Following European festival dates and an arena tour with U2, acclaimed artist PJ Harvey returns to the U.S. for an intimate headline tour in September.
Harvey will perform in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities in support of her current release, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Harvey will also make a guest performance on The Tonight Show on September 19th.
Stories has received tremendous critical praise in the U.S. and internationally since its release last October. In addition to numerous press accolades (the release was on the Top 10 lists of premiere publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal), Stories has recently been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. This annual awards ceremony celebrates the best in British music, and the winner will be announced on September 11th. Other nominees include Radiohead’s Amnesiac, Basement Jaxx’s Rooty & Gorillaz’s self-titled debut album.
Harvey’s forthcoming single, “This is Love” will also be featured on the upcoming ‘Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back’ soundtrack, out August 7th. The film, from acclaimed indie director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), will be released on August 24th.
Moreover, PJ Harvey will join a panel of judges at this year’s prestigious Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. As a juror, she will view the International Video Competition’s submissions, along with other jurors (including Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiro Suwa, the English independent producer Keith Griffith and Massimiliano Fuksas, the Director of the Biennale of Architecture in Venice).
Her live shows have always garnered incredible reviews, and the September dates promise to deliver more of her trademark raw energy. Rolling Stone previously noted, “PJ, gorgeous and upbeat, treated fans [by] culling cuts from her latest (Stories) and earlier gems.” About her performance at Sydney’s Big Day Out Festival, NME remarked, “PJ Harvey is at her poetic best on one of the two main stages, with most naming her the performer of the festival.”