AfroTaino Productions and PhilaMOCA present
Mons Vi, Grandchildren (duo)
531 North 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
San Juan-via-Brooklyn electronic indie band Balún are excited to share "El Espanto," the newest single from their upcoming album Prisma Tropical, due later this year on Good Child Music. The track premiered via NPR Music's Alt.Latino, who called the album "an adventurous journey into a heavily electronic mélange of sounds complemented by ethereal and beguiling vocals." The track is available to stream now via NPR, and can now be found on all DSPs. More details regarding Prisma Tropical will follow in the coming days.
The band recently wrapped up a noteworthy run at SXSW, receiving praise from NPR Music's Alt.Latino in their SXSW 2018 Preview, an interview with KCRW's José Galván for their "Pan Caliente" show, and a coveted slot in The New York Times' "17 Acts That Stood Out" at SXSW. The band was also one of eighteen acts to have a full set live-streamed from official SXSW social media accounts.
Prisma Tropical has received advance praise from NPR, Noisey -- who deemed the album one of the 20 most anticipated Hispanic-American records of 2018 -- BrooklynVegan, Remezcla and more, and the tally continues to grow. This long-gestating masterpiece will finally see the light of day this year courtesy of Good Child Music, and with its arrival, more chances to see Balún perform the material live.
Balún self-identify as transnational. The quartet that broke out of the San Juan indie scene a decade ago has since undergone a formational odyssey through the industry, academia, and the stateside Puerto Rican experience. Balún's long awaited sophomore album Prisma Tropicalfocuses an incredibly wide field of genres and influences into a revelatory sound that evokes both of the band's homes and the distance between them.
Based in Brooklyn by way of Miami, Mons Vi combines an electronic-influenced, lo-fi aesthetic with incisive lyrics – thriving in emotionally-charged territory rarely ventured to in the world of indie pop. In late 2015, Matthew Hershoff recorded “Stay,” in his Brooklyn bedroom after hearing it in a dream. He then asked Adrianne Gonzalez, his friend and fellow Miami-transplant, to sing on the track with him, and Mons Vi was born. Joined by Michael Cohen on drums and Alex Faron on bass, Mons Vi is a group of childhood friends making music for the digital age.
Band from Philadelphia whose multi-instrumentalist members trade performance roles often.
Aleks Martray, Russell Brodie, Roman Salcic, John Vogel, Tristan Palazzolo, Adam Katz.