- SPIN Rating: of 10
Who? Minneapolis' pop-punk quintet Motion City Soundtrack, featuring vocalist/guitarist Justin Pierre, guitarist Joshua Cain, keyboardist Jesse Johnson, bassist Matthew Taylor, and drummer Tony Thaxton, whose 2007 full-length, Even If it Kills Me, demanded a four-star review in the pages of Spin's October issue.
What? The Left Handed Forms of Human Endeavor tour, a 12-date outing featuring Indianapolis indie rock collective Margot & the Nuclear So And So's and Phoenix, AZ's Dear and the Headlights as the opening acts. The headlining stint will, according to a statement, be the first part of their last string of '08 dates. The swing will kick off Sept. 4 at the MSU Auditorium in East Lansing, MI, and, after jumping across the Eastern half of America from Athens, GA to Allentown, PA, will conclude in Lawrence, KS Sept. 19.
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Should I Go? Yes. Motion City Soundtrack's live sets -- as the band prove right here -- are always a spot-on, lively affair. And with Margot & the Nuclear So And So's (watch live video) and Dear and the Headlights (watch a backstage interview) opening all dates, this tour certainly isn't to be missed.
Motion City Soundtrack tour dates:
9/4, East Lansing, MI (MSU Auditorium) *9/6, Allentown, PA (Crocodile Rock Café)9/7, Atlantic City, NJ (House Of Blues)9/8, Towson, MD (Recher Theater)9/10, Asheville, NC (The Orange Peel)9/11, Charleston, SC (The Music Farm)9/12, Athens, GA (40 Watt Club)9/13, Gainesville, FL (Alachua County Fairgrounds)9/15, New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)9/17, Urbana, IL (Canopy Club)9/18, Columbia, MO (The Blue Note)9/19, Lawrence, KS (Liberty Hall)
(* w/ Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, the Hard Lessons, the Silent Years)