In addition to all the desultory summer tour 'fanny-pack packages' and geezer double-chin displays that will roll to your town this year, there is a very exciting development. Os Mutantes, the amazing pshychedelic band that emerged from Brazil's Tropicalia movement in the 60's, is coming to the states for a few dates. They are playing the Pitchfork festival in July apparently, and are hitting some other markets, including a stint opening for The Flaming Lips at the Hollywood Bowl. The tiny itinerary is here, sans the Pitchfork dates.
I, for one, can't wait, having grooved to the band's albums for a few years now. I'm all for artists that manage to nudge the sick and twisted into their joyful sound, to warp the foursquare melodic logic of pop into odd, abstract shapes. Critics have a vexing time trying to taxonomize this band. They really didn't have much in common with the other Tropicalia players - Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, et. al. So it's best to perhaps listen and then reserve your seats.
Also on the summer tour front: The Fall are apparently playing some dates, but, given that they've blown off tours in the past, I'm not holding my breath.