These United States
May 12, 2010
Southgate House, Newport, KY
Photo by Sarah Law
It’s almost festival season! After seven shows at SXSW in Austin, These United States are launching a summer Southern tour before playing a ton of festivals, including Lollapalooza, Pickathon, and Mountain Jam.
These United States surrender themselves to unbridled rock and roll exuberance: ringing guitars, thundering drums, desperate yearning bordering on hope. By turns larger-than-life and disarmingly intimate, this is folk in the truest sense – a record of the moment, of the cultural and emotional forces that animate everyday existence somewhere down below the headlines. (But never apart from them.) And These United States play it the way folk was meant to be played: hard, fast, big, slow, long, loud, loose, at last unburdened. They play like they mean it. Like there’s never been a better time to be alive.
After playing 400 shows and releasing 3 albums over the last two years, the DC/Kentucky band is surely rumbling towards the next benchmarks in a long string of critical acclaim, including dozens of “Best of” 2008 + 2009 nominations, top 20 on CMJ, and features on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Mountain Stage,” Spin, Paste, Filter, NY Times, Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, JamBase, The Onion, Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, KEXP, WOXY, KCRW, WXPN and WFUV. They’ve also played High Sierra Music Fest, Celebrate Brooklyn, Glastonbury, Gathering of the Vibes, Monolith Festival, and Forecastle Festival.
Fri. 4/23…..Asheville, NC…..Lexington Avenue Brewery
Sat. 4/24…..Towson, MD…..Tigerfest – Towson Univ……w/ N.E.R.D., Neon Indian…
Sun. 4/25…..Chapel Hill, NC…..Local 506
Wed. 4/28…..W. Palm Beach, FL…..Sunfest…..w/ Weezer, The Flaming Lips, We are Scientists, Gringo Star…
Thu. 4/29…..Orlando…..Will’s Pub
Fri. 4/30…..Savannah, GA…..Wormhole
Sat. 5/1…..Columbus, GA…..The Loft Live
Sun. 5/2…..Mobile, AL…..Alabama Music Box
Tue. 5/4…..Austin, TX…..Emo’s – inside
Wed. 5/5…..Houston, TX…..Mango’s
Thu. 5/6…..Dallas, TX…..The Cavern
Fri. 5/7…..Lubbock, TX…..Bash’s on Univ.
Sat. 5/8…..Amarillo, TX…..Golden Light
Sun. 5/9…..Oklahoma City, OK…..The Conservatory
Tue. 5/11…..Bloomington, IN…..The Bishop…..w/ Horse Feathers
Wed. 5/12…..Cincinnati, OH…..The Southgate House Parlour
Thu. 5/13…..Pittsburgh, PA…..Club Café
Fri. 5/14…..New York…..Bowery Ballroom…..w/ The Mother Hips, Loom
Sat. 5/15…..Washington, DC…..Black Cat…..w/ The Mother Hips, Middle Distance Runner
6/04 – 6/06–Hunter, NY–Mountain Jam Festival
8/07 – 8/08–Portland, OR–Pickathon Music Fest