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
The Afghan Whigs took to the stage at The Late Show with David Letterman last night to perform “Matamoros” off of their 2014 comeback Do to the Beast, and judging solely from David Letterman’s reaction, the boys didn’t disappoint (as if they ever do). Anyway, don’t take Dave’s enthusiastic word on the matter, see for yourself.
The Afghan Whigs are soon embarking on an extensive tour in support of Do to the Beast, their first record in over a decade. Dates and ticketing info below.
The Afghan Whigs 2014 Tour Dates Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C-Club Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Open’er Festival Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival Jul. 07 - Milan, IT - Magnolia Jul. 10 - Novi Sad, SB - Exit Festival Jul. 11 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival Jul. 12 - Russelsheim, DE - Phono Pop Festival Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival 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, IRE – 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 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
We here at Sub Pop HQ have made a pretty big deal about the fact that it’s been a VERY LONG 16 years since The Afghan Whigs released their last record, 1965, but I think that we should be focusing on just how surprisingly goddamn good Do to the Beast actually turned out to be. I mean, 16 years is a very long time, dust settles, cobwebs form, so Greg Dulli and company had the latitude to cash in on a glorified reunion, but they didn’t. Instead, they turned in ten songs of what would become Do to the Beast, an artistic triumph and my personal favorite ‘Whigs record to date. That’s overcoming some serious adversity (that is to say that time is the greatest adversary).
Well, a decade and a half later, you can once again find The Afghan Whigs in the ‘new release’ bin of your local independent retailer–I couldn’t be more pleased to report that.
The Afghan Whigs’ first full-length record in 16 years, Do to the Beast, comes out in just one week, and if you can’t wait another week, JUST ONE MORE G-D WEEK, we can completely sympathize. Thankfully, the good folks over at NPR Music have made it so you don’t have to wait another second–16 years is, in fact, long enough. Click HERE, to listen to the Do to the Beast, perhaps The Aghan Whigs best, if not most anticipated, record ever. And, I’d be doing a terrible job if I failed to mention that that’s not the only way to stream ALL of D2TB, if you pre-order the CD, LP, or digital version of the record from Sub Pop, you’ll automatically receive a link to immediately listen to the record.
One more time:
Listen to Do to the Beast via NPR Music’s First Listen here.