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Shad – MP3, 2009 tour dates (SXSW & Warped Tour) & pics

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Shad – I Don’t Like To (MP3)

“…Shad‘s a far better rapper than Kanye West.” [OkayPlayer]

Shad

A last minute addition to the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos during CMJ 2008, rapper Shad was one of that hazy day’s highlights and a definite crowd pleaser. He played solo, backed by his DJ, and even sang some songs with a guitar (and I’ve read he sometimes plays with a full band too). One night before Pianos, Shad played his first NYC show at Arlene’s Grocery. Northern Touch was there, and writes

After a warm Canadian welcome from a CBC radio host Shad took to the stage for the first time performing in NYC to a packed crowd. After introducing his band, a DJ and bassist, Shad got the crowd jumping right away, with a bouncy track, backed by a heavy bass, and precise cuts. Not soon after Shad brought out an acoustic guitar to accompany his spoken word like delivery before slowing adding the band back in the mix to keep the show live and diverse.
Shad has been compared to fellow Canadian emcee K-OS, and Windy City’s native son Common, all good company, and fair comparison. But what sets Shad K apart from his piers is his honest, positive easy conversational type flow.

Although Shad hasn’t made his mark in the United States yet, the Canadian has already gained some acclaim in his own country where, among other things, he went up against Caribou, Holy Fuck, Plants and Animals, Stars, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain and the Weakerthans for the 2008 Polaris prize. Check out the track above for a taste of why.

“I Tunes, eye-patch
I’m in the same boat where the pirates be
Tell’em I’m down with that pirate stee
They don’t buy it, I say don’t buy it – pirate me
If it’s I’ll, it’ll spread virally”

Now it’s time for him to become known in the US (where he has yet to release his record). Shad will make, what I think will be his second trip to our country this March for at least three appearances at SXSW, and then he’ll be back for a much longer stay over the summer when he plays all 45 dates of the Warped Tour. No new NYC dates at the moment unless you count the NYC-area Warped shows which I realize you don’t (for more than one reason). All dates, and more CMJ pictures, below…

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Shad – 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 20 – Wave, Austin, TX (SXSW)
Mar 20 – The Music Gym Patio (SXSW)
Mar 21 – SESAC Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (SXSW)
Jun 26 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Pomona, California
Jun 27 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA San Francisco, California
Jun 28 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Ventura, California
Jun 30 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Phoenix, Arizona
Jul 1 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Las Cruces, New Mexico
Jul 2 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA San Antonio, Texas
Jul 5 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Dallas, Texas
Jul 7 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Indianapolis, Indiana
Jul 8 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 9 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 10 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Toronto, Ontario
Jul 11 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Montreal, Quebec
Jul 12 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Hartford, Connecticut
Jul 14 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Washington, Washington DC
Jul 15 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Buffalo, New York
Jul 16 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Scranton, Pennsylvania
Jul 17 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Camden, New Jersey
Jul 18 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Uniondale, New York
Jul 19 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA TBD, New Jersey
Jul 21 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 22 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jul 23 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Charlotte, North Carolina
Jul 24 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Orlando, Florida
Jul 25 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Miami, Florida
Jul 26 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Tampa Bay, Florida
Jul 28 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 29 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Cincinnati, Ohio
Jul 30 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 31 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Detroit, Michigan
Aug 1 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Chicago, Illinois
Aug 2 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 3 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA St. Louis, Missouri
Aug 4 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Kansas City, Missouri
Aug 7 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Boise, Idaho
Aug 8 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 9 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Denver, Colorado
Aug 12 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Calgary, Alberta
Aug 14 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 15 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Seattle, Washington
Aug 16 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Portland, Oregon
Aug 19 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Fresno, California
Aug 20 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA San Francisco, California
Aug 21 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Sacramento, California
Aug 22 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA San Diego, California
Aug 23 – VANS Warped Tour – Venue TBA Los Angeles, California

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