by J.D. Reager
This week, '90s alt-rock/power-pop stalwarts the Posies and acclaimed Raconteurs co-frontman Brendan Benson announced plans for a massive co-headlining fall tour of Europe and the United States. Both artists will be promoting new albums; Benson's latest, My Old, Familiar Friend, was released last week, while the Posies will unveil Blood/Candy, the group's first collection of new material in more than five years, on September 28.
Both artists also have strong ties to the Memphis area. Posies co-founders Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer performed off-and-on for the last 15+ years in the latter-day incarnation of Memphis' now legendary Big Star along with Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens. Meanwhile, the Raconteurs' Grammy-nominated 2006 debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, was mixed at local hit factory Ardent Studios.
Benson also recently joined Stringfellow, Auer and Stephens on stage at last May's Big Star tribute concert at the Levitt Shell, as this shaky fan video shows:
The Posies/Brendan Benson tour will roll through Memphis on November 2st1 for an appearance at Minglewood Hall. For ticket information, visit www.minglewoodhall.com.