level of peak performance. The second set sent the crowd soaring with their rendition of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” which was marvelously executed and stands out as a monumental musical moment of the weekend. Umph continued to shine powerfully for the rest of the performance before guiding the show to a close with an outstanding encore of “All in Time.”

   

Saturday evening ended for us at the Campfire Stage watching The Ragbirds. They come from the land of Michigan and they are good. Really good. The set was a melodious soundtrack that quickly took the crowd on an unpredictable musical journey around the world. They share their well-traveled stories through what can be described as ‘eclectic global folk music,’ utilizing instruments and sounds from all parts of the universe. Drums pound out infectious beats as front women Erin Zindle flawlessly changes songs and instruments with ease, all the while dancing and sporting a contagious grin. The Ragbirds performance was positive, inspirational, diverse, and virtually overflowing with energy as they iimmaculately played songs from all four of their albums including “Onyame Kokroko” and “Tantrella.”

   

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Sunday, May 27th:

 

Being well aware that Sunday would be the hottest day at the festival, everyone was prepared and nothing stopped them from coming out to get groovy. Despite the heat, Umphrey’s and moe. both played to large lively crowds early in the day. Umphrey’s worked on ‘melting faces’ during their last performance of the festival. They played well known tunes such as “Partyin’ Peeps,” and even some new music, before concluding their Summer Camp appearance by closing with “JaJunk.” In the Starshine Tent, moe. did an acoustic show which set the tone for the day. The moe. performance was intimate and included songs such as “St. Augustine” and “Lazarus.”

   

We then waltzed over at the Moonshine Stage to catch Yonder Mountain String Band. This band never seems to play an uninspired, uneventful, or unimpressive show and they consistently come forward with high energy sets. Their powerful sound has many noticeable influences, but they are best defined as a compound of jam infused bluegrass. The Yonder boys took the stage fully loaded with excitement, and the heat smothered crowd was wildly ready for them. They flew thru a fire filled set advanced by highly regarded fan favorites like “Traffic Jam,” “Ramblin’ in the Rambler,” and “Follow Me Down to the Riverside.”

 

With our sweaty bodies now caked in a thick layer of dirt, we needed a minute to cool down, clean up, and chill out. During this rejuvenation period, we were unable to make some shows including a performance of purified New Orleans funk from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. As we traveled through the festival grounds we briefly had the chance to hear the rock-rap-raggae mix of Michael Franti and Spearhead performing a set that included “Ganja Babe.” Their show was laid back and genuinely positive, with a large crowd savoring every moment of their performance.

 

It was now close dusk on Sunday as we moved toward the Moonshine Stage to join the horde of people awaiting Tedeschi Trucks Band. As soon as the infamous duo walked on stage, they instantly took ownership of their moment to shine. Incorporating his phenomenal guitar skills with her utterly tremendous vocals, the two create an original, organic, swampy mix of soulful, funky blues music. Their set was outstanding, with highlights like “Midnight in Harlem” and “Bound for Glory” which also gave every band member its own moment in the spotlight.

 

We arrived to the Vibe Tent just as it was about to be taken over by the exotic pop-funk beats of Rubblebucket. They looked and sounded fantastic as they performed a pleasant, fully engaging set. Rubblebucket utilizes a flamboyant horn section on top of overlapping layers of drum beats along with the voice of front women Kalmia Traver to create an original sound. They are weird, worldly, and a instrumentally inclined to take you on a melodic adventure somewhere you can dance. There show was lively and eclectic, where a good time was had by all.

 

It was now time for a major focal point of the festival to take the stage, and so we made our way to the Starshine area. Galactic is musically and culturally everything New Orleans, and when put together, the music produced is an electric form of funk. Their Sunday Summer Camp performance was completely sensational on all levels. The band itself is at the heart of a diverse collaborative musical community, constantly keeping each show and song open to a revolving door of never ending guest performers. Their jam packed set prompted and provoked the crowd to dance and participate. We all sang along to “Hey Na Na”  and “Get Funky,” but the show was really elevated with a funky “Cult of Personality.” The peak for Galatic’s performance, and the festival itself, came out in the form Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmire.” Perfectly executed, Galactic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band covered it flawlessly, in pure funk style. There is no better way to end a set or a festival than by experiencing music like that.

 

It had been a long weekend, and it was all starting to catch up with us. Unfortunately, because of this we missed several other hot acts throughout the day such as Victor Wooten, Break Science, Greensky Bluegrass, Pretty Lights and the much anticipated Jane’s Addiction. Regardless, the festival was a voluptuous experience filled with thoroughly gratifying music that did not skip a beat.

 

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Summer Camp has turned into a well-rounded, perfectly executed, and fully complete music festival in every way. This year was sensational, and the thank you goes out to all who worked so hard to make it an impressive success. Summer Camp 2012 came and went so fast that it did feel like a dream…a beautiful, lucid, dream almost as good as anything imaginable. Even though it is now over, we all will be anxiously awaiting our return home to the fields of Chillicothe next year.

The Green

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

THE GREEN US TOUR & FREE SONGS

Hawaii’s The Green are giving away 4 free songs on their new site www.thegreen808.com


Their self-titled debut album premiered at number three on Billboard’s Reggae Chart, and remained in the Top 10 for 25 straight weeks.

The Green just kicked off a five-week U.S. Tour with Iration and The Movement. This is their third time touring North America.

The Green Tour Dates

Nov 09 – Dallas, TX – The Loft
Nov 10 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Alternative Lounge
Nov 11 – Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock
Nov 12 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Nov 13 – Tyler, TX – The Venue at Down Under
Nov 14 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House Of Blues
Nov 16 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick
Nov 17 – Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store
Nov 18 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Nov 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Nov 20 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Cafe
Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Nov 22 – Charleston, SC – Pour House
Nov 23 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov 26 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov 27 – New York, NY – Sullivan Hall
Nov 28 – Teaneck, NJ – Mexicali Live
Nov 30 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
Dec 01 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s Place
Dec 02 – West Chester, PA – The Note
Dec 03 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Dec 04 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Dec 05 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Dec 07 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
Dec 08 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Dec 09 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
Dec 10 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum
Dec 11 – West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
Dec 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Crown Theater & Nightclub

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Keller Williams KIDS Album

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

RAVE REVIEWS FOR KELLER WILLIAMS’ FIRST-EVER KIDS’ ALBUM!
‘KIDS’ RELEASED TODAY

KELLER RELEASES HIS FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK, TOO

LOOK FOR KELLER WILLIAMS ON TOUR THIS FALL, INCLUDING
AS A “SUPER MUSIC FRIEND” AT SELECT STOPS WITH
YO GABBA GABBA

“[Keller's] big-hearted wit is perfectly suited to the songs on Kids, a record that will entertain children of all ages without talking down to them.” – All Music Guide

“Kids sparkles with invention.” – Bob Etier, Technorati.com

Today, Keller Williams releases his sixteenth album — and first-ever album for kids and families — appropriately titled Kids. With Kids, Keller once again breaks new ground, staking out his next conquest: the absolute adoration of the under-10 crowd and their parents, caregivers, and relatives.

Kids has already been warmly embraced by such kids’ music tastemakers as Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble), Amber Bobnar (Boston Children’s Music), Pamela Brill (Rockabye Baby Music), and syndicated columnist Lee Littlewood (Kids Home Library). Stefan Shepherd wrote that Kids “immediately shoots to near the top of my most-anticipated albums list.” Declared Amber Bobnar, “It almost sounds like something from Stomp or Blue Man Group that just builds and builds on itself. It’s really a trip!” Lee Littlewood included Kids in an “Incredible New Music for Kids” column, writing, “Williams’ high musical standards make Kids a superb CD for all ages.” Enthused Pamela Brill, “This CD blends Williams’ love of bluegrass and rock to create a unique sound that will resonate with listeners of all ages. What we like is that his music really gets it … he knows how to capture his listeners’ attention—and how to hold on to it.”

When Keller Williams addresses kids in song or words, it’s with extreme sincerity, respect, and more than a dash of his famous quirky, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Every song on Kids clicks into a kid’s world, from the bouncy, two-beat “Taking a Bath” to the compellingly hip speak-singing of “Horseback Rider” and “Grandma’s Feather Bed” to the catchy, rhythmic, danceable “Keep It on the Paper.” Keller’s infectious good humor and the compelling joyfulness of his songs invite young listeners to freely sing, dance, and play along, becoming true partners with his legendary creativity.

In conjunction with the release of Kids, Keller Williams is releasing his first children’s book, Because I Said So. Based on Keller’s song by the same name (included on Kids), the story is told through the eyes of “L’il Keller,” who learns that you can’t always get what you want, and there isn’t always a good reason why! Enhanced by the cleverly drawn illustrations of Fredericksburg, Virginia artist Bill Harris, Because I Said So is humorous, colorful, and wise. Included with the book is a CD containing the song “Because I Said So.” Because I Said So is available at www.kellerwilliamskids.net.

Also this fall, Keller expands his touring horizons to include kids and families, joining the Yo Gabba Gabba Tour as a “Super Music Friend” at select shows in the Pacific Northwest and California. Keller is one of many acclaimed artists joining Yo Gabba Gabba’s fall tour; also confirmed are Pretty Lights, Steel Train, Kid Koala, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, The Saltines, and others. Keller’s list of Yo Gabba Gabba tour dates is included below.

Keller Williams’current list of tour dates is as follows:
Friday, November 5 Rick’s Cafe Starkville MS
Saturday, November 6 Rock For Hunger Orlando FL
Wednesday, November 10 WOW Hall Eugene OR
Thursday, November 11 Wild Buffalo Bellingham WA
Friday, November 12 INB Performing Arts Center Spokane WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Friday, November 12 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane WA Keller Solo
Saturday, November 13 Tacoma Dome Tacoma WA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Saturday, November 13 Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA Keller Solo
Sunday, November 14 Memorial Coliseum Portland OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Sunday, November 14 Aladdin Theatre Portland OR Keller Solo
Monday, November 15 Hult Center for the Performing Arts Eugene OR Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Wednesday, November 17 Humboldt Brews Arcata CA Keller Solo
Thursday, November 18 Memorial Sacramento CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Thursday, November 18 Harlow’s Sacramento CA Keller Solo
Friday, November 19 Blu Nightclub – Montbleu Resort Lake Tahoe NV
Saturday, November 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
Sunday, November 21 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
Saturday, November 27 State Theater Falls Church VA
Thursday, December 2 Avalon Theatre Easton MD Keller Williams Kids Show
Saturday, December 4 Stage One Fairfield CT
Sunday, December 26 Fredericksburg Field House Fredericksburg VA SPCA Benefit
Wednesday, December 29 The Norva Norfolk VA
Thursday, December 30 The National Richmond VA
Friday, December 31 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC

www.kellerwilliams.net

BROKEN BELLS NEW SONG

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
BROKEN BELLS
Latest News
New Song  + “The Ghost Inside”

Broken Bells will release “The Ghost Inside” and a previously unreleased song titled “Meyrin Fields” as a Digital 45 on iTunes today, Tuesday, October 26.

Visit MySpace Music for the first listen of the track: myspace.com/brokenbells

The Ghost Inside

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The Ghost Inside Video

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“The High Road” &
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BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH RELEASE NEW ALBUM

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH
TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
‘LIGHT THE HORIZON’
DIGITALLY IN THE U.S. OCTOBER 26
WITH A PHYSICAL RELEASE IN EARLY 2011
KICKS OFF U.S. TOUR DATES
IN NEW YORK CITY NOVEMBER 3

Toronto-based trio BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH is set to release their fourth studio album LIGHT THE HORIZON on October 26 in the United States. Recorded via the band’s own label Pirates Blend Records, the new album will be distributed in the U.S. through Nat Geo Music initially as a digital-only release with a physical release in early 2011.

The Juno Award-winning band–founding members Jay Malinowski (vocals, guitar) and Eon Sinclair (bass) along with new addition Sekou Lumumba (drums)–are determined to prevail after a period of reflection and restructuring. Since BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH’s last album, 2007’s Street Gospels, drummer Pat Pengelly left the group prompting them to take a break during which Malinowski released a solo album and the band formed Pirates Blend Records. Returning now with LIGHT THE HORIZON, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH is back and in a fresh new way.

“It was necessary and I think it was great because it allowed us to reconnect with ourselves a little bit,” says Sinclair. “Since then it’s been amazing. Honestly, never better. Everyone’s feeling a lot more comfortable and healthy and positive and energized.”

LIGHT THE HORIZON–currently out in their native Canada–has received early critical acclaim (see quotes below). The band recorded the album in Philadelphia with famed DJ/producer King Britt, a member of the groundbreaking alt ‘90s hip-hop act Digable Planets who has worked with Macy Gray and Santigold and remixed tracks by everyone from Miles Davis to Everything But the Girl. The producer and City of Brotherly Love inspired the band to dig into their soul/R&B roots to evolve their sound and create something a little more urban. King Britt brought the guys to his regular Monday night Back 2 Basics residency at the club Silk City, where area musicians such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and members of The Roots still show up, sit in, and make music magic, which encouraged BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH to record the new album live off the floor–something new and liberating for them.

Of the recording process, King Britt has said, “Working with Bedouin Soundclash has been a breath of fresh air in our crazy music business. They are a killer band, who actually play their instruments, know their history and respect the architects!”

On tracks such as “A Chance of Rain” and “Mountain Top”, longtime fans will hear the expected syncopated island beat but this time supplemented by that seductively lazy delivery and some gorgeously brash, brassy horns for added soul. There’s the anthemic, yet melodically grounded “Elongo” and the monumental “Brutal Hearts,” a devastatingly gorgeous duet between Malinowski and 20-year-old soul chanteuse Beatrice Martin (aka Coeur de pirate) with string arrangements by the legendary friend to Philadelphia soul Larry Gold (see full track listing below).

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH will also bring their innovative fusion of reggae, rock, punk and soul back to the United States this fall for a headlining run with Moneybrother supporting. It kicks off November 3 in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge, after which the band will make stops in cities such as Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA and Philadelphia, PA before hitting the Midwest for shows in Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis. They’ll round out their month-long outing on the West Coast in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and San Diego before ending at The Troubadour in West Hollywood on December 9 (see full tour dates below). The band previously toured the States during the summer of 2009 when they were hand-picked to support No Doubt on the Midwest leg of their reunion tour.

Critical Soundbites for LIGHT THE HORIZON:

“…their strongest album to date…Light The Horizon is the sound of a reinvigorated band finding a new creative grip…Bedouin Soundclash began their careers as a reggae rock band, so it shouldn’t be any surprise they’ve chosen to mix more styles than before into their music. Light The Horizon brilliantly showcases a newfound musical maturity.”

–Kate Harper, CHARTATTACK.COM, September 28, 2010

“’Mountain Top,’ the first single, is a great song, a ska-inflected tune with an irresistible hook, a message of persistence and a singalong chorus worthy of early Police: ‘Call it what you want, call it old punk rock.’ Of the other tracks, ‘May You Be the Road’ saunters alongside lush strings, while ‘Fools Tattoo’ gets the bright polish of horns, and ‘Brutal Hearts’ features a steamy duet between Malinowski and French-Canadian songstress Coeur de Pirate. Recorded in Philadelphia by King Britt, who specializes in remixes, there’s a new soulfulness apparent in the band’s reggae hybrid. The songs pulsate with a resilient energy, low-key and unhurried, topped by the reedy soul of Malinowski’s unadorned vocals.”

–Lynn Saxberg, THE VANCOUVER SUN, September 28, 2010

“Still owing an influence to The Police and The Clash, the group’s new record is nevertheless both deeper and richer than their earlier work, and features not only more harmonizing and brass instruments, but also an experimental use of arrangements and beats.”

–Ben Kaplan, NATIONAL POST, September 27, 2010

“…there are ample instances of growth and departure, notably in hauntingly spare moments such as ‘No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt’ and ‘Brutal Hearts,’ a duet between Malinowski and Coeur de Pirate’s Beatrice Martin.”

–Leah Collins, CANADA.COM, September 30, 2010

LIGHT THE HORIZON track Listing:

1) Mountain Top

2) Fools Tattoo

3) May You Be the Road

4) Brutal Hearts

5) Elongo

6) No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt

7) The Quick & The Dead

8) Rolling Stone

9) A Chance of Rain

10) Follow the Sun

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH U.S. tour dates:

DATE

CITY

VENUE

w/ Moneybrother supporting

Wed

11/3

New York, NY

Le Poisson Rouge

Thu

11/4

Washington, DC

Rock and Roll Hotel

Fri

11/5

Buffalo, NY

The Town Ballroom

Sat

11/6

Providence, RI

Jerky’s Music Hall

Sun

11/7

Cambridge, MA

Middle East Downstairs

* Mon

11/8

Philadelphia, PA

Silk City

* Sat

11/20

Detroit, MI

Shelter

* Sun

11/21

Chicago, IL

Subterranean

* Tue

11/23

Minneapolis, MN

Varsity Theater

Fri

12/3

Bellingham, WA

The Wild Buffalo

Sat

12/4

Seattle, WA

El Corazon

Sun

12/5

Portland, OR

Hawthorne Theatre

Tue

12/7

San Francisco, CA

Slim’s

Wed

12/8

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up Tavern

Thu

12/9

West Hollywood, CA

The Troubadour

* indicates Moneybrother will not be performing

About Bedouin Soundclash:

Formed a decade ago and named after Israeli fusion artist/producer Badawi’s 1996 release, Bedouin Soundclash debuted in 2001 with the album Root Fire. Their acclaimed sophomore release Sounding a Mosaic (2004) featuring the hit single, “When the Night Feels My Song” and produced by legendary punk-reggae bass player Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, earned Bedouin Soundclash their first Juno Award for Canada’s Best New Artist. Follow up album, 2007’s Street Gospels also produced by Jenifer, earned a “Pop Album of the Year” nomination and “Video of the Year” nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 Junos as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burn in the Sun” in 2009. In addition to No Doubt, the band has also shared the stage with Ben Harper, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Damian Marley, The Roots, Gogol Bordello, and Thievery Corporation among others.

www.bedouinsoundclash.com

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