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Why? announces new record, extensive fall tour

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Cincinnati-based indie-rock/hip-hop trio Why? has announced an Oct. 8 release date for its new LP Mumps, Etc. The album follows Sod In The Seed, a six-track EP arriving Aug. 14, marking the band’s first releases since 2009's Eskimo Snow.


Why? recorded Mumps, Etc. near the University of North Texas, borrowing a bit of inspiration from its music school. Mumps includes the sounds of an eight-person choir, woodwinds, a string quartet, and horns all drawn from UNT. But presumably they won't also be crowding onto the tour bus come Aug. 24, when the band kicks off a lengthy tour in Columbia, Missouri.

Aug. 24—The Blue Note—Columbia, Missouri
Aug. 25—Opolis—Norman, Oklahoma
Aug. 26—SOL at Santa Fe Brewing—Santa Fe, New Mexico
Aug. 27—Crescent Ballroom—Phoenix, Arizona
Aug. 28—Echoplex—Los Angeles, California
Aug. 30—Great American Music Hall—San Francisco, CA
Aug. 31—Arcata Playhouse—Arcata, California
Sept. 1—Wonder Ballroom—Portland, Oregon
Sept. 2—Bumbershoot Festival—Seattle, Washington
Sept. 3—Reef—Boise, Idaho
Sept. 4—In the Venue—Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept. 5—The Gothic—Englewood, Colorado
Sept. 6—The Waiting Room—Omaha, Nebraska
Sept. 7—The Granada—Lawrence, Kansas
Sept. 8—Cedar Cultural Center—Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sept. 9—Lincoln Hall—Chicago, Illinois
Sept. 10—Beachland Ballroom—Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 11—The Haunt—Ithaca, New York
Sept. 12—Middle East—Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sept. 13—Music Hall of Williamsburg—Brooklyn, New York
Sept. 14—Union Transfer—Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 15—Motorco Music Hall—Durham, North Carolina
Sept. 16—Grey Eagle—Asheville, North Carolina
Sept. 17—The Earl—Atlanta, Georgia
Sept. 18—Mercy Lounge—Nashville, Tennessee
Oct. 5—New Fall Festival—Düsseldorf, Germany
Oct. 6—L’Abordage—Evreux, France
Oct. 7—Maroquinerie—Paris, France
Oct. 8—Old Market—Brighton, England
Oct. 9—Electric Ballroom—London, England
Oct. 10—Central Methodist Church—Manchester, England
Oct. 11—Fleece—Bristol, England
Oct. 12—SWG3—Glasgow, Scotland
Oct. 13—The Bullingdon—Oxford, England
Oct. 15—Volksbühne—Berlin, Germany
Oct. 18—Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art Black Box Theatre—Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct. 20—Altar—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct. 24—Canal Club—Richmond, Virginia
Oct. 25—40 Watt—Athens, Georgia
Oct. 26—Jack Rabbits—Jacksonville, Florida
Oct. 27—The Social—Orlando, Florida
Oct. 28—Crowbar—Tampa, Florida
Oct. 29—Club Downunder—Tallahassee, Florida
Oct. 30—Alabama Music Box—Mobile, Alabama
Oct. 31—Spanish Moon—Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nov. 1—Walter’s—Houston, Texas
Nov. 2—Sons of Hermann Hall—Dallas, Texas
Nov. 3—Fun Fun Fun Fest—Austin, Texas
Nov. 5—Luminary Arts—St. Louis, Missouri