Laura Gibson is following 2012's La Grande with her new album Empire Builder this Friday (4/1) via Barsuk (pre-order). The album is named after the Amtrak route Laura took in 2014 when she moved from Portland, OR to NYC, where she sadly was living in the East Village building that collapsed after a gas explosion last year. After losing her home, "she spent the next few months rebuilding her life, bouncing between friends' couches and guest rooms, finishing her second semester, and all the while rewriting the lyrics she had lost," as a press release points out.

The album was recorded with contributions from violinist Peter Broderick, Decemberists member Nate Query, fellow singer/songwirter Alela Diane, and more. The album's now streaming on Apple Music (and you get an instant download of three songs when you pre-order it), and it's clear that her songwriting is as sharp as ever, if not even a little better. We're premiering the new Derrick Belcham-directed video for "Not Harmless" off the new album. You can check that out, with a stream of "The Cause" and the lyric video for the title track, below.

Laura is also touring, including a leg of Barsuk labelmate David Bazan's tour. She isn't on his East Coast dates, but she's doing a headlining run here as we speak. That tour rolls into NYC on April 9 at Joe's Pub with The Brother Brothers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed below.


Laura Gibson -- 2016 Tour Dates
Mar 31 Red Light Cafe Atlanta, GA
Apr 01 Kings Barcade Raleigh, NC
Apr 02 IOTA Club & Cafe Arlington, VA
Apr 03 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
Apr 06 3S Artspace Portsmouth, NH
Apr 07 The Loft Boston, MA
Apr 08 Columbus Theatre Providence, RI
Apr 09 Joe's Pub New York, NY
Apr 14 The Old Church Portland, OR
Apr 15 Fremont Abbey Seattle, WA
Apr 22 Huis 23 Brussels, Belgium
Apr 23 Tivolivredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 25 Soup Kitchen Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 26 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen London, United Kingdom
Apr 27 Point Ephémère Paris, France
Apr 28 Tuinzaal Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 29 Marienberg Church Nijmegen, Netherlands
Apr 30 Trefpunt Ghent, Belgium
May 01 Roots and Roses Festival Lessines, Belgium
May 02 Kantine am Berghain Berlin, Germany
May 03 Werk 2 Leipzig, Germany
May 04 Forum Stadtpark Graz, Austria
May 05 Trafik Pecs, Hungary
May 06 Haus der Musik Vienna, Austria
May 07 Conrad Sohm Dornbirn, Austria
Jun 08 The Bartlett Spokane, WA*
Jun 09 The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA*
Jun 10 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
Jun 16 The Olympic Venue Boise, ID *
Jun 17 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT*
Jun 18 Lost Lake Lounge Denver, CO*
Jun 20 Record Bar Kansas City, MO*
Jun 21 Reverb Lounge Omaha, NE*
Jun 22 Daytrotter Equality, IL*
Jun 23 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI*
Jun 24 Turf Club St Paul, MN*
Jun 25 Collectivo Coffee Milwaukee, WI*
Jun 27 Zanzabar Louisville, KY*
Jun 28 Old Rock House Saint Louis, MO*
Jun 29 The Hi-Fi Indianapolis, IN*
Jun 30 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL*
Jul 01 The Loving Touch Ferndale, MI*
Jul 02 The Great Hall Toronto, Canada*
Jul 03 Pressed Ottawa, ON*

* - w/ David Bazan

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