Big Star Third In San Francisco

On October 1st, Big Star’s Third will be performed at Slim’s in San Francisco.

The band includes Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Ken Stringfellow (Big Star/Posies), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Pat Sansone (Wilco) Audley Freed (Black Crowes), Brett Harris, Ralph Carney & Skylar Gudasz, with a Chamber Orchestra featuring Kronos Quartet and conducted by Van Dyke Parks

Tickets are available here.

Ken & Holly Announce US Tour for The Record

Holly & Ken Stringfellow The Record US Road Show Tour

Ken Stringfellow & Holly have announced tour dates for The Record, the country concept album recorded earlier this year in France. All shows are on sale now!

October 4th – Boulder, Colorado — living room show [Tickets]
October 5th – Denver, Colorado — living room show [Tickets]
October 6th – Jackson, Wyoming — living room show [Tickets]
October 7th – Badlands, South Dakota — living room show [Tickets]
October 8th – Bismarck, North Dakota — Laughing Sun Brewing Co. [Tickets]
October 9th – Minneapolis, Minneapolis — living room show, early supper club show [Tickets]
October 9th – Minneapolis, Minneapolis — later pop-up concert at the Yoga Garden [Tickets]
October 10th – Chicago, Illinois — living room show hosted by Pig & Weasel House Concerts [Tickets]
October 11th – Nashville, Tennessee — living room show [Tickets]
October 13th – Charleston, West Virginia — Fireside Bar & Lounge [Tickets]
October 14th – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Liveburgh Studio [Tickets]
October 15th – New York City, New York — Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory [Tickets]
October 16th – Greenwich, Connecticut — living room show [Tickets]
October 17th – New Canaan, Connecticut — living room show [Tickets]
October 18th – Washington, District of Columbia — living room show [Tickets]
October 19th – Durham, North Carolina — living room show [Tickets]
October 21st – Lexington, Kentucky — living room show [Tickets]
October 22nd – Memphis, Tennessee — living room show [Tickets]
October 23rd – Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas — living room show [Tickets]
October 24th – Houston, Texas — living room show [Tickets]
October 26th – El Paso, Texas — Hope & Anchor [Tickets]
October 28th – Los Angeles, California — living room show [Tickets]
October 29th – San Francisco, California — living room show [Tickets]
October 30th – San Francisco, California — living room show [Tickets]
October 31st – San Francisco, California — living room show [Tickets]
November 4th – Portland, Oregon — living room show [Tickets]
November 5th – Portland, Oregon — living room show [Tickets]
November 6th – Seattle, Washington — living room show [Tickets]
November 7th – Seattle, Washington — living room show [Tickets]

The Posies Play “Frosting On The Beater” In Seattle, Portland

Nov 17 — The Posies play Frosting on the Beater at Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR (w/Curtains For You) GET TICKETS
Nov 19 — The Posies at the Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA (w/Curtains For You) GET TICKETS

Also, Ken will be touring in the US the week prior, playing with Tav Falco’s Panther Burns and solo. Those dates are below:

Nov 9 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns (KS on bass) & KS solo at Thee Parkside Lounge, San Francisco CA
Nov 10 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns & KS solo at Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
Nov 11 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at Emo’s, Austin TX
Nov 12 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns & KS solo at the Hi Tone, Memphis TN
Nov 13 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns & KS solo at Siberia, New Orleans LA
Nov 14 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns & KS solo at Cafe Nine, New Haven CT
Nov 15 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at Rodeo Bar, New York City NY

New Shows Announced: Vancouver, New Orleans, Petaluna CA

November 23rd @ One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans with Aqueduct only. $16, 18+, doors at 9pm. Tickets are available now through Ticketweb.

December 4th @ McNear’s Mystic Theatre in Petaluna CA, with Brendan Benson and Aqueduct. 7pm doors, 21+, $21 ADV / $23 DOS. Tickets available now.

December 10th @ Venue, Vancouver BC. This will be the only Canadian show on the tour! With Brendan Benson & Aqueduct. $26 CDN, 19+, doors at 7pm. Tickets available now.

LATE BREAKING NEWS – JON JOINS BOB MOULD BAND FOR TWO SHOWS!

Due to the abrupt departure of bassist Jason Narducy from the Bob Mould/Spiral Stairs tour Jon is currently on (Jason’s wife was about to give birth), Jon will now be playing bass with Bob and drummer extraordinaire Jon Wurster for the last two shows of the “Life and Times” tour. Jon has done his best to learn 18 songs in the last 40 hours (songs from every era of Mould’s career btw) and is thrilled to be confirmed for these dates:

10/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
10/20 San Diego (Solana Beach), CA @ The Belly Up

Jon will still be playing with Spiral Stairs both nights as well.

(P.S. Jason Narducy made it home one hour before the birth of his daughter…Congratulations!)

JON PLAYS WITH PAVEMENT’S SPIRAL STAIRS OPENING FOR BOB MOULD

Jon has a short run playing as part of Spiral Stairs’ band in support of his upcoming Matador release “The Real Feel”, which Jon also mixed and helped produce. Live he will recreate many of the sonic bits on the record.

Find what Pitchfork had to say about Spiral Stairs and Jon here.

and Brooklyn Vegan here.

The dates in question are with one of The Posies’ all-time faves, Bob Mould. As part of the tour, Jon will also be playing the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco along with Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, and The Flaming Lips.

Here are the dates:

10/15 Seattle, WA @ Nuemos
10/16 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
10/18 San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
10/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
10/20 San Diego (Solana Beach), CA @ The Belly Up

Reunited, Posies are reconstituted

The breakup of the Posies in 1998 carried with it an undeniable sense of finality. There was a farewell album and tour. In addition, a career-capping boxed set of rarities and unreleased material was unveiled in 2000.

But front men Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer have since resurrected the Posies, and they say the band is as strong and vibrant as ever. A reunion album called ‘Every Kind of Light’ was released recently. The band starts a two-month U.S. tour Wednesday at Slim’s in San Francisco.

In a phone interview from his home in Paris, Stringfellow acknowledged that it would have been better if the group had taken a sabbatical rather than announce a full-scale breakup.

Read the full article at MercuryNews.com

Interview in San Francisco Gate

As the band re-emerges today, a full 15 years after making its major label debut — with a new album, Every Kind of Light (Ryko), and a U.S. tour that brings the reinvigorated quartet to Slim’s in S.F. on Wed., Sept. 7 — little has changed in the band’s bracing blend of big, crunching guitar chords, complex keyboard ornamentations and sumptuous, alternately smooth and tangy vocal harmonies. But a lot of turbulent water has passed under the bridge.

“We’ve had this amazingly up-and-down relationship over the years,” singer-guitarist Jon Auer said in a phone call earlier this week from Seattle, talking about his partnership with singer-guitarist-keyboardist Ken Stringfellow. “There’s something about what we create when we do work together that just seems to be indestructible. We’ve done things to each other and said things to each other that perhaps would cause most people to not even bother talking to each other ever again. Yet for some reason we feel still drawn to making music together.”

read the full article

US Tour Takes Shape; Press Round-Up

The Posies’ 28 September show at Maxwell’s in New Jersey is on sale at Ticketweb now, and their 8 September show at the Knitting Factory in California (with Matt Harris’ band Oranger opening) goes on sale tonight. Click here to visit Ticketweb. In addition, they will be playing Bumbershoot in Seattle during labor day weekend (September 2-5). Tickets are on sale now, and the full line-up will be announced this Friday.

The band was interviewed by Ethan and James at Three Imaginary Girls the night of their peformance at the Seattle International Film Festival; you can read the interview here.

Some recent foreign press… thanks to Amandine, Maako, and Andre for sending these in!:

*French: Xsilence.net
*Finnish: Desilbeli.net & Nojesguiden.fi
*Dutch: Fileunder.net – Jon interviewed, with photos by David Belisle & Fileunder.nl – review

European tour kicks off in 5 days!