MJ Lenderman — Asheville, NC’s effortlessly disarming singer-songwriter and guitarist of the band Wednesday — announces his signing to ANTI- and presents a new single/video, “Rudolph.” “Rudolph” marks Lenderman’s first new music following the release of his breakthrough 2022 LP, Boat Songs. Lenderman comments, “‘Rudolph’ was the first song I wrote after the release of Boat Songs. I had been sitting on the guitar part for a long time and slowly worked out the song whenever I could in between tours in 2022. I finished the lyrics with my friend one late night after a Wednesday gig in Atlanta.”
“Rudolph waking up in the road / Dew dripping off his red nose / Blue and black tire track torn / Through a beautiful doe” repeats the chorus, highlighting Lenderman’s juxtaposition of the gentle and the extreme. “Rudolph” will be the A-side to a forthcoming 7-inch single, which can be pre-ordered below and will be out this fall.
This week, Lenderman will embark on a U.S. tour, bringing his “righteously ragged” (Under The Radar) live show to the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Other stops include Nashville, Los Angeles, and a performance at Woodsist Festival. Full dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now.
MJ Lenderman Tour Dates
Wed. July 19 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
Thu. July 20 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop Bar
Fri. July 21 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. July 22 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun. July 23 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
Fri. Aug. 4 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
Tue. Aug. 8 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy + Harriet’s
Thu. Aug. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
Fri. Aug. 25 – Port Townsend, WA @ Thing Fest
Sat. Sept. 23 – Sun. Sept. 24 – Accord, NY @ Woodsist Festival