photos by Joseph Xu, words by Andrew Frisicano

The Vivian Girls

7:07 p.m.: The Vivian Girls put out one of my favorite albums of 2008, and their brief but hard-hitting set [at the Pitchfork Festival] doesn't disappoint. Big, melodic bass lines provide a foundation for innocent harmony vocals, a mix of tart and sweet that proves irresistible. Only disappointment, they didn't play "Where Do You Run To." [Chicago Tribune]

That's a review of the Vivian Girls' July 19th set at Pitchfork Festival. The group will be kicking off their (relatively) short North American tour on August 25th with a show at Death By Audio. The Beets, who join them on most of their tour, open that gig. The trip leads up to the release of their sophomore album, Everything Goes Wrong, which comes out September 8th on In the Red. A track from that is above.

After a set of September/October tour dates in Japan & Australia, Vivian Girls are also tentatively scheduled to play a Halloween show that will "tentatively" (how Todd P lists it) happen at the Ridgewood Temple (1054 Bushwick Ave). Todd also lists two other shows that same night: Mount Eerie at the Market Hotel with Malkuth and Liturgy, and a show with Wooden Shjips, Religious Knives, and Crystal Stilts (who feature ex-Vivian Girl Frankie Rose on drums) at a venue TBA.

Meanwhile over in South Brooklyn, the Bell House will host a late show with Junior Boys and an early show with the King Khan & BBQ Show and Dum Dum Girls (who feature ex-Vivian Girl and current Crystal Stilt Frankie Rose on drums) (maybe not again though), on a Halloween that is shaping up to be a big night for NYC concerts this year (many that should not be competing).

Mroe pictures and interviews of the Vivian Girls at the Pitchfork Festival, with all tour dates, are below...

Vivian Girls @ the Pitchfork Fest...

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Quick interview with Katy of Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 14 Way Out West Festival Goteberg, Sweden
Aug 15 Flow Festival Helsinki, Finland
Aug 25 Death By Audio Brooklyn, NY
Aug 26 The Barbary Philadelphia, PA
Aug 27 Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 28 Summit Columbus, OH
Aug 29 Cowboy Monkey Champaign, IL
Aug 30 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Aug 31 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
Sep 01 The Aquarium (WITH THE SPITS!!!) Fargo, ND
Sep 04 Union Hall Missoula, MT
Sep 06 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, WA
Sep 07 Berbati's Pan Portland, OR
Sep 09 Rickshaw Stop - RECORD RELEASE SHOW! San Francisco, CA
Sep 11 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
Sep 18 Metro Kyoto, Japan
Sep 19 Rooftop of Nagoya Daini Kohaku Building Nagoya, Japan
Sep 20 Shibuya Seco Tokyo, Japan
Sep 21 Shibuya o-nest Tokyo, Japan
Sep 25 Spectrum Sydney, Australia
Sep 26 Roxanne Parlour - Spring Tones Party Melbourne, Australia
Sep 27 Brisbane Hotel Hobart, Australia
Sep 30 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, Australia
Oct 01 Metro Hotel Adelaide, Australia
Oct 02 Step Inn Brisbane, Australia
Oct 03 Sound Summit Festival Newcastle, Australia
Oct 09 Loft Gallery and Lounge Honolulu, HI
Oct 31 Ridgewood Temple Brooklyn, NY (tentative)

Crystal Stilts - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 14 - La Route du Rock Festival Saint-Malo
Aug 16 - The Garage London
Aug 17 - The Deaf Institute Manchester
Aug 18 - Stereo Glasgow

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