Thursday, July 24, 2014


Woods' brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light And With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the Kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light And With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magical Mystery Tour than motorik.

If you've ever thought of Woods as a pop group comprised of weirdos, or a weirdo band that happens to excel at playing pop songs almost in spite of itself, With Light And With Love provides a corrective in the form of songs that show these two elements as natural, inextricable bedfellows. Throughout the album, vocals are frequently emitted through Leslie speakers and guitars perform one-string ragas like Sandy Bull reared on shoegaze and skate videos. With Light And With Love is an album of deeply psychedelic, deeply satisfying songs for a new age of searchers, of Don Juan and Animal Chin alike.


07-27 Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Festival
07-28 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07-31 Seattle, WA - Neumos **^
08-01 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Fox Cabaret **
08-02 Portland, OR - Pickathon
08-03 Portland, OR - Pickathon
08-05 Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival Big Sur
08-09 San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar / Outside Lands Afterparty ** / ***
08-10 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08-12 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door ***
08-14 San Diego, CA - Casbah w/ Little Wings ***
08-16 Pioneertown, CA - Woodsist Festival Pioneertown ***
08-17 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom ***
08-19 Marfa, TX - El Cosmico
08-20 Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
08-21 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
08-22 Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo's

08-30 Birmingham, England - Moseley Folk Festival

08-31 Dorset, England - End Of The Road
09-02 London, England - Dingwalls ****
09-03 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
09-04 Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
09-05 Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open
09-06 Brussels, Belgium - Atelier 210
09-07 Strasbourg, France - Troc Café
09-08 Zurich, Switzerland - El Lokal
09-09 Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
09-10 Biarritz, France - L'atabal
09-12 Valada, Portugal - Reverence Festival
09-13 Madrid, Spain - El Sol
09-14 Barcelona, Spain - Caprichos de Apolo
09-15 Toulouse, France - La Dynamo
09-16 Paris, France - Eldorado Festival
09-18 Bergen, Norway - Phonofestivalen
09-19 Angers, France - Austin Psych Fest / Levitation
09-20 Belgium, Leffinge - Leffingeleuren
09-21 Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate
09-22 Bristol, England - The Lantern
09-23 Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
09-24 Belfast, Ireland - McHughs
09-25 Glasgow, Scotland - Broadcast
09-26 Newcastle, England - Think Thank
09-27 Liverpool, England - Liverpool Psych Fest

10-24 New York, NY - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts w/ Joshua Light Show

** with Steve Gunn
^ with Foxygen
*** with Skygreen Leopards
**** with Marissa Nadler

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