Thursday, December 21, 2006

Busdriver announces new tour dates


Anti- Debut ROADKILLOVERCOAT Yields Advance Acclaim

Los Angeles-based Busdriver will launch his 2007 tour initiative on January 24th at his hometown’s El Rey Theatre. In celebration of RoadKillOvercoat, his fifth solo album and first for the groundbreaking Anti- label, BD will also perform high profile promotional shows in New York, Chicago and San Francisco in the week leading up to the disc’s January 30th release. He will then resume roadwork when a tour of the South gets underway on February 16th in Jacksonville, FL.

On the heels of his club-banging single “Kill Your Employer (Recreational Paranoia Is The Sport Of Now),” which was released in October, the man born Regan Faquhar upholds his ironclad reputation as a chop maestro and style monster on his adventurous and contagious new disc. And advance reviews of RoadKillOvercoat – which was produced masterfully by L.A.’s own beat champion DJ Nobody (Plug Research, Ubiquity) and multi-instrumentalist/programming whiz, Boom-Bip (Lex) have been epic.

Calling Busdriver “one of underground hip-hop’s most dynamic, if not intriguing, personalities,” Black Book praised the rapper’s efforts on RoadKillOvercoat. “[He] spits his rapid-fire bookworm verses over decidedly difficult space age beats that laugh in the face of mainstream appeal,” the magazine wrote in its Fall 2006 “Guide To Hot Bands”

Elsewhere, Scratch raved “he’s a proud new-era MC” adding, “he’s got plenty of skill and charisma.” And Filter gave RoadKillOvercoat an 84 out of 100, calling Busdriver’s flow “ridiculous, articulate, erudite and blistering” and touting it as “his most palatable work.”

“This is the grassroots, off-kilter, rap intelligentsia… undertow that your friends talk about,” BD says proudly of RKO, which affirms his universal appeal while building off of his recent triumphant, set-mingling tour with rising indie rockers Islands.

No mere overnight success, BD has been wowing unsuspecting audiences with his patented visceral onslaught of rants, rhyming and displaced musical sensibility for more than a decade. Whether sitting-in with unlikely cohorts such as Daedelus, Z-Trip, TTC, Boom-Bip, 2mex etc., or plowing throw his enthralling solo sets, his distinct brand of showmanship has germinated over the course of the past 13 years.

With a depth and stadium-sized bombast that has only been hinted at on earlier independent efforts like 2002’s definitive Temporary Forever, 2003’s The Weather, ‘04’s Cosmic Cleavage and last year’s Fear of a Black Tangent, Busdriver’s all-encompassing wares are evident on RoadKillOvercoat. Be it the 80’s rock-tinged tour-de-force ”Sunshowers”, the aforementioned “Kill Your Employer” or the psychedelic touched “Secret Skin,” BD – who went so far as to tour with indie rockers Islands in early 2006 –is sure to defy any categorizations created by his existing output.

Here are Busdriver’s upcoming live dates:

01-24 El Rey Theater Los Angeles CA
01-26 Irving Plaza New York NY
01-27 Metro Chicago IL
01-30 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
02-16 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville FL
02-17 The District Miami FL
02-18 Crowbar Tampa FL
02-18 The Social Orlando FL
02-20 Common Ground Gainesville FL
02-21 40 Watt Club Athens GA
02-22 Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
02-23 The Warehouse Baton Rouge LA

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