The Maps

The Maps are playing at San Francisco’s ‘The Bottom of the Hill’ on Sep 24 2007. That’s a week from this Monday!

On their myspace profile they have a long list of influences. Something I admire and welcome. I think too many bands put nothing out of fear of being accused of ripping someone off or perhaps pretentiousness. I think the pros are much greater than the cons. Here’s are The Maps’ listed influences:

Low, My Bloody Valentine, Kraftwerk, Spiritualized, Brian Wilson, God Speed You Black Emperor, Calexico, Love, Four Tet, Broadcast, Built To Spill, Utah Saints, Jim O’Rourke, Flanger, Modest Mouse, The KLF, Shostakovich, Two Lone Swordsmen, Yo La Tengo, Vaughan Williams, The Byrds, Boards Of Canada, Rogue Wave, Steve Lawler, Manitoba/Caribou, The Knowledge Of Bugs, Silver Apples, Jamie Liddell, Elliot Smith, Andrew Weatherall, Ananda Shankar, Lightspeed Future Lullaby, Mark Wirtz, Ratatat, Fridge, Bob Dylan, Hans Zimmer, Spacemen 3, Pole, Postal Service, Richard Fearless, The Apples In Stereo, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, To Rococo Rot, Sparklehorse, Plaid, Quasi, Mazarin, Tiesto, The Shins, Shellac, Ulrich Schnauss, Daniel Johnston, Nick Drake, The Beach Boys, Animal Collective, Boop Bip

“gorgeous… really special” Q

“a work of bedazzling wonder.” WORD

“a joy from start to finish.” NME

“an epic release” THE SUN

“terrific debut more resplendent with each listen.” THE GUARDIAN

“Some of the sweetest, darkest, most heart-meltingly beautiful melodies you will ever hear” – GUARDIAN GUIDE

“an early contender for album of the year.” CLASH

Other US dates:

Sep 21 2007 10:00A
Seattle Radio Station @ Kexp Seattle
Sep 21 2007 9:00P
Crocodile Café (KEXP Benefit) Seattle
Sep 24 2007 8:00P
Bottom of the Hill San Francisco
Sep 26 2007 8:00P
Spaceland Los Angeles
Sep 28 2007 8:00P
Mercury Lounge New York
Sep 29 2007 8:00P
Luna Lounge Brooklyn
Oct 5 2007 8:00P
Soul Tree Cambridge

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