UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp Soul touchstones. Timeless pop hooks are produced with a soft buzzsaw edge so that the effect is akin to Stevie Wonder producing Plastic Ono Band into Nuggets-like gems. It's a one-two punch that has caught the ear of hip-hop community heavyweights (?uestlove, El-P, Big Boi) and indie-world heroes (Liars, Toro Y Moi). With bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Riley Geare, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is preparing a full-length for Jagjaguwar in early 2013.

WATCH // UMO Perform Live on Amsterdam’s DWDD

While on tour in Amsterdam last week, Unknown Mortal Orchestra stopped by the DWDD talkshow. The band performed “Opposite of Afternoon” for the live audience. Check out Ruban with an acoustic guitar – something we’ve really only seen him do for sit-down sessions. Cool! Watch above. Head HERE to stream the band playing “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark).”

WATCH // UMO’s Rick Alverson-Directed “From the Sun” Video

Another day, another video! Here’s a new piece for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “From The Sun.” You know you’re in for something stellar/dark/bending with a director like Rick Alverson on board. Watch above or at Noisey.

It’s no surprise this band has a million upcoming tour dates. Catch them at a number of festivals and venues starting this summer and through the end of the year.

UMO Remixes Lindstrom, Announces Fall Tour Dates

Unknown Mortal Orchestra returns the remix favor with a reworking of Lindstrom’s “Rà-àkõ-st.” You’ll recognize UMO’s touch right away, echoing lines from Ruban’s II. Stream the track above.

What makes a remix even better? New tour dates, of course. UMO has extended what is making itself out to be a year-long tour, with shows going into September and October. You’ll find the new dates below.

 
TOUR DATES:
Sept-26 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Sept-27 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Sept-28 San Diego, CA – Casbah
Sept-29 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Oct-2 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Oct-3 Little Rock, AR – Stickyz RocknRoll Chicken Shack
Oct-4 Nashville, TN – Exit In
Oct-5 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Oct-6 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Oct-8 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct-9 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Oct-14 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct-15 Montreal, Canada – Cabaret Mile End
Oct-16 Toronto, Canada – Lee’s Palace
Oct-17 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Oct-18 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Oct-19 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar
Oct-22 Madison, WI – The Frequency
Nov-7 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Nov-8 Manchester, UK – Gorilla

Check out all of UMO’s dates HERE.

LISTEN UP // UMO Performs Live for The Line of Best Fit

Unknown Mortal Orchestra brings you an acoustic version of “So Good At Being In Trouble.” Recorded for The Line of Best Fit back in February, the track takes a laid back turn, but still encompasses a serious bite. You can watch the session above.

Since their May shows have sold out, UMO have just announced they will return to the UK later this year. You can see them at London’s Electric Ballroom on November 7th and Manchester’s Gorilla the following day. See all of their upcoming dates HERE.

From The Sun by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

So Good At Being In Trouble by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

04/26/14
Mecca, CA - Desert Daze

05/03/14
Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest

07/12/14
Lisbon, PT - Optimus Alive

07/27/14
Denver, CO - Underground Music Showcase

08/01/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/02/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/16/14
Mexico City, ME - Ceremonia Festival

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