From Minneapolis to France: The Magnolias embark on European tour

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Though the band hasn't been very active in recent years (their last tour was in the early '90s and their last album was released in 1996), The Magnolias have resurfaced with a new compilation album and are about to embark on their first European tour. The tour, which will feature original Magnolias member Dave Freeman, along with Eric Kassel, Tom Cook and Johnny O'Halloran, kicks off Saturday night in Minneapolis with a send-off show at the Entry.

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Since 1984 the Magnolias have refined their own style of garage punk that speaks to their upbringing alongside fellow Twin-Tone bands like the Replacements, Husker Du and Soul Asylum and their affinity for bands like the Suicide Commandos and the Buzzcocks. In their heyday, the Mags gained a sizeable following regionally but were never able to achieve the widespread success of their labelmates.

All that is in the past now, though, and the Magnolias are back with a disc of demos and unreleased tracks. Appropriately titled "Better Late Than Never," the album is a revisitation of the fast-paced, lo-fi sound that put the Mags on the map. The disc is a must for anyone seeking schooling on the history of the "Minneapolis sound."

Here's a rundown of the tracks from "Better Late Than Never," including the year each song was recorded:

1. "Even Without You" - Demo Recorded May 1994.
2. "Easy to Forget" - Demo Recorded May 13, 1991. Song never appeared on any album/CD.
3. "Duel" - Demo Recorded January 19, 1993. Song never appeared on any album/CD.
4. "Time Bomb" - Demo Recorded November 28, 1990.
5. "Trashbin" - Demo Recorded May 1994.
6. "Tear Up This Town" - Demo Recorded November 28,1990.
7. "Don't Pack It In" - Demo Recorded November 28, 1990.
8. "Torture Yours" - Live At The Turf Club April 23, 1997. Song never appeared on any album/CD.
9. "Way Out" - Demo Recorded May 13, 1991.
10. "Favorite" - Street Date Tuesday Sessions. July 1995. Song never appeared on any album/CD.
11. "Where do you Go?" - Live At The Turf Club April 23, 1997. Song never appeared on any album/CD.
12. "Another" - Street Date Tuesday Sessions. July 1995. Song never appeared on any album/CD.
13. "On the Dime" - Street Date Tuesday Sessions. July 1995. Song never appeared on any album/CD.

And here's a quick promo video the Magnolias released recently to preview their European tour:

The Magnolias European tour:

May 31 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
June 5 The Zoo Bar Nancy, France
June 6 L'assommoir Club St. Etienne, France
June 7 L'ouvre Boite Club Beauvais, France
June 10 L'etreinte Paris, France
June 12 L'atabal Club Biarritz, France
June 13 Secret Place Taf Montpellier, France
June 14 El Bongo Club Bourges, France
June 15 La Majorette Soulangis, France
June 17 La Mecanique Ondulatoire Paris, France
June 19 Four Seasons Club Castellon, Spain
June 20 Gruta'77 Club Madrid, Spain
June 21 La Vogue Club Granada, Spain

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