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]

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


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

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.

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.”

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