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Mono releasing new LP this week (stream it), touring with Emma Ruth Rundle

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photo by Chigi Kanbe

Japanese post-rock vets Mono are releasing their tenth album, Nowhere Now Here, this Friday (1/25) via Temporary Residence Ltd (pre-order), and we’re premiering a full stream of the album ahead of its release. Nowhere Now Here sees Mono experimenting with electronics, it’s their first album with new drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla, and it’s the first time that Tamaki Kunishi has added her vocals to a Mono song. The song with Tamaki singing is recent single “Breathe,” which brings Mono almost into Beach House territory, but don’t let that song make you think Mono have gone soft. While Nowhere Now Here does have some of Mono’s most gentle, ethereal music, it also has at least as many crushingly heavy, near-metal moments. With the many peaks and valleys of Mono’s sound here, it’s the kind of album that’s best played start to finish (and best played loudly), and that can truly suck you in and transport you to another world if you do so. Listen to the whole thing below.

Mono are also touring this year, not just in support of Nowhere Now Here but also to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. They’ve just announced a North American leg of the tour, with well-matched opener Emma Ruth Rundle. That tour goes down in May and June, hitting NYC, LA, Chicago, Austin, Toronto, and much more.

The NYC show happens on May 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/25) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

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Mono / Emma Ruth Rundle — 2019 North American Tour Dates
May 15 / El Club / Detroit, MI
May 16 / The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern / Toronto, ON
May 17 / Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. / Montréal, QC
May 18 / 3S Artspace / Portsmouth, NH
May 19 / Brighton Music Hall / Boston, MA
May 20 / Union Transfer / Philadelphia, PA
May 22 / Music Hall of Williamsburg / Brooklyn, NY
May 23 / Union Stage / Washington, DC
May 24 / Motorco Music Hall / Durham, NC
May 25 / The Earl / Atlanta, GA
May 28 / White Oak Music Hall / Houston, TX
May 29 / Club Dada / Dallas, TX
May 30 / Barracuda / Austin, TX
Jun 1 / Meow Wolf / Santa Fe, NM
Jun 2 / Rebel Lounge / Phoenix, AZ
Jun 3 / Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever / Los Angeles, CA
Jun 5 / Great American Music Hall / San Francisco, CA
Jun 7 / Aladdin Theater / Portland, OR
Jun 8 / Neumos / Seattle, WA
Jun 10 / Urban Lounge / Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 11 / Marquis Theatre / Denver, CO
Jun 13 / Blueberry Hill Duck Room / St. Louis, MO
Jun 14 / Headliners Music Hall / Louisville, KY
Jun 15 / Bohemian National Cemetery / Chicago, IL

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