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The Slip — perhaps the band that best exemplifies the term “post-jam” — had a big 2006.

They toured with My Morning Jacket, played NPR’s Live Concert Series, were featured on AOL’s Interface, released a very solid album that got some good blog coverage, and somehow got their song “Even Rats” featured on the hot new video game, Guitar Hero. And most importantly, they were featured on one of Live Music Blog’s famous podcasts.

But, to be honest, I think they may be slated for an even bigger year in 2007.

They’ve started off the year with quite a bang. Their song, “Life in Disguise,” off of Eisenhower, was featured on the popular TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” to much aplomb. They also played “Children of December” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien! And now they’ve announced an extensive Spring tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, and are slated for a slew of big festival performances at Sasquatch, Wakarusa, and Bonnaroo!

That’s a pretty solid tour they’ve got going. It’s nice to see this band finally riding the wave of popularity, especially since I can remember seeing a bunch thier small-club shows in the Northeast with audiences barely more than 50. It’s enough to make a live music fanatic like me proud (sniff sniff).

But with that said, I really feel that their performances on Conan and NPR were pretty rough and a little lackluster. Maybe they were nervous with so many more eyes and ears than they’re used to, but if they’re going to exhibit their true talents (and I do think they’re talented), they’re going to have to deliver on these big performances.

Listen:

Perhaps the Slip will feel a bit more at ease on their normal club circuit. They’ve got a hell of a tour lined up. Dates and a few videos after the jump…


The Slip’s 2007 tour dates:

WINTER TOUR
Fri/Feb-23 Boston, MA Paradise * #
Sat/Feb-24 Portland, ME SPACE Gallery * #
Sun/Feb-25 Portsmouth, NH Stone Church * #
Tue/Feb-27 Hoboken, NJ Maxwells #
Wed/Feb-28 Philadelphia, PA World Café % $
Thu/Mar-01 Towson, MD Recher Theatre % $
Sat/Mar-03 Virginia Beach, VA Jewish Mother $
Tue/Mar-06 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle %
Wed/Mar-07 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre %
Thu/Mar-08 Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar % &
Sat/Mar-10 Sunrise, FL Langerado Festival
Sat/Mar-10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room**
Mon/Mar-12 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre &
Tues/Mar-13 Nashville, TN In-Store at Grimey’s
Wed/Mar-14 Nashville, TN Exit In & ^
Thu/Mar-15 Indianapolis, IN In-Store at Indy CD&Vinyl
Thu/Mar-15 Indianapolis, IN Music Mill & @
Fri/Mar-16 Chicago, IL Double Door & ~
Sat/Mar-17 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop & ~
Sun/Mar-18 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre & ~
Tue/Mar-20 Rochester, NY Milestones *
Wed/Mar-21 Troy, NY Revolution Hall *
Fri/Mar-23 Montreal, CAN La Sala Rossa *
Sat/Mar-24 Lake Placid, NY Snoe.down

CROSS CANADA TOUR TO THE WEST COAST
April 13th – 20th cities & venues TBA very soon +

US WEST COAST TOUR
Sat/Apr-21 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe +
Mon/Apr-23 Portland, OR Doug Fir +
Tue/Apr-24 Eugene, OR WOW Hall +
Fri/Apr-27 San Francisco, CA Independent +
Sat/Apr-28 San Francisco, CA Independent +

UPCOMING FESTIVALS
Sat/May-26 George, WA SASQUATCH
Fri-Sat/June 9-10 Lawrence, KS WAKARUSA
Sat/June-16 Manchester, TN BONNAROO

+ with Holy F&%k
* with WinterSleep
# with Phonograph
% with Arizona
$ with Earl Greyhound
& with Gringo Star
^ with Allweseabees
@ with Backyard Tire Fire
~ with Brighton MA
** with North Mississippi Allstars

Unfortunately, their performance on Conan has since been pulled from YouTube. But here are a few other videos to check out:

“Even Rats” – Guitar Hero version:

“Children of December” – live in studio (?):

“Life in Disguise” – as featured on Grey’s Anatomy: