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Sage Francis
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Dear rap...the bitch is back. "COPPER GONE" June 3  Reply with quote  

COPPER GONE pre-sale package deals:


- including options with SIGNED CDs, 2xLP COLORED VINYL, Cassettes, T-Shirts, Hoodies, and more!

“Copper Gone is a massive emotional outpouring in rap form. The grit, grime, and brutal reality of being an independent hip-hop artist for decades all has been mashed into a whirlwind survey of how brilliance, independence, and creative commitment are dealt with today—all from perhaps our greatest modern-day poet.” - Chris Force, Alarm Magazine


01 PRESSURE COOKER (music by Cecil Otter)
02 GRACE (music by ALXNDRBRWN)
03 ID THIEVES (music by James Hancock andCool Poindexter)
04 CHEAT CODE (music by Reanimator)
05 DEAD MAN'S FLOAT (music by Cecil Otter)
06 OVER UNDER (music by Le Parasite)
07 MAKE EM PURR (music by Buck 65)
08 VONNEGUT BUSY (music by Prolyphic)
09 THANK YOU (music by Anders Parker)
10 THE SET UP (music by Alias)
11 THE PLACE SHE FEARED MOST (music by Reanimator)
12 ONCE UPON A BLUE MOON (music by Dub Sonata)
13 SAY UNCLE (music by John Ash)
14 MAINT REQD (music by Kurtis SP)

"SAGE FRANCIS...relocked and reloaded."

After a 4-year hiatus, the indie rap icon is taking his signature style of hip-hop and performance art back on the road to support the June 2014 release of "COPPER GONE" on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS. It features beat production from long-time music affiliates BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER, REANIMATOR, and more.  Physical/digital pre-sales are available now.

"VONNEGUT BUSY", the lead single, acts as a stylistic sample dish for what one can expect from the new album, transitioning seamlessly from socio-economic issues to personal politics, all while being punctuated by the project's overall mission statement: "When it seems like you're going through hell...keep going." The reference to Kurt Vonnegut in the title is accompanied by a quote from the satirical writer in one of the song's 3 sub-choruses: "Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, 'it might have been.'"

As fans and media may remember, Francis declared a sudden retirement from touring at the end of his "Li(f)e on the Road" world excursion in 2010. Many people misinterpreted this as a resignation from music altogether as his three album deal with Epitaph Records came to its conclusion. "It sort of offends my sensibilities to hear that some people thought I gave up music," Francis remarks. "I've been writing songs since I was 8 years old. Performing on stage since 12. Winning over crowds and losing partners in the process. As far as creative energy goes, my entire adult life and the bulk of my childhood has been dedicated to this craft. I don't even think I could stop that train if I wanted to."

In reality, Francis removed himself from the non-stop grind of the tour circuit in hopes of developing a healthier domestic situation. He did not achieve this goal, as numerous songs on Copper Gone clearly illustrate (some more overtly than others.) Over the course of the next few years, in the wake of some significant personal losses, Francis succumbed to his more hermit-like tendencies. He remained tucked away in the woods on the outskirts of Rhode Island, running Strange Famous Records remotely, all while continuing to write/record music in the isolation of his studio.

"No matter how much time I spend by myself, I'm constantly aware of how I need to keep this ship afloat. If not for me, then for the others who have jumped on board with me. That's not the main motivation for what I do, but it's probably good to feel pressured into staying active outside of my bubble. I'm stressed, overworked, and exhausted regardless of my situation, so I might as well step into the fire rather than just watch the world burn around me. At this point, that sounds a lot better to me than spending the rest of my life as a recluse, wondering what might've been."

Copper Gone drops worldwide June 3rd, 2014 on Strange Famous Records (in the UK it is being released by Scroobius Pip's Speech Development Records.)



”Copper Gone Tour” will make its way through North America  from late May until early July with B. DOLAN and special guests, followed by a world tour beginning in October. Dates for the tour are listed below.  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Sage Francis "Copper Gone" Tour Image

“COPPER GONE” cover illustration by Inkymole, design by Irena Mihalinec, photo by Prentice Danner.


5/29 STANHOPE, NJ - Stanhope House | Tickets

5/30 NYC - Le Poisson Rouge | Tickets

5/31 BOSTON - Middle East | Tickets

6/02 TORONTO - Opera House | Tickets

6/03 PITTSBURGH - Altar Bar | Tickets

6/05 CHICAGO - The Abbey| Tickets

6/06 MADISON - High Noon Saloon | Tickets

6/07 MINNEAPOLIS - First Ave | Tickets

6/09 ENGLEWOOD, CO - Gothic Theatre | Tickets

6/10 SLC - Urban Lounge | Tickets

6/11 MISSOULA - Palace Lounge | Tickets

6/12 VANCOUVER - Fortune Sound Club | Tickets

6/13 SEATTLE - Neumo's | Tickets

6/14 PORTLAND, OR - Alhambra Theatre | Tickets

6/16 SAN FRANCISCO - The Independent | Tickets

6/17 SOLANA BEACH - Belly Up Tavern | Tickets

6/18 LOS ANGELES - The Troubadour | Tickets

6/20 PHOENIX - The Crescent Ballroom | Tickets

6/21 ALBUQUERQUE - Sunshine Theater | Tickets

6/22 EL PASO, TX - Tricky Falls | Tickets

6/25 AUSTIN - Mohawk | Tickets

6/26 NEW ORLEANS - Southport Hall

6/27 BATON ROUGE, LA - Spanish Moon | Tickets

6/29 ATLANTA - Terminal West | Tickets

7/01 WASHINGTON, DC - U Street Music Hall | Tickets

7/02 PHILADELPHIA - Union Transfer | Tickets

7/04 PROVIDENCE - Fete Ballroom | Tickets

Oct 10 IRELAND - Sligo @ Fifth on Teeling
Oct 11 IRELAND - Belfast @ Voodoo
Oct 12 IRELAND - Dublin @ Sugar Club
Oct 14 ENGLAND - Newcastle @ (TBA)
Oct 15 SCOTLAND - Glasgow @ Oran Mor
Oct 16 ENGLAND - Manchester @ Gorilla
Oct 17 ENGLAND - Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
Oct 19 WALES - Cardiff @ The Globe
Oct 20 ENGLAND - Bristol @ The Fleece
Oct 21 ENGLAND - Brighton @ The Haunt
Oct 22 ENGLAND - London @ Village Undeground
Oct 24 ENGLAND - Reading @ The Bowery District
Oct 25 BELGIUM - Brussels @ Botanique/Rotonde
Oct 26 HOLLAND - Amsterdam @ Melkweg
Oct 28 FRANCE - Paris @ Point Ephemere
Oct 29 FRANCE - Dijon @ La Vapeur
Oct 30 FRANCE - Vendome @ Les Rockomotives
Oct 31 FRANCE - Strasbourg @ Laiterie
Nov 02 GERMANY - Cologne @ Underground
Nov 03 GERMANY - Hamburg @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich
Nov 05 DENMARK - Copenhagen @ Vega
Nov 06 NORWAY - Oslo @ John Dee
Nov 07 SWEDEN - Stockholm @ Debaser Strand
Nov 09 GERMANY - Berlin @ Privatclub
Nov 10 GERMANY - Munich @ Ampere
Nov 11 GERMANY - Frankfurt @ Zoom
Nov 13 SWITZERLAND - Geneva @ Usine
Nov 14 SWITZERLAND - Zurich @ Rote Fabrik
Nov 15 SWITZERLAND - Bern @ Dachstock - Reitschule
Nov 16 AUSTRIA - Vienna @ B72
Nov 19 SWEDEN - Lund @ Mejeriet
Nov 21 FINLAND - Helsinki @ Kuudes Linja

Tour updates are listed here:

Last edited by Sage Francis on Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:45 pm; edited 13 times in total
Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:23 am
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as i said in another thread i was picturing something else but this cover looks really nice,

SFR album cover game has been on point lately
Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:26 am
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Thank god you aren't playing The Clubhouse this time around. I think you will like Crescent a lot better, the only thing The Clubhouse sort of had going for it was decent sound occasionally, but I think Crescent Ballroom blows it out of the water in that respect as well.
Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:48 am
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very exciting!
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gorgeous cover. i am so pumped to see what you've created. fuck the rest of this month, april, may, and the first two days of june.
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I'm aching with anticipation. I hate to rush time, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want all of this anxiousness to be behind me already.
Post Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:04 pm
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Yes please.
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woo! Can't wait.
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Man, that artwork is so fantastic. Really looking forward to this.
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When will the first single be released? Did I miss that in here somewhere?!
Post Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:56 pm
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Hellen Earth wrote:
When will the first single be released? Did I miss that in here somewhere?!

April 1st. No joke.
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The artwork looks amazing and the show at the Mohawk is going to be nuts!!!! Cant wait to hear the new single on the 1st.
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I'm sooooo readeh for this...
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i got my ears syringed last week, i am ready
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