The Mountain Goats announce the first leg of their fall tour, kicking off October 9th in Richmond, Virginia. Opening for the Mountain Goats will be Matthew E. White, who wrote the horn arrangements for the band's forthcoming release, Transcendental Youth. Matthew E. White, described by Stereogum as "bring[ing] together the warm, haunted tones of Leonard Cohen, Terry Riley, and Dr. John," will be performing his debut album Big Inner with a 9-piece band; his horn section, in this special tour engagement, will join in the Mountain Goats' set. John Darnielle writes of the collaboration: "One of my fondest memories of the Transcendental Youth recording sessions is listening in the control room as Matthew and his players brought his horn arrangements to life on the other side of the glass. Me and Peter and Jon just sat there with our jaws on the floor. We can't wait to hear it come together live."
Before the tour kicks off, the Mountain Goats will play a covers and rarities set at the Hopscotch Music Festival on September 7th in Raleigh, North Carolina. Then on October 6th in Durham, the Mountain Goats will perform the program Transcendental Youth with the world-renowned vocal quartet, Anonymous 4. Five songs from Transcendental Youth, in special vocal arrangements by Owen Pallett, serve as the hub of the program, which also spans the catalog of both the Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4. The program was performed earlier this year at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City and at The Barbican in London.