Cue jokes of "that didn't last long." Less than a month after indie-quintet The Walkmen announced an "extreme hiatus", they're getting back together for an NBA All-Star event in New Orleans. The "Alt-Star" party, thrown by Matt Bonner of the Spurs and his brother Luke's non-profit Rock On Foundation, will also feature a DJ set from Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson and the Lost Bayou Ramblers.
In a press-release frontman Hamilton Leithauser had this to say about the reunion: "We thought it might take a lifetime to get us back together–til the Alt-Star Party gave us the nod. How could we stay on the bench? We’re coming 110%. Full-court press. Man to man. Rock n Roll, Pick n Roll." Before the big-game, Leithauser will be participating in the Gene Clark covers tour which will feature members of: Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Wye Oak, and Fairport Convention. While you wait for the ball to drop, see the band playing their "final" song together.
"We've Been Had"
Less than three months after releasing their "meditative" EP Campfire Songs, raucous New Yorkers The Men are returning with their third LP in as many years. Today we got our first taste of the record, entitled Tomorrow's Hits, when the group released "Pearly Gates". A scorching piece of late-60s garage rock, the track all but abandons Campfire Songs acoustic strumming.
In addition to the new record, the band will be hitting the road for a two-month tour starting in March. You can find the dates below, along with the rousing number which may have you scrambling for a Nuggets compilation.
3/2 Allston, MA - Great Scott
3/3 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
3/4 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
3/5 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
4/10 Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
4/11 Detroit, MI - Lager House
4/12 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
4/13 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
4/14 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue & 7th St. Entry
4/16 Missoula, MT - Ole Beck VFW Post 209
4/17 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
4/18 Vancouver, British Columbia - Media Club
4/19 Portland, OR - Dante's
4/21 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
4/22 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
4/23 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
4/24 Tucson, AZ - Skrappy's
4/26 Austin, TX - Mohawk Outside
4/27 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
4/29 Nashville, TN - The End
4/30 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
5/1 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
5/2 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
5/30 Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
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