by Bill Pearis

Dum Dum

Dum Dum Girls' third album, Too True, is out January 28. If you're heard the slinky first single "Lost Boys & Girls Club" you know this record takes the band in new directions. There are still a few typical DDG rockers, but there are also forays into suave Britpop and a few just straight-up killer pop songs, like the bouncy "In the Wake of You." It's a terrific record. Says Dee Dee of the album, "Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did."

The band's NYC record release show at Mercury Lounge on 1/30 is sold out but Dum Dum Girls (now a five-piece live) just announced a full tour starting in March, with two NYC dates: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/11) at noon. Opening for the whole tour are kindred spirits, Blouse. All dates -- which include a stop in Austin for SXSW -- are listed below.

Meanwhile, Dee Dee also gave us her Top Ten of 2013 which includes records, books, cocktails and more. You can check that out below.

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Dum Dum Girls - "Lost Boys & Girls Club"

DD's TOP TEN from 2013 (not always their origin but rather my discovery of and obsession with)

ARTIST: Jessica Pratt. Her album from last year is my favorite thing; I think she is this otherworldly angel who can do no wrong.

CITY: NYC. I've lived here for over two years but never had the time to really establish my apartment as home. With the forced time off from touring everything changed. I set up a new life here, managed to collect a handful of new friends, and just generally feel very tapped into what for me a is a creative and motivating atmosphere. Too fucking expensive though, a vampire city.

COCKTAIL: The "Angry Gallagher" at The Smile in NYC. My friend Raquel works there and aside from the great food, the drinks are fantastic. This one is tequila based with a the same sorta kick as getting those Mexican dried watermelon pieces dusted in chili powder.

RECORD: Dirty Beaches' double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil ... not even biased cuz my label released, just that astoundin

CAMERA: Spectra Polaroid. My friend Tamaryn shot me with one for an interview piece and I liked watching the long color development process.

ENCOUNTER: Had a drink with Gaspar Noé in St. Marks.

BOOK: KLF: The Manual - How To Have A Number One The Easy Way

CASSETTE TAPE: The Smiths' Strangeways, Here We Come as recently warped in Crocodiles' van. It makes you feel like you're underwater drowning in its perfection.

WEED: AK47

FILM: Beyond The Black Rainbow for its insane visuals. James Orlando (Bullett Magazine), who shot my cover and press photos, recommended it after that very long photoshoot and I went home, got stoned, and tripped the fuck out.

Dum Dum Girls - 2013/2014 Tour Dates
Dec. 10 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Dec. 11 - Hasselt, BE - Muziekodroom
Dec. 12 - Amiens, FR - La Lune Des Pirates
Dec. 13 - Fontenay-sous-Bois, FR - Espace Gerard Philipe
Dec. 14 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar and Grill
Dec. 15 - Athens, GR - AN Club
Jan. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Jan. 30 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 07 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
Mar. 08 - Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar*
Mar. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
Mar. 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister*
Mar. 12-15 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 16 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada*
Mar. 18 - Nashville, TN - Exit / Inn*
Mar. 19 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree*
Mar. 20 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Mar. 21 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade*
Mar. 22 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Mar. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's*
Mar. 25 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
Mar. 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg*
Mar. 27 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
Mar. 28 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore*
Mar. 29 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace*
Mar. 30 - Ferndale, MI - Loving Touch*
Mar. 31 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
Apr. 01 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock*
Apr. 04 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*
Apr. 05 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Apr. 06 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir*
Apr. 08 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
* w/ Blouse