BTR Artists On Tour: Generationals, Sharon Van Etten, and WHY?

October is a prime time for touring bands. After the summer break of August and before the family-centered time between Thanksgiving and the New Year, bands get their fall tour in during October and November. There are hundreds of amazing BTR bands coming to a town near you, but here are three nation-wide tours that we particularly recommend checking out.

Sharon Van Etten is Brooklyn’s latest break-through star. Last year at CMJ I caught her giving a performance in the upstairs part of Pianos. Her guitar and sorrowful voice captured the audience, and her humble attitude drew them in even more. “I can’t believe I’m here,” she gushed.  She must be gushing all over the place these days, because she’s now embarking on an enormous fall tour with Great Lake Swimmers and Rain Machine. Definitely no longer just a Brooklyn singer-songwriter, she’s bringing her gorgeous tunes to the South and Midwest, and will even head up to Canada before heading back home. Check out one of these dates!

Live:

9/29 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
10/1 – The Black Cat – Washington DC
10/2 – The ArtsCenter – Carrboro, NC
10/3 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
10/9 – Bottle Tree – Birmingham, AL
10/10 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
10/12 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA
10/13 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
10/15 – The Annex – Madison, WI
10/16 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
10/17 – Double Door – Chicago, IL
10/18 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
10/19 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario
10/20 – Il Motore – Montreal, Quebec
10/22 – Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, MA
10/23 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
10/24 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10/25 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington DC


WHY?
are going on an absolutely massive tour in support of their fourth studio album, Eskimo Snow. It’s definitely a departure for the band. They’re part of the Oakland collective/label, Anticon, which is home to many hip-hop acts. WHY? often veers towards the hip-hop side of things, but this latest album is 100% indie rock. Not only are they traveling America from coast to coast, but they’re hitting up Australia and New Zealand in support of the album, as well. In addition to the tour, they’ve put together a funny series of fictional comedic videos about their “new manager” to promote the album. They’re pretty funny, and include an appearance by Dennis from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. You can check those out on the band’s myspace page, and you should check out the band at a town near you.

Live:

9/26 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
9/27 -The Grind – Worcester, MA
9/30 – Daniel Street – Milford, CT
10/1 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
10/2 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
10/3 – William Pitt Union – Pittsburgh, PA
10/4 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
10/5 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/6 – UW Madison Terrace – Madison, WI
10/7 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
10/9 – Bluebird – Denver, CO
10/10 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
10/13 – Department Of Safety – Anacortes, WA
10/14 – The Vera Project – Seattle, WA
10/15 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/17 – Great American Music Hal – San Francisco, CA
10/18 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
10/20 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
10/22 – The Loft – La Jolla, CA
10/23 – Modified Arts – Phoenix, AZ
10/24 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
10/26 – Hailey’s – Denton, TX
10/28 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
10/29 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
10/30 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrborro, NC
10/31 – Lenny’s – Atlanta, GA
11/2 – The Social – Orlando, FL
11/3 – Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
11/4 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
11/6 – Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
11/7 – Walter’s on Washington – Houston, TX
11/8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/10 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
11/11 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
11/12 – Gardner Lounge – Grinnell, IA
11/13 – Rhino’s Youth Center – Bloomington, IN
12/12 – Meredith Music Festival – Meredith, Australia
12/13 – The Troubadour – Brisbane, Australia
12/15 – East Brunswick Club – Melbourne, Australia
12/16 – The Annandale – Sydney, Australia
12/17 – Montecristo Room – Auckland, New Zealand
12/18 – San Francisco Bath House – Wellington, New Zealand

The Generationals are bringing their brand of two-man indie rock to the East Coast and the Mid West this fall. Their delightfully inconsistent (in style, not in quality) debut album is a favorite here at BTR, so much so that we asked the band to play our CMJ showcase at Trash Bar. Lucky for us, they agreed to stop by on their October and November tour. They’ll be playing at Trash Bar on Friday along with Jumbling Towers, Holiday Shores, and The Loom.  If you can’t make it to the BTR showcase (which you should!) then you can see them on one of their many other dates across the country this fall.

Live:

9/30 – Howlin Wolf – New Orleans, LA
10/20 – The Summit – Columbus, OH
10/21 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
10/22 – TT The Bears – Cambridge, MA
10/23 – Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY
1023 – Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY
10/24 – Rock n Roll Hotel – Washington DC
10/25 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
10/26 – Boone Saloon – Boone, NC
10/27 – Grey Eagle – Tavern – Asheville, NC
10/28 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
10/30 – Voodoo – New Orleans, LA
11/1 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
11/2 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
11/3 – The Bishop – Bloomington, IN
11/4 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
11/5 – Illini Union Courtyard Cafe – Urbana, IL
11/6 – The Pike Room at Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
11/7 – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA
11/11 – Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
11/27 – Republic – New Orleans, LA

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– Madalyn Baldanzi

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