While the Sacramento-based experimental hip-hop group Death Grips had said they were calling it quits last July (to the point where they even cancelled all their upcoming tour dates with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden), it seems like their break-up was ultimately short-lived. The band has just announced an international summer tour kicking off in June, and have posted their North American dates, with promise that more locations (including Sacramento, and Los Angeles) will be revealed soon. The dates and location for their shows outside of North America are expected to be announced soon, too.
For some fans, this news may come hardly as a surprise. Since Death Grips formed in 2010, the group has been known for utilizing very unorthodox methods in both releasing their music and setting up live shows. Nearly all of the band’s albums and mixtapes have been released online with no prior announcements, and often as free downloads as well. The band is also notorious for cancelling tour dates. In 2013, Death Grips didn’t show up for their set at Lollapalooza, which prompted concert-goers to rush on stage and trash the band’s equipment. The band then abruptly cancelled the remainder of their planned shows that year, in light of this behavior.
Even before this announcement of a new tour, it seemed likely the band was exaggerating their break-up. Death Grips still continued to release music in the nine months since the news broke, including a new instrumental full-length called Fashion Week. Even after the band said they were splitting up, they still said they would be releasing a new album, The Powers That B, and that the recently released download N****s on the Moon would be that album’s first disc. The band then subsequently announced in October that they had completed The Powers that B, and on March 19th, they streamed the disc’s second half, Jenny Death, on their YouTube channel.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, March 27th. The revealed dates are as follows: 06-19 Seattle, WA – Showbox; 06-20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom; 06-21 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater; 06-23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex; 06-24 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre; 06-26 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater; 06-27 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue; 06-28 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre; 06-30 Chicago, IL – Metro; 07-01 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Halll 07-03 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall; 07-04 Montreal, Quebec – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre; 07-05 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club; 07-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall; 07-10 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer; 07-11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club; 07-12 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel; 07-14 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven Stage); 07-15 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s; 07-17 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s; 07-18 Austin, TX – Mohawk; 07-19 Dallas, TX – Trees; 07-21 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater; 07-22 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre; 07-23 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre; 07-25 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore.