This news is making us want to skip the rest of the dreadful winter so badly: in June, Goose comes to the TD Pavilion at The Mann. The Connecticut-based quintet, who have played everywhere from Red Rocks to the Ryman to Radio City, announced their summer tour today, along with an unexpected release. Ted Tapes 2024 is an album of instrumental improvisations recorded — and not originally meant to be shared — during the auditions for new drummer, Cotter Ellis.

Of his first encounter with Ellis, vocalist and guitar player Rich Mitarotonda said, “I was taken with the buoyant energy and how much fun [his band] was having. Something had me glued to the drums though. His pocket and feel were gripping, and he was deep in the music. He really told a story with his playing that night. It was an experience that always stuck with me.”

“I’ve known Cotter for over 10 years,” says Pete Anspach (vocals/keys/guitar). “Our two bands Great Blue and Swimmer were coming up in the scene at the same time and played countless show together. At one particular gig, I told Cotter, ‘Hey man, I would love to play in a band with you someday.’ I couldn’t be more excited for that day to have finally come.”

Give a listen to the energy of the new lineup in the explorative, 9-track Ted Tapes below. Tickets are on sale now for Goose’s summer tour, including the June 28th show at The Mann. As always, check the WXPN Concerts and Events page for ticket links and the latest on upcoming shows in the area.

Cotter Ellis