Feels like it was just this time last year we were planning our annual pilgrimage to Austin, TX – and now it’s less than a week away. Time’s a funny thing isn’t it? We’re excited to have Viet Cong at SXSW! Schedule is below.
Viet Cong & SXSW
Wed. March 18 – Pitchfork Day Party @ The Mohawk – Main Stage (3:15 PM)
Wed. March 18 – Laneway Showcase @ Red 7 (5:00 PM)
Thurs. March 19 – Consequence of Sound Day Party @ Hype Hotel (4:00 PM)
Thurs. March 19 – Flood Magazine Showcase @ Cedar Street Courtyard (9:00 PM)
Fri. March 20 – SPIN Day Party @ Stubbs (12:00 PM)
Fri. March 20 – FADER @ FADER Fort (5:15 PM)
2005 was a big year for us. We had just turned 9, and rang in the new year with the release of Black Mountain’s self-titled debut release. Ten years and four more Black Mountain releases later, we are psyched to announce that the band is currently gearing up for an epic 10 year anniversary European tour. Kicking it off June 10th at the 100 Club in London, the band will spend the middle half of June bringing their talents to festivals and venues alike. Full dates are below + check out our expertly-curated Black Mountain playlist above or on our YouTube page.
6/10 – London, UK – 100 Club
6/11 – Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
6/12 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
6/13 – Luzern, CH – B-Sides Festival
6/14 – Vienna, AT – Arena
6/15 – Zagreb, HR – KSET
6/16 – Ljubljana, SI – Menzi Pri Koritu
6/17 – Milano, IT – Magnolia Summer Festival
6/19 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES – Azkena Rock Festival
6/21 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
FEB. 19 SAN FRANCISCO, CA (SOLD-OUT)
FEB. 20 CHICO, CA
FEB. 21 PORTLAND, OR (SOLD-OUT)
FEB. 22 SEATTLE, WA (SOLD-OUT)
FEB. 23 BELLINGHAM, WA
FEB. 24 VICTORIA, BC (SOLD-OUT)
FEB. 25 VANCOUVER, BC (SOLD-OUT)
FEB. 26 SPOKANE, WA
APR. 13 MADISON, WI (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 14 MILWAUKEE, WI
APR. 15 CHICAGO, IL (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 16 GRAND RAPIDS, MI (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 17 HAMILTON, ON (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 18 MONTREAL, QC (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 20 BURLINGTON, VT
APR. 21 CAMBRIDGE, MA (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 22 NEW YORK, NY (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 23 BROOKLYN, NY (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 24 PHILADELPHIA, PA (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 25 WASHINGTON, DC (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 26 WASHINGTON, DC (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 27 RALEIGH, NC
APR. 28 ATHENS, GA
APR. 29 NASHVILLE, TN (SOLD-OUT)
APR. 30 BLOOMINGTON, IN
The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.UMO’s new album is out May 26th on Jagjaguwar. Listen to title track “Multi-Love” above or on our SoundCloud page and YouTube..
Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights.
“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” says Ruban. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”
While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre’s touchstones so vital: constant exploration.
Additionally, US and UK tour dates have been announced, and will go on pre-sale on Friday. Full dates + track listing after the jump.