Bill Callahan

"A couple of years ago," [Bill Callahan] explains, "I realised that I was an entertainer" - he pauses for a moment, as if waiting for an unseen drummer to round off a punchline - "and that helped me immensely. From the first time you can look in the paper and you accept that you're the entertainment for some people that night," he continues, "it becomes so much more enjoyable to play live. Before that I was always wondering, 'What am I?'"

Callahan's moment of clarity has benefited both audience and performer. First, he abandoned the wilfully off-putting stage name Smog (on the characteristically gnomic grounds that "hanging on to it any longer didn't seem healthy"). Then 2009's Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle - the second album released under his own name, and one of his most accessible records to date - struck a chord with a wider audience. -[The Guardian]

Entertainer Bill Callahan is welcoming a new LP via Drag City on 4/19. The LP, ominously titled Apocalypse, features "Baby's Breath" which is available for download above/streaming below.

In May Bill kicks off a European tour followed by a tour of the U.S. in June that brings him to NYC for a pair of appearances: Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday, 4/6, at noon, and then general sale two days later (Friday, 4/8).

All tour dates and the song stream are below.

Bill Callahan - Baby's Breath

04-10 Austin, TX - Book People (book reading)
05-02 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05-05 Dublin, Ireland - Academy *
05-06 Manchester, England - Central Methodist Hall *
05-07 Glasgow, Scotland - School of Art *
05-09 London, England - Barbican *
05-10 Bristol, England - Bristol Trinity *
05-12 Cologne, Germany - Stadt Garten *
05-13 Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik *
05-14 Hamburg, Germany - Cafe Keese *
05-15 Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus *
05-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif *
05-19 Lille, France - Aeronef *
05-20 Paris, France - La Cafe de la Danse *
05-21 San Sebastian, Spain - Teatro Principal *
05-23 Barcelona, Spain - Bikini *
05-24 Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken *
06-14 Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
06-15 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
06-16 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
06-17 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
06-18 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06-19 Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
06-22 Seattle, WA - Neumo's
06-27 Denver, CO - High Dive
07-01 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07-03 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07-08 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
07-10 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
07-11 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-12 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08-05-06 Portland, OR - Pickathon
* with Sophia Knapp

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