The Lemonheads return with a new album after a 17 year hiatus

Evan Dando’s Lemonheads return with first album since ’06, igniting a New Year’s celebration.

In a highly-anticipated return, The Lemonheads, fronted by the enigmatic Evan Dando, are poised to drop their first album of fresh material since 2006.

This comes with an exciting cherry on top: a three-night New Year’s Eve residency at The Space in Evanston, Illinois. There, they’ll treat fans to the full sonic experience of their iconic albums, “It’s a Shame About Ray” and “Come On Feel the Lemonheads.”

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Since their inception in Boston in ’86, The Lemonheads have carved out an indelible mark on the alternative rock landscape. Bolstered by Dando’s introspective lyricism and infectious melodies, they swiftly amassed a devoted following. The early ’90s witnessed a flurry of critically acclaimed releases, notably “It’s a Shame About Ray” in ’92 and “Come On Feel the Lemonheads” in ’93. Following a hiatus in the late ’90s, Dando has admirably kept the Lemonheads ship sailing, gracing stages and recording under their moniker in recent times.

Details about the upcoming Lemonheads album remain tightly under wraps, but the buzz is palpable. Slated for an early 2024 release, it’s sure to be a musical moment to savor. Meanwhile, the New Year’s Eve residency promises a rare opportunity for fans to bask in the sonic glory of The Lemonheads’ classics, performed live and in their entirety.


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Harking back to their Boston beginnings in ’86, The Lemonheads boasted Evan Dando on vocals and guitar, Ben Deily on bass, and Jesse Peretz on drums. What started as a whirlwind of punk intensity gradually metamorphosed into a melodic, pop-infused sound that captivated audiences. Their debut album, “Hate Your Friends” in ’88, catapulted them into the limelight, solidifying their status as torchbearers of the alternative rock movement.

This initial success paved the way for a string of lauded albums, including “Lick” (’89), “Lovey” (’90), and the seminal “It’s a Shame About Ray” (’92), featuring the iconic rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.”

Though a hiatus loomed in the late ’90s, Dando’s tenacity kept the Lemonheads spirit alive. Their latest offering, “Hotel Sessions,” dropped in 2019, a testament to their enduring relevance.

Undoubtedly, The Lemonheads stand tall as stalwarts of alternative rock. Their music, praised for its infectious hooks, soul-searching prose, and Dando’s inimitable vocal prowess, remains a cornerstone of the genre. With a forthcoming album and an unmissable New Year’s Eve residency, The Lemonheads are primed to reclaim their throne as heralds of the alternative rock renaissance.

The Space, Evanston, IL

Fri Dec 29: performing It’s A Shame About Ray 
Sat Dec 30: performing Come On Feel The Lemonheads 
Sun Dec 31: New Year’s Extravaganza

w/ special guests Kiwi Jr.

Tickets here.