Smith Westerns – “Idol”

Last week we talked to Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori about his band’s forthcoming LP, Soft Will, which is definitely (for me, anyway) one of the summer’s most anticipated new releases. We’ve already heard two tracks from the album — “Varsity” and “3AM Spiritual” — and they’re both excellent. Now, we’ve got one more before the thing drops in earnest in two weeks. “Idol” is a gauzy, blissful update of ’70s AM-radio pop: a little bit ELO, a little bit Big Star. Yeah, it’s pretty great. Listen, and peep tour dates, below.

Smith Westerns tour dates:

07/19 Madison, Wi @ King St Live (FREE)
07/20 Louisville, KY @ Headliners
07/21 Nashville, TN @ Exit In
07/23 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
07/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
07/27 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
07/28 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
07/29 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
07/31 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (Lolla Official Aftershow)
08/02 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/05 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
08/06 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
08/07 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08/09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
08/10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
08/11 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
08/12 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08/15 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
08/16 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
08/17 Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
08/20 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
10/04-10/06 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/11-10/13 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

Soft Will is out 6/25 via Mom & Pop.