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The One With Great Storytellers

On this episode of Best Song Ever, Brian introduces a new segment that allows him to get some things off of his chest, Luke and Brian discuss whether or not nerds need to know more about sports, Luke defends shy white boys from Brian and Brian dips into the past and sings some N’Sync.  Also, there are eight incredible songs and some interesting discussions on hope and fear in politics and how music can bridge the gap between people who don’t see eye to eye.

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Songs Played on The One With Great Storytellers

Jens Lekman – “What’s That Perfume That You Wear” from Life Will See You Now out February 17th on Secretly Canadian

Fred Thomas – “Mallwalkers” from Changer out January 27th on Polyvinyl Records

Craig Finn – “Preludes” from We All Want the Same Things out March 24th on Partisan Records

Austra – “Utopia” from Future Politics out January 20th on Domino Recording Company

Brandon Can’t Dance – “Smoke & Drive Around” from Graveyard of Good Times out now on Lucky Number Records

Porter Ray – “Sacred Geometry [Constellation Mix]” feat Palaceer, Shabazz Palaces and Cashtro from Watercolor out March 10th on Sub Pop Records

Tall Tall Trees – “Backroads” from Freedays out February 17th on Joyful Noise Recordings

Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural” from Nothing Feels Natural out January 27th on Sister Polygon Records

With 2015 drawing to a close and the world reflecting on the year that was, one tireless band is still looking towards the future : Titus Andronicus.

Even with July’s historic 3xLP release The Most Lamentable Tragedy sitting unchallenged atop every reporting media outlet’s list of ‘The Longest Rock Operas of 2015,’ +@ remain unsatisfied and so, today, they boldly reveal their plans for a string of American tour dates in the month of March.

For many, rocking through the incomparable experience of live +@ is as synonymous with springtime as dew on the blooming bud, but make no mistake : this will be a tour like no other, as +@ will be joined by legendary wordsmith Craig Finn, an esteemed mic controller beloved by countless devotees for his work with the Hold Steady and for solo efforts such as 2015’s Faith In The Future.

“If I have one regret about 2015, it is that I didn’t enunciate more,” said +@ vocalist Patrick Stickles, in a rare moment of lucidity. “I will be grateful for the opportunity to observe the verbal dexterity of Craig [Finn], night after night, so that I might learn some valuable lessons from one of rock’s great communicators.”

Craig had similar sentiments for his soon-to-be tourmates: “The best show I saw in 2015 was +@ at Shea Stadium, and I was also lucky enough to be invited on stage that evening. I very much look forward to being able to be playing alongside this amazing and important band for all these shows.”

So too will fans cherish the chance to nod serenely to the wise words of Craig Finn in his contemporary solo acoustic mode and to bop merrily to +@’s twelve-handed electric attack, though they will surely wonder : will audiences be blessed with the sort of onstage collaboration between these two giants which so thrilled unsuspecting celebrants at +@’s record release show at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium this past July?

“I wouldn’t like to promise,” Stickles slyly spoke, his grim visage cracking into a wide grin, “but when one of the illest rock and roll frontmen of the modern era is in the house, +@ doesn’t always wish to see them trapped behind an acoustic guitar all night, so I guess we shall see!” Stickles then appeared to mouth the words, “oh yeah,” triumphantly pumping his fist in the chill air.

See the full list of dates below and stay tuned for further updates from this titanic twosome in the new year.

Craig Finn & Titus Andronicus tour dates:

3/1/16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar ¢

3/2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern ¢

3/3/16 – Asheville, NC – Lincoln Theatre ¢

3/4/16 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt ¢

3/5/16 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive ¢

3/6/16 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa ¢

3/8/16 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn ¢

3/9/16 – Norman, OK – Opolis ¢

3/10/16 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck ¢

3/11/16 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge ¢

3/12/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights ¢

3/13/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall ¢

3/15/16 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway ¢

3/16/16 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird ¢

3/18/16 – Cincinnati, OH – Ballroom at Taft Theatre ¢

3/19/16 – Akron, OH – Musica ¢

3/20/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo ¢

3/21/16 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall ¢

3/22/16 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt ¢

3/23/16 – Albany, NY – Hollow ¢

3/24/16 – Easthampton, MA – Pearl Street ¢

3/25/16 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place ¢

3/26/16 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met ¢

3/27/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ¢


¢ – Craig Finn & Titus Andronicus

Craig Finn’s new song “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” premiered at WSJ.com. “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son,”is now available for download at iTunes, and is the second song released from Finn’s recently announced second solo album, Faith in the Future, in-stores September 11 on Partisan Records. The album is available for pre-order via digital and traditional outlets, and Pledge Music.

The first U.S. tour to support Faith In The Future is also announced today, with Craig Finn playing shows throughout the east coast and the Midwest from October 14 through November 6.   The tour includes stops in Chicago (Oct 22), Minneapolis (Oct 24), Washington DC (Nov 02), and New York City (Nov 06). Esmé Patterson will be supporting on all shows. Craig will also be opening for My Morning Jacket on Saturday, November 28 on the final night of the band’s sold-out four-night engagement at NYC’s legendary Beacon Theatre. For the full details of the tour itinerary, please see below.

“Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” is described by Finn as “really just about someone who’s been flailing around spiritually looking for answers, trying to make a connection before time runs out.” About the song, The Wall Street Journal noted “[“Maggie”] is full of the richly detailed lyrics that the singer has made a specialty in a career that began in the 1990s with his Minneapolis band Lifter Puller.” Check out the song below:

Listen: Craig Finn – “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son”

Oct 14 -Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre

Oct 15 -Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Oct 16 -Albany, NY @ The Hollow

Oct 17 -Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Oct 19 -Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

Oct 20 -Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi Fi

Oct 22 -Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Oct 23 -Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club

Oct 24 -Minneapolis, MN @ Women’s Club Theatre

Oct 25 -Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club

Oct 26 -Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox

Oct 28 -Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

Oct 30 -Cincinnati, OH @ The Ballroom at the Taft

Oct 31 -Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café

Nov 02 -Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Nov 03 -Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Nov 04 -Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

Nov 05 -Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wonder Bar

Nov 06 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Partisan Records announced the June 16 release of the new highly anticipated Heartless Bastards record. Titled Restless Ones, the album is the band’s fifth and was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans). Restless Ones was tracked in August 2014 during a 10-day session at El Paso, TX’s renowned Sonic Ranch. Located on 2,300 acres of pecan orchards bordering the Rio Grande and Mexico, the studio – the largest residential recording complex in the world – provided the perfect setting, miles away from all real world responsibilities and thus able to fully invest themselves in the act of creation.

The confirmed Heartless Bastards tour dates are listed below. Tickets go on sale at 12 noon ET today via a special SongKick presale. Heartless Bastards also announce their interactive website experience around the new album at  RestlessOnes.net where fans will be able to share photos, videos and check out new music directly from the band.


11 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn #

12 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge #

13 – Raleigh, NC – Cats Cradle #

14 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar #

15 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

17 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA #

18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls #

19 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

20 – Toronto, ONT – Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE #

21 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews #

23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Wealthy Theater #

24 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar #

25 – 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater #

27 – Chicago, IL – Sausage Fest #

29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue #

30 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown #


1 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #

2 – Dallas, TX – Trees #

# – Craig Finn supporting