When a pair of intelligent, visionary emcees joins forces with a battle-hardened, groove-fusing rhythm section and a classically trained violist, the result is a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live hip-hop. Enter Flobots. Progressive in both style and message, the Flobots' ability to drop from symphonic rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down, string-laden breakbeats has earned the band a reputation for both originality and authenticity. Armed with musicianship, intelligence, and an ingrained sense of rebellion, the Flobots are looking to engage a new musical culture, one mind at a time.

Formed in 2005 in Denver, CO,the Flobots released their first EP, Flobots Present ... Platypus, in 2005 before dropping their proper full-length release, Fight with Tools, two years later. Spurred by the strength of singles like "Handlebars" and "Rise," the band quickly developed a devoted following in the Denver region and soon found themselves opening for big-name touring acts like Public Enemy and The Fray. After signing with Universal Music Group in 2008, the Flobots dropped their sophomore effort, Survival Story, in 2010. Displaying a heavier rock bent than the band's previous effort, the disc featured the hit single "White Flag Warrior," a breath of fresh air against the backdrop of the glory-waving war that seems to dominate our culture today.

The Flobots recently announced via their website that they would be releasing a new album in August 2012. Originally rumored to be titled Stop the Apocalypse (an apt title for an album released this year), the disc's confirmed name is now The Circle in the Square. The title track off the album is making serious waves on the air and on YouTube. Drop by Highline Ballroom tonight to hear more.

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