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Australian crooner Slow Dancer (the moniker for Simon Okely) saddled into a nice groove with his latest album In A Mood.  Throughout the full-length, Okely mentioned that he pushed himself to go more ambitious and more expansive with his sound.  Incorporating new instruments such as drum machines and elegant strings, In A Mood is hopelessly romantic and soft to the touch of the ear.

Ghettoblaster recently caught up Okely to talk more about Slow Dancer, just how much musical influence he picked from his parents, and how a relocation to the bustling city of Melbourne changed his life.

Your parents listened to quite a collection of 60s/70s rhythm and blues.  What was it about those musicians that captivated you when growing up?

To be honest, not a lot. It wasn’t a diet of Nina Simone, Wilson Picket and Al Green, it was pretty station wagon rock kinda stuff. I hated the Doobie Brothers for ages, and thought Steely Dan where horrible. Van Morrison just seemed to be synonymous with driving to the beach on holiday’s so he kinda got a tick of approval from my child self. It really wasn’t until I was older when through his various interviews, Nick Cave gave me permission to like the Carpenters and I suddenly saw my childhood soundtrack very differently. Plus by then I was listening to everything blues, and loved how I could then see how the blues informed those artists. I also adored The Blues Brothers – to this day it is the only musical I can stand. They wore raybans at night, had slim fit suits and white socks, gave zero fucks, ate toast for dinner – as a good boy from the ‘burbs, I was captivated.

Your fondness for the city of Melbourne runs deep.  What have you learned about yourself since moving to the town that continues to make stay enchanted with it?

I fell in love at first sight. I like the way the weather gives you a cold shoulder, but the people give you a warm embrace. People go into the city and do things, they invest their time in others, and in art of all forms. People are from all walks of life too, lots from interesting birth countries, everyone has a story, and people here in the city are for the most part, less afraid of the ‘other’.

Being a multi-instrumentalist, you incorporate a wide range of sounds within your recordings.  Have you ever thought of assembling a band?

I have. And I have been in bands, as the writer, and as the hired gun. I am a kind, polite, control freak. It’s better when others don’t get in my way, for their safety and mine. They quite simply can’t hear it like I do.

You are a social worker during the day.  What’s the story behind choosing to go down that path?

Well I’ve always had an interest in criminology and social justice. I probably went down the social work path because I’m one of those people who has heaps of empathy. Its a tool I use in both my careers. It’s my biggest strength and my occasional weakness.

How long was the recording for In A Mood?

I did some of the initial writing whilst traveling around Europe for 6 months, but I recorded it proper over the space of about 12 months. When I got sick of recording, I would go to work, when I got sick of work, I would record. It was a slow process, but It makes me happiest. Plus the rent gets paid on time that way.

Your lyrics for In A Mood are sensual and soft; tales that explore the many stages of romance and relationships.  Have you found some of real life experiences coming into the lyrics?

Absolutely, I tried for brutal honesty with this record. I struggle at times with performing some of the songs because of it. But I’m one of those old romantics that think it is the responsibility of the artist try and capture nothing less.

You have some dates here in the States coming up.  What are hoping to take in during your tour?

I love the states. Traveling by road is my favorite way of taking them in too. I adore Chicago because of my affinity with Blues and Jazz, and criminology. I cant wait to get back to the Green Mill!

Slow Dancer’s latest In A Mood is out now via ATO Records.

(For more Slow Dancer:
WEBSITE: https://www.slowdancer.net/
BANDCAMP: https://slowdancer.bandcamp.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SlowDancerBand/)

The One With God Talk

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring you fresh new songs with the hopes of introducing you to some that you may consider to be the best song ever.  Both Brian and Luke have no idea what songs the other has picked, so what you are hearing is their genuine reaction to listening to the songs together.  Also, if you enjoy this episode, head to ITunes to subscribe and rate our podcast with the highest rating available to you.

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Songs Played on The One With God Talk

Jay Som – Baybee from Everybody Works out now on Polyvinyl

Benjamin Booker feat. Mavis Staples – Witness from Witness out June 2nd on ATO Records

Bonny Doon – Relieved from Bonny Doon out now on Salinas Records

Dear Reader – Tie Me To The Ground from Day Fever out now on City Slang

Flasher – Winnie from an upcoming 7 inch on Sister Polygon Records

Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still from Woodstock out sometime this year

Michael Nau – Good Thing from Some Twist out June 16th on Suicide Squeeze

GRMLN – 27 Kids from Discovery EP out April 7th on KCRW

The One With So Much So Anyway

On this episode: Brian and Luke have fun with Brazilians, Brian has a first for the podcast, Luke makes Brian shriek, Luke blurts out a spoiler without a spoiler alert, Brian and Luke debate about Ryan Adams, Brian is able to get some things off his chest (against his Doctor’s orders) and some really awesome music is played!

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring you fresh new songs with the hopes of introducing you to some that you may consider to be the best song ever.  Both Brian and Luke have no idea what songs the other has picked, so what you are hearing is their genuine reaction to listening to the songs together.  Also, if you enjoy this episode, head to ITunes to subscribe and rate our podcast with the highest rating available to you.

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Songs Played on The One With So Much So Anyway

Chicano Batman – Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm) from Freedom Is Free out March 3rd on ATO Records

Tinariwen – Assawt from Elwan out now on Anti-

Oddisee – Like Really from The Iceburg out now on Mello Music Group

Vagabon – Fear & Force from Infinite Worlds out now on Father/Daughter Records

Sam Patch – 100 Decibels from Yeah You, and I out now on Dep Records

Ryan Adams – Doomsday from Prisoner out now on Pax Am Recordings

Tashaki Miyaki – Girls on TV from The Dream out April 7th on Metropolis Records

The Mountain Goats – Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds from Goths out May 19th on Merge Records

The One With Thor Talk

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne will be bringing you fresh new songs with the hopes of introducing you to some that you may consider to be the best song ever.  Both Brian and Luke have no idea what songs the other has picked, so what you are hearing is their genuine reaction to listening to the songs together.  Also, if you enjoy this episode, head to ITunes to subscribe and rate our podcast with the highest rating available to you.

ITUNES LINK


Songs Played on The One With Thor Talk

Angel Haze – “Resurrection” from her upcoming sophomore album due in 2017

Wild Pink – “Great Apes” from their debut self-titled LP out February 10th on Tiny Engines

Hurray for the Riff Raff – “Rican Beach from The Navigator out March 10th on ATO Records

Uniform – “Tabloid” from Wake in Fright out January 20th on Sacred Bones

James Supercave – “Esther Reed” out now on Fairfax Recordings

Tim Darcy – “Tall Glass of Water” from Saturday Night out February 17th  on Jagjaguwar

The Clean – “Stars” from the 15th anniversary deluxe remastered version of their 2001 album Getaway out now on Merge Records

Louise Burns – “Who’s the Madman” from Young Mopes out February 3rd  on Light Organ

Every Monday Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday, September 9th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seeds Ltd.)


 

Skeleton Tree is an absolutely gut wrenching and heartbreaking album to listen to.  In July of 2015 Nick Cave suffered the loss of his 15 year old son after he fell off of a cliff to his death.  Skeleton Tree opens with Nick Cave in his classic spoken vocal delivery uttering the words “You fell from the sky, crash landed in a field near the river Adur” and that direct honesty continues through the rest of the album.  As is always the case with Cave’s songwriting, literal lines like the opener are mixed with surreal passages making for a mesmerizing listen.  Musically the songs are largely ambient pieces, heavy with electronic elements, piano and string sections, which all really takes a backseat to Nick Cave’s songwriting.  Although this is a mostly dour affair, however there are some moments of light shining through, which is most evident in the closing lines of the album: “And it’s alright now / And it’s alright now / And it’s alright now.”  – Words by Brian LaBenne


 

Low Culture – Places to Hide (Dirtnap Records)


 

Low Culture is a raucous garage pop-punk band made up of members from the Marked Men, Total Jock and Shang-A-Lang.  Places to Hide is their second album as a band and it finds them really honing in on their sound, while at the same time reaching out to new territory.  There are fourteen songs and most of them sound like a more aggressive and faster take on 70s punk rock.  Seriously, these songs are really fast with blistering drums and guitar riffs flying by over and over again, making for a really fun listen.  As good as these punk songs are, Places to Hide is even more exciting when they deviate from the norm.  There are songs that are close to slower paced ballads, a Low Culture take on bubblegum pop and even some sonic similarities to David Bowie.  Low Culture proves with Places to Hide that they are a band to pay attention to. – Words by Brian LaBenne


 

Grouplove – Big Mess (Atlantic Records)


 

Big Mess has to be the hugest sounding album of 2016, these songs are absolutely massive.  Grouplove finds their sweet spot over and over again on this album, proving themselves a forced to be reckoned with.  These are some of the loudest pop songs around and are absolutely begging to be turned up as loud as your ears can take.  It really is an interesting mix of radio ready pop sounds mixed with loud indie rock music.  Imagine if MGMT made an entire album of songs like “Kids” or “Electric Feel” but with a ton more rock muscle to them.  There are some more toned down tracks on the album, but overall this is an exhilarating album.  Big Mess is for those who like their power and their pop in equal measure. – Words by Brian LaBenne


 

Adam Torres – Pearls to Swine (Fat Possum Records)


 

Adam Torres has a voice that you have to hear to believe.  There is a special tone to his falsetto delivery that is something to behold and his effortless shift between registers is breathtaking.  Pearls to Swine is fantastic front to back and showcases Adam Torres in his best form.  The songs are largely scaled back folk numbers, which really allow Torres’ voice to shine.  That is not to say the music is boring, quite the opposite.  This is a great album for fans of beautifully finger picked acoustic guitar and orchestral folk music sung with one of the most interesting voices in a while.  It really does have to be heard to be believed. – Words by Brian LaBenne


 

Local Natives – Sunlit Youth (Loma Vista Recordings)


Since Local Natives emerged in 2010, I immediately took to their earthy indie-rock sound and followed them adoringly. When they released, “Past Lives” the first new single off of their third album, it was clear this new record would be a departure. They had seemingly breathed new life into their style, with this powerful and energetic track, reminiscent of early Arcade Fire. However, that is not the case for all the songs on the album. For the majority of the album their new, poppy-er sound outfitted with electronic elements, suits them quite well, but there are a handful of track where is comes across as overproduce and too mainstream. There are certain moments that lack the originality that we’ve come to expect from Local Natives. The third album is often a turning point for a band, venturing into new territory, and that is the case here, though it is a bit uneven. The songwriting and melodies are still strong, and the vocal performances of Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer remains the group’s greatest asset. Some standout tracks on the album like “Past Lives” “Fountain of Youth” and “Masters” are on a level with their previous work, the album as a whole however does not quiet measure up.


clipping – Splendor & Misery


Daveed Diggs has been on fire recently: winning a Tony and Grammy for his role in the hottest musical in years, Hamilton; a role in Baz Luhrman’s Netflix series The Get Down, and now he’s released a new album with his experimental hip hop group, clipping. This is a concept album that, “follows the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship, and the onboard computer that falls in love with him.” Jonathon Snipes and William Huston provide backing “intrumentals” that completely set the scene with all manner of electronic sounds. Static cuts in and out throughout and different sounds resemble alarms or machinery of the ship. The beats are minimal with a subtle musicality. There are occasionally steady beats and obvious melodies, but more often than not they are muted and fractured. The concept of the album aside this album is quality on it’s own. Daveed Diggs songwriting and lightning-fast delivery are consistently staggering. I would put my money on Diggs to take Eminem’s Guinness Book of World Records spot. Some songs are lead only by Diggs’ voice, feeling like spoken word, some have hip hop swagger, and some have a gospel tone. Though all the songs feel connected the album remains engaging and unpredictable throughout. It feels like some other-worldly mixtape that fell to Earth in a blaze of Splendor & Misery.


Wilco – Schmilco (Dbmp Records)


Last year Wilco surprised everyone with Star Wars, an addictive  fuzzed out rockin’ record. Now they already released a new album and it’s completely different from the last. It is mostly acoustic and much more restrained, feeling more intimate but still effectively catchy. It feels kind of like a middle ground between their classic country influenced indie-rock with glimpses of the dissonant fuzz rock of Star Wars. As you can tell by the cover, Schmilco feels much more playful and childish, with Tweedy reflecting on childhood memories and relating them to his modern self while navigating life and relationships. You know a band is great when the can keep changing their sound, keep doing something new and still making quality work.


 

Okkervil River – Away (ATO Records)


The eighth album from the veteran folk-rock band feels like the ghost of itself, because Okkervil River as we know it doesn’t exist. After band members left for various reasons, frontman Will Sheff thought it was the end for the band. This was, “a confusing time of transition in my personal and professional life.” His music career was seemingly crumbling and he spent a lot of time by the Hopsice bed of his grandpa, his personal and musical hero, as he died. All of this pain and uncertainty is heard on the album: whether it’s the mourning for his old band in “Okkervil River R.I.P.” or his struggles with the music business in “The Industry” or the imaginative telling of his grandpa’s death on “Comes Indiana Through The Smoke,” where he sets the scene of the battleship his grandfather was on in WWII coming to take his grandpa to the next plane. Sheff’s grandpa was a jazz musician, so he sought out jazz players for the album and his grandpa’s trumpet is played on this song by yMusic’s C.J. Camarieri. This album is much more bare and intimate than the previous work, because it’s played by different people. This album feels more influenced by old school folk like Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, with long, vivid stories masterfully told in a rambling manner. We now know that, like Kevin Barnes is of Montreal, Will Sheff is Okkervil River. There is no chance of the band breaking up because he is the band. This album is most personal and most powerful songwriting, a beautiful examination of how the end of things makes way for something new.


 


Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 29th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers)


Aesop Rock never intended to be a rap artist when he began making beats in his bedroom somewhere near 20 years ago, it was just a hobby to pass the time.  His true passions were creating art in a different form, mainly by drawing and painting.  Yet, here we are, a couple decades and several classic albums later, with another Aesop Rock album.  It has been four years since his last album, and a lot has happened in that time, culminating in Aesop leaving his home in San Francisco and moving into a barn in the woods, where he would begin working on The Impossible Kid.  The past four years has found Aesop Rock collaborating a lot with other people for not strictly his own work.  For the new album he decided to take total control.  There are no guest rappers, singers or producers, this is truly a singular voice saying what he wants to say.  The Impossible Kid is the most personal record Aesop has made, delving into dealing with depression and attempting to mend strained family relationships, while also focusing on mundane aspects of everyday life with fantastic surrealistic wordplay.  Not only is The Impossible Kid Aesop Rock’s most personal album it is also one of his strongest outputs yet.  Aesop Rock’s production is mostly post-apocalyptic boom bap, murky and somewhat mechanical with a strong breakbeat.  There are some variances on that theme, but overall the production is solid and complements the vocal performance perfectly.  Hearing that Aesop Rock was a drawer and painter before his hobby of hip hop took off is not a big surprise.  He brings an artistic approach to his version of hip hop, and paints vivid pictures with his lyricism instead of paints or paper.  The soul of the artist never left Aesop Rock, he simply changed canvases.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)


Nonagon Infinity is being billed as the “world’s first infinitely looping album,” which at first sounds like some sort of strictly promotional technique.  Yet, despite all that could go wrong with an album that loops over on itself, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard pull something truly original and fresh off and deliver an incredibly solid album in the process.  Nonagon Infinity starts in the middle of something already in progress and ends abruptly out of nowhere and if you put the album on repeat it will seamlessly continue playing in a stream of never-ending chugging metal music.  This is like Mad Max: Fury Road in album form, all pedal to the floor car chase that somehow produces an emotional, wonderful and truly original piece of art in the process.  Overall this is riff heavy metal music, yet the more you listen the more diversity you find in the music: there are recurring riffs that could act as musical themes throughout and Eastern influences give way to some psychedelic shifts.  King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have packed a ton of great music over the course of just 41 minutes, or is it 82 or infinity?

Pity Sex – White Hot Moon (Run for Cover)


White Hot Moon is an emotional ride, dealing with love and loss with harshness and beauty.  Ann Arbor band Pity Sex make shoegaze music that also reads as pop punk.  These are catchy songs with walls of heavily distorted guitars, sung by a tandem of male and female vocalists.  The male and female vocal dynamic works especially well with Pity Sex as Brennan Greaves performance is low and monotone, which plays off of Britty Drake’s higher and more expressive vocals. Thematically, the album covers the terrain of being in love and also what it’s like to lose those people that you love.  Overall, this is a loud and catchy album, which covers universal territory we can all relate to.

Freeway – Free Will (Babygrande Records)


Freeway rips and roars his way through Free Will, mixing his aggressive rapping with huge beats to result in one of the most fun hip hop albums of the year. Freeway’s vocal delivery is reminiscent of Ghostface Killah circa Fishscale in the best possible way.  Free Will features production from S. Frank, Scholito, L.E.S, Money Alwayz, Girl Talk and Tryfe, resulting in a varied yet cohesive set of hard hitting bangers, which complements Freeway’s intense vocals well.  Freeway summed up his new album perfectly in an interview with XXL: “I feel real good about the project. I feel like it’s probably my best album to date. I put a lot into it and I was in a good space when I recorded it. This project, the fucking beats are incredible, the energy is incredible.  Free Will sounds and feels like where I’m supposed to be.”

Other Noteworthy Releases


 

Chuck Inglish and Blended Babies – Ev Zepplin (BBMG)


 

Kyle Craft – Dolls of Highland (Sub Pop)

Following the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Drug for the Modern Age (ATO Records), Kopecky gives a glimpse into their emotional and energetic performances with a new live music video for their second single, “Talk to Me.”

Be sure to watch the video via PopMatters and share the visuals via YouTube.

Kopecky will be continuing their nationwide tour this summer and fall.

7/17 at WUKY’s Phoenix Fridays in Lexington, KY

7/18 at Bling Pig in Ann Arbor, MI

7/22 at High Fround, Showcase Room in South Burlington, VT

7/25 at Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA

7/26 at XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ

7/31 at Avondale Brewing Company for Land Aid in Birmingham, AL

8/8 at Chateau Morrisette Festival in Floyd, VA

9/10 at Live on the Green in Nashville, TN

9/12 at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC

9/13 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC

9/15 at The Pour House in Charleston, SC

9/16 at Vinyl in Atlanta, GA

9/17 at New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC

9/18 at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN

10/4 at Vega in Lincoln, NE

10/7 at Lost Lake in Denver, CO

10/9 at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA

10/10 at Hawthorne Theatre’s Lounge in Portland, OR

10/11 at Sunset Tavern in Seattle, WA

My Morning Jacket’s seventh full-length album, The Waterfall, is out via ATO Records/Capitol Records. To mark the release of the album My Morning Jacket will be embarking on a worldwide tour beginning later this month. Today they have also added some new fall dates on the west coast.

Amongst the newly added dates, My Morning Jacket’s Vegas run will offer an exciting addition – specially crafted VIP travel packages that will serve as a true weekend getaway and unique experience fans. Carefully curated, fans can choose from travel packages that include hotel stay, premium tickets, a pre-show sound check party, exclusive merchandise gifts, a private- reserved bowling lane with balcony viewing area, and much more. Partnering with CID Entertainment, you can find out more about the offerings here.

Tickets for these new fall dates will be available for roll call/fan club pre-sale tomorrow, May 5. Citi and AMEX pre-sale will go live May 6, promoter/radio pre-sale on May 8, and finally the tickets will be on sale for the general public on Saturday May 9. The Waterfall is available for purchase here.

Besides checking out MMJ on tour also be sure to tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 7 for a special performance from the band.

May 15 at Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA

May 16 at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN

May 17 at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL

May 23 at Boston Calling Festival in Boston, MA

June 3 at State Theatre in Cleveland, OH w/ Floating Action

June 4 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA w/ Floating Action

June 5 at Governors Ball Music Festival in New York, NY

June 7 at Field Trip Festival in Toronto, ON

June 9 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 10 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 11 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 13 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

June 16 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 17 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 19 at Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Waverly, IA

June 20 at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI w/ Floating Action

June 21 at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI w/Floating Action

June 23 at Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH w/ Floating Action

June 24 at Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH w/ Floating Action

June 26 at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN w/ Hippo Campus

June 27 at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN w/ Lizzo

July 18 at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

July 21 at nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA w/ Lizzo

July 22 at Artpark Series in Lewiston, NY w/ Lizzo

July 25 at Xponential Music Festival in Camden, NJ w/ St. Vincent

July 26 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD w/ Jason Isbell

July 28 at Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC w/ Lucius

July 29 at Uptown Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC w/ Lucius

July 31 at Champions Square in New Orleans, LA w/ Lucius

August 1 at Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL w/ Mini Mansions

August 3 at The Fillmore in Miami, FL w/ Mini Mansions

August 4 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL w/ Mini Mansions

August 7 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA w/ Mini Mansions

August 8 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA w/ Mini Mansions

August 10 at BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL w/ Mini Mansions

August 12 at The Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO w/ Hippo Campus

August 13 at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO w/ Hippo Campus

August 14 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO w/ Sylvan Esso

August 28-30 at Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, FR

September 1 at Rivierenhof Amphitheatre in Antwerp, BEL

September 2 at Gloria in Koln, GER

September 4 at Electric Picnic Festival in Dublin, IRE

September 5 at End of the Road Festival in Larmer Tree Gardens, UK

September 6 at The Ritz in Manchester, UK

September 8 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK

September 10 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, HOL

September 12 at Take Root Festival in Groningen, HOL

September 13 at Lollapalooza in Berlin, GER

September 30 at Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR w/ Strand of Oaks

October 2 at Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA w/ Strand of Oaks

October 3 at Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA w/ Strand of Oaks

October 6 at Revolution in Boise, ID w/ Strand of Oaks

October 7 at Magna Salt Air Pavilion in Salt Lake City, UT w/ Strand of Oaks

October 9 at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV w/ Strand of Oaks

October 10 at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV w/ Strand of Oaks

October 11 at County Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA w/ Fruit Bats

October 13 at The Shrine in Los Angeles, CA w/ Fruit Bats and Dr. Dog

October 15 at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA w/ Fruit Bats

October 16 at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA w/ Fruit Bats

October 17 at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA w/ Fruit Bats

October 19 at SDSU Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA w/ Fruit Bats

October 20 at Comerica Theater in Phoenix, AZ w/ Fruit Bats

October 22 at Music Hall in Austin, TX w/ Fruit Bats

October 23 at  Music Hall in Austin, TX w/Fruit Bats

October 24 at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX w/ Fruit Bats

On May 4, 2015 My Morning Jacket are set to return with their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark the band’s first on Capitol Records. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY®-nominated Circuital, which was ranked among 2011’s best albums by publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste, MOJO, and Uncut.

Today, the Louisville quintet reveal the lead single, “Big Decisions,” as well as launch a pre-order for the new album via its official website, iTunes and Amazon. Fans who preorder The Waterfall will receive an instant download of “Big Decisions,” which is available for streaming today via VEVO, Spotify, and all other digital services.

My Morning Jacket also announce an extensive United States tour in support of the new album, which will see them headline Governors Ball and Bonnaroo before embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in mid-May, followed by dates in Europe. Fan club pre-sale will be going live on March 9 and the tickets will be available for general sale on March 13. (See full list of tour dates below).

May 15 at Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA

May 16 at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN

May 17 at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL

May 23 at Boston Calling Festival in Boston, MA

June 3 at State Theatre in Cleveland, OH w/ Floating Action

June 4 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA w/ Floating Action

June 5 at Governors Ball Music Festival in New York, NY

June 7 at Field Trip Festival in Toronto, ON

June 9 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 10 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 11 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 12-14 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

June 16 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 17 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

June 19 at Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Waverly, IA

June 20 at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI w/ Floating Action

June 23 at Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH w/ Floating Action

June 24 at Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH w/ Floating Action

June 26 at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN w/ Hippo Campus

June 27 at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN w/ Lizzo

July 17-19 at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

July 21 at nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA w/ Lizzo

July 22 at Artpark Series in Lewiston, NY w/ Lizzo

July 26 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD w/ Jason Isbell

July 28 at Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC w/ Lucius

July 29 at Uptown Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC w/ Lucius

July 31 at Champions Square in New Orleans, LA w/ Lucius

August 1 at Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL w/ Mini Mansions

August 3 at The Fillmore in Miami, FL w/ Mini Mansions

August 4 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL w/ Mini Mansions

August 7 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA w/ Mini Mansions

August 8 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA w/ Mini Mansions

August 10 at BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL w/ Mini Mansions

August 12 at The Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO w/ Hippo Campus

August 13 at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO w/ Hippo Campus

August 14 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO w/ Sylvan Esso

August 28-30 at Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, FR

September 1 at Rivierenhof Amphitheatre in Antwerp, BEL

September 2 at Gloria in Koln, GER

September 4 at Electric Picnic Festival in Dublin, IRE

September 5 at End of the Road Festival in Larmer Tree Gardens, UK September 6 at The Ritz in Manchester, UK

September 8 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK

September 10 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, HOL

September 12 at Take Root Festival in Groningen, HOL

September 13 at Lollapalooza in Berlin, GER