Deerhunter Touring With Kings Of Leon

Deerhunter and Kings Of Leon are both deeply Southern rock bands who came into the public eye during George W. Bush’s second term, but they still seem like extremely odd tourmates. Among other contrasts, Deerhunter are a decidedly underground phenomenon known for their prickly, inconsistent stage presence, whereas Kings Of Leon are a polished arena rock act who at one point enjoyed pop radio ubiquity via hearty power ballads like “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody.” In terms of ethos they seem diametrically opposed, yet the bands will tour together early next year. Pitchfork reports that Deerhunter will open for Kings Of Leon at a series of arena dates in January. Here’s Deerhunter’s full upcoming itinerary, including some headlining dates this month:

10/18 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/19 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
10/20 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/21 Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/22 Akron, OH @ Musica
10/24 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/25 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
01/12 National Harbor, MD @ National Harbor *
01/13 Boston, MA @ TD Bank Garden *
01/16 Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre *
01/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Well Fargo Center *
01/20 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
01/22 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre *
01/23 Chicago, IL @ United Center *
01/25 Broomfield, CO @ 1stBANK Center *
01/28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *

* with Kings of Leon

Should be interesting to see what Kings Of Leon fans think of Bradford Cox. Read our review of Deerhunter’s 2015 album Fading Frontier.