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Gen X and Millennials unite
In what’s sure to be a dreamy double billing for hipsters of not one but two generations, Beck and Phoenix have announced a co-headlining “Summer Odyssey” tour that will make three stops in Texas: August 20 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston; August 21 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas; and August 22 at the Moody Center in Austin. Special guests Weyes Blood and Sir Chloe will open all shows.
What makes this musical coupling so compelling is that both acts have certainly stretched the boundaries of exploratory rock music, and in their own discographies have never ceased to evolve their sound, lyrics, or approach.
While Beck burst onto the scene in 1994 with his debut record Mellow Gold and Gen X slacker anthem “Loser,” the Lord of Lo-Fi proved far more than a on-off novelty hitmaker in records like the buoyant Odelay (and hit singles “Where’s It’s At” and “Devils Haircut”), the dance funk of Midnite Vultures, and the somber Sea Change. Side trips into country, psychedelia, and ‘60s sounds also dot his discography. Not surprising, given a pedigree that found parents with careers in visual arts and music, and a grandfather who was a pioneer in the Fluxus art movement.
Beck has also collaborated with a wide arrange of other artists including Childish Gambino, Sia, Phillip Glass, The Chemical Brothers, Gorillaz, and even Sir Paul McCartney. His last album was 2019’s Hyperspace. A true sonic seeker, he was a 2022 nominee (but not finalist) for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The also critically acclaimed Phoenix met while friends in high school in Versailles, France. The pop rockers came to worldwide attention with 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and singles “1901,” and “Lisztomania.” The album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, and they became popular on festival stages around the world, including a headlining slot at 2013’s Coachella.
Follow up records included the Grammy-winner for Best Rock Album Bankrupt! (“Entertainment”) and Ti Amo (“J-Boy”), increasing an already-dedicated fanbase. Their most recent record was last year’s Alpha Zulu.
The Beck and Phoenix “Summer Odyssey” tour will bring together two cutting-edge acts that discerning Gen X and Millennials can both agree upon.
Tickets for all Texas dates go on sale Friday, January 27, at www.ticketmaster.com.
Beck and Phoenix - Summer Odyssey Tour Dates
08/01 Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena ^#
08/03 Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater ^#
08/05 Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion ^#
08/07 Inglewood, CA - Kia Forum ^#
08/08 San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena +#
08/09 Orange County, CA - OC Fair*
08/11 Phoenix, AZ - Footprint Center +#
08/12 Las Vegas, NV - Michelob Ultra Arena +#
08/15 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre +#0
8/18 Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP ~#
08/20 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ~#
08/21 Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion ~#
08/22 Austin, TX - Moody Center ~#
08/31 Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion #
09/02 Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre ~#
09/03 Toronto, Ontario - Budweiser Stage ~#
09/05 Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall at Fenway ~#
09/08 Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at the Mann ~#
09/09 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden ~
09/10 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion ~#
^ with Jenny Lewis
+ with Japanese Breakfast
~ with Weyes Blood
— Bob Ruggiero