Tampa's Dominique Young Unique touring with the Dirty Projectors!
If you ever thought no hip-hop or indie artist would ever break big out of Tampa, here's some stunningly awesome news.
Tampa's own Dominique Young Unique, the much-blogged-about teenage hip-hop phenom who's been setting the indie world -- if not exactly the Jook City scene -- on fire over the past year, is hooking up with one of Brooklyn's most noteworthy indie rock bands, the Dirty Projectors, for a short tour. They'll be jamming together for seven West Coast dates in September.
British producer David Alexander, who's been shepharding Unique through the nascent stages of her musical career said the Dirty Projectors were simply fans, and they extended an offer through Unique's booking agency.
In a weird way, the pairing does make some sense. The DPs dish out slinky, strange, off-kilter indie operas, yet rappers love 'em (well, at least ?uestlove does). Unique's mad style is rabid, frenzied, in-your-face sexiness. Put them together, and it's a wildly creative and unexpected blend -- which is probably exactly what the Dirty Projectors were going for.
The exposure Unique will get from this opening slot is off the charts. Forget the fact that the Dirty Projectors are the same band to whom New York Magazine devoted a glowing cover story, or that the New York Times recently called them the Rolling Stones of indie rock. Unique will be opening for the band in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, so there's no telling which celebrities or music-industry honchos might be in the house.
This will cap a busy summer for Unique, who's already planning a huge tour -- including shows in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Spain and Belgium -- in June and August. Seems like someone out there ought to book her a hometown gig, you know?
Sept. 23: Pomona, Calif. (Glass House)
Sept. 24: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wiltern)
Sept. 25-26: San Francisco, Calif. (Fillmore)
Sept. 28-29: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin)
Sept. 30: Seattle (Showbox)
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*