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NEWS : FRI, AUG 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Beach House’s “Depression Cherry” Is Out Today

Release day is finally here for Beach House’s new album, Depression Cherry.  Today we celebrate in the fashion of our time: by selling and/or giving away to you, a bunch of awesome shit.  Won’t you pick up some (or all) of what we’re layin’ down? 

- Super limited white vinyl editions of the Depression Cherry LP are waiting to be discovered in randomly selected retail stores across the U.S.  We’ve asked that these magical unicorns be given away for free, by raffle, contest or other creative means.  So please contact/visit your local purveyor of fine records to partake in this event.

All velvet, all the time. Special edition velvet posters will also be given away at select retail stores! Check with your local retailer for availability to SEE these beauties.At some point in the not-really-all-that-distant future, these fuzzy, red posters will be available for sale in our very own Mega Mart.

Plus!

Sirius XMU hourly plays.  Every hour, Sirius XMU will play a Beach House track, all weekend long, starting at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT.

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Depression Cherry is now available on CD / LP/ DL from Sub Pop (North America), Bella Union (Europe) and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand)

The Beach House worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherry resumes Saturday, August 29th in Baltimore, MD with a performance at the sold-out Windjammer Festival at Pier Six Pavilion and end their 2015 dates with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore.

LP and CD versions of Depression Cherry are packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve. All customers who purchase the LP version of Depression Cherry from megamart.subpop.com will receive the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition (while supplies last). Additionally, there is a new T-shirt design, available individually or as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record. Depression Cherry is also available from iTunes and Amazon.

Tour Dates:

Aug. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Windjammer @ Pier Six Pavilion #  [Sold Out]

Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **

Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s **

Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre **

Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre **

Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue [Sold Out] **

Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **

Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown **

Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall **

Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant **

Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall **

Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom **

Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues

Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre

Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn **

Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium **

Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre **

Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **

Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom [Sold Out] **

Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall

Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street

Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC

Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz

Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival

Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso

Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB

Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria

Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier

Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves

Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene

Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn

Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis

Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega

Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1

Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s

Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz

Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks

Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo

Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera

Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén

Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira

Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

** w/ Jessica Pratt

# w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more

For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, AUG 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM

Beach House share Single Finder & Setlist Creator

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Beach House have announced two new interactive features, a “Single Finder” & “Setlist Creator,”  which you can experience now via their website, BeachHouseBaltimore.com.
 
The “Single Finder” allows Beach House fans to choose 3 of their favorite songs from the group’s extensive catalog and enter them into the device. The “Single Finder” will then use an algorithm to choose a “single” from Depression Cherry that is right for you (more info here).
 
Meanwhile, the “Setlist Creator” allows fans to choose three songs they’d like Beach House to play at a show they’re attending on their upcoming tour. The band’s setlist changes nightly, with some songs played a few times per tour. While there are no guarantees Beach House will play each of these fan selections, the “Setlist Creator” will help influence their set lists along the tour (more info here).
 

[photo credit:  Shawn Brackbill]

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Depression Cherry will be available on CD / LP/ DL on August 28th. LP and CD versions of Depression Cherry will come packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve. (yes, that IS velvet) All pre-orderers of the LP via megamart.subpop.com will receive the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition (while supplies last, of course).

 
Tour Dates
Aug. 18 - Portland, ME - State Theatre *
Aug. 19 - Northampton, MA  - Pearl Street Nightclub *
Aug. 20 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
Aug. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
Aug. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s *
Aug. 24 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall *
Aug. 25 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *
Aug. 26 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *
Aug. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Windjammer @ Pier Six Pavilion #  [Sold Out]
Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s **
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre **
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre **
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue [Sold Out] **
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown **
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall **
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant **
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall **
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom **
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn **
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium **
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre **
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom [Sold Out] **
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre  [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]


* w/ Romantic States
** w/ Jessica Pratt
# w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more


For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JUL 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Listen to “Sparks,” from Beach House’s upcoming album ‘Depression Cherry’

“Sparks” is Beach House’s first single from Depression Cherry [listen here] - premiered earlier today on SiriusXM’sSiriusXMU channel.  Already it has earned raves from the likes of NPR MusicStereogum, and more. 

So you’re probably thinking, “I want to OWN it, not just listen to it!”  And rightly so.  “Sparks” will be available later tonight (at 12am EDT/9pm PDT) as an instant download with pre-orders of Depression Cherry from the Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, and Amazon.  

Depression Cherry was produced and recorded over the span of two months by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Beach House will start their worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherry August 18th in Portland, ME at the State Theatre and end their 2015 dates with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. Please find a complete list of dates below.
 
LP and CD versions of Depression Cherry will come packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Depression Cherry from megamart.subpop.com will receive the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design, available individually or as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
 
Tour Dates
Aug. 18 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
Aug. 19 - Northampton, MA  - Pearl Street Nightclub
Aug. 20 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Aug. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Aug. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s
Aug. 24 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
Aug. 25 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Aug. 26 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Aug. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Windjammer @ Pier Six Pavilion*
Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
* w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more
 
For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAY 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Beach House’s ‘Depression Cherry’ Out August 28th

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Beach House are set to release Depression Cherry, the band’s fifth album, on CD / LP / DL August 28th in North America on Sub Pop Records. The album will also be available in Europe from Bella Union and from Mistletone in Australia and New Zealand. Depression Cherry, featuring the highlights “Sparks,” “Space Song,” “PPP” and “Days of Candy,” was produced and recorded by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
 
Beach House will start their worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherry, beginning August 18th in Portland, ME at State Theatre and end their 2015 dates December 18th in San Francisco at the Fillmore. Please find a complete list of dates below.
 
Depression Cherry is now available for preorder in North America from the Sub Pop Mega Mart. LP and CD versions of the album will come packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Depression Cherry from megamart.subpop.com will receive the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design, available individually or as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
 Album w/ red velvet sleeve.
About Beach House:
 
Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. We have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our fifth full-length record. This record follows the release of our self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010, and Bloom in 2012. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon’s and Roy Orbison’s death.
 
In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream andBloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.

Here are a few quotes that we feel relate to the feeling and themes of this record:

— “I’ll never be able to be here again. As the minutes slide by, I move on. The flow of time is something I cannot stop. I haven’t a choice. I go. One caravan has stopped, another starts up. There are people I have yet to meet, others I’ll never see again. People who are gone before you know it, people who are just passing through. Even as we exchange hellos, they seem to grow transparent. I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes.” - from Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
— “We inhabit a world in which the future promises endless possibilities and the past lies irretrievably behind us. The arrow of time… is the medium of creativity in terms of which life can be understood.” - fromThe Arrow of Time by Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield
— “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” - from Parerga and Paralipomena by Arthur Schopenhauer
— “Hark, now hear the sailors cry, feel the air and see the sky, let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic…
…when the fog horn blows, I want to hear it, I don’t have to fear it” - from “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

Here is the track listing with selected lyrics.

1. Levitation – “The branches of the trees, they will hang lower now, you will grow too quick, then you will get over it”
2. Sparks - “It’s a gift, taken from the lips, you live again”
3. Space Song - “What makes this fragile world go ‘round, were you ever lost, was she ever found?”
4. Beyond Love - “They take the simple things inside you and put nightmares in your hands”
5. 10:37 - “ Here she comes, all parts of everything, stars in the motherhand”
6. PPP - “Did you see it coming, it happened so fast, the timing was perfect, water on glass…”
7. Wildflower - “ What’s left you make something of it”
8. Bluebird - “I would not ever try to capture you”
9. Days of Candy - “I know it comes too soon, the universe is riding off with you…… I want to know you there, the universe is riding off with you.”

For us, Depression Cherry is a color, a place, a feeling, an energy… that describes the place you arrive as you move through the endlessly varied trips of existence…

 
Tour Dates
Aug. 18 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
Aug. 19 - Northampton, MA  - Pearl Street Nightclub
Aug. 20 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Aug. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Aug. 22 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small’s
Aug. 24 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
Aug. 25 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Aug. 26 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 10  - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Dec. 18  - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
 
For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUL 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

CANADA! Beach House are Coming Your Way (Lucky You!)

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“The Northern Exposure Tour,” Beach House’s first-ever headlining tour through Alaska and Canada, begins September 18th in Anchorage, AK at Bear Tooth and ends on October 11th in Halifax, NS at The Marquee Club. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

Beach House have always wanted to tour in the “The Last Frontier” and the “True North” on previous tours, but until now scheduling has proven too great an obstacle. They’re very excited to finally play live in intimate settings throughout these previously unexplored Alaskan and Canadian provinces. 

Beach House’s Bloom, the band’s fourth album, is available now in North America from Sub Pop Records.

About Beach House:
Beach House is Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand and Bloom is the band’s most recent album. Like their previous releases (Beach House in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010), it further develops their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work.

The landscape of Bloom was largely designed on the road, between the countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two years of tour. Throughout this period, melodies, chords, rhythms, words, and textures surfaced in moments of their own choosing. These spontaneous ideas were later gathered and developed in Baltimore, Maryland where the band lives and works (read more at Sub Pop).

Tour Dates
Sep. 18 - Anchorage, AK - Bear Tooth
Sep. 21 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
Sep. 24 - Nelson, BC - Spiritbar
Sep. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Sep. 27 - Calgary, AB - Republik
Sep. 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub
Sep. 30 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
Oct. 01 - Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
Oct. 03 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Oct. 05 - Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre
Oct. 07 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Plaza
Oct. 09 - Quebec, QC - Le Cercle
Oct. 10 - Fredericton, NB - The Playhouse
Oct. 11 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee Club
 
For more information on tickets, please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/.



Posted by Sam Sawyer