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HOCO Fest

HOCO FEST—held annually at the historic Hotel Congress in the heart of Downtown Tucson—will be marking its 12th year by establishing itself as a truly international destination event. Featuring a vanguard, genre-spanning musical lineup, guest lecturers and producer workshops, vintage clothing and vinyl record fairs, free regional liquor tastings, specialized menus from acclaimed local restaurants, and a series of wild experimental afterparties amid Arizona’s majestic desert daybreaks, HOCO Fest 2017 strives to celebrate everything that makes the culture of the Borderlands so important.

THUNDERCAT is the alter ego of virtuosic bassist / singer Stephen Bruner. The South Los Angeles-native has released two critically acclaimed full length albums on Brainfeeder Records since 2011, and last year saw the release of widely praised mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. The album features appearances from the legendary Herbie Hancock, fellow Brainfeeder family members Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly and production work from Brainfeeder head, Flying Lotus. 2015 also saw Thundercat make outstanding contributions to landmark albums by Kamasi Washington (The Epic) and Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly). His work on Lamar’s recently netted him his first Grammy.

Bruner found his instrument at the age of 4. That made him a late-bloomer in the house of Ronald, Sr., who drummed with the Temptations among others. His first bass was a black Harmony, and he practiced to the Ninja Turtles soundtrack until pops played him Jaco Pastorius. He joined thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as a teenager, and spent road and studio time with everyone from Stanley Clarke to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. Eventually the name Thundercat stuck, a reference to the cartoon he’s loved since childhood and an extension of Bruner’s wide-eyed, vibrant, often superhuman approach to his craft.

Proving that depth and fun don't need to be mutually exclusive, La Luz are an all-female quartet who fuse the harmonies of doo wop and girl group pop with the splashy guitars of surf music, the low-budget keyboards of '60s garage rock, and the simple but snappy rhythms of first-era rock & roll with lyrics that speak from the heart and the soul. La Luz were formed in the summer of 2012 by guitarist and singer Shana Cleveland, who had previously recorded with the Curious Mystery and Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles. Looking for a simple, upbeat, but forceful sound, Cleveland joined forces with Alice Sandahl on keys, Abbey Blackwell on bass, and Marian Li-Pino (another former member of the Curious Mystery) on drums, with all four sharing vocals. Adopting the name La Luz (Spanish for "the light"), the new group wasted no time getting into the studio (in this case, a makeshift recording setup in a trailer), releasing a four-song EP, Damp Face, before the year was out. In 2013, La Luz dropped 7" singles on two über-hip indie labels, Suicide Squeeze and Mississippi Records, and soon the Sub Pop-distributed Hardly Art label came calling, reissuing the Damp Face EP and in October 2013 issuing their first full-length album, It's Alive. La Luz soon hit the road to promote the album, and in November 2013, they were returning home from a gig when their van skidded on a patch of black ice, swerved, and was struck by a truck. The accident destroyed La Luz's van and much of their gear, and left the musicians with minor injuries; a tour with Of Montreal had to be canceled, and bassist Blackwell left the band, but by March 2014, La Luz recruited a new bassist, Lena Simon, and went back on the road. In early 2015, La Luz started work on their second album, recording in a surfboard shop in San Dimas, California, with Ty Segall serving as producer and engineer. The finished product, titled Weirdo Shrine, was released by Hardly Art on August 7, 2015, and the group headed out on an international concert tour in support.

Project Pablo (Patrick Holland), is a DJ and Musician residing in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 2015 saw Holland's debut full length release I Want to Believe and his inaugural European Journey. Inspired by the depths of dollar bins and adult contemporary, his records cover a wide spectrum of energy and dance music sub genres. Outside of solo endeavours, Holland co-pilots ASL Singles Club and SOBO, releasing collaborative efforts and music from friends. 2017 sees the Canadian musician travelling extensively through Australia, Mexico, USA, and Europe.

Lee Fields & the Expressions

Veteran funk and soul man Lee Fields has been actively recording and touring since 1969. He's cut albums for 14 labels and has been backed by dozens of musicians. In 2006, he signed to Truth & Soul Records. His first offering for the label, The Many Moods Of..., paired the vocalist with the label's house band the Expressions, led by producer and co-label head Leon Michels. The singer and band clicked and began to tour in Europe and the U.S. My World, issued in 2009, was greeted with widespread acclaim. Treacherous followed in 2011, and Faithful Man came a year later. Fields & the Expressions toured globally almost nonstop, playing to ever larger audiences on the festival circuit in Europe and sold-out houses at home.
Emma Jean After a short break in 2013, they headed back into the recording studio. A new single, "Magnolia" (a cover of J.J. Cale's classic tune), appeared on Record Store Day in 2014, followed by the 11-song full-length Emma Jean in early June. Lee Fields & the Expressions opted to follow Michels and his business partner Danny Akalepse to their new Brooklyn-based independent Big Crown Records. Their kick-off set for the label, Special Night, was designated a "throwback" album, chock-full of smooth ballads and quiet storm tunes. Preceded by the title track in October 2016, the album was released in November.

Frankie Cosmos

Daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, Greta Kline began writing songs and exploring the independent recording scene when she was introduced to a small community of encouraging artists and scenesters at Purchase College in the early 2010s. By 2012, Kline had dropped out of college herself, focusing on shows and recording under the name Frankie Cosmos. Highly prolific, Kline tapped into the quirky vibes of the Sidewalk Cafe anti-folk scene, which had given birth to the Moldy Peaches a decade before, as well as the D.I.Y. ethos of K Records. Her songs, often short and melodic, were released mostly online in various, sometimes monthly albums. Following literally dozens of home-recorded, self-released collections, Zentropy appeared in 2014, representing Kline's first studio album, completed with the help of a full band. She soon signed with Bayonet Records, which issued the four-track Fit Me In EP a year later. The second Frankie Cosmos LP was written as the songwriter transitioned to her twenties. Titled Next Thing, it arrived in 2016.

Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit are a band of trans-radical psychedelic desert dwellers, dug up from the sonic landfills of the cosmos, who have built a reputation for both mesmerizing and terrorizing crowds with their sheer power and intensity. Like running head first into a spinning wall of sound, they have been described by the press as "a band who felt more like a horror movie than a band … With guitars that were distorted beyond belief and acted more as auxiliary noise machines than instruments" (Transmission Entertainment)
and "Suicide-meets-Chrome-meets-Hawkwind-meets-Screamers-meets-the-killer-last-scene-reveals-in-all-the-alien-episodes-of-The Twilight Zone" (LA Weekly) or more simply put, "punk rock" (Austin Town Hall). However, Destruction Unit's brand of feedback worship and heavy psych does not sacrifice songwriting or catchiness; to the contrary, "it's their subtleties—distant bubbling murmurs of noise, faint guitar noodling—that make for the best hooks." (Chicago Reader) The current lineup features R. Rousseau (Reatards, The Wongs, Tokyo Electron) on Guitar and Vocals, brother Rusty Rousseau (Digital Leather) on bass, N. Nappa (Marshstepper, Nihilism) on Guitar, J. Aurelius (Pigeon Religion, Marshstepper, Avon Ladies) on Guitar and J. Keefer (Naive) on drums.

The band originated in the early 2000's and featured R. Rousseau with Jay Reatard (Reatards, Lost Sounds, angry angles) and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds, Black Sunday). The three appeared together on the first release, 2000's My Disease 7", as well as the 2006 record Death To The New Flesh and Destruction Unit's debut LP, Self Destruction Of A Man. Destruction Unit were featured onThe Screamers tribute The Necessary Effect, Screamers Songs Interpreted.

Elysia Crampton

Elysia Crampton is a transgender Bolivian-American electronic artist whose music is a surrealist, politically charged mix of jarring samples and influences ranging from cumbia to Southern rap/crunk to classical music. Born near Los Angeles, she spent time in various locations in the United States and Mexico, eventually taking up residence in a small town in Virginia. Initially going by the moniker E+E, she became known during the late 2000s/early 2010s for her edits and remixes of pop and R&B songs, which she mainly created using a keyboard and a sampler. The first proper E+E album, Promise, appeared in 2012, with the acclaimed The Light That You Gave Me to See You following in late 2013. She dropped the E+E moniker in 2015 and began releasing music as Elysia Crampton, beginning with 7"s on Boomkat Editions and Total Stasis before the full-length American Drift, issued by FaltyDL's Blueberry Recordings. The album received praise from publications such as Pitchfork and FACT, and was followed by the similarly acclaimed Demon City, released by Break World Records in 2016.

Drab Majesty is the solo project of Deb DeMure, the androgynous alter-ego of Andrew Clinco from Los Angeles, California, United States. With its combination of reverb-drenched guitars, synth bass lines, commanding vocals, and rhythmic drum machine beats, this project is a stark departure from Clinco’s previous stints as drummer in Marriages and Black Mare. Dubbed "tragic wave" and "mid-fi" by DeMure, Drab Majesty eloquently blends classic 80s new wave and hints of early 4AD with a futuristic originality.

Cherry Glazerr

The off-kilter noise pop sound of L.A. quartet Cherry Glazerr was born in 2012 when high school student and singer/songwriter Clementine Creevy began recording songs in her bedroom under the name Clembutt. After getting some early help from Lucy Miyaki of L.A. band Tashaki Miyaki, Creevy formed a group made up of drummer Hannah Uribe and vocalist Sophia Muller to aid in bringing her songs to life. After adding bassist Sean Redman to the lineup, the quartet made a demo tape that caught the ear of Burger Records. The newly christened Cherry Glazerr (with a name taken from local NPR radio reporter Cherry Glaser) released the nine-song cassette, Papa Cremp, in early 2013 and started playing shows, including 2013's Burgerama Festival, where they gained a fan in Yves Saint Laurent's creative director Hedi Slimane. He invited Cherry Glazerr to play a show in Paris, and their song "Trick or Treat Dancefloor" was used in the company's ad campaign. The foursome recorded their first album, Haxel Princess, for Burger, but Muller left before the album's release in January of 2014. Uribe also left the group, leaving Creevy to rebuild and revamp. Tabor Allen joined up on drums and Sasami Ashworth on synths, and the band began working on a new album. Teaming with producers Joe Chiccarelli, whose long career included work on albums by the White Stripes and the Strokes, and Carlos de la Garza, the band's scruffy garage punk sound skipped ahead to the grungy '90s and added a layer of studio sheen while still holding onto Creevy's unique point of view. Along with the new lineup, minus Redman, and sound, the band jumped to a new label, Secretly Canadian, and released Apocalipstick in early 2017.

Tommy Wright III (born May 6, 1976) is a underground gangsta rapper from Memphis, Tennessee that began his career during the early 90s. Also referring to himself as The 1 Man Gang, Tommy Wright III is known for his fast paced rap style, distinguishing voice, brutal lyrics, and his instantly recognizable original backbeats. He is also the head of many Memphis rap groups including the Manson Family and Ten Wanted Men (composed of Jesse James, La Chat, 2-Face, K-Rock (rapper), C-Roc, Lil' Ramsey, Mac T-Dogg, Project Pimp and Princess Loko).
Wright began writing lyrics to let out his frustration during the early 90's. In 1993, Tommy put together his own rap group named Ten Wanted Men. Tommy's very first single was produced by Blackhaven's own DJ Paul (the future producer of Three 6 Mafia). Tommy Wright III eventually signed with Street Smart Records around 1994. A year later, Select-O-Hits bought Street Smart Records after the label's underground sound became big around Memphis. In 2000, Tommy was again sent to prison with a sentence of five years. Having spent five years in prison, Tommy Wright III was released in 2005 & released Ashes II Ashes, Dust II Dust on November 28, 2006.

John Maus

When John Maus (not to be confused with the John Maus of Walker Brothers fame) wasn't playing keyboards for Animal Collective, Panda Bear, and Haunted Graffiti, he was writing and recording his own hermetic, experimental, and oftentimes misunderstood compositions. Drawing on artists like David Bowie, Scott Walker, and Joy Division, Maus' swollen, distorted, and unabashedly strange debut, 2006's Songs, was more or less reviled by any and all music critics within earshot. CMJ wrote, "It took this Ariel Pink cohort five years to write and record his debut album, and only five minutes to become more annoying than Ariel Pink." Commenting on Maus' vocal style, Drowned in Sound's Mike Diver said that while some listeners "...will hear a little Nick Cave in it...others will hear a man crapping out of his mouth." In spite of the harsh criticism (much of which Maus posted, to hilarious effect, on his MySpace profile), Maus continued to generate new material. His second album, Love Is Real, was released on Upset the Rhythm in 2007. Four years later, he returned with We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, which featured some of his most dynamic and nuanced music to date. 2012 saw the release of A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material, a compilation of b-sides and unheard recordings made between 1999 and 2010.

Born out of his travels through the many global currents of contemporary London, GAIKA’s music is dark yet melodic, experimental yet catchy. While drawing strongly from his Brixton upbringing and his Jamaican and Grenadian heritage, GAIKA’s sound is ultimately expansive, seamlessly weaving musical motifs, vocal flows and slangs of UK, US and Caribbean music.

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As both a vocalist and producer, GAIKA is as uncompromising in his politics as his sonics, intent on expanding and exploding the ideas of what contemporary black british music is. From his debut mixtape Machine in 2015 all the way to his Warp Records release Spaghetto, GAIKA is channeling the unique synthesis of the UK’s musical make-up, firmly at the forefront of a new London.

Yves Tumor is the inspired, enigmatic and conflicted persona of Tennessee-raised producer/performer Sean Bowie, a conduit for a distinctly bold personal aesthetic that has wrought the entrancing Serpent Music LP (out now on PAN), and a burgeoning reputation for bruising, invigorating live performance.

Evolved from a diverse and prolific creative history under an expansive plethora of covert aliases, plus strong ties with forward-thinkers such as NON and Mykki Blanco, Yves Tumor emerges as Bowie’s most personal and matured incarnation to date, with Serpent Music his strongest recorded statement.
Painstakingly written from pieces developed upon since 2013, Serpent Music was initially composed as a soul record – based around delicate and emotive songwriting in various forms.
The album spans sonically diverse and richly-textured pieces, formed from live, organic instruments, samples and various field recordings. Dreamlike lo-fi psychedelia sits alongside broken electronic experimentations, ambient compositions between abrasive noise offer insight into a haunting otherworld.

The Yves Tumor live experience offers a thrilling, jarring counterpoint to his recorded self, designed to detonate in a range of contexts from a punk pit to low-lit club: a wild card one-man-show that confronts sonically and gesturally, ripping preconceptions asunder… the fangs of Serpent Music bared and bloodied.

Mexican Institute of Sound

The Mexican Institute of Sound is the project name of DJ and producer Camilo Lara. A native of Mexico City, Lara began working for the Mexican arm of EMI Records while still in his teens, attracted to the industry in large part by the record-collecting habit he'd fallen into at the age of eight. In 2001, Lara left EMI to co-found the indie label Suave Records, which among other projects released the best-selling soundtrack to Alfonso Cuaron's breakthrough film, Y Tu Mamá También. Also around this time, Lara began working on the side as a DJ and remixer for acts like Placebo and Le Hammond Inferno. Returning to EMI Mexico after creative disputes with his partner at Suave Records, Lara rose to the position of Vice President of A&R and Marketing. While working with established bands like Plastilina Mosh and signing new artists from the emergent Mexican indie rock scene, Lara also began working on his own project, the Mexican Institute of Sound.
Politico Signing as an artist with the indie label Nacional Records, Lara released the Mexican Institute of Sound's debut album, Méjico Máxico (Magic Mexico), in 2006. An infectious mix of vintage Mexican pop and dance records from the '20s through the '60s (including samples from classic Esquivel sides) with modern loops and beats, Méjico Máxico is described by Lara as a deliberately sunny and upbeat response to the pervasive gloom of the contemporary film and music scene in Mexico. In 2012, Lara issued Politico under the MIS banner; rather than his usual sample-heavy mélange, it was his first recording of all-original songs played by a live band. He was inspired to write the album after authorities discovered a large cache of the explosive C4 next door to his home that was ready to be detonated. Over the next few years a variety of projects kept Lara busy, including a 2015 split EP with Santiago Casillas from the band Little Jesus, a Morrissey tribute act called Mexrissey, and a 2016 collaborative album with fellow DJ Toy Selectah.

The desert has a frequency, a sound you can hear in the wilds around. XIXA tunes in and warps it, in glittering, gritty psychedelic cumbia tracks on their debut album, Bloodline (Barbès Records/Glitterhouse Records, February 2016), an expansion on their recent EP Shift and Shadow.

The band hails from the Tucson indie rock scene; core members Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan are integral part of Giant Sand’s current incarnation, in the past produced, toured or recorded with the likes of William Sedlmayr, KT Tunstall, Calexico. But XIXA wanders far and wide, into the psychedelia of Amazon backwaters, the bumping grind of chicha, quirky electronics, loud indie-rock and desert blues (Imarhan’s and Tamashek rock legend Tinariwen’s Sadam Iyad Imarhan collaborated with XIXA to write “World Goes Away”.), surrounded by the obscure side of the American southwest.

Orkesta Mendoza

It’s a safe bet that most of us haven’t heard the term “Indie Mambo” to describe a group before now, because such a style simply did not exist until young Sergio Mendoza invented it in late 2009, in Tucson, Arizona. The impetus? Mendoza was participating in an annual benefit event held at the world famous Club Congress, called ‘The Great Cover-Up,’ and had chosen the legendary Cuban bandleader Perez Prado as his coveree, as the rules of the event dictated. But combining that influence, as well as Cumbia and other Latin styles, with psychedelia-tinged rock music proved to be a formula that was extremely palatable, nay – savory, to Arizona music fans and Mendoza’s fellow musicians.

Houston-based producer Rabit is helping stoke what The New Yorker has called "the resurgence of grime." His highly praised debut album Communion was released in late 2015, while 2016 saw an even more decisive turn towards the avant-garde with high profile collaborations from the likes of Lee Bannon and Elysia Crampton.

Container

The solo guise of multifaceted artist Ren Schofield, Container became one of avant-garde electronic label Spectrum Spools' most intriguing artists. The Nashville, Tennessee producer released his first LP -- simply titled LP -- on John Elliot's (Emeralds) curated Editions Mego offshoot label. A mind-warping crunch of electronics, smashed techno loops, and distortion spread over just five tracks, LP was a visceral assault on the senses and won Schofield wild acclaim and applause in 2011. He quickly followed this with another album -- again named LP -- in 2012. Recorded on Labor Day weekend 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island, it was a darker and more cohesive affair than its predecessor. EPs on Morphine Records and Liberation Technologies followed, and Spectrum Spools released Container's third album -- yet again bearing the title LP -- in 2015. Recalling the likes of D.A.F., Surgeon, and Legowelt, Container proved to be one of the most exciting "avant-techno" artists to emerge from the latter-2000s' electronic underground scene and, most importantly, he was the one who could really pack a punch and make a lasting impression.

Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit are a band of trans-radical psychedelic desert dwellers, dug up from the sonic landfills of the cosmos, who have built a reputation for both mesmerizing and terrorizing crowds with their sheer power and intensity. Like running head first into a spinning wall of sound, they have been described by the press as "a band who felt more like a horror movie than a band … With guitars that were distorted beyond belief and acted more as auxiliary noise machines than instruments" (Transmission Entertainment)
and "Suicide-meets-Chrome-meets-Hawkwind-meets-Screamers-meets-the-killer-last-scene-reveals-in-all-the-alien-episodes-of-The Twilight Zone" (LA Weekly) or more simply put, "punk rock" (Austin Town Hall). However, Destruction Unit's brand of feedback worship and heavy psych does not sacrifice songwriting or catchiness; to the contrary, "it's their subtleties—distant bubbling murmurs of noise, faint guitar noodling—that make for the best hooks." (Chicago Reader) The current lineup features R. Rousseau (Reatards, The Wongs, Tokyo Electron) on Guitar and Vocals, brother Rusty Rousseau (Digital Leather) on bass, N. Nappa (Marshstepper, Nihilism) on Guitar, J. Aurelius (Pigeon Religion, Marshstepper, Avon Ladies) on Guitar and J. Keefer (Naive) on drums.

The band originated in the early 2000's and featured R. Rousseau with Jay Reatard (Reatards, Lost Sounds, angry angles) and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds, Black Sunday). The three appeared together on the first release, 2000's My Disease 7", as well as the 2006 record Death To The New Flesh and Destruction Unit's debut LP, Self Destruction Of A Man. Destruction Unit were featured onThe Screamers tribute The Necessary Effect, Screamers Songs Interpreted.

Pharmakon

A grimy excursion into the worlds of noise/power electronics/death industrial, Pharmakon is the project of New York-based performer Margaret Chardiet. Mixing slow, churning beats with abrasive blasts of synthesizers and her own anguished screams, the project blends noise's confrontational qualities without completely abandoning musicality. This gives Pharmakon a sound that, while harsh and unsettling, beckons the listener in with its hypnotic rhythms. Though Chardiet had previously released a number of CD-R and cassette recordings, the first proper Pharmakon release, Abandon, arrived in 2013 through Sacred Bones. However, before Chardiet could embark on her first European tour, she was hospitalized, requiring emergency surgery. During that time, the noise architect turned her attention inward, writing about the betrayal she felt with her own body to create what would become her second album for Sacred Bones, Bestial Burden, which arrived in 2014. After a dedicated look into the limits of physicality, Chardiet turned her attention toward the mind on her 2017 album, Contact. The record was designed to induce the listener into a trance-like state akin to Chardiet's live performances.

Impalers

Impalers have Sweden in their back pocket, the U S of A dripping down the back of their legs, and use the designs that Anti-Cimex and Discard laid out to mop up the mess. There are other words to describe this blessed mess, but they become insufficient by the time the last track rolls around. In this case, their newest effort, "Cellar Dweller," can only be described as a party that you've been invited to but that you might not make it out of alive.

GATECREEPER was formed in September of 2013 with members originating from both Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. Bonded together over a mutual love of old-school death metal, GATECREEPER set out to write classic yet memorable songs for a new generation. The band recorded and released a self-titled 4 song EP digitally in April of 2014 which quickly garnered the attention of Pitchfork, CVLT Nation, and other notable music blogs. A music video for the song “Force Fed” was premiered on Invisible Oranges and the EP was soon released on 12” vinyl by King Of The Monsters and Protagonist Music in October of 2014. This short but satisfying release gained the band a large following of fans from both the hardcore and metal communities.

2015 saw GATECREEPER embark on their first tour of the West Coast, soon followed by the release of a split 7” with fellow Arizonans Take Over And Destroy. The song “Poisoned Mind” continued to propel GATECREEPER, who Noisey called the “one of the genre’s fresher, younger voices,” further into the spotlight. The band spent the second half of 2015 touring the East Coast, cultivating their rapidly growing local and national following, and recording more new material to be released on several different split releases throughout early 2016.

After returning from another West Coast tour, this time with Colorado’s Of Feather and Bone, GATECREEPER returned to Homewrecker Studios to record their debut full-length album with Ryan Bram in Tucson, Arizona. Sonoran Depravation was mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Black Breath) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Sleep, Magrudergrind), both of whom are known for their unparalleled work in the extreme metal world. The resulting record, a 9-song offering of monstrous death metal, is without a doubt GATECREEPER’s finest work yet.

Marshstepper

Ascetic House-affiliated goth techno act Marshstepper live in Arizona's badlands and like making an unholy racket without wearing many clothes. Their shows resemble occult gatherings: figures in robes and masks lifting chalices, strange rituals incorporating bondage and fetish play, naked bodies stretched out in supplication. 2014 saw the group on an international tour, bringing their performance art to such meccas of hedonism as Berghain.

When Zackey Force Funk isn't robbing banks with baseball bats, he's rocking late night discotheques with soul songs for the Armageddon.

Kristina Esfandiari is Miserable. Based in the Bay Area and the vocalist in King Woman, Kristina writes and performs a brand of moving and evocative music that oozes with nostalgia – and her newest effort. "Uncontrollable," is no different.

Succeeding a string of EPs (Halloween Dream and Dog Days), Uncontrollable follows as Kristina's most complete and nuanced work. Written and recorded over the course of a year, this debut LP is consequentially the most emotional, and quite frankly, saddest release in her history as an artist. Wrestling with insecurities, grief, and the lingering feeling of lack of control, Uncontrollable compiles nine songs drenched with feeling.

DJ Orange Julius is a footwork DJ from Florida. His vinyl debut, "The Grove" is out on his very own Mall Music imprint, his collective with the Brainfeeder and Teklife-affiliated DJ Paypal

Mel G is a New York-based, Teklife-affiliated DJ and producer who cooks up a mean footwork edit and an even meaner party.

BOAN consists of José Cota (SSLEEPERHOLD) and Mariana Saldaña (ex - //TENSE//) who, outside of their lauded individual creative efforts, are widely known as two-thirds of the now defunct electro-trio Medio Mutante. MM's critically acclaimed 2008 EP Inestable was released by Cititrax, an imprint of the illustrious Minimal Wave Records, and was the first modern album allowed into the label's celebrated cannon of classic reissues. On BOAN's highly anticipated debut LP Mentiras, Cota & Saldaña continue to deconstruct, sharpen, and enhance their idiosyncratic cold wave tradition by using all hardware electronics to sequence and arrange infectious live dance music. Cota's vivid analog compositions form a solid foundation for Saldaña's indelible and predominantly Spanish vocals to sink into, reflecting a unique confluence of Texas' vibrant electronic music scene with its rich and inextricable history of Hispanic culture.

Body of Light

Brothers Alex and Andrew Jarson's Body of Light recalls the best of early Depeche Mode and Cabaret Voltaire, but is darker around the edges in all the ways you'd come to expect from Ascetic House co-founders.

Hailing from the Sonoran Underground; Jock Club is best established as the late-night powerhouse bringing audiences into the early hours. 2017 sees the Destruction Unit drummer and Ascetic House-affiliate releasing swaths of wax for the likes of imprints like KUDATAH and DM Hardware, as well as bookings all over North America and beyond.

The Chicago born & raised rap artist / songwriter Lando Chill has been making waves & turning heads in the deep Southwest, calling Tucson, Arizona his current musical home base of operation. Even whilst growing up in a choir & theatre orientated background due to his mother, music wasn’t a prerogative until, by chance, he was cast in a University of Arizona Film School short in 2013 & tasked to lend his voice. From that point on, Lando has been on an enthralling journey through music, touring the country in 2015 & developing new records with his band, comprised of Chris “Deep Greasy” Pierce, Andy “Lasso” C, Jimmy “Jimbo” Borquez, & Isaiah “Zayah” Briggs. The blend of art and emotion puts them in a league with artists like Gil Scott Heron, J. Cole, and The Roots.

JS Aurelius —Vancouver-based experimental musician and visual artist, guitarist for the Arizona punks in Destruction Unit, and co-proprietor of avant tape label Ascetic House—is is a multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited visual, sound, conceptual and performance art presentations both nationally and internationally.

Hands in Our Names, the first full-length album from Tucson, Arizona experimental musician Karima Walker, is a hypnotizing patchwork of drone, folk, psychedelia, field recordings and tape loops. Equal parts gorgeous and abrasive, comforting and confounding, Hands in Our Names builds abstract song-collages from disparate sonic components, isolating and harmonizing a wild array of instruments and textures across the span of twelve interwoven tracks. Hands in Our Names is dizzyingly abstract at moments, but taken as a whole, the album moves like a half-remembered travelogue, with Walker's understated, measured and beautiful singing voice acting as a compassionate tour guide through a wrecked landscape.

One of Tucson's newest and most promising young acts to take up the shoegaze helm. Mute Swan brings you crisp, heavy hitting psych rock for fans of Black Angels & Tame Impala.

Foxx Bodies

Los Angeles-via-Tucson based riot grrl band Foxx Bodies are ragged, scrappy, and gloriously unfiltered. They only play one kind of music: loud. Leading with the dual-pronged attack of guitarist Bailey Moses and singer Bella Vanek, the punk quartet conjure a magnetically-jagged riot of emotion.

Maniac Cop

Ascetic House-affiliated Noise/Power Electronics moniker of one Joshua Rodriguez.

Vox Urbana is a six-piece band that combines Latin-based sounds with stories and experiences that occur in the Arizona/Sonora border region. The bi-national band is based in Tucson, Arizona and has been creatively narrating stories of the border community since 2010. The band’s original repertoire breaks any language barrier through its 100% danceable grooves. Vox Urbana’s instrumentation consists of guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, bass guitar, congas, and drums. As a collective composing body, Vox Urbana continuously aims to learn and expand its musical influences. Among the musical styles found in the band’s sound and identity is a meztizaje of ethnic sounds such as Huapango (Southern Mexico), Cumbia (Colombia), Chicha (Peru), Cha-cha-cha (Cuba), along with a variety of electronic textures such as synthesizers and voice effects. Such musical recipe guarantees a high-energy performance, as well as a culturally fruitful experience to younger and older audience in the U.S./Mexico region.

NANAMI OZONE

Phoenix jangle-pop heroes write smart melodies. Thier debut effort, Desire, is a collection of ruminations on love, uncertainty, and the nature of desire presented as vignettes set to dreamy post-pop.

Street Blues Family

Street Blues Family is a Tucson-based band created by Raymond Murphy that exists in that ephemeral sweet-spot of neo-soul, jazz-fusion, hip hop, and blues that few except the Roots have mastered. Street Blues Family belong in their company.

Chicago singer/songwriter Willis Earl Beal began his foray into the music business by tacking hand-drawn flyers all over the greater metropolitan area with his phone number and address. The flyers said "My name is Willis Earl Beal. Call me and I'll sing you a song. Write to me and I'll draw you a picture." Beginning around the end of the 2000s, Beal was busking in train stations and making good on the promises of his flyers whenever the occasional call came in. In 2009 Found Magazine graced the cover of their seventh issue with a flyer Beal had made with a crude drawing of himself soliciting a soulmate. The issue also included an interview with Beal, and reader response was so strong to his open-hearted and quirky personality that Found went on to release a limited-edition CD collecting some of his home-recorded songs in 2011. Still living at his grandmother's house on Chicago's South Side, Beal began playing more proper gigs around town. His songs and recordings ran the gamut, from gospel confessional to noise-touched soul ballads, all characterized by his booming voice. His strange back-story and grassroots approach to self-promotion gained him a reputation as an outsider artist, and much more press coverage began to come his way following the Found Magazine article. In 2011 he inked a deal with Hot Charity, a subsidiary label of XL Records. Willis Earl Beal's debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, was slated for release in the spring of 2012, and he embarked upon his first tours in both the U.S. and Europe. He followed in 2013 with the more polished but still plenty quirky Nobody Knows, which featured cameo vocals on one tune from Cat Power's Chan Marshall. Beal split from Hot Charity for the release of 2014's Experiments in Time. The self-released third album again switched gears, tending toward a more dreamy, synth-heavy sound.

Big Big Love is a four piece band from Mexico City made up of two brothers and two childhood friends.

The project is distinguished by their energetic live shows in addition to their epic and emotional compositions.

They released their first EP in 2013 with a good response from mexican public. The single “Immortality” was part of the official aftermovie for the mexican festival Corona Capital 2015.

In 2014 they released two new singles (“Tender Men” and “Family Flag” ) that led them to play important shows in Mexico City sharing stage with bands such as Beach Fossils and The Bright Light Social Hour.

“Family Flag” was chosen “Song of the Week” on iTunes achieving more than 40k downloads on 1 week.

In January 2015 they played at Lunario (Mexico’s National Auditorium) with a sold out show.
In March 2016 they played multiple shows at SXSW.

Independent Mexican Music Awards Nominees for best live act in 2015 and 2016

In 2016 they released their debut LP “Friendship”, produced by them and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bowie, Talking Heads, My Morning Jacket, The National, Yo La Tengo, etc) The album is a lush and enveloping experience with complex song structures and an undeniable emotional overflow, their ambition, and dedication really feels unparalleled for such a young and independent band from Mexico.

Hikikomori

Hikikomori is a heavy shoegaze outfit from Tucson, Arizona.

Ben Olayinka

Berlin-based DJ and founder of Tucson party collective Dazed & Confused can get you into Berghain, no problem; and likes to throw parties in German bodegas in the middle of the afternoon.

grey sweater audio

grey sweater audio—the hardware-driven dance guise of a Tucson-based producer and DJ—is indebted to the minimalist melodic sensibilities of Larry Heard and Arthur Russell while strictly forgoing deep house convention; often changing keys and shifting between disparate motifs several times over the course of a single track. Their newest single, "COFFEE & ROSÉ," is out now on the new Phoenix-based imprint, Grid Search.

Gila Man

Gila Man aka Dismal Light is the DJ project of Destruction Unit member Ryan Rousseau.

Plastic Disease

Plastic Disease is the solo techno project of producer and DJ Tamara Jenney; member of the seminal goth band Alter Der Ruine.

The first spores of Ho99o9 were identified by the CDC’s infectious disease unit
in the outsourced offices of purgatory that are peppered all throughout New
Jersey in places like Linden, Elizabeth and Newark.
There was only legend until cultures were collected. Once told as a cautionary
tale of two neighborhood kids, their story mutated into a reflection on the
horrors of the society that produced them. What happened between those
early days in the neighborhood and the present day is often debated.
theOGM (Jean) & Yeti Bones (Eaddy) are certainly a product of their early
environment. There weren’t any fields or even much grass for a kid to play on.
Gardens were made of concrete and a reality sustained only by dreams of
places where the train tracks went.
Eaddy’s Pops brought Motown and the militancy of the armed forces into
Eaddy’s sometimes rigid and uncompromising basic training for life. Pops was
hard because hard makes leaders in the human chain of command. And Jean
was always there in the street level offices of Chris Christie’s “small
government” purgatory in the defunded, decommissioned and deconstructed
district of Linden New Jersey. Jean knew when Trump’s future fuc boi and
every other neo-con said “small government” what they really meant was
“Fuck you nigg…”
Style was lacking but what Jean’s Pops was packing into his ear speakers stayed
embedded in Jean’s mind - The sounds of Haitian Kompa sung by Sweet Micky
(Michael Martely). The bizarre behavior and non-conformist styles of a Haitian
icon caught Jean’s eyes and ears back then and once again now with Micky
recently rising to become president of Haiti. Thieves and liars giving way to an
influential artist elected to rebuild a crumbling nation? Noted.
Jean and Eaddy kept lampin in overlapping circles of connected streets,
bordering cities and shuffled between under funded public schools. The sounds
on Hot 97 filled blank tapes with Bone Thugs, Busta, Onyx, Lil Jon and Missy
Elliott. Mental hard-drive uploads with flow served to drive them to finally
jump on that train to see what else was out there and what they found
changed them irrevocably.
Eaddy began branching out, bringing hardcore like Bad Brains back home with
him. The pair didn’t know it at the time but the resulting amalgamation they
brought back was the Deathkult. They were armed only with a pawn shop
sampler and the power to influence.
Born to lose in Jersey, reborn in NYC and subsequently reimagined 999.
Rewired to spread a promise for the next emancipation from time. The gospel,
the vibration, hardcore punk, rage and rhyme - theOGM and Yeti Bones emerge
transformed into weapons of mass expression and the spectacle known today
only as Ho99o9 (horror).
Then just like that, Ho99o9 vanished from the east coast, allegedly recruited
into a beat laboratory in Los Angeles. They baptized in blood and emerged
wrapped in a sound that had not yet been heard.
A congregation gathered in a scene of like-minded mutants and L.A. quickly
became the HQ of Ho99o9. More minions manifest with Horror spores started
spreading all throughout North America and the European Union - a pandemic
of fools gettin' woke as the fringe becomes the majority and we recall the
prophecy of Sweet Micky.
And Today - a new nation rises to smash the guise of the god-head. A deity-less
religion of our collective humanity, neither divine, nor wicked, led only by the
march of the Deathkult and delivered by its soldiers - theOGM and Yeti Bones in
their United States of Horror*.

KeithCharles Spacebar

From Awful Record's KeithCharles Spacebar, himself: "This isn't much of me writing what I think because that's a tad selfish, but more about how you make me feel, 30 minutes at a time. It's like I'm watching myself become real, moving what I know and knew in theory, become truth. At the top of 2016 I wrote a list of goals for the year, I exhausted myself completing the list with one task left to go entering November. Get a f**king booking agent. After 3 no's in 2015 I'm proud to say I have representation here in the state and internationally. Long story short, you're not about to tell me how good I am. I know. We know. I scratched my last thing on the 'to do' and my 2017 started that December. My list is f**king huge this year."

Winter is the project of songwriter Samira Winter, who's love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspired the dream pop/indie rock four piece. Samira grew up in Curitiba, Brazil listening to her American father's punk records, and her Brazilian mother's MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) tunes. While living in Boston during her college years she found a love for shoegaze which led to her collaboration with Nolan Eley who recorded and produced Winter's first EP "Daydreaming" and LP "Supreme Blue Dream". In 2013 Samira relocated to Los Angeles where the band currently resides working on their upcoming album "Ethereality." Winter aspires to connect people to their inner child by making blissful, beautiful, dream pop.

Kate Mo$$

Savage hip hop didn't mean anything before LA's Kate Mo$$ came onto the hip hop scene. Their live sets are violent and gory, mimicking the harsh, noisy beats of their tracks. Consistent performers alongside H09909, the duo, consisting of Scumbag and Gnarly, truly create a live experience.

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