From staugamphitheatre.com (because why reinvent the wheel?)
In 2014, John Darnielle’s novel Wolf in White Van spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the National Book Award. On April 7, 2015 Darnielle and his band the Mountain Goats returned with Beat the Champ, a collection of songs about professional wrestling.
One novelist described the album as such: “It is, as any fan of the band will expect, a heartbreaking and heartreviving album about imperfect people described perfectly, with melodies that will stay with you for days. There are also things about it that even longtime fans will not expect … The Mountain Goats, if you are not a longtime fan, is an itinerant, pseudomystical motorcycle cult that raises money through a regional chain of discount furniture outlets and the occasional musical release in order to fund their mysterious rituals and sacrifices enacted upon the highways and backroads of America.”
Blank Range opens.
FUN FACT: The mountain goat (the animal, not a band member) isn’t a goat at all but a member of the antelope family.