JM Acoustic Performance at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco.
That’s right – we’re doing it and we couldn’t be more excited. The W.A.S and Of Montreal families are joining forces to put on hell of a circus show. Something your eyes have yet to smell and something your ears have yet to see… You feel us?
Check out a snippet from the highlight on pitchfork.com.
Hope to see you on the road!
Theatrical Georgia-based art freaks of Montreal and Janelle Monáe have been very public mutual admirers for a while now. Of Montreal showed up on Monáe’s BNM’edalbum The ArchAndroid to hijack a track, Monáe will show up twice on of Montreal’s forthcoming LP False Priest, and of Montreal invited Monáe onstage to moonwalk atlast year’s Lollapalooza. They’ve toured together before, but Of Montreal and Monáewill hit the road for a joint trek this fall.
Talking to Pitchfork last month, of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes revealed some ambitious plans for this tour: “We’re going to marry the two shows together, in a way. It doesn’t feel like you go see a band, and there’s a pause, and there’s another pause, and then it’s over. We want to control the environment from right when the doors open, and have performance art and video performances and so many different levels of artistic stimulation that would go on throughout the whole night, so there’s never a moment where there’s house music or boring lighting. We want to transform the venues each night, so it becomes this exceptional experience for everyone.”
Before the tour kicks off, of Montreal will play a few shows, and Monáe will hit some festivals. Dates below.
And in other of Montreal news, the band’s “Coquet Coquette” digital single is out now, and it includes remixes from Starfucker and Yip Deceiver.
Of Montreal / Janelle Monáe:
09-13 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09-14 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09-15 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
09-16 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-17 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09-18 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09-19 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
09-21 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
09-22 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
09-23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-24 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
09-26 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
10-21 St. Louis, MO – Pageant
10-22 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
10-23 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
10-24 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theater
10-25 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10-27 Seattle, WA – The Paramount
10-28 Portland, OR - Roseland
10-30 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
11-01 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
11-02 Dallas, TX – The Granada Theatre
11-03 Austin, TX – East Side Drive In
11-04 Houston, TX – Numbers
11-05 Oxford, MS – The Lyric
This Wondamix is featured on the below musical compilation compiled by our own Chuck Lightning. Check it out!
We Bumped Our Heads Against the Clouds
The 2010 Believer Music Issue CD
Compiled by Chuck Lightning
BUY THE BELIEVER CD HERE: http://www.believermag.com/issues/201007/
CD enclosed with the July/August print issue
1. “SELF!,” DEEP COTTON
A great cover of of Hot Chocolate’s 1980 jam “Are You Getting Enough Of What Makes You Happy.”
Jane makes London do a little bit more than smile…
Support Wondaland and Vote for Janelle Monae and the ArchAndroid for the best r&B album!!!
Check out this review from Entertainment Tonight!
By Carolyn Richardson
In seven days, 25-year-old Janelle Monae, a rock & soul princess, has risen from seeming obscurity to taking on The King of Pop’s rumored favorite song “Smile” and Prince‘s “Let’s Go Crazy” — two colossal songs that helped define their respective eras. With her electrifying performances of each, her talent ensures she won’t be letting the elevator bring her down anytime soon.
The first song, Charlie Chaplin‘s “Smile,” was featured on Billboard’s Mashup Mondays last week with an intimate live performance of the song, with Monae’s sultry voice only accompanied by soulful electric guitar. While many first learned of her unique style and James Brown-esque dance moves during her “Let’s Go Crazy” tribute to Prince at last night’s BET Awards, she has already amassed accolades for her own music.
Her first album release, Metropolis: The Chase Suite, included “Many Moons,” which garnered a Grammy nod in 2009. She’s even touched “American Idol,” as the 2009 finale featured “Open Happiness,” an inspirational song co-written by Monae. With the momentum that she continues to gain, a Grammy win may be in order with last month’s release of her second album, The ArchAndroid, with its lead single “Tightrope” carrying a dance that is as entertaining and infectious as Michael Jackson‘s Moonwalk. A master in the studio and on stage, the singer/songwriter has shared the same stage as mega stars No Doubt, Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco and is currently on tour with Of Montreal. She’s also firing up the tube, having appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Mo’Nique Show.”
Hers was a busy weekend. On Friday, she received the Vanguard Award at the 23rd Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, which recognizes songwriters whose impact of musical genres helps shape the future of American music. Prince was a surprise guest at the ceremony in support of Monae, and she acknowledges he has inspired her. During her acceptance speech, she shared that her trademark tuxedo is worn in homage to her parents who were low-wage workers who worked in sanitation. She calls herself a “supporter of imagination who takes risks so that others can take risks.” Having roots stemming from a childhood in Kansas City, Kansas, an arts education in New York City, and stardom that began in Atlanta, Georgia, Monae is more than well-traveled. Something tells me, however, with the buzz she is continuing to get, she’ll be traveling much more often in her future to share her ArchAndroid tunes with the world. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so. She’s been featured in Vogue and will appear in InStyle‘s July 2010 issue. Yesterday, Monae was the No. 1 worldwide trending topic on Twitter!