Yukimi Nagano, Little Dragon vocalist

The good news is that Little Dragon, that Swedish-pop band fronted by Yukimi Nagano, has finished its new album Ritual Union. It’s slated for an April/May 2011 release.

The better news is they’re hoofing it around the country to promote the new music and play a few older favorites like “My Step” from 2009’s Machine Dreams album. With the help of director Matthew Scheuerer, the song’s video (see below) is a novel take on feeling like a puppet in this crazy, cruel world. Actually using mini-marionettes (strings attached) to drive home the point, the clip is a sly endorsement of the need to break up the monotony of one’s everyday slog with some spirit-rejuvenating, happy dancing around a bonfire.

The best news is that I’ll get a chance to take them up on their suggestion (sans bonfire) when they come to NYC this and next week. Their third show (1-24) in the Big Apple, which is at the Bowery Ballroom, should be a good ol’ time. And the dapper Theophilus London, who recently got some GQ magazine-love, will be opening up for the group. Get on-board with his cool kid rap steez.

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If you can’t make the city shows, catch Little Dragon on tour somewhere. See dates below.

1/15  NORTHFIELD (MINNEAPOLIS), MN The Cave @ Carleton College

1/16 CHICAGO, IL Tomorrow Never Knows @ Lincoln Hall

1/17 TORONTO, ON Wrongbar

1/18 MONTREAL, PQ @ Il Motore

1/19 BOSTON, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

1/20  BROOKLYN, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

1/21 NEW YORK, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

1/22 WASHINGTON, DC @ Black Cat

1/23 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Johnny Brendas

1/24 NEW YORK, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (JUST ADDED)

1/25 ATLANTA, GA @ Masquerade

1/26 ORLANDO, FL @ Backbooth

1/27 TAMPA, FL @ Crowbar

1/28 MIAMI, FL @ The Electric Pickle

1/29 Sundance  SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ Urban Lounge

1/30 AUSTIN, TX @ Parish

2/1 PHOENIX, AZ @ Rhythm Room

2/2 RIVERSIDE, CA  The Barn @ UC Riverside

2/3 SANTA CRUZ, CA @ Rio Theatre

2/4 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Independent

2/5 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Independent

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