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Sunn O))) announce new album; Stephen O’Malley playing shows (including National Sawdust)

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Sunn O))) at Power of the Riff 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sunn O)))

Drone-metal titans Sunn O))) have just announced a new album. It’s called Kannon, and it will be out on their usual label Southern Lord on December 4. The album will be their first non-collaborative full-length since 2009’s Monoliths and Dimensions, although it comes rather quickly on the heels of last year’s album with Scott Walker (no not that Scott Walker). In a press release, the band called Kannon their most “figurative” and “metal” album, and they also managed to drop a Darkthrone reference, so that all bodes rather well.

Sunn O))) have a few European dates coming up, and band member Stephen O’Malley also has some of his own shows, including solo gigs and other various collaborations. One of those solo gigs is in NYC at the newly opened Williamsburg venue National Sawdust on October 25. It’s part of Pitchfork/Blackened Music’s ‘Tinnitus’ series. He’ll be joined by Glenn Branca Ensemble guitarist Reg Bloor and Andrew Hock, who used to play in Castevet and now plays in Psalm Zero. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Check out a video of Sunn O))) playing at Primavera Sound earlier this year, as well as a lecture that Stephen O’Malley gave to the Red Bull Music Academy in 2013, and the list of tour dates, below…

Sunn O))), Stephen O’Malley, etc — 2015 Tour Dates (Euro date format)
03 10 2015 (Stephen O’Malley solo) Denovali Festival, Essen, Germany

09 10 2015 (Tempestarii by Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert, Live music by Stephen O’Malley) Center For Fine Arts Brussels/Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

11 10 2015 (Richard Pinhas & Stephen O’Malley duo) TUSK Festival, Newcastle, UK

22 10 2015 (Tempestarii by Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert, Live music by Stephen O’Malley) Insomnia Festival, Tromsø, Norway

24 10 2015 (Stephen O’Malley solo) Luminaria Cultural Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX, USA

25 10 2015 (Stephen O’Malley solo) National Sawdust, Brooklyn, USA

29 10 2015 (Okkyung Lee & Stephen O’Malley duo) Cafe Oto, London, UK

30 10 2015 (Stephen O’Malley solo) Vecteur, Charleroi, Belgium

31 10 2015 (Stephen O’Malley solo) KILBI IM FALL / Palace and Grabenhalle, St Gallen, Suisse

01 11 2015 (Murnau’s “L’aurore” with live music by KTL [Peter Rehberg & Stephen O’Malley]) INMUTE ’15 / Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

21 11 2015 [Sunn O)))] Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

23 11 2015 [Sunn O)))] Yoyo / Palais Tokyo, RBMA Paris festival, Paris, France

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