Beginning August 19th, The Black Keys of electro are back on tour for three-plus months of U.S. engagements. Austin’s Ghostland Observatory will be bringing its Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk act, lasers and capes included, from coast to coast and then some throughout the fall, according to Pollstar.
After three west coast shows in mid-August (including one at the Sunset Junction Street Fair), it’s back east to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to kick off September. From there it gets a little more consistent, as Ghostland handles the Midwest and does a pretty full tour of the southeastern states. After a show in Mobile, Alabama, the duo will take a break and start up again in Honolulu on October 9th. The tour wraps up in the West, with a couple shows in the band’s home state, some coastal states, and even one in Montana. The tour ends in Salt Lake City on November 19th. You can view the full tour dates below and get your tickets on Ticketmaster.
This whole tour is in support of something, of course, that being a new album by the name of Codename: Rondo, which probably has nothing to do with the Boston Celtics point guard. Said frontman Aaron Behrens in an interview last month for Austin360.com:
It’s definitely different. The sound quality is amazing. I’m squelching and squealing on only two songs. Some I’m just talking all the way through. We had fun on this album. The past records have been dark and brooding and emotional because there was some dark push and pull going on. This one, we just went in, had fun and let it come to us. Our quirkiness came all the way through. The last record had all those strings because there was so much tension and emotion going on. But it’s all a party here and very quirky. Our individual personalities are coming out. It’s still got your hooks. We don’t make albums, we make trotlines : hook after hook after hook after hook.
Perhaps a new sound in response to the poor reception for 2008’s Robotique Majestique? Just as long as they don’t get all Weezer on us….
Ghostland Observatory 2010 Tour Dates:
08/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
08/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
08/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Sunset Junction Street Fair
09/02 – Fayetteville, AR @ Arkansas Music Pavilion
09/03 – Tulsa, OK @ River Parks Amphitheater
09/04 – Omaha, NE @ Anchor Inn
09/05 – Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads
09/07 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
09/08 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
09/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
09/15 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
09/16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
09/17 – Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
09/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
09/19 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
09/21 – Richmond, VA @ The National
09/22 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
09/23 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
09/24 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Soundstage
09/25 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
10/09 – Honolulu, HI @Pipeline Cafe
10/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/30 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
11/06 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/09 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom?
11/12 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/16 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/17 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/18 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot