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"Well this concert was amazing. After waiting for a good hour looking at some Mario/WWII footage combined with trippy backwards synth music on a screen, it's safe to say the audience was ready for the opening act. I'll be honest, I had no idea the Morning benders were playing, and although I have heard of them I didn't really know any of their songs. When they came on, to be honest I thought they were some local high school band, aged 14 tops. But the lead singers voice is really something- it captivated most in the audience (especially a drunk girl next to me who seemed to know all their songs - and subsequently left when they finished). Their music was tight - the bass and drum parts really fed off each other and the singers voice tied it all in. Their final song, Excuses featured them looping their voices and a huge cresendo where they all collapsed and finished. Although it was a little gimmicky, the levels were perfect and they executed it well.

Of course, the Broken Bells made us wait another hour and a bit until they were "ready". By the time they came on we had been standing for 2 and a half hours, making the opening notes of "October" sound even sweeter. Honestly I expected this concert to be meh..." [The Blue Radio]

The Morning Benders & Broken Bells tour ends this Friday, June 11th, in Athens. This past Saturday, June 5th, they stopped by Irving Plaza (yes, that's the venue's name) in NYC. That review and the pictures in this post are from that show.

The Morning Benders' next NYC show will be a free one on Governors Island with Freelance Whales and Wild Nothing. They're also back in NYC (where they live) for two shows at Summerstage with the Black Keys in July.

MB's full list of updated tour dates, the new Broken Bells video, the Broken Bells Irving setlist, and more pictures from the show, below...

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Morning Benders - 2010 Tour Dates
June 10th || Center Stage || Atlanta, GA || SOLD OUT*
June 11th || 40 Watt Club || Athens, GA*
June 19th || Governors Island || New York, NY || Free Show
June 26th || Freebutt || Brighton, UK
June 27th || Hyde Park Calling (w/Paul McCartney) || London, UK
June 28th || Night & Day || Manchester, UK || Record Release Show
June 29th || King Tuts || Glasgow, UK
July 1st || The Barfly || London, UK
July 4th || Magnet || Berlin, Germany
July 5th || Molow || Hamburg, Germany
July 6th || Paradiso || Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 8th || Nouveau Casino || Paris, France
July 10th || Vigo Transforma Festival || Vigo Gallicia, Spain
July 14th || Hanna Bi || Marina di Ravenna, Italy
July 16th || Neapolis Festival || Naples, Italy
July 18th || Super Bok Super Rock Festival || Portugal
July 21st || Festival De Affaire Festival || Nijmegan, Netherlands
July 22nd || San Sebastian International Jazz Festival 45 Edition || San Sebastian, Spain
July 26th || DAR Constitution Hall || Washington, DC#
July 27th || Central Park Summerstage || New York, NY || SOLD OUT#
July 28th || Central Park Summerstage || New York, NY || SOLD OUT#
July 30th || Great Plaza at Penn's Landing || Philadelphia, PA#
July 31st || Bank of America Pavilion || Boston, MA#
August 3rd || Kool Haus || Toronto, ON#
August 4th || Kool Haus || Toronto, ON#
August 6-8th || Lollapalooza || Chicago, IL
August 8th || Val Air Ballroom || Des Moines, IA#
August 9th || Anchor Inn || Omaha, NE#
August 11th || Iroquois Amphitheater || Louisville, KY#
August 12th || Ryman Auditorium || Nashville, TN#
August 13th || The LC Amphitheater || Columbus, OH#
August 14th || The Fillmore Detroit || Detroit, MI#
October 10th || Austin City Limits || Austin, TX
* with Broken Bells
# with The Black Keys