Touring season is near full swing, and we want you to see good shows. And so, a roundup of First Avenue's recently announced summer Big Ones. Plan your date nights...
Lookbook, 6/18, First Ave. Mainroom - Lookbook have been on a steady rise since they started as a band, and that ratchets up again with their first headlining spot in the Mainroom. Openers haven't yet been announced, but it would be reasonable to expect some electrically generated audials and some special friends.
The Hold Steady, Cabooze 7/3, 7/4 First Ave. Mainroom - Visiting their once-home for a two-day stint in support of Sisterworld, The Hold Steady always get their generationally diverse crowds to feel the arena. The first is an outdoor show at Cabooze, the second night headlining the Mainroom, so pick your flavor.
Liars, 7/13, First Ave. Mainroom - Jagged jigsaw puzzle of a band that they are, and touring in support of Sisterworld, seen live the Liars undulate somewhere between vitiated headbang and asphyxiated meditations, a back and forth we look forward to having sprung on us come midsummer.
The Swell Season, 7/25, First Ave. Mainroom - Remember that movie? Two adorable people fall in love and play music together (right? I didn't see it, but saw enough posters to put two and two into four)? They're still adorable, their songs are still strongly folk hug-inducers, and I humbly suggest getting tanked on wine and taking a date to this show.
Gaslight Anthem, 7/26, First Ave. Mainroom - Described as part of the punk underground, The Gaslight Anthem have apparently blown up in the two and a half years since they formed, but sound nothing like punk to me. But what do I know?
The National, 8/5 & 8/6, First Ave. Mainroom - The National stop in from a massive tour, and just before their Lollapalooza date, to low-voice-mumble indie groove the shit out of our Mainroom.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, 8/9, The Cabooze - Have you heard "Home"? The most romantic song of 2009? This massive group of lovable lovers seem to smile more than any sometimes sixteen member band possibly should . A hootenanny, to be sure.