Elvis Costello set to play free shows

Los Angeles performance will stream on Amoeba.com

NEW YORK -- Elvis Costello is giving his fans more than a new album this month. The singer-songwriter will perform two free shows at indie retailer Amoeba Music in San Francisco and Hollywood on June 22.

The shows will celebrate the launch of "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," released last week on Here Music. The Amoeba gigs -- at noon in San Francisco and at 8 p.m. in Los Angeles -- will occur between Costello's tour dates with his current band the Sugarcanes and follow a secret show the artist did in New York on the day of his album's release.

In addition to his in-store performances, Costello will sign copies of his new album for fans, and a silkscreened poster will be given away with each album purchased.

The L.A. performance will stream live on Amoeba.com, and both performances will be archived for later viewing.

"Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" was produced by T-Bone Burnett and features Americana-style folk songs as well as four tracks from "The Secret Songs," a chamber opera commissioned by the Royal Danish Opera.

"I started out with songs I felt we could achieve very easily," Costello said in May. "I started out with songs I felt we could achieve very easily. The vividness of those recordings surprised me, and emboldened by them getting into the can pretty quickly. ... I was able to try these other songs that were a little more intricate. And the ease with which these musicians expressed them allowed me to really sing them and really tell the stories."

The album is expected to debut in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart Wednesday.
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