Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

NNAMDI OGBONNAYA is a multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and performer. His musical identity was forged in the DIY community of Chicago. Relentless participation in numerous musical projects bridged genres and created inroads between scenes. Near constant activity quickly made him a locus of gravity in the community. Constant participation quickly opened channels to a broad cross-section of the arts world. Nnamdi has toured the USA, Mexico Europe and Canada with projects ranging from punk to jazz. A full accounting of his musical activity over the last eight years includes approximately 15 bands and dozens of tours. All the while, Nnamdi has not only released a stream of records and EPs under his name and the ironic moniker “Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project”, but also runs his own label called SOOPER Records.

His solo styling combines hip-hop, experimental rock, gospel, and jazz. His songs can often contain a sense of satire that is just as humorous as it is critical. Nnamdi’s lyrical insights draw on the diversity of his cultural experience as a Black, Jewish, first generation Nigerian-American. His work is characterized by the coupling of sophisticated compositional structures with pop-music motifs. Nnamdi’s latest record DROOL is his most mature and accessible work to date.

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Groupie is a Brooklyn-based post-punk band. The three-piece group is releasing their sophomore EP, Validated, in late April of this year on Disposable America. The new EP hones the riot-grrrl rawness found on their first release, pairing ripping guitar solos and driving bass with lyrics that are sometimes gentle, sometimes spiteful, creating tension between power and vulnerability. Groupie's catchy, politically-charged songs cover topics like sexual assault in "Poor You", societal pressures in "5 Year Plan", and our current government in "Power By Design". The three-piece band is composed of Johanna Kenney on guitar, Ashley Kossakowski on bass, and Roger Cabrera on drums, with all three members contributing to vocals with trilingual roots in English, Spanish, and Polish. Influenced by rock legends like The Breeders, The Clash, and Patti Smith, Groupie provides a modern take on what punk means today.

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