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Baroness Announce First U.S. Dates Since Accident, Pick Up Trans Am’s Drummer

John Baizley of Baroness / Photo by Tim Mosenfelder

Doom-pop heroes Baroness have announced their first American tour dates since their harrowing bus accident in August 2012. Singer-guitarist John Baizley officially confirmed the amicable departure of bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Bickle last week, hinting that he’d be hitting the road again soon with a new rhythm section in tow.

Sebastian Thomson, the beastly drummer formerly of the D.C.-based post-rock institution Trans Am and of Ian Svenonius’ Weird War, will take over behind the drum kit. The jazz-trained Nick Jost will handle bass. Information on Jost’s previous musical endeavors are relatively scarce (here’s a YouTube of a bearded “Nick Jost” digging into an upright bass, though SPIN cannot confirm he is the same Nick), but if he’s up to the standard that Thomson has proved over nine albums in 14 years for Thrill Jockey, Baroness fans should see a relatively smooth transition as the new lineup makes its way across the U.S. in May and June.

Yellow & Green tour dates:
May 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
May 26 – Norfolk, VA @ Jewish Mother
May 28 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
May 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
May 31 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
June 1 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas, Mohawk
June 2 – Houston, TX @ Free Press Summer Festival
June 4 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
June 5 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
June 8 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
June 9 – Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
June 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
June 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Ballroom
June 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
June 15 – Huntington, WV @ V Club
June 13 – 16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo (performance date to be announced soon)