Grieves Announces North American Summer Tour

Click image above to watch/share “RX” video

Grieves Announces North American Summer Tour

Shares “RX” Video w/ Mass Appeal
Running Wild LP Out 8/25 On Rhymesayers

Grieves spits deep, introspective bars” – Mass Appeal
“Intensely honest…raw emotion” – Pitchfork
Lyrically lush anthems…well-crafted and poignant” – Consequence of Sound
Grieves shines as a friendly, thoughtful voice, gladly ready to share secrets” – SPIN

Click here to watch/share “RX” video

Today, Seattle rapper and producer Grieves shares a new video (via Mass Appeal) for the recently released first single “RX” from his fifth studio album Running Wild set for release on August 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Tough Town, the video sees Grieves (aka Benjamin Laub) navigating the cityscape, exploring the thematic elements of the track itself. He comments, “In RX, I tackle a very close-to-home subject in a new and foreign soundscape. Breaking the confounds of my ‘expected’ I find a lot of peace in this song. It’s deep, it’s intoxicating, and it’s honest. Drink it in.”

In addition to the video, he announces an extensive North American tour that kicks off August 31st and hits cities such as Los Angeles, New York, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Seattle. Full date listing below + tickets are available for pre-sale/purchase here.

Running Wild is a 15-track collection recorded in Seattle and Stockholm alongside Swedish producer Chords (Jens Eric Resch Thomason). Featuring guest appearances from Fearce Vill, Romaro Franceswa, Paris Alexa, and Davey Jones, the album features elements one might expect to find on a classic soul record, such as rich guitar tones and humming organs, mixed with modern and experimental components. The record balances Grieves’ dueling impulses to have a good time while staying true to himself. It’s a kind of openness – both sonically and thematically – that Laub attributes to how and where the record was made.

A follow up to his 2014 Winter & The Wolves LP which hit #13 on Billboard’s Rap/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #57 on the Billboard Top 200, Grieves emerges with a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines, and penning verses that range from vulnerable and confessional to carefree.

TOUR DATES
8.31 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
9.01 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
9.02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
9.03 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
9.04 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
9.05 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
9.06 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
9.08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
9.09 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
9.10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
9.11 – Durango, CO @ Animas City Theatre
9.12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
9.13 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
9.14 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
9.15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
9.16 – Houston, TX @ HOB Bronze Peacock
9.18 – New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB
9.19 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)
9.20 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
9.21 – Washington, DC @ DC9
9.22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
9.23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
9.25 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
9.26 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
9.27 – Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground
9.28 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
9.29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
9.30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
10.02 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10.04 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
10.05 – Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge
10.06 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
10.07 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
11.03 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11.09 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
11.10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
11.12 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
11.14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
11.15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
11.16 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
11.20 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
11.21 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
11.22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
11.24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11.25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Event Hall & Lounge

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