Mahjongg are a Chicago-based band that's got enough polyrhythms and unconventional synth-based instrumentation and kooky arrangements to be lumped in with other white dudes like David Byrne and David Longstreth and Fela Kuti.
They extended their tour to 21 dates, moving east to west over January, February and March.
If their bio is to believed (and band bios are always to be believed), Mahjongg are not just another group of white dudes touting a nifty new avenue into “world” music that's cool; they're the bearers of a new techno religion befitting of Necromancer and/or John Travolta:
This ever-expanding Sect uses “irratainment” to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass “funneling” of the populace minds into The Grid.
Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first “warning orbs,” at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.
We're pretty sure “warning orbs” are interchangeable with “awesome laser shows.”
Kontpab is out February 12 on K Records.
Mahjongg Tour Dates
22 Cleveland, OH, Beachland Tavern
23 Buffalo, NY Soundlab
24 Cambridge, MA T.T. the Bears
25 Providence, RI AS 220
26 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
27 Baltimore, MD The Depot
28 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
30 Columbus, OH Skully's Music Diner
31 Chicago, IL Subterranean
21 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet
22 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
22 Grinnell, IA Grinnell College-Gardner Loungeue
24 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
26 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
27 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
28 Boise, ID Neurolux
06 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
08 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
09 San Diego, CA Casbah
13 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves
15 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Sal