Friday, May 29, 2009

The 88 add tour dates with the B-52s

Los Angeles-based band The 88 (, which has spent the better parts of both of April and May opening for the B-52s, 311 and Matt Costa, announced today the addition of the following West Coast dates with the B-52s:

6/17 @ Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA
6/19 @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater, Portland, OR
6/25 @ Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA - (previously announced)
6/27 @ Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, CA
6/30 @ The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
7/19 @ Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA - (previously announced)

Additional dates to be determined.

Tracks from the band’s last release Not Only…But Also have made waves on television, video games and online, continuing a trend The 88 began on their prior releases. Lead track “Coming Home” was heard in the premiere episode of 90210, while Gossip Girl showcased the piano-driven rocker “It’s A Lot”. The super-charged “Sons And Daughters” is a challenge to Rock Band 2 gamers. And in keeping with their DIY roots, their unique video for “Coming Home”, in which they spent the bulk of the video’s budget on free fuel for passing motorists at a local gas station, was featured on and Yahoo’s “Who’s Next”.

Fans attending the band’s recent shows have been treated to a taste of new music from The 88’s unreleased album This Must Be Love, including the song “Love Is The Thing”, now streaming at Buzz is already building around This Must Be Love: well before a release date has been confirmed: influential Los Angeles radio station KCRW has already played new music from the project on “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and the band performed “Love Is The Thing” live to a Philadelphia audience on NBC affiliate WCAU’s “10!” morning show earlier this month.

Founded in Los Angeles in 2002, The 88 have released three albums – Kind of Light, Over and Over and Not Only… But Also. The band is perhaps best known for their staggering number of music placements in film (Failure to Launch, You Me and Dupree), television (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother) and advertising (Sears, Target, Microsoft Zune) among others. Aside from extensive touring in North America, they have appeared on numerous national talk shows including Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call With Carson Daly. The 88 are lead singer/guitarist Keith Slettedahl, pianist Adam Merrin and drummer Anthony Zimmitti.

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