by Ian Chainey
Stiff Little Fingers at Gramercy in 2011 (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)
Stiff Little Fingers, the long-running Irish punkers, will be touring in support of the recently-released No Going Back in late summer. Along with a string of dates packaging the group with the Offspring and Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers will also play Riot Fest Chicago and Denver. The band hits NYC on September 20 at Irving Plaza as stand-alone headliners. They'll also play NJ's Stone Pony the day before (9/19) Tickets go on sale Friday (6/20) at noon, with a Live Nation and Music Geeks presale for Irving Plaza happening now (password: MUSICGEEKS).
No Going Back, the band's tenth, finds lone-constant Jake Burns in fine voice, using his gravelly rasp to great effect. It's a more mature, power-pop direction than the group's biting early material. Still, Bruce and company know how to build a song, setting engaging lyrics within strong, slightly twangy hooks. The record was shepherded into existence by a crowd-funded effort on PledgeMusic and you can stream it via Rdio and check out a few songs in this post.
All of Stiff Little Fingers' dates are listed, along with streams of No Going Back and past classics, below.
Stiff Little Fingers US Tour 2014
Aug 16 - The Port at Port Canaveral - Cape Canaveral, FL w/ The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise
Aug 20 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise
Aug 23 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM w/ The Offspring
Sep 2 - The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
Sep 3 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
Sep 7 - Horseshoe Casino - Cincinnati, OH w/ The Offspring, Bad Religion
Sep 9 - Eagles Ballroom, The Rave/Eagles Club - Milwaukee, WI w/ The Offspring, Bad Religion
Sep 11 - Harrah's Ballroom - Council Bluffs, IA w/ The Offspring, Bad Religion
Sep 12 - Riot Fest - Chicago, IL
Sep 14 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
Sep 17 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
Sep 18 - The Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Sep 19 - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
Sep 19 - Riot Fest - Denver, CO
Sep 20 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Sep 21 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA