As the leading purveyor of Southern psychedelic rock, My Morning Jacket is anything but complacent, always embracing new technology and new sounds. So it’s no surprise that the band will let fans shape the set list via Twitter on its upcoming U.S. fall tour; they’re calling it "The Spontaneous Curation Series." But the even more exciting news? MMJ has picked Seattle’s favorite avant-garde hip-hop group—Shabazz Palaces—to open several dates on the tour, including a stop at Marymoor Amphitheatre on September 7.
The opening slot is a big deal for Shabazz Palaces; it’s the duo’s highest-profile touring gig to date. In addition to four West Coast dates in September (Seattle, Portland, LA, and Berkeley), they’ll also open for MMJ on August 19 in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Park. Shabazz’s latest album Black Up received a "Best New Music" nod from Pitchfork, but Ishmael Butler and Tendai Marairehave remain resolutely low key about it; they’ve always been more enigmatic than outwardly self-promotional. Touring with MMJ could help push (force?) Shabazz Palaces into a bigger spotlight and open up its sound to a new audience.