The recession is here and indie rock bands are dealing with the squeeze by arranging package tours. Earlier this week a joint tour between Vivian Girls and Ariel Pink was announced. Now two of last year’s hotly tipped bands, Crystal Stilts and Women, are touring together. The shows are all in March, and wind up with both bands making appearances at this year’s SXSW festival.
The men who make up Women have built a considerable reputation as a live band, and these video clips seem to bear that out. And Crystal Stilts’ Alight of Night is still an engaging listen. This tour will be one of the early live highlights of 2009, and should be a good litmus test to determine whether cash-strapped music fans are still going out to shows.
Full tour dates listed below.
03.14 Brooklyn, NY: Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.15 Washington, DC: DC9
03.16 Lexington, KY: Al’s Bar
03.17 Jackson, MS: 121 Millsaps
03.18 Houston, TX: Rudyard’s
03.19 Austin, TX: SXSW, California
Photo by Lori Baily