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 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 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]
On June 14th, Neumos in Seattle will be hosting a memorial for Darius Minwalla. Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer, Matt Harris, and Joe Skyward will be present, though we don’t yet know who will be performing and when. All proceeds will benefit the Minwalla family.
Also, Hugh Cornwell was interviewed by Sean Nelson last week about Darius, who played drums in Hugh’s band for the past few years. You can read that interview here on The Stranger.
A cause of death has still not been determined.
Upcoming shows in Washington:
Aug 23 — The Posies (acoustic), The Triple Door, Seattle WA (Two shows – an early one at 8pm, and a later one at 11pm. Tickets here. VIP tickets are available for a meet & greet/wine tasting with Waters Winery.)
Aug 29 — The Posies (acoustic), house show, Bellingham WA (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info)
Aug 31 — Big Star’s 3rd, Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle WA
Sept. 5 — FM Collective (KS will do some solo material), Columbia City Theatre, Seattle WA
The Posies will be playing “Frosting on the Beater” with the original line-up (Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Dave Fox, and Mike Musburger) as part of the Moe 20 Neumos 10th Anniversary Shows on January 10th in Seattle.
Tickets are on sale now.
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
The Posies played a set on KEXP in Seattle last week, and it is available for streaming at their website. They were joined by Rachel Flotard on “Licenses to Hide.”
While in Minneapolis, Ken performed on The Current, and you can listen to it (and an interview) here, including a new song, “Savior’s Hands.”
Also on KEXP, check out Brittney Bush Bollay’s photos from the Capitol Hill Block Party. More photos from the Seattle Times here.
July 21 — KS @ Brit’s Pub, Minneapolis MN (for tickets, see the Facebook event page)
July 22 — The Posies play “Art on the Rocks” at Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham AL
July 23 — The Posies play FROSTING ON THE BEATER Live @ Viper Room, West Hollywood CA
July 24 — The Posies play Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
July 25 — Posies acoustic play Faces, Walla Walla WA
July 29 — The Posies @ Storsjoyran Festival, Ostersund SWEDEN
July 30 — The Posies @ Q Stock Festival, Oulu FINLAND
Aug 6 — Tav Falco’s Panther Burns (KS on bass)/KS solo play Belef Festival, Belgrade SERBIA
Sept. 1-4 Sonja Van Hamel (KS on guitar, vocals) plays the Beijing Int’l Book Fair, Beijing CHINA
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.