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Band of Horses Plot ’08 Tour; Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Details Atlas Sounds Project

What’s that rumble, you ask? Well, naturally, it’s Ben Bridwell‘s Band of Horses trotting their way home following this week’s completion of their fall outing behind Cease to Begin,the outfit’s sophomore set out now. But it seems these stallions willonce again flee the stables, blazing a trail of live gigs across thenation in the New Year. Kicking off near home in Charleston, SC Jan.20, the band will hit cities across the eastern regions of the U.S.,including stops in cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville, Austin,Orlando, and Cleveland.

Band of Horses tour dates:

1/20, Charleston, SC (Music Farm)
1/21, Norfolk, VA (NorVa)
1/22, Philadelphia, PA (The Fillmore at the TLA)
1/23, Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club)
1/24, State College, PA (State Theatre)
1/25, Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom)
1/26, Louisville, KY (Headliner’s Music Hall)
1/27, Newport, KY (Southgate House)
1/29, Nashville, TN (Exit/In)
1/30, Memphis, TN (Hi-Tone Cafe)
1/31, St. Louis, MO (The Gargoyle)
2/1, Norman, OK (Meacham Auditorium/U of Oklahoma)
2/2, Dallas, TX (Palladium Ballroom)
2/3, Austin, TX (La Zona Rosa)
2/4, Baton Rouge, LA (Spanish Moon)
2/6, Birmingham, AL (Bottle Tree)
2/7, Tallahassee, FL (Beta Bar)
2/9-10, Orlando, FL (Social)
2/12, Mt. Pleasant, SC (Village Tavern)

Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Details Atlas Sounds Project

Soon-to-be documented Atlanta-based outfit Deerhunter is set to go on a hiatus of sorts. And in the mean time, frontman Bradford Cox will step out with his solo project Atlas Sound, and its debut record Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel, due Feb. 19 via Kranky. Speaking to Billboard.comabout the project, Cox claimed the new effort was a collection of tuneswritten mostly “on the fly” and features “lots of computers.” “I don’tconsider myself to be a conventional songwriter,” he continued.”There’s a lot of layering and building upon those layers. Thathappened when I discovered the fun of multi-tracking.”

“There’sno need to work things out in advance,” he said of his songwritingmethods. “I find it very fulfilling, and it keeps it new to me. There’snothing worse than having an expectation about how something sounds,then finding out how you sound, doesn’t meet those expectations.”Speaking on the project’s sound and influences, Cox said, “I’m reallyinto early electronic music, as well as music as therapy… I wanted thisto be close to what I was doing — the Deerhunter sound is very muchfive personalities, where this is very much me.”

Cox plans totour behind the release of the forthcoming record, toting Krankylabelmates White Rainbow and Honey Owens to aid the record-to-stagesonic transition. Tour dates yet-to-be announced.

Hey Willpower to Drop Debut Stateside

Hey Willpower, the electro-pop project of Imperial Teen‘s Will Schwartz and Tussle‘s Tomo Yasuda, will release their full-length debut, P.D.A.,to stateside store shelves Jan. 22 via Tomlab. The record, previouslyreleased to overseas audiences, will feature special additionsespecially for U.S. fans; a revamped song sequence, all new artwork,plus their cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s track “Heart it Races.”Schwartz, commenting on the new project in a statement, said it “feelslike something new and exciting and postmodern without being smug orironic. Although it’s different from Imperial Teen, it makes perfectsense to me to be making the music we’re making because it comes fromwhat I love about music.”

Though tour dates have yet-to-berevealed, Hey Willpower will tour the U.S. in the Spring of ’08, withplans to drop into Austin’s SXSW in March.

P.D.A. tracklisting:

1. “Double Fantasy II”
2. “Uh-Uh-Uh”
3. “Retail Heaven”
4. “Silent Ring”
5. “Hundredaire”
6. “Phenomenon”
7. “Magic Window”
8. “Too Hot”
9. “Not Trippin'”
10. “In the Basement”
11. “Heart It Races”

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