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Updated 9.22.08

+ John Brown's Body embarks on a massive fall US tour on September 26 in Lake Tahoe!  The tour spans coast to coast from 9/26 through the end of 2008.  Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will be performing with JBB at all California & Colorado shows.  JBB's new album Amplify comes out September 30th. jbb gpgds

+ Hot Water Music announce new shows on the west coast and in Denver:
Aug 28 @ Grand Ballroom at Regency Center: San Francisco, CA
Aug 29 @ El Rey Theater: Los Angeles, CA w/ Strike Anywhere
Aug 30 @ Glass House: Pomona, CA w/ Strike Anywhere
Sept 6 @ Roseland Theater: Portland, OR w/ Bouncing Souls
Sept 7 @ Gothic Theatre: Denver, CO
hwm myspace

+ John Brown's Body will release a new album AMPLIFY on September 30, 2008, on Easy Star Records.
JBB's last album Pressure Points came out in 2005.  Catch them on national tour this summer and fall.  jbb

+ Hot Water Music announce summer shows in New York City & Philadelphia!  July 11 @ Trocadero: Philadelphia and
July 12 @ Terminal 5: NYC.  Tickets on sale May 10.  hwm myspace

+ 311 announce Summer Tour dates!  They are playing all over the US.  311

+ Circa Survive, Thrice, and Pelican announce US tour: April 16 - May 29.

+ Face To Face announce plan for reunion!  There are no immediate plans for a full scale tour - they will be playing select festival dates
in the U.S. and internationally.  The first show is on April 5 @ The Bamboozle Left in Irvine, CA.  Face To Face broke up back in 2003.
face to face  myspace

+ Trever Keith, founding member and guitarist/vocalist of Face To Face has completed a solo album entitled "Melancholics Anonymous".
Keith will be going on tour in support of his debut solo album.  The first shows are:
March 8 @ Troubadour: Hollywood, CA
April 26 @ Maxwell's: Hoboken, NJ
trever keith

+ Dub Trio's new album "Another Sound Is Dying" comes out January 29 on Ipecac Records.  It is their third studio album
and their first release on Ipecac.  ROIR is releasing the vinyl.  CD Release Party: Jan 31 @ Luna Lounge in Brooklyn.
Another Sound Is Dying will surely be one of the best albums of 2008. 
dub trio

+ Dub Trio will be touring North America from February 8 - March 7, 2008.  European tour throughout the month of April.
See all tour dates here: dub trio

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+ Jazz legend Oscar Peterson died on December 23, 2007.  The Canadian-born pianist was 82.  R.I.P.

+ Hot Water Music are reuniting for a few shows in early 2008!  Tickets go on sale November 10.
Jan 19 @ House Of Blues: Orlando, FL * Jan 25 @ Starland Ballroom: Sayreville, NJ * Feb 2 @ Metro: Chicago, IL
hot water music  myspace

+ South African reggae legend Lucky Dube was murdered by carjackers on October 18 in Rosettenville,
a southern Johannesburg suburb.  The singer's career lasted more than 20 years, during which time he released 20+ albums.
R.I.P.  lucky dube

+ Matthew Goodwin (of John Brown's Body) will be playing keys for Bedouin Soundclash on their fall tour.  bedouin

+ Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is currently on a six week national tour!  They are making their west coast debut
playing in Tacoma WA, Portland OR, and 8 shows throughout California.  Check out this upstate New York
roots reggae, dub, afrobeat explosion!  giant panda

+ Dub Trio is hitting the west coast, on tour with Helmet: Sept 15 - Oct 5.
Shows in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and a week in California.
Don't miss seeing one of the illest bands in the land!  dub trio

 + Check out Le Loup - an awesome progressive indie rock band from Washington DC.
They just released their debut album "The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations' Millennium General Assembly"
on Hardly Art records.  le loup  myspace

+ Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad perform @ SOB's in New York City on Tuesday, October 2.
Don't miss this amazing night of music at the premier NYC world music venue.  giant panda

+ National Skyline have a new 3 song EP coming out!  "The Last Day" EP
will be available on iTunes & Rhapsody starting Sept 18.  national skyline

+ Circa Survive headlining national tour in October & November!  circa survive

+ Legendary jazz drummer Max Roach died on August 15, 2007.  He was 83 years old.

+ June 26, 2007 = An exciting day of new album releases...
Dub Trio "Cool Out And Coexist", Bad Brains "Build A Nation", 108 "A New Beat From A Dead Heart",
Beastie Boys "The Mix-Up", and Pharoahe Monch "Desire". 
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+ Boston Afrobeat Society has officially changed their name to "The Superpowers".
The Superpowers are a 10-piece afrobeat group from the northeast.  the superpowers

+ Femi Kuti summer tour throughout America: July and August.  Go see Femi and his amazing band live!
For concert dates go to jambase.com and search "Femi Kuti".  femi kuti

+ BoySetsFire are breaking up.  They have 2 farewell shows @ The Trocadero in Philadelphia: June 8 & June 9.  boysetsfire

+ Nathan from BoySetsFire has a new band called The Casting Outthecastingout

+ 311 have announced their summer tour dates!  50 shows throughout America, from late June through late August.
311

+ Damnation A.D. have announced a June 12th release date for their new album "In This Life Or The Next".
damnation a.d.

+ The Draft have a new digital EP and 7" available March 13.  the draft

+ The Police have reunited for a summer tour.

+ Dub Trio is recording a live album!  They are performing 2 nights in a row @ Union Pool in Brooklyn: February 19th & 20th.
Go be a part of history and see some mind-blowing music!  dub trio

+ James Brown died early Christmas morning of congestive hear failure.  He was 73 years old.

+ Midnite tour Jan/Feb 2007.  They will be performing east and west coast shows in February.  midnite

+ Dub Trio is currently in Europe!  They are playing shows there through mid-December.  dub trio

+ Face To Face will release a new DVD on 10/17.
The 2 disc DVD is entitled "Shoot The Moon - The Essential Collection.  antagonist

+ Texas Is The Reason are reuniting for two shows: 11/25 & 11/26 @ Irving Plaza, NYC.
This will be their first performance since their breakup in 1997.

+ Pony Pants are about to begin their first national tour!  They play a few east coast shows starting 9/15
and then embark on a journey across America.  Get ready for the dance party!  pony pants

+ Culture's lead singer Joseph Hill died on August 19, he was 57 years old.
Culture is a great reggae band that has been around for decades.  R.I.P. Joseph.

+ BoySetsFire has announced that they are breaking up.  Goodbye to a great band.
Viva Delaware!  boysetsfire

+ Squarepusher has a new album coming out in October!  warp

+ Brothers Past has a new drummer!  Rick is leaving the band to pursue a law career.
His replacement is Ilya Stemkovsky, formerly of OM Trio.  brothers past

+ Jamaican legend Desmond Dekker died on May 25.  Dekker launched reggae onto the international music scene with his 1969 hit "Israelites".
He became the first international reggae superstar before anyone had ever heard of Bob Marley.
Dekker died suddenly from a heart attack at his home in England.  He was 64.

+ Hot Water Music is officially broken up.  Read Chuck's letter here.
3 of the 4 members of HWM are in an amazing new band called The Draft.
Farewell to one of the best punk rock bands ever.  Hello to The Draft.

+ Trever Keith has announced a release date for the new Face To Face DVD: in stores October 17.
The title is "Shoot The Moon: The Essential DVD".  R.I.P. Face To Face.  antagonist

+ Gorilla Biscuits are doing a month-long reunion tour starting 8/4 in NJ.  gorilla biscuits

Music Is A Weapon presents
+ Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad * Ish Masters * DJ cam-one
Friday JUNE 9 @ U-Turn
The hottest show in DC all summer!

+ Dub Trio's sophomore album "New Heavy" comes out May 23... CD Release Party @ Piano's.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will be the supporting act for this musical extravaganza.  dub trio

+ The Draft have finished recording their debut album with legendary producer Brian McTernan.
Scheduled release date is Sept. 12 on Epitaph.  This album will be sick !  the draft

+ Radiohead announce summer tour ... shows in NY (on sale 5/5), Philly (on sale 5/6), and more. 

+ Samiam have posted 2 previously unreleased songs for download on their myspace. 

+ 4/28: Local legends the Ish Masters open for Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra @ 9:30 Club.
Hip-hop/go go from DC's finest and Brooklyn afrobeat mayhem -- don't miss this show! 

+ 311 have announced a summer tour from July 20 - Sept. 9.  They will be playing over 35 shows throughout the US.
The Wailers will be opening for them.  311

+ Mountain Mojo Authority are breaking up.  Their final show happens in April in Rochester, NY.  mojo

+ March 10: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad album release party in Rochester!
Be sure to pick up the Squad's debut full-length album on sale in March.  panda

+ Pearl Jam announces East Coast tour dates!  New album out 5/2.  pearl jam

+ Punk rock veterans Samiam are back in action!  Despite living in different parts of the US,
they will be recording new material this year!  samiam

+ Brooklyn's own Dub Trio will be releasing a new studio album in May, featuring guest Mike Patton.  dub trio

+ After a few years hiatus Damnation a.d. have returned !  Performing live in DC on 4/15 @ Nation.  damnation

+ BoySetsFire have a new album, release date: March 21 (Equal Vision Records).  boysetsfire

+ Thursday will release their fourth album "A City by the Light Divided" on May 2.

+ Karsh Kale has a new album coming out Mar. 21 entitled "Broken English".  karsh kale

+ Check out the Ish Masters aka Beat Pimpz (Ish Lab) new web site.
Listen to tracks from their new studio album.  russboy.com

Arugula Promotions presents:
+ Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad return to the East End in Newark, DE: Friday, February 17.  panda 

+ Dub Trio will be releasing a new album in Spring 2006.  Get ready for amazing heavy dub!  dub trio
Joe Tomino (Dub Trio, Like Yesterday) will be playing drums with The Fugees on their reunion tour in Europe.

 
2005
+
311 got in a fight with former Creed singer Scott Stapp on Thanksgiving in the bar of the Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore.  311
+ Strike Anywhere
have said goodbye to Jade Tree after 2 amazing full-length albums.
They have signed with Fat Wreck Chords.  Look for a new album coming out in 2006.  strike anywhere
+
Check out live Ishlab video footage, backing C-Rayz Walz: beat pimpz video
+ Free Drum n Bass/Jungle radio 24 hours a day:
dnbradio.com
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Listen to the The Draft, a new band composed of 3 members of Hot Water Music.
+ Nightmare Of You released their debut album on September 13.  nightmare of you
+
Thrice released a new album on 10/18.  It is very experimental and different from their past releases.
+ BoySetsFire have a new web site with many updates.  Listen to new demo songs and catch up on the band.  boysetsfire
+ Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad are an amazing roots reggae band from Rochester, NY.  Check out their web site for show dates and more.
+
Hot Water Music is taking an extended break because Chuck has decided to concentrate on life off of the road for an undetermined amount of time.  The other 3 members have started a new band called The Draft.  Watch out for the debut album sometime in '06.  hot water music
+ Alia is a new NYC quintet that plays experimental free jazz mixed with drum n bass.  The group consists of Amir Ziv (drums) and Jordan McLean (trumpet) from Droid, Stu (bass) from Dub Trio, a guitarist, and a haunting female vocalist.  Alia peformed their first live show @
Tonic in NYC on September 3.
+ 311 released a new album entitled "Don't Tread On Me" on August 16.  This is their 15th year as a band.  311

Music Rules Everything Around Me

 best concerts (DC area) Summer 2005  

 Midnite @ Venus Hall DC - 6/1
 DJ Craze @ Sonar Baltimore MD - 6/4
 
Dub Trio @ Sonar Baltimore - 6/29
 Femi Kuti @ 9:30 Club DC - 7/16
 Rahzel/Common/John Legend @ Ram's Head Live Baltimore - 7/18
 Talib Kweli @ 9:30 Club
DC - 8/19
 311 @ Nissan Pavilion
Bristow VA - 8/26

 awesome albums of 2005  

 A Wilhelm Scream "Ruiner"
 Brothers Past
"This Feeling's Called Goodbye"
 Circa Survive "Juturna"
 Comeback Kid "Wake The Dead"
 Common "Be"
 Damian Marley "Welcome To Jamrock"
 Darkest Hour "Undoing Ruin"
 Face To Face "Shoot The Moon: The Essential Collection"
 Ish Masters "Russboy Presents... IshMasters 2005"
 Kanye West "Late Registration"
 Propagandhi "Potemkin City Limits"
 Talib Kweli "Right About Now"
 311 "Don't Tread On Me"
 With Honor "This Is Our Revenge"

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