Friendo Debuts New LP And Announces Tour Dates

Friendo is not typically known for their conventional ways and generic sound.  Instead, this band enjoys pushing the envelope and seeking out new ways to expand their musical horizons.  With their recent release, entitled Cold Toads, band members Michael, Nicole and Henry decided to swap instruments allowing them to embark on new creative territory.

Heavily influenced by the sounds of ‘90s experimental rock, ‘70s punk and ‘60s pop, Friendo has recorded a unique masterpiece within the confines of their home and has self-released the album in a retro and smart format, the cassette tape.  The album has now been picked up by the St Ives label which is run by Secretly Canadian and the band is releasing 200 limited edition, hand crafted vinyl albums to run alongside the digital iTunes release in addition to the previously released cassette tape format.

Friendo just made their way through the UK and Europe on a two week tour playing with bands like BRAIDS and Future Islands.  For more information about Cold Toad and Friendo, visit the band’s site here.

Okkervil River Head On Tour

Spring is going to be a busy time for Okkervil River. Following SXSW the band will be heading on an extensive tour of the United States. They will be joined by Titus Andronicus, Future Islands, Julianna Barwick and New Villager on dates that expand across the entire country. Now is the time to catch them, so buy your tickets early as they will not last soon. As always. Check out the tour dates below including their SXSW stint.

Okkervil River Tour Dates

16 – Austin, Texas @ Red 7 (JAGJAGUWAR SXSW showcase)
18 – Austin, Texas @ Antone’s (Billions SXSW showcase)
18 – Austin, Texas @ Flamingo Cantina (Under the Radar SXSW party)
19 – Austin, Texas @ Lustre Pearl (Filter/Dickies SXSW party)

30 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (w/ Arcade Fire)

31 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse * #

1 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle * #
2 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club * #
3 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Trocadero Theatre * #
4 – New Haven, Conn. @ Toad’s Place * #
7 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5 #
8 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale * #
9 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom * #
10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre * #
11 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall * #
12 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue * #
14 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown *
15 – Denver, Colo. @ The Bluebird Theater *
16 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge *
17 – Boise, Idaho @ Egyptian Theatre *
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre *
20 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Vogue Theatre * &
21 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom * &
22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fox Theater * &
23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern * $
24 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Belly Up Tavern * $
25 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre * $
28 – Lubbock, Texas @ Jake’s * $

– * = w/ Titus Andronicus
– # = w/ Future Islands
– & = w/ Julianna Barwick
– $ = w/ New Villager

NYC Weekend Show Roundup!

Earl Greyhound, Cavalier Rose, Knights on Earth @ Bowery Ballroom
The Naked and Famous, Savoir Adore @ Brooklyn Bowl
Amazing Baby, Acrylics, Teen, Psychic @ Cameo Gallery
Kittens Ablaze, Team B, Baby Alpaca @ Glasslands
Greg Laswell, Harper Blynn (formerly Pete and J) @ Highline Ballroom
Wakey! Wakey!, Jenny Owen Youngs @ Maxwell’s
Tall Tall Trees, Great Elk @ Mercury Lounge
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Roadside Graves, Motel Motel, Dinosaur Feathers, Ivana XL, Teletextile @ Pianos
Peelander Z, Starscream, Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re @ Santos Party House
Paul and the Patients, Zoos Of Berlin, Life Size Maps, Sports, The Sanctuaries @ Spike Hill
The Frames @ Terminal 5
Bardo Pond, Pontiak, Crazy Dreams Band, Bad Dream, Silver Summit @ The Bell House
La Strada, Hospitality, Birdlips @ The Rock Shop
Black Dice, Blues Control, McDonalds (mbrs of Oxford Collapse), Avey Tare (DJ set) @ The Schoolhouse
Kate Nash @ The Wellmont Theatre

Javelin, Future Islands, Lonnie Walker @ 285 Kent Avenue
Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Bowery Ballroom
Young Prisms, Weekend, MINKS, Big Troubles @ Glasslands

The Future Islands And Lonnie Walker Release Split 7 Inch

The Future Islands and Lonnie Walker team up to release a split seven inch from Baltimore’s Friends Records. The single features a new track from both artists and is now available on limited addition peach colored vinyl. Only 1000 copies were made so you better act fast!

Making sense of why these two very different bands have teamed up at first is a little tricky, but the two artists actually have a long history together. In fact they have known each other for most of their lives. Both from coastal North Carolina they at one point played in a band together in college.

The two will also be  playing shows together this week.

November 18 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
November 19 Raleigh, NC – Kings
November 20 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

Cloud Nothings Release New Single, “Understand At All”

Cloud Nothings just came out with a dreamy new song. The band started only a year ago with Dylan Baldi making lo-fi rock out of his parent’s basement outside of Cleveland. In the past year Cloud Nothings has released an EP, singles and made their way on tour coast to coast. Not bad for only a year on their own. “Understand It All” is from Cloud Nothings first self-titled full length, produced by Baltimore’s Chester Gwazda, known for his work with Dan Deacon and Future Islands.

Recorded at the home of Wham City, Baltimore’s Copycat Building, the scratchy catchy tune makes me desperately want to escape on a European holiday to see them with Les Savy Fav in Amsterdam on their upcoming tour. Dylan Baldi records all the tracks by his lonesome so let’s hope the live band keeps up the great energy. “Cloud Nothings” is released January 25th, 2011.

Cloud Nothings – ‘Understand At All’ by nmemagazine

Tour Dates

11-11-10: Sneaky Petes w/ Veronica Falls (Edinburgh)
11-13-10: ABC w/ Les Savy Fav (Glasgow)
11-14-10: Constellations Festival w/ Les Savy Fav (Leeds)
11-15-10: Komedia w/ Les Savy Fav (Brighton)
11-17-10: Werkstatt w/ Les Savy Fav (Koln)
11-18-10: Festsaal Kreuzberg w/ Les Savy Fav (Berlin)
11-19-10: Trouw w/ Les Savy Fav (Amsterdam)
11-20-10: Nouveau Casino w/ Les Savy Fav (Paris)
11-21-10: Trix w/ Les Savy Fav (Antwerp)
11-22-10: Electric Ballroom w/ Les Savy Fav (London)
11-23-10: White Heat @ Madame JoJos (London)
12-17-10: Akron, OH Musica w/ Herzog
12-18-10: Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom w/ Herzog