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If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

Are they truly the “It” band of 2005? These days, it takes a rather clever name, a ball of sound, and enough personnel to open up a Jack in the Box to skyrocket to stardom. It also doesn’t hurt if your album doesn’t suck. And according to TMT’s very own amneziak (and most of us confined at TMT HQ), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s self-released debut [TMT Review] is far from sucksville. But the question begs to be answered: Do they rock live? Well, we’re about to find out. The band has already dropped the knowledge (can I get away with saying that?) that they plan on hitting the road in September with The National, whose latest album also totally rocks in case you didn’t know. Sadly, those dates have yet to announced. However, the good news is a few warm up dates have been delivered, so get your pen and paper ready so you can write them down. Time to center your vacation on seeing CYHSY in such exotic ports of call as New York City or Brooklyn. Wait, did I mention New York City? Oh I did, didn’t I? Aw shucks. (via tiny mixed tapes)

Clap Your Hands Say Dates (with a P4k update!):

07.20.05 – Brooklyn, NY – Southpaw%
07.27.05 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge#
08.10.05 – New York, NY – Seaport Music Festival@
08.17.05 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*
09.07.05 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw $
09.08.05 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse $
09.09.05 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom $
09.10.05 – Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber $
09.16.05 – Cambridge, MA – TT the Bear’s $
09.18.05 – Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern $
09.23.05 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s $
09.24.05 – Minneapolia, MN – 400 Bar $
09.26.05 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive $
09.30.05 – Portland, OR – Dante’s $
10.01.05 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (KEXP Benefist Show) $
10.02.05 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Media Club $
10.05.05 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine $
10.06.05 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubador $

% w/ Dirty on Purpose, Dr. Dog, and Saints and Lovers
# w/ Portion Control
@ w/ Devotchka
* w/ Magnolia Electric Co.
$ w/ The National