Islands @ Bell House in August (more by Anna Scialli)

Tonight (9/22) Islands are playing a special all-ages record release show for their new album, Vapours (out today on Anti-), at Asbury Park, NJ's Asbury Lanes. Other bands on the bill inlcude Birthwater, Montagna & the Mouth to Mouth and DJ meatnmore.

The band's upcoming tour dates, of which there are many, include two NYC stops. The first is October 9th at Roseland Ballroom on their tour with Happy Mondays and Psychedelic Furs. The second is November 5th at Bowery Ballroom on their tour with Jemina Pearl. Tickets for both Roseland and Bowery are still available.

People apparently love these guys, and why not: Diamonds has a swooning, falsetto-prone voice well suited to the music's hokey surrealism, which gains force the louder the drums get, the faster the tempo gets -- the less they sound like Squeeze, and the more they sound like Franz Ferdinand, the better. Most of the set is given over to debuting tunes from Vapours, out next month, featuring Nick's reunion with once-departed cofounder Jamie Thompson: "Everything Is Under Control" is a very pretty closing falsetto jam, precisely because you don't know whether to take Nick at his word or not. We appreciate the confusion. [Rob Harvilla, Village Voice]

All dates are below...

Islands - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 22 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, New Jersey
Sep 23 Plaza Bowl Richmond, Virginia
Sep 24 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sep 25 Caledonia Athens, Georgia
Sep 26 Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida
Sep 27 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, Florida
Sep 28 Ritz Ybor Tampa, Florida
Sep 29 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Sep 30 House of Blues Orlando, Florida
Oct 01 1982 Bar Gainesville, Florida
Oct 02 Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 03 Amos' Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
Oct 04 The Norva Norfolk, Virginia
Oct 06 9:30 Club Washington DC, Washington DC
Oct 07 Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 09 Roseland Ballroom New York, New York
Oct 10 House of Blues Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oct 12 Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Oct 13 Clutch Cargo's Pontiac, Michigan
Oct 15 Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Oct 18 Badlander Missoula, Montana
Oct 19 Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
Oct 20 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 21 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Oct 22 UC Davis (Oddfellows Lodge) Davis, California
Oct 23 UC Berkley (Lower Sproul Plaza) Berkley, California
Oct 23 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Oct 25 Rhythm Room Pheonix, Arizona
Oct 27 Mohawk Austin, Texas
Oct 28 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Oct 29 Hi Tone Cafe Memphis, Tennessee
Oct 30 Bottletree Cafe Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 31 Lenny's Bar Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 01 Duke Coffee House Durham, North Carolina
Nov 02 G-Spot Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 03 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 04 Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nov 05 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Nov 06 Théâtre Plaza Montreal, Quebec
Nov 07 Mod Club Toronto, Ontario
Sep 28-Oct 18 w/ Happy Mondays & The Psychedelic Furs
Oct 15-Nov 5 w/ Jemina Pearl