The following new tours were announced. Check the Tour Dates category every day for more.
Brooklyn soul/R&B group Phony Ppl gained a huge boost of success thanks to last year's mo’za-ik, and they've just announced a free hometown show in 2020, happening at The Sultan Room on 2/2 (free with RSVP). They've also got a pair of shows with The Roots in Boston and Detroit later this month, along with a pair of other NYC dates: first opening for Boston-based seven-piece Ripe at NYC's Webster Hall on 2/7, and an appearance at Winter Jazzfest 2020 in January. Find all dates here, and watch Phony Ppl perform with Megan Thee Stallion on NPR's Tiny Desk below.
Los Angeles noisepunks No Age have a few upcoming shows in various parts of North America: LA's Zebulon on December 20 where they'll perform a live soundtrack to skateboard documentary Ye Olde Destruction; Chicago's Empty Bottle on December 28; and Calgary, AB's Winter Classic festival in late January with Bully, Ezra Furman, Weaves, Bodega, and lots more.
Wand were on tour with Stereolab earlier this fall, and right after the holidays will head out on a short California tour with two nights at The Echo in L.A., and then shows in San Francisco, Sacramento and Novato. To make things even more psychedelic, Wand will have the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show will them doing visuals for all those shows. All dates are here and you can listen to this year's great Laughing Matter:
Ska vets The Slackers already have a run of US holiday shows this month (including NYC's Webster Hall on 12/20), and the band has just announced even more dates happening in 2020. They'll do a brief Northeastern run in March, hitting Jersey City (White Eagle Hall on 3/27), Philly, Toronto, and Quebec. Check here for all dates.
When Kenan Thompson isn't busy with SNL these days, he's doing the occasional stand-up show, and he's got three scheduled for this weekend at NYC's Knitting Factory on 12/7 and 12/8 which all billed as "The Ultimate Comedy Experience with Kenan Thompson." The Saturday afternoon show' is listed as being "hosted by Zoey Burger" (Will Keenan be there long for this one? He's got to be busy with SNL as it airs that night); then there is a Sunday afternoon show with Carolyn White, and then the third, sold out show happening later that night with fellow SNL cast member Melissa Villasenor and comedian Matt Friend.
SWEDEN MAKES MUSIC
As the title suggests, annual NYC event Sweden Makes Music brings together many pop artists hailing from the Scandinavian country and this year's show, as usual, happens at Baby's All Right on December 17 with performances by Elias, Mapei, Le Sinner, DJ Clea, and Morabeza Tobacco. Like past years, admission is free with RSVP. Maybe one of them will be the next ABBA or Ace of Bass? Head here to find out more about the event.
THIRD EYE BLIND / SAVES THE DAY
Third Eye Blind announced 2020 tour dates with killer support from Saves The Day, behind last year's Screamer.
The Orb announced 2020 UK dates with Mad Professor and Don Letts, behind their upcoming 17th album, Abolition of the Royal Familia.
Brooklyn’s SAVAK (who just released a 4-track EP Mirror Maker) are playing a hometown show this weekend with Kissed by an Animal, Desert Sharks and Irrevery.
NYHC legends Gorilla Biscuits have added a 2020 Long Island date to their upcoming tour, with support from Kill Your Idols, Have Heart/Basement offshoot Fiddlehead, and LIHC up and comers Rule Them All.
MUMFORD AND SONS (ADDED TO WFMU'S HOLIDAY CHEER)
Mumford and Sons will play an acoustic set at WFVU's "Holiday Cheer" benefit, alongside Mavis Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Yola. They've got other dates this month, all of which are radio station related.