Street Sweeper Social Club, the new band unifying Tom Morello and Boots Riley, took NYC by storm this week playing two surprise, impromptu shows at small clubs. Tuesday night, SSSC took the stage before a packed house at The Roots sold out jam session at Highline Ballroom and Wednesday SSSC rocked Kenny's Castaways in the West Village.
Regarding the Highline Ballroom performance, Rolling Stone.com stated that SSSC are “…its own foot-stomping, teeth gnashing beast.”
Their debut self-titled album of self-described "revolutionary party jams" is out June 16th through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. The 11-song set was produced by Tom Morello and features Boots Riley on vocals, Morello on guitar and bass, and Stanton Moore (Galactic) on drums. SSSC's debut tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction kicks off tonight in West Palm Beach, FL.
SSSC is set to make their national TV debut Weds, June 17th on Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon. The band's first single, "100 Little Curses" just landed at radio with a huge buzz. KROQ/LA, 91X/San Diego, KFMA/Tucson and KJEE/Santa Barbera are all in early, with the official add day coming next week. Tom & Boots will be hosting MTV2's "Rock The Deuce" Saturday, June 20th. The video for "100 Little Curses" will debut on that show as well. Also look for SSSC to be featured on MTV's "The Drop" week of release.
Tom Morello is a founding member and guitarist of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. The two bands are responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. Morello has also received critical acclaim as a solo artist known as The Nightwatchman. Widely celebrated for his unique voice as a master electric guitarist, he is recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26).” He is also one of only two guitarists featured as a playable animated character in the overwhelmingly popular Activision video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Tom Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career. With System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.
Boots Riley is best known as the leader of The Coup, the seminal Hip-Hop group from Oakland, CA. As a producer and lyricist, Riley has crafted critically acclaimed albums for The Coup that have graced the year-end Top 10 lists of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and more. They have also received “Album of the Year” honors from The Washington Post, Time Out New York, while Billboard Magazine declared the group “the best hip-hop act of the past decade.”
Born in Chicago and raised in East Oakland’s Funktown neighborhood, Boots became a teenage community organizer. From his history of student organizing in Oakland’s public schools, serving on the central committee for the Progressive Labor Party, being the President of Youth InCar (Youth International Committee Against Racism), organizing to build California’s Anti-Racist Farm Workers’ Union, to developing “guerrilla hip hop concerts” (mobile concerts on flatbed trucks), Boots Riley has been an integral part of the progressive struggle for radical change through culture.
Street Sweeper Social Club with Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction
May 8 - West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 9 - Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
May 10 - Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 12 – Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
May 14 - Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
May 15 - Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
May 16 - Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
May 20 - Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 21 – Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
May 22 -Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
May 24 - The Gorge, WA Sasquatch Festival
May 26 - Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
May 27 - Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
May 29 - Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northern Island (NIN/SSSC ONLY)
May 30 - Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
May 31 - Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 02 - Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
June 03 - Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
June 05 - Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 06 - Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 07 - Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 09 - Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 10 - Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
June 12 - Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte