by Andrew Frisicano

PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Stubb's in Austin - March 21, 2009 (zenametalz)
PJ Harvey

In a rare US appearance, Polly Jean Harvey took the stage looking like a straight-jacketed geisha, and delivered a set of mostly new material - at turns crying, laughing and screaming - one minute delivering lines like "there's no more laughter in the garden," with a tiny, childlike voice and the next, snarling "stick it up your fucking ass," with an empowered roar. The crowd responded with riotous screams and applause, and she humbly, quietly thanked them each time. When she announced that the next song would be their last, the audience loudly protested, and she tried to explain that everyone was being kept to strict time slots. To the chants of "come back soon," she had no reply. -[Creative Loafing]

PJ Harvey & John Parish playned Stubb's in Austin for SXSW on Saturday, March 21st, a performance that was met with mostly positive reviews.

The pair (with full band) will play two more stateside shows, including this Thursday (3/26) at The Fillmore At Irving Plaza in NYC. The dates, in advance of A Woman A Man Walked By, out March 31th on Island Records, prelude Harvey's UK/Europe tour in April and May.

SXSW setlist and all tour dates below...

Mar. 21, 2009 - PJ Harvey & John Parish @ SXSW setlist (from NME)
Black Hearted Love
Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen
Urn With Dead Flowers In A Drained Pool
The Soldier
Leaving California
A Woman A Man Walked By
Cracks In The Canvas
Pig Will Not

PJ Harvey and John Parish - 2009 Tour Dates
March 23 - El Rey in LA
March 26 - Irving Plaza in NYC
Wednesday April 15th - Corn Exchange, Brighton, UK
Thursday April 16th - Brookes University, Oxford, UK
Saturday April 18th - Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK
Monday April 20th - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Monday April 21st - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Wednesday April 22nd -Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
Friday April 24th - Ritz, Manchester, UK
Sunday April 26th - Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Friday May 1st - Spain, Murcia, Festival Estrella Levante SOS 4.8
Saturday May 2nd - Portugal, Porto - Casa Da Musica
Monday May 4th - Italy, Milan
Wednesday May 6th - Germany, Stuttgart
Thursday May 7th - Germany, Berlin - Passionskirche
Saturday May 9th - Sweden, Stockholm - Nalen
Sunday May 10th - Norway, Oslo - Rockefeller
Monday May 11th - Denmark, Copenhagen Vega
Wednesday May 13th - Holland, Amsterdam - Paradiso
Thursday May 14th - Belgium, Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
Sunday May 17th - France, Paris - Bataclan
Monday May 18th - France, Paris - Bataclan