It might be freezing across most of the country, but for Totally Michael there’s no better time to conjure up a summertime dance party. The one-man dynamo is teaming up with The Death Set, Team Robespierre, Ninjasonik and Cerebral Ballzy, to spread his feel-good anthems and songs about simpler times. The Newmore Switch Blades Tour will kick off tonight, March 12 at The Shank in Brooklyn, veer south to SXSW and conclude in Philadelphia.
Dubbed the “indie party circuit’s naughty little boy” by Big Shot and described by Alternative Press as melding “electronic sequences with pop-punk sensibilities,” Totally Michael has been heating up rock clubs and house parties alike with his sweat-filled, participatory shows. This jaunt is just one of many for Michael who has been touring relentlessly, from Alabama to Australia, in support of his self-titled debut, which was released last fall on IHEARTCOMIX (Matt & Kim, Futurecop) and slated for re-release April 28 to take advantage of the label’s newly signed distribution deal with RED.
Totally Michael’s songs, with self-explanatory titles like “Summertime,” “Prom Night,” and “Cheerleaders Vs. Drillteam,” are slices of unadulterated enthusiasm that burst with a cheeky, child-like glee. This is no more apparent than live where he recreates these rambunctious homages with just an electric guitar, iPod, mic and his unbridled exuberance. Get in on the fun in a town near you.
TOTALLY MICAHEL ON TOUR
WITH THE DEATH SET, TEAM ROBESPIERE, NINJASONIK AND CEREBRAL BALLZY
March 14 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ The Jewish Mother
March 15 – Asheville, N.C. @ Emerald Lounge
March 16 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Bottle Tree
March 17 – Tallahassee, Fla. @ Florida State University
March 18 – New Orleans, La. @ The Saturn Bar
March 19 – Austin, Texas @ Beauty Bar – IHEARTCOMIX SXSW Showcase
March 21 – Dallas, Texas @ Lounge on Elm Street
March 22 – Little Rock, Ark. @ Arkansas Community Center
March 23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Gargoyle Club
March 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Av-Aerie
March 25 – Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Cactus Club
March 26 – Madison, Wisc. @ The Rathskeller
March 27 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Summit
March 28 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Grog Shop
March 29 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Danger Danger House