The legendary, fantastic Rebecca Gates (Spinanes) and her band, The Consortium (Joanna Bolme of Jicks, Quasi, drummer Ji Tanzer of Blue Cranes and various other Blue Cranes members) are descending upon the NE to play new and old songs alike for YOU, you lucky person! These shows are not to be missed, and I would absolutely love to get you a list spot (in case you can review), an interview with Gates, or any other anything I might be able to provide that’d help.

Gates is an insanely busy woman, and aside from continuing to work on her upcoming record, has been up to a lot lately. She sang on several tracks of Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab’s first solo record since Monade’s 2008 Montre Cosmic, which is available from Drag City. She also contributed a track called “Doos” to Dear New Orleans, a benefit compilation assembled by Air Traffic Control to mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and to address the Gulf Oil disaster deeply affecting the region. Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network are two highly respected and efficient agencies focussing on infrastructure issues and the long view. Information about the album and a track listing is here, a profile of the project is featured in Rolling Stone.

April 1. 2011 : PORTLAND, OR : Mississippi Pizza : solo opening for Kaia Wilson
April 9, 2011 : CAMBRIDGE, MA : Plough and Stars : w/ the Consortium, & Blue Cranes
April 10, 2011 : PROVIDENCE, RI : AS220 : w/ the Consortium, & Blue Cranes
April 12, 2011 : HOBOKEN, NJ : Maxwells : w/ the Consortium, Tall Firs & Blue Cranes
April 14, 2011 : BROOKLYN, NY : Rock Shop : w/ the Consortium, & Blue Cranes
May 28, 2011 : GEORGE, WA : Sasquatch Festival

Rebecca Gates is a US based musician, curator, artist and audio editor. She has released four albums, three as leader of the critically acclaimed group The Spinanes (Sub Pop), toured internationally and appeared as a vocalist on numerous records by artists as wide ranging as The Decemberists and Willie Nelson. Her 2001 record Ruby Series was hailed by Spin as “warm, thoughtful, and melodically gorgeous.”

Gates was editor and co-founder of The Relay Project audiomagazine, a sound-only periodical featuring content from a variety of editorial and sonic sources which will be re-launched in 2011 as Sonoset Magazine. A co-curator of The Marfa Sessions, an exhibition of sonic land arts installations by international artists in Marfa, Texas, she has also been featured as an artist at Lehmann Maupin Gallery (New York, NY), Vedanta/Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago, IL), Centro La Fontana (Barcelona, SPAIN), Fontanelle (Portland, OR) and The Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Sun Valley, ID/Los Angeles, CA).

She currently performs solo and under the rg consortium moniker. The fine onstage version of the Consortium, may feature any and all of : Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes), Joanna Bolme (The Jicks, Quasi), Rebecca Cole (Wild Flag, The Minders), Nate Query (The Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jenny Drizos (The Decemberists, Black Prairie), Amy Domingues (Garland of Hours), Dave Depper (Loch Lomond, Blue Giant) or any other musical genius who consents to participating.