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Critical Praise for Sad Baby Wolf:

"At times the songs veer into the realms of Sonic Youth inspired shoegaze, dripping with reverb, spiraling into the dirty raw, angular licks of Modest Mouse..." - Who's Jack

"...Survival Guide that has 'hit' written all over it. It meanders long enough to flesh itself out, and ends on a bombastic and overblown note that has left me absolutely drooling over what might come from this ambitious project.” - Music Emissions

"'Everything Is' is Sad Baby Wolf's take on the title song off of Neutral Milk Hotel's first EP. It's raw, fuzzy, and definitely loud (or is that just my speakers?). 'Everything Is' properly pays homage to the original creators, while boosting the style to more of a modern indie rock." - The Record Stache

Albuquerque's Sad Baby Wolf is heading out on their first West Coast tour in support of Spencer Krug's (formerly of Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes and Swan Lake) band Moonface. In a homecoming of sorts, they will play MusicFestNW, one of the largest music festivals in the U.S., in Portland, where guitarist and singer Marty Crandall lived for almost a decade. Other tour highlights include the last two stops in Tucson and Albuquerque, where Marty and Neal Langford will reunite with former-bandmate James Mercer as Sad Baby Wolf opens for The Shins.The Albuquerque show promises to be rousing as the Duke City is both the birthplace of The Shins and current home of SBW.

"We've decided it's time to leave the cave and take to the Pacific North West in hopes of converting new blood," said Marty. "Along the way we'll be rocking out in Portland at long last. It was my home for nine years and it's going to feel great to finally share the sun drenched melodies of our high desert land." He added, "We are also opening up two shows for The Shins in early October. These should be massive and quite a trip for us considering the show sizes we are used to. Neal and I might have tricks up our sleeves for those two dates."

Sad Baby Wolf Tour Dates:

08.31 | Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits *w/ Canyonlands and Deadtown Lovers
09.04 | Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *w/ Moonface
09.05 | Nampa, ID @ Flying M Coffee Garage *w/ Moonface
09.06 | Spokane, WA @ A Club *w/ Moonface
09.07 | Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *w/ Moonface
09.08 | Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge - MusicfestNW *w/ Moonface
09.09 | Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond's *w/ Moonface
10.03 | Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre *w/ The Shins
10.04 | Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium *w/ The Shins

Please contact Gavin or Marissa if interested in talking with Sad Baby Wolf.

The Background:

The band was conceived during a homecoming of sorts—not in the heat of a romantic dalliance, but a brotherly collaboration. Sad Baby Wolf formed in 2010 when lead singer, Marty Crandall, who had just been "let go" from The Shins, returned to his hometown of Albuquerque for a visit. An old friend with roots in the Albuquerque music scene of yore was seriously ill and hosting a benefit concert to offset medical expenses. Hot air balloon pilot and fellow-former-Shins guitarist Neal Langford was a natural collaborator for what they assumed was a quick, one-off gig. Along with another long-time buddy and musician, Jason Ward, and Marty's brother Maury Crandall on drums, they pasted together a set of two covers and two originals. It was a slap-dash rush to compose the new songs, yet they found that it felt oddly, exhilaratingly effortless. The feeling persisted through the performance. In late 2011, Sad Baby Wolf released their debut single, "8th Level" / "Survival Guide". With a full length album planned for late 2012 and frequent gigs, the men of young Sad Baby Wolf contiunue to devleop their nascent sound. Beware of fangs and talons quivering in wait...


"Everything Is" (Neutral Milk Hotel cover):

Daytrotter Session:!/concert/sad-baby-wolf/20055630-37382848

"8th Level"

"Survival Guide"

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