“COPPER GONE” drops on June 3rd! Pre-sale + tour updates

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SAGE FRANCIS…relocked and reloaded. 

After a 4-year hiatus, the indie rap icon is taking his signature style of hip-hop and performance art back on the road to support the June 2014 release of “COPPER GONE” on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS. It features beat production from long-time music affiliates BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER, REANIMATOR, and more.  Physical/digital pre-sales are available now.

“VONNEGUT BUSY”, the lead single, acts as a stylistic sample dish for what one can expect from the new album, transitioning seamlessly from socio-economic issues to personal politics, all while being punctuated by the project’s overall mission statement: “When it seems like you’re going through hell…keep going.” The reference to Kurt Vonnegut in the title is accompanied by a quote from the satirical writer in one of the song’s 3 sub-choruses: “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been.’”

As fans and media may remember, Francis declared a sudden retirement from touring at the end of his “Li(f)e on the Road” world excursion in 2010. Many people misinterpreted this as a resignation from music altogether as his three album deal with Epitaph Records came to its conclusion. “It sort of offends my sensibilities to hear that some people thought I gave up music,” Francis remarks. “I’ve been writing songs since I was 8 years old. Performing on stage since 12. Winning over crowds and losing partners in the process. As far as creative energy goes, my entire adult life and the bulk of my childhood has been dedicated to this craft. I don’t even think I could stop that train if I wanted to.”

In reality, Francis removed himself from the non-stop grind of the tour circuit in hopes of developing a healthier domestic situation. He did not achieve this goal, as numerous songs on Copper Gone clearly illustrate (some more overtly than others.) Over the course of the next few years, in the wake of some significant personal losses, Francis succumbed to his more hermit-like tendencies. He remained tucked away in the woods on the outskirts of Rhode Island, running Strange Famous Records remotely, all while continuing to write/record music in the isolation of his studio.

“No matter how much time I spend by myself, I’m constantly aware of how I need to keep this ship afloat. If not for me, then for the others who have jumped on board with me. That’s not the main motivation for what I do, but it’s probably good to feel pressured into staying active outside of my bubble. I’m stressed, overworked, and exhausted regardless of my situation, so I might as well step into the fire rather than just watch the world burn around me. At this point, that sounds a lot better to me than spending the rest of my life as a recluse, wondering what might’ve been.”

Copper Gone drops worldwide June 3rd, 2014 on Strange Famous Records (in the UK it is being released by Scroobius Pip’s Speech Development Records.)

The Sage Francis “Copper Gone” World Tour 2014 is in support of the COPPER GONE album, dropping June 3rd. All information for the US, CANADA, UK, and EURO tour dates are listed below.

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5/29 STANHOPE, NJ – Stanhope House - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Metermaids
5/30 NYC – Le Poisson Rouge – Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Metermaids
5/31 BOSTON, MA – Middle East – Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/02 TORONTO, ON – Opera House - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/03 PITTSBURGH, PA – Altar Bar - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Lord Grunge
6/05 CHICAGO, IL – The Abbey - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, No Bird Sing
6/06 MADISON, WI – High Noon Saloon - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/07 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – First Ave - Tickets
Openers: CECIL OTTER, B. Dolan
6/09 ENGLEWOOD, CO - Gothic Theatre - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Wheelchair Sports Camp
6/10 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Urban Lounge - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/11 MISSOULA, MT – Palace Lounge - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Codependents
6/12 VANCOUVER, BC – Fortune Sound Club - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/13 SEATTLE, WA – Neumo’s - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/14 PORTLAND, OR – Alhambra Theatre - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/16 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Independent - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/17 SOLANA BEACH (San Diego), CA – Belly Up Tavern - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/18 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Troubadour - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/20 PHOENIX, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/21 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Sunshine Theater - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/22 EL PASO, TX – Tricky Falls - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/24 DALLAS, TX – Club Dada - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/25 AUSTIN, TX – Mohawk - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/26 NEW ORLEANS, LA – Southport Hall – Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, DJ Quickie Mart
6/27 BATON ROUGE, LA – Spanish Moon - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/29 ATLANTA, GA – Terminal West - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Seez Mics, Cas One
6/30 CHAPEL HILL, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Openers: B. Dolan, Cas One, Seez Mics
7/01 WASHINGTON, DC – U Street Music Hall - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Prolyphic, Seez Mics
7/02 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Prolyphic, Metermaids
7/03 PORTLAND, ME – Port City Music Hall – Tickets
Openers: Sage Francis, B. Dolan, TBA
7/04 PROVIDENCE, RI – Fete Ballroom - Tickets
Openers: Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Metermaids

UK/EURO TOUR DATES (more to be listed soon):


Oct 10 IRELAND – Sligo @ Fifth on Teeling TICKETS
Oct 11 IRELAND – Belfast @ Voodoo TICKETS
Oct 12 IRELAND – Dublin @ Sugar Club TICKETS
Oct 14 ENGLAND – Newcastle @ (TBA)
Oct 15 SCOTLAND – Glasgow @ Oran Mor TICKETS
Oct 16 ENGLAND – Manchester @ Gorilla TICKETS
Oct 17 ENGLAND – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club TICKETS
Oct 19 WALES – Cardiff @ The Globe TICKETS
Oct 20 ENGLAND – Bristol @ The Fleece TICKETS
Oct 21 ENGLAND – Brighton @ The Haunt TICKETS
Oct 22 ENGLAND – London @ Village Underground TICKETS
Oct 24 ENGLAND – Reading @ The Bowery District TICKETS
Oct 25 BELGIUM – Brussels @ Botanique/Rotonde TICKETS
Oct 26 HOLLAND – Amsterdam @ Melkweg TICKETS
Oct 28 FRANCE – Paris @ Point Ephemere TICKETS
Oct 29 FRANCE – Dijon @ La Vapeur TICKETS
Oct 30 FRANCE – Vendome @ Les Rockomotives TICKETS
Oct 31 FRANCE – Strasbourg @ Laiterie TICKETS
Nov 02 GERMANY – Cologne @ Underground TICKETS
Nov 03 GERMANY – Hamburg @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich TICKETS
Nov 05 DENMARK – Copenhagen @ Vega TICKETS
Nov 06 NORWAY – Oslo @ John Dee TICKETS
Nov 07 SWEDEN – Stockholm @ Debaser Strand TICKETS
Nov 09 GERMANY – Berlin @ Privatclub TICKETS
Nov 10 GERMANY – Munich @ Ampere TICKETS
Nov 11 GERMANY – Frankfurt @ Zoom TICKETS
Nov 13 SWITZERLAND – Geneva @ Usine TICKETS
Nov 14 SWITZERLAND – Zurich @ Rote Fabrik TICKETS
Nov 15 SWITZERLAND – Bern @ Dachstock – Reitschule TICKETS
Nov 16 AUSTRIA – Vienna @ B72
Nov 19 SWEDEN – Lund @ Mejeriet
Nov 21 FINLAND – Helsinki @ Kuudes Linja

If your city or country hasn’t been listed, that does not mean we have no love for it. We’re doing our best to get to as many places as we can so let your local promoters know. Remember to sign up for the mailing list at Strange Famous Records so you don’t miss any updates.

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