Clarke and the Himselfs (Boise, ID)
Clarke and the Himselfs smack of alchemy, that seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, and combination. Performing live with a drumstick in her right hand, guitar strings under her thumb, vocals that cut right to the point with a Moe Tucker rhythm laid underneath, Clarke Aleksandr Howell takes basement rock fuzz, pop precision, molten neo-psych, weirdo gutter punk, and reorganizes them into something compact, bright and sharp, much like the sonic equivalent of highly organized carbon, or what is commonly known as a diamond.
After suffering from depression for years, driving cross country on off days on tour dressed as a woman, mourning the deaths of both friends and family, Clarke decided it was time for a change and recently came out with her longstanding battle with gender dysphoria. As she recently intimated, “My current mission in life, the biggest way I can stand for something, the best protest I have is to be true to what I believe in and be a transgender woman playing music for people in a band called Clarke and the Himselfs.
Magic. Transformation. Creation. Combination.
J&L Defer (Switzerland)
Anita Rufer and Gabriele De Mario, the core duo of Switzerland’s Disco Doom, are unimpressed by the ubiquitous obligation to always look for the new to only find the old again. Free from the zeitgeist, the duo work at their own pace as J&L Defer, an experimental project independent of all style guidelines andexpectations. J&L Defer have spent the past few years playing live at clubs, galleries, festivals, bars, cellars, studios, and garages, developing their sound through unique performances and a desire to create music that expands beyond genre borders and limitations. After years of studio experimentation andsongwriting together (in between Disco Doom albums), J&L Defer released their debut album “No Map” on September 2nd, 2016 via Exploding In Sound andDefer Records.
Grove of Baal (Santa Fe, NM)
The brainchild of Santa Fe’s Ben Tempchin, Grove of Baal combines etheric vocals and gorgeous song structures with and extensive palate of guitar effects and noises to create soundscapes that are at once soothing and alien, familiar and strange. often performing solo, Grove of Baal performs for this event as a full band for an immersive experience that is not to be missed!