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DATAROCK – Back After 9 Years!

“…this band can nail any song they want, cheekiness be damned” – Pitchfork
“A note-perfect tale of nerd love from two Norwegian dance rockers” – Rolling Stone
“…a frothy elixir out of 1980s synth-pop, art-rock and new wave” – The New York Times
“Don’t be fooled by the tracksuits and ironic facial hair – these wacky Norwegian ‘new rave’ dudes actually write ace songs” – SPIN
“[Datarock] delivers another set of kitschy…songs…very catchy” – BrooklynVegan

The return of DATAROCK is finally upon us: the Norwegian tracksuited synth-stars have finally released their long-awaited third album Face the Brutality. After a nine-year absence, the new album still checks off every spot on the DATAROCK checklist: infuriatingly catchy, impeccably produced, with an undertone of lighthearted goofiness. Make sure not to miss the action-packed video for “Laugh in the Face of Darkness.”

DATAROCK’s playful brand of indie-dance crossover music has been featured everywhere from Workaholics to Vampire Diaries, to more than ten major EA games to various ad campaigns including Apple and Google — take one listen to the opening bassline of “Fa Fa Fa” and you’ll instantly recognize it. American fans have been able to catch sight of the signature red tracksuits at festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza and late night TV programs like Jimmy Kimmel. Face the Brutality will be the synth-rockers’ first LP since 2009 and first output since their musical, The Musical, in 2015. Years in the making, Face the Brutality is an album for the bored and bitter survivors of 2017, an upbeat escape with substance.

FACE THE BRUTALITY Tracklist:
  1. BMX
  2. Ruffle Shuffle
  3. Sense of Reason
  4. Laugh in the Face of Darkness
  5. Everything
  6. Feathers & Wax
  7. Beautiful Monster
  8. Invitation to Love
  9. Outta Here
  10. Darkness at the Edge of the Pit

 

 

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Tycho and Portugal. The Man Live in the Moment

Ghostly International recording group Tycho has united with Portugal. The Man for two extraordinary remixes of the GRAMMY Award-winning group’s current smash single, “Live In The Moment.” Tycho has crafted a pair of distinct new musical visions – “Live In The Moment (Sunrise)” and “Live For The Moment (Sunset)” – that both showcase the acclaimed Portland rockers original song while pushing it forward via the GRAMMY® Award-nominated dance/electronic project’s own distinctive approach.

“Live In The Moment (Sunrise)” and “Live For The Moment (Sunset)” are available today at The Ghostly Store as well as all digital music retailers and streaming services.

“As a producer and musician who primarily creates instrumental songs I jumped at the chance to work with Portugal. The Man’s unique vocal style,” says Scott Hansen, Tycho’s primary composer, songwriter, and producer. “I try to approach remixes in a way that casts the original song in a new light while staying true to its core elements.  Getting to explore totally different spaces with these two versions, it allowed me to better express my take on the song. I wanted to create a lighter, more energetic version (Sunrise) and darker, more introspective one (Sunset) to highlight and contrast the parts of the original song that most inspired me.”

“Live In The Moment” — featured on Portugal. The Man’s eighth studio album WOODSTOCK — is the follow up to the album’s lead single “Feel It Still,” which was undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of 2017. “Live In The Moment” is currently shaping up to be a multi-format chart smash, which includes a top 5 spot at Alternative radio and #1 at Triple A.

Tycho will celebrate the “Live In The Moment” remixes — as well as 2016’s chart-topping album, EPOCH — with a wide ranging U.S. tour, highlighted by headline dates, DJ sets, festival performances, and multi-artist tours alongside Phantogram, Emmit Fenn, and Poolside. For complete details and ticket availability, please see tychomusic.com/#tour.

TYCHO U.S. TOUR 2018
MARCH
1 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore #
2 – Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
3 – Dallas, TX – Stereo Live Dallas *
4 – Houston, TX – Stereo Live Houston *
7 – Boston, MA – Icon *
8 – Brooklyn, NY – Output *
10 – Washington, DC – Flash *
MAY
16 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater ##
17 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory ##
18 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory ##
19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex ##
21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre **
22 – Albuquerque, NM – Villa Hispana %
23 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren %
24 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre **

* DJ Set
** w/ Phantogram & Poolside
# w/Poolside
## w/Emmit Fenn
% w/Phantogram

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New Video From YACHT – “Shame”

Los Angeles’ YACHT have released their video for the song “Shame.” The song appears on their latest EP Strawberry Moon, out now.  YACHT has begun their winter tour, see below for full tour dates.

A Message from YACHT:

This is “too close for comfort cosplay,” like nobody noticing you parted your hair on the wrong side. The world of wellness and social media lifestyle brands (#vanlife) is our generation’s back to the land movement, a fantasy of escape from the rat race and from the darkness of our millennial prospects.

We want to highlight how much thought and work goes into the appearance of effortlessness. Kibu (pronounced key-boo) is our lifestyle brand. Kibu is Ubik backwards. Ubik is a novel by Philip K. Dick about a spray that holds reality in place. Kibu is a real product. Kibu is a real brand. Kibu Mist is coming soon, in an exclusive collaboration with P.F. Candle Company. Learn more about Kibu here. 

A quote from director Kailee McGee:

“Everyone is faking it to an extent, especially in Los Angeles. We carefully mold our social media personas and frequently value posting evidence of a good experience more than the actual experience. I wanted to make a funny and subversive video about the pressure we feel to keep up a veil of effortless and abundant perfection.”

YACHT 2018 TOUR DATES

01-19 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
02-03 Seattle, WA – Baboza *
02-05 Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *
02-06 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
02-07 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
02-09 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room *
02-10 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *

*  with French Vanilla

Strawberry Moon is out now on SpotifyApple MusicSoundCloudBandcampfree download, and cassette on Gnar Tapes.

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Jack White’s “We’re Going To Be Friends” Children’s Book Available

More than 15 years after the release of the White Stripes’s White Blood Cells,
one of the most enduring songs from the album gets a quirky adaptation… Blake includes
appealing retro flourishes throughout, including a Tenniel White Rabbit, a Betty Boop pocket watch, and a drawing style that evokes early Disney cartoons. – Publishers Weekly 
Jack has written a perfect story and Elinor’s art is enchanting. – John Kricfalusi, The Ren and Stimpy Show 
Elinor Blake creates an enchanted vision for Jack White’s
gentle story of new friendship. – Nina Crews, The Neighborhood Mother Goose 
Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs. – Entertainment Weekly

Twelve-time Grammy winner and lead singer of multi-platinum selling group The White Stripes, Jack White, released his first children’s book today titled WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS. Based on lyrics from one of The Whites Stripes’ most enduring and loved songs-and releasing just a few months after the group’s 20th anniversary (July 14, 2017), the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children’s book. Get your copy of the book here: http://smarturl.it/WGTBFbook

Beautifully illustrated by Elinor Blake, animator on Ren & Stimpy and Pee-wee’s Playhouse, in the signature colors of The White Stripes — red, white, and black — WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS follows the adventures of the song’s protagonist, Suzy Lee, as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend. Fans of The White Stripes will delight in this new way of experiencing the song and sharing it with their children-while a new generation of music and book lovers will be introduced to the beloved song and its whimsical evocation of the simplicity and nostalgia of childhood, for the first time.

Every copy of WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS also includes a download of the original White Stripes song and new versions by singer/songwriter, April March (also known as Elinor Blake), and The Woodstation Elementary School Singers.

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Amazon Original Playlist: Indie for the Holidays

 

Beginning today, one of the most popular Amazon Original holiday playlists will premiere brand new tracks to help listeners get into the festive spirit. From artists including Best Coast, Albert Hammond Jr., Matt Costa, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Indie for the Holidays” offers an incredible range of artists covering holiday classics and contributing new original songs. All songs are available exclusively for streaming today on Amazon Music through Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

On the list is Best Coast covering The Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick.” “Being from California and being heavily influenced by The Beach Boys we felt like we had to cover this one!,” said Best Coast’s Bethany Consentino. “Also always fun for me to cover a song with a wall of harmonies and background vocals because it’s my favorite part of recording vocals.”

The popular “Indie for the Holidays” playlist adds 18 new songs this holiday season, including tracks from some of the genre’s most acclaimed stars. Kevin Morby wraps up a banner year that saw the release of his widely lauded breakthrough City Music, by contributing a moody, crooning take on “Blue Christmas.” Charly Bliss, whose debut album Guppy has likewise seen widespread praise in 2017, offer a driving and delightful version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” DJ Camilo Lara’s Mexican Institute of Sound and indie rock mainstays Best Coast, Eisley, Albert Hammond Jr, and Dean & Britta also join the playlist for the first time this year.

Additionally, Matt Costa recorded his own track, “Anything Helps,” for individuals who are less fortunate around the holidays. Costa says, “I recently saw a friend who fell to a dark place and was too embarrassed to ask for help. People joined funds together to get him back on his feet and into a warm bed with shelter. ‘Anything Helps’ is dedicated to those who have donated time and money to help people in a crisis. It tears me up to see people suffer. But it is encouraging to see extra strong people lift the burden of others. I put heavy consideration into the title so the song did not have a negative feeling, but would inspire people to look at these problems and think of positive ways to help.”

Stream the album below:

Amazon Original Holiday Playlist – Indie for the Holidays

New tracks on “Indie for the Holidays” include:
1.   “Blue Christmas,” Kevin Morby
2.   “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Charly Bliss
3.   “Coventry Carol,” Lemon Twigs
4.   “Little Saint Nick,” Best Coast
5.   “Oh Winter,” Eisley
6.   “(There Won’t Be) One More Christmas,” Coco Hames
7.   “Merry Christmas Baby,” Blond Ambition
8.   “Brighid’s Flame,” Jeff The Brotherhood
9.   “Anything Helps,” Matt Costa
10.  “Christmas with Bandini,” Korey Dane
11.  “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Great Grandpa
12.  “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot,” Albert Hammond, Jr.
13.  “Little Altar Boy,” Dean & Britta (with Sonic Boom)
14.  “When The Snowflakes Fall,” Freedom Fry
15.  “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” Jessica Lea Mayfield
16.  “Feliz Navidad,” SUSTO
17.  “Christmas in Latinoamerica,” Mexican Institute of Sound
18.  “Wonderful Christmastime,” Slow Dancer

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New Music From NVDES – “D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)”

“Trippy” – NYLON

“Juicy pop banger” – FADER

“A dope punk-infused electropop track” – Milk.xyz

“Infectious and bursting with brazen energy” – Indie Shuffle

LA-based creative collective NVDES announce the Vol. 2 EP and share the 1st single “D.Y.T (Do Your Thing)” feat. REMMI.

On the heels of their La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP released earlier this year, the Vol. 2 EP is the next sequence of their evolution. The 6-track collection is slated for release on December 8th and is highlighted by the work of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean. Brimming with his signature energy-packed influence, Vol. 2 is highlighted by pulsing electronics, hard-hitting beats, and ethereal vocals.

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Check Her Out: Alissia

Multi-disciplinary musician Alissia is making her debut from behind the boards as a producer. The funk and R&B-tinged “Get Away” video is out now — with the full support of Alissia’s number one fan, the inimitable Bootsy Collins, who raves, “I’m digging Alissia’s new song because it makes me want to pull up a chair and sit with you, baba!”

This young woman has enough talent to have been called to produce, play bass, write and arrange on Bootsy Collins’ upcoming album World Wide Funk, also featuring the likes of Kali Uchis, Bernie Worrell, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh and Musiq Soulchild. “Working with Bootsy has been an incredible journey and definitely a challenge to push myself harder everyday. Definitely one of the most inspiring projects I have worked on. ‘You got to keep it funky at all times Baba!’”

In addition, Alissia has also been in collaboration with Khalid, Q-Tip, Anderson Paak, Havoc, and more. Given the company she keeps at her Soho-based studio dubbed “The Spaceship,” it’s certain that this young bass prodigy-turned-producer is primed to begin the next chapter in her musical career.

Her latest track “Get Away” carries listeners from hip-hop to disco to funk and beyond. The mood is chill and the groove is locked. Expect more from Alissia this year; whether solo, collaborating with the greats, or teaming up with new talent, she consistently proves that whatever music she creates just feels right.

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Check Out the Homoground Podcast

Homoground is a queer (identified & allied) podcast focusing on bands, events, and organizations that often get overlooked by mainstream publications and platforms. Run by Lynn Casper, and based out of Brooklyn, the podcast’s first episode aired in January 2011 and has quickly become a favorite of the queer community.

Casper, who was born in the Philippines, and grew up in North Carolina, became inspired to start the podcast as an outlet for a part of them that had been kept repressed, and as a way to connect with others who were in similar situations. They used the podcast to talk about music they’d discovered and to draw attention to bands that were touring in the area – always making sure to focus on artists who didn’t have easy access to a broad range of exposure otherwise.

“We aren’t blindly picking songs out of a catalog,” Casper says, “Bands seek us out and oftentimes confess their biggest challenges and successes to us. And this shit is real, people dealing with real struggles; with their music, their personal life, their identity/sexuality, mental health. The honesty of the music we feature is incredibly powerful.”

By being accessible online, Homoground is able to reach so many people all over the globe, which is super important. Homoground provides a way for people living in remote areas to feel connected. Casper recently launched a Patreon to help keep Homoground running, which is essential since it’s mostly funded out of pocket, with the help of occasional sponsors. With more funding, they’re looking to bring on more producers & hosts to create consistently better content along the lines of interviews and video series.

“The dream is to become the Queer version of MTV,” Casper says.

The motivation to continue doing Homoground is not only to provide a platform for musicians to get their music out there but to eventually be able to provide financial opportunities to artists and musicians because it’s hard for queers to make a buck these days!

Check out the website here

Listen to the podcast on iTunes here

 

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MISSIO – 3 part docu-series: Skeletons

RCA recording artists MISSIO has announced the long-awaited premiere of a powerful new visual accompanying their latest single, “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea.” Directed by Evan Spencer Brace (Phantagram, Tiësto), the clip marks the latest visual accompanying tracks featured on MISSIO’s acclaimed full-length debut, LONER, available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services.

In addition, we will see the arrival of Skeletons, an exclusive new docu-series chronicling MISSIO’s remarkable story thus far. The first installment of the three-part film – directed by longtime MISSIO collaborator Jeff Ray (Sigur Rós) – premieres today at MISSIO’s official YouTube channel.

Recently named by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” MISSIO has spent much of 2017 celebrating LONER with a wide-ranging North American tour, including U.S. headline dates and a number of widely heralded festival appearances. The epic trek continues into December with Nothing But Thieves and Blue October, with highlights including Austin, TX’s ACL Music Festival (October 6th and 14th), and Key Biscayne, FL’s OFF Weekend Music & Arts Festival (December 9th). For complete details and ticket information, please visit missiomusic.com/tour.
OCTOBER
6 – Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
7 – Austin, TX – KGSR Live Morning Broadcast at Threadgill’s
7 – Austin, TX – ACL Fest Late Night Show at Antones’s
11 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
12 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
14 – Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
16 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
18 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
20 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
23 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
25 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
26 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
27 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
29 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
30 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
31 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

NOVEMBER
1 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
2 – Philadelphia, PA – Coda
4 – Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks
8 – Knoxville, TN – International
9 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
10 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
14 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
15 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
17 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre
18 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
24 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
25 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater

DECEMBER
9 – Key Biscayne, FL – OFF Weekend Music & Arts Festival

LONER has proven one of the year’s most significant debuts, highlighted of course by MISSIO’s breakthrough single, “Middle Fingers,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Released at the top of 2017, “Middle Fingers” quickly blew up at SiriusXM’s Alt Nation where it ascended to #1 in the influential “Alt-18 Countdown” before ultimately reaching the top 10 on Billboard‘s “Alternative Songs” chart as well as the top 20 across Billboard‘s “Mainstream Rock Songs,” “Hot Rock Songs,” and “Rock Airplay” charts. “Middle Fingers” is joined an equally popular companion video, now boasting nearly 5 million individual views via YouTube alone.

 

LONER – which also features such dynamic tracks as “Everybody Gets High” and ” KDV (Ft. SHUG),” – has drawn critical acclaim to match its popular success. “Loaded with bruising bass, icy synths and dark imagery,” raved Rolling Stone, “LONER is an exploration of (vocalist-producer Matthew) Brue’s winding road to sobriety.” “LONER implies a sense of woke with every song,” declared Earbuddy. “Through the power of music, good will prevail.”

MISSIO was founded in 2014 as a new sonic outlet for Colorado-born musician Matthew Brue and Houston, TX native David Butler, the two musicians teaming up to create something unlike anything either had done before. The duo’s widescreen amalgam of inventive production technique, lyrical wit, and endlessly insistent pop hooks instantly proved a sensation with “I Don’t Even Care About You” – featured on 2015’s debut   – rising to #7 on Spotify’s “Viral 50-Global” chart after first appearing on the automated “Fresh Finds” playlist.

The MISSIO EP was followed by “Can I Exist,” featured in a truly extraordinary companion video that earned such prizes as “Best Video” at 2016’s Austin Music Video Festival and the “Audience Award” at 2016’s New Orleans Film Festival. MISSIO’s remarkably cinematic sonic approach also earned them placement on a variety of soundtracks, including MTV’s Scream and Finding Carter, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, and Victoria’s Secret’s short film (and biggest lingerie shoot in history), Victoria’s Secret Holiday 2016: A Very Private Affair.

More than simply a studio project from the very start, MISSIO made a number of live appearances following their inception, including a much-discussed debut at 2015’s South By Southwest (SXSW). The duo followed up with a series of national treks, among them K. Flay’s sold-out “Crush Me Tour.”

Check out Part 1 of the previously mentioned docu-series, Skeletons, below:

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Cheap Trick Announce Their First Christmas Album

Festive Collection Includes Brand New Cheap Trick Christmas Classics Alongside Favorites by Wizzard, Slade, Chuck Berry, The Ramones, The Kinks, Harry Nilsson & More

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Spend 14th week Atop the Classic Rock Chart with “Long Time Coming”

Cheap Trick will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday-themed album CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS, out October 20 on Big Machine Records. Arriving mere months after their critically-acclaimed 18th studio album WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT!Cheap Trick co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball). With CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS, Cheap Trick delivers a sleigh full of Rock & Roll Christmas classics and festive favorites by Wizzard, Slade, Chuck Berry, The Ramones and The Kinks as well as newly penned offerings like the joyous lead track, “Merry Christmas Darlings.” Explore Cheap Trick’s PledgeMusic campaign here: http://smarturl.it/CTChristmas.

CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS TRACK LIST
1. “Merry Christmas Darlings” | Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson
2. “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” | Roy Wood
3. “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” | Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz
4. “Merry Xmas Everybody” | Neville Holder, Jim Lea
5. “Please Come Home For Christmas” | Charles Brown, Jr., Gene Redd
6. “Remember Christmas” | Harry Nilsson
7. “Run Rudolph Run” | Marvin Brodie, Johnny Marks
8. “Father Christmas” | Ray Davies
9. “Silent Night” | Traditional – Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr; Arrangement by Robin Zander, Julian Raymond
10. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” | Joey Ramone
11. “Our Father Of Life” | Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson
12. “Christmas Christmas” | Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers – whose four-decade-plus career has seen them play more than 5,000 shows and counting – remain on the road this fall for a string of U.S. headline dates, long-awaited Canadian run as special guests on Nickelback’s “Feed The Machine” arena tour and a top-billed set at Pembroke Pines, FL’s upcoming Rockfest 80’s (November 4). Additional dates – including some very special CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS concerts – will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit CheapTrick.com.

Cheap Trick will also be among the icons performing at Rock Getaway 2017, an all-star, all-inclusive weekend event set for the Hard Rock Hotel in Rivera Maya, Mexico October 26-November 1. Set to appear on October 29, Cheap Trick joins a truly extraordinary lineup of legends including Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Foreigner, Blue Öyster Cult, Bad Company, Los Lobos, and many more. Limited packages are still available; for detail, please visit www.rockgetaway.com.

CHEAP TRICK ON TOUR 2017
SEPTEMBER
23 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Sports Centre *
26 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome *
28 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place *
OCTOBER
1 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena *
27 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino
29 – Riviera Maya, MX – Rock Getaway 2017 +
NOVEMBER
4 – Pembroke Pines, FL – Rockfest 80’s +
10 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
11 – Shippensburg, PA – Luhrs Performing Arts Center
12 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
16 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen
18 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
* w/Nickelback
+ Festival Performance

 

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