SHOW ALERT: Arts & Crafts Time w/ the Darcys, NO and Reuben and the Dark

Hey kids, it’s time for Arts & Crafts! No, this will not involve Play Dough or macaroni and glue- not unless bring your own.

Arts & Crafts is a boutique independent record label based in Toronto and 10 years ago they launched a ‘tour package’: aka a touring bill made up exclusively of Arts & Crafts bands. The bands on that initial tour were Broken Social Scene, Feist and Stars. Bands currently on the Arts & Crafts roster still include Feist and Broken Social Scene as well as Moby, In The Valley Below, Deer Tick and more and during March and April the Arts & Crafts tour package tradition continues featuring The Darcys and Reuben and the Dark, both of Canadian descent, and NO from Los Angeles.

Los Angeles happens to be where this party kicks off: March 8th at one of LA’s finest venues, the Troubadour. As tours go, this is a fairly fine matchup of A&C’s musical assets: the art rock of the Darcys meeting the shiny noir of NO divided by the indie harmonies of Reuben and the Dark, all rotating their performance slots throughout the tour. And each band has a new release and new music among them to tour: on February 18th NO released El Prado, last October came Reuben and the Dark’s Rolling Stone and September brought the Darcys’ Warring (check our review here) where the art rockers craft cool and dramatic layers of sound that have a dreamscape-quality. An audio/visual aide:

There are 21 shows across North America, kids, which equals 21 opportunities to catch this rock solid tour. And again, no on the Play Dough thing.

Mar 08 Los Angeles, CA | Troubadour | Tickets
Mar 09 Scottsdale, AZ | The Western | Tickets
Mar 12 Austin, TX | SXSW
Mar 15 Houston, TX | Fitzgerald’s | Tickets [Free Over 21]
Mar 18 Atlanta, GA | Masquerade – Purgatory | Tickets
Mar 19 Chapel Hill, NC | Cat’s Cradle | Tickets
Mar 20 Washington, DC | DC9 | Tickets
Mar 21 Brooklyn, NY | Cameo Gallery | Tickets
Mar 22 NYC, NY | Mercury Lounge | Tickets
Mar 23 Boston, MA | Middle East Upstairs | Tickets
Mar 25 Toronto, ON | Lee’s Palace | Tickets
Mar 26 London, ON | Call the Office | Tickets
Mar 27 Chicago, IL | Schubas | Tickets
Mar 28 Minneapolis, MN | 7th Street Entry | Tickets
Mar 29 Winnipeg, MB | JUNOFest @ Union Hall | Tickets
Apr 01 Edmonton, AB | The Artery | Tickets
Apr 02 Calgary, AB | The Gateway @ SAIT | Tickets
Apr 03 Kelowna, BC | Habitat | Tickets
Apr 04 Seattle, WA | Barboza | Tickets
Apr 05 Vancouver, BC | Biltmore | Tickets
Apr 06 Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios | Tickets