MXMTOON coming to Trees 5/26/20

Announces North American dawn & dusk tour

Photo Credit: April Blum

Following the release of her latest single, “fever dream,” mxmtoon is announcing her North American dawn & dusk tour today, with support from Temporex, Verzache, and Claud. Her last US tour sold out months in advance and demand is already through the roof for her next round of dates. mxmtoon will kick things off May 8th in San Diego at House of Blues, playing songs from her 2019 debut album the masquerade, as well as new material. There will be an Artist + Spotify Presale this Wednesday January 29th at 10AM local time, and tickets will be on sale to the general public on January 31st at 10AM local. Tickets will be available HERE.

Over the past couple of years, Maia has built a remarkable bond with her audience entirely on the strength of her resonant songwriting and unaffected presence. Her 2018 debut EP plum blossom clocked more than 100 million streams on Spotify alone—not bad for songs recorded by herself in her parents’ guest room. She’s now amassing millions of followers and subscribers across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, making a point of using her ever-growing platform to speak out on issues close to her heart. “As a young bisexual woman of color from a family of immigrants, a lot of current events directly affect who I am,” says Maia, who’s mixed Chinese-American. “I firmly believe it’s my obligation and opportunity to speak on issues that affect us all.”

EMBED: “fever dream” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmzdCy7h2zE

Since the release of the masquerade—as well as its accompanying original Spotify podcast and graphic novel—mxmtoon’s following has only continued to flourish. Boosted by glowing praise from the likes of The New York Times and The New Yorker (who lauded her songwriting for showing an “emotional sophistication that reminded us that there are some things we never outgrow”), the album’s breakout success recently saw Maia embarking on her first-ever UK tour. In addition, she’s now gearing up to support Lauv on his forthcoming spring tour of Asia.

With new music already in the works 2020 is already shaping up to be a massive year for mxmtoon. All dates are listed below.

Tour Dates:

5/8/2020 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues*

5/9/2020 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*

5/12/2020 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory*

5/14/2020 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre*

5/16/2020 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom*^

5/19/2020 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom^

5/20/2020 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox^

5/22/2020 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex^

5/23/2020 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre^

5/26/2020 – Dallas, TX – Trees^

5/27/2020 – Austin, TX – The Parish^

5/28/2020 – Houston, TX – White Oak Downstairs^

5/30/2020 – Orlando, FL – The Social (Acoustic Set)#

5/31/2020 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (The Loft)#

6/2/2020 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club#

6/4/2020 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club#

6/5/2020 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral#

6/6 – 6/7/20 – Cleveland, OH – WonderStruck Festival

6/8/2020 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts#

6/9/2020 – Boston, MA – Royale#

6/12/2020 – New York, NY – Webster Hall#

* w/ Temporex

^ w/ Verzache

# w/ Claud

In each piece of music she creates, mxmtoon matches her lack of artifice with the graceful musicality she first honed by studying violin and cello as a child. After writing her first song with two friends for a music class at age 13, she continued writing on her own but mostly kept her output to herself. In 2017, Maia began posting her music on SoundCloud, first only sharing her comedy songs but eventually uploading a heart-on-sleeve track called “feelings are fatal.” “At the time I was like, ‘Whatever—I have 200 followers, I’m just gonna post it,’” she recalls. “But then people really responded to it, which made me realize that I needed to keep my music as candid as possible, because that’s what people connect with.”

 

As her recent touring has shown, mxmtoon relentlessly brings that unabashed candor to her disarming live performance. Her first ever headline US tour sold out months in advance in part to her army of fans across social media platforms. In the past year, she’s augmented her live set to include a drummer and guitarist/keyboardist/background vocalist, a shift that’s paradoxically made each show all the more intimate. “Having my band frees me up to interact with my audience in a way that I can’t normally do if it’s just me up there with my ukulele,” she says. “It’s been so much fun, and I’m excited to keep elevating the live show as I keep touring.”

 

In her endless effort to create true connection onstage and in her music, mxmtoon has attained an undeniable solidarity with her listeners, ultimately providing some much-needed solace for the shy, the sensitive, the routinely underrepresented. “When I listen to my first album, it feels like a musical of the things I’ve gone through and the life inside my head,” says Maia. “I hope people come away from it feeling like the songs belong to them too—like now there’s a piece of art in the world that speaks to their own experiences, even if they’d always felt like they were alone.”

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Press for the masquerade…

“…a Bedroom Pop Empire in the Making” – The New York Times

“On the masquerade, which features songs written over the last two years, she’s offering the most polished picture of herself yet. And it’s one that, like all of her music, succeeds based on her candor and intelligence.” – NYLON

“mxmtoon Might Be the Songwriter a New Generation Needs…Armed with a ukulele and a sardonic charm, the TikTok star paints a portrait how it feels to be lonely, in love and connected at once…the masquerade is comforting twee-pop that wrings out genuine pathos from mxmtoon’s internet celebrity. She’s made a portrait of what it’s like to be lonely, in love and perpetually connected, while at the same time filled with sly, painfully earnest observations.”

– Paste

“the masquerade is a deeply human album, one unshackled by any pretense or notion of the 19-year-old artist’s ensuing fame… a ten-track run that plays with themes of lo-fi indie rock, jumps headfirst into soaring indie pop, dips into nostalgic, swaying R&B, and finds its footing in heartbreaking ballads, all while staying grounded by mxmtoon’s gift for poignant lyricism.”

– Bandcamp

“the masquerade is a deeply human album, one unshackled by any pretense or notion of the 19-year-old artist’s ensuing fame… a ten-track run that plays with themes of lo-fi indie rock, jumps headfirst into soaring indie pop, dips into nostalgic, swaying R&B, and finds its footing in heartbreaking ballads, all while staying grounded by mxmtoon’s gift for poignant lyricism.”

– Ones To Watch

“The ukulele-toting singer brings her wry sense of humour and diary-entry lyricism to her debut record, recalling the lo-fi relatability of Frankie Cosmos. She’s charming, candid and unafraid to delve into some tougher themes…” – Exclaim!

Follow mxmtoon:

Facebook | Spotify | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube | SoundCloud | Apple Music

 

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