Maxwell to Tour; Local Blogger to Face Some Very Hard Choices

Here’s how the most recent news about Maxwell registered in my brain:

  1. Maxwell is going on tour. Yes.
  2. Maxwell is is playing his entire discography. Double yes.
  3. Maxwell is playing his first two albums on Night 1 and the other two on Night 2. AHHH.
  4. Wait, Maxwell only has four studio albums. Shut. Up.
  5. Each of these albums is a classic. This is going to be epic.
  6. He’s playing in only three cities? Please be one of mine.
  7. Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Newark. That’s like 1.8 out of 3 of my cities.
  8. Am I going to all three cities? Do I have a choice? Maybe? Help?
  9. What if I can only go to one of the nights? Which one do I pick?
  10. Wait, they’re selling custom Biden-Obama 2012 gear at the concerts? I need to sit down.

I don’t know why I was standing up for all of these thoughts, but I eventually sat down, if for no other reason than that it’s awkward to stand up in an office when everyone else is sitting down.

Awkward digressions aside, the very real and very tough decision that Maxwell fans will have to make when tickets go on sale on April 28 is whether to do both nights or one. This may sound extreme, but if I was put on this earth for one reason, it was to inform people that picking one night with Maxwell would be a tragic mistake. To take it a step further, going to one night is arguably worse than missing Maxwell altogether. I know that sounds insane, but think about it this way:

Imagine if this were Kanye West. If Mr. West announced that he was performing his entire discography over two nights, would you really enjoy yourself at Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy night, knowing that 24 hours earlier, people spent their evening watching College Dropout and Late Registration? I would rather hide under a rock for three days and hope that when I rejoined the grid people had stopped talking about that fantastic 48-hour period. That’s my exact feeling about these Maxwell shows.

Night 1 is Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and Embrya and Night 2 is Now and BLACKsummers’night. Yes, one night is slightly superior to the other, but not so much that you should pick. Don’t pick. Please don’t pick. Go to both and let this man they call Maxwell woo you, emasculate you, or woomasculate you. Either way, it’s going to sound beautiful. I look forward to seeing all of you six times this summer.

Rembert Browne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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