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The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle announces West coast solo tour

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    lolla friday goats 1 The Mountain Goats John Darnielle announces West coast solo tour

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    This summer, The Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle will embark on a West Coast solo tour. Following the full band’s May run in Australia, Darnielle (utilizing the band name as a solo moniker as he did early in his career) will play a series of eight shows throughout June and July in locales like Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Opening for Darnielle on several shows will be guitarist/former Ponytail member Dustin Wong.

    In an announcement on The Mountain Goats’ website, Darnielle contextualized the solo outing with a story from his youth, eventually summating the decision by explaining that “the songs I sing, which are often about finding ways to call a dark dungeon a glittering castle & really mean it, have some of their genesis in me being a fearful young kid with just enough presence of mind to turn to music as an escape. The fact that I’m able to play them on guitar certainly owes much to my finding a path home that other kids on the block didn’t want to take.”

    In addition to the West Coast gigs, Darnielle has announced two shows in one night (September 7th) at Raleigh, NC’s Fletcher Opera House as part of the Hopscotch Music Festival. Tentatively titled “Nearer My Hateful Mankind Plague to Thee”, the event will feature one set of requests followed by one set of metal covers. For more info or to snag tickets, visit Hopscotch’s website.

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    Peep the full tour schedule below. The Mountain Goats’ latest album, All Eternals Deck, is out now via Merge.

    The Mountain Goats 2012 Tour Dates:
    04/19 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
    04/21 – St. Louis, MO Gargoyle at Washington University
    05/01 – Perth, AU @ The Bakery
    05/03 – Byron Bay, AU @ The Great Northern
    05/04 – Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
    05/06 – Sydney, AU @ The Metro
    05/08 – Katoomba, AU @ The Clarendon
    05/10 – Melbourne, AU @ The Corner Hotel
    06/22 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theater # *
    06/23 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater # *
    06/25 – Portland, OR @ The Mission Theater # *
    06/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish Music Hall # *
    06/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish Music Hall # *
    06/30 – Santa Monica, CA @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop # *
    07/01 – Santa Monica, CA @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop # *
    07/03 – Claremont, CA @ Folk Music Center #
    09/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Flethcer Opera House (Hopscotch Music Festival) #

    # = John Darnielle solo show
    * = w/ Dustin Wong

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