Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Airborne Toxic Event Are Slowly Gaining Steam

Airborne Toxic Event Stark Online
L.A. band-of-the-moment The Airborne Toxic Event are slowly but surely gaining steam in the mainstream on the strength of their self-titled debut album and an epic first single, "Sometime Around Midnight." While we're not quite sold on the album -- it's somewhat derivative and cautiously safe -- we'll definitely admit this song has been in our heads lately. It's kind of got a major 90's feel (think Love Spit Love, a little of The Wallflowers) with a radio-ready coda. Plus, they're not afraid to go after Pitchfork, which is always cool in our book. They're currently in the middle of an ambitious 30-shows-in-30-days tour of the UK, but are coming home to play a few dates before the year is over, including a December 8 stop at the Gramercy in New York. Scope two videos and the full list of dates after the jump.

"Innocence" via YouTube

"Sometime Around Midnight" via YouTube

Below are the US dates with more to follow in the upcoming weeks:

December 6 Boston WFNX Orpheum Theater

December 8 New York WRXP Blender Gramercy Theatre

December 10 Kansas City, MO KRBZ The Midland

December 11 Austin, TX KROX Emos

December 13 Tuscon, AZ KFMA TCC Exhibition Hall

December 18 Portland, OR KNRK Crystal Ballroom

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