ICM acquires N.Y. booking agency

Inland Empire pact includes Shins, Modest Mouse

ICM is boosting its indie cred -- indie rock, that is.

The agency has acquired Robin Taylor's Inland Empire Touring, a New York-based booking agency. The move brings the Shins, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, the Hold Steady, !!! and Wolf Parade, among others, into the ICM rock lineup.

Comedians Eugene Mirman, Andy Kindler, Hannibal Buress and God's Pottery are also under the IET umbrella.

"The acquisition of IET represents another important step in expanding and diversifying our business," said Steve Levine, ICM's executive vp concerts. "Robin's clients are a tremendous complement to our department, and our approach to client management will provide a great outlet to build new audiences for them."

Effective immediately, Taylor and execs Daniel Traci and Joe Price will be based in ICM's New York office under Marsha Vlasic, who heads ICM's contemporary rock division.

The additions to ICM's music roster join Neil Young, Moby, the Strokes, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Muse, Ozzy Osbourne and Regina Spektor, all of whom ICM took on when it acquired Vlasic's M.V.O. last year.

Taylor formed IET in 1998. She began her career as a concert promoter in Seattle and later booked national tours for rock acts including Seven Year Bitch, Sicko and Jawbreaker.
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