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    Billy Bragg Storms North America, UK David Nadelle reports: The guilty pleasure of hearing our
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      Billy Bragg Storms North America, UK

      David Nadelle reports:
      The guilty pleasure of hearing our idols shout out the customary
      "Thank you (local town)!" in person pales in comparison to seeing
      Billy Bragg, who can prattle on profoundly and endlessly about
      city-centric issues no matter where he's playing. See, Billy Bragg
      cares.

      Never really in fashion but always with full of passion, Bragg can
      walk the walk. Soon he will be walking, or busing, around North
      America on a brief SXSW-centric tour, supported by Jill Sobule, who we
      hear kissed a girl once in the mid-90s. He'll also make an appearance
      on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on March 15.

      The trek is in celebration of Yep Roc's massive Bragg awareness
      campaign, which includes reissues of his back catalog in both box set
      and a la carte form. (The box set is available tomorrow, March 7.)

      The Bard of Barking will have a busy SXSW, hitting up a soup kitchen,
      an art gallery, and a church, in addition to being interviewed and
      playing a standard showcase set, all in just two days. Shows those
      trendy young 'uns who's boss, don't it?

      After the Stateside trek, Bragg will take almost a month off before
      embarking on the anti-fascist Hope Not Hate UK tour, alongside
      ex-Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan and Mercury Prize nominee Seth
      Lakemen. Since Billy Bragg without politics is like the Ying Yang
      Twins without sex, the tour is sponsored by the Amicus, GMB, RMT and
      Unison unions and from the Left Field, Love Music Hate Racism,
      Searchlight, and Unite Against Fascism campaigns. So if you're a
      fascist, stay home and boss your little brother around.

      Help Save the Youth of America...and Canada and England and Wales and
      Isle of Man and Scotland and Ireland...

      03-11 Toronto, Ontario - The Opera House
      03-17 Austin, TX - Caritas Community Kitchen (South by Soup Fest)
      03-17 Austin, TX - Austin Convention Center (SXSW interview)
      03-17 Austin, TX - Cedar Street Courtyard (KUT-FM SXSW showcase) &%
      03-18 Austin, TX - Yard Dog Gallery (Yep Roc/Harp SXSW day party) @
      03-18 Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church (Hootenanny) &$
      03-19 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café *
      03-20 Chicago, IL - Double Door *
      03-21 Ann Arbor, IL - The Ark *
      03-23 Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre *
      03-24 New York, NY - New York Society for Ethical Culture *
      03-25 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre *
      03-26 Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere *
      03-27 Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere *
      04-23 Wolverhampton, England - Wulfrun Hall #
      04-24 Sheffield, England - Sheffield City Hall #
      04-25 Bradford, England - Bradford University #
      04-26 Liverpool, England - Liverpool Carling Academy #
      04-28 Manchester, England - Bridgewater Hall #
      04-29 Gateshead, England - Gateshead Sage #
      04-30 Cardiff, Wales - St. Davids Hall #
      05-01 Barking, England - Barking Broadway #
      05-03 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire #
      05-04 Leicester, England - De Montfort Hall #
      05-05 Douglas, Isle of Man - Douglas Villa Marina #
      05-07 Edinburgh, Scotland - Usher Hall #
      05-31 Exeter, England - Exeter University Lemon Grove #
      06-02 Cheltenham, England - Wychwood Festival #
      06-03 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street #

      & with Jolie Holland
      % with the Klezmatics, Sonya Kitchell, Brandi Carlile
      @ with Marah, Cities, Robert Skoro, Jake Brennan & the Confidence Men,
      Ian Moore, Chatham County Line, Tres Chicas, American Princes
      $ with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Tim Fite, Joe Henry, Busdriver
      * with Jill Sobule
      # with Ian McLagan, Seth Lakeman

      * Billy Bragg: http://www.billybragg.co.uk/
      * Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com/
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