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DOWNLOAD: Heartless Bastards - The Mountain (MP3)

Heartless Bastards

Erika Wennerstrom is the singer, guitarist and songwriter in a band that immediately gets your attention in two ways. She calls her trio Heartless Bastards, easily one of the best rock-band names of the last decade. And then there's Wennerstrom's voice, soul-deep yet never hysterical, tinged with vibrato. It sounds deeper than the earth and timeless, as if it could just as easily be found on a scratchy 78-rpm blues platter as it is on an MP3 file.

That voice has never sounded more potent than it does on the Heartless Bastards' third and best album, "The Mountain" (Fat Possum). Wennerstrom says she can't remember a day when she didn't want to sing, when she didn't feel that singing would be her life. [Chicago Tribune]

As Largehearted Boy highlighted, the new Heartless Bastards album was just released. Grab track #1 above. Catch the band live at Maxwell's in Hoboken TONIGHT (2/4). Catch them tomorrow in Philly, or Friday and Saturday at Terminal 5 when they (and Lucero) open for the Black Keys. Catch them all over the country as they continue to go on a tour that includes a stop at SXSW, shows with their Fat Possum labelmate Andrew Bird, and a lot of dates with the Gaslight Anthem that include the previously-mentioned gig at Webster Hall on March 27th (tix). Catch them February 10th on David Letterman. Listen to their recent Daytrotter session. All dates below...

Heartless Bastards - 2009 Tour Dates
02.04.09 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ *
02.05.09 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA +
02.06.09 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY +
02.07.09 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY +
02.11.09 - Gravity Lounge - Charlottesville, VA *
02.12.09 - Bottle Tree - Birmingham, AL *
02.13.09 - Government Street Grocery - Ocean Springs, MS *
02.14.09 - Last Concert Café - Houston, TX *
02.26.09 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX *
02.27.09 - Longhorn Saloon - Fort Worth, TX *
02.28.09 - Hailey's - Denton, TX *
03.15.09 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO @
03.16.09 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS @
03.17.09 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK @
03.18.09 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.19.09 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.20.09 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.21.09 - House of Blues - Houston, TX @
03.23.09 - The Lyric - Oxford, MS @
03.25.09 - Madison Theater - Cincinnati, OH *
03.27.09 - Webster Hall - New York, NY #
03.28.09 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA #
03.29.09 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA #
03.30.09 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH #
04.01.09 - St. Andrew's Hall - Detroit, MI #
04.02.09 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI #
04.03.09 - The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL #
04.04.09 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN #
04.07.09 - The Warehouse - Calgary, AB #
04.08.09 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB #
04.10.09 - Plaza Club - Vancouver, BC #
04.11.09 - Crocodile Café - Seattle, WA *
04.13.09 - Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR #
04.15.09 - The Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA #
04.16.09 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA #
04.21.09 - The Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ #
04.22.09 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM #
04.23.09 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO #
04.24.09 - Gothic Theater - Denver, CO #
04.25.09 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO #
04.28.09 - Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX #
04.29.09 - Antone's - Austin, TX #
05.02.09 - The State Theatre - Tampa, FL #
05.03.09 - The Social - Orlando, FL #
* Heartless Bastards headlining
+ Show with The Black Keys
@ Show with Andrew Bird
# Show with Gaslight Anthem

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Comments (6)

The National and Heartless Bastards. Both from Cincinnati. Good to see some locals suceeding and making great music.

Posted by rod munch | February 4, 2009 2:16 PM

That first Heartless Bastards first record is wonderful!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2009 4:06 PM

I would enjoy softly whispering Motorhead lyrics into Erika’s ear.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2009 4:27 PM

THB really put on a great show last night at Maxwell's. The band was firing on all cylinders. They played for about 2 hours and hit on all their old and new material. It was definitely worth the trip from Brooklyn.

Only negative about last night has to do with the volume. My ears are still ringing. This happened to me once before at Maxwell's. Next time I'll grab a pair of plugs from the bar.

They should be headlining that Webster Hall Show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:31 AM

he has the same disease as the gaunt fuck in deerhunter.

Posted by Lingerie | September 20, 2009 2:11 PM

I would enjoy softly whispering Motorhead lyrics into Erika’s ear.

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