« Marissa Nadler, Mt. Royal, PINS & Ballet School played a Bella Union party @ Baby's All Right (pics) | The Decemberists announced for Boston Calling (and playing 'Castaways and Cutouts' benefit shows in Portland) »
by Bill Pearis
Jungle @ SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
UK dance act Jungle were just over playing their first-ever U.S. dates, which included two in NYC one in LA and a slew at SXSW, where they were one of the more talked-about acts at the fest. A duo in the studio, Jungle played as a five-piece here and enigmatic main men T and J kept some of the anonymity going via large microphone windscreens which obscured their faces onstage. It seems a bit silly as no one at the Knitting Factory show seemed to care, they were too busy dancing -- the live band is tight and groovy and people (at the show I saw) were super into it. While too many of their songs sound exactly like the terrific single "The Heat" to me, I seemed to be the only one bothered by this. They are a lot of fun live.
Jungle are coming back for a proper (if short) North American tour in June, which includes a NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on 6/18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed below...
Jungle - 2014 Tour Dates
Fri, Jun 6 - El Rey Theater - Los Angeles, CA
Sat, Jun 7 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
Mon, Jun 9 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
Tue, Jun 10 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
Fri, Jun 13 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN
Sat, Jun 14 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
Sun, Jun 15 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
Tue, Jun 17 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
Wed, Jun 18 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
Thu, Jun 19 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA