Balkan Beat Box - new LP and southern tour
Brooklyn-via-everywhere act Balkan Beat Box has a new record, Nu Med, due May 15 on JDub Records. They're also in the middle of a tour that brings them through the southeast for the next week or so, including a Wednesday (4/25) night stop at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. They've received a considerable amount of notoriety in indie and world music circles so I doubt an extended introduction is necessary -- I think of them as occupying that sliver on the Venn diagram where Dark Meat, Matisyahu, and Gogol Bordello intersect. Nu Med picks up where their debut left off, with strains of electronica, klezmer, gypsy music, rock, and hip-hop in their eclectic output. I hear the live show is great, although I've never seen them on stage.
From Nu Med:
Balkan Beat Box - BBBeat
Balkan Beat Box - Digital Monkey
Although Nu Med is due in stores on May 15, it is available now through iTunes.
The remaining tour dates before they ship off to Europe (and, oddly, Detroit and Chicago):
4/24 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC
4/25 Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA
4/26 SoCo Scene Fais Do Do, Lafayette, LA
4/27 Cell Block, Mobile, AL
4/28 Popeye's Scene International, Lafayette, LA
4/30 The Social, Orlando, FL
5/1 Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
For more dates and info, see their MySpace.