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Here We Go Magic Announce US Summer Tour

Here We Go Magic is a five-piece band made up of members Luke Temple, Kristina Lieberson, Michael Bloch, Jennifer Turner, and Peter Hale. They originally came together in New York in early 2009 through a series of chance encounters, overheard conversations and supernatural occurrences.

From disparate musical backgrounds, the five found immediate common inspiration in a collection of unique 4-track recordings created by lead singer Luke Temple. These recordings were released in February, 2009 as the self-titled Here We Go Magic (Western Vinyl).

Since this initial spark the band's creative momentum has been unwavering. Together they have developed a broad array of musical material and honed an explosive live sound all their own. They spent much of 2009 on successive North American and European tours with bands such Department of Eagles, Grizzly Bear, and the Walkmen, before retreating to a house near East Branch, NY to record their second full length LP.

Pigeons, set for release on Secretly Canadian on June 8th, was produced and recorded by Here We Go Magic over four months in the late Summer and Fall of 2009.  The band plans extensive touring in conjunction with its release.

US Summer Tour
June 08 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY +
June 10 - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN
July 18 - Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, IL
July 19 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE *
July 20 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO *
July 22 - Neurolux - Boise, ID *
July 23 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR *
July 24 - Capitol Hill Block Party - Seattle, WA
July 25 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC *
July 28 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA *
July 29 - Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA * #
Aug 01 - The Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ *
Aug 03 - The LOFT at the Palladium - Dallas, TX *
Aug 04 - Emo's Outside - Austin, TX * #
Aug 06 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA * #
Aug 07 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC * #
Aug 08 - The Black Cat - Washington, DC *
Aug 09 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA

+ w/ The War on Drugs
* w/ Beach Fossils # w/CURFEW

The Walkmen Sign To Fat Possum Records

Esteemed indie rock act, The Walkmen, announce their signing to Fat Possum Records.  The band is currently in the studio with Chris Zane recording the follow-up to 2008's widely-acclaimed LP You & Me.

The band kicks off 2010 with a couple New York City plays including MOMA's Opening Night Armory Show benefit on March 3rd and an intimate engagement at Brooklyn's The Bell House on April 1st where they'll showcase songs from the upcoming album.  A 24-hour pre-sale begins tomorrow (more details below).

The band also travels to Austin, TX to play NPR's South By Southwest Showcase March 17th at Stubbs. For the third year running, NPR Music will present, broadcast, and webcast the opening night showcase which features performances by The Walkmen, Spoon, and soon to be named acts.

The Bell House pre-sale begins at noon EST on Thursday, February 11th.  Public onsale  will take place on Friday, February 12th. More details can be found at http://www.thewalkmen.com.

The Walkmen Announce US Tour With Here We Go Magic

US Tour Dates

8/14 - Guggenheim 'It Came From Brooklyn' - New York, NY
8/16 - Central Park SummerStage w/ Dinosaur Jr. - New York, NY
9/12 - Red Rocks (Monolith Festival) - Morrison, CO
9/18 - Middle East -
Cambridge, MA*
9/19 - Middle East - Cambridge, MA*
9/20 - Pearl Street Downstairs - Northampton, MA*
9/22 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC*
9/23 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA*
9/25 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*
9/26 - Grey Eagle Tavern - Asheville, NC*
9/27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
9/29 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL*
9/30 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA*
10/2 - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits) - Austin, TX
10/18 - Treasure Island - San Francisco, CA
*with Here We Go Magic

 Tickets Are Available Starting August 1st At 12PM EST

The Walkmen Announce US Tour With Kings Of Leon

Kings of Leon - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

The Walkmen Announce US Tour With Kings Of Leon - Their new album, You and Me Out Now On Gigantic Music

4/19: Agannis Arena, Boston, MA
4/20: La Sala Rossa, Montreal (Solo Headline)
4/21: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
4/22: Palumbo, Pittsburgh, PA
4/24: Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
4/25: Spectrum, Philadelphia
4/27: Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Va
4/28: Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Raleigh, NC
4/30: Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
5/04: St Augustine Ampitheater, St, Augustine, FL
5/05: UCF Arena, Orlando, FL
5/07: Bank United Center, Miami, FL
5/08: Sundome, Tampa, FL
5/10: North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
5/12: National City Pavillion, Cincinnati, OH
5/13: Tower City, Cleveland, OH
5/19: Mesa Ampitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
5/21: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

The Walkmen Play Conan O'Brien This Monday Jan. 26th

The Walkmen- for the Grateful Web

The Walkmen play Conan O'Brien this Monday January 26th.  The Walkmen make 25 top year end lists including NPR & Pitchfork Media. The Walkmen are currently on a west coast tour.  And their new album, Now/You and Me is out now on Gigantic Music.

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Pitchfork: #19 Album Of The Year
Pitchfork track of the year: #26 (In the New Year)
Pitchfork.Tv performance: Best of '08 (along with others)
Pitchfork readers poll: #13
Pitchfork readers poll, songs: #15 (In The New Year)
Gorilla vs Bear Chris: #8
Gorilla vs Bear David: #3
Gorilla vs Bear Chris (In the New Year, song): #4
Gorilla vs. Bear David (Donde esta la playa, song): #1
Hype Machine [Zeitgeist] best albums: #16
MTV (James Montgomery's top 25 list): #22
Myspace feature: one of the 50 best albums of 08
NPR World Cafe: #9
The Onion AV Club: #3
The Orchard: #8
Popmatters.com: #22
Stereogum (gummy awards): #10
Time Out NY (Colin St. John, Music Writer's personal list): #1
Tiny Mix Tapes: #18
Tripwire: #12
Treble Zine: #6
Under the Radar: #36
Underrated Magazine: #36
Venus Magazine: #3 (Best Rock Albums)
WOXY: #15 

The Walkmen Announce Winter Tour

The Walkmen- for the Grateful Web

The music that inspired The Walkmen to compose You and Me follows in a tradition of song writing that goes back to early rock 'n' roll: the intimacy and energy of Elvis Presley's and Buddy Holly's early recordings, and the massive voice and orchestration of Roy Orbison.  And it carries on through people like Bob Marley and Randy Newman and on to bands like The Pogues and The Modern Lovers - the sort of songs that are very much a product of their time and place while firmly rooted in tradition.  The vocals were performed live right in the room with the full band, and sometimes a horn section too.
 
With some romance and drama, You and Me harnesses a sense of classic live-band production into meticulously constructed, unique-sounding rock songs.  The sound would definitely not be mistaken for old, but it would be impossible to ignore the most timeless influences. You and Me offers a distinctive twist to the "Walkmen" sound of their first three records. Each song shows focus, and an up-beat enthusiasm apparent in all lyrics, music, and performances. It is a long record, clocking in at just under an hour, and it presents a wide range of ideas.  The pacing is very important, as the band felt it was essential to set the right tone, and show each song in its proper light.

Writing and recording of You and Me happened over a vibrant and rigorous 2-year period, during which the members of The Walkmen were split between Philadelphia and New York.  The band rode China Town busses five days a week to work in two small rehearsal spaces (an old nightclub in Chelsea, New York and a warehouse in Fish Town, Philadelphia) to freeze by the kerosene heater in the winter, and sweat it out in the summer. By the time of the record's pressing there were over four hundred cast-off 8-track tapes littering both spaces.

The song "I Lost You" was the first major breakthrough, and inspired many songs to follow. Maroon was teaching himself the viola and trumpet at the time, and the song was the culmination of many 8-track experiments. The new warmth and romance in the music seemed to beg for the same from the lyrics, so the cold and stand-offish tone that had run a-ground in recent years was abandoned for a more personal and real approach.  "I Lost You's" strange pacing, and the way in which both the music and the lyrics together pushed towards an Orbison-like crescendo, was the new direction everyone had hoped for.  Songs like "Red Moon", "On the Water", "If Only it Were True", and "In the New Year" were soon to follow.

The album was recorded in two installments - the first at Sweet Tea studios in Oxford, Mississippi (where they had worked on Bows and Arrows) with engineer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Hold Steady, Sonic Youth) and in a couple of sessions in New York's Gigantic Studios (built by Phillip Glass) with engineer Chris Zane, who also produced Les Savy Fav, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits and who the boys consider "the best f@#king engineer in the world" and a f@#king god-send."

 

You and Me is a solid and complex showcase of inspired songwriting. Romantic and celebratory, this is the sound of The Walkmen returning to classic form.

West Coast Dates
w/ Beach House supporting
1/19: Belly up, San Diego
1/20: Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
1/21: Fillmore, San Francisco
1/23: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
1/24: Neumos, Seattle