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Kevin Devine shares acoustic song ft. Half Waif, playing full-album shows

Kevin Devine
Kevin Devine acoustic at The Bell House in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Kevin Devine will release acoustic versions of songs from his 2016 album Instigator as We Are Who We’ve Always Been, which comes out October 20 via Brand New’s Procrastinate! Music Traitors label and Triple Crown (pre-order). The first single is “I Was Alive Back Then,” which we actually first heard as an acoustic song when he played it live before Instigator came out. This new version features guest vocals from Nandi Rose Plunkett, who fronts Half Waif and is also sometimes a member of past Kevin Devine tourmates Pinegrove. The version with Nandi sounds gorgeous, and you can hear it below.

The album also features Swivs (on “Freddie Gray Blues”) and The Mynabirds’ Laura Burhenn (on “No One Says You Have To”), and it was produced by Kevin’s longtime collaborator Chris Bracco. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Kevin also announced two Brooklyn shows where he’ll perform albums in full. He’ll play solo on December 14 at The Bell House, doing We Are Who We’ve Always Been and 2003’s Make the Clocks Move, and Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band will play December 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, doing Instigator and 2006’s Put Your Ghost to Rest. Tickets for The Bell House and MHOW are on sale now. Kevin also plays a Philly show with Taking Back Sunday this Saturday (9/23). All dates are listed below.

As recently mentioned, Kevin is also currently touring as a member of Brand New, including their upcoming fall tour with Nada Surf. That tour includes a sold-out Brooklyn show on October 19 at Kings Theatre. All Brand New dates are listed below as well.

As for Half Waif, she tours this fall with another past Kevin Devine tourmate, Julien Baker, including a show at NYC’s Town Hall on 10/27 (tickets).

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We Are Who We’ve Always Been Tracklist
1. No Why
2. Instigator
3. Magic Magnet
4. Freddie Gray Blues (Feat. Swivs)
5. No History
6. Daydrunk
7. Both Ways
8. No One Says You Have To (Feat. The Mynabirds)
9. Guard Your Gates
10. Before You’re Here
11. I Was Alive Back Then (Feat. Half Waif)

Kevin Devine — 2017 Tour Dates
09/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Xfinity Live!
10/07 – Lowell, MA – Zorba’s Music Hall^
12/14 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House*
12/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg%

! = w/ Taking Back Sunday
^ = A Celebration Of Jack Kerouac
* = Kevin Devine plays We Are Who We’ve Always Been and Make The Clocks Move
% = Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band play Instigator and Put Your Ghost To Rest

Brand New — 2017 Tour Dates
Oct 15 Fox Theatre Detroit, MI*
Oct 16 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL*
Oct 18 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA*
Oct 19 Kings Theatre Brooklyn, NY*
Oct 20 Wang Theatre Boston, MA*
Oct 21 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA*
Oct 23 The Hippodrome Baltimore, MD*
Oct 25 North Charleston Performing Arts Center Charleston, SC*
Oct 26 Coca Cola Roxy Atlanta, GA*
Oct 28 Voodoo New Orleans, LA
Oct 29 Bomb Factory Dallas, TX*
Nov 16 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Nov 18 Brixton O2 Academy London, United Kingdom
Nov 19 O2 Academy Glasgow, United Kingdom

* – w/ Nada Surf

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