My Morning Jacket Announce Lengthy U.S. Tour

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by William Goodman

Who? Exploratory, Southern-tinged rockers My Morning Jacket, led by grizzled frontman Jim James, and featuring bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel, and keyboardist Bo Koster.

What? A 24-date U.S. outing in support of the quintet's fifth studio record to date, Evil Urges. The tour, entitled "An Evening with My Morning Jacket" -- lose the band's Aug. 21 gig at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater with opener the Black Keys -- will roll out with an album-welcoming gig at New York's Radio City Music Hall June 20, then kick off proper-like with a hometown show in Louisville, KY Aug. 16. The trek will then hit cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and Seattle and cap with a pair of shows in Chicago, Oct. 9 & 10.

Should I go? Absolutely! My Morning Jacket -- on the cover of Spin's May issue -- are renowned as one of, if not the best live act touring today. And Evil Urges' slow burning jammers, straight-forward ass-kickers, and down-tempo acoustic ditties are sure to add spice to the quintet's already mind-blowing live set. And if you simply can't wait to catch their live show, hold yourself over with the My Morning Jacket's first-ever performance on Saturday Night Live May 10.

My Morning Jacket tour dates:

6/20, New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)8/16, Louisville, KY (The Great Lawn at Louisville Waterfront Park)8/18, Kansas City, MO (Uptown Theatre)8/19, Council Bluffs, IA (Stir Cove)8/21, Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheater)8/23, Dallas, TX (Palladium Ballroom)8/24, Austin, TX (Stubbs)8/27, Atlanta, GA (Fox Theatre-Atlanta)8/29, Miami, FL (The Fillmore Miami Beach @ the Jackie Gleason Theater)8/30, Lake Buena Vista, FL (House of Blues- Orlando)8/31, Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues -- Myrtle Beach)9/2, Charlottesville, VA (Charlottesville Pavilion)9/3, Washington, DC (Constitution Hall)9/5, Philadelphia, PA (Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing)9/6, Boston, MA (Bank of America Pavilion)9/19, Berkeley, CA (Greek Theatre)9/21, Los Angeles, CA (Greek Theatre)9/23, Tempe, AZ (The Marquee)9/24, Las Vegas, NV (The Joint)9/25, San Diego, CA (SDSU Open Air Theater)9/27, Portland, OR (McMenamins Edgefield)9/28, Seattle WA (McCaw Hall)10/2, Minneapolis, MN (Orpheum Theatre)10/3, Milwaukee, WI (Riverside Theater)10/4, Detroit, MI (The Fillmore Detroit)10/9, Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)10/10, Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)

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