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Video: Kevin Morby, "Harlem River"

Kansas City native Kevin Morby has been kicking around the Brooklyn rock scene for the past five years, playing bass in long-time psych-folk band Woods and sharing front-person duties with ex-Vivian Girls member Cassie Ramone in The Babies. Around Thanksgiving last year, he dropped his first solo album via Woods-affiliated imprint Woodsist—a narrative-driven "homage to New York City" with the sort of sparse, clean production that really showcases his skills as a songwriter and wordsmith. Here's a vaguely Hawaiian hula-themed, Adarsha Benjamin-directed video for the suspensefully unfolding title track "Harlem River," featuring a lyrical nod to Lou Reed's "Heroin" (I think) and co-starring actress Jena Malone (for some reason). Tourdates below.

01/23 Chicago, IL – Schubas *
01/24 Madison, WI – The Frequency *
01/25 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry *
01/27 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
01/28 Norman, OK – Opolis *
01/29 Austin, TX – Mohawk Inside *
01/31 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
02/01 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
02/03 Long Beach, CA – Carpenter House
02/04 San Francisco – Woodshoppe @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall

* = w/ Cate Le Bon

Video: Kevin Morby, "Harlem River"