News for Lvl Up

NEWS : THU, JUL 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Father John Misty, Hot Snakes and Bully to join SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 11th along Alki Beach in Seattle

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Plus, Sub Pop’s “SPF30 Singles Spectacular”: 4 limited-edition commemorative split 7” singles featuring new songs from Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Hot Snakes, Frankie Cosmos, METZ, LVL UP

We are delighted to share more details for SPF30 and Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary weekend (<- click to see the very, very official website of SPF30), happening Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th, 2018 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. 
 
Father John Misty, Hot Snakes, and Bully have just been added to the lineup for SPF30 on Saturday, August 11th. The newly announced groups will join Beach House, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Fastbacks, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its!, and The School of Rock West Seattle House Band over four stages along incredibly scenic Alki Ave. in the Alki Beach neighborhood of West Seattle. 
 
Stage names and set times are as follows:

LOSER STAGE (@ Bathhouse West) 
1:30 - Moaning
3:15 - Bully
5:15 - Fastbacks
7:00 - Wolf Parade
9:00 - Father John Misty
 
THE FLIPPITY-FLOP STAGE (@ Bathhouse East) 
12:45 - LVL UP
2:30 - Loma
4:15 - Clipping
6:00 - Shabazz Palaces
8:00 - Beach House

HARSH REALM STAGE (@ 57th Street)
12:00 - Jo Passed 
1:45 - Kyle Craft 
3:30 - METZ 
5:15 - Hot Snakes 
7:00 - Mudhoney 
 
PUNKY STAGE (@ Whale Tail Park)
1:00 - Caspar Babypants
2:00 - The Not-Its! 
4:00 - The School of Rock West Seattle House Band


SPF30 Singles Spectacular

Also on August 11th at SPF30, Sub Pop will offer the “SPF30 Singles Spectacular”: 4 limited-edition commemorative split 7” singles featuring as-yet-unreleased tracks from 8 artists on the label. Each of these singles will be on colored vinyl, in an edition of 1,000, with covers featuring SPF30 artwork by Rick Froberg (of Hot Snakes). This collection of 7”s will be available individually and as a set. (limit: 2 per-person) And those savvy enough to buy all four will be delighted to find that the interiors of the covers combine to make one complete SPF30 poster-like image.


SPF30 Singles Spectacular tracklist:
1. Mudhoney “One Bad Actor” b/w Hot Snakes “They Put You Up to This”
2. Shabazz Palaces “The Blue Tiger” b/w Chad VanGaalen “Friendly Aliens”
3. Frankie Cosmos “Home Is Where” b/w LVL UP “Orchard”
4. METZ “Escalator Teeth/On and On” b/w Clipping “Club Down”


More about SPF30:

SPF30 is a free, all-ages event and will also have…A record fair-type thing! A PaperStock poster exhibit and sale! Food trucks! Beer gardens! A true bonanza of new Sub Pop and SPF30 merch! (The t-shirts, records, posters, food and beer and wine and soda or whatever, you will have to pay for! These parts are not free!) Good times and opportunities to embarrass yourself and those who’d always hoped for better for you! 
 
Also joining us at SPF30 will be a stellar group of nonprofit organizations doing incredible work, and offering tools that we believe can help us as individuals lead healthier, safer and more informed lives. Organizations at SPF30 include Motley Zoo, Puget Soundkeeper, Seattle Derby Brats, Skate Like A Girl, Totem Star, Vera Project, Village of Hope / Black Prisoners Caucus, Washington Bus, Washington Ceasefire, West Seattle Helpline, and YouthCare. There will also be anti-sexual assault and safe consumption organizations on site, and free advice with therapists Galeet & Geri.  These community organizations enact positive, systemic change in the world, and we at Sub Pop couldn’t be more proud to have them all present at SPF30.
 
Seattle’s Alki Beach boasts some of the most awesome territorial (city/water/mountain) views the city has to offer, along with the occasional whale sighting, a somewhat diminutive replica of the Statue of Liberty, and some of the best local businesses to boot. We are honored to be welcomed by the Alki Beach neighborhood. And while we want everyone to have fun, we also want everyone to be respectful of those who live there. We’d also like to thank our SPF30 beneficiary Southwest Seattle Historical Society for their support in planning this event.
 
And closing out our festivities is a late show celebrating the unbelievably “coincidental” 15th anniversary of Pissed Jeans at the Crocodile in Seattle. This show is 21 +, and doors are at 8pm. Tickets are still available for $16 here.
 
SPF30 and the Pissed Jeans 15th Anniversary Show on Sat., Aug. 11th, are preceded by two events on the evening of Friday, August 10th. The Afghan Whigs, Mass Gothic and Yuno are playing a free, all-ages outdoor concert at the Mural Amphitheatre, presented by KEXP and Seattle Center (starting at 5 pm). Later that same evening, we are presenting A Night of Comedy From the Cast of Bob’s Burgers at The Moore Theatre: A Benefit For Youth Care, featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy and John Roberts. This event is happening at The Moore Theatre and is sold out (7 pm).
 
It is our hope that SPF30 and Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Weekend will serve as a super fun and sincere “thank you” to our local and global music community for supporting Sub Pop and our artists for the past 30 years (and the next 30!). 
 
In addition to celebrating a dynamic, inspirational roster spanning three decades, we also wish to create a sense of uplifting togetherness where we not only listen to great music but we become better at listening to each other as well.


Schedule of Things Happening

JULY 26 / AUGUST 2ND / AUGUST 9TH
SUB POP TURNTABLE SESSIONS  
KEXP Gathering Space • FREE • 6-8pm • ALL-AGES

The Sub Pop Turntable Sessions are three distinct panel discussions highlighting multiple facets of Sub Pop’s history in celebration of the label’s 30th anniversary. Each session will review snippets of past label happenings and works while discussing how they relate to the label and our society’s future. The first session will be on July 26th, featuring Sub Pop LOSER Scholarship winners. The next will be on August 2nd and will feature Seattle-based collective Black Constellation. And for the third session we’ll be bringing in the Sub Pop’s own Mudhoney, as they also celebrate their 30th anniversary this year as well.  Session 1: Sub Pop Loser Scholarship WinnersSession 2: Black ConstellationSession 3: Mudhoney’s 30th.
 
AUGUST 10TH
SUB POP’S BIG 30TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF SHOWCASE • THE MURAL AMPHITHEATRE • 5PM • ALL-AGES • FREE!!!
A special Concert at the Mural presented by KEXP and Seattle Center 
with The Afghan Whigs, Mass Gothic, Yuno
 
A NIGHT OF COMEDY FROM THE CAST OF BOB’S BURGERS • 
THE MOORE THEATRE  • 7PM DOOR  • ALL-AGES [***SOLD OUT***]
Featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, John Roberts
 
AUGUST 11TH
SPF30: SUB POP’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL• ALKI BEACH, WEST SEATTLE • NOON - 10PM • ALL- AGES • FREE!!! 
Beach House, Bully, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Father John Misty, Fastbacks, Hot Snakes, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its!, and The School of Rock West Seattle House Band

THE CROCODILE • 8PM DOOR • 21 AND OVER • $16
The Unbelievably “Coincidental” 15th Anniversary of Pissed Jeans


More info and updates for you here:  spf30.subpop.com




Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, JUN 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

LVL UP Announce Farewell Tour, Share Final Single “Orchard”

Today we share the bittersweet news that New York’s LVL UP will embark on their final tour this fall, and has released “Orchard” the group’s final single today on Sub Pop. The trek begins August 27th in Boston at Great Scott, and ends September 28th in New York at Bowery Ballroom. Full list of dates is below.

LVL Up have issued a statement on the farewell tour and “Orchard” single:

“We have decided to retire this project. It has been an extremely rewarding journey beyond anything we could have ever realistically imagined. The band began in a college dorm room in 2011 as a lighthearted recording project. We have since been lucky enough to tour nationally and internationally over the last seven years with the support of many lovely people, and will never be able to thank our friends, families, and loved ones enough for providing such warmth throughout this experience. Our deepest gratitude goes out to every label, band, and person who’s played a role in this wild ride.

“Here is our last single, “Orchard”, which we recorded early this year. As always, thank you to our eternal friend and fifth member Mike Ditrio for helping us with this and every other recording process we’ve had.

“Everyone in the band will continue to support each other while we release new material through different outlets.

“LVL UP will be performing live for a final stretch of time this coming fall.

“Thank you for everything,  
*_* Dave, Greg, Mike, Nick *_*”


Farewell Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Aug. 27 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
Aug. 28 - Montréal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
Aug. 29 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
Aug. 30 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall’s
Aug. 31 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
Sep. 01 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
Sep. 04 - Missoula, MN - Union Ballroom
Sep. 05 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Sep. 06 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Sep. 08 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
Sep. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Sep.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
Sep.13 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Sep.14 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
Sep.16 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
Sep.17 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
Sep.18 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Sep.19 -  Richmond, VA - The Camel
Sep. 20 - Washington, DC - DC9
Sep. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Sep. 28 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom




LVL Up’s last full-length release, Return To Love, is also available now on CD/LP/DL/CS from Sub Pop right here.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAR 13, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Sub Pop vs SXSW 2017: Downtown Boys, Marika Hackman, LVL UP, Porter Ray, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

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Heading to SXSW 2017? Us too!

Sub Pop recording artists Downtown Boys (Providence, RI), Marika Hackman (London, UK), LVL UP (New York, NY), Porter Ray (Seattle, WA), and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Melbourne, AU) will all make appearances at the 2017 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Downtown Boys [artist page] / “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” [listen]
Marika Hackman [artist page] / “Boyfriend” [watch]
LVL UP [artist page] / “The Closing Door” [watch]
Porter Ray [artist page] / “Past Life” feat. Cashtro & Black [watch]
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever [artist page] / “French Press” [watch]
 
Links to artists pages, tunes (video or audio) and daily schedule are below…


 

MARCH 14
5:45pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS 
Show: Hotel Vegas - Spring Break Boogie! Heaven or Hot
Burrito
Location: Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
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9:00pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER 
Show: I OH YOU / Transgressive Records Showcase
Location: 21st Co-Op (707 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78705)
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9:30pm
MARIKA HACKMAN
Show:
Paradyse x Sportsday Showcase
Location:  Pearl Street Co-Op (2000 Pearl St, Austin, TX 78705)
                       
MARCH 15
4:30pm 
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: The FADER Fort
Location: Volcom Garden (1209 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702)
—————————–
10:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN 
Show: BBC Radio 2 SXSW Official Showcase.
Location: Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto Boulevard)
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10:00-10:40pm
PORTER RAY
Show/Location: Swan Dive (615 Red River Street, Austin, TX  78701)
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1:15am
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: Ground Control Touring Showcase
Location: The Sidewinder (715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
 
MARCH 16
12:00pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS 
Show: Pitchfork Day Party
Location: French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702)
Time: 12:00pm
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12:15pm
LVL UP
Show: Sound on Sound & Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701)
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2:15pm
LVL UP 
Show: The FADER Fort
Location: Volcom Garden (1209 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702)
—————————–
3:00pm 
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
Show: Another Planet Showcase
Location: The Sidewinder - Indoor (715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
—————————-
3:30pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS 
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
—————————-
6:35-7:00pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER  
Show: Aussie BBQ Showcase
Location: Brush Square Park (409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701)
Time:
—————————–
9:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN

Show:Transgressive Records SXSW Showcase
Location: The Blackheart (86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701)
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11pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER  
Show: Paradigm Official Showcase
Location: The Parish (214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)
 
MARCH 17
12:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
—————————–
12:45pm 
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend  
Location: Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
—————————–
1:30pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: SXSW Showcase
Location: The Mohawk (912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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5:35pm
LVL UP  
Show: Austin Oasis 2017
Location: Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705)
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6:00pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: South By San Jose
Location: Hotel San Jose (1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704)
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10:10-10:45pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER 
Show: Panache Bookings Party
Location: Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
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11:00pm 
LVL UP 
Show: Ad Hoc Showcase
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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12:35-12:50am
PORTER RAY
Show Kosher Dillz Showcase
Location: Dozen Street (1808 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702)
 
MARCH 18
1:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN
Show: Space 24 Twenty
Location: Urban Outfitters (2406 Guadalupe Street Austin, TX 78705)
 


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, OCT 24, 2016 at 7:00 AM

LVL UP Announce First UK/EU Tour For Spring 2017

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Following the release of their third LP (and Sub Pop debut) Return to Love, and countless miles logged in North America, New York’s LVL UP just announced news of their first ever live dates on “the other side” of the Atlantic, happening Spring 2017. After an appearance at Austin’s annual SXSW fest, for which they were recently announced, the band will be making their way through Europe, taking in nine different countries in the spring of 2017. (Dates below.) Tickets go on sale at 10am Weds 26th October.


Take an existential trip with LVL UP in their latest video for “The Closing Door” right over here.


UK/EU tour dates:

Mar 28th | The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, UK
Mar 29th | Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
Mar 30th | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Mar 31st | Gullivers, Manchester, UK
Apr 1st | JT Soar, Nottingham, UK
Apr 2nd | Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
Apr 3rd | Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
Apr 4th | Old Blue Last, London, UK
Apr 5th | Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
Apr 6th | Mechanique Ondulatoire, Paris, FR
Apr 8th | Vera, Groningen, NL
Apr 11th | Lagerhaus, Bremen, DE
Apr 12th | Botanique, Brussels, BE
Apr 13th | Molotow, Hamburg, DE
Apr 14th | Beta, Copenhagen, DK
Apr 15th | Privatclub, Berlin, DE
Apr 17th | B72, Vienna, AU
Apr 18th | Klub Gromka, Ljubljiana, SI
Apr 20th | Gonzo, Zurich, CH
Apr 21st | Pont Rouge, Monthey, CH
Apr 22nd | Le Sonic, Lyon, FR


Follow LVL UP on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, SEP 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Watch LVL UP’s New Video “The Closing Door”; Their Sub Pop Debut ‘Return To Love’ Is Out Tomorrow, 9/23

The Nor’Eastern Lads of LVL UP just shared an official new video for “The Closing Door,” the latest from their highly anticipated third album (and first for Sub Pop) Return To Love. This existential daydream was directed and produced by Rob Kolodny for House of Nod, and first entered the world via NPR Music premiere.

Listen here to the full album stream for Return To Love, which is out TOMORROW, 9/23 in finer record stores the world over, and also here

LVL UP are currently on an expansive US tour that includes a Record Release show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY and dates with Bear vs Shark, Alex G and Eskimeaux. Details are below.






[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]


Tour Dates + Ticket Links
9/22 - Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot ~
9/23 - Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire
9/24 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel %
9/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar
9/29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
9/30 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dagger
10/14 - Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge
10/15 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/16 - Olympia, WA @ Track House
10/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
10/18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
10/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^ 
10/22 - Pomona, CA @ VLHS
10/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex ^
10/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/26 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
10/28 - Bloomington, IN @ The Void
10/29 - Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College
10/30 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
11/1 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
11/2 - Birmingham @ The Syndicate Lounge *
11/3 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
10/4 - Austin, TX @ TBA
10/5 - San Antonio, TX @ The Paper Tiger
11/6 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
11/8 - Kansas City @ Davey’s Upstairs *
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run *
11/10 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/12 - Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig *

+ w/ All Dogs
~ w/ Eskimeaux
% Record Release Show w/ Ovlov, Forth Wanderers and Vagabon
^ w/ Bear Vs Shark
* w/ Alex G and Brandon Can’t Dance

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, SEP 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Listen To “Spirit Was” off LVL UP’s Forthcoming ‘Return To Love’ (out 9/23) Plus Tour Dates

We’ve got new music for you from the lads of LVL UP; now hear ”Spirit Was,” the third single from their highly anticipated upcoming third album (aka their Sub Pop debut), Return To Love. “Spirit Was” comes hot on the heels of two previously released singles off Return to Love, both of which are available to surprise and delight your ears: ”Pain” and ”Hidden Driver”.

LVL UP have also expanded their Fall tour which includes a Record Release show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY and dates with Bear vs Shark, Alex G and Eskimeaux. Details are below.


[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

Return To Love is currently available for pre-order; LP pre-orders through Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers near you will receive the limited Loser Edition on Orange Creamsicle Swirl vinyl (while supplies last).

Might we suggest you follow LVL UP on every one of their social channels, namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Oh there, I think we just did.


Tour Dates + Ticket Links
9/7 - New Brunswick, NJ @ The Saint
9/8 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Crayola House
9/9 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
9/10 - Raleigh, NC @Hopscotch Festival
9/11 - Washington, DC @ DC9 +
9/20 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
9/21 - Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal (Bar Le “Ritz” PDB) ~
9/22 - Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot ~
9/23 - Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire
9/24 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel %
9/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar
9/29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
9/30 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dagger
10/14 - Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge
10/15 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/16 - Olympia, WA @ Track House
10/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
10/18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
10/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^ 
10/22 - Pomona, CA @ VLHS
10/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex ^
10/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/26 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
10/28 - Bloomington, IN @ The Void
10/29 - Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College
10/30 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
11/1 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
11/2 - Birmingham @ The Syndicate Lounge *
11/3 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
10/4 - Austin, TX @ TBA
10/5 - San Antonio, TX @ The Paper Tiger
11/6 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
11/8 - Kansas City @ Davey’s Upstairs *
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run *
11/10 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/12 - Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig *

+ w/ All Dogs
~ w/ Eskimeaux
% Record Release Show w/ Ovlov and Vagabon
^ w/ Bear Vs Shark
* w/ Alex G and Brandon Can’t Dance

Posted by Rachel White