Watch King Princess Perform “Let Us Die” on ‘Fallon,’ with an Onstage Tribute to Taylor Hawkins (New LP Out Now)


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King Princess, the stage name of indie singer/songwriter Mikaela Straus, released a new record, Hold On Baby, on July 29.

The second full-length King Princess album, following 2019’s Cheap Queen, Hold On Baby is already making significant waves in the indie scene, Straus’ profile elevated over the past few years thanks to a keen songwriting ability and buzz, partially stemming from high-profile festival slots, a Saturday Night Live appearance and the 2018 breakthrough single “1950.

“Let Us Die” is one of the singles featured on Hold On Baby, and the studio recording includes drum work from Taylor Hawkins, the longtime Foo Fighters drummer who tragically died in late March at the age of 50.

This week, King Princess performed the lively song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and for the performance the drum set featured the word ‘TAYLOR’ in tribute to Hawkins:

Here’s the music video for “Let Us Die,” which also features an on-screen dedication to Hawkins at the end:

Hold On Baby is a strong leap forward for King Princess, who produced the record with assistance from Mark Ronson, Ethan Gruska, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Dave Hamelin, Shawn Everett and Tobias Jesso Jr., with further contributions from Zach Fogarty, Amy Allen and Fousheé.

Click here to pre-order Hold On Baby on LP from our Rock Cellar Store

Stream the album below.

As her profile has grown, Straus and King Princess have performed at Coachella, Glastonbury, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza this past week in Chicago, and have several more dates coming up soon — including opening for the Strokes and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Aug. 6 in Las Vegas, support slots for Florence + the Machine and headlining shows:

August 6                                                   Las Vegas, NV                                  Allegiant Stadium*
September 20                                             Nashville, TN                              Ascend Amphitheater†
September 21                                            Alpharetta, GA                   Ameris Bank Amphitheatre†
September 23                                             Clermont, FL                                         Amway Center†
September 24                                               Miami, FL                                                 FTX Arena†
September 28                                             Charlotte, NC                                            The Fillmore‡
September 30                                          Philadelphia, PA                                         The Fillmore‡
October 1                                                  Columbia, MD                             All Things Go Festival
October 3                                                  New York, NY                           Radio City Music Hall‡
October 5                                                    Boston, MA                                               Roadrunner‡
October 6                                                   Portland, ME                                            State Theatre‡
October 8                                                    Toronto, ON                                                HISTORY‡
October 9                                                     Detroit, MI                                              The Fillmore‡
October 11                                                Pittsburgh, PA                                                 Stage AE‡
October 12                                                Cleveland, OH                                         Agora Theatre‡
October 14                                                 Madison, WI                                               The Sylvee‡
October 15                                                  St. Paul, MN                                          Palace Theater‡
October 17                                                  Denver, CO                                     Mission Ballroom§
October 18                                             Salt Lake City, UT                             Union Event Center§
October 20                                                  Seattle, WA                                         Showbox SoDo§
October 21                                                Vancouver, BC                            Commodore Ballroom§
October 22                                                 Portland, OR                                     Roseland Theater§
October 24                                             San Francisco, CA                                        The Warfield§
October 26                                              Los Angeles, CA                     The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
October 27                                              Los Angeles, CA                     The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
October 30                                                San Diego, CA                                                    SOMA§
October 31                                                  Phoenix, AZ                                                Van Buren§
November 2                                                 Dallas, TX                                           House of Blues§
November 3                                                Houston, TX                                         House of Blues§
November 5                                                 Austin, TX                                                         Emo’s§

* with Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Strokes
† with Florence + the Machine
‡ with St. Panther
§ with Em Beihold

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