Delicate Steve play ‘Our Concert Could Be Your Life,’ tour, suffer constant “Oh, that new guy?” onslaught

Delicate Steve play 'Our Concert Could Be Your Life,' tour, suffer constant "Oh, that new guy?" onslaught

After just one record, Wondervisions (TMT Review), Delicate Steve recently attained the apotheosis of early-20-something stardom when they played a little gig at the Bowery Ballroom on May 22. Nothing too serious — only the hugely debated ‘Our Concert Could Be Your Life’ show, in which Delicate Steve covered the Minutemen (other notable covers: St. Vincent doing Big Black, Dan Deacon doing Butthole Surfers). You know, just another show in which Lee Ranaldo joined them on stage to take on the role of the ‘fucking corndog’ lecturer for “History Lesson Pt. II” — oh, and an appeareance from Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav, whoever they are). You know, kid stuff you forget about when you’ve got a steady job at 30 and dinner at 6:00.

Steve Marion, the man behind Luaka Bob-signed Delicate Steve, is like you or me — another guy that makes his money with rich, schizophrenic pop music that runs from Afro-pop to dance-y electro with bouncing electric guitar and maracas. After playing a show like the one at the Bowery, you’d think he might want to rest on his laurels for a while, but you thought wrong. A week later, he played at the Brooklyn Bowl, and beginning in June, he has a slew of tourdates across the country, ending up back in Brooklyn in August for the ‘Celebrate Brooklyn!’ penultimate show in the season. I’m going to go start smoking now and wonder why I didn’t start playing guitar when I was a teenager.


06.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands (Luaka Bob Mega-Thing) *
07.05.11 - Richmond, VA - The National ^
07.06.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live ^
07.07.11 - Akron, OH - Musica
07.08.11 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR
07.09.11 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music ^
07.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Millennium Park
07.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
07.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07.14.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
07.15.11 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin @
07.16.11 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
07.19.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room %
07.20.11 - Saint Louis, MO - Firebird %
08.04.11 - Providence, RI - Burnside Park (Kennedy Plaza)
08.05.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn! (Prospect Park Bandstand) ~

* Javelin, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Bright Moments
^ Cut Copy
@ Battles, Fresh & Onlys
% Free Energy
~ Ra Ra Riot

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