Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on February 25, 2009

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Harlem Shakes

Now officially a fan of the Harlem Shakes since listening to the new record, it was great to see them live back on Valentine's Day at Southpaw right after the rockin' set by Shilpa Ray (who is also a HS fan..)...

My pals the Harlem Shakes are gonna take the stage and they haven't played live in New York in two years! I'm so wired to see them again! I recently heard a track off their new record and so surprised with how much their sound evolved from their first EP. Though both styles are great, I have so much admiration for artists who constantly take risks and disregard formulas on how to be an artist. Shakes, if you're reading this your new sound is crazy awesome and I can't wait to see you guys live! It's been too long. [Shilpa Ray]
Overall a great, crowded, fun, and late night. As Shilpa pointed out, it was the first show Harlem Shakes had played in NYC in a while. The size of the crowd (it was very sold out), and the amount of cheering and dancing made me realize how many people were waiting for their return - and the new record isn't even out until March 24th (they apologized at one point for playing songs people may not have known).

Tonight at Webster Hall (2/25) they are the opener. Ends up they go on at 8pm, followed by Born Ruffians at 9, and then Tokyo Police Club at 10. Then they are opener again on the previously announced March 14th Bell XI show at Highline Ballroom. Then it's headliner again... Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for a March 26th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The last one is in honor of their album that comes out two days before that.

Some more pictures from Southpaw, and all tour dates, below...

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HS - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 25 - Webster Hall w/ TPC & and Born Ruffians New York, New York
Feb 26 - Black Cat w/ TPC & Born Ruffians SOLD OUT DC, Washington DC
Feb 27 - Swarthmore College w/ Tokyo Police Club Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Feb 28 - Mr Smalls w/ Tokyo Police Club Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 1 - Grog Shop w/ Tokyo Police Club Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 2 - Basement w/ Tokyo Police Club Columbus, Ohio
Mar 3 - Mad Hatter w/ Tokyo Police Club Covington, Kentucky
Mar 5 - Earl w/ Tokyo Police Club Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 7 - The Social w/ Tokyo Police Club Orlando, Florida
Mar 8 - Harvest of Hope Festival St. Augustine, Florida
Mar 12 - 9:30 Club w/ Bell X1 DC, Washington DC
Mar 13 2009 7:30P
World Cafe Live w/ Bell X1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 14 - Highline Ballroom w/ Bell X1 New York, New York
Mar 17 - SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 24 - TECHNICOLOR HEALTH is OUT! Pittsburgh, Alabama
Mar 26 - Music Hall of Williamsburg (RECORD-RELEASE SHOW!) Brooklyn, New York

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Comments (11)

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Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 4:00 PM

i actually saw this band open for wire in maybe 2003 at bowery...they were possibly the worst band ive ever seen live.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 4:03 PM

2003?
who cares.
THEY RULE NOW!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 4:07 PM

they have their shit together now. 2003 sounds too early. That would put them freshman year of college or so.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 4:14 PM

Isn't this 2009? The band was great at that show. Didn't know all the new songs, but liked them and they were fantastic considering they were following that walloping set by Shilpa.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 4:15 PM

Yeah, I saw them a few times in various settings circa 2005 and they were really, really bad every single time.

Apparently they're different now, but I don't think I'll ever be able to disassociate their name with the epic fails I witnessed back then.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 5:36 PM

Dunno what to say, people. Totally different band now, not even the same members now as in 2005. Back then, they were like wannabe Strokes or something. Now, this new album is just totally gorgeous and should be judged on its own terms. Let the kids grown up!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 5:51 PM

these guys are epic, local, and awesome.

Posted by queefah | February 25, 2009 7:13 PM

am i the only one who likes the old stuff better? it had more edge.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 7:20 PM

Woah.lead singer is looking rough and worse for the ware. He used to be so fresh faced. Yes, older tunes did have more of an edge which I also prefer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2009 7:59 PM

Catty much?

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2009 11:20 AM

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