OK Go, the most downloaded band ever, will launch an extensive North American tour with a performance at the Los Angeles County Fair on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale now. In addition to its headlining dates, the band will perform at the Discover Louisville Festival (10/12) and the PopTech Conference (10/21, Camden, ME), an annual event that convenes a network of visionary individuals in science, technology, design, the corporate and social sectors, entrepreneurship, education and the arts to explore the nature of creative change. OK Go will also perform at the MTV Brazil Music Awards on September 16th.
“This is what happens when you’re the most intelligent, most innovative, and merriest band of miscreants in rock,” said the Tampa Bay Times in a live review. “You’ve already reinvented the concept of the music video, and you’re doing everything you can to reinvent the music industry as a whole. What’s left? Reinvent the concert experience…a multisensory spectacle.” “It’s a visual adventure as much as it is an audio one in the vein of The Flaming Lips,” said Creative Loafing and the Salt Lake City Weekly marveled: “Getting Salt Lakers on the dance floor on a Tuesday is not a task every band is up to, but OK Go did the trick.”
OK Go have partnered with Indaba Music and the Rock Band Network to launch a remix contest for their new single, “White Knuckles.” OK Go encourages fans to get as creative as possible, to not feel afraid to redefine the song in both genre and feeling. The contest will run from September 7th through October 14th. Further details will be available at http://www.okgo.net.
Each week starting Sept 21st, Dave Fridmann, producer of “White Knuckles” and the album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, will choose his favorite remixes to feature across all OK Go web properties. All featured remixes will also be available for fans to download on the database that accompanies the pre-order for the Nov. 2nd U.S. release, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (Extra Nice Edition). The grand prize winner will be announced on October 29th and will have his/her remix mastered and made available for download in Rock Band. The grand prize winner will also receive a gaming console, a copy of Rock Band 3, and a set of Rock Band instruments to jam with friends to their winning remix.
“White Knuckles,” the follow-up single to the Top 30 hit “This Too Shall Pass,” will impact at Alternative and AAA radio on September 14th. The album received 4 ½ stars from Alternative Press, while Spin hailed it as “ambitious” and absolutepunk.net pronounced it “wholly triumphant.” At mid-year, mtv.com’s Kyle Anderson named Of the Blue Colour of the Sky “the best album of the year (so far)…at the same time incredibly polished and casually chaotic – a fantastically vibrant, surprising combination. I’ve been listening to the album for six months and am still discovering things about it.”
The band’s second video for “This Too Shall Pass,” is a Rube Goldberg machine created by OK Go and Syyn Labs engineers, and is the #1 Top Rated (All Time) music video on YouTube.
OK Go – comprising Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy Ross – recently contributed a track to the compilation album Dear New Orleans…, which benefits New Orleans-based non-profits working to support the region’s culture and community.
The band members have been strong advocates for internet neutrality, sharing their perspective with leaders on Capitol Hill. This past Sunday, Kulash published an Op-Ed piece on the topic in The Washington Post. You can check it out at:
OK GO – FALL 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Date City Venue
10/3 Pomona, CA Los Angeles County Fair
10/6 Boulder, CO Fox Theater
10/10 Chicago, IL House of Blues
10/12 Louisville, KY Discover Louisville Festival
10/13 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
10/14 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theater
10/15 Ottawa, ON Capital City Music Hall
10/16 Montreal, QC Le National
10/17 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
10/20 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
10/21 Camden, ME PopTech Conference
10/26 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
10/27 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
10/28 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
10/29 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/2 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
11/3 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
11/4 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
11/5 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
11/6 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Uptown
11/19 Santa Barbara, CA The Hub @ UC Santa Barbara
About Indaba Music:
Launched in New York City in February of 2007, Indaba Music has been a pioneer in the online music collaboration space, enabling anyone with internet access to connect with musicians from around the world to create, edit and mix studio-quality music together online. In addition to social networking, production and collaboration applications, Indaba Music now provides musicians with a growing collection of third-party applications, information resources and lifestyle benefits from a diverse collection of industry leading companies, including iTunes, Alfred Music, Hal Leonard, Sweetwater, Electronic Musician and more. IndabaMusic.com, a “musical ecosystem,” seamlessly guides musicians through all stages of development, fusing music education, creation, promotion, sales and talent discovery into a unified online experience.
Site membership, which has grown over 400% since 2009, currently boasts more than 500,000 users from 205 countries and territories. To date, IndabaMusic.com has provided collaboration opportunities with musicians including Mariah Carey, Crystal Method, Peter Gabriel, John Legend, Linkin Park, Matisyahu, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Weezer, Yo-Yo Ma and more.
About Rock Band Network:
The Rock Band Network, launched March 4, 2010 by Harmonix Music Systems and its parent company MTV Games, gives Rock Band fans and music lovers a new avenue to discover music and provides musicians and labels the opportunity to produce and promote tracks for the Rock Band platform. This ground-breaking initiative gives musicians, publishers and record labels the ability to author their original recordings into gameplay files to promote and sell their music as playable Rock Band tracks through the RBN Store.
Artists who submit songs for the Rock Band Network Music Store are able to choose from multiple pricing tiers for individual tracks and receive a royalty of 30 percent of the retail selling price (excluding tax) for every track purchased through the RBN Store. There are currently more than 500 songs available for purchase in the RBNStore from artists including Third Eye Blind, Seether, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Flight of the Conchords, Attack Attack!, Flogging Molly, Clutch, The Shins, The Hold Steady, The Main Drag, Bang Camaro, of Montreal, Jonathan Coulton, Band of Skulls, Apples in Stereo, Band of Horses and many more. There are more than 400 artists in the RBN pipeline, with additional tracks already on the way.
With more than 1,580 tracks available to date in the Rock Band platform, the Rock Band Network Music Store has helped boost the number of available songs, further securing MTV Games and Harmonix’s position as the leading provider of downloadable content for music-based video games.