Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on March 3, 2009

by Bill Pearis

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Classic Education

Italy is known for a lot of things: food, wine, shoes, sports cars, cinema. Indie rock? Not so much, but A Classic Education are hoping change that perception. Hailing from Bologna (home of tagliatelle, ragu bolognese, Lamborghini and Maserati), have been together for about two years and have played with the likes of the Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Fanfarlo, Lightspeed Champion, Jeremy Warmsley, and Los Campesinos! They're about to make their first trip to America, with two three stops in New York (Death by Audio on 3/13 and Cake Shop on 3/14 and Fontana's on 3/15) before heading to SXSW.

While their debut EP from last year owes a lot to '90s American indie (singer Jonathan Clancy, originally from Canada, sounds a little like Built to Spill's Doug Martsch), they've expanded from a trio to a six-piece (including strings and keyboards) that ups the sweeping romanticism factor quite a bit. There are no shortage of YouTube clips of the band, most of which make them look to be a band worth going to see.

Some of those videos, and all tour dates below...

A Classic Education - "Stay, Son" live in London August, 2008

A Classic Education and Fanfarlo "Best Regards" live in Carpi, 2007

A Classic Education - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 13 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
Mar 14 Cake Shop, Manhattan, New York w/ My Teenage Stride, Knight School NYC, New York
Mar 15th @ Fontana's, NYC with Screaming Tea Party
Mar 18 SXSW, Austin, Texas, USA Austin, Texas
Mar 19 SXSW: After The Jump Fest @ Rusty Spurs Austin, Texas
Mar 20 SXSW: Music For Listeners Austin, Texas
Apr 7 Guided Missile Club w/ Laurel Collective London, London and South East
Apr 24 Warning Day Festival Riva del Garda, Trento

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Comments (14)

YES!!!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 12:55 PM

the DBA show is going to be radddd

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 4:11 PM

Cool.

You can discover more Italian indies checking http://www.italianembassy.it

Posted by enver | March 3, 2009 4:34 PM

"Italy is known for a lot of things: food, wine, shoes, sports cars, cinema. Indie rock? Not so much, but A Classic Education are hoping change that perception. Hailing from Bologna (home of tagliatelle, ragu bolognese, Lamborghini and Maserati)..."

Wow, this post is full of sterotypes, huh? You should have just had a picture of the Super Mario Brothers up there. Hey guys, would you look at this? These silly winos are trying to make indie rock! Haha! I totally forgot that Italy is only good for wine and fast cars (oh, and food, shoes and cinema).

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 4:43 PM

all it says is they are not known for indie rock which they are not

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 4:50 PM

"Wow, this post is full of sterotypes, huh? "

what is wrong with being known for food, wine, shoes, sports cars, and cinema?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 4:51 PM

make sure not to miss them cause they're amazing.
no matter where they come from, they know how to play their game for sure

Posted by adam | March 4, 2009 6:23 AM

3rd NYC date added. Post updated.

Posted by brooklynvegan | March 4, 2009 10:08 AM

There are tons of indie rock bands in Italy, many of which tour America and sing in English. They don't get mentioned in blogs, but all blogs do nowadays is idolized Pitchfork and like whatever the English magazine tells them to. NME covers band XY, then I must write about them too!

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 11:30 PM

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8pm $8!

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