ritically acclaimed singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart and his band The Grogs will hit the road in March for a series of tour dates in support of Banhartâ€™s current album What Will We Be, which was released by Reprise Records on October 2009. Please see below for all dates.
The touring line-up is guitarist Noah Georgeson (who produced Banhartâ€™s previous two albums), guitarist Rodrigo Amarante, drummer Greg Rogove, and bassist Luckey Remington. A December show at Londonâ€™s Shepherdâ€™s bush Empire led one British critic to rave that â€œheâ€™s still every inch the rock star, brandishing his guitar like a weapon…and dancing with appropriately reckless abandon. Heâ€™s a beguiling star indeed, swinging his hips like Plant and switching from croon to mercurial yelp as the energy begins to swell within the crowd beneath his feet.â€
Critics have equally praised What Will We Be, which Rolling Stone has called â€œthe best [Banhartâ€™s] ever made,â€ and The Onion praised as â€œhis most elegantly driven work yet.â€ The New York Times called Banhart a â€œknowing throwback to California psychedelia and Brazilian tropicalia, and so skillful that nothing seems too studied,â€ while Entertainment Weekly found the singer â€œmore energized than ever.â€
Banhart has also been busy working with other artists, having remixed songs for Oasis, Phoenix, and Liars. He was also part of the Leonard Cohen edition of Beckâ€™s Record Club, which also featured Beck, MGMT, and Wolfmother.
Fans should also keep an eye out for the March 15th launch of Banhartâ€™s official website, www.devendrabanhart.com, which will feature video clips and photos created by Banhart while on the road, his original artwork, and details about upcoming live shows.
Devendra Banhart and The Grogsâ€™ upcoming tour dates are as follows:
3/18 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
3/19 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
3/21 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
3/23 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
3/24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
3/25 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
3/27 Phoenix, AZ Clubhouse
3/29 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
3/30 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre