by Bill Pearis

OBN IIIs @ Austin Free Week 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Austin's fierce OBN IIIs released Live in San Francisco over the summer and will soon be Live in a Town Near You, as they're on tour starting this weekend through December all over North America. That includes two NYC shows (currently) during CMJ: Friday, October 24 at Baby's All Right for a Panache showcase with Purling Hiss, Hunters, Calvin Love, Meatbodies, Dune Rats, Happyness, and Homeshake. Tickets are on sale now and that's immediately after our free day party at Baby's. They'll also play Cake Shop on Saturday, October 25 for Panache's free day party with Tonstartssbandht, Dune Rats, The Mystery Lights, Happyness, Ultimate Painting, and Dinner. All dates are listed below. If you've never seen OBN IIIs live, you're missing out:

No one is safe at an OBN IIIs show, thanks to frontman, mischief-maker, sweat-machine and band namesake Orville Bateman Neeley III. He probably spent at least half the time of the band's too-short DbA set last night (7/25) in the crowd, stealing hats of people's heads, making others nervous and just generally messing with people. Not in a scary way, mind you, as long as you're willing to play along. OBN IIIs set was amongst the most fun I've had at a show in a long time. Even if you don't like the music, it's worth going to see these Texans for the antics.

That said, their music is great, pile-driving rock n' roll somewhere between The Hives, Thin Lizzy and Electric-era Cult. Matching the riffs is Neeley's bravado-filled vocals, which fit right in with his larger-than-life performance style.

After CMJ, OBN IIIs will take Brooklyn "thug pop" pand Pampers with them for a string of West Coast dates. Pampers' live show is nearly as intense, though in a different way -- their singer always seems like someone just poisoned him before going on stage, convulsively singing and banging at his Casio SK1 with the tuning peg end of his guitar. They were great opening for Deaf Wish and Ausmuteants at Death by Audio last week. If you haven't heard last year's debut album, stream it below. The band have a new four-song 7", titled Right Tonight, coming out soon on In the Red and you can stream that in full below too.

Pampers have a couple NYC shows before the OBN IIIs tour: they'll open for punk legends The Gizmos at Union Pool on Saturday (10/11) that also has Lame Drivers and Milk Dick on the bill (tickets). They'll also open for Dream Police at their record release show at Saint Vitus on November 8 with Running and Aced as well. (tickets). All Pampers dates are listed below.

And speaking of, Dream Police (the synthy project from The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi) have released a new song from their debut album due out November 11 via Sacred Bones. With a tinny motorik drum machine backing, "Pouring Rain" is the lost link between Flock of Seaguls and My Dad is Dead, and you can stream it below.

OBN IIIs and Pampers tour dates are listed, along with song streams, below...


OBN IIIs - 2014 Tour Dates
MON 10/13/2014 Double Wide Dallas, Texas
TUE 10/14/2014 Murphys Memphis, Tennessee w/ Ex-Cult
WED 10/15/2014 The Stone Fox Nashville, Tennessee
THU 10/16/2014 Ace Of Cups Columbus, Ohio
FRI 10/17/2014 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
SAT 10/18/2014 Small's Detroit, Michigan
MON 10/20/2014 Smiling Buddah Toronto, Ontario
TUE 10/21/2014 Now That's Class Cleveland, Ohio
WED 10/22/2014 Underground Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FRI 10/24/2014 Baby's All Right Brooklyn, New York Panache CMJ Showcase with Purling Hiss, Hunters, Calvin Love, Meatbodies, Dune Rats, Happyness, Homeshake But Tickets
SAT 10/25/2014 Cake Shop New York, New York CMJ Flavorpill/Panache Party (12pm-6pm) with Tonstartssbandht, Dune Rats, The Mystery Lights, Happyness, Ultimate Painting, Dinner But Tickets
SUN 10/26/2014 Obrien's Pub Boston, Massachusetts
MON 10/27/2014 Comet Ping Pong Washington, DC
TUE 10/28/2014 Neptune's Bar Raleigh, North Carolina
WED 10/29/2014 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
THU 10/30/2014 Rain Dogs Jacksonville, Florida w/ Golden Pelicans, Mold, Burnt Hair
FRI 10/31/2014 Siberia New Orleans, Louisiana
SAT 11/8/2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, Texas
FRI 11/14/2014 Burt's Tiki Lounge (ABQ) Albuquerque, New Mexico
SAT 11/15/2014 Hi-Dive Denver, Colorado
SUN 11/16/2014 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
MON 11/17/2014 Neurolux Boise, Idaho
TUE 11/18/2014 Stage 112 Missoula, Montana w/ Pampers
WED 11/19/2014 The Palomino Calgary, AB w/ Pampers
FRI 11/21/2014 Lo-Fi Performance Gallery Seattle, Washington w/ Pampers
SAT 11/22/2014 Electric Owl Vancouver, British Columbia w/ Pampers
SUN 11/23/2014 Northern Olympia, Washington w/ Pampers
TUE 11/25/2014 Dante's Portland, Oregon w/ Pampers
FRI 11/28/2014 Brick & Mortar Music Hall San Francisco, California w/ Pampers
SAT 11/29/2014 Los Globos Los Angeles, California w/ Pampers
SUN 11/30/2014 The Hideout Toronto, Ontario w/ Pampers
MON 12/1/2014 Yucca Tap Room Tempe, Arizona w/ Pampers
TUE 12/2/2014 Train Yard Las Cruces, New Mexico w/ Pampers
WED 12/3/2014 Red 7 (Inside Stage) Austin, Texas w/ Pampers

Pampers - 2014 Tour Dates
11/13 - CLEVELAND @ Now That's Class
11/14 - DETROIT @ UFO Factory w/ the Gotobeds
11/15 - CHICAGO @ Hideout w/ Heavy Times
11/16 - MINNEAPOLIS @ First Ave. and 7th St. Entry
11/18 - MISSOULA @ Stage 112 w/ OBN IIIs
11/19 - CALGARY @ Palomino Social Club w/ OBN IIIs
11/21 - SEATTLE @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery w/ OBN IIIs
11/22 - VANCOUVER @ Electric Owl w/ OBN IIIs
11/23 - OLYMPIA @ Northern w/ OBN IIIs + Nudity
11/25 - PORTLAND @ Dante's w/ OBN IIIs
11/28 - SAN FRANCISCO @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall w/ OBN IIIs + POW!
11/29 - LOS ANGELES @ Los Globos w/ OBN IIIs + Zig-Zags
12/01- TEMPE @ Yucca Tap Room w/ OBN IIIs
12/02 - LAS CRUCES @ Train Yard w/ OBN IIIs
12/03 - AUSTIN @ Red 7 w/ OBN IIIs
12/04 - NEW ORLEANS @ Saturn Bar w/ Giorgio Murderer
12/05 - MEMPHIS @ Murphy's w/ Ex-Cult
12/06 - ATLANTA @ 529
12/07 - RALEIGH @ Nice Price Books & Records
12/08 - BALTIMORE @ Frijoles

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