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MP3 of the Day: "A Smile to Wear" by Calahoney, Returning to Tobacco Road September 11

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No, Calahoney won't take your dinner order, then wash the dishes. (Although, they might consider it, if you ask nice and promise to buy their album.) Truth is, Josue Cruz and Laura Askins don't even run a restaurant. They're a husband-and-wife duo who "teach in the winter and rock in the summer." And so far, these Miami-based alt-folkies haven't wasted a single second of summer vacation '09, releasing their second album Slow Stride before setting off on the Enjoy Your Day Job tour, an intercontinental June-July jaunt from Miami to NYC to Merry Olde England and back. 

Now, home again, Calahoney's already back in the studio, writing and recording fresh material for their upcoming third album. You can get a sneak peek of the new stuff (plus a batch of classics) when Josue, Laura, and a full band land at Tobacco Road for the Calahoney homecoming show September 11. In the meantime, download "A Smile to Wear," the lead track off Slow Stride. It's a slice of carefully wrought Americana in the same hushed gothic vein as Springsteen's Nebraska and the Cowboy Junkies' "Sweet Jane," but with a few spoonfuls of sugar added.

Get the MP3 and show details after the jump.


September 11. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Show starts at 9

p.m., and tickets cost $10. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-374-1198;


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