New Zealand born, Portland based songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielsen, better known as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, has just signed to the wonderful Jagjaguwar record label (Bon Iver, Dinosaur Jr., Okkervil River) and announced an upcoming tour with Grizzly Bear. To celebrate, they’ve given us a first taste of their new album (scheduled for 2013) in the form of the psych-tinged “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)”. Let the gentle melodies and shimmering guitar wash over you as you peruse the band’s tour dates below.

MUSIC FROM NEW ZEALAND YOU SHOULD KNOW

Tour Dates:
09/18 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN w/ Grizzly Bear
09/20 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/21 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/22 – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA w/ Grizzly Bear
09/23 – Olympia de Montreal – Montreal, QC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/24 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY w/ Grizzly Bear
09/26 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON w/ Grizzly Bear
09/28 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
09/29 – Pygmalion Music Festival – Champaign, IL
09/30 – The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI w/ Dirty Projectors
10/01- Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
10/02- Annabell’s Bar and Lounge – Akron, OH
10/03 – Metropolitan Kitchen – Annapolis, MD
10/05 – Taix – Los Angeles, CA
10/12 – Campestre Don Juan – Cholula, Mexico
10/13 – Corona Capital Festival – Mexico City, Mexico
12/28 – Rhythm and Alps Festival – Christchurch, NZ
12/30 – Pyramid Rock Festival – Phillip Island, Australia
12/31 – Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival – Peats Ridge, Australia

(The Fader)