Kindest Lines touring (playing Ultra Lounge Friday), Peter Hook & OMD are here this weekend too
New Orleans trio Kindest Lines are in the midst of a string of dates opening up for Xiu Xiu, and will soon split off on their own for a run of headlining dates. They'll hit Chicago's brand new Ultra Lounge this Friday (9/23) with Golden Birthday, MR 666, and DJ Beau Wanzer. Tickets are sill available.
BV's own Bill Pearis compares the band to New Order:
While Kindest Lines certainly appeal to Wierd's black-clad demographic, I think the band's debut, Covered in Dust, could be the label's breakout hit. There's your requesite minor key synth rock, but Kindest Lines also allow more than a few rays of sunshine inbetween the clouds. They've also studied up on how to meld vintage synths with guitars -- New Order's 1984 classic Low Life is an obvious touchstone here. It's a solid record.
Speaking of New Order, they've planned some reunion shows WITHOUT Peter Hook who meanwhile is currently on tour with his own band The Light playing the Joy Division catalog - a controversial move to to say the least. Peter Hook plays Metro Friday.
And speaking of new wave bands who've had at least one release on Factory Records, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are playing on Saturday (9/24) at the Vic. Check out pictures from their show in NYC last night HERE.
Kindest Lines tour dates are listed below....
KINDEST LINES - 2011 TOUR DATES
09/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
09/23 Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
09/24 Detroit, MI @ Atlas Bar
09/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Lounge
09/29 Portland, OR @ Rotture
09/30 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
10/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
10/05 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
10/08 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
* opening for Xiu Xiu