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Mikal Cronin played London (pics), spoofs Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” in new video w/ Kurt Braunohler & more

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr; words by Sadaaf Mamoon

Mikal Cronin @ London’s 100 Club, 6/1/2015
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Indie rocker Mikal Cronin and band began a UK/EU tour last Thursday (5/28) at Primavera Sound, in support of their third studio album MCIII, out now on Merge. We caught them playing London’s 100 Club last night (6/1), with pictures in this post.

Mikal also recently premiered the video for “Say” on Funny Or Die, directed by comedian Jonah Ray. Like his recent video that paid homage to Natalie Imbruglia’s “Stay,” this another tip of the hat, this time to Paul Simon‘s “You Can Call Me Al” video, with Jonah, Kurt Braunohler, Nick Thune and other comedians as a contentious bunch of Chevy Chases and Mikal as Paul. It hearkens back to the glory days of tweed blazers on ’80s MTV and is quite cute, the pink utterly befitting of that joyful bassline. Jonah says of the video:

When my friend Mikal Cronin approached me about doing a video parody of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” and said that I would be playing the part of Chevy, I stopped him right there. I said, “Mikal, my dear sweet acquaintance, I alone cannot play ‘the Chevy,’ as we are all ‘the Chevy.’ He is the light, the love, the Fletch.” That’s when Mikal broke down in tears over the phone. I laughed at him and said, “It’ll be okay young, dumb, silly Mikal… It’ll be okay.”

The European leg of the tour wraps up next week (6/10) in Amsterdam, and you can catch Mikal Cronin stateside at NYC’s own 4Knots Music Festival with Super Furry Animals, Twin Peaks and more, on 6/11. Tickets are still available.

Watch the video and check out more pics and the setlist from the London show, below…


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Mikal Cronin @ London’s 100 Club, 6/1/2015

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SETLIST: Mikal Cronin @ 100 Club 6/1/2015 (via)
1. Turn Around
2. Made My Mind Up
3. Apathy
4. Am I Wrong
5. Say
6. Feel Like
7. Weight
8. Get Along
9. iii) Control
10. Shout It Out
11. See It My Way
12. Change
13. ii) Gold
14. vi) Circle
Encore: Green & Blue

Mikal Cronin 2015 Tour Dates
May 28 Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
May 29 Nimes, FR – This Is Not a Love Song Festival
May 30 Nantes, FR – Le Ferrailluer
May 31 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
Jun 01 London, UK – 100 Club
Jun 02 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Jun 04 Porto, PT – Primavera Sound Festival
Jun 05 Ravenna, IT – Beaches Brew Festival
Jun 06 Athens, GR – Plisskën Festival
Jun 08 Berlin, DE – Lido
Jun 09 Cologne, DE – Gebäude 9
Jun 10 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Jun 20 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Jun 21 Chicago, IL – Green Music Festival
Jul 11 New York, NY – 4Knots Music Festival
Jul 12 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl *
Aug 22 Los Angeles, CA – FYF
Sep 05 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios †
Sep 06 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
Sep 07 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Center †
Sep 10 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club †
Sep 11 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon †
Sep 12 Ames, IA – Maximum Ames Music Festival
Sep 14 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog †
Sep 15 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place #
Sep 16 Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall †
Sep 17 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal at Fairmount †
Sep 18 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair †
Sep 20 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater †#
Sep 22 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall †#
Sep 25 Rochester, NY – Anthology %
Sep 27 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s †#
Sep 29 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz %
Sep 30 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre %
Oct 01 Birmingham, AL – Iron City %
Oct 12 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre %
Oct 15 Las Vegas, NV – Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan %
Oct 16 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre %
Oct 17 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre %
* w/ Death Cab for Cutie
# w/ Calvin Love
† w/ Cairo Gang
% w/ Father John Misty

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