by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dent May - Best Friend (MP3)
Dent May's new album, Do Things, is out June 12 via Paw Tracks, and those expecting more of his magnificent ukulele may be in for a surprise. Having traded his signature instrument for synthesizers, drum machines and electric guitar, Do Things sounds like May has spent the time between albums listening to that Orange Juice box set and his baritone croon works well with his new, funkier sound. You can download the very OJ-ish single "Best Friend" at the top of this post and watch the video for it below.
Dent plays 285 Kent tonight (5/18), the last date of a short East Coast tour, and shares the bill with Family Portrait, The Babies, William Tyler and Ducktails on DJ duties. He then takes a month off before launching an extensive North American tour with Quintron and Miss Pussycat that will not hit the East Coast unfortunately. All Dent May tour dates are listed below.
While we're on Kent Ave, right next door at Glasslands tonight (5/18) is Big Troubles who have taken most of 2012 off. They play with The Hairs and Punks on Mars. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Punks on Mars are signed to Zoo Music, the label run by Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles. They just released their new 7" EP, Hey Tiffany, and it's got a compressed early-'80s new wave feel to it. Fans of Cleaner from Venus, Chris Stamey-era dB's or even Ariel Pink might want to take a listen -- you can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post.
That stream, along with the Dent May video, and a list of all dates below...
Dent May - "Best Friend"
Dent May - 2012 Tour Dates
5-18 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent +
6-15 Dallas, TX - The Bryan Street Tavern
6-16 Austin, TX - Scottish Rite Theater $$
6-17 San Antonio, TX - El Ten Eleven $$
6-18 Lubbock, TX - Pray For Rain $$
6-20 Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture $$
6-21 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom $$
6-22 San Diego, CA - Casbah $$
6-23 Los Angeles, CA - The Smell $$
6-24 Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar $$
6-26 Isla Vista, CA - Biko Garage $$
6-27 San Jose, CA - Blank Club $$
6-28 Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place $$
6-29 Oakland, CA - New Parish Music Hall $$
6-30 San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room $$!
7-2 Arcata, CA - The Jambalaya $$
7-3 Olympia, WA - Northern $$
7-5 Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel $$
7-6 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey $$
7-7 Portland, OR - East End Block Party$$
7-10 Fargo, ND - Aquarium
7-22 Washington DC - DC9
7-23 Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger
7-24 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
7/25 Hunstville, MS - Vertical House
+ w/ Family Portrait , The Babies, William Tyler, DJ Ducktails
$$ w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
$$! w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Shannon and the Clams