Posted in music | tour dates on December 2, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Steve Mason - All Come Down (MP3)

Steve Mason

Former Beta Band front man Steve Mason is playing six dates in North America this month in support of his new album, Boys Outside Two of those shows are in NYC -- Dec. 16 at Knitting Factory and Dec. 17 at Mercury Lounge.

Mason has been putting out records since The Beta Band broke up in 2004 but this is the first he's made under his own name. You may remember such pseudonyms as the Jamaica-inspired King Biscuit Time and minimal synth-y Black Affair. While both those projects were of distinct Mason-ry, the "solo album" distinction is apt as Boys Outside is definitely his most personal album in a lyrical sense. Musically, it's pretty close to what the Beta Band were doing around Hot Shots II, though with acoustic guitars firmly in the forefront -- a bit surprising as the album was produced by mashup maestro (and hitmaker) Richard X.

You can download "All Come Down" at the top of this post and check out the video to catchy single "Am I Just a Man?" at the bottom of this post, along with a video of Mason doing an acoustic cover Madona's "Borderline." All Steve Mason US tour dates after the jump...

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Steve Mason - Am I Just a Man

Steve Mason - Borderline (Madonna Cover)

Steve Mason US tour dates:
December 15 - M Room - Philadelphia, PA
December 16 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
December 17 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
December 18 - Great Scott - Cambridge, MA
December 19 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC
December 20 - Wrongbar - Toronto, ON

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Comments (15)

I like the "All Come Down" song very much!

Posted by bijuterii | December 2, 2010 9:43 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 10:10 AM

^^^ damn dude, you don't know anybody!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 10:12 AM

oh no, he does, he's just a complete douche

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 10:18 AM

the album is great...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 10:37 AM

Cast Spells are opening!

www.myspace.com/castspells

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 10:43 AM

it really is a very good album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 10:53 AM

yeah cast spells!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 11:01 AM

is he gonna play dry the rain? cause to be honest, does anyone care to hear anything else?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 11:27 AM

11:27, everything off the Three E.P.'s is great, so, yes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 11:44 AM

"cause to be honest, does anyone care to hear anything else?"

Right, you didn't care so of course you will be like oh yeah that's the guy that did dry the rain. But this band had something called fans that listened to these things called albums that had these things called other songs on them. You might be familiar with those concept from your interactions with other bands, you fucking twat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 2:12 PM

Album of the year. Great guy too. Wish him well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 2:29 AM

Best guy, glad to finally see him live, since the last Beta show I saw was at the Roxy in 02 or so.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 2:40 AM

i'm up in Boston, but I'm hearing that the East Coast swing is now cancelled. But have no details. Anyone know?

Bummer - i like this record, i like the Betas, and i was lookin forward to the Boston show.

Posted by tucker | December 8, 2010 4:25 PM

Postponed according to the Mercury Lounge site, stinks but hopefully he comes around soon.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 9:34 PM

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