Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ Fox Cabaret 8/31

All photos taken in Vancouver by BEV DAVIES

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds North America Tour 2018

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
North America Tour 2018
Los Angeles, Washington DC, Brooklyn, Toronto
Exclusive ticket and vinyl pre-order bundle only available in store at:
Rotate This, Toronto
Watch and share new video from upcoming EP DISTANT SKY– MERCY SEAT
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds hit North America for four live shows this October.
The band is teaming up with indie record stores in Los Angeles (Amoeba Music), New York (Rough Trade NYC), and Toronto (Rotate This) for an exclusive offer that includes a ticket to the show in the relevant city, a pre-order of the limited edition Distant Sky – Live in Copenhagen EP on vinyl, and a limited edition tour lithograph.  
One of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds headlined festivals across Europe this summer, before they cross continents to Latin and North America for 9 dates in October.
For one night only in April of this year, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds shared a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.
The release of a special EP of audio from that extraordinary show, Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen will be available on Digital and 12” vinyl from September 28th.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ touring line-up features Nick Cave (vocals, piano), Warren Ellis (piano, keyboards, violin, tenor guitar), Martyn Casey (bass), Jim Sclavunos (vibraphone, percussion, piano, drums), George Vjestica (guitar) and Larry Mullins (keyboards, piano).
They will be joined by special guest Cigarettes After Sex for their shows in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Toronto.
Tickets are available at www.nickcave.com. North American tour dates are below. 
21 Oct – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA*
25 Oct – The Anthem – Washington DC*
26 Oct – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
28 Oct – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, Canada*
*With special guest Cigarettes After Sex.
2017 UK show reviews: 
A triumphant performance charged with tragedy” The Evening Standard * * * * * 
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds used to be a great live act. Tonight, they are phenomenal.” The Line Of Best Fit
A sense of awe rings around the O2 as the Bad Seeds leave the stage, lifetime Cave fans shocked at quite how magnificently the band have mutated.” Loud & Quiet

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Angelique Kidjo Brings Her Radical Reimagining of Talking Heads' 'Remain In Light' to Central Park Summerstage Sept 27

Angelique Kidjo Brings Her Radical Reimagining of Talking Heads' 'Remain In Light' to Central Park Summerstage Sept 27

Angélique Kidjo set the music world on fire in June with her track-by-track reimagination of Talking Heads’ landmark album ‘Remain in Light.’ Now Angelique and her full band will perform her ecstatic version of this album at home in NYC, September 27 at Central Park’s SummerStage. Opening is the Resistance Revival Chorus, who also performed with Kidjo at the Women’s March on Washington. SummerStage is the latest stop on an international 2018 tour that continues through the year and has included performances in Los Angeles, London, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Her version of ‘Remain In Light’ will also be released via CD format on September 28 (Kravenworks Records).
Angélique has had an incredible summer - she performed “Once in a Lifetime” on Jimmy Kimmel Live in May, discussed the album with David Byrne on the New Yorker Radio Hour, has been featured on NPR Morning Edition, NPR Music First Listen, Pitchfork, LA Times, Studio 360, Questlove Supreme, PRI’s The World and more.
Angélique partnered with super producer and 2015 Grammy Producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, Beyonce) for her version of ‘Remain in Light,’ which brings the landmark 1980 album by Talking Heads full circle, back to the sounds of West Africa that inspired the original. It includes appearances by Ezra Koenig, Blood Orange, Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the Antibalas horns, Angelique’s longtime guitarist Dominic James, and Magatte Sow (percussionist for the ‘Black Panther’ film score). Visual artist Kerry James Marshall created the album artwork. 
Watch her Jimmy Kimmel Live performance of “Once in a Lifetime” here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Om538lGCE

“Transformative…raises the ante on every parameter of the original” – NY Times
“Visionary…illustrates Kidjo’s grand majesty” – NPR Music
"Stunning...a perfect counterpart to Talking Heads' record” - Rolling Stone
“Irrepressible…one of the year’s most daring records” - Pitchfork, 8 out of 10
“Astonishingly inventive…No question: one of the albums of the year” – The Sunday Times
“Breathtaking” – Stereogum
“Dense and powerful” – The Fader
“Jubilant…Talking Heads never sounded so good” – Afropunk
“Supremely satisfying” - Paste
“Surging…unleashes [the original’s] latent West African currents” – SF Chronicle
“Magnificent” – Mojo
“Brilliantly helmed” – Uncut 
“Fascinating…a stunning transformation” – AV Club

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Iron & Wine’s Weed Garden is available today worldwide from Sub Pop + EP now streaming

Iron & Wine’s Weed Garden is available today worldwide from Sub Pop

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2wrbKTm
Apple Music: https://u.subpop.com/2vNk93h
North American fall tour dates September 21st-November 17th with support from Erin Rae, Ohmme, and Carl Broemel

Iron & Wine’s Weed Garden arrives as a six-song collection of all new material, whose roots were planted during the making of last years Grammy-nominated, Beast Epic.  The release is being made available worldwide from Sub Pop and joins the ranks of his previous EP’s -The Sea and RhythmWoman King and In the Reins which contains some of Iron & Wine’s most beloved material.

Recorded earlier this year at The Loft in Chicago, Weed Garden features the single “What Hurts Worse” and the fan favorite, “Waves of Galveston,” which first appeared as part of The Onion’s AV Club “State Songs” and is finally making its official release. Galveston is just a short trip from Austin where Sam Beam lived for a number years, and its coastal beauty is brought to life in this late summer breezy acoustic number that harkens back to some of Iron & Wine's earliest material.

Beam recently stated that “‘Waves of Galveston” was one of those songs that had a more reflective feel and I knew I wanted to do it as an acoustic thing.  I guess it pointed me in the direction of where the rest of Beast Epic went.” He also touched on the EP format and noted that he "really like(s) short records. The more concise the better. Anytime you have fewer things to absorb you observe and listen to it differently. It’s a concentrated statement”.

The Associated Press had this say of Weed Garden, “Beam’s surprise gift is the exquisite “Waves of Galveston,” a fan favorite getting its first official release. Its very 70’s-sounding refrain caresses the eardrums and Nick Drake may have sounded like this if singing about Texas….There are plenty of references to nature — the sea, butterflies, serpents, rain, clouds, flowers, winds and waves — but it’s all related to the human experience and the final three songs sustain the theme. Especially affecting are the gorgeous “Autumn Town Leaves” and the increasingly intense and desperate closer “Talking to Fog.” Weed Garden is both a wonderful bonus in relation to Beast Epicand an enchanting collection that deserves to be valued for its own plentiful merits.”

And NPR Music offers this, “Not only is Weed Garden a consistently powerful extension of Beast Epic, but it also marks the first studio release of one of Beam's live staples: "Waves of Galveston." That outtake has been cropping up in performances...but it benefits enormously from a new full-band arrangement that's crisp and lovely, spare but sweet.”

Weed Garden is available on CD/LP/DL/CS through Sub Pop [link here]. LP purchases through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on Amber colored vinyl (while supplies last)

Iron & Wine’s previously announced fall tour schedule in support of Weed Garden and Beast Epic resumes on September 21st in Kansas City, MO at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland and runs through November 17th in Memphis, TX at the Orpheum Theatre.  Support for the fall tour dates will come from Erin Rae, Carl Broemel, and Ohmme.

Sep. 21 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland*
Sep. 22 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre*
Sep. 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Capitol Theatre*
Sep. 24 - Boise, ID - Revolution Center*
Sep. 26 - Eureka, CA - Arkley Center for the Performing Arts*
Sep. 27 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre*
Sep. 28 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues*
Sep. 29 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre*
Sep. 30 - Sante Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center*
Oct. 2 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom*
Oct. 3 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant^
Oct. 4 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater*
Oct. 5 - Bloomington, IL - Castle Theatre*
Oct. 6 - Columbus, OH - Southern Theatre*
Nov. 2 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater**
Nov. 3 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre**
Nov. 4 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre**
Nov. 6 - Portland, ME - State Theatre**
Nov. 7 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount**
Nov. 8 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre**
Nov. 9 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa**
Nov. 10 - Raleigh, NC - Meymandi Concert Hall**
Nov. 12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium**
Nov. 14 - Augusta, GA - Miller Theater**
Nov. 15 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Theatre**
Nov. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre**
Nov. 17 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre**
*w/ Erin Rae
** w/ Ohmme
^ w/ Carl Broemel

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The FRESHEN UP U.S. Tour 2019
© MPL Communications Ltd // Photographer: MJ Kim
The Freshen Up U.S. Tour 2019:
Monday, May 27 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Thursday, May 30 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Saturday, June 1 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Thursday, June 6 – Madison, WI – Kohl Center
Tuesday, June 11 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
Paul McCartney has confirmed his eagerly anticipated return to the U.S. with his new Freshen Up tour. Five confirmed dates have been announced, marking Paul’s first series of Stateside concerts since the One On One Tour that played to some two million fans around the world during 2016 and 2017.
The Freshen Up tour is Paul’s first outing following the release of his brand new studio album, Egypt Station, out September 7th on Capitol Records. Featuring the AAA Top 10 single “Come On To Me,” Egypt Station is already generating rave reviews, with Q magazinewriting in a 4-star review that Paul is “enjoying his music too much to stop now. And so, for that matter, are we,” and Rolling Stone raving“Macca keeps adding new gems to his songbook, with nothing to prove except he’s the only genius who can do this… And, oh yeah — in his spare time, he happens to still be the greatest live performer on Earth.” 
Paul will also be appearing on The Howard Stern Show September 5th and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon September 6th.
The U.S. leg of Freshen Up will begin with Paul rocking the Carolinas, on May 27th at the PNC Arena with Paul’s first show in Raleigh NC since 2002’s Driving World Tour and on May 30th with Paul’s debut appearance in Greenville SC at the  Bon Secours Wellness Arena. On June 1st Paul will return to the Rupp Arena in Lexington KY for the first time since 1990, while June 6th will see Paul play his first ever show in Madison WI at the Kohl Center. And on June 11th, Paul will rock the Quad Cities, visiting Moline IL for the first time to play the TaxSlayer Center.
The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show: Nearly three hours nightly of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs from Paul’s solo, Wings and of course Beatles catalogues that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations throughout the Americas, the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and all points between: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert  in 1966, a 2016 week in the California desert that included two headline sets at the historic Desert Trip festival and a jam-packed club gig for a few hundred lucky fans at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 15+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) –and constantly upgraded state of the art audio and video technology that ensures an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house, a Paul McCartney concert is never anything short of life-changing.
Tickets will go on sale to the public at Friday September 7th at 10am local time.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, September 4 at 10am local time through Thursday, September 6 at 10pm local time.
For further information, go to http://paulmccartney.com/

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George Clinton & Parliment Funkadelic @ Observatory 8/30

All photos taken in Santa Ana by Bradley Dupray.

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Fishbone @ Observatory 8/30

All photos taken in Santa Ana by Bradley Dupray.

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Editions Mego: Klara Lewis & Simon Fisher Turner' s collaborative debut, Care [Release: 10/5]

Editions Mego has announced the October 5th release of Klara Lewis and Simon Fisher Turner’s Care. The set will be released as a single-LP.

Care is the first outing from the legendary English musician, songwriter, composer, and producer Simon Fisher Turner and the highly-acclaimed, emerging Swedish sound artist, Klara Lewis.
This collaborative debut is a unique outing rife with delicious dichotomy. The opening track, “8”, positions the aggressive directly against more fragile moments. On the subsequent track, “Drone”, medieval melodies sprout from a dense rhythmic hiss. Witness a Middle Eastern song appearing amongst a haunted rattling reverb in the epic "Tank", whilst a beautiful force of hope can be found within the sound world of closing track "Mend".
The wide scope of references and constant pull of forces make this debut offering a timeless patchwork of sonic spaces. Care is an album which sways in such a salubrious manner one can't help but delight in its unique form of location/disorientation.


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Anna Calvi Shares Videos For "Hunter" & "As A Man;" LP Out This Friday, 8/31


Shares videos for "Hunter" and "As A Man", both directed by Matt Lambert

Watch / share the video for "Hunter" via YouTube HERE

Watch the video for "As A Man" exclusively via Apple Music HERE and stream / share the audio via all DSPs HERE

New album Hunter out tomorrow via Domino

Photo Credit: Maisie Cousins

Today, Anna Calvi shares two new videos - a film for her current single "Hunter" and a performance video for a brand new track, "As A Man" - both taken from her much anticipated upcoming album, Hunter, due for release tomorrow, August 31st, 2018, via Domino. Both were directed by the Berlin-based filmmaker and photographer, Matt Lambert, much of whose work explores queer love and intimacy.

In the track "Hunter", Calvi celebrates the transcendent aspects of pleasure and finding a community and home in queer spaces. According to Calvi, it is about "exploring a more subversive sexuality, which goes further than what is expected of a woman in our patriarchal heteronormative society." The film for "Hunter", which was premiered via Dazed (here), was a chance to follow an ongoing theme of creating honest and authentic portrayals of intimacy. Lambert said the following: "The ritual of self-love and body-exploration for many queer individuals is the first step toward feeling confident intimate moments with others".

About the track "As A Man", Calvi said the following: "If a woman wants to be powerful she's expected to exhibit 'male' traits. The woman in the song is trying to understand a man by imagining becoming him, but as it progresses she asks the man to become more like her instead. There's been a lot of encouragement for women to become more like men if they want to get their voices heard, or be powerful. But there hasn't been enough effort to get men to become more like women. Men are brought up believing that to be feminine is to be weak. If there is to be equality, both sexes need to be able to move to the middle of the spectrum. This song is about finding freedom in the non-binary world."

"As A Man" (audio) is available to stream and share via all digital service providersHERE
Anna Calvi - Hunter (Official Video) (Explicit)

Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) at Konk Studios in London with some further production in LA, Hunter was recorded with Anna's band - Mally Harpaz on various instruments and Alex Thomas on drums - with the addition of Adrian Utley from Portishead on keys and Martyn Casey from The Bad Seeds on bass. It has a new rawness, a primal energy into which Calvi pushes the limits of her guitar and voice beyond anything she's recorded before.

Hunter is available this Friday on DIG, CD, LP, via all DSPs and on limited edition deluxe LP 180g red vinyl with exclusive signed print, encased in a high gloss gatefold sleeve with download code. To pre-order click here.

Praise for Hunter

"She's unbelievable!" -  NPR Music 

"feverish and expressionistic." - Stereogum 

"This record feels like a long-lost classic...Calvi is even able to create a sense of place amidst all her different lyrics and sounds... it really hits you hard."  - 9/10 Northern Transmission

"Her best album yet" - MOJO (4 Stars)

Breaking free of convention, breaking away from the pack" - Q (4 Stars)

"As A Man" single art

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NPR's All Songs Considered features Gaelynn Lea's Track "The Last Three Feet"

ICYMI: NPR's All Songs Considered features Gaelynn Lea's Track "The Last Three Feet"

"Our 2016 Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea says she came up with this track after a Foreign Services Officer challenged her to write a song about the "last three feet" in diplomacy – a reference to the hardest part of international exchange, one that requires face-to-face, personal contact. Lea says she'd also been hurt a year earlier by a friend and hadn't made peace with it. So, contemplating the song idea, she says, "really helped clarify a lot for me. You have to be willing to recognize not only how you've been wounded but where you too were wrong." NPR/All Songs Considered

New Record Learning How To Say
Out Sept 7
"Gaelynn Lea has been described as a 'haunting' violinist and songwriter. Her new album, Learning How to Stay, is the very definition of the word - poignant and evocative; difficult to ignore or forget. From the beautiful simplicity of 'Bound by a Thread' to the complicated pop sensibilities of 'Lost in the Woods,' Gaelynn had me captivated from the very first musical moment."
- Jeremy Harvey, Drummer for Cloud Cult

"A battle-cry for love in all its forms... This joyful, energizing album is a treat!"
- Maria Bamford, Comedian 
When Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, her two decades as a hardworking and talented musician finally crystallized in a beautiful moment of national recognition. It was also just the beginning of a grand adventure. With the wind of her award at their backs, Gaelynn and her husband Paul sold their house in Northern Minnesota, quit their jobs, bought a van, and hit the road.

Since then, Gaelynn has played over 250 shows in 42 states and seven countries, adding nearly 100,000 miles to their Ford Econoline’s odometer. The singer-songwriter and violinist has performed everywhere from coffee shops, bars, schools and festivals; she’s graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City RootsThe Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. This June she was featured at arts festivals in Iceland and Switzerland, and she played the Winnipeg Folk Fest in July and Travelers' Rest Fest (curated by The Decemberists) in August.

Yet somehow between this perpetual blitz of performances, Gaelynn also recorded her third full-length album set for release in September. Until this point Gaelynn Lea has presented most of her songs using only a few tools: a violin, a voice, and a looping pedal. But for her latest, Gaelynn Lea enlisted the help of some musical friends to bring her new album to life. Several of Minnesota’s heavy-hitters—including Al Church, Dave Mehling, Marty Dosh, Andrew Foreman and Alan Sparhawk—lent their creative influence and musicality to this recording. The result is a powerfully emotive effort of confidence and purpose which captures the poignancy and presence of Gaelynn Lea’s crafted repertoire.

Her forthcoming album, Learning How To Stay, is an 11-song collection that runs the gamut sonically from pensive and luscious to aggressive and intentioned, from folk to decidedly pop, and even includes a couple of traditional fiddle tunes. Undoubtedly the connecting thread of this album is Gaelynn Lea herself. With her singular voice and deeply-affecting violin, she guides the listener through a journey that explores the contrasting nature of existence: dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy. Learning How to Stay encourages the listener to stay present for it all.

In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn Lea loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, inclusion in the arts, and leading an enriching life. Gaelynn has a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) and she is a strong voice in the disability community. Gaelynn Lea believes society must prioritize accessibility so people with disabilities can participate in their communities and use their gifts without barriers or discrimination.

9/7 @ The Lakely | Eau Claire, WI

9/10 @ Sunnyhill Live! at Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills | Pittsburgh, PA

9/11 @ Community Room on King | Lancaster, PA

9/12 @ Electric Maid | Washington, DC
9/13 @ Strand Center for the Arts | Lakewood, NJ
9/14 @ The Galleries at Moore College | Philadelphia, PA
9/15 @ Joe's Pub | New York, NY

9/16 @ Antenna Cloud Farm | Gill, MA

9/17 @ Hennessy's Bar | Boston, MA
9/18 @ The Apohadion Theater | Portland, ME

9/19 @ Radio Bean | Burlington, VT

9/20 @ Unitarian Church of Montréal | Montreal, QC

9/21 @ First Unitarian Society of Ithaca | Ithaca, NY

9/22 @ Iron Smoke Distillery | Fairport, NY

9/24 @ Old Falls Street | Niagara Falls, NY

9/25 @ Small World Music Centre | Toronto, ON

9/26 @ Akron Rotary Camp | Akron, OH

9/28 @ St. Clair County Community College Fine Arts Auditorium | Port Huron, MI
9/29 @ Elevated Songwriter Series | Chicago, IL
9/30 @ Driftless Books | Viroqua, WI

*All up to date tour information and news can be found at violinscratches.com/shows

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Julia Jacklin to Join First Aid Kit for North American Tour this September, New Album Coming Soon


Photo credit: Shervin Lainez
Julia Jacklin will be joining First Aid Kit on their upcoming North American tour. Fresh from putting the finishing touches on her latest album, it will be a welcomed returned to the US for the Australian artist. 

In between writing and recording the new album, Jacklin also teamed up with friends to form the dynamic side project Phantastic Ferniture. The album dropped this summer to great reviews including Rolling Stone who praise Jacklin writing "The singer-songwriter exhales beautifully as she and her bandmates conjure sounds that recall echo-assisted bands on 4AD and IRS, as well as masters of the morose Mazzy Star.” NPR also agree in their review saying "[Phantastic Ferniture] does a really nice job of taking [Julia's] beautiful... plaintive voice and setting it over songs that rock and make you move along with a certain energy to them.

Jacklin will be debuting new material at these shows, don’t miss the chance to see this exceptional artist. All dates are below. 

Tour Dates:
09/06 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre #
09/07 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
09/08 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore #
09/10 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem #
09/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # [SOLD OUT]
09/12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
09/14 - Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewing Company #
09/17 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
09/18 - Austin, TX @ ACL at Moody Theater #
09/19 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom #
09/21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater #
09/22 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom #
09/25 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park #
09/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre #&
09/28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic #&
09/29 - Napa, CA @ JaM Cellars Ballroom #&
10/01 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre #
10/02 - Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre #
10/03 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #
# w/ First Aid Kit
& w/ M. Ward

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