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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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  • Formed: Portland, OR
  • Website: www.unknownmortalorchestra.com
  • Recent Activity: 02.13.16 Nashville tonight! Been sold out for weeks. Can't wait to see youuuuuuuu!!!!
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

After disbanding New Zealand's the Mint Chicks, Portland, Oregon's Ruban Neilson planned to quit music and take on a day job. For a hobby, he started making psychedelic demos in his basement using samples. Soon, music took over as a career again, and his fun brand of experimental pop ended up in the hands of Fat Possum Records, who released Unknown Mortal Orchestra's self-titled debut in the early summer of 2011. As interest in the project grew, Neilson enlisted the help of a full band for a promotional tour and then signed with Jagjaguwar for UMO's sophomore album, II. During the tour, Neilson was often asked to pop in to radio stations and play a couple songs. Having just picked up acoustic guitar, he saw this as a chance to explore a different sound and style, which he documented on 2013's EP Blue Record. Recorded to one mike in his basement, the record is made up of three songs from II and covers of Dirty Projectors and Beck.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
02.13.16 Exit In Nashville, TN US
02.14.16 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC US
02.16.16 The National Richmond, VA US
02.17.16 9:30 Club Washington, DC US
02.18.16 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA US
02.19.16 Irving Plaza New York, NY US
02.20.16 Irving Plaza New York, NY US
04.13.16 The Cellar Door Visalia, CA US
04.14.16 Soho Restaurant and Music Club Santa Barbara, CA US
04.15.16 Empire Polo Field Indio, CA US


  • 02.13.16 Nashville tonight! Been sold out for weeks. Can't wait to see youuuuuuuu!!!!
  • 02.13.16 RT @SaturnBham: Looking forward to seeing you at @UMO tonight! https://t.co/8qgPRBzgGd
  • 02.13.16 RT @HeadCountOrg: Hey @UMO fans, did you know you can register to vote tonight at #UMO plays the @SaturnBham? Now you do! https://t.co/WfUY…
  • 02.12.16 RT @shvl0m: unknown mortal orchestra >
  • 02.12.16 food
  • 02.12.16 its so cool how many black girls in New Orleans wear ankh and eye of horus. A lot of power in that
  • 02.12.16 RT @_jnxh: @UMO you guys were so much fun!!! Thank you!!! https://t.co/WD4IWp7MU6
  • 02.12.16 anybody who thinks my merch designs are influenced by "vapourwave" needa get their heads right & google the words "Tadanori Yokoo" right now
  • 02.12.16 RT @AUSTEREmag: .@UMO murdered the stage at their sold out show @TreesDallas Tuesday: https://t.co/Y4ff34b1Kn https://t.co/FHGtPDrNFh
  • 02.11.16 RT @jaduun: with a lil help from Ruban Neilson when he signed my concert ticket, Scott asked me to prom last night 💕❣❣(': @UMO https://t.co…
  • 02.11.16 RT @wmucradio: Tune into WMUC Channel 1 at 3PM to win tickets for @UMO at @930Club next week! listen at https://t.co/ChjqkFxOEk
  • 02.11.16 RT @HarMarSuperstar: I'm so excited to play @EauxClairesWI this year! I can finally take @UMO to @tacojohns! Get your tix tomorrow. https:/…