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Shopping are here, playing BV Saturday CMJ party and other shows ++ pics from Pianos

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

Shopping is The Best Band. They’re also The Most British Band, sounding at times like the Slits, Wire, X-Ray Spex, or Gang of Four. Each instrument is played in a manner both elegant and sparse, which makes for nuanced, collaged melodies designed to get stuck in your head. These are three phenomenally talented people: They balance disparate and at times atonal instrumentation with beautiful, crisp vocal lines, and they can all sing. Few bands strike me as being in the same league as Pleasure Leftists, and in fact, Shopping might be the first. – [Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves in The Village Voice]

UK trio Shopping, who draw from such post punk influences as The Slits, Delta 5 and Au Pairs, are in the middle of their own CMJ music marathon, having played a few show already — including Wednesday’s Kanine party at Pianos with Car Seat Headrest, Mothers and more. I DJ’d in the main bar for a couple hours of that party and my shift ended just as Shopping started. They are not reinventing the wheel at all but they do it very well, and with a short showcase performance like this they add a welcome jolt of electricity. They’re good.

As mentioned, Shopping are part of BrooklynVegan’s all-day extravaganza at Baby’s All Right on Saturday (10/17) which is free and also features sets from Lilys, Martin Courtney, Stealing Sheep, The Gotobeds, plus free samosas and Bell’s Beer. Today (10/15), they just played the Rough Trade free day party and play tonight (9:45 PM) at Cake Shop with Weaves, Sweet Spirit, Diet Cig, Tricot, S (Jenn from Carissa’s Wierd) and Robbing Millions; and then Friday (10/16) opening for Shannon and the Clams at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with more pics of Shopping’s Wednesday day set at Pianos, below…

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

CMJ 2015 Day 2 Day Shows

Shopping – 2015 Tour Dates
Oct 15 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY
Oct 15 Cake Shop New York, NY
Oct 16 Music Hall of Williamsburg New York, NY
Oct 17 Baby’s All Right (BrooklynVegan free party)
Oct 18 Coloumbus Theatre – w/ Shannon and the Clams – Providence, RI
Oct 19 Great Scott Boston, MA
Oct 20 The Monkey House Burlington, VT
Oct 21 Bar le Ritz – w/ Shannon and the Clams – Montreal, Canada
Oct 22 The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada
Oct 23 UFO Factory – w/ Shannon and the Clams – Detroit, MI
Oct 24 Subterranean Chicago, IL
Oct 25 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Oct 27 The Frequency – w/ Shannon and the Clams – Madison, WI
Oct 28 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN
Oct 31 Neumos – w/ Shannon and the Clams – Seattle, WA
Nov 01 STAR THEATER Portland, OR
Nov 03 The Knockout San Francisco, CA
Nov 04 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
Nov 05 The Hideout San Diego, CA
Nov 06 The Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
Nov 07 51 West Phoenix, AZ
Nov 08 Low Brow Palace El Paso, TX
Nov 10 Double Wide Dallas, TX
Nov 11 Mohawk Austin, TX
Nov 12 Fitzgerald’s (Downstairs) Houston, TX
Nov 13 Hi Ho Lounge New Orleans, LA
Nov 14 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
Nov 15 Pinhook w/ Priests – Durham, NC
Nov 17 Black Cat w/ Priests – Washington, DC
Dec 12 The Crescent York, United Kingdom
Dec 13 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, United Kingdom
Dec 16 Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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