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James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg Release Guitar Duo Album

Albums of guitar duets are rare. Albums of guitar duets featuring one American and one Englishman, synthesizing their particular geographically specific approaches in a collection of new compositions, are even more rare. Not since Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn's partnerships of the 1970s has there been such a happy reconciliation of Merrie Old England and the good old USA, in which baroque meets the blues, music-hall steps out to ragtime, and Benjamin Britten sits down with Blind Blake.

James Elkington moved from London to Chicago around the turn of the millennium and has since released a string of albums as leader of The Zincs for Thrill Jockey Records.  After dissolving the band in 2008, Elkington has concentrated on acoustic, folk-tinged music with his band The Horse's Ha (that he shares with Freakwater's Janet Bean), culminating in the release of their debut album, Of The Cathmawr Yards in 2009. He is also the owner/operator of a clunky solo career, and moonlights convincingly as the guitar player in Jon Langford's (of The Mekons) Skull Orchard.

Nathan Salsburg is best known as an archivist and producer for the Alan Lomax Archive, curator of the Twos & Fews vernacular-music imprint on Drag City Records, and host of the "Root Hog Or Die" program on East Village Radio. But after a 2007 move from New York City back to his childhood home of Louisville, Kentucky - and the inclusion of a track on Tompkins Square's "Imaginational Anthem, Volume 3" compilation - he discovered adequate time, space, and energy to devote to guitar playing.

Elkington suggested a leap of faith into a collaboration, despite the fact that the two had never previously played guitar together. Avos, then, hither and thither over several seasons, between a porch in Louisville and a kitchen in Chicago, slowly took shape. Aptly, the name comes from the Russian word for the confident approach to new situations, and the faith that nothing tragic will occur once in them.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg play their record release show on Sunday, October 9th at The Hideout in Chicago. More shows will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Kristy Lee is coming to NYC to Send off August with a Big Bang!

Kristy Lee will be opening for Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, for ALL 3 of his performances at City Winery on Sunday, August 23rd thru Tuesday, August 30th.

Kristy Lee is a soul singer/songwriter from Alabama whose raw music
is connecting with hearts around the country. She is a songwriter for ASCAP  Nashville,
one of the many music artists on The Agency Group’s roster,
and has caught the ears of the recording industry’s heavyweights and executives
as well as Grammy Award winning artists Zac Brown & John Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band.

Currently, Kristy Lee and The Dirt Road Band are in pre-production with
Zac Brown & John Hopkins who will be producing several new songs for her new album.

On August 15th, Kristy Lee hit the road with a multi-city tour that will bring her powerful fan-base out to party while captivating new fans with a voice that is taking the music industry by storm.

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Tour Dates:

8/28-8/30 8pm City Winery w/ Dickey Betts- New York, NY

8/31 8pm Club Helsinki - Hudson, NY

9/2 8pm The L Word- Cayce, SC
9/3 1pm SC Pride Festival: Finlay Park - Columbia, SC
9/4 7:30pm 31st Stage @ American Music Festival - Virginia Beach, VA
9/28 8pm Ybor City - Tampa, FL
9/29-10/3 Rombello Cruise
10/15 8pm WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
10/16 8pm 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN
10/20 9pm Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
10/22 7pm Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
10/29 8pm Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
11/4 8pm Hartigan's Irish Pub - Charlotte, NC
* Tour Dates Added Regularly.

The Dang-It Bobbys Release New Album 'Big Trouble'

The Dang-it Bobbys, whose sound The New York Times described as “lovely riffs on bluegrass, country and folk music,” will release on September 20 its sophomore album, BIG TROUBLE, the follow-up to its 2009 debut, SOMETHING IN THE AIR. While many of the band’s riffs are lovely, there is much more: ingenious combinations of musical styles as well as smart, funny lyrics and a special energy that is downright contagious.

The Dang-It Bobbys will play the CD Release Show at 10 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St. in New York City. Complimentary Cover; information: 212.477.4155.

The Dang-it Bobbys, led by multi-instrumentalist Kris Bauman, explore what the word “Americana” truly means on the upcoming release, which features musicians from the New York City bluegrass, jazz, rock and country music scene, The band is a real melting pot of American music, showcasing the talents of blues/funk guitarist Luca Benedetti (ulu), jazz/classical violinist Alan Grubner (Henry Threadgill, Howard Levy), jazz bassist Chris Higgins (Pat Metheny), bluegrass mandolinist Dan Marcus (Norah Jones), and the 2001 RockyGrass Dobro champion, Todd Livingston (Earl Scruggs).
The Dang-it Bobbys’ unorthodox background is clearly evident on the autobiographical title track “Big Trouble,” a cautionary tale for would-be travelers to Mexico, juxtaposing a bluegrass style 4/4 and English lyrics with a traditional Mexican 3/4 feel and “gringo-ized” Spanish. On “Hey Guess What,” the cyclical form, heart-wrenching harmonica and mantric snare drum provide the backdrop to a mother’s attempt to come clean to her daughter. “Heading Out,” an unconventional ballad, showcases the band’s range of both intensity and tenderness.
The Dang-it Bobbys garner influence from all facets of American music, from bluegrass and country to jazz and blues. It is this flavorful stew of styles, coupled with the artistry of the adroit musicians featured on BIG TROUBLE, that give The Dang-it Bobbys an unquestionably American sound.
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Upcoming Performances:
September 24, Rockwood Music Hall, New York
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn

Elephant Revival To Tour the Northeast Starting in September

Indie acoustic quintet Elephant Revival will tour the Northeast and beyond behind its sophomore release, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS (June 2011, Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records), with praise for its songwriting, instrumentation, multi-genre style and spirit ringing in its ears.

The tour starts in mid-September, with dates in venues from New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to Kentucky, Boston-area (return show) and Indiana.

Chicago Sun Times says, “The melodic, finely tuned songs are a tribute to the collaborative songwriting talents of each band member,” who are Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe and musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola and vocals), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar and vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).

The band plays a variety of folk instruments, from washboard to fiddle, electric banjo, djembe to musical saw, but the band goes further with originals that snap and sparkle with traditional balladry, Scottish/Celtic fiddle, psychedelic old-time, indie rock, rustic Americana, world beat, traditional jazz and an occasionally hip-hop beat.

“Elephant Revival is not five musicians supporting one songwriter, but friends in full collaboration for the betterment of music,” says The Huffington Post, “both their own and what folk means to modern America, which is inevitably embedded in the lyrical content.” BREAK IN THE CLOUDS was recorded in Lyons, Colo., and was produced by David Tiller (Taarka) in his studio, The Distillery.

“We have elements from many different styles of music. The cohesive quality comes from the honor and respect we hold for each other and our fans.” Rose told Relix magazine, which wrote, “The band’s multi-layered musical style comes from the various musical breeding grounds of its players” a particular quality that puts Elephant Revival far ahead of the rest of the crowd. “We create in service to the music,” Rose said. “We do not control what it is or what it will become.”
The band will play a special end of the summer concert at the State Bridge in Bond, Colo., with DeVotchKa and Gregory Alan Isakov on September 10.
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Upcoming Elephant Revival Fall Tour includes:
September 10, State Bridge, Bond, Colo. (with Devotchka and Gregory Alan Isakov)
September 16, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Mo.
September 17, Bluebird, Bloomington, Ind.
September 18, Uncle Slayton’s, Louisville, Ky.
September 20, Thunderbird Café, Pittsburgh
September 21, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
September 22, Grape Room, Philadelphia
September 23, Piano’s, New York City
September 24, The Saint, Asbury Park, N.J.
September 25, Histroic Blairstown, Blairstown, N.J.
September 27, Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass.
September 28, Blueberry Hill Jam III, Warren, Ver.
September 29, Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass.
September 30, Red Square, Albany, New York
October 1, The Axe Festival, Collinsville, Conn.
October 5, The Box, Charlottesville, Va.
October 6, Sun Music Hall, Floyd, Va.
October 7, One Stop, Asheville, N.C.
October 8, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta
October 12, Loveless Barn, Music City Roots, Nashville, Tenn.
October 14-16, Harvest Festival, Ozark, Ark.
October 21, Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, Colo.
November 18, Bluebird Theatre, Denver
November 19, Boulder Theater, Boulder, Colo.

Dark Star Orchestra 2011 Summer/Fall Tour News

Dark Star Orchestra is currently on-tour. They'll be in Colorado in just another week, before heading up to the true Great Northwest.. in Alakska!  Check out a full list of tour dates below as well as updates to their current summer tour.

As the wheel of the year begins the slow downward turn into winter, it's time to think of the long nights and frosty stars. Where will we be when the snow starts to fall? On our Fly Through the Night tour, flying above the city lights of the East Coast, strung together like clusters of diamonds on the black planet below. Finding comfort in some of our usual haunts in DC and Virginia as well as touching down in some new venues in New England, we'll sing a little while for you, and then fly on. If you're in our fan club, tickets are already available; the general public can get tickets starting on August 5th. Visit our tour page for details.

Sometimes we visit your country

Wondering where we'll be carried away in March of 2012? To that great city of blended cultures and sidewalk cafes, clean canals and bicycles, Van Gogh and anything goes, the Venice of the North. It's Amsterdam, and we're thrilled to be playing for All Good and Vision International's 6th Jam in the Dam. Come see the silent seeds all burst into bloom and decay. Wait - don't visit our tour page for this one - go straight to the Jam in the Dam site, and check it out!

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DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
08/16 Quixotes *Terrapin Nation* Denver, CO TICKETS
08/18 Bear Tooth Theater Anchorage, AK TICKETS
08/19 49th St Brewing Company Healy, AK TICKETS
08/20 Blue Loon Fairbanks, AK TICKETS
09/10 Werk-Out Festival Bellefontaine, OH TICKETS
Last Rose of Summer Tour
09/22 House of Blues San Diego, CA TICKETS
09/23 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
09/25 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA TICKETS
09/27 Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA TICKETS
09/29 River Theater Guerneville, CA TICKETS
10/01 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
10/02 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/04 Montbleu Resort and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV
10/06 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/07 TBA TBA
10/08 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/09 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
10/11 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
10/13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
10/14 Moody Theater Austin, TX
10/15 House of Blues Houston, TX
Fly Through The Night Fall Tour
11/17 Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
11/18 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
11/19 State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/21 Harro East Ballroom Rochester, NY TICKETS
11/22 State Theater New Brunswick, NJ TICKETS
11/23 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA TICKETS
11/25 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
11/26 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
11/27 Bearsville Theater (Acoustic Show) Woodstock, NY
11/29 State Theatre State College, PA TICKETS
11/30 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA TICKETS
12/01 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA
12/02 930 Club Washington DC TICKETS
12/03 930 Club Washington DC TICKETS
12/05 Capitol Center Chubb Theatre Concord, NH TICKETS
12/07 Lupos Providence RI
12/08 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT
12/09 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
12/10 State Theatre Portland, ME TICKETS
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS


The Milk Carton Kids return to Denver 8/26, celebrate 12k album downloads in 2 weeks

Produced by The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) and Eric Robinson, PROLOGUE contains nine new songs recorded live and mixed over four days at Marlay Studios in North Hollywood. PROLOGUE also includes an expansive and insightful foreword penned by Joe Henry. Read the foreword below.

A limited run of PROLOGUE will be printed on CD and vinyl for purchase. CD and vinyl copies of PROLOGUE are available for pre-order now thru July 18th. After July 18th physical copies will only be available at live shows.

PROLOGUE will be made available for free download from www.themilkcartonkids.com starting on July 19th. No email necessary.

Starting in Phoenix, Arizona on August 10, 2011, The Milk Carton Kids will begin a tour of 46 shows across the United States and Canada in support of PROLOGUE. The first leg of dates (west coast) are included below.

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Tour Dates:

August 13 – Los Angeles, CA – McCabe’s
August 14 – Ventura, CA – Zoey’s
August 16 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord*
August 18 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir*
August 19 – Seattle, WA – Rendezvous*
August 21 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Railway Club
August 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
August 24 – Logan, UT – Logan Arthouse
August 26 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove
August 28 – Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Door
August 30 – Austin, TX – Lambert’s
August 31 – Dallas, TX – Poor David’s Pub
September 7 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley **
September 8 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop **
September 10 –  Louisville, KY – Uncle Slayton’s **
September 11 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s **
September 13 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet **
September 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Aster Cafe
September 15 – Ames, IA – M-Shop **
September 17 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway **

* with Andrew Belle
** with Tom Brosseau

Haley Bonar "CD of the Week" on WFUV

Indie-country songstress Haley Bonar (rhymes with Daily Honor) will receive another blast of attention from New York City when WFUV-FM plays her latest self-released album Golder in its entirety this Thursday at 8pm. And starting today, fans can now purchase Golder through digital outlets.

Haley Bonar, who was recently featured on WNYC's Studio 360, continues to build momentum for her independently released album when WFUV features Golder as its "CD of the Week". New York City's 90.7 WFUV will spin Golder uninterrupted on July 28th at 8 pm. Golder will not be available through the station's online stream, however, fans are welcome to stream the full album as well as Haley's recent Studio 360 interview through her website at www.haleybonar.com.

And for the first time, Golder which was funded entirely by fans on Kickstarter, can now be purchased digitally through national online retailers including iTunes. The album is also available through Haley's website and concerts.

For more information on Haley Bonar and to stream Golder in it's entirety, please visit www.haleybonar.com

Thomas Dolby's first new studio album in 20 years

Thomas Dolby, the iconic ’80s star whose smash hits “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive” helped define the MTV generation/revolution, will break his 20-year silence with a new release later this year titled A Map of the Floating City. The album, featuring appearances by special guest artists Mark Knopfler, Regina Spektor, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Woolley and Imogen Heap, will be available on October 25, 2011 on Lost Toy People Records as a regular and hi-res download, as a physical CD, and in a special Deluxe Edition featuring a second disc of instrumentals and bonus tracks.

The five-time Grammy®-nominated British artist quit the music business in the early ’90s and spent many years in Silicon Valley, where his tech company Beatnik Inc. created the ringtone synthesizer embedded in more than three billion mobile phones shipped by Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and others. Now retired from Beatnik, Dolby has returned to his native U.K. and is busy recording an album of brand new songs in a renewable energy-powered studio he built aboard a 1930s lifeboat in the garden of his beach house on England’s North Sea coast.

Of the album, which is divided into three parts, Dolby says, “The new songs are organic and very personal. A Map of the Floating City is a travelogue across three imaginary continents: In Amerikana I’m reflecting with affection on the years I spent living in the U.S.A., and my fascination with its roots music. Urbanoia is a dark place, a little unsettling . . . I’m not a city person. And in Oceanea I return to my natural home on the windswept coastline.”

“I marvel at the new landscape of the music business — distribution via the Internet and recording technologies I barely dreamed of when I started out,” he continues. “But this album does not sound electronic at all. I have zero desire to add to the myriad of machine-based, synth-driven grooves out there. The Net has made a music career approachable for thousands of bands — but I hear too few single-minded voices among them, so I’m returning to what I do best, which is write songs, tell stories.”

To help tell his stories, Dolby has enlisted an impressive cast of guest musicians. Legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler helps drive the epic “17 Hills,” a song about a pair of hapless lovers and a jailbreak. Natalie MacMaster, the Cape Breton fiddler, adds spice to two songs. Scottish singer Eddi Reader takes a front seat on the ethereal “Oceanea.” Bruce Woolley (Camera Club) plays theremin. And Regina Spektor has a cameo as an East European waitress on “Evil Twin Brother.”

The innovative transmedia game The Floating City, co-created by Dolby and based on his song catalog all the way back to the 1980s, is currently in full swing and is proving highly addictive for thousands of regular players. The winning “tribe” will be treated to a private concert performance of the new album in its entirety. Thomas Dolby will shortly announce a string of concert dates in the U.S. and U.K. in support of the album.

They Might Be Giants Release "Join Us" Today

They Might Be Giants released their new album, Join Us, released in all digital and physical outlets today through Idlewild/Rounder Records. On Join Us we find the Brooklyn originals have returned to rock and to their singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon in the world of alternative rock. Receiving acclaim from USA Today, SPIN Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine and more, check it out for yourself!  The full album  is streaming on AOL Spinner and you can download album track “Judy Is Your Viet Nam” MP3 where it premiered on RCRD LBL today or HERE.

The winner has been chosen for TMBG’s fan video contest judged by John Hodgeman for their single “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”. The winners, Mohit Jaswal, Euardo Urueana, and Justin Dean, have created a cleverly backwards video which capture the true soaring spirit of Johnny!

The record opens with “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” -- a summer-perfect pop single that will get instantly stuck in your head and make you want to roll down the windows. Immediately following, the caffeinated fuzz of “You Probably Get That a Lot” will command you to pogo! “When Will You Die” features TMBG’s own formula for punk. The short and sweet  “Judy Is Your Viet Nam” tells an anthemic tale of unrequited infatuation.  The pure folk-pop of “Old Pine Box” showcases the band's signature harmonies, handclaps and the always popular, never anticipated vocoder. The wit TMBG are known for is at it’s finest on Join Us, album closer “You Don’t Like Me” has lyrical gems like “I can see the future like it’s in the past”.

Notorious for their energized live show, They Might Be Giants will launch an international tour this Fall, hitting 6 countries and over 50 US cities. Be sure to catch TMBG live in your city!

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They Might Be Giants Tour Dates

7/28: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
7/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront w/Eugene Mirman FREE CONCERT
7/30: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony (CD release party)
9/8: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
9/9: Great Barrington, MA @ Mahaiwe Theatre
9/10: Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
9/11: Norwich, VT @ Open Air Theatre
9/13: Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
9/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theatre
9/15: Rochester, NY @ Harro Ballroom
9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
9/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
9/20: Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House
9/21: Louisville, KY @ WFPK Presents Waterfront Wednesdays
on Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park (2011 Season Finale)
9/22: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
9/23: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
9/24: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
9/25: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
9/27: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
9/28: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
9/29: Richmond, VA @ The National
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/1: Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center,
(2 shows, 6:30pm & 9pm)
10/28: Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/29: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/30: Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre
11/1: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/2: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
11/3: Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/5 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/6: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/8: Vancouver, BC @ Venue
11/9: Seattle, WA@ Showbox SoDo
11/10: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 
11/11: Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre 
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore – on sale 6/26
11/13: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore – on sale 6/26
11/16: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11/17: San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
11/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

AgesandAges & Blitzen Trapper on Tour Now!

Portland 7-piece AgesandAges are heading out for dates with Blitzen Trapper in July 2011 to support their debut album, Alright You Restless, out now on Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory Records. Alright You Restless is a rallying cry to like-minded souls. With a charmingly loose but clever pop sensibility the album is filled with lyrical references to voluntary seclusion, communal living and an existence “under the radar,” all the while extending an invitation to join their fold.

The band’s chief songwriter and founder, Tim Perry, says that forming AgesandAges was an attempt to combat being jaded, aconscious decision to “remove myself from the apathy crowd, which was sucking my soul, and make something with others who were just as unapologetically excited to be there as I was.   I think of it kind oflike propaganda rock.  They will never understand you.  But we understand each other.”

Point your browser to http://www.agesandages.com for updates!

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AgesandAges - 2011 Tour Dates

#  dates with Blitzen Trapper

07.09.11 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Street Fair

07.19.11 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

07.20.11 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater #

07.22.11 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room #

07.23.11 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird #

07.25.11 Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose Taphouse #

07.26.11 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown #

07.28.11 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station #

07.29.11 Spokane, WA @ A Club #

07.30.11 Yakima, WA @ Seasons Performance Hall #

07.31.11 Portland, OR @ The Big Float #

08.05.11 Portland, OR @ Pickathon #

09.04.11 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot