By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Following a New Year’s Eve performance at Radio City Music Hall for the second year in a row, moe. will tour this winter in support of their new album “Sticks and Stones,” beginning Jan. 17 in San Francisco. The first leg wraps Feb. 2 in Boston.

“Sticks and Stones” features eight new songs that have never been performed live and two previously unreleased songs. Produced by the band and John Siket (Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, Yo La Tango), who worked with the band on several of their records, including “Dither” (2001), “Sticks and Stones” will be released on moe.’s record label Fatboy Records on Jan. 22. The album will also be available in limited edition vinyl, a first for the band.

“The material differs quite a bit from ‘The Conch’ and ‘Wormwood,’ which were largely cultivated from songs nurtured through live improvisation,” said guitarist Al Schnier in a statement. “The songs that comprise ‘Sticks and Stones’ are much more straight, like many classic songs in the moe. canon, and have a roots rock quality to them as opposed to the more progressive rock element of ‘The Conch.’”

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moe. itinerary:
12/30/07 Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York
12/31/07 Radio City Music Hall New York
1/17/08 Fillmore San Francisco
1/18/08 House of Blues West Hollywood
1/19/08 The Grove of Anaheim Anaheim
1/24/08 The Pageant St. Louis
1/26/08 The Eagles Club Milwaukee
1/27/08 First Avenue Minneapolis
1/30/08 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus
1/31/08 The Town Ballroom Buffalo
2/01/08 Electric Factory Philadelphia
2/02/08 Orpheum Theatre Boston