Howlin Rain to Tour w/Black Crowes

 

More cerebral bounce to the ounce than a barrelful
of windowpane…

By Blurt Staff

 

S.F.
psych rockers Howlin Rain, featuring
Comets
on Fire
co-founder and lead
singer Ethan Miller and
Drunk Horse’s Joel Robinow, will be joining The
Black Crowes
for the West Coast and East Coast legs of their fall 2008 tour.  Favorites on the summer festival
circuit here and abroad (Bonnaroo and upcoming gigs at SF’s Outside Lands Fest
w/Radiohead on 8/22 and Seattle’s
Bumbershoot Fest on 8/31), Howlin
Rain
are promoting their Birdman/ American debut, Magnificent Fiend.

 

The label describes it as
“freeform, organic and transcendent, with songs that roll from the speakers
like a half-waking vision made of dreams and nightmares, ignited and guided by
the power of the band and the velvet roar of Miller’s vocals… Laid-back grooves and soulful
breakdowns build to explode into anthemic choruses with mind-melding
guitar
riffs
and soaring,
string-bending solos. Miller is a passionate, possessed frontman and the band’s
intuitive playing and synched-in musicianship is a heady shot of pure, timeless
rock and roll.”

 

Meanwhile, your friendly
neighborhood BLURT describes the album thusly:

 

Comets on Fire’s Ethan
Miller can’t possibly remember the 1960s, and maybe that’s the secret to Magnificent
Fiend
‘s dead-on, day-glo channeling of the decade of love. The
unmistakable scent of patchouli wafts from the viscous guitar lines and
swirling organs in “Dancers at the End of Time.” You can hear a bit
of Comets on Fire’s mad chaos in the interstices here, but not much. This is,
after all, Miller’s band for structured songs. And what songs! In “Lord
Have Mercy,” a cast of thousands swirls gospel, blues, funk and soul into
one Peter Max-vivid vibe. “Goodbye Ruby” shape shifts from
porno-quality, wah-wah laced funk into a soaring, circling guitar solo worthy of
Duane and Dickey in their prime. These cuts are so old-fashioned, they’re
almost fresh by default. In the end, though, what’s remarkable is not how well
Howlin Rain remembers the 1960s, but how completely it forgets everything that
came after.

 

 

 

Howlin Rain Tour Dates (* indicates w/Crowes):

 

FR Aug 22 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival w/Radiohead

SU Aug 31 Seattle, WA
@ Bumbershoot Festival

WE Sep 10 Arcata, CA
@ Van Duzer Theater*

SA Sep 13 Las Vegas, NV
@ the Joint*

SU Sep 14 Santa Cruz, CA
@ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium         

TU Sep 16 Mesa,
AZ @ Ikeda Theatre (
Mesa Arts
Center
)*

WE Sep 17 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater*

FR Sep 19 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara
County
Bowl*

SU Sep 21 Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center For the Arts

TH Sept 25 Redwood City, CA @ The Little Fox     

 

TU Oct 7 Richmond, VA @ The National*

WE Oct 8 Richmond, VA
@ The National*

SA Oct 11 Albany, NY
@ the Palace Theater *

SU Oct 12 Northampton,
MA @ Calvin Theater*

MO Oct 13 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

WE Oct 15 Portland, ME @ Merrill Auditorium       

FR Oct 17 Boston, MA
Boston Opera House*

SA Oct 18 Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom*

SU Oct 28 New York City, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom*

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