Year in Music 2017

Badly Drawn Boy Returning To North America

U.K. singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) has lined up a 20-date North American tour in support of his acclaimed XL/Beggars Banquet debut album "Hour Of Bewilderbeast." The tour will be

U.K. singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) has lined up a 20-date North American tour in support of his acclaimed XL/Beggars Banquet debut album "Hour Of Bewilderbeast." The tour will begin April 26 in Montreal and conclude with a May 20-21 stand in Los Angeles.

Last September, "Hour Of Bewilderbeast" won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, a U.K. award for album of the year. In recent weeks, the set has made its mark on a handful of Billboard charts, including the Top Independent Albums chart, where it peaked at No. 23 last month.

As Gough told Billboard.com last fall, his childlike intrigue inspired the album's array of textures, from horn and vibraphone arrangements to natural sounds like chirping birds and splashing water.

"I'm intrigued with everything kids do, (so I am) trying to keep alive those innocent years that seem to get pushed out with the harsh realities of becoming an adult," he said. "It happens without you even realizing it and you still feel like the same person. I still feel 17, but I know I'm not."

Here are Badly Drawn Boy's tour dates:
April 26: Montreal (Club Soda)
April 27: Toronto (Opera House)
April 28: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
April 30: Boston (Avalon)
May 1: New York (Irving Plaza)
May 2: Philadelphia (Theatre Of The Living Arts)
May 3: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
May 5: Atlanta (Cotton Club)
May 6: Chicago (Metro)
May 7: Minneapolis (Fine Line)
May 9: Denver (Bluebird)
May 10-11: city/venue TBA
May 14: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
May 15: Seattle (Showbox)
May 16: Portland, Ore. (Berbati's Pan)
May 18: San Francisco (Fillmore)
May 19: city/venue TBA
May 20-21: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)