Modern Baseball is playing its last shows for the forseeable future: three nights at Union Transfer this fall - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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UPDATE 2:27 p.m. As Brendan Lukens tweeted this afternoon, these shows are the band’s last for the forseeable future.

Philly indie rock darlings Modern Baseball have been on hiatus since the winter – and today, we’re happy to report that they’ll return to the stage for a three-night stand at Union Transfer. This comes on the heels of its stint backing Daniel Johnston at The Tower in October — the band and friends will headline on Friday, October 13th Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th. Tickets are on sale now at Union Transfer’s website, and will probably sell out mad fast, so act quick.

Seriously, though, this is going to be huge. People are going to travel for it. It effectively makes up for missed opportunities to see the band when its touring plans earlier this year fell apart.

After a long haul across much of 2016 in support of their excellent Holy Ghost LP – which included a headlining date at The Fillmore last summer – MoBo first showed signs of fracture in January when singer-guitarist and co-songwriter Brendan Lukens announced that he would be sitting out the band’s January tour in Europe with Thin Lips and The Superweaks. This was followed in February by a cancellation of the band’s U.S. tour; both times, mental health and a need for self-care were cited as reasons.

As Jake wrote at the time:

Over the past few months the band has become an immense source of anxiety for me, and it wasn’t until I opened up to Sean, Ian, and Brendan about it that we realized we were all feeling the same way. The project we started as a source of joy and positive expression had become something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships. We have been championing the importance of mental health for a while now, and we recently realized that it would be wrong for us to ignore our own health any longer.

We’re not sure what this run of shows means for the band just yet — a re-emergance or a final hurrah. In any case, based on this Halloween-centric flyer, it’s bound to be a loud and sweaty and shoutalongable amazing time.

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