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Tour Updates: Animal Collective, Electric Soft Parade

Colorful pop oddities Animal Collective have confirmed dates for the band’s 17-stop outing, commencing May 14 at Columbus, OH’s Wexner Center. From there, the New York-based sonic voyagers will head through Midwestern outposts like Chicago, Omaha, and Iowa City before logging gigs in assorted Southwestern and Southern cities like Austin, Dallas, and Birmingham. To conclude, Animal Collective will descend upon Manhattan’s southern tip for a gig at the Seaport Music Festival June 1. Between shows Animal Collective is logging studio hours on the their follow up 2005’s Feels, expected to drop this September via Domino.

Animal Collective tour dates:

5/14, Columbus, OH (Wexner Center)
5/15, Newport, KY (Southgate House)
5/16, Lexington, KY (The Dame)
5/17, Chicago, IL (Metro)
5/18, Iowa City, IA (The Picador)
5/19, Omaha, NE (Sokol Underground)
5/20, Lawrence, KN (The Granada Theatre)
5/21, Denver, CO (Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom)
5/22, Salt Lake City, UT (In the Venue)
5/24, Albuquerque, NM (Launchpad)
5/25, Marfa, TX (The Marfa Ballroom)
5/26, Dallas, TX (Granada Theater)
5/27, Austin, TX (Antone’s)
5/28, Birmingham, AL (Bottletree)
5/29, Knoxville, TN (Bijou Theatre)
5/30, Charlottesville, NC (Satellite Ballroom)
6/1, New York, NY (Seaport Music Festival)

Brighton, England’s eclectic prog outfit the Electric Soft Parade, fronted by brothers Alex and Tom White, have announced the band’s first ever North American tour, a 16-date nationwide jaunt supporting the release of the their stateside debut No Need To Be Downhearted, available tomorrow (April 24) via the Better Looking imprint. Kicking off May 22 in San Diego, the tour will lead ESP through numerous California cities toting assorted openers before rendezvousing with BrakesBrakesBrakes and Pela, both whom will open the remainder of the band’s tour, May 30 in Los Angeles. From there, ESP will hit cities such as Seattle, Omaha, and Montreal before wrapping June 15 in Hoboken, NJ.

Electric Soft Parade tour dates:

5/22, San Diego, CA (Casbah) @
5/25, San Jose, CA (The Portable) ^
5/27, San Francisco, CA (Bottom Of The Hill) *
5/28, Sacramento, CA (Club Pow!) *
5/30, Los Angeles, CA (Spaceland) #
6/2, Portland, OR (Dantes) #
6/3, Vancouver, BC (Media Club) #
6/4, Seattle, WA (Chop Suey) #
6/7, Denver, CO (Hi Dive) #
6/8, Omaha, NE (Waiting Room) #
6/9, Minneapolis, MN (400 Bar) #
6/10, Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle) #
6/12, Toronto, ON (Lee’s Palace) #
6/13, Montreal, QB (Club Lambi) #
6/14, Cambridge, MA (TT The Bears) #
6/15, Hoboken, NJ (Maxwells) #

(@ w/ The Clientele) ( ^ w/ Facing New York) (*w/ Wallpaper) ( # w/ BrakesBrakesBrakes and Pela)

On the Web:
Animal Collective at Fat Cat Records

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