Thursday, May 3, 2012

Patrick Watson opening for Andrew Bird tomorrow, playing intimate free show on Saturday


I’m just about finished reading Bob Mould’s excellent memoir See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage & Melody and there’s a section where he explains why he formed Sugar, shortly after releasing two albums under his own name. One of the main reasons for giving his then-current band a name, rather than continue performing under his own name, was the fact that he didn’t think anyone wanted to walk around with a t-shirt that said “Bob Mould” on it. He also states that this is why a lot of solo acts initially give themselves band names (Washed Out, Bright Eyes, etc.).

Which brings me to Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, who fronts the band… Patrick Watson (quite the opposite of Mould’s reasoning). Though Watson (the songwriter) began releasing music as a solo artist in 2001, Patrick Watson (the band) have been releasing albums since 2003—and their excellent fourth album Adventures in Your Own Backyards was just released two weeks ago on Domino Records (that’s the album art above). Back in March, Rolling Stone named the band as among the 25 can’t-miss acts of SXSW and NPR predicted the record to be one of the best released in 2012. So there’s that… but also, the album—intricately layered with various instruments and detailed orchestration—is actually really great. You can listen to the album on Spotify right now.

Tomorrow night (5/4), Patrick Watson’s tour will hit New York City where they will open for Andrew Bird at the Beacon Theatre, for which tickets are still available. However, if you’re in the mood for a free show during the day on Saturday (5/5), head to Manhattan Inn in Brooklyn where Patrick will be holding a very intimate album release party for Adventures in Your Own Backyards. There is limited capacity, but the flier (as seen below) lists a 4:30pm doors – 5:00pm set time schedule. I would get there early to ensure entry.

Below check out Patrick Watson’s tour dates, as well their new video for “Into Giants”…


Patrick Watson 2012 Tour Dates
Fri. May 4 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre w/ Andrew Bird
Sat. May 5 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Manhattan Inn (4:30 PM; FREE)
Sun. May 6 -- Boston, MA @ House of Blues w/ Andrew Bird
Tue. May 8 -- Washington, DC @ 930 Club w/ Andrew Bird
Wed. May 9 -- Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live w/ Andrew Bird
Fri. 06/01/12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. 06/02/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Centre
Mon. 06/04/12 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
Thu. 06/07/12 – San Diego, CA @ UCSD The Loft
Fri. 06/08/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theatre
Sat. 06/09/12 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s
Sun. 06/10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Tue. 06/12/12 – Portland, OR @ Mission Theatre
Wed. 06/13/12 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre
Thu. 06/21/12 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works w/ Keane
Sat. 06/23/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater w/ Keane
Sat. 06/30/12 - North Adams, MA @ Mass MoCA

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