Thundercat’s ‘Apocalypse’ Tour

The virtuosic bassist Stephen Bruner – who shares his stage name with those cat-like humanoid aliens from the ‘80s – has booked dates for his first North American headlining tour. In another first, Thundercat will make his late night TV debut tonight, performing with The Roots on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Thundercat put out his second studio album, Apocalypse, in July on Brainfeeder Records. Co-produced by Flying Lotus, the LP features a blend of “pop, soul, electronica, prog rock and funk.”

Photo: Courtesy Motormouth Media

NPR praises the bassist for knowing “how to write genuinely affecting and technically bad-ass songs around his instrument – a rare art, usually given to some serious ‘bass face.’ But with Apocalypse, Thundercat has made an emotionally complex record, while still finding time to party.”

Check out the Apocalypse track “Lotus and the Jondy” below.

And take a listen to the new tune “Bowzer’s Ballad,” which Thundercat recently put out to honor Hiroshi Yamauchi, the late head of Nintendo. The track is available as a free download.

“What a great person, and great loss,” Thundercat said. “Thank you for helping to fuel so many dreams. You will be missed. Sleep in peace … and don’t come back as a zombie!”

Here’s where you can find Thundercat on the road this fall:

Nov. 13 – San Francisco, Calif., The Independent     
Nov. 14 – Portland, Ore., Bunk Bar     
Nov. 16 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Fortune Sound Club     
Nov. 17 – Seattle, Wash., Barboza     
Nov. 19 – Denver, Colo., Larimer Lounge     
Nov. 21 – Chicago, Ill., Schubas Tavern     
Nov. 22 – Toronto, Ontario, Wrongbar     
Nov. 23 – Montreal, Quebec, Le Belmont     
Nov. 24 – Cambridge, Mass., The Sinclair     
Nov. 25 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall Of Williamsburg     
Nov. 26 – Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall     
Dec. 5 – Los Angeles, Calif., EchoPlex

Tickets go on sale Sept. 27.

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