by BBG

Echo & The Bunnymen (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & The Bunnymen will repeat themselves, sort of. The band will return to North America to focus on, like they did at Radio City, playing a full album (actually albums) for a tour that includes Irving Plaza on May 13 (the site of their last NYC appearance) and with Kelley Stoltz, who joined them at the venue in 2008 and on a UK tour in 2010... but that's where the similarities end.

Whereas the Radio City show focused on Ocean Rain in its entirety, Irving Plaza will focus on their first TWO LPs, Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here, in their entirety, plus a selection of "hits". Tickets for the NYC show are on sale in regular and VIP varieties, which include "front of the line access, a poster, and access to a designated area of the balcony". All dates below.

In related news, Kelley Stoltz was involved in a fascinating project by Sonny Smith:

Last year, local songwriter/cool guy Sonny Smith started an art project you may have heard a thing or two about: He invented 100 fake bands, wrote 100 different singles from each one (with an A side and B side!), and made art for those 100 singles.

But then, Smith and a bunch of friends began recording some of those songs... Collaborators on the project include: Ty Segall, Kelley Stoltz, the Sandwitches, Tim Cohen of the Fresh & Onlys, and others. -[SF Weekly]

Here's a bit more ridiculousity, as each single has its own post, band name, and bio (!) on the 100 Records site. I guess none of this would matter if the jams weren't interesting, but you can judge for yourself in the streaming song "I Wanna Do It" by Earth Girl Helen Brown below. The track comes from the new release Sonny Smith's 100 Records Volume 2: I Miss The Jams, out now on CD via Turn Up Records.

That song stream, all tour dates and some video is below.

Sonny Smith's 100 Records Volume 2: I Miss The Jams - I Wanna Do It - Earth Girl Helen Brown

Echo and the Bunnymen - A promise - Liverpool 2010

Echo and the Bunnymen - Heaven up here - Liverpool 2010

Kelley Stoltz - Your Reverie

9th May Boston - Paradise Club
11th May Washington - 9.30 club
12th May Philadelphia - Trocadero
13th May New York - Irving Plaza
16th May Toronto - Phoenix Theatre
17th May Chicago - Vic Theatre
19th May San Francisco - Warfield Theatre
20th May Las Vegas - Red Rock Casino
21st May L.A. - Club Nokia Theatre
22nd May Anaheim - House Of Blues

Saturday 26 February: CURTIN BANDROOM, MELBOURNE: w/ Lawrence Arabia, Divorced + more!
Saturday 5 March: THE TOTE, MELBOURNE: w/ Sunny Tones, Sonny & the Sunsets, Beaches, Super Wild Horses + more!
Wednesday 9 March: FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY: w/ Sonny & the Sunsets supporting THE CLEAN w/ Smudge.
Thursday 10 March: GOODGOD SMALL CLUB, SYDNEY: w/ Sonny & the Sunsets, Bed Wettin' Bad Boys.
Friday 11 March: CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE: w/ THE CLEAN w/ Gary Olson + Actor Slash Model
Saturday 12 March: GOLDEN PLAINS: w/ Sonny & the Sunsets

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