Posted in music | tour dates on April 5, 2010

DOWNLOAD: The Middle East - Blood (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Middle East - The Darkest Side (MP3)

The Middle East's 2nd US show was packed (more by Tim Griffin)
The Middle East

The Middle East's tour with Mumford & Sons has two NYC stops - May 17th at MHOW and May 18th at Webster Hall. Both are now sold out, and both are The Middle East playing opener.

It didn't seem right to not let them also play their own show during their first visit to NYC. Conveniently, May 19th was a day off on the tour, so... BrooklynVegan is proud to present (again) The Middle East at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, May 19th. Tickets will go on sale Friday at noon. Opener TBD.

The Australian band will spend a total of two months touring North America in April, May and June. During that time (they tour for a month with Mumford and) they play Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. Two top-notch songs from their The Recordings of The Middle East EP, out now, are posted again above. All tour dates and a video of the group performing "Blood" for KCRW at SXSW, below...

The Middle East performing "Blood" - KCRW at SXSW

The Middle East - 2010 Tour Dates
4/14/10 Davis, CA @ University of California- Davis !
4/15/10 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater *
4/16/10 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant and Music Club %
4/18/10 Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
4/19/10 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse ^
4/21/10 Houston, TX @ Walter's on Washington ^
4/22/10 Dallas, TX @ The Loft ^
4/23/10 Little Rock, AR @ Revolution ^
4/24/10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park ^
5/05/10 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
5/06/10 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Ladies Literary Club at Calvin College $
5/07/10 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick $
5/08/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum $
5/09/10 Buffalo, NY @ Big Orbit's Soundlab $
5/11/10 Portland, ME @ Space $
5/13/10 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire #
5/14/10 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs #
5/16/10 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore at TLA #
5/17/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
5/18/10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
5/19/10 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
5/20/10 Washington, DC @ 930 Club #
5/21/10 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #
5/22/10 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center #
5/24/10 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
5/25/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater #
5/29/10 Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
5/30/10 Vancouver, BC @ 560 Club #
5/31/10 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater #
6/02/10 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's #
6/04/10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box #
6/05/10 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern #
6/07/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #
6/09/10 Austin, TX @ Antone's #
6/10/10 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues Cambridge Room #
6/12/10 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
! w/ Passion Pit & Mayer Hawthorne
* w/ Pavement
% w/ Beach House
^ w/ Frightened Rabbit
$ w/ Laura Marling
# w/ Mumford & Sons



Comments (13)

Awesome, thanks for the song links!

Posted by Peter | April 5, 2010 10:35 AM

Can't wait, I will definitely be there!

Posted by Katie | April 5, 2010 10:37 AM

Saw them at SXSW. Took half their allotted time to sound-check, then played I think three songs. I think that might be all they know. They're this year's Fleet Foxes. Will be forgotten presently. MEH-dle East, indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 11:25 AM

this band was so fucking boring at SXSW. It's sad to see so many people swallowing the BORING ASS Kool-Aid these days...

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 11:42 AM

This one stinks of last weeks rotting dead fish! How the f*#k is an 8 piece band from nowheresville Australia affording to come to the states and spend 4 months living and touring in America with no record label, no publishing deal etc?

This is Gary Gersh (manager who also manages stellar acts Matisyahu, Counting Crows, John Legend, Chris Cornell) winding this band up to sell off to the highest bidder (major label + publishing) which is the absolute wrong thing to do with a band like this!

This band should have signed to a strong indie by now and should be getting along with their career instead of doing it the way they are but hey, no indie could afford the tour support that their current plan requires.

Phucked up! Not to mention their best songs are 4 years old and from all accounts of those who know them and saw them at sxsw the new songs pale in comparison!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 12:26 PM

the band can afford to come to the states because if you knew anything at all about australian bands (there were over 20 of them at SXSW this year) their government gives bands grants to tour. even if you don't like them don't just leap to assumptions which you obviously know NOTHING about.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 1:32 PM

No Florida dates...come on add more.

Posted by Tender B. | April 5, 2010 1:49 PM

hey anonymous,

clearly ignorance is bliss for you...not sure what any of the incorrect information you posted has to do with the quality of music...having seen the band numerous times, i can tell you they are an amazing band, despite what your personal issues with gary gersh may be.

Posted by rich | April 5, 2010 1:55 PM

mmmm ass kool-aid

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 1:59 PM

come to seattle!!!

Posted by jim | April 5, 2010 2:57 PM

Everyone's trying to do moody Americana music, like they're the next incarnation of The Band or something. This music is perfect for a slow-motion scene in a bad movie starring a weepy Maggie Gyllenhaal. That's about it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 3:05 PM

Love that pic from sxsw of all the indie kids secretly saying to themselves, "This is kind of boring" but afraid to be different from everyone else.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 3:07 PM

1:32 exactly how much money has the Aussi Govt given this band? My Australian friends seem to think they haven't received any grant $$$!

Maybe you shouldn't comment on things you know nothing about.

Touche douchebag!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2010 6:46 PM

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