Philly garage-punk outfit the A.K.A.s has entered the studio for the next three weeks to record their yet-to-be-titled sophomore full-length effort. The album, which is scheduled for release early 2008 via an undisclosed record label, will be recorded with acclaimed producer Alex Newport (At the Drive-In, the Mars Volta).

After the three weeks, the A.K.A.s will hit the pavement mid-October on a full stateside tour with Big D and the Kids Table, and Whole Wheat Bread. Dates:

Oct 19 Club Infinity -Williamsville, NY
Oct 20 The Hangout – Edinboro, PA (w/ the Code)
Oct 21 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
Oct 24 Valentine’s – Albany, NY
Oct 25 Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
Oct 26 The Station – Portland, ME
Oct 27 The Roxy Boston – Boston, MA
Oct 28 Knitting Factory – New York, NY
Oct 30 Peppermint Beach Club – Virginia Beach, VA
Oct 31 The Casbah At Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Nov 1 Fuel Coffee House – Jacksonville, FL
Nov 2 Studio A – Miami, FL
Nov 3 State Theatre – St. Petersburgh, FL
Nov 4 1982 Bar – Gainesville, FL
Nov 5 The Social – Orlando, FL
Nov 6 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov 7 Exit / In – Nashville, TN (w/ Whole Wheat Bread)
Nov 8 Capri Theatre – Montgomery, AL
Nov 9 The High Ground – Metairie, LA
Nov 10 Java Jazz Coffee – House Houston, TX
Nov 11 Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack – Lewisville, TX
Nov 12 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
Nov 14 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Nov 15 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
Nov 16 Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
Nov 17 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Nov 18 SOMA – San Diego, CA
Nov 19 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA

In other news, A.K.A.s’ vivacious sweetheart Josie Outlaw has once again changed her ever-morphing hair, this time cutting her locks and donating it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to underprivileged youth suffering from long term medical hair loss. This is what Outlaw had to say about her decision via the A.K.A.s’ MySpace blog:

“After a while of having to keep up with my color and not having mirrors or regular showers on tour, any haircut can be high maintenance. So, I decided that a major hair cut was in order. I went to my favorite salon Mudhoney, in New York City and asked my favorite stylist Bethany to split my wig! I had her put my hair in a ponytail and cut it, so I could donate it to Locks of Love, and then she worked her magic…

Your hair will grow back, so why not help a child have more confidence? If I can do anything more to encourage you guys to help out, let me know! I will give anyone a free hair cut at any of our shows if you are willing to donate your hair. Just send me a message and we will set it up!”

Locks of Love accepts hair donations year-round. For information on donation, volunteering, or sponsoring a child, visit here.


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