A few of you know that even though I came to Seattle from Portland, I was actually born and raised in Reno, Nevada, which-- at least while I lived there-- was a musical wasteland of pop punk, screamo and crappy straight-edge hardcore played by self-righteous religious freaks who would beat your ass violet if they caught you drinking or drunk at their shows. Can you think of any good bands from Reno? Yeah. Me either. Anyhow, I moved away as soon as possible, when I was 17, and every time I traveled from Oregon to Reno for a visit, thanked my lucky stars that unlike most of my high school friends, I had managed to escape. I love visiting for the gaudy charm, lax liquor laws, cheapie Blackjack tables and all-night bars, and I really, really miss the sunshine, but it would take a lot more than a couple music venues and a co-op for me to move back there.
But now, I may need to reconsider, because according to some of my friends who didn't or couldn't abandon ship, Reno is getting cooler. So cool that Magnolia Electric Company is going on tour, playing a show at the Tonic in Reno (not to mention shows in Lubbock, Texas and Turrey, Utah) and skipping not only Seattle, but the entire Northwest. What in the fuck is this, Jason Molina? If I ever meet you in person, before we make out I am going to throttle your pretty ass for depriving me of your songs. Since when did Reno and Utah suddenly become cooler than the Pacific Northwest? I believe that these tour dates are with the Avett Brothers, which explains why they're playing such weird cities, but still. I guess I'll have to cross my fingers and hope that some Pacific Northwest tour dates are in the works. Seriously, I will book the show myself. I will even host the damn thing in my yard if necessary.
Stupid tour dates are posted after the stupid jump.
05/02/09 Columbia, MO - Mojo's
05/03/09 Norman, OK - Opolis
05/04/09 Lubbock, TX - Bash Ripock's In The Dept
05/06/09 Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
05/07/09 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre w/ The Avett Brothers
05/09/09 Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at Fonda w/ The Avett Brothers
05/10/09 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern w/ The Avett Brothers
05/12/09 Hanford, CA - Hanford Fox Theatre w/ The Avett Brothers
05/15/09 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore w/ The Avett Brothers
05/16/09 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore w/ The Avett Brothers
05/17/09 Citrus Heights, CA - Fire Escape Bar & Grill
05/18/09 Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge
05/20/09 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05/21/09 Turrey, UT - The Patio
05/23/09 Colorado Springs, CO - Meadowgrass Festival
05/24/09 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot
05/29/09 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
09/11/09 Tolland Royal, UK - End of the Road Festival