Shabazz Palaces and !!! will tour together in 2012.

Shabazz Palaces, who will be cavorting around Europe this month for some international dates, will return Stateside in April for a 2012 US tour. What’s more, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) have just been confirmed to join them for 6 newly announced dates at the end of the tour. On the surface, it kind of seems like a bizarre tour pairing, but then I realized the two groups both attack (respectively) hip hop and dance-punk with a bullheaded disregard for most of the genre’s tropes, and it started to make some weird sort of cosmic sense to me. If you’re down with both sides, this one should be fun, as each of these artists are notorious facemelters in a live setting.

Shabazz Palaces 2012 tour dates:

04/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Whole
04/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
04/05 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/06 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
04/07 – Gambier, OH @ The Horn Gallery
04/08 – E. Liberty, PA @ The Shadow Lounge
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
04/11 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
04/12 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
04/13 – New York, NY @ SOB’s
04/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
04/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Blockley Pourhouse *
04/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar *
04/18 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall *
04/19 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
04/20 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s *
04/21 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
04/25 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s

* with !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

!!! also have four separate shows scheduled in California without Shabazz Palaces on the bill (find tickets):

02/28 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant and Music Club
02/29 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
03/02 – Berkley, CA @ Berkley Lower Sproul Plaza (Free Show)

Hats off to Sub Pop Records for being on top of the digital distribution landscape – Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up is streaming in its entirety on YouTube. Listen to it here: