tours announced: Mountain Goats, Acid Mothers Temple, Josh Ritter, KRS-One, more
The following new tours were announced. Check the Tour Dates category every day for more.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE
North America is usually graced with a visit from Japanese psych greats Acid Mothers Temple once a year, and they and their Melting Paraiso UFO will be visiting this spring, including shows in Portland, Detroit, NYC (Bowery Ballroom on May 2), Houston, and more. Dates are still being revealed — head here for details, and check out a track from Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO’s self-titled album from earlier this year:
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
Fresh off John Darnielle publishing his list of his favorite albums of 2019, The Mountain Goats have announced a 2020 tour that begins with three nights in San Francisco and also hits Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Santa Fe (two nights), Denver (two nights), Detroit, and more. All dates here.
South Bronx rap legend KRS-One has some upcoming shows this year and next, including two near his hometown. He plays Atlantic City’s All-Stars of Hip Hop show on 1/19 at Boardwalk Hall with fellow veterans Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Eric B & Rakim, Grandmaster Flash, Kool Moe Dee, Schoolly D, and Tracey Lee; and he plays a headlining NYC show on March 13 at Sony Hall (tickets on sale 12/14 at noon). More dates here.
Josh Ritter will head out on the road in 2020 with the A Book of Gold Thrown Open tour. “I was thinking back to some of my favorite concerts over the years, and I realized how many took place in spaces that were special in their own right,” says Josh. “Cathedrals, synagogues, strange and storied theaters, each bring a special kind of glow to the performance. I was also feeling the urge to play some of my quieter, more narrative songs that I may not always get the chance to perform during larger rock shows. So I decided to put together a tour that would allow me to play these songs, and some new ones that I’ve been writing, in some of these beautiful spaces.” The tour kicks off in Saratoga Springs on March 12 and includes shows at New York’s Murmrr Theatre (3/14), Los Angeles’ First United Church, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, D.C.’s Sixth & I Synagogue, Chicago’s First Unitarian Church and more. All dates are here and you can listen to his new single “The Gospel of Mary” featuring The Milk Carton Kids, below:
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Detroit experimental noise animals Wolf Eyes will be in Brooklyn early in 2020 for a two-night stay at Union Pool on January 30 & 31. The 1/30 show is with Foster Care and Blazer Sound System, while the 1/31 show is with Bill Nace & Paul Flaherty and WFMU’s Brian Turner on DJ duty.
Long-running indie folk band Horse Feathers have begun announcing shows for 2020, and while a full tour hasn’t been revealed yet, so far we know they’re doing a Northwest run in January and playing NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on April 16. More dates may be TBA but all currently announced dates are here.
TINY MOVING PARTS / BELMONT / CAPSTAN / JETTY BONES
Math rock/post-hardcore-tinged pop punks Tiny Moving Parts have announced another round of dates in support of this year’s Hopeless Records debut breathe, including stops in Lancaster, Amityville, Worcester, Asbury Park, Baltimore, Richmond, Durham, Athens, Gainesville, San Antonio, Houston, Las Vegas, and more. All dates and tickets here.
Vundabar are releasing their new album Either Light in spring 2020, and they’ll support it on tour with support varying by date from Dehd, Great Grandpa, Destroy Boys, Ohmme, Boyo, Boyscott, and The Ophelias. All dates and tickets (including Rough Trade NYC on 4/29 with Dehd and Boyscott) here.
Speaking of Great Grandpa, they have many other tour dates in 2020 too.
Christian Fennesz released Agora, his first record under the Fennesz name in five years, back in April. It’s been nearly a decade since Fennesz launched a proper U.S. tour, but he’ll be in the States for Knoxville’s Big Ears festival and will tour North America around it, starting in San Francisco on March 6 and wrapping up at Iowa’s Mission Creek Festival on April 4, with stops along the way in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Montreal, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, DC, Dallas, Durham, Cleveland and Columbia, MI.
BAD RELIGION / ALKALINE TRIO
Bad Religion are celebrating their 40th anniversary on a 2020 tour with Alkaline Trio.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY / OBITUARY / LORD DYING
Before Zakk Wylde assumes his position as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist on Ozzy’s 2020 tour, Zakk’s band Black Label Society will hit the road in February and March with killer support from death metal legends Obituary and the re-activated Lord Dying. Meanwhile, Obituary are on a headlining tour that hits Brooklyn for two shows this week.
Wrekmeister Harmonies announced a new album and Europe tour, but before that tour they’ll open for Martin Bisi (who recorded their new album) at his Solstice release show in Brooklyn.
SHABAKA & THE ANCESTORS
UK jazz great Shabaka Hutchings has been busy with Sons of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming lately, and he’ll return to Shabaka & the Ancestors in 2020 for a new album and US tour.
Torres’ NYC album release show for January is sold out, so she added a bigger NYC show to her spring tour.
Jim Gaffigan‘s The Pale Tourist tour is underway with dates going well into 2020. He’s added a bunch more, including Denver, DC, Seattle, St. Louis and a third show at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on April 9 (use password PALE). All dates ticket links are here.