Published Jul 07, 2010With the new Of Montreal album just around the corner frontman Kevin Barnes is starting to gear up for the road. For Barnes, that means enlisting avant-soul songstress Janelle Monáe to accompany the band on 25 dates as part of a mouth-watering fall tour.
The longtime friends (Barnes contributed a track to Monáe's The ArchAndroid, and Monáe is set to feature on two tracks from the new Of Montreal album, False Priest) will start with two dates in Washington in September before tackling most major U.S. cities through October and November. Unfortunately, the joint tour avoids crossing the border to visit Canada.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Barnes revealed some of his ambitious tour plans.
"We're going to marry the two shows together, in a way," he explained. "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."
Both Barnes and Monáe have a handful of dates by themselves this year. Of Montreal will make a stop at Montreal's Osheaga Festival on July 30 and will take a short European jaunt between tour legs with Monáe, while she will make a series of festival appearances in July and August. Monáe's solo tour dates are at her MySpace here. Her tour dates with Of Montreal are below:
9/13 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
9/14 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
9/15 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
9/16 Boston, MA - House of Blues
9/17 New York, NY - Terminal 5
9/18 New York, NY - Terminal 5
9/19 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
9/21 Covington, KY - Madison Theatre
9/22 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
9/23 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
9/24 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
9/26 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
11/1 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
11/2 Dallas, TX - The Granada Theatre
11/3 Austin, TX - East Side Drive In
11/4 Houston, TX - Numbers
11/5 Oxford, MS - The Lyric