Maps & Atlases recently released their glorious second full-length offering, Beware and Be Grateful, last month. They also recently made a stop off in the UK to promote the LP and whilst here they stopped over in Manchester, more specifically a Gallery in which you could spend far too much money on rare gig posters. Trust me, I've done it. The band performed a selection of tracks including "Fever", "Winter" and "Pigeon". If you jump on over to Manchester Scenewipe you can enjoy the latter two with "Fever" being up for your enjoyment above.
As we eagerly await the return of Maps & Atlases and their new album Beware & Be Grateful to drop on the 17th of April, we get our second taste of what's to come. Like stealing a cookie from the jar while your parents are in the next room as a child, the track is a delight to the senses and a rush of excitement as it sees the band take a more direct approach in comparison to their great 2010 album, Perch Patchwork. It is called "Fever" so be wary of getting a little hot after hearing it, but stream it below via Spin and head over here to pre-order the album.
A firm favourite in the SKoA camp has just announced a spring tour to coincide with the release of their new album Beware and Be Grateful which has been given a release date of the 17th of April on Barsuk. Maps & Atlases kicks off in their hometown with a show at the Metro in Chicago on the 11th of May before continuing on through to June 19th at Amsterdam Hall in St. Paul. The Chicago boys will also hit up SXSW next month with a brief European tour around the SX dates. Peep their full list of dates after the jump.
Maps & Atlases Spring Tour 2012:
3/8 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
3/9 Nashville, TN - The Mercy
3/10 New Orleans, LA - Foburg Festival
3/14 - 3/17 Austin, TX - SXSW 2012
3/18 Dallas, TX - Bro Fest
3/19 Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the Vapors Festival
3/22 Memphis, TN - Fareveller Festival
3/31 Bethelem, PA - NOWADAYS Festival
5/11 Chicago, IL - Metro
5/12 St Louis, MO - Firebird
5/14 Columbus, OH - The Basement
5/15 Akron, OH - Musica
5/16 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
5/17 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
5/18 Boston, MA - Middle East
5/19 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
5/21 New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
5/22 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
5/23 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
5/24 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
5/25 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
5/26 Tampa, FL - Crowbar
5/27 Orlando, FL - The Plaza
5/29 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
6/1 Austin, TX - The Parish
6/4 El Paso, TX - Lowbro Palace
6/5 Phoenix, AZ - TBA
6/6 San Diego, CA - Casbah
6/7 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
6/8 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
6/9 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
6/11 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
6/12 Vancouver, BC - Media Club
6/13 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
6/15 Boise, ID - Neurolux
6/16 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
6/17 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
6/18 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
6/19 St Paul, MN - Amsterdam Hall
Back in 2010 we seriously could not get enough of Maps & Atlases, their debut was a stunning peice of music and now they're readying the release of some new material via Beware and Be Careful, which is set for release on April 16th in the UK and a day later on the 17th in the US. Not too long ago, Rolling Stone put up a download of a brand new track called "Winter". It's good to have them back. Stream it below.
In 2010 when Maps & Atlases released their stunning debut album, Perch Patchwork, we couldn't get enough. Some good news this way does come today as the Chicago band have announced their sophomore effort entitled, Beware and Be Careful, and a release date for April 16th in the UK and a day later on the 17th in the US. They've also uploaded an intriguing little video for the announcement which right at the end features some new music being played at what looks like a school disco!?
The band have also announced a European and UK tour. Dates after the jump. See you at Night & Day!
UK/European April Tour 2012
16 Mon UK BRISTOL Cooler
17 Tue UK LONDON Garage
18 Wed UK MANCHESTER Night and Day
19 Thu UK GLASGOWNice 'N Sleazy
20 Fri UK LEEDS Brudenell
22 Sun Belgium BRUSSELS Botanique
23 Mon Netherlands AMSTERDAM Paradiso
24 Tue Germany COLOGNE Gebaeude 9
25 Wed Germany HAMBURG Haus III&70
26 Thu Germany BERLIN Bi Nuu
27 Fri Germany FRANKFURT Das Bett
28 Sat France PARIS Fleche D'or
If you're a regular reader, by now you'll have realised we have a little soft spot for the Chicago based Maps & Atlases. They released their debut LP Perch Patchwork last year and it made our top 20 albums of 2010 to boot. Not too bad huh. Today you can check out their brand new visuals for the track "Israeli Caves" courtesy of our good friends at TwentyFourBit. The video will almost certainly make you go "Awwwww" or something to that nature. Check it out at the top and if you missed their A.V. Club performance the other day check that out here.
We've seen numerous Take Away shows from a host of bands in recent months and today I'm pleased to post one from a band I've already written about once today. Of course, it's Maps & Atlases. You can see them doing a nice little rendition of "Pigeon" for French site La Blogotheque and their Take Away show series which sees bands playing their tracks in unusual and amazing locations.
A beautiful version from Dave Davison and his trusty guitar. Check it out at the top whilst sitting back and having a little relax
Check out one of my favourite bands from 2010 doing their thing recently for the A.V. Club. The Chicago based band, Maps & Atlases put in a nice rendition of Seals & Croft's "Summer Breeze". The band whose full length debut Perch Patchwork is a great listen of interweaving harmonies and acoustic guitar fret work set against a back drop of rising bass and drum beats. In short it's great and up at the top you can see them performing a cover live.
To add to the fun of the video it was recorded at the T Shirt giant, Threadless, and their warehouse. Apparently it has a basketball court along with a giant robot. Check it out and if you want to pick up their album (which I think you should), it's up for grabs here.