tours announced: Tame Impala, CHAI, Neon Desert Fest, more
The following new tours were announced. Check the Tour Dates category every day for more.
Off-the-wall Japanese band CHAI released their very catchy new album PUNK this week, combining a neo-kawaii aesthetic with influences pulling from post-punk, indie pop, and more. The band are currently wowing folks in Austin for SXSW, and then begin their North American tour which includes stops in Brooklyn (Market Hotel on 3/19 w/ Haiku Hands and Gemma), Washington D.C., Toronto, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. Afterwards, they’ll be touring the UK in May before returning to their home country of Japan in June. They’ve also got an appearance at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival in July. All dates can be found here.
Hazy Brooklyn post-punks Russian Baths recently made a hometown NYC stop as part of New Colossus Festival, and after their current stint at SXSW, they’ll be heading back to NYC for a sold-out show opening for UK experimental band Black Midi at Union Pool on 3/20. Their only other show at the moment is at Bethlehem, PA’s National Sokols on 3/23 (w/ Lunacy, IXVLF, and Suitcase Full of Money). Russian Baths also just shared their newest single “Parasite,” which you can stream below.
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NEON DESERT FEST
Downtown El Paso, TX has been home to the annual Neon Desert Music Festival since 2011, and the’ve just revealed the lineup for its 2019 edition, which takes place on May 25 & 26. Headliners this year include Kali Uchis, Young Thug, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Tory Lanez, Steve Aoki, and Rezz, with additional appearances from Dashboard Confessional, Chicano Batman, Tyga, CID, Paul Wall, Pet People, Gunna, and tons more. Tickets to the festival are on sale now, and you can check here for the full lineup.
While we await official word on Tame Impala’s highly-anticipated fourth LP, Kevin Parker and co. have tons of upcoming festival dates lined up, including recently-announced appearances at Glastonbury in June, and Detroit’s Mo Pop Festival in July. Aside from these, they’ll be playing Coachella (and some sideshows) in April; Boston Calling, Spain’s Primavera Sound, Atlanta’s Shaky Knees, and some previously-announced Southeastern US headlining dates in May, which precedes several European festival dates throughout the summer. Find all upcoming dates here.
TOMMY & THE COMMIES
Canadian garage punk trio Tommy & The Commies, whose sound takes after classic UK bands like The Jam and Buzzcocks, have announced North American tour dates behind their latest album, 2018’s Here Come…. They’ll be joined by Slovenly Recordings labelmates Les Lullies, and they’ll be hitting cities like Chicago, NYC (Union Pool on 4/7), Philly, Boston, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and more. All dates here, and you can stream Here Come… in full below.
Phil Lesh has added two new dates at Port Chester’s The Cap this June, where he’ll be joined onstage by Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen.
BEASTIE BOYS STORY AS TOLD BY MIKE D AND AD ROCK
Mike D and Ad Rock’s “Beastie Boys Book: LIve & Direct” shows in NYC, LA and London last year were a big hit, so they’re doing something similar — but not exactly the same — in Brooklyn and Philly in April. Spike Jonze is credited director.
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