Posted in music | tour dates on December 1, 2008

Antony & The Johnsons @ the Apollo in October (more by Ryan Muir)

The Crying Light is the highly anticipated full-length follow-up to I Am a Bird Now. Here, Antony shifts the thematic focus and explores his relationship with the natural world. The intimacy of the Johnsons' sound is enveloped by avant-classical composer Nico Muhly's symphonic arrangements. The first moments of "Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground" unveil an animist world in which the leaves are winking and the sun "...dances crystals in my eyes." The joyful ricochets of "Kiss My Name" and the spiraling waltz of "Epilepsy Is Dancing" are to follow. The record's centerpiece, "Another World" traces the singer's despair in the face of a vanishing landscape. The striking vocal on "Dust and Water" seems to sooth the mind like an unfurling and pastoral "Everglade" concludes the album, Antony stepping beyond the confines of his loneliness and into the landscape to find that his "...Limbs (have) stopped Crying for Home..." Antony falls into a reverie and seems join the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose eerie portrait graces the cover of The Crying Light".

Antony and the Johnsons' music bridges the gap between avant-classical music and the blues, and the band's sold out performances have resulted in standing ovations from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo. "The Crying Light" is a soul-stirring new work with its daring compositions and captivating vocal performances. The Crying Light may even become one of those albums that becomes emblematic of its time, a reflection of the momentous changes that we are facing, within each of our private worlds as well as collectively, and how we are summoning the courage to start moving through them.

The Crying Light will be released January 20th, 2009.

A month later Antony & The Johnsons will grace the stage of Town Hall in NYC for two nights in a row. Tickets for the February 19th & 20th shows go on sale Friday at noon.

It's been an exciting day for show announcements. First Sharon Jones announces two NYC shows in February and now Antony. Both of them contribute to the Dark Was Night comp too.

Antony's last NYC show was at the Apollo which was not long after his new EP was released. The two upcoming Town Hall shows look like they're part of a still-unannounced larger tour. The dates we know are listed below...

Antony & The Johnsons - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 04 - Southern Theatre, Columbus, OH (tickets)
Feb 17 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, ON (tickets)
Feb 19 - Town Hall, NYC
Feb 20 - Town Hall, NYC
Feb 22 - Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
Feb 24 - Davies Sypmphony Hall (Noise Pop), San Francisco, CA



Comments (28)

One day soon Im gonna tell the moon about the crying game

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 9:12 PM

I don't get this guy. Like, should I date a guy that listens to him or is a guy kind of 'soft' for listening to it?
I think if my boyfriend brought home Antony and the Johnsons and said it's his favorite album, I would laugh.

Posted by Dooder City | December 1, 2008 9:51 PM

I miss Klaus Nomi.

Posted by TWB | December 1, 2008 9:53 PM

What's there to get? He's glorious.

Klaus + Antony are incomparable, two totally different vocal and performance styles.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 9:58 PM

Dooder City.....Antony is Amazing!

Do not be so close minded...please!!

Posted by Tony | December 1, 2008 10:15 PM

I don't believe Klaus and Antony are incomparable at all. They both defy convention and carve their their own way free of influence. Both blend the traditional, Klaus with opera and Antony with classical, with the sublime. Neither will ever be imitated and both are fucking amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 10:33 PM

both are great but nomi is the starting point...

and for that nice girl (really):
you don't need to get him, if you don't you don't.
but judging a gay as a "softie" for liking anthony
is pretty dumb.
so if we were 35 years ago you wouldn't date a bowie fan just cause all the other dudes you'd knew listened to black sabbath...?

Posted by danny boy | December 2, 2008 2:34 AM

um, is that guy?
antony sounds like a guys name.
but he looks like my 3rd grade teacher, who was a woman

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 10:14 AM

i only date guys that listen to death metal
sorry suckas

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 10:16 AM

OMG this is the best news of the week. Thank you BV!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 10:25 AM

I only date women into Antony.

Sorry chickies, there is no substitute for having good taste.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 10:26 AM

I don't like it...and that's ok. I know it's not easy to make music like this.

Music snobbery is a "cover up" for stupidity. You missed a spot asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 10:49 AM

Antony is great - who cares what the package looks like.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 12:17 PM

Good lord - I used to live in Columbus and the Southern Theater is prolly THE coolest venue around. Small and very old, and very beautiful. Amazing acoustics too. That might be a show to travel for... hmmm FF miles here I come.

Just checked and there are great seats to be had! Yay for smaller markets!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 12:20 PM


it seems like your guy is a keeper, hell I'd love a guy who listened to Antony, prolly an animal in bed... but seriously, most "guys" like Nickelback, and that is a very disturbing option.

Antony is amazing live by the way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 12:24 PM

I think a BV dating/match making thread would be classic.

Posted by mp77 | December 2, 2008 12:37 PM

I hope he plays a little longer than he did at the Apollo, either way since there is no Rufus in NYC for Valentine's Day next year this is the best news so far

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2008 4:14 PM

Anyone want to share the presale info?

Posted by Eduardo | December 2, 2008 8:11 PM

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Hi Ryan,

On behalf of Rough Trade / Beggars Digital, Secretly Canadian and Antony & The Jonsons, many thanks for plugging "The Crying Light" (street date 21st January) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the labels and artist for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, “Another World” is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc via the artist’s MySpace ... .. check-out and for details on “The Crying Light” and the artist’s 2008/09 shows … .. you can also view official A&TJ videos at and, for details of further preview material and pre-release promotions, keep an eye on these official sources.

Thanks again for your plug.



Posted by Web Sheriff | December 3, 2008 11:10 AM

Hurry up kiddies.. Lots of great seats to be had!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2008 11:56 AM

Yeah - Don't delay on that Columbus Show -that will be the one to check out - have you seen that theater???


Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2008 3:01 PM

There is a PHILLY area date as well: 2/02 at Keswick Theatre 2 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Posted by Jen | December 5, 2008 11:44 AM

how do we get presale tickets for the date in washington dc?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 7:14 PM

"Hurry up kiddies.. Lots of great seats to be had!!! "

Don't call us kiddies you jerkface

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 7:28 PM

There's nothing to "get" except his incredible music. Listen to the Fresh Air interview by Terry Gross - its about so much MORE than identifying with someone strictly by their sexuality. Frankly if my guy said he was really into Antony I would be THRILLED. It's time to grow bigger - to step outside of your own confines of needing first to define or label - because to label anyone anything at all is to impose a pre-conceived set of barriers and restrictions. Antony has the personal and creative freedom to step outside the boundaries of definition. Just give it a try - he's amazing in so many more ways than musically. Which by itself, really WOULD be quite enough!!!

Posted by annie j | February 8, 2009 11:07 AM

Antony = Gimmick

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2009 11:16 AM

David Garland interviews Antony tonight on WNYC's Spinning On Air

Posted by drewo | February 8, 2009 11:42 AM

are animal collective fans and tim and eric fans the same people?

Posted by شات كتابي | October 27, 2010 4:41 AM

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