The Knife have finally announced a short run of North American tour dates in support of their fantastic album Shaking the Habitual. They did a stint of shows in the UK and Europe last year and they were all incredibly well received (and a bit odd, but in the best way) so it's fantastic to see they'll be bringing the show to the states. Their performances have been described as "misanthropic, challenging, and artful" and have even been somewhat controversial. If you've never been to one of their shows before, you can watch their live video of 'Raging Lung' below, and decide if it's for you or not. You can read a statement from the band about the tour as well.

"Shaking the Habitual, the album, lays the groundwork for this show. Based on the artistic and political ideas therein, we play with the expectations and question habits of the concert, the dance performance, the club and the music festival. Working within a highly commercial, professionalised and male-dominated music industry, we strive to twist and strangle hierarchies to find other ways of organizing work and its conditions. Disrespecting borders between digital and analogue, fake and real, professional and dilettante, star and cast, experimental acts and glamorous shows, nature and culture, audience and artist, blood family and chosen family, dance and action, a Buchla and bongo and the sound of a hit and a kiss."

  • 04/11 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
  • 04/18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
  • 04/23 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
  • 04/24 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
  • 04/25 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
  • 04/26 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • 04/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
  • 04/30 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5