Damien Rice To Release EP Of Non-Album Tracks

Warner Bros. is eyeing a July 20 release date for “B-Sides,” an EP of non-album tracks from Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice. The seven-track set features the first North American release of live versions of “The Professor,” “Woman Like a Man” and “Delicate,” the original demo for “Lonelily,” the B-side “Moody Mooday,” and both a 1997 demo and instrumental version of “Volcano.”

Rice enjoyed breakout success with his 2003 album “O,” which won the 2003 Shortlist Music Prize. The set topped out at No. 4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and has sold 268,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

On June 25, the artist will release a new single, “Lonely Soldier,” featuring Christy Moore. Proceeds from the sale of the track will “go to the Irish anti-war movement to help promote a greater awareness of the futility of war,” according to Rice’s official Web site.

Rice will advance his political leanings Saturday (June 25) at the When Bush Comes To Shove concert at Dublin’s Point, featuring Moore, the Revs, Kila, Mary Black and others. The free event aims to raise “awareness of the issues involved in the protests against [President George W.] Bush, particularly highlighting opposition to the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq.”

The only other date on Rice’s schedule at present is a June 26 appearance at the U.K.’s annual Glastonbury Festival. A new run of U.S. dates is expected to get underway in the fall.

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