by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - Warning (MP3)
Andy Stack of Wye Oak @ Pianos (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Baltimore duo Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) is set to play two NYC dates during its month-long tour, which kicks things off at the Bell House on Tuesday, April 14th (tix on sale). Crooked Fingers and Takka Takka are also on that Brooklyn bill. From there they hit the road with Ohio's Pomegranates which eventually has them back in NYC on Wednesday, May 13th for a show at the intimate Mercury Lounge with Winter Gloves (who recently had some trouble getting into our country) (tix on sale).
Since starting to actively tour in early 2008, Wye Oak has played NYC almost non-stop with '08 shows in January, February, April, June, July, September, four CMJ shows in October (including a BV day party at Pianos, 10/23/08, and Merge showcase at Mercury Lounge, 10/23/08)), and most recently a December 5th show with O'Death at Bowery Ballroom.
Live, Wye Oak doesn't let its diminutive lineup diminish the sound. The pair mix up arrangements with drastic dynamic shifts and sections that snowball from quiet melodies to shoegazy rock-outs. Still no word on a follow-up to 2008's If Children, understandable with all this touring.
Merge is currently offering the band's single "Prodigy," originally released on a Record Store Day 7-inch, as a free download.
All tour dates and a video below...
Wye Oak - "Please Concrete"
Wye Oak - 2009 Tour Dates
04/14/09 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House *
04/15/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox #
04/16/09 Newport, KY @ South Gate House #
04/17/09 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout #
04/18/09 Northfield, MN @ Carleton College - The Cave #
04/19/09 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry #
04/20/09 Iowa City, IA @ Public Space 1 #
04/21/09 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room #
04/22/09 Denver, CO @ The Hi-Dive #
04/23/09 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
04/24/09 Boise, ID @ Neurolux #
04/25/09 Kennewick, WA @ The Red Room #
04/26/09 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern #
04/27/09 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
04/29/09 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
04/30/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge #
05/01/09 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space #
05/02/09 TBA #
05/04/09 Norman, OK @ Opolis #
05/06/09 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
05/09/09 Altanta , GA @ The Drunken Unicorn #$
05/10/09 Chapel Hill , NC @ Local 506 #
05/11/09 Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
05/12/09 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie #
05/13/09 New York , NY @ Mercury Lounge #
05/14/09 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears #
05/15/09 New Haven, CT @ Café Nine #
05/16/09 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery #
* w/ Crooked Fingers & Takka Takka
# w/ Pomegranates
$ w/ Pretty & Nice
Pomegranates - other 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 12 - Empty Bottle w/ Headlights Chicago, Illinois
Mar 13 - Southgate House - Album Release! All Ages Newport, Kentucky
Mar 14 - Canopy Club w/ Headlights Urbana, Illinois
Mar 15 - Firebird w/ Headlights St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 16 - Mojo's w/ Headlights Columbia, Missouri
Mar 17 - Art Disaster Party - Beauty Bar - SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 21 - Valley of the Vapors w/ Headlights Hot Springs, Arkansas