Leslie, along with her backing band The Lys (which features some of Ames and Des Moines’ most talented musicians including members of Christopher the Conquered and Derek Lambert and the Prairie Fires, among other talented acts) plan to tour for six weeks in a wide abundance of cities and venues. The tour is book-ended by a couple of Iowa stops. The last date of the tour features a spot in the Mission Creek Festival alongside Kimya Dawson at The Mill in Iowa City on March 29. However, her tour launch will be in her hometown at the Ames Pantorium on February 15 at 7 pm. Tickets for this event start at just $5, with VIP packages at both $10 and $15.

To celebrate the start of her tour, Leslie has teamed up with Maximum Ames records to release a 7” release featuring two of her songs remixed by some very talented folks. “Tight Pants/Body Rolls” is one of the tracks and it is remixed by Fairfield, Iowa act Utopia Park. Along with that is “Blame the Booty” remixed by acclaimed mashup artist Titus Jones. The limited edition vinyl will come with a custom cover designed by Leslie herself, as well as other unique features.

For those unfamiliar with Leslie and the Ly’s, there is no easy way to describe the show. Some will describe it as straight comedy; a farcical affair that pokes fun at both the standards of what makes a pop star and the way music is presented. Some will take it as a marvelous night of performance art. Others will take it as a night of fun dance music. All are correct, but mostly the people who just want to go and have fun, as that truly is the best way to describe a night with Leslie and The Lys. Unquestionable fun.

Joining Leslie and the Lys both in Ames and on tour is the Kate Kennedy-fronted acoustic band Pennyhawk and Ramona and the Swimsuits, a fairly new band, but one made up of some talented and seasoned veterans (including Kennedy, who will pull triple duty on the tour).

To order tickets or to preorder the 7” visit maximumamesrecords.com.