Theophilus London has announced a tour in support of his much-hyped full-length debut Timez Are Weird These Days, which is out now (iTunes / Amazon.) The tour kicks off August 11th with a SummerStage show in Central Park with Nas and Damien Marley, and also includes a string of dates with Big Boi, an appearance at Austin City Limits, and a 3-week tour with Friendly Fires. A full list of tour dates is below.
On August 20th in Austin, TX, Theophilus London will play the inaugural performance of the Special Engagements Concert Series, presented by Intel and Dell, which is a new live concert series debuting on Noisey.com. The monthly series is grounded in a technology-driven audience experience, which gives fans the power to collaborate with the performing artist before and during the show. Together, they will produce a once-in-a-lifetime event that is streamed live across the world. The series kicks off August 20 in Austin, Texas at the famed Lustre Pearl with Brooklyn-based sensation Theophilus London and host Telli from Ninjasonik. For this first Engagement, fans will determine which exclusive remix Theophilus London debuts during his set, send in visual interpretations of his album to accompany the performance, submit shout-outs and even decide the shirt he wears on stage. Leading up to the debut event in Austin, they will determine factors of the performance via polling widgets, Twitter and Facebook. Fans can watch Theophilus London’s video announcement and learn how to attend and call the shots by visiting http://noisey.com/specialengagements.
Theophilus London 2011 Tour Dates
08/11 – New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield (Central Park Summer Stage) w/Nas and Damien Marley
08/11 – New York, NY @ Beanpole x Kim Jones x Opening Ceremony Block Party
08/20 – Austin, TX @ Lustre Pearl, Noisey.com x Dell and Intel
08/26 – Brisbane, AU @ The Trivoli Theatre ^
08/27 – Newtown, AU @ The Enmore ^
08/31 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory ^
09/01 – Northcote, AU @ Northcote Social Club
09/02 – Melbourne, AU @ Palace ^
09/03 – Northbridge, WA @ Metro City ^
09/16 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
09/16 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside w/Twin Shadow
09/21 – Johannesburg, RSA @ Alex Theatre
09/24 – Johannesburg, RSA @ The Gearbox
09/30 – Marseille, FRA @ Festival Marsatac
10/04 – Carrborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
10/05 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft *
10/08 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
10/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia *
10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
10/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
10/27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
^ w/Big Boi
* w/Friendly Fires
Vonnegutt is a band that draws inspiration from several musical genres. And as a result of being co-signed to Big Boi and Manchester Orchestra’s record labels, they are constantly surrounded by different sounds and styles of music. Vonnegutt’s upcoming mixtape, Free.99, gives fans a little taste of what a day in the life of Vonnegutt sounds like and is sure to surprise many along the way. It wouldn’t be any fun if we gave away ALL the guest appearances and collaborations quite yet, but a couple of friends that will be on Free.99 are Big Boi, Will Pugh (of Cartel), Cutty Cartel, Aleon Craft, Sugar Tongue Slim, Tony Williams, Shanell, and Andy Hull (of Manchester Orchestra). Free.99 will be all new collaborations and three new original Vonnegutt songs, including “Going Home,” which is available via the link below. Vonnegutt released their debut EP, The Appetizer EP, two months ago with their debut LP, Falling Up The Stairs, to see release in 2011.
Vonnegutt also has a handful of upcoming tour dates with 2AM Club, Jared Evan, Big Boi, Chiddy Bang, Constellations, Sam Adams, and LA Riots. Don’t miss them!
11.10.10 – The Plaza Theatre – Orlando, FL *
11.12.10 – Knoxville Civic Coliseum – Knoxville, TN ^
11.24.10 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA #
12.01.10 – Hurricane Harry’s – College Station, TX @
12.02.10 – Trees – Dallas, TX @
12.03.10 – Republic Live – Austin, TX @
12.06.10 – House of Blues – Houston, TX **
12.07.10 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX **
12.08.10 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX **
12.30.10 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
* w/ 2AM Club & Jared Evan
^ w/ Big Boi
# w/ Constellations
@ w/ Chiddy Bang
** w/ Sam Adams & LA Riots
Big Boi has been everywhere these days, but not in his role as half of Outkast. Instead the Atlanta singer/rapper, born Antwan Patton, has been earning attention as big as his moniker lately for another of his projects: his first solo album, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.” We managed to catch up with Big Boi while in New York promoting the album on what he joked was his Grammy hustle. For the latest installment of our Tastemakers video series, he brought along DJ Cutmaster Swift ad he himself threw down a 3-song set of “Left Foot” tunes full of freestyling, whip and lasso his mic cord moves and ad-hoc photo snapping with our neighbors, the cast of MTV’s “The Hills.” Check out more here.
Big Boi with Vonnegutt performed “Follow Us” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Check it out and pick up Big Boi’s album Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son Of Chico Dusty on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD. Vonnegutt’s The Appetizer EP is due out on September 21st via Purple Ribbon/Favorite Gentlemen (the respective labels of Outkast’s Big Boi and Manchester Orchestra).
The Twilight Concert Series again presented an excellent free show in Salt Lake City this past Thursday with Big Boi and Chromeo. Why couldn’t Big Boi play with Chromeo for free here in New York? Anyways, check out some cool photos of both performances by our photographer Meredith Newsome
Atlanta’s Vonnegutt may not immediately ring a bell, but there’s a good chance you’ve already heard them play and seen them perform. Providing the hook on Big Boi’s current single “Follow Us,” having shared festival and late night television stages with him on multiple occasions, and fresh off a killer set at Lollapalooza, they are ready to re-release their debut EP, The Appetizer EP, on September 21st via Purple Ribbon/Favorite Gentlemen (the respective labels of Outkast’s Big Boi and Manchester Orchestra).
What commonly intrigues new and old fans alike is Vonnegutt’s ability to cross musical boundaries and appeal to different audiences. For fans of Gym Class Heroes, B.o.B., Chester French, and Chiddy Bang, Vonnegutt make their own mark with classic emcee skills coupled with evolving lyrics, pop sensibility, and a dose of rock dynamics.
Let’s be clear though, this has been has not been an easy path. Vonnegutt’s two founding members have been paying their dues for years before crossing paths. Frontman/emcee Kyle Lucas has been earning a name for himself in the hip hop scene for years with the release of several mixtapes including his latest; It’s Always Sunny In Marietta, which was presented by 2dopeboyz.com and hosted by Big Boi. Meanwhile, guitarist Neil Garrard was busy doing session work for some of the south’s biggest names in Rap/R&B (Dungeon Family, Pastor Troy, and Kelly Rowland). 2008 saw the band solidify their lineup with the additions of Patrick Postlewait (bass) and Taylor White (drums).
2011 will see the release of the long awaited debut full length, Falling Up The Stairs. Until then and in celebration of Vonnegutt’s recent partnership with Purple Ribbon/Favorite Gentlemen, the band’s The Appetizer EP will be re-released September 21st, giving fans four songs to whet their appetites for what’s to come.
Thanks to Walmart’s Soundcheck music series, we’re able to bring you some free music from Blake Shelton, Big Boi, Metrix, La Roux, The Heavy and Ivy Queen. Just head to the links below and grab the song! They’ll only be up for a limited time so go now!
Blake Shelton (new today)
Song: All About Tonight (Original Performance Series)
Available until 8/24
Song: Follow Us
Available until 8/31
Song: I’m Not Your Toy
Limited offer: 1,000 tracks until 8/31 or until they run out
Song: Gimme Sympathy
Available until 8/31
Song: Short Change Here
Available until 8/31
Available until 8/31