Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Announcing: WHY? Golden Ticket flexi and Tour w/ Dessa

Limited edition WHY? flexi-disc:
EZRA BENUS (aka the Golden Ticket winner)

and Fall Tour Announced w/ Dessa 

Last year the eclectic, psychedelic, pop-rock-rap band WHY? cyber-stalked their fans, writing various "theme songs" informed by fans' social media accounts. These songs were released on the Golden Tickets EP, which itself contained one actual golden ticket... And a promise that WHY? would compose a song for and about the winner of that golden ticket. The winner of that final Golden Ticket: a gentleman by the name of Ezra Benus, is now immortalized in one of the most obscure songs in the band's catalog, now availableexclusively on the limited edition flexi disc.

Limited to just 525 hand-numbered copies with a digital download, this track will never be released on any other format, and digital will not be available apart from the flexi (no iTunes, Spotify, etc.).

Fall Tour Dates w/ Dessa


9/18 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
9/19 - Toronto, ON  - Lee’s Palace
9/21 - NYC - Le Poisson Rouge
9/22 - Philladelphia, PA - Union Transfer
9/23 - Washington DC - Black Cat
9/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
9/27 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
9/28 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

The Cincinnati based WHY? is joining Dessa, who URB called “one of the most diverse and talented artists in indie rap,” for a short fall tour of the Midwest and Northeast US.

WHY?'s Yoni Wolf, brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid are still the unbreakable rock core at the center of a spinning ball of sonic kaleidoscopie. And all the things that make them stunningly unique are still true: the grinning sun-warped choruses, that jangly Western lope, those confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details, set dancing down the odd knots of complex poetic daisy chains.

On this tour the refined and intoxicating rap experimentalism of WHY? will be showcased along with the transcendent wit, lyrical mastery, and confident hypnotic flow of the Minneapolis based Dessa, a longtime member of the indie hip hop collective Doomtree.

Quotes on Dessa's 2013 album "Parts of Speech":

“Enchanting.” - Chicago Tribune
“A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés” - Utne Reader
“If wordsmith-songbird Dessa isn’t the future of hip-hop, she should be.” - Insight News
“Profound and moving” - Star Tribune

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