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AC Newman will be touring in support of his new Matador album in February and March - first with Dent May & his Magnificent Ukulele, and then with The Broken West. who is Dent May?

Dent MayJackson, Mississippi native Dent May grew up singing in local church groups, acting in school plays, and performing at nursing home gigs with a recorder choir. In high school, he wrote synthy power-pop with his band The Rockwells while recording erotically charged novelty tracks with friends on the side. After three unsuccessful semesters at NYU's film school, May moved to North Mississippi where he helped found the Cats Purring arts collective and formed a country-rock band called Cowboy Maloney's Electric City. In late 2007, inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, he began performing as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele and released a digital EP of cheeky lo-fi tunes, A Brush With Velvet. The title is a reference to The Partridge Family, episodes of which May obsessively collected and organized on VHS tapes as a teen. His debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was recorded with Rusty Santos in May's home, a double-wide trailer in Taylor, Mississippi (population: 300). He continues to perform with Cowboy Maloney's Electric City, and recently began recording dance music under the moniker Dent Sweat.

Dent May's debut album will be released by Animal Collective's label Paw Tracks on February 3rd - not long after Animal Collective's own new album is released.

AC Newman is also covering A-Ha for a new Starbucks compilatiion. All AC Newman, Dent May & Broken West tour dates, below...

AC Newman - 2009 Tour Dates
2/20 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret *
2/21 Seattle, WA Neumos *
2/22 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *
2/24 Sacramento, CA Harlow's *
2/25 San Diego, CA Casbah *
2/26 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *
2/27 Santa Barbara, CA SOho Restaurant and Music Club *
2/28 San Francisco, CA The Independent * (Noise Pop)
3/01 Eugene, OR John Henry's *
3/10 Ithaca, NY Castaways *
3/11 Toronto, ONT Lee's Palace *
3/12 Montreal, QC Il Motore *
3/13 Providence, RI Club Hell *
3/14 Boston, MA Paradise *
3/15 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
3/17 PHILADELPHIA, PA Johnny Brenda's +
3/18 WASHINGTON, DC The Black Cat +
3/19 CHAPEL HILL, NC Cat's Cradle +
3/20 ATLANTA, GA The Earl +
3/21 NASHVILLE, TN Mercy Lounge +
3/22 ST. LOUIS, MO Duck Room +
3/24 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 400 Bar +
3/25 CHICAGO, IL Logan Square +
3/26 PONTIAC, MI The Pike Room +
3/27 CLEVELAND, OH Grog Shop +
3/28 PITTSBURGH, PA Andy Warhol Museum +

* w/ Dent May
+ w/ The Broken West

Dent May & his Magnificent Ukulele - 2009 Tour Dates
3/02 Boise, ID Neurolux
3/05 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar
3/06 Chicago, IL Schubas
3/07 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at The Crofoot
3/08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom

the Broken West - 2009 Tour Dates
2/23 SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah !
2/24 LOS ANGELES, CA Troubadour !
2/25 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent (Noise Pop) !
2/27 PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir (also with AA Bondy) !

! w/ The French Kicks