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Flobots Announce Tour, Release Akira Mashup Video

It's been a decade since Denver hip-hop act the Flobots released their smash hit "No Handlebars." Over the years, the group has built a solid reputation for front-line community organizing and open-armed collaborations, at times putting commercial success on the back burner for community. 

This has been a big year for the Flobots, with the release of a new rock-infused alternative hip-hop album No Enemies and a major collaboration with the Wonderbound dance troupe.

Today, September 27, the act announced it would be going on tour to support the record, and released a new music video, "Quarantine," based on a banger from the album. The video, edited by bandmember Stephen Brackett, aka Brer Rabbit, uses footage from the classic dystopian anime film Akira, which is all about trying to save humanity from the machinery of war.

"In times of division, vision is essential," Brackett says in a statement. "We do not need to separate ourselves from one another. We need to set a perimeter around the parts of ourselves that deny other people's pain — to quarantine the part within that feeds on the ritual of ‘us versus them,’ of enemies. In the war against fear, we are all on the same side.”

The Flobots tour opens in Jerome, Idaho, on October 5, stops by Denver's Larimer Lounge on November 17, and ends in Seattle, Washington, on December 15, at El Corazon.

Flobots, 8 p.m. Friday, November 17, Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, $12 to $20.
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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