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The Front Bottoms at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
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The Front Bottoms' Talon of the Hawk (out now on Bar/None) was one of the more fun records of the year, mixing folk punk and indie pop in a way that was pretty easy to get stuck in your head. We asked them for their top albums of 2013, and drummer Mat Uychich sent a list that pretty much sounds like what you'd imagine they listen to. It also includes both 2013 albums by Kevin Devine (whose band Bad Books the Front Bottoms opened for in July) and the newest from Tiny Moving Parts (who open the Front Bottoms' upcoming show at Shea). You can check out the full list below.

That Front Bottoms/Tiny Moving Parts show at Shea (12/28), which Chris Gethard hosts, is one of our two BV holiday parties this month. The Shea show is unfortunately sold out.

The Front Bottoms also have other upcoming dates, including another sold-out NYC show a day earlier at Bowery Ballroom (12/27), and a tour with You Blew It! that hits Long Island on January 30 at 89 North (tickets).

They've also added some new stuff to their webstore, including a seasonally appropriate knit scarf.

All of their dates are listed, along with a video and the top 10 list, below...


The Front Bottoms - "Twin Size Mattress"

Mat Uychich of THE FRONT BOTTOMS -- Top 10 LPs of 2013
Kevin Devine- Bubblegum
Kevin Devine- Bulldozer
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
A Great Big Pile of Leaves - You're Always On My Mind
Mansions - Doom Loop
Grouplove - Spreading Rumours
GDP - Holla
Superchunk - I Hate Music
Surfer Blood - Pythons
Tiny Moving Parts - This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship

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The Front Bottoms -- 2013/2014 Tour Dates
Dec 27 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY w/ The Bynars, HfmO
Dec 28 Shea Stadium - Brooklyn, NY w/ Chris Gethard, Tiny Moving Parts
Jan 09 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
Jan 11 Durty Nellies Palatine, IL
Jan 12 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
Jan 13 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, Co
Jan 14 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 16 Oakland Metro Oakland, CA
Jan 17 The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 18 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
Jan 19 Ventura Theatre Upper Deck Ventura, CA
Jan 21 The Gasworks Albuquerque, NM
Jan 22 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory%
Jan 23 Dallas, TX - Club Dada%
Jan 24 San Antonia, TX - The Limelight%
Jan 25 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks%
Jan 26 Gainesville, FL - High Dive%
Jan 28 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall - Casbah%
Jan 29 Alexandria, VA - The Lab%
Jan 30 Patchogue, NY - 89 North%
Jan 31 Bethlehem, PA - Blast Furnace - Artsquest Center%
Feb 01 Pawtucket, RI - The Met%
Feb 23 Concorde 2 Brighton, United Kingdom^
Feb 24 East Village Arts Club Liverpool, United Kingdom^
Feb 25 O2 Academy Newcastle Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom^
Feb 27 O2 Academy Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom^
Mar 01 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire London, United Kingdom^
Mar 01 Sheperds Bush Empire London, United Kingdom^

% - w/ You Blew It!
^ - w/ The Presidents of the United States of America