The past week or so has brought lots of Caspian news, which we were thrilled about given that aside from some shows here and there, it's been a while since we'd heard from the instrumental post-rockers. According to their Facebook page, the Massholes spent much of April through June not playing, but rebounded nicely by announcing that they'd signed with Triple Crown Records and would release their third full-length (and first since 2009's Tertia) this fall. Check out a preview of Waking Season below.

Sure the band's records great, but we also witnessed their complete mastery of the live arena back in February. So if you haven't checked out Caspian before, now is a perfect time seeing as they've made their first and only live album—recorded at the Old South Church in Boston in 2010 to benefit Amirah, a non-profit dedicated to providing whole-person care for victims of human sexual trafficking—available as a FREE download (which you can get by scrolling down here and providing your email and zip, or you can purchase a physical copy here). Be sure to check out closer "Sycamore", which triumphantly ended the NYC show we saw with an unbelievable drum-circle of sorts...which might start to make sense if you listen to it, but it makes even more if you ever happen to see it yourself.

Speaking of which, the group also just announced a boatload of upcoming tour dates, so your opportunity to check them out first-hand is likely coming up soon if you live near any of the cities below.

Caspian tour dates:

09/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater 09/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave 09/16 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House 09/17 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue 09/18 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection 09/19 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop 09/20 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall 09/21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 09/23 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom 09/25 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore 09/26 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall 09/27 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub 09/28 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory 09/29 New York, NY Best Buy Theater 09/30 Richmond, VA The National 10/01 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre 10/16 Le Havre, France Mac Daid's 10/17 Nantes, France Le Ferrailleur 10/18 Bordeaux, France I-Boat 10/23 Lyon, France Le Sonic 10/24 Colmar, France Le Grillen 10/26 Wil, Switzerland Gare De Lion 10/27 Laufen, Switzerland Biomill 10/28 Bern, Switzerland Neubrückstrasse 11/03 Ljubljana, Slovenia Channel Zero 11/04 Zagreb, Croatia Klub Attack 11/05 Vienna, Austria Chelsea / Lerchenfleder 11/07 Budapest, Hungary Dürer Kert 11/08 Prague, Czech Republic Club Stahov 11/09 Berlin, Germany Bi Nuu 11/10 Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge, Germany JH Ragga 11/11 Dresden, Germany Beatpol 11/12 Hamburg, Germany Kulturhaus III&70 11/13 Aarhus, Denmark Radar 11/14 Gothenburg, Sweden Fängelset 11/15 Osnabrück, Germany Kleine Freiheit 11/16 Oberhausen, Germany Druckluft 11/17 Ludwigshafen, Germany Das Haus 11/18 Wetzlar, Germany Franzis 11/19 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island 11/20 München, Germany Kranhalle