Vivian Girls and Ariel Pink touring together

    Forget Leonard Cohen and My Bloody Valentine, among the real highlights of this year’s Coachella will be performances from Brooklyn punks Vivian Girls and lo-fi maestro Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti. Both bands are hitting the road together in a recession-friendly package tour, which ends with their joint appearances at Coachella.

    Pink will be playing with a newly assembled version of his Haunted Graffiti band, and will show off his cleaner, pop-tastic sound. His newest recordings, as exemplified by this excellent track, hint that Pink has put his trusty 4-track recorder in storage and given his incredible songwriting skills a real chance to breathe. Meanwhile, Vivian Girls continue to promote their surprisingly successful debut, building on the hype that’s swirled around them in recent months.

    Both bands are also playing a few other shows, with Pink due to open up for Animal Collective and Gang Gang Dance in Los Angeles, and Vivian Girls making an unlikely opening act for M. Ward later this month. Full details below.

    Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Vivian Girls:

    04.02 New York, NY: Music Hall of Williamsburg
    04.03 Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda’s
    04.04 Baltimore, MD: Ottobar
    04.05 Chapel Hill, NC: Local 506
    04.06  Knoxville, TN: Pilot Light
    04.07 Atlanta, GA: The Earl
    04.08 New Orleans, LA: The Parish
    04.09 Houston, TX: Walter’s on Washington
    04.10 Austin, TX: The Mohawk
    04.11 Dallas, TX: Hailey’s
    04.13 Phoenix, AZ: Modified
    04.14 Tucson, AZ: Plush
    04.15 San Diego, CA: Casbah
    04.19 Indio, CA: Coachella Music & Arts Festival

    Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti:

    02.02 Los Angeles, CA: The Smell *
    02.26 Los Angeles, CA: Henry Fonda $
    03.17 San Francisco, CA: Bottom Of the Hill #
    03.19 Portland, OR: Holocene #
    03.20 Seattle, WA: El Corazon #
    03.21 Vancouver, BC: Media Club #
    03.22 Missoula, MT: Palace #
    03.24 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge #
    03.25 Denver, CO: Hi Dive #  
    03.27 Minneapolis, MN: Triple Rock #
    03.28 Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle #
    03.30 Toronto, ONT: El Mocambo #
    03.31 Montreal, PQ: Zoobizarre #
    04.01 Boston, MA: TT the Bears #

    * = w/ Gang Gang Dance, Nite Jewel
    $ = w/ Animal Collective
    # = w/ Duchess Says

    Vivian Girls:

    02.19 New York, NY: The Apollo %
    02.20 Philadelphia, PA: Trocadero %
    02.21 Washington, DC: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue %
    03.18 – 03.21 Austin, TX: SXSW

    % = w/ M. Ward