Ken Stringfellow’s Tears of Silver Announces EP, US Tour

Tears Of Silver
The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow, Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper, and Midlake’s Jesse Chandler will be touring together as Tears of Silver, playing selections from their different catalogs, plus a few covers and maybe a new song or two. For the tour, they’ve recorded an EP, including covers of Big Star’s “Nighttime” and Bread’s “Down on My Knees.” You can stream the Big Star cover below.

Much like The Posies’ tour last year, Tears of Silver will be playing unconventional, intimate venues in the cities they’re visiting, and the venue locations will only be revealed the day before the show. The tour starts September 12 in Baltimore, MD and wraps up October 8 in Pittsburgh. There’s currently no Northeast dates, unfortunately. Tickets are on sale now and all tour dates are listed below.

From Brooklyn Vegan, where you can listen to the new songs.

Tears of Silver US Tour
(Unless specified, venue location will be revealed to ticket holders via email the day before the show.)
September 12 – Baltimore MD [tickets]
September 13 – Richmond VA [tickets]
September 14 – Raleigh NC [tickets]
September 15 – Charlotte NC [tickets]
September 16 – Atlanta GA [tickets]
September 17 – New Orleans LA [tickets]
September 18 – Austin TX @ Austin Wine & Cider [tickets]
September 19 – Dallas TX [tickets]
September 21 – Albuquerque NM [tickets]
September 22 – Phoenix AZ [tickets]
September 23 – San Diego CA [tickets]
September 24 – Pasadena CA [tickets]
September 25 – San Francisco CA [tickets]
September 27 – Portland OR [tickets]
September 28 – Seattle WA [tickets]
September 29 – Boise ID [tickets]
September 30 – Salt Lake City UT [tickets]
October 1 – Denver CO [tickets]
October 2 – Omaha NE [tickets]
October 3 – Minneapolis MN [tickets]
October 4 – Milwaukee WI [tickets]
October 5 – Chicago IL [tickets]
October 6 – St. Louis MO [tickets]
October 7 – Cleveland OH [tickets]
October 8 – Pittsburgh PA [tickets]

The Posies US Fall Pop-Up Tour On Sale Now

The Posies Solid States US Fall Tour Poster by Brian Matthew Hart

The Posies are doing a series of pop up shows in secret locations across North America this fall, similar to their spring US tour, with drummer Frankie Siragusa. Most of these shows will not be in clubs or bars; instead, each will be in a unique alternative venue in the city listed. The actual address of the shows will be released only to ticket holders not more than 24 hours in advance of the show. All shows are on sale now, and tickets are very limited!

The Posies “Solid States” 2016 US Tour Dates
22 Sept @ Secret Show, St. Paul MN [tickets]
23 Sept @ Secret Show, Chicago IL [tickets]
24 Sept @ Secret Show, Kalamazoo MI [tickets]
25 Sept @ The Raven House, Lexington KY [tickets]
26 Sept @ The Basement, Nashville TN [tickets]
27 Sept @ Secret Show, Cleveland OH [tickets]
28 Sept @ Euclid Records, St. Louis MO [tickets]
29 Sept @ Capitol View Studio, Little Rock AR [tickets]
30 Sept @ Secret Show, New Orleans LA [tickets]
1 Oct @ Secret Show, Houston TX [tickets]
2 Oct @ Secret Show, Dallas TX [tickets]
4 Oct @ Secret Show, Atlanta (Decatur) GA [tickets]
5 Oct @ Secret Show, Orlando FL [tickets]
6 Oct @ Secret Show, Tampa FL [tickets]
7 Oct @ Secret Show, Charlotte NC [tickets]
8 Oct @ Secret Show, Richmnond VA [tickets]
9 Oct @ Secret Show, Baltimore MD [tickets]
11 Nov @ Secret Show, Pasadena CA [tickets]
12 Nov @ Secret Show, San Diego CA [tickets]
13 Nov @ Secret Show, Berkeley CA [tickets]
15 Nov @ Secret Show, Vancouver BC [tickets]
16 Nov @ The Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA [tickets]
17 Nov @ Secret Show, Portland OR [tickets]
18 Nov @ Secret Show, Boise ID [tickets]
19 Nov @ Secret Show, Salt Lake City UT [tickets]
20 Nov @ The Oriental Theater, Denver CO [tickets]

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]

Posies Press Round-Up

The Posies appeared on Seattle’s 107.7 The End last week – check out their session here, with performances of “The Glitter Prize” and “Licenses To Hide.”

The Line of Best Fit asks Ken & Jon the same questions in separate interviews, for an interesting take.

Extensive interview with UberRock.

Jon talked to MTV music book club Jerzy Kosinski’s “Being There”

Jon shares the inspiration for the title of BLOOD/CANDY with Stereo Subversion:

It’s actually kind of from a poem by this guy named Thax Douglas. He’s this kind of local poet in the Chicago area that would come to rock shows and he would write poems for the bands about the bands at their performances. One of the phrases he used to describe us was something about blood candy. I think he was talking about how there is this totally sweet, harmonious side to what we do, but also there’s a lot of passion. There’s also more of a darker undercurrent than just maybe what the melodic, harmonious side might imply.

Spinner covers what to expect on the upcoming tour, and the Philadelphia Examiner asks about influences behind the new album.

Spanish-language interview from the Heineken’s website.

Gail Worley reviews BLOOD/CANDY as her ‘Rad CD of the Week’, and UK Music Review gives it 9/10

Stereogum premieres the first single “The Glitter Prize,” and it’s also featured on Spin’s October playlist.

The Disciplines Touring North America Next Month

The Disciplines in Stavern, 5/08, by Alison Cornish

Ken Stringfellow’s band the Disciplines will be touring North America for the first time next month. Dates are below.

Oct. 20 @ Mercury Lounge (for CMJ), NYC
Oct. 21 @ TT The Bear’s, Boston
Oct. 22 @ Velvet Underground, Toronto
Oct. 23 @ Subterranean, Chicago
Oct. 24 @ Comet Tavern, Seattle
Oct. 25 @ Cafe du Nord, San Francisco
Oct. 27 @ Viper Room, Los Angeles

Also, a message from Ken via the Disciplines’ website:

for our N. American tour next month, we’re looking for places to stay in Boston, Toronto, CHicago, & San Francisco. Also, we are looking for a Vox AC30 amplifier to borrow in NYC, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco. If you can help (and would like to) contact Ken on his Facebook page.

More Jon Auer dates with Fountains of Wayne + Northwest shows

Jon Auer at the Triple Door

Jon will once again be playing solo opening for Fountains of Wayne, this time in the Midwest US.

7/7 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
7/8 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
7/10 Chicago, IL – Park West
7/11 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall

Great review of Jon Auer/FOW from their Seattle show 1/14/09 here.

Find DreamingViola’s Jon Auer/FOW tour video from Jan ‘09 at the bottom of this post.

Jon will also be playing two shows in the Northwest with Shawn Smith of Brad, Satchel, & Pigeonhed fame and Lorelei.

6/25 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café
6/26 Bremerton, WA – Winterland

Posie US Festival Dates + Big Star Brief

The Posies will be playing “Frosting On The Beater” at the Taste of Randolph Street Festival June 20th in Chicago (5:30pm – 6:45pm), and they’ll also be at Charlotte Pop Fest in Charlotte, NC on September 24th.

Advance tickets for Charlotte Pop Fest are available here. (Please note they are only allowing 100 advance tickets for the Posies’ show… so get them soon.)

Big Star news:
+ Rhino confirms a box set is in the works.
Scarlett Johansson is covering “I Am The Cosmos” on her next record.

On the topic of Big Star, Bud Scoppa posted a never-published article from 2000 last week on his blog. It comes highly recommended – you’ll see that in the comments, Jody Stephens calls it “one of the best pieces [he’s] ever seen about the band.”

Here’s a snippet on the Posies:

Says Jody Stephens, who handpicked the Posies to fill in the holes for the reunited Big Star: “Frosting on the Beater does to me what all my favorite albums do: They surprise me with a sense of wonder much like the kids in ET must have felt when all their bikes took to the air.”

Jon Auer US Tour Dates on Pattern25.com

Pattern 25 have posted a list of Jon Auer shows for May; however, many are still tentative. Visit their site for full list; here are the shows that are confirmed right now:

5/04: The Basement, Nasville TN
5/08: local 506, chapel hill NC
5/09: Jammin Java, Vienna VA
5/10: World Cafe Live, Philadlelphia PA
5/11: Maxwells, Hoboken NJ
5/12: Mercury Lounge, New York NY
5/16: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
5/17: Schubas, Chicago IL

Also, here is a link to a feature The Tripwire did on Jon yesterday.