Crocodiles are a noise pop band from San Diego. I've read that they're influenced by Jesus and Mary Chain, so I can see why Amy would love this band (hopefully if things work out, she'll be covering the band at 7th Street in Minneapolis this June 22nd*).
Crocodiles' third album, Endless Flowers, came out June 5th via Frenchkiss Records. The album was recorded in Berlin, and features the band's full five-piece lineup (I mean who wouldn't want to be part of a fun travel to Germany for recording music!)
The band is currently in the middle of their Summer tour to promote Endless Flowers, expect to see all five band members: singer/guitarist Brandon Welchez, guitarist Charles Rowell, keyboardist Robin Eisenberg, bassist Marco Gonzalez, and drummer Anna Schulte.
Tour dates below:
06/13 San Diego, CA House Of Blues*
06/15 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium*
06/16 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre*
06/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre*
06/18 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market*
06/19 Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl @Stanley Park*
06/22 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry#
06/23 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club#
06/24 Detroit, MI Magic Bag#
06/25 Toledo, OH Mickey Finn’s#
06/26 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox#
06/27 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s#
07/13 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
07/14 New York, NY Village Voice 4knots Festival
07/15 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
07/16 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle
07/18 Orlando, FL The Social
07/19 Palm Beach, FL Respectable Street
07/20 Miami, FL The Vagabond
07/21 Tampa, FL New World Brewery
07/22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)
07/24 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street
* supporting The Temper Trap
# Devin supports
* Incidentally, the Minneapolis show marks the band's shift to headliner.
Brooklyn's Fang Island got their name from a fictitious island, briefly mentioned in an Onion headline about Donald Rumsfeld's secret lair.
Recently, Fang Island premiere another song, "Sisterly", from their forthcoming new album, Major, at Pitchfork.
Singer/guitarist Jason Bartell had this to say about their music:
One of our core ideas has always been that our songs would be all of your favorite parts of the song that other bands make you wait 8 minutes to get to. We wanted to be the band that's nothing but your favorite hooks back to back.
Look for Major to be available on various music formats on July 24th, via Sargent House Records. Or you can pick up a copy at one of their live show:
07/20 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Morgan's Pier
07/22 Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall
07/23 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
07/25 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
07/26 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot - Pike Room
07/27 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
07/28 Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Music Festival
07/29 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
07/30 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar *
08/01 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
08/03 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
08/04 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
08/05 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
08/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American *
08/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *
08/11 San Diego, CA @ TBA *
08/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room *
08/13 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
08/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
08/16 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
08/17 - 08/18 Texas @ TBA
08/19 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live - Studio
08/20 New Orleans, LA @ Parish at House of Blues
08/21 Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
08/22 Gainesville, FL @ Double Down Live
08/23 St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662
08/24 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
08/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
08/26 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall
08/28 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
08/29 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
08/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* w/ Zechs Marquise
Yes, I know, Dinosaur Jr broke up in the late 90's. Then about five years ago, the band got back together and produced their album, Beyond. Since then, J Mascis did some solo stuff, created another band called Sweet Apple, but last year, I noticed he came back to his Dinosaur Jr project with a constant touring schedule.
The band announced that they have a new album, I Bet On Sky, coming out in September on [PIAS] Records. The album marks the band's 10th LP since their original debut, Dinosaur, in 1985.
06/22/12 Chicago, IL: Subterranean
06/23/12 Chicago, IL: Green Music Festival
07/06/12 Des Moines, IA: 80/35 Music Festival
08/25/12 St. Louis, MO: LouFest 2012
09/24/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/25/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/26/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/27/12 Detroit, MI: St. Andrew's Hall
09/28/12 Cincinnati, OH: MidPoint Music Festival
09/29/12 Champaign, IL: Pygmalion Festival
10/01/12 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge
10/02/12 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse
10/03/12 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina's
10/04/12 Austin, TX: Mohawk
10/05/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald's
10/06/12 Dallas, TX: The Prophet Bar
10/08/12 Flagstaff, AZ: Orpheum Theater
10/09/12 Santa Ana, CA: The Observatory
10/10/12 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore
10/11/12 Eugene, OR, WOW Hall
10/12/12 Seattle, WA: Neptune Theatre
10/14/12 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge
10/15/12 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theater
10/17/12 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room
10/18/12 Minneapolis, MN: Cabooze
10/19/12 Madison, WI: Majestic Theatre
10/20/12 Grand Rapids, MI: The Orbit Room
10/22/12 Bloomington, IN: The Bluebird
10/23/12 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom
10/24/12 Millvale, PA: Mr. Smalls Theatre
10/25/12 Washington, DC: Black Cat
10/26/12 Charlottesville, VA: Jefferson Theater
10/27/12 Philadelphia, PA: Union Transfer
We like Little Dragon, covered them a few times here. Haven't heard much from the band lately, it's probably because the USA isn't their main focus right now.
The last thing I got about the band was that in their live performance at Le Baron Chinatown in May 2012, they unveiled a new song called "Sunshine".
You can watch the session at Youtube, courtesy of ENCORE! Sessions, made possible by creative collaborator ABSOLUT and produced by </FORWAR:D>.
Last Dinosaurs are from Brisbane, Australia. They recently announced their video for "Andy", which you can watch via Youtube. The song comes from their debut album, In A Million Years, which came out in March in Australia… but was never officially released in the States.
The band is currently playing in London (13 Jun: Breakout Club Night, 16 Jun: Lovebox Festival) and will be returning to Australia to play Splendour In The Grass.