The Catalyst Presents
"Aesop Rock w/Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz"
Dark Time Sunshine, Open Mike Eagle
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:30PM
This event is 16 and over
Iconic New York-born, San Francisco-based rapper and producer, Aesop Rock, is joining forces with Rhymesayers to release his sixth studio album, Skelethon, on July 10th 2012. Since the release of None Shall Pass in 2007, we've seen Aesop Rock touring the world, launching online arts outlet, 900bats.com, and collaborating on LPs with Felt, Hail Mary Mallon, the Uncluded and more. Skelethon not only sees the rapper back waxing poetically on his own but also marks his first wholly self-produced effort. While the sounds are familiar, we see Aesop venturing in some exciting new directions with guest appearances from indie rock archetype, Kimya Dawson, as well as Allyson Baker of Dirty Ghosts, Hanni El Khatib, Nicky Fleming-Yaryan, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz and the Grimace Federation. Aesop's new album follows in the wake of several deep personal losses and highlights subject matter that deals with the sometimes-futile ways people try to cope with serious issues. The cover art comes from Barcelona-based painter Aryz. Skelethon is set to be both a showpiece for his illustrious career and a serious payoff for his droves of ever-patient loyal fans.
Dark Time Sunshine
Dark Time Sunshine is the new latest project of Cape Cowen, aka Onry Ozzborn of Greyskul and oldominion, with Chicago producer Zavala. The duo have so far released two albums, both on Fake Four, Inc., the free mp3 album BELIEVEYOUME, and this years Vessel which features appearances by Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Solillaquists of Sound, Qwel, Champagne Champagne and more.
-Vessel held the #2 position on the CMJ charts for 2 consecutive weeks.
-Played 4 showcases at this year's SXSW
-Played this years Soundset Festival, were joined on stage with P.O.S. and Awol One
-Extensive nationwide touring in support of Awol One, Sole and the Skyrider Band, Pigeon John and DJ Abilities
Open Mike Eagle
With eyes refocusing on the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene, Open Mike Eagle is poised to become the latest in an illustrious line of MCs to step out of the Los Angeles underground and onto the national stage. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Open Mike cut his teeth rapping with fellow broad shoulder underground MCs before moving to Los Angeles in 2004. He has since settled in with LA's Project Blowed, co-founding the crews Thirsty Fish and the Swim Team, while earning a rep as both an intelligent rhyme writer and a formidable battle MC. Gifted with a facile style, knack for droll wordplay, and penchant for penning memorable hooks that recalls fellow Blowed alums Mikah-9 and Abstract Rude, Open Mike Eagle presents art rap for the masses.
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