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 2122; New York, N.Y.; Radio City Music Hall
June 22; Antioch, Tenn.; Amsouth Amphitheatre
June 2324; Atlanta, Ga.; Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 25; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltel Pavilion
June 2829; Holmdel, N.J.; PNC Bank Arts Center
June 30July 1; Hartford, Conn.; Meadows Music Theatre
July 34; 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 1012; Indianapolis, Ind.; Deer Creek Music Center
July 1415; Columbus, Ohio; Polaris Amphitheatre