Music News: Shabazz Palaces Announce Upcoming LP ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’/Tour Dates

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Shabazz Palaces Announce Upcoming LP ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’/Tour Dates (Photo by: Victoria Kovios)

Shabazz Palaces announce they will release their upcoming LP Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star on July 14th via Sub Pop. In addition, the duo will launch a US tour this coming August. You can find a full list of the upcoming dates after the video embed and album art/tracklisting below.

Shabazz Palaces report that Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star was produced by Knife Knights, which is a duo that includes the band’s own Ishmael Butler teamed up with legendary Seattle producer/engineer Erik Blood. The album was recorded over a two week period and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle. Detailing the exploits of Quazarz, “a sentient being from somewhere else,” we are told that he has been sent to Amurderca “to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary.” However, what he finds on this planet is “a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.”

Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)” is our first listen in on the upcoming album and while its’ Golden Era aura is downright dreamy, the lyrics here never sugarcoat the larger Truths at play. The lyrics, then, are the focus of this new video by Cristina T. Bercovitz and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping.

Shabazz Palaces “Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)” [LYRIC VIDEO]

Shabazz Palaces LP ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’ (Sub Pop)

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Shabazz Palaces LP ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’ (Sub Pop)

Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star
Tracklisting:

1. Since C.A.Y.A
2. When Cats Claw
3. Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
4. Dèesse Du Sang
5. Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
6. Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
7. Fine Ass Hairdresser
8. The NeurochemMixalogue
9. That’s How City Life Goes
10. Moon Whip Quäz (feat. Darrius)
11. Federalist Papers

Shabazz Palaces Tour Dates

May 13 – Seattle, WA – Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017
Aug. 16 – Portland, OR – The Star Theater
Aug. 18 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Aug. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre
Aug. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Aug. 23 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)
Aug. 24 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Aug. 25 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Aug. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Aug. 27 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Aug. 28 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Aug. 30 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Aug. 31 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Sep. 02 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Sep. 05 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Sep. 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Sep. 07 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Sep. 08 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Sep. 11 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sep. 15 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 16 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 17 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest at Douglas Park

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