Death Grips
 
It seems like everyone has a war story about being abruptly stood up by Death Grips (author’s personal badge of honor—FYF Fest 2014), a band that cancels shows with Morrissey-like prolificacy. After declaring last July that the group was unequivocally disbanding, Death Grips—the industrial, post-hip hop group that truly defies genres—went out and did a very Death Gripsian thing on Tuesday by announcing a whole bunch of new shows, setting up oh-so-many fans for potential heartbreak. And like a cuckolded lover who can’t walk away from her boyfriend despite his repeated trips to Vegas with “the boys” (I don’t know, maybe he’s a musician?), it’s just too hard to write off a band as magnetic, volatile, and uniquely talented as Death Grips.

Tickets for these upcoming shows might as well be packaged with a bear trap set to snap around your face, but you can bet that these performances will sell out quick, such is the allure of catching a glimpse of the elusive Death Grips animal live in the flesh. There is a reason, though, beyond the mystique of their bizarre career management, that so many people love this group. Despite deploying barely anything resembling a standard band setup (for the most part, it’s just Zach Hill’s sparse drum kits and a whole lot of electronic beats and samples), Death Grips sound more punk (and dangerous) than 99 percent of the punk bands out there, and Stefan Burnett’s feral caterwauling has a manic urgency that’s absent in most modern music.

As of now, their tour is set to end with a show at the Fillmore on July 25. Tickets for that concert go on sale today. The whole thing sounds like a stick of dynamite waiting to go off, but for Death Grips, it’s probably worth lighting the wick.

Death Grips Tour Dates:
06-19 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
06-20 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
06-21 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
06-23 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
06-24 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
06-26 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
06-27 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06-28 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
06-30 - Chicago, IL - Metro
07-01 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall
07-03 - Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall
07-04 - Montreal, Quebec - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
07-05 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
07-07 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
07-10 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
07-11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07-12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
07-14 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
07-15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's
07-17 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
07-18 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
07-19 - Dallas, TX - Trees
07-21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
07-22 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theatre
07-23 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
07-25 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

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