Big Top 'Chautauqua'

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Having "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director Michel Gondry in your corner is one thing, as is getting a Top 50 album of the year nod from Rolling Stone, but that all pales in comparison to getting a four-star review from Goldmine. Am I right?

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Surely, the Willowz's cup runneth over these days. Now comes word that the band, led by singer/guitarist Richie James Follin and bassist/vocalist Jessica Reynoza, is gearing up for a summer tour with the Detroit Cobras. It's Cobras vs. Willowz in a knock-down, drag-out, rock 'n roll party in the streets!

Working psychedelic magic into their potent, thick-as-molasses and loud-as-thunder rock sound, the Willowz merge mountainous, classic-rock guitar riffs with country sass on Chautauqua, the band's latest and greatest. It's raw, it's filled with greasy sonic cholesterol and it's good for you.

And the Cobras are a red-hot act in and of themselves, so get in your hot-rod Lincoln and ride to these dates:

Wed July 11 Covington, KY The Mad Hatter
Thu July 12 Columbus, OH Little Brother's
Fri July 13 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sat July 14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sun July 15 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Tue July 17 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
Wed July 18 Washington D.C. The Black Cat
Thu July 19 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Fri July 20 Cambridge, MA T.T. The Bear's
Sun July 22 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
Tue July 24 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Wed July 25 Knoxville, TN Blue Cats
Thu July 26 Nashville, TN The End
Fri July 27 Atlanta, GA Earl
Sat July 28 New Orleans, LA Parish
Thu August 9 Houston, TX Rudyard's*
Fri August 10 Dallas, TX The Palladium Showroom*
Sat August 11 Austin, TX Emo's Alternative Lounging*
Mon August 13 Tucson, AZ Plush*
Tue August 14 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Music Venue*
Wed August 15 San Diego, CA The Casbah*
Thu August 16 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour*
Fri August 17 San Francisco, CA &nbs
p; Slims*
Sat August 18 San Jose, CA The Bank Club*
Mon August 20 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge*
Tue August 21 Seattle, WA Neumo's*
Wed August 22 Boise, ID Neurolux*
Thu August 23 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge*
Fri August 24 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre*
Sat August 25 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar*
Mon August 27 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl*
Tue August 28 Iowa City, IA Picador*
Wed August 29 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock*
Thu August 30 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet*
Fri August 31 Chicago, IL TBD*
Sat Sept 1 Detroit, MI Magic Stick*
*Dan Sartain joins the tour

For more information, peep these web sites: thewillowz.com; myspace.com/thewillowz; and dimmak.com

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