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Ariel Pink continue to tour in support of Mature Themes and their latest US jaunt kicks off tomorrow in Los Angeles. You can catch them at one of their many stops listed below. If you expect to be in New York City on June 6th, you would be able to see Ariel Pink at Irving Plaza. You can purchase tickets to see Ariel Pink over at LiveNation for that show or others. But if you prefer, you can use the widget below to enter our contest for a chance at a pair of tickets to the NYC show! We at PopMatters said their latest album is "a very compelling listen" and you should expect to "walk away feeling that you have experienced music, rather than be passively be moved by it". So this is probably a show you won't want to miss!

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Tour dates:

05/17 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

05/18 San Diego, CA - Casbah

05/20 Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library

05/21 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

05/23 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

05/25 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore

05/27 Gorge, WA - Sasquatch! Fest

05/28 Missoula, MT - Badlander

05/31 Minneapolis, MN - Cedars

06/01 Chicago, IL - Do-Division

06/01 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (late show)

06/02 Dekalb, IL - Pink Otto's

06/03 Champaign, IL - Blind Pig

06/04 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

06/05 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar

06/06 New York, NY - Irving Plaza

06/07 Boston, MA - Sinclair

06/08 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street

06/09 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

06/10 Washington DC - U Street

06/11 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

06/13 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival

06/14 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall

06/15 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's

06/17 Dallas, TX - Trees

06/18 Austin, TX - Mohawk

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