To call Daniel Johnston an influential songwriter is kind of selling it short. The man pioneered DIY before it was called that, dubbing self-produced cassette releases in his parents’ Texas garage, playing on the sidewalks of Austin and the sidestages of artists who would go on to be icons of modern rock. His songs are sensitive, introspective and imaginative, and his releases have been historically imbued with his singular visual art sensibilities. He’s persevered through mental health struggles, he’s had fans in Kurt Cobain and Conor Oberst. And he was the subject of a compelling documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which introduced his work to a whole new generation of fans in the aughties.
Johnston just announced a “final tour” which isn’t a tour so much as it’s five dates scattered around the United States, with city-specific backing bands. In Philly, Johnston will perform at the Tower Theater on October 4th backed by The Districts and Modern Baseball. Tickets are on sale Friday, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. In other cities, Johnston will perform with Built to Spill, Jeff Tweedy and Preservation all-stars.
The concerts will also be paired with a screening of The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which you can watch a trailer for below, as well as digging into The Districts’ new single “Violet” and Modern Baseball’s “Wedding Singer” video.
09-28 New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theatre !
10-04 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater @
10-20 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre $
11-08 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall %
11-10 Vancouver, British Columbia – Venue Nightclub %
! with the Preservation All-Stars
@ with the Districts and Modern Baseball
$ with Jeff Tweedy & Friends
% with Built to Spill and others
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