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Hiss Golden Messenger releasing ‘Heart Like A Levee,’ touring (dates, stream)

Hiss Golden Messenger
photo by Andy Tennille

Hiss Golden Messenger will follow 2014’s great Lateness of Dancers with a new album, Heart Like a Levee, on October 7 via Merge. The album was produced by main HGM member M.C. Taylor along with Bradley Cook, and it features contributions from brothers Phil and Bradley Cook on piano and bass, respectively; Matt McCaughan on drums; Tift Merritt and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig on backing vocals; and Matt Douglas and Michael Lewis on horns. There’s also a deluxe version which includes the bonus album Vestapol, which was recorded at the same time as Heart Like a Levee. Check out the album’s lead single “Biloxi” below.

Hiss Golden Messenger just played a free BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn Festival show in Central Park on Saturday (7/16) with The Wood Brothers and Aoife O’Donovan (did you go?), and he has that upcoming LA show with Bon Iver and Patti Smith. Since we last spoke, HGM added a much lengthier tour surrounding that LA show.

The new dates bring him back to Brooklyn on November 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with special guest Tift Merritt (who’s on his new album). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/22) at noon with Spotify and AmEx presales starting Wednesday (7/20) at 10 AM and noon, respectively. All dates are listed below.

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Hiss Golden Messenger — 2016 Tour Dates
Oct 14 Asheville, NC – Mothlight *
Oct 15 Nashville, TN – Exit/In ^
Oct 16 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West *
Oct 17 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s ^
Oct 18 Austin, TX – The Parish ^
Oct 21 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater #
Oct 23 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (w/ Bon Iver, Patti Smith)
Oct 25 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
Oct 27 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
Oct 29 Vancouver, BC – The Fox ^
Oct 30 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern ^
Nov 01 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *
Nov 02 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater *
Nov 04 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon ^
Nov 05 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club #
Nov 06 Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk #
Nov 07 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch ^
Nov 09 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern *
Nov 10 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz *
Nov 11 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
Nov 12 Newtown, CT – Edmond Town Hall ^
Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
Nov 15 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Nov 17 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel ^
Nov 19 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Dec 01 Antwerp, BE – De Roma
Dec 03 Brighton, UK – Bleach
Dec 04 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 05 London, UK – Village Underground
Dec 07 Berlin, DE – Privat Club
Dec 08 Amsterdam, NE – Bitterzoet

# – with special guest Tift Merritt
* – with The Dead Tongues
^ – with Phil Cook

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