The Districts release ‘Rocking Chair’ video; summer dates with Deer Tick, Dr. Dog

By on May 20, 2014

The Districts

Philly band The Districts are a young four-piece band who recently released their self-titled EP on Fat Possum. Since then, the band has toured North America, playing shows with White Denim, Dr. Dog, and more.  The band kicked off their summer tour dates with being named by  Consequence of Sound as “Best Newcomers,” noting that “lead singer Rob Grote’s raw energy made him one of the most memorable frontmen of the entire weekend.” And the band will continue winning people over throughout the summer, with their own headlining dates alongside big name festivals like this weekend’s Boston Calling, as well as Ottawa’s Bluesfest, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.  Quite an impressive schedule, but the band is more than up to the task with their incredibly energetic live shows.


The self-titled EP features three newly remastered tracks off their 2012 self-released album Telephone, as well as two brand new tracks.


HEAR: “Funeral Beds”


The Districts on tour:

5/19 — Charlottesville, VA — Jefferson Theater*

5/20 — Washington, DC — The Black Cat*

5/21 — Washington, DC — The Black Cat*

5/25 — Boston, MA — Boston Calling Festival

5/31 — Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory

6/5 — Tulsa, OK — Cain’s Ballroom**

6/7 — Columbia, MO — The Blue Note**

6/8 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue**

6/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE**

6/11 — Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle**

7/9 — Ottawa, ON — Bluesfest

7/10 — Ottawa, ON — Bluesfest

7/18 — Louisville, KY — Forecastle Festival

7/27 — Camden, NJ — XPN Festival @ Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Beck, Band of Horses

8/2 — Chicago, IL — Lollapalooza

8/2 — Chicago, IL – Metro

8/8 — San Francisco, CA — Outside Lands Festival

* w/ Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim & The Law

**w/ Dr. Dog


“Lancaster County, Pennsylvania’s the Districts serve up an impressive EP that straddles the line between imaginative indie rock and brisk blues-inflected folk.” Rolling Stone


“on stage, with a confidence that doesn’t come easy to veteran acts, the band put across its impressive mix of raw rock-and-roll and quieter folkish elements.” Philadelphia Inquirer


“its twangy charm and gruff vocals later building up to one heck of an explosive ending. I imagine the band break many a mic stand and guitar string to this one.” Consequnce of Sound 


“The track builds up nicely via the use of hypnotically picked guitar melodies, some twangy slide work and a heartily honked harmonica. As a drum build-up cascades into crashing cymbals, we hear Rob Grote’s tobacco-stained pipes cracking under the strain of emotion.” Exclaim


“Grote is an intense, emphatic, occasionally bewildering stage presence – he kicks, stomps and snarls, both at the mic and far away – but guitarist Mark Larson and bassist Connor Jacobus hold their own, shuffling and bobbing and giving the overall band a dynamic stage presence.”WXPN


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.