Ezra Furman Releases “Book Of Our Names”

Ezra Furman releases a new single, “Book Of Our Names,” out today on ANTI-/Bella Union. This song follows last month’s single, “Point Me Toward The Real,” Furman’s first solo release since 2019’s Twelve Nudes and her stint soundtracking Netflix’s hit show Sex Education. “Book Of Our Names” is sparse but deeply emotive, with Furman’s voice guiding through the pulsing guitars. “This song is about what it feels like to live together under an empire that doesn’t value your lives,” Furman says. “I sing it as a Jew and as a trans woman, knowing well the stakes and consequences of being part of a hated population. But it is a protest song intended for use by any movement for collective survival and freedom. I noticed that the book of the Bible called Exodus in English, the one where the Hebrews escape slavery in Egypt, is called the Book of Names in Hebrew. And I started to think that the act of saying names out loud, of seeing individuals in their full irreplaceable uniqueness, holds the seed of true liberation.

Next month, Furman and her band – Ben Joseph (keyboards), Jordan Jordensen (bass), Sam Durkes (drums) – will embark on a North American and European tour, including stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Ezra Furman Tour Dates
Thu. May 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *
Sat. May 21 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall *
Mon. May 23 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
Tue. May 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre *
Wed. May 25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
Thu. May 26 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective *
Sat. May 28 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
Mon. May 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp *
Tue. May 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jun. 1 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
Thu. Jun. 9 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom (Ezra Solo)
Thu. Jul. 21  – Valencia, ES @ Diversity Festival
Sun. Jul. 24 – Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling Festival
Sun. Aug. 14 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom ^
Tues. Aug. 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ UWM Panther Arena ^
Wed. Aug. 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park ^
Sun. Aug. 21 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tues. Aug  23 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh International Festival
Mon. Sep. 12 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
Tue. Sep. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rec Room
Wed. Sep. 14 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
Thu. Sep. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small’s
Sun. Sep. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Mon. Sep. 19 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Tue. Sep. 20 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Wed. Sep. 21 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Thu. Sep. 22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
* w/ Grace Cummings
^ w/ Jack White