Even though Honeyblood won't be back in Minneapolis until March 2015, I'm still very excited to announce that they will be touring with fellow Scotts Belle & Sebastian and London sisters 2:54 this new year.
If you need a refresher, we've been following the Scottish duo (singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale and new drummer Cat Myers) since last year, when they were first here in the USA with We Were Promised Jetpacks (Feb 2014) - and again at SXSW 2014. We liked them so much, we featured them as "band of the show" for W♥M #206: Britpop SXSW show. They had a brief headlining summer tour (July) in support of their self-titled debut album, but unfortunately the tour did not include Minneapolis.... So it's very exciting to see that they'll come back to Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry on March 6th, along with 2:54 (who we previously saw in June 2012 and again in October 2012 (but not as a performer; they were just in the audience)).
Also! If you are a Belle & Sebastian fan, Honeyblood will also open up for them in Madison, Wisconsin. The city is about four and a half hour to drive from Minneapolis, but might be worth it if you've never seen B&S before (they are so great live).
Hopefully, if it all works out, we will be interviewing Honeyblood prior to their arrival on US shores. I actually rarely do audio interviews, so this might look really fun. Hear my previous interviews with S*M*A*S*H, Information Society, Henry Rollins, and Matt Pinfield.
02.28.15 - DC9 - Washington, DC *
03.01.15 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA *
03.03.15 - The Silver Dollar Room - Toronto, ON *
03.04.15 - UFO Factory - Detroit, MI *
03.05.15 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL *
03.06.15 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN *
03.08.15 - Barboza, Seattle, WA *
03.09.15 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, WA *
03.11.15 - The Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA *
03.12.15 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA *
03.13.15 - The Hideout, San Diego, CA *
03.30.15 - House of Blues - Cambridge, MA ^
04.01.15 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON ^
04.02.15 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI ^
04.03.15 - Riviera - Chicago, IL ^
04.04.15 - Overture Hall - Madison, WI ^
* w/ 2:54
^ w/ Belle and Sebastian
Don't you forget about them! Did you know that late 80s Scottish rock band Simple Minds is back with a new album called Big Music? Their first record in five years!
Trivia: Did you know that the band's frontman Jim Kerr worked with CHVRCHES about four years ago? Read the interview on Stereogum.
Feb 08 Coliseum Porto, Portugal
Feb 09 Teatro Nuevo Apolo Madrid, Spain
Feb 11 Zenith Nantes, France
Feb 12 Gayant Expo Douai, France
Feb 13 Amphitheatre 3000 Lyon, France
Feb 14 Volkshaus Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 16 Salle de Fêtes de Thônex Geneva
Feb 17 Rockhal Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Feb 18 Capitol Hannover, Germany
Feb 20 Pier2 Bremen, Germany
Feb 21 Emsland Arena Lingen (Ems), Germany
Feb 23 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Feb 24 Palladium Cologne, Germany
Feb 27 Jovel Munster, Germany
Feb 28 Konzerthalle Olsberg, Germany
Mar 03 Kasseler Stadthalle Kassel, Germany
Mar 04 Schlachthof Wiesbaden, Germany
Mar 06 Haus Aeunsee Leipzig, Germany
Mar 07 Tollhaus Karlsruhe, Germany
Mar 08 Tonhalle Munich, Germany
Mar 10 Train Aarhus, Denmark
Mar 11 Posten Odense C, Denmark
Mar 12 Falkoner Center Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 14 Conventum Arena Örebro, Sweden
Mar 15 Münchenbryggerie Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 16 Lisebergshallen Goteborg, Sweden
Mar 18 Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway
Mar 19 USF Rokeriet Bergen, Norway
Mar 20 Zetlitz Stavanger Konserthus Stavanger
More dates on simpleminds.com.
As far as I know, The Vaselines will be headlining the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on January 22nd (originally the date was not listed on their press release).
The Scottish band first came to my attention when Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain wore t-shirts, covered their music, and declared how much he loved them.
This January, the Vaselines will be in the States for a two weeks US promotional tour in support of their latest album V for Vaselines (Rosary Music).
Jan 15 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Jan 16 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
Jan 17 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Jan 18 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
Jan 19 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Jan 20 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Jan 21 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Jan 22 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Jan 23 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Jan 24 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Jan 25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Jan 27 San Francisco, CA @ Independent
Jan 28 West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theater
If you know anything about Scottish band Texas, it is that they started as a weird country-esque band ... but by 1999, the band shifted their music to a dancier/disco band!
I love their later songs... and outside of the random Sharleen Spiteri solo albums, I honestly haven't kept up with the band. Did you know they released The Conversation in 2013?
Their upcoming Texas 25, is exactly like it sounds: it is Texas celebrating their 25th Anniversary as a band. It's amazing how quickly time flies... And before you dismissed Texas 25 as simply a greatest hits compilation, Texas 25 will contain four brand new songs. The rest of the songs were all re-recorded and re-worked for 2015... so it's the classic hits you know and love, only new and different for the new year.
'An Evening With Texas' tour:
04/19/15 Birmingham Symphony Hall
04/20/15 Salford The Lowry
04/22/15 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
04/24/15 Dunfermline Alhambra
04/25/15 Edinburgh Queens Hall
04/27/15 Gateshead The Sage
04/28/15 Hull City Hall
04/29/15 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
05/01/15 Bath Forum
05/02/15 London Palladium
05/03/15 Margate Winter Gardens
05/05/15 Cardiff St Davids Hall
05/06/15 Reading Hexagon