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My Morning Jacket to play intimate KCRW members-only concert on June 21

May 31, 2011 |  9:00 am

Header_photo4 If you've seen My Morning Jacket live, you'll understand why more than a few music fans will consider this is a big deal. Starting Wednesday (June 1), at 10 a.m., tickets go on-sale for a June 21 KCRW members-only performance at The Village, a West L.A. venue with a 250-person capacity.

After all, it's been nearly a decade since the lightning-disguised-as-a-Lousiville rock band have regularly played venues that small. Last year, they played five consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden and on June 22, they're playing a date at Hollywood's 2,700-seating Pantages Theatre.

Hosted by Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley, tickets go for $125 and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit station. Even at that price, expect them to be snatched up within a few hours. My Morning Jacketheads are a rabid breed and for good reason, the band's live shows boast a singularly hypnotic quality. Jim James' voice jumps like Rod Strickland, and Patrick Hallahan plays the drums like he was taught on a Norwegian glacier, and the rest of the group fall into graceful interlocking grooves.

Or as Bentley put it in a prepared statement:

“My Morning Jacket’s electrifying live shows are the stuff of legend. Both classic and eccentric, they continue to defy description and push musical boundaries. We’ve hosted some magical sessions at The Village, but I have no doubt this up close and personal concert will be one to remember.”

Released on Tuesday, "Circuital," the band's sixth studio album can be streamed in its entirety at NPR. More information about the show can be found here.


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