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Antibalas Release First Ever Video "Dirty Money"

Photo: Marina Abadjieff

Antibalas respond to the financial crisis and the Occupy movement on their new upcoming album.

Brooklyn's Afropopper Antibalas have their new self-titled album set to release 7 August via Daptone and it's a work inspired by the ongoing financial crisis and the uprisings of protest that have accompanied these difficult times. Now they are previewing the new album with a video for "Dirty Money" and it's the first scripted video they have ever produced. Meanwhile the band will head out on the road as of 10 August, visiting most major US markets as well as a number of college towns.

TOUR DATES

8/10 - Outside Lands - San Francisco, CA

8/11 - SLO Brewing Co - San Luis Obispo, CA

8/12 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA

8/14 - The Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA

8/15 - Fox Theater - Pomona, CA w/The Alabama Shakes

8/18 - Williamsburg Park - Brooklyn, NY w/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

9/11 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN

9/12 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI

9/13 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL

9/14 – Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI

9/15 - Taft Ballroom - Cincinnati, OH

9/18 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON

9/19 - Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC

9/20 - Paradise - Boston, MA

9/25 - Black Cat - Washington, DC

9/26 - Capital Ale House - Richmond, VA

9/27 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC

9/28 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC

9/29 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC

10/1 - Cider House - Knoxville, TN

10/2 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN

10/3 - Bomhard Theater at The Kentucky - Louisville, KY

10/5 - The Goat Farm - Atlanta, GA

10/6 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA

10/7 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL

10/9 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA

10/11 - Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX

10/13 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX

# - w/ Los Campesinos!

& - w/ Sharon Van Etten, Tennis

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