Cincinnati alt-rockers The Afghan Whigs have decided to temporarily sate everyone’s post-Pitchfork, pre-Lollapalooza malaise by recording a cover of R&B wunderkind Frank Ocean’s song “Lovecrimes” and releasing the song as a download on their website.
Since they started touring again in May, the Whigs have covered “Lovecrimes” regularly in concert. The studio recording of the song represents the second new song the band has released since they officially reunited in December 2011.
The band has also added six more stateside stops on their already extensive tour schedule, which started in May with an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and will continue into November. In between, they'll perform at Lollapalooza in August—where, notably, Frank Ocean is also appearing.
The band are no strangers to cross-genre covers. Its previous post-hiatus release was a cover of funk legend Marie “Queenie” Lyons’ “See and Don’t See,” and its 1992 release Uptown Avondale was made up of mostly old soul covers.
July 25—H-Fi—Melbourne, Australia
July 26—The Factory—Sydney, Australia
July 27— Splendour in the Grass—Byron Bay, Australia
Aug. 3—Lollapalooza—Chicago, Illinois
Aug. 4—Metro—Chicago, Illinois
Aug. 7—Circus—Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 9—Oya Festival—Oslo, Norway
Aug. 10—Way Out West Festival—Gotebord, Sweden
Aug. 11—Haldern Pop—Haldern, Germany
Aug. 14—Palladium—Warsaw, Poland
Aug. 15—Lucerna Music Bar—Prague, Czech Republic
Aug. 17—Pukkelpop—Hasselt, Belgium
Aug. 19—Koko—London, UK
Sept. 22—ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror—New York, New York
Sept. 26—House of Blues—Boston, Massachusetts
Sept. 27—Electric Factory—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sept. 28—9:30 Club—Washington, DC
Oct. 3—Phoenix Theatre—Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 5—Terminal 5—New York, New York
Oct. 12—Austin City Limits—Austin, Texas
Oct. 19—Tipitina’s—New Orleans, Louisiana
Oct. 20—The Masquerade—Atlanta, Georgia
Oct. 21—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, North Carolina
Oct. 24—St. Andrew’s Hall— Detroit, Michigan
Oct. 25—Bogart’s—Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct. 28—Varsity Theatre—Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct. 30—Ogden Theatre—Denver, Colorado
Nov. 2—Wonder Ballroom—Portland, Oregon
Nov. 3—The Showbox—Seattle, Washington
Nov. 9—The Fonda—Los Angeles, California
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