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As Tall As Lions Call It Quits

September 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

We’re sad to report that As Tall As Lions have posted a blog on their MySpace page letting fans know that they are “retiring for the foreseeable future”:


After eight years of music, friendship, laughter, adventure, bliss, blood, sweat, tears, and everything else that goes along with it, As Tall As Lions are retiring for the foreseeable future. There is no sadness on our side, and we hope there is none on yours. We will be playing a handful of shows across the country to try and give everyone an opportunity to see us one last time.

12/17: Los Angeles – The Troubadour
12/19: Chicago – Lincoln Hall
12/21: New York City – Highline Ballroom

Tickets will go on sale at 10AM local time this Saturday.

Our sincerest apologies to those who can’t join us at these celebrations, but know you will be there in spirit. Much love to you all, and thanks again for everything.
-As Tall As Lions


Dan Nigro of As Tall As Lions

May 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Interviews

As Tall As Lions have been honing their craft since 1998, traipsing around the country and playing to increasingly larger crowds as their fans continue to spread the ATAL gospel.  After over a year of touring with their most recent album, You Can’t Take It With You, this eclectic prog-rock conglomerate celebrated the completion of their tour with an all-ages crowd at the Middle East Downstairs on May 9th  in Cambridge, MA.

Despite very different performance styles, the members of As Tall As Lions are able to pull together a pretty cohesive set.  Dan Nigro, a powerhouse of slithering soul and the band’s lead singer, rotates barefooted between keyboard and mainstage guitar.  Saen Fitzgerald, though as a guitarist is not often acutely featured onstage, is the real tour de force of the band, doing the majority of songwriting for the group even if not as much actual singing.  Julio Tavarez, the band’s bassist, is more of an onstage exhibitionist, playing up to the very front of the crowd, leading mid-show banter, taking on lead vocals for a handful of songs, and toward the end of the show even coming down into the crowd to play.  Cliff Sarcon, the band’s drummer, holds the show together with precision, wind in his hair (literally), and a very sparkly kit.

Don’t be fooled by their onstage Rock Star persona –  the gents from As Tall As Lions are nice as can be, wandering in and out of the crowd without pretension, chatting with long-time fans before and after the show, and thanking their tour openers, Bear Hands, with class and whiskey shots.  I was lucky enough to sit down with Dan (and Saen briefly) for a bit to discuss their varied sound, their interstate travels, and handclaps.

Interviewed by: Dorise Gruber
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As Tall As Lions Announce NA Headlining Tour‏

February 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

As Tall As Lions have announced a headlining tour for the Spring. The tour kicks off April 6th in Chicago and will mark the band’s first headlining run since the release of their latest record “You Can’t Take It With You,” in late August of last year. This outing will also rank as the band’s largest headlining tour, hitting most major markets across the country and playing larger capacity venues along the way.

Tickets for the shows go on sale March 5, 2010. A special pre-order will be available to the band’s fan club via ducatking at 5PM (local time) on Monday March 1st at All pre-order tickets will be sold with a reduced service  fee and come with a special edition signed poster from the band.

Headlining Tour Dates:
06-Apr   Chicago, IL                 The Bottom Lounge
07-Apr   Minneapolis, MN       The Varsity Theater
09-Apr   Kansas City, MO        Record Bar
10-Apr   Denver, CO                Marquis Theatre
13-Apr   Tempe, AZ                 Clubhouse Music Venue
14-Apr   El Paso, TX                 Club 101
16-Apr   Indio, CA                    COACHELLA
19-Apr   San Francisco, CA      Slim’s
21-Apr   Portland, OR              Hawthorne Theater
22-Apr   Seattle, WA               Neumos
23-Apr   Boise, ID                    Neuorlux
24-Apr   Salt Lake City, UT      Club Sound
27-Apr   Dallas, TX                  The Cambridge Room @ HOB
30-Apr   Orlando, FL                The Social
01-May  Ft. Lauderdale, FL     Culture Room
02-May  St. Petersburg, FL      State Theatre
03-May  Atlanta, GA               Vinyl
05-May  Philadelphia, PA        World Café Live
06-May  New York, NY            The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
07-May  Baltimore, MD          Sonar Club Stage
09-May  Cambridge, MA         Middle East (Downstairs)

Photo Gallery: As Tall As Lions / Chicago, IL

January 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Latest Photo Galleries

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As Tall As Lions
Q101’s Twisted Show
December 15, 2009
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Photos by:  Tasha Schalk