Sunday, April 16, 2006

Rainer Maria

Rainer Maria has been around for a while, since 1995 as a matter of fact, but as usual I'm way behind all the people in the know. To me they're a new band, and I'm gonna spread the word appropriately.

A colleague read about the band in the New York Times and thought I'd like them, so I checked out the single from their new record, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together, which is streaming on their website. "Catastrophe" is driving, atmospheric pop rock at its best, and I was hooked right away.

I checked out their tour dates and saw that they'd be in Philadelphia on May 21st, and when I went to the production company's website to buy tickets, I found that they'd posted MP3s of the aforementioned "Catastrophe" and another track, "Already Lost". Here they are for your listening pleasure.

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Catastrophe (mp3)
Already Lost (mp3)

Here are Rainer Maria's tour dates so you can catch them live.
April 2006
4 Tue South Hadley, MA Mount Holyoke College
20 Thu Washington, DC Black Cat
21 Fri Williamsburg, VA College of William and Mary
22 Sat Carrboro, NC Wetlands
23 Sun Atlanta, GA Eardrum
25 Tue Orlando, FL The Social
26 Wed Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
27 Thu Baton Rouge, LA Red Star Bar
28 Fri Houston, TX Walters on Washington
29 Sat Denton, TX Dan Silverleaf
30 Sun Austin, TX Emo's

May 2006
2 Tue Phoenix, AZ Modified
3 Wed Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
4 Thu San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
5 Fri Portland, OR Doug Fir
6 Sat Seattle, WA Paradox
7 Sun Vancouver, BC TBA
10 Wed Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
11 Thu Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
12 Fri Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
13 Sat Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
14 Sun Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
15 Mon Toronto, ONT HorseShoe
16 Tue Montreal, QUE El Salon
20 Sat New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
21 Sun Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church



Blogger Beth said...

Ah Rainer Maria, J you are getting more and more indie by the minute! Though I guess it makes sense... female vocals always do you in.

Check out their older releases, which feature quite a bit of upbeat and fun female/male vocal counterpoint. Think: Mates of State.

April 17, 2006 9:23 PM  

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