Gossip announce U.S. headlining tour in support of their new album Music For Men. The tour kicks off in Washington, DC at 9:30 Club on October 7 and runs through October 30 at Vino’s in Little Rock, AR (see below for full itinerary). Produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin, Music For Men is in stores on Tuesday October 6, 2009. Music For Men has the UK press raving. Clash called it “Wild, sexy and scintillating, ‘Music For Men’ is the most euphoric thing you’ll hear this year.” Guardian exclaimed “Music for Men is a raised fist of a record. This record is bigger and better than anything they’ve done before.”

“Heavy Cross,” the first single from Music For Men, will be featured this week as iTunes free Single of the Week (beginning today). Entertainment Weekly recently declared the single as “the triumphant return of the cult blues-punk trio.” “Heavy Cross,” draws you in with Ditto’s vulnerable murmurs over a pulsing beat that crescendos into an explosive mix of dance and punk rock anchored by her thunderous wail. “Her voice walks a thin line between tenderness and violence, so that the overall effect strikes one like a ballerina wielding a chainsaw,” was how The Observer recently described Ditto’s vocal prowess.

Gossip have toured extensively over the past couple years, covering the major festival circuits in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. The band’s live show has garnered critical acclaim and has cemented Gossip’s reputation as one of the most exciting and relevant must-see live bands. NME raved “The greatest punk rock’n’roll disco soul band on the planet. Gossip are mind-blowing. Everyone needs to hear this band and dance like there’s no tomorrow.”

Gossip are Beth Ditto (vocals), Brace Paine (guitar, bass, keyboards) and Hannah Billie (drums).

Gossip U.S. tour dates

October 7 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

October 8 Philadelphia, PA TLA

October 9 New York, NY Terminal 5

October 11 Boston, MA Paradise

October 15 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater

October 16 Chicago, IL Metro

October 17 Madison, WO Orpheum

October 19 Denver, CO Bluebird

October 20 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

October 23 Seattle, WA Showbox

October 24 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

October 25 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom

October 26 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater

October 29 Austin, TX Emo’s

October 30 Little Rock, AR Vino’s

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