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New Zealand’s The Shifting Sands released ‘Cosmic Radio’ (listen), touring the U.S. in October


Dunedin, New Zealand’s The Shifting Sands released their second album, Cosmic Radio, last year. It’s a record of gorgeous guitar pop that owes some to Dunedin’s indie rock heritage — The Clean’s David Kilgour plays guitar on the album — but forges its own path. You can stream the whole thing below.

The Shifting Sands are going to be touring the U.S. soon and it’s a trip that was actually inspired/encouraged by Sharon Van Etten. She says, “I fell in love with The Shifting Sands music a while back, and while on tour in New Zealand last year, I met the band members who ran a venue called Chick’s Hotel in Dundedin (RIP). We became fast friends and stayed in touch and I encouraged them to make the trip to the US.” The tour has two stops in NYC: October 13 at Rough Trade for the Aquarium Drunkard showcase with Omni, Muuy Biien, EZTV and Golden Daze (tickets) and then Elvis Guesthouse on October 14 (tickets/lineup TBA).

All dates are listed below.

The Shifting Sands – 2016 U.S. Tour Dates
Wed .12 Oct – Bar, New Haven, CT w/ Dinowalrus
Thurs. 13 Oct – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY w/ OMNI
Fri. 14 Oct – Elvis’ Guesthouse, NY
Mon. 17 Oct – Arts Riot, Burlington, VT w/ 1881
Wed. 19 Oct – The Crown, Baltimore
Thurs. 20 Oct – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA w/ Weekender, The Writhing Squares
Sat. 22 Oct – The Pinhook Durham, NC
Mon. 24 Oct – Exit/In 8pm Nashville, TN w/ Neon Indian
Mon. 24 Oct – Grimeys (instore) 5pm Nashville, TN

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