...but not together...

John VandersliceIt's always a big deal for a band to play the Bowery Ballroom in NYC - either because it means they're starting to "get big", or because they're already big and they want to make some noise. It's also a great place to play - good sound, good sight lines, big enough to be comfortable in, but small enough to still feel like a small-venue-show.

Then there are the bands who seem "big", but never seem to break out of the smaller Mercury Lounge-Maxwell's-Southpaw-Knitting Factory thing. The only time they ever play somewhere as big at Bowery is when they're opening. Take touring-machine John Vanderslice for instance. He opened for Spoon at Bowery in 2002, and then again for Beulah in 2003. Tour after tour John comes back to NYC - always with someone good, but when headlining, it's always at the smaller venues - never at Bowery.

Cloud CultJohn's most recent touring partner St. Vincent already announced a headlining show at Bowery, and I think it goes without saying that his 2004 opener Sufjan Stevens went on to play a few bigger shows.

Well, FINALLY it's John's turn - Tickets go on sale Friday for John Vanderslice @ Bowery Ballroom on September 26th. And finally it's also Cloud Cult's turn - same phenomena, and now the same venue in the same month - tickets also go on sale Friday for Cloud Cult's show on September 8th.

All John Vanderslice and Cloud Cult tour dates below....

John Vanderslice - 2007 Tour Dates *
9/6 Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour
9/7 San Diego CA @ The Casbah
9/8 Phoenix AZ @ Modified
9/9 Tucson AZ @ Plush
9/11 Austin TX @ The Parish
9/12 Norman OK @ The Opolis
9/14 Dallas TX @ The Loft
9/15 Baton Rouge LA @ Spanish Moon
9/17 Orlando FL @ The Social
9/18 St. Augustine FL @ Café Eleven
9/19 Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder
9/20 Atlanta GA @ The Earl
9/21 Chapel Hill NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
9/24 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda's
9/26 New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom
9/27 Cambridge MA @ The Middle East
9/28 Cambridge MA @ The Middle East
10/1 Toronto ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
10/2 Ann Arbor MI @ The Blind Pig
10/3 Cleveland OH @ The Grog Shop
10/4 Athens OH @ Ohio University, Baker Theatre
10/5 Bloomington IN @ The John Waldron Art's Center
10/6 Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle
10/9 Omaha NE @ The Waiting Room
10/12 Provo UT @ Velour
10/11 Denver CO @ The Hi-Dive
10/13 Salt Lake City UT @ Kilby Court
10/15 Vancouver BC @ The Red Room
10/18 Portland OR @ The Doug Fir
10/20 San Francisco CA @ The Independent

* feat. David Douglas, Ian Bjornstad, Daniel Hart, and Dave Willingham

John is also playing the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle on July 28th.

Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult - 2007 Tour Dates
06/27/07 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle (TIX)
06/28/07 Manitowoc, WI University Of Wisconsin
06/29/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue (TIX)
08/17/07 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
08/18/07 Seattle, WA KEXP Benefit
09/08/07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
09/15/07 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre Monolith Festival
11/20/07 Brookings, SD South Dakota State University

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