Friday, January 30, 2009

End o' week musings

This week has been a long, wacky and rocky ride. I left you as I was going to the Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts Empty House Party. This is where you get to see the residence selected for the Showcase House of Design event, which supports music programs for area children. I got to meet and speak with the designers about their plans for the rooms and try some eclectic dishes, plus sip a nice glass of wine.

My favorite part of the house is probably not going to change too much. There's a guest house which looks like a Japanese tea house and is flanked on two sides by a large koi pond. But wait, there's more. The pond also goes under a window into the living room area of the house. Who needs TV when you can gaze a perky colorful koi? The little (and big) fish were quite friendly and seemed to enjoy coming up to the pond's surface to get a peek at me too!

Saturday I went to the Coffee Gallery Backstage ( ) in Altadena to see the Paula Nelson Band. Paula Nelson is the daughter of Willie Nelson, but she has forged her own career and sound. There's definitely country in there, but there's also rock and blues. She was beautiful and gracious and her band was terrific. I got to meet Paula after the show and, just like after our interview, I felt as if we could be good friends. Definitely make a point to catch her show if you can.

Wednesday evening I attended an autism support group meeting in Whittier for a story I am working on. We often think of autism as affecting children, but it is a lifelong situation. I learned a lot about the sensory aspects of the condition and was moved by the parents' stories of their lives with their autistic children. My story is going to be just the tip of the iceberg on this broad subject, as I will be concentrating on how parents and others make the world more sensory-friendly for those with autism.

Last night I got a thrill- I saw my drummer Ric Sarabia on television!! He was on "CSI: Las Vegas." The story was about an FBI agent who gets murdered and twists with looks into an underground ultimate fighting outfit, a prostitution ring and more. Ric plays a fighter's doctor, but he's also the big, bad guy in the episode. He looked and acted great. Kudos, my friend, I hope this leads to other terrific opportunities. And remember, you promised me the exclusive when you hit it big.

Tonight I'm planning to go to the Pasadena Playhouse to catch the opening night of "Stormy Weather" starring Leslie Uggams. It's based on the biography of Lena Horne and features a ton of great tunes. You can read my interview with Leslie at While there, you should also check out my story on the local band Soulspeak. They boast three paramedic/firefighters in their group and offer up Latin-fused rock that will get you groovin'.

Saturday I'm going to head to Rude Dog in Covina to see Trash Daddy. I so dig them! The band plays rockin' country blues with a trailer park twist. They're always fun to watch and hear... and even to dance to. Come out and join me for some fun.

I will be spending Superbowl Sunday with my friends Tom and Carin. We're going to have a pancake breakfast, croquet, a hot tub soak and a barbecue. We may even take an excursion down to Long Beach to the aquarium. Oh, and we're gonna watch the game too... I'm not sure who to root for, but perhaps Arizona because my special guy lived there for a while...

On Tuesday I will be heading to the Key Club to catch the Screaming Jets. Fresh from Australia, these rockers are making waves in the scene and I am looking forward to their show.

Photos we got 'em: Just a few animal photos that came my way that were too good not to share.

In rotation this week: Blackout 101, "Johnny Cash Remix," Pink, Britney Spears, Trash Daddy and Joe Walla.

Thought o' the week: Keep hanging on. We received some bad news this week at work- we have to take some furlough (unpaid days off). It's going to be tough in some ways, but I think I'll be OK. I'm a little saver as they say. I always put some money in savings from my paychecks, I pay my bills on time (early if I can) and whenever I get a "free check" (you know, those extra ones you get every so often) I use the money to make a car payment or stash it away. I will still have to be careful with my money...

The toughest part is I have already planned a vacation and it's booked and paid for. I was hoping to have a little more extra money to take with me, but now I will have to budget. And all this budgeting stuff has had my tummy upset for two days! We all deal with stress differently and unfortunately when things get too crazy for me, my tummy gets upset.... But I am still doing my best at work and I just stepped up my walking and exercise routines, as my knee is getting better.

These are scary times. I have friends who have been laid off or have had hours cut. I'm facing the same thing myself. But I'm trying to remain calm and focus on all the positive things in my world. I have wonderful friends, a precious pup (my little Atticus), a decent car, etc. Life is pretty good. Keep strong and

keep on rockin'

Support local music at Mr. T's Bowl

Music is back at Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park

Thur Feb 5th
bella novela
the world record
Hello From Reno
2 drink Minimum

Fri Feb 6th
W/ Les Blanks,
The French Semester,
Spirit Vine,
The Van Pelts!
2 drink Minimum

Sat Feb 7th
Kate Krashanf others....
2 drink Mimimum

Tue Feb 10th
Glen Iris
Ghost Machinists
Vital Transformation
Odd Modern
No cover
2 drink Mimimum

Wed Feb 11th
Rocking Horse People
Electric Children
Spirit Vine
No cover
2 drink Mimimum

Thur Feb 12th
Bi-polar nights

Crown City Symphony Orchestra, Occidental/Caltech Symphony Orchestra and Celestial Opera Company concerts

CROWN CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Each free concert repeated three times:

1. Saturday, March 14, 2009, 2:00 PM, at the Jackie Robinson Center: 1020 Fair Oaks, Pasadena. Get off the 210 at Fair Oaks and go north.

2. Saturday, March 21, 2009, 2:00 PM, at the Altadena Senior_Center: 560 East Mariposa, Altadena. . 560 East Mariposa, Altadena. (Get off the 210 freeway at Lake Street in Pasadena, go north about two miles, turn left on Mariposa (one block south of Altadena Drive-which runs east-west here) - the street sign is hard to find-because there are two signs, one says, Marcheta St., with an arrow pointing to the right. The other says, Mariposa, with an arrow pointing to the left. So, get in the left turn pocket,and turn left onto Mariposa. Pass the first two stop signs and turn left into the parking lot.)

3. Sunday, March 22, 2009, 2:00 PM, at the Armenian General Benevolent Union, 2495 East Mountain, Pasadena 91104. Get off the 210 Freeway at Altadena Drive, go left (North) about eight blocks. Victory Park is on your right. Turn left on Mountain and right 1/2 block later into parking.


1. Friday, May 29, 2009, 7:30 PM at the Pasadena Public Library - it is volunteer appreciation night at the Central Library.

2. Saturday, May 30, 2009, 2:00 PM at the Boys and Girls club of Pasadena on Del Mar, west of Madre.

3. Sunday, May 31, 2009, 2:00 PM, at the First Baptist Church in Pasadena. 75 North Marengo, Pasadena. Get off the 210 at Fair Oaks, but don't turn on Fair Oaks. Cross it. The street you are on is Corson Street. Continue to Marengo. I think it is the second light. Turn right on Marengo and right on the second street which is Holly. The church takes up the whole block to your left, pass it and park in the City parking structure at the rear of the church. Parking is free on Sundays, but if the gate is closed and you have to take a ticket, we will validate it.


OCCIDENTAL/CALTECH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - each free concert is given twice, once at Thorne Hall on the Occidental College campus, and then at Ramo Auditorium on the CalTech campus.

1. Saturday, February 28, 2009, 7:30 PM in Thorne Hall. Get off the 2 freeway at verdugo, turn north, go about a mile and turn right on Westdale (there is an Occidental college sign at that corner). Drive into the College at the gate, turn left at the second street, up the hill. The auditorium is on your right. Pass it, and find parking.

2. Sunday, March 1, 2009, 3:30 PM at Ramo Auditorium, Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Get off the 210 at Lake, go south. Turn left at Del Mar, pass one light and turn right on Michigan. It deadends on the parking lot. Turn left and park. The building that looks like a wedding cake is Beckman Auditorium. Walk around it. Ramo is part of the long building called, Baxter Hall, to the left after you walk around Beckman. Ask anyone for directions to the entrance to Ramo Aud. which is at the far, far end of the long building.)

1. Saturday, May 2, 2009, 7:30 PM Thorne
2. Sunday, May 3, 2009, 3:30 PM, Ramo


CELESTIAL OPERA COMPANY at The Woman's Club of South Pasadena 1424 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030 it is south of Mission, NE corner of Fremont and Rollin. There is a small parking lot on the south side of Rollin, behind the Women’s Club.

Tickets: The opera is "Faust" by Gounod.
$22.00 Adult
$15.00 Seniors, Students, Children

There are four performances, Saturday, May 2, Sunday, May 3, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

Shimmy Showcase Sunday

Shimmyshowcase has become the place to be in Long Beach on Sunday nights in 2009 as we had GREAT shows and wonderful audiences for the entire month of January. Saviya is getting February off to a great start with the always fun dancing of Saphira, Kalila and Gaea. Come to Coffee Haven and let the magic of their dance lift your spirits and offer your mind a respite from the anxiety of these troubled times.


Everyone is invited to come out, have a cup of Java, munch on something yummy and enjoy some really great dancing FOR FREE!

Below is our upcoming schedule for the next several Sundays at the Coffee Haven in Long Beach. If you are a dancer interested in performing at an upcoming showcase, please check out the schedule below for open dates and then email us at
with the dates on which you'd like to perform.

The SHIMMY SHOWCASE begins at 7 p.m. at the COFFEE HAVEN in Long Beach (1708 E. Broadway -- 562-437-3785).

February 8: Goddesses Unleashed with Alexiis! This is bound to be one of the most sumptuous, sizzling and sultry events of the winter season. Ravenmoon and Jessica will help Alexiis in presenting Freya, Canece, Parveneh, Tracey Farmer, Daliah Deva, Cynthia, Ba" El, and Dangeruz. Do NOT miss this spectacular show! You will regret it!

February 15: Abraiha brings you an evening of dazzling cabaret style belly dancing with May, Ana, Cayla, and Amar performing for you.

February 22: DARK (No Shimmyshowcase -- Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition)

March 1: Shimmyshowcase is honored to have Fernan Conan’s Middle Eastern Ensemble ANSUZ play for us once again. Coordinator Alexiis is putting together a fantastic program of American Tribal Style bellydance with Katerina, Sooz, Veronika, Mish'Ala, Amber, Estra, and Morgan. Mark your calendars and plan to join us at Coffee Haven for a great evening of music and dance entertainment!

March 8: Xandra is delighted that Yasmin, Devon, Brandy, Hade, and Jennelah will be performing on this evening. We have room for one more dancer, so if you’d like to join us, please send us an email at

March 15: It’s party time again as Shimmyshowcase coordinator Saviya brings you a stellar cast of present and former coordinators – Alexiis, Katerina, Rebecca, Xandra joined by Sina, and Meryem Vani, to celebrate our 6th Anniversary. Have we really been going for six years? Be sure to come down to see your favorite dancers and join friends and fans for a fun evening of socializing and, of course, spectacular dancing.

March 22: Alexiis will be your coordinator for this first Sunday in Spring. She seeks the fey folk to join her on our magic carpet. Saahira, Sylvia, Saphira, Kalila, and Gaea will honor the living, growing excitement of the reawakening Gaia. We have room for one more magical dancer, please contact us at

March 29: Once again, Shimmyshowcase is proud to present LIVE music by ANSUZ. Coordinator Saviya leads another dazzling array of dancers including Marlena, Taji, and Kamar. This is lining up to be a spectacular show that you WON’T want to miss!

April 5: Can we be so lucky—TWO weeks in a row of live music at Shimmyshowcase! Our fabulous band ANSUZ will again be playing, and Xandra is looking for more great dancers to perform. Please email her at if you’d like to perform to the wonderful music of Ansuz.

April 12—DARK (Happy Easter!)

April 19: Lights, Camera, ACTION! Shimmyshowcase goes to the movies as Saviya invites you to join her for an evening of film-inspired bellydancing. Dancers pick your inspiration—old, new, romantic, comedy, horror. We encourage you to demonstrate your most innovative moves set to your favorite movie musical score or theme song. Our multi-talented musician/dancer Ritchie has already signed up, and a few other dancers have expressed interest, so email us at right away if you want to be part of this fun event.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please allow time for parking to avoid missing any of the fun, so be sure to be at the coffee house well before 7:00 PM. We try not to start the show until everyone has settled with a tasty beverage.

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That Damn 80s Club opens Saturday

The English Beat celebrating 30th anniversary with tour and new effort

The English Beat, formed in Birmingham, England in 1979, are celebrating their 30th anniversary with an action-packed 2009. Led by founding member, lead vocalist and songwriter Dave Wakeling, the band will be recording and touring extensively.

The sparkling live show includes the band’s best-known originals, among them “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It for Later,” “Stand Down Margaret” and “I Confess,” and their inspirational covers of “Tears of a Clown” and “Can't Get Used to Losing You,” as well as the hits Wakeling scored with ‘80s pop icons General Public, such as “Tenderness,” “Never You Done That” and “I'll Take You There.”

All this, plus a growing number of new songs that are fast becoming firm favorites with the fans, like “The Love You Give Lasts Forever,” “How Can You Stand There” and “Said We Would Never Die” . . . bring your dancing shoes, and your thinking caps!

The new tracks will be recorded and released in 2009, either as a series of EPs or a full album, and will include new studio tracks, live tracks, acoustic versions, and remixes by good friends The Thievery Corporation.

“There are many perks to being in a pop group,” says Wakeling, “the money, the fame, the fast cars, and the sometimes even faster women, they can all be good, but for someone to tell you that your songs have been a part of the soundtrack of their life for a quarter century is the greatest honor a troubadour can ever receive.”

A part of the 2 Tone ska music revolution of the late '70s and early '80s, alongside their stable mates The Specials, Madness and The Selecter, the Beat perfected their own unique brand of the Punky Reggae Party memorialized in the Bob Marley song of the same name. For Wakeling, the English Beat’s hybrid was a delightful blend of Toots and the Maytals, The Velvet Underground, Buzzcocks, The Four Tops and Van Morrison.

The English Beat never shied away from singing about the current topics on everyone’s lips, and with today’s social conditions so similar to those of the late ‘70s — recession, depression, unemployment, uncertainty, war and rumors of war — their lyrics continue to resonate in a very timely manner. Often asked if he thought pop and politics should mix, Dave always responded wryly, “Only if you are living on Planet Earth!”

The English Beat’s first gig, in March 1979, occurred at the same time as the Three Mile Island nuclear incident in Harrisburg, Penn. Introduced as “the hottest thing since the Pennsylvania Meltdown,” the band has ever since been known for its support of progressive issues and organizations such as Greenpeace, Rock the Earth, CND, Amnesty International, The Smile Train and Heal the Bay.

Wakeling was the executive producer of the Greenpeace benefit album Alternative NRG in '94, which raised funds and awareness for the issue of global warming (he worked full time for Greenpeace in L.A., from 1990-95).

Recorded and mixed entirely by solar power, the album contained great live tracks by R.E.M., U2, Annie Lennox, Jesus and Mary Chain and many others, while the mobile solar generator known as “Cyrus” also acted as a traveling exhibition and lecture room about renewable energy, which, notes Dave, “thank heavens looks like is at last becoming a national priority.”

With this, and social equality in mind, he also set up the MySpace site Skabama, he explains, “to help our new 2 Tone President make his way into The Black and White House!”

Today’s English Beat features Wakeling on lead vocals and guitar; Wayne Lothian, a former member of General Public’s ‘90s incarnation, on bass and vocals; Antonee First Class, toaster; Rhythmm Epkins, drums and vocals; Nat Love, sax and vocals; Ray Jacildo, keyboards and vocals; and Hidden Kulcha, guitar.

Recent reviews and attendances at shows have been nothing short of superb: 130 shows in 2008 — all of them packed with happy, optimistic, sweaty people! Veteran fans are saying that they are some of the best English Beat shows they have ever seen, and newcomers are equally enthralled. People of all creeds and colors, from ages 16-60, dancing in time, connected and co-existing; there is definitely something in the air!

Highlights for the English Beat over the years have been touring with The Clash, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, R.E.M., and The Police, playing both US Festivals in '82, and '83, having songs in John Hughes and John Cusak movies Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Grosse Pointe Blank, and, for Wakeling, having his trademark Teardrop guitar placed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, right next to the guitar of one of his heroes, Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground.

Dave visits his guitar every time he's in Cleveland, and stays until people start thinking that he's weird for talking to a guitar in a glass case!

“At such an exciting time musically, and politically,” says Wakeling, “The English Beat are proud as punch to be spreading their message of connectivity, tolerance and good will. We are all one, and The English Beat would like to see you, one and all, at any of our upcoming shows.”

The band run a Myspace site, ; a Facebook page, englishbeat; a Street Promotion Team, at; and a Cyber Promotion Team, at, to help spread the good word about what the band is up to. Fans who get involved get free passes to the shows and a chance to meet with the band at sound check.

Says Dave: “So come on, jump on in, the water is lovely, for crying out loud!”

Tues., Jan. 27 COCOA BEACH, FL Chili Pepper Supper Club
Wed., Jan. 28 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL The Culture Room
Fri., Jan. 30 BALTIMORE, MD Rams Head Live!
Sat., Jan. 31 RICHMOND, VA Toad's Place Richmond
Mon., Feb. 2 ALEXANDRIA, VA The Birchmere
Tues., Feb. 3 PHILADELPHIA, PA The World Café Live
Thurs., Feb. 5 FARMINGDALE, NY The Crazy Donkey
Fri., Feb. 6 NEW YORK, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
Sat., Feb. 7 ASBURY PARK, NJ The Stone Pony
Sun., Feb. 8 LONDONDERRY, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Wed.-Thurs, Feb. 11-12 BOSTON, MA Paradise
Fri., Feb. 13 PROVIDENCE, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Sat., Feb. 14 PITTSBURGH, PA Rex Theatre
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 27-28 SOLANA BEACH (SAN DIEGO), CA Belly Up
Fri., March 6 AGOURA HILLS, CA Canyon Club
Fri., March 13 REDONDO BEACH, CA Brixton Sat.,
March 14 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA The Coach House
Fri., March 27 FAIRFAX, CA 19 Broadway
Fri., April 3 VICTORIA, BC Sugar Nightclub
Sat., April 4 VANCOUVER, BC The Plaza Club
Sun., April 5 WHISTLER, BC Garibaldi Lift Company
Tues., April 7 EDMONTON, AB Jet Nightclub
Wed., April 8 CALGARY, AB The Gateway Bar, SAIT campus
Sun., April 12 MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall
Thurs., April 16 WATERLOO, ONT Starlight Room
Fri., April 17 TORONTO, ONT Lee’s Palace
Sat., April 18 LONDON, ONT Call the Office
Fri., May 8 TEMECULA, CA Wiens Family Cellars
Sat., May 9 SANTA ANA, CA Galaxy Theatre
Sat., May 16 EAST HAMPTON, NY Stephen Talkhouse
Sun.-Mon., May 17-18 ANNAPOLIS, MD Rams Head On Stage
Wed.-Thurs., May 20-21 SELLERSVILLE, PA Sellersville Theater 1894
Sat.-Sun., May 23-24 LONDONDERRY, NH Tupelo Music Hall

Vulture Whale readying new effort and tour

2.14-Bottletree-Birmingham, Alabama
2.28- Mellow Mushroom - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
3.6- Caledonia - Athens, Georgia
3.14- Government Street Grocery- Ocean Springs, Mississippi
3.21- Creekside Lounge - Austin, Texas (SXSW)
3.27- The Basement- Nashville, Tennessee
4.11-The Hummingbird- Macon, Georgia

Vulture Whale to release their sophomore effort in Spring 09 on Skybucket Records

Like the Mud Shark and the Rock Lobster before it, Vulture Whale is quickly making a name for itself in rock's rich taxonomy. The group hails from Birmingham Alabama, and in February 2009, they will release their sophomore (and also self-titled) album on Skybucket Records (Dexateens, 13ghosts, Barton Carroll).

Vulture Whale is comprised of Wes McDonald (formerly of The Ohms), guitarist Lester Nuby (formerly of Verbena), bassist Keelan Parrish, and drummer Jake Waitzman. All of the members of Vulture Whale have played together in one form or another for several years now, and their chemistry immediately is apparent on the opening tracks of Vulture Whale.

The album — mixed by Mark Rains (The Shys, Waylon Jennings, The Close) — is a focused affair in which clever, plain spoken and honest lyrics sit atop inventive, catchy melodies that are underscored by lush, thumpy arrangements. The album's centerpiece is the jaunty "Sugar," a track that is reminiscent of Pavement and Modest Mouse. "Tote it to Cleveland, AL" gives a nod to The Replacements, while "Guillotine" is a raucous call-to-arms.

Equal parts Grendel and Pegasus, the Vulture Whale dwells deep in the mythical Ocean of Rock where the Rolling Stones regularly ditch their behind-the-beat swagger for up-tempo and melodious rock numbers. Put simply, Vulture Whale. is the Saturday night record you've been waiting for, from the band you should have been rocking out to long ago."

Don't Be a Stranger to release effort in April

Don’t be a Stranger was formed in 2002, in a tiny village in rural Värmland, a Swedish region of dark woods and weird dialects. Liv Widell (singer/songwriter), Louise Weibull (Fidget) and her sister Christina Weibull (Honey is Cool) met by coincidence and started making music together.

Liv had a God given voice and abundant musical sketches in her head and hands. Louise and Christina had flow, melodies, inspiration, instruments and a brand new portable digital recording studio. About a year later, as the lack of rhythm became too painful, the girls were joined by Johan Forsman (Fidget). Loads of songs were born without much of a direction or outspoken desired result. They all had completely different musical back- grounds, preferences and preconceptions of what to do and how.

In 2005, the band moved to Stockholm, to a “goth” basement with neon lights and skeletons hanging from the roof. Acollective depression sets in and marks the music. They felt an urging need for joy and love and anything but that dark basement! They ask Mattias Albinsson (Ebon Tale) to join them on the bass. When summer came at last, they decided to put their music on tape.

Don’t be a Stranger entered Studio Cobra where the band’s last but not least member is found in the control room of the dark cave like studio: Konie Ehrencrona (Konie and the Club, Hipwhips) completes the setting of the group with his spirits and his guitars.

Cheap Lullaby Records will release Don’t Be A Strangers Frutti Di Mare in April 09. The band will be featured on Showtimes "United States of Tara" on Feb 1st and will be touring the US this spring.

Track Listing:
01) Perfect Problem
02) Too Late
03) Love
04) Mon-chi-chi
05) Lonely Together
06) No Surprise
07) We’ve Been Waiting Far Too Long
08) Homerun
09) You Leave Alone
10) Yellow Moon
11) Bending

The Rumble Strips readying UK tour in support of upcoming effort

The Rumble Strips return with a 21 date UK tour this March to precede their as yet untitled second album. This is the band’s first headline tour since the Girls and Weather album tour of Autumn 2007 and they are looking forward to getting up close and personal with their UK fans again.

UK Tour dates
9 Mar 09 The Rainbow 14+Show Birmingham
10 Mar 09 The Roadhouse 18+ Show Manchester
11 Mar 09 The Cockpit 14+ Show accomp. Leeds
13 Mar 09 Fibbers 14+ Show York
14 Mar 09 King TuTs 18+ Show Glasgow, Scotland
15 Mar 09 The Doghouse 14+ Show Dundee, Scotland
16 Mar 09 The Cluny 18+ show Newcastle
18 Mar 09 The Plug 14+Show Sheffield
19 Mar 09 The Charlotte 14+ Show Leicester
20 Mar 09 Junction 2 16+ Show Cambridge
22 Mar 09 The Arts Centre 14+Show Norwich
23 Mar 09 The Joiners 14+ Show Southampton
24 Mar 09 Komedia 14+Show Brighton
25 Mar 09 Dingwalls 14+Show London – *SOLD OUT*
27 Mar 09 The Rockhouse 14+Show Derby
28 Mar 09 Charlie Browns 16+Show Luton
1 Apr 09 Clwb Ifor Bach 14+Show Cardiff, Wales
2 Apr 09 The Cavern 16+ Show Exeter
4 Apr 09 Tap N Tin 18+ Show Chatham
5 Apr 09 Guildhall 14+ Show Gloucester
6 Apr 09 Thekla 14+ Show Bristol

The Rumble Strips are:
Charles Waller – Vox / Guitar
Matthew Wheeler - drums
Henry Clark – keys / trumpet
Thomas Gorbutt – Sax / bass
Sam Mansbridge - Bass/ Percussion

The Presidents of the United States of America on tour

Since their inception over a decade ago, THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA have remained one of America’s best live bands, combining their indie garage sound and intelligent weirdo lyrics into an unforgettably fantastic live show. PUSA have proved how a little garage band can have long-term success by sticking to their roots, taking care of their fans, giving away music (free weekly downloads at ), and keeping it simple, stupid.

Every year they headline and sellout tours in the US and Europe, with an Australia or Japan added in for texture. Their sets are 90-minute joy-fests, where the crowd is tasked with singing, stomping, and general ‘4th President’ duties. It’s something to see. If you don’t believe it, ask a door person or bartender at your town’s favorite club, and chances are you’ll get an earful.

With their latest album “These Are the Good Times People”, released in March of 2008, PUSA delivered an uplifting and often brilliant rock & roll album. Now they are releasing 3 new EP’s, available exclusively at iTunes, that each include a song from the album, an exclusive B-Side and a new video. That’s three (3) videos, people. Big budget numbers, with helicopters and explosions. You bet.

Add the latest video “Rot in the Sun” to your blog – grab it at

The 3 EP’s:

ROT IN THE SUN (out now)
1. Rot in the Sun
2. Scrappy Puppy
3. Rot in the Sun video (iTunes Plus EP version)

LADYBUG (out now)
1. Ladybug
2. Rooftops in Spain
3. Ladybug video (iTunes Plus EP version)

BAD TIMES (out March 24)
1. Bad Times
2. Ballad of the Unstoppable Female (The Anna Nicole Smith Story)
3. Bad Times video (iTunes Plus EP version)

Upcoming Tour dates:
Fri/Jan-30 Tokyo, Japan Liquid Room
Sat/Jan-31 Osaka, Japan Club Quattro
Wed/Feb-4 Honolulu, HI Pipeline Café
Thu/Feb-5 Kailua-Kona, HI Rockstarz Nightclub
Fri/Feb-6 Lahaina, HI Hard Rock Cafe
Thu/Mar-19 Ghent, Belgium Handelsbeurs
Fri/Mar-20 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Paradiso
Sat/Mar-21 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Paradiso
Mon/Mar-23 Hamburg, Germany Knust
Tue/Mar-24 Aarhus, Denmark Train
Wed/Mar-25 Odense, Denmar Posten
Fri/Mar-27 Oslo, Norway Betong
Sat/Mar-28 Stavanger, Norway Folken
Sun/Mar-29 Bergen, Norway Garage
Wed/Apr-1 Moscow, Russia 2 Club
Fri/Apr-3 Dublin, Ireland Vicar
Sat/Apr-4 London, UK The Forum
Wed/Apr-15 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
Thu/Apr-16 Providence, RI Lupo's
Fri/Apr-17 Boston, MA House of Blues
Sat/Apr-18 New York, NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
Tue/Apr-21 Toronto, ONT Lee's Palace
Wed/Apr-22 Syracuse, NY Wescott Theatre
Fri/Apr-24 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Sat/Apr-25 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
Sun/Apr-26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sat/Jul-4 Watkins Glen, NY Glen Watkins Int’l Raceway

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CVS launches For All the Ways You Care contest

CVS/pharmacy, the nation’s leading retail pharmacy, today announced its second annual “For All the Ways You Care” contest created to celebrate and honor caregivers across America.

CVS/pharmacy invites caregivers and others to submit stories of caring online at, a growing community that strives to celebrate the unsung caregivers in our society. The site provides a forum for people to share a story about someone who has touched their life or how they personally have touched another's.

“CVS/pharmacy is committed to caring for women and those they care for. We are pleased to see the For All the Ways You Care community continue to grow as people exchange stories and discuss all aspects of caregiving,” said Rob Price, senior vice president, Marketing and Advertising, CVS/pharmacy. "Thousands of stories have been shared on since it launched last year, and we continue to be truly amazed by the selfless devotion demonstrated by so many caregivers.”

From the stories submitted from October 5, 2008 through March 1, 2009, CVS/pharmacy and an esteemed panel of judges will select a group of finalists and ultimately a grand prize winner whose stories best represent a nurturing spirit and dedication to others. The finalists will be honored for their inspirational stories at a luncheon and luxury weekend in New York City in May. In appreciation for their commitment to caring, nine finalists will each receive $10,000 and the grand prize winner will receive $25,000 from CVS/pharmacy.

Panelists selecting the winners include Lee Woodruff, author and wife of ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff; Dr. Roseanna Means, founder of Women of Means, a program of volunteer doctors who provide free medical care to homeless women and children; Tina Sharkey, BabyCenter chairman and global president; and Rosemary Ellis, Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief. The members of the panel have also posted their own personal caregiving stories on

“I am privileged to be part of this growing campaign,” said Woodruff. “Our family continues to receive an outpouring of love and support, and I am grateful to help give back by honoring special caregivers across America.”

To join the community of caring and enter the For All the Ways You Care contest, please visit:

Relax with Spa Week specials

As the full impact of the economic downturn becomes painfully apparent, millions of Americans are experiencing the financial challenges of an uncertain future. So, it goes without saying that stress has become an everyday companion for many of us. This is unfortunately the start of a cycle where the average consumer cuts back on many of life’s necessities. Never before has Spa Week’s message been more relevant than in these trying times—the spa lifestyle is not only essential to maintaining one’s health and well-being, but it’s now available and affordable to everyone.

The 10th edition of the Spa Week Event will be taking place April 13-19, 2009 in over 700 spas across North America including markets such as, Arizona, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Florida, Long Island, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto, Canada, and will once again be offering its signature $50 full service spa treatments. A list of participating spas will be posted on

Since its inception, Spa Week Media has been devoted to offering the consumer more for less, and the Company continues to make this its primary goal. In today’s struggling economy, people are understandably hesitant to splurge on expensive and unfamiliar treatments, so Spa Week is the perfect way to enjoy the best that spas have to offer without having to break the bank.

The Spa Week Events, taking place each year in the Spring and Fall, are known for offering even the most luxurious of spa treatments, ones that were at one time only available to the rich and famous. Elite services, such as the Ten Hands Massage (which is simultaneously performed by five therapists), the 14 Carat Gold Facial, and the Caviar Facial, all normally costing hundreds of dollars, have been offered during the Event at the $50 price point. Also accessible for only $50 each are medical treatments like Botox injections, Diamond-tip Microdermabrasion, and Chemical Peels. The idea is to afford everyone the ability to experience even these typically pricey procedures and the amazing benefits the spa lifestyle can bring. At Spa Week, it’s all about helping you to feel good on the inside and look good on the outside.

As always, the goal of Spa Week is to introduce a new generation of consumers to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and to open up the spa industry to the masses. Spa Week’s goal is to make “wellness” more than just a word, but to make it a reality. By educating consumers to the health benefits of the spa lifestyle, Spa Week is taking a leadership role in the campaign to change the unhealthy course the country is navigating.

Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid, who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres. For 2009, Spa Week is proud and excited to announce the inclusion of jane iredale The Skincare Makeup as its Title Sponsor and Allure Magazine as its exclusive National Media Sponsor.

Live Nation to present Ximena Sarinana

On Sale Now
Avalon (Hollywood)
April 25th, 2009

New Found Glory to tour in support of new release

Three years since their last studio record, New Found Glory are back at their fighting weight and ready to take on all challengers with their Epitaph debut Not Without A Fight, in stores March 10. In support of the release, NFG will hit the road with Bayside, Set Your Goals and Verse on a seven week tour that kicks off on March 25th in Tempe AZ. Tickets for all dates go on sale on January 29.

Not Without A Fight promises to be one of those classic New Found Glory records. All the huge pop anthems, sing-a-long choruses and hyperactively catchy riffs that got them off to their wildly popular start are back in full force. Songs like "Listen to Your Friends" and "Truck Stop Blues" highlight the accessibility of both NFG's sound and lyrics. Not Without a Fight is an instant fan favorite.

Don't miss New Found Glory on tour:
25 Mar - Marquee Theater, Tempe AZ
26 Mar - House of Blues, San Diego CA
27 Mar - House of Blues, Anaheim CA
28 Mar - Avalon, Hollywood CA
29 Mar - Grand Ballroom @ the Regency, San Francisco CA
31 Mar - Hawthorne Theater, Portland OR
01 Apr - The Showbox, Seattle WA
02 Apr - Knitting Factory, Boise ID
03 Apr - In the Venue, Salt Lake City UT
04 Apr - Gothic Theater, Denver CO
06 Apr - Palladium Showroom, Dallas TX
07 Apr - Emo's, Austin TX
08 Apr - Warehouse Live, Houston TX
10 Apr - House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista FL
11 Apr - Jannus Landing, St Petersburg FL
13 Apr - Revolution, Ft Lauderdale FL
15 Apr - House of Blues, Myrtle Beach FL
16 Apr - Amos' Southend, Charlotte NC
17 Apr - Sonar, Baltimore MD
18 Apr - The Trocadero, Philadelphia PA
19 Apr - House of Blues, Cleveland OH
20 Apr - Bogart's, Cincinnati OH
22 Apr - Peoples Court, Des Moines IA
23 Apr - Myth Nightclub, St Paul MN
24 Apr - The Rave, Milwaukee WI
25 Apr - House of Blues, Chicago IL
26 Apr - Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak MI
28 Apr - Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto ONT
29 Apr - Webster Theater, Hartford CT
30 Apr - House of Blues, Boston MA
03 May - Newport Music Hall, Colombus OH
05 May - Egyptian Room, Indianapolis IN
06 May - The Pageant, St Louis MO
07 May - Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
08 May - Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City OK
09 May - Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque NM
10 May - Rialto Theater, Tucson AZ

For more information:

ASPCA gives Valentine's Day tips, CSI info and job opportunity

ASPCA Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine's Day
In the week prior to Valentine's Day 2008, our poison control experts saw a 74% rise in cases involving chocolate-- this year they warn against two toxic dangers. Please check out our expert's advice on keeping pets healthy this holiday.

Get Your Degree in Animal CSI
Wanna solve crimes against animals? We are thrilled to announce the launch of the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Sciences program in partnership with the University of Florida.

ASPCA Job of the Week

Academy for New Musical Theatre to offer preview of new musicals

On Monday, February 9th at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, the Academy for New Musical Theatre will present Got Musical!, a sneak preview of seven brand-new musicals in development for producers across the country, giving an insight into the Academy's process for creating new musicals from scratch specifically for producers and theatre companies.

Musicals currently in development which will be showcased at this event include a traditional musical based on a classic Shaw play, a goofy all-cow revue, a cutting-edge cyberspace musical, an experimental take on an Ibsen play, and an enchanted evening based on tales of the Great Lakes shipping industry, among others.

'You don't have to be in Los Angeles to benefit from our process,' says ANMT Executive Director Scott Guy. 'Weʼve developed many shows long-distance utilizing internet technology and our digital equipment, including shows with writers based in London and Berlin.'

One of these "long-distance" shows is Miss Vulcan 1939 which the Academy developed for the Red Mountain Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama.

"Red Mountain was so happy with that process that they have produced that show two years in a row," says Guy, "and they're planning to remount it again next year.'

Guy explains that the ANMT development process is fairly simple: the producer generates or approves an idea; the creative team creates a paragraph-sized version, then a half-dozen-page version, and eventually a 15-minute first pass. At this point, the producer either shuts down the project, or agrees to produce a public reading of the work.

If a producer approves of the project after the first 15-minute pass, the Academy supports table readings and workshops of the work, nurturing it through first draft. Then, the producer produces a public reading of the work at his expense. After the producer has fulfilled his obligation by producing the reading, he is under no obligation to produce the musical; but if he does produce the musical, the Academy expects the producer to do so under terms approved by the Dramatists Guild.

'We've found this to be a win-win situation for the writer and for the producer,' says Associate Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry, 'and we're excited to share this funny, artful and stimulating evening and showing off our innovative business model for developing new musicals for independent producers and theatre companies.'

Got Musical! takes place at 7:30pm on Monday, February 9th at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Tickets are $10. For more information, and to make a reservation, please visit and click on Got Musical!

Academy for New Musical Theatre, 5628 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, CA, 91601

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SkallyWagz on "Hell's Kitchen" tonight

Ahoy Mateys!
Best wishes for all in 2009! Just a few updates for friends of the band:

Thursday Night, January 29th at 9:00 on Fox 11, you MIGHT be able to catch SkallyWagz' Lisa and Joe as Dinner Guests on the Season premier of "Hell's Kitchen" (unless of course they were left on the cutting room floor!).

And, if you don't yet have a Calendar, you can get the Official 2009 Full Color SkallyWagz Calendar by visiting our online store. Go to and follow the store link!

Peace and Happiness to Everyone!
See you soon!
Joe and the SkallyWagz

Tequila Mockingbird snags radio show and 103.1 changes format

From Tequila Mockingbird:

I got a Radio show offered to me the day Indie radio died so I said yes! It's with Deita Klaus from Idow Worship, a band I was in in the 90's singing Gothic Opera.It's on every Thursday online and on the radio at noon.

My Radio Show is on
Every Thursday12:00-12:15 pm
THE STIR –WCSS 1490 Amsterdam, NY

This New Outstanding Talk Show is AM Radios Afternoon Chatfest, featuring a team of dynamic women from Amsterdam, NY who grew up as children together and as adults came back together with experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day.

THE STIR, is Rebecca Persico, Carrie Barbato and Chanin Leo. Show Producer is Deita Klaus.

Featuring Weekly Reports by:
Everyone Loves Brandon
Dear Sophia
Celebrity Spotlight
LA Scoop by Tequila Mockingbird
Mayor's Minute with Mayor Ann Thane
Restaurant Reviews
Fashion Scene with Celebrity Designer Terri King
Texas Talk by Jessi Knoblauch

The STIR can be heard Mon-Fri at 3pm-6pm starting Mon Jan 26th.
Tune in at

Join as a friend at http://www.myspace.%20com/thestir1490


Ugh...Speaking of EL Gato... LA'S favorite radio station INDIE has been ripped from the air and 103.1 has become a Mexican barn dance station. All the die hard Indie listeners are in shock. Just bear in mind you... it's not over till it's over and I just signed a petition on facebook to bring back Indie to the airwaves, don't hate protest mate! or contact

Local L.A. bands selected to play at SXSW

Los Angeles-area bands who submitted their Sonicbids EPKs to SXSW, and have been selected to play:

That 1 Guy
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Austin Hartley-Leonard
Los Angeles

Mix Master Mike
Los Angeles

Tyrone Wells
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

DJ Muggs
Studio City

Meliss FX
Santa Monica

Alyssa Suede

Sherman Oaks

Gram Rabbit
Yucca Valley

Sara Haze
Lake Forrest

Jeremy Jay announces tour

Jeremy Jay is a mixture of a storyteller, artist and singer. Following a series of 7" singles, he released his debut LP, A Place Where We Could Go on K in Spring 2008 to rave reviews.

Currently, he splits his time between living in Paris and Los Angeles, the dream cities of the French New Wave and Hollywood. Similar to films, Jeremy identifies with the visual stories of life and love, and touches on everything human; he is always in the process of writing and recording, playing the guitar and taking long walks. Jeremy is getting acquainted to living in Paris, but still draws much of his inspiration from the films of iconic American teen auteur John Hughes.

With his new single “Love Everlasting” and full-length Slow Dance (both released by K), Jeremy has created his own brand of urgent pop music that fits perfect in the house parties and punk rock clubs that he prefers to play. In 2009 Jeremy will be touring Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

European Tour
2/14 - King George - Koln
2/15 - Cactus w/ Deerhunter - Bruges
2/16 - Botanique w/ Deerhunter - Brussels
2/17 - Rote Fabrick, Ziegel Oh Lac w/ Deerhunter - Zurich
2/19 - Point Ephemere - Paris
2/20 - Route Du Rock Festival - Saint Malo
2/21 - CCCB Museum - Barcelona
2/22 - Salon Teatro - Galacia
2/25 - Moby Dick - Madrid
2/26 - Malandar Club - Seville
2/28 - La Lata De Bombillas - Zaragoza
3/2 - Tago Mago - Marina Di Massa
3/5 - Fluc - Vienna
3/6 - Club 007 Strahov w/ Botanica – Prague
3/30 - Bug Jar - Rochester NY

Asobi Seku LP out and touring in February

Asobi Seksu Release Video "Me & Mary" Third LP HUSH Out Feb 17th On Polyvinyl RecordsEuropean & US Dates Start Next Week

Pitchfork Media Premieres “Me & Mary” Video:

Pitchfork Media Premieres Single “Familiar Light” :

Stereogum :

Yuki Speaks To About “Me & Mary” :

European & US 2009 Dates
Feb 08 Southampton, UK @ The Talking Heads
Feb 09 London, UK @ Islington Academy (NME Awards w/Howling Bells)
Feb 10 Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse
Feb 11 Dublin, IE @ Crawdaddy
Feb 13 Belfast, UK @ Speakeasy
Feb 14 Glasgow, UK @ ABC2
Feb 15 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
Feb 16 Leeds, UK @ Faversham
Feb 18 Birmingham, UK @ Barfly (Dragon)
Feb 19 London, UK @ ICA
Feb 20 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Feb 21 Paris, FR @ Fleche d'Or
Feb 22 Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
Feb 24 Muenster, DE @ Gleiss 22
Feb 25 Berlin, DE @ Magnet
Mar 02 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Mar 03 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
Mar 04 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
Mar 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Mar 06 Bloomington, IL @ Illinois Wesleyan U.-Young
Mar 07 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Mar 10 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Mar 11 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Mar 13 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mar 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubador
Mar 15 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Mar 19 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 20 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 21 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 22 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Mar 23 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 24 Memphis, TN @ Young Avenue Deli
Mar 25 Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum
Mar 26 Chapel HIll, NC @ Local 506
Mar 27 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
Mar 28 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 30 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Apr 02 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Corky Hale to perform at Vibrato Grill Jazz... Etc.

Vibrato Grill Jazz…Etc. Presents“CORKY HALE & HER JAZZ TRIO”

CORKY HALE, Pianist, Harpist and Vocalist and Her Jazz Trio
Featuring Jazz Guitarist, JOHN CHIODINI

WHO: Critically-acclaimed and renowned Jazz Pianist, Harpist and Vocalist, Corky Hale will appear with Her Jazz Trio featuring Jazz Guitarist John Chiodini.

WHAT: Corky Hale started taking piano lessons at the age of three in a small mid-western farm town. Today she is regarded as one of the greatest Jazz harpists in the world. She has played harp for Liberace, Tony Bennett, Judy Collins, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, and piano for such artists as Billie Holiday and Mel Tormé.

She has sung with the bands of Harry James, Ray Anthony and Jerry Gray. Hale has soloed with Barbra Streisand in Central Park and at the Hollywood Bowl, performed with Björk on an MTV Special in London and appeared with George Michael and Boy George at London’s Royal Albert Hall and RFK Stadium. In November 2007 she appeared as a Guest Artist Pianist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra. She is married to Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer, Mike Stoller.

WHERE: Vibrato Grill Jazz…Etc.;
2930 N. Beverly Glen Circle;
Bel Air, CA 90077-1724.

WHEN: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 2930 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Club hours on Sunday evening are from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

HOW: There is No Cover Charge. There is a $20 Minimum for seating at the Bar.

For dinner reservations and further information, please call 310-474-9400 or visit online at

Complimentary Valet Parking is available.

To learn more about Corky Hale, please visit the website,

Funeral Party to tour with And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Funeral Party will be hitting the road with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead next month as direct support on their full US tour. See confirmed dates below. The band is also confirmed for SXSW 2009. Funeral Party's debut album is set for release on April 21st and music will be available in the near future. In the meantime, their digital only The Bootleg EP is out now at all digital retailers featuring their blogger approved jam "Car Wars."

Described by the LA Times as "a quintet of electro-charged youngsters from East L.A.. At moments recalling the dance-punk revivalism of early Moving Units and The Rapture and at others bouncing along to a skittish cowbell like LCD Soundsystem." The band's universal appeal to dance, funk, disco and punk fans alike has contributed to their rising popularity.

Funeral Party just completed their first full US tour as direct support for Yelle and are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album at The Mars Volta's studio in Los Angeles which will be released April 21st. The band is going to be all over SXSW this year so get them on your radar! "Car Wars" is the focus track.

Confirmed Dates w/Trail Of Dead:
Feb 19 2009 8:00P - Granada Theatre Dallas, Texas
Feb 20 2009 8:00P - Walter’s Houston, Texas
Feb 21 2009 8:00P - One Eyed Jack’s New Orleans, Louisiana
Feb 23 2009 8:00P - Social Orlando, Florida
Feb 24 2009 8:00P - The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Feb 25 2009 8:00P - Cat’s Cradle Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Feb 26 2009 8:00P - Rock and Roll Cafe Washington D.C.,
Mar 1 2009 8:00P - Middle East Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 3 2009 8:00P - La Sala Montreal, Quebec
Mar 4 2009 8:00P - Lee’s Palace Toronto, Ontario
Mar 5 2009 8:00P - Pike Room Detroit, Michigan
Mar 6 2009 8:00P - Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois
Mar 7 2009 8:00P - Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 9 2009 8:00P - Bluebird Denver, Colorado
Mar 10 2009 8:00P - Urban Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 12 2009 8:00P - Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Mar 13 2009 8:00P - Richard’s on Richards Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 14 2009 8:00P - Berbati’s Portland, Oregon
Mar 16 2009 8:00P - Slim’s San Francisco, California
Mar 17 2009 8:00P - Echo Plex Los Angeles, California


Paid Dues independent hip-hop festival slated for March 28 in San Bernardino

The “PAID DUES” INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL--presented by MURS 3:16 in association with Guerilla Union (Rock The Bells, Cypress Hill Smoke Out)--will return Saturday, March 28 to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA for the fourth consecutive year. Named “Independent hip-hop's premiere festival” by SOHH.COM, the festival supports this genre of music where advanced lyricism, stinging political commentary and quality DJ performances flourish in a seemingly parallel universe. The 2009 lineup will feature performances from ATMOSPHERE, TECH N9NE, LIVING LEGENDS, BROTHER ALI, B-REAL, GROUCH & ELIGH, CAGE, BLU & EXILE, EYEDEA & ABILITIES, LMNO, DJ VAL THE VANDAL and VERBS AND THE BAYLIENS. The event will be hosted by 2MEX.

Says Murs: "This year’s Paid Dues line-up is very special to me because we have acts like Tech N9ne and Atmosphere who I've been big fans of and also trying to book forever. The show also marks the So-Cal return of E & A, who haven't played the NOS since the legendary Wu Tang reunion at the 2004 Rock The Bells. Cage, B-Real and G & E all have new records dropping this spring."

He elaborates: “There's nothing like being the first to see your favorite artist do their new material. On the other side of things, myself and the entire GU staff will be diligent to provide the same high quality live music experience Guerilla Union has become known for over the years. I just can't believe this is our fourth year! I am so thankful to all our family, friends and supporters. And I look forward to making this March 28th another great and memorable moment in hip hop history.”

Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union adds, “Now into the fourth year, we are extremely proud that we have continued to partner with Murs to showcase and support independent hip-hop year-in and year-out. We are truly committed to providing our fans the best show and experience that we can possibly put together. This year’s lineup represents some of the most notable and up-and-coming artists from the independent circuit. Fans will also be treated to new music from several acts as the festival maintains to be a live promotional platform for the artists that we work with. I can’t wait to see all these acts. I truly believe this is the biggest and best line-up yet for PAID DUES.”

PAID DUES is an all-ages show. The Guerilla Union ticket pre-sale will begin on Wednesday, January 28 for registered Guerilla Union members. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster online and at all locations starting Saturday, January 31.

This year’s installment of PAID DUES follows the festival’s third sold-out annual Southern California event in 2008 which featured artists such as Sage Francis, Little Brother, Hieroglyphics, Buckshot of the Boot Camp Clik and Yak Ballz. 2008 also saw the festival make stops in New York, NY, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Denver, CO.

In 2006 the first PAID DUES festival--with a line-up featuring Felt, Aesop Rock, Living Legends, El-P, Hangar 18 and more--sold out with over 5,000 concertgoers packing the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles. The following year MURS and Guerilla Union, along with performers Felt, Living Legends, Sage Francis, Brother Ali and others--teamed up again for the PAID DUES festival tour for over 10 dates across the country.

VTech's Timeless concert series starts Sunday


Hip-Hop Themed Concert Opens with DJs Cut Chemist and Quantic

WHO: The influential composer/arranger and multi-instrumentalist Mulatu Astatke, known for blending traditional Ethiopian music with Latin Jazz to create the unique hybrid he coined ‘Ethio-Jazz’

Eclectic turntablist Cut Chemist, former member of L.A. music scene staples – hip-hop group Jurassic 5 and Latin funk band Ozomatli – opener for Shakira and collaborator with DJ Shadow

UK born and resident of Columbia DJ Quantic, whose 12 full-length records push genre boundaries by blending jazz, Latin and Caribbean music, and who produced the track for Apple’s ‘Tropical iPod’ commercial

WHAT: Artists will join together for the first show of a four-part, unique concert series. Mulatu, a central figure in African music, will be backed by a 15-piece orchestra in a performance of his all-time hits as well as a new, exclusively composed piece. Opening DJs Cut Chemist and Quantic will build their sets around his musical legacy, to help showcase Mulatu’s influence on today’s hip-hop.

WHERE: Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles
5151 University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

WHEN: February 1, 2009
7 p.m. (doors) – 11 p.m.

ABOUT: The “Timeless” series, presented by VTech Communications with Mochilla and ArtDontSleep, is an homage to the arranger/composers who have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. VTech, whose new streaming music and Internet radio device will be available this spring, sponsors a variety of music events nationwide.

Future shows in the four-part series will include:
· Sunday, February 22 – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and a 40 piece orchestra performing a “Suite for Ma Dukes” a tribute to the music of J Dilla

· Sunday, March 15 – Arthur Verocai with Madlib and DJ Nuts

· Sunday, April 5 – David Axelrod with J.ROCC special guests TBA

For more information, visit

Pat Travers to continue tour in support of new album

Revered blues/rock guitar guru Pat Travers will be continuing his tour through this spring, along with some solo acoustic dates. This tour is long awaited and in support of his new release - a powerful live performance on his new album "Stick with What You Know – Live in Europe" on Provogue Records. The current line-up for the Pat Travers band is Pat Travers (Guitar/vox), Kirk McKim (Lead Guitar / Backing Vox), Sean "The Cannon" Shannon (Drums) and Rodney O'Quinn (Bass / Backing Vocals).

This hard rocking blues performance is in the true Pat Travers signature style, in your face full of big guitars. The album was recorded live at the Bosuil in Weert, The Netherlands. The Pat Travers band on this live performance consists of Pat Travers (guitars, slide guitar & vocals), Kirk McKim (guitar & backing vocals), Frank McDaniel (bass & backing vocals) and Eric Frates (drums & backing vocals). The album was mixed at the Red Room Studios by Sean Shannon assisted by Brad Johnson.

Jan. 29 Fishlips Bakersfield, CA
Jan. 31 Planet Ultra Lounge Monterey, CA
Feb. 6 Black Eyed-Sallys Hartford, CT
Feb. 19 Route 33 Rhythm & Brews Wapakoneta, OH
Feb. 21 Rockin’ Horse Mansfield, OH
Feb. 24 House of Blues Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 26 Jumpin’ Turtle San Diego, CA
Feb. 27 Cashe Creek Casino Brooks, CA

For more information on this extraordinary live performance album go to or

Live Nation to present Modest Mouse

On Sale Thursday, January 29 at 10 AM
With Special Guest: MIMICKING BIRDS
The Hollywood Palladium
February 24, 2009

NeverShoutNever! to tour in support of debut effort

NeverShoutNever!, the brain child of singer/songwriter/guitarist Christofer Drew of Joplin, Missouri, is keeping busy in anticipation of its self-titled debut release this May. Preparing to embark on a U.S. headlining tour with The Scene Aesthetic, The Honorary Title, and The Bigger Lights February 26 in Evansville, Indiana, NeverShoutNever!, (singer/guitarist Drew, and touring musicians bassist Taylor McFee and drummer Nathan Ellison), already has 26 million MySpace plays, over 15,000 EPs and 125,000 tracks sold on iTunes, all as an unsigned artist.

Having just wrapped a full U.S. tour with Hellogoodbye, NeverShoutNever! will be on the Bamboozle Road Show Tour beginning April 4 in Irvine, California along with We The Kings, and Forever The Sickest, among others.

Turning down multiple record label offers, NSN!’s Christofer Drew instead opted to release the record on his own. Working with Hellogoodbye’s Forrest Kline as producer at his new Phantom Tollbooth Studios in Long Beach, CA, expect the release of the band’s video for “Bigcitydreams” (shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn) soon.

With features already run in Alternative Press, Billboard Magazine, and AMP Magazine, as well as Internet coverage on, AOL, and The Daily Chorus, not to mention a highly visible performance on MTV’s “TRL” over the summer, 2009 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for the band. NeverShoutNever! is looking forward to performing at numerous showcases at SXSW in Austin, TX in March; shows to include a Billboard showcase, Purevolume showcase, Photofinish Records showcase, and To Write Love On Her Arms showcase. This summer, the band will be playing the SmartPunk Stage on the Vans Warped Tour July 20 – August 9.

Feb 14 - Springfield, Missouri @ Gallery Sound
Feb 26 - Evansville, Indiana @ Boney Junes
Feb 27 - Orland Park, Illinois @ Mojoes
Feb 28 - Madison, Wisconsin @ The Loft
March 1 - Grand Rapids, Michigan @ The Intersection
March 3 - Erie, PA @ Foward Hall
March 4 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
March 5 - Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s
March 6 - 2009 06:30 PM - Webster Underground
March 7 - Altoona, PA @ Jaggard UMC
March 8 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
March 10 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
March 11 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
March 12 – Metrairie, LA @ The High Ground
March 13 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
March 14 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
March 15 - Dallas, TX @ The Max
March 17 – Waco, TX @ Art Ambush
March 18 - Pharr, TX @ Pharr Convention Center
March 31 - Oklahoma City, OK@ The Conservatory
April 2 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Phix


April 4 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
April 5 2009 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 7 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 8 - San Antonio, TX @ Rabbit
April 9 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
April 10 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
April 11 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
April 12 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
April 14 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
April 15 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
April 16 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
April 17 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
April 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
April 21 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
April 22 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 23 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s
April 24 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
April 25 - Alfred, NY @ Alfred University
April 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
April 28 - Towson, MD @ The Recher Theatre
April 29 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 30 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey

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Two Testament classics to be reissued on vinyl

Two classic albums by thrash legends TESTAMENT – 1997's "Demonic" and 1999's "The Gathering" – will be reissued on gatefold double vinyl by Prosthetic Records on Feb. 3. Each will feature etched artwork on Side D and be limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. Additionally, 100 copies of "Demonic" will feature red vinyl, while 100 copies of "The Gathering" will feature gold vinyl. Pre-orders can currently be placed at

Over the last year, TESTAMENT made one of the most successful comebacks in recent metal history. Their latest album, "The Formation of Damnation," featuring four-fifths of the group's original lineup, debuted at #59 on the Billboard Top 200, the highest-charting release of the band's career. A high-profile summer tour with Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell and Motorhead followed. The band is currently preparing to tour Europe with Judas Priest and Megadeth next month.

During the 1990s, TESTAMENT were one of the few bands unafraid to unabashedly fly the flag of heavy metal. Although the group's lineup changed several times over the course of the decade, vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson could always be trusted to deliver quality true metal in an era dominated by short-lived musical trends.

Their efforts didn't go unnoticed. All Music Guide praises "Demonic" – mixed by Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne), and featuring Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad) on drums – as "the most evil-sounding album of their career" to that point, saying that "'Demonic' rivals even Slayer's 'Reign In Blood' in terms of heaviness." Meanwhile, Metal Hammer calls "The Gathering" – mixed by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth), and featuring guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary), bassist Steve DiGorgio (Sadus, Death) and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo – "skull-flattening perfection," adding that "if there is a more important late '90s metal album, we'd love to know what it is."

"Demonic" and "The Gathering" were reissued on CD in 2008 and are currently available on all major digital platforms. Prosthetic plans to reissue additional TESTAMENT titles later in 2009, including the first-ever official CD release of the band's complete performance at the 1987 Dynamo Open Air festival.

Iris Malkin to perform with Linda Zoolalian and Edward Trybek

Event Iris Malkin, mezzo-soprano
with Linda Zoolalian, piano
and Edward Trybek, classical guitar

When Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Where Trinity Lutheran Church
1340 Eleventh Street, Manhattan Beach, CA
(3 blks east of Sepulveda & 1 blk south of Manhattan Beach Blvd.)

Admission Free, donations appreciated.

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Mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music with a Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance and Piano, and was awarded the highly coveted America-Israel Cultural Foundation Study Scholarship. She performed under the baton of Pierre Boulez during the 2006 Lucerne Festival, including collaboration with Boulez’ celebrated Ensemble Intercontemporain. Iris was recently featured as a guest artist on the Colburn School’s Faculty Recital Series.

Iris is joined by Pasadena City College faculty pianist Linda Zoolalian, who earned her Bachelor of Music from the New England of Conservatory and a Master’s and Doctorate from USC’s Thornton School of Music; and international prize-winning guitarist Edward Trybek, a protégé of renowned guitarist Scott Tennant at USC.

Iris Malkin’s website:

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More performers announced for Grammys

U2, Kid Rock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and Rihanna are the latest performers announced for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. They join previously announced performers Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters), Katy Perry, Radiohead, T.I. and Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, and Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West in a special performance of their hit single "Swagga Like Us."

Actor Simon Baker (CBS' "The Mentalist"), actor/musician Jack Black, current three-time GRAMMY nominee Duffy, current nominee Josh Groban, three-time GRAMMY-winning jazz musician and current nominee Charlie Haden, actor Samuel L. Jackson and Academy Award®-winning actress and current GRAMMY nominee Gwyneth Paltrow will appear as presenters.

The music industry's premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at and, on Twitter at "theGRAMMYs," on Facebook at "The Recording Academy," on YouTube at "51stGRAMMYs," and on at "the51stgrammys." Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

Two-time GRAMMY winner Robert Plant and 21-time GRAMMY winner Alison Krauss have five nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Raising Sand, Record Of The Year ("Please Read The Letter"), Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("Rich Woman"), and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals ("Killing The Blues").

Duffy and GRAMMY winner Rihanna each have three nods: Duffy is up for Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Mercy"), and Best Pop Vocal Album (Rockferry); Rihanna is nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("If I Never See Your Face Again" with Maroon 5), Best Dance Recording ("Disturbia"), and Best Long Form Music Video (Good Girl Gone Bad Live).

Kid Rock is up for two awards: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("All Summer Long") and Best Rock Album (Rock N Roll Jesus).

Josh Groban, Charlie Haden and Gwyneth Paltrow each have nominations: Groban has a nod for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Noël); Haden is nominated for Best Country Instrumental Performance ("Is This America? (Katrina 2005)" with Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby); and Paltrow is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album For Children (Brown Bear And Friends).

As previously announced, this year's "My GRAMMY Moment" segment on the telecast gives music fans an opportunity to virtually share music's biggest stage with current GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry. Produced in partnership with, music fans can upload a 30- to 60-second video of themselves singing along to a portion of Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" to through Feb. 6. Videos will be voted on by fans and the public at-large, and the most popular videos will be shown as part of Perry's performance on Music's Biggest Night®.

The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Walter C. Miller is producer/director, Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers. Musical directors for the telecast and pre-telecast are Rickey Minor and Larry Batiste, respectively.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit

Vanna to begin tour in support of new effort

Boston post-hardcore group Vanna will release their anticipated sophomore album, A New Hope, March 24th on Epitaph Records. Produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (Every Time I Die, Our Last Night, Story of the Year) and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge), A New Hope emphasizes the band's heightened musical abilities, balancing a perfect blend of emotive rock and perilous hardcore with refined precession. Fans can catch a preview of the new album this January as the band tours with Gwen Stacy.

Since the release of Vanna's fan-favorite debut EP, The Search Party Never Came, and their follow-up full-length, Curses, the band has been on a continuous musical journey, evolving, exploring and maturing with each release and tour. With the experience of using what works and letting go of what doesn't, the band tackled the writing and recording of A New Hope with an added perspective and understanding.

"The writing and recording process naturally becomes more dialed and decisive with each record," explains lead vocalist Chris Preece. "This record was approached with more of a group mentality. We talked a lot about what we liked and disliked about our last two releases, and each one of us were able to express ourselves in every step of the process. We locked ourselves in our practice space for two months, everyone threw out song ideas, and the ideas were fleshed out into something that we were all happy with. All of our individual influences and inspirations played a big role creatively."

Creativity abounds. A New Hope will grab Vanna's core fans with catchy songs fueled by intense breakdowns, while their accessible melodious song-writing will open the door to a new audience.
Continually elevating their game, Vanna have raised the musical stakes with a bombardment of twelve tracks that invoke a deluge of sensations. Preece's guttural screams and Evan Pharmakis' (guitarist/vocals) melodic choruses seamlessly duel on tracks like the epic post-hardcore anthem for the ages, "Safe To Say," and the sweeping hit "The Same Graceful Wind." The fast, ferocious work of guitarist Nick Lambert, bassist Shawn Marquis and drummer Chris Campbell provide a wall of intense sound on tracks like "Thrashmouth" and "Life and Limb."

Vanna's undying passion for creating and growing musically has resulted in one of the best post-hardcore releases in years. Resistance is futile. See Vanna this January and February on tour with Gwen Stacy and Our Last Night.

A New Hope Tracklisting:
1. Let's Have An Earthquake
2. Into Hell's Mouth We March
3. The Same Graceful Wind
4. Like Changing Seasons
5. Trashmouth
6. Safe To Say
7. We Are Nameless
8. Sleepwalker
9. Where We Are Now
10. Ten Arms
11. Life and Limb
12. The Sun Sets Here

Vanna Tour Dates:
1/29 - Providence Church - Mobile, AL (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
1/30 - The Village - Little Rock, AR (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
1/31 - King of Clubs - Tulsa, OK (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
2/1 - Singleton - Bartlett, TN (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
2/2 - The Anchor - Nashville, TN (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
2/4 - Bulldog Café - Louisville, KY (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
2/5 - Doug's Rockhouse - Aurora, IL (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
2/6 - Truth Ministries - Port Clinton, OH (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
2/7 - Terre Haute Music Venue - Terre Haute, IN (w/Gwen Stacy & Our Last Night)
2/8 - The 4-H - Cape Girardeau, MO
2/10 - 516 Sound Stage - Shreveport, LA
2/11 - Java Jazz - Houston, TX (w/Belle Epoque)
2/13 - First Family Church - Albuquerque, NM (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/14 - War Room - Amarillo, TX (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/15 - Plano Center - Plano, TX (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/16 - King of Clubs - Tulsa, OK (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/17 - The Village - Little Rock, AR (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/20 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/21 - Boney June's - Evansville, IN (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/22 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/24 - The Mixtape - Grand Rapids, MI (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/25 - Chubby Pickle - Windsor, ON (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/26 - Embassy - London, ON (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
2/27 - The Bayou - Ottawa, ON (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)
3/1 - The Reverb - Toronto, ON (w/Lovehatehero & Blessed by a Broken Heart)

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Dame Fortune to release new CD and DVD

If Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller were the lyricists for Kiss, Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses, you'd have Dame Fortune. Both sinister and romantic, DAME FORTUNE uses classic hard rock with occasional Gothic overtones to deliver their clever and biting lyrics.

January 31st 2009 LA cult rockers DAME FORTUNE will release their third CD, THE SECRET ART and film their first live DVD at Club Vodka at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood as they continue to build their fan base that already includes more than 5000 fans on myspace through a series of blistering live shows.

THE SECRET ART finds the Hollywood based hard rock band further expanding their sound and lyrical themes. Standout tracks include the impossibly catchy “Perpetual Emotion Machine,” (Co-written with Richard Davis, Eagles co-producer & member of the Eagles’ touring band), the sleazy metal swagger of “In Like Flynn,” and the arena rock anthem, “Hikikomori (Live As Though The Day Were Here),”encouraging disenfranchised Japanese youth to stand up against their society’s strict code of conformity.

If you thought that the poets of the grunge era merely muddied their waters that they appear to be deep, if you find the pho-rage of numetal and rap rock leaving you cold, if you loved the best of the darker side of the 80's hard rock like Motley Crue, Guns 'n Roses, and legends like Kiss, Aerosmith, Queen, and Zep, still send a shiver up your spine, if you like big hooks, slamming power chords, catchy melodies, sing along anthems, with lyrics full of sneering rock and roll attitude and great storytelling, then DAME FORTUNE is your band. As songwriters they have the musical muscle and lyrical depth to create a new legion of Generation X and Y true believers who can proudly call themselves Rock and Rollers.

2002’s debut EP THE GREAT COSMIC SCEHME earned them the Rock City News Award for Best Alternative Band.

2004’s BOTHS SIDES OF MIDNIGHT, featuring KISS ghost drummer Kevin Valentine on 5 tracks secured them a distribution deal with Nightmare Distribution and Perris records and was given 3 and 1/2 stars by Japan’s Burrn! Magazine.

In 2005 DAME FORTUNE debuted a half dozen new songs at shows both in Hollywood and areas surrounding Los Angeles, each followed by one of their infamous all night after parties, and filmed their first video for "The Loony Bin.”

In 2006 DAME FORTUNE ‘s full-length documentary “The Making of Both Sides of Midnight” screened on the historic 20th Century Fox Lot, and they started recording for their most ambitious effort yet, THE SECRET ART. On January 31st, 2009, after 4 years of blood, sweat and tears, the secret will be revealed…

Mike James (Guitars & Vocals)
Jeff Wire (Bass & Vocals)
David Blake (Guitars & Vocals)
John Merritt (Drums & Vocals)

ASPCA reminds pet parents have options rather than abandonment

As the downturn in the economy continues, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today responded to the flurry of recent media reports about pets being both left behind in foreclosed homes and abandoned in shelters. The ASPCA wants to remind pet parents everywhere that they have options when faced with these heart-breaking decisions.

“While the ASPCA has not personally experienced an increase in animal intake to its Manhattan Adoption Center due to the economy, we have heard that many shelters across the country are seeing an increase in the number of abandoned animals,” said Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, Executive Vice President of ASPCA Programs & Science Advisor. “This issue will vary drastically from region to region across the United States, and without a network in place to collect and report these numbers from the nearly 5,000 community animal shelters nationwide, it is difficult to quantify.”

“The loss of a home is devastating and can only be made worse by having to also leave behind a beloved family pet,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The ASPCA wants to remind pet owners that planning ahead is the best way to make an informed decision. Even though options in these cases may be less than ideal, it will be much better than simply leaving the pet behind in an abandoned home.”

The ASPCA offers this advice for people who are faced with foreclosure and the loss of their pets:

Check with friends, family and neighbors to see if someone can provide temporary foster care for your pet until you get back on your feet. Agree to a specific time frame, and check on the pet regularly;

If you are moving into a rental property, make sure pets are allowed and get permission in advance—and in writing; and

Contact your local animal shelter, humane society or rescue group, in advance of your move, since many shelters limit their admissions to the number of animals they can adequately care for. If a shelter agrees to take in your pet, provide medical records, behavior information, and anything else that might assist shelter workers in finding your pet a new home.

“It is difficult and heartbreaking to lose a pet as a result of economic hardship,” continued Sayres. “But pet parents may take comfort in knowing that their pet will be better off, if they plan ahead and keep their cat or dog’s well-being in mind.”

For more information about the ASPCA and its programs, please visit

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

THE HUBCAPS packed the house at Cafe 322 last Saturday night, and after a certain 1st grade teacher rearranged the furniture, we were dancing in the aisles 'til the very last note was played! It was Keith the bass player's birthday party, and being the friendly face behind the counter at the Bottle Shop by day makes him a pretty popular guy in this town! The celebration continues this Saturday, Jan. 31st, as THE HUBCAPS play the BUCCANEER LOUNGE down the street. Keith and guitar player Josh are pictured here with me. Last week they had a guest drummer, but Tom will be back for this weekend's gig.

tonite!!! 1/27 - "TAPAS TUESDAY" @ MARY'S MARKET & CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with THE DAVE & JODI SHOW, 6:30 - 9pm (celebrating the songwriters of the 60's and 70's) 561 Woodland Ave. Limited parking in the lot, but plenty more towards the entrance to the Canyon, a short walk away. Yummy new menu items each week! Guitar, keyboards & vocals.

tonite!!! TUES. 1/27 - (CODY BRYANT'S) RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE and EVAN MARSHALL @ THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE IN ALTADENA, 8pm. 2029 N. Lake Ave. $18. Call for reservations: 626-398-7917. "One of the most historical Western bands in the world." Definitely worth the dough to see them in this intimate setting if you've never seen them before.

FRI. 1/30 - The MELLOW D'z (DAVE OSTI AND DEANNA COGAN) @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, food, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. "Hot Chick, Cool Dude & Music to suit your mood!"

FRI. 1/30 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. In the bar area, but you can order food also. All ages ok. 626-915-3474. Semi-acoustic BLUES.

FRI. 1/30 - "SWING DANCE PARTY" with FLAT TOP TOM @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food.

FRI. 1/30 - THE RUNNING KIND and DALE PETERSON @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, lots o' free parking in back. Americana/Country.

FRI. 1/30 - THE DOGS @ THE PRESS IN CLAREMONT, 10pm. 129 Harvard Ave. 909-625-4808. FREE. Great selection of Classic Rock from the 60's, 70's & 80's.

SAT. 1/31 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Saturday BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. The Mission St. Gold Line station is just a short walk away, and makes for a nice outing.

SAT. 1/31 - THE SUPERSTITIONS @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Blues, R&B, Zydeco. One of Richard Reese's favorite bands!

SAT. 1/31 - LESLIE AND THE NIELSONS, T.C.'S LIVING ROOM and THE HUBCAPS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, cheap drinks! Punk, Alternative, Rock. Keith's birthday party continues...

SAT. 1/31 - ROB RIO & THE REVOLVERS @ COZY'S IN SHERMAN OAKS, 9:30pm. $10 cover. 14058 Ventura Blvd. at Hazeltine. 818-986-6000. "Boss of the Boogie" with Sierra Madre's own Peter Burke on drums.

SUN. 2/1 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.

SUN. 2/1 - THE MERCY POWELL QUARTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin' some standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure!

SUN. 2/1 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there early - they pack 'em in!

SUN. 2/1 - DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY CAR @ LIQUID KITTY IN L.A., 10pm - 1am. 11780 Pico Blvd. 310-473-3707. No cover. 21 & over. "Sparkling yet twisted instrumental lounge music." Marc Doten on bass.

2/3 - "TAPAS TUESDAY" @ MARY'S MARKET & CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with STEVE VARGAS on acoustic guitar/vocals, 6:30 - 9pm. 561 Woodland Ave. Limited parking in the lot, but plenty more towards the entrance to the Canyon, a short walk away. Yummy new menu items each week!

FRI. 2/6 - The MELLOW D'z (DAVE OSTI AND DEANNA COGAN) @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, food, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. "Hot Chick, Cool Dude & Music to suit your mood!"

FRI. 2/6 - DREAD ZEPPELIN @ SIERRA MADRE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. Fund raiser. More info. next week or look for posters around town.

FRI. 2/6 - BOBBY BRADFORD MOTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. A fixture on the local jazz scene, Bobby Bradford is best known for his early 70's work with Ornette Coleman, and was one of my brother Rick's early musical influences.

SAT. 2/7 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Saturday BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. The Mission St. Gold Line station is just a short walk away, and makes for a nice outing.

SAT. 2/7 - Internationally renowned concert violinist HAGAI SHAHAM will perform at a benefit gala for the South Pasadena Children's Orchestra @ the Oneonta Congregational Church at 1515 Garfield Ave. in So. Pasadena, 6pm. He will perform works by Ernest Bloch, Fritz Kreisler and Jeno Hubay. All proceeds from the event will help pay for the children's orchestra's trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in the spring. The gala includes a pre-performance reception, concert, an Indian dinner, a talk by Shaham titled 'The Life of a Musician', followed by a discussion period; and an auction. Tickets are $75 for the entire program including dinner, or $30 for the concert only. (The concert is free for children 13 and under.) For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 626-403-4611 or e-mail to or on-line at or

SAT. 2/7 - Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience. Sign-up starts at 7:30. If there aren't enough slots for everybody they'll make a list for the next month, and call you. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The show starts at 8:00. They'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show!

SAT. 2/7 - LISA FINNIE & FRIENDS @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Beautiful and talented Country/Western torch singer and guitar player, who always has some quality musicians backing her up.

SAT. 2/7 - MERCY & THE MERKETTES @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Full bar, no cover, pool table, free parking. 21 & over. Packed house. R&B, Funk, Disco, Motown.

SAT. 2/7 - MARTINI DIARIES featuring JEFF STETSON & friends @ COLOMBO'S ITALIAN STEAK HOUSE IN EAGLE ROCK, 10pm - 1am. 1833 Colorado Blvd. 323-254-9138. Full kitchen & bar. Jeff sez: first set will be Jazz & then evolve into "Acid-Lounge-Jazz-Rock!" 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month.

SUN. 2/8 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.

SUN. 2/8 - Have Lunch with NEW ASTROTURF @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food in a comfy setting. Bring the family! Acoustic Folk/Rock, Classic Country.

SUN. 2/8 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there early - they pack 'em in!

Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all...
Hope to see you out & about,