Kelis @ SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Forward-thinking R&B singer Kelis is back with a new, Dave Sitek-produced LP, called Food, which is due to hit stores on April 22 via Ninja Tune. The album is a far cry from that infectious hit song she had about a decade ago, and is now streaming ahead of its release via NPR. In addition to the stream, NPR will also be hosting an interview with Kelis TODAY (4/14) at 3PM CST. Here are the details:

At 4 p.m. ET on Monday, April 14 [3PM CST], we'll all hit play on this First Listen, and for an hour Kelis will take questions and tell stories on Twitter about creating an album that sounds like nothing we've heard from her before. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #AskKelisNPR and following @iamKelis and @NPRandB.

Kelis has also announced a brief summer North American tour in support of Food. That tour includes a performance at Park West on June 9. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming, but check JAM Productions' site for updates.

All Kelis dates and KCRW live footage of the LP cut "Friday Fish Fry" lie after the jump...

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Kelis - "Friday Fish Fry" live on KCRW

Kelis -- 2014 North American Tour Dates
6/2 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
6/3 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
6/4 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
6/9 - Chicago, IL - Park West
6/11 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
6/13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
6/15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

European dates:
MAY 8 WILTON'S MUSIC HALL LONDON, UK
MAY 10 THE DOME BRIGHTON, UK
MAY 12 GAITE LYRIQUE PARIS, FR
MAY 13 MC THEATER AMSTERDAM, NL
MAY 15 THONEX LIVE GENEVA, CH
MAY 16 KAUFLEUTEN ZURICH, CH
JUL 6 DE WERELD DRAAIT BUITEN AMSTERDAM, NL
JUL 14 SOMERSET HOUSE LONDON, UK
JUN 27-29 SEA SESSIONS SURF & MUSIC FESTIVAL BUNDORAN, IRELAND
JUN 27-29 GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL WORTHY FARM, PILTON
JUL 5 NIBE FESTIVAL NIBE, DK
JUL 18 LATITUDE FESTIVAL SUFFOLK, UK
JUL 25-27 FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL NIIGATA, JP
AUG 16 PUKKELPOP KEMPISCHE STEENWEG, BE
AUG 30 THE BIG FEASTIVAL COTSWOLDS, UK