tours announced: The Black Madonna, Pop Will Eat Itself, Lee Scratch Perry, more
The following new tours were announced. Check the Tour Dates category every day for more.
THE BLACK MADONNA (LA LUNA FEST AND MORE)
Producer, renowned turntablist and activist The Black Madonna, who recently remixed Robyn’s “In Between the Lines,” has a busy 2019 ahead with headline shows and festival dates including a few in North America like Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass on June 22 and Montreal’s Osheaga festival in August. The Black Madonna will also headline NYC’s La Luna Festival, formerly known as Full Moon Fest, at Knockdown Center on June 15. This year’s lineup is more DJ-oriented than ever, and also includes DJ Harvey, DJ Tennis, Moodymann, Romare (live), Lauren Lane, Powder and more. All Black Madonna dates are here.
LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY
Keeping up with dub reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry’s discography and many projects can be a full time job, and the 83 year old hasn’t slowed down yet. He has a new album called Rainford which is streaming now exclusively at NPR, and will head out soon on a European tour with his old friend Mad Professor. This summer he has a few UK dates scheduled, and one in NYC as part of the Summer Series in Industry City (tickets are on sale).
As mentioned, Alexisonfire are touring this year, and they have some pretty exciting opening acts lined up. Kicking off the North American leg in NYC on Friday 6/7 are Angel Du$t (tickets), while Drug Church open NYC night two, which is sold out. Other tour openers include The Dirty Nil, Glassjaw, Quicksand, and Moneen; find all of Alexisonfire’s dates here, and listen to the new single they’ve shared ahead of hitting the road, “Complicit.”
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POP WILL EAT ITSELF (COLD WAVES FEST SHOWS & MORE)
Originally part of the scuzzy, punky UK “grebo” scene in the ’80s, Pop Will Eat Itself discovered sampling in the late-’80s, which transformed them into a (sort-of) British version of the Beastie Boys. In the ’90s they pivoted again, into a harder-edged industrial sound and released records on Trent Reznor’s Nothing Label. Clint Mansell is no longer in the band — he stays busy with soundtrack work — and the current version of PWEI is lead by the group’s other lead member, Graham Crabb, who co-fronts the band these days with Ian Hoxley (aka Mary Byker of fellow ’80s grebo group Gaye Bykers on Acid). PWEI are coming to the U.S. for the Chicago, LA and NYC editions of the Cold Waves fest and will also play Baltimore and Seattle while here in September.
With a new album, Transience, just out, Wreckless Eric (most famous for his 1977 hit “Whole Wide World”) has a few shows lineup up this summer in the general NYC area, including Kingston, NY’s Rocket #9 on June 28, New Haven, CT’s Cafe Nine on June 29, a performance at Union Pool’s free Summer Thunder afternoon series on June 30, and Catskill, NY’s The HiLo and July 03. Check out a stream of Transience, below:
Composer, ambient icon and Eno / Cocteau Twins collaborator Harold Budd will play two shows in July at St. George’s Episcopal Church. Called “The Candlelight Concerts,” the two shows will feature a full retrospective of Budd’s compositions, from “the earliest written in the late 1960’s to works written as recently as summer 2018.”
GETO BOYS CANCEL FAREWELL TOUR
GETO BOYS’ farewell tour was set to begin tonight in Pontiac, MI, and stop at NYC’s Sony Hall on May 30, but TMZ is reporting that the tour is now off, as sources “close to Bushwick Bill” said that he felt exploited for his cancer diagnosis, and that the tour’s name made it sound “like he was on his deathbed.”
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