On May 1st, Rufus Wainwright will be releasing his seventh studio album Out of the Game via Decca Records, and in support of the forthcoming release Wainwright has announced a summer tour. After several shows throughout Europe and the UK, Wainwright will return to North America on May 9th to perform in Brooklyn, followed by shows in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. From there, the musician will do several back and forth trips across the Atlantic till August, before setting off on a strictly European tour in November and December. Take a look at Rufus Wainwright's full tour schedule after the jump.
Out of the Game is now streaming via NPR.org.
Rufus Wainwright 2012 Tour Dates:
04/25 – Berlin, DE @ UDK
04/27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
04/29 – London, UK @ Sundance London Music and Film Festival
04/30 – London, UK @ Lyceum
05/02 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
05/04 – Granada, ES @ Alhambra
05/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
05/11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
05/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
05/13 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys
06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/03 – Tel Aviv, IR @ Ronit’s Farm Ampitheatre
06/06 – La Coruna, ES @ Palacio de la Opera
06/08 – Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
06/10 – Toronto, ON @ David Pecaut Stage
06/15 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
06/30 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Power Center
07/01 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
07/06 – Vienna, AT @ Vienna State Opera House
07/07 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Fest
07/08 – Liege, BE @ Les Ardentes
07/13 – Ferropolis, DE @ Melt! Festival
07/15 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/16 – Bath, UK @ The Forum
07/18 – Dublin, IE @ The Iveagh Gardens
07/24 – Vienna, VA @ The Filene Center
07/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing
07/27 – Purchase, NY @ The PAC
07/28 – Westhampton Beach, NY @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
07/29 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
07/31 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
08/01 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
08/03 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
08/04 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
08/05 - Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
08/07 – Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater
08/08 – Chicago, IL @ Bank of America Theater
08/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
08/11 – Alpine Valley, MN @ Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
11/16 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
11/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
11/18 – London, UK @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo
11/20 – Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
11/21 – York, UK @ Barbican
11/23 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
11/24 – Brighton, UK @ Dome
11/27 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
12/01 – Stockholm, SE @ Berns
12/02 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
12/03 – Gothenburg, SE @ Tradgarn
12/10 – Paris, FR @ Les Folies Bergere
12/11 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
12/13 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
On May 8th, the soundtrack to Damon Albarn's Dr. Dee opera will be released through Virgin Records, and is now available to stream in full via NPR.org. The opera and soundtrack were inspired by 18th-century mathmetician and Elizabeth I advisor John Dee, and Albarn has created eighteen tracks with this to guide him. The sountrack boasts eighteen tracks, all of which were recorded by Albarn in his West London studio as well as with the help of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Salford.
Also streaming on NPR.org are the upcoming albums from both Santigold and Rufus Wainwright. Santigold's highly anticipated sophomore LP Master of My Make Believe is set for release on May 1st via Downtown/Atlantic Records, and sees contributions from Major Lazer's Switch, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, and many more. You can stream it here. Rufus Wainwright's seventh studio album, Out of the Game, is also streaming on NPR.org, and will also see release on May 1st via Decca Records. The 12-track effort was produced by Mark Ronson, and will feature guest appearances from Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Wilco's Nels Cline, and several others including his sister Martha Wainwright.
NYC chanteur extraordinare Rufus Wainwright enlists actress Helena Bonham Carter in his video for his single, "Out Of The Game", from his upcoming album of the same namem which drops on May 1st in the US (April 24th in Canada) via Decca. In the video the well seasoned actress plays a librarian that is forced to put up with the many... interesting people... that hang out at the library, which are all hilariously played by Wainwright. I think my favorite of the Wainwright characters is the alcoholic lady. I love the man, but I am glad that he is not a lady, if you know what I mean.
While you're waiting for Out Of The Game to drop, if you are a gifted remixer you can enter his curent contest for a chance to win $1,000, an autographed vinyl copy of the album and a deluxe edition of the album - all for submitting a remix of "Bitter Tears". Entries for the remix contest must be in by April 10th, so head over to his official website for more information.
Although I admittedly was not a huge fan of Rufus Wainwright's last album, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, when word broke that the singer-songwriter was going to be working with legendary producer Mark Ronson on his upcoming album, Out Of The Game, it almost immediately sparked my addiction to him again. Although the title track and first single of the album won't be dropping until April 16th (March 13th digitally), one of New York's biggest and most beatiful voices has provided fans with a teaser video (above) with snippets of some of the music included on the album along with commentary from both him and Ronson about the making of the album.
Additionally, last Friday Wainwright shared a track from the album on KCRW called, "Montauk". In addition to an infectious vocal melody that will have you humming the song hours after you finish listening to it, the song is full of cleverly written lyrics that I can only assume are addressed to his daughter Viva. Have a listen to "Montauk" via the player below.
Thanks to Drowned In Sound for the heads up!
Offering up something a little different for the masses last night, Jimmy Fallon presented his viewers with a musical gift from Rufus Wainwright. He appeared on the late night slot to perform "Minuit Chrétiens" originally by Placide Cappeau. Sound familiar? You may recognise it as the better known Christmas carol "O Holy Night". Fun piece of pub-quiz knowledge: "O Holy Night" was technically the second piece of music to ever be played on radio way back in 1906 courtesy of Canadian inventor Reginald Fesseden (that bit I Googled), the 1906 part I learnt recently at an actual Christmas pub quiz! Whatever, enough facts and fun, hit play at the top and enjoy Rufus' performance courtesy of The Audio Perv.