Phish Plan Tour Behind Release Of Farmhouse

Documentary of popular live band also will debut this spring.

Improvisational jam-rockers Phish will debut material at record stores, concert venues and movie theaters this spring.

Farmhouse, an album with 12 new songs recorded at guitarist Trey Anastasio's barn in Vermont, is scheduled to hit stores May 16. The eclectic rockers will play two shows at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on May 21 and 22 to celebrate the release and will follow up with an 11-city summer tour.

This spring also will see the debut of "Bittersweet Motel," a documentary directed by Todd Phillips, which follows the band on tour and in their home state of Vermont. The film will premiere March 12 at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Though Phish have achieved occasional radio success, as with "Birds of a Feather" (RealAudio excerpt), from Story of a Ghost (1998), the band is best known for its festivallike performances, which have earned them a loyal following.

Their shows feature long, improvisational jams that mix blues, funk and jazz elements with rock. The band frequently incorporates cover songs, such as Chumbawamba's 1997 hit "Tubthumping" (RealAudio excerpt of Phish live version), into its live sets.

Phish are planning to tour again in September, when they will swing out to the West Coast, according to a publicist for the band.

Phish tour dates:

May 21–22; New York, N.Y.; Radio City Music Hall

June 22; Antioch, Tenn.; Amsouth Amphitheatre

June 23–24; Atlanta, Ga.; Lakewood Amphitheatre

June 25; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltel Pavilion

June 28–29; Holmdel, N.J.; PNC Bank Arts Center

June 30–July 1; Hartford, Conn.; Meadows Music Theatre

July 3–4; Camden, N.J.; Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre

July 6; Toronto, Ontario; Molson Amphitheatre

July 7; Burgettstown, Pa.; Star Lake Amphitheatre

July 8; East Troy, Wis.; Alpine Valley

July 10–12; Indianapolis, Ind.; Deer Creek Music Center

July 14–15; Columbus, Ohio; Polaris Amphitheatre