ince its unveiling last week, Peter Bjorn and John’s sixth album Gimme Some has found praise flowing in from all corners. Gimme Some has been tapped as “a top contender for best album of the year” by Elle and hailed for its’ “inspired, melodic, wildly infectious pop songs” by NPR. Filter appreciated the “heavy drums and catchy guitar riffs” while SPIN thought the Swedes might be in cahoots with Ikea. How else could they construct such a perfect “instruction guide for building pop’s nuts and bolts into super catchy songs”?
The trio performed Gimme Some’s first single “Second Chance” on Conan back in January, and once again in March on The Tonight Show (this time, however accompanied by a bearded, gong-playing mystery man.)
And Peter Bjorn and John are giving ample opportunity for American fans to catch them in-the-flesh this spring, with a slew of April and May tour dates amongst amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties (and fruited plains). Ticket-buyers clamoring, PB&J have added additional June shows in Texas and California.
With a decade of raw yet deft live performances and sonically innovative studio albums behind them, Peter Bjorn and John are no strangers to the attention and admiration of the indie rock world. But this time they seem so be getting that little bit of extra lovin’. How do you say “don’t call it a comeback” in Swedish?
Apr. 28th Masquerade (Heaven Stage) Atlanta, GA
29th Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
30th 9:30 Club Washington, DC
May 1st Theater of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
2nd Bowery Ballroom *2 Shows SOLD OUT New York, NY
3rd Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
5th Paradise Boston, MA
6th Lee’s Place Toronto, ON
7th Lincoln Hall *2 Shows Chicago, IL
10th Neumos Seattle, WA
11th Venue Vancouver, BC
12th Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
13th Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
14th El Rey Theatre *2 Shows Los Angeles, CA
June 1st Atones (New) Austin, TX
2nd Granada Theater (New) Dallas TX
3rd 7th Annual KJEE Summer Round Up (New) Santa Barbara, CA
4th Detroit Bar (New) Costa Mesa, CA
5th FM949 Independence Jam 2011 (New) San Diego, CA