A lifelong self-promoter and fearless frontman, Walker has a knack for turning any kind of gathering into a party, which gives him an edge in the growing Do It Together musical landscape. The philosophy: The world is only going to get flatter. We'll have to work together and get along anyway. Why not make it fun? If that thought gives you an urge to yell at the kids on your lawn, you may want to stop here.
However, there's a lot more to the story than just glitter and grins. A broad range of acts is cropping up that represents different threads woven neatly into this aesthetic, and this particular show is an excellent example of their diversity. Make the jump to sample the wares that will be on offer on Saturday.
Meth Dad lives in two coexisting forms: Walker's solo act, which will headline this show, and the party-rocking, 15-plus-member Meth Dad Megaband, which Walker tells us will be part of the upcoming Sept. 14 Yip Deceiver show at The High Watt with Linear Downfall and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt. "Stay Posi" from last winter's POSI VIBES puts the whole project in a nutshell. Stream it, but be warned that it won't quite compare to dancing along with the crowd while coated in confetti.
Run for the hills, here come the Trout Mask Replicants! All three members of TronAteMyBaby have interesting side lines; Phillip Maloney is an audio engineer and one of the co-organizers of Boro Fondo, Cameron Chiles is a videographer whose recent work includes the indie superhero-gore flick Die, Develkok, Die!, and Chris Watts contributes to multiple experimental music projects around town (including The Most Amazing Century of Science). Like Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart before them, TronAteMyBaby blend pop and mutant jazz with a healthy dose of warped humor. It's got a funky beat, and we'll bet Cthulhu is buggin' out to it right now, flapping all of his tentacle arms.
Chris Murray already laid out all the dirt on Body of Light this morning; all I have to add is that BoL's Bandcamp has gone live, if you care to spin the new album they'll be celebrating tonight:
And last but not least is MantraMantraMantra; despite carrying on the "no-spaces-in-our-name" thing, they're the closest relative to traditional rock on this bill. Greg Dorris, Asher Johnson and Brian Klassen have been busy poking out of the comfortable nest of Murfreesboro, most recently appearing with Madison, Wisconsin's Fatty Acids. Ingredients for the trio's sound include alt-rock and contemporary electro-pop inspired by Animal Collective and Yeasayer. "No Sunlight," which opens their new EP, coalesces a swirling cocktail of backwards vocals and synth pads into a driving pop epic.
The shindig commences at 9, cover TBA.