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[on the road] Alabama Shakes

The Alabama Shakes will be the road this Spring in support of their upcoming LP — Boys & Girls (out April 9th, pre-order).

After generating quite the buzz with their live performances and the fantastic EP they put out in 2011, the band is set for a big 2012.  The tour kicks off this March in Chicago and wraps at Bonnaroo this June.  They’ve got quite the tour schedule, with plenty of North American stops, a handful of European shows, plus some some festival stops along the way, including SXSW and Sasquatch.

I highly recommend catching a show if you can.  As I said earlier, I expect them to have a huge year and it’s only going to get harder (and more expensive) to catch ’em live in the future.  So don’t miss out if you have the chance, I guarantee you’ll regret it.

Alabama Shakes 2012 Tour Dates
03/09 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
03/13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits TV (SXSW)
03/14 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s (SXSW)
03/23 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Alabama Theatre
03/29 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
03/30 – Huntsville, AL @ Crossroads
03/31 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre
04/05 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre *
04/06 – Carrboro, CN @ Cat’s Cradle *
04/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live *
04/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *
04/11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
04/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04/14 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
04/15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
04/17 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
04/25 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
04/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
04/27 – Berlin, DE @ Comet
04/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
04/30 – Brussels, BE @ AB
05/02 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or
05/03 – London, UK @ Brixton Electric
05/05 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
05/06 – Kikenny, IE @ Kikenny Festival
05/09 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s
05/10 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
05/11 – Birmingham, UK @ Rainbow
05/12 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
05/18-20 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest
05/25-27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch!
06/07-10 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

You Ain’t Alone (from Alabama Shakes EP)

[on the road] SPORTS

Rochester five-piece SPORTS are heading out on a nearly three-week long tour that will take them to Austin for this year’s SxSW. The band released their full-length, self-titled debut last year to sold out shows in their hometown and opening for the likes of Stars and Ra Ra Riot.

If you haven’t heard of them, SPORTS is adept at catchy, pre-New Wave rock that would have sounded just as at home on the radio in the late 1970’s as it does today. The band’s songs are quick and addictive, and the band retains that energy in the live setting as well.

The band’s debut LP is available now: iTunes or Bandcamp.

SPORTS//Started So Tall

March 6: Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
March 7: Philadelphia, PA @ Comly Haus
March 8: Pittsburgh, PA @ Beach House
March 9: Athens, OH @ TBA
March 10: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
March 11: Cincinnati, OH @ Baba Budan’s
March 15: Austin, TX @ Instant Classic Records Showcase @ Weirdo’s
March 16-18: SXSW
March 19: Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land (SXSW Overflow Fest)
March 20: New Orleans, LA @ TBA
March 21: Atlanta, GA @ The Cottage
March 22: Carrboro, NC @ The Ladybird Basement
March 23: Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
March 24: New Brunswick, NJ @ The Wormhole


[source: Flour City PR]

[watch] Class Actress//Bienvenue

Brooklyn synth-poppers Class Actress just released the beautiful new video for “Bienvenue”.  The second clip from the critically praised debut album Rapprocher (out now via Carpark Records) was shot on location in Paris this past December and was directed by Clement Gino and Gregory Faure. Class Actress will return to Europe in late March following select North American dates between now and SXSW.

Elle Magazine chatted with Class Actress creative voice and frontwoman Elizabeth Harper about the video, Parisian style, men and more. She notes: “Part of what Class Actress is about, to me, is the golden age of travel and what that time invokes: love letters, elegance, adventure, letting loose, loving life, feeling things rather than avoiding them. Paris is a city of senses and sensuality.” Read the full interview here.
[source: motormouthmedia]

♪ Class Actress – Weekend (from Rapproacher)

Tour Dates
Jan 27 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Jan 28 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
Feb 03 Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent Ave (with Pictureplane)
Feb 09 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Feb 10 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Feb 11 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
Feb 14 Calgary, AB – Hifi Club
Feb 16 San Francisco, CA – Noise Pop Festival
Mar 09 Denton, TX – Hailey’s Club
Mar 10 Norman, OK – Oklahoma Memorial Union
Mar 14 McAllen, TX – Sofie’s (with Of Montreal)
Mar 15 Austin, TX – 512 Upstairs (Carpark/Paw Tracks Showcase)
Mar 29 La Roche-sur-Yon, FR – Fuzz’Yon (Les Femmes s’en Melent Festival)
Mar 30 Paris, FR – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
Mar 31 Ajaccio, Corsica – Aghja

More Class Actress:

[hot off the press] SXSW 2012

SXSW is right around the corner (March 9 – 18) and the music schedule is is now live.

Other than CMJ, this is by far the best music festival in the US.  I don’t have the time and/or patience to list the hundreds of bands announced to play, but some of my favorites include: Alabama Shakes, Built to Spill, The Magnetic Fields, Talib Kweli, The Drums, Bear In Heaven, Deerhoof, The War on Drugs, Miniature Tigers, SBTRKT, Best Coast, M. Ward, Youth Lagoon, Tennis, Dan Deacon, Lana Del Rey, The Ting Tings, YACHT, Band of Skulls, White Rabbits, Freelance Whales, and Sharon Van Etten.

You can view the music schedule here and more general festival info here.