Yuck Annouce New Single and Summer Tour Dates

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After a run of dates with the Australians of Tame Impala, our favorite new British band Yuck just announced a series of concerts for the second half of July starting with a stop at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago before visiting the West Coast with Fat Possum label-mates Unknown Mortal Orchestra as openers. Check out exactly where they’ll be stopping at the end of the post!

In other news, the band will be releasing yet another single, a new self-released double A-side 7″ of “Shook Down,” which you can find on their self-titled debut album. The single will be out on June 27 and features the non-album track “Milkshake.” Listen to it below:

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

7/17: Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL

7/18: Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI  (with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

7/19: Varsity, Minneapolis, MN  (with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

7/23: Biltmore, Vancouver, BC  (with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

7/24: Doug Fir, Portland, OR  (with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

7/26: The Independent, San Francisco, CA  (with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

7/29: Casbah, San Diego, CA  (with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

7/30: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA  (with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
 

Sonny And The Sunsets Shares New B-Side, Festival Dates


Sonny Smith’s musical bio sounds a bit like Brian Wilson’s. Smith found his passion for music while a patient in a hospital in Texas. After being released to the care of his brother and wife (who would join the band), he moved to San Francisco, found himself back in psychiatric care, met a girl (Kelley Stoltz) who played drums, asked her to join the band with his brother and wife and voila! Back in 2009, while recording a triple album, a hurricane hit the area they were recording and destroyed most of the tapes. What survives of those tapes was released yesterday, April 12th, as the album Hit After Hit on Fat Possum. Their 7″ featuring the song “I Wanna Do It” comes with the surfy B-Side “Mr. Lucky.”

Sonny and The Sunsets
Hit After Hit
(Fat Possum)
Street Date: April 12, 2011

1. She Plays Yo-Yo With My Mind
2. I Wanna Do It
3. Home and Exile
4. Reflections on Youth
5. Girls Beware
6. The Bad Energy From LA Is Killing Me
7. Teen Age Thugs
8. Heart of Sadness
9. Don’t Act Dumb
10. Acres of Lust
11. Pretend You Love Me

06/04 Sonoma, CA Huichica Festival @ Gundlach
06/22 – 06/25 Calgary, ALB Sled Island Festival
08/05 – 08/07 Happy Valley, OR Pickathon

Smith Westerns Add New Tour Dates & Sasquatch Appearance

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Despite recently wrapping up a European tour with MGMT, Smith Westerns have now launched a massive US tour, supporting their critically-acclaimed sophomore LP, Dye It Blonde. The Chicago trio will make appearances at both SXSW and the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington. The first leg of the tour will find Smith Westerns sharing the stage with fellow Fat Possum labelmates, Yuck- who are crossing the pond from the UK to make their first appearances in the US. The band is also very pleased to announce that the handful of May concert dates are in support of none other than Wilco- a highly-revered band for the guys, who have provided a great deal of inspiration for Smith Westerns.

Full list of tour dates below:

02/10 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room*

02-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge %

02-16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret %

02-17 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe %

02-18 Boise, ID – Neurolux %

02-19 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court %

02-21 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge %

02-22 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar %

02-23 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room %

02-24 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club %

02-25 Madison, WI – The Frequency %

02-26 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle % –SOLD OUT–

02-28 Toronto, Ontario – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern %

03-01 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa %

03-02 Boston, MA – Great Scott %

03-03 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge % –SOLD OUT–

03-04 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel %

03-05 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory % –SOLD OUT–

03-16 – 03-19 Austin, TX – SXSW

05-02 Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Centre #

05-03 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre Mobile #

05-06 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater #

05-07 Denton, TX – University of North Texas Main Auditorium #

05-08 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom #

05-27 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

* = w/ Yuck

# = w/ Wilco

% = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Smith Westerns Line Up U.S. Dates with Yuck

Smith Westerns are a heavy influenced band.  The young Chicago foursome has ultimately pooled together all the characteristics of great pop music and, in turn, has crafted nothing but great pop music.  Fresh off the release of their sophomore album, Dye It Blonde, on Fat Possum, Smith Westerns have some touring to do.  UK labelmates Yuck are set to join them, making it their first visit to the States.  Save a date below:

01/31 Athens GA 40 Watt Club*

02/01 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn*

02/03 Orlando FL Backbooth*

02/04 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder

02/05 Baton Rouge Spanish Moon

02/06 Houston TX Fitzgeralds*

02/07 Austin TX Emos *

02/08 Dallas TX The Loft*

02/10 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room*

02/11 Los Angeles CA Echo*

02/12 Costa Mesa CA Detroit Bar*

02/13 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill*

02-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

02-16 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret

02-17 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe

02-18 Boise, ID – Neurolux

02-19 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

02-21 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

02-22 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar

02-23 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room

02-24 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

02-25 Madison, WI – The Frequency

02-26 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

02-28 Toronto, Ontario – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

03-01 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa

03-02 Boston, MA – Great Scott

03-04 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel

03-16 – 03-19 Austin, TX – SXSW

* = w/ Yuck

Tennis Sign To Fat Possum and Prepare Debut LP



The duo from Denver that make up Tennis have been getting a lot of internet love this past year, so it’s unbelievable to find that not only have they not released an album, but it won’t be out until January 2011.  Hoping to not get outpaced by their own hype, Tennis seem to be going down the appropriate indie rock checklist at the moment:
release a 7″, shows, another 7″, more shows, internet acclaim, tour, sign to an accredited label…. and album. 

 If you’re wondering “what tour?” and “what accredited label?”  The answers are dates with The Walkmen and Japandroids, and Fat Possum.   If you still feel the need to figure this band out a little more before committing to a $8-$15 ticket, here is a link to the always lovely Daytrotter session they were featured on. 

Tour dates are below:

Oct 16 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room *#
Oct 17 Boulder, CO Fox Theater *#
Nov 11 Los Angeles, CA The Echo %
Nov 12 Claremont, CA Pomona College
Nov 13 Visalia, CA Cellar Door
Nov 14 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah
Nov 16 Portland, OR Holocene
Nov 17 Seattle, WA Crocodile
Nov 24 Denver, CO Bluebird &
Dec 02 New York, NY Terminal 5 *
Dec 03 Washington DC 9:30 Club *

* = w/ The Walkmen
# = w/ Japandroids
% = w/ Sonny and the Sunsets

& = w/ Gauntlet Hair

Smith Westerns Announce Tour Dates

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Chicago’s Smith Westerns, fresh off of signing with Fat Possum, have announced a handful of upcoming tour dates, including one with Belle and Sebastian.

The group is currently wrapping up their sophomore album for Fat Possum, which will be out sometime early in 2011. To tide you over, the band has released a short video called “Friends Forever.”

Check it out right here. Smith Westerns will be…

10/11 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre *
10/30 Brooklyn, NY 171 Lombardy
10/31 Boston, MA House of Blues #
11/01 New York, NY Terminal 5 #
11/02 New York, NY Terminal 5 #
11/03 Toronto, ONT Sound Academy #
11/05 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

* = w/ Belle & Sebastian
# = w/ Florence & The Machine