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Smith Westerns premiere “Weekend” music video, announce 2011 tour dates

By December 14, 2010No Comments

Smith Westerns photographed by Jaein Lee

VIDEO: (directed by Focus Creeps)

Smith Westerns – Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.

Smith Westerns – Weekend by forcefieldpr

Chicago’s Smith Westerns will release its sophomore LP, Dye It Blonde, on Fat Possum on Jan. 18. The first single from the record is “Weekend” which you can hear here or here. The video for the song was directed by Focus Creeps and gives you an idea of what a typical weekend is like for the band in their native Chicago.

The record was produced by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, !!!, TVOTR, Beach House, etc.) in New York City. The band has already won wide acclaim based on its self-titled debut, originally released in 2009 via the Chicago label HoZac while all of the band members were still enrolled in high school. The band is currently in Europe on tour with MGMT, and today announced a slew of early 2011 dates, including two NYC dates in Jan and later dates with the UK band and Fat Possum labelmates Yuck.

“”Her tears are never-ending,” frontman Cullen Omori sings with a affectation, later asking, “Do you think/ It is normal/ To go through life/ Oh so formal?” He’s talking to a girl, of course, and given the song’s title, it’s easy to assume he’s about to kick out some “The Boys Are Back in Town“-level sentiments about hanging out, drinking, and partying Friday through Sunday. But then there’s that chorus: “Weekends are never fun/ Unless you’re around here too.” This is one to jam out to, all week long.” – Pitchfork (Best New Music / #51 Song of The Year)


Tue-Dec 14: Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur ^
Wed-Dec 15: Bordeaux, France – Saint EX
Thu-Dec 16: Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz ^
Fri-Dec 17: Madrid, Spain – La Riviera ^
Sat-Dec 18: Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno ^
Tue-Jan 18: Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
Wed-Jan 19: New York, NY – Pianos
Fri-Jan 28: Nashville, TN – The End*
Sat-Jan 29: Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light*
Sun-Jan 30: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
Mon-Jan 31: Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club*
Tue-Feb 1: Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn*
Thu-Feb 3: Orlando, FL – Backbooth*
Fri-Feb 4: Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder*
Sun-Feb 6: Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds*
Mon-Feb 7: Austin, TX – Emos*
Tue-Feb 8: Dallas, TX – The Loft*
Thu-Feb 10: Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room*
Fri-Feb 11: Los Angeles, CA – Echo*
Sat-Feb 12: Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar*
Sun-Feb 13: San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
Tue-Feb 15: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Wed-Feb 16: Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Thu-Feb 17: Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
Fri-Feb 18: Boise, ID – Neurolux
Sat-Feb 19: Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Mon-Feb 21: Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Tue-Feb 22: Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
Wed-Feb 23: Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Thu-Feb 24: Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Fri-Feb 25: Madison, WI – The Frequency
Sat-Feb 26: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Mon-Feb 28: Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Tue-Mar 1: Montreal, PQ – La Sala Rossa
Wed-Mar 2: Boston, MA – Great Scott
Fri-Mar 4: Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel

^ = w/ MGMT
* = w/ Yuck

Smith Westerns
Dye It Blonde
(Fat Possum)
Street Date: Jan. 18, 2011

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