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Mastodon at SXSW 2017 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)

Mastodon are about to release their new album Emperor of Sand later this month (3/31) via Reprise Records, and they previewed some of it at SXSW last night (3/17), their first live show in six months. It was a midnight set at the SPIN showcase at the Mazda Studio at Empire Garage. Mastodon took the stage directly after a great set by Beach Slang (who we also caught a day earlier).

The show included the live debuts of Emperor of Sand singles “Sultan’s Curse,” “Andromeda,” and “Show Yourself,” and they all fit right in with the classics they played (like “The Wolf Is Loose”). Mastodon have softened their sound a bit over the years — “Show Yourself” is practically a Queens of the Stone Age song and it’s a far cry from set-closer “Mother Puncher” — but their live show is still punishing and towering whether they’re playing a new song or an oldie. The show opened with “Sultan’s Curse” off the new album, and it felt like classic Mastodon right off the bat (especially since that song kicks off with some Leviathan/Blood Mountain-worthy riffs). Check out some videos of Mastodon playing the new songs (and some of the older ones) at the show, below. Setlist below too.

After the album drops, Mastodon will go on a headlining tour with support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. That tour includes a few festivals; a NYC show on 5/11 at Hammerstein Ballroom; a big Philly show that also has Gojira, Opeth, and the Devin Townsend Project; and more. Updated dates are listed below.

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Mastodon @ SXSW 2017 Setlist (via Setlist.fm)
Sultan’s Curse (live debut)
The Wolf Is Loose
Divinations
Bladecatcher
Black Tongue
(Unknown)
Andromeda (live debut)
Show Yourself (live debut)
Mother Puncher

Mastodon — 2017 Tour Dates
Apr 14 Wilma Theater (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Missoula, MT
Apr 15 Paramount Theater (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Seattle, WA
Apr 16 Roseland Theater (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Portland, OR Sold Out
Apr 18 The Warfield (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) San Francisco, CA
Apr 20 The Palladium (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Hollywood, CA
Apr 21 Comerica Theatre (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Phoenix, AZ
Apr 22 Las Rageous Las Vegas, NV
Apr 23 Complex (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 24 Fillmore (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Denver, CO
Apr 26 Uptown Theater (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Kansas City, MO
Apr 27 The Pageant (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Saint Louis, MO
Apr 28 Iron City (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Birmingham, AL
Apr 29 Welcome To Rockville Jacksonville, FL
Apr 30 Fort Rock Fort Myers, FL
May 02 Fillmore (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Washington, DC
May 03 Rebel (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Toronto, Canada
May 04 Agora Theater (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Cleveland, OH
May 05 Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC
May 06 Electric Factory Outdoors (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles, Opeth, Gojira, Devin Townsend Project) Philadelphia, PA
May 08 House of Blues (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Boston, MA
May 09 State Theater (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Portland, ME
May 11 Hammerstein Ballroom (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) New York, NY
May 12 Stage AE (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Pittsburgh, PA
May 13 Aragon Ballroom (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Chicago, IL
May 14 Taft Theatre (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Cincinnati, OH
May 16 Royal Oak Theater (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Detroit, MI
May 17 Ryman Auditorium (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Nashville, TN
May 18 Minglewood Hall (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Memphis, TN
May 19 Gas Monkey Live (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Dallas, TX
May 20 ACL Live (w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Austin, TX
Jun 09 Donington Park Derby, United Kingdom
Jun 11 BASE AERIENNE 217 Brétigny Sur Orge, France
Jun 15 Novarock Nickelsdorf, Austria
Jun 16 Tvornica kulture Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 18 Graspop Dessel, Belgium
Jun 21 MEO ARENA – TEJO ROOM Lisbon, Portugal
Jun 22 Download Festival Madrid Madrid, Spain
Jun 25 Zenith de Strasbourg Eckbolsheim, France
Jun 26 LKA Longhorn Stuttgart, Germany
Jun 27 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
Jun 28 Docks Hamburg, Germany
Jul 02 Tuska Open Air Helsinki, Finland
Jul 04 B90 Gdansk, Poland
Jul 06 Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany
Jul 08 Resurrection Fest Viveiro, Spain

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