10:27 AM on 09/29/08
FLOBOTS ANNOUNCE FALL ‘08 TOUR
- Flobots slated to appear on “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien” October 13th
- Recent critically lauded performance at the ‘08 Democratic National Convention with Rage Against The Machine
- New single “Rise” now on YouTube.com home page, already has almost 200,000 plays
- First single “Handlebars” made its way onto Top 40 stations, resulted in performances on “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Last Call with Carson Daly,” and coverage with USA Today, Rolling Stone, CNN, Independent Film Channel and more
LOS ANGELES TIMES - “a focused flip-book of progressive-leaning issues: corporate greed, Guantanamo, the Iraq war, globalization, racism, government-sanctioned assassination, the plight of the powerless”
Universal Republic Records’ newest hip hop entry Flobots hit the streets this summer, quickly establishing their place as the most compelling hip hop collaborative to sign with a major label in 2008. A roaring 6 piece collective from Denver, CO, the effusive group blends searing songs of social justice with a playful disdain for anything status quo, flipping symphonic bursts over bass-rattled cadences one minute, and layering Seuss-like verses across a crackling rhythm section the next.
Oh… and they’re packing a viola.
Righteous rhymes seem to magically ignite from the tongues of hyperkinetic Emcees Brer Rabbit and Jonny 5, reminding one of both an unclenched Eminem and reborn Red Hot Chili Peppers, among other breakthrough artists who came correct by laying down their own trailblazing iconography. A 360 model (before the term was ever hatched) of self-sustaining, mind bending autonomy, the group rallies their audience by practicing the progressive value system they flaunt in song and story, mining a catch-all website (‘Denver: where the water boils faster’ –crows one alert) that even plugs fans into the Flobots own nonprofit destination, flobots.org.
Formed as a cohesive alternative organism in 2005, the Flobots ‘good-fight’ mythology can be traced via Denver’s underground vines and creative community of the late ‘90s when various members enlivened each others’ gigs and creative events, setting the charge that would eventually power up the band’s contagious and rollicking rock/rap pedigree. Their rousing live show, seasoned by classically trained viola player Mackenzie Robert’s innovative playing, sparked an impressive undertow of across-the-board support (including both coasts and off-the-grid territories such as Nebraska and Utah) as the group honed its glowing activist edge with a refreshingly positive message and bristling musicianship.
FLOBOTS FALL 2008 TOUR - (All Dates with Matisyahu unless otherwise noted)
10/18/08 Milwaukee WI The Eagles Club
10/19/08 Chicago IL Riviera Theatre
10/21/08 Covington KY Madison Theatre
10/22/08 Indianapolis IN Egyptian Room
10/23/08 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit
10/26/08 Johnson City NY Magic City Music Hall
10/28/08 Providence RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
10/29/08 Boston MA Orpheum Theatre
10/30/08 Philadelphia PA Electric Factory Ballroom
11/01/08 Baltimore MD Ram's Head Live
11/02/08 Montclair NJ Wellmont Theatre
11/03/08 New York NY Webster Hall *w/ Blue Scholars*
11/04/08 Washington DC 9:30 Club *w/ Blue Scholars*
11/06/08 New Haven CT Toad's Palace *w/ Blue Scholars*
11/12/08 Nashville TN Rocketown *w/ Blue Scholars*
11/17/08 San Diego CA House of Blues
11/18/08 Los Angeles CA Club Nokia LA
11/20/08 Anaheim CA The Grove of Anaheim
11/22/08 Las Vegas NV House of Blues
11/23/08 San Francisco CA The Warfield