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Pop goes Ben Kweller

Thursday, February 12, 2009 – Ben Kweller's "One Minute Pop Song//Season 2" will premiere on AOL's web site. Kweller just released "Changing Horses," a country disc.

"One Minute Pop Song" is a self-produced, web-show that first aired in the summer of 2006. "One Minute Pop Song" returns for its second season with insight into Kweller's life, his surroundings and his music. Season Two takes place in Kweller's hometown, Greenville, Texas. It was filmed during recording session breaks from new album "Changing Horses."

"I am pleased to announce that 'One-Minute Pop Song' has hit the big time! My home-grown web series has been "picked up," as they say in the biz, by Spinner, the web's top-ranked rock music site, who will be airing each episode right here for nine Tuesdays in a row. Season Two starts off with a bang as we visit my childhood home, see where I first kissed my wife and discover what's buried in the backyard."

Kweller produced the album himself and recorded it with his band in Austin, where he now resides.

Tour dates are:
16 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
17 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
18 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
21 - Cleveland, OH - Case Western Reserve U
22 - Toronto, ONT - The Mod Club Theatre
24 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
25 - New York, NY - Town Hall
26 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
27 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel

1 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
3 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
4 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
5 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
6 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theater

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