by Bill Pearis

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We haven't had a new album from onetime Miracle Legion and Polaris frontman Mark Mulcahy since 2005's In Pursuit of Your Happiness (one of my favorites of that year). (He unfortunately had to deal with some personal tragedies.) That is too long to be away from one of the great voices in music. That will change next month when the singer releases Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You via Mezzotint/Fire on June 18. Working with veteran indie rock knob-twiddler Paul Q. Kolderie, the new album finds Mulcahy in fine form, his raggedly emotive vocals warming you like a great be hug. You can stream two tracks from the album -- "She Makes The World Turn Backwards" and "Let The Fireflies Fly Away" -- below and both are terrific. Welcome back, Mark!

As mentioned, Mark will play NYC on June 27 at Mercury Lounge, shortly after his appearance at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. Tickets for that show are still available. He's got shows throughout the summer and all tour dates, plus new LP artwork and tracklist and those song streams, are below.

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'Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You' tracklist:
1 "I Taketh Away"
2 "Everybody Hustles Leo"
3 "She Makes The World Turn Backwards"
4 "Let The Fireflies Fly Away"
5 "He's A Magnet"
6 "My Rose Colored Friend"
7 "Bailing Out On Everything Again"
8 "Badly Madly"
9 "Poison Candy Heart"
10 "The Rabbit"
11 "Where's The Indifference Now?"

Mark Mulcahy -- 2013 Tour Dates
June 22--Solid Sound Festival--North Adams, Massachusetts
June 26--Johnny Brenda's--Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 27--Mercury Lounge--New York, New York
July 12--Spaceland Ballroom--Hamden, Connecticut
July 13--Iron Horse Music Hall--Northampton, Massachusetts
July 25--The Hideout--Chicago, Illinois
July 27--Codfish Hollow Barn--Maquoketa, Iowa
Aug. 28--The Lexington--London, England
Aug. 29--Latest MusicBar--Brighton, England
Aug. 31--End Of The Road Festival--Salisbury, England
Sept. 14--The Barn On Green River--Williamstown, Massachusetts