Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus) – “Hey Tonight” (Free Energy Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Three years ago at SXSW, I saw Titus Andronicus and Free Energy play back-to-back. Both bands wrecked shop, but my favorite thing about the show was the way Titus stayed to watch Free Energy, taking over the front row and dancing hard and singing along to everything. Both bands toured together that summer, and when I saw Free Energy again at last year’s SXSW, Titus frontman Patrick Stickles was in the crowd again, and once again singing along ecstatically. Stickles generally loves the shit out of Free Energy in an absolutely infectious way, and so it’s not too much of a surprise to hear Stickles recording his own ragged, committed version of “Hey Tonight,” one of the many anthems on Free Energy’s very, very good sophomore album Love Sign. Below, download the Stickles version and check out Free Energy’s tour dates; be advised that you should absolutely go see this band if you get a chance.

Patrick Stickles – “Hey Tonight” (Free Energy Cover)

And now, those Free Energy tour dates:

2/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Petty Fest
2/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop Festival
3/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
3/02 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
3/04 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
3/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
3/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
3/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
3/11 – Austin, TX @ The Blackheart (Sennheiser/Paste party)
3/13 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
3/16 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa (Rolling Stone party)
3/17 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
3/18 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
3/19 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
3/20 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay
3/22 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (free show)
3/23 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
3/24 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/25 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre Rooftop
3/26 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
3/28 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
7/11-7/13 – Pattersonville, NY @ Camp Bisco Festival

Love Sign is out now on Free Energy’s own Free People imprint.