Sonny And The Sunsets Reflect On Their Youth

Hospitals have been good to Sonny Smith. He began singing while a patient at Warm Springs Foundation Hospital in Texas. And, at the Canyon Manor Rehabilitation Center north of San Francisco, he met drummer Kelley Stoltz. After adding Sonny’s brother and wife, Ryan Browne and Tahlia Harbour, the Sunsets were born.

Last month, Sonny and the Sunsets released their debut album Hit After Hit, and earlier this week they unveiled the music video for their new single “Reflections on Youth.” Check out the video and a full list of tour dates down below.

Summer Tour Dates

06/04 – Huichica Festival – Sonoma, CA

06/22 – 06/25 Sled Island Festival – Calgary, ALB

06/27 Waldorf Cabaret – Vancouver, BC *

06/28 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA !

07/01 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA !

07/07 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA $

07/08 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA $

07/22 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL !

07/23 Pike Room – Pontiac, MI !

07/24 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON !

07/26 Divan Orange – Montreal, QC !

07/27 North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA !

07/28 DC9 – Washington, DC !

07/29 Mercury Lounge – New York, NY !
07/30 Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY !

08/05 – 08/07 Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR

* = w/ Hunx and his Punx, Shannon and the Clams

$ = w/ Wounded Lion

! = w/ The Sandwitches


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

Wavves and Best Coast to Tour Together

Indie rock power couple Nathan Williams of Wavves and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast have just announced that the two bands will be heading out on tour together in the near future. The two have not announced the dates yet but trust us, this is one tour that you will certainly want to check out. The lovebirds are on the road seperately right now, but check back to as the tour dates start to roll in.

Take a peak below at Wavves and Best Coast tour dates below:


11-08 Glasgow, Scotland – Arches
11-09 Manchester, England – Islington Mill
11-10 London, England – Garage
11-12 Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
11-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11-14 Copenhagen, Denmark – Little Vega
11-15 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Slussen
11-16 Malmo, Sweden – Babel
11-18 Berlin, Germany – Comet
11-19 Munich, Germany – 59:1
11-20 Frankfurt, Germany – Hafen 2
11-21 Geneva, Switzerland – Usine PTR
11-22 Paris, France – FMR
11-29 Milan, Italy – London Loves Party
11-30 Ravenna, Italy – Bronson
12-01 Rome, Italy – Circolo Deglis Aristi
12-03 Lisbon, Portugal – Super Bock em Stock Festival

Best Coast:

11-09 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room ^
11-10 San Diego, CA – Casbah ^
11-13-14 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour *
11-26-27 Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre #
11-29 Manchester, England – Ruby Lounge
11-30 Birmingham, England – Glee Club
12-01 London, England – Scala
12-03 Paris, France – Noveau Casino
12-04 Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
12-05 Munich, Germany – Atomic Cafe
12-07 Cologne, Germany – MTC
12-08 Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
12-10 Minehead, England – ATP Presents Bowlie 2
12-12 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
12-13 Hamburg, Germany – Beatlemania
12-14 Berlin, Germany – Magnet
12-15 Malmo, Sweden – Debaser
12-16 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser

^ with Sonny & the Sunsets
* with Dunes
# with Weezer

New York City’s Weekly Show Round Up

Monday – September 27th

Teenage Fanclub, Radar Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom

Regina Spektor, Jenny Owen Jones, Jupiter One &  more @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Beach Fossils, Grass Widow, Oberhofer, Ovens @ Old Firehouse

M.I.A., Rye Rye @ Terminal 5

The Tallest Man on Earth, S. Carey @ Webster Hall


Tuesday – September 28th

Black Heart Procession, Bing & Ruth, Amen Dunes @ (le) poisson rouge

Deerhunter @ Apple Store Soho

Teenage Fanclub, The Clean, Radar Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom

Shonen Knife, Hard Nips, Grooms @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Dead Confederate, Mt. St. HelensVietnam Band, Submarine Bells, New Beard @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


Wednesday – September 29th

Best Coast, Male Bonding, Small Black @ Bowery Ballroom

Golden Ages, Dinosaur Feathers,  Post Post @ Death By Audio

Sundelles, Bottle Up & Go, Shark? @ Glasslands

Juliana & Evan (Hatfield & Dando), The Shining Twins @ Mercury Lounge

Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s, The Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Shy Child, Your Youth, The Stationary Set, Dead Stars, ARMS Dj Set @ Piano’s

The Gay Blades, Chappo, Data Dog @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Rogue Wave, Midlake, Peter Wolf Crier @ Webster Hall


Thursday – September 30th

Sport of Kings, Miracles of Modern Science, Gunfight, Infinity Hotel @ Coco66

Film School, The Depreciation Guild, Home Video, Bronze @ Glasslands

Sonny and the Sunsets, Kelley Stoltz (early show) @ Mercury Lounge

Juliana & Evan (Hatfield & Dando), Candles (late show) @ Mercury Lounge

Best Coast, Male Bonding, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront


Friday – October 1st

Foals, Esben And The Witch @ Bowery Ballroom

I’m Turning Into, Gunfight, Miniboone @ Don Pedro

Born Ruffians, Winter Gloves, First Rate People @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Film School, The Depreciation Guild @ Mercury Lounge

The Temper Trap, Delphic, Hundred In The Hands @ Terminal 5

NinjaSonik, Oxymorons, Cody B. Ware @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Sonny and the Sunsets, Kelley Stoltz @ Union Hall

Menomena, Suckers, Tu Fawning @ Webster Hall