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December 2, 2010

Anberlin to perform at Rams Head Live in January

Alternative rock band Anberlin announced a tour Wednesday that includes a stop in Baltimore.

The Winter Haven, Florida five-piece will play Rams Head Live January 26.

I hadn't heard of these guys until just yesterday, when Al Shipley mentioned them over narrowcast. His assessment? Catchier than the new Jimmy Eat World song, but with a look that's too "ridiculous and European boy band." In their defense, that is the offiicial emo uniform of Winter Haven, FL.

The band is enjoying some new success after eight years together. Their fifth album, "Dark is the way, Light is a Place," peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Tickets for the RHL show are on sale now.

Incidentally, Jimmy Eat World also announced new tour dates Wednesday. 

Tour dates for both bands after the jump:

Anberlin tour dates:
12/3 - Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park         (WXXJ)
12/4 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre (WPBZ)
12/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (The X)
12/8 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (WBRU)
12/12 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena (91X)
1/14 - Richmond, VA @ The National
1/15 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
1/16  - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/18 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
1/19 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
1/20 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
1/21 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
1/22 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
1/24 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
1/25 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
1/26 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
1/28 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
1/29 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
1/30 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock                 

Jimmy Eat World American tour dates:
12/4 - Dallas KDGE "How the Edge Stole Christmas"
12/5 - Houston KTBZ "Buzzfestivus"
12/6 - Kansas City KRBZ "The Night the Buzz Stole Christmas"
12/8 - Seattle KNDD "Deck the Hall Ball"
12/10 - Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
12/11 - Los Angeles KROQ "Acoustic Christmas"
12/12 - San Diego 91X "Wrex the Halls"
12/13 - CONAN on TBS
12/31 - Tempe, AZ @ Fiesta Bowl Block Party
1/28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
1/29 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
1/30 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/2 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
2/3 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2/4 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
2/5 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
2/7 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
2/8 - Richmond, VA @ The National
2/11 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues - Atlantic City
2/12 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
2/13 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club
2/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
2/16 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
2/17 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
2/18 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
2/19 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric
2/21 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa

Photo: Anberlin MySpace

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Posted by Erik Maza at 9:49 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Music News


I've been listening to these guys for years so I was pretty excited to see them play with Funeral For A Friend at Sonar in 2005. The headliner was actually Story of the Year who put on a pretty good show too. Out of the four bands who played, Anberlin played a pretty energetic set but nowhere near as hard as the other three bands (who played harder than their album versions at the time) so the crowd just wasn't into it as much. They would fit into a Jimmy Eat World crowd better than a more hardcore crowd as was the case at that show. It was a great show though.

Funeral for a Friend and Story of the Year aren't hardcore by any stretch of the wikipedia imagination.

But in all seriousness, I first heard Anberlin back in 2003 when I was into emo-pop-rock (read, pop music with driving guitars and lyrics about lost love), and they were enjoyable. Never saw a show though, and moved on from that genre to enjoy beard punk. FEST!!

I didn't say that FFAF or SOTY were hardcore, but they drew a more hardcore crowd and they played harder versions of their songs. (Also FFAF was harder years ago than they are today.) It was a lot of harder semi-"scream-emo" songs while pierced-up kids in black hoodies with patches all over them smashed into each other in the middle of crowd. I stayed in the back. Anberlin didn't fit that vibe as well but still put on a nice show.

Beard punk is played out, son!

Didn't really dig Anberlin when I first checked them out - couldn't stand the vocals - but recently I heard a song that was A-OK, will check them out again.

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