Wave Machines
Wave Machines

Is "wave" the new "wolf"? Probably not, but there are two UK bands with the word in their name playing New York next month, and both are playing before and after trips to Austin for SXSW so here's a post about them both.

Up first are Liverpool quartet Wave Machines who play Le Poisson Rouge Thursday, March 4 (tickets are on sale now) opening for Tiger City. Then, after SXSW, they play an early show at Mercury Lounge on Monday, March 22nd. Tickets go on sale today (2/18) at noon. Their debut album, Wave If You're Really There, ping-pongs between funky, falsettoed synthpop and more traditional guitar rock. For a good example of the former, probably the best song on the album, you can download an MP3 of their single "Keep the Lights On" at the top of this post. (A couple videos are at the bottom.) The band are also prone to wearing masks of their own faces when they play live, so be ready for that. Wave Machines will hit a lot of the Northeast and Midwest before heading to Austin, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Then there's The Wave Pictures who we've already mentioned are playing the Brooklyn Vegan pre-SXSW party Monday, March 15 with Casiokids, Let's Wrestle and one more band TBA (tickets). But they just added a second NYC show, after SXSW, at Mercury Lounge on Sunday, March 28th. Tickets are on sale now. With with their literate, heart-on-sleeve lyrics The Wave Pictures are recommended to fans of The Smiths, Jonathan Richman and Hefner. Speaking of, former Hefner singer directed the video to TWP's single "I Love YOu Like a Madman" which you can watch below. You can check out a couple Wave Pictures MP3s at the top of this post, there are more at the band's website, and a double-pack edition of their last two albums (both excellent) hits American shelves on April 27.

Tour Dates and videos are after the jump...

Wave Machines - The Greatest Escape We Ever Made

Wave Machines - Record Store Day : Rough Trade East : 18 April 2009

Wave Machines - 2010 Tour Dates
Mar 4 Le Poisson Rouge New York, New York
Mar 5 Harper's Ferry Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 6 Iron Horse Northampton, Massachusetts
Mar 9 Wrongbar Toronto, Ontario
Mar 10 Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Mar 11 Schubas Chicago, Illinois
Mar 12 The Mocht Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 13 University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois
Mar 14 Firebird St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 16 Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, Arkansas
Mar 17 SXSW 2010 Austin, Texas
Mar 18 SXSW 2010 Austin, Texas
Mar 19 SXSW 2010 Austin, Texas
Mar 20 SXSW 2010 Austin, Texas
Mar 21 SXSW 2010 Austin, Texas
Mar 22 The Mercury Lounge New York
Apr 10 Wave If You're Really There 6 @St. Leonard's Shoreditch
Apr 14 Paradis Artificiels Festival Lille
Apr 15 Cargo Caen
Apr 16 Bourges Festival Bourges
Apr 17 La Nef Angouleme
Apr 20 Nouveau Casino in assoc w/ Les Inrocks Paris
Apr 21 Artefact Festival Strasbourg
May 20 Kazimier - Liverpool Sound City (Headlining) Liverpool
Jul 30 Kendal Calling Festival Kendal

Saturday Afternoon, March 20th, 2010
Liverpool Sound City, The Best Of The Northwest:
The British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto, Austin, TX
3pm - 6pm
Wave Machines
Everything Everything
John Smith
The Lovely Eggs
Ten Bears


The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like a Madman

The Wave Pictures - 2010 Tour Dates
Mar 15 Knitting Factory NYC (BrooklynVegan Presents)*
Mar 20 Latitude 30, Austin, TX (SXSW) (see below) +
Mar 17-21 SXSW, Austin, TX
Mar 28 Mercury Lounge, NYC
* w/Casiokids & Let's Wrestle

+ Saturday Evening SxSW Official Showcase
Moshi Moshi Presents In Association With AIM:
The British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto
8pm - 2am
Django Django
Still Flyin'
Slow Club
The Wave Pictures
Best Fwends
Cate Le Bon

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