Why should you care about Portland’s AU? Well, even if you haven’t heard them yet (though this is their third full-length album), the tune that first streamed about a month back, titled “Solid Gold,” should sell you pretty instantly on the band, as it comes off like the best Dirty Projectors songs, but with horns. Download it below, right now.
AU “Solid Gold” by Hometapes
Now that we have that out of the way and you are now a huge fan of AU, be happy to know that their new album, Both Lights, will be out on April 3rd via Hometapes. Below, we have the tracklisting for you, as well as their current tour dates, which includes stops at both Noise Pop and SXSW.
AU tour dates:
02/25 – Sacramento, CA @ Bows and Arrows – w/ Appetite
02/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall – w/ The Dodos
03/03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir – w/ Tu Fawning + Parenthetical Girls
03/08 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
03/13 – Santa Fe, NM @ SOL @ Santa Fe Brewing – w/ Deerhoof
03/14-17 – SXSW
03/20 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
03/21 – Boulder, CO @ The Shack
03/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/24 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
2. Get Alive
3. Crazy Idol
5. The Veil
6. Solid Gold
8. Why I Must
9. Go Slow
10. Old Friend
11. Don’t Lie Down
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