coming spring ben watt will be releasing his first solo album in 31 years, entitled hendra. on that joyful occasion, the british musician and dj will be heading for the states to do three gigs in early april in new york  and also in los angeles . these performances will in fact be watt's first ever solo shows in the u.s. and it's been no less than 15 years ago since he performed there last with singer tracey thorn in everything but the girl. for the upcoming shows ben watt will be accompanied by friend, album-collaborator and former suede guitarist bernard butler. the duo will be playing songs from the new album and might throw in some old ones too. watt will be back in the states later in the year for a bigger tour after the album - essentially a folk-rock record for the electronic age - has been released. tickets will go on sale on thu - feb 13. gig locations : joe's pub, 425 lafayette street [noho] + rough trade, 64 north 9th street [williamsburg]. location : the echo, 1822 sunset boulevard [edendale].