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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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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
07.15.16 Louisville Waterfront Park Louisville, KY US
07.15.16 Imperial de Quebec Quebec, QC Canada
07.17.16 Louisville Waterfront Park Louisville, KY US
07.18.16 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington, IN US
07.19.16 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH US
07.20.16 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI US
07.22.16 Burls Creek Park Oro-Medonte, ON Canada
07.23.16 Ritual Nightclub Ottawa, ON Canada
07.24.16 Signal Kitchen Burlington, VT US
07.25.16 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME US


  • 06.30.16 RT @JonatBASS: Relevant to your interests @UMO https://t.co/v6UAZmNnlo
  • 06.29.16 Wow @instagram does not know what videos I might like
  • 06.29.16 So stressed today. My stomach is in knots.
  • 06.28.16 Im ok. And I still love Istanbul
  • 06.28.16 I'll never forget how lucky I am to do this
  • 06.28.16 get to watch @nilerodgers play in Istanbul (and less importantly, play a show). The greatest rhythm guitarist in pop history and much more
  • 06.25.16 people singing acapella into the camera on the Internet isn't good at all imho
  • 06.25.16 RT @indiespot: Nos vamos a pasar la #Jornadadereflexion quemando zapatilla en el @madridmusiccity. Vota @UMO! https://t.co/TRdBmdMc8K
  • 06.25.16 RT @BBC6Music: Unknown Mortal Orchesta's (@UMO) Twitter bio says "the best band in the world." Fair enough. https://t.co/xt0JU9EtiS https:/…
  • 06.24.16 RT @ogdentheatre: ON SALE NOW :: @UMO Fri, 8/26 :: https://t.co/Q7bd9qj9b1 https://t.co/njIzN57BHw
  • 06.24.16 We're excited to be in Padova, Italy this Sunday, June 26 at Parco della Musica. Grab tix and come hang! https://t.co/LdImgnWjwy
  • 06.24.16 Madrid! See you tomorrow for @madridmusiccity. Tix here: https://t.co/XD4VBsXRLG