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Advance Streaming: Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless

On November 3, the Portland, OR-based Blitzen Trapper will release Wild & Reckless, a new album born of their staged musical of the same title and also a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr. Today, NPR Music premiered the album in its entirety as a First Listen and called it “a sprawling, sumptuous testament to Weird America.”

Wild and Reckless is now available for pre-order via iTunesAmazon, and their website.

The New York Times said, “Missing Tom Petty? He lives on in Blitzen Trapper’s Wild and Reckless, an accomplished slice of classic rock that unabashedly sounds like Mr. Petty singing a Springsteen song with the Heartbreakers’ California guitars and a harmonica intro from Neil Young.”

Consequence of Sound said, “Music-wise, the song is the equivalent of an adrenaline shot of invincibility — the kind of anthem people turn up loud in the car as they’re speeding off to some unknown destination, the wind’s blow their only guidance.”

The album Wild & Reckless was born from the stage production that the band spent the better part of a year producing. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. The story evoked a bygone era of Portland with this sci-fi love story, featuring a rock-and-roll score that paired unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog.

Following the success of the production, the band took 7 original songs from the production and developed the theme further into the 12 songs that comprise the new album Wild & Reckless.

Frontman Eric Earley also sees the record as a companion and extension of their 2008 album Furr. “Wild and Reckless is something like a cross-eyed stepchild to Furr, in that it chronicles the darker dystopian stories of rural and suburban west coast death-drive via a riffing psychedelic landscape. Ten years after Furr with all its talk of murder and the end of the western world, it seems there’s more to tell.”

Blitzen Trapper is Eric Earley (songwriter/singer), Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass) and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Wild & Reckless was produced by Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt and was recorded by Gregg Williams at the Trench, in Portland, OR. It was mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Blitzen Trapper’s All Across This Land) at The Union.

The band will embark on a national tour with select support from Lilly Hiatt this winter to celebrate the release of the album. Find a full list of tour dates below.

Wild & Reckless tracklist:

1) Rebel
2) Wild & Reckless
3) Forever Pt. 1
4) Joanna
5) No Man’s Land
6) Stolen Hearts
7) Dance With Me
8) Love Live On
9) When I’m Dying
10) Baby Won’t You Turn Me On
11) Forever Pt. 2
12) Wind Don’t Always Blow

Tour Dates:
10/28: Seaside, OR – Boo’s Blues & Brews – TICKETS
11/2: Atlanta, GA – The Earl – TICKETS
11/3: Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall – TICKETS #
11/4: Richmond, VA- The Broadberry – TICKETS #
11/5: Washington, DC – Black Cat – TICKETS #
11/6: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s – TICKETS #
11/7: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclairs – TICKETS #
11/9: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg – TICKETS #
11/10: Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern – TICKETS #
11/11: Detroit, MI – El Club – TICKETS #
11/12: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall – TICKETS
11/14: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon – TICKETS
11/15: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall – TICKETS #
11/16: St. Paul, MN – Turf Club – TICKETS
11/17: Iowa City, IA – The Mill – TICKETS
11/18: St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room – TICKETS
11/19: Nashville, TN – Exit/In – TICKETS #
11/30: Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley – TICKETS #
12/1: Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre – TICKETS #
12/2: San Diego, CA – Casbah – TICKETS #
12/4: Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall – TICKETS #
12/5: San Francisco, CA – The Independent – TICKETS #
12/7: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern – TICKETS #
12/8: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall – TICKETS #
# – support from Lilly Hiatt
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Video: Crystal Fighters – “Good Girls”

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“Simply the perfect tropi-pop party soundtrack”  – VICE’s Noisey
“There is nothing more alive or energetic than Crystal Fighters” – Dazed

Following the release of their third studio album Everything Is My Family which garnered acclaim from the likes of NPR and Noisey, London-based Crystal Fighters share the virtual reality inspired, disco-flecked video for “Good Girls.”

Everything Is My Family embodies the band’s ecstatic lust for life and as singer Sebastian ‘Bast’ Pringle says, the album is “more dance-floor, more psychedelic, more tropical, more rave, more sunshine, more pretty much everything” than anything they have done before.

Since the release of acclaimed second album Cave Rave in 2013, Bast has spent time living in the Basque Country, The Canary Islands, and Central America – a field recording of tropical wise-men in conversation from Costa Rica opens the album – and says his time away from the overpowering buzz of modern civilization has given him a new perspective.

Meanwhile, bandmate Graham lived “up a mountain” in Maine before traveling down to Peru in a modern life-provoked quest for otherness. He says that the time they each individually spent exploring the world has helped them come to terms with some of the highs and tragic lows the band has already experienced. Stay tuned for U.S. tour news coming soon!

Everything Is My Family LP Out Now via Play It Again Sam

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Get Weird with Holiday Mountain’s “Cómo Te Llamas?” Video

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“…ludicrously infectious…It’s a slice of absurdist neon-drenched pop with an equally surrealist accompanying video” – Stereogum

Holiday Mountain’s psych-aerobics video for “Cómo Te Llamas?” has debuted to give the first taste of the upcoming album SHIA, due August 12. Imagine if Adult Swim had Carmen Miranda direct an aerobics instructional video after taking four tabs of acid, the internet would implode, and thus, we would have Holiday Mountain’s “Cómo Te Llamas?”. Laura Patiño and Zander Kagle teamed up with Mexican Institute of Sound and director Brittany Reeber to create the final product, creating a unique, futuristic Cumbia-electronic hybrid .The video and single serve as the official announcement for the upcoming full-length, SHIA, out this fall.

About “Cómo,” singer and subject of the video Laura Patiño explains, “[the video] was inspired by my long time love for Jane Fonda-esque aerobics videos, absurdist artists like Eric Andre, and what we call ‘digital-punk’ style video editing; born from Youtube culture and the cyber revolution that has allowed us as humans to put out whatever expressions we want regardless of how unorthodox they are. I wanted the viewer to feel empowered by the fact that we have full ownership of our unique bodies while also acknowledging our culture’s ludicrous commodification of individual body parts, youth, and what it means to be healthy.”

The Austin duo of Patiño and Kagle combine hip-hop, electronic, reggae, dub, and Cumbia to create their own genre of heavy futuristic dance. Patiño cites surprising influences, such as Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse, that, along with the visuals and Kagle’s production, manifest itself as art in the leagues of Major Lazer, Die Antwoord, and Peaches. SHIA is a balanced mix of freaky club bangers with a touch of vulnerability and sweetness. Says the band, “For us, SHIA signifies the end of compromise and the end of fearing what others will think or do when you become exactly who you want to be. SHIA is realization with a fuck-everything-else attitude.”

Holiday Mountain is an electronic music duo founded by Mexican-American songwriter/keyboardist Laura Patiño and drummer/producer Zander Kagle. The two met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music and together found a genre-expanding sound, fusing together their affinity for pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. The result is a force so strong that when describing their sound, NPR exclaimed, “resistance is futile.”

“After witnessing their atomic live set, you’ll be rendered breathless,” says SPIN Magazine, who also named the band one of their favorite things from SXSW 2015. “Make sure to watch to the end,” urges The Wall Street Journal, as audience members are regularly exposed to glittery crowd surfing, sweaty drum solos, and being fed cake until they reach “a cacophonous climax.” (SPIN) 

Holiday Mountain’s addictive blend of upbeat, hyper-electro sounds and the ability to not take themselves too seriously while addressing deeper subjects places the band in a perfect position to become the next big thing. Let go and lose yourself in “Cómo,” viewable now and catch the band on tour opening for Beats Antique this fall, and prepare yourself for SHIA in its entirety.

Catch Holiday Mountain Live:
7/16 – Austin, TX – Solstice Festival
9/24 – Abeline, TX – Key City Block Party
9/25 – Austin, TX – Pecan Street Festival
10/27 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
10/28 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory *
10/29 – Austin, TX – Emo’s *
10/31 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater *
* = with Beats Antique

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Santigold Video Featuring YOU!!!

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Today marks the release of Santigold’s third album, 99¢.  She has revealed an innovative new video for “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat. B.C.)” that uses the camera of the viewer’s computer or mobile device to incorporate them into the video in real time. This is the first time the technology has been used in a music video. The video was directed by Santigold and Sam Fleischner and conceptualized and digitally developed by Yung Jake and Vince Mckelvie, with mobile app development by Bryan Yee. It plays on pop culture’s fascination with viewing and manipulating one’s own image. The video should be viewed on the web using Chrome as the browser and is available for mobile handheld devices via the “SANTIGOLD” app available in both the Apple/Android app stores. The video is premiering on Mashable, experience it here and at Santigold.com/Webcam

Stream the new full album via NPR here.

Santigold and Tumblr IRL are hosting a special record release event at Jack’s 99¢ Store (110 W. 32ndSt.) in New York City this Friday, February 26th as part of Tumblr’s IRL ongoing series. The free event will feature a DJ set, art installation, and more surprises. Santigold’s Tumblr has been functioning as a visual extension of the album’s themes of hyper-consumption and narcissism with exclusive videos being added continually. The series of pop up windows in the site’s design echo the experience of navigating through advertisements when searching online. The event will bring the world of 99¢ and Santigold’s Tumblr to life! Follow IRLIRL.tumblr.com for entry details.

Check out where I posted about Santigold last week and listed her tour dates HERE.

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New Album: Setting Sun – Be Here When You Get There

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“dramatic and poignant”  –  NPR

“Setting Sun create an Arcade Fire urgency, creating sweeping orchestrations, driving rhythms.  Delicate, hushed vocals and well-crafted pop songs” – Pop Matters

“Incredibly well-crafted songs ” – USA Today

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Setting Sun. But, they’re back with a their fifth album called Be Here When You Get There out now (as of the 22nd) through Young Love Records.

Setting Sun’s songs are propelled by driving rhythms, tasteful acoustic guitar lines, graceful string orchestrations and frontman Gary Levitt’s intimate, earnest vocals.  Jen Turner (Here We Go Magic, Exclamation Pony) plays bass on the record. Levitt was born in Queens, New York but started the band in San Francisco. Brooklyn is now home base and is where this new album was recorded.

Have a listen at a couple of songs from the new album. Unfortunately, this playlist does not have the 2 songs that I like from the album, “Idiot” and “Singularity”, which the latter has sort of a Gary Jules sound to it. All of the songs remind me a teensy bit of the Dandy Warhols, too.

Here ya go!

Listen: Setting Sun – Be Here When You Get There

Here’s links to buy the album:

Bandcamp (This link will let you listen to the whole album, including the 2 songs I mentioned above.)

iTunes

 

 

 

 

 

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Video: Alice Boman – “What”

Alice Boman’s EPII is out now!

“Alice Boman makes beautiful, lo-fi recordings that are both intimate and lonesome, with a captivating voice like ether.”

– NPR’s All Songs Considered

“Your new Swedish obsession” – New York Times: T Magazine

 

” She sings, practically forcing you out of your slumber and into her perfectly imperfect world.” – Portals

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Stream Phantogram’s New Album VOICES

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NPR has premiered the new PHANTOGRAM record Voices in its entirety as part of their exclusive FIRST LISTEN series. Due out February 18th via Republic Records, Voices can be heard now!

Stream: Phantogram – Voices (via NPR)

Phantogram will be taking to the road this spring in support of the record, with a full US tour that begins April 4th in Pittsburgh, PA. (YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!)

Phantogram have also  premiered the video for “Fall In Love”, the critically-acclaimed first single from Voices.

The pre-order for Voices is available now —

Pre-order via iTunes

Pre-order via Amazon

Listeners who pre-order the entire record will get an instant download of tracks “Bill Murray”, “Nothing But Trouble”, and “Fall In Love”.

In addition to the full US tour, Phantogram will also be performing on the West Coast during the week of the record’s release, making the following stops:

02.20.14          Oakland, CA                             Fox Theatre – SOLD OUT
02.21.14          Sacramento, CA                     Ace of Spades
02.22.14          Los Angeles, CA                     Hollywood Palladium – SOLD OUT
02.23.14          Ventura, CA                             Ventura Theatre

After featured performances at the Maverick Music Festival in San Antonio Texas on March 21st and the Buku Music & Art Project in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 22ndPhantogram will embark on a full U.S. tour:

04.04               Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE
04.05               Columbus, OH                        LC Pavilion
04.06               Cincinnati, OH                        20th Century Theatre
04.08               St. Louis, MO                          The Pageant
04.10               Chicago, IL                              Riviera Theatre
04.11               Milwaukee, WI                        Pabst Theatre
04.12               Madison, WI                            Majestic Theatre
04.13               Minneapolis, MI                      First Avenue
04.15               Denver, CO                            Ogden Theatre
04.16               Salt Lake City, UT                  In The Venue
04.18               Tempe, AZ                             Marquee Theatre
04.19               Albuquerque, NM                  Sunshine Theater
04.21               Tulsa, OK                              Cain’s Ballroom
04.23               Dallas, TX                             South Side Music Hall
04.25               Houston, TX                          Warehouse Live
04.27               Atlanta, GA                            Counterpoint Festival
05.23-25          George, WA                           Sasquatch! Festival
06.20-22          Dover, DE                               Firefly Music Festival

Recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer John Hill (Santigold, MIA), Voices follows up the group’s celebrated self-titled EP, which spawned the track “Black Out Days”. Phantogram’s full-length debut Eyelid Movies [2010, Barsuk] and Nightlife EP [2011, Barsuk] established them as one of music’s most intriguing indie outfits. Soon, the likes of The Flaming Lips and Big Boi [Outkast] began seeking them out for studio collaborations. Republic Records also recognized their spirit and joined forces with them in 2013.

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Stream: Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

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“the spirit of the UK’s second summer of love, circa 1988, evoked the old-fashioned way: a DJ spinning records in Melbourne’s burgeoning underground dance music scene.”
– NPR

“ …the psychedelia of the late ’60s, the raw electronics of early British acid house, and the swirling, sampler-and-guitar creations of the shoegazer stylists My Bloody Valentine.” 
– The New York Times

“ …as soulful and wholesome as they are futuristic and danceable.”
– SPIN

Cut Copy have grown from a bedroom project to an international festival staple that never fails to leave thousands enraptured. Each release and tour has invited fans internationally one step closer into their world full of ecstatic peaks broken up by quiet moments of melancholy and beauty. Their vision is clearer than ever before on their fourth studio album, Free Your Mind, released November 5th via Loma Vista/Modular.

The album is now streaming in full at NPR “First Listen” (and available for pre-order via iTunes.)

Free Your Mind was strongly influenced by the two “Summers of Love,” which were birthed from burdening times – Vietnam and 10 years of Thatcher’s reign. Through unprecedented explosions of youth culture, communal elation and celebration, these eras provided a spirit that the band embraced – the need to tear down the walls of perception while creating a fantasy of what the next youth revolution might sound like. The result is a sound of a band that has been sending masses into abandon for years.

Hailed for their energized live show, the band has kicked off an international tour, making stops in LA, Chicago, Austin, Tulsa and more. Fans that aren’t able to catch the band live, can catch them performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on November 19th.

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Wild Belle Tour Dates

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Chicago based duo Wild Belle have announced an extensive fall headlining tour that will kick off September 5 in Madison, WI.  The band recently made their Lollapalooza debut before they headed to San Francisco to play Outside Lands.  After previously touring the states opening for Passion Pit and Toro y Moi, Wild Belle will travel across North America and back for over 25 headlining tour dates -making this their biggest headline tour to date (full list of dates below).  To catch a glimpse of Wild Belle’s life on the road, watch the band’s self-directed video POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD Nº3.

Wild Belle’s live performances have been recognized for their catchy hooks and infectious sound.  The band took their effortlessly sunny set on the festival circuit this summer with performances at Coachella, Sasquatch, Firefly, Full Moon Festival, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.  The musical talents of both siblings shine during the band’s live performances, with Rolling Stone noting how “Natalie (breezes) about the stage with relaxed bravado while Elliot (switches) effortlessly between keyboards and sax…creating an organic wall of sound.”

In June the band stopped by a Los Angeles bike shop to record a performance with KCRW of “Love Like This” for NPR’s Field Recordings.  Noted by the Chicago Tribune for their “breezy sounding pop music,” Wild Belle is currently featured in Glamour’s summer music issue and as Time Magazines “Band to Watch”.

Wild Belle is Natalie and Elliot Bergman. The band is joined live by Kellen Harrison (bass) as well as fellow NOMO members Erik Hall (guitar) and Quin Kirchner (drums).

Wild Belle on tour:

  • 8/17       Sterling Heights, MI                       MoPop Music Festival
  • 9/5         Madison, WI                                      High Noon Saloon
  • 9/6         Iowa City, IA                                     Gabe’s Oasis
  • 9/7         St. Louis, MO                                     LouFest
  • 9/13       Minneapolis, MN                             Triple Rock Social Club *
  • 9/14       Omaha, NE                                         The Waiting Room *
  • 9/16       Denver, CO                                         The Bluebird Theater *
  • 9/18       Salt Lake City, UT                           Urban Lounge *
  • 9/19       Boise, ID                                              Neurolux *
  • 9/21       Seattle, WA                                        Crocodile *
  • 9/22       Vancouver, BC                                 Fortune Sound Club *
  • 9/24       Portland, OR                                    Doug Fir Lounge *
  • 9/26       San Francisco, CA                          The Independent *
  • 9/28       Los Angeles, CA                              The Echoplex *
  • 9/30       Tucson, AZ                                       Club Congress *
  • 10/1       El Paso, TX                                       Lowbrow Palace
  • 10/3       Dallas, TX                                       House of Blues – Cambridge Room *
  • 10/4       Austin, TX                                        Austin City Limits
  • 10/7       Philadelphia, PA                            First Unitarian Church *
  • 10/8       New York, NY                                Bowery Ballroom*
  • 10/9       Boston, MA                                      Paradise *
  • 10/11     Austin, TX                                        Austin City Limits
  • 10/13     New Orleans, LA                            One Eyed Jacks
  • 10/15     Tallahassee, FL                               Club Downunder
  • 10/16     Birmingham, AL                             The Bottletree
  • 10/17     Atlanta, GA                                       The Earl
  • 10/19     Nashville, TN                                   12th and Porter
  • 10/20     Asheville, NC                                   Emerald Lounge
  • 10/21     Raleigh, NC                                       Kings Barcade
  • 10/22     Washington, DC                              U Street Music Hall *
  • 10/23     Pittsburgh, PA                                 The Rex Theatre *
  • 10/26     Chicago, IL                                        Metro *

*supported by Saint Rich

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New Album: The Flaming Lips – The Terror (Out April 16)

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THE TERROR by The Flaming Lips has a new U.S. release date of April 16th (U.K release date remains April 1).  As previously mentioned The Terror is The Lips’ thirteenth studio album and was produced by long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann and The Flaming Lips at Tarbox Road Studios.

Wayne Coyne explains, “Why would we make this music that is The Terror – this bleak, disturbing record…? I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”

The Terror is a bold and expressive journey that has evolved over The Lips’ nearly 30-year tended garden of sonic delights that ebbs and flows with extraordinary splashes of light and shade, pleasure and pain, sadness and hope, and the knowledge that to expect the unexpected is half the fun of The Lips’ experience.

The Terror will be available as a special Direct To Consumer, Limited-Edition Silver Vinyl double-LP set, housed in a two-pocket gatefold jacket with printed sleeves.  Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of “Sun Blows Up Today” and the digital album delivered on release date, April 16th.  Suggested retail price is $35.98.

The Terror CD edition pre-order includes an instant download of “Sun Blows Up Today” and the digital album delivered on release date, April 16th. Suggested retail price is $10.98. Go to:http://store.flaminglips.com/ for pre-order details on both

In other LIPS news, the band hosted two magic events at SXSW this past week, including a no-frills first-ever performance of YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS in its entirety live from The Warner Sound at The Belmont in Austin, TX. The intimacy of a small room packed to the bricks was the perfect setting to see the band up close performing some the songs from their certified gold album for the first time ever without any stage production made for special night. The show was filmed live by NPR.

Even more impressive was the first-ever performance of The Terror in its entirety the following night at Auditorium Shores, which set an all-time attendance record for a show at that venue in the history of SXSW drawing in excess of 30,000 attendees. Jim James of My Morning Jacket (who opened the show) joined the band on-stage for a particularly moving version of “Do You Realize??”. The Auditorium Shores show was broadcast live by Sirius/XM.

Tracklist:

  1. Look…The Sun Is Rising
  2. Be Free, A Way
  3. Try To Explain
  4. You Lust
  5. The Terror
  6. You Are Alone
  7. Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
  8. Turning Violent
  9. Always There…In Our Hearts

Confirmed Tour dates:

  • Mar 29             Sao Paulo, Brazil            Lollapalooza Brazil
  • April 3              NYC, NY                          The Late Show w/David Letterman
  • Apr 28              Kansas City, MO            Sprint Center w/ The Black Keys
  • April 29           Indianapolis, IN             Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
  • Apr 30             Pittsburgh, PA                Consol Energy Center w/ The Black Keys
  • May 2               Atlanta, GA                     Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood w/ The Black Keys
  • May 3               Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena w/ The Black Keys
  • May 4               Chattanooga, TN           Track 29 w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
  • May 5               Memphis, TN                 Beale St. Music Festival
  • May 10             Napa, CA                         Bottle Rock Festival
  • May 16             Montclair, NJ, USA       The Wellmont Theatre
  • May 20             London, UK                    Roundhouse
  • May 21             London, UK                    Roundhouse
  • May 22             Brighton, UK                  Dome Concert Hall, Brighton Festival
  • May 24             Paris, France                  Villette Sonique Festival
  • May 25             Düdingen, Switzerland    Bad Bonn Kilbi
  • June 14             Hultsfred, Sweden         Hultsfred Festival
  • June 15             Aarhus, Denmark           Northside Festival
  • July 11              Raleigh, NC                      Time Warner Cable Pavilion w/The Black Keys
  • July 12              Simpsonville, SC            Charter Amphit/Heritage Park w/The Black Keys
  • July 13              Louisville, KY                 Forecastle Festival
  • July 31              Costa Mesa, CA              Pacific Amphitheatre
  • Sep 6                Isle Of Wight, UK           Bestival

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