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The Sounds

May 5 2009, Published 6:15 a.m. ET

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Santos House Party is always a buzz with what’s hot in music and fashion, so it was no surprise when the place was packed with a who’s who of music and fashion last night for a “secret” show by Swedish glam-rockers The Sounds. 

Frontgal Maja Ivarsson commanded the audience’s attention with her platinum blonde ‘70s-style wings, leather jacket and ripped fishnets. Her red tee shirt was embossed with “New York” in gold, and it was obvious there’s nowhere else in the world she’d rather be. Thumping the microphone against her chest and frequently dropping into squats and side-splits, when not marching around the stage with purpose, Maja led her band through a raucous romp of speedy beats and high-energy rock and roll. 

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Using the punk-rock blueprint for simple catchy rock songs, paired with the winning formula of an ubercool glammy blonde fronting androgynous rock boys, this Swedish five-piece is a throwback to the ‘70s with a healthy dose of ‘80s synthesizers thrown in. The band debuted songs from their upcoming new album, Crossing the Rubicon, on which they worked with various producers, including Adam Schlesinger and Smashing Pumpkin James Iha.

The secret show was the kick off to a big summer for the Sounds, who will release their new album on June 2nd and hit the road with another high-energy band fronted by a badass blonde, No Doubt. Check out the tour dates below. 

April 27th             TT The Bears                            Boston, MA

April 28th             The Mod Club                            Toronto, ON

April 29th              Club Soda                                Montreal, Quebec 

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May 1st                 Port City Music Hall                  Portland, ME

May 2nd                The Note                                 West Chester, PA

May 3rd                Giants Stadium - Bamboozle      East Rutherford, NJ**

May 5th                The Grog Shop                          Cleveland, OH

May 7th                Double Door                              Chicago, IL

May 8th                Varsity Theatre                          Minneapolis, MN

May 9th                The Rave                                   Milwaukee, WI

May 11th              Peoples Court                             Des Moines, IA

May 12th              Bottleneck                                  Lawrence, KS

May 13th              The Blue Note                             Columbia, MS

May 14th              Marquee                                      Tulsa, OK

May 16th             Mandalay Bay - Tiger Jam XII         Las Vegas, NV*

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May 19th             Save Mart Center                          Fresno, CA*

May 20th             Rabobank Arena                            Bakersfield, CA*

May 22nd             Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre       Chula Vista, CA*

May 23rd             Cricket Wireless Pavilion                 Phoenix, AZ*

May 25th             E Center                                        Salt Lake City, UT*

May 26th             The Black Sheep                             Colorado Springs, CO+

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May 27th             Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre          Denver, CO*

May 28th            Journal Pavilion                                Albuquerque, NM*

May 29th            Take II                                            El Paso, TX*

May 30th   Center                    Dallas, TX*

May 31st            Cynthia Woods Mitchell                     Spring, TX*

June 2nd            Ford Amphitheatre                           Tampa, FL*

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June 3rd             Cruzan Amphitheatre                       West Palm Beach, FL*

June 4th             Club Firestone                                  Orlando, FL

June 5th            Lakewood Amphitheatre                    Atlanta, GA*

June 6th            Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre          Charlotte, NC*

June 8th           Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion       Raleigh, NC*

June 10th         Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre           Virginia Beach, VA*

June 11th         Susquehanna Bank Center                 Camden, NJ*

June 13th         Post-Gazette Pavilion                          Burgettstown, PA*

June 14th         Nissan Pavilion                                   Bristow, VA*

July 19th          White River Amphitheatre                  Auburn, WA*

July 21st          Sleep Train Pavilion                             Concord, CA*

July 22nd         Gibson Amphitheatre                          Los Angeles, CA*

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July 24th         Sleep Train Amphitheatre                    Wheatland, CA*

July 25th         Shoreline Amphitheatre                      Mountain View, CA*

July 27th         Gibson Amphitheatre                          Universal City, CA*

July 28th         Gibson Amphitheatre                          Universal City, CA*

July 31st          Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre            Irvine, CA*

August 1st       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre            Irvine, CA*

August 2nd      Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre            Irvine, CA*        

August 4th       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre            Irvine, CA*

August 5th       Santa Barbara Bowl                            Santa Barbara, CA

August 8th       Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre            Chula Vista, CA*



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