Filthy Friends, the supergroup led by Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney and Peter Buck of R.E.M., has announced its second album, Emerald Valley, which will be released May 3 on Kill Rock Stars. They’ll headline Johnny Brenda’s on May 21, with Denver indie rockers Dressy Bessy opening the show.
Emerald Valley is a thematically environmentalist album that explores both the beauty of the natural world and the destruction humans have caused, while also paying tribute to Tucker’s hometown of Eugene, Oregon by highlighting the issue of economic disparity. The lead single “Last Chance County” is out now — as Tucker tells Rolling Stone, “It’s about a teenage girl riding the bus through a depressed Northwest town in the 1980s, a version of myself and the frustration I saw there. Riding the bus to work, I saw people struggling to make ends meet and make sense of their lives. It’s disheartening that 30 years later, the struggle for working people might be even greater.”
Filthy Friends released its first album Invitation in 2017 and performs with a lineup that includes indie veterans Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch, and recently-added drummer Linda Pitmon. Tickets for the Johnny Brenda’s show go on sale this Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.
5/9 Seattle, WA – Neumos
5/10 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theatre
5/11 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
5/13 San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall
5/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
5/17 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
5/18 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
5/19 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
5/20 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
5/21 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
5/23 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
5/24 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
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