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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Oakland's Astronauts, etc. Set to Release Debut Album Mind Out Wandering

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 1:36 PM

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Toro Y Moi's touring keyboardist, Anthony Ferraro, was studying music at the University of California, Berkeley, when his arthritis (diagnosed in childhood) began to affect his hands. Thankfully, he didn't quit music, but instead chose a path he felt was more reasonable — touring with Toro Y Moi and creating his own project under the name Astronauts, etc.

Mind Out Wandering is the result. Recorded with a live band of jazz musicians at San Francisco's notable Tiny Telephone, the record mixes danceable indie guitar rock with '70s tones and almost funky soul influences. It also has clearly audible, and very smooth vocals, something many modern bands neglect. 

You can hear the beautiful surrealist pop below:
Tour Dates:

06.30.15 – San Francisco @ The Rickshaw Stop
07.02.15 – Santa Cruz @ Crepe Place
07.07.15 – Los Angeles @ The Echo
07.08.15 – Fresno @ Strummers
07.10.15 – San Diego @ Seven Grand
07.11.15 – Phoenix @ Crescent Ballroom
07.12.15 – Las Vegas @ Beauty Bar
07.13.15 – Reno @ Holland Project

09.19.15 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall*
09.21.15 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom*
09.24.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City*
09.25.15 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre*
09.26.15 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s*
09.27.15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme*
09.28.15 – leveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*
09.29.15 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room*
09.30.15 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground*

10.01.15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
10.02.15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
10.03.15 – Richmond, VA @ The National*
10.04.15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head*
10.06.15 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm*
10.07.15 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater*
10.08.15 – Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live*
10.09.15 – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre*
10.12.15 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall*
10.13.15 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic*
10.14.15 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn*
10.15.15 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall*
10.16.15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*
10.17.15 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note*
10.18.15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre*
10.19.15 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room*
10.21.15 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre*
10.22.15 – Albquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre*
10.23.15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
* supporting Toro Y Moi

Astronauts, etc.’s debut album, Mind Out Wandering, will be released September 18 on Hit City USA.

[Correction: The headline of this post incorrectly stated this album has been released. It hasn't. It will be released September 18 on Hit City USA, as noted in the post's text.]
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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.

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