Friday, January 28, 2011

An Update On Murph

From the band:

First  and foremost, David, STS9 and their families can’t thank all of you  enough for your incredible support through the past week since the  announcement of David’s cancer.  We’ve received thousands of notes,  prayers, well wishes and support all the way from Japan to Antarctica.   David went into a nearly 9 hour surgery Wednesday morning and has since  been on a steady path of recovery.   He’s awake, standing when he can,  and overall in great physical form given what he went through just 48  hours ago.  While the path to recovery is a long one, you can see the  warrior that is our brother Murph every step of the way.   He’s well  aware of the outpouring of support for him and he’s simply floored by  it, as are all of us.  We are all blessed and honored to have so many  people surrounding us in numerous ways through this challenge.  We will  continue to keep everyone updated as the days and weeks go by.

Monday, January 24, 2011

STS9 Mayan Holidaze Setlists

Jan 20, 2011 1am-3am Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Set 1: The Rabble, Tooth, Move My Peeps, Grow, F. Word, Ramone and Emiglio, Lion, One a Day, When the Dust Settles
Set 2: Evasive Maneuvers, What is Love?, New New 4 U U, Circus, Instantly, Inspire Strikes Back, EHM, Firewall

01.22.2011   8pm- 11pm Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Set 1: Oil & Water, Rent, Be Nice, Arigato, Abcees, Beyond Right Now, Aimlessly, Wika Chikana
Set 2: Breathe In, Scheme, Moonsocket, Hidden Hand Hidden Fist, Grizzly, Frequencies Peace 2>3, Shock Doctrine, Mobsters > Surreality > EB, The Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature
Encore: HB Walks To School (tease) > Dance

02.23.2011 9:00-10:30pm Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Acoustic: Equinox, Satori, Kamuy, Lo Swaga, The New Soma, South Of Here, New Song, Yes/No, King Pharaohs Tomb, Moonsocket > So It Goes

STS9 at the Mayan Riviera, Mexico - Photo (c) Dave Vann 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

STS9 Winter Tour Ticket Refund Details

Full refunds will be given to any ticket purchase for the recently canceled shows. Everyone will have the cost of their tickets & service charges refunded starting immediately. Please read through the scenario’s below to find information about your refund. If you have any further questions, please contact

If you bought tickets through
The processes to refund has already begun. Funds will be issued directly back to the credit card used to purchase the tickets. With numerous ticket orders, this will take a few days. Within the next week, you will receive an email from STS9 stating that your refund has been processed. From then, please allow 3-5 business days for the credit to appear back in your account. If you paid for shipping, that charge will also be refunded.

Also.. if you added a Live Show Download for $5 to your order, STS9 welcomes you to substitute a download of any album or show from Please contact with your download of choice(s) and you will be set up immediately.

If you bought tickets through Ticketmaster: your card will be refunded automatically.

If you bought tickets directly from the venue: please contact the box office directly for refund information.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bass Player David Murphy Has Cancer, Winter Tour Canceled

Photo: David Murphy of STS9
It’s with heavy hearts and eternal optimism for the future that we announce the cancellation of STS9′s Winter Tour 2011 dates in February 2011 and March 2011 while our brother, friend and bass player David Murphy will begin undergoing timely and nessessary cancer treatment following STS9′s Mayan Holidaze performances this weekend. Below you will find a note from David himself he wanted you all to read…

Greetings Family,Friends and Fans,

I’m writing to share with y’all some news I’ve received recently. I have just been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor primarily in my sinus cavity (a type of internal skin cancer). It will require an extensive surgery followed by a couple month long recovery periods. There will be some treatment for the cancer following also but at this time we aren’t fully aware of what that will entail and at this time we are just focusing on the task at hand which is the surgery.

With this news comes a bit of bad news for our upcoming shows. We will have to cancel all of our upcoming shows in Feb and March in order to fully get after taken care of this little health issue to the fullest, and we will do just that. There is nothing more in the world I love then playing music and sharing it with all of you and we will continue to do it for a long time together and all I ask for is y’all’s thoughts and prayers during this time of recovery!

We will still be performing in Mexico this weekend before my upcoming surgery, so for y’all down there….

Let’s do this…. Boom!

We’ll send appropriate updates as we get them through out the process.

- Murph

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Review: STS9's Four Night NYE Run

As you drive into the Rocky Mountain state you’re greeted with a sign that says “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” and boy, oh boy was Colorado sure colorful during STS9’s four-night New Year’s Eve run.

With three nights booked at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in downtown Denver and a late addition New Year’s Day show at the Belly Up Tavern in Aspen, the energy going into this run was fever pitch long before the doors opened.

Sound Tribe’s first gig was slated for a Wednesday night, so it was no surprise to see plenty of kids hanging out at popular watering holes around town during the days leading up to December 29. Next door at Sanchos Broken Arrow, many STS9 fans opted out of the openers deciding instead to imbibe a few beverages rather than take in some extra music.

Over the years, the band has morphed from an organic electronic-inspired jam band into the live production and laptop-heavy jamming behemoth that it is today. With this change of sound has come a whole new round of support DJs that cater more toward the club banger vibe than to the loose grooves of yesteryear.

So, plenty of young kiddos wearing sunglasses and neon shirts were inside of the Fillmore right away when the doors opened to check out Mimosa, Tipper or Emancipator while a large portion of the older fans kept the pregame going at one of the various hotels along Colfax Avenue.
This was the scene for most every night of the run – notably younger fans hit the dance floor when the doors opened with the more seasoned Tribe fans getting going just before show time. New fan or old fan, it didn’t really matter once the house lights went down and STS9 hit the stage.

sts92The three nights at the Fillmore Auditorium were pretty much musically solid front to back. Starting things off with a cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” and dropping right into some classic high-energy STS9 – everyone knew that they were in for a treat.
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Not surprisingly, a couple of new songs were debuted during the course of the run and a few old crowd favorites like “Circus,” “Wika Chikana” and “Breathe In” were busted out for all to enjoy.

To send off 2010 and ring in 2011, Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli joined STS9 onstage for a cover of Stevie Wonder’s classic “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and lighting designer Saxton Waller brought that “colorful Colorado” vibe to life with his newly designed light show.
Each night held something special. The debuted Dead cover and a new song ("Scheme") dropped the fist night. A solo for keyboardist David Phipps, a drum solo for percussionist Jeffree Lerner and drummer Zach Velmer and a DJ suite for guitarist Hunter Brown and bassist David Murphy highlighted the second night. New Year's Eve brought Dom and the Wonder cover as well as the heavenly "Baraka."

But none of those nights measured up to the fourth night.

Fast-forward twelve more hours and about 450 lucky fans found themselves climbing into Subarus, minivans and school busses to start out on a four-hour road trip adventure to the world-renowned ski town of Aspen.

On the night of January 1, the band had scheduled a very intimate performance at the Belly Up Tavern. For a group that has been selling out Red Rocks’ 9,000-seat amphitheater each summer, a concert at a bar-sized venue was what dreams are made of for diehard fans.

sts91If the location and the semi-magical date of 1/1/11 weren’t enough, the event was officially billed as “An Evening of Sector 9 and STS9” and had everyone’s heads swirling with what the band had in store for this night.

Well, what they ended up having in store for the fans was what could, arguably, be called the best STS9 show in years. The first set was littered with back-to-back gems like “Nautilus,” “From Now On,” “Satori,” “King Pharaoh's Tomb” and “Dance” while the second set featured a “Tokyo Remix” and the two new songs, “When the Dust Settles” and “Scheme.” The vibe in this club was unreal and was reminiscent of seeing the boys play a show circa 2005. The Aspen show was all that anyone could have hoped it was going to be, and that is saying a lot. STS9 delivered.

All in all, the four-night run of STS9 shows in Colorado between December 29 and January 1 was top notch. The previous year’s shows had left some people skeptical as to how these shows were going to play out. But for everyone’s benefit, STS9 showed us that they still have it in them.

It’s as if we are on the cusp of a rebirth of the old school Sector 9, merging with the newer breed of night clubber-friendly STS9. Hold onto your flat brim hats everyone and enjoy the ride.

>> This article was originally written by Ryan Getz for Headstash Magazine

Monday, January 10, 2011

Just In: Axe The Cables DVD

Arriving in less than 7 days, my Axe The Cables DVD has just arrived! The kind folks at STS9 headquarters also threw in a free STS9 window sticker and a free download at! I am very excited to relive this concert over again in its entirety. Being there in person will never be matched, but having this DVD will sure come close. Looks like a watch party is in order and a review should be posted soon!

Friday, January 7, 2011

STS9 To Play Wakarusa 2011

STS9 is back for their 5th year at Wakarusa and I'm pretty sure this puts them in position as the band who has played their the most! The boys will be playing alongside a solid lineup that includes a lot of other electronic heavy hitters like Thievery Corporation, Bassnectar, Lotus, The New Deal, EOTO, Big Gigantic, Baets Antique, VibeSquaD, Ott, Karsh Kale & Soooo much more! Check the flier for the full initial lineup.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Download: STS9's 12/30 DJ Set

Just released is the DJ set played by David Murphy and Hunter Brown during the middle of the STS9 show on 12/30/10 in Denver Colorado's famed Fillmore Auditorium! Since this segment of the show was sample heavy, the band is not allowed to sell it. So here we go everyone, a free track for you to enjoy!

Here is the setlist as reported by fans the night of the show: Hunter vs. Murph DJ Set: { Remix of Radiohead's "Reckoner" vs. Damien Marley...."It's gettin weird." > Die Antwoord Remix > Caribou > RUN DMC MY ADIDAS > Gax > Breakbot > A/B Machines (Sleigh Bells) > Where is my Mind? (Bassnectar/Pixies Remix) }

If anyone has a better setlist for this mix, please drop a note in the comments with what you know! Thanks!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

STS9 Setlist & Video: 1/1/11 Aspen, CO's 'Polar Eclipse'

Set 1: Gobnugget, Nautilus, Satori, 4 Year Puma, King Pharoah's Tomb, From Now On, And Some Are Angels, Dance, Hubble

Set 2: Tokyo Remix > Luma Daylight > Tokyo, Mobsters > Surreality >EB, Once Told, When the Dust Settles, Scheme

Encore 1: Monkey Music, Kaya

Encore 2: Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature + Drake > EHM + Easy E

Notes: When the Dust Settles & Scheme were the only repeats of the entire 4 night run, also they were the only new songs played. Kaya was reworked to include a reggae jam. The fire alarm in the venue went off 4 times during the show.

Watch the 1st set in its entirety thanks to MetaSpace Designs!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

STS9 Setlist: 12/31/10 Denver, CO New Years Eve

This setlist my be incomplete. Check back for updates.

Set 1:
Equinox*, Inspire Strikes Back*, Rilly Wut?, Abcees, Grizzly, What is Luv?, Economic Hit Man, When The Dust Settles (New Song)

Set 2: NewNew4UU**, Uptight***, F Word***, TUSON, Instantly, Evasive Manuevers, Rent

Encore: Hi-Key, Oil & Water, Baraka

Notes: *Jeffery was not on stage for Equinox or Inspire Strikes Back. **I really wish the name Mali Fedora would have stuck for this song. ***Uptight (Everything's Alright) is a Stevie Wonder song and featured Dominic Lali on Saxophone.