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Guided by Voices throwing ‘Sweating the Plague’ listening parties (stream “Unfun Glitz”)

Guided By Voices at First Avenue in Minneapolis
photo: Tony Nelson

Guided by Voices‘ are gearing up to release Sweating the Plague in a few weeks — it’s the band’s 29th album and third this year. Robert Pollard’s well of anthemic, ultra-catchy rock songs has not run dry, as evidenced by “Unfun Glitz” which premieres in this post. Listen below.

Sweating The Plague will be released on streaming services on November 1, but will be available in stores a week early, with listening parties happening in 17 independent record stores across four countries on Thursday, October 24 at 6 PM local time. Purchasers on that day will get a commemorative poster, and each store will be giving away a Sweating The Plague test pressing autographed by Robert Pollard. In North America, there are listening parties in Minneapolis, Nashville, Portland, Boston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dayton, Brooklyn (Rough Trade), Toronto, Seattle and Austin. All listening party locations are listed below.

Guided by Voices have a few fall tour dates, too, playing Detroit, Philly and DC, and will ring in 2020 with a special, 100-song New Year’s Eve set at Los Angeles Teragram Ballroom. All dates are listed below.


Sweating the Plague – Listening Party stores:
Concerto (Amsterdam)
Rough Trade (London / Talbot Road)
Rough Trade East (London, UK) * 1pm special time
Rough Trade (Nottingham, UK)
Rough Trade (Bristol, UK)
Electric Fetus (Minneapolis)
Grimey’s (Nashville) * 7pm special time
Lost Weekend (Columbus)
Music Millenium (Portland)
Newbury Comics (Boston, Newbury Street location)
Plaid Room (Cincinnati)
Planet Score (St Louis)
Omega Music (Dayton)
Rough Trade (Brooklyn)
Sonic Boom (Seattle, Ballard location)
Sonic Boom (Toronto)
Waterloo Records (Austin)

Guided by Voices – 2019 Tour Dates
NOV 29 FRI – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
NOV 30 SAT – Saint Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
DEC 6 FRI – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
DEC 7 SAT – Black Cat – Washington, DC
DEC 31 TUE – Guided By Voices New Years – 100 songs!

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