Shhhh...be very quiet, Ryan Adams is playing. Seriously, Ryan Adams is going on tour and if you do go you really should pay attention to this guy. He's one of the premiere and most prolific songwriters of this era. Adams, is of course, set to release his new record Easy Tiger on June 26th and the dates coincide with the release. I expect we'll see more added later (the publicists love that since they'll get to send out the "MORE DATES!" email), but for now we have the following dates backed by the Cardinals:
Monday, June 18 - Minneapolis MN - Cedar Cultural Center
Wednesday, June 20 - Detroit MI - Gem Theater
Friday, June 22 - Toronto ON - Enmax Theatre
Saturday, June 23 - Burlington VT - Higher Ground
Thursday, June 28 - Philadelphia PA - The Theater of the Living Arts
Friday, June 29 - Boston MA - Somerville Theater
I haven't heard the record yet, but others are already giving it the thumbs up. Q gave the album four stars and wrote "the bad boy is back, and he's really, really good." Rolling Stone noted that "perhaps thanks to maturity, sobriety or both, Adams' voice sounds better than ever." Harp's lead review in the current issue calls the album "easily Adams' most consistent recording." What no Pitchfork rating yet? How am I supposed to know if I like it or not?