Thursday, April 30, 2009

Support local music with Sierra Madre Sue

My friends and I have been frequenting the AMERICAN LEGION - POST 280 IN EAST PASADENA for the last 2-3 years, since our pal Chief started taking us there after Sunday softball. As a Veteran of the Vietnam War, he joined many years ago, and can take guests in anytime. You may also join the Legion for a small annual fee if your parent or spouse served in the military.
I used to think we were a nuisance to their mostly senior citizen crowd of regulars, but realized they need new, younger members to keep their doors open. And when they discovered our ties to the Doo Dah Parade and some of Pasadena's most popular bands, they saw the potential for successful fundraisers that would reach a whole new audience.
The Ladies Auxiliary is having such an event this SATURDAY, MAY 2nd, featuring live music from HORSES ON ASTROTURF. A fabulous Hawaiian chicken dinner will be served from 6 to 8pm, and the band starts at 8:30. You can enjoy all of the above for just $8, or skip the dinner and pay only $5. 100% of the profits go to "Operation Mend" who provide reconstructive surgery to maimed soldiers; a very worthy cause.
Pictured with me here is Doug Monroe, Legion Post Commander and newest member of our motley softball crew!


WED. 4/29 - aka MAX BUDA @ THE OLD TOWNE PUB IN PASADENA, 9pm. Corner of Fair Oaks & Union. Enter thru alley off of Holly Ave. 626-577-6583. No cover, beer & wine. Eclectic Jazzy Blues Rock from Chester, Jerry, Tedroy, Bruce, Pete, and Nick on noise-makers. After a couple months of double-booking, I think they finally got this one right - the Pub I mean.

WED. 4/29 - 3 FAT GUYS & A PUNK @ KATIE JAKE'S IN COVINA, 9pm. Corner of Citrus & Workman. 626-967-2765. Full bar, no cover. Blues, Rock from Jimmy McGrew, Drake, Mike Leasure, Jamie Hunting and Gratz Arias. Every Wed. until further notice.

"WEDNESDAY NIGHT PLATTER PARTY" @ THE BUCCANEER, 9pm. Bring your favorite LP records and Dan Besocke will play entire sides on his turntable, commercial free! 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045.

FRI. 5/1 - 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, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. "Hot Chick, Cool Dude & Music to suit your mood!"

FRI. 5/1 - "THE SUBS" (Better Than Blue's acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 8pm - Midnight. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright, and newest sub, Robert Gonzalez. Acoustic Rock, Soul & Blues.

FRI. 5/1 - BOBBY BRADFORD MOTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8:30pm. 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. 5/2 - 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. 5/2 - 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. 5/2 - THE SIN TWINS RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE @ THE COVINA PLAYHOUSE. 104 N. Citrus Ave. Call box office for tickets & info: (626)331-8133. Box office hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-2pm and Wed. 5-7pm. Band includes: Danny Hesse, Joe Velosa, Buggs Manocchio, Keith Neal, Mercy Powell, Felicia Bright, Deanna Cogan, and a kick-ass horn section with too many names to list!

SAT. 5/2 - 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. Country/Western/Jazz torch singer and guitar player.

SAT. 5/2 - HORSES ON ASTROTURF @ THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 280 IN EAST PASADENA, 8:30pm - Midnight. $5 admission for music only. Hawaiian chicken dinner available for an additional $3 from 6 - 8pm. 179 N. Vinedo Ave. 626-792-9938. My hot, single sis-in-law Mary will be there with her dancin' shoes on!

SAT. 5/2 - DIRTY DAVE OSTI BAND @ THE DOCKSIDE GRILL IN WEST COVINA, 9pm - 1am. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. No cover, full bar & kitchen. With Marc Doten on Bass & Moyes Lucas on Drums.

SAT. 5/2 - 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. 5/3 - SUNDAY BRUNCH MUSIC @ MARY'S MARKET & CANYON CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE - MICHAEL ZUBIA, Classical Guitar and RAY HILL, Piano - 10:30am. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Cozy venue, YUMMY FOOD!

SUN. 5/3 - 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. 5/3 - 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 - mine will be there! Acoustic Folk/Rock, Classic Country. Jane will be on Mandolin, Fiddle & vocals this week, and Tom B. will be standing in on Bass.

SUN. 5/3 - "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. 5/3 - THE CROWN CITY BAND @ THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE IN ALTADENA, 7pm. 2029 N. Lake Ave. 626-398-7917. $15. Pasadena-based band that plays blues, country rock, oldies from the 60s and 70s, originals, and more. Ken Marcus (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dalton Perry (harmonica, vocals), Steve Sattler (lead guitar), Jeff Kinsey (bass), and Don Vena (drums). Opening act Randy Rivera on guitat & vocals.

5/5 - "TAPAS TUESDAY" @ MARY'S MARKET & CANYON CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with RAY HILL on piano, 6 - 7pm and STEVE VARGAS on guitar & vocals, 7 - 9pm. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Cozy venue, YUMMY FOOD!

"TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA" @ CAFE 322 with QUIZMASTER MIDGE, 8pm. $2 per person to play, CASH or gift certificates to the top 3 teams. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414.

WED. 5/6 - 3 FAT GUYS & A PUNK @ KATIE JAKE'S IN COVINA, 9pm. Corner of Citrus & Workman. 626-967-2765. Full bar, no cover. Blues, Rock from Jimmy McGrew, Drake, Mike Leasure, Jamie Hunting and Gratz Arias. Every Wed. until further notice.

"WEDNESDAY NIGHT PLATTER PARTY" @ THE BUCCANEER, 9pm. Bring your favorite LP records and Dan Besocke will play entire sides on his turntable, commercial free! 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045.

FRI. 5/8 - 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, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. "Hot Chick, Cool Dude & Music to suit your mood!"

FRI. 5/8 - "THE SUBS" (Better Than Blue's acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 8pm - Midnight. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright, and newest sub, Robert Gonzalez. Acoustic Rock, Soul & Blues.

FRI. 5/8 - ANDREW'S BAD STUFF @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table. Rock covers from Acid Andy & friends.

SAT. 5/9 - 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. 5/9 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS @ THE DOCKSIDE BAR & GRILL, 9pm - 1am. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. No cover, full bar & kitchen. Semi-acoustic BLUES.

SUN. 5/10 - 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. 5/10 - 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. 5/10 - "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,

P.S. PLEASE HELP MY FRIENDS the SHEDS WIN A SPOT ON THE VANS WARPED TOUR '09! Go to: and register first. Then you can VOTE once every day, to have them play in L.A., San Diego and Ventura. They deserve it! THANK YOU!


Support local music at Juanita's

5930 York Blvd
Highland Park CA 90042

Thur May 7th
The Fresas
Big on Brad
Strangely Attractive
No cover

Fri May 8th
The New Room,
and others

Sat May 9th
Pu$$y-Cow 4th Anniversary show
Stab City
Bobot Adrenaline
No cover

Sun May 10th
Mariachi Trio "Ellas Son"12:30p & 1:30 p
Then Later at 9pm
Noches Prehispanicas
Full Moon Celebration
Live Aztec Dancers,
Rock En Espanol,
Art and More!

Mon May 11th
and others TBA
No cover

Tue May 12th
Mormons Presents:
No cover

Wed May 13th
Call for info

Thur May 14th
Regal Beagle
The Dopamines
The Uglysticks
No cover

for booking gigs write to Gus at

Its a cool place, with coffee, beer and wine bar (wine cocktails), great food... and a great outside area to chill.. no cover most nights... Don't park in Carrow's parking lot you will get towed park on York or across the street in the auto garage lot.. c

Support local music at Mr. T's Bowl
Mr T's Bowl
5621 1/2 N. Figueroa St
at Ave 57 in
Highland Park 90042

For Private Parties, Events or Filming please contact:
Website -
e-mail -

Thur May 7th
Shitting Glitter's Hot Pursuit Nite
DJ Eddie Tyclus (from the band Swivel, before/between/after band sets)
Ask Alice
Shitting Glitter
Slowmo Erotic
Drag performers in between sets too..
No cover

Fri May 8th
The Sundowners
Backeat Bingo,
Space Junkies!
No cover

Sat May 8th
Hunt CLub
Two Headed Spy
and others...

Tue May 12th
The Evangenitals's-Edinburgh Fringe Fest or Bust Show

Wed May 13th
Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob
The Hectors,
The Health Club,
The Manny Diaz Band
No cover

Thur May 14th
Electric Children
Bull Lee
and others....
No cover

Upcoming Gilli Moon shows

upcoming gilli moon music shows

Friday, May 1, 2009Starts 7.30PM sharp
gilli moon with Shawn Cunnane on guitar and Andy Catt on bass. Other guests include Sharif, Dan McFeeley, The Conlons, Chauncey Bowers and J.Walker (Spoken word)

Songsalive! Showcase
5510 Cahuenga Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(1/2 block north of Chandler next to the Actor's Bootcamp)
$8 donation to the non profit org.

As you may know, I'm co-founder and President of Songsalive!, now 11 years old. It is a fabulous non profit organization for songwriters and composers worldwide. Check it out at

I'll be making an appearance at the Los Angeles showcase this Friday April 1st.. at 7:30 PM at Hallenbeck's General Store. I'll be performing 3 songs first half of show and 3 songs second half of show, so if you're late you'll still catch me.

Hallenbeck's is one of the choice venues for acoustic music in the LA area. It is furnished out like an early 1900's General Store complete with actual antiques. It has good food, lattes and tea, and great music! Hosted by Dave Harvey.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
8:45 PM
gilli moon band perform a full hour set at
(West Hollywood, CA)
Cover charge $10.00
Exotic Russian Menu

We really want to rally all our friends to come out to this one as, well, we can make money from the door. What a concept in L.A! Artists making money from performing. woo hoo. Plus you get Gilli for 1 hour. yay. (instead of the usual LA slots of 20/30mins)

South Park Music Tour Thurs 25 June - Sun 28 June
Perform, songwriting, music business 101 and fun in the Rockies
Come to the Rockies and see gilli moon perform. Her full band will be performing from Thurs night through Sunday. What fun. Also, Holly Light, on gilli's label, Warrior Girl Music, will be performing. Check them out!

ARTISTS: Go on an amazing songwriting journey in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Up close to the sun, with summer snow capped mountain peaks, and a small country town filled with creativity, music and community: participate in the once a year (in bold and big) Songsalive! Songcamp, in conjunction with the South Park Music Tour Festival, in Fairplay, Colorado.

Songsalive! (Gilli is President of this non profit songwriters organization) has partnered with the 2009 South Park Music Tour to offer a music conference day, with music industry panels and a Songsalive!Songcamp (co-writing afternoon for songwriters) as part of the weekend's Music Festival, up in the Colorado Rockies. Come and experience the beauty and history of the real South Park and be surrounded by Mountains ranging in heights of over 14,000 ft. Fairplay is an easy 65 miles from Denver and 85 miles from Colorado Springs. Just the drive by itself is worth making and when one adds this music experience along with it, well, it becomes a musical adventure. Music is a language to the Soul.....when heard.... slips like water over a smooth stone and is home! It's ONLY $75 to get a VIP BADGE! Wow!

Read all the details for Artists to perform (deadline May 12), attending the conference and Songcamp at

More upcoming Gilli events at

Kristeen Young on tour

New York's KRISTEEN YOUNG has always wanted to squash the "nice" and "safe" connotation that comes with piano-based music and stomp on it. With the release of the new album Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker planned for later this year, she just might get her wish.

"I wanted to create a new sound for piano on this album, and for it to be just as powerful and creative as any guitar-based record," says KRISTEEN YOUNG's not-so-coincidentally named frontwoman, Kristeen Young. "I wanted it to sound like a wall of pianos, but like the wall in the film, Caligula: a wall that moves and decapitates everyone."

The decapitating wall that is KRISTEEN YOUNG will be moving across the country this Spring in anticipation to the duo’s sixth studio album.

KRISTEEN YOUNG gears up for a national tour, which kicks off tonight in Southgate, MI (tour dates below), after being out on the road over the last two years on high-profile tours with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (who plays percussion on the new record) and Morrissey (who is not only a fan, but also once signed her to his Attack! label).

Joined by bandmate/drummer “Baby” Jef White and with crisp and full in-your-face production from the venerable Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Morrissey), Music for Strippers... is a mighty big nail in the coffin of "respectable" piano music. Matching the drama and emotion from her viscerally heart-gripping lyrics, the songs of this album celebrate the highs and the lows of the ofttimes unsettling stories that she unfolds.

"For the first time in my life, someone was very giving and loving toward me in a very obvious and public way," she explains. "It softened my heart a bit. And then, when things went the other way, it destroyed me. I'm better and stronger now. But, during the year it took me to recover, I made this record and it represents the arc of that time. Alot of the songs are about the audience, too, as we were on tour, solidly, for about two years."

Among the many surprises on the upcoming album is a duet with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Vaughan Stump.

"I love Fall Out Boy," she attests. "They have such heartbreaking melodies. 'Sugar, We're Going Down' is one of the best rock songs ever written. Patrick's voice is flexible, full of emotion, and has that indescribable tone or quality that just moves you. I think our voices caress and smack each other in all the right ways."

Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker will be released later this year.

Tour dates:
Apr 30 Modern Exchange Southgate, MI
May 02 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
May 05 Off Broadway St. Louis, MO
May 08 Vintage Vinyl (In-Store) St. Louis, MO
May 10 Record Bar Kansas City, MO

w/ KILLOLA (5/15 – 5/24)
May 15 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
May 17 Dante’s Portland, OR
May 18 Fire Escape Citrus Heights, CA
May 19 The Blank Club San Jose, CA
May 20 The Uptown Oakland, CA
May 21 Muddy Water’s Santa Barbara, CA
May 22 The Roxy West Hollywood, CA
May 23 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
May 24 Bar Pink San Diego, CA
May 26 Ruby Room Lounge Phoenix, AZ
May 28 The Percolator El Paso, TX
Jun 01 Hole In The Wallace Baine Austin, TX
Jun 03 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
Jun 05 Off Broadway St. Louis, MO

Unfiltered Records joins with Warner and Postmarks to release new album

New York indie label Unfiltered Records has specialized in unadulterated alternative pop since their first release by Brookville in 2003. Unfiltered was initially a label oriented around releasing musician/producer Andy Chase's own circle of projects including the entire catalog of his critically acclaimed group, Ivy.

The label has also released two albums by Chase's other band, Brookville and Paco, the side project of Ivy's singer Dominique Durand. The label quickly gained traction and began to carve a niche for itself in the world of "moody dream pop."

The Unfiltered artist roster also includes the critically acclaimed debut album from The Postmarks (who spent 5 weeks in the CMJ Top 20) and Brooklyn via New Zealand's The Grey Race.

As a producer, Andy Chase has enjoyed success with the French pop group Tahiti 80, whose debut album "Puzzle" was a critical and commercial hit around the world. Chase also co-owns Stratosphere Sound recording studio in NYC with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Ivy band mate (also in Fountains Of Wayne) Adam Schlesinger.

Stratosphere, a fully-equipped 24 track facility built around a classic Neve console, has quickly become one of the premier "go to" studios in NYC. Unfiltered has recruited Michael Galbe as General Manager. Galbe, who will be handling day to day operations, is joining Unfiltered Records from MTV Networks where he served as Vice President of Music and Talent. Prior to his time at MTV, he spent 9 years as an international marketing executive at Jive Records.

Unfiltered will christen the new partnership with the release of The Postmarks Memoirs At the End of the World on 08/18/09 followed by Brookville’s third album Broken Lights in September. Unfiltered also recently signed Ukrainian/New York ingénue, Lana Mir. Her blend of vintage tinged alternative pop has elements of Feist, Nouvelle Vague, Sade and even Billie Holiday. Look for her debut EP this September featuring a cover of the Stone Roses classic "I Wanna Be Adored." 2010 will bring a full length from Lana Mir as well as a brand new Ivy album.

The Postmarks new record comes on the heels of their critically acclaimed 2007 debut and well received 2008 covers album By The Numbers. Pitchfork raved that "The Postmarks self-titled debut may prove to be one of 2007's most sublime pop albums." and Rolling Stone added that The Postmarks "mines the same vein of indie folk popularized by Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian."

The Miami trio fronted by the sultry indie-songstress Tim Vehezkely is currently putting the finishing touches on Memoirs At The End of the World at Chase's Stratosphere Sound in NYC. The Postmarks plan to tour extensively this summer behind their new record. Summer tour info to be announced in the near future.

More Info on Unfiltered Records:

More Info on The Postmarks:

Swine Flu no risk to cats and dogs

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that the recent human “Swine Flu” outbreak, thought to have originated in Mexico, appears to present little risk of infecting cats and dogs.

To date, only humans have been affected by the new A/H1N1 virus, and it is unknown whether the virus will impact other animals. Although the virus is being termed “swine flu,” researchers have not confirmed that this new strain evolved in pigs and are working to determine more about its origins.

“At this time there is no data demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting this strain of the virus,” says Dr. Louise Murray, the Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Hospital in New York City. “However, owners of pet pigs, as well as farmers, should monitor their animals’ health more closely during this outbreak. Steps to limit possible transmission from humans to pigs and vice versa are recommended.”

Owners of Vietnamese potbellies, African pygmies and other pet pigs should be aware that there are Influenza type A vaccines available and recommended for healthy swine.

The ASPCA also recommends keeping pet pigs and swine farms isolated from any public exposure that might put them at risk for illness. The American Association of Swine Veterinarians suggests that visitors should not be allowed into swine production units, and for humans to avoid unnecessary contact with pigs. Because there are many causes of illness in pigs, if your pet pig is unwell, it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian.

Dr. Miranda Spindel, Director of ASPCA Veterinary Outreach adds, "Swine influenza or swine flu is caused by infection with Influenza A viruses and is one of the leading causes of respiratory disease in swine throughout the world. Like most Influenza A viruses, swine flu generally causes high levels of illness in pigs, but fatalities are uncommon. Although people do not normally contract swine influenza, humans have become infected when in contact with infected pigs or contaminated environments. Normally, human-to-human transmission of swine flu is temporary. However, as outbreaks have occurred in the past, swine flu is recognized for its potential to cause public health concern."

The ability of any virus to cross species barriers and sustain transmission is dependent on many factors and occurs infrequently. Like all influenza viruses, swine flu viruses change constantly. Swine are unique in that they are able to host both avian and mammalian influenza viruses. It has been suggested that pigs can act as a reservoir, allowing avian influenza to adapt to mammalian species, and for influenza viruses to undergo genetic changes, emerging as entirely new and different viruses. When these new, mixed/mutated viruses appear, there is potential for humans to become infected and transmit the new virus among other people. The form of influenza that appears to have originated recently in Mexico is a never-before-seen genetic mixture of type A Influenza viruses originating in pigs, birds and people.

For more information about swine flu and updated information on prevention, the ASPCA recommends the following organizations the Center for Disease Control (, the American Veterinary Medical Association ( ) and the World Health Organization ( ), among other agencies, are coordinating guidance and updates on the evolving situation with swine flu.

BMI announces Woody Guthrie Fellowship award winners

The winners of the fourth annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship have been announced by Ralph N. Jackson, President of the BMI Foundation, Inc., and Nora Guthrie, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Archives (WGA) and Foundation. The program funds research fellowships for scholars to use the rich and extensive holdings available at the WGA in New York City.
The 2009 recipients are as follows:

Dr. Martin Butler is Assistant Professor for the Chair of North American Literature and Culture, and for the Chair of British and Anglophone Literature and Cultures at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His 2007 dissertation, Voices of the Down and Out: The Dust Bowl Migration and the Great Depression in the Songs of Woody Guthrie was awarded “Best Dissertation in the Humanities in 2008 at the University of Duisburg-Essen” by Sparkasse in Essen. His current project, I’m Here in Buchenwald, My Number’s on My Skin, seeks to examine German fascism in the songs and writings of Woody Guthrie. Butler’s research at the Archives will result in a chapter in a forthcoming collection of essays on Woody Guthrie.

Dr. Darryl Holter, Adjunct Associate Professor in the History department at the University of Southern California, is the author of more than a dozen books and scholarly articles on labor history in America, many focusing specifically upon union efforts, labor law, and workers. His current project, Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles, 1937-1941, will build upon Holter’s foundational knowledge of the region, as well as his solid background in social and labor history. An active musician, Holter brings an appreciation and understanding of folk music to complement his strong academic background, culminating in research that will explore this oft-overlooked period in Guthrie’s life, offering insight into the importance of the Los Angeles years on the formation of Guthrie’s music and politics.

Dr. Mark Allan Jackson is Assistant Professor of Folklore and English at Middle Tennessee State University. His 2007 book Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie, was recently awarded “Outstanding Academic Title: by the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine. Jackson’s current project, Playing Legend Maker: Woody Guthrie’s “Jackhammer John,” will explore how Guthrie drew upon the folksong tradition to help him craft legendary figures. His research will result in an essay to be included in an upcoming collection of scholarly work on Guthrie.

Matthew Sutton is a Ph.D candidate in American Studies at the College of William and Mary, where he is working towards a dissertation entitled “Storyville: Discourses in Southern Musicians’ Autobiographies.” Sutton’s current project, Green Pastures of Plenty, builds upon his earlier work to explore Guthrie’s notions of environmental preservation. Sutton’s research will further examine drafts of Guthrie’s semi-autobiographical manuscripts in detail in an attempt to better understand the scale of Guthrie’s sense of environmentalism.

Established in 1972, the Woody Guthrie Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves as administrator and caretaker of the Woody Guthrie Archives. Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of information about Woody Guthrie's vast cultural legacy, the WGA houses the largest collection of Woody Guthrie material in the world. Since it's opening in 1996, the Woody Guthrie Archives has been a major success and has become an important resource for the general public, musicians, singers, songwriters, scholars, and public and private cultural institutions wishing to access the research collection.

The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, more than 95% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.

The Hooters' new double CD due out in July

The Hooters are poised to dominate the summer 2009 live-music scene with the release of their first internationally available double-live CD. Both Sides Live will be available for sale in the US on July 21st, 2009 with distribution by Megaforce. Internationally, the CD will be released this week.

Since last years critically acclaimed release, Time Stands Still, demand for more music from this well loved band remains high. This new collection, Both Sides Live, creatively combined the demand for a new release, the penchant to hear some of the old songs and the fans enthusiastic appetite for high-end live recordings both acoustic and electric. Both Sides Live offers inspired live performances of The Hooters best known songs including break-through tracks, ‘And We Danced’, ‘The Boys of Summer’, ‘All You Zombies’ and ‘I’m Alive.’

“Recording these shows was a labor of love, as they say,” comments Eric Bazilian, “We loved doing both sets, showcasing all of the many layers of the Hooters and really, both experiences were so different. The acoustic set was such an intimate experience with the fans, very emotional and the electric set was just so much fun. I think fans are going to love both CDs played right next to each other!”

“Our friend, violinist Ann Marie Calhoun, came down to play with us and it just added another dimension to what we were trying to accomplish with the shows. The Hooters have always been about great songwriting, great live performances and lots of surprises and Both Sides Live delivers on all fronts.” Adds Rob Hyman.

Produced by Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, with technical assistance from Rick Chertoff and Paul Hammond, Both Sides Live showcases the band’s heart-of-a-nation charisma and is a side-by-side presentation of The Hooters live onstage, and live in an intimate studio setting. The release of Both Sides Live will see the band take hold of old and new fans alike.

Upon opening the CD, fans will be happy to see the two discs sitting side by side:

Disc One, ‘The Electric Factory’ captures the joyful energy of the band’s two sold-out shows, at Philadelphia’s legendary Electric Factory. Introduced to the crowd by Philly’s own beloved DJ, WMMR’s Pierre Robert, as ‘musical treasures’ and ‘roving ambassadors’, the band treats the crowd to high-energy sets of its best-known songs.

Disc Two, ‘The Secret Sessions (Acoustic)’ captures a moment in time, the band gathered in the studio to record an intimate acoustic concert, as an overview of their music, for a few close friends and associates. Michael Tearson of Sirius Radio describes the feeling of this special live studio performance as ‘warm, exhilarating and downright excellent’.

Both Sides Live boasts the dense, musically adventurous sound that has made The Hooters a staple of the east-coast rock scene. The Hooters create a style of music that can withstand the passage of time and maintains its relevancy through the sheer simplicity of superior craftsmanship.

With the emphasis on the juxtaposition of the live vs. the acoustic, Both Sides Live is a nostalgic shot through the heart. Iconic tracks such as ‘And We Danced’, and ‘The Boys of Summer’ are spirited pop excursions, and the musical gem ‘‘All You Zombies’ brings listeners back to the summer of 1985 when the band first performed the song for thousands of fans at the historic Philadelphia LIVE AID Concert.

The release of Both Sides Live will lay the groundwork for a string of tour dates, both in the US and across parts of Europe. The Hooters On Tour will include the sixth annual open-air concert at Heide-Park in Soltau, Germany on September 5th, 2009. Additional US tour markets will be announced soon.

About The Hooters:
Origin of a name: The distinctive sound that plays throughout is the Melodica, a combination keyboard/harmonica instrument the band called a "Hooter".

As Both Sides Live is poised to be released, The Hooters can celebrate a rich musical history:
The Hooters released five studio albums between 1983 and 1993, a live album in 1994, and retrospective collections in 1996 and 2001. In addition, numerous other collections of live recordings and bootlegs were released in the U.S. and Europe. Their first studio album in 14 years ‘Time Stand Still’ was released in 2008 to critical and popular acclaim. Both Sides Live is set for a July 21, 2009 US release date.

Bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene, The Hooters can lay claim to a deep and varied musical career including a string of hits, legions of fans, countless high-profile live performances and a list of songwriting collaborations that reads like a who’s-who of rock royalty.
Rolling Stone magazine has recognized the Hooters as the "Best New Band of the Year" 1985, and David Fricke said, "The Hooters have made airwave magic with unconventional ingredients".

In addition to their work with The Hooters, founding members Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian have written and produced songs for many artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Ricky Martin, Dar Williams and Jon Bon Jovi to name a few.

Rob Hyman and Cyndi Lauper co-wrote her hit song "Time After Time" which received the 1984 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year. Eric Bazilian’s masterfully penned "One Of Us", written specifically for Joan Osborne, received the 1996 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year. In the year 2000, the Hooters were honored to have Ricky Martin cover the English version of "Private Emotion" on his Grammy nominated debut CD.

The Hooters Are:
Eric Bazilian: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Mandolins, Recorder, Harmonica, Banjo
Rob Hyman: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Accordian, Melodica, MC
John Lilley: Guitars, Mandolin, Dobro
Fran Smith, Jr.: Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Uosikkinen: Drums, Percussion
Guest Artist on Secret Sessions: Anne Marie Calhoun: Violin, Backing Vocals

4moms launches Amercia's Worst Sleeping Baby contest

4moms, a Pittsburgh based company that creates innovative juvenile products, has announced a Mother’s Day contest to find America’s Worst Sleeping Baby, and reward the parents with a grand prize of $2,500.00 in cash.

“One of the biggest challenges new parents face is getting their baby to sleep through the night,” explained Rob Daley, co-founder and CEO of 4moms. “In honor of Mother’s Day, we decided to find America’s Worst Sleeping Baby and give the parents $2,500.00 in recognition of their struggle. If your child is between the ages of 4 months and two years and has an impossible bedtime routine, won’t sleep through the night in their own room or has any other challenges that you think qualifies them for the title America’s Worst Sleeping Baby, we want to hear about it. Register on-line by following the contest link at and tell us your story.”

The Grand Prize winner will secure the title of America’s Worst Sleeping Baby along with a cash prize of $2,500.00 for his or her family along with a free Goodnight Sleep Trainer, which is a hand-held electronic device designed to help parents teach their children good sleep habits. Plus, because Mom is a winner on Mother’s Day, everyone who enters wins a Goodnight Sleep Trainer, which is valued at $29.95.

Child must be between the ages of 4 months and two years old. Parents can enter their child online by following the contest link at or by requesting a paper entry form by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to: America’s Worst Sleeping Baby - Contest Entry Form, 4moms, 40 24th Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The winner will be announced by May 31, 2009. Complete contest rules can be found online by following the contest link at or requested in writing by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to: America’s Worst Sleeping Baby - Contest Rules, 4moms, 40 24th Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Check out Machines of Grace

Meet Machines of Grace. They are the latest among the gifted hard rock/heavy metal bands born from Boston’s thriving music scene. As with their Beantown bred forefathers, (Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys) Zak Stevens (lead vocals), Jeff Plate (drums), Matt Leff (guitar) and Chris Rapoza (bass) have concocted their own proprietary formula for whiplash on a disc. Top shelf status comes from the experience of successfully headlining major tours and support from a monumental fan base.

Drummer Jeff (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church) Plate and lead singer Zak (Circle II Circle, Savatage) Stevens have the resume to help catapult Machines of Grace into the monsters of rock realm.

The divine mix of such magnanimous talent can convert even the most stubborn music critic. Why? The method to their madness is embedded in the music…

“It’s just a pure, solid melodic rock sound,” offers Stevens. “It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it’s got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal.”

The rise of the ‘Machine’ had to start somewhere… Leff and Stevens have a lengthy history, spanning back to their days as protégés at GIT/VIT respectively. Their first band, Wickedwitch, also introduced the talents of drummer Jeff Plate, who clinched the line-up and formed the backbone of today’s brainchild: Machines of Grace. During a considerable hiatus after the demise of the Wickedwitch project, Zak Stevens had gone on to front Savatage (and more recently, Circle II Circle), and later recruited Jeff Plate, who performs regularly with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Metal Church.

Meanwhile, Matt Leff had formed Trigger Effect, and with bassist Chris Rapoza, had toured as an opening act for Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Rob Halford.

Time had clearly hit the afterburners. Call it chemistry, fate or pure coincidence. A Wickedwitch fan suggested that the founding members revise, rethink, record and release the original material, and voila - Machines of Grace was conceived.

This band accords a shot of rock and roll that infuses several music genres with an innovative twist of smoldering vocals and bludgeoning guitar riffs. Blend that with an explosive rhythm section and you’ve got an exceptionally powerful elixir.

“I’d say we’re a mix of melodic metal, hard rock, modern rock and acoustic rock,” explains guitarist Matt Leff. “The current rock climate is calling for modern production, strong vocal melodies and memorable songs from guys that can really play. I think we fit that description.”

Bassist Chris Rapoza agrees: “The CD has an amazing vibe that just flows really well and makes you want to listen to it all the way through. To me, song writing and recording with that same quality always makes for the best type of album.”

Jeff Plate tops off the sentiment: “The music is metal, but not thrash. Rock, but not pop. We could be compared to a number of different bands, and each song will give you a different impression, but in the end the sound is distinctly Machines of Grace.”

That sound is likewise attributed to the talents of veteran mixologist Paul David Hager. Credited with engineering, mixing and producing studio work by acts such as The Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Pink and Tracy Bonham, Hager brings to the table a record destined for the spotlight, and plenty of industry accolades.

Live, this band brings new meaning to the term full throttle. The killer studio version of the music not withstanding, Machines of Grace takes a live performance experience to a whole new level. Fans will really enjoy the dueling guitar and vocal arrangements, while the second-to-none rhythm section welds them together perfectly.

Zak promises, “You’ll hear the emphasis on the album, the way the mix very closely depicts how this band actually sounds when we plug in.”

How many bands these days can do that? Look for the debut, self-tilted Machines of Grace CD this summer.

For further information:

Billy Sheehan at GIT in Hollywood tonight

Big Bad Billy Sheehan, bassist extraordinaire will perform songs from his latest release HOLY COW [Mascot Records USA] at GIT in Hollywood, CA. This special performance will be held in the Musicians Institute Amphitheatre and is open to the public. First 500 fans will be guaranteed seating up close to see Sheehan play, ask questions and meet Sheehan one-on-one. Doors open @ 5:30 pm, show starts 6:00 pm, admission is free so get there early!

***Special addition for this show – Be one of the first 200 to buy Sheehan’s new CD - HOLY COW – at the show and have your name added to the drawing list for a autographed bass from Yamaha – Sheehan will sign right there on the spot!

Legendary Bass Master Bill Sheehan has released his much anticipated third solo album entitled “Holy Cow!” on Mascot Records U.S.A. April 14th, 2009. The albums tracks showcase Sheehan’s immense talents as both a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist.

Sheehan pulled in top-notch arsenal with guest performances by Billy Gibbons on “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To Ya Ev’ry Time”, Paul Gilbert (who played with Sheehan in Mr. Big) on “Dynamic Exhilarator”, Dug Pinnick (Kings-X) on the song “Turning Point” as well as Ray Luzier on drums and shred master Tony MacAlpine.

For more information go to or

William Elliott Whitmore is on tour

Forget auto-tune, background singers and flashy stage production. The real test of a true talent is to get in front of a live audience (not to mention hundreds of thousands of television viewers) with nothing but your own voice, an acoustic guitar and a boot heel for percussion, which is exactly what William Elliott Whitmore did when he recently appeared on the long running and wildly popular UK music program "Later...with Jools Holland" to perform "Old Devils" off his ANTI- Records debut Animals in the Dark. And, as they say, the crowd went wild.

Will took a few weeks off after a full European tour, and sets out again tomorrow for a headlining US tour with eclectic, operatic indie rockers Fake Problems and indie-folk outfit Frontier Ruckus.

Animals in the Dark came out in February to wide acclaim. Jonathan Zwickel at the Seattle Times wrote "you hear the diesel engine growl of his voice, the century of blues and folk tradition behind his banjo-driven stomps, the everyday relevance of his lyrics, and you succumb."

Straddling the punk world where he cut his teeth and the Americana folk scene that has embraced him, Will Whitmore's honesty and sincerity cuts a wide swath of appeal, a refreshing voice in a world filled with lip synchers and computer-augmented skills.

04-30 Downtown Brewing Co San Luis Obispo CA
05-01 The OC Tavern San Clemente CA
05-02 Knitting Factory Los Angeles CA
05-03 Casbah San Diego CA
05-04 Chyro Arts Scottsdale AZ
05-07 Lucky's Wichita KS
05-08 The Waiting Room Omaha NE
05-09 Outland Ballroom Springfield MO
05-10 Exit Inn Nashville TN
05-11 The Basement Columbus OH
05-13 Mohawk Place Buffalo NY
05-14 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights OH
05-15 Macs Bar Lansing MI
05-16 Stonefly Brewery Milwaukee WI
05-17 The House Cafe DeKalb IL
06-13 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester TN
07-24 Rock Island Brewing Company Rock Island IL
07-25 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes MN

More information:

Bob Dylan and The 88 fans invited to special show

Attention Bob Dylan fans....and fans of The 88, of course

On Thursday, May 21 The 88 return from their spring tour with The B-52s to headline a very special show. Not only will hometown fans get to hear their newest original material, but also, The 88 will perform Bob Dylan's 1965 album “Highway 61 Revisited" in its entirety. Why? Because it’s one of their favorite records of all time, that’s why!

Key Club
9039 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
8 pm 15+ $18 adv/$22 day of show (two drink minimum required; under 21 +$6)
Ferras opens.
Tickets available at

Unearth to kick off tour Saturday

Starting May 7, ‘Grave of Opportunity’ from Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH will be available as a downloadable track on the Guitar Hero World Tour. The song is from the band’s latest album, the critically acclaimed The March, which hit streets last October. The song is part of the Ferret Music/Metal Blade Track Pack, which also contains The Devil Wears Prada’s ‘Dez Moines’, and Chimaira’s ‘On Broken Glass’.

Lead guitarist Buz McGrath had this to say about the Guitar Hero release, “Yo! Unearth is jazzed that our song ‘Grave of Opportunity’ will be available for download for Guitar Hero World Tour. It's a kick-ass tune that is wicked fun to play, so start practicing your super awesome Guitar Hero moves. Get ready to feel the burn when ‘Grave of Opportunity’ drops May 7th!”

UNEARTH is gearing up for their upcoming North American tour with Testament and labelmates Lazarus A.D. They’re touring to support The March, which Outburn Magazine called “their most powerful, defiant, and affecting release to date.” Revolver Magazine described The March as “magnificently majestic.” The album debuted at #45 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release.

Unearth W/ Testament & Lazarus AD
5/13 - SAUGET, IL – POP’S

Unearth headlining:
(with Lazarus A.D. and Armed For Apocalypse on select dates)

Levi's launches 501 Day to benefit Goodwill Industries

The Levi’s® Brand to Launch Annual “501® Day”
With Jeans Exchange to Benefit Goodwill Industries

WHAT: Levi’s® “501® Day,” the company’s annual all-employee volunteer effort that features a jeans exchange program (“Give Jeans”) at Levi’s® stores to benefit Goodwill Industries.

When customers bring their gently worn denim from any brand to participating Levi’s® stores, they’ll receive a coupon for 25 percent off a new pair of Levi’s® jeans, as well as an “I Gave Jeans Today!” button. In a “pay-it-forward” spirit, the more jeans Goodwill sells, the more the organization can fund job-training programs that help transform lives and provide hope for thousands of people impacted by current economic conditions. Jeans are Goodwill’s number one selling item in their retail stores across the country.

WHO: KIIS FM’s “Manny on the Streets” will make a special appearance at the Levi’s® Store in Santa Monica from 5 – 7 p.m. on May 1.

WHERE: Levi’s® Store in Santa Monica, 1409 3rd Street Promenade, for “Manny on the Streets” appearance

Levi’s® Stores participating in the “Give Jeans” program are:
1409 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Westfield Topanga Mall, Canoga Park
186 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 5 – 7 p.m. for “Manny on the Streets” in-store appearance.

May 1 – May 10, “Give Jeans” program at participating Levi’s® stores

Kenneth Pattengale adds tour dates

Kenneth Pattengale adds more California dates!

May 6th - Zoey's (Ventura) - Songwriter in the round style with Lee Koch
May 8th - Room 5 ( Los Angeles ) - Solo Set
May 31st - Rockit Room (San Francisco) - Solo Set

Kenneth Pattengale works outside-or at least on the fringes-of what the music industry might traditionally call its own. Over the last eight years, Pattengale has taken inspiration from the career paths of artists like Randy Newman, Elvis Costello and personal hero Joe Henry by exploring what it means to wear the differing hats of film composer, record producer and performing songwriter.

The music called into question is hard to classify. It runs the gamut from swamp music to rhythm & blues, lullaby to country & western, folk song to piano ballad and beyond. The songs take direction from the stories they tell, not necessarily held together by a clear musical style but by the authenticity with which the stories are told.

Along with the artists that Pattengale looks towards for career inspiration, he hopes to follow Tom Waits, Gillian Welch, Chris Smither and Loudon Wainwright in their ability to conjure a unique American voice by transforming emotional experience into narrative.

Beginning with Downtown LA in 2001, Pattengale has independently released five full-length albums of original material. He has just finished recording a new collection of material entitled Storied Places, the first to see a departure from Pattengale's own label Four Six Productions.

The record is to be released on January 27, 2009 by Milan Records (Ryko/WEA distributed). Pattengale spent 12 weeks at the beginning of 2007 writing and recording what would become the score for the German animated film Die Drei Rauber, which was produced by Tom Tykwer's production company X-Filme. Shortly after, he started to perform his own material for live audiences in Los Angeles.

"I hadn't played live for almost four years. I was always scared of not having enough control over the performance environment, or lacking the textures only available in the studio. In many ways, working on the film-being collaborative in nature-forced a re-evaluation. It made me yearn to make a connection with people beyond what the recordings alone have to offer."

He continues to perform live sets of original material often in his native Los Angeles.In addition to countless short films, two features and five albums, Pattengale has produced records for a varied group of artists, from hardcore sensation From First to Last for major label Interscope to rootsy Americana newcomers Matt Taylor and his Laurels for Pattengale's own indie imprint. It's the balance between the three arenas Pattengale works within that drives his career.

He explains, "Upon seeking advice from a hero of mine, I was urged to simply do the work that lay in front of me. I've found a tremendous personal and emotional success in following that advice-putting myself in situations that reward a hard work ethic and a healthy imagination but, above all, a commitment to honesty in your work."

Pattengale is, as he puts it, a "ripe but withered twenty-six years old," holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Southern California and "fights [himself] for elbow room among stacks of books, scraps, instruments & computers" in Los Angeles, California.

Preston Smith performances

the Preston Smith show

Rockin "Hard In A Funky Place!

Wednesday April 29th 6pm till 10pm
The Salt creek Grill
760 South Sepuveda( at Rosecrans)
El Segundo/ Manhattan Beach area
in the ElSeundo Plaza
acoustic Duo show
Sat May 2nd 7pm
Cafe Cena Bistro
French Chefs Amazing food NEW VENUE!
22900 Vanowen StWest Hills, CA
(fall brook Mall)
6010 west PICO BLVD
Mondays at 9:30pm
Lucy's 51
Preston Hosts a singer songwriter evening
10149 riverside Dr
Toulca lake.
(just east of cahuenga at forman)
Thursday May 7th
Prince O Whales
10939 Venice Blvd
Playa Del Rey
Sat MAY 9th@ 8pm
835 12th St
downtown paso Robles!

Parachuteon tour in support of new album

As the release date of their Mercury Records debut album LOSING SLEEP approaches on May 19th, Parachute moves into a final week of college dates and gear up for their spring tour with O.A.R. Parachute’s tour schedule, kicked off the first at South By Southwest (SXSW) Music & Media Conference in Austin, Texas, where they were included in the IFC Channel’s SXSW Behind the Badge half-hour special throughout April highlighting them as one of the best of 2009’s showcases.

Parachute’s first single is “She Is Love,” bulleted at #28 on the Hot AC chart with 1.6 million audience. The track is now in its third month of digital release with sales nearing 40,000, and the video is confirmed for Screenvision’s April reel. As featured in Nivea Body’s Smooth Sensations tv spots (, fans began recognizing “She Is Love,” and sales jumped 133! “Under Control” will be featured in a new Nivea commercial kicking off May 4th. Also, Parachute was chosen “Adult Artist To Watch” at Clear Channel’s New! site in March. To view the video, go to:, or go to the band’s MySpace website,

Fans first heard “She Is Love” when Parachute kicked off the annual six-hour New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square in New York City with a live performance. On TV next month, their song “Back Again” has been confirmed for the May 19th episode of 90210’s season finally on the CW, while “She Is Love” will be featured on One Tree Hill, May 4th. And on May 30th, Parachute will perform “She Is Love” and “Under Control” on the CBS Early Show.

From the shade of the Blue Ridge Mountains comes Parachute: Will Anderson (guitars, piano, lead vocals), Kit French (saxophone, keyboards, vocals), Alex Hargrave (bass), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), and Nate McFarland (lead guitar, vocals). Formerly known as Sparky’s Flaw, they began playing together in high school and later on as students at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Signed to Charlottesville’s Red Light Management, Parachute won a loyal grass roots following as they played over 200 shows along the east coast last year alone.

Check out for tour dates and news!


Date City Venue __ ___
Apr. 28 Phila., PA World Café Live (WXPN)

With O.A.R.
Apr. 29 Rochester, NY RIT Gordon Field House
May 2 Fredonia, NY SUNY / Fredonia

Date City Venue __ ___
3 Cleveland, OH House of Blues w/ James Morrison
4 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
14 Myrtle Beach, SC Clubhouse (UVA beach week show)
15 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
16 W. Palm Bch, FL WRMF radio event tba
19 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
20 Charlotte, NC The Casbah
23 Charlottesville, VA CD Release Party – Music Resource Center

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Elliott Caine Quintet to perform in South Pasadena May 9

The Elliott Caine Quintet (EC-trumpet, Carl Randall-tenor sax, Gary Blumer-piano, Bill Markus-bass, Kenny Elliott-drums) performs at the South Pasadena "Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk" on Saturday, May 9, at 4pm for one set, at the BurkTriolo Studio, 538 Mission St., South Pasadena.

The festival starts at mid afternoon and continues to about 9pm. Events are planned throughout the city.

No cover charge

Join Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard for fitness walk May 6

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and Erica Clark, co-founder of the Pasadena: City of Learning initiative, will lead a 3.3-mile walk around the Rose Bowl Loop at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, as part of Up & Moving Pasadena.

Meet at Gate A at the stadium. Free parking is available. All levels of ability will be accommodated.

Up & Moving Pasadena is a community effort to support fitness for health. Walks are scheduled the first Wednesday of every month.

Find walking tips, start a walking group and track your progress at or call (626) 831-2980

House of Rock shares gig schedule

The House of Rock

Saturday May 2nd
The Green Onion - Duarte
1355 Huntington Dr, Duarte

Cancer Walk
Artesia High School
Saturday May 16th

Oak Tree Festival at St. Dorothy's Church Glendora

Battle of The Bands
The House of Rock
Mike's Guitar World
La Habra Music
M.I. Music

Winner recieves a half hour slot at The House of Blues (either Sunset Strip or Anahiem)

Saturday May 31st
Final show
Taste of Texas
5pm to ?
5 bands, 4 songs each.

For more info on House of Rock contact the Fret House in Covina

Full House at KatieJakes Thursday

Hi guys we will be doing a special one nighter show this Thursday at KatieJakes in Covina. Come on down and start the weekend early with us!!!

KatieJakes is located @
750 Terrado Plaza, Covina
626-967-2765 / No Cover/ 9pm – close

Hope to see ya at the show !!!
Full House

Flying Fish Festival at Catalina Island May 28-31

In celebration of the annual return of Catalina Island's famous flying fish, Catalina announces the 2nd Annual Flying Fish Festival, May 28th - May 31st, a four day festival of family fun on California's only island resort destination.

From May to September every year, Catalina Island welcomes the famed flying fish. This spectacular fish soars out of the water at heights of up to 30 feet and glides for distances as long as ¼ mile. The flying fish visit the Island for only a few months a year and best shows itself at night when lured with lights. It is only fitting that Catalina celebrates their arrival by honoring them as special guests with a four day long weekend of festivities.

The Flying Fish Festival kicks off on May 28th, a Thursday night, with the Taste Around of Avalon. It's a chance to explore some of Avalon's finest eateries and taste their most delectable menu items - all in one night! Activities are plentiful throughout the rest of the weekend as the events and entertainment roll out to celebrate the fantastic flying fish.

This year's Flying Fish Festival includes the 80th anniversary celebration of the iconic Casino Building. A Saturday evening concert in the Casino Ballroom will commemorate the architectural wonder, completed in May of 1929. The Good Vibrations will be playing as a tribute to the Beach Boys. Tickets will be $19.29 to commemorate the opening year date and will include a piece of birthday cake.

Other events for the four day festival include evening Flying Fish Boat Tours aboard the Blanche W, a street fair and beer garden, a professional sand sculpture creation, free musical and theatrical entertainment, family kayak relay races, live marine touch tanks, garden tours, beach bingo, various ocean craft activities for kids, a Flying Fish Parade, Gil, the Flying Fish and Much More!

Catalina Island, with its Mediterranean charm and crystal clear waters, is located just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and can be reached in less than one hour by boat or 15 minutes by air. For additional information about Catalina Island, including special events, accommodations, attractions, and activities, or to receive a free copy of the Catalina Island Vacation Planner, contact the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (310) 510-1520 or visit

Upcoming concerts around California from Live Nation


On Sale Saturday, May 2nd at 10 AM on
With Special Guest
The Wiltern
June 25, 2009

(June 22nd & 23rd SOLD OUT!)

TigerHeat - April 27

Warner Drive, Run Devil Run, Silent Treatment, Still Standing - May 15

Pentagram, Nachtmystium , Intronaut, Radio Moscow - July 3


Baby Bash and Frankie J featuring very special guest Paula Deanda
and Da Stooie Bros - June 9

The Orb w/ Orchard Lounge - June 10

Circle Jerks - June 20

Babasonicos - August 22


Baby Bash, Frankie J, and Paula DeAnda - June 6

John Waite - June 27

* On Sale Saturday May 2 at 10 AM at
Blazed & Confused Tour
With: Stephen Marley
Plus Special Guest
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Saturday – July 11

* On Sale Friday, May 1st at 10 AM at
The Wiltern
June 20

Due to Overwhelming Demand, 3rd Show Just Added!
* 3rd Show On Sale Saturday, May 2 at 10 AM at
With Special Guest
The Wiltern
June 22 – Sold Out!
June 23 – Sold Out!
June 25— 3rd Night Just Added!

* On Sale Friday, May 1st at 12 Noon at
With Special Guests: K’Naan & Dub Trio
The Wiltern
June 16

* On Sale Friday, May 1st at 10 AM at
SON VOLT & COWBOY JUNKIES (Special Seated Event)
The Wiltern
July 16

On Sale Friday, May 1st at 1 PM
Gibson Amphitheatre
July 9

On Sale Saturday, May 2nd at 1 PM
With Special Guest
Gibson Amphitheatre
June 19

On Sale Friday May 1 at 12 Noon
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Friday, August 28

On Sale Monday May 4 at 10 AM
Fox Theater (Bakersfield)
August 27

* On Sale Saturday May 2 at 12 Noon at
With Special Guest
Friday – September 11


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Anthrax heading to Europe

The legendary ANTHRAX will be hitting the road in Europe this summer with a series of festivals and headline dates as a precursor to the band's forthcoming new studio album, Worship Music will have a Fall worldwide release. The European dates kick off in Estonia on June 13 and continue into August, with the band returning to the U.S. for their July 9 headline appearance on the opening night of the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK.The band has been putting the finishing touches on Worship Music, their first new studio album in six years.

The album marks the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins longtime members Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums), and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar). A return to Anthrax's heaviest best, confirmed tracks include "Vampires," "Crawl," "The Devil You Know," "The Giant," "Fight 'em 'Til You Can't" and "Earth On Hell." The album was produced by Caggiano and Anthrax.

Said Charlie Benante, "NEW SONGS, NEW VOICE, NEW ENERGY! Here we go, back in the metal saddle again. I am happy to be a part of all the festivals this year. We've been away and I know you've missed us. It is time to worship the music that we all love, ANTHRAX METAL!"

"I can't wait to get to Europe and play shows," added Scott Ian. "It's been far too long and I miss our insane friends all over the continent. I'm especially excited about all the festivals we're playing. I expect nothing less than complete and utter insanity!"

Anthrax is one of metal's all time great acts. Along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, they are credited with originating the thrash genre and the band has gone on to sell over 10-million albums worldwide and play to countless fans across the globe. The band has created such genre defining albums as Among the Living, State of Euphoria, and Sound of White Noise, and such legendary tracks as "Metal Thrashing Mad," "Indians," "Caught In A Mosh," "Among the Living," "I Am The Law," "Only," and of course the Public Enemy collaboration that went on to spawn a new genre - "Bring the Noise."

Two thousand and nine marks the 25th anniversary of the band's debut release, Fistful of Metal. To celebrate, Megaforce Records is releasing a limited edition (only 2,000 copies will be made) vinyl release of the album on May 12, 2009. The package will be spread over three 10-inch records in a tri-fold die cut jacket, and will also include the group's 1985 EP, Armed and Dangerous. The Fistful of Metal vinyl limited edition reissue will retail for $39.98 and will be available at Anthrax's official website - - and record stores across the U.S.

Confirmed dates for Anthrax's 2009 European tour are as follows:
13 Rabarock Festival, Talinn, Estonia
17 Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
18 La Locomotive, Paris, France
19 Hellfest, Clisson, France
20 Kobetasonik, Bilboa, Spain
22 Sottotetto, Bologna, Italy
23 Schuur, Lucerne, Switzerland
25 T-Mobile In Music Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
26 Noc Plna Hvezd, Trinec, Czech Republic
27 Serengeti Festival, Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany
28 Devilside Open Air, Duisburg, Germany
29 Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
30 Paard, Den Haag, Netherlands
1 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3 Reload Festival, Twistringen, Germany
4 Sonisphere, Hockenheim, Germany
18 Sonisphere, Hultsfred, Sweden
25 Sonisphere, Pori, Finland
1 Sonisphere, Knebworth, England

Shape Bikini Body Tour coming to Santa Monica

SHAPE Magazine Bikini Body Tour Stops in Santa Monica on Saturday, May 16Charity Event Features Fitness Classes, Fashion Shows, and an Appearance by Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Marisa Miller

SHAPE Magazine’s “Bikini Body Tour,” is an all-day, fitness event dedicated to helping women get bikini-ready and will be taking place on Santa Monica beach on May 16, and on Miami’s South Beach on June 13, 2009.

SHAPE Magazine is bringing its first ever "Bikini Body Tour" to southern California this summer. The beach-themed, fitness and wellness tour hits Santa Monica Beach (4 South) at the Pier on May 16 from 9 AM to 6 PM and will include fitness classes, sponsor giveaways, fashion shows and a special appearance by Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Marisa Miller.

The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required to participate in the fitness classes. The cost is $10 per class with all proceeds benefiting charity, the Surfrider Foundation and the Skin Cancer Foundation. Pre-registration is available at

Visit the Bikini Body Tour website,, for complete event details.

Saturday, May 16, 2009
SHAPE Magazine’s Bikini Body Tour – Santa Monica
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM PT

Santa Monica Beach (4 South) at the Pier Parking Lot #2030
off of Ocean Ave. (between Pacific St. and Strand St.)
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Bikini Body Tour is dedicated to helping women get the bikini-ready via fitness classes instructed by Equinox® trainers, fashion shows, educational wellness programs, sponsor giveaways and more. For more information and to register visit

Stand-Up 360 comedy coming to a movie theater near you

Screenvision partners with waggingtail entertainment (Bryan Bantry in association with Eric Hanson & Michael S. Rosenberg) to present the premiere of STAND-UP 360™. A series of stand-up comedy features filmed live, STAND-UP 360™ delivers an alternative kind of entertainment to cinemas across the country via Screenvision’s Programming Network Division. With Caroline Rhea featured as lead host, STAND-UP 360 offers seven distinct presentations aimed at a wide variety of audiences. Kicking off in May 2009, STAND-UP 360™ will appear in Screenvision theaters nationwide.

STAND-UP 360™ captures the unmistakable energy of a Live New York comedy show in an unparalleled program, presenting a line-up of top names from headliners to break-out stars. Serving up a new style of entertainment at cinemas, STAND-UP 360™ offers major bang for the buck; it would take months of repeat visits to a variety of comedy venues to experience the calibre and range of talent assembled for the films.

STAND-UP 360™’s debut series of feature presentations boasts seven original films jam-packed with laughs and never-before-seen footage of behind-the-scenes action and antics, each with an exclusive line-up of performers. Each film features a diverse roster of acts, while special edition STAND-UP 360: Muy Caliente™ is devoted to Hispanic talent and STAND-UP 360: Inside Out™ is headlined by popular LGBT comics and friends.

With Caroline Rhea as host, STAND-UP 360™ features many of today’s hottest comics including Roz G, Judy Gold, Godfrey, MODI, Poppi Kramer, Wali Collins and many others. Rising Hispanic star Erik Rivera hosts two STAND-UP 360: Muy Caliente™ films with sets from Angelo Lozada, Cristela Alonzo, Sara Contreras and more. Finally, Caroline Rhea hosts STAND-UP 360: Inside Out™ with a line-up of LGBT stand-outs such as Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Frank DeCaro, Jaffe Cohen, Hedda Lettuce and Michele Balan in thought-provoking performances.

Screenvision and waggingtail entertainment proudly present STAND-UP 360™, breaking new ground in the arena of alternative cinematic events and bringing stand-up comedy to the forefront. This compelling and innovative programming brings new audiences into theaters, while creating additional revenue streams for exhibitor partners through a content-driven platform.

“Screenvision is committed to providing a range of alternative content entertainment, from documentaries, to concerts and sporting events, and now in-theatre comedy. This was the next logical step in creating a full spectrum of alternative content programs for exhibitors and moviegoers alike,” says Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations for Screenvision. “STAND-UP 360™ will provide moviegoers with unparalleled comedic entertainment that has great potential to be a hit with theatre audiences on a national level and we look forward to working with waggingtail and our exhibitor partners to promote it.”

The Screenvision Programming Network was launched in 2007 to enable exhibitors to attract additional audiences during off-peak movie timeframes. Screenvision’s presentation of the La Scala opera series, UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days, Ballet Shoes, its partnership with the New York Mets for Mets at the Movies, the Phillies’ World Series film with Major League Baseball, the Boston Celtics championship season documentary, Return to the Rafters, MSNBC’s coverage of President Obama’s Inauguration and most recently Stevie Wonder’s “Live at Last” concert are examples of previous successes.

“New York comedy clubs are to stand-up comedy what Broadway is to theater – the place to see the absolute best performers,” says producer Bryan Bantry. “Now, we can deliver the experience of a New York club closer to home and at a great price. Seeing live comedy is about who’s at the mic and the energy of the crowd. Bringing the experience to a cinema keeps the audience dynamic an integral part of the mix, while presenting favorite comedians uncensored and without commercial breaks. With discouraging headlines all around us -- we need a laugh, now more than ever. STAND-UP 360™ is designed to be fun, inexpensive and unmatched in terms of its entertainment value.”

Headquartered in New York, NY, Screenvision is a national leader in cinema advertising, offering on-screen advertising, in-lobby promotions and integrated marketing programs to national, regional and local advertisers and providing comprehensive cinema advertising representation services for its theatrical exhibitor partners. In the U.S., the Screenvision cinema advertising network is comprised of nearly 15,500 screens in 2,400 theatre locations across all 50 states and 92% of DMAs nationwide and delivers more than 550 million consumer impressions annually through 150 theatrical circuits, including 12 of the top 20 exhibition companies. Screenvision is a joint venture between ITV plc (LSE: ITV), the UK’s largest commercial television network, and Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), a global supplier of technology, services, and systems to the media and entertainment industries. For more information:

ABOUT waggingtail entertainment:
waggingtail entertainment is a film, television and theater production company established by producer Bryan Bantry. Joining Mr. Bantry for the STAND-UP 360™ series are Eric Hanson and Michael S. Rosenberg. Mr. Hanson, who has consulted on comedy projects for television, film and in New York clubs, has also represented some of the best comics on the stand-up circuit today. Mr. Rosenberg is a Broadway producer who co-founded New York City’s non-profit theater collective Drama Dept.

For more information on dates, schedules and locations for STAND-UP 360™, please visit

Ellot Easton's Tike Gods at the Key Club May 8

Famed The Cars’ guitarist, Elliot Easton debuts Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods, an Exotica instrumental group featuring some of music’s greatest talents on Friday, May 8, at Key Club. With members from The Brian Wilson Band and The Wondermints, this nine-piece ensemble plans to create waves in the exotica, Tiki music scene. Doors at 9:00 p.m. Ticket price is $10.00 and advance tickets are available at or at the Key Club box office (310) 274-5800.

“There isn’t really a word to describe the band’s sound,” explains Easton. “Think martini lounge, space age, Exotica, with lush, romantic themes from Hollywood 60’s movie soundtracks like Pink Panther and James Bond. It’s the hybrid sounds of the Tiki culture and Polynesian dance and a combination of surf rock and instrumental mood music. Most importantly, it’s a very fun kind of music,” he added. “For example, we’ll be playing the theme song from Star Trek.”

The all-star, nine-piece band includes Elliot Easton (lead guitar, vocals), Nick Walusko (guitar), Probyn Gregory (trumpet, percussion), Brett Simons (bass), Nelson Bragg (drums), Todd Jaeger (keyboard), producer Andy Paley (keys, bass), Gary Griffin (keyboard), and Scott Bennett (multi-instrumentalist). Each of these master musicians have played and toured with bands such as The Who, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, Flaming Lips, Filter, Smashing Pumpkins, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Todd Rundgren, as well as with The Brian Wilson Band and The Wondermints.

As lead guitarist for the legendary rock band “The Cars” and “The New Cars,” Elliot has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Well respected in the guitar community, Elliot’s reputation is that of a tasteful musician with a knack for coming up with memorable solos, great tones, and an uncanny ear for creating unforgettable “hooks” on pop records. Easton released a solo album in 1985, Change No Change, featuring songs co-written with Jules Shear.
In 1998, Easton's playing was featured on No Cats, an album from bassist Lee Rocker of Stray Cats fame. Easton then joined Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the modern touring version of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Currently, Easton is a member of The New Cars, along with original The Cars member Greg Hawkes, singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren, former Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton, and Tubes drummer Prairie Prince.

WHO: Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods

WHAT: Debut Show!

WHEN: Friday, May 08, 2009 at 9:00PM
WHERE: Key Club
9039 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 274-5800

TICKETS: $10.00 and available at or by calling Key Club box office (310) 274-5800.

WEBSITE: For further information on the band, go to

Video Games coming to the Greek

JUNE 4th Multi-Media Concert Experience Featuring Video Game Music Set to Close E3 Expo

Returning to the city where it began, Video Games Live (VGL) will take the stage at the Greek Theatre as the finale for the three-day E3 Expo (the annual computer and video games trade show).

Since its first show in 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl, combining the power and excitement of a rock concert with the energy and emotion of a symphony orchestra and spiked with the cutting-edge visuals, technology, interactivity, and immersive fun that only video games can provide.

Each multimedia performance delivers the music from the most popular video games of all time (from Mario Brothers, Zelda and Tetris up through Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft and Halo).

Tommy Tallarico — the dynamic creator of Video Games Live — is recognized as one of the most successful video game composers in history and is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from “bleeps and bloops” to complex interactive soundtracks.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, no one in the history of the industry has ever worked on as many games as Tommy (more than 275 titles to date). Last month, Tallarico was awarded the Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Conference for his work in helping to advance the game audio industry.

The award recognized his 18 years as a groundbreaking composer (Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Disney's Aladdin, Cool Spot, The Terminator, Madden Football, Tony Hawk Skateboarding, Spider-Man, and Pac-Man World, etc.), co-founder of Video Games Live and founder of G.A.N.G., a non-profit that provides interactive audio resources and instruction for its members.

Thursday, June 4th 8:00PM

Greek Theatre
2700 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-3125
Admission: $25-$70

Roadside Graves release new album

Roadside Graves release My Son’s Home on Autumn Tone Records

Roadside Graves
My Son’s Home
(Autumn Tone Records)
June 09, 2009

My Son's Home s our third full-length record. It was conceived of as an album about soldiers and their complicated struggles to forge identities and relationships in times of war. The idea was inspired by the Bobby Bond song “Six White Horses” and a short John Steinbeck novel entitled The Moon is Down (which we recently learned was also the basis for the film Red Dawn). Other subjects emerged during the writing sessions, and the record slowly evolved into an eighteen-song cycle about the lives of individuals, families, and friends in a variety of familiar settings: the homestead, the battlefield, the country and the city.

The album is populated by familiar faces from American folk and rock songs, ranging from the back-story told in our “Ruby” of the embittered Korean War vet who vows to shoot his wife in Mel Tillis’s “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, to the Aesop-like fable of “The Snake and How It Lost It’s Legs”, in which Dear Henry and Dear Liza from the children’s folk song “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” are responsible for the snake’s brutal dismemberment.

There are cops and spiders lurking in the cigarette trees from “The Big Rock Candy Mountain”, and Johnny B. Goode faces a flurry of nightsticks, bringing him back down to his knees.

We found ourselves increasingly influenced by David Milch’s television series Deadwood. Milch's characters are dynamic, in perpetual interaction with one another and the values that shape their community. We wanted our songs to speak to the conflicts- tragic, humorous, absurd- that arise in an individual as one attempts to eke out an authentic existence in the face of the challenges that characterize social life. The songs celebrate and eulogize this process and the costs it exacts on the souls of the characters. They are songs about birth and death , and everything in between.

The basic track recording and mixing took place at Hypersnakes in Sayreville, New Jersey- a modern recording studio sandwiched between a bus depot and a rundown strip club. Listen closely and you might hear our neighbors Biohazard tuning up on the quieter songs. Listen even closer and you might discover the sounds of a gospel group that was warming up on stage while we recorded on the half-broken Steinway piano in the lobby of The State Theater in New Brunswick.

Many of the other tracks were recorded at dawn in attics and basements throughout New Jersey, in towns like Collingswood, Metuchen, Edison, and Pt. Pleasant.

The players were the Roadside Graves- John, Colin, Rich, Mike, Jeremy, and Dave, along with special guests like Fun Machine’s virtuoso keyboardist Johnny Piatkowski on the farfisa and mellotron.

The sound is that of the teetering ramshackle wall of sound, the sparse and tenderly haunted fingerpicked ballad, Irish table chantey, the harmonium soaked funeral march, dark rumbling surf-folk, the ocean floor.

Our goal was to create music for people who love music, in all its many facets and faces.

My Son’s Home traverses a wide landscape of topics and sounds, and it is our hope that it will prove as good of company to our listeners in their lives as it has to us in ours as we wrote and performed it, for it’s yours now.

- John Gleason and Jeremy Benson (Roadside Graves)

01. Far and Wide
02. My Father Sat Me Down
03. Valley
04. Ruby
05. Wooden Walls
06. Lift up the Gate
07. To the Sea
08. Anthony’s Gate
09. God Touched Me
10. I Carried Myself
11. The Snake and How It Lost It’s Legs
12. Where the Water Flows
13. My Son’s Home
14. Black Wind
15. Take A Train
16. For the Light of the Homes
17. Dirty Work
18. Work Itself Out

Roadside Graves are:
John Gleason – Vocals, Guitar
Jeremy Benson – Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Rich Zilg – Guitar, Vocals
Mike DeBlasio – Piano
David Jones – Bass
Colin Ryan – Drums

Visit the band online:

H20 releases new video

Want to see the shortest video with the most cameo appearances from punk and hardcore legends ever? You are in luck, H2O just finished up a brand new video for the title track on Nothing to Prove.

This new video was filmed all over NYC and Los Angeles, and features appearances from Civ and Arthur Smilios (Gorilla Biscuits), Lou Koller and Pete Koller (Sick of It All), Danny Diablo, Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy’s Law), CM Punk, Scott Vogel (Terror), Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma, and Mike Gallo (Agnostic Front), Freddy Cricien, Hoya, and Mitts (Madball), John Joseph and Mackie (Cro-Mags), Dannyboy (La Coka Nostra, House of Pain), Paul Delaney (Kill Your Idols, None More Black), Liza Graves, Suzi Homewrecker, Jacqui Valentine, Roxie Darling (Civet), and Rick Jimenez and John Moore (This is Hell). Additionally, the video showcases some of H2O’s biggest fans, best friends, and family.

Check it out now at

Vocalist Toby Morse said, “We wanted to do a fun, energetic video with the people closest to us. We included our friends who made appearances on Nothing to Prove and sent out MySpace bulletins to invite the fans to be a part of this as well. This video is a great representation of what we are all about and was made in appreciation of the people surrounding us.”

Directed by Joseph Pattisall, the video for Nothing to Prove is a stripped down, guerrilla style video highlighting not H2O, but the people around them who continue to inspire the band.

Joseph said, “I've been a huge H2O fan ever since I saw them open up for Shelter at the old 9:30 club in Washington DC in 1995. After being shooting the ‘What Happened?’ video last year, Toby hit me up wanting to do something more casual, something to ‘give back’ to their friends and fans. Being such a huge, longtime fan of the band, I could not have been more excited to work on this video with them.”

Last year’s release of Nothing to Prove had H2O touring across the world, hitting Europe, the US, and Canada several times over, including co-headlining their first full US tour in years with Bane and a direct support slot with Dropkick Murphys. Still the realest in 2009, H2O will be playing a benefit show in NYC, their last show in New York this year, on June 21st (Father’s Day). Also appearing will be STIGMA, B9 labelmates Cruel Hand, and Turn It Up. More special guests to be announced soon, check out more information on this special show at and

Lastly, here’s the video code for “Nothing to Prove” :