(Photo: Alex Marks)

Wye Oak has taken a page from Radiohead, Beyoncé, and everyone else in music these days and dropped a surprise record. Called Tween, the record isn’t exactly the next step in the band’s musical evolution, with all of the tracks written and subsequently scrapped between the group’s 2011 record, Civilian, and its 2014 LP, Shriek. That languishing doesn’t make them junk, though, and all the tracks have been repurposed since their shelving. As the group’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack note in a press release, the songs are “not emblematic of a step forward, but a step sideways in time.”

Tween is available on streaming services like Spotify, and is available for physical pre-order via Merge Records’ website. The group is also on tour this summer and fall, and dates are below.

Wye Oak tour 2016

Jun 16—The Outer Space—Hamden, CT
Jun 17—Johnny Brenda’s—Philadelphia, PA
Jun 18—Fete Lounge—Providence, RI
Jun 19—The Sinclair—Cambridge, MA
Jun 21—Warsaw—Brooklyn, NY
Jun 22—Rock And Roll Hotel—Washington, DC
Jun 23—The Ottobar—Baltimore, MD
Jun 25—Mercy Lounge—Nashville, TN
Jun 26—Terminal West—Atlanta, GA
Jul 7—Low Spirits—Albuquerque, NM
Jul 8—Bluebird Theater—Denver, CO
Jul 9—Urban Lounge—Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 10—The Olympic Venue—Boise, ID
Jul 11—The Bartlett—Spokane, WA
Jul 12—Neumos—Seattle, WA
Jul 13—Doug Fir Lounge—Portland, OR
Jul 15—Great American Music Hall—San Francisco, CA
Jul 16—Teragram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA
Jul 17—Casbah—San Diego, CA
Jul 18—The Crescent Ballroom—Phoenix, AZ
Jul 29—The Opolis—Norman, OK
Jul 30—Record Bar—Kansas City, MO
Jul 31—Fine Line Music Café—Minneapolis, MN
Aug 2—Turner Hall—Milwaukee, WI
Aug 3—Thalia Hall—Chicago, IL
Aug 4—The Loving Touch—Ferndale, MI
Aug 5—Lee’s Palace—Toronto, ON
Aug 6—Club Café—Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 7—Southgate House Revival—Newport, KY
Aug 9—White Oak Music Hall—Houston, TX
Aug 10—Club Dada—Dallas, TX
Aug 11—Mohawk—Austin, TX
Sep 8—Hopscotch Music Festival—Raleigh, NC

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