Posted in music | tour dates on August 19, 2014

The Grifters

Memphis indie legends The Grifters just announced and played their first shows in 17 years. Coming off the heels of a last minute hometown reunion show in November 2013, they'll be playing NYC shows at Glasslands on November 7 and Mercury Lounge on November 8. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show will go on AmEx presale Wednesday (8/20) and on sale to the general public Friday (8/22).

The NYC shows will mark the 20th anniversary of their album Crappin You Negative, and are in addition to playing Gonerfest in Memphis on September 25. No other dates have been announced, but hopefully this means they'll be playing more shows in the coming months.

What caused the band to reunite now? It was a documentary actually...

Directors Robert Allen Parker and Nan Hackman's biggest coup may have been convincing local indie-rock godfathers the Grifters to reunite after more than a decade of inactivity. The band was both one of Memphis' biggest local draws and most successful exports of the 1990s, releasing several LPs, EPs, and singles (the 1994 full-length Crappin' You Negative received rave reviews from publications like Rolling Stone and Spin) and touring extensively until around 2000, when exhaustion and the emergence of new projects and opportunities led the Grifters to slow things down and ultimately disband. [Memphis Flyer]
Check out the trailer of the documentary, produced for the Memphis Film Festival, which features some cool live footage, below.

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Comments (14)

Legends who haven't toured in 17 years and they are playing the Mercury Lounge? Something is not adding up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:12 PM

Umm. It's a great sounding room AND they're playing Glasslands? Don't be a dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:34 PM

No I agree with 2:12. Legend's would play at least a venue the size of Webster or Irving.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:10 PM

best news i've read all day

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:16 PM

Mercury Lounge is a great sounding room for what exactly?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:50 PM

you'd be lucky just to see these guys play anywhere. This is not to be missed. But stay at home, there's tons of cool shit to listen to on Spotify

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:51 PM

For what it's worth, they were legends that packed em in at places such as Mercury Lounge, Brownie's etc. I saw them at Under Acme and a little later at Tramps. Do legends have some capacity criteria listed in the great rulebook of entertainment? I'm psyched to be able to see this great band again, no matter the venue. Remember, most of their NYC fans got priced out or smartened up a decade ago and no longer live in DisNYC.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 4:04 PM

This says it all:
http://youtu.be/dlWeDWmIAAQ

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 4:07 PM

These guys are tremendous.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 5:04 PM

Exactly 4:04!

I saw them at Under Acme too and Maxwell's shortly after (1996). Very excited to see them again no matter where it is.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 6:23 PM

you guys may recall that Jeff Buckley jumped up on stage with them for a song at the Under Acme show. Quite an unlikely pairing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 4:37 AM

I think I was at that Under Acme show as well, but don't quite remember. Saw 'em mostly at Maxwell's, etc...first 3 records are fantastic, & always a great live show.

Posted by Wallis | August 25, 2014 4:51 PM

Here's a recent version of Boho/Alt from SIX DAYS AGO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6xDqNbT544

I am hoping to drive down from Montreal just for the show.

Posted by matthewfrommontreal | September 13, 2014 10:01 PM

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