Whether you know them from back in the 90’s or from their recent resurgence sparked by an episode of Parks and Recreation, it’s safe to say Letters to Cleo are something of a cult favorite. Though they disbanded in 2000 after their initial 10-year run, the band reunited a few years ago, and it seems like they’re back for good. Since the reunion, Letters to Cleo has played primarily in their hometown of Boston, but this fall they’re taking things on the road, with a show at Underground Arts on November 14.
Letters to Cleo became key players in the Boston indie scene in the 90’s, breaking through to the mainstream thanks to their work on film soundtracks like 10 Things I Hate About You and Josie and the Pussycats. But the band had no intention of ever playing another show when a Letters to Cleo t-shirt was featured on Parks and Rec — and that’s what makes their unlikely return to music so fascinating. After a few Boston reunion shows in 2016 they released a new EP, Back to Nebraska, and gave three of their early records their first-ever vinyl pressing. They’re also selling that now-famous t-shirt in their webstore, but I think it’d be much more fun to pick one up in person this November while reliving the 90’s and celebrating Letters to Cleo’s future.
According to Setlist.fm, the Underground Arts show is Letters to Cleo’s first Philadelphia show since a 1995 TLA gig and only their second Philly show ever, and it goes on sale this Friday, August 17. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.
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