H&LA @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
HandLA @ Studio B

Hercules and Love Affair began as the studio project of Mr. Butler, 29, a Denver native who moved to New York to attend college in the late 1990s. But today it includes two Brooklyn singers -- Nomi Ruiz, 24, who has collaborated with Deborah Harry, CocoRosie and Antony; and Kim Ann Foxman, 31, a jewelry designer and D.J. -- and a backing band, which includes Morgan Wiley and Andrew Raposo, both formerly of Automato. (Antony, who appears on five of the album's songs, is not participating in any of the band's interviews or live performances.)

The trio, without the backing band, gathered in a representative's office some 36 hours after its first full performance in May, at Studio B in Brooklyn, and the night's excitement had yet to dissipate. "I thought our crowd was surprisingly good for a New York audience," Mr. Butler began brightly, before Ms. Ruiz interrupted: "Yeah! They were dancing."

Mr. Butler said, "New York isn't so conducive to a party anymore," referring, in part, to the city's stiflingly high cost of living....
[Sunday's NY Times]

I didn't realize that that the Hercules & Love Affair album wasn't out in the U.S. before this week. It's because they released it in Europe so long before the United States. Why do they still do that? Listen to the whole thing at Spinner.

Tickets are on sale for Hercules and Love Affair's next NYC show. All tour dates below...

Hercules & Love Affair - 2008 Tour Dates
Jun 24 - Hove Festival Arendal, Aust-Agder
Jun 25 - Accelerator Stockholm, Södermanlands län
Jun 26 - Vega Copenhagen, Sjælland
Jun 27 - Glastonbury Fesitval Pilton, Southwest
Jun 28 - Olympic Fencing Arena Athens
Jul 2 - 5 Days Off @ Paradise Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Jul 3 - O2 Wireless Festival Hyde Park London, London and South East
Jul 4 - Miles David Hall Montreux Jazz Festival
Jul 5 - Knebworth Park Knebworth, East
Jul 6 - Werchter Festival Werchter
Jul 10 - Alive Festival Lisbon, Lisboa
Jul 11 - Mattatoio Light Rome, Roma
Jul 12 - Notte Verde Turin
Jul 13 - Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle @ Piazza Castello Ferrara, Reggio Emilia
Jul 16 - Die Registratur Munich, Bayern
Jul 17 - Mobile Sessions @ Lido Berlin
Jul 18 - Melt Festival Near Berlin, Berlin
Jul 19 - Camp Bestival Dorset
Jul 23 - The Echo LA, California
Jul 25 - Casbah San Diego, California
Jul 26 - Mezzanine San Francisco, California
Aug 8 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York, New York
Aug 14 - c/o pop festival @ Gloria Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Aug 15 - Ola Festival El Ejido, Almería
Aug 16 - Pukkelpop Festival Hasselt
Aug 20 - Q Club Zurich, Zurich
Aug 21 - Dampfzentrale Bern, Bern
Aug 23 - Devils Dyke East Sussex
Aug 24 - Creamfields Cheshire
Aug 27 - Übel & Gefährlich Hamburg, Hamburg
Aug 28 - Tavastia Helsinki
Aug 29 - Popoganda Festival Stockholm
Aug 30 - Electric Picnic Stradberry, Laois
Aug 31 - Rock en Seine Paris
Sep 4 - London Koko London, London and South East
Sep 6 - Bestival Isle Of Wight, Channel Islands

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