Son Little Tours With Kelis

Son Little sees the world differently from the rest of us. As a child of hip-hop, Son Little – the neo-soul-blues-hip-hop persona of former Roots and RJD2 collaborator Aaron Livingston – takes on reality as a series of samples, genetic building blocks that connect in strange and miraculous ways. Hence the “neo-blues meets the ghost of Bob Marley trapped inside a tabla machine” tag Okayplayer gave his first single Cross My Heart or his own description of second single Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches as a “Wu-Tang sea shanty with the Beatles on background vocals.” This is no flip, off-the-cuff soundbite; Son Little borrowed pieces of lyrics from a traditional sea shanty and reset them inside the timeless work song groove of Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches, grafting the imagery of the lawless seas onto modern streets.

Lyrical cut-ups a la Burroughs and Bowie, musical cut-ups deeply ingrained in his hip-hop schooling, all emerge as a deep soul ache in the new school of the Weeknd and Miguel. Now, for the first time, Son Little takes his music to the streets in his first national tour dates, seven of them in support of R&B maverick Kelis. Little is already commanding attention in the press and blog world, on the strength of just the two aforementioned single releases in 2014. For an America whose cultural bloodlines trail Son Little like the hellhound of the old blues songs, this tour will be a first chance to see an artist who is already one of the breakout stories of the year.

You can catch Son Little live on the following dates:
2 June      Filmore San Francisco, CA*
3 June      House of Blues, San Diego, CA*
4 June      El Rey, Los Angeles, CA*
9 June      Park West, Chicago, IL*
11 June    Danforth Music Hall, Toronto*
13 June    Webster Hall, New York, NY*
15 June    9:30 Club, Washington DC*
23 June    Johnny Brenda’s Philly, PA #
24 June    Great Scott, Allston, MA #
30 June    Subculture, NYC ^
10 July    Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY %
12 July    Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA ~
13 July    U Street Music Hall, DC ~

* Supporting Kelis
# Supporting Small Black
^ Supporting Lady
% Supporting Streets of Laredo
~ Supporting Nightmares on Wax

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