Monday, April 21, 2014

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Broken Bells announce tour

Much of After the Disco, The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse's second LP as Broken Bells, was a dancefloor affair for the melancholic set and now that disco-ball melancholia will be hitting the road. Partnering with the B612 Foundation, the duo will be giving one dollar from every ticket sold on the summer tour to the Sentinel Mission, a program that aims to "protect Earth while preparing for future exploration." An overview on B612's site expands on the program's aim, "Sentinel is a space-based infrared (IR) survey mission to discover and catalog 90 percent of the asteroids larger than 140 meters in Earth’s region of the solar system." All of which fits perfectly with the album's space-centric videos. Dates for the tour can be found below.

Tour Dates:
6/7 Randall’s Island, NY - Governor’s Ball Music Festival
6/12-15 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
6/16 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
6/18 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
6/19 Columbus, OH - The LC Indoor Pavillion
6/20 Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater
6/21-22 Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
8/1 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8/3 Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
8/4 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Burton Cummings Theatre
8/6 Calgary, Alberta - Jack Singer Concert Hall
8/7 Edmonton, Alberta - Winspear Centre
8/8-9 Squamish, British Columbia - Squamish Festival
8/10 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
8/11 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


American Football reuniting for first shows in 15 years

The term "emo-revival" has considerably high cache right now, so there's seemingly no better time for original 90s emos bands to reunite. Which is precisely what Champaign-Urbana's American Football is doing this fall. On May 20 the trio of Mike Kinshella, Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes is reissuing a deluxe edition of American Football, their sole LP via Polyvinyl

To promote the record the band will be performing in their hometown as part of the Pygmalion Music Festival, before heading to New York in mid-October. In discussing the trio's intent for reuniting, guitarist Steve Holmes said, "Obviously, we knew the time was ripe for three middle aged dudes to play some old songs about teenage feelings, and stand around tuning guitars for a long time."

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pygmalion Music Festival and will also feature performances from: Chvrches, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Sun Kil Moon, Deafheaven, Speedy Ortiz, and more. While you wait for that, check out the band's dates along with their aching 1998 single "Five Silent Miles".

Reunion Dates:
9/28 Urbana-Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
10/11 New York, NY - Webster Hall

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