David Byrne, St. Vincent, To Bring The ‘Giant’

Not only have the artists collaborated on an album, but they’ve planned a tour to go with it. The fun starts in September. Details after the jump.
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The collaboration, Love this Giant, lands in stores Sept. 11 on 4AD via an exclusive licensing deal from David Byrne’s Todo Mundo label. Recorded over two years, 10 of the album’s 12 tracks were co-written by Byrne and St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark.

What can fans expect from the album? Evidently a lot of horns and rhythm. Word is that the album contains “an explosive brass band” with horn arrangements described as “idiosyncratic” and driven by “John Congleton’s drum programming.”

“There was no delineating what the roles were,” Clark said in a statement. “It’s a collaboration I’m truly proud of.”

This isn’t the first time Byrne and St. Vincent have worked together. After having met during the 2009 “Dark Was The Night” benefit, the artists were asked by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on an evening of music. That turned into something bigger with the pair creating more than a single night’s worth of music. Byrne performed at St. Vincent’s Lincoln Center show in New York City in 2010 and Clark appeared on Byrne’s Here Lies Love album.

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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

Here’s the routing:

Sept. 15 – Minneapolis, Minn., State Theatre
Sept. 16 – Milwaukee, Wis., Riverside Theatre
Sept. 18 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
Sept. 20 – Toronto, Ont., Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept. 21 – Montreal, Quebec, Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste (Pop Montreal)
Sept. 23 – Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 25 – New York City, N.Y., Beacon Theatre
Sept. 26 – New York City, N.Y., Beacon Theatre
Sept. 27 – Upper Darby, Pa., Tower Theatre
Sept. 29 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Williamsburg Park
Sept. 30 – North Bethesda, Md., Music Center At Strathmore
Oct. 2 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 3 – Atlanta, Ga., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Oct. 5 – Austin, Texas, Bass Concert Hall
Oct. 6 – Houston, Texas, Hobby Center
Oct. 7 – Dallas, Texas, McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 10 – San Diego, Calif., Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
Oct. 11 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Arlington Theatre
Oct. 12 – Costa Mesa, Calif., Segerstrom Center For The Arts
Oct. 13 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
Oct. 15 – San Francisco, Calif., Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 17 – Seattle, Wash., 5th Ave. Theatre
Oct. 18 – Portland, Ore., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct. 20 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Centre In Vancouver For Performing Arts

“We’ll be doing these songs and a bunch of songs that we suspect people will know, with a group that includes eight brass players, a keyboardist and a drummer,” Byrne said.

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Universal Hall, Skopje, Macedonia

Tickets for Upper Darby, Brooklyn, Atlanta and San Diego go on sale June 22. For more information, click here for the Love This Giant website.