- SPIN Rating: of 10
Who: Raucous, swaggering Brit quartet Switches, fronted by food lovin' SPIN.com tour blogger and witastic guitarist/vocalist Matt Bishop.
What: A lengthy 36-date North American tour, set to kick off in Anaheim, CA May 8. In support of their debut album Lay Down the Law, the Switches will join Be Your Own Pet, the Virgins, and She Wants Revenge on many dates and hit cities nationwide with their arena-filling hooks, including Las Vegas, Dallas, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Seattle.
Should I go: Yes. As fans found at Spin's annual SXSW party at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, the Switches' hooked-at-the-gills riffage and backing oh las paired with Bishop's snappy diatribes formulate an arms-in-the-air good time.
Switches tour dates:
5/8, Anaheim, CA (House of Blues)?5/9, Las Vegas, NV (House of Blues)?5/10, San Diego, CA (House of Blues)?5/12, Denver, CO (Gothic Theatre)?5/13, Kansas City, MO (The Beaumont club)?5/15, Austin, TX (Stubb's Bar-B-Q) 5/16, Dallas, TX (House of Blues)?5/17, Houston, TX (Meridian)?5/18, New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)?5/20, Tampa, FL (Jannus Landing)?5/21, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Revolution)?5/22, Orlando, FL (House of Blues)?5/23, Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)?5/24, Asheville, NC (The Orange Peel)?5/25, Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues)5/27, Baltimore, MA (Ram's Head Live)?5/28, New York, NY (The Fillmore at Irving Plaza)?5/30 Washington, DC (9:30 Club)?5/31, Philadelphia, PA (The Fillmore at TLA)?6/1, Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club)?6/2, Montreal, Quebec (Club Soda)6/4, Toronto, Ontario (Phoenix Concert Theatre)?6/5, Detroit, MI (St. Andrews Hall)?6/6, Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)6/7, Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall)6/9, Cincinnati, OH (Bogart's)?6/10, Indianapolis, IN (The Vogue)?6/11, St Louis, MI (The Pageant)6/12, Chicago, IL (House of Blues)?6/13, Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall Ballroom)?6/14, Minneapolis, MN (Fine Line Music Cafe)?6/17, Vancouver, British Columbia (Commodore Ballroom)?6/18, Seattle, WA (The Showbox)?6/19, Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom)6/20, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)6/21, Los Angeles, CA (The Wiltern Theatre)
Now Watch This: Switches - "No Hero" live at Spin's annual SXSW party at Stubb's March 15, 2008.