It must be that time of year! It feels like everyone we know is on tour and sometimes it gets hard to keep up. New shows are announced, secret special guests pop out of the woodwork, and nobody gets any sleep! But hey, that’s how we like it. Here is a brief rundown on three bands out working hard to bring their music to the people, burning miles on $4/gallon gas. Make sure to check them out in your town!
Agent Ribbons have been on the road a couple weeks and just announced a free show in Oakland on Wednesday the 18th at the mighty Uptown, plus we just got word that Mike Watt is playing their Bootleg Theater show in LA next week. Nuts! Here’s an update:
Agent Ribbons West Coast Tour
May 5 Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur
May 6 Seattle, WA @ The Comet
May 7 Portland, OR @ Saratoga w/Orca Team & the Happening
May 8 Portland, OR @ Record Room instore
May 10 Sacramento, CA @Harlows
May 11 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater w/ Mike Watt & Le Butcherettes (CD release show!)
May 12 Bolinas, CA @ Smiley’s Saloon
May 13 Modesto, CA Off the Air @ Cafe Deva
May 16 Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place w/ Garrett Pierce
May 17 Grass Valley, CA @ Tin House w/ The Horoscopes
May 18 Oakland, CA @ The Uptown (free show!)
May 20 Sacramento, CA @ Cesar Chavez Park
May 22 Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot w/ Dead Sara
May 25 Hermosa Beach, CA @ Sainte Rocke w/ Garrett Pierce
May 26 Echo Park, CA @ Origami Vinyl In-Store
May 27 Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
May 29 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
May 30 Las Cruces, NM @ TBA
June 2 Austin, TX @ The Ghost Room
Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Social Studies are charting a similar route up the west coast with longtime friends The Donkeys. The boys from San Diego have a brand new album out and are bringing Social Studies along for a few west coast shows, from LA to Seattle.
Tonight it’s Monterey, before the Bottom of the Hill in SF on Friday, then on up to Portland and Seattle. Both of these bands put on a great show, so be sure to come on out. Bay Area friends, we’ll see you on Friday at the Bottom!
Social Studies west coast dates with The Donkeys
May 5th Monterey, CA @ Carbones
May 6th San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
May 9th Portland, OR @ Holocene
May 10th Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
And finally, Bart Davenport is wrapping up his Spanish solo tour before taking a short break and heading right back out with his new psychedelic hang band, The Incarnations. An outgrowth of NYC’s Phenomenal Handclap Band, The Incarnations are a power trio featuring BD, alongside Daniel and Bing from the PHCB, mashing the best of their yacht rock tendencies with a psyche-garage hard edge. Tuff.
May 5 Zaragoza @ La lata de bombillas
May 6 San Sebastian (Donostia) @ Sala Kontadores!
May 10 Valladolid @ Café teatro
May 11 León @ Gran Café
May 12 Madrid, Astoria Club @ Nasti
May 14 Albacete @ Velouria
With Incarnations EUROPE…
May 26 Madrid @ Ramdall
May 27 Barcelona @ PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL
May 28 Ibiza @ Las Dalias
May 29 Paris @ La Maroquinerie
Whew, that’s a handful! Again, as these great artists cross your path, be sure to check them out. You won’t regret it! Happy Spring!