Vote For Your Favorite Houston Band To Play Before The Headliner At Summerfest 2011!

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Free Press Houston and are giving one Houston band the opportunity to play a coveted main stage slot right before the headliner on Saturday, June 4th. While the set will be shorter than a normal day slot, it will be in front of a massive crowd awaiting the main act of the day. Basically, one lucky-ass local band will have the opportunity to play in front of far more people than they ever have before. Huge. Summerfest has always put an emphasis on Houston music, but allowing the music fans of the city decide who they want to see play in front of thousands of new faces is something that makes them stand out above any other regional festival in the nation.

Only one vote will be counted per person (per e-mail address *wink wink*), so head on over to the Free Press Summer Fest website for your chance to help one local band gain a heaping helping of new fans.

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The Avett Brothers’ Texas Dates Rescheduled

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Bittersweet news out of North Carolina: baby Avett will soon arrive into the world, but, due to the timing, the band’s Texas dates have been rescheduled. The Houston date, originally slated for Verizon Wireless Theater this Thursday, has been postponed to Friday, May 20. Information on the other postponed dates is below, along with a note from Scott Avett. Nearly half of the BoT staff was planning on attending one or more of the Texas dates, so it goes without saying that we’re slightly bummed. We’re still excited about what Old Settler’s has in store for us this weekend – stay tuned for a full preview and review!

It is with great excitement that we announce the upcoming birth of my second child. This has been such a special time for our family and we are waiting with joyous anticipation for the arrival of our baby.

Unfortunately, we regret that the Avett Brothers must reschedule our upcoming shows in Houston, TX on April 14, Austin, TX on the 15th and Dallas, TX on the 16th, so that I may be by my wife’s side as we welcome our new baby. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. I also apologize for the late notice, but we waited until the last possible minute to make this decision.

I would like to say a very heart-felt thank you to everyone for your well-wishes and kind words during this time. We will see you all very soon; please see below for rescheduled information.

In truth,
Scott Avett & The Avett Brothers


1. Houston at the Verizon Wireless Theatre has been rescheduled for Friday May 20!

2. Dallas at the Palladium Ballroom has been rescheduled for Saturday Oct. 15, AND, a second night has been added for Friday Oct. 14, with on-sale information coming in about a week!

3. Austin was particularly challenging because it is part of the 4-day Old Settler’s Music Festival. Per festival policy, there are no refunds. HOWEVER, by special arrangement, The Avett Brothers have agreed to return to Austin on Sunday Oct. 16 at a venue to be determined. Festival ticket holders have a choice of attending the Old Settler’s Music Festival as planned, or, holding on to your ticket and redeeming it for admission to the re-scheduled Avett Brothers performance on Oct. 16, BUT NOT BOTH. Only those not attending the festival will be allowed admission to the show on Oct. 16. Exact venue information for the rescheduled show will be announced as soon as possible, some time before the end of April.

Thank you for understanding the difficult nature of this situation.

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Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT To Headline Outside Lands 2011!

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Outside Lands 2009: Friday

A couple years ago, I headed to San Francisco to check out a pretty new festival called Outside Lands. Being put on by Superfly Productions gave OsL instant credibility, as the other festival they run, Bonnaroo, has become the biggest outdoor music and arts event in America. On top of that, the first year they brought the likes of Radiohead and Tom Petty among tons of others. The year I attended, 2009, featured another huge line-up including Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Tenacious D, Tom Jones, TV On The Radio, Ween, Modest Mouse, Band Of Horses and The Avett Brothers. Last year, the event was pushed back to a two-day affair, but still featured The Strokes, Further, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon and Al Green among several others. Three years gone, and they’ve already featured some of today’s biggest acts. Pretty good reputation for a fourth year festival, I’d say. On top of that, it all goes down in one of, if not the premier outdoor space in America, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

This year is no different in terms of talent. They are doing it right, and bringing a who’s who of today’s top touring acts to the event. Headlining the three nights are Brit-rockers Muse, jam-titans Phish (playing two full sets!) and recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire, who I’m pretty sure signed some sort of deal with the devil to get them to play every festival in the world. Joining the three headliners is quite the impressive undercard featuring the likes of garage rock duo The Black Keys, critter costumed progressive dance dj Deadmau5, indie-sensations MGMT, mash-up mastermind Girl Talk, legendary CCR-frontman John Fogerty, Jimmy Fallon’s backing band The Roots and many, many more. I’m looking forward to making it back to Outside Lands, as if I remember correctly, I called it the best non-camping festival I’ve ever been to after my trip there. With a 2-set performance from Phish, and the rest of this killer line-up, I have a feeling this is the year of my return.

Check out the full line-up after the jump

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Robbie Robertson ft. Dawes on Letterman

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It’s been a long, long while since legendary Band frontman Robbie Robertson has done anything in the musical realm, save for a few one-off appearances at charity events. Well, apparently he’s been working on a new album for quite some time, and has tapped one of BOT’s current favorites, Dawes, as his backing band. Robertson was quoted in a recent Paste Magazine article as saying about Dawes: “They’re really good and they’re a band – it’s different than just getting a bunch of individual musicians and trying to make them click and blend. The guys are already in the blend, so that’s great. They’re all at the top of their game. I’m the one that’s a little rusty.” I’m yet to hear anything from his new album How To Become Clairvoyant, besides “He Don’t Live Here No More,” the track featured on The Late Show With David Letterman last night, but I’m looking forward to see what has been brewing in Robertson notebooks for the past ten years. It seems as if the boys from Dawes are extremely comfortable supporting the legend, which comes off with a solid performance. Check it out…

I love at the end when Letterman asked drummer Griffin Goldsmith if his drums were his or rentals, then immediately ask Robertson in reference to Griffin, “Where’d you get the kid?!” Too funny!

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Chromeo, Neon Indian, Skream & Benga Headline Free Press Summerfest’s Dancey Pants Tent

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An announcement came earlier this morning that a list of electronic acts have been added to the 2011 Free Press Summerfest line-up, but there is a catch to see them. The first ever Dancey Pants Tent will feature the likes of Chromeo, Skream & Benga, Neon Indian, 12th Planet and Lil Keke among several others, but to see these acts, you must be wearing the highly toted “Baller Status” badge. While it includes free drinks and snacks, air conditioning, massages and other free swag, it also holds a much higher price tag ($225) than the normal festival pass ($40) and the Fancy Pants pass ($70). If you can pound the free drinks, it might be worth it, but that is definitely a steep incline in price. Just seeing Chromeo would kinda be worth it as well, hopefully they’ll also play a regular set on the main stage, or possibly an aftershow. If not, that’ll be a bummer to all those that don’t have Baller Status.

Check out the full line-up for the Free Press Summerfest Dancey Pants Tent after the jump

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Cage The Elephant’s Spring Tour

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Kentucky alt-rock band Cage The Elephant just started their Spring tour. They’re headed to Arkansas this week.

On Wednesday, April 6, they’ll be at Rev Room in Little Rock. Friday they’re playing a sold out show in Fayetteville at George’s Majestic, so I hope you already have your tickets. But if you missed out, you can also catch them at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa on Sunday, April 10.

Texas BOTheads will get their turn later this Spring. They’re heading to Houston on May 27 to play at the Verizon Wireless Theater, Austin folks can catch them at Stubb’s on May 28, and Dallas at the Palladium on May 29.

You don’t want to miss out on this!

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Phish Announce Super Ball IX

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From Phish‘s Official Website:

Sensational. Mind-blowing. Fantabulous.

These are all words with the same amount of letters as SUPER BALL IX.

It’s Phish’s biggest. Ball. Ever. So big we can’t. Contain it. In one sentence. Super Ball IX, Phish’s ninth festival, will take place July 1-3 at Watkins Glen International. Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Super Ball IX will mark Phish’s first-ever festival performance over July 4 weekend, and the first major music festival held at Watkins Glen since 1973’s legendary Summer Jam. It is also Phish’s first-ever performance at a facility with “Watkins” in its name.

Tickets for Super Ball IX go on sale this Monday, April 4th, at Noon ET at Onsite camping is included in the price of admission. Like previous Phish festivals, the event will include numerous activities, attractions and art installations in addition to a series of performances by the band. Camping and travel packages will. Be. Available. (Sorry, hard habit to break.)

Super Ball IX continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August of 1996. Rolling Stone observed, “It was definitely groundbreaking…there was a real story; that in an age of corporate sponsorship, this completely home-grown thing happened that was different from any other concert.”

Anyone purchasing Super Ball IX tickets will receive a free MP3 download of each set the band plays during the weekend from, where they’ll be available shortly after Phish finishes lip-syncing steps off stage. and will be your main source for all things Ball. We’ve posted the first wave of information about the festival and will continue to update with Travel info, FAQs, Guidelines, Event Info, the hottest celebrity news, and much much more, so keep checking back.

If I didn’t already have 9 billion other plans this summer, I would definitely be in attendance at this festival. I had the chance to catch Phish on the 3rd and 4th of July last year, and it was undoubtedly one of the best weekends of my life, so add another day and a few more sets, and this is guaranteed to be quite the hoe-down. Lucky east-coast bastards!

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Ben Harper’s Rock ‘N Roll Is Free

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Ben HarperBen Harper‘s new album, Give Till It’s Gone, is set to release on May 17. Awesome timing, since it’s just a couple of weeks before his appearance at this year’s Wakarusa Camping and Music Festival.

Harper’s 10th studio album was recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who plays a part on “Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn.” Also featured on the album, are two tracks co-written and performed with Ringo Starr. Harper collaborated in Starr’s album Y Not.

But you don’t have to wait for the full album release to get a taste of Haper’s new material. You can get his new single “Rock ‘N Roll Is Free” for, well, free. The track is available for a limited time, so head over to his site for the free download.

Harper only has a few tour stops in the States this Summer. According to his website, he will play at Coachella with Fistful of Mercy and at Wakarusa with The Relentless7. Outside of those festivals appearances, he’s set to play with The Relentless7 at Crossroads in Kansas City, MO and at Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO on the days following Wakarusa. Then at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL in late June.

Go get his new single now for free. And get your Wakarusa tickets, if you haven’t yet!

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Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”

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It’s been a bit since I’ve really heard much about 2008 breakout folksters Fleet Foxes, but apparently they’ve been busy in the studio preparing their long-awaited second album. Set for a May 3rd release date, Helplessness Blues will feature 12 new tracks including the title track (which you can stream here) as well as the first single and album closer “Grown Ocean” which the Foxes just released a wonderful video for today. Shot only in 8mm, the clip show features images of Robin Pecknold and crew both on tour and during the recording process. With the Fleet Foxes already having that classic folk sound thing going for them, this video works perfectly and makes it seem like it came right out of 1960’s Greenwich Villiage. I look forward to hearing the rest of the album, and if the first two released tracks are any judge of what’s expected, than I’m pretty sure I’ll be quite happy with the outcome.

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Widespread Panic Summer Tour Includes Houston, Dallas and Austin Dates

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If any of you readers have been following BOT for some time, which I know there are plenty of you out there, you’ll know my love for jambands is the underlying basis for my musical existence. One of my favorites, past and present, are Athens, GA southern rockers Widespread Panic. I’ve seen them more times than I can count, and they consistently bring the heat every single time. I didn’t get to attend their one and only SXSW performance at the new ACL Live At Moody Theater venue due to it being badges and wristbands only, but thankfully only a few weeks after that show, they released a huge list of summer dates which include stops at The Woodlands’ (Houston) Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion and two dates in Austin at the same venue they played during SXSW. Read more for WSP’s complete spring/summer itinerary.

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