Freelance Whales Team Up With Starbucks

Freelance Whales are having a pretty decent spring. Still riding positive buzz behind their debut album Weathervanes, the band has locked up a nation-wide tour with Foals and the Naked and Famous as well having their music land on a Starbucks commercial.

The commercial is actually not bad (for an ad) and you can watch it right here.

The band will re-release a deluxe version of its debut album on April 5th via iTunes. You can check them out on tour throughout April here:

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)
4/16 Coachella, India, CA
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

Freelance Whales’ Song Featured in Starbucks Ad

Freelance Whales currently have a song, “Generator First Floor,” featured in a new Starbucks espresso commercial.  To celebrate the event, iTunes is currently giving away the single, from their debut album, Weathervanes, for free!  The single will be free until March 29th.  The band is also releasing an extended edition of the album on April 5th exclusively through iTunes.  Soon after that, you can catch them on tour with Foals and The Naked and the Famous at these spots:

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)
4/16 Coachella, India, CA
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

Freelance Whales Announce 2011 Tour Dates

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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

Pepper Rabbit Hops All Over the Left Coast

Is it ever a bad time to be a band based in Los Angeles? Not if you’re the LA based duo, Pepper Rabbit. On the heels of their debut, Beauregard, released October 26th, Pepper Rabbit’s Xander Singh and Luc Laurent are garnering praises from fellow Angelinos, Local Natives, and press raves across the country from FILTER, WNYC, and Seattle’s KEXP.

Gearing up for fall concert dates with Freelance Whales, Passion Pit and coming in early 2011, two shows with Ra Ra Riot, Pepper Rabbit kicks off the tour with a show at The Echo in Los Angeles on November 18th. Their live show delivers a variety of instrumentation unique to Pepper Rabbit’s sound—expect ukele, synths, clarinet and those unmistakable rhythms. Catch their latest track, “Babette!” here.

Tour Dates:

11/18/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
11/19/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop ^#
11/23/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile ^#
11/24/10 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
11/29/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre *
11/30/10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre *
12/1/10 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
12/3/10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium *
12/4/10 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre *
12/5/10 – San Diego, CA @ Soma *
12/7/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium *
12/9/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues *
1/22/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s %
1/25/10 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall %
^ w/ Freelance Whales
# w/ Miniature Tigers
* w/ Passion Pit
% w/ Ra Ra Riot

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NYC Weekly Show Roundup!

Cassette Kids, At Sea, Phone Home @ S.O.B.’s

Florence and the Machine, The Smith Westerns @ Terminal 5

Dum Dum Girls, Frankie Rose & The Outs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
*CANCELED*

Shout Out Out Out Out, Free Blood @ (le) poisson rogue

Clinic, The Fresh & Onlys, Girls at Dawn @ Bowery Ballroom

Joemca, Bird Love, Recess Brooklyn @ Cake Shop

Ava Luna, Spanish Prisoners, Data Dog, Can’t Tell @ Glasslands

Florence and the Machine, The Smith Westerns @ Terminal 5

Black Mountain, The Black Angels @ Bowery Ballroom

Shout Out Out Out Out @ Glasslands

The Dears, Zeus @ Knitting Factory

Bettie Serveert, The Art of Shooting @ Maxwell’s

Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Hooray for Earth, Zambri, Arpline @ Pianos

The Duke Spirit, The Rassle @ Santos Party House

The Fresh  & Onlys, Royal Baths, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Shea Stadium

Wolf Parade, Ogre You Asshole @ The Wellmont Theatre

Blonde Redhead, Pantha Du Prince @ Webster Hall

Matt Costa, Everest @ Bowery Ballroom

Shark?, Roo, Byrds of Paradise, Dinosaur Feathers @ Bruar Falls

Bob Mould, Lenny Kaye @ City Winery

The Dears, Himalaya @ Knitting Factory

The Black Angels, Black Mountain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Script, Joshua Radin @ Terminal 5

Blonde Redhead, Pantha Du Prince @ Webster Hall

Bob Mould, Marshall Crenshaw @ Citery Winery

Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers @ Maxwell’s

Matt Costa, Everest, Boy & Bear @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Script, Joshua Radin @ Terminal 5

The Dandy Warhols, Blue Giant @ The Bell House

Interpol, White Rabbits @ United Palace Theatre

Dawes, Vetiver, Peter Wolf Crier @ Webster Hall

Freelance Whales Announce Massive Fall Tour

Freelance Whales are already having a great fall and it’s not even October.

The band’s music was featured in a promo for the redesign of a little program called Twitter. The video has been viewed over a million times already and features sightings of the Tweet bird in the wild and Freelance Whales’ “Generation 1st Floor.”

That would make for a pretty good month by itsel, but the band also released its new EP Weathervanes on Frenchkiss/Mom & Pop Records and released its first single (with video) in “Hannah.”

Now Freelance Whales have announced a massive fall tour with Miniature Tigers. The two will be playing…

10/1 – Starry Nights Festival – Bowling Green, KY (FESTIVAL)
11/5 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/6 – Black Cat – Washington, DC (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/7 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/8 – The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/10 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/11 – The ND @ 501 Studios – Austin, TX (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/12 – The Loft – Dallas, TX (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/14 – Clubhouse Music Venue – Tempe, AZ (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/16 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/18 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/19 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/21 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/23 – Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/24 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/27 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/29 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/01 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/02 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/03 – The Basement – Columbus, OH (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/04 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/05 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/07 – El Mocambo Club – Toronto, ONT (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/08 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/09 – Middle East Restaurant & Night Club – Cambridge, MA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/10 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/15 – Webster’s Hall – New York, NY (w/ Miniature Tigers)