Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Run Rabbit Run
Sufjan Stevens stages massive North American tour
Denny RenshawWhen Sufjan Stevens came out of nowhere last August to announce a show that October at Lee’s Palace, people – particularly those not among the 500 who got tickets – were wondering why he’d choose to play his first show here in four years in such a small room. Surely he was big enough to play a room on the size and stature of, oh, Massey Hall? Well, almost a year to the day from that Lee’s announcement comes another one for a show almost a year to the day at – wait for it – Massey Hall.
The date will be October 13 and comes at the start of a massive North American tour that makes those intimate club dates last year seem even more intimate and but hits many more markets and while Stevens and his merry troupe will be welcomed with open arms at all of them, there is the question of exactly why he’s doing it. Last year at least, there were the BQE multimedia project and Run Rabbit Run rework to justify a tour – even though neither of those records was represented in the shows – but there’s been no official word about a follow-up to 2004’s Illinois. Perhaps this is their way of hinting that the album that The National’s Bryce Dessner told Exclaim that Stevens was recording this Summer is done and ready for release in mid-October? If that’s the case, then they’re clearly eschewing the traditional long lead time and will probably spring the official release of the album with short notice, thereby driving the indie-net into a tizzy and ensuring that people mispronounce “Sufjan” well into the Winter.
Whatever’s happening on that front will be revealed when it’s revealed. Far more pressing is the matter of presales for this tour, which goes TODAY at 1PM Eastern time for all dates – presumably through Asthmatic Kitty – and regular public onsale for all other seats goes this Friday at 10AM. Tickets are $40 for floor and balcony and $34 for galleries. And yes, the October 13 date does indeed come one day after Belle & Sebastian play the same venue – we may as well just wrap up the Old Lady of Shuter Street in a ratty cardigan and be done with it.
Other announcements of note… Amusement Parks On Fire – who were held up as the second coming of My Bloody Valentine a few years back but turned out to just be pretty good if not especially original shoegaze disciples – will release their third album Road Eyes on October 5 and be accompanying The Boxer Rebellion on their North American tour including the September 27 date at the Horseshoe.
Rae Spoon has booked a cross-Canada tour in support of his new record Love Is A Hunter which is due out on August 17. Exclaim has the dates, which includes an October 21 engagement at the Gladstone in Toronto.
Hey, remember a couple of years ago when Mumford & Sons were here as support for Laura Marling? Or back in February when they played Lee’s Palace? Well friends, those days are long gone and British bluegrass is apparently very much what’s hot now – witness their just announced Fall tour which puts them at the Sound Academy on November 13, tickets $21 general admission and $35 for VIP balcony on sale Friday at 10AM.
Video: Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
Sarah Harmer has set a date at Massey Hall on November 20 in support of her new record Oh Little Fire. Tickets will range from $32.50 to $42.50, on sale next Monday at 10AM. The Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun have interviews.
Video: Sarah Harmer – “Captive”
And because you apparently can’t giveth without taketh, the October 1 Gayngs show at the Phoenix has been cancelled; no reason given. Everyone hoping their slow jams would get them some lovin’ is just going to do it the old fashioned way and get their dates liquored up.