Thursday, January 7, 2010



3 Song EP Available On iTunes Tuesday, January 12

Los Angeles, CA – Miles Kurosky (ex-Beulah) has announced national tour dates for March and April following the release of his solo debut, The Desert of Shallow Effects, March 9 on Majordomo Records / Shout! Factory. Touring with a full band, Miles will be hitting several major markets, including Austin, TX for SXSW. These dates will be the first chance in several years for fans to see Miles perform live. A 3-song EP preview of the album will be available exclusively on iTunes starting Tuesday, January 12.

For Miles Kurosky, former leader of indie-rock heroes Beulah, the six years since the demise of the San Francisco-based band have been tumultuous. In addition to writing the most personal and sophisticated music of his career, he got married, but also suffered from severe shoulder problems that made playing the guitar—and even lifting his arm—impossible and required two reconstructive surgeries. Then, just as he was recuperating, that horror was followed by kidney troubles that also required hospital time. “When you're having a surgery every few months for a couple years, you don’t do anything, really,” says Miles, explaining the lengthy break between Beulah’s final release and his first solo. “You just kind of hang around. Your main thing is not being in pain.”

For Kurosky, the period dominated by his illnesses and convalescence provided ample time for self-reflection and an opportunity to reassess his identity. “I wanted to evolve,” he says. “We all want to be something greater than what we truly are when we stare at ourselves naked in the mirror.” It ultimately emerged as a larger-than-life post-pop masterwork, its tracks a pastiche of all manner of stringed instruments and keyboards, horns and percussion—all in service to the voice and words of Miles Kurosky.

For fans of Beulah who’ve been wondering for so long now when that band’s creative center would re-emerge and what direction he might take, The Desert of Shallow Effects, produced by Kurosky and former Beulah member Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Why?), will feel comfortable but also surprising and fresh. “To me this album sounds like a logical progression, almost as if I was still in Beulah and I took it to another level. I think it’s different but only because I’m different as a human being and as a songwriter.”

Miles Kurosky Tour Dates
March 16 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern
March 17, 18, 19 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
March 20 - Houston, TX - Rudyards
March 22 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
March 24 - Washington, DC - DC 9
March 25 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
March 26 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
March 27 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
March 29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
March 30 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
April 1 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
April 2 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
April 3 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
April 5 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
April 7 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
April 8 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
April 9 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
April 10 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor

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