The lineup of the Mountain Goats has been pretty much the same since 2007 when Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster joined the fold. Though the group often collaborated with outside musicians, like Matthew E. White on 2012’s horn-filled Transcendental Youth, the core trio of John Darnielle, bassist Peter Hughes and Wurster remained constant. Until now.
OK, so maybe it’s not that dramatic, but today Darnielle announced (via a typically humorous and verbose blog post) that the next string of Mountain Goats tour dates will not include Wurster. Instead, the band will be touring as a duo, returning the group to what Darnielle dubs “the pre-trio days.” The particular configuration of the band was inspired by a series of dates the group played as a duo during last year’s tour. We’ll let Darnielle explain in his own words:

We are pleased to report that a year-plus worth of talking about touring the Mountain Goats in alternate configurations to all-ages rooms is yielding its first fruits this June, in the form of the TUTTLINGEN WARRIORS TOUR 2013, whose name is an inside joke, I’ll tell you about it between songs at some point during the tour, I have too much else still to cover here to get into it right now. We’re bringing out the Baptist Generals, one of our favorite bands, who have a new album coming out — their first in years — and for Peter and I this is a huge event, like on an “unheard post-Marquee Moon pre-Adventure Television album discovered” level: some bands you know will someday get the acclaim that’s due them and this is one of them. Their new album is so deeply moving I’m not even going to get into it right now, here, try this, see what I mean, are you enjoying the continuing effects of José Saramago on my use of the comma, I hope so because I can no longer help it.

The Warriors tour dates kick off in Washington D.C. at the 9:30 Club on June 3 and find the band snaking along the East Coast and into the Midwest. Check out the full list of tour dates below, along the video for “Cry For Judas” off Transcendental Youth.
Tour Dates For Mountain Goats:
05/01 – Boone, NC – Appalachian State University
06/03 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
06/04 – York, PA – Capitol Performing Arts *
06/05 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s *
06/07 – New Haven, CT – Center Church On The Green *
06/08 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall *
06/09 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom *
06/11 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall Of Homestead *
06/12 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *
06/14 – Cincinnatti, OH – Taft Ballroom *
06/15 – Bloomington, IN – Chumley Theatre *
06/16 – Evanston, IN – Space *
06/17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
06/19 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar *
06/20 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House *
06/22 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree *
06/23 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive *
06/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room *
06/26 – Charleston, SC – The Charleston Pourhouse *
06/27 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern *
06/28 – Wilmington, NC – The Soapox *
07/26-28 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
09/13-16 – Miami, FL – Atlantic Ocean Comedy And Music Festival