In the interest of saving precious space, I never store more than two albums on my iPhone at any given time. One of those two slots features a steady rotation of whatever album I’m currently digging (Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City right now). The other slot is for Noah and the Whale’s Last Night on Earth. Always.

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I must have listened to that album hundreds of times since its 2011 release, and each time I hear it, I feel energized, inspired, and just plain more alive. The indie-folk act often highlights big-picture situations with their lyrics (just look at the number of songs that include “life” or “time” in the title), and while they don’t shy away from heavy themes (domestic abuse, addiction, depression, etc.), the group seems to seek out the beauty and humanity in every situation.

Noah and the Whale’s new album, Heart of Nowhere, was released in the UK on May 6th, and while it hasn’t replaced Last Night on Earth on my iPhone just yet, it has quickly earned a spot in my “Best of 2013” Spotify playlist. On October 3rd the band will be swinging by the Avalon in Hollywood as part of a tour in support of the album’s US release on September 24th via Caroline Records. I’ll definitely be at that show, and you should be too, so pick up tickets now and be prepared to make room in your iPhone, record collection, playlist, and heart for Noah and the Whale.

Noah And The Whale Tour Dates:

Sep 27 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Sep 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Sep 29 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Oct 02 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Oct 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
Oct 06 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
Oct 09 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Oct 10 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Oct 12 – Austin, TX @ ACL Official After Show
Oct 13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Oct 16 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Oct 19 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
Oct 21 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct 22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

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