Doves, Mercury Rev Teaming For Tour

Doves and Mercury Rev will team for a three-week North American tour following their joint appearances at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The trek will begin May 1 in San Francisco and wrap May 23 in Washington, D.C.

Doves will be touring in support of their new Capitol album, “Some Cities,” which debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart. The single “Black and White Town” opened at No. 6 in the territory. The group is in the midst of a short U.S. visit that includes stops at the South by Southwest Festival tomorrow (March 17) in Austin, Texas, and Monday in Los Angeles.

Doves bassist/vocalist Jimi Goodwin and drummer Andy Williams told last night following their show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom that they’ve been fans of Mercury Rev for many years. “We all loved [the 1998 album] ‘Deserter’s Songs’,” Goodwin said. “We’re really looking forward to these shows.”

Goodwin also revealed that the next U.K. single from “Some Cities” will be “Snowden,” which will likely feature “one new song” and “a couple of remixes by people quite close to us” as B-sides.

In addition, Williams said Doves will issue a limited-edition 7-inch single featuring the previously unreleased track “The Black Circus of Prague” and a David Holmes remix of “Black and White Town.” The former is “an instrumental that shows yet another side to us,” Williams said. “It will surprise people.”

Mercury Rev’s new V2 album, “The Secret Migration,” is due May 17. As previously reported, the set is being issued beforehand as three separate digital EPs on iTunes. The group plays Berlin on Saturday.

Here are Doves/Mercury Rev tour dates:

May 1: San Francisco (Fillmore)

May 3: Seattle (Showbox)

May 4: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)

May 6: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)

May 8: Salt Lake City (Club Sound)

May 9: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)

May 11: Kansas City, Mo. (Madrid Theatre)

May 12: Minneapolis (Quest Club)

May 13: Chicago (Vic Theatre)

May 14: Detroit (Majestic Theatre)

May 16: Toronto (Kool Haus)

May 18-19: New York (Webster Hall)

May 20: Boston (Avalon)

May 22: Philadelphia (TLA)

May 23: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)


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