26 BATS! is composed of the members of music collective, Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance. With their multi-genre influences including hip-hop, jazz, soul, and alternative rock, 26 BATS! creates music with no intention of boundaries of a genre. These jazz and blues trained musicians challenge their sound with their desire for sonic exploration. By using themes of self-realization and overcoming hate, this twin cities based band has full intentions of empowering and healing through the creation of music.
Twin Cities’ own rap ‘hellion,’ Manchita (GRRRL PRTY, Tha Clerb), is gearing up to release her debut sola project, One, with Minneapolis-based producer-performer-composer, Bionik (Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Lizzo). Though Bionik is known for his danceable, in-your-face, pulsing, electronic bass music, the EP’s production showcases an unexpected moodiness, tenderness, and an attention to subtlety that is made visible and is amplified by the gritty content of Manchita’s words, and her whispy falsetto. As a whole, the project promises to reveal a more introspective, heavy-hearted body of work centered on love, loss, and survival.
Like the part-man, part-machine allusions of his nickname, producer-performer-composer Stefon “Bionik” Taylor is at one in both acoustic and electronic realms. He sings, plays guitar, bass, drums, and percussion, writing and recording all of his own sample-free music. As a producer of electronic soundscapes, his recent live performances have taken him to Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Sonic Bloom, Arise, Imagine, and Backwoods music festivals as well as Minneapolis’ First Avenue, Los Angeles’ Low End Theory, and Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory.
Beasthead is an electronic indie rock band from Minneapolis, MN. They came together in an effort to create a sound that could speak to the unusually eclectic common ground they found in their shared artistic interests. Drawing from their past musical experiences and current influences, Beasthead’s music “boldly stands apart from much of what is happening in the current Twin Cities music scene” (CITY PAGES, 03/27/14).