Foo Fest headliner Andrew W.K.

By JIM MACNIE  |  August 10, 2011

Foo Fest's musical diversity leaps off the page when the 21-member (!) youth hip-hop troupe ZUKREWE and dreamo fuzz-pop pros THE BROTHER KITE perform simultaneously. ZuKrewe features members from AS220's Youth program, and just released their 17-track debut, Enter the Zu. The Brother Kite have released a handful of must-hear albums and EPs over the past eight years; they're led by singer/guitarist Patrick Boutwell, who has a knack for crafting melodic gems. TBK played shows at SXSW earlier this year, earned a Best Album nomination (for 2010's Isolation) in our recent Best Music Poll, and a Pitchfork.com pundit even dished praise on their 2006 sophomore release, Waiting For the Time To Be Right ("Get On, Me" is a perfect indie-pop nugget). The Helio Sequence, vintage Death Cab, the Cure, Band of Horses — they all come to mind on the Brother Kite's latest, an EP titled Eye to Eye. Pick it up (the full catalog available at iTunes) and tell us you're not hooked. Is it apparent by now that we are big TBK fans?

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SLUDGY METAL Panther Moderns.

The lo-fi demos PANTHER MODERNS released late last year bleed Black Sabbath and Sleater-Kinney, with Jane Parisi's vocals coasting over the sludgy metal riffage (let's line up a Panthers Modern/Whore Paint/Lolita Black triple-bill ASAP). ROZ RASKIN & THE RICE CAKES will unleash Monster Man later this month, and we'll have the full scoop on next week's "Homegrown Product" page. Raskin is returning to the scene of the crime where her guitar was stolen from her car on Empire Street last weekend. She is one of the sweetest and most talented musicians in our area — that shit ain't cool. Trippy synth/zombie-wave duo DAILY LIFE (debut Necessary and Pathetic available at loadrecords.com) will play the street stage, followed by the AMIL BYLECKIE BAND inside, specializing in glam pop numbers with plenty of 8-bit synth action geared for robots on ecstasy and delivered in custom lion- and zebra-print spandex bodysuits. ABB released a pair of EPs earlier this year, and we imagine cuts like "Hey Hey," "Oh Yes You Are," and the radio-ready "Digging Your Own Grave" will have the room well-lathered.

I'm looking forward to the IDIOT VEHICLE set, with gruff, low-end punk blasts spawned by members of assorted fuzz-shredding locals; if the Dead Kennedys, Mudhoney, and the Jesus Lizard are in your wheelhouse, get onboard Idiot Vehicle. New Bedford's TEM BLESSED & BLESSED ENERGY bring positive, socially-conscious rhymes backed by a full live band. Tem Blessed has released three albums over the past decade and is highly active in his community, providing inspirational workshops and assemblies to students.

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LOCAL WORDSMITH Manni Headphonez.
CHERIE LILY combines house music and electronica with fitness aerobics to create a special dance genre she calls "Houserobics." Lily is ANDREW W.K.'s wife, so you know this shit will be certified bananas (look up cherielily.com). Meanwhile, local wordsmith/producer/mixtape phenom MANNI HEADPHONEZ will commandeer the indoor stage, followed by the rap crew SOLDIERS OF LIFE, folding in funk, reggae, and rock with spoken word soul. Guided by Big Scythe and Ms. ButterflEye, SOL have been hitting the Rhody club circuit steadily over the past year, and have done gigs at NY's renowned spoken word stomping grounds, the Nuyorican Poets Café.

TRIANGLE FOREST will attempt to keep the Empire Street crowd sweating through their socks following the W.K. solo set. Martin van Etten (of Llove) has joined the Britton brothers (replacing former lead singer Xiaojue Hu); TF will rock the block with their Nu-Wave incantations. The polar opposite would be WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE, who have made some serious racket around town with recent opening slots for the Body, Suffering Bastard, and I, Destroyer. Women and Cattle's "Rule of the Parasite" is a shrieking bowel-churner.

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