Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Maps & Atlases Record Release + Tour

The Chicago-based Maps & Atlases is gearing up for their tour starting this week, which ends with the debut of their new EP Perch Patchwork on June 29. This is their first album with Basuk Records (home to Death Cab for Cutie, Mates of State, RaRa Riot, Rilo Kiley, and more) and it is promised to have a more virtuosic and organic sound than their previous albums. We got their mp3 "Solid Ground" and it definitely has a textured vibe with wistful lyrics and a fluid mix of progressive and melodic rhythms.

Singer/guitarist David Davison says that “We went into the record with the understanding that the creation of the album would be separate from its existence as a live piece of music, which was really liberating.” I'm not sure what to say to this explanation except that the tour seems promising with an eclectic group of bands. I had the pleasure of seeing Drink Up Buttercup at SXSW last month and they can rock a show like nobody's business.

4/10 - Huckleberry's Pizza Parlor (Rock Island, IL)^
4/11 - The Basement (Columbus, OH)*
4/12 - The Rex (Pittsburgh, PA)&
4/13 - The Space (Hamden, CT) *
4/14 - Great Scott (Boston, MA)*
4/15 - Maxwells (Hoboken, NJ)*
4/17 - SUNY Purchase (Purchase, NY)
4/18 - Clementines (Harrisonburg, VA)*
4/19 - Musica (Akron, OH)*
4/24 - Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
4/25 - Cats Cradle (Carrborro, NC)#
4/27 - Black Cat (Washington, DC)#
4/28 - Webster Hall (New York, NY)#
4/29 - Paradise (Boston, MA)#
4/30 - First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)#
5/1 - Pearl Street (Northampton, MA)#
5/3 - Petit Campus (Montreal, QC)#
5/4 - Opera House (Toronto, ONT)#
5/5 - Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)#
5/6 - Southgate House (Newport, KY)#
5/7 - The Old Rock House (St Louis, MI) #
5/8 - Metro (Chicago, IL)#
5/9 - Pabst Theatre (Milwaukee, WI)#
5/10 - Varsity Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)#
5/12 - Bluebird Theatre (Denver, CO)#
5/13 - Urban Lounge (Salt Lake City, UT)#
5/15 - Bitmore Cabaret (Vancouver, BC)#
5/16 - Neumos (Seattle, WA)#
5/17 - Berbati's Pan (Portland, OR)#
5/19 - The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA)#
5/22 - Casbah (San Diego, CA)#

^ w/Dark Dark Dark & w/Vieux Farka Toure
* w/Drink Up Buttercup
# w/Frightened Rabbit

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