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    Listen: Devendra Banhart Releases Carole King–Inspired Single "Taking a Page"
    Lauren Dukoff

    Devendra Banhart has released "Taking a Page," a fourth song from his new album, Ma, which is due September 13 on Nonesuch. The track can be heard below and is available to download now with pre-orders of the album, along with the previously released tracks "Kantori Ongaku" ("Country Music"), "Abre Los Manos" ("Open Your Hands"), and "Memorial."

    Describing the genesis of the song—for which he sought special permission from Carole King to lift a line and melody from her beloved 1971 classic "So Far Away"—Banhart says, "I'm not sure what 'Taking a Page' is about, at least I'm not sure of how to synthesize it into something pithy. I definitely know it's about how much I can't stand car chases and those long drawn out guitar solos (though I've certainly been guilty of plenty of em!). I do remember the night Trump won—the shock and fear. I instinctively reached for a Carole King album. I knew it would help. I knew it would come in handy … and it did. Still does. I'm so glad Carole got to hear it. It's really just a song about my entire life. I can't explain it much beyond that."

    Carole King's immediate response upon hearing the song: "I like it."

    Banhart will begin an extensive North American tour at Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California, on September 27. This twenty-six-date run of shows is his first tour of North America since 2017. Earlier this week, Banhart confirmed new European dates for early 2020, tickets for which go on sale Friday.

    For his US tour, Banhart is partnering with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold in the US will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize–nominated chef José Andrés to fight hunger around the world. WCK is currently responding to the crisis on the Colombia–Venezuela border and has served more than 350,000 meals to date.

    DEVENDRA BANHART ON TOUR

    Sep 27 Ohana Festival Dana Point, CA
    Oct 15 The Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
    Oct 16 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
    Oct 18 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
    Oct 19 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
    Oct 20 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
    Oct 22 The UC Theatre Berkeley, CA
    Oct 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles, CA
    Oct 25 The Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
    Oct 26 The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA
    Oct 27 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
    Oct 30 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
    Nov 1 The Slowdown Omaha, NE
    Nov 2 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 3 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
    Nov 5 The Hi Tone Memphis, TN
    Nov 7 Levitation Festival Austin, TX
    Nov 23 Tecate Bajío Festival León, Guanajuato, MEXICO
    Nov 25 El Plaza Condesa Mexico City, MEXICO
    Nov 30 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI
    Dec 1 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
    Dec 3 The Olympia Montreal, QC
    Dec 4 The Wilbur Boston, MA
    Dec 5 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
    Dec 7 9:30 Club Washington, DC
    Dec 8 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
         
    Jan 22 Palladium Warsaw, POLAND
    Jan 24 Tempodrom Berlin, GERMANY
    Jan 25 Palac Akropolis Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
    Jan 26 Felsenkeller Leipzig, GERMANY
    Jan 28 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
    Jan 29 Carlswerk Cologne, GERMANY
    Jan 30 Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
    Feb 1 Annabel Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
    Feb 2 Doornroosje Nijmegan, NETHERLANDS
    Feb 4 Shepherd's Bush Empire London, UK
    Feb 5 Salle Pleyel Paris, FRANCE
    Feb 8 X-tra Zurich, SWITZERLAND
    Feb 9 Teatro Dal Verme Milan, ITALY
    Feb 11 Sala Riviera Madrid, SPAIN
    Feb 12 Teatro Victoria Eugenia San Sebastian, SPAIN
    Feb 13 Razzmatazz Barcelona, SPAIN
    Feb 15 Hard Club Porto, PORTUGAL
    Feb 16 Capitolio Lisbon, PORTUGAL
         
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Listen: Devendra Banhart Releases Carole King–Inspired Single "Taking a Page"

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Devendra Banhart has released "Taking a Page," a fourth song from his new album, Ma, due September 13. For the song, he sought special permission from Carole King to lift a line and melody from her beloved 1971 classic "So Far Away." "I'm so glad Carole got to hear it," he says. "It's really just a song about my entire life. I can't explain it much beyond that." King's immediate response upon hearing the song: "I like it."

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Devendra Banhart has released "Taking a Page," a fourth song from his new album, Ma, which is due September 13 on Nonesuch. The track can be heard below and is available to download now with pre-orders of the album, along with the previously released tracks "Kantori Ongaku" ("Country Music"), "Abre Los Manos" ("Open Your Hands"), and "Memorial."

Describing the genesis of the song—for which he sought special permission from Carole King to lift a line and melody from her beloved 1971 classic "So Far Away"—Banhart says, "I'm not sure what 'Taking a Page' is about, at least I'm not sure of how to synthesize it into something pithy. I definitely know it's about how much I can't stand car chases and those long drawn out guitar solos (though I've certainly been guilty of plenty of em!). I do remember the night Trump won—the shock and fear. I instinctively reached for a Carole King album. I knew it would help. I knew it would come in handy … and it did. Still does. I'm so glad Carole got to hear it. It's really just a song about my entire life. I can't explain it much beyond that."

Carole King's immediate response upon hearing the song: "I like it."

Banhart will begin an extensive North American tour at Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California, on September 27. This twenty-six-date run of shows is his first tour of North America since 2017. Earlier this week, Banhart confirmed new European dates for early 2020, tickets for which go on sale Friday.

For his US tour, Banhart is partnering with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold in the US will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize–nominated chef José Andrés to fight hunger around the world. WCK is currently responding to the crisis on the Colombia–Venezuela border and has served more than 350,000 meals to date.

DEVENDRA BANHART ON TOUR

Sep 27 Ohana Festival Dana Point, CA
Oct 15 The Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
Oct 16 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Oct 18 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 19 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Oct 20 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
Oct 22 The UC Theatre Berkeley, CA
Oct 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles, CA
Oct 25 The Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
Oct 26 The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA
Oct 27 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Oct 30 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Nov 1 The Slowdown Omaha, NE
Nov 2 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
Nov 3 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
Nov 5 The Hi Tone Memphis, TN
Nov 7 Levitation Festival Austin, TX
Nov 23 Tecate Bajío Festival León, Guanajuato, MEXICO
Nov 25 El Plaza Condesa Mexico City, MEXICO
Nov 30 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI
Dec 1 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
Dec 3 The Olympia Montreal, QC
Dec 4 The Wilbur Boston, MA
Dec 5 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
Dec 7 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Dec 8 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
     
Jan 22 Palladium Warsaw, POLAND
Jan 24 Tempodrom Berlin, GERMANY
Jan 25 Palac Akropolis Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Jan 26 Felsenkeller Leipzig, GERMANY
Jan 28 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
Jan 29 Carlswerk Cologne, GERMANY
Jan 30 Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Feb 1 Annabel Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
Feb 2 Doornroosje Nijmegan, NETHERLANDS
Feb 4 Shepherd's Bush Empire London, UK
Feb 5 Salle Pleyel Paris, FRANCE
Feb 8 X-tra Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Feb 9 Teatro Dal Verme Milan, ITALY
Feb 11 Sala Riviera Madrid, SPAIN
Feb 12 Teatro Victoria Eugenia San Sebastian, SPAIN
Feb 13 Razzmatazz Barcelona, SPAIN
Feb 15 Hard Club Porto, PORTUGAL
Feb 16 Capitolio Lisbon, PORTUGAL
     
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