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The Airborne Toxic Event: Acoustic Set Live at Rolling Stone

June 15, 2009 2:37 PM ET

Rolling Stone Breaking band the Airborne Toxic Event have a new single in heavy rotation and a world tour on the horizon — but before they took off, the post-punk five-piece popped by the RS offices to perform an acoustic set in our studios. Singer-guitarist Mikel Jollett, guitarist Steven Chen, bassist Noah Harmon, violinist Anna Bulbrook and drummer Daren Taylor played a beautiful, stripped-down version of their self-titled debut's breakthrough tune "Sometime Around Midnight" (click above to watch), their latest single "Wishing Well," and even debuted a song "that has not been recorded, anywhere" called "A Letter to Georgia." Check out the second two songs and the band's upcoming tour itinerary below.

June 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Sept. 17 - Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theatre
Sept. 20 - Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park - Arizona Fall Frenzy
  Sept. 24 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
Sept. 25 - Omaha, NB @ The Slowdown
Sept. 26 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
Sept. 28 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
Sept. 29 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's
  Sept. 30 - Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Oct. 1 - Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Oct. 3 - Austin, TX @ Zilker Park - ACL
Oct. 6 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Oct. 7 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Loft
  Oct. 8 - Columbia, SC @ Headliners
  Oct. 9 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva
Oct. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Oct. 12 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  Oct. 15 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
  Oct. 17 - Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
  Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
Oct. 19 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
  Oct. 21 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Oct. 22 - Detroit MI @ Crofoot
Oct. 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Oct. 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
  Oct. 29 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
Oct. 30 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Oct. 31 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
Nov. 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore

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