Quarterly Review: Surya Kris Peters, Lewis and the Strange Magics, Lair of the Minotaur, Sonic Wolves, Spacelord, Nauticus, Yuxa, Forktie, Ohhms, Blue Dream

Posted in Reviews on December 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I had a terrible thought yesterday: What if this one… went to 11? That is, what if, after 10 days of Quarterly Review ending today with a grand total of 100 records reviewed since last Monday, I did another batch of 10? Like a bonus round? Like I said, terrible thought.

Pretty sure it won’t happen. I’ve already got a review and a video premiere booked for next Monday, but I definitely had the thought. It was easy, of course, to fill out another 10 slots, and who knows, maybe this weekend for the first time ever I wind up with some extra time and energy on my hands? Could happen, right?

Again, I’m fairly certain it won’t. Let’s proceed with the assumption today’s the last day. Thank you for reading. I hope you have found something cool in all of this that has really hit home. I certainly have. We cap very much in last-but-not-least fashion, and if nothing’s resonated with you yet, don’t count yourself completely out. You might just get there after all. Thanks again.

Quarterly Review #91-100:

Surya Kris Peters, Ego Therapy

Surya Kris Peters Ego Therapy

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Lewis and the Strange Magics, The Ginger Sessions

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Lair of the Minotaur, Dragon Eagle of Chaos

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Lair of the Minotaur website

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Sonic Wolves, Sonic Wolves

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Eight tracks/34 minutes of smoothly-arranged and well-executed doom rock brought to bear with an abiding lack of pretense and a developing sense of songcraft and dynamic — there’s very little not to dig about Sonic Wolves‘ self-titled LP (on Future Noise and DHU), from the Sabbathian stretch of “Ascension” down through the bouncing low-key-psych-turns-to-full-on-wah-overdose-swirl in the penultimate “Heavy Light.” Along the way, bassist/vocalist Kayt Vigil (ex-Pentagram, etc.) — joined by guitarists Jason Nealy and Enrico “Ico” Aniasi and drummer Gianni “Vita” Vitarelli (also Ufomammut) — gallop through the traditional metal of “Red Temple” and ride a fuzzy roll in “Tide of Chaos,” leaving the uptempo shuffle of “You’ll Climb the Walls” to close out by tapping into a “Wicked World”-style vision of heavy blues that casts off many of the tropes of what’s become the subgenre in favor of a darker approach. If their self-titled is Sonic Wolves declaring who they are as a band after making their debut in 2016, the results are only encouraging.

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Spacelord, Indecipher

Spacelord Indecipher

There is an immediate sensibility drawn from classic heavy rock to the vocals on Spacelord‘s second record, Indecipher, like Shannon Hoon fronting Led Zeppelin, maybe? Something like that, definitely drawn from a ’70s/’90s blend. Produced, mixed and mastered by guitarist Rich Root, with Chris Cappiello on bass, Kevin Flynn on drums and Ed Grabianowski on vocals, the four-piece’s sophomore LP is comprised of a neatly-constructed eight songs working around sci-fi themes on bruiser cuts like “Super Starship Adventure” and the particularly righteous “Zero Hour,” as opener and longest track (immediate points) “For the Unloved Ones” sets forth the classic vibe amid the first of the record’s impressive solos and resonant hooks. Something about it makes me want them to go completely over the top in terms of production their next time out — layers on layers on layers, etc. — but the kind of false start Grabianowski brings to the ultra-Zepped “New Machine” has a charm that I’m not sure it would be worth sacrificing.

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Nauticus, Disappear in Blue

Nauticus Disappear in Blue

Six years after the release of their second album, The Wait (review here), Finnish atmospheric progressive metallers Nauticus effect a return with the 78-minute Disappear in Blue, which following the relatively straightforward opening with “Magma” casts out a vast sprawl in accordance with its oceanic theme. Longer tracks like “Claimed by the Sea,” “Strange Sequences/Lost Frequencies,” “Arrival” and “Hieronymus” are complex and varied but united through a deep instrumental dynamic that’s brought to light even in the three-minute ambient post-rocker “Desolation,” which is something of an interlude between “Strange Sequences/Lost Frequencies” and the tense build of “Singularity.” Other ambient spaces “Jesus of LĂĽbeck” and the later “Whale Bones” complement and add reach to the longer-form works, but it’s hardly as though Nauticus‘ material lacks character one way or the other. Overwhelming in its length, Disappear in Blue might take some time to wade through, but what a way to go.

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Yuxa, Yuxa

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As the greater part of anything related to post-metal invariably does, UK outfit Yuxa have their “Stones from the Sky” moment in “Founder in Light,” the opening cut from their self-titled debut EP, that most formative of progressions making itself known in modified form to suit the double-guitar four-piece’s intent with dramatic screams and shouts cutting through an ably-conjured surge of noisy adrenaline resolving in winding chug and crash en route to “Exiled Hand,” the seven-minute cut that follows and serves as centerpiece of the three-tracker. “Founder in Light,” “Exiled Hand” and nine-minute closer “Peer” are arranged shortest to longest, and the effect is to draw the listener in such that by the time the angular, purposeful lurch of the finale begins to unfold, Yuxa‘s rhythmic hypnosis is already well complete. Still, the straightforward arrangements of guitar, bass, drums and vocals give them a rawer edge than many synth- or sample-laden post-metallic cohorts, and that suits the atmospheric sludge with which they close out, harnessing chaos without giving themselves over to it. A quick sample of a creative development getting underway, though it’s telling as well that Yuxa ends with a sudden buzz of amp noise.

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Forktie, EP

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The first EP release from Forktie — who stylize their moniker and titles all-lowercase: forktie — is untitled, but contains five tracks that tap into proto-emo post-hardcore and ’90s alt rock sensibilities, finding a place between heavy rock and grunge that allows for Aarone Victorine‘s bass to lead toward the hook of centerpiece “Decomposition Book” with a smooth presence that’s well complementary the vocals from guitarist Dom Mariano, their presence low in the mix only adding to the wistful feel of “Anywhere but Here” and “September Morning,” before the shorter “Spores” lets loose some more push from drummer Corey LeBlanc and closer “Ph.D. in Nothing” reinforces the underlying melancholy beneath the thicker exterior tones. It’s a new project, but Forktie have worked their way into a niche that suits their songwriting well, and given themselves a space to grow within their sound. Members experience in bands like UXO, Test Meat and textbookcopilot will serve them in that effort.

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Ohhms, Exist

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As a fan generally of bands opening albums with the longest song included, I can get on board with UK heavy progressive metallers Ohhms opening Exist with the 22-minute “Subjects.” Immediate points and all that. Far more consequential, however, is the substance of that launch for the four-song/43-minute Holy Roar LP, which is the band’s fourth in four years. It’s a vast, broad and complex offering unto itself, consuming side A as vocalist Paul Waller embodies various entities, “I am wolf” (preceding a Duran Duran reference, perhaps inadvertent), “I am child,” and so on. Those proclamations are just the culmination of a progression that, frankly, is an album unto itself, let alone a side, and maybe should’ve been released as such, though the absolute post-metallic crush of “Shambles,” the seething of “Calves” and the heavy post-rock reach of “Lay Down Your Firearms” need no further justification than a simple listen provides, the last of them pummeling side B to a then-sudden stop. Ohhms are no strangers to longform work, and it suits them well enough to make one wonder if they couldn’t be headed toward a single-song LP in the near future.

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Blue Dream, Volume Blue

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Chicago four-piece Blue Dream issued their first LP, Volume Won, early in 2018 and follow with Volume Blue — as opposed to “two”; could ‘Volume Tree’ be in the works? ‘Volume Free?’ — which collects nine neo-psych-mit-der-funky-grooves cuts chic enough to be urbane but fuzzed out enough to make the freakouts more than just a come on. They open peaceful enough with “Delta,” before the hook of “9,000 lb. Machine” defines the course and cuts like “Thank You for Smoking” and the almost woefully catchy “She’s Hot” expand the parameters. I’ll take the dream-tone shimmer of “Kingsbury Goldmine” any day in a kind of self-aware reflection of British folk and/or the garage rock of “Shake the Shake,” but the dense roll of “Viper Venom” that immediately follows reimagines grunge as more than just an influence from three popular bands and something that could genuinely move forward from the perspective of a new generation. Hearing Blue Dream close out with the boogie of “The Glide,” one hopes they do precisely that, though I’d by no means limit them to one avenue of expression. They’re clearly able to harness multiple vibes here.

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Lair of the Minotaur Release Dragon Eagle of Chaos EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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You know what new Lair of the Minotaur is bound to be heavier than? Just about everything that’s not new Lair of the Minotaur, thank you very much. The two-songer streaming at the bottom of this post, titled Dragon Eagle of Chaos, which — wait, yes, I’m getting confirmation now — is awesome, is the band’s first offering of any sort since their 2013 Godslayer single, and they’ll make a return to live activity this weekend as well in Chicago, playing Scorched Tundra X with Monolord, Sumac, Yakuza and a very, very heavy host of others.

They’ll have a 7″ of the release with them that will no doubt be gone before they actually take the stage, so if you’re at the Empty Bottle and manage to snag one, kudos.

From the PR wire:

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LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR: Dragon Eagle Of Chaos EP Out Now; Band To Play Exclusive 2018 Show At Scorched Tundra Fest This Week

Chicago’s crushing trio LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR has released Dragon Eagle Of Chaos, a new two-song EP, through all digital platforms. The new record marks the band’s first new material to see release in five years. LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR will unleash a very limited version of the EP on 7″ this week at their first show in five years and their sole performance of 2018, at Scorched Tundra Fest this Friday, August 31st.

Following an extensive hiatus sharpening their axes, the Gods have called LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR back to battle. The classic “road dog” lineup of guitarist/vocalist Steven Rathbone, bassist Donald James Barraca, and drummer Chris Wozniak reunited in May of this year to record the first new material since their 2013-released Godslayer 7″. LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR hammered out the title track “Dragon Eagle Of Chaos” at Horse Drawn Studios with John E. Bohmer, after which it was mixed by Bohmer and Wozniak. The B-side bears the previously-unreleased “Kunsult The Bones,” which was recorded in January of 2010 at Semaphore Studios by Sanford Parker, mixed by Parker and Rathbone with assistant engineering by Pablo Roman, the track recorded with bass and backing vocals by Nate Olp. The tracks were mastered by Steve Rathbone, and the EP was completed with cover art by Unexpected Specter.

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR collectively offers of the release, “In an effort to release everything that was written for this band, our new EP is two older tracks. One we had never properly recorded and one we had recorded, but never released. Cheers!”

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR presents Dragon Eagle Of Chaos through their own The Grind-House Records; the EP can be purchased at iTunes HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and through all other digital providers.

Dragon Eagle Of Chaos Track Listing:
Side A – Dragon Eagle Of Chaos
Side B – Kunsult The Bones

Dragon Eagle Of Chaos is released in conjunction with LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR’s first performance in five years and their sole show of 2018. The band plays Scorched Tundra X in Chicago this Friday, August 31st, the two-day event also featuring Monolord, Sumac, Yakuza, In The Company Of Serpents, Telekinetic Yeti, Couch Slut, and more. This sold-out performance will see LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR selling an extremely limited edition 7″ vinyl version of Dragon Eagle Of Chaos, pressed in a run of only 33 hand-numbered copies.

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR Live:
8/31/2018 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL @ Scorched Tundra X w/ Monolord, Telekenetic Yeti

Formed in Chicago in 2003, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR has released four full-length LPs, and two EPs through Southern Lord as well as their own label, The Grind-House Recordings, all interconnected concept recordings based on the bloodier tales of Greek mythology. The band has toured extensively across North America and Europe, crushing all in their path with their own brand of heavy fucking metal that has been likened to being beat to death with a spiked club.

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR:
Donald James Barraca – bass
Steve Rathbone – guitar/vocals
Chris Wozniak – drums

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Lair of the Minotaur, Dragon Eagle of Chaos (2018)

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Lair of the Minotaur Announce New EP and First Show in Five Years

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 5th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Chaos belches forth once again from Chicago’s windy labyrinth. Lair of the Minotaur, who will play their first show in half a decade at the previously-discussed Scorched Tundra X on Aug. 31, have announced that their return to activity will consist of more than one live date. Much to the chagrin of eardrums everywhere, the three-piece have a new EP recorded and they’ll look to release it presumably sometime soon on their own The Grind-House Recordings imprint. Their last offering was 2013’s Godslayer two-songer, and their last full-length, Evil Power (review here), was issued in 2010.

Do Lair of the Minotaur still hold the level of demolition in their approach that first brought them to such notoriety in their days on Southern Lord? Uh, yeah, probably. At least I don’t know why they wouldn’t.

Therefore! One should look forward to the pummeling to be issued via this new EP, whatever it’ll be called and whenever it’ll arrive. Details, presumably, will patter out over the next weeks and months, but for now here’s a preliminary announcement via the PR wire:

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LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR Crawls Forth Again In 2018; New EP Recorded + Band Confirmed To Play Scorched Tundra Fest 2018

The brutalizing LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR trio rears its gnarled head once again in 2018; the band has just recorded a new EP and announced live plans for late summer.

Following an extensive hiatus sharpening their axes, the Gods have called LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR back to battle. The classic “road dog” lineup of Steven Rathbone (guitar/vocals), Donald James Barraca (bass) and Chris Wozniak (drums) gathered to record a new EP on Memorial Day weekend.

The as-yet-unnamed EP will be released in conjunction LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR’s performance at Scorched Tundra Fest 2018 in Chicago on Friday, August 31st. The Scorched Tundra Fest performance will be an exclusive date for 2018 and will also mark the band’s first show in five years. Tickets are on sale HERE.

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR Live:
8/31/2018 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL @ Scorched Tundra Fest w/ Monolord, Telekenetic Yeti

Formed in Chicago in 2003, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR has released four full-length LPs, and two EPs through Southern Lord as well as their own label, The Grind-House Recordings, all interconnected concept recordings based on the bloodier tales of Greek mythology. The band has toured extensively across North America and Europe, crushing all in their path with their own brand of heavy fucking metal that has been likened to being beat to death with a spiked club.

http://www.lairoftheminotaur.net
https://lairoftheminotaur.bandcamp.com

Lair of the Minotaur, Godslayer EP (2013)

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Scorched Tundra X Announces Lineup: Lair of the Minotaur, Monolord, Sumac, Yakuza & More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 25th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Tickets are on sale now for the Chicago-based fest Scorched Tundra X, which will run two nights on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and feature two very particular Chicagoan outfits in its lineup. I’m talking about half-man-half-bull-in-china-shop metallers Lair of the Minotaur and pre-post-metal post-metallers Yakuza. Neither band plays out all that often, and neither band has put out a record in half a decade, so it’s definitely two performances worth catching if you can, and that’s of course to say nothing about the rest of the bill for the two-dayer, which includes Swedish riffkings Monolord, the atmospherically crushing Sumac as well as fuzzers Telekinetic Yeti opening night one and Couch Slut and In the Company of Serpents leading the way on night two.

Pretty badass, and obviously put together with a strong sense of place and vibe behind it and a drive to give those assembling for it something special to behold. I can dig.

If you can too:

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SCORCHED TUNDRA X – CHICAGO, AUG 31 & SEPT 1

Scorched Tundra is proud to announce the entire lineup for its tenth edition. The second installment of 2018 – taking place on August 31st and September 1st at The Empty Bottle in Chicago – features newcomers and veterans of the festival from across the country and abroad.

Friday August 31st
Monolord
Lair of the Minotaur
Telekinetic Yeti

Saturday September 1st
Sumac
Yakuza
In the Company of Serpents
Couch Slut

Tickets can be purchased through these links:

Friday 8/31:
http://eventbrite.com/e/scorched-tundra-x-the-empty-bottle-tickets-46205946229

Saturday: 9/1:
http://eventbrite.com/e/scorched-tundra-x-the-empty-bottle-tickets-46205078634

Scorched Tundra’s mission is to give a new generation of talented artists a unique live platform in Gothenburg and Chicago. The festival’s billing – based on sound, not stature – creates an unparalleled aural experience for its audience.

“The process of selecting bands for the tenth edition of this festival began over a year ago. For this momentous occasion, I sought bands that have forged their own space at the convergence of heavy, progressive and dark music. Scorched Tundra’s mission is to give a new generation of talented artists from Gothenburg and Chicago a unique platform. The tenth lineup achieves this, while also mixing in extremely talented musicians from around the country. I look forward to sharing this exceptional lineup at The Empty Bottle on Labor Day Weekend.” states organizer Alexi D. Front.

Tickets for August 31st and September 1st will be $20 per night, and more exciting festival details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Lair of the Minotaur, Evil Power (2013)

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New Lair of the Minotaur Video Has Boobs, Will Travel

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Whathaveyou on April 2nd, 2010 by JJ Koczan

Mostly it will travel to and from YouTube, where it was posted and then promptly removed due to its explicit nudie content. How they can get down with banning nipples and show all those Bible-touting jackasses is beyond me, but I suppose there’s a reason I never got that censor job. Lair of the Minotaur‘s track “Evil Power” comes from their album of the same name, and if you managed to catch hold of their “War Metal Battle Master” clip, you should have some idea of what you’re getting here. Brutal, and obviously, NSFW.

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Lair of the Minotaur: Evil, Powerful, Pretty Good with Titles

Posted in Reviews on March 8th, 2010 by JJ Koczan

My chief issue with destructive Chicago outfit Lair of the Minotaur has always been memorability. For each of their three albums prior to the latest, Evil Power (their first on self-release label The Grind-House Records), I’ve been psyched to get the disc, put it on, rocked the fuck out, usually woken up in a puddle of someone else’s blood not knowing where I’ve been or what I’ve done, then put the record on the shelf and completely forgotten about it. It’s happened three times now, and more if you count the Cannibal Massacre EP from 2005.

Back then they were on Southern Lord, and the hype around their brutal attack was palpable. Now people know what to expect from a Lair of the Minotaur album and dress accordingly — Kevlar, chain mail, bicycle helmets, etc. What that means is the trio, now consisting of guitarist/vocalist Steven Rathbone, bassist Nate Olp (Demiricous) and drummer Chris Wozniak, have to change things up a little bit.

On Evil Power, they do. Their sound is still based on some of the most pummeling metal the US has ever produced, but several of their tracks show an affinity for hard rock riffing that reminds of Entombed (Rathbone’s vocals also help in this regard; see “Hunt and Devour” and “Attack the Gods”) even as it reaches down your throat to pull out organs both vital and incidental. Whatever it can find, really.

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An Epic Amount of Lair of the Minotaur News

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 9th, 2010 by JJ Koczan

By the hairy shoulders of Zeus, it’s Chicago crusher-killers Lair of the Minotaur! Verily, they are one of the most brutal, violent acts in these United States, sure to rip the faces off many an unsuspecting boozer in basements all across the land! And what’s this? They have their own label now and a new album? Certainly this is a reason to hide in the bunker you dug into your back yard last summer and subsist for several months on canned peaches and recycled water.

The PR wire incites a panic:

The Greek mythology-inspired carnage continues on Lair of the Minotaur‘s upcoming fourth full-length, Evil Power. The CD and digital download will be released on April 13, 2010 on The Grind-House Records, an independent record label started by Steve Rathbone, Chris Wozniak (both from LOTM) and Josh Diebel (former head of Alleysweeper Records). The record will be distributed by Southern Lord Records, who have released the band’s previous three albums on CD and vinyl, two EPs and DVD.

Evil Power lays all in its path to waste with an approach as heavy as the Kraken, while showing off the band’s heavy rock and punk influences. A deluxe LP version will be released in late summer 2010, featuring a bonus track not available on CD or digital download. Check out the Scott Jackson cover art, and hear the track “We are Hades” at the band’s MySpace page now: http://www.myspace.com/lairoftheminotaur.

Evil Power CD tracklist:

1. “Attack the Gods”
2. “Let’s Kill These Motherfuckers”
3. “Riders of Skullhammer, We Ride the Night”
4. “Evil Power”
5. “Goatstorm”
6. “Hunt and Devour”
7. “Metal Titans”
8. “Blood from the Witch’s Vein”
9. “We are Hades”
10. “Death March of the Conquerors”
11. “The Violent Iron Age of Man”

The album was recorded in the dead of winter in Chicago at Semaphore Studios by Sanford Parker, and mastered by Scott Hull. Rathbone states, “If War Metal Battle Master was the war, Evil Power is the party after a bloody victory.” The album features new bassist, Nate Olp (vocalist/bassist of Demiricous) and guest backing vocals by General Diabolical Slaughter (Usurper), bringing mucho mayhem to the fold.

A new video for the title track, Evil Power, will be released with the album. Rathbone warns, “There will be blood! This video is unrelentingly brutal.” Directed by Ryan Oliver, the special effects master behind the “War Metal Battle Master” video and head of Chicago based Deathblow Productions. The video’s horror theme graphically details the torment of some unlucky virgins, sacrificed to the mighty Minotaur. An uncut version will be available on the web (also in HD), and a TV edit will be shown on MTV2/Headbangers Ball, Fuse and On Demand.

Coinciding with the release, the band is headlining a US tour through the Midwest and East Coast in April:
4/16/2010 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
4/17/2010 Peabody‘s – Cleveland, OH
4/19/2010 M Room – Philadelphia, PA
4/20/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
4/21/2010 The CharlestonBrooklyn, NY
4/22/2010 Velvet Lounge – Washington DC
4/23/2010 Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
4/24/2010 The SummitColumbus, OH

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