579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Javelin's sophomore album, Hi Beams, dropped March 5. Hi Beams follows the duo's 2011 western-inspired Canyon Candy EP, their critically acclaimed No Más LP in 2010, and their 2009 self-released debut Jamz n Jemz. Javelin has played shows and toured with Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Future Islands, Matt & Kim, Warpaint, Major Lazer, performed at Lollapalooza and The Whitney Museum, as well as parties across the US, Europe, and South America.
"Hi Beams is a big, golden, weird record, glistening with the novelty of classical strings and central harmonies." --Village Voice
"Brooklyn-based duo Javelin's self-released Jamz n Jemz LP plays like an otherworldly radio station based in some crate-digger bunker where genre distinctions are a distant memory. Unidentifiable hip-hop, rock, oldies, and rhythms from all over the world mingle across the tape's ramshackle tracks as Tom van Buskirk, 27, and George Langford, 29, turn their random eccentricities and dollar bin gold into first-hand art. Live, the pair are currently employing a 20-boom-box-strong soundsystem to transmit strange frequencies to ever-larger (and dance-prone) crowds." --Pitchfork
THIS IS DETROIT TRAP POP. Ryan Spencer pens songs with provocative lyrical imagery. These are accounts of intense violence, hopelessness, and drug use— juxtaposed with honest tales of love, a lack thereof, and the pursuit of a reason to live.
Jamaican Queens have a unique way of making the uncomfortable tolerable, and the sexually explicit accessible. Whether you are looking for infectious earworms with which to sing along, or MDMA-induced club bangers to provide the soundtrack for an evening of popper huffing— Jamaican Queens have got your back. This is post-everything pop for people terrified of reality.
Heavily influenced by the southern rap beats of Three 6 Mafia, Gucci Mane, and Young Jeezy, as well as the experimentation of Brian Eno and Lee Scratch Perry— the outcome is an urgent canvas overlaid with pop hooks that would make David Bowie blush.
This is new. This is different. From a city left behind by the failures of a once great country, this is Jamaican Queens. Welcome.