Hi. Tommy Plural here. I’m in Long Beach, California. I’m playing a few solo dates out here before heading back to Michigan to start prepping for both our annual GTG Fest (October 6th!) and The Plurals fall tour that starts on October 10th (including a string of midwest and east coast dates with Honah Lee!). Anyway, I played a live acoustic set on September 4th on a radio show out here called Demo Schmemo, hosted by our friend Sabina Couturier, and the whole show, including my live set and a somewhat informative interview, can be listened to right here. My segment starts around the 30 minute mark, but there’s good music throughout from the likes of The Dickies, No Age, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Lou Reed, and our old friends Cheap Girls, among others. My last solo show is this Saturday in San Pedro, CA at the home of our buddies Black Sparrow Press.
Lots of other great shows are happening this month, including Honah Lee sharing the stage with the one and only Jello Biafra at the Troc in Philadelphia on September 7th, as well as a hometown gig with cool new-to-our-block kids Not the Bees at the Mill Hill Basement in Trenton, NJ on September 23rd. The Hunky Newcomers (due to hit the studio real, real soon for a proper full-length) will be gracing the stage of Mac’s Bar on September 17th alongside Teenage Bottlerocket. Good stuff. Rounding out the live activity for this month, Drinking Mercury is doing a short run of Michigan dates on September 21st (House Show, Grand Rapids, MI w/ Pistolbrides), September 22nd (Midwest Fest Kickoff @ Rubble’s, Mt. Pleasant, MI w/ Empty Orchestra, Benthos) and September 28th (Mac’s Bar, Lansing, MI w/ Claudettes, Flatfoot). Come on out!
Finally, it is with my great pleasure to say that the GTG family got a little bit bigger on August 26th when Cora Ann Pierce was born to Frankie (of The Break-Ups) and Otis (of Frank and Earnest). While not the first GTG parents (that honor belongs to that old dog Eric CrookedSound), Frankie and Otis have come together in the midst of all of this stupid band activity and found something truly great, and I couldn’t be happier for them. Consider this a toast to two great people that I’m happy to call my friends, and the little one that I can’t wait to get to know.
Well on that sappy note I’m gonna finish my whiskey and pass out. Stellar.