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Will Butler shares new song “Waving Flag”, announces tour dates — listen

Entry number two in Butler's song-a-day project with The Guardian

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    Will Butler today delivered the second song for his week-long project with UK’s The Guardian. Every day this week, the Arcade Fire member will take a news story from the British paper and write a new track about it. Yesterday saw “Clean Monday” inspired by the debt crisis in Greece, and now he’s presented “Waving Flag” based on stories about anti-apartheid figure Moses Kotane and Ukrainian separatists.

    Upon his completion of the track, Butler tweeted that his “brain hurts.” It’s easy to see why, as he grappled with “deep American kneejerk suspicion of Soviet communism” and “pro-Soviet nationalism.” “This is a song about backward-looking violent nationalism contrasting with future-looking lift-up-the-weak nationalism,” he explained. “And then there’s me, a million miles away in America, watching from a great and blurring distance. Happy Tuesday!”

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    In addition to the new song, Butler has announced tour dates in support of his forthcoming solo debut, PolicyThe album is out March 10th via Merge, and you can find his full itinerary below.

    Will Butler 2015 Tour Dates:
    03/05 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
    03/06 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
    03/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
    03/11 – Cincinnati, OH @ MusicNOW Festival
    03/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
    03/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    03/14 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
    03/15 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
    03/16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    03/18-21 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
    03/23 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
    03/24 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
    03/26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College
    03/27 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
    03/28 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB
    03/29 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB
    04/11 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique
    04/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Old Hall
    04/14 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
    04/15 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
    04/16 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
    04/18 – Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
    04/20 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School
    04/21 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
    04/22 – London, UK @ Scala
    04/23 – Birmingham, UK @ The Temple Room
    04/25 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
    05/21 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial Theatre *
    05/23 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
    05/24 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    05/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
    05/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
    05/29 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    05/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
    06/01 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
    06/02 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
    06/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
    06/04 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

    * = w/ Perfume Genius

     

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