Pioneering musician/producer/composer/DJ Simon Posford storms the U.S. this spring and summer with a massive run of Shpongle “Hybrid” DJ dates, debuting the highly anticipated “Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience.” For this tour, Posford reveals his brand-new “Decks, FX & 101” show made up of an arsenal of turntables, synths, and effects units. The tour coincides with the release of Younger Brother’s studio release, Vaccine. Vaccine is the third release for which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell.
The Shpongletron Experience’s extended trek across the U.S.A. begins April 12 and will run into July, including performances at such festivals as the Coachella Music and Art Festival, Electric Forest, Wakarusa and others. For the tour, the brand new Shpongle Hybrid DJ show finds Posford on turntables with his vintage analog Roland SH 101 and live synth effects. The complete list of tour dates is included below.
The elaborately staged multi-media presentation, which Posford describes as a “maelstrom of beauty and surprise,” can be expected to raise the bar on Shpongle’s longstanding reputation for providing mind-bending, fully immersive multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experiences. The shows will incorporate The Shpongletron, a pyramid-like 18-foot structure (designed by Coast II Coast Entertainment and VJ Zebbler specifically for this tour) which will blast audiences with four levels of psychedelic mayhem, along with dancers, multiple video screens and a live DJ set by Posford. Posford will also showcase tracks off the recently released Shpongle EP The God Particle. Random Rab will open the shows.
The Shpongletron Experience tour coincides with the versatile Londoner’s other current project: the release of Younger Brother’s scintillating new album Vaccine. Vaccine (April 26, 2011/SCI Fidelity Records) is the third album by Younger Brother, in which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell. The album, which features Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits) on bass, Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past) on guitar and Joe Russo (who also plays in the Grateful Dead spin-off act Furthur) on drums, marks a notable evolution from the band’s electronic origins, embracing melodic song structures and organic instrumental sounds.
A “U.K.” lineup of Younger Brother tours select U.S. cities this April – with Posford (synth/guitar), Vaughan (Ableton / synth) and Campbell (vocals) joined by Matt White on guitar, Chris Borud on bass and Nikolaj Bjerre on drums.
Younger Brother tour dates are as follows:
Apr 6 – Bourbon St. Baltimore, MD w/ Jesters of Kindness, Elemental
Apr 7 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY w/ guests TBA
Apr 8 – TLA Philadelphia, PA w/ Conspirator
Apr 9 – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO
w/ Prometheus, Inspired Flight, and Human Agency
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience tour dates are as follows:
April 12 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV w/ Random Rab, Psilogod
April 13 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR w/ Random Rab
April 14 – Arcata Theater – Arcata, CA w/ Random Rab
April 16 – Coachella – Indio, CA
April 20 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO w/ Random Rab
April 21 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO (DJ Set) w/ Random Rab
April 22 – Spring Back to Vail – Vail, CO
April 23 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
April 25 – The Granada – Lawrence, KS w/ Random Rab
April 26 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI w/ Random Rab
April 28 – Club Zoo – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Random Rab
April 29 – Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY w/ Random Rab, Pax Effex
April 30 – Best Buy Theater – NYC, NY w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
May 3 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC w/ Random Rab
May 4 – Pearl Street Nightclub – Northampton, MA w/ Random Rab
May 5 – Royale – Boston, MA w/ Random Rab
May 6 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT w/ Random Rab
May 9 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO w/ Random Rab, Tom Foolery, Clandestine
May 11 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO w/ Random Rab
May 12 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI w/ Random Rab
May 13 – Epic Event Center – Minneapolis, MN w/ Random Rab
May 14 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL w/ Random Rab, Excision
May 18 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY w/ Random Rab
May 19 -Valarium – Knoxville, TN w/ Random Rab
May 20 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC w/ Random Rab
May 21 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Random Rab
May 25 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
May 26 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NJ (DJ Set)
May 27 – The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
May 29 – B.O.M.B. Fest – Danbury, CT
June 1 – Lyric Oxford – Oxford, MS w/ Random Rab
June 2 – Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival – Ozark, AK
June 3 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Random Rab
June 10 – House Of Blues – Orlando, FL w/ Random Rab
June 11 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL w/ Random Rab
June 17 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA w/ Random Rab
July 2 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
July 17 – Motion Notion Festival – Alberta, Canada
Additional dates to be announced.
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About Simon Posford:
Simon Posford has been one of the British electronic scene’s most vital creative forces. Posford’s massively influential body of work encompasses a diverse array of recordings spanning a variety of approaches and an assortment of musical identities. His prolific output transcends stylistic boundaries to express a vibrant personal vision that’s captured the imaginations of listeners around the world.
What all of his myriad projects—from the genre-bending adventurism of Younger Brother to the widescreen alien-ethno-electronica of Shpongle to the seminal psychedelic trance excursions of Hallucinogen—have in common is Posford’s restless drive to stake out and explore fresh new sonic and conceptual territory.