New Spoon North American Dates (On Sale Friday), Apogee Session Airs Today at 11:15am PT

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Before we getting into the goods (tour news), I’m here to remind you to tune into KCRW today at 11:15am PT to catch the band’s Apogee Session. The performance will be streaming WORLDWIDE at http://kcrw.co/2nbCW4o. UPDATE – view the session in full HERE.

Ok, back to the goods – a LARGE amount of new tour dates that will be on sale this Friday at 10am EST – minus Savannah. You can find all confirmed tour dates below.

Upcoming tour dates :

March 23rd – Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 6 – Orange Peel, Asheville, NC***
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
June 17 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 – Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 – Technikum, Munich, Germany
June 22 – Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 – Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 – The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 – O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 – Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 – Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 – NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
July 14 – Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 – Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 18 – Charlotte Metro Credit Union, Charlotte, NC*
 July 19 – Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA*
July 21 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
July 22 – State Theatre, Portland, ME*
July 23 – Metropolis, Montreal, QC*
July 25 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON**
July 26 – Stage AE – Indoors, Pittsburgh, PA*
July 28 – Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 29 – BB&T Pavilion (XPoNential Music Festival), Camden NJ
July 30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD +
August 1 – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI**
August 6 – Hollywood Bowl,& Los Angeles CA
August 19 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
August 20 – Mavericks, Jacksonville, FL
August 22 – Lucas Theater for the Arts, Savannah, GA
August 23 – Music Farm, Columbia, SC
August 28 – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 30 – Windspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
August 31 – Macewan Hall, Calgary, AB
September 2 – Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC
September 5 – Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
September 6 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
September 8 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO
September 13 – Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
September 14 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison, WI
September 15 – Palace Theater, Saint Paul, MN

+   – with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
& – with Belle and Sebastian
* – with the New Pornographers
**- with Cherry Glazerr
*** – with Tennis

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OUT TODAY : Spoon’s ‘Hot Thoughts’

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On the heels of last week’s national TV appearances and the past 3 nights at the former Emo’s building, re-dubbed “Eno’s” for the occasion, Spoon commemorate today’s release of their insanely well-reviewed ‘Hot Thoughts’ with an appearance in the parking lot of Austin’s Waterloo Records at 6pm. After that, a sick global touring run commences (see below) and if this week’s gigs are any measure, you’re gonna see a band at the absolute peak of their powers. A few of us have spent a VERY LONG TIME following this band and it’s no hype job whatsoever to say that in 2017, Spoon not only still have the capacity to stun & surprise, they might only just be getting started.

tour dates :

March 23rd – Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 17 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 – Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 – Technikum, Munich, Germany

June 22 – Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 – Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 – The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 – O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 – Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 – Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 – NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
July 14 – Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 – Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 – Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 29 – BB&T Pavilion (XPoNential Music Festival), Camden NJ
July 30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 – Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA
September 8 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO

** – with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* – with Belle and Sebastian

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Spoon – “I Ain’t The One” debut on “The Late Late Show”, Rough Trade NYC Listening Party Tonight

This past Thursday night on CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden”, Spoon debuted “I Ain’t The One” from the forthcoming ‘Hot Thoughts’. There were also appearances by John Goodman, a sloth and Chris Lombardi, not necessarily in that order, but we are only allowed to share a clip of the Spoon appearance (above).

Tonight at Rough Trade NYC, (64 N. 9th Street), you can pre-order the clear vinyl version of ‘Hot Thoughts’ and listen to the full album 4 days early in the comfort of the SONOS Listening Room. There’s artwork on display by Christine Messersmith, free snacks, and a chance to win other, as yet unspecified prizes (which is not to say the snacks aren’t going to be overwhelming)

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Tonight: Spoon play The Late Late Show with James Corden

Spoon on your television screens twice in quick succession? Anyone would think we have a new record coming. See the band do what they do best tonight at 12:37am / 11:37pm Central, on James Corden’s Late Late show.

While you’re here, catch their scintillating performance of first single ‘Hot Thoughts’ from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel, below:

Stream or pre-order ‘Hot Thoughts’ – (digital preorders receive “Can I Sit Next To You” and “Hot Thoughts” instantly)

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Tonight : Spoon On ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Is the above headline self-explanatory enough? If not, our society is surely doomed! As we’re a mere 9 days away from the release of Spoon’s ‘Hot Thoughts’, catch the band tonight via the glories of terrestrial television as they appear alongside fellow cultural mavens Brie Larson and Kal Penn on the American Broadcasting Company’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.

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Spoon – “Can I Sit Next To You” Video Premiere, New US & Germany Dates



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Earlier today, Apple Music’s Beats 1 and Zane Lowe premiered the second track from Spoon’s forthcoming album, ‘Hot Thoughts’, “Can I Sit Next To You” . The accompanying video, directed by directed by Marcel Dzama, can be viewed above.

In addition, a number of U.S. and Germny tour dates have just been added below, with tickets on sale February 24 at 10am.

Stream or preorder ‘Hot Thoughts’ (digital preorders receive “Can I Sit Next To You” and “Hot Thoughts” instantly)
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Upcoming shows (new dates in bold) :

February 27 – 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
March 6 – The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
March 14 – The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 15 – The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 16 – The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 23rd – Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 17 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 – Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 – Technikum, Munich, Germany

June 27 – Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 – The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 – O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 7 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 – Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 – Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 – Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 – Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA
September 8 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO

** – with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* – with Belle and Sebastian

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Spoon : ‘Hot Thoughts’ Aura Reader, New Shows In Rooms Enormous + Otherwise

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Coinciding with more new shows being announced (including a February 27 show at London’s historic 100 Club and massive co-headlining appearances with Belle and Sebastian at the Hollywood Bowl and Merriweather Post Pavillion), the advance campaign for Spoon’s forthcoming ‘Hot Thoughts’ album (out March 17) takes a turn for the unexpected with the launch of the ‘Hot Thoughts’ Aura Reader app.

Perhaps you’re saying to yourself, “doesn’t this sound a bit Peter Lemonmoodring?” and you’d be right. However, we’re sure you’ll find the experience far more rewarding. When you create a Spoon Spotify playlist, the Aura Reader analyzes that playlist, then creates a individualized version of the ‘Hot Thoughts’ album cover with different colors in the artwork’s signature watercolor skull, creating a reflection of each fan’s own… (SAFE FOR WORK) Hot Thoughts.

The customized ‘Hot Thoughts’ skulls can then be used by as avatars on Twitter, Instagram, and various other social media. Because we’re ALL ABOUT SKULLS .

the Spoon Hot Thoughts Aura Reader,

Step 1: Log in to Spotify and make a playlist that describes yourself in 10 Spoon songs.

Step 2: Connect your Spotify account to the aura reader so we can analyze your playlist.

Step 3: Share your results on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else you choose.

Upcoming shows :

February 27 – 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
March 6 – The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
March 14 – The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 15 – The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 16 – The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 23rd – Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
June 27 – Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 – The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 – O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 7 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 – Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 – Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 – Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 – Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA

** – with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* – with Belle and Sebastian

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Spoon Announce June UK shows

Earlier today,  Spoon confirmed their first UK shows since 2014.  Following the March release of the highly anticipated ‘Hot Thoughts’, Spoon visit Manchester, Glasgow and London in late June. Tickets  go on sale February 3rd.

27 June – Manchester,  Gorilla
28 June – Glasgow,  The Arts School
30 June – London,  O2 Forum 

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Coming March 17 : Spoon’s ‘Hot Thoughts’

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Perhaps it would be unfair to call this the most poorly kept secret in recent memory,  but it’s certainly in the top ten.  On March 17, we’ll releasing the 9th and latest album from Spoon, ‘Hot Thoughts’  in all territories.

’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.

Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

Following a streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—’Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ (Merge, 2007), ‘Transference’ (Merge, 2010) and ‘They Want My Soul’ (Loma Vista, 2014)–Hot ‘Thoughts’ is nothing short of a masterwork. Within the space of 10 songs, ‘Hot Thoughts’ creates a musical universe of its own, ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track—available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders –through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You” to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and beyond.

Having recently previewed ‘Hot Thoughts’ material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original Austin venue Emo’s location, currently referred to as “The Main” on March 14, 15 and 16.  Spoon will select a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as “Eno’s”.

Details on the various vinyl formats can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Hot Thoughts
2. WhisperI’lllistentohearit
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain’t The One
8. Tear It Down
9. Shotgun
10. Us

FORMATS :

– Standard Edition: Black vinyl, available at all retailers as well as via Matador and Spoon’s webstore

Vinyl Record MockUpA white sleeve

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– Limited edition Purple vinyl, exclusive to The Matador Store and Spoon webstores  :

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Green Vinyl version – Exclusive to Matador and Spoon web store orders only. Two Golden Ticket Green Vinyl versions are hidden within the purple pressing. The lucky recipient will win tickets to the nearest Spoon show upon redemption.

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Limited edition Red vinyl, exclusive to all participating independent record stores :

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– CD and Digital (mp3/Audiophile)

South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno’s:

Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16

2017 TOUR DATES (SO FAR)
Friday, July 7 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Friday, July 28 – Panorama Festival, New York NY

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Coming Soon : the deluxe edition of Spoon’s ‘Gimme Fiction’


News flash for our friends beyond North America : Spoon’s classic ‘Gimme Fiction’ celebrates its 10th anniversary with a deluxe limited-edition version on 180g double-LP, double-CD, released on Matador in early 2016 (Merge‘s domestic version will be available on December 11, as will Matador’s digital download version). The reissue (released by Merge in 2005 and licensed/simultaneously released by Matador for territories outside of North America) contains the original album newly-remastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, a digital download of nine additional bonus tracks, and a full-color book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album by The A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neal. The deluxe LP package will also include a 24″ x 36″ poster and a digital download of all songs.

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‘Gimme Fiction’ dragged the sonic pointillism of Kill the Moonlight further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip-hop samples to horse whinnies. Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold.

‘Gimme Fiction’ deserves special recognition as the album where Spoon took creative and stylistic quantum leaps that resulted in classics “I Turn My Camera On,” “The Beast And Dragon Adored,” “My Mathematical Mind,” “I Summon You” and so many more. 10 years later, ‘Gimme Fiction’ gets the deluxe vinyl release it so richly deserves.

Listen to and share the demo version of “Was It You?” and experience the oral history of ‘Gimme Fiction’ via the band’s Tumblr, which includes videos, excerpts, and images from the album’s creation and campaign.

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