K. Flay, Hank & Cupcakes
Colin Munroe, Kill3r Whale
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is all ages
You may not expect one of the most compelling new voices in hip hop to wield dual psychology and sociology degrees from Stanford University or find inspiration in the buttoned-up world of indie rock, but for K.Flay, defying expectations is simply part of the game.
Kristine Flaherty grew up outside of Chicago, devouring her father's classic rock records and staying up late to dance to Parliament-Funkadelic in the living room. It was this same musical open-mindedness that would later spark her artistic development. She found her musical voice in college, fusing the eclectic power of the Bay Area hip hop scene with her own unique presence, inspired by strong, independent female artists ranging from Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill to Fiona Apple and Liz Phair.
On stage, K.Flay is a one-woman whirlwind: whether she's creating beats, singing, rapping or playing guitar, her wit and acerbic charm shine through. Her talents have led her to share the stage with artists including spending 2010 on the road with Passion Pit (Campus Consciousness Tour), 3oh!3 (Streets of Gold Tour), and various dates with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Travie McCoy and more, where she quickly won over audiences who hadn't seen anything quite like her before. Further setting her apart from the pack, she serves as her own producer in the studio, methodically infusing her hip hop swagger with a dose of sonic exploration.
K.Flay's debut self-released EP dropped on October 12, 2010 and has been receiving rave reviews nationwide. The EP which is currently available on iTunes, along with one mixtape (the genre-hopping MASHed Potatoes) available for free on her website, have set K.Flay up nicely for a successful 2011.
Hank & Cupcakes
After kicking off 2012 in the most incredible way - by opening a sold-out show for Deadmau5 at NYC's Pier 36, the dynamic twosome is tearing full-speed ahead with the release of their debut album titled NAKED, recorded last summer at the famous Hansa Studios in Berlin (U2, David Bowie, Iggy Pop). "Liquid Mercury" the album’s first single appeared in Billboard Magazine’s Top 40 Indicator Highlights after climbing to the #37 position on the Indicator Charts, making Hank & Cupcakes the highest unsigned band on the chart. The band has also played select dates across Europe and the Middle East so far this year, including playing to a crowds of over 2,000 in Barcelona and 700 in Stockholm and are ’Getting NAKED on the road’ as they put it, this summer, with over 30 tour dates across the US.
Incessant action and whirlwind touring are nothing new to Hank & Cupcakes, who formed in Tel Aviv just prior to moving to Cuba where they spent six months of musical exploration. The duo ended up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn almost two years ago, drawn by what Cupcakes describes as "the music, the streets, the energy, the electricity and the nonstop movement of NYC... We feel we can't just sit still here and have the urge to be in constant musical motion." But if these two feel drawn to NYC, it's clear that the city strongly reciprocates that very sentiment.
: Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero.
He spent his childhood immersed in music, teaching himself to play the drums, piano, guitar and record his compositions on his school's 8-track reel-to-reel, before moving from North Goer, Ontario to Toronto to attend university. Colin Munroe cut his teeth in the music industry producing hip hop and R&B for Canada's urban music community. After logging studio time with Glenn Lewis and Carlos Morgan, he co-wrote and produced 10 songs on Ray Robinson's Juno-nominated album, What it Is, and has cuts on the new Brassmunk CD (including How 'Bout feat. Moka Only) in addition to upcoming releases by Degrassi star Drake, Divine Brown, Saukrates and Frank n Dank among others. Recently several US artists have sought material from Colin including former Blackstreet member Chauncey Black (Universal/Motown), Sean Price and Brick and Lace (Geffen)
"The thing about Robert Joffred and Andrew Lim is that they play by their own rules. Together, the childhood friends are Kill3r Whale, a musical sensation who impose their artistic impressions on today's popular songs, converting them to unique chiptune creations. In short, they fashion hard beats and tunes out of gameboys - yes, gameboys. Joffred and Lim share equal amounts of talent; they are musically inclined and tech savvy, minimalistic and hip, securing them as fearless trailblazers amid the hard-to-please college party scene. The group has been booked at numerous events, playing for audiences at hot-spot bars as well as packed fraternity houses. Kill3r Whale is not just that band at the party, but is the party itself. Lim, the group’s drummer, exudes rock star quality as Joffred pumps out the beats and lyrics, inviting each audience member to dance and sing along with contagious energy. Kill3er Whale’s free-spirited stylings are surprising and different, and will leave you thinking that this was how the song was meant to be played."
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