With the success of the Oscar-nominated documentary Searching for Sugar Man, and his recent high-profile booking at the Coachella Music Festival, it seems Detroit native and South African cult figure Sixto Rodriguez was well poised to make the following announcement: He's working on his third studio album. The artist popularly known as the mono-monikered Rodriguez hasn't released a record since 1971's Coming From Reality (although two live albums, Rodriguez Alive and Live Fact, were subsequently released in '81 and '98, respectively). But with the recent buzz surrounding Sugar Man – which tells the tale of the singer's Elvis-like popularity in South Africa, and how he lived in total ignorance of the fact for decades – 70-year-old Rodriguez is understandably striking while the iron is hot and kickin'.
In addition to playing the biggest music festival of the ample bunch, Rodriguez will also headline New York's famed Beacon Theatre. It's a pretty brief tour the singer intends to make of the US, although he does have a slew of (naturally) South African concerts coming up in mid-February. In addition to the Beacon on April 8, Arizona's Orpheum Theatre (4/18) and Denver's Ogden Theatre (4/30) are also part of the spring bill.
For those into spoilers/who lack the DVD player to watch Searching for Sugar Man, we've written up a brief outline of the doc and Rodriguez's bizarre career trajectory on our Coachella post. To see the myth-turned-mortal in person, we've also included a host of discount ticket links below. Be sure to check back here if/when Rodriguez adds to his US tour - or even if he decides to tack on a few more South African dates.