Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Guitar Rock Discoveries -- Vanity Theft with Enemies!, new albums and tour

Vanity Theft is a hard dance-rock band with an EP, The Right Amount of Distance, out this week. They're from Dayton, which puts them on the good side of When You Motor Away right off the bat. They are also three ladies who rock... big drum/bass, synths and a variety of electric guitar sounds, from straight-ahead riffing to some pretty well-played solos on songs like "Headstart".

They're on tour with Enemies! which is Aaron Lee Tasjan, a New York singer/songwriter playing a catchy brand of pop/punk rock - with some real big guitar riffs - seriously big, like Crazy Horse-big in spots. His album, also out this week, is Desolation Dream. My personal favorite song is "Born To Be You" which reminds me somewhat of Oasis or one of my favorite guitar rockers, Kevin Salem - and that's a compliment I don't throw around lightly.

Check out a few tracks at this soundcloud "Tour Player" set up by Tijuana Gift Shop to feature both bands:

Both bands have albums out this week, and their tour continues through early June. This strikes me as the kind of stuff that comes across very well live.

Vanity Theft / Enemies! Tour Dates
May 10 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
May 11 – Austin, TX – Darwin's Pub
May 12 – San Antonio, TX – The Korova
May 13 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald's
May 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Burt's Tiki Lounge
May 16 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
May 17 – Las Vegas, NV –The Bunkhouse Saloon
May 18 – San Diego, CA – The Griffin
May 21 – Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Waters
May 22 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
May 24 – Portland, OR – Backspace
May 25 – Spokane, WA – Redroom Lounge
May 26 – Seattle, WA – The Mix
May 28 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
May 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt's Tiki Lounge
May 30 – Denver, CO – The Lion’s Lair
June 1 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbockers
June 3 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
June 4 – Chicago, IL – Township
June 5 – Indianapolis, IN – Birdy's
June 6 – Columbus, OH – Kobo
June 7 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody's
June 8 – Dayton, OH – Blind Bob's

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