Jack Antonoff is giving non-Android users a reason to go to Google Play. Today, his new original six-part, docu-style comedy series, Thank you and Sorry debuted exclusively on the Google platform. Blending real tour footage with scripted scenes, it presents a surreal version of the Grammy Award-winning indie rocker’s life on tour with his band Bleachers.
Shot in gorgeous black and white, the series is comprised of six 15-minute episodes that feature Antonoff crossing paths with all sorts of quirky characters. Olivia Wilde plays an OCD-afflicted woman vying to be his manager. Lena Dunham (his real-life significant other) is brilliant as his domineering publicist, and Rosie Perez is cast as his neglected, “long-distance” girlfriend. Directed by Bill Benz, who has worked on the Kroll Show and Portlandia, Thank You has some great comedic moments. Each episode also features the group performing one of their songs live in concert.
A man simultaneously thankful and sorry, Antonoff gets personal in the series. He discusses some of the tragic things that have happened in his life, including the death of his sister and his bout of pneumonia. However, if your familiar the great profile Vulture did on him last year, he’s not really revealing anything new or shocking here. He comes off as a lovable neurotic germaphobe who enjoys hanging out at his parent’s house.
Also a member of the band fun., Antonoff released his debut LP as Bleachers last year on RCA. Earlier this month he dropped Like a River Runs, a 4-song EP that features a cover by Sia and a 15-minute spoken-word track titled “Dreams Aren’t Random.”
Bleachers continue their touring ways and made a stop at Bonnaroo over the weekend where Antonoff made quite a splash at the Super Jam leading covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark,” and Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Next month, the band teams up with Charli XCX for a co-headlining tour called “Charli and Jack Do America.” They play Central Park SummerStage on September 21.
Antonoff has also founded a new music festival, “Shadow of the City.” It’s set for September 19 at The Stone Pony SummerStage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Bleachers headlines with Charli XCX, Vic Mensa, Cults and more scheduled to perform. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the trailer for Thank You and Sorry below, and if you like what you see you can watch the entire series for free here. If you want to catch Bleachers live, see below for all of their upcoming tour dates.
June 21st Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 5th Glasgow, Scotland The Garage
July 6th Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 3
July 7th Paris, France La Flèche d’Or
July 9th-11th Lisbon, Portugal NOS Alive 2015, Passeio Marítimo De Algés
July 16th-19th Pemberton, BC, Canada Pemberton Music Festival 2015
July 18th-19th Lower Fields, Victoria, BC, Canada Rock The Shores 2015, Juan De Fuca Rec Centre
“Charli and Jack Do America” Tour Dates:
July 21st San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
July 22nd Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre
July 23rd Oakland, CA Fox Theater
July 25th Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
July 26th Troutdale, OR Edgefield
July 29th Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
August 4th Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Plaza
August 5th Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
August 7th Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
August 8th Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
August 9th St. Louis, MO The Pageant
August 11th Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
August 12th Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
* BØRNS supports all dates
September 14th Boston, MA House of Blues
September 16th Wallingford, CT The Dome
September 18th Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
September 19th Shadow Of The City
September 21st New York, NY Central Park Summerstage
September 23rd Washington, DC Echo Stage
September 25th Tampa, FL Jannus Landing
September 27th Orlando, FL House Blues
October 1st Dallas, TX House of Blues
October 3rd Houston, TX House of Blues
October 6th Los Angeles, CA Palladium
October 8th Phoenix, AZ Marquee
October 9th Las Vegas, NV Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
October 10th Salt Lake City, UT Complex