Los Campesinos!
Los Campesinos!

Best mention of a ringtone in a lyric: "It's Never That Easy Though, Is It? (Song for the Other Kurt)" from Los Campesinos!

The Replacements' "Answering Machine" is in need of an update. There's no denying that the Mats' mix of bitterness and loneliness is still powerful, but the choice of technology is a bit dated. Los Campesinos! try to modernize things. And while lacking the acidic tone of the Replacements, this caffeine-loaded U.K. act makes up for it with bratty anger, stomping into the chorus with this refrain: "I'm calling you again on your telephone, and all I ever get is another stupid ringtone."
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As pointed out before, Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus will hit the road together this month. Starting January 15th in Baltimore, the two bands will end up in NYC for two final shows together at Bowery Ballroom on February 14th and 15th (tix). One night before the tour begins (1/14), Titus also have a local show scheduled at Maxwell's with Vivian Girls (tix). Now so do Los Campesinos!, and it's free and at SoundFix in Brooklyn (1/14, 8-9pm, first come, first servied). All other dates below...

Titus Andronicus - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 14 Maxwell's (Record Re-Release Show) w/ Spider Bags and Vivian Girls Hoboken, New Jersey
Jan 15 Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland *
Jan 16 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina*
Jan 17 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia*
Jan 18 The Atlantic Gainesville, Florida*
Jan 19 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, Florida*
Jan 20 Orpheum Tampa, Florida*
Jan 21 Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida*
Jan 23 Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama*
Jan 24 Exit-In Nashville, Tennessee*
Jan 25 Hi Tone Memphis, Tennessee*
Jan 26 The Belafonte Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Jan 27 One Eyed Jack's New Orleans, Louisiana*
Jan 29 Walter's on Washington Houston, Texas*
Jan 30 The Parish Austin, Texas*
Jan 31 Club Dada Dallas, Texas*
Feb 2 The Monolith Tulsa, Oklahoma
Feb 3 The Bottleneck Lawrence, Kansas*
Feb 4 The Gargoyle St. Louis, Missouri*
Feb 5 Coughy Haus Beloit, Wisconsin
Feb 6 Der Rathskeller Madison, Wisconsin*
Feb 7 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois*
Feb 8 The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
Feb 10 Calvin College Fine Arts Center Grand Rapids, Michigan*
Feb 11 Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, Ohio*
Feb 12 Swarthmore College Olde Club Swarthmore, Pennsylvania*
Feb 13 Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts*
Feb 14 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York*
Feb 15 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York*

Dates marked * are with Los Campesinos!