John Baizley @ North Door SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

"The last night at SXSW, while everyone else was seeing Prince and Justin Timberlake, I went to the Invisible Oranges showcase, which was loaded with very loud acts -- KEN Mode, Full Of Hell, Pallbearer -- and one pretty quiet one: John Baizley of Baroness, playing (mostly) solo, doing some Townes Van Zandt covers, some Baroness songs stripped down, and talking about his recovery from the injuries he sustained when his band's tour bus crashed, injuring nine members of its crew. It was a life-affirming set, in which Baizley discussed (among other things) how his injuries have forced him to relearn how to play guitar. We often assume, I think, that when a musician survives an accident, he can simply continue making music, but the human body is a complicated machine, and the human brain even more so, and healing both, together, is hard enough even when that healing doesn't involve trying to reteach one's muscles, reflexes, and digits the demanding specifics of how to play an instrument at a professional level. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise to hear that drummer Matt Maggioni and bassist Allen Blickle have parted ways with Baroness due to the injuries they suffered last summer, but it's still kind of heartbreaking."
[Michael Nelson, Stereogum]

And Baroness soldiers on... As discussed, Baroness will return to Austin for Chaos in Tejas this year, but it was more recently revealed that the Chaos show is part of a much larger North American tour that includes Lollapalooza and three Texas shows:

May 31 in Dallas - Trees w/ True Widow

June 1 Austin - Chaos in Tejas (Mohawk) w/ Rotten Sound, True Widow, Coliseum, Kill the Client

June 2 Houston - Free Press Summer Festival

Tickets for the Mohawk show are still on sale. Dallas goes on sale April 5th. All tour dates can be found at IO.

Free Press Summer Festival runs June 1st & 2nd in Houston and also features The Postal Service, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, BASSNECTAR, Alabama Shakes, Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power, Of Monsters and Men, Social Distortion, Arctic Monkeys, Mavis Staples, The Geto Boys, and more on the bill.

P.S. Coliseum, who play a lot of upcoming dates with Baroness just dropped a new track. Check it out below...


Baroness -- 2013 Tour Dates
May 24 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
May 25 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
May 26 Norfolk, VA Jewish Mother
May 28 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
May 29 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
May 31 Dallas, TX Trees
June 1 Austin, TX Chaos in Tejas (Mohawk)
June 2 Houston, TX Free Press Summer Festival
June 4 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
June 5 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
June 8 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
June 9 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre
June 11 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Centre
June 12 Cincinnati, OH Taft Ballroom
June 14 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's
June 15 Huntington, WV V Club
June 13 - 16 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo (performance date to be announced soon)

August 10 - 11 Montreal, QC Heavy MTL (performance date to be announced soon)

Inter Arma opens May 25 & 26; True Widow opens May 28 - 31; Coliseum opens June 4 to 15