INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Tech Death Behemoths To Kick Off US Tour With Cannabis Corpse And Mammoth Grinder

posted by Vu Nguyen

California technical death metal behemoths, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, will kick off a three-week bought of US live assaults next week supporting Richmond bongblasters, Cannabis Corpse. The tour will kick off in the Southeast, with the first show in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 28th, and whip counter-clockwise through the country across the Gulf Coast, up through California then eastward through the Midwest and back down the East Coast, coming to a halt in Richmond on December 20th. Additional support will come from Austin-based hardcore/death crossover outfit, Mammoth Grinder.


INANIMATE EXISTENCE will be touring in support of their A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement full-length, released this past Summer via Unique Leader Records. Tracked by Max Zigman (Son Of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement finds INANIMATE EXISTENCE elevating their signature, outlandish compositions to an entirely new level of profundity. A conceptual offering centered on Tibetan folk, each movement marvels at its own innovative density as intricate guitar structures coil seamlessly around complex rhythms and venomous vocal assaults as female vocal accents, clarinet, bass flute, harp, bongos and other nuances add to the record's already confounding depth. No Clean Singing crowns, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement, "...a fascinating effort, a true journey for your ears and mind that's well worth experiencing again and again," Last Rites notes, "INANIMATE EXISTENCE may very well take the crown as the one tech album worth listening to in a calendar year. It's tighter than my old man's wallet... and interesting enough to stand away from a field already crowded beyond breathing capacity," while MetalSucks concurs, "A Never-Ending Cycle... fulfills the face-fuckery I forecast in January, with percussive endurance that grinds like jackhammers." Adds Sputnik Music in a near perfect score, "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement is meta in the sense that it recognizes the never-ending cyclical nature of genre stereotypes - bands that regurgitate and rehash the same material without the slightest incentive of breaking new ground - and INANIMATE EXISTENCE offer penance for their contemporaries; a public display of atonement in a brutal 45-minute package."


INANIMATE EXISTENCE w/ Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder:
11/28/2014 Ziggy's By The Sea - Wilmington, NC
11/29/2014 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
11/30/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
12/02/2014 Club Dada - Dallas, TX
12/03/2014 Red 7 - Austin, TX
12/04/2014 Limelight - San Antonio, TX
12/06/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
12/07/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
12/08/2014 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
12/09/2014 Strummers - Fresno, CA
12/10/2014 The Metro - Oakland, CA
12/11/2014 The Garage - Ventura, CA
12/12/2014 The Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
12/13/2014 The Core - Salt Lake City, UT
12/14/2014 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO

12/16/2014 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN

12/17/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
12/18/2014 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH
12/19/2014 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
12/20/2014 The Broadberry - Richmond, VA

Sturgill Simpson on tour

posted Nov 23, 2014, 1:51 PM by Vu Nguyen

performed “Turtles All The Way Down” recently on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The performance celebrates Simpson’s new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, which continues to receive overwhelming acclaim. In support of the release, Simpson and his band—bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller—will continue their sold-out nationwide tour this fall/winter, including newly announced 2015 headlining dates. See below for complete details.

Already enjoying a break-out 2014, Simpson recently performed on “Conan” and the “Late Show with David Letterman” and was featured on the BBC’s “Later Live with Jools Holland,”“Later…with Jools Holland,” American Public Media’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert.” He was also recently awarded “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. Of the competitive category, The Wall Street Journal asserted, “The new, impressive young performers put forward for Americana's ‘Emerging Act of the Year’ for 2014 are undoubtedly the strongest set ever nominated in a single year; who they are and what they do should further define the arena…” PBS will broadcast an edited version of the Honors & Awards show as an Austin City Limits special, “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival,” on November 22.

Of Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Rolling Stone heralds, “Sounds Like: Merle Haggard with a stack of books on cosmology and metaphysics,” while Garden & Gun praises, “Metamodern is what country music should sound like.” Moreover, The Washington Post calls him, “Country music’s most exciting new outsider” and The Wall Street Journal describes, “the album salts old-school country, bluegrass and gospel sounds with hints of psychedelia and even electronica—although fans of his authentic-country cred aren’t likely to be disappointed.” Additionally, NPR Music recently premiered his music videos for “The Promise” and “Turtles All The Way Down.”

Produced once again by friend and trusted collaborator Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson), Metamodern Sounds In Country Music was recorded live-to-tape at Nashville’s LCS studio over four days in late 2013. Of the album, Simpson comments, “Myriad worldly offerings—religion, drugs, and more—all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth, but in my experience, love is the only certainty. That’s what this record is about.”

Simpson’s portrait on the album cover was designed by friend and painter Jason Seiler, who is perhaps best known for illustrating Pope Francis for TIME Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year” issue in addition to contributing art to publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

 November 23                                            Sacramento, CA                                                         Harlow’s
  November 25                                              Portland, OR                  Mississippi Studios (SOLD OUT)
  November 26                                               Seattle, WA                            Tractor Tavern (SOLD OUT)
   November 28                                          Salt Lake City, UT                                           The State Room
  November 29                                               Denver, CO                        Bluebird Theater (SOLD OUT)
  November 30                                               Denver, CO                                                Bluebird Theater
 December 2                                             Kansas City, MO                       Knuckehead’s (SOLD OUT)
  December 4                                             Minneapolis, MN         Fine Line Music Café (SOLD OUT)
December 5                                               Milwaukee, WI                                                    Turner Hall
December 6                                                  Chicago, IL                                Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
 December 7                                              Indianapolis, IN                                               Vogue Theatre
  December 30                                                 Austin, TX                 ACL Live at The Moody Theater‡
 January 29                                                  Knoxville, TN                                                 Bijou Theatre
 January 30                                                  Louisville, KY                                        Mercury Ballroom
  January 31                                                 Covington, KY                                           Madison Theater
 February 3                                                 St. Louis, MO                                             Old Rock House
 February 4                                                  Madison, WI                                             Majestic Theatre
 February 5                                                    Detroit, MI                                               The Magic Stick
  February 6                                              Grand Rapids, MI                 The Stache @ The Intersection
  February 11                                               New York, NY                                          Bowery Ballroom
 February 12                                                Brooklyn, NY                       Music Hall of Williamsburg
 February 13                                             Washington, DC                                                     9:30 Club
 February 14                                             Asbury Park, NY                                           The Stone Pony
  February 17                                            Northampton, MA                                                   Pearl Street
  February 18                                          South Burlington, VT                     Higher Ground Ballroom
February 20                                                 Boston, MA                                       Paradise Rock Club
  February 21                                              Philadelphia, PA                         Theatre of the Living Arts
 February 22                                            Charlottesville, VA                                           The Southern
February 24                                               Richmond, VA                                           The Broadberry
 February 27                                                Asheville, NC                                             The Grey Eagle
 February 28                                                Nashville, TN                                              3rd & Lindsley
 March 1                                                      Nashville, TN                                              3rd & Lindsley
 April 24                                                         Indio, CA                                           Stagecoach Festival

‡supporting Willie Nelson

Omar Souleyman Brings Electro-shaabi to Minneapolis

posted Nov 18, 2014, 1:36 PM by Vu Nguyen

“Undoubtedly the best Syrian-folk techno banger you’ll hear this—or any other—year.” —NME
Electro-shaabi anyone? Singing in Arabic and Kurdish, Syrian Omar Souleyman supercharges the sounds of shaabi and dabke—traditional music heard at social gatherings throughout the Middle East—into East meets West electronic dance music bursting with overdriven synthesizer and trance-inducing rhythm. Souleyman’s international acclaim has found a new generation of admirers from around the globe thanks to projects such as his well-received remixes for Björk’s Biophilia and appearances at Bonnaroo and other prominent festivals. His first studio album, Wenu Wenu, was produced by renowned musician Kieran Hebden (Four Tet).  But beyond all the mixing and remashing sounds and traditions, Souleyman is known for his enthralling live performances—a fireball of Middle Eastern passion and excitement that “can compete against any kind of dance music being made right now, and succeed” (Pitchfork).
This all-standing club concert is copresented with The Cedar.
Omar Souleyman Presented by the Walker and the Cedar
Saturday, December 5, 8 pm
The Cedar
416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

TICKETS: $25 ($22 Walker members) in advance; $30 ($26) day of show or 612.375.7600

Swervedriver announce LP, SXSW appearance + North American tour

posted Nov 18, 2014, 9:56 AM by Vu Nguyen

Seminal UK band Swervedriver today announce that 2015 will see the release of their first full length album since 1998's 99th Dream via Cobraside. To coincide with its release the band will be embarking on a full North American tour which will see them performing at SXSW for the first time in their career. See below for all upcoming Swervedriver tour dates and stay tuned for more info regarding their new album. 


Tour Dates

03/04 San Diego, CA - Casbah

03/05 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre

03/06 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

03/08 Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball

03/09 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

03/12 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club

03/13 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

03/14 Chicago, IL - TBA

03/15 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme

03/16 Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater

03/17 St. Louis, MO - The Duck Room @ Blueberry

03/19 Dallas, TX - Club Dada

03/20-21 Austin, TX - SXSW

03/23 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West

03/24 Durham, NC - Motorco

03/25 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

03/27 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

03/28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

03/29 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Babes In Toyland Return with Feb. 12 Show at The Roxy (Los Angeles)

posted Nov 17, 2014, 9:11 AM by Vu Nguyen

Babes In Toyland, the trio Entertainment Weekly dubbed “rock’s first major-label feminists,” have reunited their Fontanelle-era line-up and will play their first live show in 18 years on Feb.12 at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

“Second time’s the charm,” said drummer Lori Barbero.

Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero discussed the band’s history and decision to reunite in an interview with Rolling Stone, which will be available tomorrow. In the candid piece, the trio speaks with writer Mark Yarm (author of Everybody Loves our Town: An Oral History of Grunge) about the intervening years, what led to the band’s initial dissolution and their decision to reunite nearly two decades later.

"It was brought to my attention that not only do we have a lot of diehard fans from back in the day, but also a whole new generation of kids--my son Henry included-- that were eager to see us live,” explained singer/guitar player Kat Bjelland. “I felt some kind of obligation for them to see us, too. But mainly, I just missed my girls and the feeling that comes from playing with them--visceral live therapy."

"The first time we played together again," added bass player Maureen Herman, "we weren't sure what it would be like. After knocking the hell out of ‘He's My Thing’ on the first try, we knew this was going to be fun--and it was going to rock like a motherf***er."

The Minneapolis-born band came to prominence in the late ‘80s with a raw live show that captured a musical and cultural moment; angry, talented and unfettered by societal norms, there were no costumes, no matching outfits and no harmonies. Babes in Toyland were as punk as their contemporaries, male or female, and made history along the way.  Releasing three full-length albums and a number of singles and EPs, the trio influenced a legion of musicians including Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Jack-off Jill.

Dangerous Minds said, “Kat’s delivery was intense and atonal, with her lyrics referencing fairytales (“Handsome and Gretel”), pain, rage, beauty, betrayal, and abusive parents, not sung with sweet, breathy, unsure vocals, but with a gut-wrenching maenad’s growl.”  They were the first of their female contemporaries to sign to a major label (Fontanelle, the band’s sophomore release, arrived in 1992 via Reprise Records) and as a byproduct of their individualism, Kat kick-started the return of baby doll dresses and plastic barrettes. Babes in Toyland graced the covers of Alternative Press, NME and the aforementioned Entertainment Weekly. They played the Reading Festival three times (1991,1993 and 1995), Lollapalooza once (1993) and have been featured in numerous documentaries including 1991: The Year Punk Broke and Not Bad for a Girl. Herman left the band in 1997; Barbero and Bjelland played the final Babes in Toyland show in 2001.

Tickets for the special evening are on-sale this Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 am pacific.

Gaz Coombes new album Matador and European tour dates.

posted Nov 17, 2014, 8:51 AM by Vu Nguyen

Gaz Coombes’ second solo album – Matador - is due for release on January 26th 2015. The self-produced follow up to 2012’s Here Come The Bombs was recorded in Gaz’s home studio and Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire. Everything on the record was played by Gaz (except drums on four tracks by Loz Colbert, synths on ‘Buffalo’ by Charly Coombes; backing vocals across the record come from Beverlei Brown and Faith Simpson). The album features the singles ‘Buffalo’ and ’20/20’.

The full tracklisting for Matador is:

1. Buffalo
2. 20/20
3. The English Ruse
4. The Girl Who Fell To Earth
5. Detroit
6. Needle’s Eye
7. Seven Walls
8. Oscillate
9. To The Wire
10. Is It On?
11. Matador

Gaz Coombes tours Europe in February 2015. The dates are:

4th Bristol Fleece

5th Brighton Old Market

6th London Queen Elizabeth Hall

7th Oxford O2 Academy

9th Birmingham Glee Club

10th Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre

11th Manchester Gorilla

13th Hamburg Rock Café

14th Berlin Frannz Club

16th Amsterdam Bitterzoet

17th Brussels Botanique

18th Paris La Maroquiniere

Alvvays on tour

posted Nov 16, 2014, 1:25 PM by Vu Nguyen

are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle.

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.

Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit -- nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.

With needlepoint melody and verse, Rankin and O'Hanley's songs were recorded at Chad VanGaalen's Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile).

The resultant album is loud and clear and sure. Flood your ears.

Tour dates:

11/16/14         Birmingham, AL     BottleTree    
11/18/14         New Orleans, LA     Gasa Gasa    
11/19/14         Dallas, TX     City Tavern    
11/20/14         San Antonio, TX     502 Bar    
11/21/14         Austin, TX     Waterloo Records    
11/21/14         Austin, TX     Red 7    
11/23/14         Scottsdale, AZ     Pub Rock    
11/24/14         Las Vegas, NV     Bunkhouse    
11/25/14         San Diego, CA     Soda Bar    
11/26/14         Pomona, CA     Acerogami    
11/28/14         Los Angeles, CA     Echo    
11/29/14         San Francisco, CA     Rickshaw Stop    
12/01/14         Portland, OR     Doug Fir Lounge    
12/02/14         Seattle, WA     Barboza    
12/03/14         Vancouver, BC     Biltmore Cabaret    
12/05/14         Edmonton, AB     The Starlite Room    
12/06/14         Calgary, AB     The Gateway at SAIT    
12/09/14         Saskatoon, SK     Amigos Cantina    
12/10/14         Winnipeg, MB     Park Theatre Cafe    
12/11/14         Saint Paul, MN     Turf Club    
12/12/14         Iowa City, IA     Blue Moose Tap House    
12/13/14         Cleveland, OH     Beachland Ballroom    
12/18/14         Montreal, QC     La Sala Rossa    
12/19/14         Kingston, ON     The Grad Club    
12/20/14         Toronto, ON     Opera House Concert Venue    
01/17/15         Tomorrow Never Knows


posted Nov 16, 2014, 1:21 PM by Vu Nguyen

In an effort to unite instead of isolate, The Alliance of Sound plans on bringing the different flavors of electronic music together for an unforgettable tour. For perhaps the first time in the history of electronic music, two of the biggest and most disparate names in electronic-based music – SKINNY PUPPY and VNV NATION, are banding together for a 17-date tour of North America, with support from HAUJOBB and YOUTH CODE. Kicking off at the end of November at Toronto's Sound Academy, the tour will circle the continent, and wrap up at Pomona, CA's Fox Theater in December. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Vancouver's Skinny Puppy have been major voices in issues that plague society, from vivisection to pollution to drugs to even the advent of AIDS. When news of the U.S. government's usage of their music at Guantanamo Bay hit the news in the last year, media surrounding the band's political and cultural impact resurfaced in NPR, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and hundreds of other outlets, reinforcing the band's place in musical history. Their most recent album, Weapon, stands as an abstract commentary on that which it is named; reflecting that everyday and seemingly safe, inert technologies are actually killing us, thus becoming weapons.

With their unique and formidable ability to combine very melodic, danceable electronics with haunting and powerful lyrics, Irish/English duo VNV Nation have built a massive fanbase, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans at both their own sold-out shows and major rock festivals worldwide. Their massive hits "Chrome", "Beloved" and "Illusion" are club staples that still pack dancefloors. Their latest two albums, Automatic and Transnational have thrust Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson to a wider audience seeking substance and meaning over mainstream superficiality and artifice with Top Ten albums for both in European charts .

More ambient and textural, Germany's Haujobb have explored the electronic musical spectrum from electro-industrial to IDM ("Intelligent Dance Music") to techno and created a soundscape all their own. Hailing from Los Angeles, hardcore-based Youth Code are a raw, punishing and hardcore-based electronic duo of Ryan William George and Sara Taylor who blends WaxTrax-styled chaos with catchy dance undertones.

# # #


Nov. 28 – The Sound Academy (Toronto, ON)
Nov 29 – Metropolis (Montreal, QC)
Nov. 30 – House of Blues (Boston, MA)
Dec. 2 – Best Buy Theater (NYC)
Dec. 3 – Trocadero Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
Dec. 5 – Jannus Landing (Tampa, FL)
Dec. 6 – Buckhead Theatre (Atlanta, GA)
Dec. 8 – The Pageant (St. Louis, MO)
Dec. 9 – The Vic Theatre (Chicago, IL)

Dec. 10 – Mill City Nights (Minneapolis, MN)
Dec. 12 – Ogden Theatre (Denver, CO)
Dec. 13 – The Complex (SLC)
Dec. 15 – Showbox SODO (Seattle, WA)
Dec. 16 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Dec. 17 – Roseland Theater (Portland, OR)
Dec. 19 – Regency Ballroom (San Francisco, CA)
Dec. 20 – The Fox Theater (Pomona, CA)

Meghan Trainor announces 2015 North American headline tour

posted Nov 16, 2014, 1:13 PM by Vu Nguyen

Kicking off 2015 with a bang, Meghan Trainor will launch her first ever North American headline tour. THAT BASS TOUR, produced by Live Nation, sees the platinum-certified rising pop star perform in major markets across the U.S. and Canada beginning February 11, 2015 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC with stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and Washington DC. 
Australian pop band, Sheppard, will be special guests on Meghan's tour.    A full list of dates is below. Tickets go on sale Nov. 8. Fans can expect an unforgettable show night after night with Meghan on the THAT BASS TOUR.

Meanwhile, Meghan’s hotly anticipated full-length debut, Title [Epic Records], hits shelves on Jan. 13 just prior to the launch of her tour. Her six-time platinum anthem “All About The Bass” also recently made big headlines. Clinching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight straight weeks, she tied Michael Jackson for longest leading No. 1 single in Epic Records history and the longest No. 1 by a female artist this year. The video has been viewed over 200,000,000 times and counting.

Following up “All About The Bass” in style, Meghan recently unveiled the scorching and sexy new single “Lips Are Movin.” Upon impacting Top 40 radio last week, the track became “Most Added” at the format, swiftly moving up the charts and looking to repeat the monumental success of its predecessor. Its music video will debut shortly. Stay tuned!

“All About The Bass” recently received an MTV EMA nomination in the category of “Best Song With a Message.   Meghan is also up for “New Artist of the Year” at the American Music Awards and Best New Female Musician at the LOGO New Next Now Awards.  Meghan will perform “All About That Bass” with Miranda Lambert at the CMAs on Nov. 5 and will also perform on Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards on Nov. 30.

Across the pond, fans share the same enthusiasm for “All About The Bass”, turning it into a worldwide sensation. It has spent four consecutive weeks at #1 in the UK, becoming the longest-running #1 all year.  It also went #1 Australia, Canada, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Mexico while peaking at #1 on the iTunes singles chart in 58 countries.


All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

2/11    Vancouver, BC, CA             Vogue Theatre

2/13    Portland, OR                         Wonder Ballroom

2/14    Seattle, WA                           Neptune Theatre

2/16    San Francisco, CA              The Fillmore

2/18    San Diego, CA                     House of Blues

2/21    Los Angeles, CA                  El Rey

2/25    Houston, TX                          House of Blues

2/27    Dallas, TX                              Granada Theater

3/1       Louisville, KY                       Mercury Ballroom

3/2       Detroit, MI                              St. Andrew’s Hall

3/4       Chicago, IL                            House of Blues

3/6       Toronto, ON, CA                   The Phoenix

3/8       Washington DC                   The Fillmore Silver Spring

3/11    Philadelphia, PA                  Theatre of Living Arts

3/13    New York, NY                       Irving Plaza

3/17    Boston, MA                           Paradise Rock Club

3/20    Nashville, TN                                    The Cannery *

Additional dates to be announced!

*Sheppard not performing on this date.

Mannheim Steamroller Release New Album 30/40, Embark On Christmas Tour

posted Nov 16, 2014, 1:01 PM by Vu Nguyen

Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller and the industry's largest independent record label, American Gramaphone, announced the release of Mannheim Steamroller new album, Mannheim Steamroller 30/40. Available now nationwide, the aptly named album celebrates the 30th anniversary of Davis' first Christmas record and the 40th anniversary of the first album in his iconic Fresh Aire series.


"This album is special to me in many ways," said Davis. "With a selection of classic Christmas favorites and our cutting-edge Fresh Aire songs, 30/40 provided an opportunity to reflect on a lifetime of making music. And I'm proud to say that 30/40 includes a brand new recording, "Greensleeves", with vocals by my daughter Elyse.


The album is available in three formats -- the single disc Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 with 16 tracks, the three-disc 30/40 Ultimate Collection with 50 tracks and a special limited edition 30/40 Double Disc Vinyl Set. All three capture Mannheim Steamroller's signature music with stunning clarity in beautifully mastered recordings. The limited edition vinyl release was produced on 180 gram virgin vinyl for maximum fidelity and features 12 tracks on two 12" discs.


"Our fans were there back in 1974 when FreshAire was a demonstration record in stores for high-end speakers and turntables and they began buying Mannheim Steamroller records," says Davis. "The vinyl 30/40 set is a 'thank you' to all the music aficionados who put us on the map and also acknowledges the tremendous resurgence of vinyl records in today's music market."


Davis recalls that when he first wanted to do a Christmas record ten years later in 1984, the music industry characterized holiday albums as "something artists do only when they run out of ideas". He went ahead and released Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and millions of copies immediately flew off the shelves.


"Guess all the naysayers were wrong! Every music artist now feels the need to have a holiday records," said Davis. Today he is the #1 Christmas music artist in history with 28 million records sold; total records sold by Mannheim Steamroller is over 40 million albums.


The new release traces the history of Mannheim Steamroller, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and success of the group. Liner notes and a special gatefold in the vinyl release tell the story in Davis' own words with accompanying photos from the very first Fresh Aire days to the group's continuing reign as the unmatched Christmas music artist.


This year also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour, the longest running consecutive tour in the music industry. The tour begins on November 10 and continues through December 28 with over 90 performances throughout the United States. Two touring ensembles are now required to meet the never-ending demand for the group's Christmas concert. For a complete listing of tour dates, please visit


Davis has been awarded 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum records to date. He won a Grammy® for Fresh Aire 7 and less known is his award as SESAC's Country Music Writer of the Year in 1976. The award followed his work as a jingle writer for an Omaha, NE advertising agency. One of his jingles became the basis for the album "Convoy" which he then developed into a soundtrack for a movie of the same name starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali McGraw.


There are two things I said I'd never do," recollects Davis. "I'd never write country music and never live in the Midwest."   He first came to Omaha to conduct a dinner theater performance of "Hair" before his turn in advertising.   He stayed in Omaha and now lives on a 150 acre farm just outside the city limits.   American Gramaphone's headquarters are just a few minutes away.


Davis has also found success outside of music with an entire line of lifestyle products including food, apparel, bath and body and additional items. His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions as Mayo Clinic for relief in pain, anxiety and other medical recovery purposes. The patented system is also being studied by NASA for potential use in space.

Sun 11/16/14         Oklahoma City, OK     Civic Center Music Hall  
Sun 11/16/14         Gainesville, FL     Univ. Of FL Phillips Center    
Tue 11/18/14         Sioux Falls, SD     Washington Pavilion / Arts And Science   
Tue 11/18/14         Melbourne, FL     King Center For Performing Arts  
Wed 11/19/14         Sarasota, FL     Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall    
Wed 11/19/14         Fargo, ND     Fargodome    
Thu 11/20/14         Bemidji, MN     The Sanford Center    
Fri 11/21/14         Bismarck, ND     Bismarck Civic Ctr. Arena 
Fri 11/21/14         Johnson City, TN     Freedom Hall Civic Center    
Sat 11/22/14         Sioux City, IA     Orpheum Theatre    
Sat 11/22/14         Atlanta, GA     Fox Theatre    
Sun 11/23/14         Charlotte, NC     Blumenthal Performing Arts    
Sun 11/23/14         Kansas City, MO     Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts 
Mon 11/24/14         Tulsa, OK     Tulsa Performing Arts Center    
Mon 11/24/14         North Charleston, SC     North Charleston Perf. Arts Center 
Tue 11/25/14         Newport News, VA     Ferguson Center For The Arts   
Tue 11/25/14         Lincoln, NE     Lied Center    
Wed 11/26/14         Davenport, IA     RiverCenter / Adler Theatre    
Fri 11/28/14         Providence, RI     Providence Perf. Arts Ctr.    
Fri 11/28/14         Saginaw, MI     Arena at Dow Event Center   
Sat 11/29/14         Atlantic City, NJ     Harrah's Atlantic City    
Sun 11/30/14         Wisconsin Dells, WI     Crystal Grand Theatre    
Sun 11/30/14         Hershey, PA     Hershey Theatre    
Mon 12/01/14         Winston-Salem, NC     Lawrence Joel Vet. Mem. Coliseum    
Tue 12/02/14         Durham, NC     DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center    
Wed 12/03/14         Bethlehem, PA     Sands Bethlehem Event Center    
Wed 12/03/14         East Lansing, MI     Wharton Center For Performing Arts    
Thu 12/04/14         South Bend, IN     Morris Performing Arts Center    
Fri 12/05/14         Fort Wayne, IN     Embassy Theatre    
Sat 12/06/14         Cedar Rapids, IA     U.S. Cellular Center    
Sun 12/07/14         Minneapolis, MN     The Orpheum Theatre    
Tue 12/09/14         Orono, ME     Collins Center For The Arts    
Tue 12/09/14         St. Louis, MO     Fabulous Fox Theatre    
Wed 12/10/14         Augusta, ME     Augusta Civic Center    
Wed 12/10/14         St. Louis, MO     Fabulous Fox Theatre    
Thu 12/11/14         Paducah, KY     Carson Center    
Fri 12/12/14         Waterbury, CT     Palace Theater    
Fri 12/12/14         Joliet, IL     Rialto Square Theatre    
Sat 12/13/14         Normal, IL     Braden Auditorium    
Sat 12/13/14         North Bethesda, MD     Music Center At Strathmore 
Sun 12/14/14         Milwaukee, WI     Riverside Theatre    
Sun 12/14/14         Richmond, VA     Altria Theater    
Tue 12/16/14         Bowling Green, KY     Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center  
Tue 12/16/14         Pittsburgh, PA     Benedum Center    
Wed 12/17/14         Rochester, NY     Auditorium Theatre   
Wed 12/17/14         Muncie, IN     Emens Auditorium    
Thu 12/18/14         Dubuque, IA     Five Flags Center    
Fri 12/19/14         Cleveland, OH     State Theatre    
Fri 12/19/14         Des Moines, IA     Des Moines Civic Center  
Sat 12/20/14         Des Moines, IA     Des Moines Civic Center

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