It’s an indie rock and hip-hop spectacular on Sunday, July 24, at Best Video Performance Space. Running Laps & Nathan Corp headline, supported by In Response, Chef the Chef, The Forest Room, and Zak G. Doors are at 6 PM and the cover is $5.
Running Laps & Nathan Corp offer up gritty-sounding noise punk rap-infused performance art presented with a corporate theme drawing from science fiction and dystopian concepts.
In Response approaches a mixture of indie rock and emo from a harder-edged perspective than most of their peers. In doing so, they’ve managed to carve out their own unique space within a highly saturated genre. Their songs are often both delicate and abrasive, displaying strong control over dynamics and nuance. Hayes’ vocals are pensive and somber, sporting a somewhat melancholy delivery, not unlike alt-rock legends Radiohead. But every so often, Hayes’ voice soars into an intense growl, bearing an emotional intensity reminiscent of Modern Life Is War and The Hope Conspiracy.
From hip-hop blog OK-Tho: “Connecticut underground beast on the rise Chef (pronounced like Keff) the Chef just dropped the 3 track Friends EP for us to enjoy. The Friends EP features appearances by his alias Heart Eyes and Fedo. Put it on and rock it for your many friends. I predict this MC/Producer has a lot of great work ahead of him.”
The Forest Room is the acoustic solo project by Matt Streit which began in 2004 as a casual musical outlet outside of his main band. An active musician from Milford, CT for many years, mainly as a bass player in heavy metal and rock bands, Matt takes a completely different approach with the Forest Room by writing most of the music on acoustic guitar, utilizing multiple layers of guitar parts with live record looping, and occasionally incorporating produced beats. Matt uses several guitar effects pedals, some of which he built himself. The Forest Room combines influences and elements of instrumental, folk, ambient, hiphop, and triphop music.
Zak G is a rapper, producer, illustrator, and viking warlord from Connecticut. Prone to sway on the grittier and noisier side of things, both his music and artwork conjure up bleak yet sarcastic post apocalyptic imagery. His beats are just as influenced by punk and industrial as they are by Def Jux era hip hop, and his rapping aggressive, cynical, and often times abstract.
• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING
• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE
• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”
• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND
• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY
• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM
• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.
• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”
• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE
• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE
• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO
• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”
• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS
• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO
• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS
• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”
• Wednesday, Aug. 10. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS
• Thursday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT
• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN
• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET
• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”
• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)
• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL