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Death Grips calls it quits via Facebook

One of the most acclaimed bands to break out of Sacramento announced its own apparent break up Wednesday afternoon.

Death Grips, the wildly experimental hip-hop and electronic group named as Spin’s artist of the year in 2012, posted on its Facebook page that the group has canceled all future shows and called it a day.

Death Grips was scheduled as an opening act for the Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails concert on Aug. 27 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Update: A spokesperson for promoter Live Nation confirmed that Death Grips is no longer on the Soundgarden/NIN tour.

We say “apparent break up” given the group’s penchant for drama and hoaxes. Instead of showing up to a 2013 gig in Chicago, pre-recorded music and the projected image of a suicide note took the Death Grips’ place. The group was also dropped from Epic Records in 2012 after leaking a new album for free and posting private e-mails from the record company to their Facebook page.

The band also bailed out of a spring 2012 tour that was slated to kick off at the now-defunct Sacramento Electronic Music Festival.

But for all the ways Death Grips irked fans and record industry suits, the group made some of the most creative and compelling music to arise from Sacramento.

Its 2011 debut, “Exmilitary,” mixed heady sampling and angsty electronics – anchored by Andy Morin – with explosive live drumming from Zach Hill and a bombastic rap flow from Stefan “MC Ride” Burnett.

The band’s latest album, “n----- on the moon,” featured vocals from Bjork on each of its eight tracks. The album, which is as avant-garde as it is explicit, will be followed by a second disc in this double-album installment called “The Powers That B.”

Here’s the text from Death Grips’ farewell message, which was handwritten written on a napkin and posted on Facebook (capitalization and punctuation are theirs):

“we are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped. all currently scheduled live dates are canceled. our upcoming double album “the powers that b” will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. above and beyond a “band”. to our truest fans, please stay legend.”