Amen Dunes frees himself from himself, wanders the earth on extensive tour in support of new album Freedom

Amen Dunes frees himself from himself, wanders the earth on extensive tour in support of new album Freedom
Photo: Michael Schmelling

Hey, in case you didn’t hear, the newest Amen Dunes album Freedom (which just came out on Sacred Bones) is all about Amen Dunes (a.k.a. Damon McMahon) — but despite the various sides to the NYC musician that get presented in a newly accessible and consciously pop-ish way, he’s also adamant that none of those autobiographical impressions matter a goddamn lick. McMahon has expressed (at least in interviews) a general antipathy toward obsessions over who one supposedly “is” based on life experience and/or trauma.

Given these lucid conceptions of “identity” and “self,” I guess we’re technically lacking REAL CERTAINTY that Amen Dunes is actually going on the extensive tour that he recently announced in support of Freedom. I mean, who’s to say?! In the past few days, things could have escalated from McMahon disregarding identity concerns to…McMahon becoming spiritually disembodied and wandering about the Earth inhabiting various inanimate objects at various times!

…Oh my god, did that trash can just try to correct me??!

Wait…yes! The nearby trashcan literally just opened its lid in a manner mirroring the human mouth and said: “The trash can life is better than you think it is.” Then, he proceeded to ASSURE me that the upcoming Amen Dunes tour is going on as scheduled — and that McMahon will temporarily abandon his vagabonding soul in order to perform in his traditional human body.

So yeah, it seems Amen Dunes’ll be traveling internationally using normal human means after all, and Fleet Foxes is alongside on several of the bills! I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved.

Amen Dunes as a human dates:

04.10.18 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre *
04.11.18 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre *
04.12.18 - San Pedro, CA - Warner Grand *
04.14.18 - Marfa, TX - Marfa Myths
04.15.18 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts By The Bay *
04.17.18 - Pomona, CA - Fox Pomona *
04.18.18 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Madonna Expo Center *
04.20.18 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre *
04.23.18 - Berlin, Germany - Privatclub
04.24.18 - Hamburg, Germany - Goldener Salon
04.25.18 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Hotel Cecil
04.27.18 - Brussels, Belgium - Grand Salon Boutique
04.28.18 - Paris, France - Badaboum
04.30.18 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
05.01.18 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
05.02.18 - London, UK - Omeara
05.07.18 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center *
05.08.18 - San Antonio, TX - The Tobin Center *
05.10.18 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre *
05.12.18 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
05.14.18 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom *
05.15.18 - St Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House *
05.17.18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center for The Performing Arts *
05.18.18 - Washington, DC - Anthem *
05.19.18 - Columbus, OH - Express Live *
05.21.18 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman *
05.22.18 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman *
05.23.18 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater *
05.24.18 - Indianapolis, IN - The Murat Theatre *
05.26.18 - South Burlington, VT - The Green at Shelburne Museum *
06.07-09.18 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera
06.14-17.18 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
06.23.18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
08.09.18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
08.10-12.18 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands *
08.13.18 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
08.14.18 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret *
08.15.18 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
08.17.18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
08.18.18 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall *
08.20.18 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry *
08.21.18 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
08.23.18 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
08.24.18 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz *
08.26.18 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair *
08.30.18 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.06-09.18 - Portmeirion, UK - Festival No. 6

* Fleet Foxes

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