photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Bill Pearis

The Cribs @ Bowery Ballroom
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The Cribs played two sold out nights at Bowery Ballroom last Thursday (11/12) and Friday (11/13) -- their first NYC shows with new band-member Johnny Marr. The Von Bondies opened both nights. Thursday the Cribs also played The Late Show with David Letterman, performing "We are the Same Skies" from their new album, Ignore the Ignorant. Video of that, along with the brand new official video for the same song with more pictures from the first night at Bowery Ballroom, below.

I was at the first of the two shows, and the Jarman brothers were in fine form. Maybe not as rowdy but there's been no signs of change with their increased popularity. I think Ryan Jarman was wearing the same clothes as the last time I saw them a year and a half ago. They are a down-to-Earth, no bullshit kind of group.

As for for their new addition, the Jarmans and Marr acted like it was no big deal that one of the greatest guitarists of the last 25 years was now in the group, but there was extra oomph on older tracks like "Hey Scenesters" and "Mirror Kissers," and you could definitely feel Marr's influence on the Smith-y current single "We Share the Same Skies" and Ignore the Ignorant's title track. Likewise, the crowd didn't seem to pay Marr's presence any mind -- maybe some of them didn't know who he was? -- as they were too busy going mental, at least near the stage. I'm a Cribs fan, but I do think this was the best I've seen them since they made the leap from smaller-sized clubs.

Meanwhile, The Cribs just announced dates for a North American tour in early 2010, including a January 16 stop at Irving Plaza. Adam Green & The Dead Trees open that show and most of the dates on the tour. Jemima Pearl then replaces him as opener for the last six dates. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesdday at noon. All announced tour dates, plus those videos and pictures, below...

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The Cribs - "We Share the Same Skies" on Late Show w/ David Letterman

The Cribs - "We Share the Same Skies" official video

The Cribs - 2010 North American Tour Dates
Jan 13 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall !
Jan 14 Ferndale, MI - The Magic Bag !
Jan 15 Toronta, ONT - Phoenix Theatre !
Jan 16 New York, NY - Irving Plaza !
Jan 17 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club !
Jan 19 Washington, DC - 9.30 Club !
Jan 20 Atlanta, GA - The Earl !
Jan 22 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre !
Jan 23 Austin, TX - The Parish !
Jan 26 Pomona, CA - The Glass House *
Jan 27 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo 365 *
Jan 29 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
Jan 30 Seattle, WA - Showbox Theatre *
Jan 31 Vancouver, BC - The Venue *

! with Adam Green & The Dead Trees
* with Jemima Pearl