BTR Artists On Tour

It’s roadtrip season again–that time of year when, at last, there are a handful of t-shirt days each week and any extra hours (spring break, graduation, long holiday weekends) become a welcomed excuse to hop in your car and hit the snow-free highway for new sights and stories.

Music and travel rival PB&J as a classic combination; each has its own merits, but together create an infinitely better experience.  What better way to celebrate this historic union (and the return of sunglasses) than with a great concert or two?  BTR is happy to provide some road food for your wanderlust with three fantastic artists launching their spring tours:  Beach House, Dr. Dog and Sean Bones.  So crank up the radio, roll down the windows, grab your GPS and head out the door.

Baltimore’s Beach House is one part Victoria Legrand and one part Alex Scally; mixed together they create a sound that suggests a much larger multi-member collaboration.  The music reflects this penchant for defying expectation with echoing vocals alongside guitars that seem to be reaching for you from a few decades back, as they are spun into sweeping orchestration and supported by a backbone of glittering syncopation.

Simultaneously lush and spare, their sound has caught the attention of the indie music world and propelled them into the spotlight.  After touring with Sub Pop labelmates Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes, the duo known as Beach House are hitting the road again, this time on their own.  Following the release of their third album, Teen Dream, in late January, Legrand and Scally will be playing locations throughout the U.S. and Europe with the help of live percussion from Daniel J. Franz and Graham Hill.  You can catch them on their self-described “nutso” tour at the locations below, but hurry–these two are sold out as far as London!

Beach House LIVE!
April 14 – Bimbos SOLD OUT – San Francisco, CA
April 15 – Downtown Brewing Co. – San Luis Obispo, CA
April 16 – Soho Club SOLD OUT – Santa Barbara, CA
April 17 – Coachella – Hot Desert, CA
April 19 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
April 21 – Granada Theater SOLD OUT – Dallas, TX
April 22 – Emo’s SOLD OUT – Austin, TX
April 23 – Walter’s SOLD OUT – Houston, TX
April 24 – Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
April 25 – Engine Room – Tallahassee, FL
April 27 – Bottletree SOLD OUT – Birmingham, AL
April 28 – Mercury Lounge – Nashville, TN
April 29 – The Earl SOLD OUT – Atlanta, GA
April 30 – Grey Eagle Tavern – Asheville, NC
May 1 – Cat’s Cradle SOLD OUT – Chapel Hill, NC
May 6 – Webster Hall SOLD OUT – New York, NY
May 7 – First Unitarian Church SOLD OUT – Philadelphia, PA
May 8 – 2640 Space SOLD OUT – Baltimore, MD
May 13 – Lunario del Auditorio Nacional – Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
May 26 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
May 28 – Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, Spain
May 30 – Dot to Dot Festival – Nottingham, UK
May 31 – Dot to Dot Festival – Manchester, UK
June 1 – Heaven SOLD OUT – London, UK
June 3 –  Le Trabendo – Paris, France
June 16 – Diesel Club – Pittsburgh, PA
June 17 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
June 19 – Toronto Island Festival – Toronto Island, Canada
June 20 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

Our next band-about-town is Dr. Dog, a five man operation from Philly whose founding members Scott McMicken and Toby Leamen met in the eighth grade.

It may have taken a few years, but they eventually established Dr. Dog and released their first album, Psychedelic Swamp, in 1999. My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, helped the group form by initiating their first tour and more recently stepped in for some guest vocals on the title track of their latest album Shame, Shame.

After signing to the Anti- record label, Dr. Dog worked with producer Rob Schnapf to tighten and hone the sound for their latest release.  The result is an impressively cohesive pop blend that projects its own unique style while borrowing vintage threads from such wardrobes as the Beatles and Costello.
The upbeat musicality of the songs belies their darker themes of loneliness and regret, but this contrast only invites the audience to lean in closer and listen more carefully.  Shame, Shame, released through Anti- on April 6th, is being supported by a tour so big you’re sure to find at least one concert close enough to catch.

Dr. Dog LIVE!
April 14 – Lee’s Place – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 15 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
April 16 – Metro – Chicago, IL
April 17 – Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN
April 19 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
April 20 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
April 22 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
April 23 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
April 24 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
April 25 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
April 27 – Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
April 29 – Santa Fe Brewing Co. – Santa Fe, NM
April 30 – The Loft – Dallas, TX
May 1 – Emo’s Alt. Lounge, Outside – Austin, TX
May 2 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
May 3 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR
May 5 – Workplay Theater – Birmingham, AL
May 6 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
May 7 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
May 10 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
May 11 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
May 12 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
May 13 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
May 14 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
May 15 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
May 23 – Magnet – Berlin, Germany
May 24 – Blue Shell – Koln, Germany
May 25 – Paradiso, Upstairs – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
May 26 – Cargo – London, UK
May 27 – Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
May 29 – Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, Spain
May 31 – Sasquatch Festival – George, WA
June 4 – Mountain Jam – Hunter, NY
June 11 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
July 2 – High Sierra – Quincy, CA
July 3 – High Sierra – Quincy, CA
July 10 – All Good Festival – Masontown, WV

BTR’s third featured artist on tour is Sean Bones; Bones is the founding, frontman of the six-member group that includes brother Mikey Bones, Ryan Thornton, Mark Phillips, Merida Gorman, and Joe Russo.

The Sean Bones endeavor started in 2008 as a side project for Bones who, at the time, was a member of Sam Champion.  Feeling the need for another creative outlet, Bones started playing around with reggae influences in his spare time and eventually created a 7” two-single release, titled Easy Street.

This new sound was originally intended to support the launch of a swimwear line designed by Bones and his girlfriend, but the music took on an unexpected life and popularity of its own.  Sean Bones caught the attention of the Frenchkiss label, and in 2009 Bones released their first full-length album Rings.  Tapping into the early roots of reggae that Bones describes as “punk,” the band retains a rough edge that separates their sound from the shinier production of East Coast reggae-influenced peers like Vampire Weekend.

BTR had the pleasure of briefly chatting with Sean about some of his experiences on tour.  From the challenges of eating healthily (french fries on top of salad??), to the underrated joys of Cleveland and Baltimore, to a marathon 10-hour book on tape that fueled his twelve hour driving shift, Bones is no stranger to the road.

He and his bandmates completed two intensive tours this fall that found them performing throughout the Southeast and Midwest.  With a new single Rhumba Beat released this week (and more to follow in the coming months), they’re heading out again and joining forces for a few performances with the afore-mentioned Dr. Dog.  This is a powerhouse concert duo that you can’t afford to miss, so check these dates and locations and get ready to down some gas station coffee, and join these guys as they pile into their Cobra van.

Sean Bones LIVE!
April 14 – Lee’s Palace (w/ Dr. Dog) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 15 – Blind Pig (w/ Dr. Dog) – Ann Arbor, MI
April 16 – The Metro (w/ Dr. Dog) – Chicago, IL
April 17 – Fine Line Music Café (w/ Dr. Dog) – Minneapolis, MN
April 19 – Belly Up (w/ Dr. Dog) – Aspen, CO
April 20 – Gothic Theatre (w/ Dr. Dog) – Denver, CO
April 22 – The Neurolux (w/ Dr. Dog) – Boise, ID
April 23 – Wonderland Ballroom (w/ Dr. Dog) – Portland, OR
April 24 – Great American Ballroom (w/ Dr. Dog) – San Francisco, CA
April 28 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
April 29 – Locals Only – Indianapolis, IN
April 30 – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA

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– Britt Sondreal

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