Moon Duo Announce Tour and Live In Ravenna

Moon Duo Announce Tour and Live In Ravenna, Out August 19th On Sacred Bones, Moon duo play their next show August 29 in Asheville, NC at Transfigurations ll

After the release of 2012’s Circles LP, Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson relocated the band for the second time since its 2009 formation in San Francisco, this time from Blue River, Colorado to Portland, Oregon. Though the band had been initially conceived as an experiment in maximal sonic possibilities with minimal personnel and they had always toured as a duo, before heading to Europe in the summer of 2013, Yamada and Johnson decided to change things up and for the first time ever, try adding a drummer. That drummer ended up being John Jeffrey, who was hired sight unseen after meeting Moon Duo’s manager in Berlin.

As it happened, Jeffrey joined the band just in time for a tour that “was defined by sweltering heat,” as described by Yamada. Despite shows every night during the most brutal stretch of summer, Yamada, Johnson and Jeffrey soon realized Moon Duo as a three-piece was gelling through the hot and hazy weather, and having a drummer in the mix added a dynamism and flexibility they had never experienced before on stage. They decided to document this new incarnation of the band and asked engineer Mattia Coletti to record the Italian leg of the tour.

Live in Ravenna, due out as a limited, one-time vinyl pressing of 2,000 and digital only on August 19th on Sacred Bones, is the result of one of those nights of recording. It does an incredible job of capturing the emerging sound of Moon Duo as a three-piece. “Ravenna was memorable for a number of reasons, the most prominent being the really very intense heat, and the setting – Hanabi has an outdoor stage on the beach, the Adriatic Sea only meters away,” Yamada explains. “The show that night, and the recording of it, sort of encapsulates everything that was happening at the time – the heat wave, the journey, and the shift in the energy and composition of the band.”

After soaking in the Moon Duo three-piece live vibes, catch the trio all over North America with The Horrors, the UK and beyond.


01. In The Sun
02. Mazes
03. Free Action
04. I Been Gone
05. Motorcycle, I Love You
06. Goners

Tue. Aug. 29 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight [Transfigurations II]
Mon. Sep.1 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
Tue. Sep. 2 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
Wed. Sep. 3 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Tunnel
Thu. Sep. 4 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Caves
Fri. Sep. 5 – Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open Festival
Sun. Sep. 7 – Moscow, RU @ Teatr
Wed. Sep. 10 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Eightball Club
Thu. Sep. 11 – Athens, GR @ An Club
Sat. Sep. 13 – Valada, PO @ Reverence Festival
Mon. Sep. 15 – Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival
Thu. Sep. 18 – Cardiff UK @ Club Ifor Bach
Fri. Sep. 19 – London UK @ Queen Elizabeth Hall
Sun. Sep. 21 – Brussels, BL @ AB with Goat
Mon. Oct. 13 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
Tue. Oct. 14 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory *
Wed. Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater *
Thu. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore *
Sat. Oct. 18 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
Sun. Oct. 19 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre *
Mon. Oct. 20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
Wed. Oct. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe *
Thu. Oct. 23 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater *
Fri. Oct. 24 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room *
Sat. Oct. 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Mon. Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Tue. Oct. 28 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
Thu. Oct 30 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House *
Fri. Oct. 31 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre *
Sat. Nov. 1 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
Sun. Nov. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Wed. Nov. 4 – New York, NY @ Stage 48 *
Thu. Nov. 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
Mon. Nov. 10 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
Tue. Nov. 11 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
Wed. Nov. 12 – Austin, TX @ Parish *

* with The Horrors

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