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Parquet Courts share video, expand tour, playing Hammerstein w/ Sun Ra Arkestra

Parquet Courts on board the Liberty Belle Cruise
Parquet Courts on a boat in June (more by P Squared)

Parquet Courts recently released their new album Wide Awake and the NYC band celebrated with some hometown shows at Rough Trade, Public Arts, a Rocks Off cruise, and Elsewhere’s roof. They’ve now announced more tour dates, including a WAY bigger NYC show happening December 8 at Hammerstein Ballroom. They’ve also got a very cool opener lined up: the Sun Ra Arkestra. Tickets for Hammerstein go on sale Friday (8/3) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Bandsintown presales starting Thursday (8/2) at 10 AM.

Parquet Courts also have other newly-added North American shows happening around that same time, and they play Chicago’s Lollapalooza this weekend (they’re one of the acts we’re excited to see). All dates are listed below.

The band also dropped a video for “Freebird II” off the new album. Apple Music users can watch the whole video HERE and you can see a teaser below. Here’s what Parquet Courts’ A. Savage and director Claes Nordwall had to say about working together:

A. Savage:
“I wanted to work with Claes Nordwall again, who shot the video for “BERLIN GOT BLURRY”, not just because he’s got a talent for shooting on 16mm, but because he has a great eye and is good at helping me articulate visual ideas for the screen. It was a lot of fun to film. Originally there was a shot of us ripping up a confederate flag in the video, but we decided it wasn’t obvious enough that the flag was getting destroyed, so we cut it. But just in case you were wondering, we are not fans of it. It was fun dressing up for this; everybody was assigned a character that fit their personality. Thanks to everybody who worked really hard on this video… Claes, our choreographer Juri, and Brittney who made sure all the moving parts, well, moved. It was the biggest crew we’ve ever worked with and we’re all very thankful to them because it came out great!”

Claes Nordwall:
“After collaborating with Andrew on the Berlin got blurry video I knew that I wanted to work with them again, we really strike the same chord with how we envision these videos playing out and I was thrilled when I was asked to direct a performance video on 16mm. They all have such great dry/deadpan live personas, some innate ability to carry a non-self conscious bravado attitude that bands like Talking Heads managed to pull off way back when. It’s rare nowadays.”

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Parquet Courts — 2018 Tour Dates
Thu. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall – SOLD OUT
Fri. Aug. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapolooza
Sun. Aug. 5 – Missoula, MT @ Travelers’ Rest Festival
Mon. Sept. 17 – Sat. Sept. 22 – Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Festival
Sun. Sept. 23 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Mon. Sept. 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
Tue. Sept. 25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Fri. Sept. 28 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Wed. Oct. 10 – Mexico City, MX @ SALA
Sat. Nov. 3 – Dublin, IRL @ Academy 2
Sun. Nov. 4 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
Mon. Nov. 5 – Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop
Tue. Nov. 6 – Galsgow, UK @ SWG3
Wed. Nov. 7 – Leeds, UK @ The Church
Sat. Nov. 10 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
Mon. Nov. 12 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
Wed. Nov. 14 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Fri. Nov. 16 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmarte
Sun. Nov. 18 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
Mon. Nov. 19 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
Tue. Nov. 20 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
Fri. Nov. 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
Sat. Dec. 1 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Sun. Dec. 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Mon. Dec. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Wed. Dec. 5 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Thu. Dec. 6 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Sat. Dec. 8 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom w/ Sun Ra Arkestra

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