by Bill Pearis

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Minneapolis' Haley Bonar got an early start as a teen in the early '00s when Alan Sparhawk caught one of her sets and invited her to tour with his band, Low. She's a distinctive singer-songwriter, rarely sticking to singer-songwriter tropes, always opting for inventive instrumentation and arrangements as a showcase for her clear voice and songwriting chops. Her fifth album, Last War, will be out next week (5/20) on Graveface. Something about it -- the driving basslines, the synthesizers -- has an almost late-'80s alt-rock vibe to it which fits her very well. You can check out the video for Last War's title track below and the whole album is streaming at NPR. Recommended.

Starting this week, Haley will be on a short tour of the Midwest and Northeast, including NYC at Rough Trade on June 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/16) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with the video, below...

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Haley Bonar - "Last War"

Haley Bonar - 2014 Tour Dates
May 16 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
May 29 Audiotree TV Chicago, IL
May 29 The Hideout Chicago, IL
May 30 The Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI
Jun 11 Monkey House Winooski, VT
Jun 15 Church of Boston Boston, MA
Jun 16 Rough Trade New York, NY
Jun 19 UW Madison Madison, WI
Jun 28 Bayfront Festival Park Duluth, MN