Tour News: French Kicks, The Swell Season and Jukebox the Ghost hit the road

French Kicks

French Kicks are on tour to support their brand-new release, Swimming, the band’s second album on Vagrant Records. The album is available now exclusively through iTunes; it will hit stores May 20, 2008.

Produced and mixed entirely by the band, Swimming features some of the quartet’s most melodic recordings to date with tracks including "Abandon", "Said So What" and "Over The World."

"On this record, we hoped to capture the joy of friends playing together in a relaxed way. We used a lot of first and second takes and tried to preserve a sense of immediacy and discovery that comes from putting things down before you really have a chance to think too hard. It’s bolder, and at the same time more intimate, than anything we’ve done," says guitarist/vocalist Josh Wise.

For singer Nick Stumpf, Swimming is "by far the closest we’ve come to getting the sound we wanted.” By capturing both the palpable and raw elements, the French Kicks have created a complex yet sophisticated pop album.

French Kicks’ confirmed 2008 tour dates, cities and venues include:

April 4: Boston, Middle East
April 5: Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda’s
April 8: New York, Mercury Lounge
April 15: New York, Mercury Lounge
April 24: Washington, D.C., Rock N Roll Hotel
April 25: Chapel Hill, N.C., Local 506
April 26: Atlanta, The Earl
April 27: Asheville, N.C., Bald Eagle
May 15: Portland, Ore., Doug Fir
May 16: Seattle, Chop Suey
May 18: San Francisco, The Independent
May 19: Sacramento, Calif., Blue Lamp
May 22: Los Angeles, The Echo
May 23: San Diego, Casbah

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The Swell Season

Fresh from their Oscar win, the duo of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, stars of the surprise hit movie musical "Once," are taking their band, The Swell Season, on the road for 27 dates this spring.

The tour kicks off in Phoenix on April 23, 2008, makes stops at festivals Coachella and Bonnaroo and wraps up in June at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

2008 tour dates, venues and cities include:

April 23 – Orpheum Theatre – Phoenix
April 25 – Coachella Festival – Indio, Calif.
April 26 – Paramount Theatre – Oakland, Calif.
April 27 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, Ore.
April 28 – Keller Auditorium – Portland, Ore.
April 30 – The Moore – Seattle
May 1 – The Wilma – Missoula, Mont.
May 2 – The Depot – Salt Lake City
May 3 – Ellie Caulkins Opera House – Denver
May 5 – The Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, Kan.
May 6 – The Pageant – Saint Louis
May 7 – The Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis
May 8 – The Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee
May 10 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, Mich.
May 11 – Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square – Cleveland
May 12 – Brown Theatre – Louisville, Ken.
May 13 – The Cobb Theatre – Atlanta
May 15 – Meymandi Concert Hall – Raleigh, N.C.
May 16 – Toad’s Place – Richmond, Va.
May 17 – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Baltimore
May 19 – Radio City Music Hall – New York
May 20 – The Tower Theatre – Upper Darby, Pa.
June 13 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, Tenn.
June 15 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
June 16 – Overture Arts Centre – Madison, WI
June 17 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago
June 18 – Ch

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