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Exclusive Premiere: M. Ward's "Rave On" Video

April 15, 2009 11:39 AM ET

In Issue 1073 (fronted by Taylor Swift), Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu took a close look at how M. Ward's vintage sound has made him indie rock's go-to collaborator (his recent pairings include work with Lucinda Williams and Jenny Lewis, and he's also known as the male half of She & Him, his band with Zooey Deschanel). The 35-year-old songwriter still plays the $50 guitar he found in a pawnshop nearly 10 years ago and is opposed to using digital equipment when recording, but his new video for his Buddy Holly cover "Rave On" features some fancy — but still charming — animation. Click above to watch the Mike Please-directed clip, and keep reading for Ward's updated tour dates.

April 17 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 19 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 20 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
April 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
April 23 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
April 24 - Milwaukee, WIK @ Pabst Theater
April 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 26 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
April 27 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Theatre
April 28 - Montreal, QC @ Le National
May 16 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
May 18 - Visalia, CA @ Fox Theatre
May 22 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
May 23 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
July 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series*
July 27 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
July 28 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
July 30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
August 1 - New York, NY @ Summerstage*

*FREE to the public

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