Parenthetical Girls Embark on “PG-13 Tour”

Written by  Published in Previews Wednesday, 21 March 2012 16:35

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Leave it to Zac Pennington and his bizarro freak-pop troupe Parenthetical Girls to entitle their tour, the “PG-13 Tour” (parents strongly caution). The Portland-based group embarked on its risqué road voyage on Wednesday, March 21st, and plans to make the rounds through North America, beginning in California and ending up in Seattle in mid-May.  Pennington’s first words about the tour were these: “Awake in beautiful SAC-RA-MENTOOO, California. ‘This is what you chose to do with your life. These are the people that you chose to do it with.’  ‘What are we doing? Why are we doing this?’ are the competing mantras. We’re all very excited.”

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Anyone who has seen Parenthetical Girls play live should be as excited as the band members themselves. The charismatic Pennington is a show all in himself, engaging the audience with jokes, anecdotes, and random thoughts between songs. And as soon as the music starts, he transforms into a raucous, flamboyant performer known to wrangle his band mates in microphone cords, waltz through the crowd mid-song, and virtually devour his microphone (let’s hope he brings his own).  This band’s live show is truly a spectacle.

Tour dates:

3/21 CAFE DU NORD, SAN FRANCISCO CA (21+)*

3/22 BOOTLEG THEATER, LOS ANGELES CA (ALL AGES)*

3/23 CASBAH, SAN DIEGO CA (21+)*

3/24 SOLAR CULTURE, TUCSON (21+)*

3/26 DAN'S SILVERLEAF, DENTON, TX (ALL AGES)*

3/27 LAMBERT'S, AUSTIN (21+)*

3/28 CIRCLE BAR, NEW ORLEANS

3/29 THE EARL, ATLANTA (21+)*

3/30 THE GARAGE AT MOTORCO, DURHAM, NC (ALL AGES)*

3/31 IOTA CLUB & CAFE, ARLINGTON, VA (21+)*

4/1 ALTER BAR, PITTSBURGH (ALL AGES, EARLY SHOW)

4/2 JOHNNY BRENDA'S, PHILADELPHIA (21+)*

4/3 MERCURY LOUNGE, NYC (21+)* SOLD OUT

4/4 THE DEPOT, BALTIMORE (18+)

4/5 GLASSLANDS, BROOKLYN (21+)* SOLD OUT

4/6 IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL,

NORTH HAMPTON, MA (ALL AGES)*

4/7 LE DIVAN ORANGE, MONTREAL (18+)*

4/8 DRAKE HOTEL, TORONTO (19+)*

4/9 ARBOR VITAE, ANN ARBOR, MI (ALL AGES)

4/10 SCHUBAS, CHICAGO (21+)*

4/11 CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS (ALL AGES)*

4/13 HI DIVE, DENVER*

4/14 KILBY COURT, SALT LAKE CITY (ALL AGES)*

4/17 MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS, PORTLAND (21+)*

4/18 BILTMORE CABARET, VANCOUVER BC (19+)*

4/19 CROCODILE CAFE, SEATTLE (21+)*

* with Perfume Genius

Last modified on Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:40
Katrina Nattress

For as long as she can remember (and probably before then), Katrina has been a music addict. Raised attending concerts and listening to records with her father in Portland, Oregon, there was no question as to what the little audiophile would be when she grew up—a music journalist. And from the first day she wrote an album review for a blog in high school, she never deterred from that path. With a journalism degree from the University of Oregon under her belt, Katrina decided to pack up and move to where the action was. She now spends her days basking in the sun of the city of angels, keeping Amoeba Records in healthy business, and watching live music every chance she gets.

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