Acclaimed folk-rock act Blitzen Trapper has announced plans for a summer tour as work on their next album continues. The month-long trek kicks off...

Acclaimed folk-rock act Blitzen Trapper has announced plans for a summer tour as work on their next album continues. The month-long trek kicks off July 9 at Harlow’s Night Club in Sacramento, CA, and wraps up with a performance at the August 1-2 festival Pickathon in Happy Valley, OR.

Along the way, the band will stop for a July 13 concert at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA, as well as a July 19 performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL, and a July 30 gig at Richard’s On Richards Cabaret in Vancouver, BC, among other dates.

Blitzen Trapper is also scheduled to hit the stage later in the season for a September 28 concert at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and an October 2 set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX. Both those performances follow a handful of late summer shows in Europe with Andrew Bird and in the UK with Fleet Foxes.

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The folk-rock sextet is still touring behind their September 2008 breakthrough album, “Furr,” which slipped on to the lower registers of the Billboard 200 at No. 189 and peaked at No. 6 on the Top Heatseekers chart. The album received critical acclaim, notably placing at No. 13 on Rolling Stone‘s “Best Albums of 2008” list, while the title single featured at No. 4 on the magazine’s “100 Best Singles of 2008.”

While the tour’s nightly set list will draw heavily on last year’s material, fans can also expect to hear some new tracks during the summer tour. The band is currently working on their fifth album, which is still untitled and doesn’t have a projected release date at this time.

Wolfgang's Vault - Get Skinned“Eric [Earley, Blitzen Trapper’s principal songwriter] has been busy recording the follow-up to Furr. He’s doing it with our friend Mike Coykendall, who is M. Ward’s go-to guy and who lives in the neighborhood,” explained Marty Marquis, who plays guitar and keyboards and shares vocal duties, on the band’s official Web site.

“The songs are going to blow your minds, and because they’re recorded to fat tape there is much more sonic information to enjoy,” Marquis continued, adding later, “Pretty sure we’ll play some of it on the road later this year.”

Blitzen Trapper self-released its self-titled debut in 2003 and two additional albums — 2004’s “Field Rexx” and 2007’s “Wild Mountain Nation” — before signing to Sub Pop for “Furr.”

Blitzen Trapper itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

July 9Sacramento, CAHarlow’s Night Club
July 10Visalia, CACellar Door
July 11Santa Barbara, CAVelvet Jones
July 12Los Angeles, CAKCRW’S World Festival @ Hollywood Bowl
July 13Solana Beach, CABelly Up Tavern
July 15Aspen, COBelly Up Aspen
July 18Iowa City, IAThe Picador
July 19Chicago, ILPitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park
July 20Milwaukee, WIPabst Theater
July 21Fargo, NDThe Aquarium
July 24Boise, IDNeurolux
July 25Kennewick, WARed Room
July 30Vancouver, BCRichard’s On Richards Cabaret
August 1 – 2Happy Valley, ORPickathon @ Pendarvis Farm
September 28Los Angeles, CAEl Rey Theatre
October 2Austin, TXAustin City Limits Music Festival @ Zilker Park

Last Updated on June 2, 2009 by By Allison Reitz