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Laetitia Sadier - "The Rule of the Game" (video) + Tour Dates

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Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012
An ethereal video from one of the most important political pop albums of the past decade.

Everyone knows sh*t’s fucked up. Social services are being gutted to support the ultimately suicidal greed of the 1%. Conservative extremists are running wild, eroding political discourse to baseless, hysterical meems.

Far too often, pop music is used as a distraction for the 99%, or even as outright propaganda. Certainly, Katy Perry has been promoting the military as much as she promotes her own perfume. Laetitia Sadier don’t play that.

Rather than suck up to the powers that be, to try and be the half-time entertainment at the apocalypse, Sadier uses her star power to shine a light in the darkened corners that the government’s corporate backers would rather stay dark.
“The Rule of the Game” is one of the most powerful statement on the album, examining the contemporary class struggle as it gives way to fascism. And yet, despite the heavy subject matter, Sadier pens purely poetic lyrics and sets them to such an ethereal instrumental, surprisingly peaking on jaunty go-go jam, that one may be completely ignorant of the song’s meaning and still enjoy its aesthetics. It’s deeply beautiful and beautifully deep.

09/15/12 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
09/16/12 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room at Crofoot
09/18/12 - Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
09/19/12 - Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal Festival
09/20/12 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Cafe
09/21/12 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
09/22/12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
09/23/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/25/12 - Washington, DC @ DC9
09/26/12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe
09/27/12 - Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
09/28/12 - Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
09/29/12 - Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin
09/30/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
10/03/12 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
10/04/12 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
10/05/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10/06/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Culture Collide Festival
10/10/12 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
10/11/12 - Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Music Festival
11/05/12 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
11/06/12 - Glasgow, UK @ Captains Rest
11/07/12 - Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
11/09/12 - Dublin, IE @ The Workman’s Club
11/10/12 - Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh
11/12/12 - Cardiff, UK @ The Globe
11/13/12 - London, UK @ XOYO
11/14/12 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky MIkes

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