The Mountain Goats announce the first leg of their fall tour, kicking off October 9 in Richmond, Virginia.
Opening for the Mountain Goats will be Matthew E. White, who wrote the horn arrangements for the band’s forthcoming release, Transcendental Youth.
Matthew E. White, described by Stereogum as “bring together the warm, haunted tones of Leonard Cohen, Terry Riley, and Dr. John,” will be performing his debut album Big Inner with a 9-piece band; his horn section, in this special tour engagement, will join in the Mountain Goats’ set. John Darnielle writes of the collaboration: “One of my fondest memories of the Transcendental Youth recording sessions is listening in the control room as Matthew and his players brought his horn arrangements to life on the other side of the glass. Me and Peter and Jon just sat there with our jaws on the floor. We can't wait to hear it come together live.”
Before the tour kicks off, the Mountain Goats will play a covers and rarities set at the Hopscotch Music Festival September 7 in Raleigh, NC. Then on October 6 in Durham, NC, the Mountain Goats will perform the program Transcendental Youth with the world-renowned vocal quartet, Anonymous 4. Five songs from Transcendental Youth, in special vocal arrangements by Owen Pallett, serve as the hub of the program, which also spans the catalog of both the Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4. The program was performed earlier this year at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City and at The Barbican in London.
Hear the first single "Cry for Judas" now on the Merge SoundCloud page, and pre-order Transcendental Youth now on CD and LP in the Merge store.
The Mountain Goats on tour:
Sept 1 Livermore, CA Wente Vineyards Estate Winery%
Sept 7 Raleigh, NC Fletcher Opera Theatre (Hopscotch Music Festival)
Oct 6 Durham, NC Reynolds Industries Theatre w/ Anonymous 4
Oct 9 Richmond, VA The National*
Oct 10 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar*
Oct 11 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts*
Oct 14 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Oct 15 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
Oct 18 Boston, MA House of Blues*
Oct 19 Ithaca, NY The Haunt*
Oct 20 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre*
Oct 22 Grand Rapids, MI The Ladies Literary Club*
Oct 23 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre*
Oct 24 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre*
Oct 26 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose TapHouse*
Oct 27 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre*
% The Dodos
*w/ Matthew E. White