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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Chicago's PANDA RIOT have finally dropped their latest effort, "Far & Near" (Mirror/Mirror) today on the eve of a Midwest and East Coast tour that starts in Athens, OH tomorrow night. We tipped them in the past, but now that the music is out and available, it's time you take them home. Fuzzy and sonic, reminding us of acts like CLUB 8, GREAT NORTHERN, SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS and FILM SCHOOL's more recent albums. Like many acts from Chicago, they show their Pumpkins roots from time to time as that shadow always seems to be present, and why not. The track that has us most excited is 'When You Said When I Said", which blends front lady Rebecca Scott's dreamy COCTEAU TWINS-like voice into a MBV haze. Other cuts like "Motown Glass" and "Julie In Time" jump out from this six song EP.

Here are the live dates!
5.12.10 - Athens, OH - Bruce Manor
5.13.10 - New York City, NY - Lit Lounge
5.14.10 - Lowell, MA - Daileyville
5.15.10 - New Haven, CT - Elm City Popfest
5.16.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Khyber
5.17.10 - Harrisburg, PA - Stage on Herr
5.18.10 - Asheville, NC - Bobo Gallery
5.19.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
5.20.10 - Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern
5.22.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern
5.23.10 - Columbus, OH - Bernie's



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