photo: M Ward w/ She & Him @ Summerstage, 2013 (more by PSquared)

Last month, M Ward announced his first solo album in four years, More Rain, which is coming out on March 4 via Merge and features contributions from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Neko Case, k.d. lang, The Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The first single, "Girl From Conejo Valley" now has an official video, directed by Ward and Carlos Forster, and you can check that out below.

As mentioned, Ward will soon be in NYC for two shows with Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins at Beacon Theatre on February 3 & 4. Tickets to those are still available. He's also just announced a spring headlining tour, which includes an NYC show at Webster Hall on May 4. Tickets for the Webster show go on sale Friday (1/15) at 1O AM. All dates are listed below.

Besides working on his new album, Ward produced soul legend Mavis Staples' upcoming album, Livin' on a High Note, featuring original songs written by Nick Cave, Ben Harper, Neko Case, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArDs and more, and due out on February 19 via Anti. Mavis, meanwhile, was just added to that Joan Baez 75th birthday show at Beacon Theatre.

All M Ward tour dates, along with the new video, are listed below...

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M Ward - 2016 Tour Dates
01/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian*
01/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian*
02/03 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre*
02/04 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre*
02/06 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*
04/29 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River
04/30 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
05/01 - Washington D.C. @ 930 Club
05/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
05/04 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05/06 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
05/07 - Boston, MA @ The Royale
05/27 - 30 - Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch!