Monday, April 23, 2007

HOT TIP: Feist and The Faint Announce New Tours

FINALLY!  The Faint are going back on tour! Could they have made me wait any longer? But I digress. Loyal readers might recall that I've waxed rhapsodic about both Feist and The Faint in the past. Here's the low-down...


Choosing Feist as one of my AOL CityGuide Ear to the Ground picks after her first album came out, I gushed, "After bruising her vocal chords touring with The Ramones, Feist reinvented herself as a lo-fi indie folk goddess via a breakout solo album and a spot in Broken Social Scene. Her laid-back intimacy and light-as-air musicality is perfect for gigs at [intimate clubs like] San Fran's Fillmore.

And guess what... Now that she's on the verge of releasing her follow-up sophomore album, you've got the opportunity to do just that! If the Fillmore isn't in your neck of the woods, I'd recommend catching her at Washington DC's 9:30 Club -- one of the best clubs on earth for an intimate show. Or Town Hall. Oh heck, see her anywhere you can.

Here are her upcoming tour dates -- many with Grizzly Bear, no less! -- courtesy of her publicity peeps:

6/8/07 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre +
6/9/07 – Boston, MA @ Berkelee Performance Center+
6/11/07 – New York, NY @ Town Hall *Sold Out
6/12/07 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
6/13/07 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club +
6/14/07 – Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre +
6/15/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse +
6/17/07 – Bonaroo Music Festival
6/19/07 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic
6/20/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre +
6/22/07 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre +
6/24/07 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre +
6/25/07 – Portland, OR @ TBD +
6/27/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +
6/29/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern +
6/30/07 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up +
+ dates w/ Grizzly Bear


>>The Faint
About another of my Ear to the Ground picks, The Faint, I gushed, "Compulsively listenable and infectiously danceable, The Faint's brand of new wave for the 'Noughties' is no mere regurgitation of '80s synthpop. The Nebraska band's sold-out gig at NY's B.B. King Blues Club has officially made my Top 10 Shows of All Time list."

Two years later, that show is still on my Top 10 of All Time list. So hopefully that glowing recommendation will give you some inspiration for buying tickets to see  their upcoming tour. You will not regret it, I promise you.

Here's the itinerary, courtesy of The Faint's official site:

4.14     Lawrence, KS              University of Kansas Day on the Hill
5.22     Chicago, IL                  Metro
5.23     Toronto, ONT              Opera House
5.24     Buffalo, NY                  Town Ballroom
5.26     Boston, MA                 The Avalon
5.27     New York, NY            Motherfucker @ Webster Hall
5.28     Washington, DC           9:30 Club
5.30     Norfolk, VA                Norva
5.31     Asheville, NC               Orange Peel
6.02     Columbia, MO             Blue Note
6.03     Tulsa, OK                    Cain's Ballroom            
6.04     Boulder, CO                Fox Theatre
6.05     Boulder, CO                Fox Theatre
6.06     Salt Lake City, UT       In the Venue
6.07     Las Vegas, NV            House Of Blues
6.08     San Diego, CA             SOMA


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