Two exciting tour announcements! The Mann Center’s putting together a pretty impressive slew of summer shows for us this impending outdoor season. It was a couple weeks ago that I boo-hooed on the Postal Service for skipping over Philly when they announced a North American tour a couple weeks ago. It was when The Mrs. Carter World Tour was announced and we were feeling pretty snubbed by Ben Gibbard, and also by Vampire Weekend. But today the big reunion tour of 2013, from the dweebs responsible for one of our favorite records of all time, Give Up, is officially extended and it includes a Mann Center performance on June 17th. Word is Jenny Lewis’ll be in attendance, too; would it be a real Postal Service show without a legit and serious performance of “Such Great Heights“? But don’t sleep on this, friends – tickets go on sale Friday the 22nd at 10a.m. It’ll probably sell out (eventually). Tickets range from $34.50 to $44.50.
The second and pretty much equally exciting announcement? BELLE AND SEBASTIAN! And you know what’s fun? Just the other day Pitchfork put out a very serious and very thoroughly solid hour-long documentary on the making of If You’re Feeling Sinister, their freakin’ fantastic sophomore LP made in 1996 in Glasgow. Sinister and their third, 1998’s The Boy with the Arab Strap, solidified a tender spot in my twee little heart over a decade ago as one of the most satisfying and calming headphone masterpiece-makers. Five strong LPs later and they’re bringing their huge catalogue, unlike the Postal Service with only one record to perform, to the Mann’s Skyline Stage with special guests Yo La Tengo. B & S hit the stage on July 10th and tickets are $39.50 in advance and $42 at the door; tickets are general admission. Tickets go on sale on Saturday the 23rd at 10a.m. So maybe you should put a couple hundred bucks aside to buy multiple Mann show tickets this weekend.
There are two other big Mann shows worth considering, too: She & Him with Camera Obscura on July 9th and Fun. with Tegan and Sara on July 19th. Those shows’ tickets are already on sale.