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The Gories reunite for two short tours; summer forecast suddenly looks scuzzier and sweatier

At this odd point in post-post-modernity, the number of bands playing retro-'60s garage rock far outweigh the number of bands that actually made the music in the '60s. The Gories belong in the former category—they recorded in the late '80s and early '90s during a particularly fertile renaissance of the sound—but it's safe to that the Detroit trio of Mick Collins, Dan Kroha, and Peggy O'Neill rocked like few previously had or ever will. Acts like The White Stripes, Thee Oh Sees, and King Khan wouldn't exist as they do now without The Gories, who disintegrated in 1992, with Collins being the most famous ex-member thanks to his leadership of The Dirtbombs over the past 15 years.

And now they're back (again): According to Pitchfork, the corrosive, minimalist, Suicide-covering, blues-punk trio is reuniting for two quick North American tours this summer. (Their first reunion took place last year for a tour of Europe with fellow garage-rock legends The Oblivians.) Here are the dates:

July 15: Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Blues Festival
July 16: Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Place
July 17: Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Du Mile End
July 29: Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
July 30: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
July 31: New York, NY - Lincoln Center (Ponderosa Stomp)
September 7: San Diego, CA - The Casbah
September 8: Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
September 9: San Francisco, CA - The Independent
September 10: Portland, OR - Dante's Musicfest
September 11: Seattle, WA - Neumos