Mike Doughty Puts Aside Solo Record To Play Clubs, Colleges

Ex-Soul Coughing singer will be joined at one show by Violent Femmes, They Might Be Giants.

Ex-Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty (formerly M. Doughty) will break from working on a solo record to play a monthlong spring tour.

Doughty, who was last heard on BT's single "Never Gonna Come Back Down," will play acoustic renditions of Soul Coughing songs and solo material on the outing of clubs and colleges.

The singer will by joined by the Violent Femmes and They Might Be Giants on April 19 and by G Love & Special Sauce May 1 and 3.

Since Soul Coughing disbanded a year ago (see "Soul Coughing Calls It A Day"), Doughty has mounted two solo tours, collaborated with They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh on "A Frog Playing a Banjo" for a CD accompanying the current issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and composed the soundtrack to the trailer promoting the sixth annual Gen Art Film Festival.

Skittish, Doughty's 1995 solo album featuring a cover of Mary J. Blige's "Real Love," was also finally officially released last year on the artist's Web site, www.superspecialquestions.com, where he is an active participant in bulletin board discussions (see "Doughty Selling Acoustic Solo Album Online").

Doughty is a noted author as well. He writes frequent columns and features for the New York Press, and his first book of original poetry, "Slanky," will be published by Soft Skull Press in the fall.

Regarding the decision to use his real first name for the time as an artist, Doughty wrote on his Web site, "I kind of had an epiphany in Southeast Asia. I wanted to have a first name like all the other kids. Nobody actually has to call me Mike, unless they want to. The point is that I'm Mike to me."

Mike Doughty tour dates, according to his publicist:

  • 4/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar

  • 4/16 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall

  • 4/17 - College Park, MD @ Colony Ballroom

  • 4/19 - Providence, RI @ Meehan Auditorium

  • 4/21 - Long Branch, NJ @ Hooligan's

  • 4/24 - Somerville, MA @ Lilli's

  • 4/25 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

  • 4/26 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

  • 4/29 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's

  • 5/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

  • 5/3 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's

  • 5/5 - Nashville, TN @ Nashville River Stages

  • 5/8 - Chicago, IL @ Martyrs'

  • 5/9 - Chicago, IL @ Martyrs'

  • 5/10 - Madison, WI @ Stage Door

  • 5/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue