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Meg Baird’s new band Heron Oblivion streaming debut album for Sub Pop, playing Levitation & other shows

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Alissa Anderson
Meg Baird Heron Oblivion

Meg Baird has been making quality psychedelic folk for a while, both on her own and as a member of Espers, and she’s now leading another band, Heron Oblivion. It’s something of a supergroup, with two members of Comets on Fire and one member of Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound involved too, and their self-titled debut album comes out next week (3/4) via Sub Pop. Compared to Meg’s other projects, this is heavier psychedelic rock with liberal usage of wah pedals. And Meg wails over this thing like a British folk rock powerhouse straight out of the ’60s/early ’70s — think Sandy Denny, Maddy Prior, or Jacqui McShee and you’ve got an idea. It’s not just a trip back to the ’60s though. With crisp, modern production, Heron Oblivion has a foot in the present too. Stream the whole record below (via NPR).

The band have a few shows coming up on the West Coast, and they’re also playing the Levitation festivals in Austin and Vancouver, and Marfa Myths in Texas. All dates are listed below.

Heron Oblivion — 2016 Tour Dates
THU, Mar 3 Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA (w/CCR Headcleaner, Bill Orcutt)
SAT, Mar 5 Resident, Los Angeles, CA (w/Morgan Delt, Itasca)
SUN, Mar 6 Til Two, San Diego, CA
FRI, Mar 11 Marfa Myths Festival , Marfa, TX
SUN, Mar 20 Don Quixote Music Hall, Felton , CA
SAT, Apr 30 Carson Creek Ranch , Austin, TX (Levitation Fest)
FRI, Jun 17 Levitation Festival (Vancouver), Vancouver, Canada

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