David Byrne Shares “Everybody’s Coming to My House” Video Featuring Detroit High Schoolers

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By Christopher Roberts

David Byrne released a new albumAmerican Utopia, last week via Todomundo/Nonesuch. Previously he shared the album's first single, "Everybody's Coming to My House." It was one of our Songs of the Week, was co-written by Brian Eno, and features contributions from Sampha, along with TTY, Happa Isaiah Barr (Onyx Collective), and others. Now Byrne has shared a video for the song, kind of. Although it's labeled as an official video, it doesn't feature Byrne or his version of the song. Instead the Detroit School of Arts' Vocal Jazz Ensemble performs the song and the video was partially filmed by students in the school's radio and TV department. Below is the official video, along with a longer version of the film (entitled American Utopia: Detroit) and Byrne's original song.

Byrne had this to say about the video on his website: "When I saw what the DSA students did with my song, it completely changed the way I thought of the song. In face, it changed the meaning of the song-I realized it was about inclusion, welcoming and not being alone. It's a more generous interpretation of the song than what I do with my voice. Just goes to show how a song can change (radically!) depending on who is singing it." 

The website also includes quotes from various students who took part. Byrne also performed "Everybody's Coming to My House" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last Friday, complete with a portable band and choreographed moves featuring Colbert, and that video is below too.

American Utopia is Byrne's first solo album since 2004's Grown Backwards. It features collaborations with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages), Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others. American Utopia was recorded in New York City at David's home studio, as well as at Reservoir Studios, Oscilloscope, XL Studios, and Crowdspacer Studio, with additional recording at Livingston Studio 1 in London.

David Byrne Tour Dates:

3/16 Santiago, CHI Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18 Buenos Aires, ARG Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/19 Teatro Gran Rex Buenos Aires (Argentina)
3/20 Teatro de Verano Montevideo (Uruguay)
3/24 Sao Paulo, BRA Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/3 Mexico City MX   Metropolitan Theater
4/5 Monterrey MX     Auditorio Pabellón M
4/7 Guadalajara, MEX Corona Capital Guadalajara
4/14 Indio, CA Coachella
4/15 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
4/17 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theater
4/18 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center for the Arts
4/19 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
4/21 Indio, CA Coachella
4/24 Dallas, TX Winspear Opera House
4/25 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion
4/27 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/28 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
5/4 - 5/6 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees
5/6 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/8 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
5/9 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
5/10 Durham PAC Durham, NC
5/12 Washington, DC The Anthem
5/13 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center for the Arts
5/15 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
5/16 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
5/17 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater
5/19 Saskatoon, SASK TCU Place
5/20 Edmonton, ALB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/21 Calgary, ALB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/23 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theater
5/24 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
5/27 Portland, OR Keller Audiorium
5/28 Eugene, OR Hult Center
5/30 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
6/2 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theater
6/5 Des Moines, IA Des Moines Civic Center
6/7 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center for the Arts
6/8 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
6/9 Indianapolis, IN Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
6/14 Oxford, England New Theatre
6/15 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
6/17 Birmingham, England Birmingham Symphony Hall
6/18 Manchester, England Manchester Apollo
6/19 London, England Eventim Apollo
6/22-23 Prague, Czech Republic Metronome Festival
6/25 Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Festival
6/26 Wien, Austria Museumsquartier
6/30 - 7/1 Ewijk, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole
7/5 - 7/8 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
7/6 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
7/5 Gdynia, Poland Open'er Festival
7/11 Oeiras, Portugal Cool Jazz Festival
7/13 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14 Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Barcelona
7/17 Zürich, Switzerland Theater 11
7/19 Ravenna, Italy Ravenna Festival
7/20 Perugia, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21 Trieste, Italy Piazza UNita
7/27 Camden, NJ XPoNential Music Festival
7/31 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/1 Shelburne, VT Shelburne Museum - The Green
8/3 Toronto, ONT Sony Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/8 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
8/10 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
8/11 Huber Heightes, OH Rose Music Center
8/12 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
8/18 San Jose, CA City National Civic Auditorium
8/21 Sacramento CA Community Theater
8/24 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater