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LIVELOVEDIE was produced by Grammy winner Robert Hannon (Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below) and Perpetual Groove. The album was produced with renewable energy through Perpetual Groove’s partnership with Tree Sound Studios, Sustainable Waves, and Green Mountain Energy Company and is being released by the environmentally progressive label, Tree Leaf Music.
A celebrated, international touring act for over four years, Perpetual Groove has built a reputation on intense, emotional music that fans call “trance arena rock,” and won over legions of fans with their experimentations in live 5.1 concert surround sound, an intense retina blinding light show, and a willingness to keep the connection strong between band and fans. The Athens, GA-based band’s riveting live performances have catapulted them into the “must-see” category of live rock bands. With a funky blend of jazz-rock, neo-psychedelia, R&B, trance electronica, progressive rock and anthemic arena rock, the Bonnaroo veterans have conquered the festival circuit and continue to tour relentlessly.
Rising out of the low country of Savannah, GA in 2001, Perpetual Groove has grown quickly into a formidable internationally touring organization. Now based in Athens, GA, the band continues to ride an unending wave of momentum buoyed by an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. Fans of Perpetual Groove (or PGroove, as the fans like to call them) are known to follow the band from state to state, night to night, to experience their euphoric live show that features an ever changing set-list. Perpetual Groove’s music has evolved into a genre-bending, highly original sound that touches upon jazz-rock, neo-psychedelia, R&B, trance electronica, progressive rock, and anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone, but the band is also known for their eclectic range of covers; including everything from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade”. The addition of an intense, retina burning, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they’ll get a highly polished, yet different show each night.
Perpetual Groove released their first album, Sweet Oblivious Antidote, in 2003 on Harmonized Records after their first year of solid touring. Besides being the top seller for The Home Grown Music Network that year (it out-sold releases by Phish, Widespread Panic, and others), it was also voted HGMN Top Fan Pick for 2003. The buzz only got bigger on the 2004 follow-up record, All This Everything, which was produced by Grammy award-winner Robert Hannon. LIVELOVEDIE, their third record was released in March of 2007 and represents a significant evolutionary departure in style for Perpetual Groove. Teaming up once again with Hannon and Tree Sound Studios, the band set forth to create a darker sonic landscape without sacrificing too much of that “PGroove quality” thanks in part to Butler’s warm, soaring vocals.
By partnering with Tree Sound Studios, Sustainable Waves, and Green Mountain Energy Company, Perpetual Groove is leaving a positive impact on the environment while they conduct their business. The band’s latest release, LIVELOVEDIE was produced with renewable energy, and each time the band tours, their carbon emissions are offset with renewable energy credits. The Spring 2007 Tour alone generated 50 tons of CO2 emissions, all of which were offset with help from Green Mountain Energy Company. That’s equal roughly to 60050 cars driving 3958483 miles. Where ever possible, Perpetual Groove uses recycled materials for the creation of tour cards and flyers, posters, and even album packaging, of which, the latest was made from 100% post consumer/industrial waste materials. Perpetual Groove’s online ticketing and merchandise websites also help to leave a positive impact. Patrons of both stores have the option of “greening up” their ticket which a renewable energy credit to offset the emissions from traveling to the show. Perpetual Groove’s environmental initiatives exist to serve as an example to their fans, that one person at a time can make a difference, and more importantly, leave a positive impact on their environment.
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NM's unique style blends free-flying rock with acoustic stylings, tight vocal harmonies and lyrical songcraft. With a fearless pioneering spirit, they've become one of the most cutting edge bands on the scene today.
"New Monsoon was formed around Bo Carper's acoustic finger-style picking and the sharp, driving leads of electric guitarist Jeff Miller. The interplay of warm acoustic tones and charged electric bite-born from a shared love of Led Zeppelin III-has remained at the heart of its sound through various line-up changes, now a streamlined quintet with Phil Ferlino (keyboards), Marshall Harrell (bass) and Sean Hutchinson (drums). New Monsoon is built on the pillars of the 60's SF scene-a healthy dose of improvisation, a psychedelic character and a broad stylistic reach-without expressly emulating anyone" - Dennis Cook, Relix Magazine
"They have a collective power that comes off as a real unified force on stage..It's not just a band, you know? It's something transcendental" -Michael Shrieve
New Monsoon has shared the stage with heavyweight guests Mike Stern (Miles Davis), the late, great Martin Fierro (Zero, Legion of Mary), Steve Kimock, and Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), to name a few.They've toured with String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Umphrey's McGee (Big Summer Classic Tour), supported Moe, The Wailers, etc and are a featured headliner in venues such as the Fillmore (SF), Gothic Theater (Denver), and Warehouse Live (Houston). They are also a perennial favorite of the festival circuit including marquee festivals like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Langerado, High Sierra, Telluride Bluegrass, Austin City Limits and many others.
The band's quality associations continue with their recorded output. 2007's "V" was produced by longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer John Cutler, and 2005's "The Sound" was helmed by original Santana percussionist Michael Shrieve and Paul Kimble (Grant Lee Buffalo, Luna).
"Fluid flights emerge from many of the album's (New Monsoon V) best tracks-vivid songwriting fuseed with reemerging themes of search and discovery-they hang humbly from well-fortified compositions." -Jamie Lee, Relix Magazine
"This diverse cast of coconspirators speaks to the range and simmering possibilities within New Monsoon's framework, a creative space that embraces instrumentals as well as dead solid songcraft. They are comfortable with complex, genre-scuttling wordless fare that blends World music with heavy metal and Nashville pickin' but is equally at home with road tales that drag us to "Alaska" or up "On The Sun" with words that echo the encompassing good will and philosophy of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia." -Dennis Cook
Their new album, aptly titled "New Monsoon Live," was recorded during an epic 3 night run in Texas last September. Building upon their most successful studio album to date, "New Monsoon V," this live two-CD set is the band's first official release from the current 5-piece line-up, and their first live album since 2004. New Monsoon Live captures the band reaching one of their highest emotional, technical, and musical peaks.
"New Monsoon Live is defined by its powerful melodic sense and commitment to the spirit of the songs. The jam or solo always serves the song, not the other way around. There is no aimless noodling to be found here, no wasted notes." -Rob Johnson, Hittin' the Note
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Formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, Lotus brings their club-worthy beats and rocking instrumental anthems to theaters throughout the country this fall. No glow-stick bracelets, pretentious Can trivia, or expensive distressed fashion required.
Lotus's new release, Escaping Sargasso Sea (May 2007), is a double-disc live album that draws from two previous studio albums, Nomad and The Strength of Weak Ties, along with never before released material. From the post/math-rock of "When H Binds to O" to the slippery dance beats of "Wax," this collection shows Lotus's ability to deconstruct, stretch, and rebuild their compositions spontaneously on stage. Restraining from flaunting their individual chops, Lotus builds compositions on catchy melodies and heavy grooves...
The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has made crowds get down across the US, Canada, and Japan. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus proves why they have become a go-to act for late night festival slots. This tour takes the band into renowned theatres nationwide including the Ogden Theatre in Denver, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Park West in Chicago, and the Bowery Ballroom in New York.