Stars Announce U.S. Tour

Critical Mass

by Larry Fitzmaurice

Who? Montreal's Broken Social Scene-affiliated, five-piece indie-popsters Stars, whose songs concern make-outs, break-ups, and all the drama in between.The band's last record, In Our Bedroom After the War, dropped in 2007.

What? A 14-date tour kicking off Sept. 16 in Boston, MA. From there, the quintet will stop into Philadelphia, New York City, and Chicago before cutting across the Midwest, including a stop at the Austin City Limits Sept. 28. After a jaunt up the West Coast, the band's tour will cap in Seattle Oct. 9Should I Go? Yes. From their charmingly low-rent stage designs (including various living room furniture pieces and lighting fixtures) to the dynamic live chemistry between co-singers Amy Milan and Torquil Campbell, Stars are bona fide live performers, first and foremost. Their tales of heartbreak make for an excellent show to take a date to, and, if you're single, go anyway and wallow gloriously in your own misery.

Stars tour dates:

9/16, Boston, MA (Wilbur)9/17, Northampton, MA (Pearl Street)9/19, Philadelphia, PA (Trocadero)9/20, New York, NY (Terminal 5)9/24, Chicago, IL (The Riviera)9/25, St. Louis, MO (The Pagaent)9/26, Lawrence, KS (The Granada)9/28, Austin, TX (Austin City Limits)10/1, Los Angeles, CA (Avalon)10/2, Anaheim, CA (House of Blues)10/4, Santa Cruz, CA (The Rio Theatre)10/6, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)10/8, Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)10/9, Seattle, WA (The Showbox)

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