In 2009 experimental rockers Califone bridged the gap between music and cinema with their album and companion film All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. Their 2013 follow-up album Stitches didn't come with a movie in tow, but the band's cinematic brand of expansive post-rock remained as potent and evocative as ever. Known for their collective prowess as a multi-instrumentalists, Califone brings intricately crafted tunes like "The Orchids" and "Michigan Girls" to life at their live shows, switching instruments between songs to deliver a constantly evolving concert experience. Fans raved about their performances on tour with The War On Drugs in 2014, building excitement among ticket buyers for their upcoming shows.
Chicago-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Rutili started making music as Califone in the late '90s after the dissolution of his former band Red Red Meat. What began as a solo home recording venture soon blossomed into a full-fledged band as a growing roster of collaborators began contributing to the project. Beginning with a 1998 self-titled debut album, Rutili and his collaborators independently released a string of albums that established Califone's unique combination of folk music and experimental post-rock. Their 2006 album Roots & Crowns was a significant critical success, paving the way for their most ambitious project to date, 2009's concept album and companion film All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. The band's tour in support of the release saw them provide a live soundtrack to the film, and fans and critics alike praised their epic, cinematic performances. In 2013 Califone released their seventh album Stitches, a sonically adventurous collection of finely crafted songs that have a become a staple of their career-spanning sets on tour.