M. Ward @ SXSW 2008 (more)
M Ward

Merge Records will host their 2012 SXSW showcase at Frank on Friday, March 16th, kicking things off in a big way with M. Ward OPENING the show at 7:30pm. In order, it looks like this:

M. Ward
Eleanor Friedberger
the Love Language
Crooked Fingers
Imperial Teen

Imperial Teen headlines, and Merge hints there may be a big surprise (though that surprise will not be the Magnetic Fields who have a showcase at ACL Live that night).

The showcase will be one of at least four SXSW shows for M. Ward who is also playing Central Presbyterian Church (again) on March 14th and Auditorium Shores (again) with The Shins on March 15th (5:45PM Little Hurricane, 6:45PM M. Ward, 8:00PM The Shins).

After SXSW, Matt heads out on a tour around Coachella. Those dates are listed below along with a stream of "Primitive Girl" from the forthcoming "A Wasteland Companion".

Eleanor Friedberger is also playing other shows (TBA), and will be back in Austin on a tour with Hospitality who also have more SXSW shows TBA.

The Clean aren't playing SXSW, but the Merge-signed band will be in Austin for Chaos in Tejas this year as part of a just-announced tour with their labelmates Times New Viking.

M Ward song and dates below...

M. Ward - Primitive Girl (Single Version) by MergeRecords

"Primitive Girl" features M. Ward on vocal, piano and guitar, John Parish on percussion/marimba, Mike Mogis on organ, and Susan Sanchez providing backing vocals.

M Ward - post SXSW Tour dAtes
April 11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
April 12 Santa Cruz, CA The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom
April 13 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**
April 14 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo **SOLD OUT**
April 16 San Diego, CA Belly Up
April 17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
April 18 Flagstaff, AZ The Orpheum
April 20 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**
May 5 Portland, ME State Theatre
May 6 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
May 7 New Haven, CT Toads Place
May 8 Boston, MA House of Blues
May 11 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
May 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
May 15 Durham, NC Duke Performances at Page Auditorium
May 16 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
May 17 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
May 18 Gulf Shores, AL Hang Out Music Festival
May 20 Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival
May 22 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
May 23 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
May 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Jonathan Richman supports 4/11
fIREHOSE supports 4/12, 4/16-4/18
Lee Ranaldo Band supports 5/5-5/22

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