KXT 91.7 presents an acoustic evening with Dispatch (SOLD OUT) at Kessler Theater
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Dispatch may be the most popular roots-rock band you’ve never heard of. The Boston-bred group doesn’t record for a major label or get much airplay, but its earnest songs and leftist politics have built Dispatch quite the cult following: When it split up in 2004, tens of thousands of fans attended its free farewell concert in Boston, an event captured on the DVD The Last Dispatch. Led by singer-guitarists Chad Urmston and Brad Corrigan, the band briefly reunited in 2007 for a show at Madison Square Garden before reforming for good in 2011. In June, it released America, Location 12, an album that recalls R.E.M. (on the anti-war song “Paint Yellow Lines”) and Paul Simon, both in his Garfunkel days and circa Graceland. On Dispatch’s current tour, Urmston and Corrigan are playing two acoustic sets without founding singer-bassist Pete Heimboldt, who has taken a leave of absence to deal with clinical depression. “In order to get better, this problem requires my complete focus and every bit of energy I can spare,” Heimboldt wrote on group’s website.