Dilated Peoples To Head Out On North American Tour

The group starts its month-and-a-half-long expedition in West Hollywood.

Los Angeles group Dilated Peoples will take their raw, straightforward hip-hop on a North American club tour starting next week.

The group will begin its travels at home with a show at the Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood. From there, it makes its way across the U.S. and Canada and finishes back in West Hollywood for a show at the House of Blues.

Two weeks ago, Dilated Peoples rapper Evidence balked at the notion that the group — his partners are rapper Irriscience and

COLOR="#003163">Babu of the DJ crew Beat Junkies — was indicative of any Los Angeles scene.

"L.A. has a stereotype," said the 23-year-old rapper (born Michael Parretta). "You're either a gangsta or you're a space-weirdo rapper that can't stay on beat. And that's not the truth. There's all sorts of people in between that." The Pharcyde and Xzibit also are from Los Angeles.

Dilated Peoples’ major-label debut, The Platform, which includes their 1997 underground hit "Work the Angles" (RealAudio excerpt), comes out in May. They also contributed the song

"Soundbombing" (RealAudio excerpt) to the compilation Rawkus Presents Soundbombing II last year.

Dilated Peoples tour dates:

April 12; West Hollywood, Calif.; Whisky a Go-Go

April 24; San Francisco, Calif.; Justice League

April 25; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Palookaville

April 27; Vancouver, British Columbia; The Rage

April 28; Seattle, Wash.; The Nation

April 29; Portland, Ore.; Berbati's Pan

May 1; Salt Lake City, Utah; DV8

May 2; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theatre

May 3; Lawrence, Kan.; Bottleneck

May 5; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

May 6; Milwaukee, Wis.; The Rave

May 7; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrews Hall

May 8; Chicago, Ill.; House of Blues

May 9; Cincinnati, Ohio; Bogart's

May 11; Atlanta, Ga.; Masquerade

May 12; Charlotte, N.C.; Tremont Music Hall

May 13; Baltimore, Md.; Fletcher's

May 15; Philadelphia, Pa.; Theatre of Living Arts

May 16; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

May 18; Toronto, Ontario; Lee's Palace

May 19; Boston, Mass.; Axis

May 20; Providence, R.I.; Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

May 21; New York, N.Y.; Knitting Factory

May 22; West Hollywood, Calif.; House of Blues