Smith Westerns Welcome You Into The Studio

Towards the end of the recording sessions for their new album, Dye It Blonde, Smith Westerns invited director Ray Concepcion to join them in the studio. Concepcion lensed the band as they worked their way through the final stages of the recording process, and this week the resulting short film Die With Your Chin Up was released for your viewing pleasure. Check out the video and a full list of dates for band’s upcoming tour below.

 

 

04/25 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom *(SOLD OUT)
04/26 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
04/28 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar *
04/29 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade *
04/30 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
05/02 Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Centre #
05/03 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre Mobile #
05/04 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
05/05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
05/06 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater #
05/07 Denton, TX – University of North Texas Main Auditorium #(SOLD OUT)
05/08 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom #(SOLD OUT)
05/11 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
05/21 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern ^(SOLD OUT)
05/22 Pomona, CA – The Glass House ^
05/23 Hollywood, CA – The Music Box ^
05/24 Hollywood, CA – The Music Box ^(SOLD OUT)
05/25 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore ^(SOLD OUT)
05/26 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore ^
05/27 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
05/28 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom ^
05/29 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Festival
05/31 Aspen, CO – Bell Up Aspen ^
06/01 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre ^
06/02 Lawrence, KS – The Granda Theatre ^
06/03 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note ^
06/04 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
06/06 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre ^
06/07 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre ^
06/08 Montreal, QC – Club Soda ^
06/09 Boston, MA – Royale ^
06/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
06/12 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/16 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club ^
06/18 New York, NY – Terminal 5 ^

 

# = w/ Wilco
^ = w/ Yeasayer
* = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Javelin Create Some Canyon Candy


Cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk have been recording together under the name Javelin since 2004. But, it wasn’t until 2010, when they toured extensively with Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, that things really started to take off for Javelin.

And now, 2011 looks to be an exciting year for the duo, due in large part to the release of their country western songbook Canyon Candy. The album will see release in two unique formats, 10’’ and PlayButton. The former of will see the light of day as a handmade collectors piece on Record Store Day (April 16), with the former following close behind.

Then, in late May, Javelin will launch a headlining tour that will take them across the continental U.S. Peep those dates down below.

 

Tour Dates

TUE 5/24 WASHINGTON, DC DC 9 w/ Big Freedia
WED 5/25 BALTIMORE, MD  Sonar  w/ Big Freedia
THU 5/26 NEW YORK, NY  Mercury Lounge w/ Big Freedia
MON 5/30 BOSTON, MA  Brighton Music Hall w/ Big Freedia
TUE 5/31 MONTREAL, QC Belmont w/ Big Freedia
WED 6/1 TORONTO, ON  TBC  w/ Big Freedia
THU 6/2 PITTSBURGH, PA Shadow Lounge w/ Big Freedia
FRI 6/3 CINCINNATI, OH  Midpoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square
w/ You You’re Awesome
SUN 6/5 CHICAGO, IL  Empty Bottle w/ Big Freedia


Smith Westerns Set For Spring Tour


Smith Westerns’ self-recorded debut earned them critical praise and a record deal with Fat Possum. A myriad of tour dates with MGMT, Belle and Sebastian, Girls, and Passion Pit earned them adoration from the glam rock community. And, their sophomore record, Dye It Blonde, proved that they have staying power.

This spring they’re hitting the road again; this time with Wilco and Yeasayer for a tour that will take them across the pond to London and Amsterdam, up north to Canada and to numerous locations here in the US. Check out a full list of dates below.

 

Upcoming Tour Dates

04/11 London, England – Cargo
04/14 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
04/16 Paris, France – Fleche d’Or
04/25 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
04/26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
04/28 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
04/29 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
04/30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
05/02 Montgomery, AL Montgomery Performing Arts Centre #
05/03 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre Mobile #
05/04 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
05/05 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
05/06 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater #
05/07 Denton, TX University of North Texas Main Auditorium #
05/08 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom #
05/11 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
05/21 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern ^
05/22 Pomona, CA The Glass House ^
05/23 Hollywood, CA The Music Box ^
05/24 Hollywood, CA The Music Box ^
05/25 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ^
05/26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ^
05/27 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom ^
05/28 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom ^
05/29 Quincy, WA Sasquatch Festival
05/31 Aspen, CO Bell Up Aspen ^
06/01 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre ^
06/02 Lawrence, KS The Granda Theatre ^
06/03 Columbia, MO The Blue Note ^
06/04 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
06/06 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre ^
06/07 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre ^
06/08 Montreal, QC Club Soda ^
06/09 Boston, MA – Royale ^
06/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
06/12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

# = w/ Wilco
^ = w/ Yeasayer

Acrylics Release New Single

The duo Acrylics have just released a new single from their upcoming debut, Lives and Treasure. The song “Sparrow Song” can be heard below.


Acrylics’ first album was produced with the help of Matt Boynton (MGMT) and Britt Myers (Yeasayer) among others. Critics compare the duo favorably to other electronic-pop bands like Stars or Headlights.

Look for the band’s debut album March 1st, on Friendly Fire Records.

Smith Westerns Add Dates To US Tour

Chicago’s Smith Westerns dropped their second album last month, before embarking on a European tour with MGMT. Recently, it was announced that the group would continue touring stateside. On the heels of that news, comes word from the band that they’ll be playing dates with Wilco and Yeasayer later this spring. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

 

Tour Dates

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

04/25 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

04/26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s

04/28 Baltimore, MD Ottobar

04/29 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade

04/30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

05/02 Montgomery, AL Montgomery Performing Arts Centre #

05/03 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre Mobile #

05/04 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree !

05/05 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s

05/06 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater #

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

05/08 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom #

05/11 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

05/21 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern ^

05/22 Pomona, CA The Glass House ^

05/24 Hollywood, CA The Music Box ^

05/25 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ^

05/29 Quincy, WA Sasquatch Festival

06/03 Columbia, MO The Blue Note ^

06/06 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre ^

06/09 – 06/12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo

 

# = w/ Wilco

% = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

! = w/ Jeff The Brotherhood

^ = w/ Yeasayer