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Smith Westerns add dates with Wilco, Sasquatch appearance

By February 9, 2011No Comments

Band hits the West Coast this week w/ Yuck

Smith Westerns photographed by Jaein Lee

STREAM: Smith Westerns – “All Die Young” by forcefieldpr

VIDEO: (directed by Focus Creeps)

Smith Westerns – Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.

Chicago’s Smith Westerns will release its sophomore LP, Dye It Blonde, on Fat Possum on Jan. 18. 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 just wrapped a European tour with MGMT, and has announced a slew of early 2011 dates, including a NYC date on the day their record drops, 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)


02/08 Dallas TX The Loft*
02/10 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room*
02/11 Los Angeles CA Echo* –SOLD OUT–
02/12 Costa Mesa CA Detroit Bar*
02/13 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill* –SOLD OUT–
02-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge %
02-16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret %
02-17 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe %
02-18 Boise, ID – Neurolux %
02-19 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court %
02-21 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge %
02-22 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar %
02-23 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room %
02-24 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club %
02-25 Madison, WI – The Frequency %
02-26 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle % –SOLD OUT–
02-28 Toronto, Ontario – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern %
03-01 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa %
03-02 Boston, MA – Great Scott %
03-03 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge % –SOLD OUT–
03-04 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel %
03-05 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory % –SOLD OUT–
03-16 – 03-19 Austin, TX – SXSW
05-02 Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Centre #
05-03 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre Mobile #
05-06 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater #
05-07 Denton, TX – University of North Texas Main Auditorium #
05-08 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom #
05-27 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

* = w/ Yuck
# = w/ Wilco
% = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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

Still New
Imagine Pt. 3
All Die Young
Fallen In Love
End of the Night
Only One
Dance Away
Dye the World