tours announced: Candiria, The English Beat, POPTONE, The Front Bottoms, more
Genre-defying metal band Candiria will soon be touring with Killswitch Engage, including a show at NJ's Starland Ballroom on April 26. Surrounding those shows Candiria are also playing some headlining shows like at Amityville, NY's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on April 20. They've also got dates with Cleric. Check out the full list of shows here.
POPTONE is Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins of Tones on Tail, Bauhaus and Love & Rockets -- plus Haskins' daughter Diva Dompe on bass -- and they play songs from throughout Ash's career. Barring a Love & Rockets reunion this is as close as you're going to get, plus lots of Tones on Tail songs (they were really good in NYC last year). They've just announced West Coast dates and are well worth going to see.
THE ENGLISH BEAT
Dave Wakeling is making a new English Beat album, titled Here We Go Love, which will apparently be out this summer. In the meantime he's taking the current lineup of the band -- he's the only original member -- on the road this spring, including two shows at NYC's City Winery this month (March 25 & 26). All dates are here.
GOV'T MULE / THE AVETT BROTHERS
Gov't Mule have only ever done their Pink Floyd tribute, "The Dark Side of the Mule," twice before but they're going to tour it this summer and are bringing the kind of mind expanding visuals you'd expect for something like this. There's also bringing along The Avett Brothers who co-headline.
Comedian Aparna Nancherla isn't so much touring as playing a whole bunch of NYC shows. She's got at least 20 on her calendar before the end of this month.For the rest of the world, she's on the new season of Netflix's The Standups which debuts March 20.
THE FRONT BOTTOMS
The Front Bottoms are releasing the second installment of their Grandma Series EPs, Ann, on May 18, and going on a tour that hits Upstate NY, Baltimore, Nashville, Toronto, Montreal, Denver, Omaha, and more, plus some festivals. Several dates are with Kevin Devine (playing solo acoustic). All dates are listed HERE. They just dropped a new song/video from the EP, "Tie Dye Dragon," which you can check out here:
YO LA TENGO
Aparna opened one of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows in December, did you know that? The Hoboken indie rock icons just released a new album and their tour starts soon, including a big NYC show at Brooklyn Steel on April 6. You can see them at the much smaller Rough Trade on Saturday afternoon (3/17) do a unique performance with Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda.
Detroit's Bonny Doon, who are sonically somewhere between Pavement and Luna, will release their great new album, Longwave, next week via Woodsist. They're going to be on tour with Band of Horses later this year, but will be playing some East Coast and Midwest shows before that, including a visit to Brooklyn's Union Pool on April 6.