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We are looking for 20-25 volunteers to help with the set-up of the stage for Culture Shock. It is on Thursday April 26, starting at 7am. Shoes required - no flip flops/sandals. Wrenches and gloves welcomed! No experience is required, although basic experience with stage or tech set-up preferred. You don't need to come right at 7am, any and all help is welcomed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
AND ONE ABOUT WRISTBAND DISTRIBUTION!!
Due to the weather this past weekend and the incoming rain for the next 2 days, the main stage of Culture Shock will be held on the far side of Admissions Parking Lot to prevent lawn damage.
Side stage will still be held on Main Stage at the Stood.
WELLNESS TENT Tie Dying & Shirt Reconstruction, Face painting, Crafts, Tarot Card Reading plus more
CARNIVAL RIDES Gravetron, Big Slide, Bouncey House, Game Trucks
FOOD Nyota's Ting - a vegan/vegetarian vendor Same ol' greasy/fried stuff Jamboree on Saturday morning brought to you by PSGA with donations from Kneaded Bread Co-op will be selling coffee Saturday morning
RECORD VENDOR Malcolm Tent
ITS GONNA BE AN AWESOME SPECTACULAR CRAAAAAZY KINDA EVENT
MAKE SURE TO GRAB YOUR WRISTBANDS AT THE STOOD STARTING ON FRIDAY AT 2PM AND DON'T FORGET TO SIGN IN YOUR GUESTS!!!
As you probably know, we had a last minute cancellation with Grimes for this year's Culture Shock. As unfortunate as this is, we have no choice but to move on with the festival, and we are proud to announce that her replacement on the lineup will be EMA!
EMA is the current project of Erika M. Anderson, formerly of the band Gowns. She released her debut LP as EMA, 'Past Life Martyred Saints,' last year on Souterrain Transmissions. The album draws equally from folk and noise rock, and is fronted by overtly honest lyrics that deal with abuse, sexuality, and death, among other topics. EMA's live show varies from start to finish, and at any given moment it can recall the intimacy of a folk singer, the raw energy of Nirvana, the stage antics of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or some combination of the three.
We regret to inform you that Grimes has cancelled her performance at Culture Shock due to promotional reasons. A replacement artist will be announced soon. Here is a video of Grimes explaining the situation:
THE CULTURE SHOCK 2012 (AKA APOCALYPSE SHOCK) LINEUP IS HERE! IT'S WRITTEN BELOW IN A SORT-OF DESCENDING ORDER WITH SOME DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE ACTS IN CASE YOU'RE UNFAMILIAR AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE. THOSE DESCRIPTIONS ARE FOLLOWED WITH DOWNLOADS AND/OR STREAMS OF ONE SONG BY EACH ACT. ENJOY!!
The after party on Friday will be a live performance in the stood by New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia. If you're unfamiliar with bounce music, it's big on call and response vocals, high energy beats, and a whole lot of ass shaking. Big Freedia has been considered one of the "sissy bounce" like Katey Red and Sissy Nobby, who all identify as queer, though Freedia disregards the categorization, saying there's no reason to separate straight bounce and sissy bounce. If you've seen Big Freedia then you know what you're in for. Otherwise, this video should clear things up. Recommended if you like: to dance
Saturday's headliner is Idle Warship. a collective fronted by the duo of hip hop emcee Talib Kweli (also of Black Star with Mos Def and Reflection Eternal with Hi-Tek) and R&B/soul singer Res, who has collaborated with Talib on all of his solo releases. The group released their debut full length album, Habits of the Heart, late last year, and it blended all of the genres that both Talib and Res have become known for creating. Live, they'll be bringing a full band and we can even count on them playing some Talib Kweli classics, like "Get By". Recommended if you like: Mos Def, Janelle Monae, Common, Erykah Badu, The Roots
Friday's headliner, Islands, were formed in 2005 by frontman Nicholas Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds) after the breakup of his former band, The Unicorns. They hail from Montreal and make the kind of indie rock/pop that we've seen from their fellow Canadians like Wolf Parade and The New Pornographers. They've got four albums under their belt, having most recently released A Sleep & A Forgetting earlier this year. RIYL: The Unicorns, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire
Experimental pop singer Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) released the excellent album, Visions, earlier this year on 4AD, who has also put out records by St. Vincent and tUnE-yArDs. Like those two artists, Grimes makes incredibly forward thinking pop music and since the album's release date, she's only been getting bigger and bigger. Regardless of your taste in music, most can agree that Visions is already one of the most standout albums of 2012. RIYL: tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance
IDM producer Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) has been one of the leading names in electronica during the last decade though not much had been heard from him towards the end. His most recent album, Dive, came out in late 2011 and since then he's been the talk of the dance music scene. RIYL: Four Tet, Caribou, Boards of Canada
The Felice Brothers have been making country leaning folk rock for the better part of a decade with eight full length albums under their belt. They've left a huge mark on the folk scene having played folk festivals like Newport Folk Festival and Clearwater Festival, in addition to others outside of their immediate realm like Bonnaroo. RIYL: Deer Tick, The Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch
Casey Veggies is a young rapper from LA who has collaborated with Dom Kennedy, Pac Div, Odd Future, and others. He released his debut LP, 'Sleeping in Class,' in December 2010 and has spent the last year touring. He released the deluxe edition of 'Sleeping in Class,' which includes 5 bonus tracks, this past September. RIYL: The Cool Kids, Dom Kennedy, Pac Div, Kendrick Lamar
Cloud Nothings began in 2009 as an outlet for frontman Dylan Baldi to create home-recorded noise pop in the vein of contemporaries like Wavves. This past January, they released their second official full length, Attack on Memory, and took things in a much bolder direction. The record was recorded full band in studio and produced by the legendary Steve Albini, who has lent a similar style of production work to Nirvana, Pixies, and PJ Harvey. The new album sees the band channeling the guitar-driven alt-rock of those bands and especially of Sunny Day Real Estate. As a result, Attack on Memory is one of the best no-frills rock records of 2012 and Cloud Nothings are sure to bring this newfound energy to Culture Shock this year. RIYL: Sunny Day Real Estate, Nirvana, Japandroids, Wipers
Pissed Jeans, along with bands like The Men, Ceremony, and Fucked Up, are bringing back the sound and spirit of 80s hardcore punk. Since 2007, they've been recording for Sub Pop, whose eclectic roster has given us everyone from NIrvana to The Shins to Fleet Foxes, so if Sub Pop trusts a punk band in an age where punk is dead, so should we. Their live show comes stacked with outlandish stage antics and tons of moshing from the crowd. Should be nuts. RIYL: The Men, Ceremony, Fucked Up, The Stooges, The Jesus Lizard
Bio Ritmo is a salsa band from Richmond, VA who celebrated their twentieth anniversary last year with the album La Verdad. They've toured with everyone from salsa king Tito Puente to alt-country rockers Wilco, and based on live videos, they look like a ton of fun to see and dance to. RIYL: Tito Puente, Jimmy Bosch, Ikebe Shakedown
Click the links below for downloads and/or streams of a track by each artist:
Grimes (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grimes/133232266718746) is the recording moniker of Claire Boucher, an experimental pop musician from Montreal. She released two albums in 2010, 'Geidi Primes' and 'Halifaxa,' and followed that last year with 'Darkbloom,' a split with d'Eon which lent the standout Grimes track, "Vanessa." Now, after having recently announced her signing with 4AD (Pixies, The National, St. Vincent), she'll release her first album for the label, 'Visions,' which is due out on February 21. You can currently listen to a full legal stream of the entire album on NPR (http://www.npr.org/2012/02/06/146463100/first-listen-grimes-visions). The stream will be available until the end of February, so listen while you can! Recommended if you like: tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance