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Monday, September 23, 2013

Crocodiles 2013 North American Tour Fast Approaches


Crocdiles Fall 2013 North American Tour Dates

10/18 New York, NY - CMJ

10/19 New York, NY - CMJ

10/20 Washington, DC - DC9 !

10/23 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar !

10/24 Nashville, TN - High Watt !

10/25 Atlanta, GA - The Earl !

10/26 Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits !

10/29 New Orleans, LA - The Mint !

10/30 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's !

10/31 Austin, TX - Holy Mountain !
11/01 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace !

11/02 Tucson, AZ - Last Exit Live !

11/05 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar @

11/06 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar @
11/07 San Diego, CA. - Casbah @

11/08 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo @

11/09 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel @

11/11 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar @

11/12 Seattle, WA - Barboza @

11/16 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle @

11/19 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace @

11/20 Montreal, QC - Divan Orange @

11/21 Boston, MA - Great Scott @

11/22 Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle @

11/23 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Willamsburg @

! w/ Royal Bangs
@ w/ Wymond Miles

  Man, no rest for the wicked right?  I'm not really on duty for this tour because Crimes of Passion was put out by Frenchkiss in the US, and I don't want to step on any toes with my internet wizardry- so no Facebook magic this time through. I'm still super interested in how it all goes.  I note that they added a regional opener for some of those tough dates in the southeast:  Royal Bangs is from Knoxville Tennessee, and presumably their 10k FB likes with a heavy southern tilt won't hurt ticket sales.   They also have a record out.  Wymond Miles is a pretty conventional choice for the West Coast/trip back to the East Coast- but he is a consummate pro and has a record out 10/15 so there will be some momentum there.

  As the months go by and I see what some of their better received counterparts are getting on their newest Pitchfork reviews, I feel better and better about the long-term prospects of Crocodiles.  Sure, they didn't exactly knock it out of the park, but there is a stable/unward trend line both in terms of critical appreciation and absolute size of Audience.  If you look at the trend on for their Last.FM profile, you see a bounce in weekly listeners from  1200 to 3300- close to 3x, and then the gradual fall back to a higher resting level, which will probably be like 2250 vs. 1200 prior to the album release.

 I don't have sales figures from the US, but I know in our territories we shipped a fair amount of physical product that makes me anxious for another record to sell in those territories.  The tour dates have gone well up and down the board.  They have a new asset on the way (video) to help boost interest for North American tour promotion.

 Our of all the dates on the tour there are only a couple that look problematic.  A Thursday night in Nashville. A Tuesday night in Vegas.  And a cheeky Monday/Tuesday sequence in Portland/Seattle.  But what can you do. 

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