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Moon Duo

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

A project of Wooden Shjips' Erik "Ripley" Johnson and Sanae Yamada, San Francisco's Moon Duo are a psychedelic Krautrock pair with chilly electronic underpinnings and drones inspired by Spacemen 3, Silver Apples, and Suicide. The group formed in 2009 and began issuing releases in short order, including the Love on the Sea 12" on Sick Thirst, which they followed with the Killing Time EP on Sacred Bones. Moon Duo made the jump to Woodsist for 2010's full-length Escape, which offered the most expansive and melodic take on their trippy sounds yet. After touring nearly incessantly following that release, Moon Duo moved their operation to the Souterrain Transmissions imprint in Berlin for Mazes later in the year, recording the set at home in San Francisco and mixing it in Germany. The album, released in the spring of 2011, followed widely acclaimed performances at SXSW; the band's sound on that record focused more on tightly written (and brightly produced) songs with fixed motorik rhythms (there is no drummer). The set also got the remix treatment later in the year with participation from Psychic Ills, Purling Hiss, and Sonic Boom, to name a few. The band's next full-length, Circles, appeared in the fall of 2012, and was accompanied by a remix album (Circles Remixed) the following year with the album's tracks reworked by artists like Eric Copeland and Umberto. The band's release of stopgap material continued in 2014 with the live album Live in Ravenna.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
04.07.17 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, Yorkshire UK
04.21.17 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL US
04.22.17 El Club Detroit, MI US
04.23.17 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON Canada
04.26.17 Great Scott Allston, MA US
04.27.17 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY US
04.28.17 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA US
04.29.17 DC9 Nightclub Washington, DC US
04.30.17 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, OH US
05.01.17 Ace of Cups Columbus, OH US

eMusic Features


Who Are…Moon Duo

By Austin L. Ray, Contributor

Moon Duo's second LP, Circles, will probably be the best record made in the most obscure location this year. Although parts of it were recorded in the band's previous home of San Francisco, and some mixing and other worked happened in Berlin, the majority of its creative efforts came from a Rocky Mountain eternity of a winter early this year. The band's new home of Blue River, Colorado, sported a population of 685 during the… more »


Label Profile: Sacred Bones Records

By David Raposa, Contributor

File Under: Dark pop, mysterious noise, industrial punk, and everything in between Flagship Acts: Zola Jesus, Moon Duo, Gary War, the Men Based In: Brooklyn, New York It only took two releases for the then-fledgling Sacred Bones Records to find their identity. The label's first record, a 7-inch from Denver-area band the Hunt (friends of Sacred Bones founder Caleb Braaten), looks like a run-of-the-mill single. When the label put out Blank Dogs' Diana (The Herald) EP, however, the… more »


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