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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Men Without Hats - This War (MP3)

Men Without Hats

'80s electopop group Men Without Hats are still at it, having released their seventh album, Love in the Age of War, earlier this summer which was their first in nearly 10 years. The album finds the band much as you may remember them, all pulsing sequencers and synths with Ivan Doroschuk's distinctive baritone powering overtop. You download "This War" at the top of this post and stream the album via Spotify below.

The Montreal vets will be touring this fall, including a stop in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on November 30. You can dance if you want to. Tickets are on sale now.

All Men Without Hats tour dates are listed below, along with the new album stream and a couple classic videos.

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Man with a hat @ Best Buy Theater- 9/23 (photo by Chris Cordani)
Men Without Hats

"1980s Electro-pop gods Human League wrapped up their 2011 US tour with a show at New York's Best Buy Theater on September 23, 2011. It's been a decade since I've seen them in concert and tonight's show was worth the wait. The show began with a set from fellow 1980s gods Men Without Hats (more to come, so stay tuned). Human League took the stage around 9:30 pm and played for about an hour and a half. For me, it was the dream set list. Every hit was played including their classics "Don't You Want Me," "Heart Like A Wheel," "(Keep Feeling) Fascination," "Love Action," "Human," "Mirror Man," and "Being Boiled.""
[According to G]
Men Without Hats and The Human League brought the 80s back to Best Buy Theater in NYC last night (9/23). It was the Human League's last US show for now, but Men Without Hats don't go back to Canada before they headline a show at Mexicali Live in NJ on Saturday night. Tickets are still on sale.

The Human League

The Human League recently released Credo, their first LP in ten years and ninth overall, though according to a source quoted on Wikipedia, it "will not be available domestically in the US or on iTunes." The album is out now overseas. Maybe that will change, Regardless, the classic new wave band has scheduled some shows in the United States.

Though all dates haven't been announced yet, it looks like The Human League will tour from California to NYC, kicking things off at "Totally 80s Hollywood Bowl" on September 2nd along with The B-52s, The Fixx, and Berlin. The B-52s will also join them on other dates, as will fellow old school new wavers Men Without Hats who are the only opener at the NYC show at Best Buy Theater on 9/23. Tickets for that one go on AmEx presale at 10am today (5/18), and on regular sale on Friday.

Men Without Hats recently played SXSW, a fact that amused many in attendance. Houston Press caught them:

Every year at SXSW, Aftermath scans the schedule of hundreds and hundreds of bands and always has the same reaction: "They're still around?"

This year it was Canadian synth-pop safety dancers Men Without Hats. Since Aftermath was already going to be at Club de Ville Friday to interview Cheap Trick/Candy Golde drummer Bun E. Carlos and the Hats - who turned out to be founder Ivan Doroschuk (in a cowboy hat), two hired guns on synths and another on guitar - were closing out the night, we said, "Why the hell not?"

We're glad we did. Yes, there was the "S-s-s-s...A-a-a-a...F-f-f-f..." portion of the evening, at which point the entire tented patio became a sea of cameras and some very amusing dancing (above), but there's a little more to the Hats than that song, which is still as sleek and joyful as ever. It's no albatross Doroschuk only hauls out because he has to, that's for sure, as proved by the singer's own enthusiastic choreography during the 1982 hit.
For one thing, there's also "Pop Goes the World," an afterthought these days but itself a 1987 smash and practically as perfect a little pop song as you're going to find even today; we watched more than a few people who banked on leaving after "Safety Dance" turn right back around.

B-52s meanwhile will be touring a bit in June. Tickets are on sale for a June 11th NYC show at Irving Plaza.

All known tour dates and some new and old Human League videos, below...

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Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

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