Record Store Day 2012 is nearly upon us!  This Saturday April 21, at all the best independent record stores, you can finally pick up Hit & Run Vol.1 – the brand new split single between Rosie Thomas and Sufjan Stevens!!  While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up Rosie’s new album WITH LOVE!

If you just can’t wait until Saturday, or can’t get to a store, you can pick up a copy now right here, or from Rosie on TOUR, which starts next week!   There are limited supplies, so don’t wait!

Speaking of tour, Rosie will be joined on this next round of dates by the wonderful Ivan & Alyosha, and the full-of-wonder Sheila Saputo!

Sheila is still narrowing down choices for her new headshots, so help her decide by liking your favorite shot in each set up.  She is really trying to show off her range for casting directors, so in the new gallery, Sheila goes commando!

You can also take a peak inside Sheila’s diary – Dear Delores,

dear delores - inside sheila saputo's diary - spontaneous combustion

If you live in, or will be in, the western half of the US this next month, gather your friends and come be entertained and encouraged at a Rosie Thomas concert!!

04/25/12 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios^ Tickets 
04/27/12 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah^ Tickets 
04/28/12 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door^ Tickets
04/29/12 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe^ Tickets 
04/30/12 San Diego, CA UCSD - The Loft^ 
05/01/12 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room^ Tickets 
05/04/12 Dallas, TX La Grange^ Tickets 
05/05/12 Austin, TX Lambert's^ Tickets 
05/06/12 Tulsa, OK Fassler Hall^ Tickets
05/08/12 Denver, CO Soiled Dove Underground^ Tickets  
05/09/12 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room^ Tickets 
05/11/12 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre^ Tickets 


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