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Born Ruffians Needle Yep Roc Records

Listen to Born Ruffians’ new single “Needle” from their upcoming release BIRTHMARKS.



Ontario’s Born Ruffians aren’t known for their subtlety. Their ebullient pop rides a roller coaster of frontman Luke LaLonde’s wide-ranging yelps and staccato guitar stabs that ricochet between them. Most of the time, it’s hard to tell whether they’re ecstatic or miserable, but Born Ruffians make music with such conviction that it’s also hard not to sing along. “Needle”, the first song off their forthcoming third album, Birthmarks, starts with LaLonde holding his vowels long and soft before the beat turns everything upright. Like a dog chasing its tail, the lyrics circle back to each other (“Wish that I was taller/ Tall enough to see/ See the things I see today”) as the band supports their vocalist with resounding echoes of his own words.

You can listen to the premiere of “Needle” HERE on Pitchfork,  and buy the single HERE on iTunes.

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4/14/13 Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
4/15/13 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
4/16/13 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/18/13 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells
4/20/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
4/21/13 Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
4/23/13 Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
4/24/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
4/25/13 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
4/26/13 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
4/27/13 Shreveport, LA @ Fatty Arbuckle’s
4/29/13 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
4/30/13 Austin, TX @ Red 7
5/2/13 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
5/3/13 Phoenix, AZ @ Sail Inn
5/4/13 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
5/6/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
5/8/13 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
5/10/13 Portland, OR @ Star Theatre
5/11/13 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
5/12/13 Boise, ID @ The Crux
5/13/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
5/14/13 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
5/16/13 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
5/17/13 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
5/18/13 Madison, WI @ Great Hall Memorial Union – U. of WI
5/19/13 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/21/13 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
5/22/13 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

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