[deleted] is on a roll this season, and although I've been looking at this message in my inbox for almost two weeks, I can no longer bare to not deal with the following statement: "Vince Clarke and Andy Bell are arguably the original innovators of modern dance music." That's Erasure, folks. "Arguably" is right. Aside from obvious contemporaries like Depeche Mode and electronic/synth-pop groups that dwarf these jokers, like, say, New Order (or why the hell not OMD), isn't it kind of absurd to be crowing Erasure "the forefathers of elegant electro" [I'm not making this up] when Kraftwerk is still kicking?

The duo has a new album out on January 25 called Nightbird, and they apparently just came out with a DVD. They're picking up steam and will be rolling through the States in April (curiously not playing any casinos while in Las Vegas). All of that sniggering dismissal aside, the tour schedule is pretty outrageous. Five nights at Irving Plaza and three at the Avalon in LA. That's a few Erasure fans.

Full Tour Dates (just becasue I think it's funny):

4/14 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/15 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/16 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/18 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/29 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
5/2 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
5/3 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
5/6 Miami, FL @  Mansion
5/7 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
5/10 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
5/11 Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre
5/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
5/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
5/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
5/21 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
5/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
5/24 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
5/27 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint


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