Sage Francis Trolls Dummies, Announces Tour in Spoof Press Conference

Rhode Island MC also previews "Pressure Cooker"

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Chris Martins

There's a thing that happens, on Facebook in particular, when you're an artist and you announce a tour. The inane questions begin even before the excitement does: "No love for [insert passed-over state here]?" or "Are you gonna play any of the old, good stuff?" or, possibly seriously, "Why don't you play my porch?" Sage Francis preemptively answers all of those burning queries in the hilarious clip above. Therein, the Rhode Island MC announces his upcoming North American tour (plus a whole bunch of European dates) via a press conference that spoofs the aforementioned phenomenon.

If you've ever been a music fan on the Internet, you'll appreciate the man's response. But the Jay Brown-directed clip also contains another gem for members of the Cult of Francis: a significant portion of "Pressure Cooker," the barn-burner of an opening track from Sage's June 3 album, Copper Gone. Produced by Doomtree beat-beast Cecil Otter, the song features the MC in top form, growling out his piece over Rick Rubin-esque guitar blasts and brooding production. "They say anger is a gift," Francis raps. "I'm very gifted." Indeed, the video's 3:25 mark suggests as much. Dig in above, and stream "Vonnegut Busy" below.

Sage Francis tour dates:

May 29 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
May 30 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
May 31 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
June 2 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
June 3 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
June 5 - Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
June 6 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
June 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
June 9 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
June 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
June 11 - Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge
June 12 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
June 13 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
June 14 - Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theatre
June 16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 17 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
June 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
June 21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
June 22 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
June 24 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
June 25 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
June 26 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall
June 27 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
June 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
July 1 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
July 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
July 3 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
July 4 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
October 10 - Sligo, Ireland @ Fifth On Teeling
October 11 - Belfast, Ireland @ Voodoo
October 12 - Dublin, Ireland @ Sugar Club
October 14 - Newcastle, England @ Think Tank
October 15 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Oran Mor
October 16 - Manchester, England @ Gorilla
October 17 - Leeds, England @ Brudenell Social Club
October 19 - Cardiff, Wales @ The Globe
October 20 - Bristol, England @ The Fleece
October 21 - Brighton, England @ The Haunt
October 22 - London, England @ Village Underground
October 24 - Reading, England @ The Bowery District
October 25 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique/Rotonde
October 26 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
October 28 - Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
October 29 - Dijon, France @ La Vapeur
October 30 - Vendome, France @ Les Rockomotives
October 31 - Strasbourg, France @ Laiterie
November 2 - Cologne, Germany @ Underground
November 3 - Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich
November 5 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
November 6 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
November 7 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
November 9 - Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
November 10 - Munich, Germany @ Ampere
November 11 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom
November 13 - Geneva, Switzerland @ Usine
November 14 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Fabrik
November 15 - Bern, Switzerland @ Reitschule
November 16 - Vienna, Austria @ B72
November 19 - Lund, Sweden @ Mejeriet
November 21 - Helsinki, Finland @ Kuudes Linja

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