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Spring North America shows with yMusic

The Ben Folds-yMusic juggernaut rolls on into 2016, with the previously-announced tour of the United Kingdom in June, and new dates in the United States and Canada in April and May.

Shows featuring Folds and the Brooklyn-based sextet are at a variety of halls and theatres ranging from small standing-only clubs to grand auditoriums including the Kennedy Center. The tour visits a number of rarely, or never-before, visited cities including Montreal, where Ben last performed in June of 1997, and Hampton, New Hampshire, a small seaside resort town with about fifteen thousand residents.

A feature of the tour is the availability of a limited number of Soundcheck packages at a premium price (somewhere north of $200 per ticket), but which include admission to the pre-show sound check, seating in the first few rows, a pre-show cocktail reception and a post-show meet & greet, an autographed So There CD and a signed print of one of Ben’s original black and white photographs. (more…)

A five-hour energy drink on tightly-wound strings

Ben Folds

Ben Folds

That’s how NPR music critic Bob Boilen describes Capable of Anything, the first track from the Ben Folds/yMusic album So There, which dropped today on NPR’s All Songs Considered website.

Calling it “the most lovable piece of music I’ve ever heard from Ben Folds,” Boilen praises how yMusic fills in and punctuates the lyrics, which Ben says are about needing to accept and embrace the things you purport to be capable of doing – even the ones that you’re not so proud of. Indeed, the song is a piano romp backed up seamlessly by the lilting flute and neo-baroque winds and strings that yMusic brings to the mix.

The album So There is slated for a September 11 release. Folds and yMusic continue their summer tour.