Chicago’s own Willis Earl Beal just announced that he will be going on a North American tour in September. He also plans to debut his new animated film called Principles of a Protagonist.

Beal’s animated film started out as a novella in zine from, which he sold for $5. He then turned the zine into a 48-page bonus when you purchased his album Acousmatic Sorcery. Come this September, it will be remade on his website with an interactive feature of live recordings.

Before his short film drops, check out the date and tour stops below.

09-28 Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival
09-29 Champaign, IL - Pygmalio Music Festival
10-01 Toronto, Ontario - The Drake
10-02 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
10-03 Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears
10-05 Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy
10-06 Washington, DC - Red Palace
10-09 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10-13 Austin, TX - Lamberts
10-14 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10-17 San Diego, CA - Casbah
10-18 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10-20 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
10-22 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10-23 Seattle, WA - Barboza
10-24 Vancouver, British Columbia - Electric Owl

[via Pitchfork]

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