Monday, September 30, 2013


Tricky will have to cancel some of the dates on his US tour due to further visa problems. The tour will now start in San Francisco at the Treasure Island Festival and conclude with a re-arranged date in New York on October 26.

Tricky has some juvenile offences for joyriding and forgery of the crown and the US authorities require full disclosure before granting any visas. The new hold-up has been in getting this information from the UK police authorities.

Regarding the cancellations, Tricky says, "The most upsetting thing about this, whatever happens it seems like it's me letting people down. Other people have always dealt with visas for me and it turns out that they have not advised me properly. Now I have been advised that this was going to be straightforward and easily done in time for this tour and now this has happened."

Visas are expected to be granted in time for the shows in San Fransisco, New York, Asheville and LA and Tricky will looking to tour fully in 2014. All upcoming Tricky US shows are listed below.


10/19 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10/23 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
10/25 Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/26 New York, NY - Webster Hall

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


With the days counting down till the October 9th kickoff in NYC, CBGB Music & Film Festival  has announced that renowned industry groundbreaker Seymour Stein will be bestowed with the inaugural CBGB Icon Award, honoring those industry trailblazers for supporting artists and music in meaningful ways.

Co-founder and chairman of Sire Records, one of the music industry’s most influential record labels and home to some of the most iconic names in modern music, Stein also serves as Senior Label A&R Executive - Independent Music, Warner Music Group.

“For the first ever CBGB Icon Award, there was really only one possible choice and that is Seymour Stein,” said CBGB Co-Owner Tim Hayes.   “Seymour's career in the record industry stands alone as something truly amazing. One must applaud the fact that he took so many of the early CBGB bands like Ramones, The Dead Boys and Talking Heads out from the Bowery to successes beyond measure.  We are humbled that he has agreed to accept this award on Oct 8.”

Among the artists who Stein is credited in discovering and nurturing are Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, the Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen, Erasure, The Cult, The Undertones, Madness, The Replacements, Ice T, and k.d. lang. As a testament of his impeccable abilities, he signed Madonna from his hospital bed while recovering from a heart infection. Soon after the ink dried, she recorded “Everybody” and went on to become the best-selling female artist of all time. Said Madonna of Seymour on record, "If I didn't meet Seymour Stein, I might still be a broke dancer living in Hell's Kitchen."  Adds David Byrne, “Although one might want to bring a long handled spoon when dining with Seymour, he is one of the few record business guys still around who actually knows a song when he hears one. And he can sing them too.”

"We are thrilled to hear that Seymour is being presented with the 1st Annual CBGB Icon Award,” said Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan. “Seymour came to see us in Basildon in 1980, signed us on the spot, and was responsible for bringing us to America.  We wouldn't be where we are today without his help and guidance in our formative years.  Thanks, Seymour, and congratulations."  Added Ice-T, “When Seymour signed me, most of the music business thought rap was a fad. He told me that just because he didn’t understand my music, it didn’t make it invalid. To him, I sounded like Bob Dylan’.”

The 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival will take place on October 9-13 in New York City and will feature hundreds of bands in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. The festival will also host more than 125 speakers during the conference and 60+ music themed movies as part of the largest music based film festival in the country.

The conference portion of CBGB Music & Film Festival will be held from October 9-13 at Lower Manhattan’s Landmark Sunshine Theater with performances at venues throughout New York City and Brooklyn.

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Electronic Music Pioneer Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman to Perform at 2013 Guggenheim International Gala Pre-party on November 6

A Special Musical Performance Made Possible by Dior to Launch Two Evenings of Celebration Benefiting the Guggenheim Foundation

(New York, NY – September 17, 2013) –The 2013 Guggenheim International Gala (GIG) is proud to announce two evenings of celebration starting Wednesday, November 6 with a pre-party featuring electronic music ambassador / DJ Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman). The event, which runs 9 pm to midnight, is hosted by the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council and made possible by Dior.

Hawtin’s seminal role in shaping Detroit’s electronic dance scene established his international status as a legend in the field. He is the master behind acclaimed techno imprints Plus8 and Minus, and is also known for his persona Plastikman; as Plastikman, he took the 1990s techno world by storm with a series of minimalist albums that attracted interest from leading festivals around the world. His performances bring together futuristic sounds and visionary visuals, and his work with technology has put him at the forefront of contemporary electronic music. The French government’s Department of Culture commissioned Hawtin to create a sound environment as part of the French Millennium 2000 celebrations. Titled La Beauté, the project also featured contributions from Jeff Koons, Jean-Luc Godard, La Monte Young, and Anish Kapoor. In 2011 Kapoor invited Hawtin to activate his sculpture Leviathan with a performance at Paris’s Grand Palais for the annual public art festival Monumenta.

Hawtin gives a special show in the Guggenheim’s rotunda at the pre-party, which also features an opening musical performance from Matthew Hawtin, a visual artist, electronic DJ, and brother of Richie. The following evening, Thursday, November 7, the benefit gala dinner honors artist James Turrell along with artist Christopher Wool, whose retrospective is on view at the museum from October 25, 2013, through January 22, 2014.

Funds raised from these events will benefit of the operation of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and will help the museum support its many innovative educational, curatorial, and research programs and the exhibition of its unparalleled collections of modern and contemporary works of art.

Wine and spirits for the Guggenheim International Gala are provided by Moët Hennessy USA.

Tickets to the Guggenheim International Gala pre-party on November 6 include a full open bar. Tickets are $125 for general admission and $500 for VIP admission, which includes an opportunity to view the exhibition Christopher Wool from 9–10 pm and a private bar area. A one-year membership to the museum’s Young Collectors Council may be combined with a general admission ticket to the pre- party for $625 or with a special two-for-one VIP ticket for $1,000. The event is limited capacity. Tickets may be purchased by visiting

Guggenheim Young Collectors Council members receive priority access to purchase tickets. Tickets will be available to the public beginning October 7. For tickets and more information, visit

THUMP and Dim Mak Records Present: 'Nuthin But Fire' EP by BOT & TAI

A title for an EP such as, 'Nuthin But Fire' perhaps seems a little assuming of its imminent success. However this four track collaboration between TAI and Bot can only be described with such self indulgent terminology. And having the EP signed to Dim Mak Records and a video premiere on THUMP (click on the graphic below or the following THUMP link) equally validates the potential of this work. 'Nuthin But Fire' is available today. Do not sleep on these four tracks.... you just might get burnt.

THUMP Video Premiere:

0:00-1:00- Nuthin But Fire
1:00-2:15- Rooftop
2:15-3:15- Mincepies
3:15-4:00- Overpriced

 The London born, German-based house DJ and producer TAI needs little introduction but we’re going to do it anyway. In his home land of Germany, TAI lives his life through his alter ego as an electro DJ and producer of some of the hottest electronic and house beats on the scene. Renowned amongst the dance circuit as the friendliest man on tour and an increasingly prolific producer, TAI has had a string of underground club hits...
After an exuberant career working for the biggest names in the industry as a successful and plentiful Hip Hop producer, earning him a string of awards and gold plaques, 3 years ago TAI decided it was time for a change and turned to electronic, creating a portfolio for himself as an artist in his own right. Kicking off with his first release, ‘Lyposuct’ on Dim Mak Records, took TAI to new levels instantly. Since 2009 he has then gone on to release ‘Paradise Poltergeist’ with Steve Aoki, ‘TAIFelix’ with Felix Da Housecat, ‘Booty Drop’" with his Hip-Hop rooted buddy Diplo, and ‘Spank’ with his good friends Bart B More and The Bloody Beetroots. Plus a string of releases on labels such as Dim Mak, Boysnoize Records, Southern Fried, Turbo and Mixmash. And now, to and to his expose, TAI has teamed up with the amazing Italian producer, Bot in the upcoming four track EP, ‘Nuthin But Fire’. If that’s not enough, TAI has also gone on to remix artists such as Billy Idol’s world hit ‘White Wedding’, One Republic's ‘Feel Again’, Mason's ‘Exceeder’, UKs number 1 rapper Wiley’s ‘Ayayay’, ‘Electric Boogaloo’,  and many more...
With an incredible amount of support from artists such as Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Afrojack, 2 Many DJs, Laidback Luke, The Bloody Beetroots,  and Felix Da Housecat, there is only more to come from TAI in the next 12 months... There is no end in sight for this talented electro gem.

CLUTCH Announces Annual Holiday Tour Dates

Maryland rockers CLUTCH are pleased to announce their annual Holiday Tour.  These dates kick off the day after Christmas December 26th in Washington, DC and run through New Year's Eve December 31st in Brooklyn, NY.  Support on the dates from December 26th through December 28th will come from Into Another and The Mike Dillon Band.  Support on the dates from December 29th through December 31st will be provided by Into Another and Lionize.  Tickets for fan club members go on sale Wednesday September 18th and for the general public Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st.

Holiday Tour Dates:

12/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

12/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

12/28: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater

12/29: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

12/30: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

12/31: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

CLUTCH will kick off the October leg of the "Earth Rocker" tour, October 25th in Hampton Beach, NH, Immediately followed by a festival appearance in Virginia Beach, VA at "Localpalooza" on October 26th.  Support on the shows from October 27th through November 23rd will be provided by The Sword and American Sharks.

Look for the CLUTCH song "Electric Worry" to be featured in the upcoming TV trailers for the new movie "Machete Kills", the sequel to "Machete" starring Danny Trejo.  The movie is out October 11th in North America. 

CLUTCH has signed on with Fox Sports to use the song "The Regulator" in their programming.  The song will be used during Fox's coverage of College Football, MLB, NFL and NASCAR.

Additionally CLUTCH's song "Crucial Velocity" will be featured in the mobile version of Need For Speed, which will be released in February 2014

Earth Rocker was released March 19th via the band's label Weathermaker Music.  The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 achieving the band's highest chart position to date.  The album then proceeded to hold its own on the Billboard Top 200 for a total of 5 weeks. The album also came in at #1 on the Hard Music Chart and #3 on the Independent Album Chart.  The digital demand for this album continues to be very strong. In the week of release Earth Rocker shot to #4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album charts and was #1 in their rock chart.

Earth Rocker is available for purchase at the CLUTCH Merch Store.

Earth Rocker North American Dates

10/25: Hampton Beach. NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

10/26: Virginia Beach, VA @ Motorworld - Localpalooza*

10/27: Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm

10/28: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

10/29: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

10/31: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

11/01: Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

11/02: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

11/04: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock

11/05: Austin, TX @ Emo's

11/07: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

11/08: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

11/09: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

11/10: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

11/11: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

11/13: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club

11/14: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

11/15: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion

11/16: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note

11/17: Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre

11/19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

11/20: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre

11/21: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's

11/22: Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion

11/23: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

*Denotes Festival Date*

Holiday Tour Dates:

12/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 

12/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

12/28: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater

12/29: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

12/30: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

12/31: Brooklyn, NY @ Music hall of Williamsburg

Rescheduled Dates:

1/2/14: Ashville, NC @ The Orange Peel

1/3/14: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

1/4/14: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

1/5/14: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live

1/9/14: South Bend, IN @ Club Fever

1/10/14: Buffalo. NY @ Town Ballroom  1/11/14: Port Chester, NY @ Capital Theater

1/12/14: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground


2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane

2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney

2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne

3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide

3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Monday, September 16, 2013

First official Daft Punk video from R.A.M.

Here we have it - first official video from Daft Punk for this album.

Directed by: Thomas Bangalter, Guyman de Homem-Christo, Warren Fu,  Paul Hahn & Cedric Hervet

Produced by: Paul Hahn

Cinematography by:  Thomas Bangalter

Edited by:  Cedric Hervet

Wardrobe Designer:  Hedi Slimane for St. Laurent

Stylist: Nicolas Bru

Art Director: Tino Schaedler


** First Cali Gigs For Influential and Beloved NYC Electronic Act In More than A Decade **

September 16, 2013 -- Seminal New York City electro-pop band Book of Love will reunite for several California shows in October. The group, comprised of three original members Susan Ottaviano (lead vocals), Ted Ottaviano (keyboards/vocals) and Lauren Johnson (keyboards/vocals) is set to perform at Los Globos in Silverlake on October 8th, DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA on October 9th, That 80s Club in Pomona, CA on October 10th and two nights at the New Wave Bar in Bellflower, CA on October 11th & 12th. These shows mark their first West Coast performances since the group disbanded more than a decade ago.

Emerging from the New York City post punk underground in the mid-1980s, Book of Love were quickly signed to Sire Records by the legendary Seymour Stein on the strength of their ubiquitous club hit “Boy”, produced by their friend and in-studio mentor Ivan Ivan. The track, featuring Susan’s deadpan vocal buoyed by an infectious synth hook, told the tale of a girl who wanted to be ‘where the boys are’ but was not allowed and created the eclectic template for their unique sound. “Boy” was the first in a string of dark and catchy tunes – “I Touch Roses”, “Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)”and “You Make Me Feel So Good” – that were played non-stop on dance floors and on alternative radio throughout the country and would eventually comprise their first eponymous album, now acknowledged a synthpop classic of the era.

After a two-year opening slot for Depeche Mode as well as headlining their own tour, their second album Lullaby was released. The first two tracks kicked open the door with the chart topping remix of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells” (theme from The Exorcist) and the socially conscious "Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls" which became a crossover hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song became one of the earliest to address the AIDS crisis which was beginning to devastate the nation. The albums Candy Carol and Lovebubble would follow throughout the 90s as did further club hits such as “Alice Everyday” and “Boy Pop”, adding not just to the band’s catalog but their legend as well.

As time has passed since those early days of electronica, Book of Love’s influence and reputation, along with the popularity of electronic and dance music has only grown.  Returning in 2013 both to the studio and to the stage, Susan, Ted and Lauren refuse to rest on their laurels and continue to forge their own creative path in the era of EDM and beyond.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013



LOS ANGELES, CA - September 10, 2013 - Electro and industrial music pioneer Gary Numan has added a second date at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever after selling out the first date in just ten minutes. The new show will be on October 18th. Tickets are currently available through Ticketfly, for more info and to purchase, click HERE.

This intimate performance set against the backdrop of one of Los Angeles' oldest cemeteries, will take place just three days after the release of Numan's new album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)'  and will allow him to showcase new material in an appropriately dark setting.

Numan is currently on the road for a run of dates that included a performance at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, the upcoming Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville, NC and supporting dates for Nine Inch Nails. See below for a complete list of upcoming live dates.

Gary Numan will release 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)'  on October 15th, his first new studio album in over seven years. A long-time advocate of artist independence, 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)', will be released on Numan's own label Machine Music. Numan co-produced his 20th studio album with long-time collaborator and producer Ade Fenton and also features some sublime guitar work from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck. The album was recorded in England and completed at Numan's home studio in Los Angeles, California, following his permanent move to the US at the end of 2012.

Upcoming North America Tour Dates:

10/17 - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, LOS ANGELES, CA

10/25 - The Masquerade, ATLANTA, GA

10/26 - Mountain Oasis Festival, ASHEVILLE, NC

10/27 - Black Cat, WASHINGTON, DC

10/29 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg, BROOKLYN, NY

10/30 - w/NIN @ BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL

10/31 - w/NIN @ Amway Center, Orlando, FL