2017 tour schedule begins May 23rd with sold-out show at New York’s The Apollo Theatre
“Arabian Heights” is the driving new track from The Afghan Whigs’ forthcoming album, In Spades, which will be out in stores and on the airwaves May 5th. This new song exudes the gutbucket exoticism of Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti writ large, driven by drummer Patrick Keeler’s bravura, tribal cadences. Greg Dulli says of Keeler’s contribution, “Rick [Nelson, who engineered the album] got incredible drum sounds, and what Patrick does on that song is a master class in drumming.”
In further exciting news, The Afghan Whigs will be performing a sold out show at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY on Tuesday, May 23rd. “We are thrilled to be performing at The Apollo,” Dulli remarked. “So many of my heroes both musical and otherwise have graced the stage there and it will be our honor to do so as well.”
The Afghan Whigs have also announced their first set of dates in support of In Spades in Europe. The band will visit 17 countries this summer including performances at Primavera Sound and Northside Festival. Ed Harcourt will be supporting on all European headline shows. (See dates below.)
In Spades is now available for preorder on CD / 180 gram-LP / CS / DL from Sub Pop over here. The album, led by the single “Demon In Profile” and the aforementioned “Arabian Heights,” alongside standouts “Oriole,” “Copernicus,” and “Toy Automatic,” is the follow-up to the band’s internationally acclaimed Do to the Beast. In Spades, written and produced by Greg Dulli, was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.
LP pre-orders of In Spades will receive the “Loser” edition on 180-gram, white-chocolate vinyl (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design, along with cassette versions of The Afghan Whigs’ classic Sub Pop albums Up In It and Congregation, are now also available.
The Afghan Whigs Tour Schedule May 23 - Harlem, NY – The Apollo Theater [Sold Out] May 26 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral May 27 - Glasgow, UK - ABC May 28 - Dublin, IE - Academy May 30 - London, UK - Koko Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival Jun. 03 - Bologna, IT - Zona Roveri Jun. 04 - Zagreb, HR - Tvornica Kulture Jun. 06 - Warsaw, PL - Palladium Jun. 07 - Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus Jun. 09 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival Jun.10 - Oslo, NO - Vulkan Jun.12 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan Jun.13 - Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp Jun.14 - Antwerp, BE – Trix [Sold Out] Jun.15 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique [Sold Out] Aug. 04 - Vienna, AT - WUK Aug. 05 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar Aug. 06 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte Aug. 08 - Munich, DE - Backstage Halle Aug. 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Aug. 10-12 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West Festival Aug. 13 – Helsinki, FL – Flow Festival
Watch video for “Demon In Profile” (directed by longtime Whigs collaborator Phil Harder), and/or listen on Spotify.
European Tour Begins May 26th In Manchester, UK!
We at Sub Pop are supremely thrilled to announce that The Afghan Whigs In Spades, the group’s spellbinding new album, will be available on CD / 180 gram-LP / CS / DL worldwide on May 5th from Sub Pop. The album, led by the single “Demon In Profile,” and standouts “Oriole,” “Copernicus,” “Arabian Heights” and “Toy Automatic,” is the follow-up the band’s internationally acclaimed Do to the Beast. In Spades, written and produced by Greg Dulli, was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.
The album is a searing and soulful rock effort that emphasizes its pop instincts while contrasting with the seductive themes found throughout. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery. “It’s a spooky record,” notes Greg Dulli, Afghan Whigs’ songwriter and frontman. “I like that it’s veiled. It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.”
Earlier today, The Afghan Whigs’ Dulli sat for an interview with BBC 6Music to premiere “Demon In Profile” and discuss In Spades.
[Photo credit: Chris Cuffaro] The band have also announced their first set of EU dates supporting In Spades. They’ll visit 14 countries this summer including performances at Primavera Sound and Northside Festival. Ed Harcourt will be supporting on all headline shows.
May 26 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral May 27 - Glasgow, UK - ABC May 28 - Dublin, IE - Academy May 30 - London, UK - Koko Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival Jun. 03 - Bologna, IT - Zona Roveri Jun. 04 - Zagreb, HR - Tvornica Kulture Jun. 06 - Warsaw, PL - Palladium Jun. 07 - Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus Jun. 09 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival Jun.10 - Oslo, NO - Vulkan Jun.12 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan Jun.13 - Frankfurt, DE - Batchkapp Jun.14 - Antwerp, BE - Trix Jun.15 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique Aug. 04 - Vienna, AT - WUK Aug. 05 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar Aug. 06 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte Aug. 08 - Munich, DE - Backstage Halle Aug. 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
In Spades is now available for preorder from Sub Pop, The Afghan Whigs official website, and select independent retailers.LP pre-orders will receive the “Loser” edition on 180-gram, white-chocolate vinyl (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design, along with cassette versions of The Afghan Whigs classic Sub Pop albums Up In It and Congregation, will also be available.
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If you can’t attend, please consider donating to the cause so families are able to care for their sick child and not worry about whether they’ll have to choose between their child’s health and their financial health.
Afghan Whigs have delivered a fun, self-directed, GoPro-filmed video
for “The Lottery,” one of the standouts from the band’s latest Do to the Beast.
Dulli says of the visual, “Meet Ryan O’Hara, our monitor engineer and
cougar magnet. He wakes up everyday with a smile on his face and
something positive to share with you. Every night during the gig he
performs a parallel show behind the board and it’s phenomenal to watch.
Occasionally, I’ll forget to sing because I’m watching him turn into Bez
from Happy Mondays. But that’s rock and roll for you. It keeps you
young (see video January 5th).”
The Afghan Whigs’ previously announced European tour begins February 2nd in Dublin, IE at The Academy and ends on February 24th in Tel Aviv, ISR at Barby. For the most up to date information and tickets please visit theafghanwhigs.com.
Tour Dates Feb. 02 - Dublin, IE - The Academy Feb. 03 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room Feb. 04 - London, UK - Koko Feb. 06 - Bruges, BE - Magdalenazaal Feb. 07 - Brussels, BE - Cirque Royale Feb. 09 - Paris, FR - Trabendo Feb. 10 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg Feb. 11 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan Feb. 13 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar Feb. 14 - Krakow, PL - Fabryka Feb. 15 - Warsaw, PL - Basen Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik Feb. 19 - Stockholm, SE - Strand Feb. 21 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo Feb. 24 - Tel Aviv, IL - Barby
We’re beside ourselves with glee about publishing I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do, a collection of haiku by celebrated author and musician Danny Bland on September 22nd in Europe and September 23rd in North America. …Awful Things…
features photography by Greg Dulli (leader of The Afghan Whigs and The
Twilight SIngers) and calligraphy by Exene Cervenka (co-founder of the
band X) and is a 120-page, full-color, paperback edition. …Awful Things…
originated from work that Bland has posted to his Facebook page,
presented here with Dulli’s photographs, some of which appear on his
Instagram feed. By capturing these elements in print, ...Awful Things… rescues
this material from slipping away downstream in their respective online
feeds. Combining the profane and profound, the irreverent and touching,
the hilarious and beautiful, …Awful Things… is the perfect hybrid art piece, or complementary physical artifact of these sources.
Dave Alvin, in his foreword to the book writes, “[Danny’s] deeply
personal haiku are funny, serious, painful, and fearless. At times
shocking, then abruptly, surprisingly tender, his poems constantly
question accepted beliefs and attitudes, both society’s and his own.
Like the classic blues singers, Danny is able to use a limited form to
express the limitless.”
And, our head honcho, Sub Pop president Jonathan Poneman, offers: “What Danny does to dainty
haiku would land a lesser man in the hoosegow. Perfect for my attention
I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do is now available for preorder through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, Amazon and Insound. And, preorders of ...Awful Things… at the Sub Pop Mega Mart will come with a free 6” x 8” print from the book, autographed by both Danny Bland and Greg Dulli (while supplies last).
About Danny Bland: once a year he still
and fair-skinned lasses
Bland is the author of the novel In Case We Die
(2013, Fantagraphics Books), as well as a longtime musician (former
member of Sub Pop bands Cat Butt, Dwarves, Best Kissers in the World)
and tour manager. This is his first book of poetry, but please don’t
call it that.
About Greg Dulli:
dark prince, bon vivant
or is he just a mistake
you haven’t made, yet
Dulli is the leader of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. He makes a living exorcising demons (read more at at SubPop).
You can now watch The Afghan Whigs’ latest video for “Matamoros,” the second single from the band’s critically acclaimed album Do to the Beast. The clip, directed by Phil Harder (“Algiers”), was filmed on location in New York City. The FADER
says of the video, “A bunch of commuters were treated to front row
seats of a performance by NYC dance crew W.A.F.F.L.E in the new video
for reunited rockers The Afghan Whigs. Flipping moves to the math-rocky
“Matamoros”…the crew turn the subway into their stage and underscore
just how dance-y a song it is (see July 14th premiere).
The Afghan Whigs are currently concluding a European tour with their UK dates beginning tomorrow night in London with a sold out show at the Electric Ballroom.
The band will embark on a massive North American trek beginning on August 26th
in Portland, OR at Doug Fir. The tour concludes on Halloween night in
Austin, TX at the Mohawk. Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur will be direct
support for most of the tour.
The Afghan Whigs will kick off their US tour by performing live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on August 25th.
The Afghan Whigs 2014 Tour Dates
Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT) Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival Jul. 20 – Dublin, IE – Longitude Festival Aug. 26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge Aug. 29 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom Aug. 30 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival Aug. 31 - Boise, ID – Knitting Factory* Sep. 03 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room* Sep. 05 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre* Sep. 06 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto Sep. 09 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues* Sep. 10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall* Sep. 12 - St. Louis MO - Ready Room* Sept 12-14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest Sep. 16 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom* Sep. 18 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham* Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage* Sep. 20 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre* Sep. 26 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival* Sep. 27 - Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre* Oct. 01 - Washington, DC - 9.30 Club* Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer* Oct. 04 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater** Oct. 07 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle* Oct. 08 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel* Oct. 11 - Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue* Oct. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore* Oct. 24 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up* Oct. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre* Oct. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge* Oct. 29 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater* Oct. 31 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
* w/ Joseph Arthur
** w/ Charles Bradley