MJ Lenderman

"Rudolph" (ANTI-)

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Today, MJ Lenderman presents his new single, “Knockin,” via ANTI-. A beloved staple of his “righteously ragged” (Under The Radar) live sets, “Knockin” is a lightning-in-a-bottle distillation of what makes MJ Lenderman one of the most captivating songwriters in recent memory. First appearing on a self-recorded EP, “Knockin” was written between the recording and release of Lenderman’s 2022 breakthrough Boat Songs. Growing from tender beginnings to a full-blown scream-along chorus, the newly recorded rendition of “Knockin” was recorded at Drop of Sun Studios. Alongside “Rudolph,” the previously-shared “rollicking fusion of country and rock, twangy and heavy at once” (Brooklyn Vegan), “Knockin” will appear on a forthcoming 7-inch single, available for pre-order now and set for release this Fall.


Of “Knockin,” Lenderman adds: “I was spending a lot of time watching John Daly videos and came across a rendition he does of Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.’ Daly’s version includes an extra verse about golfing. My ‘Knockin’ became a staple of the MJ Lenderman & The Wind live set and it felt like a good idea to re-record it professionally.”


Warped pedal steels and skuzzed out guitar; a voice reminiscent of the high-lonesome warble of a choirboy; the keen observations and reflections of a front stoop philosopher. MJ Lenderman’s songs snake their way from a lo-fi home recording to something glossier made with longtime friends at a hometown studio, but the recording setting doesn’t seem to matter much – at its core, a Lenderman song rings true. His music spans stories about everything from a relationship disintegrating outside the high-end butcher shop to a sighting of football star Dan Marino at the local Harris Teeter; from a love song built around a t-shirt kiosk at the airport, or the malaise of a grill rusting in the rain. And those are just some of the things you might find across his three solo records: MJ Lenderman (2019, Sub-Fi), Ghost of Your Guitar Solo (2021, Dear Life), and acclaimed studio debut, Boat Songs (2022, Dear Life).


Lenderman is currently underway on a U.S. tour, performing this Friday at Oregon’s Pickathon, followed by shows in Pioneertown and Los Angeles, as well as festival performances at Thing Fest and Woodsist Festival. A full list of Lenderman’s tour dates is below and tickets are on sale now.




    Sep 23-24, 2023
    Accord, NY
    Woodsist Festival

    Oct 14, 2023
    Asheville, NC
    Burnpile Music + Beer Festival

    Dec 08, 2023
    Los Angeles, CA

    Dec 09, 2023
    Ojai, CA
    Deer Lodge

    Dec 10, 2023
    San Francisco, CA
    Rickshaw Stop

    Dec 12, 2023
    Portland, OR
    Mississippi Studios

    Dec 13, 2023
    Seattle, WA
    Tractor Tavern