The first time Portland, OR’s Mimicking Birds played in Phoenix it was opening for Modest Mouse at their Sold Out Marquee Theatre show this spring. This time they will be coming out on their own on their way to Texas to play at Austin City Limits. They will play at Chyro Arts on September 30th with Small Leaks Sink Ships.
Mimicking Birds started as the solo home recordings of Nate Lacy. Since that start, Mimicking Birds has acquired the additional live existence of Tim Skellenger on supplementary/lead guitar and Aaron Hanson on drums. Their eight-song album will be released by, Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label. Brock, Modest Mouse’s frontman, also produced their record.
Little is known contextually about Mimicking Birds — no biography, no discography, just a handful of information preemptively dotting what is sure to be a very solid line in the near future. As for the music… its quality it really does speak for itself.
The Honorary Title’s Jarrod Gorbel and Dustin Dobernig hit the road in late August for an acoustic tour with Good Old War and Cory Branan, and Tucson’s The Holy Rolling Empire supporting. They will play at Modified Arts on Thursday September 10th.
Gorbel is currently putting the finishing touches on his first solo record – a dramatic departure for the New York singer-songwriter, who spent the early part of this summer in a Los Angeles studio with producer Blake Sennett, formerly of Rilo Kiley and the Elected. They rounded up a killer backing band – including Jason Boesel (formerly of Rilo Kiley, and currently in Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band) on drums, Azure Ray’s Orenda Fink on backing vocals, Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Mystic Valley Band) and Alex McDougal from the Black Crowes on organ – for an album more intimate and organic than the grandiose pop/rock sounds Gorbel explored on the Honorary Title’s 2007 LP, Scream and Light Up The Sky (Doghouse/Warner Bros.) Gorbel will be previewing some new material during his upcoming shows; a limited edition four-song EP of new songs will also be available on the tour.
The second annual folk / punk tour The Revival Tour will stop at The Sets in Tempe on November 10th 2009. This year the Arizona date of the tour will feature Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Jim Ward of Sparta, At The Drive-In & Sleepercar, Frank Turner, and Joey Cape of Lagwagon and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
Founded last year by Ragan, The Revival Tour is a series of shows that will see all four artists playing solo sets as well as performing on each others material. Last year Ragan explained:
“All the tours that I’ve done since I’ve been doing this solo stuff have in some way or the other ended up with a bunch of friends onstage by the end of the night, I’ve always loved seeing that and now I’m absolutely loving creating something like that with good friends who think and believe along the same lines.” – Chuck Ragan
While the tour will feature individual sets from each artist, it will be more reminiscent of the folk tradition of involving multiple artist collaborations—and each performer will have guests coming on and off stage in one long uninterrupted set. This year the tour will be backed by musician; Jon Gaunt on Fiddle, Digger Barnes on Stand-Up and Todd Been Pedal Steel with more guest musicians likely.
Tickets go on sale Saturday August 1st at 10:00 PM via Ticketweb.com and after that at Stinkweeds, Hoodlums and all valley Zia Records locations.
Watch video from last year below.