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WHY?

WHY? Tour Dates and Upcoming Concerts

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On tour Yes
Followers 75,458
Category Hip Hop, Indie, Psychedelic Rock
Concerts
Aug
16
The Grey Eagle
Asheville
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Aug
17
Terminal West
Atlanta
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Aug
18
Motorco Music Hall
Durham
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Aug
20
The Atlantis
Washington
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Aug
21
Underground Arts
Philadelphia
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Aug
23
Bowery Ballroom
New York
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Aug
24
The Sinclair
Cambridge
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Aug
26
Velvet Underground
Toronto
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Aug
27
El Club
Detroit
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Aug
28
Outset
Chicago
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Aug
29
Vivarium
Milwaukee
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Sep
04
Off Broadway
St. Louis
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Sep
06
Deep Ellum Art Company
Dallas
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Sep
07
Mohawk Austin
Austin
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Sep
10
Club Congress
Tucson
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Sep
11
The Rebel Lounge
Phoenix
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Sep
13
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego
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Sep
14
Lodge Room Highland Park
Los Angeles
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Sep
15
The Independent
San Francisco
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Sep
17
Mississippi Studios
Portland
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Sep
18
Washington Hall
Seattle
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Sep
20
The Urban Lounge
Salt Lake City
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Sep
21
Meow Wolf Denver | Convergence Station
Denver
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Sep
23
recordBar
Kansas City
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Sep
24
Slowdown
Omaha
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Sep
25
Turf Club
St Paul
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Sep
27
Woodward Theater
Cincinnati
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Sep
28
The Blue Room
Nashville
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About WHY?
"I'll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn's / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone." It's the kind of couplet you'd carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career-defining album—one so fan-adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the art-pop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above. When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?'s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live-recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists. It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heart-rending song-rap that jangles like folk, bursts like psych-rock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album's 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history. Revisiting these songs is like catching up with an old, very strange friend—one who obsesses over his mortality, wonders if his ex is some sort of god, identifies as a "lifelong local foreigner," and does his emotional unpacking in public restrooms*. When Yoni sings that he's been "faking suicide for applause in the food courts of malls" on album opener "The Vowels Pt. 2," you aren't sure if it's a metaphor about fame or a real thing he did. Our narrator's odd charm is Alopecia's most enduring gift. Inspired by Bob Dylan and Joanna Newsom, Yoni packs confessional candor and vivid detail into honeyed melodies. Energized by Lil Wayne and MF DOOM, he seeds self-effacing boasts and mesmeric wordplay within complex rhyme schemes. The result is a swirl of humor, desperation, and beauty that both pulls us into his world and draws out our own proud, wounded inner weirdo. As Yoni coos on "The Hollows," "This goes out to dirty-dancing, cursing, backmasking, back-slidden pastors' kids / and all us Earth growths; some planted, some pulled." That perspective formed in our hero's native Cincinnati—born in the basement of his rabbi dad's synagogue when lil Yoni started making songs on a dusty 4-track, and come of age in a different basement in his college years where, instead of graduating, he teamed with roommate Doseone and pal Odd Nosdam to form the revered avant-rap trio cLOUDDEAD. These family and friends haunt Alopecia—Dose raps on "The Hollows"; Nosdam is namechecked on "A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under"; Yoni's father and the language of faith appear often—creating layers of narrative for WHY?'s typically deep-diving fans to unpack. By 2008, Yoni was settled in Oakland, adding to the legacy of the Anticon label/collective he cofounded (most notably with his official 2003 LP debut Oaklandazulasylum). Though his brother Josiah Wolf and fellow Ohioan Doug McDiarmid moved west and joined WHY? before 2005's Elephant Eyelash, they had not yet recorded as a proper unit, or in a proper studio. Hell, Yoni'd never even tried to make his words rhyme before. You already know that they did all of those things and were rewarded with Alopecia, an album as adventurous as it is accessible, and remarkably fluid. To wit, "These Few Presidents" slides between modes, from upbeat and forced-smile bubbly to seething and slowly roiling. "Song of the Sad Assassin" is a tempo-blind rollercoaster of piano, vibes, vocal percussion, guitar, drum, and bass. And "Twenty Eight" spins a feedback-drenched rap beat, something like the Bomb Squad on acid, on a carousel. WHY?'s mind meld is all the more impressive considering they left their jerry-rigged home setup for Minneapolis' Third Ear studio, in the winter, and added Fog members Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson to the lineup. Over 20 days, the thermometer never cracked zero. There were hot toddies aplenty, Miles Davis records on repeat, and cramped quarters. In this heady, unfamiliar space, Yoni worried it was all for naught. But while recording "Good Friday," a brutal breakup song, he caught full-body chills. It wasn't the blizzard outside. The Alopecia sessions were so successful, in fact, that they spawned two LPs (WHY?'s fourth, Eskimo Snow, arrived 18 months later). This one was finished in Berkeley and when time came to name it, Yoni chose a word that appears nowhere in the lyrics. He'd recently found a hole in his beard which his old art-hop comrade Slug of Atmosphere identified as alopecia. The concept fit: more than on any other WHY? release, Yoni was uncovering his anger, anxiety, and ambition—celebrating his ugly by wearing his lowest of lows like badges of honor, devising characters to exorcise his inner demons, and arriving at begrudging self-affirmation. There's a line on "Brook & Waxing," reprised on "By Torpedo or Crohn's," that's become the loudest shout-along moment at WHY? concerts and the most likely quote to find tattooed in the crowd: "While I'm alive I'll feel alive / And what's next I guess I'll know when I've gotten there." Therein lies Alopecia's genius: we'll never get "there," not in 10 years past or 10 years more, but the beauty is in pushing on. *really, there are no fewer than six bathroom scenes on Alopecia; can you find them all?
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Genres
Hip Hop, Indie, Psychedelic Rock
Band members
Doug McDiarmid, Yoni Wolf, Matt Meldon, Josiah Wolf
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What fans are saying
Cheyane
5 / 5
Absolutely amazing show! WHY? was fantastic. Amazing venue, I wish more artists would book here! 10/10
Spirit Hall (Performing Alopecia) Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 28, 2022
Tara
5 / 5
Beautiful show. Great venue. Loved talking to the band after and making new friends!
Deep Ellum Art Company (Performing Alopecia) Dallas, TX
Nov 22, 2018
Kailey
5 / 5
always a pleasure watching them perform. loved every second of it
Deep Ellum Art Company (Performing Alopecia) Dallas, TX
Jul 08, 2019
J.
4 / 5
Great show. And the german audience is oh so quiet :-)
Zoom Frankfurt Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Nov 05, 2019
Ptisawquah
5 / 5
awwwwesome! great mix of older & new album ♡
Sister Albuquerque, NM
Feb 21, 2018
Jacob
5 / 5
Fucking amazing. Had a hard on the whole time.
The Ready Room (Performing Alopecia) St. Louis, MO
Nov 23, 2018
Samantha
5 / 5
Good mix of old and new music
Ace Of Spades Sacramento, CA
Aug 26, 2022
Jane
5 / 5
Yoni never disappoints. Insanely entertaining
Spirit Hall (Performing Alopecia) Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 29, 2018
Allie
5 / 5
amazing performance as always
The Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Mar 04, 2018
Sam
5 / 5
Awesome show!
Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Feb 22, 2018
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WHY? Tour Cities
Denver, CO Toronto, ON Chicago, IL Kansas City, MO Asheville, NC Durham, NC Portland, OR Salt Lake City, UT San Francisco, CA Dallas, TX Los Angeles, CA Detroit, MI Omaha, NE Atlanta, GA Phoenix, AZ New York City, NY Nashville, TN Seattle, WA Cincinnati, OH Milwaukee, WI Cambridge, MA Philadelphia, PA Austin, TX San Diego, CA Tucson, AZ South Saint Paul, MN St. Louis, MO

Frequently Asked Questions About WHY?

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is WHY? on tour?

Yes, WHY? is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming WHY? concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The WHY? tour is scheduled for 28 dates across 27 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is WHY? scheduled to play?

WHY? is scheduled to play 28 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the WHY? tour start?

WHY?’s tour starts Aug 16, 2024 and ends on Sep 28, 2024. They will play 27 cities; their most recent concert was held in Asheville at The Grey Eagle and their next upcoming concert will be in Toronto at Velvet Underground.

What venues is WHY? performing at?

As part of the WHY? tour, WHY? is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

Aug 16 - Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
Aug 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Aug 18 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
Aug 20 - Washington, DC @ The Atlantis
Aug 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Aug 23 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Aug 24 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Aug 26 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
Aug 27 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Aug 28 - Chicago, IL @ Outset
Aug 29 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vivarium
Sep 04 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Sep 06 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Company
Sep 07 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk Austin
Sep 10 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Sep 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Sep 13 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego
Sep 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
Sep 15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sep 17 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sep 18 - Seattle, WA @ Washington Hall
Sep 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
Sep 21 - Denver, CO @ Meow Wolf Denver | Convergence Station
Sep 23 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
Sep 24 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Sep 25 - St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Sep 27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater
Sep 28 - Nashville, TN @ The Blue Room
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