Izzy True returns home for summer, Palberta & Purrer cross tours, and Ghosties sees Benjamin Torrey's final Ithaca show before a move west.
Aye Nako are dedicated to untangling histories of abuse, race, trauma, family, love, gender, and a misrepresentation of identity. They also are a dissonant and melodic punk band carving out a space to co-exist in the fold between music, art, and politics while trying not to be priced out of New York City.
Two stages of grind, metal, hardcore, & noise - including Wormrot (Singapore), Die Choking, Disparo! (Australia), Ascend/Descend, Death Vacation, Ides, and more
The mythos of Sheer Mag begins like so many other celebrated rock 'n roll bands of yore: with two brothers. Following in the tradition of The Bee Gees, Oasis and The Allman Brothers, the brothers Seely conspired to create a rock 'n roll band to end all rock bands. The sheer magnitude of the endeavor required the recruitment of a daring drummer, a fearless lyricist and a diva who could party good AND write the rent check. With the pantheon assembled, MAG quickly recorded and released their debut 7" to cosmic acclaim. The band now stands poised on the brink of world domination or complete destruction. Is it Punk? Is it Rock 'n Roll? We'll leave that to the music "critics." But it is punk.
Dan Smalls Presents and Ithaca Underground Present Joyce Manor and AJJ with Mannequin Pussy at The Haunt
I recently caught up with Monki, the notorious noise artist, in anticipation of his upcoming performance at Big Day In, which takes place this Saturday at the Haunt. Upon sitting down with Monki, I became aware that he is actually incapable of communication. Thankfully fellow No Aliens member, Mad Brain, was present and willing to discuss: Monki, No Aliens, & their unique backstory.
Evan: Hey Mad Brain, could you explain how Monki came to be?
Mad Brain: Monki was actually once a wild monkey, abducted by scientist in order to test a new Gerber Baby Bath & Skin product. Unfortunately, due to lack of care his face was badly disfigured. Later, an uprising took place in the animal containment, which led to a fight between animals and humans. During this fight a device in the lab was activated, which coded Monki’s brain with a human scientist. After this, the animals escaped leaving Monki free to roam, fated to never find his past.
Evan: Why does Monki feel the need to create music?
Mad Brain: In his case, the music is a search to call on something that can’t be particularly seen. It’s primal, every noise and sound you hear in his music expresses his story. Even though his [Monki] level of intelligence is considered genius, he is still unable to communicate.
Evan: No Aliens, what exactly is it and can you tell me about the other group members?
Mad Brain: No Aliens is a three person collective comprised of Computer, Monki, and myself [Mad Brain]. Monki created Computer, similarly cursed with a high level of self-awareness, he is better able to cope due to his ability to communicate. Computer is also responsible for all production for No Aliens, his music specializes in trance & ambient loops. His inspiration includes Brian Eno, Miles Davis, and Soulja Boy.
Evan: I [Mad Brain] am the voice behind No Aliens; I’m responsible for the lyrics and expressions where Monki fails. Typically, when you hear rapping in our [No Aliens] music, that’s me. I was once a scientist, whose mind was fused with Monki, leading to a constant struggle for control of this body.
Evan: Has Ithaca Underground helped you find a sense of community?
Monki: For the time being, I suppose so, but the point of No Aliens is to never have one home.
Ithaca Underground is proud to present our 12th annual Big Day In. Featured artists on the Main Stage include: B. Dolan, Guerilla Toss, Japanese Breakfast, LVL UP, Eskimeaux, Sharpless, Izzy True, Sammus, Alter, Mr. McBean, Imperials, First Pet, Spazzare, & the Horses. Featured artists on the Deck Stage include: Benjaminto, Shull (formerly _____), Tender Cruncher, otodojo, KNEW, MONKI, Flocarious, Motorcyclez, Eternal Savages, & LC Jones. The show takes place this Saturday, from 12pm to 11:59pm, at the Haunt.
Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!, etc.) returns with full band to close out our November Music Series, taking us on a ride through power pop, garage rock, and folk punk bliss.
As part of the First Friday Gallery Night, Ithaca Underground, presents it's second annual Poster Show & Sale, showcasing select event posters throughout our history, celebrating the unique talents of our artists. Prints will be available for sale, as well as additional artwork from IU artists. Proceeds will drive Ithaca Underground's commitment to radically inclusive, all ages music & art events.
"Show Me The Body is a hardcore trio from New York City... to say the least. Slamming the clang of industrial noise and hiphop swagger with the ferocity of northeast hardcore, this is what's punk in 2016