In Chinese restaurants all across the world, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. But on music blogs, in record stores, and in many of our hearts, it’s the year of GAYNGS. The Minnesota/Wisconsin supergroup broke into the scene last year with the release of Relayted (TMT Review) on Jagjaguwar, and also with loud shouts of “Bro! P.O.S. and that Bon Iver dude are in a soft rock band????” Since then, they’ve been cranking out the baby-makin’ music and touring these United States, triumphantly appearing on Jimmy Fallon and yacht rockin’ the Coachella crowds into a smoothness-induced swoon.
And now they’re charting a mini West Coast tour! Founder Ryan Olson is takin’ it to the streets with The Rosebuds’ Ivan Rosebud, Megafaun’s Brad Cook, Phil Cook, and Joe Westerlund, Zach Coulter of Solid Gold, Channy Casselle of Roma di Luna, and of course, the inimitable Har Mar Superstar. A press release only hints at the other guest star possibilities with these two little words: “and more.” But really, when you’re sitting in LA’s Natural History Museum, looking at stuffed antelopes (note: I’ve never been there, so these might not exist, but oh man I really want them to) and feelin’ the vibe, isn’t that enough? White Hinterland, who are pretty damn awesome on their own, are also along for the ride.
05.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
05.29.11 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
06.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Natural History Museum
06.04.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
* White Hinterland