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tours announced: The The’s new live lineup, Grizzly Bear, Decemberists, more

The The 2018 (photo: John Claridge)
The The 2018 (photo: John Claridge)

The following new tours were announced. Check the Tour Dates category every day for more.

THE THE

Matt Johnson will be embarking on his first The The tour of North America in 18 years in September and the lineup of the band has just been announced. Johnny Marr is sadly not a part of The The this time out, but the group features Mind Bomb/Dusk era bassist James Eller, plus DC Collard on keyboards (who was on the ‘Lonely Planet’ tour), Earl Harvin on drums (representing the ‘Naked’ tour), and new member Barrie Cadogan of Little Barrie (and Edwyn Collins’ band) on guitar. Johnson says, “For this tour I wanted to strip down many of the songs and actually reduce the sonic palette. We won’t be using any samplers, click-tracks, sequencers or synthesizers. It’s just five musicians performing reinterpretations of my catalogue. The songs are not supposed to be reproductions of the album versions and many of them don’t sound like they do on the old recordings.” The tour includes two NYC shows.

JON HOPKINS

Currently in NYC having played Festival of Disruption over the weekend with another NYC show tomorrow, Jon Hopkins will return for a proper North American tour in September which will be opened by Daniel Avery and Leon Vynehall.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Grizzly Bear have once again expanded their 2018 tour in continued support of last year’s great Painted Ruins, which was their first album in five years. Newly-added dates include shows in Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, and Alabama, and that’s in addition to the FOUR NYC-area shows they’re playing in June (two of which are co-headlining with Spoon). All dates and tickets HERE.

COURTNEY BARNETT

Courtney Barnett’s great new album is out now and after playing it in full in Brooklyn over the weekend, her tour continues in Chicago tonight (5/21) and running through late October. She returns to NYC in the summer for a big Prospect Park show with Julien Baker and Vagabon.

THE DECEMBERISTS / HOP ALONG

The Decemberists have added even more dates to their tour behind this year’s I’ll Be Your Girl. Today, they announced a European run with support from the great Hop Along who are currently on a North American headlining tour.

POPTONE

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins of Tones on Tail, Love & Rockets and Bauhaus, are currently playing songs from all those groups (though mainly Tones on Tail and Love & Rockets) as POPTONE, and they’ve just announced summer tour dates, including Brooklyn and Long Island shows.

OH SEES

John Dwyer and company are dipping their toes into prog/metal territory on new album Smote Reverser which is out in August via Castle Face. Oh Sees’ tour, which includes three nights in Brooklyn in October, has been expanded to more places around the world.

XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL ADDITIONS

The lineup for Camden, NJ’s XPoNential Music Festival has been expanded to include Natalie Prass, Forth Wanderers, Fantastic Negrito, and The National Reserve. That’s in addition to such previously announced names as David Byrne, The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Sylvan Esso, Bermuda Triangle (Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser), and more. Updated lineup and tickets here.

Browse our Tour Dates category for even more tours you may have missed.

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