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Big Thief announce new album ‘Capacity,’ share new song, expand tour

Big Thief at Cheer Up Charlies
Big Thief at BV/SOS Lost Weekend in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Big Thief recently mentioned on Late Night with Seth Meyers that they’d be releasing a new album this summer. It’s the followup to last year’s great Masterpiece, is titled Capacity, and it drops on June 9 via Saddle Creek. The first single is “Mythological Beauty,” a delicate-sounding song that’s keeping hopes high for this new album. Its video is out now, and it’ll also be out as a 7″ single backed by non-album track “Breathe In My Lungs” on Record Store Day. The video features a cameo by Big Thief singer Adrianne Lenker’s mother (who was also on the cover of Masterpiece), and it was directed by Vanessa Haddad and Adam Gundersheimer. Watch below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.

Big Thief have also expanded their tour. They had already announced a NYC show opening for Saddle Creek vet (and current Nonesuch artist) Conor Oberst at Prospect Park on July 20 with another great current Saddle Creek band, Hop Along (tickets). Now they’ve also got a small headlining show in NYC happening on June 9 at Rough Trade. That’s a Northside Festival show, and it’s got Mega Bog opening. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (4/5) at noon. Updated tour dates are listed below.

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Big Thief Capacity

1. Pretty Things
2. Shark Smile
3. Capacity
4. Watering
5. Coma
6. Great White Shark
7. Mythological Beauty
8. Objects
9. Haley
10. Mary
11. Black Diamonds

Big Thief — 2017 Tour Dates
Thu. Apr. 27 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd w/ Twain, Infinity Crush
Fri. May 5 – Sun. May 7 – Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
Wed. May 31 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Conor Oberst
Thu. June 1 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Art & Music Festival
Fri. June 2 – Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island w/ Conor Oberst
Sat. June 3 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa w/ Conor Oberst
Sun. June 4 – Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theater w/ Conor Oberst
Tue. June 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Wed. June 7 – Lancaster, PA @ Arcade Lancaster
Fri. June 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC w/ Mega Bog
Thu. June 22 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
Fri. June 23 – Sun. June 25 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
Wed. June 28 – Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Thu. June 29 – Buffalo, NY @ Traif MusicHall
Fri. June 30 – Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
Sat. July 1 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Sun. July 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Mon. July 3 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Wed. July 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Thu. July 6 – Sun. July 9 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
Mon. July 10 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Tue. July 11 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Wed. July 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Thu. July 13 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room – Outside w/ Conor Oberst
Fri. July 14 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre w/ Conor Oberst
Fri. July 14 – Sun. July 16 – Louisville KY @ Forecastle Festival
Mon. July 17 – Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park w/ Overcoats
Thu. July 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! w/ Conor Oberst, Hop Along
Fri. July 21 – Sun. July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Fri. July 28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Sat. July 29 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ The Head and the Heart
Thu. Aug. 3 – Sun. Aug. 6 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Festival
Tue. Aug. 8 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre w/ Belle and Sebastian
Sat. Aug. 12 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
Mon. Aug. 14 – Antwerp, BE @ Rivierenhof Theater w/ Conor Oberst, M. Ward
Tue. Aug. 15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batchkapp w/ Conor Oberst
Wed. Aug. 16 – Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk w/ Conor Oberst
Thu. Aug. 17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg w/ Conor Oberst
Fri. Aug. 18 – London, UK @ Koko w/ Conor Oberst
Sat. Aug. 19 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Sun. Aug. 20 – Stirling, UK @ Doune the Rabbit Hole
Mon. Aug. 21 – Liverpool, UK @ Academy w/ Conor Oberst
Tue. Aug. 22 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC w/ Conor Oberst

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