Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on May 1, 2012

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains"

Lower Dens

Lower Dens' terrific second album, Nootropics, is out today on Domino subsidiary Ribbon Music, and they just announced a tour with No Joy that wraps up at Bowery Ballroom on July 19. Tickets go on sale for the Bowery show on Friday (May 4) at Noon and the Amex pre-sale starts tomorrow (May 2) at noon. Meanwhile, Lower Dens played the Insound offices last night for people who pre-bought Nootropics and play sold out shows tonight (5/1) at Mercury Lounge and Wednesday (5/2) at Glasslands.

Nootropics is new musical territory for Jana Hunter and crew, with a much spacier sound than their debut, Twin Hand Movment, and is a little closer in sound to their Baltimore neighbors Beach House. (I might argue that Nootropics out-Beach Houses the new Beach House album, Bloom, but that's just me.) Pitchfork gave it a 8.2 today, but not Best New Music. You can download the motorik-driven first single "Brains" at the top of this post and stream the album on Spotify. They also just released a video for new single "Propogation" full of spooky, glowing beekeepers. Spooky beekeeper music actually isn't a bad description of Nootropics, either.

Click through for the "Propogation" video and all Lower Dens tour dates...

Lower Dens - "Propogation"

Lower Dens - 2012 Tour Dates
05-01 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge ^ [SOLD OUT]
05-02 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands + [SOLD OUT]
05-03 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's $
05-04 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel $
05-05 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar %
06-21 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade #
06-22 Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
06-23 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks #
06-24 Dallas, TX - Club Dada #
06-25 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's #
06-26 Austin, TX - The Parish #
06-28 Phoenix, AZ - Sail Inn #
06-29 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room #
06-30 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
07-01 San Francisco, CA - The Independent #
07-05 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
07-06 Seattle, WA - Neumos #
07-07 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club #
07-10 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge #
07-11 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon #
07-12 St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts #
07-13 Chicago, IL- Pitchfork Music Festival
07-15 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick #
07-17 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace #
07-18 Montreal, QC - Ill Motore
07-19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #

^ w/ Matteah Baim
+ w/ Air Waves, Twisted Wires
$ w/ Violens
% w/ Celebration, Violens, Sprayer
# w/ No Joy, Alan Resnick



Comments (26)

glasslands ain't sold out

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 1:35 PM

Looking at that picture, I am embarrassed for their mothers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 1:37 PM

The woman looks like bill callahan's sister.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 1:45 PM

aren't they just a happy bunch..

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 1:57 PM

i want to bone the dude with the mustache and red square

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 1:59 PM

the show i saw last year was incredible. the crowd was there to see the band, not to be seen. hopefully its same tonight at mercury.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 2:01 PM

this record is a bummer let down. twin hand movement was way better. where'd all the sweet melodies go?

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 2:08 PM

wow it is a woman. she's a looker huh?

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 2:12 PM

that's jana hunter and you're a fat nerd?

Posted by another fat nerd loser | May 1, 2012 2:26 PM

Another boring band that has the hype machine behind them. Hey guys, no one will remember you a year from now!

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 2:52 PM

Cool, ANOTHER band of fops. Always down for that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 2:57 PM

i dont really think theyve got the "hype machine" behind them. thay just put out two solid records and people are taking notice. also, jana's got culkin vibes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 3:17 PM

Twin hand movement was one of the best albums of 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 3:24 PM

definitely not a hype band - first LP ruled so does this new one. saw them last summer w/ Cass McCombs and the song "brains" live was so incredible that I had it in my head for weeks. very, very glad they recorded & released it and eager to see them again.

and yes, that picture is a bit silly. who cares? the music rules.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 3:28 PM

they are fucking great. end of story.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 3:32 PM

i have never heard of this band in my life. hence, there is no 'hype machine.' probably just people listening to their music and enjoying it. crazy concept, right?

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 4:09 PM

Never heard this band before they ripped my face off at the Seaport last summer. I suspect that's how they've won over others too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 4:26 PM

This band came to my houseparty, raided my medicine cabinet and drank all of my beard lotion

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 8:16 PM


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