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The Mountain Goats announce intimate tour for 2016

on December 09, 2015, 11:50am

Back in April, The Mountain Goats played a gig at New York City’s City Winery. Prior to taking the stage, they performed a small session in the venue’s cellar, no amps and no planned set list. Band mastermind John Darnielle felt so inspired by the “quick and dirty, old-school style” session that he decided to strip down their gear for their main set upstairs, giving the show a “sort of small-ensemble feel, lower in volume but actually higher in intensity.” That ended up being one of the band’s favorite concerts of the year, and so they’re planning to do more of the same on a new string of dates set for spring of next year.

In a statement, Darnielle explained that while the particulars of each show will vary, the intimate April tour will very much reflect that show from a year prior. “…Smaller rooms, audible frequencies, up close and personal: this is the general plan,” Darnielle wrote. “Making eye contact with people in the back row, being able to go off-mic when I want to and still be heard. Total visibility.”

Prior to the run, Darnielle will play a few solo sets, including stops at San Francisco’s Noise Pop. Check out the band’s full itinerary below, followed by NYC Taper recordings of “Up the Wolves” and “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” from the set that inspired the upcoming tour.

The Mountain Goats 2016 Tour Dates:
02/24 – Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theater *
02/25 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive (Frank Gathering) *
02/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall (Noise Pop) *
02/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall (Noise Pop) *
04/01 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater
04/02 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
04/03 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
04/04 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
04/06 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall @ Babeville
04/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04/08 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
04/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
04/11 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
04/12 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
04/13 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
04/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College
04/16 – York, PA @ Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
04/17 – New York, NY @ City Winery
04/18 – New York, NY @ City Winery
04/19 – New York, NY @ City Winery

* = John Darnielle solo

“Up the Wolves”:

“The Legend of Chavo Guerrero”:

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