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