by Black Bubblegum

Man, Cleopatra Jones!

They reunited & toured, played a $7 show with Ghostface and The Alchemist, and now Digable Planets are preparing to hit the road again, including a date at Highline Ballroom in NYC on April 1st. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.

Joining the Creamy Spies for the trek, Seattle's Common Market, who released their album Tobacco Road in 2008 which includes "Back Home (The Return)" available for download above. Before CM hits the road with Digable, look for them at SXSW at one of two places: The Back Alley Social on March 18 with Brother Ali, The Grouch & Eligh, and Zion I, and at Palm Door on March 21 with Past Lives & Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. Full Common Market dates, with Digable and without, below.

Zion I
Zion I

Speaking of Zion I, the critically acclaimed duo dropped The TakeOver on Feb 17. It's the follow-up to their 2006 collabo record with The Grouch (but not Eligh), Heroes In The City Of Dope. Check out a video of the duo discussing that record on LBTV (as in Lyrics Born TV) below. Full Zion I tour dates below too.

Meanwhile, The Grouch and Eligh are prepping their new record, Say G&E! due on April 7th. Say G&E! features production by Flying Lotus, Rick Rock and others, as well as guest appearances by Sage Francis, Slug, and Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious. The Grouch & Eligh are part of the LA based Living Legends crew with MURS. G&E, as well as the entire Living Legends crew, will team up at The Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino, CA on Mar 28 with Cage (who has a new album coming), Brother Ali, Eyedea & Abilities, Atmosphere, B-Real, and many others.

Dates and video below...

LBTV presents ZION-I The TakeOver

February 27 2009 Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington
March 15 2009 Neumos, Seattle, Washington*
March 16 2009 Neumos, Seattle, Washington*
March 18 2009 Back Alley Social (SXSW), Austin, Texas**
March 21 2009 Palm Door (SXSW), Austin, Texas***
March 25 2009 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts^
March 26 2009 Jerky's Live Music Hall, Providence, Rhode Island^
March 27 2009 Pearl Street, Massachusetts^
March 28 2009 The Asylum, Portland, Maine^
March 29 2009 Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont^
March 31 2009 Toad's Place, New Haven, Connecticut^
April 1 2009 Highline Ballroom, New York, New York^
April 2 2009 Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania^
April 4 2009 Bourborn Street Ballroom, Baltimore, Maryland^
April 7 2009 9:30 Club, Washington DC^
April 8 2009 The Soapbox Laundrolounge, Wilmington, North Carolina^
April 9 2009 The Orange Peel, Asheville, North Carolinas^
April 10 2009 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina^
April 11 2009 The Loft, Atlanta, Georgia^
April 13 2009 Club Downunder, Tallahassee, Florida^
April 14 2009 The Social, Orlando, Florida^
April 15 2009 City Limits, Delray Beach, Florida^
May 8 2009 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon*
May 16 2009 Endfair Music Festival, Bellingham, Washington

^ w/ Digable Planets
* w/ Blue Scholars
** w/ Doomtree, U-N-I, Blu, Blue Scholars, Grouch & Eligh, Charles Hamilton, Brother Ali, Zion I
*** w/ Blue Scholars, Past Lives, Barcelona, Natalie Portman's shaved Head, New Faces, Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band, Dynah, Hey Marseilles

February 25 2009 The Mighty, San Francisco, California
February 27 2009 Woodies Sports Bar, Escondido, California *
March 10 2009 UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California
March 12 2009 The Blunt Club , Tempe, Arizona
March 13 2009 The Green Room, Flagstaff, Arizona
March 14 2009 The Abbey Theater, Durango, Arizona
March 18 2009 SXSW The Back Alley Social Club, Austin, Texas**
March 19 2009 SXSW The Marq, Austin, Texas***
March 21 2009 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Colorado
March 22 2009 Hodi's Half Note, Fort Collins, Colorado
March 27 2009 Sonoma State University, Sonoma, California
March 28 2009 Dominican University, San Rafael, California
April 1 2009 UC Riverside, Riverside, California
April 3 2009 UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
April 5 2009 Humboldt Brew, Arcata, California
April 7 2009 WOW Hall, Eugene, Oregon
April 8 2009 Neumo's, Seattle, Washington
April 9 2009 Berbati's Pan, Portland, Oregon
April 11 2009 The Nightlight Lounge, Bellingham, Washington
April 17 2009 The Badlander, Missoula, Montana
April 18 2009 Zebra Lounge, Bozeman, Montana
April 20 2009 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, Utah
May 8 2009 The Orpheum Theater, Madison, Wisconsin

* w/ Aceyalone & Abstract Rude
** with Brother Ali, Blue Scholars, UNI, The Grouch & Eligh
*** w/ J Boogie, Trackademicks, Hottub, Kev Choice, Mistah FAB, DJ Platurn, DJ Eleven, Keelay and Zaire, The Grouch

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