28.08.2014 news
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Benjamin Booker Debut Out NOW!

We’re incredibly excited to bring you the debut album from New Orleans based blues-punk wunderkind Benjamin Booker. You can pick up the vinyl or CD at Benjamin’s store, download it now from iTunes, or listen to the album in its entirety at NPR First Listen.

Check out his blistering performance of “Have You Seen My Son?” on CONAN, and read what the critics have to say about his debut below:

“A fierce debut.” – Rolling Stone “Contender for rock record of the year.” – SPIN “The #1 Under the Radar Artist You Should Be Listening to Right Now” – TIME Magazine “a raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul” – New York Times “The suavest kid in Southern Rock.” – GQ “If you’ve not heard of Benjamin Booker yet, get ready.” – NPR

Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album is out now on ATO Records. Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter, influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. The album has already earned early raves from SPIN (“a contender for rock record of the year”), GQ (“The suavest kid in Southern Rock”), Rolling Stone (“a fierce debut”), ELLE (“The god we’ve been waiting for”) and Vice (“a layer cake of guitar shredding, incorporating Dinosaur Jr. quality riffs with an insistent, punk-like forward motion”).

When Benjamin Booker played Lollapalooza, Rolling Stone named him the weekend’s Best Rock Star Moment (“though Lollapalooza is always filled with countless rock acts, Booker may have been the strongest and most refreshing”). When he played Newport Folk Fest, Billboard named him the second best performance of the entire event (“a tight, raucous set that comes with enough well-placed gaps in the riffage onslaught to highlight his searching, soulful lyrics”). When he toured opening for Jack White, Jack brought him back out during his own set for a show-closing guitar duel.

Naming him the first of ten July “Artists You Need To Know” last week, Rolling Stone said Benjamin sounds like “Howlin’ Wolf’s scrawny, bipolar little cousin discovered a fuzzbox.” Watch his “Violent Shiver” live video:

Directed by Rick Alverson (‘The Comedy’ and videos for Sharon Van Etten & Bonnie Prince Billy), “Have You Seen My Son” finds Benjamin roaming an abandoned Virginia prison in stark, beautiful black & white. Watch here:

 

Benjamin Booker Tour Dates

08/20 – San Francisco CA @ Brick & Mortar

08/21 – Los Angeles CA @ The Echo

08/22 – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar

08/24 – Los Angeles CA @ FYF Fest

09/25 – Nashville TN @ High Watt #

09/26 – Louisville KY @ Zanzabar #

09/27 – Chicago IL @ Schubas #

09/29 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club #

10/01 – Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar #

10/03 – Dallas TX @ Three Links

10/04 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/10 – Austin TX @ Continental Club

10/11 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/17 – Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree #

10/18 – Atlanta GA @ Vinyl #

10/20 – Washington DC @ U St. Music Hall #

10/21 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs #

10/22 – Cambridge MA @ TT The Bear’s #

10/24 – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder

10/25 – Tampa FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/26 – West Palm Beach FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/29 – Orlando FL @ The Social

10/30 – Gainesville FL @ High Dive

10/31 – Mobile AL @ Soul Kitchen

11/01 – New Orleans LA @ Voodoo Music Experience

28.08.2014 news, Uncategorized
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STARS Announce New Album ‘No One Is Lost’ (Out Oct. 14) and Headlining Tour

NPR Music Premieres First New Song “From The Night:” http://shorefi.re/XWHlbJ

Pre-Order ‘No One is Lost’ On iTunes: http://smarturl.it/StarsNoOneIsLost

STARS have confirmed the October 14 release of their new album ‘No One Is Lost’ (ATO Records) and a headlining North American tour, including shows at NYC’s Modern Sky Festival plus dates in DC, Boston, Chicago and more (full schedule below). The follow-up to 2012’s ‘The North,’ ‘No One is Lost’ is comprised of 11 original songs and was produced by STARS and Liam O’Neil (Metric, The Stills). NPR Music premiered “From The Night,” the lead track off the record, calling it “a misnomer to describe a song about embracing darkness as ‘sunny,’ but its silver linings – “Let’s be young / Let’s pretend that we never will die” – are as insistent as the propulsive thump of the chorus.” Listen here.

“From The Night” revels in the chances you take and the loves you make or break on any given evening. Lead singer/songwriter Torquil Campbell explains, “I always find it so moving and beautiful to watch people have their nights out. There’s something so heartbreaking about it. People have jobs that they have to get up for, jobs they hate, and they live for the weekend; they live for these moments. And they put everything they have into it.”

For ‘No One Is Lost,’ STARS craved autonomy, and serendipitously inherited the Mile End rehearsal space last December above the now defunct, Royal Phoenix nightclub in Montreal. STARS built a functional studio out of the former space of then-disbanding Handsome Furs (and site of Arcade Fire’s first rehearsals); Mile End became a home away from home. Then the nightclub (and life) crept in, resulting in STARS’ most urgent record to date. Drummer Pat McGee explains, “The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential. It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”

“This record’s called ‘No One Is Lost’ because that is a fucking lie,” says Torquil. “We are all lost, we are all going to lose this game and, as you get older, you lose people more and more. I just wanted to close my eyes and jump and hope that was true. Life is loss, love is loss. And loving people is about accepting that you’re going to have to say goodbye to them. And that’s why it’s fucking brave. That’s STARS ethos: this life is very heartbreaking and sad… so let’s get completely fucking arseholed and listen to some Dionne Warwick.”

‘No One Is Lost’ translates all that anxiety into pure ecstasy, from the laser-cut new-waved precision of Millan’s “This Is the Last Time” to the soaring, Mozzerific chorus of Campbell’s “Trap Door,” to the dreamy duet “Look Away.” And the titanic title track – the sound of a dancefloor being swallowed whole by an ocean of sweat and swapped spit - feels like the moment STARS entire 15-year journey has been leading up to, a euphoric house banger that distills all the hope, fear, joy, sadness, and sex in the band’s songbook into a pair of unshakeable mantras: “put your hands up because everybody dies / put your hands up if you know you’re going to lose.”

‘No One Is Lost’ Tracklist:

1. From The Night

2. This Is The Last Time

3. You Keep Coming Up

4. Turn It Up

5. No Better Place

6. What Is To Be Done?

7. Trap Door

8. Are You OK?

9. A Stranger

10. Look Away

11. No One Is Lost

STARS 2014 Tour Dates:

08/18 – Stratford ON, Canada @ Stratford Music Fest

08/30 – Calgary AB, Canada @ Xfest

08/31 – Edmonton AB, Canada @ Sonic Boom

09/07 – Toronto ON, Canada @ Riot Fest Toronto

10/05 – New York, NY @ Modern Sky Festival (Central Park)

11/08 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

11/09 – Boston, MA @ Royale

11/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

11/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

11/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft

11/16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

11/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

11/22 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

11/23 – Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf

STARS is: Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Patrick McGee, Chris Seligman and Torquil Campbell, with Chris McCarron.

STARS On The Web:

http://www.youarestars.com/home/

https://www.facebook.com/starsstars

https://twitter.com/youarestars

http://www.youtube.com/user/StarsMontreal

13.08.2014 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff: Tour Update

It’s shaping up to be a busy fall for Hurray for the Riff Raff. After a few end-of-summer festival stops including Bumbershoot in Seattle and San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly, the band will be heading out on tour with Trampled by Turtles before setting out on a headlining tour in the Southeast. Check the dates below to see when they’ll be in your area (tickets are available on the band’s website), and watch the video for “I Know It’s Wrong, But That’s Alright”:

Tour Dates:

8/29-8/30: Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Roots Festival

9/1: Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

9/4: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

9/5: Madison, WI @ Overture Hall

9/6: Cincinnati, OH @ Ohio River Throwdown

9/7: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre

9/9: Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre

9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

9/11: Boston, MA @ House of Blues

9/12: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

9/13: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

9/14: Ottowa, Canada @ Ottawa Folk Festival

9/20: Shakopee, MN @ Festival Palomino

9/21: North Adams, MA @ FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival

10/3: San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

10/22: Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre

10/23: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

10/24: Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre

10/25: Edisto Island, SC @ Mostly Bluegrass Festival

10/27: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

10/28: Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

10/29: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

13.08.2014 news
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Listen to NPR Fresh Air Review of Benjamin Booker album, catch him on tour this Fall [NEW DATES]!

Ken Tucker of NPR’s Fresh Air reviewed Benjamin Booker’s debut album, calling it “out of control, impassioned” and “raw, yet disciplined”. Listen to the full review hereBenjamin Booker is available now on vinyl or CD from his online store or on iTunes,

According to NPR, Booker’s “ready for headliner status”. Check him out for yourself on his fall headlining tour: tickets are available at his website, and dates are below:

Tour Dates:

08/13 – Vancouver BC @ The Media Club ^

08/15 – Seattle WA @ Tractor Tavern^

08/16 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

08/19 – Oakland CA @ Leo’s

08/20 – San Francisco CA @ Brick & Mortar

08/21 – Los Angeles CA @ The Echo

08/22 – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar

08/24 – Los Angeles CA @ FYF Fest

09/25 – Nashville TN @ High Watt #

09/26 – Louisville KY @ Zanzabar #

09/27 – Chicago IL @ Schubas #

09/29 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club #

10/01 – Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar #

10/03 – Dallas TX @ Three Links

10/04 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/11 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/17 – Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree #

10/18 – Atlanta GA @ Vinyl #

10/20 – Washington DC @ U Hall #

10/21 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs #

10/22 – Cambridge MA @ TT The Bear’s #

10/24 – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder

10/25 – Tampa FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/26 – West Palm Beach FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/29 – Orlando FL @ The Social

10/30 – Gainesville FL @ High Dive

10/31 – Mobile AL @ Soul Kitchen

11/01 – New Orleans LA @ Voodoo Music Experience

 

^ w/ The Districts

# w/ Blank Range

 

13.08.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers Continue to Tour In Support of “English Oceans” with Lucero, Houndmouth and More

The Drive-By Truckers have barely had a moment’s rest since the March release of their newest record, English Oceansand don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. This September and October the band will continue to journey across America with the likes of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Houndmouth, Lucero, Lee Bains & The Glory Fires and more.

 

Looking at the accomplishments of English Oceans from the perspective of DBT’s nearly three-decade history, both Cooley and Hood decline to hedge their bets on the quality of their latest work.

 

“You’re always hesitant to say, ‘Oh, this is the best record we’ve ever made,’” Cooley says, “because you always want to. And sometimes you say it, and sometimes you’re right, and sometimes you think, ‘Well, maybe I jumped the gun on that a little bit, I got excited.’ But I think this just might be the best record we’ve ever made.”

 

Head below to find out when the Drive-By Truckers are bringing their rock show to your town!

 

9/4 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork

9/5 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’

9/6 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Ampitheater

9/12 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Ampitheater w/ North Mississippi Allstars

9/13 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater%

9/14 – Champaign, IL – Canopy Club%

9/16 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown#

9/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom#

9/18 – Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall#

9/19 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall%

10/4 – Mt. Pleasant, SC  – Holy City Hogs

10/10 – Atlanta , GA – Tabernacle$

10/11 – Birmingham, AL – Cask and Drum

10/ 17 - New York, NY – Beacon Theater$

10/ 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory$

10/ 19 – Albany, NY – Hart Theatre at The Egg

10/21 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met

10/22 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Cafe

10/23 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall^

10/24 - Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater^

10/25 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater^

10/28 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge^

10/29 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford^

10/30 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium^

11/1 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore^

 

# = Lucero

% = Lee Bains & The Glory Fires

$ = St. Paul & the Broken Bones

^ = Houndmouth

12.08.2014 news
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New SOJA Album “Amid the Noise and Haste” Out Today!

SOJA’s fifth studio album “Amid the Noise and Haste” is now available. You can download it from iTunes and Amazon, or pick up a copy on translucent gold vinyl or CD at your local record store or online. Vinyl and CDs both come with a free digital download of the album.

Amid The Noise And Haste was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to critically acclaimed Strength To Survive which debuted in the Billboard Top 40Amid The Noise And Haste features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.

SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill says, “The point of the album is reconnecting people to the power inside themselves, getting them to fall back in love with life again. Look around, take a deep breath. All the answers are there.”

SOJA is celebrating the album tonight with a sold-out release show in their hometown of Washington, D.C., followed by stops in LA (also sold-out) and Brooklyn (where you can still snag one of a limited number of available tickets – which come with a free download of the album).

Watch the video for “Easier” below:

08.08.2014 news
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Watch Rhett Miller of Old 97′s Impromptu Acoustic Street Performance

Last night was the second show of Old 97′s two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl, and when an electrical issue forced the venue to cancel the show, frontman/rockstar with a heart of gold Rhett Miller treated fans to an impromptu acoustic set right outside. Watch the footage here:

 

(via BrooklynVegan, photo via @sophisticatedbeastmusic)

05.08.2014 news
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SOJA Album Stream and Q&A TOMORROW on iTunes

If today’s sneak peek of SOJA’s upcoming album Amid the Noise and Haste on iTunes First Play has you craving more, don’t worry: iTunes Radio will be streaming the album in its entirety all week leading up to the release on August 12 (which you can pre-order here).

The band will also be doing an exclusive Q&A for fans on the iTunes Facebook page tomorrow, Wednesday, August 6 at 3PM EST.

The album is available for pre-order HERE in digital, CD, and vinyl formats.The album art was designed for SOJA by the British artist Steven Wilson and was carved into original wood pieces. Track list and tour dates are below:

 

Amid The Noise And Haste 
1.   Tear It Down
2.   Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
3.   I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
4.   Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
5.   Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6.   Once Upon A Time
7.   Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
8.   Signature
9.   She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
10. Wait
11. Better
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)

 

SOJA Tour Dates:

Aug 12                        Washington D.C. @ The Hamilton (Album Release Show) –
SOLD OUT!
Aug 14                        New York, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl (Album Release Show)
Aug 19                        Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (Album Release Show) –
SOLD OUT!
Aug 22                        Hilo, HI @ Hilo Tennis Stadium
Aug 23                        Kauai @ Kilohana Plantation
Aug 29                        Maui, HI @ Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Aug 30                        Honolulu, HI @ Waikiki Shell
Sept 7                          Arrington, VA @ Lockn Festival
Sep 24                         London, United Kingdom @ Electric Ballroom
Sep 26                         Paris, France @ Le Bataclan
Sep 27                         Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
Sep 28                         Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Sep 30                         Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ den Atelier
Oct 2                           Hamburg, Germany @ Mojo Club
Oct 3                          Berlin, Germany @ Yaam
Oct 4                          Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
Oct 5                          Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
Oct 7                          Milan, Italy @ Tunnel Club
Oct 8                          Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex Klub
Oct 10                        Montpellier, France @ Victoire 2
Oct 11                        Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
Oct 12                        Bordeaux, France @ Rock School Barbey
Oct 14                        Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
Oct 16                        Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena
Oct 17                        Porto, Portugal @ Coliseu
Oct 18                        Madrid, Spain @ Sala But
Oct 19                        Toulouse France @ Le Bikini
Oct 21                        Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy

31.07.2014 news
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Rodrigo Y Gabriela on Letterman; New Tour Dates

Rodrigo y Gabriela tore it up on Letterman last night with a performance of their hit single “The Soundmaker” off of their latest album, 9 Dead Alive.

Check out the epic performance below, and make sure to watch through to the end. In Letterman’s own words, “Oh … my god. Whoa. My fingers are bleeding! Honest to god – that’s unbelievable.” We can’t make this up, folks.

 

If you just can’t get enough of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s furious , check them out on tour now through the end of October – new dates have been added! Dates are below:

 

JULY

31 – Vienna, VA-Filene Center At Wolf Trap w/ Kishi Bashi (solo)

 

AUGUST

02 – Bridgeport, CT-Gathering of the Vibes Festival

05 – Wilmington, NC-Greenfield Lake Amphiteater w/ Milow

06 – Charlotte, NC-The Fillmore Charlotte w/ Milow

08 – Nashville, TN-Ryman Auditorium w/ Milow

09 – Atlanta, GA-Chastain Park Amphitheatre w/ Quiet Hounds

10 – Louisville, KY-Iroquois amphitheater w/ Heather Maloney

13 – Grand Rapids, MI-Meijer Gardens w/ Heather Maloney

14 – Milwaukee, WI-Riverside Theater w/ Heather Maloney

15 – Minneapolis, MN-State Theatre w/ Zach Heckendorf

17 – Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

 

OCTOBER

08 – Miami, FL-The Fillmore Miami Beach

09 – Clearwater, FL-Ruth Eckerd Hall

11 – Charleston, SC-Southern Ground Music & Food Festival

12 – Birmingham, AL-Iron City

15 – Houston, TX-Bayou Music Center

16 – Austin, TX-Moody Theater at ACL Live

18 – Grand Prairie, TX-Verizon Wireless Theatre

21 – Indianapolis, IN-Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

22 – Madison, WI-Orpheum Theatre

24 – Chicago, IL-Chicago Theatre

25 – Detroit, MI-The Fillmore Detroit

27 – Burlington, VT-Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

28 – Northampton, MA-Calvin Theatre

29 – Boston, MA-Orpheum Theatre

 

29.07.2014 news
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Primus’ new album “Primus & The Chocolate Factory” out October 21!

Primus is back and stranger than ever with their delicious new studio album, “Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble”, a tribute to the weird and wonderful world of Willy Wonka that hits shelves on October 21 and is available for pre-order HERE now.

Primus’ classic lineup – Les Claypool, guitarist Larry Lalonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander – is reuniting for their first full-length release since 1995, a darker, tripped-out take on the classic 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

“I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically,” says Claypool. “So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.”

Listen to Primus’ rework of “Pure Imagination” below:

The album will be celebrated with a 22-stop national tour (dates below) that kicks off right after the album’s October 21 release date, and fans can expect a surreal experience – with Primus chocolate bars, an abstract stage production, and Les Claypool in the signature purple waistcoat and top hat as Wonka himself .

The LP will be released on chocolate-colored vinyl, but if you’re as lucky as Charlie Bucket or Veruca Salt, you just might score one of the five golden records that will be scattered around the world on release day.

You can pre-order the album here, and you won’t want to miss them on tour:

Primus Tour Dates:

October 22 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
October 24 - Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
October 25 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 26 - Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for Performing Arts
October 28 - Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
October 29 - Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome
October 31 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 1 - New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
November 2 - Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
November 3 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
November 5 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
November 7 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
November 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 9 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
November 11 - Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
November 12 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 14 - Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
November 15 - Austin, TX @ ACL live at the Moody Theater
November 16 - Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
November 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
November 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
November 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre LA

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