Posted in music | tour dates on February 5, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DAn Black

Paris-via-London artist Dan Black caused a stir (on the internet at least) in 2008 with "HYPNTZ," his inventive cover of The Notorious BIG's "Hypnotize" (mixed with Rihanna's "Umbrella") -- which later got him in trouble with Biggie's estate over use of the lyrics. So Dan wrote his own rhymes, and the song reappeared a year late as "Symphonies," which has one of the more expensive-looking (and admittedly cool) videos of the last year (and a remix by Kid Cudi). You can watch it below. Some are calling him the male La Roux and that's not too-far off the mark, with production that is super-slick, but pretty clever at times too. Maybe you saw him at CMJ last year?

Black's debut album, ((un)), came out last summer in the UK and gets a belated Stateside release on February 16 and will be playing a few select North American shows in support, including a late show at Mercury Lounge on February 18 with Free Blood. Tickets are on sale.

A few videos below, including the original "HYPNTZ" and CMJ 2009 footage, and all Dan Black North American tour dates, below...

Dan Black - "Symphonies"

Dan Black - "HYPNTZ"

Dan Black Live at Santos, CMJ 2009

Dan Black - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 18 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Feb 19 FouFounes Montreal, Quebec
Feb 20 WrongBar Toronto, Ontario
Feb 22 91X Show San Diego
Feb 23 Cinespace Los Angeles, California
Feb 24 Spaceland - KROQ $1.06 SHOW Los Angeles, California
Feb 25 Popscene/330 Ritch San Francisco, California
March 15-20 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Fontana Showcase 3/18) (more TBA)
Mar 26 Ultra Festival Miami, Florida

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Comments (15)

Saw him at Santos during CMJ (on your recommendation, Bill) and he almost stole the show from Midnight Juggarnauts. I think he's going to blow up big. Of course, I thought that of Esser, so who knows...

Posted by texastab | February 5, 2010 3:48 PM

-1

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 3:53 PM

Quel artiste!

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 4:22 PM

needs the funds to pay his cable bill...

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 4:25 PM

pompous media darling shite

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 4:50 PM

this dude is all about image.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 4:53 PM

i tried, but i can't take this seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 5:03 PM

That's a nice looking tv in the radio.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 6:10 PM

Douchebag On The Radio

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 7:52 PM

this dude is the real

he just released a new mixtape @ danblacksound.com

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 8:08 PM

media on the radio!

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 8:12 PM

I can't get past how much of a douche he is in that first picture. Pass.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 9:06 PM

Dan Black in The Servant > Dan Black solo

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2010 12:51 PM

needs the funds to pay his cable bill...

Posted by social work degre | February 8, 2010 5:01 AM

A review, pix and the set list from the Mercury Lounge can be found here:

http://according2g.com/2010/02/dan-black-live-at-the-mercury-lounge/

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2010 11:01 AM

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