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A duo thoroughly steeped in hip-hop accolades, the Minnesota-based duo Eyedea and Abilities have returned with their brand new album By The Throat, out July 21st on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Their first album since the breakout 2004 release E&A, By The Throat’s songs range from intensely personal topics to the more esoteric (quantum mechanics). The end result is leaps and bounds beyond what MC Eyedea is perhaps best known for, his prowess as a battle rapper (winner of HBO’s Blaze Battle, Scribble Jam and several others). DJ Abilities, also a well-known battle vet and contributor to El-P’s now-classic Fantastic Damage, adds heavily to the sonic soundscape of this album, which advances beyond boom-bap hip-hop into rock-fueled guitar riffs, gritty production and melodic songwriting.

Eyedea and Abilities were instrumental in the wave of independent hip-hop that includes Atmosphere, El-P, Aesop Rock, Living Legends and several other seminal acts. By The Throat is their most progressive and refined effort to date.

Link to MP3 Download of new song “This Story” here:

E & A will be performing at Rhymesayers’ Soundset ’09 on May 24th and will be headlining a tour in the fall of 2009. They have also been confirmed for the following Rock the Bells dates this summer where they’ll play alongside Nas, The Roots, Ice Cube, Reflection Eternal, Common, Busta Rhymes, RZA, GZA, Sage Francis and more.

Rock The Bells Tour Dates
06.27 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
06.28 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
07.05 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
07.12 – Washington DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.18 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center |
07.19 – New York, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
08.01 – Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park
08.06 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
08.08 – Los Angeles, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
08.09 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater

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Colin Munroe heads out on the road this spring with mixtape collaborator Wale and his Attention Deficit Tour. The run includes several college campus dates and special guest appearances from Common, N.E.R.D. and more. Fusing elements of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic, Colin will perform material from his acclaimed mixtape Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero (free download here: http://www.onsmash.com/unsunghero/) and premiere new tracks from his debut album, Don’t Think Less of Me, due early summer via Universal Motown.

Catch Colin in the following cities:
* w/ Wale (special guests noted)

01 Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY *
02 University of Vermont – Burlington, VT *
03 Bowdoin College – Brunswick, ME *
04 Asylum – Portland, ME *
07 The Norva – Norfolk, VA *
08 Virginia Brewing Company – Winchester, VA *
09 The National – Richmond, VA *
10 Penn State – State College, PA *
20 Jake’s – Bloomington, IN *
21 The Hub – Peoria IL *
22 Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL *
24 The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH *
25 St. Lawrence University – Canton, NY *
26 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON *
28 Yale University – New Haven, CT * w/ N.E.R.D, Girl Talk
29 Neumos – Seattle, WA *

01 Empire Events Center – Sacramento, CA *
02 UC Riverside – Riverside, CA * w/ Common, Ben Lee
04 4th and B – San Diego, CA *
05 Martini Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ *
08 Harper’s Ferry – Boston, MA *
09 Northampton High School – Northampton, MA *
16 Carleton College – Northfield, MN *

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