Here at Paste HQ, we’re super stoked to announce our very first Paste Tour showcasing the musical brilliance of four distinct acts. Yep, it’s true that we put our print magazine on hiatus, but in case you wondered, the tour is ON like Donkey Kong.
Joining us on the inaugural trek is Southern rocker and former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, folky soulman Langhorne Slim, psychedelic alt-country kids Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher, and West Coast softies Mimicking Birds. Not only did we wrangle a killer lineup, but these shows go down in some pretty sweet venues as well.
Buy your tickets here!
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The former member of the Drive-By Truckers delivers organ-quavering classic rock with his backing band, the 400 Unit. The group operates out of Muscle Shoals, Ala., releasing their first studio album last year with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit last spring on Lightning Rod Records. Watch a live performance of Isbell and the 400 Unit from Paste’s studio from April 2009.
Americana minstrel Slim marries jovial melodies with poetic lyrics ranging from stormy and blue to optimistic and heel-clickin’, Last year he released Be Set Free, his third effort on Kemado Records, produced by The Decemberists’ Chris Funk.
Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher
Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher usually perform with the rest of the Sweet Hereafter (Wanderscher lends vocals and guitar in SH), so catching these two sans band is a rare opportunity. Sykes and Wandscher arrange haunting vocals, twangy guitar riffs and occasional organ like a peyote-frosted layer cake. You’d never guess the duo resides in Seattle with their down-home prairie vibes.
Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher – “In the Summertime”
Hailing for the culturally-booming city of Portland, Ore., this trio takes an organic, acoustic approach to earnest folk music. The boys harmonize like a gang of cherubs backdropped with smooth strums. Their self-titled album released on Glacial Pace Recordings in March.
Mimicking Birds – “The Loop”
16 – Chicago, Ill.@ Double Door
17 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Grog Shop
18 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Ladies Literary Club
20 – New York, N.Y. @ Highline Ballroom
21 – Cambridge, Mass. @ Middle East
22 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ North Star Bar
23 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
24 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
26 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge
27 – Birmingham, Ala. @ The Bottletree
28 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl
Grab your tickets here today, kids.