- SPIN Rating: of 10
Who: SXSW highlights Lightspeed Champion and Flowers Forever, the side project of Tilly and the Wall guitarist Derek Pressnall.
What: A 15-date North American tour with a full backing band, featuring opener Flowers Forever on the bulk of dates. Launched in continual support of debut Falling Off the Lavender Bridge, Lightspeed Champion's outing will begin with two gigs warming stages for ex-Moldy Peaches folky Adam Green, before joining Flowers Forever and kicking off their nationwide tour proper-like June 5 in Hoboken, NJ.
Should I go: Yes. As Lightspeed Champion proved at SXSW, his acoustic plucks are not to be missed. Plus Flowers Forever frontman Pressnall wowed us with his arty tunes, wild antics, and undeniable stage presence, as did the band's self-titled debut, out now via Team Love.Lightspeed Champion/Flowers Forever tour dates:
6/3, Washington, DC (Black Cat) *6/4, Philadelphia, PA (First Unitarian Church) * 6/5, Hoboken, NJ (Maxwell's)6/7, New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)6/8, Boston, MA (Great Scott)6/10, Montreal, Quebec (Les Saints)6/11, Toronto, Ontario (Lee's Palace)6/12, Pittsburgh, PA (Andy Warhol Museum)6/13, Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle)6/14, Minneapolis, MN (7th Street Entry)6/17, Seattle, WA (Chop Suey)6/18, Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)6/20, San Francisco, CA (The Independent)6/21, Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour)6/22, Pomona, CA (The Glass House)
(* Lightspeed Champion supports Adam Green)
Now Watch This: Chatting with Flowers Forever principal Derek Pressnall at the SPIN & MySpace San Jacinto Saloon at SXSW.