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The Walkmen "Heaven", In Stores June 05

2012-03-29
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Fat Possum Records is excited to announce that celebrated New York quintet The Walkmen will release their new album, Heaven, on June 5, 2012.  The record is the band’s sixth and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Band of Horses) in Seattle.  On May 3, they will headline The National curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  In July they will support Florence And The Machine on their North American tour.

The Walkmen just celebrated their 10th anniversary and are still comprised of the same members that started the group in 2001 – drummer Matt Barrick, multi-instrumentalist Pete Bauer, singer Hamilton Leithauser, guitarist Paul Maroon and bassist Walter Martin. The Fleet Fox’s Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.

When describing Heaven, Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery, after a decade together.  “The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone.  We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement."  

Adds Maroon, “When you’re starting out, you’re sitting there trying to come up with a big idea, but after a while, you learn about the process of writing. You learn about your friends in the band and how they work best.”

It's been ten years since the Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone.   Ten years since they mixed the lovingly recorded analogue tapes down to the cheapest CD burner they could find. Ten years since Leithauser snapped Maroon’s arm in a celebratory wrestling match. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted any part of. In the spring of 2011, the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received.  In contrast, fellow graduates from New York's celebrated rock revival class of ’02 have burned out or faded from view.

The Walkmen are the great New York band of their generation, and in Heaven, they have delivered their third killer album in a row. Although Leithauser argues that “our biggest accomplishment is just being here,” they are making the best music of their career and filling their largest venues yet.

 All five members of the band have kids now and if the impact of parenthood is hard to pin down in a single lyric, there is definitely a new openness and emotional honesty to the songs.   Most importantly, the old gang mentality has deepened, becoming something worthwhile and lasting.
 
“I’m very proud of what we’ve done. We’ve stayed friends and those friendships have grown,” says Bauer. “We have survival experience and real love that children generate in your life.”
 
Heaven is a definitive statement of purpose and commitment, from a band at the peak of its powers that is finally winning the recognition it deserves.
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Eastbound & Down Soundtrack In Stores April 24

2012-03-23

 
PRE-ORDER EASTBOUND & DOWN SOUNDTRACK HERE

“When my ass was 19 years old, I changed the face of professional baseball. Everyone wanted a piece of my s#*t. Just a man with a mind for victory and an arm like a f@^%*ing cannon. But sometimes when you bring the thunder, you get lost in the storm.”– Kenny Powers

"Each track is hand-picked by The Man himself.  That’s right.  This is the music that Kenny Powers rocks out to when he’s getting ready in the morning.  This is the music Kenny Powers listens to in the late hours, when the night terrors come and we are all children again." – Stevie Janowski

Anyone who was wondering when the ultimate mix tape of the new millennium would finally show up need wonder no longer: It's here.

Or it will be, on April 24 when Fat Possum Records scores big with the two-disc release of the Eastbound & Down Soundtrack, a collection of straight up classics – old and new alike – handpicked by the man, the myth, and legend in his own mind Kenny Powers, who drops over-the-top nuggets of wisdom that will be prized as much as the music on this high-energy compilation. And that's saying loads since the soundtrack, which includes music and dialogue from the show’s three seasons, features primo jams from top shelfers like The Black Keys, Too $hort, The Stooges,   MC5, R.L. Burnside, Kenny Rogers and Lee Hazlewood. On top of all that, the record’s liner notes are written by Kenny’s own personal boy wonder and sidekick, Stevie Janowski.

HBO’s raucous comedy Eastbound & Down is the story of the rise and fall (and fall, and fall…) of former pitcher Kenny Powers as he navigates life after the Big Leagues as a washed up baseball star who hasn’t come to grips with the “washed up” part yet. With an insufferable ego, self-destructive behavior and penchant for profanity, Powers (played to perfection by Danny McBride), is often unlovable, but always entertaining.  From the twisted comedic minds of executive producers Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, Jody Hill and McBride, the show’s popularity has created a loyal and enthusiastic following that surged over its first two seasons.  Eastbound & Down is back for more innings, with the third season currently airing Sunday nights at 10:00p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.

INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE FOUL DIALOGUE

Disc One:

Freddie King [Going Down]
The Black Keys [Your Touch]

Strangeloves [Night Time]
Brenton Wood [Oogum Boogum Song]
Too Short [Blow The Whistle]
The Stooges [Down On The Street]
The Animals [Sky Pilot]
Ram Jam [Black Betty]

Disc Two:
Lil Wyte [Fucked Up]
Los Monstruos [El Monstros, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut]
R.L. Burnside [Goin’ Down South]
Kenny Rogers [Love Will Turn You Around]
MC5 [Miss X]
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra Featuring Nino Moschella [Kiss The Sky]
Lee Hazlewood [Think I’m Coming Down]
The Slits [I Heard It Through the Grapevine]

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Spiritualized "Hey Jane" Video

2012-03-20

Last week Spiritualized unveiled a trailer of their new video to fans via social media. It was a tantalizing glimpse of what felt like a calm before a storm moment, directed by rising talent AG Rojas.

Rojas who has previously shot for Jamie XX & Gil Scott, Earl Sweatshirt & Emeli Sandé, sets our protagonist Frida amidst a shady, seedy backdrop in which she’s desperately trying to uphold normality for her son. Frida, played by Tyra Sanchez, is perfectly cast as a visual accompaniment to the song’s energy and impact.

Hey Jane” is first the single and indication that new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is another epic body of work from the anthemic master. It’s been three years in the making for renowned perfectionist Jason Spaceman and the resulting music captured in this first single, showcases them at their most vibrant and sublime.

Clocking in at 8:55 in true J Spaceman style, meticulously produced and arranged, “Hey Jane” is in itself an epic ride.

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Spiritualized North American Tour Dates:

05/02/12 Wed - Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
05/03/12 Thu – Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/04/12 Fri – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
05/05/12 Sat – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
05/07/12 Mon - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
05/09/12 Wed – Boston, MA @ Paradise
05/10/12 Thu – Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
05/11/12 Fri – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
05/12/12 Sat – Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
05/13/12 Sun – Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
05/15/12 Tue – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theatre
05/16/12 Wed – Austin, TX @ Emo's East
05/18/12 Fri - Tucson AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
05/19/12 Sat - Phoenix AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
05/20/12 Sun - San Diego CA @ Belly Up Tavern
05/22/12 Tue - Los Angeles CA @ The Wiltern
05/23/12 Wed - San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
05/25/12 Fri - Portland OR @ The Wonder Ballroom
05/26/12 Sat - Vancouver BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre

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Other Music Recording Company New Fat Possum Imprint

2012-03-12

 
Since 1995, NYC’s Other Music record shop has had a big hand in defining the sound of the underground, helping to establish the careers (and career resurgences) of hundreds of artists, with a wide-ranging aesthetic that includes everything from indie pop to left-field electronica, folk, funk, psychedelia, dub, free jazz, post-punk, avant-classical, hip-hop and much more. For more than a decade and a half, through myriad changes in the “biz,” Other has stayed true to their one goal, connecting great unheard music with passionate music fans, and with their weekly new-release newsletter reaching more than thirty-five thousand subscribers, an MP3 download store, a mail-order website, and a busy East Village retail shop, they have become an icon and last bastion of indie retail. Now, in partnership with Fat Possum, Other is launching their own label, Other Music Recording Co., to bring the same varied taste and enthusiasm that has always defined their retail store to this new venture.

Other’s first release, OM-001, drops on April 24: Ex Cops’ debut 7-inch,  “You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb” b/w “The Millionaire.” This new Brooklyn group’s hazy mix of influences draws on vintage British and New Zealand indie, Factory Records and a Velvets/Feelies jangle that is distinctly New York, all with their own sunbaked pop vision. What began as a bedroom-recording project for Brian Harding has been fleshed out into a full band, and Ex Cops are now putting the finishing touches on their debut album in the studio with producer John Siket, due out on Other later this spring

Also due this spring on Other, the debut solo album from Shintaro Sakamoto, the former frontman of the legendary Japanese psychedelic group Yura Yura Teikoku. Over the course of their 20 years together, that band rose from the storied Japanese psychedelic underground to huge mainstream success in their homeland (and cult status around the world), with a wholly original sound that defies definition. The group disbanded in 2010, and Sakamoto set off into uncharted waters on his new solo material, working mostly alone to create a stunning set of quiet, percussive songs that draw on ‘70s folk and AM radio pop from the U.S., U.K. and Japan, as well as folk forms from across continents and eras; How to Live with a Phantom, released late last year in Sakamoto’s own Zelone label in Japan, is an enigma and an instant classic that blew so many minds at the Other Music shop when a few imports trickled in, they had to release it themselves.

Other Music Recording Co. will surprise and enlighten fans of underground music with a roster of diverse artists from around the world, releasing new music and under-appreciated classics from their reissue division, and with this strategic partnership with Fat Possum you will be hearing a lot more from Other in the coming months.

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El-P "Cancer For Cure" Release Set For May 22

2012-03-09

DOWNLOAD ALBUM TRACK "THE FULL RETARD" HERE

Independent rap icon El-P is set to release his long awaited new solo album Cancer For Cure, at his new home Fat Possum on May 22, 2012. The new album marks his first full length rap album since 2007’s critically acclaimed I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, though El-P’s rap trajectory has been on a steady ascent following a prolific year that saw high profile appearances on Das Racist’s mixtape and debut album, a hugely buzzed Adult Swim single “Drones Over BKLYN”, a verse (which made Stereogum’s top 10 guest verses of the year) on one of the year’s biggest online hits, Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s “Huzzah”, among several other honors. The record is arriving hot on the heels of the new Killer Mike album R.A.P. Music, which El-P produced in full and is already making huge noise with its first single “BIG BEAST (featuring BUN B, T.I. and TROUBLE)”, which was awarded Pitchfork's rare Best New Track designation.


Cancer For Cure takes another huge leap forward from the production work of his 2010 instrumental album weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixxx with a bombastic collision of synths, bottomless bass tones, live instrumentation, ear-worming melody, and tightly coiled drum patterns, setting the standard for hip hop production higher than ever.  The obvious diversion from the previous album is the presence of El-P’s ever-developing vocal style, continuing to raise the bar on his already highly verbose flow that swiftly and muscularly navigates a rapidfire explosion of syllabic conundrums and quick-witted elocutions full of heart, purpose, style and grit. Rounded out by feature appearances by a host of high profile guests including Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Paul Banks (Interpol), and more this will easily be one of the year’s most talked about albums.

FULL LIST OF SXSW APPEARANCES

3/15 – Pitchfork Day Party @ Mohawk
3/16 – Biz3 Showcase @ 1100 Warehouse
3/17 – Thrasher/Converse Party @ Scoot Inn

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Fat Possum At SXSW

2012-03-08

 
2:54

Wednesday – 3/14
- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Bar96 – 9PM
Thursday – 3/15
- NME Party @ Latitude 30 – 1AM
Friday – 3/16
- Fader Fort – 2:54PM

BASS DRUM OF DEATH
Wednesday – 3/14
- Waterloo Records – 2PM
- KVRX Party @ Spider House – 8:15PM
Thursday – 3/15
- Aquarium Drunkard Party @ 504 Trinity St – 3PM
- Check Yo Ponytail @ Emo’s East – 5PM
- Noisey.com Party @ The Parish – 9PM
Friday – 3/16
- The Windish Agency @ Mohawk – 2PM
- Spirit Showcase @ The Jacked Stage – 4PM
- My Old Kentucky Blog @ Peckerheads - 7PM
Saturday – 3/17
- Denver Post’s Reverb Day Party @ Dirty Dog Bar – 2:30PM
- Beerland – 5PM
Sunday - 3/18
- BBQ Fest 2012 @ Club DaDa – 5PM

CAVEMAN
Tuesday – 3/13
- Campfire Trails Showcase @ Bat Bar – 12AM
Wednesday – 3/14
- Paste Magazine Party @ Stage on Sixth – 4:30PM
Thursday – 3/15
- Sweetwood, Founders Ent, Hear Ya  Indie Party @ Beauty Bar – 3:10PM
Friday – 3/16
- Rhapsody Rocks Austin @ Club Deville – 6PM
- I Guess I’m Floating/Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel
Saturday – 3/17
- CYP2, Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold & SPIN Party @ Beauty Ballroom – 3PM

EL-P
Thursday – 3/15

- Pitchfork @ Mohawk – 5:15PM
Friday – 3/16

- Biz 3 Party @ 1100 Warehouse
Saturday – 3/17

- Thrasher @ The Scoot Inn – 11:15PM

ELLE KING
Thursday – 3/15
- Live on-air performances on KGSR – 6AM
- Official SXSW Showcase @ Creekside Lounge/Hilton Garden Inn – 8PM
Friday – 3/16
- Front Gate Tickets Morning After Party – 12:15PM
- Time Out North America @ Stubbs – 10:40PM

TENNIS
Wednesday – 3/14

- Paste Magazine Party @ The Stage on Sixth – 4PM
- Carson Daily Show @ Red 7 – 7PM
Thursday – 3/15

- KEXP @ Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop – 5:30PM
- Official SXSW Showcase @ Club Deville – 11PM
Friday – 3/16
- Rolling Stone Party @ La Zona Rosa – 12:30PM
- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Hotel Vegas – 4PM
Saturday – 3/17
- SXSJ @ Hotel San Jose – 2PM

- The Hype Machine’s Party @ Hype Hotel – 6PM

- WNYU Shocase @ Baby Blue Studio – 8:45PM



UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
Wednesday – 3/14
- Eventbrite Party @ Empire Auto – 2PM
- Forcefield Party @ Red 7 – 5:15PM
- Transgressive Records @ Red Eyed Fly – 11PM


YOUTH LAGOON
Wednesday – 3/14
- Lefse Records & Banter Media @ Skinny’s Ballroom – 2:30PM
- Forcefield Party @ Red 7 – 4:40PM
- IFC/Vice @ IFC Crossroads House at Vice – 10PM
Thursday – 3/15

- Pitchfork @ Mohawk – 2PM
- Aquarium Drunkard @ Hype Hotel – 3PM
- Paradigm @ Club Deville – 1AM

Friday – 3/16
- Under the Radar @ Flamingo Catina – 1:30PM

- Brooklyn Vegan @ Hotel Vegas – 5PM

Saturday – 3/17

- Waterloo Records In-Store – 12PM

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2:54 Self-Titled Debut Album Release Set For May 28th

2012-03-07

 

   2:54 - You're Early by 2:54 Band

Over the past year 2:54 -sister duo Colette and Hannah Thurlow – have established themselves as one of 2012's most important breakthrough UK bands. Following their signing to Fat Possum in the US last week, with the announcement of their eponymous debut album they're preparing to unveil the writing and recording work that's occupied much of their time since the band's inception, and fans of their unique and enveloping sound should prepare to have their expectations obliterated.
 

Occupying a low-lit, vivid space, they unite a distinct concoction of ideas and influences that taps a rock and punk lineage notoriously anchored by the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss. However, their sound neatly neighbours the darker, atmospheric reaches of today's R'n'B finest, as well as timeless walls of sound. The fact 2:54 have picked up fans from all the above worlds and more is testament not only to their sophisticated and nuanced tastes, but just how compelling a proposition the music they make is. Yet it's only now, with this their first full-length offering that the power of what they do will be revealed for all to see.

The Thurlow sisters taught themselves to play guitar as teenagers, but it wasn't until the closing moments of 2010 that the very first lo-fi 2:54 home demos leaked onto the web, prompting a flurry of critical acclaim that's only ever grown with the band. They became the act that all the best bands around wanted on the road with them, touring with everyone from Warpaint and Wild Beasts to Melissa Auf De Maur, Yuck, The Maccabees and most recently, The Big Pink. Their debut limited seven-inch 'On A Wire' whetted critics appetites, consolidating plaudits that have now reached everywhere from revered US critics like Pitchfork, SPIN, Fader, Gorilla Versus Bear and Stereogum, to UK bibles like NME, Q magazine, Kerrang, and onto the radars of broadsheet press like The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. Signing to Fiction (The Cure, Crystal Castles etc) mid last year, the 'Scarlet' EP gave the world the first taste of the forthcoming long-player with its title track, plus three hard-hitting B-sides. Its hazy, leviathan sound was hypnotically hooky, feeling both alien and familiar at the same time. The Pitchfork premiere of their latest single 'You're Early' last week saw 10 thousand hits in 24 hours - simultaneously announcing a US signing to Fat Possum (Spiritualized, Wavves, Yuck etc)- and displaying a more groove-focused side to the band, a brazenly infectious stormer of a song.


Recorded mostly by Mercury-winning producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey etc), and all mixed by the legendary Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine In Nails etc), their debut album collects together a cohesive and captivating selection of highlights from their already burgeoning catalogue. The 10 songs that together make up '2:54' are ripe with danger and beauty. This is a record that thrums with life, signalled immediately with the gale-force opener, 'Revolving',a real bittersweet blizzard. From then on the sisters Thurlow proceed to mine their own distinctive brand of haunted, freaked grooves and cloud-bursting melody, channelling love, loss and longing to spellbinding effect. This is an album with truly no filler. First spin will leave the propulsive, woozy thrust of 'Easy Undercover's refrains ringing in heads, as will the duelling guitars and surging, urgent cry of 'Sugar's' dance floor rhythms. The smouldering solemnity of 'Circuitry' neighbours the delicate, scorched beauty of 'Watcher' with album closer 'Creeping', realised here in magnificent and malevolent new form that few will be prepared for.

Over the course of its 10 tracks it becomes clear that this is a rarefied, captivating affair, a beautifully sustained exercise in mood and tension that almost feels in a league and scene of its own. It’s a bewitching snapshot of 2:54 thus far and also a glimpse of the heady future that awaits them.

TRACK LISTING

01. Revolving

02. You're Early

03. Easy Undercover

04. A Salute

05. Scarlet

06. Sugar

07. Circuitry

08. Watcher

09. Ride

10. Creeping

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2:54 Sign To Fat Possum, Stream EP & New Single

2012-02-29

 
2:54 is London based sisters Colette & Hannah Thurlow.  Casting their spell over critics and audiences alike last fall with the European release of their Scarlet EP, 2:54 make music both beautiful and bewitching

Today, 2:54 are elated to share both new single "You're Early" & Scarlet EP with American audiences and announce their signing in the United States with Fat Possum.

Stream the Scarlet EP exclusively on SPIN.COM or download from the Fat Possum store. You can stream the new single "You're Early" below.

The band will continue their US takeover this March for their first US tour, splicing an explosive stint down at South By Southwest with both East and West coast stops along the way.

On Monday night on BBC Radio1, Zane Lowe premiered their latest single, "You're Early" a tightly coiled spring of primal energy, hypnotic melody and hushed obsession.  While the track showcases their signature unique melding of rock and punk influences, it also reveals an entrancing and groove-driven side to the band that lends itself to the darker side of r'n'b.  The track received it's web premiere via Pitchfork last week, igniting an online flurry of plaudits, including Stereogum, Fader, and Q Magazine's 'Track of the day'.

For the B-side, avowed fans and fellow journeymen Wild Beasts tackle the remix - the band's first and only reworking since notoriously taking on Lady Gaga's "You and I" last year.  The results for "You're Early" are as strikingly beautiful as you might expect.

After their US tour, 2:54 will return to the UK this April, touring with Los Angeles doom-folk princess Chelsea Wolfe and UK dreamers, Deaf Club.  The band has also announced their biggest headline show to date at London's Legendary Scala venue on June 7th.

Download the "Scarlet" EP now at the Fat Possum store or from other digital retailers on Monday, March 05.

"Scarlet" EP
1. Scarlet
2. Wait / Awake
3. Got A Hold
4. Dawn

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Spiritualized "Sweet Heart Sweet Light"

2012-02-24
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For an artist as consistent as Spiritualized's Jason Spaceman, whose 7th studio album Sweet Heart Sweet Light will be released on Fat Possum on April 17th 2012, it's easy to assume that there's a certain effortlessness to the creative process.  In fact, the three years since the release of 2008's acclaimed Songs in A&E were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason.

After a near death from double pneumonia in 2005 it was a slow road to recovery, a process he touched upon on with great grace on the last album.  His return to full health saw him release Songs in A&E and mount critically lauded performances of his 1997 game-changer Ladies And Gentlemen....We Are Floating In Space on both sides of the Atlantic.  However, shortly after recording Sweet Heart Sweet Light - in far flung locales such as Los Angeles, Reykavik and Wales - Jason found himself weakened by a degenerative liver disease and was subjected to six months of chemo treatment, a procedure that left him virtually housebound while he mixed the album.  In a classic case of triumph over tribulation, the resulting album is Spiritualized at their most vibrant; full voiced and utterly sublime.  In Jason Spaceman's orbit rock and roll is the salve and listeners will hear all of the epic grandiosity and brain worming melodies for which they're renowned, as well as the gorgeous gospel delium that makes hearing a new Spiritualized album an exhilarating and emotional experience.


First track available from the album is the impressive opener "Hey Jane", an energetic 8+ minutes of rousing organ, glittering guitar fuzz and swirling choirs.





The album also features a first for Spiritualized:  Jason is joined by his 11 year old daughter Poppy Spaceman on the starkly beautiful "So Long You Pretty Thing" for which she also has a writing credit for the opening couplet.  Elsewhere on the album is "I Am What I Am" which was co-written by Jason and "Mac" Rebennack, aka Dr. John.
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Spiritualized Tour Dates

2012-01-30

 
03-16 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
03-17 Portsmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
03-19 London, England - Hackney Empire
03-20 Oxford, England - O2 Academy
03-21 Bristol, England - O2 Academy
03-22 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC
03-23 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Mandela Hall
03-24 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03-25 Manchester, England - Academy
05-02 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05-03 Chicago, IL - Metro
05-04 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theatre
05-05 Toronto, Ontario - The Phoenix
05-07 New York, NY - Terminal 5
05-09 Boston, MA - Paradise
05-10 Washington, DC - The 9:30 Club
05-11 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
05-12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
05-13 Atlanta, GA - The Variety Playhouse
05-15 Dallas, TX - The Granada Theatre
05-16 Austin, TX - Emo's East
05-18 Tucson AZ - The Rialto Theatre
05-19 Phoenix AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
05-20 San Diego CA - Belly Up Tavern
05-22 Los Angeles CA - The Wiltern
05-23 San Francisco CA - The Fillmore
05-25 Portland, OR - The Wonder Ballroom
05-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theatre

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