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Tennis and Overcoats at Brooklyn Steel (January 23, 2018)

By Anthony Bauer, February 15th 2018

All photos by Anthony Bauer

January typically brings us fewer shows, as bands are either recording new music or preparing for the non-stop touring during the spring and summer months. Sometimes we get lucky and are treated to a touring cycle that hits during this normal lull in the month and thankfully that was the case as we were treated to Tennis returning back to NYC for their biggest headlining show to date. Along for the ride and opening things up were NYC’s own Overcoats, who like Tennis, are on tour in support of their fantastic albums that were released last year.
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Tennis – “No Exit”

By Will Oliver, December 27th 2017

Tennis returned with their new EP We Can Die Happy on November 10, releasing it via their own label Mutually Detrimental.

We previously shared with you two tracks from the EP in “Diamond Rings” and “I Miss That Feeling,” and today we are back with one more, the lead-off track “No Exit.”

The track is a nice countermeasure to the cold bitter months of winter, a nice sunny reminder of the summer days that we will appreciate much more once we are done shoveling our driveways. Tennis continue to give us music that both is familiar and comforting, yet more dynamic and confident at the same time.

Stream “No Exit” below and pick up the EP over at iTunes.

Tennis – “Diamond Rings” and “I Miss That Feeling”

By Will Oliver, November 20th 2017 — with 1 comment

At this point of their career, Tennis can just release music and I’m comfortable knowing that it will be yet another enjoyable release from the duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. So many of the other artist that arrived during that golden age of music blogs have either lost a step or faded completely. But not Tennis, they have stayed as consistent as ever, a rare steady hand in a game full of flashes in the pan.

They released their solid new album Yours Conditionally this March via their own label Mutually Detrimental and this month they returned quickly with a new 5-song EP entitled We Can Die Happy.

Below I have shared two very delightful offerings from the EP, the very warm and Tennis-esque cut “Diamond Rings” as well as the sweet and tender “I Miss That Feeling.” Both prove once again that Tennis have no shortage of good tunes, or signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Find both songs posted below along with the bands upcoming winter dates, which include a stop at Brooklyn Steel on January 23.

Tennis Fall/Winter Tour 2018

Nov 24 // San Diego, CA // Music Box •
Nov 25 // Santa Ana, CA // Constellation Room •
Nov 27 // Sacramento, CA // Harlow’s •
Nov 29 // Eugene, OR // Hi-Fi Music Hall •
Nov 30 // Portland, OR // Wonder Ballroom •
Dec 1 // Seattle, WA // Neptune Theater •
Dec 2 // Vancouver, BC // The Cobalt •
Jan 6 // Denver, CO // Ogden Theater
Jan 10 // Omaha, NE // The Waiting Room
Jan 11 // Minneapolis, MN // Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 12 // Milwaukee, WI // Turner Hall Ballroom
Jan 13 // Chicago, IL // Metro
Jan 15 // Indianapolis, IN // the Hi-Fi
Jan 16 // Detroit, MI // Majestic Theatre
Jan 18 // Toronto, ON // The Mod Club Theatre
Jan 19 // Ithaca, NY // The Haunt
Jan 20 // S. Burlington, VT // Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Jan 21 // Boston, MA // Royale
Jan 23 // Brooklyn, NY // Brooklyn Steel
Jan 24 // Washington, DC // 9:30 Club
Jan 25 // Philadelphia, PA // Union Transfer
Jan 27 // Carrboro, NC // Cat’s Cradle
Jan 29 // Atlanta, GA // Terminal West
Jan 30 // Nashville, TN // Mercy Lounge
Feb 1 // Dallas, TX // Tree’s
Feb 2 // San Antonio, TX // Paper Tiger
Feb 3 // Austin, TX // Emo’s
• – support by Wild Ones

The Shins and Tennis at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (June 15, 2017)

By Will Oliver, July 2nd 2017 — with 1 comment

James Mercer and The Shins returned this year with their new album Heartworms, which was released on March 10 via Columbia Records. They’ve been on tour in support of the album since the spring, and stopped in to New York for a sold out performance at Prospect Park as a paid benefit show for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

This show was a much larger one than their performance at Bowery Ballroom back in March (as well as MHOW the next night).
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Tennis at Bowery Ballroom (March 21, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 29th 2017 — with 2 comments

It’s pretty hard to believe that the husband and wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley have been making music as Tennis for close to a decade now. They’re still going very strong, releasing yet another solid album, Yours Conditionally, this month via their newly minted record label Mutually Detrimental. They’re brought the album’s tour to New York for a sold out two-night run at Bowery Ballroom.
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Tennis at Mercury Lounge (May 16, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2015

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The last time that Tennis played Mercury Lounge was in December 2010, almost an now inconceivable five years ago. That show was before the Denver duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley even released an album. Back then, they were just a hot duo riding high off the sudden blog buzz that helped get their career off the ground. Since then, Tennis have released three albums, and EP, and toured the world, finding their fanbase and building on it the right way gradually.

Earlier this month they returned to New York for a pair of small scale shows. The first went down at Music Hall of Williamsburg (find Bauer’s post here), with an even smaller show at Mercury Lounge coming just a few days later.
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Tennis at Webster Hall (September 26, 2014)

By Anthony Bauer, September 29th 2014 — with 1 comment

Tennis @ Webster Hall

All photos by Anthony Bauer

Tennis are currently on tour in support of their fantastic new album, Ritual In Repeat which they released earlier this month via Fat Possum Records. This past Friday, they rolled through NYC to play to a packed Webster Hall.

Playing tracks from their entire catalog, the Denver based husband and wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley seamlessly mixed old songs with new with ease. No matter what they played from their three album (+ 1 EP) discography, they sounded even tighter live than they do on their recordings. It was my first time seeing them live and they very quickly proved that they’re an indie-pop powerhouse not to be messed with. With crisp groovy baselines, fierce drumming, stellar keyboards, shimmering guitar work and silky smooth vocals, whats not to love? Read the rest of this entry »

Tennis – I’m Callin’

By Will Oliver, August 29th 2014


“I’m Callin'” is the first new song to be shared from Tennis’ upcoming new album Ritual In Repeat (due out September 9 on Communion Records).

It’s a feel-good pop song with a very 80s feel to it. A perfect night cap for the fading days of summer. It was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, who produced the album along with Jim Eno of Spoon and Richard Swift.

Menace Beach – Tennis Court

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2014

Menace Beach

Menace Beach is a duo based out of  Leeds who have caught my attention with an awesome tune by the name of “Tennis Court.” What starts out as a light and strummy affair takes a turn towards a Ty Segall-esque guitar freakout. The contrast between the male/female vocals adds a nice aspect that they work to their advantage.

It’s off their new 7″ single which comes with another song titled “Lowtalkin.” Until then, stream “Tennis Court” below.
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