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M. Ward's A Wasteland Companion in stores, performs on KCRW & Conan today!

M. Ward's A Wasteland Companion in stores, performs on KCRW & Conan today! M.M. Ward's highly anticipated new solo album A Wasteland Companion is in stores today, April 10. To celebrate, listen to the archived KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio session here. The release day festivities continue with a live performance tonight on Conan, which airs at 11pm Eastern/10pm Central on TBS.

In their introduction to the "First Listen," NPR describes M. Ward:
Some musicians write for car stereos; others for laptops, boom boxes or weight-room sound systems. M. Ward writes for beat-up transistor radios, as if he were sending his songs hurtling backward through time and space, to a point where music coexists with a ghostly, almost otherworldly crackle.

NPR's Morning Edition also interviewed M. Ward about his inspirations and traveling.

Watch the video for "The First Time I Ran Away" and order A Wasteland Companion on CD or LP now in the Merge store, or at your local record store.

M. Ward on tour:
April 11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
April 12 Santa Cruz, CA The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom
April 13 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**
April 14 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo **SOLD OUT**
April 16 San Diego, CA Belly Up **SOLD OUT**
April 17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
April 18 Flagstaff, AZ The Orpheum
April 20 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**
May 5 Portland, ME State Theatre
May 6 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
May 7 New Haven, CT Toads Place
May 8 Boston, MA House of Blues
May 11 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
May 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
May 15 Durham, NC Duke Performances at Page Auditorium
May 16 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
May 17 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
May 18 Gulf Shores, AL Hang Out Music Festival
May 20 Nelsonville, OH NelsonvilleĀ Music Festival
May 22 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
May 23 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
May 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
May 26 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
May 27 George, WA Sasquatch Festival

Jonathan Richman supports 4/11
fIREHOSE supports 4/12, 4/16-4/18
Lee Ranaldo Band supports 5/5-5/22