Mikal Cronin will release his highly anticipated Merge debut MCII on May 7 in the US and May 14 in Europe.
Today, Mikal announced full band tour dates beginning May 23 in San Diego and continuing through June 29 in Tucson, AZ. In addition to the new tour dates this summer, Mikal and his band will be at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX March 14-16.
Like the best artists, Cronin turns his inner turmoil into effervescent pop on MCII. “Shout It Out” splits the difference between the jingle-jangle guitars and pretty harmonies of The La’s and the caterwauling catharsis of Neutral Milk Hotel. Mikal spoke with SPIN about recording MCII and signing to Merge, and both SPIN and Pitchfork gave "Shout it Out" a rave review.
Listen to "Shout it Out" from MCII now via SoundCloud or YouTube.
Recorded in late 2012 by Eric Bauer at Bauer Mansion in San Francisco (except for “Don’t Let Me Go” which was recorded by Cronin at home), MCII is all Mikal. With the few exceptions noted earlier, he played all of the instruments, overdubbing himself. “It all makes total sense to me, but when I step back, it sounds kind of schizophrenic,” Cronin says. “Hopefully it all sounds enough like me to make sense.”
Pre-order MCII now on CD or LP + limited “Mikal Cronin edition” tie-dyed Merge logo t-shirts in the Merge store.
Mikal Cronin on tour:
Mar 14 – Mar 16 Austin TX SXSW
May 23 San Diego, CA The Casbah
May 24 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
May 25 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop
June 6 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
June 7 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
June 8 Missoula, MT Old Beck VFW Post 209
June 10 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
June 13 - 15 Toronto, ON Silver Dollar (NXNE Festival)
June 16 Montreal, Quebec La Divan Orange
June 17 Boston, MA Great Scott
June 18 Philly, PA Kung Fu Necktie
June 20 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
June 21 Washington DC Comet Ping Pong
June 22 Asheville, NC Emerald Lounge
June 23 Atlanta, GA The Earl
June 24 Nashville, TN The Stone Fox
June 26 Dallas, TX Club Dada
June 27 Austin, TX Mohawk Inside
June 28 Marfa, TX Padre's
June 29 Tucson, AZ Club Congress