Wainwright to hit Boston with Michaelson

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Rufus Wainwright has announced plans to return to the road for a tour in support of his forthcoming album, Out of the Game. Taking a backing band along with him for the first time since 2008, Wainwright is scheduled to perform at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on Sunday, July 29. Special guest Ingrid Michaelson will open the show. Tickets for the concert, which range in price from $26 to $51, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

Out of the Game, Wainwright’s seventh studio album and follow-up to last year’s House of Rufus, will be released on May 1. The album features an array of guest musicians including his sister Martha Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and members of the Dap-Kings. Produced by Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele), Out of the Game is being described as Wainwright’s shift to a more pop sound.

“I know some stuff about pop music, but I’m really more centered in the classical world, so I was ready to deliver the goods to Mark and have him take over,” explained Wainwright in a press release. “I think I sound the best of any album I’ve made—I’m hitting a plateau with my voice that’s very exciting.”

Wainwright recently released a music video for the album’s title track, which will also serve as the album’s lead single. The video, which feature Helena Bonham Carter, is streaming below. “We have been friends for years,” said Wainwright in an recent interview with British tabloid The Sun. “Not only is she very beautiful, very glamorous, but she is also incredibly funny. At the end of the video, she is basically wearing a bra. So I very much appreciate her friendship for furthering my career.”

Michaelson, who will headline a sold out show at the House of Blues next month, will return to Boston for further promotion of her new album Human Again. Released in January, the singer-songwriter’s fifth studio effort debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200. Produced by David Kahne, the album reveals a much darker side to Michaelson’s typically airy songwriting.

“The album is called Human Again because it’s taken me a very long time to be happy,” she said in a press release. “The music on this album might surprise some people. I was really singing out, physically; I was writing about a really dark time in my life.”

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