March 1, 2004

The National, Erik Friedlander, and BD Hit the Road

Again, we must apologize for the dearth of updates. Take a gander at our tour page, and you'll understand. Three of Brassland's artists are touring extensively in March and April, and we are busy. Here is "the good news" on all of them...

The National -- known around Brassland HQ as "the franchise" -- have announced a March tour to support their stunningly received sophomore album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. It will include high-profile appearances at SXSW, two support dates with The Walkmen in Georgia, some midwest dates with the Pernice Brothers, and a handful of headlining shows in hospitable cities like Chicago, Columbus, and their hometown, Cincinnati. There, they will eat dinner with their families, and debate whether Pete Rose deserves his fate.

Erik Friedlander has announced an April US tour to support his solo debut, Maldoror. He will be taking his avant cello genius "to the people" via solo shows throughout the midwest, northeast, and Canada. It will take him to a mix of rock clubs, art galleries, and unclassifiable spots, and include stops in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, and Boston. He'll also be doing a gig in Austin for SXSW. We're serious about the genius stuff. Prepare to be impressed.

Baby Dayliner will travel to Europe in late March and early April to preview his debut High Heart & Low Estate. In London he will play with Trans Am, the Rock of Travolta, and the pAper chAse. In Paris, he will share an evening with the blues magic of Califone. In Oxford, he will do a gig at Port Mahon, a pub owned by a nice fellow named Deadly. (PS - We've already heard from our "people on the inside" that Baby Dayliner's debut will be covered by fine magazines such as Blender, XLR8R, and BPM, so let's just acknowledge that the buzz has started.)

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