Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Modest Mouse, Cake, and Kinky have signed on for the inaugural Unlimited Sunshine tour, which bows July 31 in St. Louis and wraps Aug. 31 in St. Paul, Minn. The idea for the
Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Modest Mouse, Cake, and Kinky have signed on for the inaugural Unlimited Sunshine tour, which bows July 31 in St. Louis and wraps Aug. 31 in St. Paul, Minn. The idea for the trek came from Cake's John McCrea and Pete McNeal, who have also drafted the Hanckensaw Boys to play acoustic bluegrass music between sets.
"This music, to varying degrees, exists outside of the very concepts of mainstream and alternative," McCrea said in a statement. "The criteria are alive and not theoretical, musical and not cultural or economic. We just wanted to find some music that we didn't hate and put it into a show."
Unlimited Sunshine will visit a range of venues, from the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver to the bandshell in Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Prospect Park. For the Flaming Lips, the dates are expected to be the first in North America in support of the group's upcoming Warner Bros. album, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," due July 16 from Warner Bros. The Lips have already confirmed a short U.K. tour in early July, with Bob Mould supporting.
Cake is making a final push behind its latest Columbia set, "Comfort Eagle," before returning to the studio to record its next album. De La Soul will be supporting its most recent Tommy Boy set, "AOI: Bionix."
As for Modest Mouse, an Epic spokesperson says there is no target date for the group's sophomore major label set; frontman Isaac Brock will release "Sharpen Your Teeth," his solo debut under the Ugly Casanova moniker, May 21 via Sub Pop. Brock has confirmed an Ugly Casanova tour prior to Unlimited Sunshine, beginning June 15 in Seattle and wrapping July 15-16 in San Francisco.
The Unlimited Sunshine lineup is rounded out by Mexico-based Kinky, an eclectic rock/electronica combo whose new self-titled album was issued by Nettwerk in late March.
Here are the Unlimited Sunshine tour dates:
July 31: St. Louis (Pageant)
Aug. 1: Kansas City, Mo. (Beaumont)
Aug. 2: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Aug. 4: Seattle (Summer Nights at the Pier)
Aug. 8: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
Aug. 9: Sacramento, Calif. (Memorial Auditorium)
Aug. 10: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)
Aug. 11: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
Aug. 20: Detroit (Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre)
Aug. 21: Cleveland (Tower City Amphitheatre)
Aug. 22: Philadelphia (Mann Center)
Aug. 23-24: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Prospect Park Bandshell)
Aug. 26: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
Aug. 29: Columbus, Ohio (PromoWest Pavilion)
Aug. 30: Chicago (Aragon Ballroom)
Aug. 31: St. Paul, Minn. (Roy Wilkins Auditorium)