The Rocketboys announce new summer shows, ‘Certain Circles’ out now

Austin, Texas band The Rocketboys will be continuing their summer on the road with two new strings of dates in support of their new album, Certain Circles.  Certain Circles is the anthemic indie band’s third full-length album and first for new label CandyShop Recordings.

The Rocketboys recently wrapped up a tour of the southeast with Jared & The Mill and will next join fellow Texan The Whistles and The Bells on July 26th at Siberia Bar in New Orleans to kick off their summer tour together.  The run of dates will hit major cities along the west coast including San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. The tour wraps up in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 10th.

The next day finds The Rocketboys in Milwaukee at Shank Hall supporting Nashville act Birdtalker. The dates include stops in Davenport, Iowa at the new venue Raccoon Motel (created by Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller and partners), the legendary 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on 8/13, and Schuba’s in Chicago on August 14th.  All current dates and links to purchase tickets are available on the band’s website,

Hailed by Austin’s public radio station KUTX as “somewhere between Pink Floyd’s sci-fi rock and Death Cab For Cutie’s heart-on-sleeve pop,” Certain Circles represents the Venn Diagram of relationships the band – Brandon Kinder (singer and guitarist), Justin Wiseman (keyboards), Josh Campbell (bass), and Lang Freeman (guitar)) – found themselves examining following the release of their sophomore LP, Build Anyway, which featured the breakout hit “Viva Voce.”

“We didn’t realize until we started making this record that there were some groups of people who had one idea of what they thought The Rocketboys should be, and there were other groups, other circles that had another idea of who we are. And at least for me, I lost my direction,” said Kinder. “I just thought I’d plow along and see what happened. But when we started making this record, we realized we wanted to take it back to where we started, and that’s just making music that we love.”

The Austin, Texas group – Kinder, Wiseman, Campbell, and original drummer Philip Ellis – recorded much of Certain Circles themselves, but employed engineer Kevin Butler (Black Books, Quiet Company) and Andy Freeman (Eisley, Manchester Orchestra) to mix.

The Rocketboys with The Whistles And The Bells:
07/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia Bar
07/27 – Houston, TX @ Rockefellers
07/28 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Shipping & Receiving
07/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
08/01 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
08/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
08/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
08/04 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
08/05 – Bellingham, WA @ The Green Frog
08/06 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
08/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08/09 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
08/10 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre

Birdtalker with The Rocketboys:
08/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
08/12 – Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel
08/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
08/14 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas

The Rocketboys German Tour:
09/22 – Berlin @ Badehaus
09/23 – Leipzig @ Horns Erben
09/25 – Nurnberg @ Club Stereo
09/26 – Munchen @ Unter Deck
09/27 – Koln @ Wohngemeinschaft
09/28 – Mainz @ Kulturclub Schon Schon
09/29 – Dresden @ Jazzclub Tonne

Festival dates:
10/19 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java/Rock This Town

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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