Doomtree waited until the day “All Hands” arrived -- today -- to announce a hometown release party: Dessa and her hip-hop boys harem will return to First Avenue on Feb. 25 to celebrate the album, the septet’s first all-crew effort since 2011’s “No Kings.”
A limited number of tickets will be available today starting at 4 p.m. during the group’s promotional hang time at the Depot Tavern (next to First Avenue). The rest go on sale Wednesday at noon via eTix and First Ave outlets for $25. A quick look at the First Ave calendar shows the main room is open the night after this newly announced show, but there's no word of a second gig yet. It certainly won’t be another Blowout week, though, as the other nights around the show are already booked (including the Flaming Lips’ “Clouds Taste Metallic” gig on Feb. 24!).
Today’s Depot event is one in a series of meet-and-greets that started this morning at Glam Doll Doughnuts. Sims is having the gang over to his house at 2 p.m. for a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Q&A, which you can catch live here. The all-day all hands continues with a signing session at the Electric Fetus at 6 p.m. and then a final stop at the new Surly brewery at 8 p.m., where the soon-to-be-canned Surly Doomtree beer will be available.
Doomtree isn’t expected to perform until their “All Hands” tour kick-off at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth on Thursday (with a 6 p.m. signing at Duluth’s Electric Fetus branch beforehand). Aside from a short break around the First Ave gig, they will be on the road through mid-March, winding up in Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest Music Conference (those gigs are still TBA).
You can hear all of "All Hands" on Doomtree's Bandcamp page. The best track on the album -- and already one of the highlights in concert during Blowout week -- "Gray Duck" is posted below. Pandora landed the exclusive stream of the album to start hyping the album last week. NPR's "All Things Considered" did a feature on the group earlier this week. It's on!