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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010





Los Angeles-based online music company HELLO MUSIC will make its way east this month to participate in the CMJ Music Marathon with an event set for Wednesday, October 20 at Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones St./East 3rd St., Manhattan).  Dedicated to connecting today’s best independent musical talent to real industry opportunities, HELLO MUSIC has tapped five emerging artists to perform during its showcase including New Look, Casxio, Gamble & Burke, The Bamboo Kids, Posso and Ben Talmi. In addition, HELLO MUSIC President John Boyle will be a featured panelist on the “Take A Left at the Label: D.T.F” panel, Friday, October 22.

“CMJ is one of the great exposure platforms for indie artists around the world,” said John Boyle. “We are thrilled to be part of CMJ 2010 and to be presenting five of our incredible discoveries during this showcase, as well as look forward to connecting with many of the CMJ artists and explore how we can help bring them opportunities.”

Canadian future pop duo New Look have been praised by U.K. tastemaker publication Dazed & Confused: “…New Look’s sound is indebted to early Janet Jackson and Rick James protégées the Mary Jane Girls, as well as the new electro-soul currently flourishing in Brooklyn…Underpinned by a sparse 80’s snap, New Look’s new soul works smooth Aphex Twin-esque ambience with sultry, synth-driven melodies that have a habit of breaking down mid song into a freakout dance jam.”).  Casxio is a refreshing divine fusion of disco, funk and rock n’ roll. Boston’s electro-pop and soul duo Gamble & Burke have been dazzling the likes of the BBC as well as blogs Sheena Beaston and with their Kitsune single release “Let’s Go Together.”

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, The Bamboo Kids mainline 1970’s garage rock on their current EP The Way Things ArePosso the DJ—the Los Angeles duo of Vanessa Giovacchini and Marylouise Pels whose unique palette for fashion and music has influenced a sound that is a sexy curation of nu-disco, house, funk, disco and dance—will DJ between sets.  And Ben Talmi is another Boston artist who created his debut EP For The Dreamers with just an acoustic guitar, moog synthesizer, a piano and his voice will be the first performer of the night.

Set times for the HELLO MUSIC CMJ showcase at Ace of Clubs on Wednesday, October 20 are:

7:30pm doors
8:00pm Ben Talmi
9:00pm New Look
10:00pm Gamble & Burke
11:00pm Casxio
12:00am The Bamboo Kids
Posso ( will DJ between sets


Launched in January 2010, Hello Music is an online music company that combines technology resources with the art of A&R to identify talented musicians and connect them with career opportunities. Independent musicians can upload their music at for free, to be reviewed by the evaluation team, who will then determine if the music is appropriate for any of Hello Music’s many partner opportunities.  A sampling of partners include TuneCore, Yahoo! Music, Slacker, Delta Airlines, Topspin, AudioMicro, Getty Images, GigMaven, LyricFind, MediaNet, Next Big Sound, PlayNetwork, The Record Shop Studios, Spiders Studios, Tesla Studios, Gravity Studios, Wind-Up Studios, Chainsaw Productions, Root Music and Balcony TV.  Hello Music was conceived and incubated by Wilshire Media Group, a digital music product design and development firm founded by Zack Zalon and Brendon Cassidy, and additional $4 million in private equity funding was provided by KVG Partners.  John Boye is the company’s President.


Tuesday, October 12th, 2010


A further sixteen UK, North American and European festivals have been named by independent environmental campaign group A Greener Festival as winners of the prestigious Greener Festival Award 2010, making a record breaking total of 47 winners in 2010.

The new winners include Bonnaroo (USA). Lightning in a Bottle (USA), West Beach (USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Outside Lands (USA), Shambala Festival (Northants), End of the Road (Wiltshire), Waveform (Norfolk), Bestival (Isle of Wight), Camp Bestival (Lulworth), The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival, Hard Rock Calling (London), T-in-the-Park (Scotland), Big Tent (Scotland), Boom (Portugal) and Welcome to the Future (Netherlands).

The previously announced winners of the 2010 Award are fourteen UK festivals: the Isle of Wight Festival, The Big Session Festival (Leicester), Wood Festival (Oxfordshire), Lounge on The Farm (Canterbury), Sonisphere at Knebworth, The Glastonbury Festival, Wireless Festival (Hyde Park), Splendour 2010 (Nottingham), The Bristol Harbour Festival, The Sunrise Celebration (Somerset), The City of London Festival, Standon Calling (Hertfordshire), The Summer Sundae Weekender (Leicester) and the Croissant Neuf Summer Party (Monmouthshire). In addition there are nine European festivals: SOS 4.8 (Spain), OpenAir St Gallen (Switzerland), The Oya Festival (Norway), Malmo Festivalen (Sweden), Grassroots (Jersey), Rock For People (Czech Republic), Open Air Festival (Czech Republic), Hadra Trance Festival (France) and Rototom Reggae Sunsplash (Spain). They joined the nine Australian festivals who have already received the Greener Festival Award in 2010 – Bluesfest, The Falls Festival (on two sites) WOMADelaide, Southbound, Fairbridge, Island Vibe, Blues n Roots and Peats Ridge Festival.

A number of festivals have been named as ‘Outstanding’ including The Isle of Wight Festival, Shambala, Croissant Neuf Summer Party, Big Tent, The Sunrise Summer Celebration and Wood Festival in the UK, Boom and the Oya Festival in Europe, Lightning in a Bottle and OSheaga in North America and Peats Ridge in Australia.

All of the festivals have signed up to support environmentally good practices wherever possible and work with their audiences to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint, particularly from audience travel which often constitutes in excess of 70% of greenhouse gas emissions from rural sites. Festival organisers also have to complete a fifty three question assessment covering travel policies, CO2 emissions, waste and recycling policies, water use, noise pollution, environmental impact and green office policies. Festivals also have to undergo an independent environmental audit by an assessor sent by A Greener Festival.

Ben Challis, co-founder of A Greener Festival said: “We have had a record number of entries in 2010 and have made a record breaking 47 Awards this year (up from 37 festivals in 2009, 32 festivals in 2008 and 16 festivals in 2007 when the Awards scheme began). This is particularly impressive, not least because of the economic downturn but also because year on year we have raised the bar and made our Awards scheme more and more focussed on a meaningful and practical responses to climate change and pollution. We are also delighted that we have had more European and Australian festivals entering, new entrants in the UK and growing interest in the USA, showing that many festivals have a real commitment to environmental good practice and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Max Robertson, Development Manager for Robertson Taylor Insurance said “We have been working with A Greener Festival and their members for a number of years. We continue to offer insurance premium discounts for festivals that adhere to the Greener Festival recommendations and we are delighted to support the Awards. Congratulations to all the Award winners and we look forward to another successful and green festival season in 2011”

The UK Awards will be presented at the UK Festival Awards which will be held on Thursday November 18th at the O2 in London where the overall ‘Greenest Festival’ Award will be made. European Awards will be presented at the European Festival Awards scheduled for January 2011 in Groningen, Netherlands, where winners from European festivals organisation Yourope’s parallel ‘Green n Scheme’ will also be acknowledged.

Having created an Award trophy out of recycled plastic bottles, CDs and remoulded Wellington Boots in 2009, this year’s award is made out of a recycled wine bottles specially re-labelled by the Award organisers. The Awards scheme is sponsored by specialist music industry insurance brokers Robertson Taylor

A Greener Festival Ltd. is a not-for-profit company committed to help music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices through providing information, by providing education resources and by swapping ideas. The organisation’s website provides information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently employed at music and arts festivals and provides a forum for discussion about how the impact of festivals on the environment can be reduced and how the impact can be limited at future events by by providing information on the best ideas from greener festivals from around the world.

Apart from the Greener Festival Awards scheme, other initiatives include the annual ‘Great Big Green Ideas’ competition run in association with the Big Issue and to encourage members of the public to suggest new ideas for festivals to ‘get greener’, a new environmental project called Festival Wood which will be a new wood planted by donations from festival goers, a certificate in sustainable event management offered by Buckinghamshire New University and pan-European research into trends and developments in environmental good practice. A Greener Festival recently released the ‘Festival Harvest’ double CD and download album, featuring some of the best new talent to be found at festivals in 2010 asnd packaged in environmentally friendly recyclable card and produced by Greener Festival supporter Disc Manufacturing Services.

The three co-founders of A Greener Festival are Ben Challis, Claire O’Neill and Luke Westbury and they all work in the entertainment sector in the UK. They are supported by three Awards co-ordinators in the USA, UK/Europe and Australia and team of volunteer environmental assessors from music industry and scientific backgrounds who independently audit festivals for the Awards scheme across the globe. The group receive no public money of any nature. The Awards scheme is kindly supported by Robertson Taylor, specialists in insurance for music and live events.

Outstanding Big Tent (Scotland) Croissant Neuf Summer Party (England) Boom (Portugal) Isle of Wight Festival (England) Lightning in a Bottle (USA) Osheaga (Canada) Oya Festival (Norway) Peats Ridge (Australia) Shambala (England) Sunrise Summer Celebration (England) Wood  Festival (England)  

Commended (and *Highly Commended) Bestival*  (England) Big Session Weekend (England) Bonnaroo* (USA) Bristol Harbour Festival (England) Camp Bestival (England) Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival (England) Falls Festival # (Australia) The Glastonbury Festival* (England) Grassroots* (Jersey) Hard Rock Calling (England) Hadra Trance Festival (France) Island Vibe (Australia) Lounge on the Farm (England) Malmo Festivalen* (Sweden) Open Air Festival (Czech Republic) OpenAir St Gallen (Switzerland) Outside Lands* (USA) Rototom Sunsplash (Spain) SOS 4:8*  (Spain) Southbound (Australia) Summer Sundae Weekender T-in-the-Park* (Scotland) Waveform* (England) Womadelaide (Australia) Wireless (England) West Beach (USA)

Improving Byron Bay Blues + (Australia) City of London Festival (England) End of the Road (England) Fairbridge (Australia) Rock For People (Czech Republic) Sonisphere (England) Splendour Festival (England) Standon Calling (England) Westcoast Blues (Australia) Welcome to the Future (Netherlands)


Tuesday, October 12th, 2010




Umphrey’s McGee announces today a collection of new music to be released this fall. In a departure from the standard “album” format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s is offering a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new, yet-to-see-the-light-of-day song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share it with their friends.

Visit for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Look for Umphrey’s McGee on tour now throughout the U.S. As always, along the way Umphrey’s continues to raise the bar for fan experiences, with their innovative and interactive Stew Art events planned in at least a few markets, and an incredibly creative first-time offer of “Enhanced Experience” fan packages for their always-epic Halloween Monster Mash-Up in St. Louis on October 30 and 31, and for their hometown New Year’s Eve run on December 29, 30 and 31, this year at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.

Umphrey’s McGee’s current list of fall tour dates is as follows:
Wednesday, October 6 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA
Thursday, October 7 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR
Friday, October 8 The Showbox Seattle WA with S2 EVENT
Saturday, October 9 The Wilma Theatre Missoula MT
Thursday, October 21 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
Friday, October 22 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo MI
Saturday, October 23 House of Blues – Cleveland Cleveland OH
Sunday, October 24 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN
Wednesday, October 27 People’s Court Des Moines IA
Thursday, October 28 – Friday, October 29 Canopy Club Urbana IL
Saturday, October 30 – Sunday, October 31 The Pageant St. Louis MO
Wednesday, November 3 – Thursday, November 4 Higher Ground Ballroom South
Burlington VT
Friday, November 5 – Saturday, November 6 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
Tuesday, November 9 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville VA
Wednesday, November 10 Legends at Appalachian State University Boone NC
Thursday, November 11 – Friday, November 12 Bear Creek Music & Art Fest Live Oak, FL
Wednesday, December 29, Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL
Thursday, January 20 – Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX for tickets and information.

New KASKADE Album and Tour

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010





DJ/producer/songwriter KASKADE is unstoppable in 2010. He’s been touring around the world with a 100+ gigs,  had a summer residency at the new Encore Beach Club at Wynn’s in Las Vegas and released his the release chart-topping artist album Dynasty this past spring.  Now comes, a 14-track mix album due in stores via Ultra Records on October 12.

To support the release, KASKADE will be performing select dates around the world with stops set for Toronto, Montreal, New Orleans for the Voodoo Festival, Brazil for the UMF Festival, two consecutive sold-out shows at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, the Amsterdam Dance Event and a Halloween appearance in New York City.

With the compilation—which charted at #1 on iTunes electronic albums chart upon its September 28 digital releaseKASKADE once again sets himself apart as the architect of the modern electronic sound.  Encompassed of 14 tracks, the mix features two new exclusive singles: “Raining,” a collaborative work with Adam K starring a gorgeous vocal from Sunsun, and “I Can See,” which has the KASKADE signature epic, guitar-laden sound imprinted upon it. Other tunes include an exclusive version of “It’s You It’s Me,” Dada Life’s remix of “Dynasty” and Sultan & Ned Shepard’s take on “Fire In Your New Shoes.” Among other featured tracks on the album are KASKADE’s mix of singer/songwriter Samantha James’ tune “Waves of Change” and a remix of Kings of Tomorrow’s classic “Finally.”
tracklist is:

  1. Kaskade & Adam K feat. Sunsun – Raining  ( Edit)
  2. Late Night Alumni – Finally Found (Max Vangeli Mix)
  3. Kings Of Tomorrow – Finally (Kaskade Mix)
  4. Sgt Slick – Everyday (Digital LAB Dub)
  5. Kaskade feat Martina of Dragonette – Fire In Your New Shoes (Sultan & Ned Shepard Electric Daisy Remix)
  6. Kaskade feat Haley – Dynasty (Dada Life Mix)
  7. Kaskade feat. Finn – I Can See (Kaskade Mix)
  8. Kaskade feat. Joslyn – It’s You It’s Me (Kaskade 2010 Remake)
  9. David Tort & Norman Doray - Chase The Sun
  10. Kaskade feat Mindy Gledhill – Call Out (Digital LAB Mix)
  11. Samantha James – Waves of Change (Kaskade Mix)
  12. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)
  13. Kaskade feat Haley – Don’t Stop Dancing (Justin Michael & Kemal Mix)
  14. Alex Gaudino – I’m In Love

KASKADE’s tour dates are as follows:

Fri 10/8 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium (sold out)
Sat 10/9 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium (sold out)
Fri 10/15 Montreal, QC Telus Theatre
Sat 10/16 Toronto, ON The Guverment
Thu 10/21 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam Dance Event @ Escape (Stealth records party)
Sat 10/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam Dance Event @ Panama
Sun 10/24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam Dance Event @ Dirty Dutch at AIR
Fri 10/29 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Experience
Sat 10/30 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
Thu 11/4 Salvador, Brazil Club Ego
Fri 11/5 Porto Alegre, Brazil Leopaldina Juvenii
Sat 11/6 Sao Paolo, Brazil UMF Festival
Sat 11/13 Salt Lake City, UT Rail Event Centre
Sat 11/27 Washington, D.C. Fur Nightclub

View the premiere of the music video for
Kaskade & EDX feat. Haley
Don’t Stop Dancing

the New Deal Begin Largest Tour In Years

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

the New Deal Begin Largest Tour In Years
Live: Toronto 7.16.2009, Out Now on SCI Fidelity

Toronto’s live-electro pioneers the New Deal kick-off their largest, most ambitious tour in years with dates stretching from Colorado to North Carolina and bills shared with Toubab Krewe, King Britt, Brothers Past and more (details below). As always, tND’s concerts will feature inspired instrumental improvisations and driving beats, but new for this tour, the band will introduce a brand new keyboard setup, implemented to fortify the tND sound.

Touring in support of their latest release, Live: Toronto 7.16.2009 (SCI Fidelity Records) is a perfect snap-shot of the band onstage doing what they do best. With over 800 shows and ten albums released, Jamie Shields (keyboards), Darren Shearer (drums/beatbox) and Dan Kurtz (bass) have established themselves as leaders and innovators in the live electronic world, spawning countless bands, garnering numerous awards and selling out venues around the world. With a massive U.S. tour set for 2010, they prove the best is still ahead.

the New Deal Tour Dates

10/07/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)
10/08/10 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi’s Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)
10/09/10 Denver, CO Cervantes’ (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)
10/12/10 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)
10/13/10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House (w/ Steez)
10/14/10 Madison, WI The Majestic (w/ Steez)
10/15/10 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)
10/16/10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)
11/03/10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)
11/04/10 Scranton, PA Eleanor Rigby’s (w/ Eclectic Method)
11/05/10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater (w/Toubab Krewe)
11/06/10 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)
11/09/10 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)
11/10/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)
11/11/10 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall
11/12/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
11/13/10 Live Oak, FL Bear Creek Music Festival