The 1975 – The City

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New British band The 1975 have been hard at work recently, having released three EP’s to date with their fourth, IV out on May 20th. I’ve been meaning to share the delectable track “Chocolate” from their latest EP Music for Cars for some time, however it was their sexy new video for “The City” that finally impelled me to pull the trigger on the post. Props to the artistic director as the vid features some stunning overlaid shots of the urban cityscape.

Also in the works is the group’s first full length album, which will be co-produced by Mike Crossey, the producer behind the Arctic Monkeys, Foals, and Ben Howard. The 1975 is getting ready to kick off a US tour with headliner The Neighbourhood — in my hometown of Tulsa no less (huzzah!) — on June 4th. More tour dates listed below.

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The 1975 w/ The Neighbourhood Tour Dates:
6/4 – Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
6/5 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
6/7 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
6/8 – Austin, TX @ Antones
6/11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
6/12 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662
6/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
6/15 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
6/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
6/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
6/19 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
6/22 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
6/23 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase
6/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
6/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
7/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (headlining)
7/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (headlining)

Local Natives – You & I

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In case you haven’t heard, Local Natives and their gorgeous harmonies are back on their new album, Hummingbird, released January 29 via Frenchkiss records (and I insist you visit the label’s previously linked fb page, for no other reason than to view the absurdly awesome cover photo). The LA-based band does not disappoint with their sophomore effort, retaining their original melodic appeal while putting forth some new introspective material.

Local Natives are playing two sold-out shows at 930 Club in DC next month – April 5th and 6th. Sad to say, I do not have a ticket. If someone wants to remedy this, please contact me immediately. I was also delighted to see that directly following their DC stop, the group will be headed to my hometown, Tulsa for a performance at Cain’s Ballroom on the 9th. Nice!

Sample a couple of tracks off the new album – “You & I” and “Heavy Feet” – below, along with another favorite off the debut album Gorilla Manor.

oh what a fool I was to think / that I could get by on a smile and a wink