Stream: M. Ward
    • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012

    • Posted by: Malcolm Donaldson

    Vintage Americana/Zooey Deschanel enthusiast M. Ward is back at it again with his first solo record since 2009's Hold Time. His new album A Wasteland Companion, which is due out 4/10 via Merge, is set to feature familiar backing artists like Mike Mogus and John Parish, to name a couple. Today, you can stream the first single off of M. Ward's eighth full length, titled "Primitive Girl."

    M. Ward's new track has that familiar reverb-soaked vocals that has become so distinctly his, and it's helped along by a catchy piano hook and Susan Sanchez's backing vocals. "Primitive Girl" doesn't seem like a sign that A Wasteland Companion will be much of a departure from his earlier work, but the new album will still be a great to this spring's growing list of new releases. Make sure to check out M. Ward's spring U.S. tour dates below the stream.





    M. Ward Live:

    4/11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
    4/12 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom **
    4/13 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
    4/14 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo
    4/16 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up **
    4/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom **
    4/18 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum **
    4/20 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
    5/5 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre ***
    5/6 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground ***
    5/7 - New Haven, CT @ Toads Place ***
    5/8 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues ***
    5/11 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall ***
    5/12 - Philadelphia, PA @Union Transfer ***
    5/13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ***
    5/15 - Durham, NC @ Duke Performances at Page Auditorium ***
    5/16 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre ***
    5/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre ***
    5/18 - Gulf Shores, AL @ Hang Out Music Festival ***
    5/20 - Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival ***
    5/22 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre ***
    5/23 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
    5/24 - Minnapolis, MN @ First Avenue


    * with Jonathan Richman
    ** with fIREHOSE
    *** with Lee Ranaldo Band
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