by Michael Wronski


Brooklyn quartet and Texas transplants, Parquet Courts' August record release of Light Up Gold flew under the radar this summer, but it shouldn't have. The group's sound is a throwback to the early post-punk days, conjuring elements from late-70s bands Wire and Television with a fresh twist. Setting them apart is the way Andrew Savage (member of Teenage Cool Kids and Fergus & Geronimo) shouts, spits, sings, and speaks over catchy guitar hooks and solid, economical drumming. The album runs like a collection of poems put to music, ranging from the nostalgia of youth and purpose to walking around Queens high, looking for food.

Parquet Courts will be visiting Chicago for a performance at the Empty Bottle on December 27. The Gizmos and Thee Yolks are also on the bill, and advance tickets are still available.

All known Parquet Courts tour dates and a stream of Light Up Gold are below...

Parquet Courts -- Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts -- 2012 // 2013 Tour Dates
December 26 Detroit, MI Jumbo's w/ Protomartyr
December 27 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle w/ The Gizmos
December 28 Omaha, NE The Middle House
December 29 Kansas City, MO Manheiman
December 30 Oklahoma City, OK Bad Granny's
December 31 Denton, TX RGRS w/ Endless Thoughts, Sin Motivo
January 02 Austin, TX Beerland w/ Sweet Talk
January 03 Beaumont, TX Victoria House w/ Native America, Hello Chief
January 04 Oxford, MS Lamar Lounge
January 05 Nashville, TN The Owl Farm w/ Dirty Dreams
January 06 Murray, KY Terrapin Station w/ Quailbones
January 07 Columbus, OH Café Bourbon St.
January 08 Pittsburgh, PA Kopec's w/ Psychic Boots, Crappy Funeral
January 09 Washington, DC The Rocketship w/ Priests, Teen Liver
January 10 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie w/ Priests, The Bike Bell Bands
January 11 Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio w/ Priests
January 14 San Diego, CA Soda Bar w/ Barbarian
January 15 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
January 16 San Francico, CA Hemlock Tavern
January 18 Portland, OR Bunk Bar
January 19 Seattle, WA Cairo