After creating “chillwave” albums with an R&B influence, Toro y Moi is back with a new album that really doesn’t stick too much to his usual sound theme. Taking inspiration from iconic bands like Big Star, Talking Heads and Todd Rundgren, Toro y Moi’s new album, What For? seems to revive the smooth rock sounds of the 70s and 80s. After listening to his song “Buffalo”, he may want to add Hall & Oates to that tasty grab bag of inspirations, because this song grooves with that 70s Hall & Oates swagger.

Featuring Unknown Mortal Orchestra guitarist Ruban Nielson and multi-instrumentalist Julian Lynch, What For? still has that downtempo chill vibe aesthetic, but Toro Y Moi’s sound comes full circle with the addition of some very well played instruments. Hear it for youself on NPR where there the album in streaming in all its entirety before its April 7 release date!

Toro Y Moi will perform at Coachella in a couple weeks, and also has a Los Angeles date at the Fonda Theatre on April 16, along with a lot more tour dates on his schedule.



1. What You Want
2. Buffalo
3. The Flight
4. Empty Nesters
5. Ratcliff
6. Lilly
7. Spell It Out
8. Half Dome
9. Run Baby Run
10. Yeah Right


March 25 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company [SOLD OUT]*
March 26 Big Sur, CA Loma Vista Gardens*
March 28 San Francisco, CA The Independent [SOLD OUT]*
March 31 Berlin Lido
April 1 Amsterdam Melkweg
April 2 Brussels VK
April 3 Zurich Mascotte
April 4 Paris La Maroquinerie
April 6 Manchester Sound Control
April 8 London Oval Space [SOLD OUT]
April 11 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
April 15 San Diego, CA North Park Theatre†
April 16 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre [SOLD OUT]†
April 18 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
April 29 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club*
April 30 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*
May 1 New York, NY Terminal 5‡
May 2 Northampton, MA Pearl Street*
May 3 Boston, MA Paradise*
May 5 Toronto Danforth Music Hall*
May 6 Detroit, MI Magic Stick*
May 7 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre*
May 8 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music Diner*
May 9 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall*
May 10 Nashville, TN Exit/In*
May 12 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 13 Columbia, SC Music Farm§
May 14 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse§
May 15-17 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Festival
May 18 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s§
May 19 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall§
May 20 Austin, TX Emo’s§
July 31-August 2 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
July 31-August 2 Montreal, QC Osheaga
August 7-9 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands
*with Vinyl Williams
†with Mattson 2
‡with Vinyl Williams and Sinkane
§with Keath Mead



Toro y Moi straps on guitar and plays new record in full at Apogee Studio soiree

Toro Y Moi announced performance date at Fonda Theatre April 16

Photo Gallery: Toro Y Moi at First City Festival

An Interview with Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick)