Blood Orange announces 2020 North American tour

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MERE *SECONDS* (in evolutionary time) after getting home from all THESE dates (and then announcing this other thing really quick), Blood Orange — a.k.a. Dev “The Refrigerator” Hynes — has unveiled eight (count ‘em, eight!) North American tour dates in March of 2020.

THAT’S RIGHT, FOLKS: early next year, Hynes will hit *ALL* THE TOP CITIES:

• Keockuk, Iowa!
• Cucamonga, California!!
• Walla Walla, Washington!!!

Oh, wait. No. Never mind, wrong list… I meant: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Washington DC, and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. MY MISTAKE.

Tickets will be on-sale *this Friday* (a.k.a. DEV HYNES DAY [f.k.a. December 13]) at 11 am —IRREGARDLESS of what time zone you live in! Isn’t that a trip? Only “The Refrigerator” could pull that off!

Blood Orange 2020 tour:

03.07.20 – Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
03.09.20 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *
03.10.20 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *
03.13.20 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre *
03.14.20 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall *
03.16.20 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
03.18.20 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre *^
03.20.20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall *

* Tei Shi
^ on sale at 10AM

Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange) to release original score for upcoming film Queen & Slim, shares tracks

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It’s almost like Oscar season is paralleled by original score season, which would theoretically be a period of vast excitement and pride for certain artists and their fans. Scoring an Oscar-nominated film is a big deal on par with finishing an entire cheese wheel in one bloated sitting, I’d say. So let’s go ahead and give Devonté Hynes — a.k.a. Blood Orange — preliminary snaps for doing the music featured in the upcoming on-the-run flick Queen & Slim, which is set for release November 27.

The movie was directed and written by Melina Matsoukas (a regular Beyoncé affiliate) and Lena Waithe, respectively; and in order for it to work as a tale truly reminiscent of Bonnie & Clyde, you’d have to ignore the fact that the characters played by Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith seemingly have no interest in a criminal lifestyle. They’re apparently victims of social circumstance to some extent.

Hynes’s score for Queen & Slim is set for release this Friday (November 22) on Domino, and it follows the mixtape Angel’s Pulse, which also came out on Domino over the summer.

The versatile artist and collaborator also worked with the Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion on a classical music release that came out last month, and Tyler, The Creator was surely grateful for the Blood Orange support during the latter half of the former’s North American tour.

Pre-order it here and listen to two tracks below if you’ve got Spotify. Check the movie trailer and tracklist after that, and here you can check out Hynes doing his thing in the studio.

Queen & Slim Original Motion Picture Score tracklisting:

Side A:

01. Kids
02. Hair
03. Slim Lets Go
04. Opening
05. This Is A Safe Place
06. Bed
07. A Couple Deer
08. Slim’s Haircut
09. What’s Next
10. Love Theme (Dance)

Side B:

01. Slim’s Horse
02. Slim Calls Home
03. Uncle’s House
04. Love Theme (Photograph)
05. Get Upstairs
06. The Sheriff
07. Start The Car
08. Sneak Out
09. Arrival
10. Kissed All Your Scars

Devonté Hynes – “Hair” & “Kissed All Your Scars”

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Last week, the soundtrack for the film Queen & Slim was released featuring new songs from Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Vince Staples, and more. This week, the score for the film will be released. It was composed by Blood Orange’s Devonté Hynes. The movie itself … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Beck – “Uneventful Days” Video (Dir. Dev Hynes)

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Beck-Uneventful-Days-videoLast week, Beck announced his forthcoming album Hyperspace and shared a couple of new songs, including the lovely synth ballad “Uneventful Days,” which Beck co-wrote and co-produced with Pharrell. Today, Beck has shared his new video for “Uneventful Days.” Beck has a long history of teaming up with visionary music-video directors, and on … More »

Porches – “rangerover” (Feat. Dev Hynes)

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PorchesNew York’s Aaron Maine has been releasing music under the name Porches since 2011, and in that time, the project has gone from an indie rock band to more of a synthpop solo situation. Today, Maine follows up his last album, 2018’s The House, with a warped and hazy new single called “rangerover.” … More »

Queen & Slim Soundtrack Features New Songs By Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lil Baby, Vince Staples, & More

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Queen & SlimThe upcoming movie Queen & Slim stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a black couple on their first date forced to go on the run after killing an Ohio police officer in self-defense. It was written by Lena Waithe and serves as the feature-length directorial debut of Melina Matsoukas, the director of Beyoncé’s “Formation” … More »

Tei Shi – “Even If It Hurts” (Feat. Blood Orange) Video

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Tei Shi dropped two new tracks this summer, “A Kiss Goodbye” and “Red Light,” and today she’s officially announcing her sophomore album, La Linda, the follow-up to 2017’s Crawl Space. Tei Shi has a new song to go along with that announcement, a collaboration with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes … More »

Danny Brown – “Dirty Laundry” Video

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Danny Brown has released “Dirty Laundry,” the first single from his new album uknowhatimsayin¿. The project will be released Oct. 4 via Warp. Q-Tip executive produced; Flying Lotus, Paul White, Standing On The Corner, and JPEGMAFIA contributed beats. JPEG features on the album, too, along with Blood Orange, Run The Jewels, and Obangjayar. More »