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    Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:58:48

    The Belle Brigade to Tour This Spring - Their self-titled debut is out April 19th

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    Fresh off their well-attended month-long residency at Club Spaceland in Silverlake, Los Angeles band The Belle Brigade, fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, will hit the road for a series of spring US tour dates in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released by Reprise Records on April 19th, 2011.

    The duo, backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist Aaron Arntz, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman, and drummer Mike Green), opened four shows for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals in February and March, followed by a series of dates opening for G. Love & Special Sauce in April. Please see below for all confirmed dates. The band will also perform at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, March 16th through the 19th.

    Inspired by Barbara and Ethan's love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade's debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis, among others, before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

    The Belle Brigade's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

    03/02 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
    03/04 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
    03/05 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
    03/07 Boston, MA Café 939 at Berklee
    03/08 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop
    03/09 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
    03/10 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
    03/11 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts*
    03/12 Washington, DC The Red Place***
    03/20 Corpus Christi, TX Texas House Of Rock **
    03/23 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room**
    03/24 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom**
    03/25 Austin, TX Antone's**
    03/26 Houston, TX House Of Blues**
    04/07 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater**
    04/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues**
    04/09 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues**
    04/10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore**
    04/13 Sacramento, CA Harlow's**
    04/14 San Louis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company**
    04/15 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst**
    04/16 Stateline, NV Harrah's Tahoe-South Shore Rm**
    04/21 Bend, OR Midtown Ballroom**
    04/22 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory**
    04/23 Boise, ID Knitting Factory**
    04/26 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre**
    04/27 Duluth, MN Clyde Iron Works**
    04/28 Madison, WI The Majestic**
    04/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant**
    4/30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue**
    *denotes show with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
    **denotes show with G. Love and Special Sauce
    ***denotes show with Telekensis

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    —Amy Sciarretto

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