the-virgins-main-pub-cass-bird-small1_phixr.jpgTHE VIRGINS released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records this summer. Produced by S*A*M* and Sluggo, the album received 4 stars from Rolling Stone, while Vice Magazine said, “We’re jealous of their futures, basically.”

Often compared to The Strokes, THE VIRGINS perfectly exemplify the sound and style of downtown New York City in 2008. The band came together in 2006, the brainchild of songwriter/performer Donald Cumming. Having lived on NYC’s streets since the age of 16, Cumming’s teen years were chronicled by artist/photographer Ryan McGinley in his now-legendary debut solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. With Cumming joined by bassist Nick Zarin-Ackerman, guitarist Wade Oates, and drummer Erik Ratensperger, THE VIRGINS began playing downtown parties at such spots as St. Marks Church and 205. For their third show ever, THE VIRGINS took Paris by storm, performing at a fashion week party alongside Patti Smith and Sonic Youth.

“Rich Girls” video  
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“Private Affair” video
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Sept 19 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
Sept 20 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Sept. 21 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
Sept. 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Sept. 24 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Sept. 25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sept. 26 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Sept. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Sept. 29 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Oct. 1 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Oct. 2 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Oct. 4 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Music Hall
Oct. 5 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Oct. 7 – Minneapolis, MN – Metro
Oct. 10 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
Oct. 11 – Vancouver, BC – Richard’s on Richards
Oct. 12 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Oct. 13 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
Oct. 16 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern

Photo By: Cass Bird

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