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The Drones, The Grates, Youth Group & other Australian bands coming to NYC, SXSW & other places

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The Drones
The Drones

Call the Army! It’s an invasion! Over the next two months, bands from Australia will swarm down (under) and barrage us with a ton of shows in North America including NYC ones at Pianos, Mercury Lounge, Europa, and The Bell House, and of course a bunch of performances in Austin for SXSW.

First up, The Drones have a new album entitled Havilah on ATP Recordings and the quartet is back in the USA in 2009, a scant six months after killin’ it ATP New York and playing a string of NYC shows in 2008. The NYC shows are at Union Hall with The War On Drugs on 3/30 (tickets on sale soon) and at The Bell House on 3/26 (tickets on sale now).

The Bell House show is particularly interesting (especially if you aren’t a vegan)

Admission comes with free BBQ courtesy of SHEEP STATION and one free drink. Featuring tons of amazing Australian bands like

There’s also a similar Australian BBQ / music showcase happening in Austin during SXSW. Details on that, and all Drones dates below.

One of the bands on BOTH BBQ fests (NYC and SXSW), Youth Group, will release their new album The Night Is Ours on April 7th in the US. The crew has also laid out April residencies in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. The NYC residency is at Pianos every Tuesday in April (April 7, 14, 21, 28). Philadelphia is every Wednesday at the M room, and Boston is Sundays at TT Bear’s. Full tour dates are below.

The GratesAnother band on both bills… it’s the return of The Grates (pictured). They are touring the US around those dates and SXSW, including a show at Mercury Lounge on March 23rd with Sky Larkin (no tix), and one at Pianos with Micachu on March 25th (tickets on sale).

My Disco, an angular post-punk trio that worships at the altar of Albini so much that they named their band after a Big Black song, will tour the US with the not-Aussie Young Widows after their trip to the Lone Star state. Full tour dates are below, including a show at Europa on April 1st. Tickets are on sale.

The War On Drugs (not Australian) are currently touring Europe, but will hit the road in the end of March for a US tour that includes the NYC date mentioned above.

All tour dates for everyone below…

Stage Mothers presents

Friday 20th March
12.00 noon – 7.30pm
Brush Square Park, Austin Texas (opposite the Austin Convention Centre)
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12.15 – 12.40pm THE BOAT PEOPLE
12.50 – 1.15pm THE RED RIDERS
1.25 – 1.50pm THE FUMES
2.00 – 2.25pm GABRIELLA CILMI
2.35 – 3.00pm JOSH PYKE
3.10 – 3.35pm THE GRATES
3.50 – 4.15pm TEMPER TRAP
4.30 – 4.55pm THE DRONES
5.05 – 5.30pm YOUTH GROUP
5.40 – 6.05pm MY DISCO
6.15 – 6.40pm BIRDS OF TOKYO
6.55 – 7.20pm INFUSION

03.15 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA [Aussie BBQ]
03.16 – Aardvark – Fort Worth, TX
03.17 – ATP Event – Austin, TX [SXSW]
03.18 – Little Radio/Topspin Event – Austin, TX [SXSW]
03.20 – Aussie BBQ – Austin, TX [SXSW]
03.20 – Karma Lounge – Austin, TX [SXSW]
03.21 – Spider House – Austin, TX [SXSW]
03.26 – Bell House – New York, NY [Aussie BBQ]
03.28 – Black Cat – Washington, DC
03.29 – TT the Bears – Boston, MA*
03.30 – Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY*
04.01 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
04.02 – Piano’s – New York, NY
04.07 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
04.09 – 400 Bar – Minneapolis, MN
04.12 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA
04.13 – Some Lounge – Portland, OR
04.15 – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA**
04.17 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA**
04.18 – Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA
*With The War On Drugs
** With Band of Horses

March 20 2009 Brush Square Park Austin, Texas*
March 22 2009 The Lounge on Elm Street, Dallas, Texas
March 23 2009 The Bottle Tree, Birmingham, Alabama
March 24 2009 Halloween House, Indianapolis, Indiana
March 25 2009 The Beat Kitchen, Chicago, Illinois
March 26 2009 PJ’s Lager House, Detroit, Michigan
March 27 2009 Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto, Ontario
March 28 2009 Casbah, Hamilton, Ontario
March 29 2009 Soundlab, Buffalo, New York
March 30 2009 Great Scott, Boston, Massachusetts
March 31 2009 VFW, Wallingford, Connecticut
April 1 2009 Club Europa, Brooklyn, New York
April 2 2009 Talking Head Club, Baltimore, Maryland
April 3 2009 MAC ROCK, Harrisburg, Virginia
April 4 2009 Kung Fu NeckTie, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 5 2009 Cafe Metropolis, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
April 6 2009 DC9, Washington DC
April 7 2009 Gallery 5, Richmond, Virginia
* No Young Widows, Aussie BBQ Showcase

March 4 2009 orange house, munich,
March 5 2009 NATO, Leipzig,
March 6 2009 cafe glocksie, hannover,
March 10 2009 Sala Heineken, Madrid,
March 11 2009 La Fabrica de Chocolate, Vigo (Pontevedra),
March 12 2009 Sala Rockstar, San Vicente de Baracaldo, Bilbao,
March 13 2009 Mephisto, Barcelona,
March 29 2009 T.T. the Bear’s, boston, Massachusetts
March 30 2009 Union Hall, Brooklyn, New York
March 31 2009 Valentines, Albany, New York*
April 1 2009 Traif Music Hall, Buffalo, New York
April 2 2009 Calvin College Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan
April 3 2009 Courtyard Cafe, Urbana, Illinois
April 4 2009 Jake’s Nightclub, Bloomington, Indiana
April 5 2009 SCHUBA’S, Chicago, Illinois
April 6 2009 Gargoyle, St. Louis, Missouri
April 7 2009 The Picador, Iowa City, Iowa
April 9 2009 Slowdown, Omaha, Nebraska
April 10 2009 Fox Theatre, Boulder, Colorado
April 11 2009 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, Utah
April 13 2009 The Beauty Bar, Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 2009 Harrah’s Tahow South Shore, Stateline, Nevada
April 15 2009 Harlow’s, Sacramento, California
April 18 2009 Doug Fir Lounge, portland, Oregon
April 20 2009 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, California
April 21 2009 The Echo, Los Angeles, California
* w/ the hold steady

Youth Group

March 16 2009 Spacelands, LA, California
March 19 2009 SXSW FMLY Party at HiLo @ 6th/Lavaca, Austin, Texas
March 20 2009 SXSW Brush Square Park Aussie BBQ, Austin, Texas
March 21 2009 SXSW Maggie Mae’s, Austin, Texas
March 26 2009 Bell House Aussie BBQ, Brooklyn, New York
April 5 2009 TT The Bears Residency, Boston, Massachusetts
April 7 2009 Pianos Residency, New York, New York
April 8 2009 M Room Residency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 12 2009 TT The Bears Residency, Boston, Massachusetts
April 14 2009 Pianos Residency, New York, New York
April 15 2009 M Room Residency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 19 2009 TT The Bears Residency, Boston, Massachusetts
April 21 2009 Pianos Residency, New York, New York
April 22 2009 M Room Residency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 26 2009 TT The Bears Residency, Boston, Massachusetts
April 28 2009 Pianos Residency, New York, New York
April 29 2009 M Room Residency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 19 2009 My Old Kentucky Blog/Aquarium Drunkard’s “Vaya Con Tacos!” Party Peckerheads, Austin, Texas
March 21 2009 Hot Freaks Day Party Club deVille, 900 Red River St, Austin, Texas
March 21 2009 Music For Listeners Day Party Red House Pizzeria, 1917 Manor St, Austin, Texas –
March 23 2009 Mercury Lounge, New York, New York
March 25 2009 Piano’s, New York, New York
March 26 2009 The Bell House, Brooklyn, New York
March 28 2009 Silverlake Lounge – The Early Show, LA, California
March 30 2009 Spaceland, LA, California
May 2 2009 Groovin The Moo – Townsville, Townsville, Queensland*
May 9 2009 Groovin The Moo – Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales*
May 16 2009 Groovin The Moo – Bendigo, Bendigo, Victoria*
* with The Living End, Hilltop Hoods, De La Soul, Architecture in Helsinki, Okkervil River + More!
^ w/Powderfinger, The Grates, Robert Forster, The John Steel Singers, The Boat People and Dan Parsons

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