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Americana Outlaws | Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Americana Outlaws – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs

Contributing Writer – Garret K. Woodward

Ray LaMontagne makes me feel like a teenage girl.

Screams of joy escape my lungs when I find out he’s nearby. All my friends grow weary over my constant babbling about him. If there were a life-size poster available, I’d probably buy one.

His music is just that good, just that ideal sense of wonder and comfort, making those dark days seem bright again.

For the better of a decade, LaMontagne (who reportedly heard “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills and quit his job at a shoe factory to pursue music) has won over fans and critics alike with his smoky voice and poignant wisdom hearkening back to an era dominated by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison.

Though a reclusive artist, he has a bright spotlight aimed in his direction. He symbolizes honesty, clarity and tradition, a perception few and far between in the studio and on the radio. With his phenomenal backing group, The Pariah Dogs, their latest release (God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise) is a shooting star of style and grace across a musical industry congested with the smog of mediocrity and its own inconsequential priorities.

Moseying into Essex Junction, Vermont for a rare performance, LaMontagne found himself at odds with Mother Nature, who teased her unpredictable chaos throughout the day with severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings.

The Midway Lawn at the Champlain Valley Exposition was a fresh vat of mud soup. Innumerable rain boots and Crocs made the hop, skip and a jump around the premises, drenched from weeks of unrelenting rain and improper drainage. Patrons sipped on hot coffee and cold beer in order to find some small piece of luxury amid the dampness.

LaMontagne emerged from the backstage darkness. “Hold You In My Arms”, like gravel wrapped in silk, silenced the raucous beer tent and left burning cigarettes dangling from astonished mouths (“When you kissed my lips with my mouth so full of questions/My worried mind that you quiet/Place your hands on my face/Close my eyes and say/That love is a poor man’s food”).

“Where does that sound come from?” a curious voice was overheard remarking.

Raindrops, teardrops and guitar notes trickled onto the cold ground. Like a farmhouse chimney in the winter, his calming breaths of lyrical magic (“For The Summer”) drifted into the crisp night air (“Can I come home for the summer/I could slow down for a little while/Get back to loving each other/Leave all those long and lonesome miles behind”).

“Thank you very much, thank you,” the aw-shucks singer modestly said after each selection.

The ensemble, resembling a gang of Americana outlaws in tone and appearance, is a well-oiled machine of grit, natural talent and playful ambition, pushing deeper into not only their minds, but also the psyche of those they play for and about.

Though hands held jackets tight against their bodies, gyrating legs in the audience splashed merrily in giant puddles ready to be classified as small ponds. Constantly yearning for the simple life, LaMontagne preaches pure freedom (“New York City’s Killing Me”), one that many often overlook or all too easily forget (“I get so tired of all this concrete/I get so tired of all this noise/Gotta get back up in the country/An have a couple drinks with the good ole’ boys”).

It’s not so much that Ray LaMontagne is doing something new, insofar that it’s about holding onto to something time-tested and aged to perfection. What he represents is sincerity and vulnerability, something missing from modern music that, like good whiskey, will only get better with age as not only he, but us, journey further down the desired path of righteousness and truth.

Wolfgang Gartner North American Tour

Monday, February 21st, 2011



As he prepares to release his highly anticipated debut studio album later this spring on Ultra Music, Grammy®-nominated electronic music producer and DJ WOLFGANG GARTNER has announced details for an extensive North American tour.  It will launch with a high-profile performance at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL, Sunday, March 27, where WOLFGANG returns to the event’s main stage for what’s guaranteed to be one of the most eagerly awaited sets.   The remainder of the tour will take WOLFGANG across the U.S., with performances in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago and several other major U.S. cities; it will also include numerous Canadian shows in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and more. Prior to the tour, WOLFGANG will perform at this year’s SXSW conference Thursday, March 17 at The Phoenix in Austin as part of the Ultra Music Showcase.

One of the world’s fastest rising stars in dance music, WOLFGANG was recently nominated for a Grammy® Award in this year’s ceremony in the “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” category for his reworked version of house music producer Andy Caldwell’s “Funk Nasty” featuring Gram’ma Funk (Uno Recordings), marking GARTNER’s first-ever Grammy nomination. He celebrated the nomination with a sold-out show in Los Angeles’ exclusive Roxbury nightclub last weekend, where he performed tunes from his forthcoming album to hundreds of wildly enthusiastic fans. Check out live photo coverage on URB.COM here:

In other recent news, GARTNER has teamed with of Black Eyed Peas fame on a brand new single for the album. Titled “Forever,” the song is currently in treatment for a video that will serve as WOLFGANG’s visual follow-up to his current single “Illmerica.” Directed by Ryan McNamara (A Gentle Man, Stuntditch), the “Illmerica” video captures our country’s torrid 300-year history in clip art style animation, from the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Hiroshima and the Gulf War. View the video here:

In addition, GARTNER has received two nominations in the 26th Annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA)—happening March 8-11, 2011, in Miami, FL, as part of the Winter Music Conference—including “Best Electro/Tech House Track” for “Animal Rights,” his collaboration with Ultra Music label mate deadmau5, and “Best Break-Through DJ.” Voting ends Friday, February 18th, 2011. View the ballot link here:

’s spring North American tour dates are as follows:

Thu 3/17 Austin, TX SXSW @ Ultra Music Showcase at The Phoenix
Sun 3/27 Miami, FL Ultra Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park
Thu 3/31 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Fri 4/1 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
Sat 4/2 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
Sun 4/3 Tuscon, AZ Rialto Theater
Tue 4/5 San Luis Obispo, CA The Graduate
Thu 4/7 San Francisco, CA Ruby Skye
Fri 4/8 Seattle, WA King Kat Theatre
Sat 4/9 Vancouver, BC Commodore
Sun 4/10 Victoria, BC Sugar
Thu 4/14 Winnipeg, MB Republic
Fri 4/15 Minneapolis, MN Karma
Sat 4/16 Chicago, IL The Mid
Tue 4/19 Ann Arbor, MI Necto
Wed 4/20 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
Thu 4/21 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum
Fri 4/22 Buffalo, NY Pure
Sat 4/23 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Sun 4/24 Quebec City, QC Mega Complex Opera
Mon 4/25 Boston, MA Middle East
Wed 4/27 Baltimore, MD Bourbon St
Thu 4/28 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Fri 4/29 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Room
Sat 4/30 Washington DC Glow @ Fur
Mon 5/2 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Wed 5/4 Nashville, TN Limelight
Thu 5/5 Knoxville, TN Valarium
Fri 5/6 Atlanta, GA Quad
Sat 5/7 New Orleans, LA CAC Warehouse
Sun 5/8 San Antonio, TX Bar Rio
Wed 5/11 St Louis, MO Club Europe
Thu 5/12 Kansas City, MO Conspiracy Room
Fri 5/13 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
Sat 5/14 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex

For more information, please visit:

Win 2011 GRAMMY Tickets

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

In the spirit of the holiday season, the new Give The Gift Of Music web site — — is hosting a contest for all music fans to enter their favorite music gifting memory. Entries will be chosen at random to receive one of four prizes, including: tickets to the 2011 GRAMMY telecast in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13; J&R Music & Computer World gift cards; and a holiday music gift basket. Entries must be received by midnight PST on Friday, December 17, 2010.

The Contest was created as a fun way to get music fans engaged in sharing their music gifting experiences, as well as show everyone how exciting it is to give or receive the gift of music.

To enter, music fans must post a music gifting memory on the site’s “Share Your Memories” page. Entries will be chosen at random, and the winning entries will be notified on Monday, December 21, 2010 as to which of the following four prizes they will receive. Only one entry is permitted per e-mail address.

  • Grand prize: A pair of tickets for the Sunday, February 13 GRAMMY Awards telecast in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center presented by The Recording Academy (NARAS)
  • 1st prize: $350 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 2nd prize: $100 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 3rd prize: Holiday music gift basket

Music fans are encouraged to share details of the contest on their Facebook pages, as well as forward the web site URL to family and friends so they too can join in the gift-giving spirit this holiday season.

The Give The Gift Of Music web site was launched on November 1, 2010, by NARM, the music business association, and the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), along with a number of supporting entertainment industry organizations, as a vehicle for music fans to discover great gift-giving ideas, create a music wish list, and to hear today’s top artists share their favorite gifting memories. For more information on the campaign and the web site, click here.

Following the 2010 holiday season, Give The Gift Of Music will turn its attention to the excitement of the GRAMMY Awards and the Valentine’s Day holiday, by showcasing special music products created for these occasions, as well as conducting additional interactive fan contests.

About NARM: NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) advances the promotion, marketing, distribution and sale of music by providing members with diverse meeting and networking opportunities, information and education resources, and advocacy for their common interests. NARM is based in Marlton, NJ. Visit

About RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States. Visit

Cold Men Young | TheRFW Sessions

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Detroit’s own Cold Men Young stopped by theRFW studio for a session and short interview​sessions

Production and Editing: Raymond Grubb

Audio Production: James Linck

Cameras: Raymond Grubb, Matt Hutton, Michael Dedenbach

Dead Weather at the Congress

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Contributing Photographer : Thomas Fennell IV
Dead Weather | July 30, 2010 | Congress Theater | Chicago, IL