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Apr 12, 2019

The Mountain Goats are releasing a new album, In League With Dragons, on April 26 via Merge. Now they have shared another song from it, "Sicilian Crest."  More

The Mountain Goats Share New Song “Cadaver Sniffing Dog”

In League With Dragons Due Out April 26 via Merge

Mar 04, 2019

The Mountain Goats are releasing a new album, In League With Dragons, on April 26 via Merge. Previously they shared its first single, "Younger" (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Now they have shared another song from it, "Cadaver Sniffing Dog." More

Merge Records Announces Initial Lineup for 30th Anniversary Festival

July 24-27, 2019, in Carrboro and Durham, NC - Destroyer, Wye Oak, Waxahatchee, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and More

Feb 06, 2019

Merge Records are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a hometown festival July 24-27, 2019, in Carrboro and Durham, NC. The four-day festival is set to feature more than 30 artists and the initial lineup has been announced.  More

7 Best Songs of the Week: These New Puritans, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats, and More

Plus King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Cass McCombs, Interpol, Stella Donnelly, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 01, 2019

After three strong weeks of Songs of the Week starting out 2019 right, this week we hit a bit of a lull. Whereas last week we had a supersized edition, with a Top 12 instead of our usual Top 10, this week we could only muster up enthusiasm for a Top 7. More

The Mountain Goats Announce New Album, Share New Song “Younger”

In League With Dragons Due Out April 26 via Merge

Jan 28, 2019

The Mountain Goats have announced a new album, In League With Dragons, and shared its first single, "Younger." In League With Dragons is due out April 26 via Merge. More

Outside Lands 2018 Lineup: Florence + The Machine, Janet Jackson, CHVRCHES, Beck, Bon Iver, and More

Plus The Weeknd, Huey Lewis and the News, Father John Misty, Broken Social Scene, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Jessie Ware, Perfume Genius, Lucy Dacus, James Blake, and More

Apr 03, 2018

Outside Lands have announced their 2018 lineup. The festival goes down August 10 - 12 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The headliners are Florence + The Machine, Janet Jackson, and The Weeknd. More

Amanda Palmer Covers The Mountain Goats’ “The Mess Inside”

I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas Due Out April 6 via Merge

Jan 25, 2018

Amanda Palmer has covered The Mountain Goats' "The Mess Inside" for the I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats podcast. The podcast is a conversation series featuring Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle and Joseph Fink, creator of Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't DeadMore

Soundtracking the Resistance - Fascists in America

Examining Trump's Response to the White Supremacist Rally and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Aug 18, 2017

With the President outdoing himself in a bid to appear like a terrible human being, there's only really one thing to talk about this week. Still, read on and you might find a few positive developments outside his Charlottesville debacle. More

Jul 28, 2017

This week Jake Snider from Minus the Bear discusses the future of the right, the state of the country, and his move from one side of the political spectrum to the other. We also round-up a busy and unpleasant week for Trump, particularly when it comes to healthcare and transgender rights, plus there's a little Iron & Wine to close. More

Listen: The Mountain Goats - “Rain in Soho”

Goths Due Out May 19 via Merge

Apr 25, 2017

The Mountain Goats are releasing a new albumGoths, on May 19 via Merge. The band previously shared the album's first single, "Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds." Now here's another song from the album, the dramatic opening track "Rain in Soho." More

The Mountain Goats Share New Song, “Etruscans,” for “Our First 100 Days” Anti-Trump Project

"Our First 100 Days" Will Include a New Song Every Day for the First 100 Days of Donald Trump's Presidency

Mar 31, 2017

"Our First 100 Days" is an anti-President Donald Trump project. The good folks behind the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump campaign during the election have teamed up with Secretly Group for "Our First 100 Days."  More

Feb 22, 2017

The Mountain Goats have announced a new album, Goths, and shared its first single, "Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds." Goths is due out May 19 via Merge.  More

New Anti-Donald Trump Compilation Features Angel Olsen, Jens Lekman, Toro Y Moi, Mitski, and More

"Our First 100 Days" Will Include a New Song Every Day for the First 100 Days of Trump's Presidency

Jan 13, 2017

During the election many indie rock musicians released anti-Donald Trump songs and likely assumed, like many liberals and Hillary Clinton supporters did, that Trump didn't have a strong chance of winning.  More

Listen: The Mountain Goats - “Summer” (War Cover)

As Part of Amazon's Songs of the Summer Playlist

May 04, 2016

The Mountain Goats have shared a cover of War's "Summer." The cover is part of Amazon's Songs of the Summer playlist, which will be available June 3 and will also feature new songs or covers by Baio (listen to his new song for the playlist, "Don't Fight Fate," here), Laura Gibson, Surfer Blood, Blitzen Trapper, and more.  More

Aug 05, 2015

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle recently announced a brief "All Roads Lead to Lincoln" solo mini-tour to go down this September. Now he has announced a full band Mountain Goats U.S. tour to happen this October.  More

Jul 14, 2015

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle has announced a brief "All Roads Lead to Lincoln" solo mini-tour to go down this September. It's in support of the band's recent wrestling themed album, Beat the ChampMore

May 20, 2015

The Mountain Goats' new album, Beat the Champ, is John Darnielle's ode to professional wrestling, so it makes sense that the video for "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" would be wrestling-themed. But it goes beyond that, it features wrestler Chavo Guerrero himself.  More

Watch: The Mountain Goats on “Late Night”

Perform "Foreign Object" and “Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into the Water, Triumph Of”

Apr 07, 2015

Last night, promoting the release of their brand new LP Beat the Champ, The Mountain Goats were welcomed as the musical guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers. More

Mar 31, 2015

Next week The Mountain Goats will release their fifteenth studio album Beat the Champ. More

Listen: The Mountain Goats - “Heel Turn 2”

New Album, Beat The Champ Out This April

Mar 02, 2015

The Mountain Goats have shared a brand new track from their upcoming album Beat the Champ. More

Watch: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Covers Johnny Cash with Megafaun

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Covers Grateful Dead

May 02, 2014

Earlier this week North Carolina psych-folk outfit Megafaun performed a hometown gig in Durham at The Pinhook. More

The Mountain Goats Announce Tour Dates as a Duo

The Mountain Goats Twin Inhuman Highway Fiends Tour 2014

Apr 02, 2014

John Darnielle and Peter Hughes of The Moutnain Goats are embarking on a two person tour that they’re calling “The Mountain Goats Twin Inhuman Highway Fiends Tour 2014.”  More

Listen: The Mountain Goats - ““You & Me & A High Balcony”

Non-Album Track From 2004's We Shall All Be Healed

Jul 19, 2013

John Darnielle, musical mastermind behind The Mountain Goats, has unearthed a non-album track from 2004's We Shall All Be Healed titled "You & Me & A High Balcony." More

The Mountain Goats Announce Tour

Featuring "Alternate Configurations"

Apr 09, 2013

Releasing their most recent album Transcendental Youth last year, The Mountain Goats have announced plans for a new tour starting in June. More

Oct 09, 2012

The music video for The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth single "Cry for Judas" has an amalgamation of parts. More

Stream Mountain Goats’ “Transcendental Youth”

Announce Second Leg of U.S. Tour

Sep 24, 2012

Poised to release their latest album Transcendental Youth next week The Mountain Goats have made the entire album available to stream online. More

CMJ Music Marathon 2012 Announces Initial Lineup

The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats, Opossom, GZA, DIIV, Dent May, Foxygen, The Love Language, Com Truise, and more

Aug 22, 2012

The CMJ Music Marathon 2012 has just released the initial line up for its October 16-20 run in New York City. Artists include The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats, The Love Language, Dent May, Kimbra, GZA, OFF!, Foxygen, Opossom, The Stepkids, Arthur Beatrice, Com Truise, DIIV, Exitmusic, Electric Guest, Prince Rama, The Presets, and more. More

The Mountain Goats Announce Tour

New Album Transcendental Youth Out Oct. 2

Jul 31, 2012

Recently announcing the release of their new album Transcendental Youth, and providing fans with the first taste of its material with "Cry for Judas," The Mountain Goats have revealed that they will begin a new tour this fall starting this September. More

Listen: The Mountain Goats - “Cry For Judas”

New Album Transcendental Youth Out Oct. 2

Jul 25, 2012

John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats will soon release their latest album Transcendental Youth on Oct. 2.  More

The Mountain Goats Announce New Album

Transcendental Youth Out Oct. 2

Jul 09, 2012

The Mountain Goats have announced that they will release their 14th studio album Transcendental Youth on Oct. 2 via Merge. More

Mar 29, 2012

As they promised they would, The Mountain Goats and Owen Pallett performed a number of new songs at the Ecstatic Music Festival earlier this week at the Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan, joined by classical vocal quartet Anonymous 4. More

Feb 07, 2012

Continuing their celebration of Leonard Cohen's latest LP Old Ideas, Columbia Records have offered up another entry to their Old Ideas with New Friends video series. More

The Mountain Goats Announce 2012 Tour Dates

From December to Eternity…er, April

Nov 29, 2011

The Mountain Goats are hitting the road in 2012 behind this year’s album All Eternals Deck. We have the dates.  More

The Mountain Goats and Owen Pallett Collaborate on New Material for Ecstatic Music Festival

John Darnielle Will Perform a Special Set at the Festival on March 24

Nov 17, 2011

The Mountain Goats frontman, John Darnielle will perform new songs from Transcendental Youth with vocal group Anonymous 4 at Ecstatic Music Festival on March 24. The songs were arranged by Owen Pallett. More

Watch: The Mountain Goats – “Estate Sale Sign” Video

Animated Video Tells of an Adventuresome Tale

Jul 26, 2011

The Mountain Goats have released a video for "Estate Sale Sign," off of their March release via Merge, All Eternals DeckMore

The Mountain Goats Hit the Road

Dates Kick Off June 14

Apr 27, 2011

In support of recently released album All Eternals Tape DeckThe Mountain Goats are hitting the road. We have the dates. More

NPR Streams New Mountain Goats Record

'All Eternals Deck' Drops March 29

Feb 28, 2011

Whether you want to listen to All Eternals Deck in its entirety or track-by-track, NPR will share the album until its official release March 29. More

The Mountain Goats Announce Tour Dates

All Eternals Tape Deck Out 3/29

Jan 19, 2011

The Mountain Goats are taking to the road in support of upcoming album, All Eternals Tape Deck (out March 29 via Merge). We have the dates.  More

Dec 14, 2010

After hitting his 5,000 Twitter followers mark yesterday, Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle tweeted an exclusive audio download. We have the link. More

Dec 09, 2010

On March 29, The Mountain Goats will release their newest studio album All Eternals Deck via Merge. More

The Mountain Goats Go Biblical On Seventeenth Album

The Life of the World to Come Arrives October 6th

Jul 28, 2009

According to a news post from leader John Darnielle, the new Mountain Goats LP is titled The Life of the World to Come and it's dropping on our doorsteps October 6th on the oh-so-dreamy 4AD. We already posted the first MP3 ("Genesis 3:23") from the LP here but here's the skinny on the rest. More



Reviews

Goths

Goths

Merge

May 18, 2017

Given John Darnielle's love of death metal, we knew Goths' day would come. What we didn't expect is the canvas to be so pop-forward. Goths is vivid and light on its toes, as it runs the gamut of various "goth" personalities both historical and fictional, showcasing one of Darnielle's greatest carnal sinshis ability to glean color from unexpected places.  More

John Darnielle

Universal Harvester

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Mar 27, 2017

John Darnielle's second book is a haunting story that will get under your skin. More

Beat the Champ

Beat the Champ

Merge

Apr 08, 2015

North Carolina-based singer/songwriter John Darnielle has been busy since The Mountain Goats' last album, Transcendental Youth, was released in 2012. In addition to raising two young sons, Darnielle found the time to write his first novel, Wolf in White Van, which was nominated for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction. More

Transcendental Youth

Transcendental Youth

Merge

Oct 08, 2012

Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle has a new baby, but that hasn’t softened his love for dark subject matter. (“Please,” he wrote on his website in July. “May the baby grow up to spit in my face if I should pose that hard.”) Transcendental Youth, despite its frequent use of a punchy horn section, is bleak, even by Darnielle’s standards. It’s also one of the band’s best. More

All Eternals Deck

All Eternals Deck

Merge

Mar 29, 2011

John Darnielle has always been at his best when working within the confines of a theme. Whether spinning tales of doomed romance or stories inspired by biblical verses, the device of focus has always effectively harnessed his strengths, creating powerfully cohesive statements out of disparate vignettes and character studies. Fleshing out his already superlative songwriting with the most sympathetic band he’s ever worked with (Peter Hughes on bass and Jon Wurster on drums), The Mountain Goats have hit something of a second stride in the past few years. More