SOME STUFFS: Dowsing joining The Sidekicks and Sundials for a summer tour

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With the release of a new split 7″ with Annabel, Dowsing will be doing its share of funtimes on the road. They’ll be at the Fest Fest in Muskegon, Michigan in a few weeks before they do a small bit of shows with Spraynard in the mid-west (including a show in Canada at The Doors Pub in Hamilton, Ontario). At the end of July, they’ll be going on a North American adventure with Sundials and The Sidekicks so stop by, say hello, and bring them homemade foods.

June 28… Muskegon, MI (FEST FEST)
July 4… Chicago, IL (Township) @
July 5… Flint, MI (The Local 432) @
July 6… Hamilton, ON (The Doors Pub) @
July 31… Lansing, MI (Mac’s Bar) $
August 1… Chicago, IL (Township) $
August 2… Minneapolis, MN (Nether Bar) $
August 4… Boise, ID (The Shredder) $
August 5… Seattle, WA (Chop Suey) $
August 6… Portland, OR (Slabtown) $
August 8… La Jolla, CA (Che Cafe) $
August 9… Pomona, CA (VLHS) $
August 10… Mesa, AZ (The Underground) $
August 11… Albuquerque, NM (Gasworks) $
August 13… Denver, CO (Hi Dive) $
August 14… Kansas City, MO (Czar) $
August 15… St. Louis, MO (The Demo) $
August 16… Columbus, OH (Ace of Cups) $
August 17… Cleveland Heights, OH (Grog Shop) $
August 18… Pittsburgh, PA (Mr. Roboto Project) $
August 19… Asbury Park, NJ (Asbury Lanes) $
August 20… Allston, MA (Great Scott) $
August 21… Amityville, NY (Amityville Music Hall) $
August 22… Brooklyn, NY (Saint Vitus) $
August 23… Philadelphia, PA (The Barbary) $
August 24… Washington, DC (DC9) $

@ = w/ Spraynard
$ = w/ The Sidekicks, Sundials

REVIEW: Annabel/Dowsing split 7″

 photo AnnabelDousing_cover_zps2cce870b.jpg If you’re into indie rock by bands who still sound independent and freeform, check out this new 7″ on Count Your Lucky Stars Records by Annabel and Dowsing, both of which offer two songs to the record. Annabel start it up with a nice and delicate rocker called “Always”, sounding like a group who understands the power of volume and charming lyrics. They follow it up with “Forever” and the rage is turned up significantly, still slightly sensitive but the speed and volume of things go beyond what you might expect.

Dowsing come off more pop oriented with “Fistful Of Hot Wheels”, talking about putting on some records to get through the day with loneliness but hoping to find love if it reaches him, with a hint of sarcasm thrown in. “World’s Finest Chocolate (How Ya Doin’ Today)” is a chance for them to share that bitterness through obvious humor, enough to know they’re having fun with the doldrums but want to throw it at anyone who may be going through the same emotions. Overall, a nice effort from both bands, and I hope they’ll continue making more music for fans and fans-who-should-be.

(The split 7″ can be ordered directly from Count Your Lucky Stars Records, or digitally below through Bandcamp.

SOME STUFFS: “Light On The Lake” is the forthcoming Signals Midwest album on Tiny Engines

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Cleveland will be proud of this one: hometown heroes Signals Midwest are ready to release a new album through the Tiny Engines label called Light On The Lake, and if the optimism in the title is a sign of the optimism in the music… wooooo! It will be released at the end of October, with pre-orders scheduled to begin in September. It is the band’s follow-up to their second album Latitudes And Longitudes, and while a full tour has not been announced, they do have a few shows coming up:

August 29… Cleveland, OH (The Grog Shop) #
October 29… Ybor City, FL (Big Pre-Fest)
October 30… Orlando, FL (Tiny Engines Showcase) +
November 3… Gainesville, FL (The Fest 12)

# w/ Reverse The Curse, Annabel, Nomads
+ w/ Restorations, Dikembe, Little Big League, Direct Effect

If you haven’t explored the band’s back catalog yet, you may do so courtesy of Bandcamp.