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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
8:11 am
The world feels all kinds of fucked up and I just need to sit in the comfort of this old familiar purple-y page right now. Who's still with me?

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Friday, October 19th, 2012
10:57 pm - Hello?
Is anybody out there?

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Friday, October 28th, 2011
5:02 pm - Updated Show List
Sat Nov 5 Portland, OR Siren Nation Festival @ Mississippi Studios
w/ STLS and Sassfest
MATINEE SHOW 3pm $13 All Ages

Mon Nov 7 Seattle, WA @ Sorrento Hotel 7th Floor
Night School- Chamber vs Chamber 8:
A dialogue w/ Kimya Dawson + Dream Hampton
8pm $15

Thurs Nov 10 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
w/ Your Heart Breaks
8pm $12 All ages

Fri Nov 11 Washington DC @ The Black Cat
w/ Your Heart Breaks and Spoonboy
9pm $15 All Ages

Sat Nov 12 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
w/ Your Heart Breaks
6:30pm $12adv/$14dos All Ages

Sun Nov 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
w/ Your Heart Breaks and Berth Control (Strictly Beats from Moldy Peaches band!)
7pm $12adv/$14dos All Ages

Fri Nov 18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
w/ Your Heart Breaks
6:30pm EARLY SHOW $12adv/$14dos All Ages

Sun Nov 20 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
w/ Your Heart Breaks and Dave End
8pm $15 All Ages

Mon Dec 5 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
w/ Pablo Das
7pm $12adv/$15dos all ages

Wed Dec 7 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
w/ Pablo Das
9pm $15 ALL AGES

Fri Dec 9 Austin, TX @ St. David's Church
w/ Pablo Das
Details TBA

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
7:43 am - Shows in Australia and US
One week from today my favorite boys and I are getting on a plane and flying very far to reunite with the sweet people of Australia. You must know the love is true for me to fly that far because I hate flying (especially over oceans) and this will be the furthest I have ever been from Panda EVER. I better get to pet a koalakangaroodolphin and duet with Bindi Irwin. Mmmmmmhmmmmm...

Consume presents
Featuring ROB SONIC and DJ BIG WIZ

plus special guests
Tickets from http://www.manningbar.com (ph 1300 762 545) & consume.oztix.com.au (ph 1300 762 545)

plus The Narcicyst and Omar Offendum
Tickets from Ticketmaster outlet or the Festival Ticketing & Information Booth, Federation Square, Ticketmaster on 1300 723 038 or +613 9694 4566 or online at www.melbournefestival.com.​au

SUN 16 OCT – Brisbane THE HIFI
plus special guests
Tickets from http://www.thehifi.com.au, phone 1300THEHIFI (1300 843 4434), Oztix outlets and consume.oztix.com.au

In November I am doing a show for Siren Nation Festival:
Sat Nov 5th Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/ STLS
2:30 doors/3pm show $13adv/$15dos All Ages! http://sirennationfestival2011c.sched.org/

Then I will be doing a cluster of shows with my good buddy Clyde (Your Heart Breaks). The shows will NOT be free of verbal obscenities, but they are all ages, so if you don't mind your kids hearing some shitsfucksandassholes bring em along! The more little ones the merrier. Clyde and I are both pretty quiet and there will be some sing-a-longs! Thunder Thighs will be available on cd and double gold vinyl and Kimya Dawson Loves Me (Walk Like Thunder) Socks will be available in knee high and crew styles! Maybe there will be some special guests here and there. Maybe there will be some revolution on the days off (and the days on). There will absolutely be some serious hugging...well, at least until Panda says "GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY MAMA!"

See you soon!!!

Thurs Nov 10 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
8pm $12 All ages

Fri Nov 11 Washington DC @ The Black Cat
9pm $15 All Ages

Sat Nov 12 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
6:30pm $12adv/$14dos All Ages

Sun Nov 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
w/ Berth Control (Strictly Beats from Moldy Peaches band!)
7pm $12adv/$14dos All Ages

Fri Nov 18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
6:30pm EARLY SHOW $12adv/$14dos All Ages

Sun Nov 20 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
8pm $15 All Ages

More shows in more places being scheduled as I type this. If you don't see your town hold your horses!!! I'm working on it!!!

I love you guys.
xo Kimya

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
11:43 pm - SHOWS!!!
Durango, CO / The Abbey Theatre
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Fort Collins, CO / Aggie Theatre
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Denver, CO / The Summit Music Hall
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Boulder, CO / Fox Theater
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Salt Lake City , UT / Urban Lounge
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Wilson, WY / Q Roadhouse
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Bozeman, MT / The Emerson Theater
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Spokane, WA / The Knitting Factory
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Seattle, WA / Town Hall

Oberlin, OH / Cat In Cream Coffeehouse at Oberlin College

Boulder, CO / TEDxBoulder at Macky Auditorium

Sydney, AUS / Manning Bar
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

10/15/2011 Melbourne, AUS / Melbourne Arts Festival – The Forum
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

10/16/2011 Brisbane, AUS / The Hi Fi
with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

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Friday, May 6th, 2011
9:35 am - My Upcoming Shows
Tuesday May 10 Princeton, NJ - Terrace Club w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Wednesday May 11 Boston, MA - Middle East w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Friday May 13 Washington DC - Rock N Roll Hotel w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Saturday May 14 NYC - Bowery Ballroom w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz SOLD OUT

Monday May 16 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Tuesday May 17 Columbus, OH - Outland w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Thursday May 19 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Friday May 20 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Saturday May 21 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Thursday June 2 Olympia, WA State Capital Museum (just Kimya) 7pm $2 donation

Friday June 10 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Saturday June 11 Seattle, WA - Neumo's w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Sunday June 12 TBA

Tuesday June 14 TBA, CA

Wednesday June 15 San Luis Obispo - The Brewery w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Friday June 17 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Saturday June 18 San Diego, CA - Casbah w/ Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz

Sunday June 26 Bloomington, IN - PLAN-IT-X Fest @Rhinos w/ Ghost Mice, Heathers, Your Heart Breaks, Paul Baribeau, Best Friends Forever, Good Luck, and The Mountain Goats SOLD OUT

***On the shows with Aesop Rock I am the opening act and the shows are NOT all ALL AGES. Please check the venue website for details for each show.***

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011
10:03 pm - The Great Crap Factory Is Open For Business
I just stocked my Etsy store for the first time in over 3 years!


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Thursday, March 24th, 2011
2:25 am - .....this is what I do......
I decided to make Walk Like Thunder, from my forthcoming album Thunder Thighs, a FREE DOWNLOAD. In exchange I'd like for you to start taking care of you. Thanks.


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Sunday, March 6th, 2011
11:11 pm
Kimya Dawson & Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz - May 2011 TOUR DATES

Tue 10-May Princeton, NJ Terrace Club 500
Wed 11-May Boston, MA Middle East 575
Fri 13-May Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
Sat 14-May New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Mon 16-May Pittsburgh, PA Altar
Tue 17-May Columbus OH Outland
Thu 19-May Chicago, IL Lincoln Theater
Fri 20-May Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Sat 21-May Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock

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Friday, March 4th, 2011
I am playing in Portland next week...

Tuesday March 8th
Benefit for The Village Free School @ Mississippi Studios
Portland, OR
6:30pm All Ages $10-$20 suggested donation

Then I am heading to Texas and playing a shitload of shows, starting with this one with our dear friends in Fort Worth...

Monday March 14th
@ 1919 Hemphill
Fort Worth, TX
6pm $6 All Ages

Then I am playing a whole bunch of shows in Austin! None of them are official SXSW shows, so you don't need badges or wristbands for any of them.

Wednesday March 16th
KIMYA DAWSON w/ Pablo Das (7pm)
@ Paradise
Austin, TX

Thursday March 17th
acoustic songshare w/
@ Botticelli's
Austin, TX
details TBA

Friday March 18th
ONLY SON (5:30pm)
@ Mean Eyed Cat
Austin, TX
All Ages

Friday March 18th
KIMYA DAWSON (11:30pm)
K Records Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlie's
Austin, TX

Saturday March 19th
AESOP ROCK w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz (6:40pm)
NICO STAI (2:55pm)
@ Home Slice Pizza's Music By The Slice Ship Stage
Austin, TX

I may also make a special appearance on Sunday March 20th, as a part of Dave End's performance at Gay By Gay Gay.

Good stuff.

There are more shows in the works that will be announced soooooon!

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Sunday, February 27th, 2011
10:41 am - Great American Music Hall
Friday night was "A Night With Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson" at Great American Music Hall, as a part of Noise Pop Festival in SF. As usual I had some friends join me onstage for certain songs. As Clyde Petersen (Your Heart Breaks) was walking offstage someone yelled "Was that a dude or a girl?" Then Dave End danced in a princess dress & I heard some chins hit the floor. Then Malcolm Rollick sang with me looking like queer Raggedy Andy. They all came back up to dance with me, Aesop Rock, and Rob Sonic, Jeremy Fish, and Alex Pardee for the big Tits Up finale.

Of course there were some people who were like "WHAT THE FUCK?!" There is a lot of homophobia (and folkaphobia) in the hip hop community and I just need to give MAJOR props to Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz for being such good guys and having the balls to not only invite me to share a stage with them but to let the show erupt into a colorful queer spectacle in front of their fans and let that be NORMAL and not a mockery of queer culture. What that shows young people (and old people) in the hip hop community is groundbreaking and takes huge balls.

Standing up against homophobia by just letting gayness be a regular part of reality is powerful. Letting people see that they don't have to be reduced to a label or a box or a genre is also powerful.

My friends are fucking rad and are changing the way people see things.

The show was fun, but it was so much more than that.

It was a mighty force of love and acceptance.

Read the review and check out the slideshow http://treeswingers.com/2011/02/26/noise-pop-2011-aesop-rock-kimya-dawson-at-the-great-american-music-hall-22511/

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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
8:12 pm - THUNDER THIGHS!!!!
Here is the rough draft of the credits! If you are on this album check your shit before it goes to print and tell me if I fucked up your name or forgot about you. If you aren't on the album it is still a good read. I am a happy lady.

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals, keyboard

Kimya Dawson- vocals
Panda Dawson-Duval- vocals
Nico Carmer- vocals
Peter Dizzoza- piano
Rheanna Murray- accordion
Stefanie Brendler- french horn
written by- Panda Dawson-Duval, Kimya Dawson, Ben Kapp

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals
Pablo Das- vocals, hissbiss
Brian Sparhawk- guitar, vocals
Jason Carmer- bass
Heather Dunn- drums
Additional vocals- Malcolm Rollick, Rye Carlin, Nyotni, Charlie Laroux, Leif Lee

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals
Aesop Rock- drums, vocals
Andrew Dorsett- piano
Clyde Petersen- guitar, vocals
Ben Kapp- guitar, vocals
Additional vocals- Jack Dishel, Thao Nguyen, Olympia Free Choir

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals
Johnny D- guitar
Ben Lucal- guitar
Jason Carmer- bass
Chelsea Baker- pennywhistle
Andrew Dorsett- piano
Mike Warren- banjo
Laurie Goldstein- cello
Stefanie Brendler- french horn
Ben Kapp- drums
Additional vocals- Jonah Matranga, Olympia Free Choir

Kimya Dawson- vocals
Aesop Rock- music, beats, vocals
Additional vocals- Eva Gheorghiu, Murs, Johnny D, Olympia Free Choir

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals
Angelo Spencer- guitar, bass, drums
Clyde Petersen- guitar
Ben Kapp- drums
Andrew Dorsett- piano
Olympia Free Choir- vocals

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals
Gryffen Streeter- drums, vocals
Jason Carmer- bass
Additional vocals- Dario Morbello, Zephyr Morris, McAlister Shea, Patrice Jetter, Panda Dawson-Duval
Special thanks for coming to the studio (maybe you'll sing next time)- Clementine, Clio, Izzy, Tallulah, Stellina, Caspen, Adlai

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals
King Aaron Hartman- bass
Alicia Jo Rabins- viola
Andrew Dorsett- piano
Ben Kapp- drums
Additional vocals- Quinn Tuffinuff, Julie Montgomery, Cynthia Weiss, Kina Wolfenstein, Lani B'Shalom, Catyana Pelham-Bush, Jonah Matranga

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals, xylophone, kalimba
Angelo Spencer- percussion
Ben Kapp- percussion

Kimya Dawson- vocals, toy baby grand piano
Aesop Rock- beat, vocals
Joey Seward- synth magic
Ben Kapp (aka Fills Collins)- drums, percussion
Allyson Baker- full on shred
Additional vocals- Johnny D, Olympia Free Choir, Forever Young Senior Citizen Rock & Roll Choir
And Starring Kelsey Smith and Sara Pete as real live librarians from the unbelievably cool Olympia Timberland Library

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals
Andrew Dorsett- piano
Jack Dishel- guitar
Nikolai Fraiture- bass
Angelo Spencer- guitar
Ben Kapp- drums, percussion
Clyde Petersen- amp shaking, thunder making
Additional vocals- Aesop Rock, John Darnielle, Quinn Tuffinuff
Written by Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock

Kimya Dawson- vocals
Aesop Rock- beats, vocals
Bryan Danielson- vocals
Allyson Baker- guitar
Jamoca Brown- vocals, truth

Kimya Dawson- vocals
Peter Dizzoza- piano
Additional vocals- Jason Carmer, Aesop Rock, Olympia Free Choir
Written by Burt Bacharach

Kimya Dawson- vocals
Pablo Das- guitar, vocals
Written by Pablo Das

Kimya Dawson- guitar, vocals, keyboard, smidge of whistling
written by Tin Tree Factory from "Dream Warriors"

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Friday, January 7th, 2011
8:58 am
I got a new tattoo! http://on.fb.me/fHHWJd

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Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
9:58 am
Did you know about the book "In Every Town: An All Ages Music Manualfesto?" I wrote the intro. This shit matters to me. I'll be playing the NW All-Ages Summit/book release this Saturday in Seattle. $15 ticket gets you a copy of the book. http://bit.ly/ew2QDi

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Friday, December 24th, 2010
2:11 pm - Geniusis
I have a band called Geniusis with Aesop Rock, Jason Carmer, Johnny D (Tin Tree Factory), and Quinn Tuffinuff! We made a Xmas Album and you can and should download it for free.

Happy Holidays!
Mrs. Kimya "Unwrap" Dawson

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Friday, December 17th, 2010
7:54 pm - lagging
Holy crud. We just got back from France yesterday and I am flying to the Bay Area tomorrow. I decided I wouldn't let the jetlag get me this time so I have been engaged in a very aggressive battle against my desire to collapse. I am just like a zombie. I haven't been a zombie since I worked in that haunted house in '96. I haven't wanted to be a zombie. Not for any Thriller re-enactments. Not for any zombie mall walks. Not for any hipster zombie film projects. Mariah Carey knocked the zombie out of me for 14 years. But the zombie is back. I am the walking dead. Not cool zombie. Not scary zombie. Simply walking dead. Actually sitting. I am the sitting dead. But I am not going to sleep. Fuck you sleep.
So for the next few hours I will be making Kimya Dawson Loves Me shirts and painting panda totes. I was going to make shirts at the show, but I am not sure there will be time for making shirts AND multiple costume changes AND a dance party hugfest. So I am going to draw as many shirts tonight as possible. I think it has been 5 years since I have drawn adorable boner giraffe. Might be time to bring that guy back.
I miss you boner giraffe!!!!
I am so excited for this show. It is crazy. Dave End, Pablo Das, AND Your Heart Breaks?! How is that much goodness in one place even possible?!
The combination of 2 weeks of cheese, being super excited, and then stress of traveling has caused my face to erupt into a giant red bumpy terrain. According to Susan Sarandon and Ellen Degeneres there is some shit I could smear all over my face so you would have no idea but my love of adventure and the stinky blues have left their marks and it feels like a badge. I earned these rashy cheeks. The ones on both end. Kiss my bumpy ass.
Shit I am tired. I don't even know what I am talking about.
Oh yeah, I thought of making an LJ entree tonight to let you know that I am a contributer to a really cool blog. It is http://900bats.com There is a pretty awesome video there now that will help you get to know me better.
I am seriously not falling asleep right now.
I am totally fine.
Kimya whatchoo talkin bout? blerghy bloop erp.

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
3:34 pm - old friends
hello pretty babies, mama is here!!!

i just want to say that it is good to know that so many of you are still around. i stopped writing regularly when i felt like panda was getting to an age where i didn't feel so comfortable making her life so public. that will be up to her someday. when i started to feel like all i was doing was being her mama, so i didn't have much else to write about. we just weaned right before her 4th birthday! zoinks! now i have all this other stuff going on and i have been using the twitter but if you guys know me you know that i am not the shortest winded of ladies. so yeah.


i have a four year old.

by wednesday my new album, thunder thighs, will be done. totally recorded mixed, DONE. then i just need to do the cover art and it will be out on K Records early summer! i am super proud of it. soooo many of my bestest peeps are all over it. it is insane. it starts with a song i wrote 8 1/2 months pregnant. slow and steady you know? i am really excited for you all to hear it.

i also have this new insane duo with Aesop Rock called Precious Bros! we are working on an album and have 6 songs that boggle my mind. i have this berkeley show on sunday and then next month i am doing a west coast tour with defiance ohio!!! in march i am going to do a tour with paleface and pablo das.

i feel like doing shit!!! i want to make musics and play and be out and about. i want to go on waterslides and swim in the sea.

all you mamas know about the cloud right? i think the sky is clearing and i feel less crazy. i feel more like myself. i am inspired and excited about things. it is a shame they don't tell mamas about the cloud. and a lot of us don't even know what is happening until it starts to clear.

and it isn't even necessarily post partum depression, but just a cloud. a difference. i didn't even notice what it was until panda was past 3.

i feel good though. getting there at least.

better. little bit of sunshine.

been off sugar and wheat again. this time since early july. it makes a big difference. been dipping my toes back into multiple 12 step programs and dabbling with mindfulness meditation and taking swimming lessons. I am actually getting the hang of butterfly. by the time i am 50 i want to be swim team ready. swimming is so good for my soul. swim to save my soul, right?

i "read" the audiobook of Codependent No More and realized how much of a rescuer i have been my whole life. i have been trying to focus more on my own self care and less on saving everyone else.

i still love you all and care about you but i had been neglecting me. so now i am trying to be good to me and do what i need to do to be healthy. in and out.

getting there.

slow and steady.


so i will start coming around more. on this LJ and hopefully in person. i want to draw you a shirt. i want to play in your backyard. i want some galldarned hugs.

you will hug me won't you?


i have missed all you sexy losers. a lot.

so i am back.


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Monday, December 13th, 2010
6:11 pm
OHHHHH!!!! EARLY SHOW!!!!! Doors at the Gilman show are at 5PM!!! ZOINKS!!!

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6:02 pm
I am playing at 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA on Sunday Dec. 19 with Pablo Das, Dave End, and Your Heart Breaks!!!!


It is not on the club's website and I have no idea what time it starts but I wanted to give you a heads up that it is happening and I am very excited about it!!! It will be all ages. I will update with more info soon but since it is less than a week away I thought I should say something!

xoxox Kimya

P.S. LiveJournal Friends are you still out there? Thinking about becoming a regular again.

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Friday, August 13th, 2010
5:54 am - Updates
8/14 The Hobbit Hole- 3501 Greenmount Ave Baltimore, MD Kimya Dawson, Pablo Das, Iris Peppar, Spoonboy, and possibly more!!! Doors 8pm, show 8:30 all ages $6

8/16 Space 1026- 1026 Arch St. 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA Kimya Dawson, Pablo Das, and Dave End!!! 8pm $10 All Ages (limited seating *no advance tickets*)

8/17 The Pyramid- The Pyramids 32D South 1st St Brooklyn, NY Kimya Dawson, Pablo Das, Only Son, No One and the Somebodies/Turbosleaze!!! All ages 6:30pm doors (limited space) $10

8/18 Hallie's 18th Birthday Celebration Concert at 3LD (Three Legged Dog) Art and Technology Center 80 Greenwich Street New York, NY Now would be a good time for you to read about Hallie, if you haven't before. http://www.lovehallie.com This is a celebration of Hallie from 7-10 followed by sets by Kimya Dawson and Pablo Das at 10pm. The whole thing is open to the public or you can come at 10. It will be a beautiful and moving party. Event details here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118366778209294&ref=ts

oh yeah...two west coast shows too...

8/21 Wonder Ballroom- 28 NE Russell St Portland, OR (Portland Folk Festival) Kimya Dawson, Mamadou, Thomas Mapfumo!!! 7:30 doors, show 8pm, all ages $14 advance $16 Day of Show

8/22 Helsing Junction Sleepover- This is an action packed full weekend camping farm adventure. I play Sunday at 2pm http://www.kpunk.com/helsing/

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