It just never gets old! But Pitchfork thinks Pelican has bitten off more than they can chew with their new album, City of Echoes, and that drummer Larry Herweg is the weak link. I disagree; while I have my reservations about the band’s new “streamlined” approach (which can eventually lead to worship-my-changes tedium) I don’t think they’ve quite collapsed to 4.4 status yet. Meanwhile, they’ve announced tour dates, including an all-ages show at the Beat Kitchen on August 24 and a 21+ show at the Empty Bottle on August 25.

By the way. Performing with a full orchestra—dubious when the Scorpions did it, cool when the Decemberists do it? Discuss.