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Franz Nicolay holds steady with solo career

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Hot on the heels of his solo debut, Major General, earlier this year, The Hold Steady’s Franz Nicolay has carved out another release. Team Science Records has released a new four-song 10″ EP from the multi-instrumentalist titled St. Sebastian of the Short Stage. Pressed on clear vinyl, the release reportedly includes a collaboration with the Dresden Dolls as well “the best mariachi-disco tribute to a retired superhero yet recorded and couple bleeding-heart weepies.”

Also part of the package will be artwork from Vice Magazine’s Nicholas Gazin and a new short story by Nicolay entitled “Paraska Mikhailivna Is A Witch,” about dead livestock and bluegrass music in rural Ukraine. Talk about an eclectic release.

Nicolay will support his new EP with a U.K. tour this fall. He’s also got a few dates with his main outfit to look forward to as well.

Franz Nicolay 2009 Tour Dates:
09/29 – Winchester, UK @ The Railway *
09/30 – Bristol, UK @ Fiddlers *
10/01 – London, UK @ The Garage *
10/02 – Bedford, UK @ The Civic *
10/04 – Exeter, UK @ Phoenix ^
10/06 – Winchester, UK @ Tower Arts ^
10/07 – London, UK @ St. Giles Church ^
10/08 – Brighton, UK @ The Basement ^
10/10 – Zaragosa, ES @ Zaragoza Festival
10/14 – Madrid, ES @ Madrid Festival
10/24 – Brugge, BE @ Brugge Festival
10/30 – Aarhus, DK @ Music Cafeen ^
10/31 – Copenhagen, DK @ TBA ^
11/01 – Utrecht, NL @ TBA ^
11/03 – Bristol, UK @ TBA ^
11/04 – Birmingham, UK @ Glee Club ^
11/05 – Manchester, UK @ St. Margaret’s Church ^
11/07 – Edinburgh, UK @ Cabaret Voltaire ^
11/08 – Newcastle, UK @ Cluny 2 ^
11/09 – Leeds, UK @ Brundell Social Club ^

* = w/ Chuck Prophet
^ = w/ Mark Eitzel

The Hold Steady 2009 Tour Dates:
09/06 – Ithaca, NY @ Stewart Park
09/10 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
09/12 – Clare, IE @ Cois Fharraige Festival
09/13 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/17 – Anchorage, AK @ Bear Tooth Theatre
09/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
09/21 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
09/22 – Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
09/23 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon Events Centre
09/24 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
09/26 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
09/27 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place

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