Flying Lotus announces North American tour, pulls some flaming hot dogs and new tracks off the grill

Flying Lotus announces North American tour, pulls some flaming hot dogs and new tracks off the grill
Photo: Renata Raksha

Flying Lotus was briefly and naturally away from the touring game while he focused on bolstering Brainfeeder’s horrific cinematic chops, so the last time you saw him in a live setting might’ve been in 2017 — back when the times were simple, cats and dogs had amiable conversations in an undiscovered language, and 3D was enjoying its twilight as a thing on which people readily sought to visually feast.

Personally, I don’t think 3D really enhances much in a movie theater setting, but what Flying Lotus brought to the stage a year and a half ago (and even on tours prior to that, iirc) was a crazy display that transplanted audience members into a believably extraterrestrial territory. Supplementing the 3D visuals was a remarkably abstract set, which surely must’ve disappointed a few folks who were anticipating and interpreting “instrumental hip-hop” in its most banger sense. (A more confrontational FlyLo might’ve responded, “Don’t you know who the fuck I am?”)

In case you missed it, he’s the guy with the new album coming out May 24 on Warp, and now he’s got plenty of supportive North American tour dates scheduled for around the end of summer. There’s no word on any 3D frills adding an extra draw for potential ticket-holders, but coherent dancing attempts’ll definitely prove futile if the past is any indication.

Check the dates after the brand new track “More (feat. Anderson .Paak),” plus “Spontaneous (feat. Little Dragon)” and “Takashi.”

Dates, dates, and MORE dates:

08.09.19 - San Francisco - Outside Lands
08.10.19 - Portland, OR - Roseland
08.11.19 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
08.12.19 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
08.14.19 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma
08.15.19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Union
08.16.19 - Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
08.17.19 -Taos, NM - Taos Vortex
08.18.19 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre
08.20.19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
08.21.19 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
08.24.19 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
08.25.19 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
08.26.19 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
08.27.19 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
08.29.19 - Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall
08.30.19 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Mirage
08.31.19 - North Adams, MA - MASS MoCa
09.02.19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
09.03.19 - Columbus, OH - Express Live
09.04.19 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.05.19 - Cincinnati, OH - Madison Theater
09.06.19 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
09.07.19 - Richmond, VA - The National
09.10.19 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
09.11.19 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.12.19 - New Orleans, LA - Joy Theater
09.13.19 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
09.14.19 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
09.15.19 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
09.18.19 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
09.19.19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09.20.19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo

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