Bright Eyes Announce Additional Tour Dates

The excruciating wait is almost over until the release of Bright Eyes’ seventh studio album, The People’s Key (out February 15 via Saddle Creek), and now the celebrated Omaha band have added further dates to their already mammoth US tour. In addition, more supporting acts have also been confirmed: Titus Andronicus, Jenny and Johnny, Farmer Dave Scher, Conduits, and Dawes will all be joining the band on select dates.

Ahead of the official release, Bright Eyes fans have received a number of sneak peeks into the band’s new material. Last week, The People’s Key was premiered in full on NPR’s ‘First Listen’ HERE, as well as on YouTube in their first ever online listening party HERE. Additionally, Conor Oberst will be co-hosting Sirius XMU every afternoon this week at 5pm, with Rolling Stone critic and XMU host Jenny Eliscu – yet another chance for fans to hear tracks from The People’s Key prior to release, as well as old favorites from the Bright Eyes catalog and Conor’s own personal selections.

Conor and Co. kick off the new tour next month in Miami. Check out the slew of new tour dates below [all recently added dates are shown in bold].


3/2      Miami, FL                         Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater *
3/3      Lake Buena Vista, FL   House of Blues *
3/4      Atlanta, GA                      The Tabernacle *
3/5      Asheville, NC                   Thomas Wolfe Auditorium *
3/6      Richmond, VA                The National *
3/8       New York, NY                Radio City Music Hall ^
3/9       New York, NY                Radio City Music Hall ^   SOLD OUT
3/10     Boston, MA                    House Of Blues #  SOLD OUT
3/11     Portland, ME                  State Theatre#
3/13     Toronto, ON                   Sound Academy#
3/14     Royal Oak, MI                Royal Oak Music Theatre # SOLD OUT
3/15     Chicago, IL                      Riviera Theatre  #  SOLD OUT

3/16    Champaign, IL                Foellinger Auditorium #

3/17     Nashville, TN                  Ryman Auditorium #

3/19    Austin, TX                         SXSW Ground Control Touring Showcase Auditorium Shores**

4/2      Kansas City, MO        Uptown Theatre ^^

4/3      Milwaukee, WI                The Riverside Theater @

4/3      Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue @
4/5      Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue @
4/8     Vancouver, BC                Commodore Ballro0m @
4/9     Portland, OR                    Crystal Ballroom @
4/10  Arcata, CA                     Arcata Community Center +

4/12    Oakland, CA                    Fox Theater +

4/13    Pomona, CA                    Fox Theater ## + SOLD OUT

4/16    Indio, CA                          Coachella Festival SOLD OUT

4/28   George, WA                   Sasquatch Music Festival

6/1      Boise, ID                          Knitting Factory Concert House ##

6/3      Denver, CO                   Filmore Theatre ##

6/4     Council Bluffs, IA    WestFair Amphitheater ##

6/6      St. Louis                         The Pageant %


* w/ Cursive

^ w/ Superchunk and WILD FLAG

# w/ Mynabirds

**w/ The Felice Brothers, Middle Brother, and Man Man

@ w/ Titus Andonicus

^^ w/ Conduits

+ w/ Farmer Dave Scher

## w/ Jenny and Johnny

% w/ Dawes

Miami Horror Announce North American Tour & SXSW Performances

Psych-electronic group Miami Horror have announced their return to North America for a coast-to-coast tour, making stops in Canada, Mexico, and SXSW along the way. The Australian four-piece embarked on a successful freshman tour of the States this past fall behind their debut album, Illumination- now available in the US iTunes store. The original Australian release is also now available as a 2-CD limited edition, which includes a bonus album of Miami Horror hottest tracks, as remixed by the likes of YACHT, Shazam, and Fred Falke.

While Miami Horror initially began as one synthesizer-obsessed producer huddled over a laptop, the group has now become a full, live band, recently playing critically-acclaimed sets at Australia’s biggest festivals, as well as some A-list slots opening for Phoenix, Friendly Fires, La Roux, and Lily Allen.

Complete list of tour dates below:



Mar 6 – The Snow Ball Music Experience – Vail, CO
Mar 9 – Ghostbar – Las Vegas, NV (DJ set)
Mar 10 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
Mar 12 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 13 – 35 Conferette – Denton, TX
Mar 15 – Never Say Never Music & Arts Festival – McAllen, TX
Mar 16-18 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 19 – Caradura – Mexico City, MX
Mar 25 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Mar 26 – U Street Music Hall – Washington DC
Mar 29 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Apr 1 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Apr 2 – Le Belmont – Montreal, QC

Oberhofer Release Two Tracks; Extend U.S. Winter Tour


Tacoma, Washington, via Brooklyn band Oberhofer have not one, but two releases ready to hit the ears of their diehard fans: both “Petz” and “Away Frm U” are available for download, via RCRD LBL. The new tracks find the power pop band continuing to hone their sound, creating jaunty songs that juxtapose lush lyrics full of longing with percussive beats and staggering guitars. Oberhofer wowed both critics and audiences at CMJ 2010- performing daily sets for the entire duration of the festival, and winning them the applause of critics from Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, L Magazine, and The New York Times.

In addition, the guys will be continuing their trek across the U.S., adding a handful of dates to an already ambitious roster of cities and venues. Full tour dates below:

1/26 – Billiken Club – St. Louis, MO
1/27 – Gardner Lounge (Grinnell College) – Grinnell, IA
1/28 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI @
1/29 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL @
1/31 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH @ !
2/1 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI @
2/3 – Paradise – Boston, MA @
2/4 – Music Hall – Brooklyn, NY @
2/5 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA @
2/7 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC @
2/8 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA @
2/9 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC @
2/10 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC @
2/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA @
2/12 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN @
2/14 – The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL @
2/15 – Thirsty Hippo – Hattiesburg, MS @
2/17 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX @
2/18 – Emo’s – Austin, TX @
2/19 – The Loft – Dallas, TX @
2/21 – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack – Little Rock, AR @
2/22 – The Opolis – Norman, OK @
2/23 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO @
2/24 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE @
2/25 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN @
2/26 – The House Cafe – Dekalb, IL

* Cloud Nothings
# Handsome Furs
% Jaill
& Distractions
^ The Vaccines
@ Tapes N’ Tapes
! Film Strip

Darwin Deez Releases Free Willy Wonka-Sampled Rap Mixtape


Darwin Deez has been incredibly busy lately, having spent much of the last year releasing incredibly infectious and off-kilter pop songs, while winning acclaim for his eponymous freshman album, which is set to release in the U.S. on February 22, via Lucky Number. Deez has sold out numerous shows- winning over audiences across the world, and surely becoming one of the most offbeat and cherished pop stars in recent memory. So how does an artist go about following up such epic feats?

Well, when you’re Darwin Deez, you go back to the studio and create a full length rap mixtape called Wonky Beats– created entirely from samples from the 1971 surrealist children’s classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” of course.

For the new project, Deez recruited friends like Dev Hynes, KOOL AD from Das Racist, and Chiddy Bang. In addition to downloading the entire mixtape for free, five lucky winners will also find inside their zip folder a Golden Ticket- redeemable for the grand prize, a lifetime supply of Darwin Deez music, as well as tickets to local Darwin Deez headlining shows.

Take a listen to one of Wonky Beats‘ catchiest tracks, “Where’s The Chocolate” by clicking here.

On top of all of this excitement, Darwin Deez is also taking to the road this month- check out the full list of tour dates below:

2/1 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture (w/ Friends)
2/3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge (w/ Friends)
2/4 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (w/ Friends)
2/5 – Denton, TX @ Hailey (w/ Friends)
2/7 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe (w/ Friends)
2/8 – Nashville, TN – The End (w/ Friends)
2/9 – Birmingham, AL – Spring Street Firehouse (w/ Friends)
2/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (w/ Friends)
2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Friends)
2/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (w/ Friends)
2/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Friends)
2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (w/ Friends)
2/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage (w/ Friends)
2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Friends)
2/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Friends)

The Latest Junip Remix Now Available As Free Download


Junip, the Swedish trio led by singer-songwriter José González, has released “Always (Prefuse 73 Remix)”- now available as a free download on Pitchfork. The original track, off of Junip’s latest album, Fields, receives an electric punch that only beat-mixer Prefuse 73 (Guillermo Scott Herren) could give.

With anxious fans waiting for news from the reclusive group, Junip is happy to announce that the trio will be back on tour in North America this spring, playing select cities across the U. S. and Canada, with a full roster of dates to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the latest interview with José and Tobias, talking about their music and recording style backstage in Chicago with Tremble Tremble.

Freelance Whales Announce 2011 Tour Dates


Nearly a year after their release of their critically acclaimed Weathervanes, the Freelance Whales are continuing to tour the world, bringing their jaunty electro-pop to the U. S. and Canada this spring. Along with the British band Foals, the Freelance Whales will work their way across North America throughout much of April and May. The Queens, New York band has been compared to such indie greats as The Postal Service and Broken Social Scene, receiving high praise from such critical luminaries as NPR’s All Songs Considered, Stereogum, Paste [R. I. P.], and Entertainment Weekly.

Spring Tour 2011
4/10 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC*
4/11 – The Showbox at The Market – Seattle, WA*
4/12 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR*
4/14 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA (co-headlining with Foals)
4/19 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX*
4/20 – The Loft – Dallas, TX
4/21 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX*
4/23 – The Firebird – St Louis, MO*
4/25 – The Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN*
4/26 – Metro – Chicago, IL (co-headlining with Foals)
4/27 – Outland Live – Columbus, OH*
4/29 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
4/30 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON*
5/01 – Le National – Montreal, QC*
5/02 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA*
5/04 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY (co-headlining with Foals)
5/05 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA*
5/06 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (co-headlining with Foals)
5/07 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD*
5/08 – The Met – Pawtucket, RI*

*Foals & The Naked & The Famous