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Formed: 2000
From: Saint Charles, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Nachtmystium To Perform "Instinct: Decay" Album

On Friday, April 13th Nachtmystium will be playing a very special show at Roadburn 2012's Voivod-curated Au-delà du Réel event. For the first and only time, Nachtmystium will play the landmark USBM album "Instinct: Decay" in its entirety.

When "Instinct: Decay" was released in 2006, branded as a psychedelic extreme metal record, it was met with deeply divided feedback - some highly laudatory and some derisive.

"Nachtmystium is extremely honored to be a part of Roadburn again," says Blake Judd, "The fact that we were picked by one our idols and perhaps the most forward thinking metal bands of all time, Voivod, makes it even more that extraordinary. We decided to do something hopefully just as equally special for everyone there. We'll be playing our album, Instinct: Decay, from start to finish. We hope you enjoy it."

For more information on the festival, please visit the official Roadburn website at this location.

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Obscure Early Nachtmystium Recordings Unearthed

Nachtmystium has announced that they plan to re-release some recently unearthed old material. Here's the update from the band:

"Over the past few weeks, Nachtmystium has been going through the vaults of our old demo tape masters, rehearsal tapes from all eras of the band, finding versions of songs from all the full-lengths with completely different mixes, vocals, etc. It's all different and we're having a great time digging through all of this stuff and also finding ourselves rather surprised at how much of it is actually 'listenable'. So, we're going to compile a bunch of this stuff for you fans and find a way to release it digitally ourselves or perhaps stream the stuff at various host sites. We'll post here once we've finished compiling everything and have decided on how to release the material.

"There are also plans to compile all of the bonus tracks and compilation tracks from the 2000-2004 era (which includes our split 7" releases with Xasthur and Krieg, the demo version of 'Demise' track 'Ashes To Ashes,' which only appeared on the Live Blitzkireg LP release, etc.) and to release them on a CD or LP. We may take all of the above mentioned material and just release it all in a double LP set or some kind of collectors edition box set. Whatever it is, it will be limited as this is very much material that's geared towards the people who really get into the harsher area of the bands release history, which we realize is a much smaller audience than the ones we've reached with some of our more recent offerings. Keep an eye on the Nachtmystium facebook page here for updates on this ongoing project. Metal and Hellfire!"

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Exhumed To Play Central Illinois Metalfest

Exhumed has announced it will be performing at this year's upcoming Central Illinois Metalfest. The festival takes place in Urbana, IL on July 22nd - 24th at the Canopy Club (708 S. Goodwin Avenue).

Exhumed will be playing in support of the new album "All Guts, No Glory" (reviewed here), which is also currently available for streaming in its entirety. "All Guts, No Glory" was released in North America on July 5th and will drop internationally on July 11th.

Other bands confirmed to appear at the upcoming Central Illinois Metalfest include Cephalic Carnage, Nachtmystium, Flesh Parade, Putrid Pile, Embalmer, Decrepit Birth, Insanity, and Insidious Decrepancy. Ticket information and the complete line-up can be found at this location.

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Just For Fun

Record Store Employees Try To Decipher Metal Logos

Waterloo Records has posted a video clip online titled "Record Store Olympics Event 3: The Decipher," in which record store employees try to decipher increasingly incomprehensible metal band names based on their logos. Check out the clip below, and see if you can name all the bands based on their logos.

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Nachtmystium Announces Full-Time Bassist

Chicago black metal assassins Nachtmystium have officially announced their recently recruited full-time bassist, as they welcome Reid Raley of Rwake/Deadbird into the ranks of the band.

Over recent months guitarist/vocalist Blake Judd has recruited several other full-time members including lead guitarist Andrew Markuszewski (Avichi, Lord Mantis), drummer Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis, Avichi), and keyboard/synth engineer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Circle Of Animals), now solidifying the crew with the addition of Reid Raley on bass, making this the first "official lineup" for the band, ever.

Judd commented on Raley joining the band: "Nachtmystium, for the first time in the band's history as a full-time touring band, has a solid live lineup that matches the studio lineup. We intend to move forward and keep this group together indefinitely. It's taken 10 years to put together the perfect band, and now we've got it. So watch for us on the road starting in June and throughout the rest of the year! We anticipate that Reid's presence will not only bring a thunderous low-end onslaught on the live stage, but also will hopefully bring in some new elements into the writing of future Nachtmystium recordings."

You can read the full statement at Nachtmystium's Facebook page here.

You can catch the band's new full lineup over the Summer months, including a co-headlining spot at this year's Alehorn of Power Festival in Chicago June 11, a co-headlining spot at the Central Illinois Metalfest on July 23, and an appearance at Party.San Open Air Festival in Schlotheim, Germany on August 12. Upcoming confirmed shows are as follows:

6/11/2011 Alehorn Of Power Festival - Chicago, IL
7/23/2011 Central Illinois Metalfest - Urbana, IL
8/12/2011 Flugplatz Obermehler - Schlotheim, Germany @ Party San Festival

Further details on all ongoing endeavors of Nachtmystium will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

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Nachtmystium Announces New Live Shows

The bastard sons of black metal in Nachtmystium have announced a string of random live attacks for the coming months, while they also devise the execution of their sixth full-length release. The latest plague of concerts begins with a hometown headlining gig, with support from Lord Mantis (containing two members of Nachtmystium), this Friday, May 6th in Chicago. The band's upcoming dates are as follows:

5/06/2011 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Lord Mantis, Defcon [info]
6/11/2011 Alehorn Of Power Festival - Chicago, IL [info]
7/23/2011 Central Illinois Metalfest - Urbana, IL [info]
8/12/2011 Flugplatz Obermehler - Schlotheim, Germany @ Party San Festival [info]

Since returning from a North American tour as direct support for Cradle of Filth in March, Nachmystium has been devising the band's next studio effort. As of now, little more about the album is being released, but according to vocalist Blake Judd this week: "The new record will have a very strong industrial influence in the vein of later-era Ministry, Revolting Cocks and Nine Inch Nails, but also a strong, depressive, old-school black metal influence." More details will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, Judd and Nachtmystium have confirmed several collaborations with infamous USBM horde Von. Two separate projects are currently underway which involve members of both bands. First up, Judd has been confirmed as one of a dozen notable artists set to collaborate with Von bassist Venien, on a project entitled Von Venien. The unit will release a 12" single entitled "Empire" via Von's own label Von Music Group. Following that, VMG will also unleash a split between Von and Nachtmystium via 12" MLP and CD, which will include both a new track as well as some Von homage from Nachtmystium. Full details on releases will be unveiled shortly.

The band's song "Nightfall" also recently made its way onto the Rock Band Network.

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More Metal Tracks Heading To The Rock Band Network

In an ironic twist, most of the new metal tracks headed to the Rock Band Network will be hitting the PS3 edition of the game this coming week, while the Playstation Network remains down with no firm date in sight for a fix. Assuming the network becomes available, the PS3 edition will see new music from Nachtmystium, Terror, Heaven Shall Burn, Ayreon, Daath, and Architects on May 3rd.

The newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal tracks, are as follows:

"A Grim Struggle" - Nightrage
"Self Medicate" - Felsen
"Satisfying Angst" - The Blackout Argument
"River of Glass" - Rishloo
"Dawn of the Condoms" - Ultra Saturday
"Beat Fly" - Tiny Danza
"Leave Me Be" - Kylie D. Hart
"Dodgin Bullets" - Steve Fister
"Doll in the Dust" - Kurodust
"The Window" by Raven Quinn

The following songs will be coming to the PlayStation 3 edition of the Rock Band Network on May 3rd (due to outages of the Playstation Network, the content may be delayed):

"Your Petty Pretty Things" - The Get Up Kids
"World on Fire" - Firewind
"Stick Tight" - Terror
"The Omen" - Heaven Shall Burn
"Dawn of a Million Souls (Rock Band Mix)" - Ayreon
"N.A.T.G.O.D." - Daath
"Nightfall" - Nachtmystium
"Undead Heart" - Vampires Everywhere!
"If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" - Sleeping with Sirens
"Learn to Live" - Architects

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MetalSucks Fan Packs Available At FYE Stores

MetalSucks has their own fan pack containing a shirt and twenty song sampler coming to FYE stores everywhere. With this coupon, it's running at under $7.

Here's the tracklisting for the sampler.

1. Goes Cube - “Thunderheads” from In Tides And Drifts”
2. TesseracT - “Nascent” from “One”
3. Trap Them - “The Fact” from “Darker Handcraft”
4. Kvelertak - “Mjød” from “Kvelertak”
5. Napalm Death - “Diktat” from “Time Waits For no Slave”
6. Last Chance To Reason - "Temp Files" from “Level 2”
7. Deicide - “Into the Darkness You Go” from “To Hell With God”
8. Blackguard - “Firefight” from “Firefight”
9. As Blood Runs Black - “Resist” from “Instinct”
10. Thomas Giles - “Sleep Shake” from “Pulse”
11. Arch Enemy - “Beast of Man” from “The Root Of All Evil”
12. Believer - “Lie Awake” from “Transhuman”
13. Within The Ruins - “Red Flagged” from “Invade”
14. Triptykon - “Shatter” from “Shatter”
15. Nachtmystium - “Ruined Life Continuum” from “Addicts”
16. Novembers Doom - “Harvest Scythe” from “Aphotic”
17. Daath - “Deconstruction/Restoration” from “Daath”
18. Nevermore - “Emptiness Unobstructed” from “The Obsidian Conspiracy”
19. Pathology - “Code Injection” from “Legacy Of The Ancients”
20. Wretched - “My Carrion” from “Beyond The Gate”

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Nachtmystium Video Interview Available Online

Superskum has posted a video interview online with Blake Judd of Nachtmystium, which was conducted in Englewood, CO on Feb. 18th, 2011. You can check out the interview below.

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New Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

Metal fans looking for a little weekend head banging should pull out the drum sticks and unwrap the guitar cords because there's a storm of metal hitting the Rock Band Network. The Xbox 360 edition now has new tracks from Daath, Dirge Within, Kataklysm, Nachtmystium, Amberian Dawn, August Burns Red, Evile, Haste the Day, After the Burial, and Decrepit Birth. The complete list of newly added tracks, including the non-metal songs, is as follows:

Daath - "N.A.T.G.O.D."
Deception of a Ghost - "In Case You Forgot"
Dirge Within - "Forever the Martyr"
Hellfire Society - "Angel"
Kataklysm - "Numb & Intoxicated (2x Bass Pedal)"
Kataklysm - "At the Edge of the World"
Memphis May Fire - "Action/Adventure"
OK Go - "White Knuckles - The Big Robot Remix"
Sintonia Retro - "La Fórmula"
Sun Domingo - "Something Face"
Terra Terra Terra - "Transmission Lost"
Monte Casino - "All I Need"
Crush Luther - "We Are Kings"
Of Mice & Men - "Those in Glass Houses"
Attack Attack! - "Sexual Man Chocolate"
Judy Buendía y Los Impostores - "Rompecabezas"
Orange Avenue - "Just Refrain"
Victory in Numbers - "The King is Dead"
Freen in Green - "Nocturnal Wasteland (2x Bass Pedal)"
Octavio Suñé - "Caíamos"
Children of Nova - "The Fall of Aphonia"
Children of Nova - "We Collide"
Children of Nova - "Second Sight Blackout"
Affiance - "Call to the Warrior"
The Riptides - "Call Me"
Ween - "It's Gonna Be A Long Night"
Blackberry River Band - "Brand New Toy"
Nachtmystium - "Nightfall"
DoubleShot - "Livin' Right"
Silent Descent - "Beyond Grey (2x Bass Pedal)"
Mayday Parade - "Jamie All Over"
Amberian Dawn - "Sunrise"
Amberian Dawn - "Lullaby"
Amberian Dawn - "Morning Star"
Grieve for Tomorrow - "Beauty is Deceiving"
We Are The Illusion - "The Podium"
Graveyard BBQ - "Creamskull Boogie"
First Blood - "Enemy"
August Burns Red - "Marianas Trench"
August Burns Red - "Marianas Trench (2x Bass Pedal)"
Evile - "Hundred Wrathful Deities" More...

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Triptykon To Play Party.San Festival

The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:

"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...

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Headline News

Leviathan's Jef Whitehead Charged With Battery

The Chicago Tribune has reported that Jef Whitehead (a.k.a. Wrest of Leviathan, Krieg, and Nachtmystium) has been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery. An excerpt from the report follows:

"Veterans of the tattoo world were trying to make sense of the allegations made against a renowned tattoo artist who Cook County prosecutors say used the tools of his trade to sexually assault his girlfriend after he slammed her head against a floor and choked her. Jef Whitehead, 42, was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery Sunday and held on $350,000 bond after allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

"Prosecutors said an argument between the couple began about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a home connected to a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of West Taylor Street. The woman was taken to the University of Illinois Medical Center in fair to serious condition, said Quention Curtis, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. Her condition was not known Sunday. 'I've never known him to be violent to anyone — male or female,' Freddy Corbin said of Whitehead, whom he has known for more than 20 years.

"For the last three or four months, Whitehead has been traveling throughout the United States and parts of Europe on a tattooing tour, said Corbin, owner of Temple Tattoo in Oakland, Calif., where Whitehead has worked for three years."

No members of any of the band's Wrest is involved with have made any statements regarding the issue at this point in time. Additional details will be announced as they are made available.

Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Tour Trailer Online

European symphonic metal act Cradle of Filth has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming "Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour." Support on the trek will come from Nachtmystium, Turisas and Daniel Lioneye. You can view the full list of tour dates at this location. The trailer is available for viewing below:

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Nachtmystium To Release Live Album

Nachtmystium has announced plans to release a new live album recorded during the band's 2010 performance at Tilburg, Netherlands "Roadburn Festival." The band commented by saying:

"Our experience at Roadburn was truly one of a kind. Never have we been treated so well by organizers of any festival or tour we have been a part of, and it was truly a blessing to work with the kind folks behind this amazing festival. I’d also like to thank Ron van Herpen from Astrosoniq / The Devils Blood and Teun van der Velden from Astrosoniq for stepping in on very last minute notice to help us out with the lead guitar and synthesizer duties for this performance. Without these two gentlemen, our show would not have been what it was.

"For your information, these two guys had THREE HOURS of practice with us EVER, on the day of the show none the less. We had not met them in person previous to the day of the show. They’d been asked to help us out (due to some unfortunate circumstances with a member of Nachtmystium having to leave for home mid-tour) about nine days before our performance at Roadburn. Both of them learned the entire set from the album recordings of the songs we played in these nine days, and then had a three hour window in the afternoon on show-day to rehearse with us as a full band.

"I was (and still am every time I listen to this recording) completely blown away by how well both of these guys played. Their attention to detail was incredible, and we the band are eternally grateful for their services for this performance. So, we hope anyone listening to this recording enjoys it as much as we enjoyed performing it!"

The live album will contain the following track listing:

Side A:
1. Away From The Light
2. Your True Enemy
3. Ghost Of Grace
4. Life Of Fire
5. A Seed For Suffering
6. Chosen By No One

Side B:
1. Hellish Overdose
2. Cry For Help
3. High On Hate
4. One Of These Nights
5. Assassins

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Nachtmystium Posts New Music Video Online

Chicago progressive black metal act Nachtmystium has teamed up with Stereogum to release its new music video. The video was shot for the track "Every Last Drop." "Every Last Drop" comes off of Nachtmystium's latest album, "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II," which was released on June 8, 2010 through Century Media Records. You can view the video below:

Nachtmystium - "Every Last Drop" Video (Stereogum Premiere) from stereogum on Vimeo.

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Cradle Of Filth Announces North American Tour

British extreme metal act Cradle Of Filth has announced the dates for its first North American tour since 2009, a headlining run being dubbed as the "Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour", in February 2011. Support on the tour will come from Nachtmystium, Turisas and Daniel Lioneye.

"Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour"
Feb. 01 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Feb. 02 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
Feb. 04 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Feb. 05 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
Feb. 06 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Feb. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia Live
Feb. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Feb. 11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Theatre
Feb. 12 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Feb. 13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 15 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Center
Feb. 16 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb. 18 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Feb. 20 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Feb. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Feb. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo
Feb. 25 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Feb. 26 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
Feb. 27 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Feb. 28 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
Mar. 02 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Mar. 03 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Mar. 04 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Mar. 05 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Mar. 06 - Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street Ballroom
Mar. 08 - Norfolk, VA - Norva Theatre
Mar. 09 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Mar. 11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Mar. 12 - Orlando, FL - Firestone
Mar. 13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade

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Hail of Bullets Confirms Festival Appearance

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has announced its participation in the upcoming edition of the Party.San Open Air festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place between August 11th, 12th and 13th in Bad Berka, Germany. More bands are to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Party.San Open Air confirmed bands:
Hail Of Bullets
Negura Bunget

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Nachtmystium Shoots New Music Video

Nachtmystium recently filmed a music video for the track “Every Last Drop,” which was shot by Jimmy Hubbard and Seldon Hunt and edited by Alan Dubin (ex-Khanate, Gnaw). Special FX make up was handled by Brandy McDonald and the Director of Photography was Chris Polinski. The video also features Nachtmystium mastermind Blake Judd, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Aubrey Smith (featured on the Addicts: Pt. 2 cover). The video was shot in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday July 24th and Sunday July 25th. Photos from the video shoot can be viewed here.

Nachtmystium also has the following upcoming tour dates:

9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub - Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place - Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Sala Rose - Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall - New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell - Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott - Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory - Richmond, VA
9/25/2010 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café - Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub - Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL

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Stream The High Confessions Entire Debut Album

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, the newly formed band featuring Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG, STEREOLAB, JIM O’ROURKE), are streaming their debut album "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" online now via Stereogum.com.

"Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" was recorded in Chicago, IL with Parker and Lemos engineering. The album will see its North American release on Tuesday, July 20th. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will be hosting a record release party on Monday, July 19th at The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago, IL in support of the album. The entire band will be in attendance, DJ-ing the night. Complete event details can be found here.

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Nachtmystium Announces North American Tour

Nachtmystium will kick off a North American tour this September alongside Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, and Dark Castle. The currently announced dates are as follows:

9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub - Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place - Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Sala Rose - Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall - New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell - Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott - Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory - Richmond, VA
9/25/2010 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café - Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub - Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL

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