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Hear Smith Westerns’ Sad, Starry ‘Idol’

From the bands forthcoming third album, 'Soft Will'

picture-18927-1372868491By: Jordan Sargent // June 12, 2013

Roughly two weeks out from the release of their third album, Soft Will, Smith Westerns have released a third song from the record: the forlorn “Idol.” Lightly swathed in reverb, the track has a starry glint — a blueprint revealed on previous leaks “Varisty” and “3am Spiritual.” But “Idol” features a sighing hook, one of the group’s strongest to date.

The Chicago threesome will head out on tour starting in mid-July. Dates are below.

Smith Westerns 2013 tour dates:

July 19 – Madison, WI @ Live on King Street
July 21 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
July 23 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
July 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
July 27 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 28 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
July 29 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
August 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 5 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
August 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
August 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
August 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
August 11 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
August 12 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
August 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
August 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
August 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
August 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
October 4-6 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
October 11-13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival