Following an impressive eighteen-year, six-album career, Motion City Soundtrack, has announced plans for a farewell tour in North America this Spring. The tour will be split into two legs. The first will begin May 5 in Portland, OR and end 5/22 in Des Moines, IA. The second will kick off 6/2 in Omaha, NE and end in the band’s hometown of Minneapolis, MN. Joining the tour will be The Spill Canvas & Microwave. Tickets on-sale now.

For those of you with a constant, dull, ache of nostalgia in the pit of your stomach, then you may find it disheartening that Motion City Soundtrack, the pop-punk rock stars from the early 00’s, are embarking on their final tour ever…

The So Long, Farewell Tour has just kicked off and is supported by some other noteworthy names like, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, The Spill Canvas, Microwave and By Surprise. The band will be on the road through the month of June, doing keyboard hand stands and celebrating a good run with friends, family and all of their biggest fans.


The band wrote an open letter addressed to “friends” and encourage anyone who has been affected by their music over the years, to make it out to one of their shows. The band will be wrapping up the tour in their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 24th.

THIS JUST IN: Anaheim, Indianapolis, & Pittsburgh shows are all SOLD OUT!

Heads up, the following cities are nearing sell out: Los Angeles, Des Moines, Omaha, Washington DC, & Sayreville.


In a recent statement, the band has said;
“It has been a quiet winter for us. We’ve had some time at home after a very busy 2015. With this time, we’ve been able to think about the past, present, and future of Motion City Soundtrack. All of this thinking has lead to several conversations, and these conversations have lead us to a very bittersweet realization:

We have no idea what the future holds, but for now we are done.

Needless to say, we’re feeling all the feels – you may be as well. If so, or if you’ve ever been touched by our music, we ask you to come out and sing along with us one last time in 2016” City Soundtrack formed in Minneapolis in 1997 and has since built an extraordinary career for themselves with their unique style of indie rock meets power pop and quirkily smart lyrics that has resulted in six fan-coveted studio albums. The band will be playing an array of songs from their discography throughout the tour; Panic Stations (2015), Go (2012), My Dinosaur Life (2010), Even If It Kills Me (2007), Commit This to Memory (2005), and I Am The Movie (2003).

5/5 Portland, OR Roseland
5/6 Seattle, WA The Showbox
5/8 Sacramento. CA Ace of Spades
5/9 San Francisco, CA The Regency
5/11 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
5/12 Los Angeles, CA Belasco
5/14 San Diego, CA House of Blues
5/15 Phoenix, AZ Press Room
5/17 Austin, TX Emo’s
5/18 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
5/19 Houston, TX Numbers
5/21 Lawrence. KS Granada
5/22 Des Moines. IA Wooly’s
6/2 Omaha, NE Slowdown
6/3 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
6/4 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
6/5 Detroit, MI St Andrew’s
6/7 Toronto, ON The Phoenix Concert Theater
6/8 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
6/10 Washington, DC 930 Club
6/11 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
6/12 Boston. MA Paradise Rock Club
6/15 Hartford, CT Webster
6/16 New York, NY Irving Plaza
6/18 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheater
6/20 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
6/22 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
6/24 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
8/6 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

While on tour in the summer of 2013, Justin Pierre (vocals), Josh Cain (guitar), Jesse Johnson (keyboard), Matt Taylor (bass), Claudio Rivera (drums) began to write new material, initially for fun until eventually they found themselves with a collection of new songs. There was no preconceived vision or theme to the process, just the underlying goal to create music the band enjoyed playing together in one room. To help capture that energy, Panic Stations was recorded live in June of 2014 and was produced by John Agnello at Seedy Underbelly North (formerly known as Pachyderm Studios) in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The band loved Agnello’s prior work in producing and/or mixing albums by Dinosaur Jr., Jawbox, Sonic Youth and recently Kurt Vile and The Hold Steady.
Panic Stations, was named after nautical structures that act as warning posts in the oceans. Many of the songs reference water and the ocean, and there is an overarching idea of letting go and not being immobilized by your own thoughts. Pierre drew on an array of literary influences with song lyrics inspired by Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and A Million Little Pieces. The process of creating these new songs, which open a new chapter in the band’s storied career, was based on instinct and openness, a methodology that resulted in a buoyant, impassioned record. And the feeling of their renewed pleasure for the craft resonates through each note and lyric, leaving the listener as inspired as they sound.

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