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by Unknown // Tuesday, May 29, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

After a 25-year run, it looks as though Ween have officially called it quits.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) said he's retiring his alter ego because "it's time to move on."

The news comes after Freeman released his first solo album, Marvelous Clouds, just a few weeks ago. Last year, he checked into rehab for substance-abuse issues, but claims he is on good terms with the band's co-founder, Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween).

"For me it's a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open," Freeman said. "There's no, 'Goddam that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it's a door I can close finally."

Ween was formed when Freeman and Melchiondo were in high school. They first broke out on MTV with their video for "Push Th' Little Daisies" from their major label debut Pure Guava in 1992, and despite a prediction from Butthead (of MTV hit series Beavis and Butthead) that "these guys have no future," they went on to release eleven full-length albums over the course of their career.

After Marvelous Clouds, a covers collection of songs by Rod McKuen, Freeman plans to work on a record of all original material. "It's important to know that this isn't a side project. I'm forging a new thing for myself. So that's all. There's no plans for any records or touring for Ween from my end."

by Unknown // Wednesday, May 23, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Emerging hip hop/indie artist ZEALE teamed up with Blastro, both Austin-based, to release the video premiere of "Hope Dies" today.  Featuring The Soldier Thread's Patricia Lynn, the video was directed by Jeff Ray of Papertank Productions and produced by Lee Ann McAdoo.

Compelling lyrics, coupled with footage showing the remnants of the disastrous 2011 Bastrop, TX wildfires, send a real message about the state of our world today.  As ZEALE raps in the video, "Even if you're happy in this place, tomorrow can wipe the smile from your face."  The lyrics go far beyond the fire-ravaged area just outside of Austin, telling of catastrophic incidents worldwide, experienced day in and day out, "while we surf on our phones."  Stay tuned to see what happens during the surprise ending for those living in a wold where hope has died.

Often playing chemistry with the genres of hip hop, indie rock and EDM, ZEALE seeks to create a hybrid of music with depth.  The artist is currently working on his debut EP featuring the sounds of AWOLNATION, Dwight Baker, CJ Eiriksson and more.  "Hope Dies" was produced by Dwight Baker of Matchbox Studios with introduction music produced by CJ Eiriksson.

Watch the video exclusively on Blastro!

by Unknown // Thursday, May 10, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

The Wallflowers have announced they are back in the studio and putting the finishing touches on a long-awaited new studio album that will be released by Columbia Records this fall.

Currently recording in Nashville at Dan Auerbach's (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with Wallflowers' longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup. The album is being produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage The Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen, The Shins).

The Wallflowers have taken their deep history and defining sound into new territory with the release of their upcoming album. The new record has the band doing what it does best while continuing to find new ground to cover. "It's been a while since we've felt this energized and creative. We haven't changed our stripes so much as we're continuing to redefine the animal," said Jakob Dylan.

In addition to their new album, The Wallflowers rose to fame with their 4x platinum album Bringing Down The Horse, which featured four top charting singles, including "6th Avenue Heartache," "One Headlight," "The Difference," and "Three Marlenas." The two-time Grammy Award winners went on to sell over 7 million records worldwide with a series of critically acclaimed albums before going on hiatus in 2007. During the group's break from recording, Jakob Dylan released two solo albums, which also garnered significant praise, 2008's Seeing Things and 2010's Women and Country.

Here are The Wallflowers tour dates so far:

7/20    Firefly Music Festival, Dover, DE
7/24    Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (on-sale Friday, May 11th)
7/25    The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (on-sale Friday, May 11th)
7/27    Schubas, Chicago, IL (on-sale Saturday, May 12th)
9/23    De Luna Fest, Pensacola, FL

The Wallflowers will be announcing additional album details and tour dates in the coming weeks. For more info, check out the band's website, Twitter and Facebook page.

by Unknown // Tuesday, May 1, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Umphrey's McGee took the stage at Stubb's for the second year in a row on 4/20 - this time on a Friday night - and did what they do best, face meltage.  Unfortunately, we didn't film them this year, but if you're looking for a taste of UM at one of the best outdoor venues around, look no further!  TourGigs has their 4.20.11 show (that Roxwel filmed) for sale via Blu-ray, DVD and digital download.  \mm/

4.20.12 | Stubb's Bar-B-Q | Austin, TX
Set 1: There's No Crying in Mexico > Domino Theory, Wappy Sprayberry > 2nd Self, Plunger > Glory > Plunger, Ocean Billy, Miami Virtue > Live and Let Die
Set 2: Gurgle > Miss Tinkle's Overture, Conduit (1) > Burning Down the House > Pay the Snucka > Bridgeless > Puppet String, The Triple Wide > Bridgeless
Encore: JaJunk

(1) with A Love Supreme jam

photos by @crunchyMunckin