Bands still sort of “break out” at Austin’s megalith of music conferences, South By Southwest, right? Every year there are a couple that seem to catch enough people off guard to break through the wall of aspiration and perspiration. This year it might be Hippo Campus, a band of youngsters from St. Paul, Minnesota. (That’s the Twin City that’s not Minneapolis.) They’ll be playing our Monday, March 16 night party at Red 7, which is important career milestone for any band, and they’ve just signed to Grand Jury Records, home of Twin Peaks. And now we’ve got an exclusive look at the band’s spooky-yet-uplifting new video for “Souls,” which you’re sure to enjoy if you also enjoy Vampire Weekend or Foals (or both!). Check it out now, so you can finally be the first at something besides a comment! The band’s one and only release so far is an EP called Bashful Creatures, which was produced by Low’s Alan Sparhawk. Hippo Campus will be on tour with The Mowgli’s and Fences for much of this Spring, too; dates are below the video.

3/12: Minneapolis, MN - Aria #

3/25: San Francisco, CA - The Independent *

3/27: Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *

3/28: Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *

3/29: Vancouver, BC - Media Club *

3/31: Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court Gallery *

4/1: Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +

4/2: Kansas City, MO - The Midland *

4/3: Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater *

4/4: Chicago, IL - Metro *

4/6: St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room *

4/7: Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar *

4/8: Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe *

4/9: Detroit, MI - Shelter *

4/10: Toronto, ON - The Garrison *

4/11: Montreal, QC - La Vitrola *

4/14: Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *

4/15: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *

4/16: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *

4/17: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *

4/18: Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *

4/21: Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *

4/23: Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University *

4/24: Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room *

4/25: Orlando, FL - The Social *

4/26: Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits *

4/30: Dallas, TX - House of Blues Cambridge Room *

5/1: Austin, TX - The Parish *

5/2: Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *

5/5: Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *

5/7: San Diego, CA - The Casbah *

5/8: Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre *

# - with Delta Spirit

* - with The Mowgli’s and Fences

+ - with Rubblebucket and Vacationer

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