Devendra Banhart @ MHOW, 2/8/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Devendra Banhart

Mr. Banhart, who says he rarely listens to his earlier work, admits to a degree of progress on "Mala." "I don't think I'm getting better, quote unquote, as a singer or guitar player," he said. "But I'm more comfortable in this particular space. I get better at being a bad singer, so to speak."

In other words, Mr. Banhart is no longer especially freakish nor folksy, much like the other wider-ranging musicians with whom he's been linked. Yet they've all managed to stay true to their outlier roots while attaining a degree of musical adulthood. In pop that balance can be the freakiest, and most rewarding, trip of all. - [NY Times]

That Times article above, is a follow-up in a way to its 2004 article on the "freak-folk" scene on the "freak folk" scene that also included Joanna Newsom and Animal Collective. Devendra Banhart, who released his new album Mala a couple weeks ago, is definitely playing nice venues these days, and has just added a show at NYC's Town Hall on June 12. Tickets for that show go on sale on Friday at 11 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

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Devendra Banhart - 2013 Tour Dates
May 4 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
May 5 - Gothic Theatre - Denven, CO
May 8 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
May 9 - Belly Up Tavern - San Diego, CA
May 11 - SoHo - Santa Barbara, CA
May 12 - Pappy & Harriet's - Pioneertown, CA
May 14 - Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
May 16 - Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
May 18 - Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz, CA
May 21 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 23 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
May 25 - The Gorge, Sasquatch! Festival - Quincy, WA
May 26 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
May 30 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
May 31 - Park West - Chicago, IL
June 1 - Saint Andrew's Hall - Detroit, MI
June 3 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto. ON
June 5 - Théâtre Corona - Montreal, QC
June 7 - Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA
June 8 - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC
June 10 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
June 12 - Town Hall - NYC
June 26 - Button Factory - Dublin, Ireland
June 28 - The Old Market - Brighton, UK
July 2 - Kulturkirch - Köln, Germany
July 3 - Gruenspan - Hamburg, Germany
July 4 - Muffathalle - Munich, Germany
July 6 - Heineken Open'er Festival - Gdynia, Poland
July 8 - Heimathafen Neukölln - Berlin, Germany
July 9 - Mousonturm - Frankfurt, Germany
July 11 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 12 - Le Splendid - Lille, France
July 13 - Le Trianon - Paris, FR
July 17 - The Ritz - Manchester, UK
July 18 - Barbican Hall - London, UK
July 19 - Plaine de la machine à feu, Dour Festival - Dour, Belgium
July 21 - Dolní Vítkovice, Colours of Ostrava festival - Ostrava, Czech Republic
July 22 - KKL Luzerner Saal - Lucerne Switzerland Blue Balls Festival
July 25 - Piazza Napoleone - Lucca, Italy With Neil Young
July 26 - Rock in Rome - Rome, Italy With Neil Young

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