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Set the Woods on Fire

Author: Matthew Solarski
08/01/2007 | Pitchforkmedia.com | www.pitchforkmedia.com | Feature
Although Azure Ray appear to have parted ways, both of the act's constituent songwriters are still trucking in earnest-- and both have career trajectories that have, amusingly, led them straight to emo.

Maria Taylor's off cavorting with Jimmy Eat World, as you may know, while Orenda Fink linked up with some Omaha pals and Adrianne Verhoeven-- formerly of synth-shouty emo advocates the Anniversary-- to form Art in Manila.

Wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Art in Manila (briefly/formerly known as Art Bell) will soon unveil their debut LP, Set the Woods on Fire. Saddle Creek, always a kindly home to its own, delivers the disc on August 7. It includes that cover of Les Savy Fav's "The Sweat Descends" and 10 more abundantly pretty compositions.

Okay, album out, what next? Touring, of course! Art in Manila play an Omaha gig August 3, take a long, deep breath, and then plunge headlong into the throes of a 10-date stint with Rilo Kiley. Fink herself better take two breaths-- she'll also be playing in Rilo's band, contributing trumpet, vocals, and more across the entirety of the former Saddle Creekers' U.S. jaunt.

Set the Woods on Fire:

01 Time Gets Us All
02 Our Addictions
03 The Abomination
04 I Thought I Was Free
05 Set the Woods on Fire
06 Golden Dawn
07 Anything You Love
08 The Sweat Descends
09 Spirit, Run
10 Precious Pearl
11 The Game

Art in Manila:

08-03 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09-23 New York, NY - Webster Hall *
09-25 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero *
09-26 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09-27 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09-28 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *
09-29 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
10-01 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution *
10-02 Orlando, FL - House of Blues *
10-04 New Orleans, LA - The Republic *
10-05 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *

* with Rilo Kiley

Rilo Kiley [ft. Orenda Fink]:

09-06 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
09-07 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
09-08 Seattle, WA - Showbox
09-10 Orem, UT - McKay Events Center
09-11 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
09-12 Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium at University of Missouri
09-13 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
09-14 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09-15 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
09-17 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
09-21 Boston, MA - Avalon
09-22 New York, NY - Webster Hall
09-23 New York, NY - Webster Hall #
09-25 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero #
09-26 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
09-27 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
09-28 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel #
09-29 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse #
10-01 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution #
10-02 Orlando, FL - House of Blues #
10-04 New Orleans, LA - The Republic #
10-05 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live #
10-06 Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
10-07 Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
10-09 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10-10 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
10-12 San Diego, CA - SOMA
10-13 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
10-15 Santa Monica, CA - Civic Auditorium