Guerilla Toss

6:00 - 6:45
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About Guerilla Toss

Ecstatic, vital, and brilliantly unhinged, Guerilla Toss promotes positive energy and twisted spirituality through the less-traveled path of brutal, intelligent, live rock and roll dance music. Like a hurricane of healing bliss, a Guerilla Toss concert is more of a ritual than a performance. It is the unique pairing of musical voices and backgrounds that makes Guerilla Toss such a special party band. But they are more than that – GT gets real when you pay close attention. Their music is inspired by both tragedy and beauty, drug addiction/mental illness and the re-birth of the soul through spiritual practice and psychedelic drug healing – helping the listener overcome these mind-fuck hardships. GT had a productive 2015, releasing their acclaimed DFA debut Flood Dosed, which cemented support from folks ranging from punk icon Henry Rollins to Busy P of Justice’s Ed Banger Records. The band also relocated from Boston to NYC. “We felt like it was time to move closer to our favorite active bands and artists and they all just so happen to live in NYC!” This didn’t slow the pace of their live performances – between road trips to universities and DIY Festivals, they have a de-facto residency at Brooklyn’s premiere underground venue Palisades and scored opening slots for The Juan Maclean and Mission of Burma.

Eraser Stargazer was written and recorded in 6 weeks of winter isolation in upstate New York. Fans of the group will hear all of the beloved hallmarks of the Guerilla Toss sound – solid bass grooves, squealing guitars, and kitchen sink percussion. Each instrument now occupies its own part of the audio spectrum, with vocalist/poet Kassie Carlson’s spirited incantations brought into focus. Album centerpiece Grass Shack is a perfect example of this leaner, yet tougher Toss. It traverses nearly seven minutes of game-show-winner keyboard stabs, mutant funk basslines, and time signature changes – all grounded by Peter Negroponte’s virtuosic drumming. Carlson describes the themes of the song as “A deep analytical depiction of a small unit of time, with heightened senses, Ripping yourself out of bed even though it might be harsh and overwhelming. Seeing patterns in the little things that make life beautiful.” Heavy subject matter permeates the rest of the record – but that doesn’t mean it’s a downer. Lead single Diamond Girls casts Carlson as a no-wave cheerleader over instrumentation reminiscent of DFA alumni Black Dice and The Rapture, culminating in the group’s catchiest chorus yet. Album closer Doll Face On The Calico Highway is the perfect summation – angular guitars, bells, and low-end vibrations interject and decompose as quickly as they appear, until a hissing cymbal is all that remains.

CupCakKe

4:00 - 4:45
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About CupCakKe

Elizabeth Eden Harris (born May 31, 1997), known as “CupcakKe”, is a rapper and songwriter born and raised in Chicago. Elizabeth began rapping at the age of 14, starting off doing church poetry, she received the nickname “CupcakKe’‘ and she later began to rap. First song “Gold Digger’’ went viral on internet in 2012. Songs as ‘’Money’’ (2012) ,‘’Figgas Over Niggas’’ (2013) and ‘’Yo Lost’’ (2014) gained attention. In 2015 she broke the internet with her sexually charged anthems “Vagina” and “Deepthroat’’ and in February 2016 she released her first album entitled “Cum Cake”.

“People were thinking, ‘She’s so vulgar. She’s bold. We’re going to get a mixtape that’s nasty.’ And then they come to find out there are only three songs on the mixtape that are [explicit],” said CupcakKe for Columbus Alive about the album. “Cum Cake” gained attention of music publications such as Complex and Paper Magazine, which premiered the single “Pedophile”, where she details the story of being a minor who was involved in a relationship with an older man.

In June 2016, CupcakKe announced her second album entitled “S.T.D” which was considered one of the Best Rap Album of 2016 by Rolling Stone Magazine. The same month, The Fader Magazine commented about CupcakKe being one of the 21 rappers to feel excited about. Pitchfork commented CupcakKe’s career thus far may be defined by her ability to turn out great raunchy anthems, but she is capable of so much more.

Jasmine Infiniti

2:30 - 3:00
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About Jasmine Infiniti

The Queen of Hell, Jasmine Infiniti is a New York Native whose dj roots started in Oakland, CA. A long time member of the House of Infiniti, Jasmine became the mother of the Bay Area Chapter, though she now resides in Brooklyn, New York. She blends dark and sometimes ambient techno and industrial sounds with break beats, cunty tracks, and sonically experimental works creating a unique soundscape that will illicit emotion, sexual freedom, and deep gaze into the future of music.

Violence

1:00 - 1:30
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About Violence

VIOLENCE(sometimes stylized VILENCE, V†LENCE, or V†L£://CE) began as an art-house project by Olin "Palmtrees Caprisun" Caprison in 2010. After various releases on a number of net-labels, as well as being featured on several physical compilations, such as Blasting Voice, a compilation curated by Ashland Mines for Teenage Teardrops, VIOLENCE's first physical release, REPTILE/Hand-Me-Downs From Heaven, a two-part EP, was released by Steak au Zoo Records in 2012. A subsequent European tour followed in the summer of that year. Since, VIOLENCE has focused on performing throughout the United States, releasing several EPs on their own. In 2015 VIOLENCE became one of the featured artist's of Mykki Blanco's DogFood Music Group. VIOLENCE had three tracks featured on C-ORE, DogFood MG's premiere compilation. Subsequently, VIOLENCE released their EP, The Embrace of Enkidu and Gilgamesh, an EP dedicated to friendship and its toils, using a mix of hard body grime, morose noise, and celebratory anthems to illustrate these ideas. A multi-instrumentalist, Olin Caprison composes, produces, and performs for all of VIOLENCE's output. Their compositions are known for their complexity, shifting between and combining multiple styles of music in single songs. This complexity comes from a desire to dissect these styles of music in search of a syncretic narrative of human sound. Lyrical themes resonate from earlier experiences growing up in Baltimore, MD, to meditations on life from primary viewpoints of the intersections between various cultures.

Dos Santos

12:00 - 12:30
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About Dos Santos

Dos Santos is a quintet based in Chicago. Their elasticity & consistency in live performance and their recorded output have garnered them wide attention as one of the city’s most potent, impactful performers. Collectively raised through the pedagogy of American popular and traditional Latin music, their future-minded sound gestures forward into an idealized new progressive American music, as rooted in Chicago as it is communicable with the world.

After making their debut in May of 2013, Dos Santos has been steadily making the rounds at Chicago’s premiere live music venues and festivals—from the prestigious Millennium Park Summer Music Series to the exclusive Chicago World Music Festival. In March of 2015, they released their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut cd Dos Santos and subsequently toured the United States, making appearances at SXSW, the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, and the Ruido Fest Latin Alternative Music Festival along the way. In 2016, the band released their follow-up EP entitled “Fonografic” on Electric Cowbell Records produced by Beto Martínez of Grammy Award-winning Grupo Fantasma. Recently, they teamed up with Money Chicha to release a 7" vinyl split entitled "Summit Sessions" on Sonorama Discos. Their highly-anticipated debut LP on International Anthem will be available worldwide on June 15th. Read more about it here.

The group’s five members (Peter Vale, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Nathan Karagianis) have their own storied careers in a range of styles—including jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa, and electronica—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing.