tour dates

I have two special treats today. The first is an announcement that two of my favorite songwriters, Joe Pug and Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter) are embarking on a tour together. The second is that, to kick off the announcement, each artist covered a favorite song from the other. Pug chose to record “End In Flames” off of Strand of Oaks’ debut album Leave Ruin while Strand of Oaks chose to cover “Hymn #101,” the song from Pug’s debut EP that put him on the map.

You’ll find tour dates below the mp3’s. I’m planning to be at the show in Atlanta.

Joe Pug – End In Flames (Strand of Oaks Cover)

Strand of Oaks – Hymn #101 (Joe Pug Cover)

Previously posted:

Strand of Oaks – End In Flames (Album Version)

Strand of Oaks – End In Flames (from the Hearya Live Session)

Joe Pug – Hymn #101 (from the HearYa Live Session)

Joe Pug + Strand of Oaks Tour Dates

March 31 Austin, TX–Mohawk
April 1 Houston, TX–Mucky Duck
April 2 Dallas, TX–The Loft
April 3 Knoxville, TN–Rhythm and Blooms Festival (JP Only)
April 5 Asheville, NC–The Grey Eagle
April 6 Atlanta, GA–The Earl
April 7 Birmingham, AL–Workplay
April 8 Nashville, TN–The Basement
April 9 Charlotte, NC–The Evening Muse
April 11 Chapel Hill, NC–Local 506
April 12 Charlottesville, VA–The Southern
April 13 Washington, DC–The Black Cat
April 14 Philadelphia, PA–Johnny Brendas
April 15 Brooklyn, NY–The Rock Shop
April 16 New York, NY–The Mercury Lounge
April 18 Boston, MA–Middle East Upstairs
April 19 Williamstown, MA–Private Show
April 20 Toronto, ON–The Horseshoe
April 21 Buffalo NY–9th Ward
April 22 Cleveland, OH–Beachland Tavern
April 23 Pittsburgh, PA–The Club Cafe
April 26 Columbus, OH–Rumba Cafe
April 27 Champaign, IL–The Canopy Club
April 28 Bloomington, IN–The Bishop
April 29 Chicago, IL–Lincoln Hall
April 30 St. Paul, MN–Turf Club
May 1 Madison, WI–High Noon Saloon
May 2 Iowa City, IA–The Blue Moose
May 3 St. Louis, MO–Off Broadway
May 4 Lawrence, KS–The Bottleneck
May 6 Denver, CO–Hi Dive
May 7 Colorado Springs, CO–Fuel/Friends House Show
May 8 Salt Lake City, UT–Kilby Court
May 10 Pullman, WA–BellTower
May 11 Bellingham, WA–The Green Frog
May 12 Vancouver, CAN–The Media Club
May 13 Seattle, WA–Tractor Tavern
May 14 Portland, OR–The Doug Fir
May 15 Willamina, OR–Wildwood Hotel
May 17 San Francisco, CA–Bottom of the Hill
May 18 Santa Cruz, CA–The Crepe Place
May 19 San Diego, CA–The Casbah
May 20 Los Angeles, CA–The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
May 21 Tempe, AZ–The Sail Inn
May 22 Albuquerque, NM–Low Spirits
May 24 Oklahoma City, NM–The Blue Door

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The Acorn – No Ghost [Album Reviews]

by Woody on August 24, 2010

One of my favorite Canadian bands is back with a follow up to one of the most personal albums I’ve ever come across. The Acorn’s last album, Glory Hope Mountain, told the story of lead singer’s Rolf Klausener’s mother’s journey from her native Honduras to Canada. It is a brilliant album that continues to resonate deeper with every listen. Under the assumption that no one else in the band had a life story like that, where do they go next?

On September 7th, The Acorn will deliver an excellent follow-up in No Ghost. As good as its predecessor? Not quite, but that would be no easy feat because of Glory Hope’s personal subject matter. As I listened to No Ghost three times in a row yesterday morning, I could hear Wilco’s influence in the opening track, “Cobbled From Dust,” where squeals of feedback entwine within a lovely folk melody. Wilco fans will also identify with some of the slower tunes such as “Misplaced,” “On The Line,” and “Slippery Wen Wet.”

The Acorn will be down in the States this fall and will be hitting Chicago in particular on 9/30 at Schubas. I have only had the pleasure of seeing The Acorn at our studio in a live session and I remember being floored by the workings of the band. They are a treat to see live and I’ll be standing in the crowd in Chicago.

The Acorn – Restoration

The Acorn Tour Dates:
9/21/10 – T.T. the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
9/23/10 – The Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
9/25/10 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/26/10 – DC9 – Washington, DC
9/28/10 – The Pike Room at the Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
9/29/10 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
9/30/10 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
10/1/10 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
10/2/10 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
10/13/10 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
10/14/10 – Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
10/16/10 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
10/17/10 – High Dive – Seattle, WA

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dodos

The Dodos have just released a free live album, The Dodos Live From Akropolis, Prague. You can download it from their website (or below) in exchange for your email address. When the band tours through your town, you’ll also automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets.

Here’s also an mp3 from their album Time To Die:

The Dodos – Fables

Tour dates:
06-10 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
06-11 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *#
06-12 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater *#
06-13 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *#
06-15 Toronto, Ontario – The Sound Academy *#
06-17 Montreal, Quebec – Le National *#
06-18 Boston, MA – House of Blues *#
06-19 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *#
06-21 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre *#
06-22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *# (SOLD OUT)
06-23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *# (SOLD OUT)
06-25 Chapel Hill, NC – Memorial Hall at UNC *#
06-26 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *#
06-27 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom *#
06-28 St Louis, MO – The Pageant *
07-09 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
07-15 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vogue Theatre *%
07-16 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom *%
07-18 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *%
07-19 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater *%
07-20 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater *%
07-21 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre *%
07-23 Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ *%
07-24 Dallas, TX – The Showroom at Palladium *%
07-25 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *%
07-26 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall *%
07-28 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre *%
07-30 Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre *%
08-04 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre *
08-06 – 08-08 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

* with The New Pornographers
# with the Dutchess & The Duke
% with Imaad Wasif

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Georgia’s Dead Confederate are releasing their debut full-length album, Wrecking Ball, on September 16th on Tao Records.‚  According to their press release, they conjured the haunting sound of the album the old-fashioned way: by making it in the tiny concrete box of a studio in Austin, Texas, where the sound effects for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were recorded.

Dead Confederate – The Rat

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

08.22.08 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
09.11.08 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
09.12.08 – Sky City – Augusta, GA
09.18.08 – The Hummingbird – Macon, GA
09.19.08 – 40 Watt – Athens, GA
09.20.08 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
09.23.08 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
09.24.08 – The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
09.25.08 – Sticky Fingerz – Little Rock, AR
09.26.08 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
09.27.08 – The Cavern – Dallas, TX
09.29.08 – The Bluebird – St. Louis, MO
09.30.08 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
10.01.08 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
10.02.08 – The Annex – Madison, WI
10.03.08 – Mo’s Irish Pub – Milwaukee, WI
10.04.08 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
10.07.08 – TT the Bears – Cambridge, MA
10.09.09 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
10.10.08 – Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY
10.14.08 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
10.16.08 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
10.17.08 – Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS

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