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Mike Krol Kicks Off North American Tour This Week, New album Out Now

Mike Krol Kicks Off North American Tour This Week, New album Out Now

Mike Krol hits the road this week for his North American tour in support of his highly acclaimed new album, Power Chords, which was just released on Merge Records last month. The dates kick off in San Diego this Friday. Highlights include LA, San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, D.C., Savannah Stopover and Treefort festivals plus performances at SXSW.
Mike Krol Live Dates:
2/15: San Diego - Soda Bar (Awesome Fest)
2/16: Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
2/20: San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
2/22: Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
2/23: Seattle, WA - Crocodile Back Bar
2/26: Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
2/27: Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee
2/28: Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
3/01: Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
3/02: Toronto, ON - The Garrison
3/04: Allston, MA - Great Scott
3/05: Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
3/06: Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle
3/07: Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
3/08: Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle in Backroom
3/09: Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
3/10: Atlanta, GA - The Earl
3/11: New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
3/13 - 3/16: Austin, TX - SXSW
3/17: Dallas, TX - Not So Fun Wknd at Club Dada
3/19: Denver, CO - Globe Hall
3/20: Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
3/21: Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
3/22: Reno, NV - Holland Project
3/23: Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
04/02: Groningen, NE - Vera
04/03: Copenhagen, DE - Loppen
04/04: Oslo, NO - Revolver
04/06: Malmö, SE - Plan B
04/08: Hamburg, GE - Molotow Skybar
04/09: Berlin, GE - Monarch
04/10: Prague, CR - Underdogs
04/12: Geneva, CH - La Graviere
04/13: Lyon, FR - Trokson
04/14: Toulouse, FR - Les Pavillons Sauvages
04/16: Paris, FR - Le Gibus
04/17: Brussels, BE - Reflektor Cafe
04/19: Amsterdam, NE - Skatecafe
04/20: Schijndel, NE - Paaspop
4/22: London, UK - The Social
4/23: Bristol, UK - Crofters Rights
4/24: Manchester, UK - The Castle
4/25: Glasgow, UK - Hug & Pint
4/26: Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club at Book Club
4/27: London, UK - Test Pressing Festival at The Dome
More on Mike Krol's Power Chords:
Of all the breakups in Mike Krol's songs, the most harrowing story is about his breakup with music.
In 2015, coming off of his best record yet and the ensuing world tour, Krol found himself in the midst of a full-blown existential crisis. He'd invested everything to create the rock-and-roll life he'd always wanted, but he wasn't sure the life wanted him back.
Power Chords, Krol's new Merge release, picks up where 2015's Turkey left off. It traces Krol's journey back to punk rock, harnessing both the guitar technique and the musical redemption referenced in its title. To rediscover the power in those chords, Krol recorded for two-plus years in three separate locations (Nashville, Los Angeles, and Krol's native Wisconsin). The record opens in a howling maelstrom of feedback: welcome to Krol's crucible. After a stage-setting spoken-word intro ("I used to never understand the blues, until the night I met you. And every day since, I've gotten better at guitar"), we find ourselves back in familiar Krol territory-aggressive and assertive, scratchy and raw, catchy as hell-but something has changed. The sounds have a new density-and so do the stories. Krol's lyrics have always walked a fine line between self-acceptance and self-destruction, but throughout Power Chords, they reveal a new sense of self-awareness. "Without a little drama I grow bored and sick of all my days," he sings on "Little Drama," and it's just one revelatory moment on a record full of them.
Of course, none of this is to say that Krol has mellowed. You might find a mea culpa or two, but Mike Krol will never be chastened. If anything, he's out more for revenge than forgiveness, and if he's grown, it's because he's grown bolder. He's wielding the same influences-Misfits, The Strokes, early Weezer, Ramones-but turning up the gravity and the gain. Indeed, Krol has gone somewhere new; yes, he bludgeoned himself with over-analysis and self-loathing, but along the way he stumbled upon a trove of intricate guitar lines and artfully mutating melodies. It's there in the chorus of "Blue and Pink," the bridge in "I Wonder," the entirety of the deliriously infectious first single, "An Ambulance."
Music ruined Krol's life. And then saved it. In chronicling that process, Krol has made his best record-painful, voyeuristic, and angry, but ultimately transcendent and timeless. It is the sound of Krol giving in to a force greater than himself, as though the chords are playing him rather than the other way around.
Photo By: Brian Guido

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