If you are attending one of these shows, come by and say hi. Myself, Lara, Amy, or Emily, might be at one of these shows (possibly more when future shows are announced). If you want to stalk us, here is a crude drawing of Vu-Bot the Cover Lover and Lara the "adorkable" Andorkian for reference.
Anyway, just a little background, the 400 Bar originally was a small elongated venue. They expanded to the next store over and double their space.
Just recently, like in the past few months, they added the wall back, and now there is a bar area and the venue area. They also shortened the stage, so now there is a bigger dance floor. If you haven't been to the 400 in a while, you should definitely check out a show to see the differences for yourself.
Below are some bands coming to the 400 Bar:
Emily is going to cover the Quick & Easy Boys for us, they are stopping in the 400 Bar on May 11th.
The band is from Portland, Oregon, and, according to their biography, they are a bit of everything (from funk to psychedelic rock, to garage-soul).
The tour is to promote their sophomore full-length album, Red Light Rabbit, which just came out a few years ago via Per Capita Records.
05/11/12 - 400 Bar - Minneapolis, MN
05/12/12 - Star Bar - Des Moines, IA
05/17/12 - Hawthorne Theater w/Supervillains - Portland, OR
05/19/12 - Comet Tavern - Seattle, WA
05/25/12 - San Dune Pub - Manzanita, OR
05/26/12 - Fort George Brewery (1-3pm) - Astoria, OR
05/26/12 - Sandtrap (7pm) - Gearhart, OR
06/08/12 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
06/09/12 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
The Royalty is a new band from El Paso, Texas, with their debut album, Lovers out this Tuesday, May 8th, 2012.
MTV Buzzworthy said they sound like "Amy Winehouse went on holiday with Vampire Weekend."
You can catch them on their tour, with Minneapolis being on their schedule this May 14th. Unfortunately, I've already agreed to cover another band that night, so I'm looking around for a substitute to go in my stead.
05/14 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
05/16 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
05/18 NYC, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
05/20 NYC, NY @ Piano’s Bar
05/23 Knoxville, TN @ Longbranch Saloon
05/24 Norfolk, VA @ The Wesley House
05/30 C3 Presents, in Austin, TX
06/21-6/25 Sun Set Sessions
06/25-6/26 Sun Set Sessions LA
If you can't make it to a show, The Royalty will be on NPR-WBEZ on May 15 to air on May 17. Check with wbez.org on or after May 17th.
Kurt Vile is the founding member of The War on Drugs. Although the band is still around, Vile left the band in 2008. Not really sure the reason for the split, but I've read that he's still friends with former members of The War on Drugs.
Vile's released a few solo albums, on various labels (Mexican Summer, Woodsist), but he's currently home at one of my favorite label, Matador Records (this is the label that distributed Belle & Sebastian to the states and originally signed Cat Power and a ton of other music I love).
Anyway, he's on tour. Amy is covering his show at the 400 Bar this May 22nd (Morrissey's birthday!)
If you want to check out his solo music, you can currently grab "Baby's Arm" as a free download on his official website. The song is taken from his latest 2011 album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, via Matador. Bonus, if you download the album through amazon.com, you get a bonus song and a bonus price ($5)! Cheap!
Here is the official tour dates from Kurt Vile:
May 17 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
May 18 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH
May 19 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
May 20 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
May 21 High Noon Madison, WI
May 22 400 Bar Minneapolis, MN
May 23 Aquarium Fargo, ND
May 25 Bitmore Vancouver, Canada
May 26 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA
May 27 Star Theatre Portland, OR
May 30 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Jun 06 Catalyst Atrium Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 07 Largo @ The Coronet Los Angeles, CA
Jun 10 Bonnaroo 2012 Manchester, TN
Jun 15 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ
Jun 16 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY
Jun 22 Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany
Jun 23 Southside Festival Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
Jun 26 WWDIS Summer Festival Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 27 Peace And Love Festival Borlänge, Sweden
Jun 30 HIPPODROME D'EVREUX Evreux, France
Jul 07 Minne Waterpark Brugge, Belgium
Jul 08 Melkweg Oude Zaal Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jul 09 Salle Pleyel Paris, France
Jul 12 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Jul 13 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Jul 14 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Jul 15 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Aug 03 OFF Festival Katowice, Poland
You know my theory about repeating band names - they are easy to remember (just like Duran Duran, Ra-Ra Riot, Gang Gang Dance, Tapes 'N Tapes, etc). If you have three words, it's even better. Like Dark Dark Dark and Yeah Yeah Yeahs!
Anyway, this Canadian band is coming out with a new 7" called "Little Poems" out on June 12th. The two tracks ("Little Poems" and "I Could Tell You I'm Sorry") are not available from their new LP. I'm not sure if the songs will be available from their forthcoming studio album The Poet's Dead, coming out this fall via Hidden Pony Records. I guess we'll wait and see.
Tour dates are as follows:
May 29 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Lo Pub
May 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
May 31 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
June 2 - Sarnia, ON @ Sarnia Artwalk*
June 3 - St Catharines, ON @ The Mansion House
June 7 - New York, NY @ Arlene's Grocery
June 13 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
June 14 - Hamilton, ON @ This Ain't Hollywood
June 15 - Toronto, ON @ The Dakota (NXNE, Hidden Pony Records showcase)
June 16 - Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange (St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival)
*with Hawksley Workman
Young Magic is three beautiful people from New York City. According to their biography, they are heavily influenced by West African rhythms, a little hip-hop, some UK "bass" (there is a whole music festival devoted to "bass music", which I'm assuming is like D&B only without the 'D') and 60s psychedelic soul.
Their debut album, Melt, came out on V-Day 2012 in the US and just recently (March 30th) in Australia/New Zealand.
As you can see from their massive tour schedule, the band doesn't believe in resting. They are stopping by the 400 Bar on July 9th with Quilt (a band that we previously covered).
Trivia: the cover artwork is by artist Leif Podhajsky.
05/07 Leeds, UK Live at Leeds Hangover
05/08 London, UK 34-36 Stoke Newington Rd
05/09 Manchester, UK Trof Fallowfield
05/10 Brighton, UK The Great Escape @
05/11 Paris, France Club Folamour @ Fleche D'Or
05/12 Tours, France Le Temps Machine
05/15 Zurich, Switzerland This is Tigerr present - Exil
05/16 Genova, Italy Teatro Hops
05/17 Rome, Italy Circolo degil Artisti
05/18 Padova, Italy Ex-Macello
05/19 Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland Amalgame
05/20 Stuttgart, Germany Zwoelfzehn
05/22 Gent, Belgium Vooruit
05/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands OT301 #
05/24 Rotterdam, Netherlands Rotown
05/25 Tilburg, Netherlands 13
05/26 Utrecht, Netherlands Le Guess Who Festival $
05/27 Cologne, Germany King Georg
05/28 Berlin, Germany Comet Club
05/29 Copenhagen, Denmark Stengade
05/30 Aarhus, Denmark Radar
05/31 Oslo, Norway Revolver
06/01 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser
06/02 Malmo, Sweden Debaser
06/14 - 06/15 Toronto, ON NXNE %
06/28 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands *
06/29 Washington DC Comet Ping Pong *
06/30 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's *
07/01 Boston, MA Great Scott *
07/03 Burlington, VT Monkey House *
07/04 Montreal, QC Divan Orange *
07/05 Toronto, ON Garrison *
07/06 London, ONT APK Live *
07/07 Cleveland, OH Happy Dog *
07/08 Chicago, IL Schubas *
07/09 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar *
07/12 Seattle, WA Barboza *
07/13 Vancouver, BC Waldorf Cabaret *
07/14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *
07/17 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop *
07/19 Los Angeles, CA The Echo *
07/20 San Diego, CA Soda Bar *
07/21 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn *
07/23 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge *
07/25 St. Louis, MO The Firebird *
07/26 Bloomington, IN The Bishop *
07/27 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub *
07/28 Pittsburgh, PA The Brillobox *
07/29 New York, NY Mercury Lounge *
! = w/ Squarepusher, Hudson Mohawke, Caribou
@ = w/ Shabazz Palaces, Doldrums, Grimes
# = w/ EMA, Forest Swords
$ = w/ Bear in Heaven, NGUZUNGUZU
% = The Flaming Lips, Ghostface Killer, Purity Ring
* = w/ Quilt
I have already mentioned Wintersleep, so this is just a quickie tour announcement:
05/30: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
06/01: Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre
06/02: Victoria, BC @ Phillip's Brewery
06/04: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Caberet
06/05: Calgary, AB @ Hifi Club
06/05: Calgary, AB @ Hifi Club
06/06: Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
06/07: Saskatoon. SK @ Amigos
06/08: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
06/09: Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
06/11: Chicago, IL @ Schuba's Tavern
06/12: Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
06/12: Cicinatti, OH @ Motr Pub
05/18: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
06/14: Cincinatti, OH @ Motr Pub
06/18: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
06/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
06/20: Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
08/03: Montreal, QC @ Osheaga
08/25: Squamish, BC @ Live In Squamish
Conor "Bright Eyes" Oberst have reunited with Desaparecidos. The band, who haven't been on tour since 2002, just recently played their hometown of Omaha - where they unveiled two brand new songs ("Left is Right" and "Backsell"). You know what that means; a possible new album is in the works.
So far, only a few Desaparecidos tour dates have been announced, of course, Oberst agreed to play at the 400 Bar (if you've read my previous articles, you know that Oberst has a relationship with the owner of the 400 Bar and will always honor their friendship by stopping by if they're in Minneapolis). Like previous shows, I think this one will sell out. I have seen many sad faces asking for tickets at these Saddle Creek shows - so do yourself a favor and preorder tickets when they are available for sale.
August 11 Omaha, NE @ Maha Music Festival
August 25 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market
August 26 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
August 29 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
# Little Brazil support