Real Midnight...finds Russell and Nero memorializing the intense, freewheeling, all-too-fleeting attachments of youth, eulogizing fellow dreamers and meditating on mortality… They show us a way to fully live with the awareness that nothing's forever and everything’s at stake” —NPR

“With echoes of deep gospel in Russell’s voice as she sings over a mix of electric guitar, resonant piano and percussion…at once uplifting and a little melancholy.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Chicago’s Americana... dream team” —Paste

Birds of Chicago’s “Kinderspel” video debuts via Afropunk—watch it here. Afropunk calls the song, taken from their acclaimed new album Real Midnight, “draped in nostalgia and hopeful longing for the kind of love that rips through you, leaving you breathless.” Real Midnight, produced by Grammy award winner Joe Henry, is out now.

To celebrate the release, Birds of Chicago continue their world tour this spring with North American dates including a hometown show May 13 at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, June 10 at Austin’s Strange Brew, June 15 at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, D.C., June 16 at New York’s Mercury Lounge and more. See below for full tour routing.

The band recorded the album with Henry (Solomon Burke, Bettye Lavette, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops) in Los Angeles at Henry’s own Garfield House studio. The result is an elemental, spiritual rock’n’roll sound that has been described as secular gospel.

The album features 11 tracks written and performed by Allison Russell and JT Nero. Nero is the group’s chief songwriter, with Russell taking most of the vocal turns.

“We write it to save ourselves,” Nero says of the band’s music, “and we don’t shrink from the idea that it can ‘save’ other people. We don’t mean that in a religious sense. We are a band full of severely lapsed Lutherans, accidental Buddhists, vaguely hopeful whatevers. I just believe, on a gut level, that words and music together heal and transform like nothing else in this life.”

Birds of Chicago formed in 2012 when Russell and Nero put their existing groups—Po’ Girl and JT & The Clouds, respectively—on hiatus. Since, the band has toured more than ten months out of the year, playing shows across North America. Real Midnight follows the band’s 2013 self-titled debut and 2014 release Live from Space.

For more information, please contact Krista Williams, Reid Kutrow or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

1. Dim Star of the Palisades
2. Remember Wild Horses
3. Kinderspel
4. Estrella Goodbye
5. Real Midnight
6. Barley
7. Color of Love
8. Time and Times
9. Sparrow
10. The Good Fight
11. Pelicans

*with Robert Cray

May 4 /// London, UK /// Queen’s Head
May 7 /// Ospel, Netherlands /// Moulin Blues Festival
May 9 /// Eindhoven, Netherlands /// Meneer Frists
May 13 /// Chicago, IL /// Old Town School of Folk Music
May 19 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Cedar Cultural Center
May 21 /// Denver, CO /// Swallow Hill
May 25 /// St. Louis, MO /// Off Broadway
May 28-29 /// Martinsville, OH /// Nowhere Else Festival
June 10 /// Austin, TX /// Strange Brew
June 12 /// Memphis, TN /// Levitt Shell
June 15 /// Washington, D.C. /// Gypsy Sally’s
June 16 /// New York, NY /// Mercury Lounge
June 17 /// Cambridge, MA /// Club Passim
June 18 /// Boothbay Harbor, ME /// The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
June 21 /// Ridgefield, CT /// CHIRP
June 26 /// Egg Harbor, WI /// Peg Egan Performing Arts Center
July 2-3 /// Canso, Canada /// Stanfest
July 7 /// Rockhall, MD /// Mainstay
July 10 /// Northampton, MA /// Green River Festival
July 13 /// Friday Harbor, WA /// San Juan Community Theater
July 16-17 /// Vancouver, Canada /// Vancouver Folk Music Festival
July 30 /// Dearborn, MI /// Fairlane Folk Festival
August 12-14 /// Grande Prairie, Canada /// Bear Creek Folk Music Festival
August 25-28 /// Fayetteville, AR /// Fayetteville Roots Festival
September 18 /// Lotus, CA /// American River Music Festival
October 14 /// Edmonton, Canada /// New Moon Folk Club