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whigsalbum.jpgEver heard the Whigs? Plain and simple, these guys rock

I grabbed their latest album, Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip, from eMusic a few months back after a friend caught them here in Chicago and gave them a solid recommendation. When I asked him what their sound was like, he said something like, “well, they kind of…..they just ROCK, I don’t know!”

And I have to say, I tend to agree. They’re just a raw, indie-rock trio from down South with some solid songwriting. They’ve got great energy, but I like the way they can also slow it down to a loping pace to keep it interesting. And for some reason, the lead singer reminds me of the guy from the Spin Doctors, but with a lot more grit and growl. The Whigs kick off their U.S. tour tonight in Athens, GA at the 40 Watt.

Listen:

Tour dates after the jump…


The Whigs 2007 Spring tour dates:

03-02-07: Athens, GA – 40 Watt (w/ the Features and Wax Fang) @ Schoolkids Records
03-03-07: Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar (w/ the Features and Wax Fang)
03-06-07: Charleston, SC – Cumberlands (w/ Wax Fang)
03-07-07: Winston Salem, NC – Ziggy’s (w/ Wax Fang)
03-08-07: Baltimore, MD – Fletchers (w/ Wax Fang)
03-09-07: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 (w/ Wax Fang and the Sammies) BUY TIX
03-10-07: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ the Features and Spinto Band)
03-12-07: Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm and Brews (w/ the Features and Wax Fang)
03-13-07: Birmingham, AL – Workplay (w/ the Features and Wax Fang)
03-15-07: Austin, TX – Relix Magazine Party @ 3 PM (SXSW Conference)
03-16-07: Austin, TX – TBA (SXSW Conference)
03-17-07: Austin, TX – Blender Bar @ the Ritz 12AM (SXSW Conference)
03-19-07: Phoenix, AZ – Sets
03-20-07: San Diego, CA – HOB Epicenter
03-21-07: Los Angeles, CA – TBA
03-22-07: San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
03-24-07: Portland, OR – Roseland Grill
03-25-07: Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
03-26-07: Spokane, WA – Big Easy
03-28-07: Lead, SD – Golden Hills Resort
03-29-07: Brookings, SD – South Dakota State University
03-31-07: Jackson, MS – Millsaps College
04-12-07: Chicago, IL – Schubas
04-20-07: Rites of Spring Festival – Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN
04-22-07: Ithaca, NY. – Cornell University
04-23-07: Washington, DC. – Rock

Maybe we can persuade Justin to check these guys out when he’s down in Austin for SXSW later this month!?!