Europe 2013

19 09 2013

Can’t believe that we’ll be touring Europe in less than one month.  After touring Spain and Italy in 2010 and 2011, we stayed Stateside in 2012 (in our defense, we did tour the States 3 times that year, that’s a lot of driving), but now we’re making up for it, since we had three incredible shows in France in May of this year.

Making our UK and Belgium debuts (London, Oxford, Leuven, Antwerp), returning to France (making our Paris debut), and finally making it back to Spain, an incredible country that has been so good to this band.

Check the dates, and please tell your European friends and family:

Not making it to Amsterdam yet, or returning to Barcelona, Valencia, or Vitoria-Gasteiz (Helldorado!) but absolutely thrilled to play Paris (we just had a day off there last time).  And then we have to hustle back to prep for November’s JCBUS/Escort co-headline tour!



JCBUS/Escort Tour

11 09 2013

JC- Escort Ad Matt

Thrilled to announce our co-headlining tour with the mighty ESCORT, NYC’s finest disco orchestra extravaganza, this November.  We got to hang with Adeline and the fellas at City Winery after they turned Taste of Randolph out back in June, and we’ve got a good feeling about this one.  We’ll close the Midwest shows, they’ll do the honors on the East Coast, and we’ll have some old friends popping up to DJ along the way.  Tickets go on sale this Friday September 13, you don’t want to miss these shows.

Rouse Yourself Baby

27 06 2013

Just in case you hadn’t heard the news already, via innumerable sources, the video for “Rouse Yourself” is done, and you can watch it here.

Thanks to everyone who donated to via PledgeMusic to help us make it, and big shout outs to Jake Johnson and Aubrey Plaza for taking time to star in it.

Now back to the tour:

June 28 – Ann Arbor, MI (Ann Arbor Summer Festival)
June 29 – Indianapolis, IN (Northside Opti Park)
June 30 – Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)
July 4 – Louisville, KY (Waterfront Park)
July 6 – Iowa City, IA (Firecracker 500 Fest)
July 11 – Grand Rapids, MI (Pyramid Scheme)
July 12 – Toronto, ON (Legendary Horseshoe Tavern)
July 13 – Rochester, NY (Big Rib Fest)
July 20 – Chicago, IL (Sheffield Gardenwalk)
Aug 9 – St. Louis, MO (Off Broadway)
Aug 10 – Dixon, IL (Blues Brews BBQ Fest)
Aug 11 – Appleton, WI (Mile of Music Fest)
Aug 14 – Seattle, WA (The Triple Door)
Aug 15 – Portland, OR (Lola’s)
Aug 21 – Philadelphia, PA (Morgan’s Pier)
Oct 6 – Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Music Fest)
Oct 13 – Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Music Fest)
Oct 17-26 – UK/France/Belgium/Spain

Headed Off at the Pass

23 03 2013

SPOILER ALERT: Sunday’s show at Off Broadway in St Louis (03/24/13) has been postponed due to inclement weather sweeping across the Great Plains.  Our apologies, we’ll reschedule ASAP.

JCBUS @ KDHX Twang Fest day party, photo by Nate Burrell,

JCBUS @ KDHX Twang Fest day party, photo by Nate Burrell,

It’s been a whirlwind tour, a week in Austin for SXSW followed by a quick run through New Mexico and Colorado.  Everything has been fairly smooth sailing, up until now. Despite a crazy blizzard on our way from Fort Collins up to Snowmass (I’d never actually seen cars spin out on the highway), we made it to the gig (outdoors, at the bottom of the ski slope) and afterwards waited out the closure of I-70 East at the Vail Pass.  That was fine, unexpected, but fine, we always decide it’s less stressful to stay put and comfortable, rather than barrel on through and run the risk of getting stuck somewhere in the van.

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Spring Tour 2013

8 03 2013


After being home for a solid 2 1/2 months, without more than one night away from our own beds (the longest stretch since September 2011, when the Want More tour started), it’s time to hit the road again.  We’ll warm it up with a crazy week in Austin for SXSW, but for the rest of y’all, here’s the dates, including our first shows in France.  C’mon out and say hello, we’ve got a bunch of new tunes from our forthcoming album “Howl” (out May 21 on Bloodshot Records)

The Road to SXSW

5 03 2013
Photo by Clayton Hauck

Photo by Clayton Hauck

Busy week preparing for tour and three JCBUS-related shows in our hometown Chicago this week.

Last Wednesday night, JC and Andy did a Steely Dan wine pairing/tribute at City Winery.
The 6 song set included killer versions of Pretzel Logic and Peg.

Friday was a two set show on the Southside for a great crowd at the Beverly Arts Center.

Photo by Mike Sosin, courtesy of

Sunday – An intimate SXSW send off with another awesome hometown crowd plus fellow Bloodshot artist Jon Langford‘s Skull Orchard at the Cobra Lounge, sponsored by Third Shift Amber Lager.

And yet we also found the time to shoot a promo for the new record featuring World Air Guitar Champion Nordic Thunder and a photo session with Clayton Hauck at the world famous Beauty Bar.
imageWe’re still nailing down final SXSW details, we’ll have the schedule posted shortly.  Considering that it’s been snowing all day in Chicago, 70 degrees and sunshine in Austin can’t come soon enough.


Flu Season Sucks

27 12 2012

Hate to have to announce this, considering how hard we work and how seriously we take this, but we’ve had to cancel this week’s Denver shows.  Everybody knew about us opening for Trombone Shorty on Friday at the Ogden Theater, and we were just about to announce tonight’s surprise show at Larimer Lounge, our Rocky Mountain home away from home.  But we had not one, but TWO Uptowners fall prey to the flu over Xmas.  So instead of being on a plane to Denver, we’re laying low, eating soup, while snows falls on the Windy City.

St Louis and Chicago NYE are still on, we just need a few extra days to rest up.  Sorry for anyone that was waiting for us in Denver, but we’ll be back in the spring.  Mile High Soul Club is still spinning and the Pocket Protectors are still playing, so go have a good time, stay warm!