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Mdou Moctar announces 2022 European Tour + NPR Tiny Desk Concert

This morning Mdou Moctar has announced a full list of European tour dates for 2022. Moctar and his band will play almost thirty dates in almost as many days, spanning the entire month of April (and then some).

Full details and ticket links below. Tickets are on sale now

Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th Oslo, London [UK]
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow - Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]

Other Mdou Moctar tour dates:

Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA
Friday, October 1 Desert Daze Pre-Party, Pioneertown CA
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA

Meanwhile, NPR have premiered a new Tiny Desk session from Mdou Moctar. Recorded late in 2020, this new offering melds the gorgeous lilt of tracks like 'Tala Tannam' with the front-footed and scorching title track 'Afrique Victime'. See the full clip below:

Last Friday, Mdou Moctar released the new record 'Afrique Victime' to a chorus of praise:

Purchase or stream 'Afrique Victime' here

Mdou Moctar online
Official site

Muzz - Tiny Desk Concert

Muzz, the project of Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman, and Matt Barrick, present a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert filmed, recorded, and mixed by D. James Goodwin for NPR Music. They play four tracks from their self-titled debut released last summer. The cozy, mellow set is one of the two proper Muzz performances that exist, following their Kingston, NY performance of Arthur Russell’s “Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart” from their recently released Covers EP.

Kaufman describes the filming to NPR Music“At the very end of a long couple days of rehearsal and taping we, very late at night, Paul jet lagged and the rest plain exhausted, stayed awake a little longer to try a campfire style strum along to some of the songs from our new LP. The result here is our Tiny Desk. It means A LOT to us and we're totally honored to have Muzz be a part of this now legendary series. We also want to acknowledge the fact that it's a privilege for us to even be able to convene in person right now and were very happy that we could use that opportunity to share these stripped down, very human/intimate portraits with y'all.”

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Muzz Online

VIDEO: Julien Baker - Tiny Desk Concert + New U.S. Tour Dates

Julien Baker first performed at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert in early 2016, several months after the release of her debut album Sprained Ankle. Today she becomes one of the few artists to perform at Tiny Desk for a second time. Joined by her touring violinist Camille Faulkner, Baker performed three tracks from her sophomore LP Turn Out The Lights, "Appointments," "Hurt Less," and "Even." This session comes on the heels of Julien's late night debut, performing "Turn Out The Lights" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Baker has also announced her first U.S. tour dates of 2018 today, through the Midwest and Northeast this spring after traveling to Europe in March with Belle & Sebastian. Tickets for the new dates are on sale this Friday, January 12th at 10am EST.

TOUR DATES (New dates in bold)

Friday, January 26 WWW Tokyo JP
Sunday, January 28 Conpass Osaka JP
Tuesday, March 6 Truro Hall Cornwall UK %
Thursday, March 8 Millenium Centre Cardiff UK %
Friday, March 9 Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth UK %
Saturday, March 10 Nottingham Rock City Nottingham UK %
Monday, March 12 Manchester Bridgewater Hall Manchester UK %
Tuesday, March 13 Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge UK %
Thursday, March 15 Brighton Dome Brighton UK %
Friday, March 16 London Troxy London UK %
Saturday, March 17 London Troxy London UK %
Monday, March 19 Liverpool Philharmonic Liverpool UK %
Tuesday, March 20 York Opera House York UK %
Thursday, March 22 Gateshead Sage Gateshead UK %
Friday, March 23 Concert Hall Perth UK %
Saturday, March 24 Usher Hall Edinburgh UK %
Monday, March 26 Vicar St Dublin IE %
Tuesday, March 27 Vicar St Dublin IE %
Thursday, April 5 The Blue Note Columbia MO #
Friday, April 6 Granada Theater Lawrence KS #
Saturday, April 7 Mission Creek Festival Iowa City IA
Monday, April 9 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee WI #
Tuesday, April 10 El Club Detroit MI #
Wednesday, April 11 Covenant Fine Arts Center Grand Rapids MI #
Friday, April 13 Hangar Theater Ithaca NY #
Saturday, April 14 ArtsRiot Burlington VT #
Sunday, April 15 Columbus Theatre Providence RI #
Monday, April 16 Academy Of Music Theater Northampton MA #
Tuesday, April 17 White Eagle Hall Jersey City NJ #
Thursday, April 19 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA #
Friday, April 20 The Warhol at Carnegie Lecture Hall Pittsburgh PA #
Saturday, April 21 The Burl Lexington KY #
April 28-29 The National Homecoming Festival Cincinnati OH
May 25-27 Boston Calling, Harvard Athletic Complex, Cambridge, MA

% w/ Belle & Sebastian
# support from Tancred

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Julien Baker online:

WATCH: Tiny Desk: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have a lot to celebrate this year: Their LP Lotta Sea Lice has been featured on Best-Of lists from Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Paste, Uproxx, Noisey, among others so far, and they've traveled North America together with their all-star group The Sea Lice. Today NPR released Courtney & Kurt's Tiny Desk Concert, which sees the duo leave the band behind in favor of a mirrored acoustic performance. The set features highlights from Lotta Sea Lice "Over Everything," "Continental Breakfast," "Blue Cheese," and "Let It Go." Watch the whole thing here:

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King Krule - Tiny Desk Concert

A couple weeks after delivering The OOZ to the world, King Krule dropped by the All Songs Considered offices in Washington D.C. to perform a stripped version of some of the new material. Several weeks and about 30 sold-out shows across the U.S. and Europe later, the video premieres today. Watch as Archy and the band manage to transform the sunny NPR office into a dingy South London pub with the tracks, "Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver), Lonely Blue, and a combination of "Logos" and "Sublunary."

Purchase The OOZ Here:

Wednesday, December 6 Vega, Copenhagen DK *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 8 Vasateatern, Stockholm SE *SOLD OUT*
Sunday, December 10 Welkweg, Amsterdam NE *SOLD OUT*
Monday, December 11 De Roma, Antwerp BE *SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, December 13 Academy, Dublin IE *SOLD OUT*
Thursday, December 14 Academy 2, Manchester UK *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 15 SWG3, Glasgow UK *SOLD OUT*


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