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Bonanza of Brendan Benson bulletins!

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The only thing that makes us more happy than alliteration is when Brendan Benson, solo artist and one-quarter of the Raconteurs, announces a boatload of music-related news, including an album available for streaming and a few choice tour dates.

First and foremost, Benson’s latest solo effort, My Old, Familiar Friend, is set for an August 18th release. But the stellar folks over at NPR.org have been streaming the 11-track effort since yesterday. This is Benson’s fourth solo album and the follow up to 2005’s The Alternative to Love. Produced by Pixies and Echo & the Bunnymen vet Gil Norton, fans can expect some “timeless melodies, complete with hand-claps, raw guitar work, and seductive storytelling.”

And no solo effort would be complete without the corresponding tour. Benson has a few dates booked from mid-August to mid-September which will take him to must-play markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and… Ann Arbor. Those looking for a taste of Benson outside the mecca that is the home of the Wolverines can check out his performance on The Late Show With David Letterman on August 21st.

Tickets for select dates are available via Ticketmaster.com.

Brendan Benson 2009 Tour Dates:
08/17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
08/20 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
08/22 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
09/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
09/11 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
09/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

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