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Denver husband-and-wife duo Tennis have announced that their new album Ritual In Repeat will be released on September 9 via Communion Music. It’s their quick follow-up their Small Sound EP, which was released last November. Production duties were handled by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon, and Richard Swift of The Shins & The Black Keys.

First single “Never Work For Free” is available to stream, and it’s a delightful track bouncy and bubbling, something of a pop song that be right at home in the 80s. Imagine if the radio actually recognized pop music like this? The world would be a much better place.

The song is available to download for free (ironically, of course) right now at their website (in exchange for your e-mail). Otherwise, you can stream it right now, below.
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Tennis @ Rockwood Music Hall (November 5, 2013)

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2013


Earlier in the week Tennis released their new EP Small Sound on Communion Records. So it made sense that they were a major component on the traveling Communion shows, including Tuesday night at Rockwood Music Hall.

I last saw Tennis at Brooklyn Bowl last April, so it’s been a while. More than ever with the new material from the EP, it remined me that this duo has now fully been fleshed out as a full band and it shows all for the better. They play more tightly, with more confidence, than ever before. The new material mixed so well with the bands earlier material, creating on hell of a set.

Tennis continue to finds ways to improve on themselves, becoming one of the most reliable bands in the game.

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[new]: Tennis – Mean Streets

By Will Oliver, October 9th 2013


Tennis have returned with a winning new song titled “Mean Streets.” It’s off their new EP, Small Sound, which Richard Swift produced. It will be their first release on their new record label, Communion Records.

They’ve made forward progress on the new song with a little more groove and bite to their step. They sound even better than ever, which is hard to believe, since they were doing pretty damn good before. They’ve got a classic pop sound that is straight up impressive.

Take a listen below.

They’ll be in New York for two shows early in November. Some dats will be a part of Communion’s monthly club night where they will play with Savoir Adore, On An On, and Night Sweats. Find those dates below as well.

Tour Dates:
11/03 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/05 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall*
11/06 Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
11/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts*
11/09 Montreal, QC @ II Motore^
11/10 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison#
11/12 Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub*
11/13 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
11/14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
11/16 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall#
11/17 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway#
11/19 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater*
11/20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency*
11/21 Maquoketa, IA @ Daytrotter*
11/29 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater^

* Communion Presents w/ ON AN ON, Night Sweats, Savoir Adore & more
^ Support From ON AN ON
# Support From ON AN ON & Night Sweats

Tennis @ Brooklyn Bowl (4/10/12)

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2012 — with 1 comment

We Barbarians
were the opener for Tennis at Brooklyn Bowl this past Tuesday to my great excitement. I’ve seen them open three times now, and it has definitely made me wonder why I haven’t seen them headline yet. They do the whole big sounding arena rock thing in small venues perfectly. Imagine if Kings Of Leon tried to do what they did the last few years, except they still had a soul. You got some big fat ambitious rock and roll that is impossible to dislike. Call me a fan.

It’s been a little overdue, but I finally caught Tennis live. I hoped for good things, but what I got was pretty damn good. They sounded a lot livelier live. The sharp production that you find on Young & Old translates well live for Alaina Moore & Patrick Riley. They played most of the new album along with all of my favorites from their debut, Cape Dory. Moore is a great frontwoman, humble and at ease. She’s a pretty lady, and most of the attention is surely on her. Riley on the other hand keeps a pretty low profile, and it works. The two personalities mix well, and remind us of why I fell in love with their sea-tales last year.

Find photos after the jump.
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[new]: Tennis – My Better Self

By Will Oliver, January 26th 2012

Here’s a new song from Tennis titled “My Better Self”. It’s a warm nod to the golden sounds of the older days while still sounding very today. It’s off of their soon to be released new album Young & Old, due out February 14 via Fat Possum.

Pre-order Young & Old here.

Tennis – Tears In The Typing Pool (Broadcast Cover)

By Will Oliver, December 19th 2011 — with 1 comment

Tennis have been releasing great cover after great cover this year. With their new album Young And Old on the way, the band was able to still find time to share one more cover with us. This time they covered Broadcast’s “Tears In The Typing Pool”.

It’s gentle mood isn’t lost on Tennis who are able to cover it with ease. Fans of Broadcast, what do you think?

[new]: Tennis – Origins

By Will Oliver, November 9th 2011

Tennis are releasing a new single titled “Origins” on limited edition blue 7” vinyl on December 6 via Forest Family Records.

The single will be on the band’s newly announced new album, Young And Old, which will come out on February 14 via Fat Possum. The album was produced by The Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney.

“Origins” is familiar territory upon your first listen. Further digging lands you with the realization that Tennis are only getting better and better. It’s got that sunny upside that they’ve made their own, as well as a psych-ridden groove that may be due in part to Mr. Carney.

Take a listen below and pre-order the 7″ here. It comes with the self-produced b-side “”Deep in the Woods”.
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[new]: Tennis – Tell Her No (The Zombies Cover)

By Will Oliver, October 12th 2011

Tennis are hard at work on a new album that The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney is producing. It should come out early next year. To keep us warmed up until then, they released a cover of The Zombies classic hit, “Tell Her No”. It’s good. Real good.

[mp3]: Tennis – Tell Her No (The Zombies Cover)

Here’s what the band’s email about the cover had to say:

We’ve spent the last several months writing and preparing for what we hope will keep us busy all winter. We will be announcing a Forest Family release in the next couple of weeks as well as tour dates to make up for the Vaccines tour cancellations. Also, we are excited to announce the existence of our next album (produced by our new friend Patrick Carney) coming out early next year. In the meantime, we made this cover of the Zombies “Tell Her No.” It’s been a long time favorite of ours and is the best use of a lone-clap we’ve ever heard.

Listen to The Zombies original below:

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