Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings cancel tour and postpone album because of health concerns

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings cancel tour and postpone album because of health concerns

Well, this is a bummer. Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, and as a result has cancelled her upcoming tour with the Dap-Kings and pushed back the August 6 release of Give the People What They Want, the follow-up to 2010’s I Learned the Hard Way (TMT Review). Fortunately, Jones’ illness was discovered early enough that she is expected to experience a full recovery after her surgery. Even so, she’ll require a significant surgery that will “necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence.”

The group will reportedly be back very soon with a re-scheduled tour and new album release date. For her part, Jones says she is “down but not out” and that she is excited to get back to music after the surgery:

I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover.
I’ll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my
progress. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the
people what they want!

• Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings:
• Daptone:

Frank Ocean’s summer world tour will be the zenith of all of our lives–well, if we’re from Europe

Grammy-award winner, Bieber song ghostwriter, groundbreaking sexual orientation Tumblr blog-writing dude, and purveyor of all-around great soul tunes Frank Ocean can add another flashy title to his Wikipedia page: jet setter. Ocean’s got a summer world tour lined up, so sorry, USA, but we’ll always have Paris or whatever. (Well, Paris will have Paris, and the UK will get a healthy dose of Frank Ocean, and the US has YouTube videos.) Hell, Frank Ocean is even going to Australia for the Splendour in the Grass Festival. That’s how you know it’s a bona fide world tour: AUSTRALIA. That shizz is far away, man.

But it’s not just about our antipodean friends, oh no! Frank Ocean is going to Europe, and boy is he playing a lot of PARKS. Imagine the sheer joy of being a child with popsicle smeared all over your face, getting pushed in the swing by your underpaid Polish nanny (you’re an English child) as the sweet, melancholy sounds of “Swim Good” float into your ears. Wouldn’t that be awesome? That moment of sheer joy is what the Frank Ocean Summer 2013 world tour will be all about. Except for instead of mere moments, it’s like, an entire month. Better start working on pronouncing, “What’s up, Laugardalshollin!?!?!?!?!?” right now, Frank.


06.27.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Tap 1
06.28.13 - Norrkoping, Sweden - Bravalla Festival
07.02.13 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
07.03.13 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
07.04.13 - Arendal, Norway - Hovefestival
07.06.13 - Rotselaar, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.09.13 - London, UK - Brixton O2 Academy
07.10.13 - London, UK - Brixton O2 Academy
07.12.13 - London, UK - Wireless Festival at Olympic Park
07.13.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Phoenix Park
07.14.13 - Kinross, UK - T in the Park
07.16.13 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Laugardalshollin
07.28.13 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass Festival
08.03.13 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08.04.13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

• Frank Ocean:
• Def Jam:

Best Coast go on tour of United States or, as they call it, Big California

Pray for Best Coast. Very few know that the duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have a rare case of Californitis. Thankfully, it’s not a fatal disease, it just makes you see the entire world as if it is California. Missouri? Looks like California. Maine? Looks like California. Mogadishu? Even that looks like California. Those two could look at the Appalachia mountains and see a white beach connected to a blue ocean. It’s not something that severely affects their life, it’s mostly just kind of weird. To us, the band is currently on a tour of the United States. To them, they are touring California, seemingly forever.

Their tourmates won’t speak a word of this. Best Coast will be joined by the likes of Bleached, Guards, and Lovely Bad Things throughout their tour, all of whom will be extremely confused whenever the band references the warm California sunshine in, say, Philadelphia. They will also be opening for Belle and Sebastian on one date, who they will greet with an enthusiastic “WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA!” Fortunately, that date is actually in California.

Best Coast dates:

05.30.13 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay *
05.31.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *#
06.01.13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater *#
06.03.13 - Richmond, VA - The National *#
06.04.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
06.05.13 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA *#
06.06.13 - Boston, MA - Royale *#
06.07.13 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
07.17.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl @
07.31.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
08.01.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
08.11.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos !
08.13.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne !
08.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore !
08.16.13 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library !
08.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey !
09.13-15.13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
09.16.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird !
09.17.13 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note !
09.18.13 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
09.19.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room !

* Lovely Bad Things
# Guards
! Bleached
@ Belle and Sebastian

• Best Coast:
• Mexican Summer:

Danny Brown takes “Old & Reckless” tour to Europe, perpetuates the most entertaining mid-life crisis, like, ever

Go ahead and dispute the benefits of naming a tour without any unique qualities to it, and then quickly scold yourself for not appreciating Detroit rapper Danny Brown, whose disposition lies somewhere between easy-going and that of a human jack-in-the-box. Additionally, his “Old & Reckless” tour, which sort of began at SXSW and persisted in North America up until Sasquatch, isn’t exactly typical — it’s the first that he’s headlined, and the first for which many paragraphs were written in response to a spontaneous on-stage blowjob. Could things get any weirder? Well, sure. Just add the “European” descriptor to virtually anything and you’ve increased its weirdness by about double. Beginning June 9, Brown will take his “Old & Reckless” proclivities to 11 venues across the continent.

And as far as tour titles go, this one has the virtue of not being unnecessarily obscure, but fitting: despite being in his 30s, the jovial lyricist still evinces the impulses of a 13-year-old boy, home alone, with the password to the parental controls. “Most of my raps, I guess, come from the dickhead… instead of the brain sometimes, you know. I guess I’m thinking with my dick when I write, I don’t know!” We at TMT applaud that kind of honesty, and are otherwise advocates of a new genitalia-based consciousness.

Check out a teaser of Brown’s European dates below. His new album Old is forthcoming.


06.09.13 - Manchester, UK - Parklife
06.11.13 - London, UK - Scala
06.12.13 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
06.13.13 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
06.14.13 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
06.15.13 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
06.16.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Sugar Club
06.17.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Sugar Club
06.19.13 - Paris, France - La Bellevoise
06.20.13 - Berlin, Germany - Splash
06.21.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret

• Danny Brown:

Big Boi hurts his knee and reschedules tour dates with Killer Mike; sorry guys, your summer is OVER

Guys, Big Boi hurt his knee. It’s over, guys. The dream of seeing Big Boi on tour with Killer Mike this summer is dead. Okay, well, just til Big Boi gets surgery on his knee, but the internet is not the place for subtlety. It is a place for DRAMA. And CAT PICTURES.

See, Big Boi screwed up his knee, so he’s gotta get that thing fixed. Then he’s gotta take it easy for six weeks, which is niiiiiiiiicely timed to allow the rap genius to watch every single new Arrested Development episode as it airs. And to write some really seriously involved Game of Thrones fan fiction. All of Big Boi’s remaining tour dates have been delayed till September, with the exceptions of the festivals in Montreal, Raleigh, Louisville, and Somerset, WI.

05.31.13 – Chattanooga, TN - Track 29*
06.01.13 – Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen*
06.02.13 – Birmingham, AL - Avondale Brewing Co.*
06.04.13 – Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live*
06.05.13 – Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution*
06.06.13 – Jacksonville, FL - Brewsters Megaplex*
06.07.13 – Atlanta, GA - Masquerade*
06.08.13 – Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
06.09.13 – Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center*
06.12.13 - Charlotte, NC - Amos*
06.14.13 – Washington D.C. - Howard’s Theatre
06.15.13 – Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
06.16.13 – Toronto, ON - North By Northeast
06.18.13 – Providence, RI - Lupos
06.19.13 – Boston, MA - Paradise
06.20.13 – Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn
07.12-14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
08.02-04.13 – Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.09.13 – Somerset, WI - Summer Set Music & Camping Festival
09.05-07.13 – Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

* Killer Mike

• Big Boi:
• Killer Mike:

Black Dice’s Eric Copeland returns to DFA for Joke In The Hole LP, fans of joke holes celebrate

Tell me if this freaks you out. Actually, let me set the scene for you first. We’re in a field. I’m there, you’re there, we’re both standing there. Nothing strange about it, aside from, well, we are in a field. Don’t know about you, but I don’t hang out in fields too often. Back to the scene, though. We’re both in the field, we’re standing right in front of each other. I lean in and whisper something in your ear. I don’t whisper just anything, though. I whisper “Joke in the Hole.” Now, you’ll have to provide the end of the scene yourself, but does that freak you out? I reckon it freaks you out.

Which is appropriate, since Joke in the Hole is the name of the new Eric Copeland (Black Dice, Terrestrial Tones) record out July 17 on DFA. Copeland’s made a bit of a career out of freaking people out, at least those not accustomed to experimental noise. I know, that’s not you, you’re a Tiny Mix Tapes reader. But as a Tiny Mix Tapes reader, you are probably interested to know that Joke in the Hole will be Copeland’s first solo LP for DFA. Since Black Dice had put out a number of records on DFA, this record marks somewhat of a reunion for Copeland and the label. Perhaps in the mold of an icky, uncomfortable family reunion if this joke and hole business reaches an unsavory conclusion, but the two generally seem very happy together.

Last year, Black Dice put out Mr. Impossible (TMT Review) through Ribbon Music. I recall it being quite good. Copeland also released a solo LP last year called Limbo through Underwater Peoples. I never heard it. I am mainly illustrating the fact that Copeland and Black Dice have been on quite a few labels, as if they’re the prettiest girl at the prom and all the boys are record labels. Maybe it’s not the best metaphor.

Joke in the Hole tracklist:

01. Razki
02. Grapes
03. Tinkerbell
04. Flushing Meats
05. Babes in the Woods
06. Bobby Strong
07. Shoo Rah
08. Cheap Treat
09. Kash Donation
10. Little Tit
11. New Leather Boogie

• Black Dice:
• DFA: