Recent Posts in tour dates

April 27, 2015

by Bill Pearis


Chicago songwriter J. Fernandez will release his new album, Many Levels of Laughter, June 9, 2015 via Joyful Noise Recording Co. There's a motorik quality to his music that recalls American Analog Set or Stereolab, but there's a magic hour sunlight vibe to his melodies as well. It's a nice album and you can stream the lovely, autumnal "Read My Mind" below.

Fernandez will be touring this spring with a stint supporting Unknown Mortal Orchestra. He'll be in NYC this week, playing Bowery Electric on Friday (5/1) with Lazy Queen and Cluster Sun. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...

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Rocky Votolato (photo by Amber Zbitnoff)

Rocky Votolato released his full-band, rock-oriented eighth album Hospital Handshakes last week via No Sleep, and wrapped up his solo tour a few days later. Now he's announced a full-band tour in support of the new record, which is co-headlining with former Loved Ones singer Dave Hause, and features Fake Problems singer/Jeff Rosenstock collaborator Chris Farren opening.

That triple bill hits NYC on July 24 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a full stream of Hospital Handshakes, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Warm Soda

Warm Soda release their third album, Symbolic Dream, next week (5/5). This is Warm Soda's third album in as many years and while I loved their debut, I wasn't as excited about its followup. Symbolic Dream, however, is maybe their best yet. Ostensibly there's not any difference between the three -- hooky, mid-fi powerpop that sounds like its coming out of an AM radio in 1979 -- and main man Matthew Melton can crank this stuff out in his sleep. Maybe it was his move to Austin, or something else, Whatever the case may be, the songs this time just pop. You can stream the album in full (via Stereogum) below.

Now that they're more centrally located, hopefully we'll see Warm Soda on the East Coast more often. No shows this way yet but they will be busy on tour and all dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Last year, California rock band Souvenirs released their debut album, You, Fear and Me, and this week they're giving it a re-release with bonus tracks via Other People Records (not to be confused with Nicolas Jaar's label of the same name). One of the bonus tracks, "Bye For Now," premieres in this post. It's a similar type of atmospheric, punk-rooted indie rock to the stuff we've gotten from Title Fight, Superheaven and Turnover lately, and if you like those bands you might dig this too. Listen below.

Souvenirs have an upcoming tour with The Story So Far, Four Year Strong and Terror, which hits NJ's Skate & Surf festival, and NYC on May 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the Webster show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Jamie xx at NYU in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Jamie xx

The xx's Jamie xx has been making quality music outside of his main band for a few years now (his 2011 single Far Nearer" is especially great), and this year he's finally releasing his first full length solo album. It's called In Colour, will be out June 1 via Young Turks, and Jamie just put out the video for the very good opening track "Gosh." It was directed by Erik Wernquist, and can be watched below.

Jamie also has international tour dates running from mid-May through late October, and those include a NYC show happening August 8 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

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photo: Trail of Dead in Chicago, 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead's tour brings them to NYC this weekend for two shows, Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (5/1) and Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (5/2). Slight change to MHOW -- it's now a late show as the band pointed out:

We're just getting in touch with regards to your order to see ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Fri 01 May 2015), to let you know that the door time for the show has changed.

The door time will now be 11.30pm, and the show time will move to 11.45pm.

If you bought tickets already and can't make the late start (there are two openers as well) refunds are available at point of purchase, and tickets are still available. You can also still get tickets to LPR which has a 6 PM door time.

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Iron Chic at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Iron Chic

Though the Gin Blossoms now often find themselves on the kinds of '90s nostalgia tours that we kinda wish stayed in the '90s (like with Sugar Ray), it's no secret that like the Goo Goo Dolls, the Gin Blossoms have influenced a handful of quality modern punk and indie rock bands too. Cheap Girls were never shy about their Gin Blossoms influences, and Iron Chic reference the band too. So it's pretty cool to hear that Iron Chic and fellow Long Island punk band Timeshares (whose killer new record drops this week) are opening for the Gin Blossoms in their hometown on July 10 at The Paramount. Tickets are on sale.

Iron Chic have other dates, including the Long Island stop of Treasure Fleet's tour and a tour with Spraynard leading up to NJ's Skate & Surf festival in May. Timeshares do too, including two other shows in the area. One is an album release in-store at West Babylon, NY's Looney Tunes on Tuesday (4/28), and the other is the The Movielife's NJ festival in June. Other Gin Blossoms dates here.

Stream Timeshares' new album, a track from Iron Chic's last LP, and Gin Blossoms' videos for hits "Hey Jealousy" and "Til I Hear It From You," below...

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Blur's new album, The Magic Whip, is out this week and the band will be here in NYC to play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (4/30). That will mark the band's first US appearance since Coachella 2013 and their last NYC appearance in much, much longer. (Their last tour here was 2003.) Seems a long way to travel for just one or two songs on TV...might there be a show while in New York?

Meanwhile, Blur just appeared on UK show Later With Jools Holland, playing "Go Out" and "My Terracotta Heart" from The Magic Whip. You can watch both those performances below.

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Metz at SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

METZ's second album is out next week and the Toronto band have upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. If you're ready for this on a Monday morning (or whatever point in time you're reading this), the whole thing is streaming ahead of its release at NPR.

The band will kick off their 2015 tour with two release shows at Toronto's Lee's Palace, both of which are with Protomartyr. They'll then cross the border for Levitation in Austin, Shaky Knees in Atlanta and then their tour with FIDLAR begins. That tour hits NYC for two sold-out shows. METZ have added more dates since we last posted and all are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Thin Lips

One of the openers on Hop Along's upcoming tour is their Philly neighbors Thin Lips, who play both NYC shows. Thin Lips are a good match, because both bands share a knack for crunchy power pop and powerhouse vocals. Thin Lips singer Chrissy Tashjian used to front the band Dangerous Ponies (maybe you caught them in Brooklyn with Laura Stevenson and Lady Lamb?), who recorded a lot of their stuff with producer Joe Reinhart (now of Hop Along). Fellow Dangerous Ponies members Kyle Pulley and Michael Tashjian (Chrissy's brother) back her in Thin Lips, and Michael and a couple other DP members are now in The Weaks, who collaborated with Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan and also named a song after her (which is also a Nirvana pun).

Their debut EP, Divorce Year, is due next week (5/5) via Seagreen Records (pre-order), and -- perhaps not surprisingly, given their history playing together -- it has Thin Lips sounding like a seasoned and confident band right out of the gate. A full stream premieres below.

Thin Lips and Hop Along will hit NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade, which also has Crying on the bill, and May 10 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Rough Trade and Baby's are still available. Thin Lips have other dates without Hop Along too. All are listed, with the EP stream, below.

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