NEWS : TUE, APR 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Shabazz Palaces Announce New Album, Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star (out July 14th), Share Video For Lead Track “Shine A Light”

Plus They’ve Got 2017 North American tour dates.

Today in spectral news: Shabazz Palaces will release Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star - follow up to Lese Majesty, the group’s critically acclaimed album - worldwide on July 14th through yours truly, Sub Pop Records. The new album featuring highlights “Shine A Light” (ft. Thaddillac), “Since Caya,” and “Moon Whip Quaz” (ft. Darrius) was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood), recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle.

The “Shine A Light” lyric video (as seen above) was directed by Cristina T. Bercovitz and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping.

Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star serves as both an introduction and tells the tale of Quazarz, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
The Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces says of his extraterrestrial persona:  “I, QuazarzBorn On A Gangster Star, son only of Barbara Dream Caster and Reginald The Dark Hoper - he who rides on light - dreamer of the seventh dream and kissed eternal by Awet the Sun Scented - who far from home I found my same self differents in those constellies that be Dai at my weap-side immediate and all us Water Guild affiliates who revelries in the futures passed recordings and ceremonies flexing resplendent in the Paradise Sportif armor -  raising these musics a joy/cry that way into these aquadescent diamondized ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world. Welcome To Quazarz.”
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star is now available for preorder on CD / LP / DL / CS from Sub Pop right over here. LP pre-orders through and select independent retailers, will receive the limited Loser edition on colored vinyl. There will also be a new T-shirt design available.

Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star

1. Since C.A.Y.A
2. When Cats Claw
3. Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
4. Dèesse Du Sang
5. Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
6. Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
7. Fine Ass Hairdresser
8. The Neurochem
9. That’s How City Life Goes
10. Moon Whip Quäz (feat. Darrius)
11. Federalist Papers

[Photo credit: Victoria Kovios]
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Shabazz Palaces will support Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star with North American tour dates that currently span May 13th through September 17th.  The tour will include stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Montreal, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C. Philadelphia and more. Additionally, festival appearances include Upstream Music Fest (May 13th), and Chicago’s Riot Fest (15th-17th).
Tour Dates + Ticket Links

May 13 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017
Aug. 16 - Portland, OR - The Star Theater
Aug. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Aug. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre
Aug. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

Aug. 23 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)
Aug. 24 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Aug. 25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Aug. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Aug. 27 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Aug. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

Aug. 30 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Sep. 02 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Sep. 05 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
Sep. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw

Sep. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Sep. 08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Sep. 11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sep. 15 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 16 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 17 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park

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